• Let’s Play Journalism, and Make Fake News

    February 14, 2017

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    This journalism thingie has gotten so easy, anyone can do it. Let’s play make the fake news funtime!

    The elderly may remember the Old Journalism. Back in BT (Before Trump) journalists in mainstream outlets had to gather facts (i.e., true things) from sources (people with names who knew true things) that would withstand fact-checking (looking stuff up, or having a second source confirm stuff.) If you quoted something already established as a fact, you were obligated to link to it.

    There were notably exceptions. For example, in 2003, the New York Times simply “believed” everything it was told about Iraq having massive destructive weapons and typed it into the paper. FYI: The Times assisted in generating enthusiasm for the Iraq invasion, helping kill 5,000 Americans and perhaps one million Iraqis! Media such as the National Enquirer and gossip blogs would just make things up, aliens and Bigfoot and all that, but it was with a wink and everyone knew it was fake and for fun.

    Then Shazaam! Every media in America miscalled the election for Clinton while Trump won. Media collectively got a sad. They did not know what to do. Certainly admitting they screwed up was not in the cards, nor was accepting that Trump won and moving on. So, they invented Newer Journalism.

    It works this way. A reporter, say from the Washington Post, calls up someone who works at say, the State Department, or is called by someone who wants to leak something. It is always bad news about Trump. The reporter types it up word-for-word, and then publishes it to the world as a true thing. In the story the source is anonymous, so no one knows if the reporter spoke to an intern on her third day, or just made it all up. But, and this is important, that doesn’t matter! All that matters is that it is bad news, the more bombastic the better.

    From there other media simply repeat the story. But it gets better, because the next media in line says “The Washington Post reports sources inside the Trump administration say…” allowing some crappy blog to inherit whatever credibility the WaPo still clings to. But, and this is important, that doesn’t matter! Because the article will be saying something readers want to believe (“White House policy making is in disarray, everyone will resign by Thursday.”)

    Now Thursday will roll around and everyone has not resigned, but, and this is important, that doesn’t matter! The media has moved on to the next story and who the hell goes back and reads last week’s Tweets anyway. Repeat.

    The way Trump is being covered reminds me of so-called reporting out of North Korea, or the Cold War Soviet Union. Reporters claimed they could not reveal their sources, and every tiny scrap of an event was inflated into Deep Meaning. Every story warned of catastrophic consequences to follow, that never did. But that’s what Americans wanted to believe about those two countries, and it sold (in those days) newspapers.



    So let’s try it. Keep in mind this is entirely made up, especially if you see it reprinted on Rawstory or HuffPo as fact.

    Sources inside the State Department who are otherwise not authorized to speak to the media report that rank-and-file diplomats remain dismayed at the treatment given them by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Many are quietly talking about ways to resist, some even going as far as suggesting mass resignations may occur. Some liken it to a Constitutional crisis that could upset an already fragile democracy.

    The diplomats — many of whom signed the recent letter of dissent over Trump’s Muslim Ban — claim that Tillerson has not held a full staff meeting since taking office, preferring to work only with a tight circle of advisors from the campaign whom he has dubbed the “Trump Centaurians.” These Centurians have been described as politically motivated, watching Tweets out of the White House for policy guidance.

    “They have no idea what they are doing,” said one senior diplomat. “These are people with zero experience inside government talking down to experienced Russia hands in my office. One of these so-called Centaurians used to work for Ivanka’s clothing line. God help us, she’s now in charge of energy policy across the MidEast. It is chaos, pure chaos. Period. Full stop.”

    In response to Tillerson, State Department officials have begun to slow-walk requests from the Secretary’s office, with some going as far as withholding information for fear it might be shared with the Kremlin. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bunch of people go critical and simply punch out one day,” stated another seasoned diplomat. “And I’m hearing the same thing from friends inside the NSC. I’ve never seen it this bad before, and it’ll get worse.”

    Tillerson’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.


    See? That took me about ten minutes to crank out. Lunchtime.



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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Wow, that is really an Insider Threat. DS should request employees to give up their social media accounts and passwords, in addition to their email accounts and passwords. If they refuse, lock them out.

      02/14/17 7:55 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Donald Trump will be tweeting about this as soon as he finishes his tweets about Flynn’s resignation. So sad.

      02/14/17 7:58 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Peter.

      You know…. That one you can sell. Facebook and the Washington crowd will buy it… And add it on the end of a story about how horrible it is when constitutional protections are not being applied to illegal aliens that have committed major crimes.

      02/14/17 8:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      So.

      We had Obama. the Arab Spring. Brexit. Trump. Hillary. Upcoming EU exits. Venezuela. Brazilian strikes. Etc. Etc.

      Now… We have chimp winter.

      Should be a lesson for all tyrants.

      ………

      Michael Harthorne | Newser
      Feb 02, 2017 2:45 PM EST
      It was already a rare occurrence when a group of chimpanzees murdered one of their own-and then they started eating the body. In a study published last week in the International Journal of Primatology, researchers recount only the ninth recorded murder of a chimp by its own community.

      In 2007, Foudouko was the leader of a group of more than 30 chimps in Senegal, National Geographic reports. He was nicknamed “Saddam,” and anthropologist Jill Pruetz tells New Scientist he was “somewhat of a tyrant.” But Foudouko was overthrown and exiled for years, living on the edges of his former community.

      Then in 2013, he was killed by a group of younger males. The violence didn’t stop there. The community spent nearly four hours brutalizing Foudouko’s body, according to a press release.

      They broke his bones, beat him with rocks, ripped at his body, and ate parts of him. Pruetz says she was “really disturbed” for days after watching video of the incident.

      Humans may ultimately be responsible for the rare and gruesome violence that befell Foudouko. His community has nearly twice as many male chimps as females, likely due to poachers targeting female chimps.

      This increases tensions in the community, and Foudouko may have been killed for approaching a female in heat. Horrifying as the incident may have been, one expert says it can help us better understand how chimp societies function.

      (A lonely, deer-humping monkey shocked scientists and the internet.)

      This article originally appeared on Newser: Chimp Leader Killed, Eaten by His Former Subjects

      02/14/17 8:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Does “spinning” a story count as fake news?

      As in….. Who Really is at fault for this?

      Please… Chime in…. I would love to see the points of view.

      Neat little psychology test.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38960035

      M

      02/14/17 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Well, you only got got five hits so far – not enough to pay for your blog. You’d better hire some chimps to get to work on old typewriters- Wait they might inadvertently tap out Shakespeare -no fake news there. Bad idea. I’ll keep trying.

      02/14/17 8:49 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Breaking News…This Just In… U.S. to ban Russian Dressing to protect the Homeland.

      02/14/17 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John.

      That will change. I know 12 personally who read but don’t comment.
      Talked to one last night. She said she would start commenting. She was afraid.

      M

      02/14/17 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The GOP knows how to handle fake news by just ignoring it and move on….like the fake FLYNN SCANDAL. Besides, there is so much left to investigate…like Benghazi and Pizza Comet.

      02/14/17 9:24 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Flynn to the IC: You are history.

      IC To Flynn: We wrote the book, moron.

      02/14/17 9:30 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump: Why are there so many leaks (read: the truth) coming out of Washington?

      Oh great, here comes THE PLUMBERS The Sequel.

      The good news is Don only has to fly back to NYC. Imagine how long the ride was for Tricky Dick to San Clemente.

      02/14/17 9:43 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Where is that plumber Snowden hiding? O., why?!!! Free Assange.

      02/14/17 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Chuck, Snowden leaked. Hayden and Clapper pissed and we got shit on.

      02/14/17 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Speaking of being in deep shit, In Like Flynn:

      Now that Flynn is out of the White House, he no longer can claim executive privilege if subpoenaed to testify before Congress. Will he take the Fifth? Possibly. Will he talk? Unlikely.

      Waterboarding is really effective. – General FLYNN.

      02/14/17 10:12 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer.

      Here’s your pee.

      There is just so much wrong with this.

      ………..

      Taxpayer-funded study asked if people could smell ‘asparagus pee’

      By Elizabeth Harrington
      Published February 14, 2017
      Washington Free Beacon

      A taxpayer-funded study set to find out if people can smell their own “asparagus pee.”

      Researchers at Harvard on two active studies that received over $3 million last year surveyed nearly 7,000 people to determine if their urine smelled funny after eating the vegetable. The results were published in the BMJ scientific journal, which uses its final edition each year to publish articles that are “quirky, amusing, and creative—but all scientifically sound.”

      The results concluded a “large proportion of individuals of European-American descent cannot smell ‘asparagus pee’—the unpleasant odor present in urine after people eat asparagus,” according to the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

      “To learn more about who can smell asparagus pee and who can’t, Harvard Chan researchers surveyed 6,909 men and women of European-American descent participating in two long-term studies,” the school said. “They found that 58 [percent] of men and 62 [percent] of women were unable to smell the urinary metabolites produced after asparagus consumption. Those metabolites, the authors said, create ‘a rather malodorous bouquet.'”

      The researchers said they have much to learn about the odor of urine.

      02/14/17 10:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      02/14/17 10:19 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      PVB!!!

      CNN is calling. Pick up your phone.

      It’s all fake news. You’re hired!

      02/14/17 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Starknaked.

      Too funny.

      How the hell are you?

      M

      02/14/17 10:42 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Btw.

      Peter..

      Love the web page upgrades. V9.63 ?

      Really like the color coding on the comments. Green, one post. Red on the next.

      M

      02/14/17 10:44 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Karma is a bitch. Flynn called Snowden a Russian traitor. Classic spy move to point the finger to distract the attention from yourself.

      Here is a question we should be asking about FlynnFlam:

      Sen Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) raised the issue with Flynn.

      “Are there men and women in uniform who are potentially in harm’s way because of what this individual has done?” Rubio asked Flynn.

      “Senator, I believe there are,” said Flynn.

      02/14/17 10:49 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Who else is on the Russia blackmail list?

      Congressional Republicans who hounded the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks on American personnel in Benghazi are not nearly as eager to investigate the Trump administration’s handling of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

      Reporter Jamie Dupress notes that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – UT), who is the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn’t see any further need for a probe of Flynn, despite the fact that the White House kept him on as national security adviser for weeks after learning he might have been compromised by Russian spies.

      “It’s taking care of itself at this point,” Chaffetz replied when asked if he had concerns over whether other aides knew that Flynn had lied about talking with the Russian ambassador about sanctions imposed against the country by the Obama administration in late 2015.

      02/14/17 10:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Jack said...

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      And today while an actual national security scandal plays out, Fox leads with a piece on how to deal with bedrock and soil issues in border wall construction. You’re right – poor Donald is being so unfairly treated by those nasty journalists …

      02/14/17 11:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer said.

      ” Classic spy move to point the finger to distract the attention from yourself. ”

      Dude…. Its not just spies that do that.

      Abusers of all types do that same crap.

      M

      02/14/17 11:12 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Conway on her way out?

      The Trump Deadpool is down to three. The betting here is Conway will be taking an extended vacation- she looks like she hasn’t slept in a month. Then Spice Boy will be talking trash when he gets Trumped Dumped. That leaves vampiro Steve Miller the last whatever standing. Of course, Demented can do US all a solid and call an end to this farce.

      02/14/17 11:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Jack.

      Touche…. And three points.

      Very well played.

      M

      02/14/17 11:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      This says pretty much ….. Everything.

      ” I don’t believe this…
      The same people who sat by as the last president bombed 7 countries, killed American citizens without due process,legalized mass surveillance, and racked up nearly $10 trillion in debt…

      Are worried NOW the current president will Abuse his power???”

      George Carlin.

      02/14/17 11:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      This is the crap that has to stop.

      And, yes…. I know what “started ” the “riots “….

      Now….. Its an excuse to watch the world burn.

      http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/766635/Paris-riots-theo-immigration-violence-Aulnay-Sous-Bois

      M

      02/14/17 11:38 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Shit burns well for fuel…Net Up ! More survival tips. Sports at 11.

      02/14/17 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      For Peanistrius (Works on W.S. now,2 million a year?!) to be pushed by MSM/fake-news is sad. Have a nice day! Quote of the day…”War Is a Racket”. S.B.

      02/14/17 12:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      02/14/17 12:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Here’s an interesting editorial…. Author was not very…. Polite….

      …..

      Feb 14, 2017 1:00 PM EST

      Last week, about 680 undocumented aliens were arrested by ICE officials countrywide. Many of them have already been deported. The coordinated raids targeted aliens who had committed crimes in the USA — mostly felonies.

      Seventy five percent of those taken into custody had convictions, including homicide and rape. One man arrested in Chicago, was an Iraqi citizen with a conviction of sexual abuse of a victim [who was] unable to consent. Many of the arrested non-felons were associating with the criminals. But those facts have largely gone unreported by the American press. And by the radical left, which is actively misleading you. Here are a just a few examples:

      Speaking on CNN, California State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D) said, What took place yesterday with raids and personal homes is part of the cog of the Trump deportation machine.

      On MSNBC Attorney Raul Reyes said, how inhumane this is to be breaking down people’s doors and separating parents from their children.

      Also on MSNBC, Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) said, This is Donald Trump really executing his campaign plan. He is trying to be a tough guy, so, he will go after, you know, the maids, the moms, the people that are working in the shops instead of going after the hard-core criminals.

      Maids, moms, and shopkeepers, according to that dishonest politician.

      Now, the false news reporting, actually reached the level of hysteria.

      There were newspaper headlines screaming things like “The Trump deportation regime has begun,” “Immigrant community on high alert fearing Trump’s deportation force.” On Devon Avenue in Chicago, news of immigration raids intensifies fears.

      We could find no headlines in major newspapers. None. That bannered the fact that raids were targeted at illegal aliens who had committed serious crimes. Committed them. That is not press bias. That is blatant dishonesty.

      Here’s another example. In the year 2013, the Obama administration removed from this country more than 434,000 illegal aliens, the highest number in history, which goes all the way back to 1892. Did you see any anti-Obama demonstrations? Did you see any screaming headlines in the national media? No, you did not. Even after President Obama said this:

      What we should be doing is setting up a smart, legal immigration system, that doesn’t separate families but does focus on making sure that people who are dangerous, you know, people who are gang bangers, are criminals, that we are deporting them as quickly as possible.

      And that is exactly what President Trump is doing. Exactly. But the illegal immigration issue has been set up by the media to demonize Mr. Trump, as a racist and a brutalizer of the poor. That is what is really going on here. A set up. It is flat out disgraceful. If the federal government cannot remove aliens who commit serious crimes in this country, then, we don’t have an effective federal government. Yet, the far left and the press, knowing full well that the ICE raids last week were directed at dangerous people, chose not to report that.

      Instead, [they were busy] smearing President Trump. We have now reached a low point in American journalism.

      As for the far left, they are people who do not want any immigration enforcement. They want open borders. They want alien criminals protected. They want anarchy.

      Why? Because they don’t like America as it stands now.

      So, it is very important for all honest citizens to know you are not getting accurate information. And that there is a radical element in this country that wants to destroy it. If this continues, there will be a breaking point. And that is “The Memo.”

      02/14/17 1:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch, if P-brain is allowed anywhere near the WH we are totally fucked. if any democrat agrees with his selection, that clown should be removed from any position and sent to the Wasserman-Shultz clinic to be tested for syph.

      02/14/17 1:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer..

      So….. Your saying you don’t want me to put you down for $20 ?

      M

      02/14/17 1:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Sarah said...

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      It’s no wonder the media is held in the same regard – if not LOWER than Congress! But they, of course, are living in La La Land and have no idea.

      02/14/17 1:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      So…. Its not just Trump…. And a lot of other people…. Who don’t trust CNN.

      Fyi…the entire country of Venezuela is starving.

      …….

      MADURO KICKS CNN OUT OF VENEZUELA, ACCUSES IT OF SPREADING FAKE NEWS
      Published: February 13, 2017

      While tensions between President Trump and CNN dying down, a new scandal has erupted for the cable news network after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, accusing it of spreading fake news, misrepresenting the truth and meddling in issues that are not of its concern.

      “CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela,” said Maduro during a political statement. Quoted by Fox News, Maduro made the comment after blaming the U.S. network of distorting the facts when reporting on irregularities at a Caracas public high school.

      “Some media like CNN tried to manipulate. They cannot manipulate! That is our business, of the Venezuelans,” he said.
      Last week PanAmPost reported that a student demanded on national television that the president improve the conditions of his school, asking for security, infrastructure and food so his classmates wouldn’t faint from hunger anymore. CNN en Español visited the high school and talked with the staff about the student, and whether Maduro had made any improvements since that incident only to discover he had not.

      Maduro said the young woman “uncovered a situation that had to be spoken about” adding that “I want the youth to tell the truth, to be critical and revolutionary, for us to go to solve the problems,” he said. “To attend to those problems, we must build a sense of belonging in each school. Lyceum belongs to me and I must take care of it.”

      The demand for CNN to leave the country also came a few days after CNN en Espanol broadcast and posted online an in-depth investigation into how officials of the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq allegedly sold Venezuelan passports and visas to suspected terrorists. “Passports in the Shadows” was the result of a yearlong investigation showcasing an account by a whistleblower, a former legal adviser to the Venezuelan embassy in Baghdad, and the government officials’ dismissal of the allegations.

      Earlier on Sunday, Venezuelan police arrested and expelled two Brazilian reporters after they toured a structure built in 2012 by Odebrecht, the Brazilian company being investigated for a vast corruption scheme that allegedly touches several Latin American governments and heads of state.

      02/14/17 3:28 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      So Trump is blaming leakers at the CIA for forcing him to fire Flynn. Cannot wait for his next visit to Langley. Even Hitler couldn’t fight a war on two fronts.

      “I have a running war with the media,” he said. “They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the No. 1 stop is exactly the opposite.”

      02/14/17 3:39 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Maybe Snowden should get his bags packed. Trump is pissed at the NSA for listening to Flynn talk his way out of a job. He may pardon Snowden just to piss them off.

      02/14/17 3:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,
      I’d pardon Snowden…. Simply to piss off a lot of them.
      But…. My reasons are personal…… Because mass surveillance Personally pisses me off….

      And…..

      Here you go…. Conway is the next to go…

      Sooner or later…people…. Especially Elected people…. Need to stop the party line BS…..

      And start working TOGETHER as a nation….

      Conway was Absolutely Wrong in what she did……
      But…. No different than what Hillary did as Secretary of State in Russia for Boeing. ( wonder if Conway got paid too )

      This two sets of rules BS…. That’s what kills a nation….

      This is a nation of laws… How many have died to insure one nation… One law….

      For EVERYONE.

      PS…

      For anyone who has never been to a “Naturalization Ceremony “…
      Go to one….even if you don’t know anyone….its really cool.

      M

      …………

      In a letter dated Monday, and released by the Democrats on the House Oversight committee’s Twitter account Tuesday, the office found that Conway committed a “clear violation” when she urged viewers to buy from Ivanka’s clothing line after it had been dropped by Nordstrom.

       “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff … It’s a wonderful line, I own some of it … I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, standing in front of the podium in the White House briefing room.

      White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later said Conway had been “counseled” on her remarks after bipartisan criticism and claims her remarks violated ethics rules.

      The letter says there is “strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct and that disciplinary action is warranted.”

      The Office of Government Ethics says it has not received any notification of any disciplinary action against Conway by the White House, and consequently says it “recommend[s] that the White House investigate Ms. Conway’s actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her.”

      02/14/17 4:54 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Okay, the only solution to this mess is an election do over. The War Witch and Trump both are deemed morally unfit to run for anything.

      02/14/17 5:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      Let’s not start the “un-win “..” . Do over” thing.

      Your smarter than that.

      How about…. People grow the hell up and start working together, rather than the “opposed because of a different party ” BS.

      How about…. abolish political parties…. And invite the aliens from “planet X ” to come help ?

      M

      02/14/17 5:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Amazing the things you learn when a corporation gets a new CEO.

      And… Now we know why the whales beached in New Zealand.
      …..

      US ADMITS USING TOXIC DEPLETED URANIUM AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA
      Published: February 14,2017

      SOURCE: RT

      More than 5,000 rounds of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition were used in two attacks on Islamic State oil tankers in eastern Syria, the US military has confirmed. The US-led coalition previously pledged it would not use the controversial ordnance.

      A spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) told Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing DU rounds were used in November 2015, during two air raids against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) oil tanker convoys in the Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah provinces in eastern Syria.

      A-10 ground attack aircraft fired the projectiles from their 30mm rotating cannons, destroying about 350 tanker trucks, according to CENTCOM spokesman Major Josh Jacques.

      Officials confirm the US used depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria: https://t.co/oCtsYgFpXq

      — Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) February 14, 2017

      02/14/17 6:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Sarah said…

      ” Sarah on February 14, 2017 at 13:41 said:
      It’s no wonder the media is held in the same regard – if not LOWER than Congress! But they, of course, are living in La La Land and have no idea. ”

      Just awesome.

      Hello…. And be welcome. Nice to see someone else with their head on straight.

      M

      02/14/17 6:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Seems the ‘extreme’s ‘… On both sides…. Are coming into hunting season…

      About damn Time !

      And…. Too damn funny.

      Might start using twitter just to follow it.

      ……..

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3880485.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118653965_pageNum_1

      02/14/17 6:45 PM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      Mitch says…

      “How about…. abolish political parties…. And invite the aliens from “planet X ” to come help?”

      Uh Mitch?

      Doncha know there’s a sign just outside the Milky Way that says…

      NO intelligent life found here. Move along.

      02/14/17 6:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Starknaked said…
      ” NO intelligent life found here. Move along. ”

      I will respond….. When I stop laughing.

      Too funny.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      M

      02/14/17 6:57 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump: How can I get this country to forget about this Muslim ban fiasco?

      Bannon: Generally speaking, we could kill two bird brains with one phone call.

      02/14/17 7:03 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      About that Russian spy ship sailing off the east coast, it is there in case they have to evacuate Trump back to the motherland.

      02/14/17 7:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      Don’t make a biggie about the “spy ship “…. They are there all the time.
      And I mean…… ALL the time.

      Just another generated BS story to make it appear the government is falling apart under Trump.

      The one to watch is the “surfaced based ICBM’s that Russia is moving around.

      Those are prohibited by treaty…. And they existed…. And… Putin is moving them around openly.

      The chess board is being positioned.

      M

      02/14/17 7:13 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      So you are saying I should stay here in the hills of South America, just in case. We Meant Well will go on.

      02/14/17 7:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.
      This is what to watch.
      Testing “boundaries “…. Seeing who blinks.

      ” Later Tuesday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Russia had deployed ground-launched cruise missiles to two locations inside the country in December. The New York Times first reported that the Obama administration had previously seen the missiles — then in a testing phase — as a violation of a 1987 treaty between the U.S. and Russia that banned ground-launched intermediate-range missiles.

      But Russia has pressed ahead with its program, apparently testing a Trump administration which has sought better ties with Moscow — but is also fresh off the loss of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned Monday night in the wake of a scandal surrounding his communications with Russia.

      Adding to the aggressive actions, Fox News confirmed a report from The Washington Free Beacon that four Russian jets buzzed the USS Porter in the Black Sea on Friday.

      “There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft,” Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command, told The Washington Free Beacon. “They were assessed by the commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional.”

      The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. It was also seen in Havana in January 2015.

      Capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, the ship can also measure U.S. Navy sonar capabilities, a separate official said.

      The Russian spy ship is also armed with surface-to-air missiles. ”

      M

      02/14/17 7:25 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      51

      Actually some of the hills here are 10,000 ft above sea level.

      02/14/17 7:25 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      52

      So the Russians think it is a good idea to test a wounded President who needs a show of bravado to get the heat of him. What can go wrong?

      02/14/17 7:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      53

      Rich.

      I, personally, would suggest Costa Rica…

      Better beaches… Awesome surfing on the Pacific side.. Killer fishing on the gulf side. .mountains and jungles in the middle…

      Without out the police strike in Brazil… Or the starvation in Venezuela.

      Not to mention…. My personal thought is…

      Every “election “…. The “winner “…. Should have the “loser “…. As vice president….

      To insure Everyone is represented

      Only real way to be fair.

      M

      02/14/17 7:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      54

      Rich.

      Exactly.
      And…

      “what can go wrong ?” ….. Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis ?

      This case…. Neither Trump, nor Putin….. Will blink.

      M

      02/14/17 7:34 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      55

      Well, it’s been real.

      02/14/17 7:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      56

      Rich.

      Btw….

      Removing Flynn….

      It was a stupid move… As far as world peace goes.

      Was he the right man for the job…. Hell no !

      Was he efficient…. Hell no !

      Could he learn…. Doubtful..

      Did I like him?…. Not a chance.

      Do I respect him….. He’s Mad Dog Flynn…. He’s a legend…. So…. Duh !!!!!

      BUT….. He had the ability to openly, and effectively talk to the Russians and get them to agree to stand down and Not strike back after stupid, half assed BS stunts.

      He was worth the payroll just for that.

      M

      02/14/17 7:46 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      57

      How deep is your bomb shelter?

      02/14/17 7:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      58

      Rich.

      Its a ‘storm shelter ‘.

      Bomb shelters are .. ‘ Questionble ‘…

      Its …. Effective.

      Is that a request?

      M

      02/14/17 8:05 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      59

      Don’t think the Russkies will waste one on us. Not a target rich environment.

      02/14/17 8:09 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      60

      What was it ‘Jack ‘ said earlier…. About fox news .. And lead stories… With true national security crisis’s occuring???

      And they lead with… Harrison Ford almost crashes his private plane.

      Can’t make this shit up

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3880568.proteus.fma

      M

      02/14/17 8:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      61

      Rich.

      I don’t think they will either.

      All they have to do is show up with food, if Trump fails…. And the population will be eating out of his hand.

      M

      02/14/17 8:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Jack said...

      62

      Mitch, I’ll be honest. I’m more upset at the thought of losing Han Solo than I am about losing the Donald.

      02/14/17 9:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      63

      Jack,

      I’m still pissed off that they killed Han Solo off in whichever star wars. Such BS.

      M

      02/15/17 4:59 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      64

      The hacking of the DNC emails and the leaking of Trump official NSA intercepts have one thing in common: god forbid it exposed the truth.

      Hysterical that the party in power only thinks its leaks are for a justified cause.

      02/15/17 7:12 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      65

      Why won’t the White House accept Flynn’s alternate facts?

      02/15/17 7:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      66

      Rich.

      The leaks have something else in common.

      They are being done by an individual, or individuals inside of the US government.

      Remember PVB’s article all about the “Deep State “.
      Individuals who are always there. No matter what party is in power?

      The way the media is painting it… It sounds like a “witch hunt “.

      That being said… The leaks do have in common the US intelligence communities.

      I’m not big on conspiracy theories…. But…. It is an interesting thought of someone deep inside of NSA, etc…. Cherry picking intel to release and politically dispose of individuals.

      Nice little mind trip there.

      M

      02/15/17 8:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      67

      I see their point….

      But…… I’m happy my son does not go to this school.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3880705.proteus.fma

      M

      02/15/17 8:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      68

      Rich.

      Here you go….. More “un-named sources “….

      BUT if its true…. Read it critically…. It references “multiple people “… Etc.

      For the crowd that wants Trump gone… This is a gold mine.

      For the crowd that wants Trump there…. This is a nightmare.

      For the rest …. Who are really concerned about riots…. And a constitutional crisis….. This Ulcer has its own zip code.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3880711.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118654570_pageNum_1

      M

      02/15/17 8:36 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      69

      Mitch, that Trump would surprised that a. their conversations with Russians were not going to blow up in their face and b, that the NSA! FB! CIA ETC ETC WOULD LEAK FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE is beyond credulity. This guy should not be left alone with matches. He is totally naive about life in Washington snakepit.

      02/15/17 9:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      70

      Rich.

      Exactly.

      However…. Think it would be any different with Killary ?

      But…. I think he’s learning that those people up there are not to be trusted.
      And to think…. Those people… That are trying to destroy administrations…. Not just Trump… But… They did it to Clinton as well….
      Are trusted with the national security of the United States.

      Sad….

      I think… Think…. Trump was counting on patriotism …. Rather than self interest.

      Is it to early to start drinking?

      M

      02/15/17 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      71

      Killery is a nonperson, a pathetic liar whose name has been relegated to the dustbin of history. Please don’t embarrass yourself by mentioning her again.

      02/15/17 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      72

      Rich.

      Too funny.

      But….. Who do you think is really playing this song?

      Here’s what the BBC has to say…

      Remember…. White house has said… Pence was in the dark.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38974215

      M

      02/15/17 10:08 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      73

      Trump doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. His big mistake was he thought as long as there wasn’t a smoking gun implicating him in a criminal act, he was invulnerable. He crossed the line that he didn’t know existed. What do you mean I can’t make deals with the Russians? That’s why I took this stupid job that pays like shit.

      02/15/17 10:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      74

      Rich.

      The phrase I’ve always used is…

      ” doesn’t know enough to know he knows nothing. ”

      I had high hopes for Trump. Still have a little.
      But, it is becoming rapidly apparent the system itself will not allow anyone to be effective.

      So…. Mars, anyone?

      SpaceX should be selling tickets soon.

      M

      02/15/17 10:38 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      75

      Bauer- we’d better channel Rumsfeld. Perhaps Trump to himself is an unknown. It is unknown to him that he has such an unknown about being unknown by himself. Oh, hell, I’ll drop it

      02/15/17 10:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      76

      John.

      Right now…. I’m going to channel the genius gremlin from ‘Gremlins 2 ‘.

      ” right now, we are advising all of our clientele to put their money in shotguns and canned goods “.

      M

      02/15/17 1:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      77

      Too funny….

      A riddle…..

      Put 3 dumbasses in a bag…. What do you get?…

      Answer…

      A lot of dumbass.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3880895.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118655106_pageNum_1

      M

      02/15/17 1:38 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      78

      Would be funny if the TV president was a victim of Stagefright.

      02/15/17 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      79

      “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”

      New motto of the NSA.

      02/15/17 2:15 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      80

      CIA just amended its– The truth will set you free…to look for a new job.

      02/15/17 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      81

      I wish this was fake news:

      Israel spends slightly less than 8% of its GDP to achieve universal health care coverage, compared with 17.4% of the GDP in America for a system that leaves more than 40 million residents — one out of every eight residents — uninsured.

      Moreover, under many criteria, Israeli citizens appear to be getting better care for their lower expenditures. Israel has an infant mortality rate that is only 57% of that in the United States, and a life expectancy from birth of 82 years, compared with 78 years in the United States. Its mortality rate due to heart disease is only half that of America’s. Many other indicators having to do with specific diseases are similarly favorable or, at worst, roughly equal.

      “I think that America can learn a lot from the Israeli system. The quality is high, and the outcomes are good,” said Orly Manor, dean of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health.

      Right, like the US is supporting Israel financially and economically, and has increased its annual aid to $3.8 billion.

      Washington has also promised Israel substantial loans from US taxpayers’ money.

      02/15/17 2:41 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      82

      Trump is considering hiring Snowden as his IT guru to fight back against the NSA.

      02/15/17 2:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      83

      It would seem the US needs to learn somethings from Israel.

      02/15/17 3:45 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      84

      America first….I mean after we take care of Israel.

      02/15/17 4:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      85

      Looks like … Finally… Some people are starting to grow up.

      Hopefully…. Its a trend that continues.

      ………

      On Wednesdays episode of The View the outspoken Whoopi Goldberg defended President Trumps daughter Tiffany after no one would sit next to the 23-year-old at New York Fashion week.

      You know what, Tiffany, Im supposed to go to a couple more shows. I dont know whats going to happen, but Im coming to sit with you, she said on the show. Because nobodys talking politics. Youre looking at fashion! She doesnt want to talk about her dad! Shes looking at the fashion!

      Goldbergs defending of Tiffany Trump comes as a surprise as the co-host of The View has been extremely vocal against the President. And Goldberg even noted there was a difference between boycotting Ivankas line and the means girls of NYFW.  

      And people say what is the difference between people boycotting Ivanka. There is a difference. Thats all about buying stuff. Youre buying stuff. This girl is looking at fashion, and shes just looking at fashion.

      And without talking about President Trump, Goldberg explained she knows what Tiffany Trump must feel like.

      I dont want to talk about your dad, but, girl, I will sit next to you. Because Ive been there where people said, Were not going to sit next to you. Ill find your ass and sit next to you!

      02/15/17 5:19 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      86

      Mitch, really, THE VIEW? Guess those hormone shots are taking hold.

      02/15/17 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      87

      Sick Pence none the wiser?

      The Flynn Flam scam threatens to derail the Trump get rich scheme to grease the Russian sanctions so Trump can get paid and allow Pence to take his place after two years. Now those damn spies have the long knives out for Trump. Trump ain’t helping things calling them UN-AMERICAN. It is up to Comey to get all these clowns like Flynn to lie to investigators and s no them all back to the lunatic fringe.

      It may cost Flynn way more than his job if the FBI determines that he lied to its investigators in the same way he misled Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. The New York Times reported on Tuesday afternoon that the FBI interviewed Flynn in the days after Trump became president last month and that he was “not entirely forthcoming.” Flynn’s conversation with FBI agents at the White House could cause him more legal trouble than his phone call with Kislyak

      Perjury remains a difficult charge to prove in court because prosecutors must demonstrate that a person knowingly intended to deceive, and Flynn has already suggested his accounts to Pence and others were the result of a faulty memory.

      He does remember Scooter Libby and John Poindexter though.

      02/15/17 6:09 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      88

      Rich.

      I have never watched it…. So…. I can’t begin to tell you much about it…

      But….

      I was referencing the adult behaviors of an outspoken anti-Trump having the ability to put aside the bullshit politics and do the right thing.

      To put aside hate, and be friends.

      The ability…. As completely polar opposites…. And still sit down together.

      The right thing… For the right reasons.

      Perhaps….. Become a bridge…. For future discussions…. And grow from there.

      Hmmmmm…….. Not too unlike……

      You and I.

      M

      02/15/17 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      89

      Dude, we cool.

      02/15/17 6:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      90

      Rich.

      There is far more at stake than money in the Flynn mess.

      I understand exactly what Flynn did and why.
      I agree with what he did…. However….. Its still incredibly illegal.

      It was also determined that some of the calls that day went to Trump.
      The Brown act calls that behavior.. “serial meeting “.
      That is also incredibly illegal.

      This can very easily lead right to Trumps desk.

      That would be called…. ” constitutional crisis “…

      With Pence involved…. We could end up with Paul Ryan as President.

      Talk about a can of worms.

      Add in….. That there are some Serious problems inside the intelligence agencies.
      Starting with…. If people inside the agencies Giving information to newspapers for their own reasons and agendas….

      What are those same people selling… And to who ?….

      Here’s a quote for you…..

      18 U.S.C. 798 states as follows:

      Whoever knowingly and willfully communicatesto an unauthorized person, or publishesany classified information obtained by the processes of communication intelligence from the communications of any foreign government, knowing the same to have been obtained by such processes shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

      The reporter…. He’s guilty…. He will of course hide behind the first…. But…. Who ever gave the info….. They are toast.

      M

      02/15/17 6:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      91

      Rich.

      Were good. And…. That is my point.

      M

      02/15/17 6:24 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

      92

      “A Good American” Oliver Stone movie trailor out on Utube

      02/15/17 6:49 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

      93

      Snowden and Manning did time for leaks under Obama. Will new leakers face time? Have a nice night!

      02/15/17 6:51 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      94

      If Ryan could end up on top in the end, he would tell the GOP not to stonewall the FlynnFlam investigation, no?

      02/15/17 7:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      95

      Rich.

      Nope…. I don’t think he would……

      But…… I also think he would have the same problem Jimmy Carter had…

      Too much honor for the job.

      M

      02/15/17 7:30 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      96

      Mitch, I may be a prophet and not know it. Back in June I wrote this:

      Belmont Stakes Harbinger of 2016 President Race?

      It’s New York vs New York this year as Hillarious “Destiny” Clinton battles Donald “the Exaggerator” Trump. Was the New York Belmont horse race a harbinger of things to come?

      Creator closed with a rush and caught Destin at the wire, who was foolishly chasing Gettysburg most of the race, to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness winner Exaggerator finishing 11th, well back in the field.

      The jockey for Exaggerator said his horse tripped on his tongue. Just after Creator, the son of the great white horse Tapit. crossed the wire, SHOWERS began to fall over the Belmont oval, drenching the connections in the winner’s circle and leaving a rainbow over the emotional scene.

      Creator was named by WINSTAR CEO Elliott Walden, a very religious man. “We liked this horse an awful lot as a 2-year-old, and I don’t know, God might have given me a sign,” said Walden. “We are a Christian farm, and the Troutts are Christians, and faith is very important to them, and their relationship with Christ is very important to them.”

      Don’t give up hope, America. The race ain’t over till it’s over. Let US hope for some divine intervention to save US from these two losers.

      SHOWERS ARE GOLDEN…..LIKE SILENCE
      Silence is golden, but my eyes still see
      Silence is golden, golden, but my eyes still see
      Talking is cheap people follow like sheep
      Even though there is no where to go
      How could she tell he deceived her so well
      Pity she’ll be the last one to know
      How many times will she fall for his lines
      Should I tell her or should I be cool
      And if I tried I know she’d say I lied
      Mind your business Trump and don’t hurt her you fool.

      02/15/17 7:58 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      97

      About that FAKE NEWS:

      While the FBI-led investigation into the golden showers dossier is ongoing, some sources have indicated that it gaining legitimacy in light of certain details that have been newly corroborated by investigators. The news could bolster many Trump critics who question the president’s ethics in regard to his business ties as well as his controversial policies, such as the recent travel ban against visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

      On Saturday, anonymous sources told CBS News that law enforcement officials had begun to take the dossier more seriously as the investigation continues, even among some of the more skeptical law enforcement officials involved with the investigation. The day before, CNN released a report that said “multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials” had corroborated some of the communications associated with the dossier.

      According to CNN, the corroboration relates to certain conversations between Russian officials and other Russian individuals described in the dossier. Investigators found that at least some of these conversations actually took place “on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier.”

      I always wondered why the source mentioned such a specific act of golden showers instead of just saying there were photos of Trump with Russian hookers. Didn’t have to jazz up the report. Melania would take him to the cleaners without the perverted acts.

      02/15/17 8:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      98

      Rich.

      I’m kind of doubtful of the intel sources.

      They are saying an awful lot…. With out really saying anything.

      And… Its all “sources “….

      Sounds more like an “agenda “.

      M

      PS…
      Your first one…. Your a poet?

      02/15/17 8:58 PM | Comment Link

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