This will be the Most Important Story of 2020. More important than the Wuhan Coronavirus.

On July 23, over at The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway published a story entitled:

FBI Notes Refute NY Times Story, Highlight Media Collusion in Russia Hoax

I am copying that post in its entirety here, so readers who can’t or won’t visit the original story can get the Real Facts.  What used to pass for the Press in the United States has turned into a corrupt band of Leftist Activists. Anyone who actually reads their drivel should stop immediately, cancel any subscriptions, and make this story go viral.  Unless you prefer being lied to.  Here is the story.  Please read every word.  Pass it on.

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The FBI official who ran the investigation into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election privately admitted in newly released notes that a major New York Times article was riddled with lies, falsehoods, and “misleading and inaccurate” information. The February 2017 story was penned by three reporters who would win Pulitzers for their reporting on Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia.

The FBI’s public posture and leaks at the time supported the now-discredited conspiracy theory that led to the formation of a special counsel probe to investigate the Trump campaign and undermine his administration.

“We have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with [Russian Intelligence Officials]. . . . We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials,” former FBI counterespionage official Peter Strzok wrote of the Feb. 14, 2017 New York Times story “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.” That story, which was based on the unsubstantiated claims of four anonymous intelligence officials, was echoed by a similarly sourced CNN story published a day later and headlined “Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign.”

Strzok’s notes are the latest factual debunking of these stories, which were previously shown to be false with the release of Robert Mueller’s special counsel report finding no evidence whatsoever in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign assertion that Trump affiliates colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. A report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General on just one aspect of the investigation into Russia collusion — FBI spying on Trump campaign affiliates — also debunked these news reports.

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted under oath in June 2017 that the reporting was “false,” something his deputy director Andrew McCabe privately acknowledged to the White House earlier that year but refused to admit publicly. Efforts by the White House to get the FBI to say publicly what they were admitting privately were leaked to the media in order to suggest the White House was obstructing their investigation. “Obstruction” of the Russia investigation would form a major part of the special counsel probe, and media and Democrat efforts to oust the president.

As for the merits of the explosive New York Times story alleging repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials before the election, Strzok said it was “misleading and inaccurate… no evidence.” Of the unsubstantiated claim that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was on the phone calls with Russian intelligence officials, Strzok said, “We are unaware of any calls with any Russian govt official in which Manafort was a party.” And of the New York Times claim that Roger Stone was part of the FBI’s inquiry into Russian ties, Strzok said, “We have not investigated Roger Stone.”

The Times report, which came hours after National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was ousted due to criminal leaks against him, was one of the most important articles published by major media as part of their campaign to paint Trump as a Russian operative. Widely accepted by the media and political establishment, it did as much to cement the false and damaging Russia conspiracy theory as CNN’s story legitimizing the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier or the Washington Post’s now-discredited suggestion that Flynn was a secret Russian operative who was guilty of violating an obscure 1799 law called the Logan Act.

The New York Times declined to retract or correct the article three years ago, even after Comey testified it was false, on the grounds that the anonymous sources who fed the false information remained pleased with the initial story.

The damage this false story caused the Trump administration can not be overstated. It’s a story worth recounting here.

Leaks Real, News Fake

The leaks are real, the news is fake,” President Donald Trump said on February 16, 2017, when ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked him at a press conference to respond to The New York Times’ explosive report. As other reporters asked more questions related to the New York Times story, he went on to deride the media for writing negative and false stories based on anonymous sources.

The response was roundly mocked by a media class that asserted it was unimaginable that intelligence officials might be leaking anything but the most accurate information. CNN’s Jake Tapper, echoing other Democrat activists, called the press conference “unhinged.”

“I guess I don’t understand,” said CNN’s Jim Acosta, asking, “How can the stories be fake?” Numerous other reporters, presumably all college-educated, publicly claimed to wonder the same thing. The few reporters who were skeptical of the anonymously sourced reports on Russia were also mocked.

If someone associated with an intelligence agency had been granted anonymity to claim without evidence that Donald Trump — Donald Trump — had been a secret Russian agent for decades, or had for some reason paid prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow hotel bed President Obama once slept in, or had arranged clandestine meetings in Prague with top-level Kremlin operatives in a grand dirt-and-dollars-and-election-support scheme, it simply had to be true! Who was to say otherwise? Who was to demand evidence for the absurd conspiracy theory that had, it turned out, been manufactured as part of a Clinton campaign operation?

The response to Trump’s claim that the leaks from anonymous intelligence officials were producing fake news was one of many indicators that U.S. political media would be in no position to think critically or skeptically about whether they were being used by a politically motivated cabal of intelligence officials. The smarter ones might have known they were being used but simply determined they would be more than happy to play an important role in the operation.

Trump was right that the leaks were real but the news was false. Trump campaign aides did not have repeated contacts with Russian intelligence, contrary to what Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo breathlessly reported. Flynn was not a secret Russian agent. Neither was former Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Published At The Right Moment

The New York Times story was completely false, but the damage it caused the Trump administration was very real.

The false story was published mere hours after intelligence officials had successfully ousted Trump’s National Security Advisor Flynn following weeks of criminal and selectively edited leaks about his benign communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States. CNN “confirmed” the New York Times’ false reporting hours later.

The Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris and Carol E. Lee reported based on anonymous sources two days later that the CIA was withholding important national information from Trump because of supposedly legitimate concerns over his ties to Russia. Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo debunked that reporting immediately. The Washington Post openly talked about the “cloud of Russia” hanging over the Trump administration.

Still, the combination of stories and resulting hysteria was enough to lead Trump to hold a press conference in the East Room to address the growing Russia collusion narrative. It was there he described the “real” leak, “fake” news phenomenon he was dealing with.

As a reminder, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee had secretly bought and paid for the conspiracy theory to be manufactured, disseminated in the press, and seeded to the U.S. government. It failed to take off as much as they hoped before the election — and yes, contrary to popular reporting, Clinton’s Russia operation was absolutely deployed before the election, and resurrected by the Clinton campaign in the hours after her stunning defeat.

Then corporate media, humiliated by their failure to accurately report on the 2016 campaign, latched onto the conspiracy theory as a way to explain away their failure. Obama intelligence officials worked to give credence to the theory by leaking about Russia’s long-standing efforts to meddle in U.S. elections and attempting to insinuate Trump’s collusion with same.

At the time the New York Times story ran, it was received credulously by nearly the entire political and media class and received no meaningful pushback from them. “BREAKING: Minutes ago, NY Times bombshell– Trump campaign officials in contact w/Russian intelligence for full year,” tweeted Michael Moore. “Flynn was the appetizer. This is the meal,” tweeted Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas.

“Yes, this is as bad as it looks,” the Democratic National Committee stated. “If not a smoking gun, this is a very hot pistol,” opined Paul Begala. “The trail linking Trump to Russian interference in the election is getting closer and closer,” wrote Robert Reich. “Way beyond Flynn!” wrote an excited Sen. Amy Klobuchar, asking for support for a bill investigating Trump.

“Big NYT scoop,” bragged New York Times editor Cliff Levy. Slate’s Ashley Feinbergsaid, “it is [expletive deleted] insane that trump is not being impeached.” Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith said, “This story is a mother[expletive deleted]. We have crossed the Rubicon, folks.” “Whoa,” said Twitter enthusiast Bill Kristol.

“It’s all starting to unravel. This won’t be over soon and we must be relentlessly disciplined in how we discuss it,” said Russia hoaxer Susan Hennessey. “There are some important caveats in NYT story on Russia and Trump. But harder to see how Republicans resist probe,” lobbied Los Angeles Times White House reporter Chris Megerian.

“Holy moly,” said the Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce. “Oh wow,” wrote the Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner. “Boom,” wrote Der Spiegel’s Matthieu von Rohr. “Words just fail me,” said NPR’s Neela Banerjee. “Blockbuster story has been out 24 hrs & Trump has provided no explanation or refutation. Instead attacks leakers,” said Washington Post-enabled Max Boot. “Siren,” wrote Politico’s Blake Hounshell. “Can’t overstate the importance of a diligent, independent press that protects sources,” wrote Mallory Busch about the anonymously — and erroneously — sourced account.

“This is one of the biggest scandals in American history. Where will it end?” asked American Federation of Teachers union president Randi Weingarten. “Are there any constitutional redresses if the President of the US proves to be the Muscovian Candidate?” asked Foreign Policy senior correspondent Michael Hirsh.

The story was tweeted by Rachel Maddow, lead reporter Michael Schmidt, the New York Times’ Nate Cohn, Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Times reporter Jeremy Peters, AP bureau chief Michael Tackett, and rabid Democratic activist and CNN White House correspondent John Harwood,

Democrats pounced. “The need for an independent commission to investigate grows more urgent by the hour. Where is the GOP?,” lobbied Sen. Dick Durbin. “When is enough going to be enough for my GOP colleagues to allow a vote on independent investigation of White House?” asked Rep. Susan Davis. “It’s time for a full, in-depth, bipartisan investigation into the Trump administrations ties to #Russia,” wrote Colorado Democrats. “We need full investigation into connection between
@realDonaldTrump campaign & Russia. Too many unanswered questions,” was a popular refrain from House Democrats such as Ann McLane Kuster.

The comments went on and on and on. Each time the story has been debunked, this received little to no coverage from the same corporate media that trumpeted it.

Fighting the False Story Was Treated As Obstruction

Television news the week The New York Times published its false report was non-stop Russia hysteria. It dominated the Sunday shows. When White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told CBS’ John Dickerson “I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff,” The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman — who would also win a Pulitzer for her perpetuation of the false and dangerous Russia collusion hoax — claimed he was demanding that the media stop using anonymous sources.

When the New York Times story came out, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak privately with Priebus, according to reporting in Howard Kurtz’s book “Media Madness.” McCabe told Priebus that “everything” in the story was “bulls–t.” Priebus motioned to the bank of televisions showing that the media was taking it seriously and talking about it non-stop. He asked McCabe if he could say something publicly to push back. McCabe said he’d check with his colleagues and get back to him.

McCabe called back to say he couldn’t do anything. Comey also called Priebus to claim there was nothing they could say publicly. (McCabe admitted in his book “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” that he declined to say publicly that the report was false.)

What the FBI was willing to do, however, was leak to CNN that the “FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories.” That report made it seem like the reporting from The New York Times was legitimate and that the White House was obstructing a legitimate investigation, which, again, became a major theme of the Mueller investigation and attempts to impeach the president.

Comey did offer to brief congressmen and senators that the New York Times report was completely false. When those members said publicly that the New York Times report was false, that too was characterized as something nefarious.

“Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories,” was how the Washington Post’s Greg Miller spun that effort. Miller noted that the FBI declined to comment on whether they had told the White House that the New York Times story was completely false. Miller would also win a Pulitzer for his role in perpetuating the Russia collusion hoax.

In his book, McCabe said there was a disinformation campaign in the conservative blogosphere to suggest he had animus toward the president and had gleefully pursued Flynn, both of which he claimed were false. Of the reports, he said, “The stories may be fictional and the information false, but the consequences of this strategy are real.”

Whether or not McCabe’s denials are plausible, how much more powerful is the strategy when it’s not unread blogs but the most powerful media outlets in the world that are willing to spread fictional and false information.

 

Shall we try “canceling” the California teen…

…who tried, in a Twitter post (sorry, I will not link to anything on Twitter), to humiliate Trader Joe’s Grocery into changing all their generic/ethnic product names?  She did her best to bring down the wrath of the “Twitter Mob” on the grocery chain, who names some of its products after the countries in which they originated.  Say they want to sell soy sauce, they call their brand “Trader Ming’s”, or Italian Olive Oil, “Trader Giotto’s”.  We all know that TJ’s is being funny!  Those brands make their customers smile!

So, Little Miss Scold, @BrionesBedell, attempts to bring down the grocery chain.  Well, funny thing, she did not succeed!  The management at Trader Joe’s received so many notes of support from their customers, that they refused to bend to the winds of Political Correctness, and Cancel Culture!  We who shop at Trader Joe’s regularly, love those product names, and we love Trader Joe’s stores and their products.

So, Miss Briones Bedell, go crawl back under your rock, and be offended in private.  We don’t want to hear your scolding your elders and betters.

I’m very happy to support any of my readers and followers who are on Twitter in calling out this teenager, who needs a taste of her own medicine.

Debunking the latest conspiracy theories

Many people out there think that the ongoing story about the big tech/social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube) and others (Vimeo) censoring information they deem “Not True” is basically a conspiracy theory promulgated by conservatives who feel left out by the “in crowd”.  Videos below are removed by platforms almost as soon as they are posted, by the Almighty Arbiters of Truth on the Internet.  Do you want Facebook and Twitter and Google determining what of your posts are true?

Well, just this week, a group of Doctors, going by “Frontline Doctors”, put out a video press conference, where they describe their findings on the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine in treating cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan Coronavirus (which WAS spread around the world from Communist China).

Let’s make this Video go Viral Today!

 

https://www.bitchute.com/video/HeC0tHZDX7dk/

 

Oh, and by the way, this doctors’ group’s own website was taken down!  No Freedom of Speech in today’s United States.

New video posted today:

 

Today’s new video.

Followers, get out there and link to both these videos.  Defy Social Media Tyranny!

 

No New Ideas in the DemocRat Agenda, Biden?

This really made me laugh out loud.  Presumptive 2020 DemocRat presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out his plans to “target racial inequality”, and roll back President Trump’s policies.  Groan…

Check out this “multi pronged plan” to address long-standing racial inequality in the United States.  If he is elected, Joe Biden will:

Spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on:

A substantial boost in money for colleges with mainly black enrollment.

A new agency that would compete with private credit-ratings firms.

New Rules aimed at ensuring “fairness” in lending, along with “vows of tougher enforcement of anti discrimination regulations.”

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Then, there are:

Four Trillion Dollars in Tax Increases to help cover his proposals, including raising rates on corporations [who do not pay taxes, but pass along their expenses to customers in higher prices]; investments [targeting YOU, who have investments in your college-savings and retirement accounts]; and high-earners [helping destroy incentives for lower-earners to earn more].  {with thanks to the Wall Street Journal for the list above}

Why would you, as a voter, vote in favor of all these old, hackneyed, proven-ineffective programs?  Why would you consciously vote into office someone who has stated very plainly that he is in favor of increasing the cost of living for everyone?  Leftists simply can’t think of anything new to do with their power, other than More New Government Programs and Agencies, and Higher Taxes.

Defund the Police, you say?

Defund the Police, you say?

Can you ID these suspects in a North Seattle convenience store robbery?

 

“People are dying”  Shootings at Aurora Ave. Motel spark neighborhood backlash.

 

Two people injured in late-night shooting as gun violence continues in Seattle

 

Local broker says people frustrated with protests, violence choose to move out of Seattle.

 

Roving band breaks into Seattle businesses, vandalizing, destroying.

 

Those are only the headlines.  Who will answer your 911 call about an intruder outside your house?  Who will respond when you come home to find your home ransacked?  Who will you call on when you find your car stolen from your driveway?

Defund the police, then see what happens.  You might not like the results.

Thought for the Day: Madness, and containing the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus

Madness is defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

Governments everywhere locked down their states, destroying local economies and throwing millions of people out of work.  Just lately, after gradual re-opening, states and counties are now mandating that everyone wear a mask in the presence of “strangers”; in offices, factories, restaurants (when not eating), stores (including grocery stores), and even homes, for the express reason of containing the spread of the virus.

In spite of the above, the virus continues to spread.  Every single state, locked-down or not, reports more cases of the disease caused by the virus, every day.  It is a rare day that no new cases are reported.  People continue to die of the disease caused by the virus.  Every day, and everywhere, new cases and deaths are reported.

This looks like the lockdowns and mandatory mask-wearing are ineffective in containing the spread of the virus.  Government edicts (not laws handed down by legislatures) issued to contain the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus are obviously not working.

But what do governments do?  They double-down, triple-down on the efforts that have proven ineffective!

Madness, just madness.  There may come a time soon when those edicts will be defied by large numbers of citizens.

Are you suffering from this newly-identified syndrome?

Are you increasingly anxious when you venture out to the grocery store, and every other shopper shies away from you?  Do you get heart palpitations watching TV, and hearing about the newest Governmental Covid Decree?  Do you notice a red, itchy rash on the parts of your face covered by the mandatory mask?  Are you chafing under the latest government intrusion on your personal life?

Are you seeing your freedom of movement increasingly circumscribed?  Are you sad, that you can’t see even your extended family?  Are you feeling like it may be time to start taking responsibility for your own life, instead of the government running it?  Are your finances in as bad a shape as they have ever been, due to loss of your job, by government decree?  Are you taking your anxiety out on your spouse?

Well, maybe you are suffering from SILS, or Severe Individual Liberty Syndrome.  And the only known cure for SILS is behavioral. The Cure is Growth of Backbone, and Defiance of Tyranny.  Fellow Sufferers, Take Back Your Lives!  Resist the urge to Rat out your neighbors for not wearing masks.  Invite your neighbors over for drinks!  Become a Free Individual, and Live Your Life as such.

Fellow Sufferers, we cannot let the government and its so-called “experts” determine the course of our lives and the entire US economy.  Embrace your Liberty!  Defy Tyranny!

NO. Absolutely not. No way. Ever.

NO. Absolutely not.  No way. Ever.

The latest “expert” opinion on the Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis, brought to you in all its Red, Communist plumage.  Coronavirus expert estimates how long we will be required to wear masks.

This particular “expert” estimates that we will be required to wear masks when around other people for Several Years. How many of my readers are prepared to go out in public, to work, to shop, to a restaurant, or virtually anywhere, with your FACE, the part of you that makes you Human, covered by a mask, for the next Several Years?  How many of us will be willing to literally never see the faces of our friends, relatives, coworkers, and family, for years to come?

And who will be doing the requiring?  Will the CDC, who has been fudging the statistics for months, issue the proclamation that masks should be required, literally forever?  We all know that Democrat governors and mayors all over the country have been reveling in their power to literally stop their economies in their tracks, by executive orders never sanctioned by their elected legislatures.  And they love being able to decide what kinds of businesses are “essential”, and which are non-essential, thus picking winners and losers (except for the fact that all businesses have been losers in one way or another from the Chinese-introduced virus).

The governor of my state of Washington has made mask-wearing in public Mandatory, State-wide.  Even in small towns in Eastern Washington with few cases.  I am already defying that mandate, and if the so-called expert referenced above is believed by the powers that be, I will defy that mandate also.

I am hoping that this will simply be a bridge too far for most people.  Most of the people in my life have rolled over and played dead for Dimslee, and meekly go about with their masks on.  Not I, said the nearly-retired Patriot.

Jenny Durkan, the Mayor of Seattle, is Racist, and Black Lives don’t seem to matter to her

Jenny Durkan, the Mayor of Seattle, is Racist, and Black Lives don’t seem to matter to her

For nearly a month now, activists have occupied a portion of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Those activists and their hangers-on have barricaded the streets; desecrated the Seattle Police East Precinct and prevented the Police from returning there; broken windows and graffiti-tagged businesses in their “zone”; and allowed multiple shootings and two deaths.  The shooting victims were all Black men.  Do you see the Mayor decrying those deaths, and bringing the murderers to justice?

No, the Mayor is actually sympathetic to the Antifa and other so-called activists’ demands, and, funny thing, the vast majority of those wreckers are White!  For a month, the mayor has let those destructive, law-breaking activists hold part of her city, and has refrained from arresting them all and clearing out their manifestly illegal blocking of city streets.  Even the Black police chief, Carmen Best, has refrained from actually doing anything to remove the occupiers from city streets and let HER police officers back into their precinct station.  She comes out with these wimpy statements:

“Enough is enough,” she said during an impromptu Monday morning press conference with reporters. “It’s very fluid, (and) it’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP.”

Weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel!  What a total flop that police chief has been.  And the Washington State Patrol has also been complicit to a large degree, willingly blocking off both directions of Interstate Highway 5 going through downtown Seattle every time the demonstrators decide to walk onto the freeway.  I am on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s mailing list for long-haul truckers, and I have seen multiple messages a day noting the blockage of I-5 with no reason given (perhaps they are afraid to tell the truckers the reason they cannot proceed down the highway with their goods).

The White Mayor of Seattle and the Black Police Chief exhibit racist behaviors in their lack of action to bring the murderers of black men, and the occupiers of City streets to Justice.  Do not believe one word they say about Black Lives Mattering to them.  Their actions say otherwise.

Calling All Citizens of the State of Washington: Defy Tyranny, Resist the Mandatory Wearing of Masks Outside the Home

The governor of the state of Washington, “Sleepy” Jay Dimslee, has issued a Proclamation, making it mandatory that ALL citizens wear face-covering masks whenever outside their homes.  This Edict applies to all citizens over the age of Two Years.  The Penalty for being caught without a mask over your face is a Misdemeanor Citation; as in, you will have a Criminal Record.  And the duration of this Edict is: Until there is a Vaccine against the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus.  Anyone willing to bet on when that might be? 18 months?  Two years?

There are some exceptions to this Mandate.  People with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt, as are those actually eating in a restaurant.  Those are the only two exemptions.

Now, you parents out there, how many of you think you will be able to make your three- and four-year-old children wear a mask?  And what will you be teaching your children?  Why, you will be teaching them to FEAR Other People!  No, Johnny, when we go out to visit Aunt Mary, we all must wear masks so we don’t breathe Aunt Mary’s air.  Why?  Because we might catch a deadly disease from Aunt Mary.  Or She might catch a deadly disease from Us!

This unilateral Edict from the Holy Governor of the People of the State of Washington is not only unconstitutional (it is not a law passed by the legislature, and it has a criminal penalty, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Executive branch of government), it is practically unenforceable.  I wonder if local police and sheriffs will be happy about having to cite the thousands of Free Citizens of Washington for the crime of going outside the home unmasked.  How many Washington Citizens will be willing to add a new item of clothing to their daily wardrobe, and have to breathe in their own CO2 for at least another full year?

Not I, said the Free Citizen of Washington State.  I am not a Serf, bound to my Master in Olympia, and I will not comply.

Free Citizens, Join Me in Defying Tyranny!  Resist the Mask Mandate!  Stand up for your Constitutional Rights to Freely Assemble.