Friday, October 18, 2019

Wow, Fox News Refusing to Allow a Trump Lie to Stand: Calling Him Out

It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
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Editorial Cartoons and Artwork – Quid Pro Quo Edition

Here are some of the best editorial cartoons this week — mainly focused on the whistleblower complaint which has uncovered much of the treasonous wrongdoings of the past two and half years and has...
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Trump’s “Worst Kept Secret in DC” Could Take Down Pence and Barr

Whoa. It appears that his week’s breaking story, Trump withholding Ukrainian aid in an attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating Biden, is not a breaking story within the DC “beltway.” People “in the know” have known for months. This is more than just an interesting aside, it has direct implications for who may be going to jail, or impeached, including Mike Pence and William Barr. The notes and transcript may have been contained in a top-secret server, but it certainly was not “top secret.” From Rawstory: Scarborough said he and Brzezinski heard almost two months ago from a former Department of Defense official that Trump was holding up the aid as leverage, and he said the allegation was widely known. “It seemed to be the worst kept secret in Washington, D.C., that’s why Republicans denying a quid pro quo today is so laughable,” Scarborough said Now, if Joe and Mika knew of the story, having been told by a “Department of Defense” official, someone outside of the White House and outside the formal intelligence community, it defies belief that Mike Pence, and William Barr knew nothing about the threat. Speaking of Mike Pence, perhaps we didn’t appreciate Pence’s trip to Poland enough, at the time. We were too focused upon sharpies and hurricanes hitting Huntsville. But Pence had his eye on the ball, and a message from his boss, to give to the Ukrainian president, who was also in Poland at the time: Pence met with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky early this month in Poland, where he denied speaking about Biden but did admit to discussing corruption — which Trump has used as a code word for his efforts to investigate the former vice president’s son. Both Trump and Rudy Giuliani used “corruption” as the code word when they address the need to investigate Biden. It is hard for me, or anyone, to believe that Pence did not deliver the exact same message to Ukrainian president  Zelensky, “you must investigate Biden.” Pence could be destined for impeachment himself, especially if that discussion was more “express” in its quid pro quo. Though, of course that would be tough to prove. But, want to know who would “know” exactly what was discussed? Joe Scarborough assures us that John Bolton will know, and will talk. Pence is in real trouble. But the problems for the Trump crowd do not end there, because the fact that this was “widely known” among the right circles in Washington also means that Barr’s denial that he knew “anything” about what Trump said during the phone call, or had been asked to do anything, becomes less tenuous. James Maguire, the DNI who testified yesterday, said the complaint had been forwarded to the Department of Justice for investigation, and the DOJ declined to investigate the matter. Perhaps prior to today, we might have believed that the matter didn’t come to Barr’s attention. Though, to be sure, even that is doubtful, a complaint asking that the president be investigated for extortion is likely something of which the Attorney General would be aware. But, now that we know that this was the “worst kept secret” and that it had been making the rounds, all combined with the fact that the funds certainly had been withheld, makes it impossible to believe that Barr didn’t […]

HA! Chris Wallace Says In Response To Trump Attack, ‘One Of Us Has Daddy...

Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]
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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 😂😂😂😂😂 Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  
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Bannon: Trump will lose supporters when they discover he’s just another non-billionaire scumbag

Steve Bannon took a break from turning into compost for long enough to speak with Michael Wolff for Wolff’s latest book, Siege: Trump Under Fire. And Bannon had a lot of salty things to...

Trump Heated, Saturday Night Tweet-Storm: “Spying on Our Own President”

Look out, “he” is on another tweet storm. Thankfully, this one constitutes hard evidence that Trump is feeling the heat, bigly. He must be worried that soliciting a bribe from a foreign country to meddle in the U.S. election is a crime or something. He went “third person,” where he goes when most maligned by truth. I guess he believes his victimhood rings clearer? “It appears that an American spy in one of our intelligence agencies may have been spying on our own president. The complaint suggests that this intel agent was listening in on Trump’s conversation…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019 Not done: ….with a foreign leader. Was this person officially asked to listen to the conversation or was he or she secretly listening in?” @GreggJarrett — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019 Yes, I know he is “officially” quoting someone else, and yet you know as well as I do that he’s actually not. Those words are his, just “adopted.” But, this is how he does it. It is all now – according to Don – about the process itself, how his actions got to be discovered, not about his actions or what was said. In the “FISA issue,” he wanted to investigate the investigators, and make an enemy out of Jim Comey. He now doesn’t want to talk about his actual bribery of the Ukraine, he wants to discuss why it is that someone was “spying” on him, and make that “spy” the enemy of the United States. It is all a plot against him, it always is, according to First-Victim. This is why we have whistleblower statutes. Because sometimes someone sees things, and doesn’t want to explain how or why they know of the issue, nor do they want to face the wrath of a superior, caught in a crime. But, more importantly, we know that Trump is deeply worried. He has lost the discipline needed to stay quiet about what the actual scandal might entail, and has now legitimized the Washington Post story. He is, in effect, admitting that he solicited a bribe from Ukraine. This is the “so what?” phase, with the victimhood built-in. Last, and perhaps I am the only lawyer on earth who sees it this way since I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere, but I think he just “waived” his right to “executive privilege” by discussing the contents of the whistleblower claim, and referring it to a Fox News Media analyst. Remember, all privileges can be waived, and once they’re waived, they do not come back. He cannot – in my mind – pick and choose which aspects of the whistleblower complaint he discusses. He is supposed to have some level of discipline. Ha, I know. “Discipline.” We will see. One thing that ought to put a small smile on your face and you consider your Saturday evening, Trump is one scared man. It would seem that his fear is sincere, which is ironic, since … Never mind. Happy Saturday night. UPDATE TIME MORE TWEETS: Rollin’ rollin rollin, keep that tweet-fest rollin, rawhide! The LameStream Media had a very bad week. They pushed numerous phony stories and got caught, especially The Failing New York Times, which has lost more money over the last 10 years than any […]
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Loans of over $1 Billion to Trump by SCOTUS justice Kennedy’s son, but nothing...

Anthony Kennedy’s son works for Deutschbank and has loaned Trump over $1 billion in real estate loans. But as we have seen there’s no collusion, not even Russian collusion in the Trump regime. But they had a connection, one Mr....

Trump Is Squirming Over Jeffrey Epstein Arrest Judging By This Newsclip

Donald Trump keeps forgetting that since he has dedicated his life to living in front of the cameras and in the press, there’s an awful lot of documentation on what he has said and done in the past — not that he remembers any of it, necessarily, because you don’t need to have studied psychiatry in Vienna to have figured out that Trump is becoming progressively more and more unhinged as time goes by. His father died of Alzheimer’s and Trump is exhibiting all the signs as well. Unhinged or not, take a look at how Trump reacted to a protester holding aloft a picture of Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, in June, 2018 at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. Some nerve got struck. Why do you suppose a guy holding up a picture of Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump got this reaction? pic.twitter.com/TuAQqlt7ZZ — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) July 7, 2019 Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New York City Saturday on charges of sex trafficking dozens of minors to New York and Florida between the years 2002 and 2005. Although Trump bragged about knowing Epstein in a New York Magazine profile published on Epstein in 2002, how much do you want to bet that by mid-morning Sunday, Monday at the latest, Epstein will be TrumpWorld’s newest coffee boy? And you know what will be interesting? Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s role in all this. Acosta used to be a federal prosecutor in Miami and he illegally kept the details of Epstein’s slap-on-the-wrist plea from his victims. Swampiness there, much? But Trump hires only the best people, doncha know.  
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Guess what! Everything Hillary said about Trump-Putin turned out to be true

The 2016 general election debates were pretty jarring. Watching these grotesqueries felt a little like showing up for a Werner Heisenberg/Niels Bohr lecture about the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and discovering that Bohr had been...

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