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Jail time for the attempted coup?

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Only minions go to jail in the US political system. I well recall the triumphant online howls of Lefties after Obama’s election in 2008, with visions of Cheney, and perhaps even the evil BushHitler himself, being “perp-walked” in orange jumpsuits. Similarly with Trump supporters on Clinton with “Lock her Up“. Then there’s the endless fantasies of the Left about convicting Trump himself, yet another of which collapsed just the other day.

The Eight Key Russia Collusion Hoaxers TL to BR
Michael Haden, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Peter Strzok, Fiona Hill, Sally Yates, James Clapper

So it will go for all the assholes shown in this photo, plus many others identified in this Federalist article, who may never even be investigated, which they group as people in: Comey’s FBI, Obama’s DOJ, Obama’s State Department, Democratic National Committee, Clinton Campaign, and Clinton’s opposition research group, Fusion GPS.

Yes, it is that tangled and convoluted, which is yet another reason there will be few consequences. Not enough ordinary people care about what is a bigger scandal and crime than Watergate, because it’s just another complex Washington D.C. scandal they don’t understand – while those who do know, including many outside the USA, don’t care because it helped damage Trump and the implementation of his policies.

The primary criminal investigation is now being led by John Durham, one of the few men in D.C. with a genuine reputation as a straight-shooter, based on his work for both the Bush and Obama administrations investigating the likes of the CIA. He started in 2019 and the going has been so slow that I’d pretty much given up on him catching and convicting anybody. But it turns out that the man does move and in 2022 he’s prosecuting a few people in trials.

Carter Page & Kevin Clinesmith

My cynicism is based on what has already happened to a key, if minor figure in the FBI, who is mentioned in that Federalist article. The story concerns one Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide, who got wire-tapped by the FBI in 2016. By 2018 jokes were being made that Page must be the cleanest man in D.C., for despite all their work there was no sign that the FBI was even going to indict Page, let alone prosecute him, on the basis of dirty work with the Russians, or anything else for that matter. After another year had passed it became clear as to why that was.

Carter Page had actually been working with the CIA. Not unusual; the history of modern spy agencies is that they’ve often used businessmen simply to learn ordinary things that help the spies build a better picture of their frenemies. Thus it’s also standard practice for the FBI Counter-Intelligence group, when they’re about to investigate an American citizen, to contact the CIA and other intelligence agencies to see if they’re using these citizens as a source. The FBI did that in this case and got the confirming email from the CIA.

And then FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith changed it to read the exact opposite, which was then presented to the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court, together with the infamous fake known as the Steele Dossier, as evidence that Page deserved to be spied on. Incredibly Clinesmith was already serving on the Mueller investigation when he did this – until he got dumped after the revelation of his private texts by the FBI Inspector General’s Report showed an incredible degree of anti-Trump bias. Of course the more famous of these people and their texts was this one between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:

The IG report said [Lisa] Page texted Strzok in August 2016, after Trump won the GOP presidential nomination, fretting, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok replied, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,”

Aside from getting canned by the FBI, Strzok and Page suffered no other penalties. After Durham got Clinesmith the government requested a three-to-six month prison sentence but instead the judge sentenced him to community service and imposed no fine. In June 2021 his law license was suspended for just one year, but it was applied retroactively from his guilty plea so he got it back in August 2021.

For lying to not just any court but the FISA court to enable spying on US citizens. Must be nice to be a partisan Democrat working for the FBI, DOJ or the State Department.

But why pick on Clinesmith, Strzok and Page when other parts of the Establishment were just as dirty, right to the top:

The very day in January 2017 that then-FBI Director James Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring content from Christopher Steele’s dossier had been “verified,” he wrote President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, that “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting”

“The FBI filed three renewal applications with the FISC, on January 12, April 7, and June 29, 2017. In addition to repeating the seven significant errors contained in the first FISA application and outlined above, we identified 10 additional significant errors in the three renewal applications,” Horowitz’s Inspector General report said.

The following links are an excellent three part summary of the 400 page, 2019 Horowitz report: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. There are extensive quotes from the report about the problems with both Steele and his “Primary Sub-source” but I’ll stick with summaries from two different articles, starting with Steele…

The FBI had terminated Steele two months earlier for violating the terms of his confidential informant agreement by leaking to the news media. The FBI had also had been warned by the CIA since 2015 that Steele was susceptible to Russian disinformation because he was too involved with oligarchs…the FBI had interviewed in November 2016 one of Steele’s former MI6 bosses, who warned agents that Steele had overstated his seniority during the time he served in British intelligence.

… followed by the details of the “Primary Sub-source”, who should have been investigated before the FISA applications were made:

The FBI also hid all that from the FISA court and even during later testimony before Congress. Comey has no excuses. His FBI knew all this by January 2017. They also fought like hell to prevent then House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes from releasing this in early 2018.

But one big letdown of the Horowitz report was that it treated all this as mere “errors”, and it did not ask why the FBI had failed to investigate a big problem with Steele:

One area the FBI assiduously avoided was Steele’s knowledge that he was working for the Clinton Campaign and his understanding that his research would be publicized and used to affect the 2016 election.  This information, had it been presented, would have been critical to the FISA Court’s ability to evaluate Steele’s bias.

This lack of information or deference means that, first, the IG did not fully establish exactly the relevant chains of command (Comey and McCabe at the FBI; Yates, Boente and Rosenstein at the DOJ); and second, he did not pin down what the players knew and when they knew it.

Some of this information vacuum occurred because several players in the FBI’s crime drama (such as Comey), refused to cooperate with the IG.  What they knew or should have known and when they knew it will be key questions that need to be answered.  Bottom line, the IG’s Report is itself damning, but it is not the final word.

And this is where Durham’s investigation has differed from Horowitz’s: it’s a criminal inquiry. Durham clearly does think that criminal skullduggery occurred across these agencies, and showed his teeth right from the start in 2019 by dissenting from the IG’s view that the Steele dossier “played no role in the Crossfire Hurricane opening”. That link has a concise list of the reasons why Durham does not agree, together with a detailed timeline of how the FBI learned of the dossier and started the investigation, including these two doozies:

  • The FBI’s faith in Steele extended to sharing classified information with him. According to Horowitz, at an October 2016 meeting in Rome, FBI agents gave Steele a “general overview” of Crossfire Hurricane, including its then-secret probes of Manafort, Page, Flynn, and Papadopoulos. The FBI was so eager to enlist Steele that it offered to pay him $15,000 “just for attending” the Rome meeting and a “significantly” greater amount if he could collect more information.
  • Then-senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie worked alongside Steele at Fusion GPS, first made contact with Steele right before the former British spy’s meeting with [FBI agent] Gaeta on July 5,

Wheels within fucking wheels in this crowd of husbands, wives and lovers. Pillow talk among honourable people! Trust in people you already knew should not be trusted.

Incidentally, it turns out that Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (whose clearance from charges I covered here), accused by the Clinton campaign, sundry Intelligence Community leakers and the MSM (of course) of getting too close to Russia, starting in 2015 with a dinner with Putin, was operating then as an intelligence source for the USA. In his case for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), who testified to Mueller that Flynn had approached them before the meeting and been de-briefed afterwards. Mueller sat on those affidavits because they weren’t material to his prosecution of Flynn’s 2016 actions as NSA – and also because they would have blown up the Mueller-Clinton narrative. They were only just released the other day after some minor news outfit called JustTheNews extracted them from the government – doing the work the MSM did not want to do. Flynn is now suing the US government for $50 million, and in act of petty revenge they’re suing him for the $40,000 they spent on the 2015 trip.

Igor Danchenko

In November 2021 Durham made public that the “Primary Sub-source” was one Igor Danchenko and indicted him for lying to the FBI. That led to other revelations such as him being investigated in 2009 by the FBI as a possible Russian spy since he was connected to two men they were already investigating as spies.

But, in what would become an alarming theme, the FBI did not follow through and closed the investigation in March 2011, apparently believing that Danchenko had gone back to Russia.

In fact, he had begun working with Steele. Danchenko was introduced to Steele in 2010 by Fiona Hill, another Brookings Russia scholar.

The Brookings Institution is essentially the foreign policy cover organisation for the Clinton Foundation. And Fiona Hill? Where have you heard that name before? Oh right, she was a key witness during Trump’s first impeachment. No bias there. It gets better.

In 2016, she introduced Danchenko to Charles Dolan, a Russia-focused businessman and Democratic Party activist.

Dolan is identified in the indictment as “PR Executive-1” because he helped run a public-relations firm. He is a longtime Clinton insider, having worked on Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, as well as Hillary’s failed 2008 and 2016 bids. In the interim, he was appointed by President Clinton to a State Department advisory committee. From 2006 until 2014, the Kremlin retained Dolan to be its global public-relations agent. For much of that time, conveniently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the Obama administration point-person on the “Russia Reset,” in which the State Department promoted Russian economic development.

So far from being “inside Russia” it would be more accurate to say that Danchenko was inside the Clinton orbit. Information from Russian sources was actually from the Clinton campaign, with key player Dolan as – literally – a Kremlin agent. If you read that article (from none other than the Trump-loathing team at National Review) you’ll see that the information flow ran from Dolan to Danchenko to Steele to the FBI.

By the way, Clinton’s opposition research firm FusionGPS was also simultaneously working directly for Vladimir Putin, attempting to drum up media and government support for overturning the US Global Magnitsky Act, which Putin did not like.

And these people had the chutzpah to say Trump was tied to the Russians. There is no better deflection than to accuse your opponent of what you’re doing.

I’ve no doubt that Danchenko will be convicted of lying to the FBI and since he is not a precious worker for any of the three-letter Federal agencies he might see some jail time, but not much.

Michael Sussman

Which brings us to the latest in Durhams work: the prosecution of former Hillary Clinton and Democrat National Commitee (DNC) lawyer, Michael Sussman, for the same crime of lying to the FBI.

In Sussman’s case he approached the FBI directly, claiming that he had damaging information about Trump – specifically that he was colluding with the Russian Alfa Bank via a secret server hotline – and claimed that he was doing so out of his concern as an American citizen – when in fact he was acting as the Clinton campaign lawyer and billing them for the time he spent with the FBI.

That last fact caused some fun when Durham subpoenaed key people from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign – the DNC, Fusion GPS, and liberal law firm Perkins Coie – and demanded to see all of Sussman’s communications with them. His lawyers claimed attorney-client privilege that meant they would not disclose them, but Durham already had the text messages:

“Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

Durham had painted him into a corner. He got the comms. He’s also got some star witnesses who are singing in the dock, likely to save their own hides.

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who Sussman met, testified that he was “100% confident” about the following, which confirmed Sussman’s own text.

Sussmann claimed no client was behind the Alfa-Bank disinfo, a claim represented in a subsequent meeting with “Bill Priestap, who was the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, and Trisha Anderson, the FBI’s deputy general counsel, right after his Sussmann meeting.” Both wrote down that there was no connection to a client in their meeting notes.

In other words, not just a dumb process lie (like “lying” about the date of a meeting) but a material lie; one that directly affected the FBI investigation of Trump and his team.

Then it was the turn of longtime Clinton lawyer, Mark Elias:

Sussmann’s partner at the time, also testified that they were representing the Clinton team and had hired the Fusion GPS to help dig up dirt on the Trump team. Durham also got in other records during Elias’ testimony showing that they were meeting on the Alfa Bank, and Elias said that he considered his work with Sussmann and Joffe to be part of his Clinton campaign work.

Durham then played a crucial card by getting the testimony of two former CIA agents who testified that Sussman had told the same lies to them, which shows a pattern of deliberate lying.

Then, last Friday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook directly implicated Hillary Clinton herself by testifying that she approved the plan to spread the lie. Some people, like Liberal Democrat law professor Jonathan Turley, seem to think this is a big deal, and perhaps if the MSM put it on the front-pages (Yes, yes, I know) it might become a big deal for the general public. But as the boys at Powerline point out, if you didn’t follow the MSM then you already knew about this ages ago:

More broadly, we have long known that Hillary personally directed the Russia collusion hoax. Indeed, the Obama administration knew this virtually from the hoax’s inception. We wrote about this a year and a half ago, based on handwritten notes by John Brennan, then CIA Director, dated July 28,2016.

According to these documents, Hillary approved the plan to smear Donald Trump with the Russia collusion hoax on July 26, 2016. (The Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele “dossier” fabrication was under way by this time.) Her action was immediately picked up by Russian intelligence. At almost the same time, U.S. intelligence, spying on the Russians, got the story. On July 28, just two days after Hillary allegedly green-lighted the smear, Barack Obama, James Comey, Susan Rice and Denis McDonough assembled to be briefed by John Brennan on the situation.

Hillary Clinton – and friends

Closer and closer Durham comes to the heart of the scandal. I think Sussman is a dead duck, but even in his case there is a glimmer of hope in that it’s a jury trial set in Washington D.C where 92% of voters went for Biden in 2020:

Many of the members of the broader jury pool, as well as some selected for the jury itself, expressed strong disdain for former President Donald Trump and/or support for Clinton. Most said they hadn’t heard of the Sussmann case until the judge told them about it last week.

“I remembered that the 2016 election was kind of a mess and that there were a lot of shenanigans,” one of the selected jurors told the court.

Heh. A perfect example of the general public and this entire scandal. Maybe that sort of ignorance will help the prosecution: maybe it will help the defence. Sussman has probably bet on the latter, otherwise he’d have pled guilty by now in the face of all this evidence.

But as I said at the start of this post, I can’t believe that any of these senior people will ever suffer any legal penalties for all this, especially Hillary Clinton. A lot of minor figures in the Clintons world have gone to jail over the years, all the way back to the Whitewater scandal, but never the main players. As just one current example, Hillary’s original Tweet about the Alfa Bank mentions one Jake Sullivan releasing the statement as the Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor: Sullivan is now Biden’s National Security Adviser FFS. As professor Turley says:

Hillary Clinton has always had a sort of Voldemort-like status of she who must not be named in a scandal. The Clintons have really been able to avoid direct responsibility in a series of scandals. And here was her campaign manager effectively dropping the dime on his former boss and saying, “Look, she approved it. She knew about it.”

But the thing to keep in mind is that President Obama was briefed when he was president, that Hillary Clinton was planning to make a Russian collusion claim against Donald Trump to try to sort of get out of her own email issues during the campaign.

And we now have someone saying, “Yeah, she green-lighted the Alfa Bank claims,” which were completely without foundation. The Clintons are really quite adept at avoiding direct responsibility on some of these scandals, and I expect that will be the case here.

With the exception of false statements made to federal investigators, there’s not a lot that can be brought for charges against a wide array of individuals.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 23, 2022 at 6:00 am

Weekend Hunter Headlines

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Of course these won’t be headlines, even though they should be.

First up is news from the world of US Left-Wing corruption, starting with Burn Loot Murder seemingly having nobody in charge of the accounts that still have $60 million of donated moolah sitting in them. You know that it’s actually a sign of respect (a small sign) that the BLM leaders ripped off only $30 million from it. I guess there were more BLM real estate investors like Patrisse Cullors than anybody knew.

Anyway the good news is that a lawyer has stepped in to take care of things: Marc Elias. And who is he? Why he’s Hillary Clinton’s chief fixer, her Russia Collusion cut-out man, and as a result currently a person of interest for the Durham inquiry. Remember that great TIME magazine story about how the 2020 election was “fortified”?:

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

So the word went out: stand down.

So the Democrat Party, which claims to be separate from BLM and Antifa, can strike deals with them to tamp down on the violence and rioting the two months before the election so that they don’t hurt the Democrats’ chances – all while claiming to not have anything to do with them – besides donating to them and bailing their criminal thugs out of jail. And now, over a year later, one of Clinton’s key guys swoops in to take care of BLM’s loose change

Elias, best known for his funding of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier while he served as Clinton’s 2016 campaign general counsel, appears to be representing the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation through his recently formed Elias Law Group. BLM’s national organization repeatedly lists the Elias firm as one of its addresses and states in its short-year 2020 Form 990 that its books were now in the care of the Elias Law Group.

Additionally, Minyon Moore, a longtime top ally of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, is now listed as part of BLM’s board of directors in the charity’s filings.

The level of corruption in Washington D.C. is off the scale, in the sense that these people can pull these stunts right in front of you and get away with it. Of course part of the secret to getting away with it is to have cover from the MSM, like the NYT – and this news deserves to go not to them but their cross-town rivals, the NY Post, who cracked the original story of Hunter Biden’s laptop:

How did The Times “authenticate” the laptop? It doesn’t say. Unlike The Post’s reporting, which detailed exactly how we got the files and where they came from, The Times does a hand wave to anonymous sources. No facts have changed since fall 2020. They knew the laptop was real from the start. They just didn’t want to say so.

There’s never any shame with these 180s. Sorry that we wrote a “fact check” that turned out to be bull! Sorry we wrote a piece claiming something wasn’t a story and you were stupid for thinking so!

Twitter banned us for supposedly publishing “hacked materials” that weren’t hacked. The company’s CEO apologized, but by that point they had accomplished what they wanted. Like The Times, they cast enough doubt to avoid making their preferred candidate look bad.

Readers of The Times have discovered in March 2022 that Hunter Biden pursued business deals in Europe and Asia, and may have leveraged his father’s position as vice president to do it. Hunter also may not have properly registered with the government nor declared all his income. All legitimate topics of discussion about a presidential candidate’s family, no?

Readers of The Post have known this since October 2020. We also have a much better sports section. We’ve authenticated it.

Remember that the Post is dismissed as a mere “tabloid” – unlike that paragon of reporting, the NYT, who ignored this story in late 2020 because the only thing that mattered was beating Trump, and who now bury it 20 pages into their A-section. Remember also that they and the WaPo, among others, screamed about how some fifty retired “intelligence professionals” swore up hill and down dale that the laptop story was “Russian Disinformation”. What are the odds that any of these MSM “journalists” will follow-up on those assholes?

And gee, who could the President of the United States have been thinking of when he gaffed this out the other day unscripted…

Between naked shots, hookers, cocaine, booze and shady deals from China to the Ukraine the question is what Putin and the FSB (and the Chinese) don’t have on Joe Biden.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 19, 2022 at 9:07 am

Vox Populi? Vox Humbug!

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That was General Sherman’s summation of the press’s response to General Grant’s great victory at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Sherman, a solid friend of Grant, bluntly said that while the press were praising the man now it came only after months of calling him a useless drunkard, and that they would turn on him again tomorrow when something went wrong.

I’ve already written – in Political Science and From ZOMG Omicron to “Long Covid”, – of the about-faces being taken by the likes of the CDC, Dr Fauci, Democrat governors and their MSM stenographers on Chinese Xi Snot-related things like masks, PCR tests, quarantine periods and what case numbers really mean – all of which is happening as the fortunes of the Democrat party nosedive, which is a complete coincidence.

The explosion in Omicron case numbers is just further evidence of how all those messages have to change if the Democrats are going to avoid being held responsible, although given how hard they pushed it in 2020 it’s going to be a slog to get away from stuff as blatant as “I’m gonna shutdown the virus”. The US MSM will try to help of course.

One of them, opinionater economist Paul Krugman, has become the go-to man for having to eat his words on almost every issue you can think of, entirely because of his pathetic and slavish devotion to the Democrats.

Sad to see what has become of a Economics Nobel prize winner, but he’s not alone.

They’re also refusing to cover the worsening shortages of food and other goods in US stores – which is a result of the impact on supply chains of their C-19 responses – leaving it to the British MSM, who are not so invested in defending Biden, to do the job, as the Daily Mail does here with “Back in the USSR“:

Holy Guacamole, sports fans. In 1989 Boris Yeltsin visited a Randalls supermarket in Texas and was so astonished with what he saw that he was despondent on the flight to Miami: “he sat motionless, his head in his hands… the last vestige of Bolshevism collapsed inside of the man”.

The odds of “President” Biden and his staff having a similar Come To Jesus moment after looking at the current #BareShelvesBiden are about zero, which is quite telling in comparison to a man who grew up in a communist system but could still face reality and learn.

As National Review’s Jim Geraghty (moderate Right Wingers you can trust) points out, local TV stations and newspapers, and their websites, across the USA, are covering this story, complete with those all-powerful photos of empty shelves, but their National affiliates refuse to pick it up.

The likes of Krugman, Hiltzik, and many other Democrat Operatives With Bylines continue to get published. However, they clearly are feeling the heat of those massive declines in readership (Die MSM, Die – Dying, they still beckon) because now they’re trying to take out their new competitors. Two recent examples are Joe Rogan, who they have whinged to Spotify about, asking them to pull his podcasts due to his “misinformation”….

… and then a hit-piece on “broadcaster”, Dan Bongino. The latter was seen as one of the successors to Rush Limbaugh but, like the Bernie Sanders-supporting Rogan, their impact is via Internet podcasts rather than talk-radio, let alone other older media – and not through the ring-fenced Social Media gardens of TwitFace and company either.

The fight was never summed up better than Bongino’s response to the The New Yorker.

It’s no surprise then that despite their great strivings to support Biden, the MSM is failing on that front as well, with his latest Quinnipiac poll at 33% popularity, three points down from the same poll in November in a year-long trend of decline. That’s five points worse than Trump was at the same stage of his first year (38% approval). Other recent polls are just as bad:

Not only that, but he’s dragging his entire party to its doom – although I’m not prepared to let Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the rest of those idiots and their idiot policies off the hook:

That is a huge turnaround. I can recall nothing like it, even in years like 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014 when the GOP kicked Democrat butt Mid-Term.

In the face of this, the Whitehouse idiots decided that what’s needed is a new messaging strategy – and they’re including the head of the CDC in that.

According to the WSJ, Walensky has been undergoing extensive media prep and has been coached by a media consultant ahead of several public briefings she plans to hold in the coming future.

On Monday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) told Fox News that the CDC should replace Rochelle Walensky with “someone who is compassionate, who is consistent, and where the messaging is clear.”

I guess Rachel Walensky’s flip flops on masks, PCR tests, quarantine periods, case numbers and vaccine boosters have proved to be a problem for Biden . Yeah! That’s the ticket, because even Biden can be different from the guy who said this:

“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”

Plus about ten billion other stupid things that have fallen out of his dementia-ridden old brain. Their first such effort was a 2 hour Biden press conference that had tongue-bathing journalists like the execrable PBS “reporter”, Yamiche Alcindor (PBS! How low have they sunk), raving about how he’d managed to stand up for so long.

Meantime, other people noted that on the issue of Ukraine alone he’d basically repeated what his military advisors had told him – that Putin has to do something, “would win“, with a “minor incursion” – shit that you’re not supposed to blab in public. This has resulted in both Russia and the US pulling staff from their embassies in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, plus a blast at Biden from the Ukrainian President. It was so bad that even Late Night, Democrat Party, Cock Holster Comedian, Steven Colbert, took him to task on it.

“I would hate to see Joe as a hostage negotiator. ‘Why don’t we all just calm down? Just let everyone go…or shoot them.’ You gotta do something!”

But the most concise summation was this one from a former Special Assistant to GW Bush – who in 2020 undoubtedly bought into all the bullshit about Biden that he now professes to be surprised about – which is why he’s allowed on CNN:

As I’ve pointed out before, this is not a temporary glitch. This is what Biden always was, and unlike other Presidents who have been in trouble, he’s not capable of digging himself out of this hole.

As a result, the following cartoon that I’ve occasionally made reference to – published in early 2020 when all the Democrat nominees looked like losers – looks more prescient all the time.

And voila!

Written by Tom Hunter

January 24, 2022 at 12:40 am

A Civil Break, not a Civil War.

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… “we don’t eat the same breakfast cereal anymore. We don’t read the same newspapers. We don’t consume the same news. We’re divided in every way, shape, and form in our culture, and thus it translates downstream into our politics”. 

In this post a few months ago I took a look at the growing talk about a possibility of second American Civil War.

But a second take on the matter has begun to emerge in the wake of the results of two criminal trials. The first is for young Mr Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty on all charges for having killed two Antifa members attacking him, plus wounding a third who aimed a pistol at his head. The second was for Mr Smollay, who was found guilty on all but one charge of faking an attack on himself by “racist, homophobic MAGA deplorables”.

Both trials have revealed that the split in the USA between two populations that has been observed at least since 2008, is growing wider. This is explored in a couple of articles. America on the Verge, and One Angry Nation, Two Wildly Divergent Explanations, both written after the Rittenhouse trial. In the first the writer looks directly at the context of the Rittenhouse shootings in 2020:

Political violence was worse in the 1960s and 1970s, but yesterday’s extremists lacked institutional backing. Today’s left-wing racial radicalism is different from the outbursts of the Vietnam and civil rights era. The inner-city explosions of the 1960s were ugly and destructive, but also unplanned and unapproved by those in power.

Compare then and now, when the most widespread and destructive urban violence in 50 years was cheered on by the mainstream media, the Democratic Party, and activist groups funded by corporate America. In 2020 alone, Black Lives Matter got $12 million from Google, and $10 million each from Amazon and Facebook. The organization received millions from video game companies, retail companies, manufacturers, hotels, sports leagues, celebrities, and wealthy individuals. 

U.S. embassies and federal agency headquarters unfurled Black Lives Matter flags as cities burned

That is a huge change between the two epochs of civil violence. It’s as if the various institutions of the USA want themselves to be destroyed. Given how many of the contemporary ruling class have marinated in decades of Leftist education whose analysis of the US is of a nation wracked by unforgivable Original Sins, that should not be a surprise. It’s why almost all of the same people jumped on the Smolley story to proclaim him as a victim and then Rittenhouse as the oppressor. They also likely think they can escape the destruction.

America still stands on the precipice of a dark abyss. The fact is, we live in a society where mass political violence has been normalized, and because it’s being used as a political and ideological bludgeon to threaten and intimidate the people of this country, the authorities have abdicated their responsibility to protect life and property. The people who have created these conditions are the same baying for the blood of Kyle Rittenhouse for defending himself from three of their own.

The second article is an analysis by one Peter Wood of a book recently published that tries to explain what’s going on in the USA, the author having interviewed a lot of Trump supporters

We Americans have become an angry bunch. On that Evan Osnos and I agree. Osnos is a staff writer for the New Yorker whose new book, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury, surveys some of the same territory as my new book, Wrath: America Enraged. But on why we are angry and what it all means, Osnos and I diverge.

Osnos apparently wrote a very flattering book about Joe Biden and his campaign for President so that, plus being a writer from The New Yorker, gives a taste of where his latest work is going. According to him it’s all about irrational fear, starting with the 9/11 attacks:

Trump, the Tea Party, the NRA—they all made use of that rising unease of Americans who could not quite put a name to the anxieties they felt about the disordering of their world, about the puncturing of American invincibility, the browning of America, the vanishing of jobs to automation, the stagnation of their incomes. The language of force gained ground, Sarah Palin, in her appearances at Tea Party rallies and online, made frequent use of metaphors from the Revolutionary War and the world of guns. ‘Don’t retreat, reload,’ she liked to say.

Wood thinks this is merely the usual explanation that the Left loves…

… to psychologize away the dissatisfactions of the tens of millions of Americans.. who can’t quite put a name on their anxieties are the easily manipulated dupes of demagogues such as Palin and Trump…As Osnos puts it, those “already stewing in economic or racial resentment,” were not in possession of an ideology but had “a rootlessness of the mind—a loss of purpose, inspiration, and community.” 

Wood sees two things instead. First, that outbursts like this are a familiar part of American history and that the seeds of the current decay started a lot further back than 9/11 with the decline of admiration for self control and the rise of a new permission to display anger working its way into the broader culture. Second, that there are real reasons for the anger of the people that Osnos “analyses”:

Somehow missing in his 400-page plus account are the words that are seared in the memories of a great many Americans… Deplorables and bitter clingers are touchstones for almost every working-class Trump supporter I have ever talked with, and it seems odd that Osnos never mentions those words, despite quoting copiously from Hillary and Obama, and despite his interviewing a fair number of working-class Trump voters.

It’s notable that Obama’s contempt was actually aimed at Democrat voters who chose Hillary Clinton over him in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary, and that Hillary attacked him for his “arrogance” as well as being “elitist and out of touch” – before doing the same thing in 2016. Those voters likely still voted for Obama in 2008. In 2016 many must have voted for Trump when he won that same state.

[Had Osnos heard them it] would cast doubt on the idea that the Tea Party and the populist movement that followed it were rooted in “fear.” The roots of that movement were righteous fury, not baffled distress or unfocused anxiety. People understood perfectly well that a new governing class had arisen determined to overturn democratic norms and our self-governing republic and to replace them with domination by self-serving “experts” and a globalized elite.

English ex-pat writer (and North England Working Class boy) Clive Crook, had spotted this in 2016, Donald Trump, Class Warrior, which is very much worth re-reading together with these pieces.

Apparently Osnos thinks that things will calm down after a while and these people “will settle down to enjoy the normalcy of American life. The normalcy he has in mind, of course, is the dispensation of permanent progressive government.

Woods does not agree and explains why in both the article and in his own book, Wrath. In this he would no doubt be interested in the following two comments. The first one from the Chicago Boyz blog, written a year ago:

We’re already at the split. We read different books, watch different movies and television shows – those of us who still watch movies and television – follow different celebrities, earn a living in different ways, educate our children differently. We honor different things, different heroes and heroines, have wildly different aspirations and hopes for the future. We are already split.

The second almost identical one made just the other day by a Pearl Harbour historian while being interviewed about that attack:

“[Andrew Breitbart] once said, very adroitly, that politics is downstream from culture. Our culture, we don’t eat the same breakfast cereal anymore. We don’t read the same newspapers. We don’t consume the same news. We’re divided in every way, shape, and form in our culture, and thus it translates downstream into our politics. I personally think — and not that I’m hoping, I’m just an observer — but I think the United States is heading toward a breakup. It’s already happening.”

That means the numbers on this map may mean something more than just an escape from Democrat areas of high taxes, over-regulation, high crime and poor government – and the eventual result being much more than just Red states continuing to gain House seats from Blue states.

See also Secessionitis and Greater Idaho.

SHILLARY’S MOUTH

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I see that Shillary Clinton’s mouth has gotten her into trouble with the news that Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat Presidential Contender, is suing her for $50m in damages alleging defamation in calling her a ‘Russian asset’.

Big call against someone who has served her country with honor in Iraq where she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and who is the first female combat veteran to run for the Presidency.     Gabbard remains a Major in the Hawaii National Guard.

Take her over Shillary any day of the week.

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January 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

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Enron, WorldCom, Fannie Mae – meet The Clinton Foundation

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This comes as a companion piece to The Vet’s OP on Bernie Sanders, describing the attack on him by Hillary Clinton.

There have been numerous “reports” – more like quips – over the last few months that she would like to get back in the game against Trump and get revenge for her 2016 loss in the unloseable election.

Hillary appears to have done various positioning media plays, but nothing more. She seems to be hoping, and perhaps expecting, that the Democrat clownshow will collapse into such hopelessness in trying to find a credible nominee to take on Trump, that they’ll turn to her.

Fat chance. And what she’s actually angling for can be explained in one graph.

Oh well, never mind. The family still has sufficient pull that it’s been able to land daughter Chelsea Clinton $9 million since 2011 from a corporate board position:

Both IAC and Expedia are controlled by Barry Diller, the business and television mogul, who is a friend of Hillary Clinton. 

This is why Hunter Biden’s Ukranian cash collection is regarded as no big deal in Washington D.C. Everybody’s in on such scams built around political connections and names.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 21, 2020 at 11:51 pm

POOR BERNIE

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I see that in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Shillary Clinton lashed out at Bernie Saunders. one of the front-runners for the Democrat Presidential nomination, saying ‘Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done, he was a career politician.   It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad people got sucked into it’.

One might be forgiven for wondering if that ‘endorsement’ might just work in Bernie’s favor … different if say Michelle Obama said it … but Hillary????

I can’t get over the feeling that HRC is positioning herself as the compromise candidate after the announced contenders have exhausted themselves stabbing each other in the back (with a little bit of off-stage help).

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January 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

You want me to believe in conspiracy theories Mr Epstein?

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Actually this is probably better filed under the following category: Are You Fucking Kidding Me?
Epstein didn’t kill himself” has become an Internet and Social Media meme since his death, and it is funny on different levels.
But the more information that emerges the more bizarre the whole story does become. The latest facts revealed:
  • Surveillance footage from outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during his first suicide attempt was destroyed, as originally claimed. After that claim, authorities reversed themselves and said it had been preserved, but they now had to admit that, due to a “record-keeping error”, MCC staff preserved footage from outside the wrong cell, so the Epstein footage is gone.
  • There was a backup system for jail video footage – but that wasn’t working, either.
  • Epstein was sharing the cell with former police officer, a Mr Tartaglione, who is facing the death penalty for quadruple murders involving a Mexican cartel.
Seriously? They put a guy like this – who had god knows what information about the good sexual times he’d shared with all his pals, including royal figures, heads of state, celebrities and billionaires –  in the same jail cell as a dirty cop already up for 1st degree murders based around a Mexican drug cartel. To be fair, Tartaglione claims he saved Epstein’s life that first time, which is why his lawyer is pissed off about the missing video that might help his client.
This is in addition to all the other weird shit about Epstein’s eventual death, with more surveillance camera failures, guards falling asleep and so forth. And all this happening with a stack of rich people on the outside world terrified of what he might have said in his testimony.
It’s not personal Jeff. It’s just business
Like the rest of the Internet I try to laugh about this whole thing, and have done so, but it’s dark humour at best.
Epstein had already been arrested in 2005, signing a plea agreement in 2007 with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, accepting just one charge of soliciting prostitution – while agreeing to pay dozens of young girls under a federal statute providing for compensation to victims of child sexual abuse. He also got a 30-month sentence and had to register as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands where he lived. The sentence allowed him weekend furloughs from his minimum security “prison”
Over the years I’d made occasional references to Bill Clinton’s flights on “The Lolita Express“, Epstein’s private 737 plane stacked with whores and nymphets. This information had emerged years ago as a result of such things as FAA records as well as FOIA requests that had revealed Clinton declining the standard Secret Service protection for an ex-President as he flew off.
These stories were dismissed and ignored of course, since Clinton was a protected species (D) for some time. You were never going to find Feminist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred sitting in front of TV cameras with his victims, or those of Sen. Bob Menendez (D), Sen. Al Franken (D), and Rep. John Conyers (D).
But it was also ignored because of the long 60’s counter-culture hangover message of how only conservative squares and Bible Bashers were so down on sex, man – as France is finding out:

The French writer Gabriel Matzneff never hid the fact that he engaged in sex with girls and boys in their early teens or even younger. He wrote countless books detailing his insatiable pursuits and appeared on television boasting about them. ‘Under 16 Years Old,’ was the title of an early book that left no ambiguity.

Matzneff, now 83, spent decades as a French literary darling. His work was supported by leading newspapers and literary publications. He’d appear on highbrow TV shows where he’d regale interviewers and audiences with the sublime pleasures of having sex with children in France and on sex tours of southeast Asia.

He’s only been outed now because one of his victims has written a memoir, which includes the ugly details of what Matneff did to her when she was 14 and he was in his 50’s. As she said:

“He was not a good man… He was in fact what we’re taught to dread since childhood: an ogre.”

Well sure, but given the accolades he got, it would seem that few others agreed:

In his book Under 16 Years Old, Matzneff writes, “To sleep with a child, it’s a holy experience, a baptismal event, a sacred adventure.” The book was first published in 1974 but was republished, apparently with no controversy, in 2005. In 2013, Metznaff received a major French literary prize.

This can join the file of, Are You Fucking Kidding Me?
How was this sort of celebration even possible? Well, Matzneff was a “Child of ’68” – a product of the “May 68” movement that hit France in the late 1960s. You’ll have almost certainly seen B&W video and photos of these protests that at the time seemed to be joined up with similar protests throughout the West. A vast upheaval of The Baby Boomer Youths as they revolted against the post-WWII world of their parent’s generation. And that did not just mean the military, “democracy” (said with a sneer), entertainment, media, drugs, sex and free enterprise; it meant everything:

These radicals subscribed to the idea that anything smacking of traditionalism or bourgeois morality was backward. Conventional sexual morality was part of the same rotten edifice as imperialism and racism…. “It’s forbidden to forbid” was a rallying cry.

That was also the world of Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and company, and of course the fact they were so wealthy and successful simply added to the cachet, as explained by a NoMinister commentator here the other day in the Ricky Gervais thread:

“… most of the right wingers cheering about his monologue would push their mother down the stairs in order to be invited to sit at the hollywood cool kids’ table.”

This!
That whole attitude about the “cool kids” – especially the ones who stick it to traditional and bourgeois morality while also being “smart” and wealthy and celebrity-successful, is just more of the 60’s counterculture where the famous line is applied to the Culture Wars: “We Won, You Lost“. You see this sneering attitude expressed all the time in comment sections and articles towards …. well, let’s call them Deplorables:

Sociologist Pierre Verdrager, the author of L’Enfant Interdit, or Forbidden Child, which chronicled the politics of pedophilia in 1970s France, told Onishi: “There was an aristocracy of sexuality, an elite that was united in putting forth new attitudes and behavior toward sex. And they were also grounded in an extreme prejudice toward ordinary people, whom they regarded as idiots and fools.”

You might think that such attitudes are about to be reversed with the revival of neo-Puritan morality in feminist circles, with the rise of #MeToothe re-definition of consensual sex, new “problems” with books like Fanny Hill, and so forth.
But it’s limited to approved ideological targets  (“The problem with teaching Fanny Hill is not to do with sex, but power.”), as Gevias alluded to during an interview:

“The new puritans aren’t 60-year-old women in twinsets and pearls, the Christian right trying to make us turn off our televisions because they don’t like it. It’s a younger crowd with trendy haircuts, who you’d think would have left-leaning liberal sensibilities, who have invented this new term “hate speech”.’

Meanwhile in other areas the world of Marzneff continues to not just exist but to be celebrated:

[Desmond] the New York 11 year old has become the toast of the town, appearing on mainstream shows like Good Morning America and Today to spread the “inspiring” and “trailblazing” (seriously, their words) news of the sexualization of children for the cause of LGBT liberation. Progressive allies shriek that there’s nothing sexual about child drag queens, that it’s only about expressing femininity. I think some of them actually believe that b.s. That image above, with which I lead this column, is taken from Desmond’s Instagram feed. It is an image of him dancing for money at a Brooklyn gay bar. 

In other contexts it’s called “grooming”, but that is an offensive term.

Is it really all that hard to see how French culture went berserk about child sexual exploitation from 1968 until pretty much today? And how we Americans, while not as extreme, have our own shame on that front?

You don’t need a conspiracy theory when everybody in your circle thinks the same way.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

A Prediction

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The Democrat presidential candidate will be Hillary Clinton.

The Hildebeast is waiting in the wings to be confirmed by The Democrats after Biden implodes and the fake Indian fades.

You saw it here.

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October 4, 2019 at 9:16 am

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Too Good To Leave behind

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From the Babylon Bee

A note from the editorial board at The Babylon Bee:
A number of people have questioned our love for Hillary Clinton based on some satirical pieces published on our site recently.
We would like to clear things up by saying that Hillary Clinton is an upstanding citizen and a very fine human being. She is of excellent character. She would never hurt anyone. The people who wrote those jokes, headlines, and pieces that seemed to criticize Hillary have been dealt with.
Some conspiracy theories have been going around about the Clintons, and we think that’s just despicable. Deplorable, really. From Bill’s time in the White House all the way through Hillary’s spotless record as Secretary of State, the Clintons have served this country with honor and not a hint of scandal. For people to suggest they are so powerful and sinister to kill those who might expose some non-existent “wrongdoings” in their past is treason, really.
We just want to make certain that it’s clear how much we respect, love, and honor the Clintons. Honestly, they’re our favorite politicians of all the politicians, way better than that Trump guy. It’s a real shame Hillary didn’t win. She’s our president.
Above all, we want to make sure Hillary does not question our loyalty to her and the whole Clinton family. We have nothing bad to say about her. Also, just to be clear, we have no dirt or inside information on her whatsoever and nothing would be gained by our untimely deaths.
So, Hillary, we love you! Please do not hurt us.

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August 13, 2019 at 5:42 am