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PHIL ROBERTSON'S DEBUT ON CONSERVATIVE REVIEW TELEVISION (CRTV): HO HUM!

OPENING DAY!

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to watch the October 30th debut of Phil Robertson’s new show “In the Woods with Phil” on CRTV …

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  • I didn’t expect an episode called “Ruffling Feathers,” an 8-minute clip showing how to pluck a duck and the fact that it is a God-given food source.
  • I didn’t expect an episode called “Philin Groovy,” an 8-minute clip showing Phil on a multi-wheel ATV sitting on a dirt road explaining the peace and quiet found in the woods and tips on deer hunting,
  • And I certainly didn’t expect an episode called “All My Ducks in a Row,” a 9-minute clip taking us on a tour of Phil’s garage and explaining how he organizes everything for duck hunting season and fattens up local deer.

I think I expected a television-style program instead of a series of pleasant vignettes of Phil’s life as seen through a camera lens.

Also, I think I expected a little more considering how the program was sold to the potential CRTV audience …

In the Woods with Phil -- What does a man do when liberals try to run him out of town for quoting a Bible verse? He goes deep into the woods and starts a fire. Join Phil Robertson like you’ve never seen him before. No middlemen, no PC police — just truth, from Phil’s mouth to your screen. (Preorder Campaign - CRTV)

Phil Robertson is starting a fire in the woods. Big news! Duck Commander Phil Robertson is BACK with his uncensored, unfiltered, exclusive new show. (Fox News Clips)

Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will "Reject Political Correctness"  The former star of 'Duck Dynasty' will court controversy on conservative digital network CRTV's 'In the Woods With Phil.'  Phil Robertson is getting his own show again, and it promises to be much more of a vehicle for his irreverent take on politics than Duck Dynasty ever was. (Hollywood Reporter)

The fact that Phil’s woodsy setting is exotic to a city-dweller; the fact that Phil totes a semi-automatic rifle with a large-capacity clip; and the fact that Phil kills animals and eats them – just does not impress me as controversial, even though I live in California.

Bottom line …

Ho hum!

All programs take time to mature, but I see this program as a rather small-format extension of the family’s successful Duck Dynasty program without his colorful family and friends in staged and scripted commercial outdoorsiness. Unless it gets better faster and delivers meaningful content, it might just go the way of the Mark Steyn show which disappeared in a flurry of lawsuits after a few episodes.

Something is going on with CRTV, and I see this current effort as little more than a blatant attempt at increasing its paid ($79 – $99/year) audience. While it advertises as being commercial free, you can see continual self-promotion within each show.

I am more concerned with Mark Levin’s slide to Trumpism – possibly at the urging of the man said to be behind CRTV. Billionaire Republican donor Cary Katz who made his fortune merchandising student loans and whose business was eviscerated when Obama nationalized the school loan guarantee program as part of the Affordable Care Act. I had always wondered why CRTV was located in Las Vegas and had traces to Poker – until I found out the Katz is one of the best Poker players in the world and the one who launched Poker Central.

Wait and watch.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



D-LIST KATHY GRIFFIN GOES FROM UNFUNNY TO BITTERLY UNFUNNY

It's hard to retain an air of edginess and hipster cool when your time has passed ...

Kathy Griffin's audience is predominantly aging women and gays, the people most likely to watch dysfunctional women's reality shows, their snarky followup programs hosted by gay men, and bitchy fashion reviews on the red carpet. Predominantly progressive socialist democrats. So what can go wrong when a D-list comic attacks the "evil and villainous Donald Trump?"

In Griffin's case -- everything -- and it is all bad. 

Whoever thought that holding us an image of the bloody severed head of the President of the United States in the age of ISIS was funny belongs in a mental institution. Now Griffin loudly complains about the loss of a portion of her audience, her investigation by the Secret Service, and all of her peers that failed to stand by her during the controversy. Apparently, there are some things that cannot be explained away or ignored on the basis that the commentator is a "comic." 

This video will probably be removed in short order, but while it remains up, it is a study in bitterness, bitchiness, and unsubstantiated character assassination. Most of the people who are mentioned have their own problems and are selling despair, desperation, and dysfunction for large sums of money. Merchandising misery with snark.

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It is almost unbelievable that a polite telephone call from TMZ’s Harvey Levin with a simple call back request morphed into an edited video rant, filled with vitriol and vindictiveness. 

If the video is missing from the email post, it can be found here.

If Kathy Griffin thinks she can become the new Joan Rivers, she is sorely mistaken.
Griffin apparently thinks that associating people with President Donald Trump is the ultimate insult.

The most ludicrous issue is here is suggesting that not paying Kathy Griffin an amount commensurate with A-list comics is misogyny.

It is ironic that Kathy Griffin speaks of death threats – yet she was the one that held up a mock-up of the bloodied severed head of the President of the United States as if that were some kind of a joke. Not only unfunny but, in the words of Nicholas Cage, "majorly uncool."

Bottom line …

This is a clear demonstration of the seediness of the underbelly of a dysfunctional Hollywood television crowd that merchandises filth and dysfunction while attacking the President of the United States or preaching “don’t do as I say, do as I do” morality to the rest of America.

Another pathetic example of why the progressive socialist democrats continue to devalue America and traditional American values.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE STEELE DOSSIER: THE CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST AND CRAPPING OVER EVERYTHING

A domestic coup attempt?

It appears that Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, and former British Spy Christopher Steele may have had their hand in attempting the subversion of the 2018 Presidential Election, and even worse, trying to disparage and destroy a sitting United States President. The vehicle appears to be the allegations of President Trump or Trump’s campaign team to have conspired with the Russians to allow candidate Donald Trump to win the Presidency over candidate Hillary Clinton.

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There comes a point where even a complicit mainstream media has to follow the unbroken tick-tock of events to the inescapable conclusion that any collusion that existed in the campaign was the product of Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz trying to destroy the populism of candidate Bernie Sanders. And, events are leading to the conclusion that the Department of Justice and the FBI had been hyper-politicized to protect Hillary Clinton from charges of criminal wrongdoing during her service as Secretary of State and charges that she not only violated the Espionage Act, but was allegedly guilty of selling her office for personal profit – and in the process colluding with Russia to acquire control over one-fifth of America’s Uranium production.

Potential allegations which can be laid at the feet of these individuals include: perjury, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct, obstruction of justice, the willful destruction of government documents and property, and refusal to obey a lawful order. Some allegations rising to serious criminal charges.

The attorney who apparently served as the safety cut-out for the Clintons and the RNC …

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America needs to understand the cover-up which includes to confusion and conflation of a conservative media source and the so-called Steele dossier. 

Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon

A note to our readers

Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers. In that capacity, during the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton.

All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier.

[OCS: Business as usual for any firm dealing with the production of opposition research. However, there is a great difference between the collection of raw data and the development of a narrative around the creation of knowingly false data.]

The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.

Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.

[OCS: It is disingenuous and intellectually dishonest for progressives and their media cohorts to continue confusing and conflating two separate clients of Fusion GPS because they were engage in similar pursuits. Not only is it a matter of timing, but of journalistic ethics, to lead the American public to believe that the so-called Steele Dossier was an outgrowth or continuation of the Free Beacon’s project.]

Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier.

But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce.

[OCS: It is actually a brilliant move for a conservative newspaper to hire a firm whose reputation as a “smear for hire hit squad” to ferret out the very worst opposition research in political candidates.]

The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.

Matthew Continetti
Editor in Chief

Michael Goldfarb
Chairman

Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon - Washington Free Beacon

A few points about that infamous dossier …

  • The so-called Steele Dossier was created by Hillary Clinton and supporters using Fusion GPS and a safety cut-out (Attorney Marc E. Elias of Perkins Coie) to hide the true source of funding and the nature of the operation – an old Hillary Clinton trick of hiding behind attorney-client privilege when investigators come calling.
  • It was compiled with input from Russian sources – including those with ties to official Kremlin operations and every motive to conduct a disinformation and disruption campaign against America, and not against a single candidate.
  • There does not appear to be any substantive or significant truth behind any of the statements other than possibly the prima facie truthfulness of statements suggesting that people in Trump’s orbit did business or attempted to do business with various Russian entities.
  • If this dossier was used by the FBI to surveil American citizens, the declaration of probable cause to the court may give rise to perjury and other criminal actions against members of the FBI or any other federal agency that was involved in illegal surveillance – and the unmasking of American individuals by those without explicit authority or need-to-know. The idea that the FBI attempted to pay for the dossier or Steele’s expenses in connection with the verification of the discredited dossier should give rise to criminal charges against the leadership of the Department of Justice and the FBI.
  • Fusion GPS had known connections with the Russians and other bad state actors – and may have been complicit in attempting to trap Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. into a compromising meeting at Trump Tower. The exact nature of the people involved in that meeting are unknown, but the principal meeting attendant appears to have connections with both Fusion GPS and the Russian government.
  • This all happened on Barack Obama’s watch and under the supervision of his nominated agency heads. Obama’s claims of openness, transparency, and ethics are about as valid as his Nobel Peace Prize which he received for zero accomplishments in one of the world’s most magnificent participation trophies.

Bottom line …

This matter, unless investigated thoroughly and the perpetrators punished, is a constitutional crisis and represents a clear and present danger to our republic – both from hostile foreign sovereign entities and those seeking to destroy America from within with their progressive socialist Democrat agenda.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE LAST HONEST PERSON IN CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNMENT?

A reader was unhappy with yesterday’s characterization of California’s legislature as a cabal of corrupt, Marxist-influenced, self-serving professional politicians. So I wanted to know approximately how far back it might be before I found an honest man of significance. I stopped looking when I found a man of impeccable character who faced down the corrupt governor and legislature in the late 1800’s.

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In 1860, Josiah Dwight Whitney of Northampton, Massachusetts arrived in San Francisco to head up the first California Geological Survey sponsored by California politicians. Whitney, the author of the widely acclaimed The Metallic Wealth of the United States, was tasked by those who governed California at the time with finding additional mineral wealth within the state. Governor John Downey provided Whitney with unprecedented access to all public and private lands, the ability to use any mode of transportation, and the freedom to explore the entire state as he saw fit. The governor asked Whitney to keep him personally apprised of his progress and any information on mineral deposits that he may find during the course of his duties. Whitney refused, saying that any information developed would be available to everyone and at the same time. It is a fitting tribute to Whitney’s character and his work that his name is placed on the highest peak (Mt. Whitney - 14,505 feet ) in the contiguous 48 states of the union.

According to historians, the politicians grew increasingly dissatisfied with Whitney’s work – especially the part where he failed to identify new exploitable mineral wealth to line their pockets – and embarked on a series of budget cuts. Whitney famously said, “We have escaped perils by flood and field, have evaded the friendly embrace of the grizzly, and now find ourselves in the jaws of the Legislature.”

Eventually, Whitney’s work was curtailed in 1868 and all work suspended in 1867. Whitney returned to New England and a teaching post at Harvard University. The California politicians resumed there rapacious quest for new mineral wealth in1880 when they formed the State Mining Bureau and limited its activities to a concentration on mining activity and issues. The State of California published the first three volumes of Whitney’s work and Whitney self-financed the publication of his remaining work.

Bottom line …

Political corruption seems endemic in California -- but it has never threatened the union as it now promises to do.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IN CALIFORNIA

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The destruction of California's future cannot be blamed on the hoards of welfare recipients, illegal aliens, illiteracy, or the mismanagement of our natural resources. It came about because California's political system was operating precisely in the manner it was designed by those with roots in the Marxist counterculture.

Well-meaning people with little knowledge of human nature, history, economics, and science. People who believed that Californians could be persuaded by a system of incentives and penalties to surrender their freedom for the greater good of the collective society.

People willfully blind to the metastasizing malignancy of political corruption that saw the special interests, such as developers, financiers, industrialists, and the various trade unions take control from the do-gooders to feather their own nests. Made worse by a “go along to get along” GOP that simply refuses to uphold existing laws and deal with the political corruption that surrounds them. Resulting in politicians whose spouses, family, and friends became wealthy exploiting the access, favors, and opportunities unavailable to those who lacked the influence to sell.

Over time politics turned from an honorable public duty to a well-paying profession.

No longer did these professional politicians serve their constituents, state, or nation. They served themselves, their political parties, and the special interests. Continually merchandising access and favors to ensure a continual supply of campaign funds to perpetuate their political power. If not in the offices subject to term limits, then on well-paying boards, panels, and commissions that provided their daily sustenance until the time they could, once again, reach for a bigger, better, brighter political future.

Many believed that the state's future involved STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

That rational rather than emotional or political decision-making would prevail. But they were wrong. A miscalculation of enormous effect. Their mistake was assuming that the new leaders of the STEM movement were not products of the very system that is responsible for the continuing cataclysmic destruction of the State of California. Most of these leaders are progressives, the same strain of Marxist-influenced individuals that were replicated in the progressive petri dish of America's educational process.

We are facing the darkest days of the 21st century; with environmentalists attempting to scale back our standard of living; the social justice crowd trying to redistribute wealth, and the politicians becoming even more corrupt as the courts refuse to hold them to account with our constitutional checks and balances.

I heard an environmentalist explain that the state's destructive wildfires which were ravaging large swaths of lands were the result of global warming. When I pointed out that massive wildfires were inevitable; nature's way of controlling the cycle of death and renewal, he called me a denier. I further explained that man's encroachment into ecologically dangerous areas -- with politicians subverting zoning and building codes to put more people at risk -- simply raising the human and financial costs of fire in a most unnatural way. And, that protective and preventative measures to reduce the fuel load, and the size and spread of fires, was almost universally condemned by the Marxist-infiltrated environmental crowd.

I challenged him to explain why a developer was allowed to build a high-rise five hundred yards from a known fault because their paid geologists said that the "fault was too old to be considered active." Of course, California has a law that "defines faults that ruptured within the last 11,000 years as active." Sheer madness in terms of geologic time and the unpredictability of earthquakes that can strike anywhere at any time. Whoops, one of California's most costly earthquakes (Northridge) occurred on an unknown fault and had it happened in Los Angeles, it would have been catastrophic.

I asked him to explain why a large swath of California's productive agriculture area, as well as lives and related businesses, was allowed to die to divert fresh water to the ocean in order to protect a scientifically-worthless fish?

Or why the State of California insisted on reducing the number of water retention dams and reservoirs that will exacerbate the natural cycles of deluge and drought?

Or why the State is attempting to destroy our roads in favor of mass transit and crowds the population into potentially dangerous high rises?

What is so terrible about individual freedom? Or the capitalist system that allows individuals to keep more of the fruits of their labor?

He walked away.

Bottom line ...

As long as the progressives are in charge of California, you can expect the state to self-destruct. As creators leave the state to subsidized consumers. As the tax base erodes leaving fewer and fewer people to sustain the costs of both the government bureaucracy and their corrupt unions. As the middle class (a Marxist term used only for reference) dies; leaving only the uber-wealthy or the poor.

Misery in the absence of real danger or hardship -- or self-imposed misery you have accepted without complaint is INSANE!

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



NAACP: NATIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IS BULLPUCKY

One might claim that certain civil rights organizations whose business model is based on finding (or creating) social justice grievances to exploit iconic American companies to further their fundraising, membership, and media agenda may be disingenuous and intellectually dishonest.

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If you want to play by the numbers …

Using the very same social justice criteria used to convict organizations of wrongdoing in the media, I believe it would be reasonable to expect that the NAACP would demonstrate that the number of minority-involved incidents affecting the tens of thousands of airline passengers that travel on American Airlines exceeds numbers relative to the minority’s proportion in the general population. And, I suspect, using these numbers, the number of cases cited are not only insufficient to issue a “national travel advisory,” but may display a self-serving media-driven or extortionist business model.

Here is the Press Release …

Press Release

NAACP Issues National Travel Advisory for American Airlines

October 24, 2017

Calls for Meeting with Airlines to Discuss Troublesome Issues

The NAACP, the nation’s original and largest social justice advocacy organization, has released the following statement today announcing a travel advisory warning African Americans about their safety and well being when patronizing American Airlines or traveling on American Airlines flights:

[OCS: With the number of cellphone recording devices in existence, one might believe that cases of true discrimination might be captured and display for all to witness. In fact, when some of these recordings surface, it is often the passenger berating or provoking airline staff.]

“The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travelers—especially African Americans—to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions. This travel advisory is in effect beginning today, October 24, 2017, until further notice.

[OCS: First, it should be noticed that minorities are always among the first to play the race card whenever something does not go their way. Claiming it must be discrimination because it certainly couldn’t have been their behavior.]

The series of recent incidents involve troublesome conduct by American Airlines and they suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.  Among these incidents:

  1. An African-American man was required to relinquish his purchased seats aboard a flight from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh-Durham, merely because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers;
  2. Despite having previously booked first-class tickets for herself and a traveling companion, an African-American woman’s seating assignment was switched to the coach section at the ticket counter, while her white companion remained assigned to a first-class seat;
  3. On a flight bound for New York from Miami, the pilot directed that an African-American woman be removed from the flight when she complained to the gate agent about having her seating assignment changed without her consent; and
  4. An African-American woman and her infant child were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City when the woman (incidentally a Harvard Law School student) asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark.

The NAACP deplores such alarming behavior on the part of airline personnel, and we are aware of these incidents only because the passengers involved knew their rights, knew to speak up and exercised the courage to do so promptly. Historically, the NAACP has issued travel advisories when conditions on the ground pose a substantial risk of harm to black Americans, and we are concerned today that the examples cited herein may represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to American Airlines’ documented mistreatment of African-American customers.”

[OCS: Deploring? Or were there reasons credible reasons for the airlines actions – like removing all unruly parties without airline personnel judging guilt or innocence. Pilots do not ordinarily concern themselves with the removal of passengers unless they pose a potential threat to the security, safety, and pleasant environmental conditions aboard an aircraft.

Documented? It is hardly documentation when only one side of the story is being told. See what was originally reported: http://abc7news.com/news/lawyer-hired-in-american-airlines-stroller-scuffle-case/1915724/ and how the airlines bent over backwards to resolve the issue.]

“All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm,” stated Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “The growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random.  

We expect an audience with the leadership of American Airlines to air these grievances and to spur corrective action.  Until these and other concerns are addressed, this national travel advisory will stand,”

If you have recently experienced a concerning travel irregularity on American Airlines on another provider and would like to report it, please do so here.

ABOUT THE NAACP

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work, and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.

NAACP | NAACP Issues National Travel Advisory for American Airlines

I believe that the NAACP could have quietly arranged a meeting with the senior management of American Airlines and the heads of the unions representing the flight crews without any grandstanding in the media. Without attempting to disrupt American’s revenue stream and erode customer confidence.

Bottom line …

I am tired of seeing various civil rights organizations, the majority of which embrace Marxism and an anti-American sentiment, damage or destroy American businesses to ramp up their fundraising, membership, and media attention. I am confident that American Airlines will not respond forcefully to the ban and accede to whatever demands are being made. If these demands are cognizant about passenger safety and treatment, everyone wins. But I am willing to bet that most of the instances of airline misconduct involve challenging circumstances and unruly people – both flight attendants and passengers. It does happen, but it should be kept in its proper perspective, not used to benefit a self-serving civil rights organization. Just because you yell loudly and claim discrimination – does not make it “systemic” discrimination.

We are so screwed.

--steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE DOJ-FBI SPIDER WEB OF DECEIT AND CORRUPTION?

The spider web of deceit and corruption …

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It seems that the entire Trump-Russia collusion attack using the Department of Justice and the FBI to attack a duly elected sitting president may result in a constitutional crisis because both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation appear to be complicit in an attempt to elect Hillary Clinton, cover-up serious criminal wrongdoing, and engaging in a domestic “coup” attempt. Additionally, certain progressive members of Congress continue to stonewall any attempt to elicit the truth by taking a hard-line approach using court-enforced subpoenas and should be considered unindicted co-conspirators.

The Clintons and the DNC appear to be the source of the specious dossier which was leaked to John McCain, various government agencies, and the media …

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary. [OCS: It has been announced that it was the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news organization that originally hired Fusion GPS -- but this was said to be prior to the dossier affair.]

The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day. <Source>

It seems that one of the central characters, a lawyer, of course, was less than honest when discussing the matter with the press …

NYT Reporter: Clinton Campaign Lawyer ‘Vigorously’ Denied Being Behind Dossier

Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias “vigorously” denied his involvement in the anti-Trump dossier that has made up the substance of the Russian collusion allegations, New York Times reporter Ken Vogel said.

Elias’ denial appears to have been intentionally misleading in light of new reporting from The Washington Post that Elias hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Elias reportedly hired Fusion to dig up dirt on Trump as part of a project that became the Trump dossier. (RELATED: Clinton Campaign And DNC Funded Trump Dossier)

“When I tried to report this story,” Vogel said of the Post report, “Clinton campaign lawyer [Marc Elias] pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.'” <Source>

Bottom line …

There is little or no doubt that this dossier was the basis for opening an FBI non-criminal counterintelligence investigation that somehow morphed into a criminal matter and the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, but one who is deeply involved in the affairs that might be investigated and a close personal friend of the former FBI Director who was fired by the President of the United States. It also appears that the Attorney General of the United States, given the current facts, has abandoned his duties and should be replaced along with any remaining Clinton or Obama appointee in the leadership.

There is the suggestion that the Obama Administration surveilled private citizens and those working on the Trump campaign as well as engaged in a number of delays which could amount to criminal obstruction of justice.

One might think that Trump has a vested interest in cleaning up the cesspool, but it appears that he has little stomach for anything other than taking potshots at the media.

And, let us not forget that Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida was chair of the DNC at the time and has bent over backward to protect Pakistani foreign nationals with access to DNC accounts and passwords -- and a laptop whose contents have never been made public.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE MANY FACES OF BILL O'REILLY

I was asked by one of my readers – and I do not know whether they are male or female – what I thought of the Bill O’Reilly/Liz Wiehl mutual settlement over allegations of sexual harassment …

While it would be easy to pile-on the condemn Bill O’Reilly bandwagon; I must – in all honesty – acknowledge that there are women out there who deliberately exploit the vulnerability of wealthy and/or prominent individuals. Thus I am not sure of any of the facts but offer this analysis.

According to published reports, the allegations allegedly leveled against O'Reilly were said to be both shocking and serious, and possibly part of a pattern and practice of sexual aggression. Aggression known to O’Reilly’s employer who was also dealing with similar allegations against other executives. According to O'Reilly, he settled three matters in 20 years at Fox which he claimed he settled to protect his children. Children whose primary custody was awarded to O'Reilly's wife after four years of a nasty battle. 

While the terms of the settlement remain confidential, it was reported to involve $32 million to be paid over a period of four years with the expectation that both parties would be incentivized to allow the matter to die of its own accord. 

However, with all of the rumors and reporting about Bill O’Reilly’s $32 million settlement with Liz Wiehl, there is little or no doubt in my mind that something happened; and that the issues involved were far from trivial or easily explained away. Nobody, with the exception of a Michael Jackson who is alleged to have diddled little boys, would pay out $32 million to stem false and misleading allegations. O'Reilly has claimed he cannot make any statement without returning for years of litigation. 

However, O’Reilly also has a valid point that many settlements are made by companies (or their insurers) to stem the tide of continuing reputational damage. In O’Reilly’s case, he may have been protecting his 100 million dollar contract with Fox that was about to be renewed. A powerful incentive to avoid a prolonged and messy fight in the court of public opinion. A fight which he ultimately lost due to the interference of hyper-partisan progressive socialist democrats.

The allegations …

Bill O’Reilly paid $32M to silence a sexual harassment accuser — and Fox still extended his $100M contract

Lis Wiehl alleged that O’Reilly sent her gay pornography and other sexually explicit material as part of his repeated harassment, the Times said.

[OCS: This is apparently addressed in Lis Wiehl’s sworn declaration suggesting that such information may have been sent in the context of an attorney-client relationship.]

She also alleged she was forced into a sexual relationship with O’Reilly.

[OCS: But nowhere in her sworn declaration does Wiehl state that she was not harassed or had a sexual relationship with Bill O’Reilly. However, she claims, under penalty of perjury, that she would no longer make the allegations made in the draft complaint. She remains silent on their truthfulness with a cleverly-crafted statement.]

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The statement crafted by O’Reilly’s crisis manager …

Statement by Mark Fabiani on Behalf of Bill O'Reilly Relating to the New York Times Smear Piece

October 21, 2017

[OCS: I find it extremely interesting that Bill O’Reilly is represented by Mark Fabiani, former President and Chief Hound-dog  Bill Clinton’s old crisis manager and fixer – with an astounding ability to mitigate career and media damage in matters involving sexual harassment and escapades.]

Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O'Reilly, this time even failing to print a sworn affidavit from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O'Reilly.

The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete leaked or stolen documents.

[OCS: It is not the role of The Times to examine evidence and issue an opinion on its veracity. There is no publicly disclosed court case at this time and without seeing the actual conditions that produced the sworn statement, the statement should be considered incomplete. Especially if money changed hands in such a manner as to condition the crafting of the sworn statement.]

Here are the facts: after the Chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes was fired in July 2016, dozens of women accused scores of male employees of Fox News of harassment - including the current co-president of Fox News Jack Abernathy.

21st Century Fox settled almost all these cases, paying out close to $100 million dollars.

[OCS: Notice the deflection and dilution – where individual allegations and cases are lumped together and treated as just another business matter.]

Six months after Mr. Ailes left the company, Fox News Corporation signed Bill O'Reilly to a record breaking new contract after the company had analyzed and considered all allegations against him.

In its first article about Mr. O'Reilly on April 1st, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O'Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and cannot set the record straight.

[OCS: It is a common dodge to hide behind lawyers. Either you cannot discuss the matter because of pending litigation, litigation, or possible litigation. Then there is the ubiquitous “Non Disclosure Agreement” which binds all parties to silence or provides official talking points which may be discussed openly. And, then there is the strongest method of ensuring silence: filing documents under Court Seal and where any disclosure can find you in contempt of court, along with penalties and possible imprisonment.]

In its latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace.

[OCS: Someone with some degree of knowledge “leaked” actual or misleading details. Both parties can mutually amend their disclosure or issue another joint statement setting the “record” straight. However, because the terms of most NDA’s are compromises and do not flatter either party, it is often in nobody’s interest to correct the record and remove either party’s ability to claim that the information that was disclosed is false, misleading, stolen, or whatever.]

Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline.

[OCS: This could literally be true. Because most real problems are settled before any formal complaint is filed or the grievant receives a confidential settlement, or is encouraged to “take one for the team” and preserve their and the company’s respective reputations. Knowing how powerful your company may be, how much money is in their deep pockets, and how many private investigators and lawyers may be retained to sift through the minutiae of your life is enough to chill most complaints.]

The New York Times has copies of two letters written by 21st Century Fox lawyers attesting to that fact.

The Times failed to print them, too.  <Source>

Liz Wiehl’s proffered affidavit …

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I especially appreciate the craftsmanship in the drafting of this agreement as it provides Bill O’Reilly with plausible deniability for sending obscene materials to Lis Wiehl, suggesting that such explicit content may have been submitted for legal reasons to Wiehl who was acting as his attorney. Of course, one may wonder why these communications were not automatically covered by the attorney-client privilege and thus could not be used in any draft allegations?

The many faces of Bill O’Reilly …

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After watching Bill O’Reilly for years and enjoying his show (up until two years ago when I stopped regularly watching Fox News), I still wonder who O’Reilly, the man, might be.

  • Is he the accomplished creator/writer/producer/host of the most-watched commentary program on cable television?
  • Is he a humble man, raised in modest circumstances, looking out “for the folks?”
  • Is the pugnacious persona hiding another wealthy, and elite New Yorker who hobnobs with the powerful and privileged?
  • Is he a hard-working author of books and a newsletter?
  • Is he the patron saint of charities which benefit from the sales of his tchotchkes which he endlessly flogs on the air?
  • Is he a businessman whose business happens to be media-driven?
  • Is he the uber-loyal protector of his employer and friends?
  • Is he the aggressor in a hard-fought custody battle with his divorced wife – and lost the primary residential custody of his children?
  • Is he the heartless bastard who reportedly tried to get his wife sanctioned by the Catholic Church due to her taking communion while divorced?

Is he all of these things or is he just another guy, caught up in the circumstances of his life and believing his own invincible bullshit?

I still do not know, will never know, and believe that the matter should be laid to rest. However, we should remember that Lis Wiehl is an attorney and subject to disbarment if there are material misrepresentations that were signed under penalty of perjury. 

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



TRUMP TALKS BIG BUT APPEARS TO DISPLAY COWARDICE WHEN FACING REAL ISSUES ...

It’s a simple question. Why does President Trump and his Attorney General not demand the recusal, investigation, and prosecution of those complicit in real Russian interference with the government?

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There appears to be sufficient probable cause to hold former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, former FBI Director and now Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy Attorney General, and the man that appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, Rod Rosenstein, to account for their participation in the Uranium One scandal that saw 20% of America’s uranium production placed under the control of the Russians and the various cover-ups for the benefit of President Obama and the Clintons.

Another Obama Administration scandal and real collusion between elected and appointed officials of the government and Russian-controlled entities with connections to Vladimir Putin.

No bogus dossier containing unverifiable hearsay, but actual documents that provide probable cause for removing Mueller and Rosenstein, and all of Muller's progressive prosecutors from their present positions. And, since the Department of Justice and FBI were complicit in the cover-up to immediately impanel a grand jury to investigate the matter. 

Bottom line …

Trump talks tough to the North Korean dictator. Trump speaks out of both sides of his mouth to the mainstream media when it suits his purpose. But will Trump have the guts to go after influential, politically-connected progressives who have materially weakened American national security and were apparently guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors while in office?

I think not – but then there is always hope.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



INTERNET FUNNY: LADY GAGA AND THE FIVE FORMER PRESIDENTS WHO SCREWED AMERICA

While it is nice that the former Presidents and their expensive entourages attended a charity event, no amount of money or awareness will ever make up for the real damage they caused to America and the American people … g5

Jimmy Carter – led the destruction of the U.S. economy and remains the father of Islamo-Fascism in Iran.

Barack Obama – sold our uranium to the Russians and had more serious scandals that Bill Clinton

George Bush (41) – Ineffective elite progressive posing as a Republican.

George Bush (43) – Spawn of the ineffective progressive posing as a Republican.

Bill Clinton – corrupt, sexual predator and husband of the devil.

Lady Gaga – self-important progressive entertainer enjoying her progressive photo-op.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell