March 23, 2018

Moment of Reckoning for the “Conservative Media”

Daren Jonescu

The sham that is the Trump presidency has served its primary function quite well — it has decimated the grassroots conservative movement at the moment when that movement seemed to be gaining enough traction to have some effect as a counterforce to America’s progressive transformation. When I say "decimated,” I mean "crushed,” as Mitch McConnell promised to do to the Tea Party in 2014, back when he was challenged in the Kentucky primary by Matt Bevin — until a Karl Rove front group falsely calling itself Kentuckians for Strong Leadership leapt to McConnell’s defense. As I have noted before, one of the major "Kentuckian” donors in that pro-McConnell, anti-constitutionalist PAC was Donald J. Trump.

I have written for two years about the GOP establishment’s obvious preference for Trump, and of the corresponding big lie at the heart of Trump’s popularity, namely that he is an outsider who intends to "drain the swamp.” More of the machinations of that big lie have come to prominence over the past couple of days, specifically related to one of the uglier manifestations of the progressive GOP establishment’s circling of the wagons for Trump, viz., the so-called "conservative media’s” endless fawning over and excuse-making for the man-child and his administration.

Erick Erickson, the founder of RedState and popular conservative commentator, has explainedhow he was effectively barred from Fox News due to his conservative, anti-McConnell position in 2014, and his support of Tea Party challenger Bevin. The key to the story is that one of the major players in orchestrating his ouster as a regular Fox contributor was Elaine Chao — Mrs. Mitch McConnell — who happened to be a member of the board of directors at News Corp (owners of Fox News). In other words, the very politically-involved wife of the current lead swamp creature of the GOP establishment was a vocal advocate for the editorial stance of Fox News, destroying any illusions that Fox was ever anything but the propaganda wing of the Republican Party’s old boys club.

Now let’s add two and two, shall we?

McConnell’s wife is active in manipulating the on-air political slant of Fox News. Fox News spends all of the 2015-16 GOP primary season undermining the campaign of McConnell’s senate arch-enemy Ted Cruz — including by fabricating the fake optics of third candidate "surges,” as they did with Marco Rubio’s third place finish in Iowa, effectively deflating the significance and popular impact of Cruz’s victory over Trump in the very first caucus — while giving wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s every move, thereby creating the illusion of an unstoppable popular juggernaut. (These, as I have frequently explained, are exactly the same tactics they used in 2012 to support Mitt Romney — the establishment choice — against the various Tea Party-friendly challengers.)

Upon winning the presidency, one of Trump’s first cabinet appointments is Elaine Chao.

This is the true nature of the swamp-draining that Trump’s cultists still, to this day, fantasize they are witnessing: The GOP establishment exploits its direct ties to the conservative news media to plump for its preferred candidate (Trump) and denigrate genuine constitutionalist challengers to the Washington status quo, while simultaneously creating the grassroots-pleasing storyline that Mr. and Mrs. McConnell’s chosen puppet is an anti-establishment outsider; they then exploit the incompetence and amorality of their appointed figurehead to achieve their own swamp-filling goals, including by planting their own people within their puppet’s administration; the swamp-draining alpha male outsider, as president, ends up promoting almost exclusively the very things you would expect an establishment insider to promote — tax cuts without spending cuts, a modified and renamed version of ObamaCare, a massive shift to the left on illegal immigration, a more "moderate” position on the Second Amendment, a general disregard for the Constitution, etc.

The one area where grassroots or constitutionalist or Tea Party conservatives have been most wretchedly duped and abused by the establishment manipulators — the real "deep state” operatives, to use the alt-right lingo of the moment — is in the arena of the alternative media. Fox News, the Drudge Report, talk radio, and the conservative opinion websites were for years pitched as a spiritual home for those conservatives, where at last their views, and their desire to revive their failing republic, would gain a fair hearing. All along, these venues, or most of them most of the time, were little more than the establishment’s friendly smile, rhetorical performance art designed to lure principled men and women into the feeling that these sources were a safe haven, and then, systematically and repeatedly, to pull the rug out from under these good people in Act III, insisting that this year — "just one last time” — they should rally behind the establishment’s chosen fraud, "since after all, the alternative would be worse.”

And today comes another interesting, related story, from RedState, involving another long-time Fox News contributor, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who elected not to renew his contract with the network. More importantly, he had the courage to release a statement detailing his reason for breaking ties with Fox, which I will quote at some length, omitting the obligatory "thank you to the good people” portions:

I feel compelled to explain why I have to leave. Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to "support and defend the Constitution,” and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.

In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration. When prime-time hosts–who have never served our country in any capacity–dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of "deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.

As a Russia analyst for many years, it also has appalled me that hosts who made their reputations as super-patriots and who, justifiably, savaged President Obama for his duplicitous folly with Putin, now advance Putin’s agenda by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign. Despite increasingly pathetic denials, it turns out that the "nothing-burger” has been covered with Russian dressing all along. And by the way: As an intelligence professional, I can tell you that the Steele dossier rings true–that’s how the Russians do things. The result is that we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.

There are undoubtedly nits to pick with Peters’ assessment of certain details, and I am by no means suggesting that his own political views perfectly reflect my own. But the frustration in his tone, and his insider’s perspective on how all attempts to seem "fair and balanced” from a conservative point of view have gone out the window in favor of pure sycophancy for the most anti-conservative, establishment-friendly, and morally indefensible Republican president imaginable, rings so true it hurts.

And Peters’ criticism has deeper resonance with anyone who has had a long-time association with virtually anyof the prominent American conservative news sources over the past several years. Fox is merely the biggest fish in the sea. The smaller fish are generally so many miniatures of the same phenomenon: the reality, or at least the appearance, of even-handedness and open-mindedness regarding the presentation of sincere, principled commentary related to liberty, constitutional conservatism, and classical liberal political philosophy in general, is jettisoned now in favor of outrageous and almost uninterrupted idolatry over Trump and everything he does. If you think Peters sounds unreasonably iconoclastic or bombastic in his broad disillusionment over Fox’s sell-out of its audience for profit, I can assure you that, were the names changed, almost everything he says would serve well as an account of the way so many of us who have been involved in the "conservative media” feel about our old colleagues and the contexts in which we once thrived quite happily and peaceably, healthy disagreements notwithstanding.

For me, the essence of Peters’ polemic lies in these words: "Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”

Yes. This, in a nutshell, is what it feels like to participate in an organization with enthusiasm and a sense of fellow-feeling, only to realize, to paraphrase Reagan, that you haven’t left themthey have left you.


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Trumpled Under Foot; Trump gets Hit by (Omni) Bus

Timothy Birdnow

President Trump jumped the shark today, signing the omnibus bill giving the Democrats everything they wanted and more, and largely shafting the base.

The bill funds Planned Parenthood. It funds NPR and PBS, It funds all manner of dark and evil things - to the tune of 1.3 TTrillion dollars!

According to Freedom Works:

"The process for the omnibus that Congress will consider this week has not been open or transparent, and it's highly unlikely that any amendments will be allowed. Members will be given a bill tonight and likely have less than 36 hours to read and absorb it before they vote on it Thursday."

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In fact the bill was over two thousand pages, and no doubt members of Congress just voted the way they were told by leadership.

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Dana Mathewson

Wayne Allyn Root makes some good points.

The only thing he doesn't mention is all that wonderful food we get from CA. How're we gonna compensate for that?

A NOTE FROM TIM: more...

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Michelle Michelle LIes to Sell, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Dana Mathewson

Well, I'll be darned! Moochie lied to us!

It was all a ruse to get us to trust her. Funny how it didn't work out. . .

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Gohmert: Trump Should Sack Mueller

Dana Mathewson

I LIKE Louie Gohmert. They grow their Congresscritters with ba**s in Texas.

Louis Gomert says Mueller should be fired.

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At last! Trump listened to me!

Dana Mathewson

McMaster OUT. Bolton IN as National Security Advisor. I've been telling the president for months that McMaster had to go!

Man, it's nice to be appreciated! And that position doesn't require Senate confirmation, so there'll be no problem. Of course, the media is already freaking out. . .

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College in Illinois hosts "Whiteness in Decline" Speaker

Dana Mathewson

This courtesy of College Fix:

A lecture scheduled for next month at Columbia College in Chicago will examine the topic of "whiteness in decline” and look at how whites’ current social position has led to a "resurgence of white supremacy.” The lecture, titled "Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence,” will take place April 12 and include a presentation from professor Paula Ioanide of Ithaca College in New York. Ioanide’s remarks will touch on the "imagined and real losses in entitlements white Americans have come to expect and the ways these connect to the resurgence of white nationalism,” according to an online description of the event. "Ioanide argues that the reactionary emotional politics of white nationalism indicate both the precarious structure of white domination and the effectiveness of racial justice movements,” a flyer for the event states. Ioanide, a professor of comparative race and ethnicity studies, did not respond to The College Fix’s request for comment regarding her upcoming talk more...

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Reason for the Second Amendment

Wil Wirtanen

An Article for the Constitutionally ignorant

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March 22, 2018

Thoughts on the Austin Mad Bomber

Timothy Birdnow

Here are a few thoughts on the Austin bomber in no particular order.

First, this youth proves a point I have been making for some time, namely, that if someone wants to murder a bunch of school children there are more efficient ways to go about it than using a gun. After Parkland we were told ad nauseum that we have to ban firearms, and yet this kid could well have murdered countless children had he targeted schools rather than random individuals. And he could have done it all without a gun. We are very fortunate that he either didn't think to do that or chose not to. Any would-be school shooter could make explosives and walk right into a school to deliver the bomb. It is easy, and, as this case shows, it can be done with household items. Why spend hundreds of dollars on guns and ammo when you can spend maybe thirty bucks and take out a lot more people? more...

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Hillary Clinton: “I know, but my team wouldn’t listen.”

Dana Mathewson

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equal access — to a wait list

Wil Wirtanen

A smart man learns from his mistakes, an intelligent man learns from other's mistakes. Don't know where that leaves liberals.

Stupid liberals, we have tried it and it doesn’t work.

Nothing is so expensive than when it is free.

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thou shalt not steal unless you get a majority vote in the U.S. Congress

Wil Wirtanen

As usual Dr. Williams does not disappoint.

From the article:

"Gun ownership is not our problem. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns. That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social behavior and a scuttling of religious teachings that reinforced moral values. Let’s examine elements of this decline."

Read it all.

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March 21, 2018

New Pro Football League

Timothy Birdnow

The NFL is soon to have some competition.

According to SI:

"harlie Ebersol, the son of longtime NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol and director of the 30 for 30 documentary about the original XFL his father created with WWE’s Vince McMahon, announced Tuesday that he plans to launch a football league next February. (ESPN’s Darren Rovell has all the details.)

The league is called the Alliance of American Football and will feature eight 50-man teams playing a 10-game schedule that begins on February 9, the Saturday after next year’s Super Bowl."


Good. The NFL has become politicized and high handed, ignoring the dissatisfaction of fans in favor of their politically radicalized players, and now they should pay the price. The fact is, the NFL has enjoyed a monopoly for many years and thus football fans had to tturn to college football or do without. Now we may have a competitor to challenge the NFL hegemony.

If they avoid the pitfalls of the XFL, that is, avoid turning it into a reality show circus, and if they manage to attract good talent in both coaching and players, they could thrive. Let us hope so.

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Bomb Suspect Blows Himself Up; Police Silent on Identity

Timothy Birdnow

The man suspected of bomb attacks in the greater Austin area blew himself up as police closed in.

From the article:

:Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. They were waiting for ballistic vehicles to arrive to move in for an arrest when his vehicle began to drive away, Manley said. Authorities followed the vehicle, which ran into a ditch on the side of the road, the police chief said.

When members of the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle, the police chief said. The blast knocked back one officer, while a second officer fired his weapon, Manley said.

Authorities identified the suspect only as a 24-year-old white man and wouldn't say if he was from Austin."

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I'm not sure why they won't identify the man. Perhaps they are less confident that they got the correct one than they are letting on - or perhaps they suspect accomplices? This may have political or religious connotations. Maybe the bomber has ties to Occupy Wall Street, or is a convert to Islam? Normally they would be quick to divulge the name, especially in such a high profile case.

See video here.

P.S a Reddit poster claimed responsibility in a now deleted account He likened himself to the Zodiac killer and said he was murdering to "watch the world burn."

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Somali Cop who shot Australian Woman in Minnesota Surrenders to Authorities

Dana Mathewson

At last! Some action in the case. I imagine we'll learn more soon because "Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was scheduled to discuss charges Tuesday afternoon."

Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder, turns himself in

I'm going to bet that there'll be a "whitewash" article in the Strib.

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VDH -- The Confederate Mind

Dana Mathewson

Once a region, a state, or a group of people becomes racially obsessed and prefers the culture of two rather than three classes, they turn absurd. Soon they stop listening to reason and fall into predictable mythologies of cultural superiority, regional chauvinism, and ultimately secession as proof of their moral supremacy.

What follows next never ends well.

Once a region, a state, or a group of people becomes racially obsessed and prefers the culture of two rather than three classes, they turn absurd. Soon they stop listening to reason and fall into predictable mythologies of cultural superiority, regional chauvinism, and ultimately secession as proof of their moral supremacy.

What follows next never ends well.

Progressives Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton's Race Based Worldview

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March 20, 2018

Student Suspended for not Joining Washington Gun Protests

Timothy Birdnow

A student in Ohio was suspended from school for refusing to join the anti-Second Amendment protests in Washington.

From the article:

"A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s "National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative "study hall.”

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.

The student argued that divisive politics have no place in America’s schools and he refused to take sides in the debate, according to the Associated Press."

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So, in the People's Republic of Teacher's Unions you will cheer the Glorious Leader or else!

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School Shooter Shot Dead in Maryland

Timothy Birdnow

A shooter at Great Mills High School in Lexington Park critically injured two fellow students on Tuesday morning in what was shaping up to be another mass murder spree. A school marshall shot the little love child and he has died.

From Reuters:

"The school day had barely begun when the student, who has not been identified, shot a male student and a female student at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County before the campus security officer intervened, county Sheriff Timothy Cameron told NBC’s Washington affiliate.

The two victims were in critical condition at hospitals.

The officer was not harmed, and the public school’s roughly 1,600 students were later escorted off campus by police, classroom by classroom, to reunite with their parents at another high school."

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Let us all pray for the two students who were injured.

This goes to show the efficacy of armed security personell protecting our school kids. Since there was an adult on site with a firearm who was willing to use it this situation failed to escalate. Had this been another liberal "gun free zone" there would have been many more dead children.

Thank God for a gun on campus.

Dana Mathewson adds:

Gee. A trained, armed deputy sheriff on duty. Why wouldn't that work everywhere? Note the casualties: two students injured, and the shooter injured. No deaths. Will schoolkids stage walkouts? What will CNN say?

I'm interested in finding out if the shooter knew the sheriff would be there.

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Obama Staffer Admits Facebook Gave The One Private Data

Timothy Birdnow

Facebook allowed Obama to use their data in the 2012 election cycle, according to an Obama staffer.

From Breitbart:

" They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.

— Carol Davidsen (@cld276) March 19, 2018

In a series of tweets, Davidsen that Facebook was "surprised” that the Obama campaign was able to "suck out the entire social graph” (the "social graph” is an individual’s network of friends on Facebook), but did nothing to stop them once they found out.

Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.

— Carol Davidsen (@cld276) March 19, 2018

Davidsen also linked to a talk from 2015 in which she explained how Facebook’s privacy policies in 2012 allowed them to harvest data on friend networks across America.

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Yet now Fakebook climbs on their high horse because a conservative billionaire legally used some information - and that before he even threw his support to Donald Trump.

Back when Obama did this the media marveled at his skill and ingenuity. Now that the dog has bitten them, they don't like it. That's the trouble with dirty dealing; so often it cuts both ways.

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The power of STUPID

Dana Mathewson

Examine the photo before you continue -- if you are familiar with guns, that is. It should jump right out at you.

Simply amazing!

Sorry, folks, this item is no longer on Twitchy. What it showed was a guy holding a pistol and its magazine -- WITH THE CARTRIDGES !

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