‘Dossier’ deception: Whom to believe?

Schultz trending

Schultz was trending on Twitter News Aug. 11. (Snip/Twitter)

Although most traditional politics and news media are ignoring the Russia scandal implicating Democrats’ national committee and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, there is robust discussion on social media.

There is some comedy in this debate, with current Democrat party leaders pointing the finger at leaders like  Rep. Debbie W. Schultz (FL) who was in charge of the party machine during most of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

Some of the debate concerns the infamous ‘dossier’.  Continue reading

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Amid allegations DNC funded ‘dossier’, are some Republicans nervous?

Snip Thor Halvorssen Twitter

Snip from @ThorHalvorssen on Twitter

Left of center media have finally made official what most of us already knew. The national committee for Democrats was (allegedly) in on the infamous ‘dossier’ casting outrageous allegations against President Donald Trump.

Note I used quotes around ‘dossier’ because we have no confirmation on allegations in the report.

Right of center media are naturally doing a victory dance in this latest political scandal.

A very big boat is being missed. I said as much to a Hillary Clinton supporter yesterday on Twitter.

Why?  Continue reading

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Are you a political bigot?

Time writer retraction Zeke Miller MLK bust

The Time magazine writer did retract his false claims about the MLK bust. He apologized to his colleagues, but the original message persisted. (Via Twitter @ZekeJMiller)

Have you banned someone from social media or your life because you disagree with his or her politics? Do you walk around comparing former or current presidents to Hitler? Do you believe every claim your favorite pundit makes, even if it’s not based on fact?

If so, you’ve been had.  Continue reading

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Why should the US protect her sovereignty?

UN cartoon immigrant in irregular situation

Cartoons like this were run as part of the UN Human Rights campaign aimed at informing migrants about their rights when crossing international borders. Note the bureaucratic nature of the message—“Do you know the difference between ‘illegal migration’ and migrants in an ‘irregular situation’?

These days it seems world powers are bent on eradicating the sovereignty of nations. The European Union is a perfect example of what can go astray when original intentions sought to strengthen nations ends up weakening them.

The United States should, in my opinion, jealously guard sovereignty. Why? Continue reading

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Absence of questions on Las Vegas massacre provokes conspiracy theories

NYT Tweet ISIS lone wolf

Pinned Tweet about lone wolf theories from NYT writer assigned to cover ISIS.

Of all the attacks on US soil, including Ft. Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando, and the Boston Marathon, perhaps none is so confusing as the Las Vegas massacre.

Because little has been disclosed about the alleged gunman, conspiracy theories are blooming. How do you know which media to trust? Even the writer covering ISIS for The New York Times has questions.  Continue reading

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Does the FBI realize the agency’s reputation is at stake?

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FBI acting director Andrew McCabe (US Government photo)

Just in from Judicial Watch, an organization ever in search of disclosure about our government.

Sues for Records on Links Between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of Jeffrey A. Danik, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, against the U.S. Department of Justice for records concerning FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (Jeffrey A. Danik v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01792)). Danik worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for almost 30 years.

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SPLC ‘hate incidents’ warrant a closer look, but media are unwilling

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen, Pulse Night Club mass murderer. (photo/FBI)

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization I once admired, has become a lightning rod for many in discussions of acts of ‘hate’ in US communities. Media, including this site, often use their information when covering hot topics.

What most of us haven’t done, though, is take a hard look at what SPLC classifies as ‘hate incidents’ and ask some questions. Among the questions we should ask is why, when their itemization of “apparent hate crimes and hate group activities” comprises different ethnicities, faiths, and ideologies, the graphic on the portal page to those incidents features only one type of individual.

SPLC draws these incidents “primarily from media sources.” To their credit, they do revoke hate crime status for some claims proven false.

What constitutes ‘hate’ these days?  Continue reading

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