Ukrainegate in a nutshell

I think Robert Bridge does a good job of summarizing our current political brouhaha. Just as Russiagate was a conspicuous effort on the part of the Democrats and their lapdog media to deflect attention away from the contents of Clinton’s emails, not to mention the identity of the leaker (as opposed to the ‘Russian hackers,’ that is), Ukrainegate is a desperate attempt to focus attention on a harmless phone call between two state leaders so as to bury the news of corruption at the highest levels of the Obama administration, up to and including not only Joe Biden, but former Secretary of

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“Journalists are prostitutes”

That’s the title of a very enlightening essay at Lew Rockwell.  It describes the life and experiences of German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, who explains just how journalists are “bought” and paid off by the powers that be.  It’s long, but very interesting.  Here’s an excerpt. Now to the subject of lying media. When I was sent to the Iran-Iraq war for the first time, the first time was from 1980 to July 1986, I was sent to this war to report for FAZ. The Iraqis were then ‘the good guys’. I was bit afraid. I didn’t have any experience as a war

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Propaganda versus fact

As an exercise in judging the torrent of political propaganda that’s spewed at us from all sides in these tenuously United States, here are two articles covering the same subject;  President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from the area of Syria near the Turkish border, to avoid getting involved in a shooting war with the Turks over the Kurds.  (We’ve spoken of his decision before, here and here.  Basically, I think it was correct.)  They offer very different perspectives. The New York Times thinks the President got it disastrously wrong, and has endangered US prestige, policies and security as a result. President

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Why can’t – or won’t – the media get their facts straight?

Yesterday saw yet another example of why the mainstream media are destroying their own credibility over their opposition to President Trump.  In this case, it’s Shepherd Smith of Fox News. In a comprehensive, powerful show open on Thursday’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting, the Fox News anchor spelled out the potential ramifications of President Donald Trump asking China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. “The president asked Ukraine and China to investigate his political rival on television for all the world to hear,” Smith said. “Fox News knows of no federal investigation of his rival for any violations of any

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When corruption becomes the reason for existence

Last week, the Z man put out an article titled “Too Corrupt To Fail“.  It equates the current Ukrainian “scandal” with the situation in the Catholic Church and its clergy sex abuse problem, and with other similar major issues.  I found his case compelling. In all of the big institutional scandals, there is always a question that rarely gets addressed and that is, how did it go on for so long? By the time the thing starts to become public, the number of people involved, either actively or passively, has reached a point where it became impossible to hide. In

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Hearsay and lies

Now that the full complaint by the so-called “whistleblower” against President Trump has been released, we can zero in on what is, to me, the most critical part of it. “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described.  However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible … I do not know which side initiated the call.” Are you s******g me?  Do you really expect me to support official, judicial or legislative action on the basis of hearsay?  Any court in the country would toss out such a case even before it began, on the grounds

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If at first you don’t succeed, lie, lie again

The brouhaha over a (very tenuously) alleged “assault” by Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, reported by the New York Times over the weekend, is utterly ridiculous and nonsensical.  It also exposes that newspaper (yet again) as a hollow shell of its former self, a propaganda organ rather than a serious journalistic endeavor.  Consider: The alleged “victim” of the “assault” has no recollection of it ever occurring, and refuses to discuss it.  As another reporter noted, “Omitting this fact from the New York Times story is one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent memory.”  The newspaper later updated its story to reflect this, but by then

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The politically manufactured anti-Trump “recession”

I’m sure readers have noticed the sudden drumbeat of “Economic recession!  We’re doomed!” headlines and articles all over the country.  They were so simultaneous and so contrived that it was obvious they were being coordinated by a single source.  The Gormogons laid it out neatly. If only there were a way to defeat Trump’s economic record. Early attempts to dismiss it as a Potemkin boon only benefiting the ultra-wealthy—you saw this in the Democrat debates—didn’t jive with the fatter paychecks lower class and lower middle class folks were finally depositing in parched bank accounts. Time for the Ultimate Weapon: in order

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