It’s Not a Russian Coup-  It’s a Progressive One

It’s Not a Russian Coup- It’s a Progressive One

The Democrats’ drive to delegitimize the election of Donald Trump has become a virtual crusade: Fox’s Bret Baier reported Tuesday that Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, wants an independent probe like a 9/11 commission to look into the alleged Russian hacking of Clinton’s e-mails, in addition to the coming congressional investigation. The Democrats and their fellow travelers in the Media are peddling the story that Putin ordered the hacking in order to help Trump win the election. On December 9th, the Washington Post said: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.” However, even as the crusade recruits increasingly melodramatic spokespersons—here’s Keith Olbermann frothing in a video about a “Russian coup”—the underlying evidence wanes thinner each day. Top intel office, FBI disagree that hacks were meant to help Trump Now the Washington Times reports that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence—whose office, ODNI, oversees all of our 17 intelligence agencies—does not agree with the CIA’s assessment that the Russians hacked the election to benefit Donald Trump. On November 17th, he told a congressional hearing: “As far as the WikiLeaks connection, the evidence there is not strong and we don’t have good insight into the sequencing of the releases, or when the data may have been provided.” Two facts make it even less likely that the Russians hacked John Podesta’s g-mail account: the Washington Times article says that “Assange is himself a hacking expert and directs a cadre of such computer thieves around the world,” and Fox News reported on October 29th that Podesta’s account was compromised...
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

Satire is fine; in fact, everyone loves to read something that puts a smile on their face. However, when satire is taken as fact, it becomes a whole different concept. What gives us pause in some cases is when a site such as The Onion writes a satirical piece that six months later turns out to be true. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose the stupidity or vices of certain people, especially in the context of current events. In other words, it is supposed to be a joke. While it can often be used as a parable to convey a lesson, it is not based on fact. If you missed my first article on fake news, read it HERE now. You might recognize the headline of this article as a quote attributed to PT Barnum. In reality, it is unknown if he is the originator of the adage or not, but he certainly took advantage of the apparent fact. People are gullible. And if they want to believe something it is easier to fool them. PT Barnum sold his deceptions for entertainment and profit, as do many websites today. There is certainly a difference between sites that are up front about being satirical and entertaining, and those who publish misinformation. Propaganda is the trade of politicians, and media that want to fool you, confounding your perception of reality. My point today is, that amid calls for censoring and prohibiting the “fake news” sites, we need to first understand that this is nothing new. But asking the government to control the content of media is like asking the fox...
This Day in History – December 14

This Day in History – December 14

December 14 557 – The capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, is damaged by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake 644 – Companion of Muhammad, Uthman ibn Affan, is appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam 835 – The Sweet Dew Incident takes place, in which Chinese Emperor Wenzong conspires with chancellor Li Xun and general Zheng Zhu to kill all of the eunuchs, but their plan is foiled 867 – Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope 872 – John VIII is elected as Catholic Pope 1124 – Theobald Buccapecus is elected Pope Coelestinus II, but he turns the position down 1287 – The Zuiderzee seawall collapses during the St. Lucia’s Flood in Northwest Netherlands, killing over 50,000 and becoming the fifth largest recorded flood in history 1503 – French astrologer and physician Nostradamus, is born 1542 – Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at just six days old 1546 – Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is born 1585 – Henry IV, the first Bourbon King of France is born 1640 – Playwright and novelist who is known as the first Englishwoman to make a living as a writer, Aphra Behn is baptized at Harbledown, near Canterbury England 1777 – The Continental Congress names Thomas Conway to inspector general of the US 1795 – Civil engineer John Bloomfield Jarvis is born 1799 – First President of the US, George Washington dies 1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd state 1822 – English patron of music John Christie is born 1861 – Prince Albert of England dies 1863 – Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union...
Democrats Outraged by Election Tampering?  Hypocrisy at its Best… Or Worst.

Democrats Outraged by Election Tampering? Hypocrisy at its Best… Or Worst.

In current news, we see claims that the Russians tampered with, and were complicit in activities to influence the outcome of our election. Would they do that? Of course, they would.  In fact, I’d be shocked if they didn’t try! My certainty is NOT based on the evil of the Russians and former USSR. It is based on the evil of socialism, communism, and progressivism. Joseph Stalin once famously said, “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.”  He called his movement to “Democratic Socialism.”  Sound familiar? What is important to leaders such as Stalin is the appearance of propriety. Perception is much more important than reality. Our founders knew a free press and speech were paramount for a society free of tyranny. The collusion between media and government is the death knell for liberty. It is up to the media to assure the people they are not working for the politicians nor have they been fooled. Of course, a media with an agenda beyond telling the truth is tyrannical. Of course, not everything is to be made public in the press; however, it’s that transparency we frequently hear about that leads to a thing we call trust. When a government exceeds its enumerated powers, it tends to try and hide activities and involvements, much as a child hides and lies about being in the cookie jar. Of course, when cookies are missing, the crumbs and chocolate smeared on their faces belie their protests of innocence. It is too early to tell what, if any, involvement the Russians may have...