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CLIMATE FLASHBACK: In 1978 Mr. Spock Told Us Another Ice Age Would Be Here By Now.

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LIVE LONG AND FREEZE

I love Star Trek. The whole notion that we survive the mess we see the world in now and actually get to go for drinks on the moon and take a quick spin around Jupiter for fun is just a warm and fuzzy concept.

The show became part of our cultural DNA and the stars of the show went out to successful careers in other areas. Leonard Nimoy A.K.A. Mr. Spock was one of these Trek stars that found other things to do while not on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Nimoy hosted a fantastic show called “In Search Of…from 1978 until 1982 and it covered a wide range of topics that were explored. Material such as, is there a bigfoot, UFO’s and the lost city of Atlantis were some of its episodes.

They also in May of 1978 covered something according to their IMDb page called “In Search Of… The Coming Ice Age”. Of course, with all the interest of climate change and the 1.5-degree shift of getting warmer and all of us dying in less than 12 years ( Not my words ask A.O.C.  Ocasio-Cortez says the world will end in 12 years. She is absolutely right.) I was absolutely intrigued.

Below is a video clip from that show.

Below I have taken some short clips that Nimoy says here to add my stellar commentary.

The data shows that the average temperatures in the Arctic have fallen dramatically over the last 30 years. In most locations, the drop has been 2 degrees centigrade.

According to NOAA we are up almost 1.42 F since 2000. I’m gonna call this a draw.

The whole Northern hemisphere has grown steadily cooler.

Check the NOAA link above. I guess we are getting warmer. Which is really nice for Michigan in Feb.

If we are unprepared for the next advance ( Ice Age) the result could be hunger and death on a scale unprecedented in all of history.

Whether it is massive ice sheets rolling our way or Florida flooding out, it’s always doom and gloom with these people. How about the world comes together like in the movie Independence Day and either does a huge BBQ or use the ice for drinks. CMON PEOPLE.

What scientists are telling us now is the threat of an ice age is not as remote as they once thought.

Well, scientists are telling us something different now. Now I’m not gonna blame them here. They get stuff wrong like this all the time.

During the lifetime of our grandchildren, arctic cold and perpetual snow could turn most of the inhabitable portions of our planet into a polar desert.

Nimoy has 5 grandchildren and from what the scientists are telling us is that we will be all fried before frozen. I’m not sure which one is worse actually.

What does this all mean?

That 41 years ago a show on network television with a beloved actor who played a character that relied on “logic,” scared the crap out of a 9-year-old Duke, making me think the ice was going to kill my family and I.

They were not just wrong but fabulously wrong.

Now those that believe the current dire warnings will say the technology is better, the computer models are more accurate and we have learned so much since 1978.

Well, how about if we do this as a test. Get the current weather reports you do EXACTLY RIGHT for 30 days, then we can chat about making predictions 40 years or 12 years maybe even just 30 months into the future.

Back in 1978, the climate alarmists used an actor who played a Vulcan ( who is not supposed to lie) as a messenger to get people ginned up about impending doom. In 2019 they used a 16-year Lil kid to do the same thing. They were wrong in 1978 and I’m willing to bet Al Gores billions that he made on this fantasy that they are wrong now also.

Predicting the weather, stocks or what women are thinking when they are really mad is a dangerous proposition. Doing any one of these things is just…

Illogical.

P.S. Kirk is the best Captain E-V-E-R.

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Chuck Todd Dismissed Ukraine Meddling In 2016 Election as ‘Conspiracy Theory’ But He Must Have Missed These Facts

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On Sunday, Chuck Todd had a meltdown on “Meet the Press” when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) raised John Brennan, the Strzok-Page texts and the allegations that the Democrats were involved with Ukraine meddling in the election in 2016.

Todd flipped out and refused to let Johnson continue raising the issue of meddling, calling it a “Fox News conspiracy propaganda” despite Johnson referencing a Politico article about the meddling. Todd claimed Johnson just didn’t want to anger President Donald Trump by criticizing him on Ukraine.

On Twitter, Todd was cheered by much of liberal media for his response. CNN’s Chris Cillizza calling Johnson’s response to Todd “nonsensical.”

But that’s part of the problem. No doubt it was nonsensical to Cillizza if he hasn’t been following the facts and had no idea what Johnson was talking about.

Todd and the response of some of the other network media types just proved the point that Johnson was trying to make – that many in media have not only downplayed the questions of the origins of the Russia probe and how that reflects on the FBI, the CIA and the Democrats but they’ve downplayed or ignored any of facts pertaining to Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election and any alleged involvement of the Democrats. If they paint it as a “conspiracy,” maybe Americans will just forget about the question and not see the inherent contradiction between spending two plus years incessantly covering the Russia collusion hoax while not saying “boo” about Democrats and Ukraine.

Some media has committed journalism and looked at the question.

Politico did a bang-up article to which Johnson referred. Here’s Politico’s second paragraph:

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

The New York Times did a report on how a Ukrainian court actually found there was meddling in our election during the campaign in 2016.

The Kiev District Administrative Court, in a statement issued Wednesday, said that Artem Sytnik, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the agency that had released information about the payments, had violated the law. The court’s statement said this violation “resulted in meddling in the electoral process of the United States in 2016 and damaged the national interests of Ukraine.”

Yesterday we reported that Glenn Beck had a audio tape allegedly of Sytnik admitting he “helped” Hillary during the election by releasing “black accounting records” to hurt Paul Manafort and thereby the Trump campaign.

U.S. Attorney John Durham is now also looking into Ukrainian meddling during 2016.

All this, while it needs to be investigated, is more than a “conspiracy” theory.

Unless what you really mean is an actual conspiracy to undermine Donald Trump. We’ll leave that to John Durham to determine.

But when might we expect the networks to trumpet the facts in this matter as much as they trumpeted the empty Russia collusion hoax?

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The Media Tries To Cover For Adam Schiff’s Dishonesty But He Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

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Yesterday, California congressman and renowned pencil-neck Adam Schiff made his history of bizarre and inappropriate actions even more bizarre and inappropriate by reading his own made-up version of President Trump’s conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky into the Congressional Record as though it were real.

This is the essence of what the president communicates: We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. You know what I mean? I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, and not just any people. I’m going to put you in touch with the Attorney General of the United States — my Attorney General, Bill Barr — he’s got the whole weight of American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy, you’re going to love him. Trust me. You know what I’m asking, so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.

As soon as sane people objected to Schiff trying to turn an allegedly serious hearing into a dramatic reading try-out for America’s Got Talent, the media jumped to his defense. Here’s the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake carrying water for Schiff:

Here’s Politico doing the same. In their deranged little fantasy, the GOP are the bad guys for complaining about Schiff’s tactic.

— House Intelligence Chairman ADAM SCHIFF (D-Calif.) focused on whether MAGUIRE went to the White House before DOJ to seek guidance on how to deal with the whistleblower complaint. Note: Schiff started the hearing with an imagined conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Republicans continually brought this up, saying he was trying to mislead people.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tried to give him a way out but Schiff declined. Why? Because he knows he can literally do anything he wants and the stump-broke political press in Washington, D.C., will still give him a tongue-bath.

This was not a parody, it was a calculated strategy. Schiff knows his allies at CNN/MSNBC?ABC/CBS/NBC will play his soliloquy without any preface and leave the viewers under the impression that he read from the transcript directly. Again, this type of bone-deep dishonesty and lack of integrity is just who Adam Schiff is. We’ve known that for three years…at least. What is becoming obvious is that the media aren’t just left-leaning, they are every bit a duplicitous as Schiff.

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Video: AOC Has a Totally Not Stupid Plan for Impeaching Trump But It Involves Some Sacrifices

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When she’s not shamelessly playing the “progressive WOC” or “incitement” cards in order to shut down her Republican critics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spends a good deal of her time on social media, on podcasts, and in interviews talking about how selfless she is, how she’s willing to take one for the team in order to advance the progressive/socialist agenda, and how she ran for Congress to do the work of The PeopleWestlake Legal Group 2122 Video: AOC Has a Totally Not Stupid Plan for Impeaching Trump But It Involves Some Sacrifices washington D.C. Target Races Social Media progressives polls Politico North Carolina Media Impeachment of President Trump impeachment Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post donald trump democrats Culture Congress Campaigns AOC Allow Media Exception Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 2020 Elections 2020   .

But in light of the (overblown) allegations that President Trump engaged in quid pro quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July, AOC is demanding other Democrats step up and make even bigger sacrifices.

In an interview on CNN Wednesday night, the freshman Congresswoman told prime time anchor Chris Cuomo that Democrats in vulnerable House districts across America must be willing to make the ultimate political sacrifice in order to impeach Trump (bolded emphasis added by me):

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., argued on Wednesday night that Congress should pursue the impeachment of President Trump despite its unpopularity among voters and “put our country first” before their jobs.

“I personally do not believe in fulfilling my obligations to my job based on polling data,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN. “I think we need to do our job and we’ve been elected and sent here by the people of the United States of America to fulfill all of our obligations under the Constitution of the United States.”
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“I think the ground has shifted. I don’t believe in making decisions based on polling,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I believe in our ability to organize the public, to educate the public, to talk to the public about why not just we as members of Congress much impeach the president but why all people in the United States of America must recognize and understand that need to put our country first before our consideration of reelection. And that goes for members of Congress all the way up to the president of the United States.”

Watch the interview clip below:

Ocasio-Cortez’s claims are laughable on a number of fronts, the most obvious one being the fact that she’s in one of the safest Democratic districts in the country. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a few months ago, Democrats would vote for a glass of water with a “D” beside it if it was the nominee for Congress in AOC’s district.

In other words, it’s convenient for Ocasio-Cortez to urge other Democrats to make sacrifices that she knows she won’t have to.

Secondly, the national polling shows Democrats in those vulnerable districts are uneasy precisely because a majority of the people they represent are not comfortable with the idea of impeachment. AOC’s district, on the other hand, is deep blue, so it’s easy for her to ignore national polling because it doesn’t reflect what the overwhelmingly hardline Democrats in her district want.

So she doesn’t have to worry about losing her job as a Congresswoman by way of offending her constituents on issues like impeachment because they want impeachment, too. Duh.

But she’s willing to risk losing the Democratic House majority simply because she believes Orange Man Bad. That’s unhinged.

Then again, that’s … AOC.

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Politico: Golly, Trump sure seems to be milking the NYT smear on Kavanaugh

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Call this a subgenre of the Republicans Pounce!Westlake Legal Group 2122 Politico: Golly, Trump sure seems to be milking the NYT smear on Kavanaugh The Blog Republicans pounce! Politico liberal media bias Kavanaugh effect donald trump Brett Kavanaugh 2020 Senate   media narrative. After the New York Times’ dishonest rehash of the Brett Kavanaugh smear fell apart, media outlets such as the Washington Post made the GOP’s pouncing over a “journalistic mishap” the story, rather than the egregious violations of journalistic norms by the NYT. Today, Politico makes Donald Trump’s “harping” on the smear for political gain their focus:

President Donald Trump, like most of the conservative sphere, is riled up about the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh a year after the judge’s hyper-polarizing confirmation hearings.

And he’s channeling that energy into his key 2020 tactic of leaning heavily on political grievances and divisive moments to excite his base.

In both public and in private this week, the president has been harping on a recent New York Times piece, drawn from a book that contains new allegations of sexual misconduct by the judge who Trump feels has been falsely accused.

Note well all of the loaded language that Politico crams into its first three paragraphs. Trump is described as “riled up,” promoting “grievances” and being “divisive,” “harping,” because he “feels” Kavanaugh has been falsely accused. Note also that use of the plural in “new allegations,” because that’s not just loaded but flat-out wrong. There was only one “new” allegation in the New York Times piece, and the original version of the piece failed to mention that the authors never talked to the person who alleged it. Nor did they mention that the supposed victim has no recollection of the incident and has no interest in discussing it with reporters, which the book’s authors note in the book itself but got left out of their NYT “adaptation.”

This loaded language, by the way, appears to be running in Politico’s “news” section. Did they ever use “harping” in a news report to describe Democratic presidential candidates talking about Kavanaugh following the NYT piece? “Grievances”? “Divisive”? I’d call that doubtful.

Why would Trump continue “harping” on the NYT’s yellow-journalism hit piece? For one thing, it supports his argument that media organizations, including supposed straight-news platforms, are cooking stories to attack Trump and his administration. For another, the kangaroo-court attacks on Kavanaugh united the Right last year in indignation over the destruction of norms and the use of character assassination to derail legitimate conservative jurists from advancement. CNN noted the political damage Democrats did to themselves by enraging the fractious coalition within the GOP umbrella last year, and why it matters for 2020:

Polling models produced by now Washington Post analyst David Byler, FiveThirtyEight and I found that the Democrats chance of winning the Senate was slashed from 30%-40% in mid-to-late September (during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings) to 10%-20% by Election Day. In terms of raw seats, each model had the Democrats winning two to three more seats in late September than they eventually won. Now, some of this may have been natural movement toward the partisan baseline in red states like Missouri and Indiana, but these forecast models are supposed to take into these baselines.

Indeed, the 2018 exit polls suggest that Kavanaugh was a net negative for Democrats across the Senate landscape. One question on some state exit polls asked voters whether a senator’s Kavanaugh nomination vote was important to them. In every state but one (Florida) where the Republican senator voted for Kavanaugh or the Democratic senator voted against him, it was a net negative for the Democratic Senate nominee. …

Democrats do need to win red states to take back the Senate. Democrats need a pickup of at least three seats in 2020. Only two Republican held seats up are in states Clinton won in 2016. There’s also the one Democratic held seat up for reelection in deeply red Alabama. Put together, Democrats will need to win at least two Senate seats in Trump won states to take back the Senate.

All told, relitigating Kavanaugh may be good politics for a Democratic presidential primary where Kavanaugh is hated. It may even be a wash for Democrats in a presidential general election. It’s likely bad politics for Democrats when trying to take back the Senate.

In other words, reminding voters of how Democrats and the media treated Kavanaugh turns out to be pretty good politics. Moreover, Trump didn’t just pull this topic out of a hat for no good reason. He’s “harping” on it now because Democrats are still “harping” on it a year later, and media outlets like the NYT are trying their best to repackage the same old horsepuckey into a New And Improved Product to give Democrats that opportunity.

The story isn’t about Trump’s “grievances.” As Kathleen Parker — not exactly a Trumperoo — accurately put it yesterday at the Washington Post, the real story is “a monument to hearsay and a travesty of journalistic ethics.”

The fact that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed by the authors, and apparently told friends that she doesn’t recall any such incident, amount to the very definition of a non-story. For the record, The Post learned of the accusation last year but declined to publish it because the alleged witnesses weren’t identified and the woman said to be involved refused to comment.

Indeed, the authors’ only sources for the claim were two unnamed officials who spoke to Washington attorney Max Stier, who last year apparently told the FBI and various senators that he witnessed the alleged incident. But Stier refused to talk to the Times writers himself. …

The truth is, Kavanaugh has been the target of a media siege since his name was announced for consideration for the high court. Ramirez’s story was first reported by the New Yorker just days before Ford’s congressional testimony, which, frankly, was flimsy at best. None of the other four people Ford named as attending the high school party where she claimed Kavanaugh groped her recalled any such gathering. One of them, a close friend of Ford and the only other female, Leland Keyser , not only doesn’t remember the party but also says she’s never even met Kavanaugh.

What’s all too clear is that America’s privileged youth had a serious drinking problem in the early 1980s, and boozy memories from high school and young adulthood are unreliable. Far more troubling is that several presidential candidates seemingly would impeach a Supreme Court justice on nothing more than hearsay — and impeachable journalism.

Update: Speaking of impeachable journalism, here’s another nugget left out of the NYT story about the person who originated the “new allegation” on which their article was based.

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Politico Reports That Israel Placed Spy Devices Near White House, Then Mark Levin Reveals A Stunning Coincidence

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On Thursday, Politico reported that Israel had “likely” planted “mysterious” spy devices near the White House. Their source? “Several former top U.S. officials.”

The article is entitled “Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House.” The lede reads, “The likely Israeli spying efforts were uncovered during the Trump presidency, several former top U.S. officials said.” It can be read here.

According to Politico: (emphasis mine)

The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

But unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of foreign spying have been discovered on American soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behavior, one of the former officials said.

The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.

The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates — though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.

Trump is reputed to be lax in observing White House security protocols.

Based on a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials, several of whom served in top intelligence and national security posts.

Their source said, “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible.”

An Israeli Embassy spokesperson, Elad Strohmayer, denied the allegations, calling them “absolute nonsense.” He said, “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period.”

A senior Trump administration official told Politico that “the administration doesn’t comment on matters related to security or intelligence.”

Trump was questioned about this story by reporters and said he found it hard to believe. “I don’t think the Israelis were spying on us. My relationship with Israel has been great…Anything is possible but I don’t believe it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also denied the story. “We have a directive, I have a directive: No intelligence work in the United States, no spies. And it’s vigorously implemented, without any exception. It [the report] is a complete fabrication, a complete fabrication.”

Aha. Here we go. Politico writes:

But former officials with deep experience dealing with intelligence matters scoff at the Israeli claim — a pro forma denial Israeli officials are also known to make in private to skeptical U.S. counterparts.

One former senior intelligence official noted that after the FBI and other agencies concluded that the Israelis were most likely responsible for the devices, the Trump administration took no action to punish or even privately scold the Israeli government.

“The reaction … was very different than it would have been in the last administration,” this person said. “With the current administration, there are a different set of calculations in regard to addressing this.”

The former senior intelligence official criticized how the administration handled the matter, remarking on the striking difference from past administrations, which likely would have at a very minimum issued a démarche, or formal diplomatic reprimand, to the foreign government condemning its actions.

“I’m not aware of any accountability at all,” the former official said.

The former official explains many reasons why Israel would want to spy on the US. He says it would give them an edge in their diplomatic maneuvering with the US. He adds that “the Israelis are pretty aggressive. They’re all about protecting the security of the Israeli state and they do whatever they feel they have to to achieve that objective.” The source tells the writer numerous stories about Israel’s “brazen spying.”

Finally, the writer speaks to Daniel Benjamin, a former Obama State Department official, who relates even more stories about Israel’s aggressive tactics.

Politico must have taken some heat for the article because thirteen hours after it was published, an update was added which said:

This article has been updated to clarify that Daniel Benjamin had no knowledge of the alleged Israeli spying, and that the Israeli official he was speaking with was a former official at the time of their conversation.

Former US attorney, writer and talk show host Mark Levin joined Sean Hannity on Thursday night. They discussed a media report that the cell phone of former General Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s opponent’s in the upcoming election, had been compromised by the Iranians. Levin noted that, had it been Netanyahu who’d been reckless with the security of his cell phone, the Israeli press would be in an uproar. The Israeli media is as notoriously left-wing as the US media and it treats the Prime Minister with disdain.

Levin picks up a copy of the Politico story. He says, “Politico is a left-wing news site that former Obama officials love to leak to.” He looks at the sources cited in the article. “Three former government officials, in other words, Obama appointees. Obama appointees planted this. They put it on an American news site in order to try to create hostility between our President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu who are very close. In fact, Trump and Netanyahu are as close as any president and prime minister have ever been.”

(Note: Both Ben Rhodes and Joel Benenson write for Politico. Rhodes served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in Obama administration. Benny Gantz is Netanyahu’s current opponent.)

He continues:

Follow this. Ben Rhodes, he was close to who? Joel Benenson. Who’s Joel Benenson, America? He was a strategist for Obama in 2008 and 2012 in his campaigns, a strategist for Hillary Clinton in her 2016 campaign. Who is he a strategist for now? Benny Gantz and the Blue and White Party.

Levin holds up the Politico article and says:

This is a dirty trick. Because Americans and Israelis need to know that the left wing in our country and the media in this country are like this. (places middle finger over index finger) They work together just as they do in Israel. They’re trying to take out Netanyahu just as they’re trying to take out Trump today.

What a stunning coincidence.

 

Watch the video.

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Politico Reports That Israel Placed Spy Devices Near White House, Then Mark Levin Reveals A Stunning Coincidence

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On Thursday, Politico reported that Israel had “likely” planted “mysterious” spy devices near the White House. Their source? “Several former top U.S. officials.”

The article is entitled “Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House.” The lede reads, “The likely Israeli spying efforts were uncovered during the Trump presidency, several former top U.S. officials said.” It can be read here.

According to Politico: (emphasis mine)

The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

But unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of foreign spying have been discovered on American soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behavior, one of the former officials said.

The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.

The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates — though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.

Trump is reputed to be lax in observing White House security protocols.

Based on a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials, several of whom served in top intelligence and national security posts.

Their source said, “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible.”

An Israeli Embassy spokesperson, Elad Strohmayer, denied the allegations, calling them “absolute nonsense.” He said, “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period.”

A senior Trump administration official told Politico that “the administration doesn’t comment on matters related to security or intelligence.”

Trump was questioned about this story by reporters and said he found it hard to believe. “I don’t think the Israelis were spying on us. My relationship with Israel has been great…Anything is possible but I don’t believe it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also denied the story. “We have a directive, I have a directive: No intelligence work in the United States, no spies. And it’s vigorously implemented, without any exception. It [the report] is a complete fabrication, a complete fabrication.”

Aha. Here we go. Politico writes:

But former officials with deep experience dealing with intelligence matters scoff at the Israeli claim — a pro forma denial Israeli officials are also known to make in private to skeptical U.S. counterparts.

One former senior intelligence official noted that after the FBI and other agencies concluded that the Israelis were most likely responsible for the devices, the Trump administration took no action to punish or even privately scold the Israeli government.

“The reaction … was very different than it would have been in the last administration,” this person said. “With the current administration, there are a different set of calculations in regard to addressing this.”

The former senior intelligence official criticized how the administration handled the matter, remarking on the striking difference from past administrations, which likely would have at a very minimum issued a démarche, or formal diplomatic reprimand, to the foreign government condemning its actions.

“I’m not aware of any accountability at all,” the former official said.

The former official explains many reasons why Israel would want to spy on the US. He says it would give them an edge in their diplomatic maneuvering with the US. He adds that “the Israelis are pretty aggressive. They’re all about protecting the security of the Israeli state and they do whatever they feel they have to to achieve that objective.” The source tells the writer numerous stories about Israel’s “brazen spying.”

Finally, the writer speaks to Daniel Benjamin, a former Obama State Department official, who relates even more stories about Israel’s aggressive tactics.

Politico must have taken some heat for the article because thirteen hours after it was published, an update was added which said:

This article has been updated to clarify that Daniel Benjamin had no knowledge of the alleged Israeli spying, and that the Israeli official he was speaking with was a former official at the time of their conversation.

Former US attorney, writer and talk show host Mark Levin joined Sean Hannity on Thursday night. They discussed a media report that the cell phone of former General Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s opponent’s in the upcoming election, had been compromised by the Iranians. Levin noted that, had it been Netanyahu who’d been reckless with the security of his cell phone, the Israeli press would be in an uproar. The Israeli media is as notoriously left-wing as the US media and it treats the Prime Minister with disdain.

Levin picks up a copy of the Politico story. He says, “Politico is a left-wing news site that former Obama officials love to leak to.” He looks at the sources cited in the article. “Three former government officials, in other words, Obama appointees. Obama appointees planted this. They put it on an American news site in order to try to create hostility between our President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu who are very close. In fact, Trump and Netanyahu are as close as any president and prime minister have ever been.”

(Note: Both Ben Rhodes and Joel Benenson write for Politico. Rhodes served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in Obama administration. Benny Gantz is Netanyahu’s current opponent.)

He continues:

Follow this. Ben Rhodes, he was close to who? Joel Benenson. Who’s Joel Benenson, America? He was a strategist for Obama in 2008 and 2012 in his campaigns, a strategist for Hillary Clinton in her 2016 campaign. Who is he a strategist for now? Benny Gantz and the Blue and White Party.

Levin holds up the Politico article and says:

This is a dirty trick. Because Americans and Israelis need to know that the left wing in our country and the media in this country are like this. (places middle finger over index finger) They work together just as they do in Israel. They’re trying to take out Netanyahu just as they’re trying to take out Trump today.

What a stunning coincidence.

 

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In Completely Unexpected Turn, That Story About Trump Using the Military to Prop Up His Resort Was Fake News

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This just keeps happening. It’s almost as if the news media are purposely slanting stories to fit their narrative, unconcerned with seeking facts that don’t confirm their biases?

Nah, couldn’t be.

Over the past week, a “bombshell” story broke involving Trump’s Scottish Turnberry resort, which is currently in financial trouble, and the supposed idea that the US Air Force was having their planes land at an airport close by to help keep it above water. The idea was that without airport access close by, the golf club would further fail and fold up. This was exacerbated by the revelation that a C-17 crew stayed the night at the resort using earlier in the year.

Byron York tackles the details over at the Washington Examiner.

The news was immediately picked up by other media outlets. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow opened her program Friday with a monologue on the story, followed by an interview with Bertrand. “Now miraculously, now that Donald Trump is president, American military cargo planes have started refueling at that airport,” Maddow said, noting the military “spent $17 million on fuel [there] since October 2017,” even though “it would be cheaper to the military if that fuel had been purchased at a U.S. military base.”

“They’re stopping at the airport that Trump needs to prop up to keep his Scottish golf resort going,” Maddow declared.

As per usual, this all turned out to be mostly fake news, lacking critical context and any semblance of fairness in the reporting.

The only problem with the Politico story was that it was not the whole story. In fact, it omitted so much important information that it hardly qualified as a story at all.

The piece focused on a single Air Force mission, a C-17 military transport flight this year from the United States to Kuwait and back. Bertrand and Bender reported that the plane stopped at Prestwick to refuel, and also that the crew spent the night at Turnberry. According to the article, crew members said they had never stopped at Prestwick before in dozens of trips back and forth between the U.S. and Middle East.

The article made several references to a June 21 document request sent by House Oversight Committee Democrats to the secretary of defense. The Pentagon has not yet responded to the House, Politico said.

But committee Democrats left a number of things out of their letter. Some are available in public documents on the internet, while some came from the Air Force in response to the story.

The first thing to note is that a public database shows the Air Force signed a contract for refuelings at Prestwick in 2016, before the Trump administration entered office. In addition, Air Force planes made many stops at Prestwick before President Trump. According to information provided by Air Force officials, planes stopped at Prestwick 95 times in 2015, 145 times in 2016, 180 times in 2017, 257 times in 2018, and 259 times through August 2019.

Wait, you mean Democrats Representatives and media members bandying this story about were doing so without telling us all the facts? Shocking if true.

The stopover for the true at Prestwick not only wasn’t unusual or “odd,” it was part of a contract that predated Trump and had begun escalating operations before he was even elected. This was done to secure lower fuel prices.

As to the hotel stay, the crew used their own per diem money and went through the proper USAF travel offices to secure the lowest cost room for the night. That just happened to be Turnberry. On the way back, another hotel was cheaper, so they stayed there, showing there was no intention to specifically stay at Trump’s property.

Because the USAF is always worried about appearances these days though, they have opened an investigation into this. It will go nowhere and lead to nothing, but it’s a talking point for the media I supposed.

In the meantime, the Democrat’s “investigation” in the House over this can be added to the long list of pointless investigations they’ve been conducting, desperately searching for any impeachable offense. They’ll come up short again.

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In Completely Unexpected Turn, That Story About Trump Using the Military to Prop Up His Resort Was Fake News

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This just keeps happening. It’s almost as if the news media are purposely slanting stories to fit their narrative, unconcerned with seeking facts that don’t confirm their biases?

Nah, couldn’t be.

Over the past week, a “bombshell” story broke involving Trump’s Scottish Turnberry resort, which is currently in financial trouble, and the supposed idea that the US Air Force was having their planes land at an airport close by to help keep it above water. The idea was that without airport access close by, the golf club would further fail and fold up. This was exacerbated by the revelation that a C-17 crew stayed the night at the resort using earlier in the year.

Byron York tackles the details over at the Washington Examiner.

The news was immediately picked up by other media outlets. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow opened her program Friday with a monologue on the story, followed by an interview with Bertrand. “Now miraculously, now that Donald Trump is president, American military cargo planes have started refueling at that airport,” Maddow said, noting the military “spent $17 million on fuel [there] since October 2017,” even though “it would be cheaper to the military if that fuel had been purchased at a U.S. military base.”

“They’re stopping at the airport that Trump needs to prop up to keep his Scottish golf resort going,” Maddow declared.

As per usual, this all turned out to be mostly fake news, lacking critical context and any semblance of fairness in the reporting.

The only problem with the Politico story was that it was not the whole story. In fact, it omitted so much important information that it hardly qualified as a story at all.

The piece focused on a single Air Force mission, a C-17 military transport flight this year from the United States to Kuwait and back. Bertrand and Bender reported that the plane stopped at Prestwick to refuel, and also that the crew spent the night at Turnberry. According to the article, crew members said they had never stopped at Prestwick before in dozens of trips back and forth between the U.S. and Middle East.

The article made several references to a June 21 document request sent by House Oversight Committee Democrats to the secretary of defense. The Pentagon has not yet responded to the House, Politico said.

But committee Democrats left a number of things out of their letter. Some are available in public documents on the internet, while some came from the Air Force in response to the story.

The first thing to note is that a public database shows the Air Force signed a contract for refuelings at Prestwick in 2016, before the Trump administration entered office. In addition, Air Force planes made many stops at Prestwick before President Trump. According to information provided by Air Force officials, planes stopped at Prestwick 95 times in 2015, 145 times in 2016, 180 times in 2017, 257 times in 2018, and 259 times through August 2019.

Wait, you mean Democrats Representatives and media members bandying this story about were doing so without telling us all the facts? Shocking if true.

The stopover for the true at Prestwick not only wasn’t unusual or “odd,” it was part of a contract that predated Trump and had begun escalating operations before he was even elected. This was done to secure lower fuel prices.

As to the hotel stay, the crew used their own per diem money and went through the proper USAF travel offices to secure the lowest cost room for the night. That just happened to be Turnberry. On the way back, another hotel was cheaper, so they stayed there, showing there was no intention to specifically stay at Trump’s property.

Because the USAF is always worried about appearances these days though, they have opened an investigation into this. It will go nowhere and lead to nothing, but it’s a talking point for the media I supposed.

In the meantime, the Democrat’s “investigation” in the House over this can be added to the long list of pointless investigations they’ve been conducting, desperately searching for any impeachable offense. They’ll come up short again.

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CNN drops Politico reporter as contributor after she’s named editor of conservative news site

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Golly, you would think CNN would be psyched to have Eliana Johnson under contract given the circumstances of her recent hire. As the incoming editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, she’s the first woman to oversee a prominent conservative news outlet. She’s a seasoned reporter after stints at National Review and Politico too, with plenty of sources by dint of her time on the White House beat. And she’s just 35. She’s going places.

Respected journalist + young female success story + ideological diversity for a network often slammed as too liberal = easy decision to keep her on as a contributor after she takes over at the Beacon, one would think.

Unless the “ideological diversity” part is a problem?

Eliana Johnson, a leading White House reporter for Politico, will not have her contract renewed for her CNN political analyst role after she accepted a new job running the neoconservative Washington Free Beacon.

CNN confirmed her existing contract is due to expire in November and that the network does not plan to renew it, saying the decision is being made because she will no longer be a White House reporter specifically

Other high-profile reporters have maintained contracts at the network as they’ve changed beats or news outlets — Ryan Lizza, a CNN political analyst, has been at the network since he was a Washington correspondent at the New Yorker, and then as he moved from being chief political correspondent at Esquire to chief Washington correspondent at Politico.

She won’t be reporting directly on the White House herself — but she’ll be overseeing people who do. Doubtless she’ll also leverage her own sources as necessary to supplement the Beacon’s reporting. That is, there’s no reason to think Johnson’s awareness of what’s going on in the administration will diminish in her new role. If anything, it might improve. And although the Beacon might not be as prestigious in Washington as Politico is, the role of editor carries a bit more prestige than the role of reporter does.

So it’s strange that CNN would pull the plug on Johnson at a moment when she’s grown in stature. And particularly strange given that her influence at the Beacon is likely to mean more hard-news reporting there, something that’s lacking in much of conservative media. It may well be that she’ll succeed in turning the Beacon’s White House beat into a must-read for the political class. If you’re CNN management, why wouldn’t you extend her now and see how she does, just in case she becomes a Washington player?

I was prepared to ignore this story in the belief that there are all sorts of obscure reasons that media companies don’t renew people’s contracts, but then I saw this tweet from Johnson herself last night. Clearly she also thinks CNN’s not telling the truth about why it’s cutting her loose:

Matt Dornic is CNN’s spokesman. She’s calling BS on their spin in full public view.

Is this as simple as it looks? Johnson had made herself “acceptable” to the network by leaving right-wing media for Politico, and now that she’s reverted to right-wingery she’s damaged goods? If that’s the case, we need to reckon with the fact that the network does still employ righties like Rich Lowry and Mary Katharine Ham as contributors. Maybe there’s a belief within CNN that it’s fine to have right-wingers on to offer opinions, but having someone on who oversees a right-wing site to deliver scoops breaks an unwritten rule that only liberals can be trusted to “fairly” report the news. You can rely on Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon to give you an, ahem, neutral account of the day’s events, but however could we trust Johnson to do so?

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