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Is Snopes Involved In Research Misconduct Or Is It Simply Incompetent

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Yesterday, my colleague Sarah Rumpf posted on the continuing vendetta that the alleged fact-checking site, Snopes.com, is carrying out against satire site babylonbee.com. Babylon Bee is very open about the fact that they are satire and the tagline for their newsletter is “Fake news you can trust, delivered straight to your inbox.” The newest round of grousing from Snopes is that the satire is “factually inaccurate” (perhaps they missed school on the day when Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal was discussed) and widely shared.

In this story, they make a claim that their monomania is a) necessary and b) supported by research.

Satirical articles like those found on The Babylon Bee frequently showed up in our survey. In fact, stories published by The Bee were among the most shared factually inaccurate content in almost every survey we conducted. On one survey, The Babylon Bee had articles relating to five different falsehoods.

For each claim, we asked people to tell us whether it was true or false and how confident they were in their belief. Then we computed the proportion of Democrats and of Republicans who described these statements as “definitely true.”

If we zero in on The Babylon Bee, a few patterns stand out.

Members of both parties failed to recognize that The Babylon Bee is satire, but Republicans were considerably more likely to do so. Of the 23 falsehoods that came from The Bee, eight were confidently believed by at least 15% of Republican respondents. One of the most widely believed falsehoods was based on a series of made-up quotes attributed to Rep. Ilhan Omar. A satirical article that suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders had criticized the billionaire who paid off Morehouse College graduates’ student debt was another falsehood that Republicans fell for.

Our surveys also featured nine falsehoods that emerged from The Onion. Here, Democrats were more often fooled, though they weren’t quite as credulous. Nonetheless, almost 1 in 8 Democrats was certain that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had questioned the value of the rule of law.

Their logic is that because some people believe satire, their is a moral duty on the part of the scolding-douchebag community to label it. And, of course, Republicans are dumb. And they claim to have evaluated the propensity of different political parties to be deceived. Because Republicans are dumb.

This revelation, which appears at the website The Conversation, actually asks a lot more questions than in answers.

It is also notable that two of the professors involved in this research are funded by Facebook. [An aside here. It is a curiosity–and conceit–of the incestuous government-academic world that you are able to remove a conflict of interest by simply declaring a conflict of interest. So you can take money from a major corporation and then set on an advisory board that regulates that corporation and you have no conflict of interest so long you declare it. Fundamentally, I think this is corrupt and the worst sort of Martian logic because ultimately the academic is going to be put in the position of choosing to assist their paymaster or not. There is nothing about academia that gives one hope that it is the province of righteous philosophers who would disadvantage themselves for the sake of the commonweal…rather the opposite.]

Here are some problems with the article:

This is how they describe the methodology:

Our study on misinformation and social media lasted six months. Every two weeks, we identified 10 of the most shared fake political stories on social media, which included satirical stories. Others were fake news reports meant to deliberately mislead readers.

We then asked a representative group of over 800 Americans to tell us if they believed claims based on those trending stories. By the end of the study, we had measured respondents’ beliefs about 120 widely shared falsehoods.

But that obfuscates what really happened:

Indeed, according to the tabular data linked from the tables records a total of 259 responses to a total of 10 questions. This hints that they ran about multiple surveys with minuscule samples. For instance, let’s look at the data from their testing of Onion headlines:

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Here the sample size in the GOP cells ranges between 5 and 9. Sorry, but five respondents do not constitute a survey.

Having done sample surveys professionally, my first question is which Institutional Review Board (IRB) okayed this research. Under 45 CFR 46, all research conducted on human subjects needs a research plan that is approved by the IRB of each institution participating, in this cast Ohio State University. This is the basic rule:

Q. Is my survey project really human subjects research?

A. Most surveys do meet the federal definition of research. In defining human subjects research activities, two separate determinations must be made. The first determination is whether or not the activity can be considered research. If the answer is “yes,” investigators must follow up with a second determination: Does the research involve human subjects? Both determinations must be made using the definitions of the terms “research” and “human subjects” in 45 CFR 46.102 (a-j):

Research: “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes.” Investigators unsure of whether an activity constitutes human research should contact their IRB.

Human subjects: “living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.” Activities in which a researcher collects private, identifiable information about third parties would meet the definition of “human subjects.”
Examples of activities that do not meet these definitions would be (1) ad hoc evaluations of a workshop or symposium (not a systematic investigation), (2) sample surveys on employee satisfaction within one company if the goal is to identify areas for improvement within that company (not designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge) or (3) an analysis of 1880 census records (not information about living individuals). At some institutions, surveys conducted by students for a class project that will not produce a thesis or scholarly publication may be considered to be non-research; check with your institution to learn local practice with regard to student survey projects.

The fact that they are cross-referencing personal information (some means of contact, whether IP address or phone number, with party affiliation) with something personal (you’re too dumb to identify satire even when you are told it is satire) would require than this survey be conducted with university oversight.

Why is this important? Because the research seems horrifically slipshod based on what was shared with the public and an IRB would have had to approve this research plan. There is no way an IRB (again, speaking from my five years as an IRB member) would have approved of the design that we are seeing. Either it is not IRB approved or Snopes is holding back data in advance of publication. That could be the case but it is hard to find a case where a research team is teasing their findings without announcing that the detailed study is scheduled for publication. We simply don’t know, in this case.

A third answer is, of course, that this entire survey is simply bullsh** and either manufactured out of whole cloth or it was carried out with no research plan (or no effective oversight of the execution of the plan) and on a shoestring budget. For instance, in the Excel table I inserted above the small sample size in both GOP and Democrat cells in the matrix strongly implies that these are not 105 individuals but rather no more than 23 people asked on five different occasions.

Note that there is an implication that Ohio State and the National Science Foundation are involved but there is never any flat out statement that that is the case. This kind of caginess is also very unusual in a profession where advertising grant awards is critical to getting more grant awards.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there are gigabytes of data and a platoon of PhD statisticians powering this survey. Maybe the results are already in press at a refereed, high impact journal (high impact being a very relative term in social science journals) and no one thought fit to mention those facts. But based on what we’ve been shown, the very best that can be hoped for is that this survey is the result of monumental incompetence.

Regardless of how this came to pass, the reason Snopes is after Babylon Bee is easy to see. They are trying to build a case that will justify Facebook (follow the money here) deplatforming that website. That’s been obvious for a while and that is why Babylon Bee is gearing up for a legal battle.

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MSNBC Talks Trump Removal Due to His Mental State from Alzheimer’s, But I’ve Got Something More Serious for You

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London. Trump will get the red carpet treatment on his brief visit to England that begins Thursday: Military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country place, then tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland. But trip planners may go out of their way to shield Trump from viewing another aspect of the greeting: an oversize balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper that will be flown from Parliament Square during what are expected to be massive gatherings of protesters opposed to Trump’s presence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

 

When I was a kid, I watched cartoons. I thought all the grownup shows — like the national news — was a bunch of boring, serious stuff.

I had no idea I’d one day discover that much of the adult media — particularly related to politics — was as daffy as anything on Bugs Bunny.

In short, these days, the news is filled with ridiculousness that can’t be taken seriously.

Example: On Friday afternoon, MSNBC eschewed discussion of political principles, debate of economic ideology, and stuff like…adherence to reality…in order to talk up the removal of President Trump due to his aberrant mental state — likely enhanced by Alzheimer’s.

Yes — it was that punishingly dumb.

Host Nicholle Wallace offered the following:

“He attacked a man who turned out to be one of his own supporters. I don’t know where there are many schools in America you can bully somebody like that and not get suspended.”



To what was she referring? According to The Washington Free Beacon, it was this:

[A] supporter…was removed from a Trump rally after the President made fun of his weight. Afterward, the supporter said Trump had nothing to apologize for and that “he’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.

Nicholle continued, bringing into the goofiness a chronic neurodegenerative disease:

“[Trump] repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them. David Brooks reported in 2017 that a bunch of Republicans came out of a meeting where Donald Trump explained some signs that were similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s.”

And:

“[I]n and out of the rooms, people — either disparagingly or affectionately — are saying at an increased clip: He’s crazy.”

An “increased clip”: Have you noticed that it’s always worsening? And not only that, it’s worse than people could’ve imagined.

That’s especially something I don’t understand that rings out from the far Left–

Around the time of the 2016 election, extremists made the most absurd claims — I have to believe — in the history of American politics: If Trump was elected, black people would hang on the White House lawn; American citizens would be rounded up and placed into concentration camps; jackbooted thugs would murder all those in Trump’s way to planetary Dr. Evil-style megalomaniac rule. It was nothing short of mental insanity.

But he won, and nothing happened. Yet, some of those prophets now claim it’s worse than they could’ve ever imagined.

That reminds me of my article, “The 10 Stages Of Genocide: A Social Media Marvel Provides A Window Into America’s Growing Mental Disorder.” Please check it out if you haven’t already.

Back to MSNBC, here’s what panelist and former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance had to say:

“You know, there’s pervasive reporting in this regard and if it was grandpa, you would probably take him to see a neurologist or someone who specializes in geriatric medicine. That hasn’t happened here that we know of. The remedy is the 25th Amendment and that requires an intact cabinet, which Trump does not have. Whether by design or by accident, most of the cabinet is acting. We don’t know what the mix would look like in a vote, and there’s no will to take that on in any event.”

Nicholle was down. And down about it:

“There’s no will to fill a cabinet with the kind of appointees that would have that power. I would posit that there’s not a lot of will to have this conversation, but when it shows up in black and white in the hard copy print of The New York Times it’s impossible for me to ignore it. You’ve now got the White House beat reporters including in their stories about the rally, it says the man repeated himself as though he didn’t know he’d already made those points.”

Al Sharpton joined in:

“You’re talking about a man yesterday that at one point in his speech was attacking Hillary Clinton, which was two-and-a-half years ago, kept repeating himself, attacks an overweight supporter of his that he didn’t know was there supporting him. We’ve been hearing over and over again he’s losing it, and I think what is driving this even more, Nicolle, is that with the economy appearing to be headed at least downward, if not a recession—what you have in England and other problems in Europe—it drives him even further into whatever cloudy area he is in mentally and he’s becoming desperate because the race card he used the last couple of weeks is not working.”

Hankering for something more serious? Here ya go:



-ALEX

 

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Pants on Fire: Not Even Politifact Is Buying What Gavin Newsom Is Selling on San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

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When it comes to addressing serious problems in their own backyards, Democrats typically default to blaming Republicans in an effort to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own disastrous polices.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to issues he has no one to blame for but himself and his fellow left coast Democrats.

Back in June, Newsom told Axios‘s Jim VandeHei in a wide-ranging interview that the dire homeless problem in San Francisco was primarily due to an influx of homeless people coming to the city from … Texas:

Facing what feels like the first real crisis of his new administration — and in the midst of stalled efforts in Sacramento to do something about it — Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken aim at something new when asked about California’s homelessness problem: Texas.

Specifically, Newsom accused the Republican-led state of sending people to San Francisco.

“The vast majority also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just interesting fact,” Newsom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

The comment came after interviewer Jim VandeHei asked Newsom why the net size of San Francisco’s homeless population hadn’t changed much during his tenure as the city’s mayor (although a number of people did find shelter during his administration).

The L.A. Times, not exactly a friend to Republicans and Texans, wrote about Newsom’s claims at the time and easily debunked them, noting that it was actually the reverse that was true:

A spokesman first pointed to a 2016 newspaper story that counted the number of homeless people San Francisco officials put on buses to other communities and states. But the article doesn’t cite any inbound deliveries of people. In fact, it reported that Texas was the top out-of-state destination for San Francisco to send away homeless people. As of late Sunday night, there was no additional information provided to back up the governor’s claim.

Newsom conceded in the broadcast that California has an enormous poverty problem. “We’ve got to get our act together,” he said. Nonetheless, he went on to criticize states led by Republicans that he said have an “intentional” policy to ignore those in need.

Nearly two months later, the geniuses at Politifact finally decided to weigh in. And in a genuine shocker of shockers, they rated Newsom’s claims as “Pants on Fire”:

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans or to take Democrats to task, so that they decided to take Newsom to the woodshed is worth mentioning.

They did a detailed analysis of Newsom’s claims, and found them to be sorely lacking. Here’s what they concluded in their ruling:

San Francisco’s own homeless surveys contradict this. They show a large majority reported living in the city before becoming homeless, and just a fraction coming in from out-of-state.

Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.

In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.

We rated it Pants on Fire.

Just to put an even finer point on how duplicitous, self-serving, and shameless Newsom is on this issue, when asked about comments made by President Trump in early July that the federal government may need to “intercede” in cities with large homeless problems, here’s how Newsom responded:

“If interceding means cutting budgets to support services to get people off the street, (Trump has) been very successful in advancing those provisions,” the governor said. Instead, he argued, the president has been “decreasing the social safety net to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.”

It’s similar to what he told Axios in June. In other words, Republicans are to blame for this crisis.

It’s baloney. The homeless issues the state of California (and not just in San Francisco but in other big cities like Los Angeles, too) can in large part be laid at the feet of Democrats who have absolutely run the state into the ground, including Newsom.

Newsom was a member of the SF Board of Supervisors from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004. He was the Mayor of San Francisco from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011. He was the Lt. Gov. from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

That’s 22 years he alone has had to commit to helping solve the homeless problem that exists in cities like San Francisco and L.A. Him trying to pin the homeless crisis there on Republicans is absurd, and just shows he’d rather conveniently pass the buck rather than take responsibility for his own leadership failures.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s John Sexton)

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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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Clinton’s Deliberate, Felonious Actions Harmed National Security

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Earlier today, my good friend and colleague, Bonchie, penned an excellent article about the latest twist in the Clinton e-mail saga, one that demonstrated just how dangerous her actions were to National Security. Please go have a look.

Because of his timely article, I thought I might once again review just how corrupt the FBI was, especially former Director Comey, when he “cleared” Secretary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing. Comey’s excuse? Secretary Clinton had no intent to violate the law. Despite the fact that the applicable statute regarding the handling of classified information doesn’t require intent, the explainer below will show that there was indeed such intent and a number of people should be doing hard time.

Let me be clear at the outset; somebody committed a felony, likely several. If as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton’s e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime. The way government information/cyber systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there. Period.

Instead of getting into a detailed primer on Department of Defense and Department of State electronic communications, I’ll give you the short version. This is especially important as it puts to bed the bogus argument that Clinton displayed no criminal intent during her e-mail debacle. It demonstrates that it is absoloutely certain that there were several felonies committed—no doubt whatsoever.

Although the State Department and the Department of Defense use different systems for their unclassified communications, they do share some of the same systems for their classified traffic. The unclassified systems used by Defense and State have e-mail, file sharing and teleconferencing capabilities. Those systems also have access to the Internet. Some agencies allow their employees to use their unclassified computers to conduct limited personal business, such as sending e-mails and looking at RedState online, during their breaks. These employees can also send e-mail to private addressees from this system.

The classified systems the agencies use jointly are:
SIPRNet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network): used to transmit material that is classified CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET. It may not be used to transmit TOP SECRET material.

JWICS (Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System): used to transmit TOP SECRET information, to include highly classified satellite imagery. The JWICS system is where Private Bradley Manning likely obtained the information he later gave to Wikileaks. This is also the system the State Department uses to routinely receive and access satellite imagery and imagery analysis, along with other TOP SECRET information.

What is important to understand is that, except for extremely rare and tightly controlled circumstances, JWICS, SIPRNet and the in-house unclassified systems do not connect to each other or with outside systems. The only way to get information from one system to another is to use a system I have yet to introduce, the SneakerNet.

“SneakerNet” is IT slang, referring to someone taking information on one system, saving it to portable media, disk or thumb drive and walking (“sneakering”) it over to the other system and uploading it, thereby bypassing the procedural safeguards inherent in separate, unconnected systems. An alternative, using the same concept, would be to print the data from a JWICS terminal (possibly inside the State Department) and then scan the hard copy into an unclassified system. This method would also work were someone get access to a hard copy document or photo handed out at a meeting.

One of the advantages of this unconnected system of systems is that it virtually eliminates “spillage,” the accidental release of one level of classified information into an arena not cleared for it. If there was reconnaissance satellite imagery or analysis of that imagery on Secretary Clinton’s server or any other unclassified system, it is a virtual certainty that someone had to take a series of deliberate and felonious steps to put it there—deliberate and felonious steps.

A photo would have had to have its markings deliberately removed. Then it would have had to have been copied from JWICS onto removable media (or printed out) and uploaded (or scanned) to either an unclassified computer & e-mailed to Secretary Clinton, or directly uploaded to her server. In the case that what was on her server was merely a written assessment of what the imagery shows, the above still pertains. Someone had to make a series of deliberate decisions and steps to either copy or transcribe the assessment from JWICS and send it via a nonsecure e-mail to Secretary Clinton.

Secretary Clinton is on the e-mail record as directing staff to do just that. A few years ago, National Review published an article entitled: Clinton Pushed Aide to Strip Markings from Sensitive Documents, Send through ‘Nonsecure’ Channel. From that article (Emphasis mine)

During a 2011 e-mail exchange, Hillary Clinton urged top aide Jake Sullivan to strip classified talking points of all markings and send them through “nonsecure” means after a secure fax line failed to function. On the night of June 16, 2011, Sullivan told Clinton that important talking points on an undetermined issue would be faxed to her the following morning. When Clinton informed Sullivan that the talking points had not yet materialized, he began a frantic search for the problem. “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax,” he wrote to Clinton 15 minutes later. “They’re working on it.” “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton replied.

What this means, is that the conversation about this being a mistake, accident, or minor error in judgment, is a flat out lie. In my humble opinion, this lie should be rolled into an obstruction of justice charge—yet another felony. If I, or anyone else with a TS clearance had treated classified information in such a fashion, we’d still be in Fort Leavenworth. Given the disclosures in Bonchie’s article, showing that Classified e-mail migrated from Clinton’s unsecure server to another G-Mail account, it’s readily apparent that the criminal crone from Chappaqua along with her coterie, needs to be locked up—and they need to do hard time.

Disclosure: The last time I personally used any of these systems was in 2012. Systems and procedures have likely changed since then.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters. He has when required, held a TS-SCI Clearance.

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House Democrats Mull Punishing Jewish Ambassadors Over Decision to Ban Anti-Semitic Congresswomen From Israel

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats have shown time and time again that they will do almost anything to protect The Squad from hurt feelings, even if it means throwing one of their core constituencies under the bus.

Not even 24 hours after Israel announced they would bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) on security grounds, some House Democratic leaders are mulling over ways to punish the two Jewish ambassadors at the center of the “controversy”: Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and U.S ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

The Miami Herald reports:

About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways to communicate a “deep lack of confidence and trust” in Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

The group is weighing issuing a statement of no confidence in Dermer and opening an inspector general investigation into Friedman’s conduct, the sources said.

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“We are reviewing all of our options,” a senior congressional source told McClatchy. “With Dermer, the issue is that there already was a severe lack of trust. But now there is a severe lack of confidence. It is completely unclear that he represents his government given he has made promises that he has not kept and wasn’t clear if he ever had any chance of keeping.”

The Democratic lawmakers include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel of New York and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York.

Another issue the Herald reported Democrats had with Dermer was the release of Omar’s and Tlaib’s planned itinerary:

Adding to their concern over Dermer’s handling of the congresswomen’s visit, Democrats were further angered after the Israelis released Omar and Tlaib’s planned itinerary and a letter from Tlaib in a public justification of the move. That action raised concerns over whether U.S. lawmakers can trust their communications with Israel’s embassy will remain private going forward.

As for Friedman, Democrats say they have similar concerns:

The group of Democrats is also considering action against Trump’s ambassador to Israel, who issued a public statement defending Israel’s decision on Thursday, citing the country’s laws against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Both Omar and Tlaib support the BDS movement.

In the morning talks, lawmakers recalled a 1975 incident in which Henry Waxman, a longtime Democratic congressman from California, was banned from Saudi Arabia after listing his Jewish background on his visa application. The State Department intervened at that time in order to ensure all members of Congress could conduct business on behalf of the government, and Waxman was allowed in.

Friedman is breaking with that precedent, they argue, by failing to stand up for members of Congress.

Let me try to unpack this to give a better idea of just how absurd and self-defeating this is for Democrats to consider doing.

First, do not a single one of them – the Jewish members especially – not see the glaring difference between Waxman being banned from Saudi Arabia over his Jewish background versus Omar and Tlaib being barred from entering Israel because of their stated support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement?

Secondly, releasing the planned itinerary was entirely appropriate as it showed it was not an attempt at breaking bread with Israeli leaders, as Tlaib and Omar had previously suggested. Plus Omar would, hours later, lie about what the visit was supposed to be about:

Thirdly, consider this: Just a few weeks ago the House overwhelmingly passed an anti-BDS resolution. Back in June, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which included a condemnation of boycott efforts (but did not explicitly mention BDS).

Both Tlaib and Omar are on record as supporting, amplifying, and promoting the goals of the BDS movement, a movement that is unquestionably anti-Semitic.

So we’ve gone from formally condemning the BDS movement just a few weeks ago in solidarity with the Jewish community to considering attempts at punishing Jewish ambassadors over Israel’s decision to bar Omar and Tlaib from country – because they were going to use their trip to promote BDS.

To top it off, 2020 candidates for president like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are suggesting, with the full approval of Omar and Tlaib, the U.S. pull funding for Israel over what happened Thursday.

It’s almost like the Democrats want to lose in 2020.

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A Pro-2nd Amendment Group Sues California Over Its Ban of So-Called Assault Weapons

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On Thursday, three San Diego residents teamed up with a pro-2nd Amendment organization to sock it California’s assault weapons ban.

The left-wing state had previously 86’d high-capacity magazines as well, but that move was ruled unconstitutional in June.

John Dillon — an attorney involved in the new filing — believes the assault weapons kibosh will follow suit.

He said as much, according to the Times of San Diego:

“This is a straightforward case to protect our clients’ constitutional rights and property. The state of California’s ban on these firearms will fail constitutional scrutiny for the same reasons that its ban on firearm magazines did.”

Lawyer George M. Lee thinks the embargo’s crazy:

“We look forward to proving that the state’s statutes, policies, and practices at issue in this case are both unconstitutional and irrational.”

The plaintiffs’ underlying claim is that the state violates constitutional rights via a wrongheaded definition of “assault weapons” — “a politically-concocted perjorative term” affecting the ownership of “normal” firearms. They assert the term suggests there’s “an inherently unlawful or illegitimate basis for owning otherwise common firearms protected by the Second Amendment.”

The suit sees James Miller, Patrick Russ, and Gunfighter Tactical owner Ryan Peterson join PAC San Diego County Gun Owners.

Their claim certainly has merit — there’s no fixed legal definition of “assault weapon.”

Will a U.S. District Court strike down another one of Cali’s gun laws?

Perhaps.

From Herald-Mail Media:

The assault weapon lawsuit on Thursday was assigned to U.S. District Judge John Houston, a President George W. Bush nominee, same as [the judge who ruled against the high-capacity magazine ban].

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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A lot Weirder

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Due to the declassification and release of a trove of documents late in the week, the Hillary email story has gone hot again. As I shared a few days ago, we now have confirmation of what we heard from sources several months ago, namely that every email on her illegal server was being forwarded to a Chinese email account.

This account was setup by Paul Combetta, Hillary’s IT specialist who was given immunity by the FBI for no justifiable reason. Why Combetta chose to add an email account associated with a Chinese company and whether the emails were actually going to the Chinese required more investigation but the FBI decided to bury the evidence instead. It’s an extremely suspicious revelation that simply doesn’t make sense on it’s face. What we do know is that Combetta was copying classified information to an un-secure, Chinese domain and that there’s absolutely nothing legal about that.

Of course, no one was prosecuted for any of their wrongdoing in the case because we are supposed to believe that Hillary and her associates didn’t actually intend to setup an illegal server, purposely remove classified markings, an then further illegally archive the information to yet another un-secure location. That was all accidental I suppose.

Now, a closer examination of the testimony by the Intel Community Inspector General’s office shows just how weird things got while they were actually investigating the matter. I had to do a double take on some of these details just to make sure I wasn’t being trolled.

For one, the ICIG claims multiple members of their team were followed by a mysterious Jeep Wrangler. They also reported having their trash gone through and laptops being stolen.

Report per the Daily Caller.

Rucker also told investigators for the Senate as well as Department of Justice IG investigators that he and others at the ICIG believed they were being followed, and that someone went through McCullough’s recycling bin.

“He said that a Jeep once followed the ICIG (McCullough) from the State Department to the door of house. Mr. Rucker said that he himself had a Jeep following him at odd hours. He said that for two weeks, the same Jeep followed him on Route 50,” the Senate report said.

“Mr. Rucker said that he cannot recall the exact timeframe of when this occurred, nor did he record the Jeep’s license plate. He said that Mr. Hackett had a burglary at his home and all of his computers were stolen,” it continued. “He said that Mr. McCullough discovered that someone was sorting through his recycling bin at home and leaving separate stacks of items outside of the bin as if they were looking for papers.”

The ICIG repeatedly found major anomalies involving Clinton’s email server.

Remember, this was all going on in 2016, before the Obama administration officially shut down the matter. While the FBI was punting on evidence, the ICIG were bringing more to the forefront. Instead of being taken seriously, they were followed and were seemingly being investigated by someone else, perhaps to find out what they knew. Further, they were negatively pressured and largely ignored by James Clapper and Sen. Diane Feinstein. It should be noted that Mr. McCullough and others mentioned above were Obama appointees, not Republicans.

In late 2017, McCullough took the unusual step of coming forward publicly to say that he “expected to be embraced and protected” for doing his job by calling attention to violations of classified information policy, but that instead he was pressured with an “adversarial posture” from Feinstein and others after he began raising the alarm to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Things get worse though. The ICIG also suspected they had a leaker in their midst named Paul Wogaman. He just happened to be the son of a minister who ran interference for Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the late 90s. Via his connections, Mr. Wogaman ended up forcing his way into the investigation while not actually being officially part of it. It appears he was then leaking and passing information back to others.

The Senate report says Rucker told them Wogaman was “the only male employee on leave the following day when a meeting with [redacted] was supposed to take place according to the email. Therefore, he said, it was believed that Mr. Wogerman [sic] was leaking to [redacted].”

“He said that Mr. McCullough made a decision not to confront Mr. Wogerman [sic],” it continued. Mr. Rucker said that he does not believe that ICIG ever did an official assessment on whether Mr. Wogerman [sic] leaked classified information.”

“He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] pushed very hard to be included on the investigation, but he was NOT part of it. He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] now works at ODNI in the mission integration department. Mr. Rucker said that to his knowledge, nobody ever confronted Mr. Wogerman [sic] about it. He said that they all signed non-disclosure agreements or NDA’s regarding their work at ICIG.”

Because everyone always fails up in Washington, Wogaman ended up working for the ODNI under Dan Coats. That should be a hint as to how serious of a DNI Coats was when it came to rooting out corruption. Wogaman’s Facebook shows exactly where his political biases are, yet he was in a powerful position to monitor an investigation and pass information back to those trying to stifle it. You’d think this was a chapter in a spy novel if we didn’t have the actual testimony from the ICIG.

His Facebook page is peppered with apparent anti-Republican comments. His profile photo is a picture mocking “thoughts and prayers” as an alternative to “do something,” a popular liberal meme about gun control. He makes a reference to “bone spurs,” a common jab at President Donald Trump. The ODNI did not return a request for comment.

The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the official government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.

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Liz Cheney Rips Into AOC for Falsely Claiming Israel’s Omar/Tlaib Decision Was Based on Gender Discrimination

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As I wrote Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) set herself up for a brutal reality check after she tweeted that Israel’s decision to bar her Congressional Squad pals Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was an example of “bigotry” and an implied desire for the country to ban Muslims.

To recap, here are the reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave for rejecting Omar’s and Tlaib’s request to visit Israel:

They were entirely valid reasons, of course, based on what we know of both Omar’s and Tlaib’s anti-Semitic history. But to AOC, it was not just a slight against persons of color – it also had to do with the fact that Omar and Tlaib were women. Here’s what she tweeted:

Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) has, since Day One, been unafraid to take various Squad members to task for their falsehoods, recklessness, and outright stupidity. AOC’s Thursday tweet was one of those instances where Cheney had heard enough.

Here’s how Cheney responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s claims:

The Squad’s frequent use of the “WOC” card is well-known and has been called out often by numerous Republican members of Congress including Cheney and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX).

It may seem tiresome to keep pointing it out, but it’s important that Republicans continue to do so, if for no other reason than to expose the fraudulent image she’s painted of herself as some fierce feminist superhero able to leap tall buildings and slay any contrarian argument in a single bound.

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Liz Warren Doubles Down on Michael Brown “Murder” Tweet, Says It’s the (False) Narrative That Really Matters

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If there’s one thing you can count on from Democrats, it’s that they will say and do the most deceitful things possible to further widen the racial divide. This in spite of their stated desire for “unity” and “harmony” and what not.

There is no better current example of this than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 presidential candidate who has been enjoying a slow but steady rise in presidential polling since May. She was in New Hampshire on Wednesday campaigning, and was asked about a controversial tweet she posted on the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Brown last Friday.

To recap, here’s what she tweeted:

Not only did she get fact checked on her false claim by veteran journalist Brit Hume at the time, but after his prodding, three different websites took both her and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to task that following Monday for essentially tweeting the same thing.

Both the Washington Post and FactCheck.org put out pieces on Warren’s and Harris’s tweets, noting their claims were not true:

“Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” read a headline Monday from the non-profit website factcheck.org.

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler on Monday also awarded both senators four pinocchios over their claims.

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… the fact-checkers said the evidence in the case contradicts the comments by Harris and Warren: Three months after the shooting, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. And in March of 2015, a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice found that Officer Darren Wilson most likely had reason to fear for his life and did not break the law when shooting Brown.

Even Vox.com, which is more openly left-wing than the Washington Post and FactCheck.org, wrote that Harris’s and Warren’s tweets about Brown were false, concluding:

Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.

None of this seemed to faze Warren, who on Wednesday doubled down on her claim by taking the Politifact approach to the word “murder” by essentially saying it was more about what she meant than what she actually said:

The U.S. senator from Massachusetts faced questions from back home, where the Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Police Department described as “reckless” her tweet about the five-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in a controversial officer-involved shooting.

Warren said the police “murdered” Brown.

“What matters was a man was shot, an unarmed man, in the middle of the street, by police officers and left to die,” she said. “And I think that’s where our focus should be.”

Watch video of Warren speaking to reporters about this issue below:

Hot Air‘s John Sexton is right on the money in describing why Warren’s falsehoods on the Michael Brown shooting matter:

First of all, Officer Wilson didn’t know Brown was unarmed during their encounter. What he did know was that Brown was larger and heavier and that he had already initiated a fight with a police officer including throwing punches and grabbing for his gun.

Secondly, it’s not accurate that Brown was shot and “left to die.” The final shot that stopped Brown entered the top of his head as he was charging forward. He died instantly. Warren may have been trying to allude to the fact that Brown’s body remained in the street for several hours after his death. But that’s not the same thing as being left to die.

At least she left the racial angle out of her “amended” statement on Brown’s death, but even with that said, it’s also wrong and highly irresponsible for her to continue to perpetuate the “murder” lie. She’s smearing a police officer (Darren Wilson) who President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department concluded acted in self defense.

If Warren’s point is to highlight race issues between law enforcement and the black community, she needs to find another case to reference. The Michael Brown case, with the false narratives of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “gentle giant”, is not an example of the excessive use of police force against an unarmed black citizen she claims she wants to focus on.

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