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Ukrainian Prosecutor: We Are Now Reviewing the Biden-Linked Burisma Case

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FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed the drug test last year and was discharged in February. In a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 16, Biden doesn’t say why he was discharged. He says he’s embarrassed that his actions led to his discharge and that he respects the Navy’s decision. The vice president’s office declined to comment.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Ukraine’s top prosecutor is now confirming that they will be doing a review of the investigation into Burisma, the company which had Hunter Biden on its board.

Ruslan Ryaboshapka, the country’s prosecutor general, announced at a press conference that they would be doing a review of 15 cases including that of the Biden-linked firm to make sure that they were properly investigated.

According to Fox, Ryaboshapka said, “We are now reviewing all the cases which were closed, fragmented or investigated earlier in order to make a decision on cases where illegal procedural decisions were taken.”

He said he had not been influenced by anyone to make this decision and was making it of his own accord.

Questions have been raised about Hunter Biden being on the board of Burisma despite having no experience in the energy business, but while his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, was the point man on Ukraine for the Obama administration.

These questions were intensified by video of Joe Biden in 2018 admitting on camera that in 2016 while he was Vice President, he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor at the time. Biden said if they did not fire him, he would get the U.S. to deny them aid. The prosecutor at the time, Viktor Shokin, has said under oath in an affidavit that he was in fact investigating Burisma and that he was fired because of Biden’s pressure. Biden claims he wanted Shokin fired because of corruption.

From Fox News:

It is unclear how much money Hunter Biden made while serving on the board of the firm, but reports have estimated he made up to $50,000 per month — which would be up to $600,000 a year.

Fox News has also obtained notes from an interview Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted—with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor who replaced Shokin and eventually closed the Burisma probe. He said he “believes Hunter Biden receives millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma,” according to the notes.

Fox News reported Wednesday on notes from another interview Giuliani conducted with Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor Biden helped oust, in which he claimed he was told by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt to back off the Burisma probe. According to interview notes, Shokin claimed Pyatt – currently the ambassador to Greece – told him to handle that investigation “with white gloves.”

My colleague Streiff has pointed out how unusual Hunter’s compensation is compared to others and based on his experience (or lack thereof).

Biden and Democrats have tried to excuse the behavior, calling the facts “debunked conspiracies.” Then they should have no problem with people looking into why the investigation was shut down and what was going on with Burisma, right?

Let’s see what the alleged “anti-corruption” Ryaboshapka has to say.

But the Bidens have to be more than a little concerned that someone with a reformer reputation is now looking into the closure of the case. Joe Biden isn’t going to like this.

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Detroit’s Police Chief Fires Back at Rashida Tlaib Over Her Racist Comments About His Department

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Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib embarrassed her state when she told Detroit Police Chief James Craig that when it comes to DPD’s facial recognition technology, the people running it should only be black.

Her reasoning? Apparently everyone who is not black can’t differentiate one black person from another.

“Non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same,” said Tlaib.

This is a very stupid thing to say on multiple levels. For one, it assumes that every other race is too stupid or ignorant to be able to tell one black person from another, which is demonstrably nonsensical.

Tlaib uses the example of people confusing Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Elijah Cummings. While it’s unfortunate that this happens, it’s not indicative of every other race of people being unable to identify one black person from another. This is simply because both men are actually very similar in background and appearance.

You won’t see people confusing Lewis with someone like Justice Clarence Thomas or Rep. Tim Scott.

In the video where Tlaib is making the suggestion, Craig can be seen attempting to reason with Tlaib only to be shut down. Afterward, Craig made the very measured response that he has faith in people regardless of their skin color or sex.

Later on, Craig noted that had he made a similar comment, Tlaib’s people would be screaming for his resignation.

“Here’s what’s troubling,” Craig said, “As a police chief who happens to be African-American in this city, if I made a similar statement, people would be calling for my resignation … Is it a double-standard?

The answer to Craig’s question is “yes.”

That Tlaib can say something like that without a meltdown is indicative of a very serious problem, not just in our media, but our society. What Tlaib said was clearly racist toward, not just white people, but anyone who isn’t black and has the training and expertise to do this job.

This was the point Craig also brought up.

Tlaib insulted many people here with a short-sighted position on top of a virtue signal about our police departments being prone to racially profiling all at the same time. However, no one will come after Tlaib. If the shoe were on the other foot and a Republican Tlaib suggested that only white people should run the board to prevent black police from mistaking one white person from another, there’d be eight kinds of hell to pay.

Yes, Craig, it is a double-standard.

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Go Ahead and Guess What Political Party the “Whistle-Blower” Belongs To

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You might find this filed under the least surprising news of the day.

The current Trump-Ukraine situation is very fluid at the moment, with snippets and assertions being dropped on what seems like an almost hourly basis. As I wrote this morning, Democrats are pushing a set of cherry-picked text messages to try to reinvigorate the idea of a quid pro quo involving a trip to the White House. The goalposts have completely moved from talks of military aid when the “whistle-blower” complaint was first reacted to by Democrats, to more and more tortured allegations.

On the topic of that complaint, a bit of recent news further muddies the waters as we now know one of the reasons why the ICIG noted possible bias on the part of the whistle-blower.

He’s a Democrat.

Now, you might ask yourself why CNN would report this. The answer is simple. It’s called getting ahead of a story to help frame it. We’ve seen this over and over when damaging information that could possibly help Donald Trump is on the verge of being exposed. Instead of letting it drop, legacy news agencies run and get anonymous quotes to try to get the information out there while presenting it in the best possible light.

Remember when there were rumors of intel assets being run against the Trump campaign and then The New York Times wrote a piece admitting it happened, basing it on anonymous FBI sources? That was done so the Times could spin it as justified, which they dutifully tried to do.

The goal here is to get the political affiliation of the whistle-blower out there early so that when more evidence of bias drops, Democrats can claim it’s old news and not relevant to the complaint.

Games are being played here. Don’t be fooled.

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The Russia Hoax Was a Classic Russian Dezinformatsiya Operation

The Russia hoax, especially the fake Russia dossier, was a classic dezinformatsiya operation. But – all things considered – by and for whom? Let us first define dezinformatsiya, its purpose, and objectives, as well as provide a historical perspective for good measure.

Nearly 35 years ago, while the Cold War was raging, an excellent book on the subject was written by Richard Shultz, a professor at Tufts and scholar of international security studies, and Roy Godson, professor emeritus at Georgetown and author of books on covert operations and intelligence. The book is entitled, “Dezinformatsia: The Strategy of Soviet Disinformation.” This is an excellent review of the book. And here are some definitions presented:

Soviet leaders use the term “active measures” (activnyye meropriatia) to describe an array of overt and covert techniques for influencing events and behaviors in, and the actions of, foreign countries. Prior to the 1960s, the term dezinformatsia was used in some Soviet circles to describe these instruments. Active measures may entail influencing the policies of another government, undermining confidence in its leaders and institutions, disrupting relations between other nations, and discrediting and weakening governmental and non-governmental opponents. This frequently involves attempts to deceive the target (the governmental and non-governmental elites of mass audiences), and to distort the target’s perception of reality. Active measures may be conducted overtly through officially-sponsored foreign propaganda channels, diplomatic relations, and cultural diplomacy.

Covert political techniques include the use of covert propaganda, oral and written disinformation, agents of influence, clandestine radios, and international front organizations. Covert disinformation is non-attributed or falsely attributed communication, written or oral, containing intentionally false, incomplete, or misleading information (frequently combined with true information), which seeks to deceive, misinform, and/or mislead the target.

The book details historical examples of Soviet active measures and includes interviews of former Soviet intelligence officers, some of whom defected to the West. It is a highly recommended read! Now recall that the world has changed since this book was written in 1984:

  • The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991.
  • The KGB is now the FSB, and a former KGB officer who well understands the use of active measures is the Russian president (Vladimir Putin). Read about (some of) his career here.
  • The technical means for conducting dezinformatsiya operations have been greatly advanced with the advent of the internet, social media, and the “instantaneous 24-hour news cycle” via a myriad of cable news channels.
  • Oh, and Americans’ collective guard against “Communism” has been effectively dropped partially thanks to overt actions of our own political class. Socialism is now increasingly viewed as “good” by younger Americans who are ignorant of its historical failure.
  • For a time, the Russians were even considered our “friends” by the political class – until it became convenient to turn the Obama regime’s overt friendship with the Russian leadership (recall Hillary’s Russian reset button, and Obama’s promises to Medvedev in 2012) into something quite different in order to advance the Democrat political agenda!

The objectives of Russian (formerly Soviet) disinformation operations have shifted slightly since the fall of the Soviet Union. Previously, the objectives were focused on discrediting US foreign policy, separating the US from her allies (especially NATO), strategic deception, etc. In recent years, with the rise of the internet and social media, Russian disinformation has focused on seeding discontent and turmoil on the US domestic scene, including meddling in and seeking to sow discord during US election campaigns.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russians have had an easier time emigrating to the US, as well as obtaining temporary visas for various reasons. Access to the US mainstream facilitates meddling and deception operations by the FSB and GRU (Russian military intelligence). In addition, the internet enables entities outside the US to access and influence Americans. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are easily penetrated by Russian operatives, for example. Some of those “Russian bots” that the Left widely complains about on Twitter really are Russians!

It can never be repeated enough that the Russians have meddled in American internal affairs – including elections – for decades! 2016 was neither unique nor an aberration in that regard. The Russians seek to sow discord here CONTINUALLY. There has been an ongoing cyberwar with the Russians for many years. And the Russians have meddled in other countries elections for years, too. By the way, our hands are not clean in that regard, either! Here is a decent historical summary of some of our own actions in that regard.

Let us now look at what the Mueller report stated about “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election, courtesy of AG Barr’s excellent summary before the release of the redacted report. While the Russians did attempt to undermine the 2016 elections through disinformation practices, the special counsel found no underlying evidence of collusion with Russia by anyone in the Trump campaign or any other American. The first effort by the Russians was via the “Internet Research Agency” with strong ties to the Russian government to sow discord among American voters “through disinformation and social media operations” (from the Mueller report). The special counsel brought charges against several entities and Russian individuals for their roles in these schemes. Those charges are still pending and the defendants remain at large. But there was no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign or any US person coordinated with this IRA operation.

The report also details efforts by Russian military officials associated with the Glavnoje Razvedyvatel’noje Upravlenije (GRU – Russian military intelligence) to hack into and steal information from individuals associated with the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the purposes of eventually publicizing these documents. Charges were subsequently brought against several Russian military officers for their suspected roles in these illegal hacking operations. Those charges are still pending and the defendants remain at large. The special counsel found no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign or any American conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in this hacking activity.

The special counsel also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet. After the Russian government disseminated stolen information to entities that it controlled (DC Leaks and Guccifer 2.0), these entities transferred some information to Wikileaks for publication. Wikileaks then made a series of document dumps. The special counsel also investigated whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved in these dissemination efforts. Under current law, publication of the material would not be illegal unless the person was also involved in the underlying hacking conspiracy. No person in the Trump campaign was found to have illegally disseminated any of the hacked materials. The special counsel also investigated a number of contacts between Russians and Trump campaign personnel. After reviewing these contacts, the special counsel did not find any evidence of conspiracy to violate US law involving Russian-linked persons and anyone involved with the Trump campaign.

After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to interfere with the 2016 elections but did not find that the Trump campaign or any Americans colluded in that effort.

In summary, the nation’s attention was diverted foolishly for two years by investigating a load of DEZINFORMATSIYA! There was no “Russian collusion” there from the beginning although there was the standard and regular Russian election meddling. The Russian-run IRA ran a classic disinformation op. It was possibly the most successful such operation in Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti/ Federal’naya sluzhba bezopasnosti Rossiyskoy Federatsii (KGB/FSB) history – and it is ongoing!

Let us now revisit the dezinformatsiya description from the book I quoted above and prove my point:

1. From the book: Active measures may entail … undermining confidence in its leaders and institutions.

Analysis: A large minority of Americans were CONVINCED by the legacy media and Democrats of the past two years that POTUS is in fact a Putin stooge and a traitor! If that’s not “undermining confidence,” then nothing is.

2. From the book: Active measures may entail … discrediting and weakening governmental and non-governmental opponents (of Russia).

Analysis: What is your opinion of the CIA, DoJ, FBI, State Dept, and other US agencies these days? Answer: thoroughly discredited due to their politicization under Obama. I do not trust them at all – which weakens the institutions as the Russians love to see happen. On the non-governmental side, the legacy media is also completely discredited, and that undermines the US, too (they are, after all, the “fourth estate”). https://medium.com/@ubuntufm/the-fourth-estate-on-the-role-of-journalism-facts-vs-fake-news-61168f8e8cf

3. From the book: These measures involve attempts to deceive the target and to distort the target’s perception of reality.

Analysis: Elected Democrats, Uniparty RINOs and the legacy media swallowed the Russian hoax hook, line and sinker. Much of the information in the fake Russian dossier was supplied from Russian sources (probably GRU officers!). And many of these people STILL have no understanding of reality and are willingly perpetuating the disinformation while trying to orchestrate an impeachment of the president!

4. From the book: Active measures may be conducted overtly through officially-sponsored foreign propaganda channels, diplomatic relations, and cultural diplomacy.

Analysis: The Russians have sown discord about the “muh Russia hoax” through their controlled media like Russia Times and even public statements by Vladimir Putin over the past couple of years. And Western media have picked up and repeated the disinformation whenever it furthered the anti-Trump narrative.

5. From the book: Covert political techniques include the use of covert propaganda, oral and written disinformation, agents of influence, clandestine radios, and international front organizations.

Analysis: The IRA (admittedly a bit player) plus the GRU meddling was the epitome of covert political techniques employed to meddle. And we never did hear what Nellie Ohr used that ham radio for, did we? Plus, there were plenty of “agents of influence” at work in the US media to further the hoax narrative.

6. From the book: Covert disinformation is non-attributed or falsely attributed communication, written or oral, containing intentionally false, incomplete, or misleading information (frequently combined with true information), which seeks to deceive, misinform, and/or mislead the target.

Analysis: Good grief! That is a perfect description of the FBI’s use of the fake Russian dossier that was seeded to trusted legacy media people and then referenced as open source reporting as a justification for illegally obtaining FISA warrants against Trump campaign personnel. And some elements of the Russian dossier were likely sourced from Russia to begin with. Repeat after me: that’s dezinformatsiya!

Here we are today, long after the redacted Mueller report has been released. The disinformation initiated and leveraged by the Russians is still in play, as it was co-opted by Democrats and their paid media allies for political expediency purposes. Democrats like Hillary Clinton continue to caterwaul that President Trump “stole the 2016 election” with the help of Russia. As if $160,000 worth of Facebook ads and some random disinformation planted by a handful of GRU agents could sway an American election! I would wager that Vladimir Putin and some of his senior FSB leadership pals are regularly toasting their success with vodka shooters! They – with the help of witting and unwitting allies and agents of influence in the Democrat Party and legacy media – have perpetrated the most successful Russian dezinformatsiya operation in history!

Will Democrats and their paid legacy media accomplices ever acknowledge that they were hoodwinked and cruelly used (in some cases willingly)? Will they ever put a stop to this disinformation op? Of course not, as their donor base and rank-and-file Democrats are convinced the hoax is real. That most of them probably won’t is a clear example of the potentially powerful psychological impact of Russian disinformation operations! The big lie is a key element of disinformation; when the lie/disinformation takes root, it is very difficult to expunge.

The bottom line is that Democrats have enabled and abetted this particular dezinformatsiya operation because they thought they could capitalize on it and destroy the Trump presidency – as well as the President himself and his family in the process – for daring to defeat the Deep State-anointed Hillary Clinton. It was a close-run thing!

The end.

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There’s a Reason Everyone Thought the “Eat the Babies” Woman at AOC’s Town Hall Was Real

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Have you ever heard of “Poe’s Law?”

It’s when someone is doing satire or parodying a subject, but despite the fact that you set out to exaggerate something using comedy, people actually believe the thing you’re doing is real.

If you need an example, then I present to you the recent hoax of the woman shouting that we should start eating babies while at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s town hall. As my colleague, Nick Aramas highlighted, while discussing climate change a seemingly disturbed woman stood up and began panicking about how we only have a few months left to live and that we need to start eating babies.

If I’m being honest, I think AOC handled this moment well and didn’t give this seemingly disturbed woman a chance to lose it even further by doing anything that may incite a reaction. 

That said…

It turned out that this woman was part of a hoax brought on by an activist group, who openly admitted that they planted that woman there as a walking-talking satirical take on an AOC supporter.

I’ll leave the arguments about the merits of this move to everyone else, but I feel there’s a very important tidbit that we shouldn’t overlook.

The reason everyone believed this woman was real and that Poe’s Law came into effect here, is because Ocasio-Cortez is drenched in this brand of extremism and her solutions to the end-of-the-world scenario she’s painted for us are so off the map when it comes to realism that someone suggesting we start eating babies to stop the coming apocalypse doesn’t sound that far from her camp.

AOC may have seemed measured in her response to this woman, but rest assured there’s nothing measured about her “solutions,” and that’s why people bought it.

Remember, this is the woman who is promoting the idea that it’s all over in 12 years and that the only solution is to restructure the United States from the ground up with her Green New Deal. This includes high-speed rail spanning the length of America, an end to air travel and personal vehicles, knocking down everything that can’t be retrofitted with renewable energy tools, and lowering the cow population (one of our primary food sources) drastically.

If you look at the Green New Deal, restructuring the landscape aside, it also restructures our economy into a socialist one! Go figure!

Just a reminder that socialism has failed everywhere it’s been tried. Yes, even in Scandanavian countries where the left likes to say it works.

Let’s also remember that very real activists have suggested some very weird things from very mainstream media outlets when it comes to how we deal with climate change. Recently, we had activists saying that we should start eating insects to fight climate change because insect farming produces far fewer emissions than farm animals. We’ve had the suggestion floated that we need to get rid of our pets because they’re bad for the environment.

We’ve definitely seen suggestions for population control to fight climate change, and that suggestion came from Al Gore himself. Bill Nye suggested putting people in jail who deny his take on climate change.

That someone would walk into an AOC town hall and suggest we start eating babies doesn’t sound that unbelievable. While it may be a hoax, the fact that it seemed plausible to everyone that it was real should probably say more about the subject of the satirical hit than the hoax itself.

Climate change activists are so crazy about it that they come off as religious zealots. They truly believe we’re all going to die sooner than later and are willing to go to great lengths to “fix” this “problem.” This fake didn’t seem fake because many people thought it was only a matter of time before someone went that insane.

If you don’t believe people would go to said extremes, I’ll remind you that rhetoric like Bernie Sanders about income inequality inspired a man to go and shoot up a baseball field full of elected Republican officials.

Sensationalists fueling this climate alarmism, like AOC, could definitely inspire that level of crazy.

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Anti-Christian Bigots File Complaint Against Judge Over Amber Guyger Sentencing Hearing

On Wednesday, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to ten years in prison for the rather senseless and inexplicable killing of an unarmed stranger in the stranger’s own apartment. While SJWs were baying for blood outside the courtroom and giving America a master class in what kind of a sh**hole we’d be living in if they ever came to power

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Inside the courtroom, faith in our common humanity and in justice and possibly redemption were being strengthened.

First, Brandt Jean, the brother of the dead man, Botham Jean, asked for permission to hug Guyger.

How would you top an emotional moment like that? Judge Tammy Kemp, left the bench and gave Guyger her personal Bible:

After stepping off the bench to comfort the Jean family, the judge walked over to Guyger, still at the defense table. She bent low and spoke in the young woman’s ear. “You understand?” the judge said, barely audible.

The judge appeared to be overcome in the moment, and left the courtroom. She returned a moment later, a small Bible in her hand.

“You can have mine,” the judge said to Guyger. “I have three or four at home.”

She then began to counsel Guyger. The pair were talking low, barely audible, just the two of them. “This is your job,” the judge said, opening the book.

The judge mentioned John 3:16, saying this will strengthen her. Guyger nodded her head.

“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” the judge said. “You start with this.”

And how could you top this moment? Well, if you are the bigots of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, you’d file a judicial misconduct complaint against Judge Kemp.

According the the FFR press release crowing about their bigotry:

Government employees may not use the power and privilege of their offices to preach their personal religious beliefs, FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker point out in a letter to the commission.

“It violates the constitutional separation between state and church for a sitting judge to promote personal religious beliefs while acting in her official capacity,” the letter reads. “She was in a government courtroom, dressed in a judicial robe, with all of the imprimatur of the state, including armed law enforcement officers, preaching to someone who was quite literally a captive audience. Delivering bibles, bible studies and personal witness as a judge is an abuse of power.”

FFRF notes that Kemp appears to have generally handled a difficult and widely publicized trial with grace and aplomb, but that her decision to preach the bible to a criminal defendant was a serious First Amendment violation and signaled to everyone watching that she is partial to Christian notions of forgiveness.

“We believe that our criminal justice system needs more compassion from judges and prosecutors, but here compassion crossed the line into coercion,” comment Gaylor and Barker. “And there can be few relationships more coercive than a sentencing judge in a criminal trial and a citizen accused and convicted of a crime.”

FFRF asks that the commission investigate these actions and educate Kemp on her obligation to remain neutral on matters of religion to prevent future misconduct.

This is just a fund raising ploy by these goobers. This complaint is going nowhere. There is no violation of the law or of judicial ethics. To buy into this nonsense would be to accept that Judge Kemp’s own First Amendment rights are voided by her being on the bench. No sane person could view any part of this as coercive, you certainly can’t say Judge Kemp handled the situation “with grace and aplomb” and turn around and accuse her of some egregious violation of her judicial oath.

It is difficult to see how this stunt works out well for these clowns and very easy to see how it will come back to haunt them repeatedly in the future.

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Never Trumper Bill Kristol Tried to Zing Ted Cruz on “Impeachment Circus” Comments and It Did Not Go Well

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Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News last week two days after the White House authorized the release of the Trump/Zelensky phone call transcript, and three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly declared an impeachment inquiry would soon be underway.

Naturally, the focus of Cruz’s interview was on whether or not he felt there was quid pro quo on the call and if he believed President Trump committed any impeachable offenses on the call.

Here’s what Cruz said:

“Washington is always a circus, but this is three rings with all the clowns and it’s nuts right now.” Cruz also had a hilarious analogy describing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pushed by leftists in her party, announcing Democrats would pursue impeachment proceedings. Cruz quipped, “Watching her, it almost reminded me of a hostage video; she was blinking SOS.”
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“And it’s driven at the end of the day — Congressional Democrats are angry. They’re angry about the 2016 election and ultimately they’re angry at the voters. They’re angry that the voters elected President Trump. All of this, from day one, from day one they have been wanting to get this president out of office, and as a result they’re not doing the job.”

Cruz’s comments didn’t sit well with the Never Trumpers at the Bulwark, including editor-at-large Bill Kristol. He tweeted out a link to a recent Bulwark piece with a quote critical about how Cruz had decided after just two weeks that the impeachment push was a “circus” even though in the past he (allegedly) was not so quick to dismiss the idea when it came to impeaching President Obama:

Cruz saw Kristol’s tweet and leveled him, noting that House Democrats had a history of showing support for impeaching Trump over non-impeachable offenses, like they did in response to his criticism of The Squad from over the summer:

Kristol, of course, didn’t respond.

Here are some inconvenient facts for Never Trumpers:

Democrats (and the mainstream media) have been laser-focused on impeaching Trump since well-before he was even elected. They ramped up the talk before he was even inaugurated, and Rep. Maxine Waters made the call for impeachment official during the Trump presidency barely two weeks after he’d taken office.

The impeachment efforts against Trump have been sham efforts at ousting him from the Oval Office because of political disagreements and because he disrupted what was to be the coronation of Queen Hillary in 2016.

Cruz is right to be skeptical right off of any efforts Democrats put forth to impeach Trump, no matter what kind of whataboutism games Kristol and the rest of the crew at Bulwark decide to play on any given day.

Related–>> Cocaine Mitch To Dems: Impeachment Is Not A Tool To Be Used For “Relitigating” Elections You Lost

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Woman At AOC Town Hall Loses it Over Climate Change, Demands We “Eat Babies,” AOC Reaction is Priceless

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) held a town hall in her district last night and it turned into one for the books. Not because of any policy that she was trying to push but because of the reaction of one of the members of the audience.

A woman stood up and began decrying climate change, saying we only had a few months left, and that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t moving fast enough. Then it really went over the slide. Have a listen as she demands that in order to stop the CO2 we have to “eat the babies.”

Now we were really hoping someone was not that ill. The delivery and “even if we bomb Russia” would suggest that. She even had an “eat the babies” shirt. And this morning, the LaRouche group is saying she was a troll, part of their group.

But the problem, of course, is that there is so much extremism when it comes to the climate change cult, one can never be completely sure. We’ve seen kids freaking out and crying desperately because they think the world is going to die in 18 months, 3 years or 12 years depending on whatever line it is they’ve been sold.

People like Ocasio-Cortez have stoked such fears with their extreme and false rhetoric.

So did AOC take any responsibility for the freak-out during her town hall? For cultivating a climate of crazy reactions? No.

While she does say we do have “more than a few months,” she really doesn’t do more than that. She doesn’t say no, we don’t need to eat the babies.

But she did go all-in on Twitter, blaming folks on the right for their reactions to the woman’s remarks and using the woman’s response as an excuse to push Medicare for all.

Twitchy picked up some of the pushback to Ocasio-Cortez.

Because the problem is no matter the story with this woman, Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk are fanning the flames of hysteria about climate change and a bunch of other things they paint as existential threats to gain more government control over us.

And that’s no joke.

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Unsolicited Advice: You Don’t Have to Be Invisible If You Don’t Want to Be

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Welcome to Unsolicited Advice, the weekly column in which I give advice to people who never asked for it and don’t know who I am.

Last week, I assured a nervous wedding guest that it was indeed just fine to accept an invitation to a wedding held at a southern plantation venue. This week, we roll up our pant legs and stick our toes into the steaming, gooey pile of trash that is Twitter, where a well-known (not well enough, according to her complaint) feminist writer has been left utterly shooken after a terrifying encounter in New York City.

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It was followed by a litany of responses confirming the “invisibility” of women in every day life.

I get that it’s Twitter and that’s what Twitter is for…bitching. But this is Unsolicited Advice and that’s what this is for – giving advice where none is wanted.

This idea that American women are an invisible minority is ridiculous. Is there sexism? Yes. Are we invisible?

Hell, don’t I wish some of us were.

Everywhere I look, there is some strong, empowered woman in my face telling me what a strong and empowered woman she is while performing some task traditionally associated with a man. My commercials, my movies, my tv shows, my internet ads, every female-related hashtag on Twitter…they all scream at me all day long about STRONG AND EMPOWERED WOMEN BECAUSE WOMEN ARE STRONG. AND EMPOWERED WHEN THEY TALK NONSTOP ABOUT HOW STRONG THEY ARE!

Jessica, women like you hold lucrative positions in which you are paid to gripe all day long about how no one will recognize how STRONG AND EMPOWERED you are. There is an entire grievance industry centered around women and how to prove to America that we are STRONG AND EMPOWERED. It employs thousands, if not millions of people.

Everywhere I look, I see women. I’ve celebrated one of the most truly strong and empowered women in American history in my short film about Harriet Tubman, so I do love me some strong women. But even I have to say I’m getting fatigued. There is a such a glut of “girl power” marketing right now that I find myself longing to just see…”girl”. Don’t girls wear dresses and play with dolls anymore? I’m sitting here watching tv and by the looks of every single commercial I’ve seen so far, it doesn’t seem like it.

We’re admonished daily to support more women in STEM fields, install breast feeding stations at work, get rid of taxes on tampons. We’re lectured about “wage gaps” and abortion and STAY OUT OF MY VAGINA. The list of objections to how women are seen in American society is endless.

Women these days hold very public and powerful positions. There are more women running for president now than ever in history. The idea that we are invisible is laughable. I understand you’re trying to make a point, but the very fact that you’re making it as an accomplished feminist writer in one of the most elite and expensive cities on the continent sort of makes your point moot.

I’m sorry that the man you and your husband were talking to made you feel badly, but maybe it wasn’t that he didn’t see you. Did you stop to consider that maybe he just didn’t like you? If your tweet history is any indication, you aren’t exactly a laugh riot. Maybe he just thought you were a jerk.

I don’t mean to suggest that men never ignore women. But when women are so cranky that they’ll take to Twitter to rage about a man not looking at them the right way can you blame some men for just choosing not to look at all?

Maybe he was a jerk. Maybe he liked your husband better. Maybe if you meet an asshole in the morning, you’ve met an asshole in the morning, but if you meet assholes all day, you’re the asshole. Maybe if you want a man to speak to you, you should speak to him.

I’ve had it with this modern feminist attitude that we women must not only announce ourselves where ever we go but also be noticed where ever we go. STRONG AND EMPOWERED WOMEN demand to be seen. Strong and powerful women are comfortable in their skin whether they are “seen” or not, and that typically makes people very aware of them in the first place. By the way, did you ever consider there might be some advantages to being invisible? You aren’t, Jessica. You are very, very, extremely, tiresomely visible. In case you want to switch it up sometime, think about what you could get done if no one noticed you.

If you don’t want to be invisible, don’t be. Speak up. Make eye contact. Smile (people like it when you smile at them). If the man in front of you isn’t giving you the respect you think you deserve…so? Only people who don’t respect themselves think it is everyone else’s job to validate their worth.

Look, I don’t mind that you’re aggravated. I hate it when people assume I’m a Democrat just because I’m Black. It’s annoying. I get it. It doesn’t have to ruin your day and it doesn’t have to take up a full page in your Angry Feminist scrapbook. What bothers me most about this is the sense of entitlement and the suggestion that you are helpless against the mean old men who won’t look at you.

Be someone people want to look in the eye. If and when you become that person, you will no longer need people to look you in the eye.

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Democrats Drop Snippets of Text Messages From Volker’s Testimony They Claim Are a Bombshell

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This broke late last night. It was so late that getting any real information or reaction to go on was nearly impossible, as most people were a sleep. It seems the story is still in the same place this morning.

What this centers on is Kurt Volker’s testimony, which I shared initial reactions to yesterday. The demeanor after the testimony and Adam Schiff’s behavior during it left the impression that he was scrambling. Apparently he was, as he and the other Democrat chairs decided to cherry pick some text messages to release last night in order to try to regain the upper hand.

Let’s take a look at them and talk about what they may or may not mean.

There’s a ton of editorializing going on here by Vogel, who is supposed to be a reporter. What deal is he talking about? There’s no actual deal spelled out here in this purposely curated text exchange (it was obviously longer than two messages). Pay attention to the dates because they are important. This one happened on August 10th, before Ukraine even knew about aid being held up, i.e. that’s not a factor here. The goal posts have now moved to Ukraine getting a White House visit, which seems like quit the walk down by Democrats. But there’s actually no direct mention of reciprocity at all here.

But, I want to be fair, so lets say that the Trump administration did ask them to look into corruption (which they have already admitted). What was the implication of the ask here in this text exchange? It was to look into Burisma, a known corrupt company, and to look into 2016 election meddling, which we know happened in Ukraine with the Hillary campaign. I’ve been assured for years that election meddling is of the utmost importance to get to the bottom of so why is that suddenly bad?

And to be clear, there’s no mention of Joe Biden in any of the text messages. Investigating Burisma is not off limits just because Democrats say it is.

Here’s another one people are really pushing this morning.

The first text there is actually good news for Trump. It shows (as we’ve reported) that the Ukrainians did not even know aid was being withheld, therefore there can’t be a quid pro quo involving it. That takes a major, major part of the Democrat narrative off the table.

But it’s the second text some are latching onto. Bill Taylor, as we’ll see in one more text coming up, is the lightening rod in this. Here, he seems to suggest there were conditions placed on the aid, even though we know from the previous exchange that’s not true. All Sondland says in response is “Call me.” This led to all kinds of assumptions being made. One of the common ones I saw last night is that if Sondland wasn’t hiding something, he’d have just said no in the text. I think that’s citing facts not in evidence. Perhaps he just wanted to better explain everything over the phone instead of writing a 500 word text message? The point being, there’s nothing here at all except pure supposition.

Finally, there was this text, which is probably the one that will end up pushed the most by both sides.

The mention of a political campaign here is the eye catcher, but we are again left wondering where Taylor is getting his assumptions from. Further, Sondland goes on to completely disabuse him of his notion there was any quid pro quo. Many on the left are trying to discount the last message, asserting it was written purposely to push back on what Taylor said and get that on record. The problem with that is that Democrats are now wanting you to interpret the “true meaning” of a text by asserting it means the opposite of what it actually says. Does that sound dispositive to anyone? The message says what it is says, and it says there is no quid pro quo.

Here’s the biggest thing here though. All of these text messages lack context.

Yet, the Democrats are refusing to release Volker’s testimony and instead chose to roll out cherry-picked text messaged. Does that sound suspicious to anyone? It’s almost like we’ve seen this game played before and that everyone should probably wait before freaking out.

I got into a bit of a back and forth last night with The Reagan Battalion over this. I never got an answer to my last question, but it’s pretty relevant in my opinion.

Adam Schiff and company could relieve me of my suspicions by simply releasing the full transcript of Volker’s testimony. Let’s see how he addressed these messages. Republican Congressional members are out there saying that there is a lot of context missing here and that what we are seeing right now is painting a false picture. If they are lying, then Democrats should have no problem calling their bluff, right? The fact that they haven’t done so is telling.

Here’s what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to take text messages personally chosen by Adam Schiff as proof of anything, especially when he’s clearly trying to hide the full context of the situation. Some conservative outlets may choose to rush and make early judgements here (again), but I’m not playing this game because it’s too obvious at this point. Let’s get every piece of information out there, and then we’ll talk about what’s damning or not.

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