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Ted Cruz Destroys NY Times Over Kavanaugh Smear, Says It Confirms the Paper’s Bias and Political Agenda

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Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, 3/27/19, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As I wrote earlier today, the New York Times has been rightly taken to the woodshed the last two days after a thinly sourced hit piece they did over the weekend on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fell apart once The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway scrutinized the piece and found a crucial point missing:

The paper issued a correction several hours after this was pointed out to them …

… but not before the damage was done, and not before numerous Democratic candidates for president jumped on board the “Impeach Kavanaugh” train.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is no stranger to smears coming from the mainstream media, ripped the Times in a must-read Twitter rant earlier today.

He started off by noting that the Kavanaugh hit piece would have gotten a student an “F” in high school, insinuating the piece should have never gotten past the paper’s editors. Because it did, Cruz suggested this proves the Times has a “political agenda”:

There’s just no other explanation but bias, asserted Cruz, as to why the paper omitted the critical information about alleged victim Deborah Ramirez:

Will any of the 2020 presidential candidates retract or amend their calls for impeachment against Kavanaugh? Of course not, Cruz opined:

Cruz is right. There is no legitimate justification whatsoever for why the paper published the article they did on Kavanaugh without noting the alleged victim does not even recall the alleged incident.

As I speculated earlier, I suspect this piece was published for one reason and one reason only: To help Democrats in their efforts to intimidate the sitting conservative-leaning Justices on the Supreme Court to rule on future cases in their favor in hopes that once they do, the media and leftists will finally leave them alone.

Cruz is also right in stating that it’s highly unlikely the NYT would have issued a correction had it not been for Hemingway’s tweet. Stories like these are why it’s very important that conservative new media types keep up the pressure on mainstream media outlets to own up to their mistakes and deliberate falsehoods.

Otherwise, nine times out of ten the fake news will stand as the official media-driven “record” in place of the truth.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Ted Cruz Destroys NY Times Over Kavanaugh Smear, Says It Confirms the Paper’s Bias and Political Agenda

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Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, 3/27/19, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As I wrote earlier today, the New York Times has been rightly taken to the woodshed the last two days after a thinly sourced hit piece they did over the weekend on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fell apart once The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway scrutinized the piece and found a crucial point missing:

The paper issued a correction several hours after this was pointed out to them …

… but not before the damage was done, and not before numerous Democratic candidates for president jumped on board the “Impeach Kavanaugh” train.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is no stranger to smears coming from the mainstream media, ripped the Times in a must-read Twitter rant earlier today.

He started off by noting that the Kavanaugh hit piece would have gotten a student an “F” in high school, insinuating the piece should have never gotten past the paper’s editors. Because it did, Cruz suggested this proves the Times has a “political agenda”:

There’s just no other explanation but bias, asserted Cruz, as to why the paper omitted the critical information about alleged victim Deborah Ramirez:

Will any of the 2020 presidential candidates retract or amend their calls for impeachment against Kavanaugh? Of course not, Cruz opined:

Cruz is right. There is no legitimate justification whatsoever for why the paper published the article they did on Kavanaugh without noting the alleged victim does not even recall the alleged incident.

As I speculated earlier, I suspect this piece was published for one reason and one reason only: To help Democrats in their efforts to intimidate the sitting conservative-leaning Justices on the Supreme Court to rule on future cases in their favor in hopes that once they do, the media and leftists will finally leave them alone.

Cruz is also right in stating that it’s highly unlikely the NYT would have issued a correction had it not been for Hemingway’s tweet. Stories like these are why it’s very important that conservative new media types keep up the pressure on mainstream media outlets to own up to their mistakes and deliberate falsehoods.

Otherwise, nine times out of ten the fake news will stand as the official media-driven “record” in place of the truth.

——-
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Ted Cruz Destroys NY Times Over Kavanaugh Smear, Says It Confirms the Paper’s Bias and Political Agenda

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Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, 3/27/19, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As I wrote earlier today, the New York Times has been rightly taken to the woodshed the last two days after a thinly sourced hit piece they did over the weekend on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fell apart once The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway scrutinized the piece and found a crucial point missing:

The paper issued a correction several hours after this was pointed out to them …

… but not before the damage was done, and not before numerous Democratic candidates for president jumped on board the “Impeach Kavanaugh” train.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is no stranger to smears coming from the mainstream media, ripped the Times in a must-read Twitter rant earlier today.

He started off by noting that the Kavanaugh hit piece would have gotten a student an “F” in high school, insinuating the piece should have never gotten past the paper’s editors. Because it did, Cruz suggested this proves the Times has a “political agenda”:

There’s just no other explanation but bias, asserted Cruz, as to why the paper omitted the critical information about alleged victim Deborah Ramirez:

Will any of the 2020 presidential candidates retract or amend their calls for impeachment against Kavanaugh? Of course not, Cruz opined:

Cruz is right. There is no legitimate justification whatsoever for why the paper published the article they did on Kavanaugh without noting the alleged victim does not even recall the alleged incident.

As I speculated earlier, I suspect this piece was published for one reason and one reason only: To help Democrats in their efforts to intimidate the sitting conservative-leaning Justices on the Supreme Court to rule on future cases in their favor in hopes that once they do, the media and leftists will finally leave them alone.

Cruz is also right in stating that it’s highly unlikely the NYT would have issued a correction had it not been for Hemingway’s tweet. Stories like these are why it’s very important that conservative new media types keep up the pressure on mainstream media outlets to own up to their mistakes and deliberate falsehoods.

Otherwise, nine times out of ten the fake news will stand as the official media-driven “record” in place of the truth.

——-
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Did Joe Biden Really Face Down Feared Northeast Wilmington Thug ‘Corn Pop’ and Win the Respect of a City

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Former Vice President Joe Biden mimics shooting a gun as he speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A video clip has resurfaced of Joe Biden in action. This isn’t something from a decade ago where he’s commenting on Indians owning 7-11s and Dunkin Donuts shops in Delaware

or asking crippled guys to arise and walk

This is from 2017 and the scene is him at the dedication of the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center in Wilmington, DE.

You owe it to yourself to watch this but this is the Cliff’s Notes.

In 1962, Biden was a lifeguard at the pool. In his story, he was the only white lifeguard in a pool with all black staff and a mostly black clientele. The villain is a local tough…put the coffee or other drink down NOW…called “Corn Pop” who leads an all black gang called, naturally, “the Romans.” According to Biden, Corn Pop would insult Biden’s mom so while Biden was crying or whatever gang members could sneak into the pool. The matter came to a head over Corn Pop using the 3-meter dive board.

“This was the diving board area, and I was one of the guards, and they weren’t allowed to — it was a 3-meter board. And if you fell off sideways, you landed on the damn, er, darn cement over there,” Biden said.

“And Corn Pop was a bad dude. And he ran a bunch of bad boys. And back in those days — to show how things have changed — one of the things you had to use, if you used Pomade in your hair, you had to wear a bathing cap. And so he was up on the board and wouldn’t listen to me. I said, ‘Hey, Esther, you! Off the board, or I’ll come up and drag you off.’ Well, he came off, and he said, ‘I’ll meet you outside.’”

Biden’s comments were a reference to competitive swimmer-turned actress Esther Williams, who died in 2013.

“My car was mostly, these were all public housing behind us,” Biden continued. “My car – there was a gate on here. I parked my car outside the gate. And he said, ‘I’ll be waiting for you. He was waiting for me with three guys with straight razors. Not a joke. There was a guy named Bill Wright the only white guy and he did all the pools. He was a mechanic. And I said, ‘What am I gonna do?’ And he said. ‘Come down here in the basement, where all the mechanics- – where all the pool builder is.’ You know the chain, there used to be a chain that went across the deep end. And he cut off a six-foot length of chain, and folded it up and he said, ‘You walk out with that chain, and you walk to the car and say, ‘you may cut me man, but I’m gonna wrap this chain around your head.’”

Biden continued: “I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’” He said, ‘No if you don’t, don’t come back.’ And he was right. So I walked out with the chain. And I walked up to my car. And in those days, you remember the straight razors, you had to bang ’em on the curb, gettin’ em rusty, puttin’ em in the rain barrel, gettin’ em rusty? And I looked at him, but I was smart, then. I said, ‘First of all,’ I said, ‘when I tell you to get off the board, you get off the board, and I’ll kick you out again, but I shouldn’t have called you Esther Williams, and I apologize for that. I apologize.’ But I didn’t know that apology was gonna work.”

“He said, ‘you apologize to me?’” Biden went on. “I said, ‘I apologize but not for throwing you out, but I apologize for what I said.’ He said, ‘OK,’ closed that straight razor, and my heart began to beat again.”

I have to admit, given Biden’s reputation for making things up, I was, even as an unambiguously white guy, pretty much in the same place as The Root writer, Michael Harriott

But, there appears to be some truth in the story. This guy, who, by the way has never encountered a liberal Democrat he will not fluff, comes up with evidence that there was actually a gang based in Northeast Wilmington public housing called “The Romans” and that there was a least one guy in Wilmington at the time who was at some point in his life called “Cornpop.” And some notable locals claim to know all about this event:

And here’s Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher adding to the story, for what that might be worth (not much, is my guess):

Here’s the thing. Just because various parts of this story are true doesn’t mean the story is true. The odds of significant political figures in Delaware blowing the whistle of Joe Biden approach zero. So we can really discount the third party claims to the story as unreliable. The fact that a gang named The Romans existed doesn’t mean they went to the pool where Joe Biden worked. There is nothing in the obit of William “Cornpop” Morris to indicate that a) he was affiliated with a street gang or b) that he was even a Wilmington native. He is of the same age as Biden and there is the nickname but none of that adds up to Biden’s story. And the fact that the usual rescue squad for Democrat politicians on fire is in operation doesn’t give one a great feeling of comfort:

The story may be true or it may not. Outside of Jiffy Pop or Lollipop showing up to give corroborating testimony, we’ll most likely never have conclusive proof that the story is real and not another Bidenesque adventure that has entertained us over the years. What we can say is that a) Biden has been telling it for a while and b) there are verifiable factoids in the story that indicate something like the story happened but my gut feeling is that the actual story is something very dissimilar to Biden’s rendition of the tale, just like the story of him awarding the Navy Cross to the tearful and reluctant Navy captain.

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California Keeps A ‘No-Travel’ List; They’ve Just Added Another State To It

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In 2015, knowing they must do something to “avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1887. The law states:

AB 1887 prohibits a state agency, department, board, or commission from requiring any state employees, officers, or members to travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that (1) has the effect of voiding or repealing existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; (2) authorizes or requires discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or (3) creates an exemption to antidiscrimination laws in order to permit discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, the law prohibits California from approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to such a state.

There are currently ten states on the No-Travel list, all of which are right leaning.

Alabama
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Exceptions

The state will grant exceptions in cases where the travel is “required.”

Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added a new state to the list – Iowa. The reason? Because Iowa’s medicaid program will not cover transgender surgical procedures.

Becerra issued a statement which said, “The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare. California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it.”

According to the Sacramento Bee:

Becerra’s order means public employees and college students may not travel to Iowa under provisions of a 2016 California law.

Twelve years ago, Iowa’s Legislature made gender identity a protected characteristic under its Civil Rights Act, which prohibited refusing service to or discriminating against people based on their gender identity preferences.

In March 2019, the state’s Supreme Court ruled the protection extended to gender transition surgeries under the state’s Medicaid program. Two months later, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill banning Medicaid spending on the surgeries.

Two issues arise from this story. First, the cost of this surgery ranges from $20,000 to $30,000. I see it as an elective surgery. Many others, including the 9th District Court of Appeals, of course, view it as the medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria.

The appeals court recently ruled in favor of the plaintiff, a prison inmate, who believes the taxpayers of the state of Idaho should pay for his transgender surgery.

In upholding the decision of the lower court, a three-judge panel, cited the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution’s “protection against cruel and unusual punishment.”

Payment for this surgery will likely become mandatory in most states in the next few years.

Perhaps the bigger issue is California having a No-Travel list in the first place. Clearly, they have the legal right to keep such a list, but who are they to call out and to impose their beliefs upon other states? With an eleventh state being added to their list on October 4th, that means nearly 25% of states are off-limits to those traveling on state business. Will they still pay for state university athletes to travel to say Oklahoma or Texas for a bowl game? Probably. But if they grant an exception for that, another group will be put off.

Here’s hoping for a major rebuke to all of this wokeness in the 2020 election. It’s really becoming excessive and those who promote it are starting to appear pathetic.

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The Attack on Brett Kavanaugh Has Nothing to Do With Him and Everything to Do With the Future of the Supreme Court

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At first blush, the New York Times hit on Brett Kavanaugh seems rather senseless. It covers the same ground that was covered by an intensive FBI investigation during the course of the confirmation hearing and it doesn’t find anything new or interesting. The one new factoid the article claims to find,

resulted it a major correction to the story

My colleague, Bonchie, has all the details in Here’s Just How Much Of A Dumpster Fire That New Kavanaugh Hit Piece Is.

What is significant here is that the writers of the piece are also the authors of the book upon which the piece is based. One has to wonder how the key piece of information, about the the alleged victim in the story having no recollection of the even ever happening, was omitted if one excludes maliciousness as a reason. (I also have questions about how “friends” pushed Kavnaugh’s penis into someones hand because that is an impressive act of penis steering.) And the same can be said of the New York Times recycling the debunked allegation:

And, even after the correction, the Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne, admittedly not the sharpest knife in any drawer, was still pushing it:

The costs of this approach were underscored this weekend by a New York Times report that offers new corroboration for charges by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were undergraduates at Yale. In denying the charge, Kavanaugh told the Senate that had it been true, the incident would have been “the talk of the campus.” Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly — drawing on their new book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation” — write tellingly: “Our reporting suggests that it was.”

More than that, they report on an entirely separate incident involving Kavanaugh that Max Stier, a classmate of Ramirez’s, brought to the attention of the Senate and the FBI at the time of the hearings. It involved, they write, “a different drunken dorm party” where, according to the allegation, Kavanaugh had a different inappropriate encounter with a female student. Stier is president of the thoroughly bipartisan and widely respected Partnership for Public Service. From my experience, he is the last person who would want to get into the middle of an ideological fight — unless his conscience required him to.

Being well aware of the aphorism about never attributing to malice what can be explained by stupidity, I think we are well beyond the realm of stupidity here and we should consider possible motives for the New York Times acting in this manner.

In my view, the New York Times has completed its travel from newspaper to an activist propaganda organ determined to set the narratives that will control US policy. Here is Andrew Sullivan discoursing on the infamous 1619 series relentlessly flogged by the New York Times. This is a series of essays, which will be coming to your kid’s classroom, which asserts against all evidence that the entire history of the United States is built upon slavery:

But the NYT chose a neo-Marxist rather than liberal path to make a very specific claim: that slavery is not one of many things that describe America’s founding and culture, it is the definitive one. Arguing that the “true founding” was the arrival of African slaves on the continent, period, is a bitter rebuke to the actual founders and Lincoln. America is not a messy, evolving, multicultural, religiously infused, Enlightenment-based, racist, liberating, wealth-generating kaleidoscope of a society. It’s white supremacy, which started in 1619, and that’s the key to understand all of it. America’s only virtue, in this telling, belongs to those who have attempted and still attempt to end this malign manifestation of white supremacy.

I don’t believe most African-Americans believe this, outside the elites. They’re much less doctrinaire than elite white leftists on a whole range of subjects. I don’t buy it either — alongside, I suspect, most immigrants, including most immigrants of color. Who would ever want to immigrate to such a vile and oppressive place? But it is extremely telling that this is not merely aired in the paper of record (as it should be), but that it is aggressively presented as objective reality. That’s propaganda, directed, as we now know, from the very top — and now being marched through the entire educational system to achieve a specific end. To present a truth as the truth is, in fact, a deception. And it is hard to trust a paper engaged in trying to deceive its readers in order for its radical reporters and weak editors to transform the world.

If we take this as a basis for analysis, then we have two clear motives.

First, everyone know Chief Justice John Roberts is a weak sister who lays awake at night worrying about what the New York Times and its fellow travelers think about the Supreme Court. If you look at Roberts’s recent voting history, he has clearly slipped to the left on issues where the editorial page of the New York Times had a strong point of view. For instance, he not only saved ObamaCare but he was the deciding vote in killing the ability of the Census to enumerate the number of US citizens. Reportedly, he literally changed his vote. Roberts’s concerns about the Supreme Court being a political branch really came to the forefront when President Trump criticized a decision imposing an injunction on his administration’s asylum policy as being from an “Obama judge.” Roberts immediately replied with this nonsense:

We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.

Clearly, the New York Times and he left are aiming at the very legitimacy of the court in this attack.

No moderately sane person believes that this bullsh** is going to result in the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice. But I do’t think that is the objective. In the upcoming session, the Supreme Court will hear critical cases on gun rights, on DACA, on religious freedom, on whether federal sex discrimination statutes extend to the sexual perversion or your choice rather than mere gender. Hammering Kavanaugh may make a weak and fearful Roberts vote the way the NYT editorial page wants so he can say, “even though we have a conservative majority, because one of our members has been accused of sexual misconduct and because we’re illegitimately appointed we’ll bend federal law and the constitution to show you that we’re actually very nice fellows.”

The second target is obviously the US Senate. Why? Because Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not in good health. She’s had three run-ins with cancer in addition to having already beaten all the actuarial tables. It is a safe bet that her health status is a lot more dicey than the official announcements let on. This opens the door to an ugly confirmation hearing in the midst of a presidential election. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were very weak votes for Kavanaugh. They took a lot of abuse for their votes because they are weak and the progressives understood that they could be bullied, if not this time, then the next. The overwhelming favorite to replace Ginsburg is Seventh Circuit appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett. Her nomination represents an existential crisis for the left because a Catholic woman (“the dogma is loudly within you”) with seven children is not going to be able to plausibly say that she doesn’t have some strong opinions on Roe v. Wade, and all of her protestations that she will be bound by precedent are going to be viewed through the lens of Catholic-Mom-of-seven. While Collins and Murkowski might have been willing to rebuff the worst excesses of the #MeToo madness, whether they will want to go on record as the vote that overturned Roe is unclear.

So, I think we have to look beyond the superficiality of blaming media bias for this late and seemingly stupid hit on Kavanaugh. This isn’t a media hit, it is a propaganda campaign with Kavanaugh as its prop. It is designed to both influence the actions of the Chief Justice in regards to cases that the Supreme Court will hear and to fire a warning shot at some very weak Republican senators about what is expected of them should there be a new Supreme Court nomination to consider.

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New Book Reveals Christine Blasey Ford’s Witness Was Threatened Into Cooperation

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Christine Blasey Ford listens to her attorney Michael Bromwich as she testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

I touched on this earlier in a previous article, but I think this deserves to be talked about in its own piece.

Leland Keyser was one of the figures closely associated with Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who Ford labeled as a witness to her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party long ago. Keyser initially was hesitant to give any real answer, but in the end, could not corroborate Ford’s claim against Kavanaugh.

(READ: New Book Reveals Christine Blasey Ford’s Witness Had No Confidence In Her Story And The Media Has Gone Silent)

However, as the new book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” shows us, Keyser’s witness account was brought about under less than virtuous means. A single line in the book stands out.

“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the authors.

The book moves on from there with the book’s authors declaring that despite Keyser’s inability to back up Ford’s claim despite being a supposed key witness, their gut feeling is still that Ford is telling the truth.

And that’s it. A single line that reveals a bombshell of a factoid that doesn’t get much discussion after that.

The fact is that Keyser was threatened to cooperate from those supporting Blasey Ford seems to just skate right by everyone, including the media. As of this writing, it’s mostly right-leaning news outlets that are reporting this.

Keyser’s inability to back up Ford’s claims have indeed seemed to damage her life. Her son even started a GoFundMe to help alleviate some of the damage done to her Keyser’s personal life and states that the entire debacle put both a financial and emotional strain on his mother according to the Daily Wire:

According to Alex Beckel, the son of Mrs. Keyser and her ex-husband, former Fox News personality and ardent Democrat Bob Beckel, Keyser was pressured by Blasey Ford allies to lie during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings about the incident.

“Nearly a year after Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, most have moved on. But for one of the key players in that fight, Leland Keyser, the struggle continues,” a GoFundMe account set up for Mrs. Keyser by her son reads.

“Despite her lifelong friendship with Christine Blasey Ford and her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Keyser resisted immense personal pressure and courageously came forward with the truth, putting everything in her life at risk,” the GoFundMe post continues. “As a result, she faces great personal hardship. The harsh glare of the public eye has taken a tremendous physical, emotional, and financial toll on her.”

“Leland stood up and did what was right when she had everything to lose and nothing to gain,” the post added.

That Ford’s people threatened her should be mainstream news. It should not only cast Ford’s testimony even further into the garbage heap, but it should put the entire case against Kavanaugh under suspicion. It should make the Ford team look like villains in the public eye.

Here it is. The real bad guys exposed. Here’s how far Democrats are willing to go in order to make sure they maintain power. They’ll destroy the lives of innocents and call it collateral damage, all in their quest to destroy the life of another innocent person. Facts mean nothing and threats are on the table.

It should outrage the world that this happened. This should be a damning black mark on the media that they would focus on an easily debunked story about another false witness over highlighting something as appalling as an innocent being threatened to lie about something that never happened in order to stop a Republican from appointing a Supreme Court Justice.

 

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Trump Gets to the Heart of Why Dems Continue to Target Kavanaugh, Urges the SCOTUS Justice to Sue for Libel

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President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The coordinated mainstream media/Democratic party smear attempts at getting then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh disqualified from consideration for the Supreme Court failed in a big way last year. But even though the left lost that battle, they made clear that the fight against a potential vote against Roe v. Wade was not over.

Back in May, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – who was a presidential candidate at the time, made clear that “action” should be taken against Justices Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch in the event they voted to overturn the 1973 abortion ruling. Here’s what she said at the time:

“That is the law of the land, and I think both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh lied to the Judiciary Committee when they said they would uphold precedent. And if they then go back on this — this statement they made during their confirmation hearings — I think we should look towards what we will do to address it, because we need far more oversight and accountability over these Supreme Court Justices, and if they lied in their hearings, then we should take action.”

In a nutshell, Gillibrand was advocating the impeachment of either or both of the Justices if they struck down the left’s most precious of all SCOTUS rulings. It was a clear attempt at intimidating the Justices to vote a certain way or else. That idea is not off the table just because she’s dropped out of the presidential race.

Around the same time Gillibrand was making this argument in May, other presidential candidates who are still in the race as of this writing like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Kamala Haris (CA), former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg advocated for expanding the Supreme Court as a way of nullifying the votes of Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.

The messages these former and current Democratic presidential candidates were sending to Kavanaugh and Gorsuch was clear: You better not rock the boat at the Supreme Court on our signature issues, or you’ll be sorry.

The left’s/media’s latest attempt at a smear came courtesy of the New York Times over the weekend in a clear hit piece designed to make an old, discredited sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh become new and relevant again. In response to the story, the Usual Democratic Suspects lined up to call for an investigation and his impeachment.

Unfortunately for them, the New York Times had to issue an embarrassing correction to the story – namely that Deborah Ramirez, the woman who was allegedly assaulted by Kavanaugh – reportedly does not recall the alleged incident.

President Trump responded to the Times’ reporting on Sunday by suggesting Kavanaugh start suing for libel:

While it’s highly unlikely for a variety of reasons that Kavanaugh will take such advice, the bigger point Trump was getting at in his tweets is that Democrats in Washington, DC and those who work for national news outlets under the guise of objectivity are using bogus stories like this one in order to try to influence Kavanaugh into voting their way on future high profile cases in hopes that they’ll finally leave him alone.

Democrats and the mainstream media alike know that their loudly-voiced hypocritical complaints about the politicization of the Supreme Court have likely influenced Chief Justice John Roberts to vote with the court’s liberal Justices, so why not try it on Kavanaugh, too?

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Apparently Russia Had FBI’s Number Under Obama, Were Defeating Surveillance Techniques, And May Have Breached Counterintelligence Agency Communications

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In a remarkable new exclusive report, Yahoo News details what intelligence officials called a “stunning” breach of FBI technology by Russian operatives in the U.S. throughout the Obama years, culminating in the removal, in December 2016 just after Trump was elected, of three dozen Russian diplomats over a 72 hour period and the seizure of two compounds located on the East Coast of the United States.

Both compounds, and at least some of the expelled diplomats, played key roles in a brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials. The operation, which targeted FBI communications, hampered the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies on U.S. soil at a time of increasing tension with Moscow, forced the FBI and CIA to cease contact with some of their Russian assets, and prompted tighter security procedures at key U.S. national security facilities in the Washington area and elsewhere, according to former U.S. officials. It even raised concerns among some U.S. officials about a Russian mole within the U.S. intelligence community.

“It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations,” said a former senior CIA official.

The operation — which gave Russian spies the ability to compromise outdated technology carried by FBI surveillance agents — allowed spies in cities such as New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco to determine when and where they were being surveilled, “shake 0ff” their FBI shadows, monitor surveillance equipment, and even gather information about the FBI agents themselves.

According to Yahoo, the operation began in 2010 after the “reset” initiative was promoted between the Obama administration and Russia. And following, more specifically, the arrest of a group of Russian operatives deeply embedded in American society in a non-official capacity, and became known to the FBI by 2012. Some of the ancillary players in this little spy drama are known to us today.

Just a few months after the illegals pleaded guilty in July 2010, the FBI opened a new investigation into a group of New York-based undercover Russian intelligence officers. These Russian spies, the FBI discovered, were attempting to recruit a ring of U.S. assets — including Carter Page, an American businessman who would later act as an unpaid foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The breaches also spoke to larger challenges faced by U.S. intelligence agencies in guarding the nation’s secrets, an issue highlighted by recent revelations, first published by CNN, that the CIA was forced to extract a key Russian asset and bring him to the U.S. in 2017. The asset was reportedly critical to the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally directed the interference in the 2016 presidential election in support of Donald Trump.

Basically, what the Russians were able to do, was use the facilities that were publicly thought of as diplomatic buildings as “listening posts” where they wee “able to intercept, record and eventually crack the codes to FBI radio communications.”

The two compounds closed in December 2016 by Obama — on in Maryland and one in New York — were used in this manner according to the Yahoo report. Even scarier? Some intelligence officials think they may have had help from a U.S. turncoat.

While the Russians may have developed this capability by themselves, senior counterintelligence officials also feared that someone from within the U.S. government — a Russian mole — may have helped them, said former officials. “You’re wondering, ‘If this is true, and they can do this, is this because someone on the inside has given them that information?’’ said another former senior intelligence official.

The U.S. ultimately cut off contact with some of its Russian sources, and the CIA ultimately began tightening up as well out of concern that these new domestic surveillance breaking techniques were being used abroad as well.

And framing it all: the Russian reset.

According to a former CIA official and a former national security official, the CIA’s analysts often disagreed about how committed Russia was to negotiations during the attempted reset and how far Putin would go to achieve his strategic aims, divergences that confused the White House and senior policy makers.

“It caused a really big rift within the [National Security Council] on how seriously they took analysis from the agency,” said the former CIA official. Senior administration leaders “went along with” some of the more optimistic analysis on the future of U.S.-Russia relations “in the hopes that this would work out,” the official continued.

Those disagreements were part of a “reset hangover” that persisted, at least for some inside the administration, until the 2016 election meddling, according to a former senior national security official. Those officials clung to the hope that Washington and Moscow could cooperate on key issues, despite aggressive Russian actions ranging from the invasion of Ukraine to its spying efforts.

In a series of briefings sometime between 2011 and 2015, counterintelligence agencies tried to determine how to get their houses in order and determine the extent of the compromise.

Senior U.S. officials were contemplating an even more disturbing possibility: that the Russians had found a way to penetrate the communications of the U.S. intelligence community’s most sensitive buildings in and around Washington, D.C.

Read the full report here.

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No Apology? Hollywood Suddenly Goes Quiet On Kavanaugh After the NYT Hit Piece Was Debunked

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The moment, and I mean the moment, the New York Times even remotely insinuated that a new witness had popped up to corroborate the story of Deborah Ramirez that Brett Kavanaugh exposed his Kavanaughty to her at a party, Hollywood’s elite squad of activists began calling for his removal from the Supreme Court.

Everyone from the usual suspects like Debra Messing and Rosie O’Donnell, to John Leguizamo and Jeffrey Wright were calling for Kavanaugh’s resignation or ousting from the court.

As my colleague Bonchie detailed, the hit piece made by the New York Times was all partisan nonsense with the “witness” who saw Kavanaugh expose himself being a Clinton defense attorney. The NYT conveniently left that out in the telling of their story. What’s more, the female Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted hasn’t come forward with the story and her own friend say that she doesn’t even recall the incident.

Quicksand is sturdier than these claims.

But that matters little. What matters is that we have a Supreme Court justice that tips the scales on the Supreme Court to the right and, horror of horrors, he was appointed by President Donald Trump. As such, we now have every prog in the nation holding aloft their moral compass and expressing outrage that Kavanaugh is where he is.

This includes Hollywood, who couldn’t wait to voice their outrage and call for Kavanaugh’s removal from the Supreme Court.

Now that this story has been thoroughly debunked, however, perhaps we can now expect to see Hollywood apologize for jumping to conclusions and further damaging the already demolished reputation of a good and innocent man?

Not according to their Twitter feeds.

Reiner, despite people correcting the story in his mentions, has conveniently switched topics to Trump being a liar who may take us to war with Iran.

Messing, after retweeting fellow actors and tweets calling Kavanaugh and Trump rapists, has gone strangely quiet. Wright is following much of the same route as Reiner, with a sudden shift into how horrible Trump is.

O’Donnell has continued to attack Kavanaugh as if nothing has changed.

Hollywood attacked an innocent man over something he never did, and walking it back or apologizing either hasn’t occurred to them or they flat out refuse to do it. I would like to say that perhaps they just haven’t seen the news yet, but again, the corrections have appeared in their own mentions from Twitter users who have read up on the story.

They know the updates, and they haven’t acted.

For some reason, Hollywood takes itself very seriously when it comes to activism and wants us to take them seriously as well. The problem is that it’s hard to take the glitterati seriously when their aims are less than virtuous, and as I wrote earlier on Monday, attacking Kavanaugh after everything points to the fact that he’s likely the most virtuous guy in any given room he steps into doesn’t make you one of the good guys.

(Read: If You Believe The Accusations About Brett Kavanaugh And Cheer Attacks On Him, You’re Not The Good Guy)

If they have any integrity, they’ll apologize, but I’m not holding my breath.

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