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Leftists Suddenly Love John Bolton As He Becomes the Great Hope of the Resistance

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Hell has officially frozen over.

John Bolton, once derided as possessing an evil only second to Dick Cheney, now finds himself in a rather odd position. Namely, he’s becoming the great hope of the resistance, as details are emerging that he opposed Giuliani’s machinations with Ukraine.

This sent blue-checkmark journos and left-wing agitators rushing to latch onto what Bolton had reportedly said.

The editorializing by the Times that Bolton was “so alarmed” is fairly typical. What we know is that he wasn’t comfortable with Giuliani’s actions so he sent someone to check with White House lawyers on the legal aspects. That seems like a rather smart thing to do on his part. That’s not really scandalous, as it would have been Bolton’s job as a primary advisor to ensure there wouldn’t be blow-black. Even if Bolton was “alarmed” about Giuliani, and that’s a perfectly reasonable position to take, what is that supposed to add up to besides a guy’s opinion?

Further, what exactly does this mean in terms of impeachment or quantifying any supposed quid pro quo? Absolutely nothing. The fact that people were concerned, much like when dealing with the whistle-blower report itself, is not indicative of anything. Adam Schiff is spinning his wheels and he knows it. The transcript is out there. No further evidence has emerged (although they’ve desperately tried to pass some off) that points to any corroboration of corruption in the call. Ukraine did not know the aid was on hold and Trump never brought it up or threatened it. It’s really that simple.

We can argue all day whether discussing Biden was morally improper. It’s beside the point and a distraction. You don’t impeach a President a year before an election based on opinions of such matters. Where’s the high crime and misdemeanor here? It’s not there and no amount of interviews is going to suddenly produce it. The source document is out there and we know what it says.

As to the left suddenly embracing John Bolton, it’s hilarious in its own right. Bolton has been painted as a warmonger, human rights abuser, and awful human being by the Democrats for almost two decades. Now they want to look to him to provide fodder for their witch hunt? I have a feeling Bolton, even with his disagreements with Trump, isn’t going to be interested in playing that game.

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Susan Rice Pushes Fake Syria Propaganda Video to Attack Trump

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There’s been a lot of reaction on both sides of the aisle to what’s going on in Syria.

But the one group that doesn’t have any standing to speak is the former officials of the Obama administration.

While some weighed in attacking President Donald Trump’s actions (as they always do), perhaps the worst reaction was from former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Rice retweeted a video from the area and blamed Trump for the death of a child. “WTF?? This blood is on Trump’s hands alone but the shame is shared by all decent Americans,” she said.

First, how horrible it is that we had a national security adviser who has no problem promoting a false propaganda video, as long as she can use it to attack Trump? Either she isn’t very observant, a bad problem for a national security adviser, or she doesn’t care that the child is blinking and moving her head, clearly alive, despite the mother’s claim. Such propaganda videos are not an uncommon thing, but she shouldn’t be pushing it and hurting American interests because she wants to attack Trump.

Second, the Obama administration actions in Iraq and Syria allowed for the rise of ISIS by their failure to address it early when they could have, despite warnings. Thousands died as a result including Americans. The Obama administration set multiple red lines with Bashar Assad in Syria in regard to chemical attacks on the Syrian people and Obama didn’t follow up on any of them. Thousands more were killed while we were embarrassed before the world. Democrats have been more upset in the last few days than they have over those hundreds of thousands being killed during the Obama administration.

Third, isn’t this the same Susan Rice who participated in the Benghazi scandal? Who went on the Sunday shows to falsely claim that the attack on our mission there was all because of a video? This isn’t the first time she’s pushed falsehoods about a video. Wasn’t she part of the same administration that didn’t provide adequate protection for our people there, despite a prior attack on the mission and despite threats to the Ambassador himself? Wasn’t she part of the same administration who left people to die there when they were desperately calling for help, as they fought back for hours without aid?

Fourth, isn’t this the same Susan Rice who was caught unmasking Trump aides and then lying about it, again on television? Remember that scandal from the administration that claims it had no scandals?

Take several seats, Susan Rice.

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Our Moral Betters: NBC’s Culture of Sexual Harassment Is a Look Into How Traditional Media Is More Shameful Than the People They Routinely Shame

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This Nov. 16, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer during a broadcast of the “Today,” show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show. ( Zach Pagano/NBC via AP)

 

I want to start by saying that I have serious problems with the narrative coming out about NBC News and its culture of sexual harassment and abuse. Not because I don’t believe it. Because I don’t think it goes far enough. The women engaged in extramarital affairs, for example, seem to be getting a pass because those guys they were sleeping with ended up being abusive jerks.

But when it comes to the toxic culture NBC seems to have cultivated and operated under for years — as detailed in Ronan Farrow’s forthcoming book, Catch and Kill — those women (and to be clear, this doesn’t apply to all women who worked there) don’t get a pass from me. Because they helped perpetuate it.

And, as Becket Adams writes at The Washington Examiner, the culture may have been way worse than anyone knew.

Now Adams doesn’t talk about the ladies except to acknowledge their claims of abuse, so if you’re inclined to think I’m victim shaming, please direct your criticism to me alone. But he does point out that NBC’s self-assessment of their poisonous working environment didn’t apparently go far enough — which is, ironically, another indicator of just how bad things were over there.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, for example, grew so comfortable in whatever culture produced disgraced former host Matt Lauer that he once touted photos of NBC star Maria Menounos’ vagina during a meeting with colleagues, according to journalist Ronan Farrow.

Farrow reports in his forthcoming book, Catch & Kill:

Four colleagues said Griffin was known for making lewd or crass remarks in work emails. In one meeting I’d be in after the television personality Maria Menounos’s vagina had been photographed in a bathing suit wardrobe malfunction, Griffin waved around a printed page bearing a zoomed-in image, smirking.

“Would you look at that? Not bad, not bad,” Griffin reportedly remarked.

Remember: This is the president of a major cable news network. He reportedly said this of an NBC employee’s vagina in a meeting with other NBC employees. That Griffin apparently felt comfortable enough to do something like this in front of colleagues should tell you a little something about how Lauer was able to get away with his alleged sexual depredations for as long as he did.

I think Menounos’ victimhood in this situation is much more troubling than the stories coming from mistresses who were forced to do things they didn’t like by their lovers, but I’m sure many would take exception to that.

I’m just trying to imagine how horrified Menounos must have felt when she was told her image was passed around at that meeting by men she had to work with every day. Absolutely degrading.

While the schadenfreude is pleasant, what’s not so enjoyable is the realization that the network that employs, say, for example, Chris Hayes — who spends most of his airtime shaming people for not being smart enough to be progressive like him (and who is now trying desperately to distance himself from culture he’s made himself a nice living in) — has been a den of debauchery the likes of which most regular people could never imagine tolerating.

The awakening for the mainstream press — and Americans who trusted them — has been rude indeed. But that’s bound to happen when your golden anchors, who sit on high telling everyone how to be a better citizen, turn out to be despicable people who care only about self-gratification.

If NBC survives, perhaps they will have learned a lesson. The American people surely have.

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On the Insufferable Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton has been popping up a bit lately – on Twitter and also in carefully controlled public interviews and appearances. She told us the other day about doing another “listening tour.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton made listening tours famous, using them to build buzz for her New York Senate and presidential campaigns. Now, she’s on another. In an email to supporters, the 2008 and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said, “I’d like to hear what you’re thinking.” While she isn’t talking about running for president a third time, Clinton said that she has been talking to people about key issues, including immigration reform and electing Democrats “at all levels” in 2020.

Read the rest here.

We’re supposed to believe that the consummate narcissist and grifter isn’t contemplating a re-run against President Trump in 2020? Let’s check out a couple of her recent statements. Here’s a laughable one.

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she believes the “gutsiest” thing she ever did outside of public life was deciding to stay married to former President Bill Clinton.

Read the rest of her ridiculousness here. She’s also called President Trump an “illegitimate president” and a “corrupt human tornado.” And just the other day, she claimed during a PBS interview that she “could beat Trump again” in 2020 (plus other nonsense):

Asked about Trump’s tweet earlier in the day, which mockingly suggested she join the race and again bemoaned her missing emails, the former first lady and secretary of state expressed wonder at what she called Trump’s obsession with her. “You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me. But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional, or both,” she said. “There was no subpoena, as he says in a tweet this morning. So maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again,” she continued, before suggesting she was making the comment in jest.

Read the rest here.

The woman’s narcissism and hubris are insufferable, especially given that she is guilty of many crimes and has been enabled by federal law enforcement throughout her entire “career.” As a life-long grifter, she has always been about the money and has used her political station to accrue money via elaborate pay-for-play activities and/or just plain corruption. Whether it was cattle futures or foreign contributions laundered through the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, she has always been about accumulating the wealth to which she believes she – as a typical liberal elitist – is entitled. Hers was a classic coattails career – she was elected to the US Senate in New York not on her own merits but rather solely because she was the wife of a US president. It is perhaps the biggest joke there is to think that she is actually “smart.” The reality is quite the contrary.

She used the Clintons’ accumulated wealth to corruptly leverage and control various Democrats and apparatchiks during her run for the presidency in 2008. The notion that she was “owed” the nomination because she saved Bill’s presidency is humorous to contemplate but probably exactly what she thought. She has always been cursed (or blessed from my point of view) with a political tin ear which has been evident for all to see. A horrible and boring candidate capable of only spouting poll-tested platitudes, she was easily swamped by Obama during the 2008 Democrat primary.

I have always suspected that Obama was blackmailed by the Clintons into appointing her as his first Secretary of State. The Clintons could have made much mischief for Obama had Hillary not received that sinecure. Their purpose to see her made Secretary of State was two-fold: to give her some foreign policy credentials that she lacked for her next run for the Oval Office, and more importantly to have the US State Dept serve as a nexus for their foreign pay-for-play schemes.

Lost among the dross of the “muh Russia hoax” over the past 2.5 years is the fact that the Clintons received MILLIONS from….wait for it….the RUSSIANS courtesy of the Uranium One deal. And we’re supposed to just ‘fuhgeddaboudit” because “Orange Man Bad”? It’s one thing for her to have gotten away scot free with her pay-for-play schemes while supposedly “serving the people” while Secretary of State (she probably got a good laugh about twisting that phrase into “serving herself”). It’s quite another to have almost certainly traded some of the nation’s most precious secrets for some of that foreign cash. (They’ve been doing that for years. How do you think the Chinese jumpstarted their satellite and nuclear first strike capabilities?)

Even the Obama-appointed IC IG at the time (who now just happens to be a lawyer for the Ukraine leaker!) disclosed that Hillary’s server contained at least 22 Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) emails on it, as well as dozens of lesser-classified emails – and that doesn’t include who knows how many other highly classified emails conveniently “destroyed” by her team of crooks in the early stages of the Mid-Year Examination (the FBI’s name for their faux investigation of her server).

While Loretta Lynch and James Comey effectively squelched the investigation of her server in 2016, largely thanks to Judicial Watch, there have been periodic new revelations that have cracked the façade carefully constructed by the Clinton Democrats and their media allies. For example, we learned some weeks ago that nearly 130 State Dept employees are likely to lose their security clearances (and may be subject to other well-deserved disciplinary actions?) because they knew about that illegal server and didn’t report it. Here is a report by RedState’s “streiff” toward that end. And the latest revelation is that Judicial Watch is likely to finally force depositions under oath by Hillary Clinton and her trusted aides after all this time:

On August 22, 2019, the court then ruled that Clinton and Mills had 30 days to oppose being questioned in person under oath by Judicial Watch related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Additionally, Judicial Watch was granted seven new depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests. In granting the additional discovery, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth commented: “I’ll tell you everything they’ve discovered in this period raises serious questions about what the hell the State Department’s doing here.”

Read the rest here.

What makes me most furious about her crimes is not that she’s a life-long grifter and has been enabled throughout her grifting career by federal law enforcement who have looked the other way at every step of her journey. What is possibly even worse are her periodic in-your-face comments about her various crimes, e.g., the infamous “what difference at this point does it make” comment when under questioning during the Benghazi hearings. Or that the destroyed 30K+ emails only contained “yoga and wedding plans for Chelsea.” Or that she didn’t have any classified information on her email server at all! Let’s face it: the woman is a bald-faced liar – and is not very good at it, given her tin ear and body language.

Judicial Watch has been peeling back the onion that is Hillary’s shifting defense against going to jail for violating the Espionage Act and the statutes governing mishandling classified information. The tortured excuse offered by Comey to let her off the hook, i.e., there was no “intent” to disclose the classified information was a double lie, in my opinion. First of all, “intent” is nowhere in the statute; simple negligence resulting in the compromise of TS/SCI information is entirely actionable – there is no defense or escape (for average people). Second, I believe there was in fact intent on the part of Hillary and her minions, as some of those classified emails were purposely sold to our adversaries as part of her pay-for-play scheme. The woman had access to advanced technology secrets, information about US spies operating overseas, and other highly classified information, and we’re supposed to believe that someone who sold American uranium to the Russians would somehow not also sell those secrets? I suspect that what has been covered up about her pay-for-play scheme would shock the nation if all of the details were ever made public. The fact that – so far – only a few administrative acts have been taken against all of the perps is a travesty!

What also galls me, as a recently-retired long-time national security professional, is the insistence by her supporters – including those in the legacy media such as the Democrat hacks that now infest Fox News Channel – that she was thoroughly investigated and “exonerated” by Comey. First of all, they don’t understand the personal obligations of ANYONE with access to TS/SCI information. Second, they don’t understand that those accessing that information were required to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDA) that incur lifelong obligations. Third, each disclosure of a classified email is a separate instance that is punishable. The felonious actions don’t just get bundled together as a single felony. Fourth, anyone granted access (which means being cleared and also determined to have the “need to know” the specific info) is trained in the handling of – and the penalties for mishandling – classified information. Fifth, that training and the signed NDA obligate to report any known compromises of classified information, whether inadvertent or purposeful, including by anyone else. By the way, this is precisely why those State Department employees are losing their clearances; they did NOT report known/observed violations by Hillary and her immediate staff.

For all of these reasons, it should be remembered that ANYONE who claims that Hillary was “exonerated” is a bald-faced liar who either has no understanding of the governance, statutes, and obligations surrounding the handling of classified information or else actually understands the requirements and is simply lying for political purposes. Either way, that person is a complete liar on the subject.

I remain convinced that those 30K+ “lost” emails are in fact still available for analysis and subsequent legal action. The fact that Judicial Watch may finally force a real deposition under oath from Hillary and her lawyers is a promising sign that justice – although delayed – may finally be served. Believe me when I tell you this: Hillary, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and the rest KNOW they’re guilty as sin and have to be sweating bullets about being forced to testify before officers of the court who haven’t been bought and paid for by the Clintons.

I have always wondered how the Clintons were seemingly always able to escape the hoosegow when the evidence of their corruption in the public record alone would have been more than enough to convict “regular people.” Given the corruption uncovered in DoJ and the FBI since President Trump was inaugurated, we know exactly how they have avoided the hangman over the years: they bought and paid for DoJ/FBI insiders to hijack and falsify investigations. They also bought and paid for a virtual army of media sycophants to spin things favorably to the Clintons and undermine investigations. True, some of these people, as sympathetic ideological allies to the Clintons, worked for “free.” Or rather for future consideration for jobs in a Hillary White House or elsewhere in a new Clinton administration). Until Hillary’s email server was uncovered by Judicial Watch and others, Loretta Lynch was on the path to becoming a USSC judge. Sally Yates was likely to become Hillary’s Attorney General for “services rendered,” and “Andy” McCabe would have probably relieved Comey as the FBI director. Just imagine the damage these lying corrupt-ocrats would have done in a Hillary administration!

I can assure you that the ONLY way Hillary and the others were let off the hook was through corruption, as they are all guilty of multiple counts of violating classified information handling statutes, as well as breaking their life-long NDAs. Those of us who have held TS/SCI clearances and understand the consequences of mishandling classified information are NOT going to let this subject go away until Hillary and the others are in jail. I pray that that smug look of that supremely insufferable woman will one day be wiped off her evil face!

The end.

[Note: a future article here at Red State will be a short tutorial on classified information that explains what classified information is, how it is to be protected, the obligations of everyone granted access to classified information, and the rules governing its handling under all circumstances.]

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The NBA, China, the Bidens and Free Speech: The Ultimate Intellectual Property

 

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The China Syndrome

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA)’s ongoing, rolling self-emasculation continues apace and unabated.

One League Guy called for freedom in Hong Kong from Communist China’s totalitarianism.

And the League flashed into action – against the one League Guy.

Since, a thousand and one League Guys have groveled, prostrated, genuflected or simply played really, REALLY stupid in the face of Communist China’s totalitarianism.

Free speech isn’t just squashed by totalitarian Communist China in Communist China and Hong Kong.

Totalitarian Communist China is now squelching free speech – in the United States.  Via its good little toadies in the NBA.  Because money.

NBA China: Philadelphia 76ers Fan Kicked Out for Hong Kong Sign, Chant

Security Removes ‘Free Hong Kong’ Signs from Fans at (NBA’s Washington) Wizards Game

The League Guys get paid billions of dollars by Communist China – to be Communist China’s toadies.

The League’s Average Guy fans have to way overpay for NBA tickets – to then have the privilege of being censored by Communist China’s NBA toadies.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty astutely summed up this one-way, wrong-way cultural transfer:

We’re Not Exporting Our Values to China – We’re Importing Theirs

This fiasco is perfectly emblematic of the sort of fake “free trade” with Communist China – to which our Betters in DC have subjected us for decades.

The NBA, South Park And Communist China: The Very High Price Of Fake ‘Free Trade’

The Swamp Creature likes of Joe Biden pretend the fake “free trade” with Communist China – isn’t fake.

And the Swamp Creature likes of Joe Biden’s son Hunter – get $1.5 billion in Communist China “investment” money.  As payment for his father pretending the fake “free trade” with Communist China – isn’t fake.

Call it the Swamp’s Friends and Family Plan.

DCs Swamp Creatures trade our national interest and security – for personal and familial enrichment.

Obama, Biden Cronies Made Billions Off China Trade Deals and Regulatory Policies

Clinton Says Chinese Money Did Not Influence U.S. Policy:

“President Bill Clinton said today that reported political campaign contributions from China to the Democrats had not influenced his foreign policy….

“‘The decisions we made, we made because we thought they were in the interests of the American people,’’ Mr. Clinton said….”

I’ll pause while you laugh uproariously…….

Okay….

Almost certainly the most offensive aspect of our fake “free trade” with Communist China – is their titanic theft of our Intellectual Property (IP).

Over the decades of fake “free trade” – Communist China has stolen trillions of dollars of our IP:

“The United States Trade Representative, which led the seven-month investigation into China’s intellectual property theft and made recommendations to the Trump administration, found that ‘Chinese theft of American IP currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.’”

We’ve been fake “free trading” with China since the early 1970s.

But as a safety, let’s only calculate Chinese IP theft – since we quite stupidly granted them membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO): December 2001.

And as another safety, let’s take the lowest number in China’s annual IP theft range.

That’s $225 billion in Chinese IP theft.  Every year – for eighteen years.

That makes the most conservative estimate – more than $4 TRILLION in Chinese IP theft.

And it’s not just the money – though the money is gigantic.

Totalitarian Communist China is rapidly becoming our equal on the global stage.  A truly disconcerting concept for anyone who likes, you know, freedom and peace.

And totalitarian Communist China got here not by their own creation and invention – but by stealing ours.  For decades.

Intellectual Property isn’t just about licensing patents, trademarks and copyrights.

IP is about protecting the property of the minds of men.  So we can all have access to and use those creations and innovations – to improve our lives and advance our society.

Communist China outsourced their IP creation – to US.  Advancing their totalitarian state not by their ingenuity – but by stealing ours.

And for decades, the Swamp Creatures – did absolutely nothing about it.

Except secure mass Communist China money transfers to their families and friends.

This has been a MASSIVE, government-forced transfer of IP and its attending wealth and societal benefit.

From our IP creators – to Communist China.  And then from Communist China – to DCs Swamp Creatures.

China’s isn’t the only government forcing this ongoing, rolling titanic heist.

The US government has been forcing it too.

Because money.

The corruption is so pervasive and deep – it has polluted our nation all the way down the food chain.

To regular Americans at NBA games – simply trying to hold pro-freedom signs…for a nation on the other side of the planet.

Regular Americans’ free speech – and their signs, the products of their minds – are squelched and silenced.

By Swamp Creatures – who now exist way beyond DC.

The Communist Chinese corruption of our country – now being wholly pervasive.

Because money.

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NYT Editorial Board Member Accidentally Provides Rationale for Why Trump Shouldn’t Cave to Media Mobs

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On Monday, Brad Slager wrote about the controversial video that aired at a recent gathering of President Trump’s supporters at a Trump resort in Miami and how the mainstream media and Democrats erupted in outrage over it.

Through his press secretary Stephanie Grisham, we learned Trump “strongly condemns” the doctored video that shows Trump shooting members of the media, even though he wasn’t responsible for creating it, having it created, sharing it, or in any other way promoting it.

But that wasn’t enough for media firefighters like New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who stated Monday afternoon that it was hard to believe he didn’t actually see the video and enjoy what he saw:

Gay, who got blasted by Sen. Ted Cruz in July over after she acted stupidly by telling the Senator that “Frederick Douglass’ name … has no business in your mouth”, was not the only member of the mainstream media who blamed Trump for a video he had nothing to do with. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin also took to the airwaves, anded demand Trump issue a statement himself condemning the video rather than through his press secretary.

Note below that CNN labeled the video a “Trump video” even though, again, Trump had nothing to do with its creation or dissemination:

This just goes to show you’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t if you’re a Republican. Trump condemned the video before he even saw it, according to his press secretary, but that wasn’t enough for the same mainstream media who have worked in concert with Democrats to amplify calls for his impeachment since before he was even elected president.

Even had he condemned it directly it still wouldn’t be enough for the media mobs, who would have spent days dissecting what he said to prove he didn’t really mean it, didn’t really own up to “his part” (though he had none as it relates to this video), and/or deliberately left out things that should have been said.

Republicans simply can’t win with the left wing media, which is why Trump doesn’t even bother trying.

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Why Was Richard Haberman Taking Money Out Of Fraser Senior Housing?

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All Smiles While Moving Funds Out Of Senior Housing.

The more I dig into this muck in my local hometown, the more I want to take a hot shower for at least a day. The only problem is that water here is more expensive than oil right now. I kid you not.

As I have covered in my previous articles on the local government here in Fraser, the previous city manager that is now running for a seat on the council left a mess. A really gross, puss-filled mess.

Here are the previous offerings on this subject…

City Of Fraser Had ‘Deficiencies’ In Its 2015 Audit Report. What Were They?

In Fraser, Ignoring Sexual Harassment Claims At City Hall Means You Should Run For Office

Today we deal with the Senior Housing building in the city.

The city website gives details as to what the housing center offers.

Fraser Website

The City of Fraser has a senior housing complex located on 15 Mile Road, just west of Utica Road. This three-story, 75-unit building offers one- and two-bedroom apartments for independent senior living. The complex is situated in close proximity to local stores and is just across the street from the Senior Activity Center. A low-cost van service is available through the center.

This is located right across the street from an activity center and is meant to give the elders a place to hang out and talk about what it was like before smartphones and someone named “Snooki” that became famous in somewhere on the Jersey Shore.

I’m putting it lightly when I say this facility has been a bit of a political football for years. Also, the upkeep has fallen behind and the facility needs a Lil more than some T.L.C.

So first off, let me explain what an Enterprise Fund is in the state of Michigan. The senior housing building is considered to be one of these funds so this is very relevant point to this story.

According to the State of Michigan, there are some rules that need to be followed. On page 117 of this link it says in section b.  that…

Laws or regulations require that the activity’s costs of providing services, including capital costs ( such as depreciation or debt service), be recovered with fees and charges, rather than with taxes or similar revenue.

(Also take a real quick scroll down to page 130 and 131 about water and sewer funds. That is related to another article coming soon.)

Simply put, the money that this building generates should all be used for the purposes of providing services for that building.

Why does this matter?

In Haberman’s flyer, he cites that he used “creative solutions” for the 6 years that he was the city manager. That he left a balanced budget (which he had to by law) and the city maintained services. So let’s take a closer look at how he managed the housing for our seniors.

In the balance sheet for the end of the fiscal year in 2013, the city had in its TOTAL FUND BALANCE, essentially its rainy day fund, 2,115,792. (Two million, one hundred and fifteen thousand, seven hundred and ninety-two dollars.)

Scroll to the bottom of the PDF’s to see the highlighted area.

Budget 2013

For the balance sheet for the end of the fiscal year 2014, the city had a TOTAL FUND BALANCE of 1,523,278 ( One million, five hundred and twenty-three thousand, two hundred and seventy-eight dollars)

Budget 2014

Haberman’s creative solutions depleted that fund by almost 600k in one year.

So I’m sure you might be thinking, well sometimes you have to go into the rainy day fund. That is what it is there for right? Sure, that seems fair.

Except for this, money was moved out of the Senior Housing Enterprise fund in these years and moved to the general fund of the city budget. Now, having already established that an Enterprise Fund is supposed to be used for the sole purpose of the activity that the money is raised for, why would anyone ever move money out of it for some other purpose.

Creative Solutions?

Listed below is the sheet showing money being moved out of the Senior Housing Fund by Richard Haberman.

Senior Housing

Some might say that moving 70k over 4 years is not a big deal. Yet why would you need to move any money out of a dedicated fund into the general budget? What other Enterprise Funds that the city was operating did Haberman manipulate to make everything look good on paper? ( See above comment about page 130 and 131)

The Senior Housing units have not been kept up and this was well known during the 6 years that Haberman was the city manager. He had the complaints and yet instead of dedicating all the money raised and using it to try and keep more things from falling apart, he moved money out from the Senior Housing and into the general fund. In one of the city audits, it was recommended that these monies were to be replaced. Yet why were they taken in the first place?

Adding insult to injury, Haberman was approached sometime in 2014 or early 2015 to see if the city wanted to sell the building off to a property management company. However, he did not know that the city didn’t have the title free and clear and was informed of this by the company looking to buy the property. How embarrassing is that?

The whole incident lead to confusion among the seniors who were worried about what might happen to them.

Would their rent increase?

Would their issues in the building get fixed?

Most of those seniors did not get golden parachutes when they were told their services were no longer needed as Haberman did by the city of Fraser in January of 2017. They live on fixed incomes and taking money from the building to put into the general fund was wrong. Also putting the uncertainty of the place they call home being sold was just horrible policy.

None of this seems “creative” to me. All of it seems like the “solution” was to play shell games with the city money from year to year and hope the spit and bubble gum held up.

Was any of this illegal?

No, not from what I can tell.

Was it unethical?

Why don’t you take a look and make your mind up for yourself?

More to come.

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Days Before the IG Report Release, Fusion GPS Scrambles to Defend Their Dumpster Fire Work

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This was predictable in so far as it being a certainty that Fusion GPS and it’s dishonest, partisan founders were not going to take the IG report being released lying down.

With that in mind, they’ve now announced a coming book focused on the infamous Steele dossier. I mean, who better to gaslight the country on the Steele dossier than the people who created the garbage dumpster of a document.

This was no doubt being held back, waiting to be dropped as an announcement right before the IG report was set to come out. That way they can muddy the waters even further and allow the media to say “well, we will get the real story soon.”

Jeffrey Toobin is CNN’s conspiracy minded, crackpot “legal analyst,” so it’s not shocking he’s ready to put his stamp of approval on what is a book certain to be filled with yet more nonsense and misinformation.

There was a past point in our discourse when people like Glenn Simpson and his outfit would be laughed off the public stage based on how bad a failure their cardinal document was. Instead, they are still treated like serious people. Worse, they run a talking points factory which still gives “journalists” (via email lists) information daily on how to attack Trump and spin the Russia matter.

The Steele dossier’s relevancy is no longer in question. Every single salacious claim in that piece of trash has been discredited or left unproven. The only things “verified” were public data anyway. Yes, certain people traveled to Russia. Congrats on deducing what a 12 year old with an internet connection could have. What wasn’t true was basically anything that painted a picture of nefarious Russian collusion, peeing on mattresses, and Cohen being in Prague.

It would seem rather important that the most important aspects of their claims were complete crap. Unfortunately, we have a media complex which is obsessed with opposing Donald Trump, so they’ll absolutely fluff this book, not critically judge it, and accept Fusion GPS’s talking points and excuses wholesale.

The truth is already out there though. The Fusion GPS founders shouldn’t be writing books. They should be in jail.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Takes On His Own Network Over Harvey Weinstein

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While I expect that very few people around these parts are huge fans of Chris Hayes, you do have to appreciate it when someone steps up and shows courage in the face of their employer’s negligence. In this particular case, Hayes gave a closing monologue on his show, All In w/ Chris Hayes, to discuss NBC News’ spiking of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story.

Hayes does take a swipe at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, but notes that when it comes to ignoring the abuses of your own side, it’s not limited to Republicans.

As Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali notes in the tweet above, Hayes is doing this despite it being his own news network he’s speaking out against and the fact that at least one of the top guys as NBC News doesn’t seem to like him or his show.

Hayes is referring in this clip to Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill, which details not only the story of Harvey Weinstein and other top abusers in the entertainment world (like NBC’s Matt Lauer), but the story of how NBC News pressured him to drop the story, afraid of the pressure that a powerful man like Weinstein could put on their company.

Farrow’s work in this area has been eye-opening to the abuses of women by men in power, and how much entire industries are willing to cover for in order to continue getting power, influence, and money. The reporting was so thorough that the supposed lack of evidence NBC News cited was apparently enough evidence to get people to turn on Weinstein, speak out against him, reveal his multitude of other abuses, and force him to flee public life.

Not sure what else NBC News actually needed.

Regardless, as good as Farrow’s reporting on the subject has been, it is good to see someone who is high profile under the NBC News banner taking a stand against the company’s cowardice in the face of an explosive and horrifying story like Weinstein’s.

Good on Chris Hayes for making the statement. I hope others at NBC follow his lead.

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ABC News Perpetrates a Fraud on the Nation and the Intrepid Media Fact Check Organizations Are Totally Missing in Action

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Yesterday, ABC News combined the roles of Leni Riefenstahl and Josef Goebbels for the NeverTrump movement by releasing a video that purported to Turkish forces attacking “our allies” (thought experiment, if “out allies” are working in coordination with Russia and Iran and Assad’s Syria, what does that make us?). The purpose was clearly to stoke the hysteria over the withdrawal of a few hundred US troops from their role of trip-wire-and-speed-bump calculated to restrain the actions of the Turkish military in Syria and convert this action into an electoral issue.

The video originated from a firepower demonstration billed as “The World’s Largest Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show” at the privately owned Knob Creek Gun Range near West Point, KY.

Sorry, wrong video. This is the actual clip ABC edited for broadcast.

ABC News is portraying this as some huge mistake

But I think if you been involved with imagery, either video or still, at a professional level you have a great deal of difficulty in believing this story. Every film clip or image used has to have its provenance clearly established because, in most cases, you owe someone money for using it. Even if you simply ripped off YouTube video, you need to know that in case some shyster hits you with a DCMA letter. Someone, probably a lot more than one person, at ABC knew this video was a misrepresentation and they still produced and aired the segment.

So where were our intrepid Fact Checkers here? As of this writing neither Snopes.com nor Politifact.com have addressed the issue. Why is this important? The ABC clip was widely promoted during two of the most highly watched broadcast news programs in the country. The videos were pushed out on social media and shared by (conservatively) tens of thousands of people. Leftwing blogs picked up the video and spread the story to that critical Woke Illiterate demographic upon which the Democrat party depends.

While the video was eventually pulled down, the apology will only reach a small fraction of the people who saw the original. Within two weeks, you can say with some certainty that this news clip will be resurrected and recirculated. This is the kind of thing both Snopes (which seems to have some kind of sick sexual fantasy about Babylon Bee) and Politifact should be all over. But they aren’t? And it is fair to ask why the biggest media hoax of the past two days has been totally ignored by the people who are supposed to be ensuring that we only consume the purest and most unblemished forms of information.

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