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Music to Trumps Ears! Nancy Pelosi is Greeted in SC by Group of Trump Supporters: Watch

 

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Photo Credit: Screen shot from “Team Trump” twitter video of Trump supporters loudly booing Nancy Pelosi’s arrival at SC fundraiser.https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/1180276365712642053

 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi traveled to Greenville, SC on Friday for a Democratic fundraiser.

The local newspaper, Greenville News, reported, “Local Republicans have promoted efforts to protest Pelosi and Democrats’ impeachment efforts outside the event.”

The reality was actually quite impressive. Trump supporters lined the streets leading to the venue. They were carrying signs and banners and they all shouted “boo” as San Fran Nan drove by.

This rude welcome was merely a glimpse of the pushback she and the Democrats will face as they carry on with this national farce.

Did she really believe this would be easy?

Watch the video.

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Trump Releases ‘Pinocchio’ Video Mocking Adam Schiff

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President Donald Trump is not shy about using media to call out Democrats.

He showed that on Friday when he tweeted out a video, mocking Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for saying he had not spoken with the whistleblower and had no knowledge of the nature of the complaint while behind the scenes his staff did have contact and he himself had heard from the whistleblower about his concerns.

The video, which mocks Schiff as “Pinocchio,” was a take-off on the liberal Washington Post giving Schiff four Pinocchios, its highest rating for falsehoods. They called Schiff’s comments about not having contact with the whistleblower “flat-out false.”

The video does a good job of listing the very obvious conflicts between Schiff’s public remarks and what was going on behind the scenes.

From Daily Wire:

Schiff allegedly lied to the American public during the following exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 17:

Sam Stein: “Have you heard from the whistleblower? Do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower?” …

Schiff: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”

Schiff also publicly said on September 19 that they would not have even known about the complaint but for the ICIG releasing it, clearly trying to blame the administration and suggest they were withholding it from him and Congress. But, of course, he already knew about it, since it was a staffer from his committee who had referred the whistleblower to the ICIG and who said he advised Schiff. Additionally, Schiff had already received a letter from the whistleblower on August 12, detailing the concerns, containing an attachment (the complaint was dated Aug. 12) and no doubt signed by the whistleblower. Yet publicly, he never mentioned that in his September statements and, when asked about the identity of the person, claimed not to know who the whistleblower was, as the Trump video points out.

Schiff justifiably earned the ire of many when he fabricated quotes from the president during a live televised committee hearing about what was supposedly said in the Trump Ukraine phone call. He later claimed that the comments were “parody,” did not apologize for them and continued to falsely characterize the phone call in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted in response: “When you don’t have facts on your side some just make it up. The opening statement by their ring leader was #FullofSchiff. House Dems blatantly lying to justify their impeachment inquiry is horribly timed, poorly written and badly intentioned.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) tweeted in response: “It is disturbing and outrageous that Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff opens up a hearing of this importance with improvised fake dialogue between President Trump and President Zelensky. We should focus on the facts.”

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Eating Babies, Unsexy Vegans, and Dumb Weddings: Are We Doomed?

Welcome back to my new column in which I take a look back at the week’s news and try to determine if we are, in fact, doomed.

Can’t Rule Out Eating Babies

An AOC event took a turn towards the doom this week when an audience member suggested we curb global warming by eating human babies.

While I understand that this woman is part of a bizarre political cult, the fact of the matter is that AOC didn’t bother to say “nah.” She said it was because she believed this woman to be “in crisis” and didn’t want to upset her. Maybe she’s in crisis because people keep telling her the world is about to end and we’re all going to die.

The only thing about this that made me think we’re not completely doomed is that it got “Jonathan Swift” trending.

VERDICT: Totally doomed

Unsexy Vegans Doing Unsexy  Things

Here’s what I know about this story. I know nothing else about it, I don’t want to know anything else about it, and I don’t need to know anything else about it.

VERDICT:  People who hurt animals are automatically doomed, and we are doomed for sharing an Earth with this man.  The only glimmer of hope is that everyone agrees this behavior is unacceptable.

The Worst Wedding Theme?

I realize I am old and boring, but it remains true that the only theme a wedding needs is “holy matrimony.” That doesn’t mean that the occasional theme is still fantastic (I’m going to a wedding in April 2020 that promises to be perfect), but most just detract from the point of what you’re there to do. That applies to novelty photos as well, which I’ve written about before.

For example, these joyless scolds could have just celebrated instead of being joyless scolds.

From what I understand, the bridesmaids put on these outfits, they took the picture, and then the whole thing was photoshopped to look like it was in front of “the hanging wall” where corporal punishment takes place during the story.

They were hoping the photo would go viral because people who think like this crave attention. I mean, because they longed for people to have deep and meaningful discussions.

Verdict: Mixed bag, actually. People need to stop acting like the Handmaid’s Tale is even close to happening, make weddings about marriage, and stop with the attention-seeking wedding photos. Then again, this photo was pretty widely mocked online. 50/50 doom here.

Hockey Continues To Be The Best Sport

You may recall 11 year-old Laila Anderson, a St Louis Blues superfan who is battling a life-threatening illness. She was with the team when they stunk, as  they rose, and they brought her to Boston for the final game when they won the Stanley Cup. Heck, they brought her on the ice with them to give it a kiss.

And now this.

VerdictNo doom in sight.

Holocaust Survivors Find Family

These Romanian octogenarians thought they’d lost their entire families in the Holocaust. Then they found each other, and the long-lost cousins were reunited.

Verdict: The internet did something good. We’re not doomed!

Loving Like Christ

The story of Botham Jean’s death is not one in which I expected to find anything beautiful. As you probably know, Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger accidentally entered Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own and, thinking him an intruder, fatally shot him. She was found guilty of murder on Tuesday. Guyger is white and Jean was black, a dynamic that resulted in threats of violence in the city. People were braced for the worst.

At the sentencing, however, Botham’s 18 year-old brother Brandt showed the world how to live and love like Christ in a way most of us have never seen. Most of us carry the burden of unforgiveness for far lesser offenses. Christian or not, we can all  learn invaluable lessons from this young man of exceptional character.

Verdict: Anything else could have happened this week, and this man would have convinced me that we are not doomed. He gives me more than enough hope that we’re going to be ok.

For Your Considoomation:

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The Diahann Carroll Role That Changed My Life

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My mom was the first person to tell me about Diahann Carroll. Carroll was on a tv show I was watching as a young girl in the 80s and I was mesmerized by her brown-skinned beauty. At that time it wasn’t very common to see women who looked like me on television…let alone looking so glamorous.

“Oh look!”, my mother exclaimed as she walked into the room and pointed to the tv. “Diahann Carroll! I love Diahann Carroll. You know she had the best show on tv when I was growing up. Julia.”

At the time my mother (who is white) knew I had the performer’s gene and casually said, “If you ever get the chance to watch Julia don’t miss it. She was so good. People said it would never work at the time but she proved them wrong. It was just a really good show. You need to know about that show.”

I eventually watched the show later in life, but at the time I couldn’t have cared less about what my mother was saying. That’s because the Diahann Carroll I was watching wasn’t the no-nonsense, bold, middle class nurse struggling to raise a family. The Diahann Carroll I was watching was a raging D-I-V-A with a killer wardrobe and black, icy eyes that looked at men like she wanted to consume them and be consumed by them all at once. This Diahann Carroll was on my favorite show…Dynasty. I could not look away.

Carroll’s “Dominique Deveraux” was the first time I’d ever seen a black woman on television be…well, a super bitch. The Hollywood Reporter ran an old interview with Carroll where she discussed her desire to play a “bitch”.

While recuperating after starring on Broadway in Agnes of God, Carroll had found herself digging Dynasty — “Isn’t this the biggest hoot?” she said — and lobbied producer Aaron Spelling for a role on his series.

“They’ve done everything [on the show]. They’ve done incest, homosexuality, murder. I think they’re slowly inching their way toward interracial,” she recalled in a 1984 piece for People magazine. “I want to be wealthy and ruthless … I want to be the first black bitch on television.”

I fell in love with the professional career-woman that was Claire Huxtable. I relished the silliness of watching the fish-out-of-water story of The Jeffersons. I’d seen black lives represented on tv, but not like this. To me, watching Dominique Deveraux sashay in and out of her mansion in her designer gowns and dripping with diamonds, coldly staring down Krystle Carrington or matching Alexis Carrington’s snobby wit…to me that was empowerment.

I loved that this gorgeous black woman could be just another filthy rich bitch in an era when filthy rich bitches were all the rage. I loved that her race was hardly an issue…at least to this viewer. She was simply another beautiful woman. I was deluged with how different I was from the people around me every day that to see a black woman casually occupying the same social strata as the white glamor queens of Hollywood was fascinating to me.

Carroll played the hell out of that role. She was unapologetic but even more than that she simply and confidently occupied the space she was in with no apologies and no politics. She taught me how me to own any room I walk into, that I belong wherever I am if I say I do. And that is fabulous, dahling!

I know Carroll’s contributions go far, far beyond a silly nighttime soap opera but that is what is so impressive about a talent like Diahann Carroll. She could bust the glass ceiling and the “black” ceiling and still bring all that gravitas to a role like Dominique Deveraux. She made me feel like I could be bitchy and beautiful one day too.

I’ve got one of those two things down so far.

Here’s to you, Ms.Carroll. Thank you for your wonderful spirit, dripping in diamonds. Rest in peace.

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Meet the MSNBC Contributor and Collusion Truther that Adam Schiff Hired to Question Kurt Volker

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Everything that’s old is new again. It doesn’t matter how wrong these people where about the Mueller investigation, they just keep on keeping on and Adam Schiff is going to make sure of it.

Kurt Volker managed to frustrate Schiff during his testimony earlier this week, sending him scrambling to take over questioning from the lawyer he’d hired. He was supposed to give the Democrats the impeachment fodder they need and it just wasn’t happening.

Now we are finding out just who the counsel was that Schiff shoved aside in desperation.

This per The Federalist.

A former MSNBC contributor was tapped by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to question Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker during a congressional hearing on Thursday, officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings told The Federalist. Daniel Goldman, a former legal analyst for MSNBC, posed multiple questions to Volker during Thursday’s closed-door interview of Volker…

…At one point Goldman became so flustered during his questioning of Volker that Schiff unexpectedly shut Goldman down and began questioning Volker himself, one official said.

The lack of seriousness by Schiff is obvious. He’s not out to conduct a real investigation. He’s out to push a narrative, and if that means bringing on a former MSNBC talking head to spin conspiracy theories, then that’s what he’s going to do. And to be certain, Goldman is a conspiracy theorist.

Last December, Goldman endorsed discredited conspiracy theories from Christopher Steele, a former British spy who was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to work with foreign governments to spread dirt about Trump in order to influence voters in the 2016 presidential elections. In December, Goldman claimed that a debunked allegation that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had traveled to Prague in August of 2016 to secretly plot with Kremlin officials had been corroborated. He also claimed, long after the Steele dossier had been debunked, that “nothing had been undermined” in the dossier.

Goldman is apparently the Ken Dilanian of Natasha Bertrands. The talking point from December about the dossier not being discredited was bandied about by several well known Fusion GPS lackeys, including the Lawfare Blog. It’s unlikely Goldman’s repeating of that claim was by accident.

And if you guessed he pushed conspiritorial nonsense against Brett Kavanaugh as well, collect your winnings at the window.

As an MSNBC contributor, Goldman also falsely claimed during the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that Christine Blasey Ford’s rape accusations against Kavanaugh had been corroborated.

The Blasey Ford accusation was a lot of things. Corroborated was not one of them. It should also surprise no one that this guy worked for Preet Bharara, the fired U.S. attorney that Democrats and Never Trumpers rallied around after Trump did the completely normal thing of cleaning house upon taking office (you’ll recall Clinton and Bush did the same thing). Bharara has gone on to become a vocal opponent of the President.

Schiff is simply getting the band back together here. All of the same people who have been wrong about nearly everything during the Trump era are now going to be at the forefront of this latest nonsense. You can expect it to end the same way for them.

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Gowdy: Schiff Has Made Himself a Fact Witness in Ukraine Matter and Should be Called to Testify

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Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Trey Gowdy, had a few things to say about his former colleague, the present chair, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the drama surrounding his handling and involvement in the Ukraine whistleblower call matter.

The former federal prosecutor Gowdy immediately pointed out the huge problem for Schiff having contacts with the whistleblower. “Right now, he’s made himself a fact witness. He is in the evidentiary chain for what happened with this whistleblower and I hope the Republicans make him testify,” Gowdy explained.

Gowdy also blasted Schiff for even getting four Pinocchios from the liberal Washington Post after Schiff’s public stories about his contacts with the whistleblower and knowledge of his claim didn’t seem to match the facts. The WaPo called Schiff’s comments “flat out false.”

From Fox News:

“I think you got four [Pinocchios] only because you can’t get five,” Gowdy joked. “He got the maximum sentence you could get from the Washington Post fact checker — and don’t you know how hard that was for the Washington Post to give Adam Schiff four Pinocchios?”

“That’s the Seventh sign of the Apocalypse,” Gowdy laughed. “I think I have to get my affairs in order.”

Gowdy hit Schiff for his history of not being truthful, referring to him as a “career offender.”

“The same guy that had the parody a week or so ago, the same guy that says he has evidence that even [former Special Counsel Robert] Mueller couldn’t find,” Gowdy said. “The question I had is, How long is Speaker Pelosi going to put up with Adam mishandling this investigation?”

We still haven’t seen that “evidence” that Schiff claims conclusively proved the Trump team colluded with Russia.

Gowdy also pointedly observed that Pelosi seems to have swiped the matter from Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the chair of the Judiciary Committee who would normally handle an impeachment inquiry and handed it over to Schiff who is messing up. But of course, nothing is normal about this and it isn’t even a formal inquiry yet. If this were a formal inquiry, Republicans would have the right to question him.

Too bad Gowdy isn’t still in Congress to be able to question Schiff about all this? Wouldn’t that be something?

That said, Schiff definitely needs to be called to account, as Gowdy says.

This places the whole process at risk and it should not be tolerated.

But is Speaker Nancy Pelosi likely to hold Schiff’s feet to the fire?

Given that she actually defended Schiff’s fake account of the Trump Ukraine phone call, saying incredibly that “he didn’t make it up,” one can’t have a lot of confidence that she will.

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NY Times Tries to Save Sinking Ship: Claims a Second Ukraine Call Person ‘May’ Make Whistleblower Complaint

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The NY Times is at it again. The Ukraine whistleblower complaint is imploding. So they’re trying to pull from the ‘Kavanaugh playbook’ and double down on the claim that there was something wrong in the July 25th phone call.

From Fox News:

A second U.S. intelligence official is considering filing a formal whistleblower complaint about President Trump’s dealings with the government of Ukraine, according to a report.

The New York Times, citing “two people briefed on the matter,” reported late Friday that the official “has more direct information” about the events surrounding a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky than the first whistleblower, whose complaint launched a formal impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

According to one of the anonymous people, the ICIG has spoken to this second person to try to corroborate the original whistleblower who didn’t actually hear the call.

So let’s see if we have that right.

Now we don’t even have an actual claim on the table, someone who hasn’t even made a whistleblower complaint, but two anonymous people tell us we might get one? Really? Are they joking at this point? And the anonymous people and the “not really yet but we’ll call him that anyway” second whistleblower want to tell us about a call that we’ve already heard about from the people actually on the call?

We’ve already seen the transcript of the July 25th call that showed there was no quid pro quo about foreign aid and we’ve already heard from the most important person in the matter, the Ukraine president who said he felt no pressure at all. No one on the call has said there was anything improper.

On the other hand, we’ve seen a lot of machinations from the Democrats, from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) not being forthcoming about his contacts with the whistleblower and making up supposed Trump quotes from the call to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claiming he didn’t make anything up and trying to ram through an impeachment inquiry without the bipartisan formal vote required. We’ve seen the Volker testimony blow a big chunk of the whistleblower’s claims apart. We’ve even seen a report now that the whistleblower didn’t tell the ICIG about his contacts with Adam Schiff.

Just a coincidence, one of the reporters on this NY Times article is Michael Schmidt, the same guy who James Comey leaked to through his friend.

So Democrats now want a do-over after the first try failed?

How’d doubling down work in the case of Brett Kavanaugh?

At what point do we say this is just silly?

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Why Have Democrats Ignored the Most Important Part of Trump’s Call With Zelensky?

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Impeachment mania continued to dominate the national news this week. Democrats are telling anyone who will listen, “Trump threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless the country would agree to investigate the Bidens. He tried to get a foreign power to dig up dirt on his political opponent. Trump is unhinged. He’s vulgar. He’s doing tremendous damage to the country.” Their rhetoric, however, has conspicuously ignored the great white elephant in the room.

None of them have mentioned the “favor” Trump had requested early in his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. After Trump had congratulated Zelensky for his party’s victory in the parliamentary elections, Trump noted that member countries of the EU, especially Germany, were not doing enough to help Ukraine and suggested that Zelensky speak with them about it.

Then Trump abruptly changed the subject. He asked Zelensky for a favor, the only “favor” he asked for on the call. President Trump said:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike...I guess you have one of your wealthy people…The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

Clearly, this was a priority for him. Once that topic had been discussed Trump turned to the Bidens. He said:

Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.

One of the most intriguing parts of the Democrats’ reaction to this call was that they ignored Trump’s request for a favor to learn more about CrowdStrike, the American computer security company that performed a forensic examination on the DNC’s server after they claimed they’d been hacked. CrowdStrike determined that the server had been hacked by the Russians and issued a report stating their conclusions.

Oddly, the DNC had refused to allow the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security to conduct their own analysis of the server. The FBI was forced to accept the report from CrowdStrike.

Michael Mukasey, who served as Attorney General for the last two years of the George W. Bush administration, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week. He had noticed another strange thing. On the same day Trump released the transcript of his call with Zelensky, the DOJ issued a press release which said that Trump had never spoken with Attorney General William Barr “about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son or asked him to contact Ukraine on this or any other matter.” It also said Barr has had no contact with Ukraine.

In addition, the press release said:

A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.

The American Spectator’s George Parry believes the “reference to CrowdStrike indicates that the Justice Department’s investigation of the counterintelligence operation against candidate and president-elect Trump may be hot on the trail of exposing what could well be a seminal lie that the Democratic National Committee’s computer server was hacked by Russian operatives.”

Parry, a former federal and state prosecutor, tells a fascinating story. He starts with the timeline.

June 12, 2016: WikiLeaks announced they had obtained stolen computer files about the Clinton campaign.

June 14, 2016:  Two days later, CrowdStrike, which was working for the DNC, announced that it had detected Russian malware on the DNC’s computer server. The next day, a self-described Romanian hacker, Guccifer 2.0, claimed he was a WikiLeaks source and had hacked the DNC’s server. He then posted online DNC computer files that contained metadata that indicated Russian involvement in the hack.

July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks published approximately 20,000 DNC emails on the Friday before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

You may recall the emails showed that the DNC had their thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton.

After Clinton’s defeat, her public relations director published an op-ed in the Washington Post. She wrote that during the convention, she had tried to “get the press to focus on … the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the DNC, but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary.”

The DNC, as mentioned above, had refused access to their server to the FBI and the DHS. What were they hiding?

In July 2017, President Trump received a letter from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), “an organization of former CIA, FBI, National Security Agency, and military intelligence officers, technical experts, and analysts.” Parry explains:

VIPS has a well-established record of debunking questionable intelligence assessments that have been slanted to serve political purposes. For example, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, VIPS courageously and correctly challenged the accuracy and veracity of the CIA’s intelligence estimates that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and that he posed a threat to the United States. Similarly, VIPS has condemned the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspected terrorists. In short, VIPS can hardly be described as either a right-wing cabal or a group carrying water for the Republican Party.

In its analysis of the purported DNC hack, VIPS brought to bear the impressive talents of more than a dozen experienced, well-credentialed experts, including William Binney, a former NSA technical director and cofounder of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center; Edward Loomis, former NSA technical director for the Office of Signals Processing; and Skip Folden, a former IBM information technology manager. As the French would say, these are l’hommes sérieux, as are the other computer-system designers, program architects, and analysts with whom they investigated the Clinton-DNC hack story.

VIPS concluded:

First, VIPS concluded that the DNC data were not hacked by the Russians or anyone else accessing the server over the internet. Instead, the data were downloaded by means of a thumb drive or similar portable storage device physically attached to the DNC server.

How was this determined? The time stamps contained in the released computer files’ metadata establish that, at 6:45 p.m. July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes (not megabits) of data were downloaded from the DNC’s server. This took 87 seconds, which means the transfer rate was 22.7 megabytes per second, a speed, according to VIPS, that “is much faster than what is physically possible with a hack.” Such a speed could be accomplished only by direct connection of a portable storage device to the server. Accordingly, VIPS concluded that the DNC data theft was an inside job by someone with physical access to the server.

VIPS also found that, if there had been a hack, the NSA would have a record of it that could quickly be retrieved and produced. But no such evidence has been forthcoming. Can this be because no hack occurred?

Even more remarkable, the experts determined that the files released by Guccifer 2.0 have been “run, via ordinary cut and paste, through a template that effectively immersed them in what could plausibly be cast as Russian fingerprints.” In other words, the files were deliberately altered to give the false impression that they were hacked by Russian agents.

Thanks to the VIPS experts, the Russia-hacking claim — the very prologue of the Trump-Russia conspiracy story — appeared to have been affirmatively and convincingly undercut.

After the DNC denied law enforcement access to its server, the FBI — under James Comey’s leadership — meekly agreed to accept the findings of CrowdStrike, the DNC’s private cybersecurity firm, as to the server’s contents.  This was in lieu of the FBI’s using legal process (such as a search warrant or forthwith grand jury subpoena) to seize and search the server for Russian malware and evidence of hacking, even though, in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Comey conceded that “best practices” require “direct access” to the allegedly hacked computers.

In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017, Comey explained, “In the case of the DNC … we did not have access to the devices themselves. We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity [CrowdStrike], that had done the work.”

Sen. Richard Burr questioned this. “But no content? Isn’t content an important part of forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?”

Comey answered, “It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks … is that they had gotten the information from the private party [CrowdStrike] that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.”

The failure of the FBI and the DHS to inspect the DNC’s server looms large in the origination of the Russian collusion story as Parry explained above and it sure looks like Durham’s team thinks so too. It was a pivotal event. So, why really didn’t they insist on examining the server?

Fast forward to March 13, 2019. VIPS submitted a memorandum to William Barr.

They accurately predicted that Mueller would choose to “finesse” the key issue of whether or not the Russians hacked the DNC computers by relying on the purported analysis by “CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm of checkered reputation and multiple conflicts of interest, including very close ties to a number of key anti-Russian organizations.”

VIPS stated that “direct access to the actual computers is the first requirement” in any valid forensic analysis. The memorandum then set forth VIPS’ additional analysis of the WikiLeaks DNC files which revealed “a FAT (File Allocation Table) system property. This shows that the data had been transferred to an external storage device, such as a thumb drive, before WikiLeaks posted them” (Emphasis in original).

After explaining in detail the significance of the FAT system property, the memorandum then re-addressed the elephant in the room that the media and investigators were ignoring: “the apparent failure of NSA’s dragnet, collect-it-all approach — including ‘cast-iron’ coverage of WikiLeaks — to provide forensic evidence (as opposed to ‘assessments’) as to how the DNC emails got to WikiLeaks and who sent them.” Further to this point, VIPS posed this critical question:

Is it possible that NSA has not yet been asked to produce the collected packets of DNC email data claimed to have been hacked by Russia? Surely, this should be done before Mueller completes his investigation. NSA has taps on all the transoceanic cables leaving the U.S., and would most certainly have such packets if they exist.

Parry notes that “VIPS proved to be prescient. As with the seemingly feckless Comey, Mueller reported neither a direct access forensic examination of the DNC computers nor a query directed to the NSA for its intercepts of the purportedly hacked files.”

In summary, by denying law enforcement access to its allegedly hacked computers, the DNC conducted itself like a criminal suspect with something to hide. And, in the face of this suspicious behavior, the failure by Comey’s FBI and Team Mueller to conduct a direct access forensic examination of the DNC’s computers or to seek corroboration from the NSA of any hacking strongly suggests that they had no interest in getting to the truth about the Russian hacking story.

It appears that the words “favor, CrowdStrike and server” struck fear in the hearts of Democrats, who had hoped the Mueller report had put that subject to bed. And coming in the conversation as it did, even before any mention of the Bidens, told them it was indeed on the minds of Durham’s team and that they were actively investigating it. For the Democrats, Biden is expendable. Who knows, eliminating Biden from the race may have even been part of their plan given that he is considered moderate compared to the rest of the field. But the DNC’s claim that their server was hacked by the Russians to sway the election to Donald Trump is the root from which their entire narrative sprung. Sean Hannity would say that Durham’s team is “right on top of the target.” Democrats are terrified and they’re striking out in the only way they know how.

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Wow: Unemployment Under Trump Hits 50 Year Low, Trump Poll Numbers Ride High

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., Friday, May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Democrats want to do anything they can to attack Trump and try to cloud the view of the facts.

Because they really can’t handle the truth. It’s the truth that’s going to do them in 2020.

It’s pretty hard to get around the great economy that President Donald Trump has ushered in.

The latest report shows that unemployment has hit an incredible 50 year low.

From CNBC:

The jobless rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.5%, matching a level it last saw in December 1969. A more encompassing measure that includes discouraged workers and the underemployed also fell, declining 0.3 percent points to 6.9%, matching its lowest in nearly 19 years and just off the all-time low of 6.8%.

The rate for Hispanics hit a record low, while the level for African Americans stayed at the lowest number ever.

Those great numbers also pushed the stock market up. The Dow rallied more than 350 points after the report came out.

Sorry, Democrats, some of you who hoped a recession might hit and do Trump in, continue to be out of luck.

And even in the climate of Democrats, with the aid of media, throwing everything they can at Trump, his poll numbers are defying expectations.

In spite of everything, Trump’s numbers are the highest of the year at 49% approval in the Hill Harris Survey and Trump’s raking in record dollars in the third quarter, at $125 million, a lot of it from people angry with the whole impeachment charade.

Doubtless, they’ll pull out more stuff to try to throw at Trump, especially come 2020.

But it’s really hard to argue with success.

Especially when all your opponents have are tired old socialist thoughts

As the CNBC poll article accurately notes, Americans voted Trump in as the change agent.

And he’s delivering.

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‘Flat-Out False’: Unlikely Source Calls Out Adam Schiff For Lying About Dealings With Whistleblower

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As we all know, a broken clock is right twice a day, and in this instance the broken clock is none other than the reliably left-leaning crew at the Washington Post.

Glenn Kessler, the paper’s fact checker, surprisingly took House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff to the woodshed today for recent (false) claims he made stating his office had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower” at the center of the Trump/Zelensky phone call controversy:

“Have you heard from the whistleblower? Do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower?” [Sam] Stein, an MSNBC contributor, asked on “Morning Joe.”

“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to,” Schiff responded. “But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”

The Post said Schiff’s response was “flat-out false.”

“Schiff on ‘Morning Joe’ clearly made a statement that was false,” the fact-checker said. “He now says he’s was answering the wrong question, but if that was the case, he should have quickly corrected the record. He compounded his falsehood by telling reporters a few days later that if not for the [inspector general’s] office, the committee would not have known about the complaint. That again suggested there had been no prior communication.”

Kessler also pointed out two other instances of Schiff being dishonest on this same question. One of them was during a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper and the other was during a Capitol Hill press conference.

As a result of his “flat-out false” comments, Kessler awarded Schiff with four Pinocchios.

Kessler, who I suspect has a mostly liberal audience of loyal Twitter followers, took issue with President Trump’s touting of the ruling, and made note several times of the fact that he had ruled similarly on some Trump claims as well. But his tweets sorta kinda missed the point:

I helpfully fact checked the fact checker himself:

Sometimes they make it too easy.

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