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Of course: Celeb obsessed with impeaching Trump launches ‘nonpartisan’ election probe

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Rob Reiner, who calls for Trump’s impeachment at least a dozen times a day not counting the times he blurts it out in his sleep, is spearheading a totally nonpartisan review of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and won’t stop until Hillary’s inaugurated:

Big Hollywood names have helped found the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit aiming to spread information about Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and create debate about possible threats to the country’s institutions. The committee launched Tuesday in the U.S., with director Rob Reiner on the advisory board and actor Morgan Freeman featured in an introductory video.

“The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed,” reads a statement on the organization’s website. “Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process.”

The Committee to Investigate Russia said it wants to be a nonprofit, non-partisan resource to “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy,” it continues.

They should have named it “Russian to Judgment.” And of course CNN can parrot the “nonpartisan” part without using laugh quotes:

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They’d still be doing all this even if Hillary has won, right? RIGHT!?

It’s weird that they didn’t show any clips of Obama mocking Romney for calling Russia a threat in 2012, or Hillary handing Lavrov a “reset button” in 2009.

As for Rob Reiner’s father, Carl, he’s stoked by the possibility of something that will never happen:

Is there anything more exciting that the possibility of Trump's election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?

— carl reiner (@carlreiner) September 20, 2017

Anybody want to break the bad news to him?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hillary Clinton dubs self ‘Paula Revere’ who warned ‘the Russians are coming!’

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:47

**Written by Doug Powers

Listen, my Resistance, and you shall hear
Of the damaged pride of Paula Revere,
On the eighth of November, in darkest sixteen:
Nearly every person on the American scene
Was blamed for events that fateful year.

–First stanza of “Midnight Lied of Paula Revere”

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Yep, that’s right, Hillary Clinton really said she’s “Paula Revere” last night:

Hillary Clinton compared herself to Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere on Tuesday, saying that she is “Paula Revere” sounding the alarm on Russian active measures during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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In her interview, Clinton suggested that she has led the push to call out the Russian government and Russian president Vladimir Putin about their involvement in the U.S. election.

“I am saying as clearly as I can — I feel like I’m a bit of a, you know, Paula Revere — I’m trying to sound the alarm about this,” Clinton said to a smattering of laughter and applause.

The buried lede in that story is “Hillary Clinton gives up politics to focus on career in comedy.”

Clinton’s comparison only works if Revere had handed King George a “reset” button shortly before the Revolution started and joined others in mocking anybody who declared England to be a geopolitical threat to the colonies. Nice try though, Hillary.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Jet-set former SoS hails jet-set celeb who ‘walks the walk’ on combating climate change

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:06

**Written by Doug Powers

John Kerry hosted a “climate conference” at Yale on Tuesday, and he had high praise for one of the participants, Leonardo DiCaprio:

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“Walks the walk” to combat climate change? DiCaprio doesn’t really walk the walk as much as he flies the walk and cruises the walk on oil barons’ yachts:

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Obviously Leo learned from the best:

A US military C-17 transport aircraft that usually carries at least 100 troops flew to Geneva Airport to pick up Secretary of State John Kerry and flew him to Boston where he’ll be treated for a broken leg.

The Air Force plane touched down in Switzerland on Monday after taking off from a US base in Ramstein, Germany, and then headed to Massachusetts after collecting the 71-year-old politician.

::COUGH:: “hypocrite!” ::COUGH::

In winter, he [Kerry] goes helicopter skiing while staying at his wife’s Idaho retreat, a 15th-century farmhouse transported from England and reassembled on the banks of the Big Wood River in Sun Valley. In summer, he windsurfs and sails off the coast of Nantucket, where she has another home. The couple have an 18th-century town house in Boston where the kitchen is two stories high. There is a 23-room town house in Washington, an 88-acre Pittsburgh area estate, a private Gulfstream jet and a personal staff of six, including caretakers and a cook.

“Walking the walk” on climate change alarmism, Kerry & DiCaprio-style!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:18

Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics.

Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving resistance fists at your customer base is bad for business. Let us count the waning ways.

Emmy emetics. Who wanted to see smirking Stephen Colbert lead a cast of Botoxed starlets and men in hot pants, handing out TV industry awards to diamond-draped elites hoisting up their gilt statues as emblems of victory on behalf of the hegemonically oppressed? Not as many as the boob-tube titans had hoped! The show’s overall viewership of 11.4 million tied an all-time low; the key ratings demographic of 18-49 adults sunk 10 percent lower than last year’s historic low. Most of America had better things to do than watch a privileged cabal of left-wing, coastal one-percenters preening indulgently about their progressivism. Conservative actor James Wood had the response of the night to the Emmy ego-thon, noting that “the stunning lack of political diversity in Hollywood is interesting, when you consider their consumer base is so evenly divided.”

Oscars’ abyss. Earlier this year, the Academy Awards show earned the second-lowest viewership ratings in its history. Program host Jimmy Kimmel and other celebs turned their stage and red carpet into Trump-bashing soapboxes for anti-cop rants, open borders pleas and Quran promotion.

Box office beatdown. Hollywood’s summer movie season launched more duds than North Korea’s Rocket Man. By Labor Day weekend, revenue plunged “nearly 16 percent over last year, the steepest decline in modern times,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, adding that “(a)ttendance also plummeted, and is almost assured of hitting a 25-year low in terms of the number of tickets sold, according to Box Office Mojo.” Variety dubbed it “the worst the movie industry has seen in more than a decade.”

I don’t want my MTV. The network that used to broadcast music videos now has a hard time attracting eyeballs to its marquee Video Music Awards. Go figure. Its 10th annual awards show was “the least-watched one in its history,” marking the “fourth year in a row that the network has seen a decline in the crown jewel of its annual calendar,” according to the Associated Press.

Al Gore’s man-made disaster. Among the summer’s hottest messes? Environmental scare-monger Al Gore’s climate change sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.” The original green Chicken Little flick raked in nearly $50 million in 2006. The follow-up this summer, in release for a measly six weeks, scraped up less than $3.5 million in domestic receipts. Paramount tried to prop up the film with trailer endorsements from Bono, Randy Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Shailene Woodley. But their Hollywood helium couldn’t lift Gore’s cinematic lead balloon.

Rolling Stone’s tombstone. The iconic pop culture and music magazine rolled itself into oblivion after publishing its infamous “Rape on Campus” hoax article in 2014. Legal costs are approaching $5 million; this week, a third defamation suit by University of Virginia fraternity members moved forward. Over the weekend, owner Jann Wenner announced that his majority stake in the rag is now for sale. Maybe magazine cover boys and lefty multimillionaires Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama can pitch in?

NFL = No fans left. The football field is now a minefield of social justice causes, where National Football League officials countenance Black Power salutes, but ban pro-police decals on helmets after cop ambushes. A recent J.D. Power survey found that national anthem protests by players were the top reason fans stopped watching games. Viewership at the start of the 2017 regular season was down 13 percent for the NFL and NBC from last year’s opener. Gridiron fans are switching the channel and they’re staying out of the stadiums, too. The Rams and Chargers barely filled half their stadiums. The USC-Texas game boasted higher attendance numbers than those two teams’ games combined.

NFL brass blame hurricanes. But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves.

UN bureaucrats, MSM scurry to safe space after Trump’s General Assembly speech

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:47

**Written by Doug Powers

Did you see President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly? The address was not well-received by many of the gathered bureaucrats, but then again, Trump’s no Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Raul Castro.

Here are three parts that brought out the crickets:

This caused a few nosebleeds in the General Assembly:

He said, “It is a massive source of embarrassment for the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.” The panel’s 47 members include, for example, China and Saudi Arabia.

That was a fairly triggering and intimidating experience for many in the room (25 percent applauded, 50 percent shook their heads in disapproval, 15 percent cited it as evidence of climate change, and 10 percent surrendered to Jared Kushner’s security team).

But it got better. There hasn’t been a General Assembly silence this awkward since Dag Hammarskjöld broke wind during a role call vote:

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Ouch. Feel the Bern! Fortunately Trump put a “Make America Great Again” paper bag under each seat for everybody to hyperventilate into.

Trump also had a warning for Lil’ Kim:

Pyongyang’s “reckless” pursuit of nuclear weapons “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

If North Korea continues down this path, Trump said, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

With that one, Trump basically dumped ice cold water on the room without warning:

The President’s verbal attack on Pyongyang drew mumbles from the UN General Assembly Hall, Reuters reported.

One man in the audience covered his face with his hands shortly after Trump made his “totally destroy” comment.

The audible gasps also reverberated outside the walls of the U.N. and even ABC News’ chief foreign correspondent was beside himself:

VIDEO – @TerryMoran: Threat to ‘Totally Destroy’ N. Korea 'Borders on the Threat of Committing a War Crime’ https://t.co/zN2DJ4zd5Q

— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) September 19, 2017

Kim Jong-un threatens to put a mushroom cloud over Guam, Hawaii and California and Trump’s reaction in a speech is the real danger here? Impeach!

Lastly, people from the previous administration who thought it was a great idea to send nearly $2 billion in cash to the world’s #1 state sponsor of terror are currently hammering Trump for saying this:

President Trump on Tuesday signaled he is close to ditching the Iran nuclear agreement struck by former President Barack Obama, by saying the deal is an “embarrassment to the United States” in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” Trump said.

“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he added. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

CNN’s Chief Resistance Correspondent and Trump nemesis Jim Acosta was alarmed by the speech in its entirety:

UN speech was a lot of Trump tweets strung together. Saber-rattling. But no clear doctrine. Threats of confrontation around the world.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 19, 2017

The liberal media — whose idea of “tough talk reality check” leadership is blaming terrorism on refrigerants — really miss Obama’s platitudes.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

UC Berkeley profs & grad students petition to make campus home of ‘flee speech’ movement

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:32

**Written by Doug Powers

This headline about UC Berkeley from the S.F. Chronicle speaks volumes:

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“Free speech”? Everybody RUN!

At UC Berkeley, 177 professors and graduate students have signed an open letter urging thousands of colleagues and classmates to boycott campus for four days this month to ensure their “physical and mental safety.”

The strongly worded letter, titled “Boycott the Alt-Right @UCBerkeley,” asks that students, instructors and employees cancel classes, close buildings and “not penalize students who are afraid to come to campus” from Sept. 24 to 27.

That’s when Milo Yiannopoulos has said he, Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter and other couriers of the far-right agenda are supposed to descend onto campus for four days of rallies and speeches they’re calling “Free Speech Week.”

When it comes to fragility, these people make peanut brittle look like magnesium alloy.

The new chancellor for UC Berkeley should tell profs afraid of free speech on campus to feel free to boycott the university forever and find jobs elsewhere, but I have a feeling it’ll be the chancellor who ends up being sent packing at some point.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Confirmed: Challenging election results *no longer ‘threat to democracy’ (*If a Clinton lost)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:39

**Written by Doug Powers

In October, just a couple weeks before the election, Hillary Clinton was totally convinced she was going to win, and as a result she had implicit trust in the system:

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The disclaimer to that is so small you can’t see it, but it reads “*Unless I’m the one who lost”:

In an interview with NPR, the former secretary of state — who will speak in Washington on Monday evening as part of her nationwide book tour — would not rule out formally contesting the results of the election.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said, though she quickly admitted there’s virtually no legal path forward, and that challenging election results at this point would be unprecedented.

Gee, “What Happened”?

Additionally, brief footage released from Clinton HQ late on election night is even more pathetic and embarrassing than originally thought.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Kim Jong-un’s propagandists might advise Hillary devotional website to dial it down a notch

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:55

**Written by Doug Powers

If you’ve not yet heard about the pro-Clinton uber-propaganda website Verrit, here’s a brief description:

Verrit is a political site created by Peter Daou[1] and Leela Daou[2] that shows talking points for use in social media discussions.

The website’s slogan says it is “media for the 65.8 million,” referring to the number of votes Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. Daou, an adviser to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and prior chief executive of Shareblue[3] told Business Insider that he intended the website to “reflect the worldview” of those who voted for Clinton and described the site as an “online hub for Clinton backers so that they can find easy-to-share facts, stats and other information you can take out to social media when you’re having debates on key issues people are discussing”. Daou also said the website had no financial ties to Clinton.[4]

On September 3, 2017, Clinton endorsed the service.

Well of course Hillary Clinton “endorsed the service”! This is among Verrit’s attempt to prove why “every major media narrative about 2016 is demonstrably false” (via @dwdavison9318):

FAKE: Hillary Clinton was a “flawed” candidate.

FACT: Hillary Clinton is the first woman in history to become the presidential nominee of a major party. Would anyone characterize that as a “flaw?” Singling out Hillary Clinton as “flawed” when all humans are flawed has a decidedly sexist tinge. There is nothing particularly flawed about working a lifetime to become one of the most accomplished women in political history.

Good lord, even Kim Jong-un’s in-house propagandists would tell Verrit to reel it back in.

Here’s another funny one:

FAKE: The DNC “rigged” the primary.

FACT: Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary by getting millions more votes than Bernie Sanders. The oft-repeated accusation that the DNC “rigged” the primary is an unfounded excuse repeated by Sanders diehards to rationalize his loss. It is insulting to everyone who voted in the primaries to falsely attribute Clinton’s victory to cheating.

Hmm, why did Debbie Wasserman Schultz resign again? (Hint: It wasn’t because of a bad hair day).

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**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Dem Rep downgrades ‘Russia hacked the election’ claim… again

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:14

**Written by Doug Powers

After Hillary Clinton lost, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California was among Dems embracing the “Russia hacked the election” narrative and helping spread it like fertilizer on Hillary’s crop of excuses. And we all know what Schiff wanted everybody to believe when he said “hacked the election” back in March:

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Fast forward to this morning and Schiff’s appearance on This Week with George Stephonopo… Stephinoppil… the guy who used to be Bill Clinton’s communications adviser. Out: “Russia hacked the election.” In: “Russia bought a bunch of political ads on Facebook”:

Every patriotic American should be furious the Kremlin so cynically sought to divide & manipulate us on Facebook. Tech firms should testify: pic.twitter.com/FXrYkMKhlg

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 17, 2017

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “it depends on what your definition of ‘hacked the election’ is.”

You can learn more about Schiff & the Dems ever-evolving Russia talking points on the next episode of…

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Promoting ‘What Happened,’ Hillary makes it clear she wasn’t very curious what happened

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 16:16

**Written by Doug Powers

I know Hillary thinks she’s artfully dismissing the issue of her husband meeting with Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac, but this speaks volumes:

“I didn’t hear about it for days because it was so inconsequential to both of them. And when I did, I didn’t think much of it. It was a rationalization that was used to be able to do what he [Comey] did.

It’s really funny to watch a former candidate pitching a book called “What Happened” claim to have not been curious about what happened. But from what I’ve seen, a good portion of “What Happened” is devoted to avoiding, denying and dodging what happened.

“I didn’t think much of it” explains everything we need to know about the Clintons. The husband of a presidential candidate under investigation gets caught meeting with the nation’s top law enforcement officer, and that didn’t even ring any potential warning bells at Clinton HQ? It’s true they “didn’t think much of it,” but that was until they became aware the meeting was noticed by a reporter. At that point, it became Comey’s fault for thinking it might have been a big deal. Comey’s one of the reasons Hillary stayed out of trouble, to to see her have to resort to bashing him indicates the amount of deep s**t she was actually in.

When Hillary says “I didn’t think much of it,” the discerning longtime Clinton observer translates that to “that’s nothing compared to other stuff we’ve done!”

Even more pathetic is that Clinton blew off the tarmac meeting question and flowed right into “but Russia”:

He forever changed history, but that’s in the past. What’s important is the fact that the Russians are still going at us. He himself admitted that before Congress. People I really respect like Jim clapper and others who knew that the Russians were doing have been sounding the alarm. I will tell you this, Anderson. If I had been elected president under the same circumstances so that I the lost popular vote, I squeaked through the electoral college and evidence came up that the Russians were trying to help me, I would have said on the first day in office we’re going to launch the most thorough investigation.

If Hillary had won, none of this would have been brought up at all. Wonder why that is!

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Also for those keeping score at home, the candidate who campaigned on women being tough and independent-minded is now saying that “white women” didn’t vote for her because they’re controlled by men:

She referenced a discussion with Sheryl Sandberg, who told her that women become less likable when they’re more successful, whereas it works the opposite way for men. “Sheryl ended this really sobering conversation by saying that women will have no empathy for you, because they will be under tremendous pressure—and I’m talking principally about white women—they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for ‘the girl,'” she said. “And we saw a lot of that during the primaries from Sanders supporters, really quite vile attacks online against women who spoke out for me; as I say, one of my biggest support groups, Pantsuit Nation, literally had to become a private site because there was so much sexism directed their way.”

Hillary’s trust level in women changes on any given day for any given topic:

"I will defend women's rights to make their own health care decisions." —Hillary https://t.co/BAbTwyL97U

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 23, 2016

But not their own voting decisions!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Shot: The Wall was finally constructed — Chaser: At UC Berkeley

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:21

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday, construction began on “The Wall” — well, sort of — and it wasn’t along the US/Mexico border. Plot twist:

#UCBerkeley installing concrete k-rail barrier around Zellerbach. Expecting protests against @benshapiro speech tonight. @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/55zuAEikFs

— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) September 14, 2017

And that was just for Ben Shapiro’s appearance at UC Berkeley. Security was very tight so as to ensure that nobody exercising First Amendment rights got their heads bashed in by pro-peace free speech advocates:

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro delivered his speech at the UC Berkeley campus under extraordinary security that required attendees to pass through metal detectors and police barricades that held back hundreds of protesters.

The event at Zellerbach Hall appeared to do what UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ has said she hoped for when she declared a free speech year on campus: provide an open exchange of ideas. Shapiro’s speech included a question-and-answer session in which audience members respectfully challenged his opinions.

Thanks to “Free Speech Week” coming up, that concrete barrier put up Thursday might get some more use later this month:

As part of its new commitment to embracing all views, the campus is playing host to the four-day long event, sponsored by the Berkeley Patriot, the on-campus conservative student newspaper. From September 24th through the 27th, Berkeley students will be treated to speeches from a number of controversial right-leaning speakers, including firebrand Ann Coulter and former White House senior adviser, Steve Bannon.

Each day will feature a different theme: “Feminism Awareness Day” on the 24th, “Islamic Peace and Tolerance Day” on Sept. 25, “ZUCK 2020” on Sept. 26, and “Mario Savio is Dead” on Sept. 27 (the late Mario Savio being a pioneer in Berkeley’s “free speech movement” in the 1960s, establishing the school as a hotbed of ideas and an incubator for often counter-cultural thought).

When you have to construct a Maginot Line for fear of violent backlash against free speech from people who call themselves “anti fascist” irony is so dead it can’t even be identified with dental records.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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