Throw-back Thursday 2016 : Fires, death threats, gun shots, tunnels ,sex trafficking Michael Flynn and Hillary Clinton


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Two thirds of American (68%) get their news via social media ( 2018 Pew Research Center) . Facebook is far and away where most people get their news. (1 in 4). 59% of all links shared on social networks aren’t actually clicked on at all , implying the majority of article shared aren’t based on actual reading. (Forbes Aug 2016)

The tools are simple. An attention grabbing headline. Filter that headline to a specific demographic. Liberal, Conservative, extremest etc. and within hours it will reach Facebook. Extreme views will often enter through the back door in the form of Direct Message (DM’s) and eventually make it to someones timeline. Because only 41% of these articles are actually read, they are rarely aged out.

October 2016:  Various anonymous Twitter accounts began posting false rumors that Anthony Weiner’s laptop had been recovered by the FBI, and that on it was proof that he had been involved in child sexual abuse. The rumors quickly grew on the alt right community and among supporters of Donald Trump.  Detail in the stories grew linking the Democrats to pedophila and human trafficking ring supposedly by New York PD.  On various fake news sites.

Pizzagate is born

November 2016: What began as a conspiracy theory during the 2016 Presidential race went viral. After the personal email account of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta was hacked and released by WikiLeaks.  Theorist claimed the emails contained coded messages connecting restaurants and high ranking Democrats with an alleged sex ring involving the pizzeria “Comet Ping Pong” in Washington DC.  Those involved in promoting pizzagate began to claim that a code was being used – that code included references to junk food, including “pizza”, which was supposedly used in place of the word “girl”.

 

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While Pizzagate has been wildly debunked by the media, from Fox News to the New York Times and the stories have been removed by Facebook, Tweeter and other sites.  Its far from dead. It’s still alive in the media universe. A story encouraged by Michael Flynn about the evil Democrats, Hillary Clinton, sex trafficking children in tunnels under the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington D.C.

December 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old man from Salisbury, North Carolina. On the 4th, he fired three shots into the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington DC using a AR 15 rifle , striking walls, a desk, and a door. According to court documents, Welch attempted to recruit friends three days before the attack by urging them to watch a YouTube video about the conspiracy. Mr Welch is currently in prison,serving a four year term.

A few days later. 52 year old Yusif Lee Jones of Shreveport Louisiana intending to call Comet, mistakenly called Besta Pizza and told employees he was trying to “save the kids” and threatened to “shoot everyone in the place,”   Mr Jones was sentenced to a month in Jail and two years supervised release.

January 2019,  Ryan Rimas Jaselskis 22, of Northridge, Ca set fire to the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington DC.  Workers in the restaurant successfully out the fire.   He faces up to 20 years in jail .

PizzaGate from Rumor to hashtag to gunfire in DC  

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Old People Should be banned from Facebook


I have a theory, Facebook decimated the country with people over 40 going on Facebook.   When Facebook was just being used by College Students it was fun, cool.   It was old people is how we got Trump.  With them sitting on Facebook all day, spreading fake news, saying Muslims are trying to take over the country.   There should be an age requirement on Social Media or they (older people) should have there own Social Security channel.   Tommy Alter (27) on “Alter Family Politics Sirus Xm

Like Tommy’s  parents, I’m a baby boomer and while his delivery was a bit rough last Thursday (he’s 27,28) There was some truth in his statement.   The ages of my Facebook friends range from 15, to 84.    Occasionally I’ll get a funny or music clip from my younger friends.  However, all the dire warnings, outdated or fake news are exclusively from my baby boomer friends and family.    It’s not the 18 year old’s sending DM’s shouting “Lets make this go viral” or “Share this before they take it down” its the sixty and seventy somethings.  Often without reading the content.

Many younger people aren’t invested in the news as their parents and grandparents.   I know people who watch their favorite cable news channel several hours every day. Perhaps its a need for attention, being first or news worthy.  I’m not sure why the fake or dated news is propagated by older american’s.   Boomers lived in an age were there were three networks.  No one I knew questioned Cronkite, or Huntley and Brinkley or Peter Jennings.  So I imagine for some, if its in print, it must be true.

After showing a family member how to check the validity of a story, they continued to distribute the stories to every one except me. (Score)

I’m on all social media to promote this blog.  Every now and then I’m duped by something that seems official.  ( I avoid everything Radar Online)  If it a domestic story, I check the sources   Moo-ving on

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The Alter’s L2R  Emily, Jonathan, Tommy, Molly,Charlotte (google pic) 

Alter Family Politics is an weekly hour long political show on Sirius XM.  Hosted by four members of the Alter Family.  Emily (mom) is a TV Producer, so is her son Tommy.  Charlotte is a writer for Time and Jonathan(dad) is an accomplished Author, Journalist, Producer and former radio host and then there is Molly who isn’t in the business.  WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:  The left leaning show isn’t like most cable news or radio shows were there is either left or right.  The show equally accessible to both sides, the host encourage callers from the left to participate and unlike most other shows and Other side isn’t destroyed or questioned  if they support the President.  Millennial vs the Baby Boomers is like being at the dinner table.  This family is respectful to each other, and the callers and that translate to a quick hour.  WHERE CAN I FIND THE SHOW?  Thursdays at 7am Pacific , 10am Eastern on channel 102 Sirus XM Radio Andy.  The show is repeated during the week and SirusXM  listeners can listen on demand.

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Trump: Is it in his Kiss?


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What is it about Donald John Trump?  That makes him so bloody irresistible that people discard every thing they know is true to get his approval?  Some go so far as to go to jail for this man.    A man who’s loyally is limited to his last name.

Well respected individuals who have spent decades building their personal brands only to have their credibility destroyed after working for the 45th President of the United States.

Sean Spicer, who was a well respected communication director for the Republican National Committee for nearly six years before becoming Trumps Press Secretary.  From day one, he was asked to lie about the size of Trumps Inauguration. The American Press was told to ignore what they see and believe the cow chunks he was attempting to sell.

Kelly Ann Conway, was largely responsible for Trumps presidential victory.  The woman is a power house, a political consultant, a strategist, who is largely responsible for the term “Alternative Facts” adopted by many Trumpers.   Ignore, your eyes,ears and focus on the possible alternatives.  Yes, I saw the bus run him over and kill him, however, it is possible, he died before the bus hit him.

One relationship, I will never understand and one that left many of us scratching our collective heads. Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump.   The only thing I can come up with is the two must be Lovers.   For years, Graham blasted Trump.   Graham was the late Senator John McCain of Arizona best friend and is Megan McCain’s Godfather. It must be sex. (Don’t picture it, you may never want to see again)

It there was one loyal friend who walked through the fire it was Jeff Sessions. His first Attorney General and former two term ator from Alabama was uber loyal to the President.  Not loyal enough to do Jail time.  During the confirmation hearings Sessions said he didn’t have contact with the Russians during presidential campaign.  How so nevah, the press said “Oh but you did!” Sessions recused himself from the Russian Investigation.  This set the Trumpster on fire!!! Any possible fix was gone and Session became enemy number one and endured many insults from the Prez.

Mother of three, a daughter of banjo playing preacher man. Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied to the press every single day.  The pearl necklace wearing lady was Sean Spicers replacement as the Press Secretary.    Mr’s Sanders admitted her sins during the Mueller probe.   While she later called it “A slip of the tongue” she lied about Comey and the FBI staffers not having confidence in him,  lied about Trump Jr and Russian adoptions and the list goes on…………

 3 who knew!

While the Trumpster may have a devastating kiss, there were a few who Immune and had their own agenda.  All of these individuals arrived at the White House dirty and they charmed Trump.

Actually there were four.  A Tide wash couldn’t whiten Mike Flynn’s whites.   Obama, and others warned Trump. This man is more than tainted he’s nasty!  The retired US Army Lieutenant General had a poor reputation.  After retirement as a consultant he took money from companies based in Russia. Before becoming the National Security Advisory Flynn told the Russians, the new Trump Administration would remove some the sanctions placed by the Obama Administration.  Even after Flynn’s conviction for lying, Trump remains loyal to him.   (His sentencing is pending)

Paul Manafort was beyond dingetta.  He is rumored to be a member of organized crime (some say for 30 years or more).  Manafort  has taken millions from the Ukraine, above and under the table. He is been under the watch of several governments for years.   Various stories say Trump and Manafort were casual acquaintances and Trump just hired him in early 2016.  It is believed, he wanted in the Trump Administration to benefit his interest in the Ukraine.   In jail, the 70 year old Manafort could be out by 2024.

 Those who Tape

Does anyone really know what Omarosa Manigault Newman’s job was in the White House?  Donald Trump’s favorite African American relationship began when she was a contestant on The Apprentice in 2004 . She took the role literally and probably knows the Trumpster best.  Like DT, she was a Democrat and Republican.   Like DT, she can be charismatic unless your black women.   Like DT, her credibility is routinely questioned.    On Oprah, she accused a cast mate on The Apprentice of calling her a nigger.  No one on the show could verify Omarosa’s account.

January 2018, Omarosa was fired, by John Kelly the White House Chief of Staff.   Reports say she didn’t go willingly.  She fought to see the President and was physically removed by the Secret Service.   She denied being fired, however, she went on Meet the Press and played a tape of her firing.

Turns out that wasn’t the only thing she taped. Shortly after, she appeared on the reality show Big Brother, where she suggested that country is in trouble with Trump at the helm.  Omarosa said, she would never vote for him again.

August 2018, Omarosa’s book about her time in the White House  “Unhinged” reached number one on the New York Times best seller in its second week.   In her book she says the President’s Cognitive functioning is declining.  Omarosa has called Trump a racist. She says there are tapes and that witnesses have confirmed the existence of tapes of Trump repeatedly saying “nigger ” during filming of The Apprentice.   So far, no one had come forward with of these tapes.   There are tapes of Lara Trump attempting to buy her silence.

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If there was anyone devoted to Donald Trump it was his Michael Cohen.  Cohen was his personal Attorney from 2006 to 2018.  I don’t believe his children is as loyal as Michael Cohen.  He was once the Vice President of the Trump Corporation. He was willing to go the jail for Trump and then Trump turned on him.  Cohen who?  But Cohen made recordings of his conversations and while Bill Clinton lied about Monica, Cohen has receipts and copies of checks.  While Mueller couldn’t use the recordings, the copies and the checks.  New York Southern District Court could, and the court reportedly has everything and poses a much greater threat to Trump than Mueller’s Russian probe.  Next week, Michael Cohen begins his three year prison term.

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William Barr was the Attorney General under George W Bush and he could have lived  his life outside the turbulent waters of the Trump the Administration.  In February, he waded in.  He seems to be.everything to the President, that Jeff Sessions wasn’t and it could cost him.  A few months later he finds himself in troubled waters.  Did he lie to Congress in April, when he said that” he didn’t know whether Special Council Robert Mueller supported his conclusions regarding the Russia Report?”   The New York Times reported Barr received a letter from Mueller indicating he was not satisfied with Barr’s conclusions.  In his letter, Mueller specifically says that Barr’s summary laying out the bottom-line conclusions of the report “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.   

There are those who believe, he will be a no show and not appear in front of the House, tomorrow.   Should he not appear, he will be in contempt of Congress  That penalty comes with a fine and a maximum one year in jail.   If its is proven he lied to Congress , he could face up to five additional years in prison.

 

William Barr has several pensions, he didn’t need this job. Perhaps the kiss was too powerful! Maybe he wanted back into the game.  But home cheese is scared, rightfully so!  Senator Kamala Harris chewed him up and forced him to say, he hadn’t read the report.  Yikes!    Just think, he could have been at home, watching Maury!

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Warning signs for Mayor Pete


I was one of the first to note that Pete Buttigieg was breaking out. Indeed, his 7% in our poll is up from 1% last month.

A few weeks afterward, however, I noted what I thought were warning signs for Buttigieg:

  1. A lack of nonwhite support
  2. A lack of working class support
  3. A lack of support from moderate Democrats

Our new poll doesn’t alleviate those concerns.

He continues to poll poorly among nonwhites (3%), those making less than $50,000 a year (3%) and moderates (4%). Each of these are significant blocs within the Democratic Party. Even if Buttigieg is hitting double-digits with white, more fortunate economically and liberal voters, it likely won’t be enough if he can’t win over support in other parts of the party.

To that point, Buttigieg’s momentum seems like it may have stalled a little bit. His 7% in this poll is a point lower than the 8% he hit in Monmouth University poll found two weeks ago.

Now, it’s not as if Buttigieg is falling or anything like that. But Buttigieg had generally been gaining from March to April.

The 7% received here is equal to the 7% he has received on average over the last month in national polls.

Best Friends


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Lindsey Graham and John McCain were best friends.  Graham is Megan Mccain’s godfather.   Senator Graham has been largely silent as his best friend is being maligned by President Trump.

 

What about your friends, will they stand their ground,
Will they let you down again?
What about your friends, are they gonna be lowdown, 
Will they ever be around,
Or will they turn their backs on you?   

“What about your friends” written by Dallas Austin and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (1992)

 

We have an African American and here she is…..


 

Could someone offer her a chair?

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., speaks to Michael Cohen during a House Oversight Committee hearing as Lynne Patton stands behind him. (Screengrab: Yahoo News Video)

I think one of the reasons that black people loved Bill Clinton, is he knew black people, had black friends.  He and Hillary, didn’t seem out of place in a black church and didn’t need to bring a prop, when he spoke to people of color.

Unfortunately, the need of a prop is still a part of politics today.  There are some politicians, who believe they are more effective if they have a prop when they address a  crowd of people who do not resemble them ,to make those people comfortable.

Yesterday, North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows brought a prop.  In the form of Lynne Patton.   President Trump former Attorney Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee. Said  Trump is a racist who told him that African Americans were too stupid to vote for him.  Lynne Patton sole purpose was to tell the world, that she is black and as a black woman she would never work for a racist.

I was troubled as this black women stood in a sea of white faces.  I guess they didn’t have an extra chair.

No one in America, will ever question if our President is a racist.

” Ms Patton very presence offended nearly every woman of color”

Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts posed a question to Michael Cohen

“Would you agree that someone could deny rental units to African-Americans, lead the birther movement, refer to to the diaspora as ‘shithole countries,’ and refer to white supremacists as ‘fine people,’ have a black friend, and still be racist?”  Yes he answered.

 When it was Congresswoman  Rashida Tlaib of Michigan turn to speak, she went further.  “Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren’t racist,” Tlaid said. “And it is insensitive, and some would even say that the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee”—here she took a heavy sigh—”is alone racist in itself.”

Congressman Meadows responded angrily, demanding Chairman Cummings strike the Congresswoman’s comment from the record.

Congressman Meadows double down by saying he wasn’t a racist, as his nieces and nephews are people of color.  Clearly the Congressman isn’t close to his family as its very unlikely they would approve the use a person of color as a prop.

Congressmen Meadows lives in a world where people would never work or support anyone who is racist sexist, or homophobic with one exception, if he were President or Congressman from North Carolina.  Some will remember back in 2012, he told his supporters that they were going to send President Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is?

Turns out, Michael Cohen was responsible for Trump hiring Mrs Patton.   Cohen told the Congressman that there were no black executives in the Trump Organization.

Remind me, it is 2019, right?

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Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020


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(CNN)-President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate.

“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President,” Warren said to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building. “In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
The moment marked a notable shift in tone for Warren, who has been reluctant to take on Trump directly by name since she announced her exploratory campaign on New Year’s Eve.
Warren elaborated on those comments to reporters at an event in Iowa City, pointing to the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Well come on. How many investigations are there now? It’s no longer just the Mueller investigation,” Warren said. “They’re everywhere and these are serious investigations, so we’ll see what happens.’
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