American Elephants


Pictures Speak Louder Than Words by The Elephant's Child

 

Sometimes pictures do speak more clearly than just words.This  excellent compendium came from The Liberty Eagle, and it is fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your attitude towards truth) absolutely correct.

Could someone pass this on to CNN’s Jim Acosta? He whines that he doesn’t understand why anyone is calling it “fake news” and suggesting that today’s journalists seem to be the enemies of the people is just outrageous and without reason. Uh huh.

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The Scandal Unfolds. Where Do We Go From Here? by The Elephant's Child

Well, well, well. Representative Trey Gowdy R-SC said that in 18 months, he has not seen “one scintilla” of evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia. He added that if such evidence existed that Adam Schiff would have leaked it by now.

Over the weekend the FBI finally released its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page. Now we know why the bureau resisted disclosing them. Even in heavily redacted form the applications confirm that the FBI relied on very dubious partisan evidence to justify the warrant and withheld relevant information from the court.

The applications also vindicate the criticism of the FBI’s surveillance requests that were laid out last February by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. On the basis of an uncorroborated document that was commissioned by he Hillary campaign, the FBI accused a U.S. citizen of being “an agent of a foreign power” who should be wiretapped.

Mr. Nunes also reported that the FBI did not inform the FISA court that the dossier and “trusted source” (Christopher Steele) were paid by the Clinton campaign. The applications for the FISA court do not mention the words Clinton, Democratic National Committee, Fusion GPS (the Clinton-financed oppo research firm that hired Mr. Steele) or Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson.

The FBI cited a Sept. 23,2016 story in Yahoo News to back up its Steele dossier information with the court — noting that the story said “intelligence reports” and a “well-paced Western intelligence source”  had made claims like those in the dossier. But the “reports” were the dossier, and the “Western intelligence source” was Mr. Steele. Some evidence! The media claims that Mr. Page’s history of personal Russian dealings justified the surveillance, but no one has produced evidence that Mr. Page was anything beyond an innocent abroad. There is no justification for the FBI’s use of uncorroborated partisan smears to back up the application. They appear to have played fast and loose with the facts, and the ethical boundaries of the FISA statute to unleash a counterintelligence campaign against a presidential candidate.

Investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield explains the whole thing very clearly at Front Page Magazine, the players and the role of the media.

On Saturday, the former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump, his campaign and his associates. In the interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clapper said:

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

I guess if you’re all into beheadings and flag-burning and claims that the country is on the verge of Auschwitz, comparing the President of the United States to Hitler—the previous president’s spying on the campaign of the candidate who opposes his own preferred successor doesn’t seem especially notable. But it is. This is an enormous scandal. And it would not have been possible without the cooperation of a partisan media. It is a direct assault on the rule of law and our free Republic for partisan political purposes.



Hysteria, Hysteria and More Hysteria! by The Elephant's Child

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy”, whatever that is, host Rachel Maddow announced that “The worst case scenario that the president is a foreign agent suddenly feels very palpable.”

“The basic question, which I think rung so loud for everybody in the country this week was, is our president subordinate to a foreign power? Does our president answer to a foreign government and a foreign leader? And that’s private meeting with Putin, where nobody knows what he promised or what he may have given away, the way that he responded to Putin when we saw him face-to-face, and then the fact that he took under consideration all of these demands from Russia, including handing over Americans to Russia for interrogation. That just — you know, it makes the worst case scenario really palpable. The worst case scenario that the president is a foreign agent suddenly feels very palpable.”

Oh please. The hysteria of the Left just gets sillier. They’ve done the decapitated head, the women’s marches with pussy hats, the Nazi, Hitler, Auschwitz comparisons, the vulgarities, the accusations of authoritarianism (don’t we elect presidents to be an authority and get things done?) They’re big on decapitations, but there’s just so much of excess that you can find and your insults get old and tiresome and boring.

They are furious about lower taxes, a growing economy and low unemployment, but they can’t say that. They are enraged that he dumped the Paris Climate Accords and convince themselves that it means something terrible for the Earth. Outraged at the very idea of a border wall, ripping little children from the arms of their mothers, trying desperately to link him to the pictures from the Obama administration of children in cages. Comedians and comediennes are having a dreadful time trying to come up with significant insults and extreme language to top what is going around and yet attempt to be funny at the same time. They end up simply being disgusting, and do not grasp their failure.

As we learn that there was no evidence of any Russian collusion—no there there, for the FISA Court, no reason for the Mueller Investigation, just a fishing expedition, the hysteria just grows. He spoke to President Putin in private, so there are cries of “treason”, charges that the president is a Russian “asset”, “that remarks at a press conference constitute an impeachable offense” seem as Michael Anton says—unhinged.

“The World Explained: It’s Simple – Everyone is Smart..Except Trump” A must read article by Dov Fischer at The American Spectator, and reprinted by Zero Hedge. Let’s call it a welcome and long overdue rant. A fun read.



Victor Davis Hanson Receives the Edmund Burke Award by The Elephant's Child

May 30, 2018: After introductory remarks from Roger Kimball, here is Victor Davis Hanson’s acceptance speech of the Edmund Burke Award honoring Outstanding Service to Culture and Society. Well deserved. The ancient world and how it is reflected in today’s society. Wonderful speech, worth every minute.

I post links to a lot of articles by Dr. Hanson. I think he’s probably the most important historian writing today, and captures more of reality in a presently very fractured world.



Here’s Mark Levin With a Bit of Media History by The Elephant's Child

Mark Levin has a keen eye for disinformation and the mind to explain all. We’re in uncharted territory here, and need all the help we can get. When you find something that reveals a lot, share it as widely as you can. Perhaps you have noticed that the Media is not apt to help out unless it’s a leftist talking point. They seem remarkably ignorant of history and when considering the present, its rather helpful to know what has gone before and how we got here.

Remember Ben Rhodes remark about today’s journalists when he was explaining how easy they were to manipulate “They’re all 27 years old and don’t know anything.”



Can Someone Please Produce Some Straightforward Facts? by The Elephant's Child

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The problem is Russian Collusion, we are told. The Russians interfered in the 2016 election. They hacked into the DNC computers, and into John Podesta’s computer because John Podesta stupidly chose “password” as his password. Then they supposedly read everything on Hillary’s servers because she had no security at all. But then her servers were supposed to be wide open to anybody who wanted to look. So what damaging information did who get and how did that change the election?

And then there were former DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aides from Pakistan who reportedly stole information from Congressional computers, or Democrat computers and high-tailed it back to Pakistan but that whole episode and those people disappeared from the news entirely., and vanished down the memory hole.

The hacking or intrusion, or whatever you want to call it, was really old news, yet it still seems to be what we are talking about. But all we know is that they are said to have hacked these computers, but how did that profit them, and what did they do with the information that affected the election?

If, as we are told, they interfered in the election, what was the interference? Whose vote did they change? What precisely did they do that influenced the election and how? There are a remarkable number of dramatic charges out there with any supporting information totally missing. Were election numbers of votes changed? Voting machines hacked? Is there some evidence of that? Is there some evidence of anything whatsoever?  So the Russians interfered in our election, by doing what? And why is no one asking this?

ADDEDENDUM: Democrats are going bonkers with claims that the Russians “interfered” in the 2016 election. Which strikes me as an attempt to subtly claim that it is clear that Russian efforts helped Trump to win and Hillary to lose. It has previously been stated by govt. officials (I don’t remember who) that there is no evidence that any voting machines were tampered with nor was the vote count tampered with. (This is in spite of voluminous evidence of vote fraud, illegals voting, people voting in more than once residential district, and the usual number of dead people voting).

In a hearing today before the House Judiciary Committee, “Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, stated that ‘a few thousand’ of approximately two billion Facebook posts analyzed were found to be linked to Russian entities. Company representatives were unable to give a straight answer when asked if other foreign actors had attempted to use their platforms to influence the election.” YouTube executives revealed their only link was $5,000 in advertising sales and 1,000 YouTube videos to Russian entities.

What do you mean by “influence“? Democrats tried to influence the election with everything from a decapitated head, to incredibly foul language, and the usual comparison to Hitler, his minions and the Holocaust in general. They signed up illegal aliens and got them registered and urged them to vote. Russian “interference,” so far, seems to be limited to looking at the computers of the Democratic Campaign Committee, Hillary Clinton, and John Podesta. So if they looked at information not intended for them, what did they do with it? They hacked Republican computers too, but Mueller does not mention that.

The Democrats are dependent on their expertise in manipulating people with language and pictures. (It’s usually called “propaganda”) And they are good at it, although we have had enough examples of “talking points” where multiple Democrats make the same statement in exactly the same words, to know that to be a favorite technique. We’ve had months of screaming “Impeach” and “Russian Collusion” and “Influencing the election,” and with enough of that people are likely to start believing there is something to it. Now, when Trump was about to meet with the Russian president, suddenly numbers of Russians (who will never be brought before a court) are indicted by Mr. Mueller for what seems to be the same old news. Trump has betrayed the country by meeting with, surrendering to, colluding with the Russians and should be impeached, forced out of office, for meeting with Putin and not physically attacking him as any patriotic president should have.

I suspect this is another Democrat propaganda effort. The operative words are “influencing,” “colluding,” “unpatriotic”and “Russian.” There doesn’t seem to be any “there”—there.



The Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, and the Consequences by The Elephant's Child

A day of confusion and consternation, centered around trying to find out just what has transpired. When I got up, admittedly late, the American media was in hysterics trying to find out exactly to what extent President Trump had sold his country down the proverbial river, to the Russians. Shameless, Traitorous, etc. etc. etc.

Apparently President Trump was supposed to have grasped President Putin by the lapels, and told him sternly never, never to interfere in an American election again, and having failed to do so—he was a traitor of such tremendous consequence that our country might never recover. That seemed somewhat unlikely, but trying to find out what actually happened and what all the fuss is about has not been easy.

Nobody knows what was said in the meeting between the two of them. The big deal is the press conference. Of course. For truth and insight one turns to the mainstream media. What got the media all excited was the Mueller team’s announcement that they were indicting a bunch of Russians for interfering, hacking, or perhaps something more nefarious. After a lot of useless reading, I turned to the Manhattan Contrarian  who explained the whole indicting Russians things clearly. There is very little of solid substance and a large amount of attack Trump just before he heads to Helsinki. It’s the same old “spear-phishing” of DNC servers and the Podesta computers. No American is included, no connection to Trump or his campaign. The hacked information is the documents showing the Hillary campaign manipulated to Democratic party nominating process to the disadvantage of Bernie Sanders.  We already knew that. The Contrarian adds:

Meanwhile, Trump is off trying to conduct the foreign policy of the United States, including with Putin and Russia, with this group of people who supposedly work for him actually trying to undermine him at every turn.

Clearly it was necessary to find the transcript of the press conference and read the whole thing. Better to read what was said than to watch the YouTube version, if you want to know what was actually said rather than try to figure out the body language. All sorts of accusations of treason, many Republicans disapproving. Trump was not strong enough for America. Trump was trying to improve relations with Russia, to see if we could get some things done. He wasn’t trying to attack Putin for misbehavior. We have interfered in elections in other countries, we spy and try to find out that which might be a problem for us, as do most other countries. Obama’s interference in the last Israeli election was widely reported.

Was anything accomplished between the two presidents? They got to size each other up in person, rather than just from news reports. Will anything positive result from their meeting? Dunno.

—Here’s Investor’s Business Daily: “Left’s Claims of ‘Treason’ On Trump-Putin Talks Smack of Dangerous Political Hysteria”

—John Hinderaker at Powerline:”For Trump, The Political Is Personal”

—Roger Kimball at American Greatness: “What Critics Missed About the Trump-Putin Summit”

—David P. Goldman (Spengler) at PJ Media: ” Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Putin”

These are among the few comments I found particularly interesting. If you want the press in full bray, it’s easy to find.




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