AN OXYMORON’S TALE

A passing thought . . . (Mutually Exclusive terms: “Quad City Times” and “Journalism”)

When I read the Quad City Times I recall a modern American folk story which has been passed down by generations of eastern Iowans .

It tells of the liberal parents whose young child announced that “when I grow up I want to be a columnist or an editor for the Quad City Times.” 

To which the liberal couple had to sadly inform their young offspring: “If you grow up, you can’t be a a columnist or an editor for the Quad City Times!”

DLH

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Russian ties to leftist environmental agitators

Newsweek not alone — leftist publications like the NYT, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and others reported Russian influence used to support anti-fracking groups.  But now leftist publications somehow think Russia was interested in electing pro-fracking Trump as opposed to anti-fracking Hillary. Anything to get them past the day their queen lost. *


Excerpts from a Newsweek opinion piece. This piece offers references for actual Russian collusion with leftists who have been uniformly intent on electing Democrats, not a pro-fracking Republican Donald Trump:

Intelligence: Putin Is Funding the Anti-Fracking Campaign  
By Drew Johnson  1/29/17 :

. . .   Buried within the U.S. intelligence community’s report on Russian activities in the presidential election is clear evidence that the Kremlin is financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States. By targeting fracking, Putin hopes to increase oil and gas prices, destabilize the U.S. economy and threaten America’s energy independence.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a decades-old drilling technique in which water and sand is pumped through rock at a high pressure to release previously unreachable deposits of oil and natural gas.

Fracking is the major reason why the United States is on pace to become completely energy independent by 2020. America relies on fracking to produce more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil a year — over half of the total U.S. oil output.

Russia sees all this as a threat.

The Russian government, which relies heavily on energy exports for revenues, is concerned “about the impact of fracking and U.S. natural gas production on the global energy market,” according to the intelligence report. Increased U.S. gas exports, the report continues, creates “potential challenges” for the profitability of Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned oil and gas monopoly.

In response to America’s growing fracking industry, RT, Russia’s government-funded international media outlet, aired air a slew of dubious attacks against fracking.

Over just seven months in 2015, RT managed to ram 62 different anti-fracking television stories and news reports down viewers’ throats. That doesn’t even include an hour-long, largely discredited anti-fracking documentary that airs regularly on RT in America and around the world.

It’s little wonder why the intelligence report called RT “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet.”

This isn’t the first time the Russian government has been accused of masterminding anti-fracking activism.

In 2014, intelligence information led then-NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen to conclude that Moscow conspired with environmental groups to block fracking activities in Romania, Lithuania and Bulgaria.

“Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas,” said Rasmussen.

Here in the United States, a Senate report found that the Sea Change Foundation funneled more than $43 million to environmental causes in 2011 — padding the budgets of ardent anti-fracking organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Foundation is heavily funded by a Bermuda-based shell corporation with direct ties to Putin and Russian oil interests. The shady firm is currently under indictment for offshore money laundering.     . . .

Read the entire informative piece here.

Other publications not identified with being pro-Trump reported on Russian influence on politics favoring leftist causes:

Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests    NY Times

 Russia ‘secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking’    The Guardian

Russia’s Quiet War Against European Fracking    Foreign Policy
    Environmentalists trying to block shale gas exploration across Europe are     unknowingly helping Putin maintain his energy leverage over the continent.


R Mall

*Graphic via http://energynation.org/meme-contest/

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Synthesizing the alleged Russian orchestration

After Requiem for Hillary, a nice little cantata for the castrato in the press

“Best synthesis ever”

Thanks to Hugh Pries who sent us a link to a Victor Davis Hanson interview by Tucker Carlson devastating the logic of Putin preferring a Trump Presidency.  YouTube clip below excerpt.

And then it was very unlikely, because Donald Trump, he didn’t dismantle Eastern European missile defense, he didn’t go to Geneva and press a plastic red button, he didn’t make fun of Romney for saying Russia was an existential enemy, he didn’t have a hot mic exchange with the Russian president saying he would be ‘more flexible’ after the election.

The entire ‘Reset’ appeasement of Russia came from the Clinton-Obama team, not Donald Trump. And now we’re here.

And it is very unlikely generally, because he actually ran as a Jacksonian, who was going to beef up U.S. defenses, and get tough with our enemies, our adversaries, our rivals abroad, so it wouldnt be necessarily logical for Putin to want him to be president, yet here we are.


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Mind over media

“Never let them get control of your mind.”

I’ve used that phrase my whole life. It means think critically, don’t let emotion cloud your intellect. The media today, doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy. They don’t control their own minds. Donald Trump does.

Mainstream media laughed off his candidacy. There was a belief he wasn’t serious. You Tube videos abound with entertainers, pundits and politicians saying, “Donald Trump will never become president.”

The majority of pollsters, operating in a “used to be” reality used old methods to canvass a new world.

“Popular culture,” unaware they are neither popular, nor culture, made it socially unacceptable to publicly support Trump. Violent “antifa” thugs provided muscle to enforce that. The Democrat Party, listening to themselves, sabotaged Bernie and coronated Hillary for the cakewalk to the presidency.

Except, Trump won. The media empire: New York Times (and clones), Associated Press (AP), network and cable news, Hollywood, and the polling industry got embarrassed. Vain, self proclaimed experts, a full year of their lives was shown to be a total mistake (or fraud). Embarrassment turned to rage. They lost control of their minds.

Rather than adjust to a new reality, they decided to recreate the old one. They became the hell spawn of Chicken Little crossed with the Boy who cried wolf. Everything Trump does isn’t only wrong but dangerous. Press briefings have become “gotcha” contests. Rumors which once would have been deemed implausible are now reported as fact. Judges make rulings based on Trump, disregarding the law. Late night hosts have thrown away decency to smear Trump and his family. College students threaten riots against speakers they disagree with.

Democrat leaders decided that with cover from the media, they can not only obstruct Trump, but destroy him. Investigations, prosecutors and impeachment fill their dreams. They throw these terms around like candy at a parade. Vulgarities have become a staple of their discourse. It’s trickled down to the average democrat. Clinging to a phantom “popular vote” victory, they chant, “not my president,” reminiscent of those shouting “no rain” at Woodstock. It rained.

The precedents being set in the area of media bias, coupled with the trend toward restricting “unpopular” speech are unsettling. The AP, google, and facebook declare themselves fact checkers and censors.

I believe there are many in the media with unclouded minds. They must be appalled by the state of their industry. Today’s financial realities force local outlets to depend on the AP for national stories. They expect real journalistic standards from their local reporters, but have little control at higher levels.

Partisans do not care if we abandon principles of truth and fairness in reporting. They view Trump as a danger to their world view, or more likely, the gravy train the current system provides. “By whatever means necessary” is their mantra. It’s shortsighted. Pendulums always swing back. Those who lie, distort and smear inevitably become targets of the same. Half the population considers them “fake news”. Can the other half be far behind? A liar’s seldom believed, even when telling the truth. We may be entering journalism’s “steroid era” where supposedly factual articles have asterisks attached. I’m not sure the “powers that be” see it coming through the rage controlling their minds.

What seems to be lost in this are the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. The elites didn’t see them before the election, and don’t see them now. Voters were exposed to a year of unfavorable press and a campaign full of questions about Trump’s fitness. They elected him anyway. They expect him to fulfill his promises, and see him trying. With clear minds, they see what’s being done to Trump, and by extension themselves. They’re not happy.

Journalists reporting real news would allow debate on the merits of a Trump presidency. That’s not happening now. We may be nearing the point where it won’t matter.

Eugene Mattecheck Jr.

Note: an amended version of this article was the featured guest editorial in Views From The QCA in the Dispatch-Argus today

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~~ Massaging~~ the Internet, influencing the information flow

We have also complained of this. You can test this on any number of topics if you’re looking for a conservative source

Does Google Have a Liberal Bias? Search Results for Roger Ailes Speak Volumes

Google is no great friend of unfettered Internet

How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win  

Three years ago, it hired the FCC’s top lawyer, Austin Schlick, and he’s lobbied the FCC several times over the past year, according to the FCC. But there was no Net Neutrality Google Doodle on the front page of the company’s search engine—not even a press statement from the company after the historic FCC vote this morning. And it wasn’t the only one.

We saw much the same thing from other internet giants—Facebook and Microsoft, for instance—that have benefited from the idea of net neutrality and stand to gain financially if big internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are blocked from charging extra for priority access to their customers.

Google To Charge Merchants For Shopping Search Placement 
Google is returning to China? It never really left 

While Google search and other apps have been blocked in mainland China, another arm of the company – Google Analytics – the largest web analytics service in the world – has continued to actively operate in China to this day. According to Google, the Analytics service allows website operators to “analyse visitor traffic and paint a complete picture of [the] audience and their needs.” Essentially it means Google Analytics is able to create a record of what pages are visited and how a user has interacted with a given page. Google Analytics provides this service at no cost to website operators around the world, including those based in China

Report: Google will comply with censorship laws to get Play into China

Today The Information reports that Google is making plans to get a version of Google Play back into China and that it’s willing to work within Chinese censorship law to do it. The company “will follow local laws and block apps that the government deems objectionable” in the interest of regaining control over its own operating system. Google also wants to help Chinese developers distribute their apps outside of China and help international developers sell their apps within China.

Censorship by Google   (a Wikipedia article)

DLH with R Mall

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DEMOCRATS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST . . .

Make repulsive asses of themselves…soil their underwear in public…and believe that civilized people think they’re admirable

Another ‘Great Moment’ in a Corrupt Party’s History:

CA Dem leader waves middle fingers, leads ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ chant at convention

Democrat anger and bitterness were palpable in Sacramento, California on Saturday. Outgoing California Democratic Party chairman John Burton left his position by waving his middle fingers in the air and leading the convention hall in a chant of “F*ck Donald Trump.”

Politico’s Carla Marinucci, who tweeted video of the moment, reports Burton received a standing ovation.

We note from the article that Nancy Pelosi was seen expressing joyful mirth about the display.

And their celebrity stable is of the same ilk

When Robert DeNiro calls you names, you know you’re doing something right. The actor has become a repulsive caricature…a creepy old “get off my lawn” grouch who can only express himself in obscenities !

Robert De Niro: Trump a ‘Pig’ Worse Than Madoff

Actor Robert De Niro delivered an outburst of anti-Trump vitriol just before the Saturday night debut on HBO of The Wizard of Lies, a movie in which he plays Bernie Madoff.

He told USA Today that Madoff’s story still “resonates” thanks to President Donald Trump and that while what Madoff “did was horrible and awful; monstrous,” Trump is worse than the Ponzi scheme criminal since he’s a “bad con artist” who every day is “doing something that is absolutely — what word can I use? He’s just a slob. He’s a pig.

DeNiro knows of what he speaks. The poor man must be paying the inevitable price of rooting around in a cocaine-fueled sty for many years.

There may be few more talented actors or richer Hollywood-ites than Robert DeNiro, but there may also not be very many bigger or more garbage covered ‘pigs’ than the actor.
Apparently when Robert is not getting the attention he believes he deserves, he blurts out such stuff as the above which sounds very much like an addled old has-been seriously off his meds:

Via the Daily Mail:

Robert De Niro threatened his on-off lover in bid to force her to abort his secret ‘daughter’ during his cocaine-fuelled 1980s wild years – and his ‘method acting’ inspired John Belushi to inject the drugs which killed him

De Niro started on-off affair with Helena Springs when he followed her car down a Los Angeles boulevard and asked her out to dinner
She became pregnant and he ‘threatened and intimidated’ her in bid to convince her to abort their child
Daughter, Nina, was born in 1982 but when she sued for maintenance 10 years later tests showed he was not the father
New book reveals his last night with John Belushi and how he cried a few hours later when he was told of the comedian’s ‘speedball’ overdose death
Details private partying and cocaine use by Oscar-winner who has become property tycoon and one of Hollywood’s wealthiest men

DLH

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Unmitigated duplicity from the jackals of the dominant media

Cackles and screams about Trump and Russian collusion (never identified only the dark inference) when all we do know about it is that there is no evidence, the inference made up to damage Trump, and would have been “contra-interests” for Russia anyway. The same media outlets were largely silent about real scandals with interests and results aplenty.

John Hinderaker, notable of Powerline issues a powerful reminder of
HOW BARACK OBAMA CONSPIRED WITH AN ENEMY TO UNDERMINE US FOREIGN POLICY   (excerpt)

The Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that representatives of the Trump campaign communicated with Russians, even though those communications were 100% appropriate. I had forgotten about this post, which I wrote in March 2015, until Rush Limbaugh read from it on his program yesterday. It reminds us what a REAL scandal involving a presidential campaign and foreign policy looks like:

In 2008, the Bush administration, along with the “six powers,” was negotiating with Iran concerning that country’s nuclear arms program. The Bush administration’s objective was to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

. . .  the main issue . . . that it stop enriching uranium. And Iranian diplomats reiterated before the talks that they considered the issue nonnegotiable.

The Iranians held firm to their position, perhaps because they knew that help was on the way, in the form of a new president. Barack Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3. At some point either before or after that date, but prior to the election, he secretly let the Iranians know that he would be much easier to bargain with than President Bush. Michael Ledeen reported the story last year  . . .

So Obama secretly told the mullahs not to make a deal until he assumed the presidency, when they would be able to make a better agreement. Which is exactly what happened: Obama abandoned the requirement that Iran stop enriching uranium, so that Iran’s nuclear program has sped ahead over the months and years that negotiations have dragged on.    . . .

That, readers, is what a real scandal looks like.


And there is also the incredible silence from these watchdogs jackals and hellhounds regarding the utter ridiculousness of the ACLU (representing leftist interests) in essentially arguing that, well if Hillary had issued Trump’s travel moratorium as he did regarding a relative few Muslim countries unable or unwilling to adequately vet their citizens for terrorism connections, then it would be constitutional.  As Hinderaker points out: ACLU Makes It Official: The Only Thing Wrong With Trump’s Travel Order Is Trump

DLH with R Mall

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Miss Peggy as herself

Democracy Is Not Your Plaything  *

When the circus comes to Washington, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy

PREDICTABLE PEGGY…NOONAN

NEVER DISAPPOINTS . . . THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT or THE ESTABLISHMENT

Recall when Peggy swooned over Obama…Constantly issued snarky criticisms of G W Bush. Here is her latest on the Republican President trump:

“The president of the United States has produced a building crisis that is unprecedented in our history. The question, at bottom, is whether Donald Trump has demonstrated, in his first four months, that he is unfit for the presidency—wholly unsuited in terms of judgment, knowledge, mental capacity, personal stability. That epic question is then broken down into discrete and specific questions: Did he improperly attempt to interfere with an FBI criminal investigation, did his presidential campaign collude with a foreign government, etc.”

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Miss Peggy begins her column as though she has serious inquiry over a question of Donald Trump’s “fitness” for the office some 60 million Americans elected him to. The rest of her column is a not even a thinly veiled statement revealing she doesn’t have a question at all. She’s made up her mind, and, of course her conclusion went the way it always does…Trump is unfit!

Now Peggy would vigorously deny it and would denounce anyone who suggested it, but the lady has found the secret to sustaining her “prominence” in pundit-world.

She plays Washington Establishment strategy to the hilt. While she is vicious in her attack on Trump, Noonan would be outraged if accused of having wanted Hillary as president above any other candidate in 2012. She would be her typically “Shrill Peggy” in pointing to some reference she once buried in a column which was mildly critical of  “HER”.

To recall for Peggy her gushing endorsement of Obama in his early days would see Peggy unleash her most eloquent invective that she only approved of the ‘good stuff” Obama brought to the office…his ‘unflappability’, his thoughtful approach to serious issues, blah, blah.

We submit that there is no other way to interpret Ms. Noonan’s position as her deep belief that Hillary Clinton would have made a swell president, Barack Obama wasn’t bad either, and that the vile GW Bush did not have the sense to realize it was Noonan who actually made Ronald Reagan what he was and she should have been given big responsibility in GW’s administration.

Noonan will never forgive GW or the American for having failed to recognize her own greatness!                  DLH

*yes Ms Peggy, the unwashed elected the deplorable Trump but as a gentle reminder we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy, our elections are not democratically held, we have an electoral college system.  By the way, how unwashed were the Hillary voters?

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LOOK FOR LIBERAL SCIENCE DENIERS TO COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK

Guy Benson at Townhall writes:  (excerpt)

Scientific Study: Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function 

According to a study released Thursday by neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart in association with the London Press Club, the highest functions of the human brain operate at a lower level in journalists than the average population. Her research titled “Study Into The Mental Resilience of Journalists,” blames journalists’ cognitive shortcomings on dehydration caused by excessive alcohol consumption along with poor diet, including higher levels of sugar and caffeine. Less than 5% of journalists drink enough — or any — water while 41% drank more than 18 alcoholic drinks per week.

Fact check: Mostly true. Here’s the full study, if you’re interested. I’ll leave you with this nugget from the Harvard study, highlighting a clear outlier among media outlets’ treatment of Trump. Anyone could have guessed that Fox News would rank as the friendliest major news source for Trump, but I’d be surprised if people would also have figured that Fox’s coverage was still slightly net-negative overall. For all the talk about FNC being “in the tank” for the new president, or the American version of “state television,” this breakdown actually makes Fox look quite a bit more — what’s the phrase I’m searching for here? — fair and balanced than the rest of the pack:Liberal open-mindedness? There’s your oxymoron.

For the record, we at V’pac are commentators / opinion writers

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MSM scooped again by V’pac in analysis

Certainly not to brag, but, IS VERITASPAC out in front of the news?! This is from Fox News…late this afternoon!

“So what exactly is Mueller’s conflict?  He and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the FBI.  Agents will tell you they were joined at the hip.  They stood together in solidarity, both threatening to resign over the warrantless wiretapping fiasco involving then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.

“Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé.  When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another.  Their relationship is not merely a casual one.  It is precisely the kind of association which ethical rules are designed to guard against.”

DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME CONTAINING THEIR JOY AND ENTHUSIASM FOR ROBERT MUELLER AND THE “FREE REIN” HE WILL ENJOY, AND NO DOUBT FULLY EXPLOIT, TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP…BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE OBAMA-PUTIN COLLUSION AND THE HILLARY CRIMINALITY.

“Mueller’s a pro,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Friday.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the investigation will include questions regarding possible “misconduct” or “interference.” He said Rosenstein made clear that Mueller would have the freedom take the probe wherever he needs.

“There were questions well outside the Russian scope in there,” Issa said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Mueller would have “complete discretion to take the investigation” where it needs to go.


DLH

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