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As most of our many faithful readers know, one of the major reasons for the vast popularity enjoyed by Veritaspac is our sunny outlook.

TODAY’S SILVER LINING /UNICORN SIGHTING

As readers have come to appreciate, your humble editors are dedicated to reviewing and evaluating a huge volume of news each day and however bleak the outlook most of the day’s events may produce, to assiduously search out the silver lining to be found.

Here is our choice for today’s great and good news:

The story which has captured a lot of attention over the last several months has to do with the so-called “Trump Dossier”, a piece of ‘reportage’ which needs no elaboration. Suffice to say, as anyone who has not recently emerged from the last year in a Brazilian rainforest knows, the story involved a Moscow hotel, a couple of ‘ladies of the night’ and actions not usually discussed in public.

The silver lining in this tiresome retelling of this story is that, perhaps at long last, civilized discourse will be done with that annoying, wildly overused little observation that “you can’t make this stuff up”!

Of course you can! There are highly paid ‘journalists’ and fake spies who, as this incident notes, make stuff up all the time.

There! That’s some good news of the day. Aren’t you glad you tuned in?  But there’s more!

BREAKING: Congress votes against ban on U.S. military funding of ‘sex change’ surgeries 

Twenty Republicans voted with Democrats to narrowly defeat Missouri Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to deny the Pentagon taxpayer funds for transsexual “sex reassignment surgeries”

We will try to get the list of the 20

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Francis and Al Gore, ‘”will always have Paris”

Al (Gore) And I Will Always Have Paris”: Pope Francis

This is an excellent time of year in most parts of the world to remind all those ‘good folks’ on the Catholic left and the gullible, weakly informed or completely un-informed liberals, of the wisdom of Pope Francis:

From the Pontiff’s “manifesto”, “Laudato Si” (No, translation is not “A plan to redistribute wealth from rich, free nations, to corrupt totalitarian regimes and calling it “compassion”; that’s only the purpose of it):

VI. WEAK RESPONSES

55. Some countries are gradually making significant progress, developing more effective controls and working to combat corruption. People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behaviour, which at times appears self-destructive.

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Perhaps it is time for the US Bishops who accept Pope Francis’s adoption of the radical left’s agenda as Catholic doctrine, to turn their words to ‘meaningful’ action.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, but in Il Papa’s unique non-constructive way:

“Parishes, Tear Down Your Air Conditioners!” (“Let them (parishioners) use fans”)

BEAT THE HEAT WITH THE POPE FRANCIS AIR CONDITIONER!
(The popular “AL GORE” model pictured)

DLH

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Il Papa’s “basket of deplorables” named

Did Pope Francis just call out the “alt.Catholics”?

CONFIDANT OF POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS US RELIGIOUS RIGHT

This is just the kind of story the AP savors. It promotes the Catholic left’s high-minded ‘goodness’ while infuriating the regular mainline faithful…those who favor legal immigration, pro-life government policy, capitalism over Marxism, oppose socialized medicine, etc.

It seems that virtually all of the “official” Catholic press is firmly in the liberal camp….always eager to promote almost all elements of the Democratic Party’s far left agenda…until its “ox” suffers a slight little ‘nip’…never what it considers a “gore” (so maybe Obamacare isn’t perfect; the Little Sisters of the Poor shouldn’t get too crazy about their opposition to it.)

Pope Francis, himself, has made clear that the Church’s traditional stances on such things as abortion and gay marriage should not be “obsessed over”. Especially not at the expense of the Pontiff’s favorite Marxist themes, embodied in “liberation theology”, an ideology discredited by Francis’s predecessors. The Church now has a Pope who is particularly keen about global redistribution of wealth and his favorite means of accomplishing it…the “climate change” movement!

Thus we get the ‘Francis-Vatican’s’ version of the “basket of deplorables”…those dastardly “Alt.Catholics”!:

Excerpt of report by Rachel Zoll, AP religion writer (bold emphasis ours)

A close confidant of Pope Francis has written a blistering critique of how the American Christian right and some U.S. Catholics mix religion and politics.

The Rev. Antonio Spadaro (spa-DAH-roh) accused evangelical political activists and Catholics who work with them of using religion to promote conflict and hate.

Spadaro wrote Thursday that some of these activists have wrongly framed Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency as a “divine election.” And Spadaro accused conservative Christian activists of trying to bring about a religious purification of the United States through deportations and the building of walls to keep out immigrants.

Spadaro is editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica. The Vatican approves the articles in the magazine, which has become something of an unofficial mouthpiece of the papacy under Francis.

Related reading:

Vatican-reviewed magazine accuses Catholics of ‘hate’ for supporting Trump


DLH

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You can hear their orgasmic moans at the Star

 

Not nearly as “excited”, actually orgasmic, as the KC Star’ editors and staff over hopes that this will at last get traction!    DLH

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“News” meant for the cartoon page

Today’s Dispatch-Argus, a Lee Enterprises /QC Times publication:

More like news from an alternate universe

Like the knee-slapper about The Dispatch-Argus being independent from liberal Lee.  Oh! Oh! and when they said they were going to rely less on the AP.

Given that the management at the D-A now comes out of Lee, attrition will result in whatever editorial diversity the old guard at the D-A had being at the very least ~~ homogenized ~~ as they are replaced.

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Tim Kaine: once a doofus, always a doofus

This was widely carried in “the news”

“Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said this afternoon that he now sees Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as a probe into possible “treason.”

“Kaine and others on Capitol Hill reacted this afternoon to the latest revelations about a meeting last June between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.”
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What is the likelihood of a story like the following appearing anywhere in the media?

Kaine may be on to something. Treasonous actions were likely
to have occurred

There is a strong probability that a US president and his administration, including a former Secretary of State and presidential candidate, as well as a close circle of advisors have been involved in treasonous activity.

A special counsel should immediately begin to probe the secret negotiations the Obama administration conducted to aid Iran in developing its nuclear weapons capability with both mountains of clandestine financial aid as well as possible illegal political assistance.

Other activities of that administration also demand serious and thorough investigation and include some very apparent instances of corruption and illegality in numerous Cabinet and sub-Cabinet departments and agencies.

BOB MUELLER PREPARES TO BEGIN A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION INTO…SOMETHING…

Robert Mueller, however, is not the person to conduct such an investigation.

Given his Justice Department background with the Obama administration and his tendencies to select only attorneys, investigators, and staffers who share a near-totally partisan background and view, any findings he might return would be entirely useless due to his own lack of credibility.

Some even fear that the former FBI Director would very likely add attorneys to his team closely tied to the Iranian ruling regime.

He might even name close friend Jim Comey to look into actions of the previous Department of Justice.

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DLH

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It seems Russian interference is as American as apple pie.

The recent breathless reporting about Donal Trump Jr meeting with a Russian to hear  some dirt the Russians had on Hillary, has included flat out statements that the person met with, a female attorney,  was an agent of the Kremlin. There is no evidence of that indeed the only evidence is her statement in an interview that she was not.  The ruse she reportedly offered to get access to the incoming administration, using something juicy on a topic in the news, has been virtually testified to, soon to be sworn to, as just that as she had no such information.  Her purpose for the meeting was  to lobby on an international adoption matter.

Should Donald trump Jr have met with a person, Russian or not, on the pretext that they had “opposition research”?  In short, with absolutely no deference to Lindsey Graham, who has joined Chuck Schumer and Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee in many a grandstanding display, is guardedly yes. It was not illegal and folks, that’s politics.

The ethical issue enters into it with what one does with any information obtained.  Has it been vetted and the circumstances of the reception of the information revealed so as to be transparent about any quid pro quo?  In this case there was no information (and no news)  and therefore no quid pro quo. The reason for “the campaign” meeting with such supposed informants is that the dominant opposition liberal media cannot be trusted to tell the whole truth and because political camps want to be prepared and know whether to even refer the more neutral media to the informant and not be embarrassed. Does anyone seriously expect the Democrats  would operate any differently?

Look at the substantive information about the Ukrainian government injecting itself on behalf of Hillary Clinton?  Where is the mainstream media attention to that, to the Russian connections to Hillary and her many subversions of the truth and political opponents?  Does Lindsey Graham carry his soapbox around to expound on such matters, challenging Chuck Schumer’s holier than though shtick?   Where is the hounding by the media regarding the Hillary campaign’s many connections to Russia, including quid pro quo matters?

And the Republican Party is hopeless at finding its tongue in defense of Trump and to counter Democrat accusations. It is not hard to do. We are reminded today, in the Dispatch Argus  (we doubt someone had any grand plans in slipping this in, more likely it came up in rotation) of considered Russian influence in the 1960 presidential election:

 

 

 

Which reminded us of Ted Kennedy:

Remember when Ted Kennedy asked the Russians to ‘interfere’?

By Daniel John Sobieski writing at The American Thinker (excerpt including picture)

If Sen. Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi want to investigate attempts to work with Moscow to influence a U.S. election, they should investigate Sen. Ted Kennedy’s attempt to get the Russians to help him prevent the re-election of President Ronald Reagan in 1984. As Peter Robinson wrote in Forbes in 2009, London Times reporter John Sebastian, poring in 1991 over Soviet archives Boris Yeltsin had made public, found a memorandum detailing another instance of Sen. Ted Kennedy going a bridge too far:

Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign

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The memorandum, which shows Kennedy’s efforts to derail Reagan’s attempt to build up our nuclear deterrent in Europe, received little or no attention until the publication of Paul Kengor’s book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, in 2006.

Russia worked overtime to portray Reagan as a cowboy, reckless, a hair- triggered  warmonger.

Related reading about the 20 minute  Trump Jr meeting.

Liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley scoffs at claims Donald Trump Jr guilty of treason. 

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How naive of DJT,Jr.

THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!

Did Donald J. Trump, Jr. actually want to get some negative information about his father’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election??? Oh, the humanity! The Democrats would never do such a thing.

What did he expect to get? Would it be proof, at last, that the Hillary team had hired female prostitutes to urinate on the hotel beds in which the Obamas…you remember them..had stayed when they visited Moscow?!

How low!!! How could anybody do such a thing?

Or maybe, Mr. Trump, Jr. had hoped the mysterious Russian attorney could actually provide tapes of those private moments when Hillary might have said Bernie was a dumbass and that she and Debbie Wasserman Schultz had devised a brilliant strategy to deny Bernie any chance of taking away her nomination. After all, Trump Jr. must have considered that all of Washington already knew that!

Did Trump Jr. even hope the tapes might reveal that Hillary wishes that D W Schultz and her buddy Uma would bathe more often?

Who knows? The young Mr. Trump may have even possibly considered buying and erasing the Access Hollywood tapes of his Dad’s private ‘locker room’ conversation with the young Bush lad. There’s just no telling how low he would go. After all, who would think of destroying tapes of important information, even if it wasn’t marked “confidential”/

Who knows what all the youthful Trump thought he would learn about Hillary, only to realize the media already knew of every one of Hillary’s treacherous lawbreaking actions and her private contempt for not only the American people, her fellow Democrat rivals, but even her closest colleagues…and that they would keep all of it from the American people?

Poor Donald Junior. He possibly thought that the Washington establishment and the liberal media gave a damn about the nation or its citizens! DLH

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Has Trump lost Drudge?

  • Has Fox Radio gone largely to the dark side

In answer to the question raised about Drudge, for two or three months my own somewhat sporadic observation is “a definite maybe.”  Drudge, as an aggregator, of sorts,  of what news is out there, rather than mostly emphasizing contra-anti-Trumpers (Democrat and Republican) Drudge has seemed to increase the ant-Trump quotient with more limited rebuttal.

This Daily Caller article reflects my concern. While I  thought Drudge a bit overboard in bias toward Trump pre-primary , if you want critics takes on Trump, one only need listen to or read the liberal controlled “mainstream media.”

Reporters Wonder: Has The Trump White House Lost Matt Drudge?

Granted  the bulk of the referenced reporters are not conservatives or from conservative publications (The Atlantic and Mediaite for example).  But if Drudge’s purpose is click bate, the articles linked to, teased or headlined are not conservative takes.  The number of conservative responses, readily available, are slower to appear.  Here is an earlier this morning screen grab:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granted, a few hours later this appeared, offering a relevent take

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If an aggregator (Drudge is something other than that as his characterizing of various articles amounts to editorializing)  wanted to serve to focus on aggregating the conservative alternative articles, because, to put it simply, the liberal takes on affairs of the day are ubiquitous, one would think that is easy enough to do in concept. Most such conservative journalistic articles link to or summarize the liberal take so presentation of the liberal side is more than adequately done, all things considered.

Balance is not served by regurgitating the liberal take on matters. Balance is not purveying the readily available liberal take with equal time or space or links. Balance is offering the alternatives to the dominant liberal analysis, concentrating on purveying the conservative side.

The Drudge screen shots continue to show articles purveying liberal scandal mongering when there are plenty of articles available to challenge liberal presumptions, including this one by Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller:

Everybody Is Forgetting That Clinton Allies Did The Same Thing As Don Jr.  

 

But Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort’s lone meeting with the Russian lawyer pales when compared to the coordination between

The purveying  by Drudge of the Washington Post “analysis’ of Pence’s fund raising  (see bottom of each screen grab) is regrettable.  It only adds to BS  theories that are without basis, furthering liberal disinformation and wedge attempts when the whole of it involves  pro-forma functions.  A scandal would be Pence sitting on his hands not raising money.

This observation about Drudge’s aura of late triggers a repetition of another observation of mine, —  Fox Radio news reporting is  just another example of pack journalism. It reports what others in the fraternity decide is news and pretty much the same way. Lucky for us locally the Fox Radio news  tends to be on conservative talk radio stations, or there would be no antidote to them.

R Mall

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John McCain longs for the good old days; now, if only he was awake

  • Watch Trump’s truly great foreign policy speech in defense of Western culture

John McCain: ‘Sometimes I do’ regret voting for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Well, John, there’s a lot of folks who regret ever voting for you.   DLH

Arizona Sen. John McCain “sometimes” regrets his vote for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, especially in the wake of Tillerson floating the idea that the United States has been taking the wrong approach in Syria.

McCain said on CBS Sunday said his vote in favor of Tillerson pains him on occasion, and comments Tillerson said made about the conflicting plans of the United States and Russia in Syria, which McCain saw as kowtowing to the Kremlin, are troubling.

“Sometimes I do,” McCain said when asked if he regrets voting for Tillerson. “But, I’m still torn by the fact that the American people chose this president and he ought to be able to have this team.”


President Trump delivered a speech to Poland and the world that was as good (and important) as anything Ronald Reagan did, and that is a high standard.

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