On Fox News, GOP senator wonders if public should’ve been told about Trump’s racist remarks at all

On Fox News, GOP senator wonders if public should’ve been told about Trump’s racist remarks at all

CREDIT: SCREENGRAB During an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on Friday afternoon, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) dismissed racist remarks by President Trump as “ a distraction ” and criticized a Democratic senator, Dick Durbin, for informing the public about them in the first place. Faulkner asked Cassidy about […]

Another Conservative Media Demonstrates “Confirmation Bias.”

Another Conservative Media Demonstrates “Confirmation Bias.”

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Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Basics

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Chapter 2 : Information Architecture

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Chapter 3 : Responsive Design

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Chapter 4 : Interaction and Motion

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Chapter 5 : Designing for Machine Learning

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Sharyl Attkisson Shares The 10 Times The Intel Community Ran Amok

Matt Vespa

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:00 PM

Since the 2016 election, the intelligence community has been under greater scrutiny—and for good reason. The leaks emanating from this cadre of professionals in D.C. was not exposing government malfeasance from the Trump administration, but classified information that was putting America’s national security interests at stake. It seemed to have been done to hamstring a new administration. As apolitical operatives, this was not their job. If you can’t handle working under a new administration, then resign. Leaking to undercut the Trump presidency because you’re sore about Hillary Clinton losing is not an act of patriotism. Former investigative journalist for CBS News Sharyl Attkisson listed ten instances in which the intelligence community reportedly ran amok—and some of these instances occurred way before Trump even considered running for president (via The Hill):

Perhaps more alarming is the growing evidence that suggests some officials at all levels in intelligence and justice agencies are operating in a way that is clearly intended to serve their own political beliefs and interests — not the public’s interests.

And sometimes, it appears, they operate not just in direct defiance of their superiors but of the Congress, the courts and the very laws of the land as well.


Telecom takeover

Joe Nacchio, CEO of telecom giant Qwest, said that after he refused to spy on his customers for the National Security Agency (NSA) without a warrant in February of 2001, the government retaliated by yanking a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars and filing an insider trading case against him. He went to prison. The government denied charges of retaliation.

Olympic spying

In 2002, the NSA reportedly engaged in “blanket surveillance” of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting and storing “virtually all electronic communications going into or out of the Salt Lake City area, including … emails and text messages” to “experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance.” NSA officials had denied such a program existed.

Spying on Congress

In 2005 intel officials intercepted and recorded phone conversations between then-Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif.)  and pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage.


Journalist “witch hunts”

Internal emails from a “global intelligence company” executive in 2010 stated: “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.


Misleading on mass spying

On March 12, 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that intel officials were not collecting mass data on tens of millions of Americans.


More spying on Congress

CIA officials improperly accessed Senate Intelligence Committee computers, according to an Inspector General report in July 2014, contradicting denials by then-CIA Director Brennan.


NSA privacy violations

In fall 2016, the government confessed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court “significant non-compliance” of crucial procedures designed to protect privacy rights of U.S. citizens.


Intel mutiny?

Government requests to see or “unmask” names of Americans whose communications are “incidentally” captured during national security surveillance are supposed to be rare and justified.


Politically motivated press leak

In May 2017, former FBI Director James Comey secretly orchestrated a “leak” to The New York Times of negative memos he said he wrote contemporaneously about President Trump, with the motive of spurring the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the president’s alleged Russia ties.


Conflicted investigators

One purpose of special counsel investigations, such as the Russia investigation being led by former FBI Director Mueller, is to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. But multiple investigators working on Mueller’s team have been removed after being caught in compromising positions.

This issue has special meaning to the former CBS reporter, who alleges she was spied on by the Obama administration. She’s documented the reported Obama surveillance timeline on her website as well. Even left leaning journalists, like Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, said the leaks from the intelligence community are a prescription to the destruction of our government. Granted, Greenwald’s publication is set up as a safe space for leakers, and to protect them, as they disseminate information relating to government corruption or wrongdoing. Leaking because Hillary Clinton lost isn’t any of those things. Now, Greenwald fears both the deep state and the Trump White House, but noted the former doesn’t have the institutional constraints to keep their power in check. He made these remarks in an interview on the left wing Democracy Now program in February:

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Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it.

For now, this appears to be a bipartisan problem, as sketchy surveillance activity certainly happened under the Bush administration. The Obama administration took it a step further, specifically when they named Fox News reporter James Rosen, who is leaving the network at the end of the year, as a criminal co-defendant in a 2013 North Korean leak case. At times, yes, this group has certainly overstepped their bounds. It’s reached a boiling point since Trump was elected, however.

41 Noteworthy Comments from  Trump’s Pensacola Speech

41 Noteworthy Comments from Trump’s Pensacola Speech

(CNN)President Donald Trump was in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday night to rally support in advance of the Alabama special election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones on Tuesday.

Why was he in Florida rather than Alabama, you ask? Because the White House had previously said Trump wouldn’t be going to Alabama to campaign for the controversial Moore, who faces a series of allegations of pursuing relationship with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. So, Trump, who formally endorsed Moore earlier this week, did the next best thing: He held a rally 25 miles from the Alabama border in a media market — Pensacola/Mobile — that reaches almost 20% of the state’s voters.
Trump’s speech was a classic in the Trump vein. I went through and picked out some of the most eye-catching lines. They’re below.
1. “And you think this crowd is big, you should see right now what’s outside. Congratulations.”
Trump is always, always, always obsessed with crowd size. He views it as a measure of success. Or popularity. Or something. Also, I love the “congratulations” thrown in there. “Congratulations for being a big crowd. Well done.”
2. “The Emerald Coast in the great state of Florida, where we had a tremendous victory, didn’t we?”
Not sure if you heard, but Trump won Florida in 2016. Also, he won the Electoral College when no one thought he could. Also also, the election was 396 days ago.
3.”Let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas; right?”
So we are saying “Merry Christmas” again!
4. “There’s been no first year like this, or at least just about no; I think the answer is no, but I have to be very accurate because of the fake news back there.”
The best first year. I think. Probably definitely. Also, fake news.
5. “By the way, how are your 401(k)s doing? Not too bad, right?”
[checks 401(k)] Not too bad!
6. “With us it goes up, with them it goes down — and that’s the end of the election, right?”
I’m convinced! (Trump is talking about the economy here and previewing his 2020 argument against Democrats.)
7. “We’re going to speak the plain truth, and really the truth that you just want to hear — you have to hear. They don’t want to hear.”
This idea, regularly pushed by Trump, that the media isn’t interested in hearing the truth, is both wrong and pernicious.
8. “Did you see all the corrections the media has been making. They’re saying sorry — they’ve been doing that all year. They never apologize.”
A few things here: a) Yes, the media makes mistakes b) When we make mistakes, we admit them, try to be transparent about how they happened and work to ensure they don’t happen again, and c) If we in the media are “saying sorry” then how can it also be true that we “never apologize”?
9. “Get yourself a lawyer and sue ABC News. Sue them.”
Trump’s logic here is that because ABC News correspondent Brian Ross’ incorrect report about the Russia investigation drove down the stock market briefly, people who lost money should be allowed to sue him. That is, um, not how any of this works.
10. “They apologized — oh, thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should’ve been apologizing for the last two years. True. True.”
CNN did not apologize. We corrected a story. Which happens. It’s called accountability.
11. “We’ve created 2.2 million new jobs, factories are coming back to our country.”
Trump’s own Labor Department puts that number slightly lower: 1.9 million jobs.
12. “Any Hispanics here? Any Hispanics? Any Hispanics? You guys were great.”
Hispanics: Terrific job. At something. I think.
13. “Remember, they weren’t going to vote for me because I’m going to build the wall — but they want the wall too.”
Trump got 28% of the Hispanic vote in 2016. Mitt Romney got 27% of the Hispanic vote in 2012.
14. “What, we have Cubans here tonight? Good. Was the number 86% in favor of Trump? A tremendous percentage.”
Trump won 54% of Cubans in Florida in 2016.
15. “Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high — think of that.”
16. “We have some very good things happening with respect to health care, and the taxes are a part of it, and you’ll see what happens right after taxes. You’re going to see what happens.”
What a cliffhanger!
17. “I kept you out of the TPP, which would have been a total disaster for you and for everybody else.”
Trump is not down with TPP.
18. “They then come back because we’re the big piggy bank that everybody likes robbing.”
Potential future national motto: “America: We’re an easily-robbed piggy bank.”
19. “I love these guys. Look at these guys, ‘blacks for Trump.’ I love you. I love you. I love you.”
I love you, man (is a terrible movie).
20. “Hillary resisted and you know what happened? She lost the election in a landslide.”
Hilary Clinton: 65,853,516
Donald Trump: 62,984,825
21. “This is a rigged — this is a rigged system. This is a sick system.”
This is the president of the United States. The head of the government. Telling people that the “system” is “sick” and “rigged.” Truly amazing.
22. “We have a rigged system in this country and we have to change it. Terrible. Terrible.”
See #21
23. “Thanks to General Mattis and the military leaders and the allies — Mad Dog — Mad Dog Mattis. Mad Dog Mattis.”
I have long believed that if Mattis’ nickname was “Tiny” rather than “Mad Dog,” Trump would have been less inclined to choose him as Secretary of Defense.
24. “Oh, surveillance? That sounds familiar. That sounds familiar. Remember when I suggested something like that — everyone said, Trump, why is he saying? Well, it turned out I was right about that one, wasn’t I?”
You were not. Trump said that President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of him at Trump Tower. Every intelligence agency has said that didn’t happen.
25. “We’ll have borders on top of borders.”
What would that, um, look like?
26. “We will stay American and be proud of it — and that’s what’s happening more and more. That’s why I see all of those red hats and those white hats. I love those hats.”
27. “I said, you mean I beat Abraham Lincoln? That’s pretty good for 10 months.”
He’s talking specifically here about the number of regulations he’s gotten rid of since becoming President — in case you were wondering.
28. “When we were doing well during that beautiful election night — when we were doing well all over Florida, I said, was the Pensacola area included yet? And they said no. I said, guess what? We just won that election.”
The election ended 396 days ago.
29. “Did you see West Virginia? I love West Virginia. West Virginia. I love West Virginia.”
Things Trump loves according to this speech (so far): Blacks for Trump, West Virginia, MAGA hats.
29. “We make the greatest missiles, the greatest military equipment anywhere in the world.”
The best missiles. Not close. Believe me.
30. “The first thing I see is that big beautiful Merry Christmas sign. I mean, can you believe it?
Um, yes?
31. “It was summer, but I said, you know, we are going to say Merry Christmas. But let me just tell you, the department stores, right, they had the beautiful red walls, they had snowflakes all over the place, they had everything. Only one thing missing, the words ‘Merry Christmas.’ They are using those words again. Do you notice? They are using those words again.”
Trump 2020: “I brought back Christmas. You’re welcome.”
32. “This guy is screaming, we want Roy Moore. He is right.”
In case there was any doubt why Trump was in Pensacola, this should clear it right up.
33. “I love our veterans.”
Running list of what Trump “loves”: Blacks for Trump, West Virginia, MAGA hats, veterans.
34. “I can’t believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger bombed so badly on ‘The Apprentice’ — my poor, beautiful show. Oh, it was so successful. We get a big movie star and he can’t pull it off.”
This came in the middle of Trump talking about the Veterans Affairs Department. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
35. “These are bad people. These are very, very bad and evil people. They know who they are.”
Trump is talking about people who disagree with his agenda. And, yes, this contributes to our inability to disagree without being disagreeable. Or avoiding villainizing those who don’t agree with us.
36. “They will lie and leak and smear because they don’t want to accept the results of an election where we won by a landslide.”
Hilary Clinton: 65,853,516
Donald Trump: 62,984,825
37. “A poll came out today on CNN. Such a fake. A poll came out.”
I think Trump is referring to this Pew poll that showed him at 32% approval. But, how did he see it since he always says he never watches CNN???
38. “We need some love in the country. I would love to bring both sides together if that’s possible. There is a lot of hatred out there.”
“These are bad people. These are very, very bad and evil people. They know who they are.” — Donald Trump, like 30 seconds before this quote.
39. “Although I’m doing a good job, I guess, right? I’m President. I’m President.”
I have absolutely no idea what he’s going for here. But, he is President.
40. “And she said no, no, no, my bunch of dummies — bunch of dummies.”
Trump takes an, ahem, dim view of the campaign Clinton ran.
41. “Whether we are from the city or the country, and whether we are black or brown or white, you’ve heard it before, we all bleed the same red blood.”
GOP pollster’s advice to Republicans in 2018: ‘Be aggressive’

GOP pollster’s advice to Republicans in 2018: ‘Be aggressive’

GOP lawmaker: Election a referendum on Trump 00:56 Washington (CNN)One Republican pollster has figured out the only way his party can win next fall: Destroy every Democratic candidate in sight. In a memo, obtained by CNN’s Chris Cillizza , pollster Glen Bolger outlines nine ways Republicans can strengthen their […]

Erick Erickson Again Exposes the Fallacies of His Worldview

Erick Erickson Again Exposes the Fallacies of His Worldview

In his latest podcast, Erick Erickson again exposes the fallacies of his world view.

Let’s look at his first and last sentence.  In his first sentence Erick says, “To win new voters and ensure our ideals succeed, we have to double down on them.”  Then in his last sentence he says, “To make conservatism a success, we can’t let our values get trudged in the mud. We need to promote them to the public and counter leftist caricatures of them as cruel and wicked.”

This is where the fallacies of his worldview are exposed.  Erick recognizes that many see his worldview is, as he says, “cruel and wicked.”  He also calls it a “caricature.”  Well, all effective caricatures have a basis in reality.  So, when he calls the caricatures “cruel” and “wicked” then maybe his “ideals” are in fact “cruel” and “wicked.”  I certainly think taking healthcare away from people cruel and wicked.  (Of course I get that Erick would say he is not taking away healthcare from anyone, they are only taking away healthcare insurance.)

He says, “we can’t let our values get trudged in the mud.”  So, in Erick’s mind the way to avoid his ideals getting trudged in the mud is to “double down” on his ideals.  For example, instead of trying to fix Obamacare, or replace Obamacare with something better, double down to Erick means, simply replace Obamacare.  Or another example, instead of trying to balance the budget by raising the taxes of the top 5%, double down to Erick means balance the budget by cutting the safety net for the community.  (According to Erick and his ideals, it is cruel and wicked to continue to pay for a social safety net.)

Let’s take Kansas for example.  To paraphrase Erick let me say, “to win new voters you need to demonstrate your ideas succeed.”  Kansas tried his ideas and the State is a mess.

Perhaps if Erick and Conservatives clearly defined “success” that might help.  Is success lowering the number of people that go bankrupt paying medical bills?  Is success, lowing the number of people of color in private prisons?  Is success, raising the wealth of people not in the top 1%?  No.  None of those things constitute success in Conservatives minds.  For a large number of Conservatives in Alabama for example, (as evidenced by their support for Roy Moore), success is forcing everyone to display the 10 Commandments in all public buildings, forcing childbirth on all women once they are pregnant, and forcing Christian prayers on everyone.  For Erick and his tribe that is success.

Now here is what Erick says are his goals in this podcast:  1) end the budget deficit, end Obamacare, and cut taxes.

WHAT??? Why is ending Obamacare on this list.  This is what I am saying.  Erick complains about the “leftist caricatures of them as cruel and wicked.”  Yet, cutting taxes on the top 5% and ending the budget deficit by then cutting the social safety net as well as ending effective healthcare for the poor does appear cruel and wicked.


Now one more thing, Erick says, “Now we say we want to cut taxes. The media is presenting this as a tax cut on the rich and a drag on the economy. Have you heard high-ranking conservatives make serious efforts to dispel this idea? Nor have I.”

Here is another way the fallacy of his worldview is exposed.  He says the “media is presenting his as a tax cut for the rich.  (Which, by the way it is.)  The use of the term “media” is a caricature for his tribe.  Let’s say a member of Congress, opposed to the GOP Tax plan, goes to the Floor of Congress, and says the GOP Tax Plan is a tax cut for the rich.  Then CSPAN broadcasts it and different “media” outlets distribute that speech.  It is not the media that is presenting the GOP Tax plan as a cut for the rich that is a member of Congress.  Or let’s say an economist says it is a tax cut for the rich, and the media distribute the comments, it is not the media that is saying it is a tax cut for the rich, it is the economist.

The fallacy that is exposed when Erick and his tribe blame leftist media for the caricature of his tribe as cruel and wicked is that he thinks his tribes ideals are mis-understood, because of the media.  No, if his ideals are mis-understood, it is because he and his tribe has done a poor job of communicating them.

The media does not provide of caricature of his tribe.  Just take a look at the comments in support of Roy Moore by Erick’s Tribe and you can see that they, themselves, provide all the evidence to support that caricature.  It is not the media.  It is them.

David Horowitz: Sure, Roy Moore Is a Child Molester, But Vote for Him Anyway!

David Horowitz: Sure, Roy Moore Is a Child Molester, But Vote for Him Anyway!

This one tweet encapsulates everything that is wrong with our politics today: In my view Moore is guilty as accused. But 1) it happened 30 years ago, & 2) he can’t be removed from the ballot, & 3) electing a Dem strengthens a party that defends these criminals: Obama, […]