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   The Demo Double Standard When 
Digging for Dirt on Trump
Mark Alexander
Rules for journalists focus 
on Muslim 'sensitivities'
by ~ Journalism regulators in the United Kingdom are proposing rules that critics say would favor Islam over other religions... The aim of the rules apparently is "to respect 'sensitivities' and avoid causing offense – not the factually correct reporting of newsworthy events," wrote Judith Bergman, a lawyer, political analyst and senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute." It does appear to be the case that what is uppermost in the minds of the drafters of the guidance is not so much factually accurate reporting, but concerns of a far more political nature, namely those of accommodating religious and cultural 'sensitivities' and avoiding the causing of any offense." She was discussing a report by the British think-tank Policy Exchange called "Eroding the Free Press." It addressed a leaked draft of a document called "Guidance for Reporting on Islam and Muslims" by the Independent Press Standards Organization, the nation's press regulator. According to the Policy Exchange report, the draft IPSO guidance states: "Journalists should be aware that their content can have an impact on the wider community and on how minority communities are treated. Inaccuracies and insensitivities can damage communities and prevents their accurate representation. They can also contribute to members of communities feeling divorced from, or misunderstood, by the media. Finally, inaccuracies and unbalanced coverage can work to increase tension between communities, which can make harassment more likely."But Policy Exchange said that approach is imbalanced. "In all of this, there seems to be a suggestion that journalists should take a different approach to covering Muslims than that employed towards other faith groups. This all seems remarkably ill-conceived. If we ruled out reporting on matters specific to Muslims not only would we miss some big issues – not least the threat from Islamist extremist terrorism, which continues to dwarf other global terrorist threats – but we would also be unable to report properly on discrimination against Muslims. More generally, we must ask: is it really the role of journalists to consider community cohesion before truth and accuracy? And what are the potential consequences of such an ethos?" Bergman explained the draft report also addresses "accuracy," suggesting that reporters must provide "contextualizing information" and "present more than one opinion."... Their going to wake up to their mistake but it will be to late.   
US Troops Headed to Middle East
by ~ Currently, the Middle East is a giant powder keg waiting to go off. Turkey is launching an offensive into Syria, Afghanistan is under constant threat from the Taliban... and Iraqi citizens are on the precipice of a violent revolution against their government. Take Iran’s constant hostilities over the course of 2019 into account, and one can clearly see that the region is a hot mess. The stabilizing presence of the US in the region has averted numerous catastrophes. However, tensions have drastically risen over the past year, especially this summer. This situation is becoming too volatile for our current allocation of troops in the Middle East to handle safely. As a first step towards providing further security and stability for our allies in the region, President Trump has ordered additional troops to deploy in Saudi Arabia. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper provided clarity on the Pentagon’s official stance with Iran in light of this move during a press conference. We thought it was important to continue to deploy forces to deter and defend and to send the message to the Iranians: Do not strike another sovereign state, do not threaten American interests, American forces, or we will respond. -Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense This increase in troops is in direct response to the attacks on the world’s largest crude oil processing facility in the world located in Saudi Arabia back in September. America and Saudi Arabia have strong reason to believe that Iran was behind the attack. So, the US is helping to defend one of its most important strategic allies. A total of 3,000 troops are expected to be stationed in Suadi Arabia after this newest deployment. The Pentagon will also send two more Patriot missile batteries and a THAAD missile system. Some details are unknown, like whether or not the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group will be replaced when it finishes its current deployment...  
Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry
By Clarice Feldman
{ } ~ Believing scumbag-Adam Schiff’s lies and calling for an “impeachment inquiry” has to be one of the worst blunders of Speaker liar-Pelosi’s career. The whistleblower tale has crumbled and the backup witnesses... the Democrats are relying on only confirm the Deep State bureaucrats and Democrats believe that they, not the elected president, have a lock on executive powers. In fact, the ploy boomeranged and the spotlight is now on the Democrats’ White Hope, loose lips liar-Joe Biden. Despite the media downplaying loose lips liar-Biden’s actions, there is more to come of his and his party’s corruption. The leaker, incorrectly tagged a “whistleblower,” now doesn’t want to testify. Instead he wants to give his testimony “by letter,” presumably from an undisclosed location where no one can test his “testimony.” Ostensibly this is because he fears for his safety. He is anonymous, so any claim of “death threats” seems unlikely, although as we show below,  we do have a rather good idea of his identity. In any event the very notion is preposterous.  It was already ridiculous to think a presidential impeachment, to remove the most powerful elected political representative of The United States, could continue based on an anonymous complaint. However, expecting the same complainant/accuser to remain invisible during the process is so far beyond nonsensical, the light from where nonsense emanates wouldn’t reach this narrative for a year. Yes, feel free to pummel the left-wing nuts based on the absurdity of this request. Only the most raving Moon bat imaginable would think they could impeach a sitting U.S. President via a ‘Dear Sir’ complaint letter to Congress. These are obviously not stable-minded people. Oh, please, please, please hold that impeachment vote now. It is more clear than ever where this nuttery is heading. If you thought it was delicious to watch the media meltdowns on election night 2016, just imagine the meltdowns as the media attempts to sell impeachment via a strongly worded  letter of complaint to their resistance constituents…. Perhaps he could testify via text messages, or… wait, even better… via tweets. Too damn funny.  The real reason for this backoff, I think, is that once his identity is confirmed, it will be clear this was a stupid setup by amateurs in Congress who wanted to cover their tracks. From certain clues reported, online detectives have winkled out what appears to be his identity. If they are right, there are a lot of reasons he wouldn’t want to testify. For one he seems to be involved with those behind the discredited Steele Dossier. “Billionaire scumbag/liar-Clinton donor Victor Pinchuk sent MP Bielkova to meet with him the same day she met with David Kramer and kicked Steele Dossier operation into high gear.” For another, his association with two members of scumbag-Schiff’s staff -- Abigail Grace and Sean Misko -- suggests they cooked up his story together before sending it off to the Inspector General to refashion the leaker as a “whistleblower.”...
What appears to be his identity...
US military denies killing civilians
 in Taliban drug lab airstrikes
by Ben Marquis
{ } ~ The United Nations is attacking the U.S., accusing U.S. military forces of unlawfully killing dozens of civilians in a series of airstrikes in May... U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) issued an immediate denial of the U.N.’s accusation, asserting that very few, if any, civilians were actually killed in the long-planned “precision” strikes. The strikes were targeting a methamphetamine-manufacturing facility that sold the drugs on the international black market and used the proceeds to fund the Taliban’s war effort, according to CBS News. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in conjunction with the U.N. Human Rights Office, claimed in a report that the series of airstrikes on May 5 damaged or destroyed some 60 buildings and that investigators had “verified 39 civilian casualties — 30 deaths, five injured and four ‘undetermined.’ The toll included 14 children and one woman. ”The U.N. groups also claimed to have “credible evidence” that an additional 37 civilian casualties — 30 dead, 7 wounded — also resulted from the airstrikes on the drug-manufacturing operation, though those additional casualties were not confirmed. The groups further acknowledged that the targets of the airstrikes were buildings where methamphetamine was being produced, and even acknowledged the growing problem of drug addiction in the country. However, they asserted that such facilities — particularly when employing civilian workers — were not legitimate targets for military strikes, and therefore deemed the airstrikes to be unlawful and in violation of international humanitarian laws...
'We train our boys to be killing machines'
Trump announces White House review 
of Green Beret murder case
by Carlin Becker
{ } ~ President Trump defended a former Green Beret charged with murdering a suspected Taliban bomb-maker, announcing that the White House is reviewing the case... "The case of Major Mathew Golsteyn is now under review at the White House," the president tweeted on Saturday. "Mathew is a highly decorated Green Beret who is being tried for killing a Taliban bombmaker. We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill! "Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is charged with committing the premeditated murder of an Afghan man he believed was a Taliban bomb-maker in 2010 when he was deployed in Afghanistan. He first disclosed the shooting in 2011 during a CIA polygraph test while he was applying for a job with the agency. The Army then investigated the incident, but it closed the case with no charges. He later publicly admitted to the killing during a 2016 appearance on Fox News, two years after he was given an official reprimand, which reopened the case. In 2018, Golsteyn was formally charged with premeditated murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death. In July, he pleaded not guilty to the charge. His attorney has since claimed the military’s “secretive” prosecution is denying his client his constitutional rights. Trump has considered pardoning him but has not yet made a decision.   
The New Political Matrix
By Taylor Lewis
{ } ~ Civil war in Syria. China’s authoritarian ambition. Russian chicanery. Iranian proxies interfering with the international fuel supply. Most global threats facing America are relatively straightforward... they’re country-based, tangible dangers to U.S.-enforced global stability. The bad actors are clear enough: Putin, Erdogan, Jinping, Khamenei. The weapons are conventional: guns, bombs, drones, shackles, concentration camps, Facebook memes. The values at stake are classical: human rights, commercial freedom, the integral dignity of all mankind.  That current threats are easy to identify doesn’t make them simple to solve. But, for students of the history of warfare, they aren’t de novo. The one exception are the digital didos of Muscovite netizens -- election interference is an old practice, but manipulating social media with Jesus versus scumbag/liar-Hillary graphics is new. The press likes to make outrage hay out of Russia’s attempted manipulation of U.S. political contests, but the effect is frequently overstated. However, chiliastic memes meant to sway elections may be small-bore for now, but they presage something more diabolical down the road. The age of digital warfare is about to get worse.  The New Yorker recently covered the rise of artificial intelligence in basic composition. Back in the spring of 2018, Google introduced Smart Compose, a “predictive text” feature that recommends appendixes to close sentences for Gmail users. The words it suggests are basic at first “Have a great weekend!”, but the tool learns from users over time, adjusting the syntax, coming ever closer to mimicking the way real people to speak to one another. The technology isn’t perfect. Yet. There is still a staleness to artificially generated text. But that staleness is also present in everyday discourse, particularly in business, where canned phrases, sanitized daily by H.R., are ubiquitous. Still, AI tech is fast catching up, breezing past Moore’s Law, increasing processing power by a factor of ten each year. Last February, the nonprofit company OpenAI refused to make public its own AI text software known as GPT2. The reason? It’s straight out of a James Cameron-directed dystopia: the machine was too good at replicating human communication. The doyens of OpenAI -- public-minded Silicon Valley grandees like Sam Altman and Elon Musk -- want to ensure artificial intelligence isn’t just used responsibly, but its benefits are egalitarian, not hoarded by the very few...
The Demo Double Standard When Digging 
for Dirt on Trump
Mark Alexander:  I have often observed, “If it weren’t for double standards, Democrats wouldn’t have any.” I’m not sure who said it first, but it frequently bears repeating.

Case in point would be the discovery of the 2018 scumbag-Durbin/scumbag-Leahy/scumbag-Menendez letter to Ukrainian officials, which I mentioned two weeks ago in “Democrat Obstruction 2.0.”

That column was a rebuttal to Demo Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of the Democrat Party’s 2020 campaign platform — a coup d'etat masquerading as an impeachment to overthrow the American people’s lawful election of Donald Trump — or at least to prevent his reelection.

After the colossal failure of their first coup attempt  orchestrated by leftist deep-state operatives in the FBI and CIA, in August of this year, House Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff used intermediaries to collude with a new group of CIA “whistleblowers” to set Trump up again.

scumbag-Schiff and his shills claim that last July, Trump requested that Ukrainian officials investigate the activities of loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son Hunter in a quid-pro-quo exchange for the release of $391 million in American aid.

Apparently, young Hunter collected significant “cash benefits,” both from Ukraine and China, when the old man was Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s vice president, and Democrats are crying foul that our nation’s current chief executive had the audacity to ask then-newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into that and other corruption matters. (We now know that five months before the call from Trump, Ukrainian prosecutors were already investigating Hunter Biden’s Burisma outfit.)

The most amusing correspondence in this latest Demo charade is a letter from liar-Pelosi to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, in which she laughably cites her “solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” liar-Pelosi also insisted, “Our Founders were specifically intent on ensuring that foreign entities did not undermine the integrity of our elections.” As if her reference “to support and defend” our Constitution weren’t enough of an eye-roller, she concludes, “We hope you and other Republicans share our commitment to following the facts, upholding the Constitution, protecting our national security, and defending the integrity of our elections at such a serious moment in our nation’s history.”

Ah, yes, Democrats “upholding the Constitution.”

But the letter of reference exemplifying the Demos’ double standard in this dustup is a correspondence composed on official U.S. Senate letterhead, addressed to then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and signed by Demo Sens. scumbag-Richard Durbin (IL), scumbag-Patrick Leahy (VT), and scumbag-Robert Menendez (NJ).

As political analyst Marc A. Thiessen pointedly asks, “It’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?”

This Demo trio made clear that they were “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine” before strong-arming Lutsenko to do as they said. In regard to their fake Russian-collusion delusion to take down President Trump, the Demos complained, “We … are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump.” They then demanded that Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important [Mueller] investigation.”

In other words, these three senior Democrat senators were demanding that the Ukrainian government help find some shred of evidence to back up their “Russian collusion with Trump” investigation or risk the loss of U.S. support for Ukraine.

Or, in still other words, a “quid pro quo”! Sound familiar?

After that reference, I heard from an erstwhile Patriot reader that one of their colleagues had “investigated” my claim about the Demo letter and found it “FALSE.” And the source of that fact-check finding? You guessed it —

Snopes, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is one of the earliest self-appointed “fact checkers” on the Web. It began life as the “Urban Legends” website and, frankly, 20 years ago, was an amusing stop for confirming or debunking folklore. But commercial ad-supported sites like Snopes are always at risk of becoming politicized and failing their own standards of objective assessment. The assessors aren’t machines and are therefore subject to the same human biases as the rest of us.

In its later iteration as Snopes, founders David and Barbara Mikkelson (before they divorced) teamed up to spin a lot of leftist yarn when pretending to fact-check hot-button political issues. D. Mikkelson and his “team” of checkers have ramped up their partisan advocacy since Trump’s election, riding the wake of leftist protagonists and their Leftmedia propaganda machines. Most of what the Leftmedia outlets run as “news” is steeped in leftist brew, and the same can be said for the Mikkelson crew. So, who checks the checkers?

Snopers are so intent in their quest to take on any and all things conservative that they recently went so far as to fact-check The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire website. That’s right — the Snopers are not only the self-appointed arbiters of truth on matters of great import, but now even matters of great humor.

The interesting thing about Snopes is that its leftist spin inadvertently exposes how Democrats spin reality into their own alternate universe. As a case in point, let’s go back to that arm-twisting Demo senatorial letter to Ukraine.

According to Mikkelson, the assertion that this letter constituted a quid pro quo is FALSE because the most leftist media source in the nation, The New York Times, says so.

But when reviewing the NYT’s own fact checkers  regarding the clear double standard that it’s fair for Democrats to pressure Ukraine for dirt on Trump, but foul for Trump to ask questions about corruption, including that involving the loose lips liar-Bidens, there’s an interesting revelation.

Here’s how the Times spun it:

“The three Democratic senators did write a letter to Yuriy Lutsenko, then Ukraine’s prosecutor general, in May 2018. Mr. Trump’s claim of an implied ultimatum is a matter of interpretation but the letter does not include an overt threat of withholding foreign aid.”

But the Times does concede that “direct mention of foreign aid was in relation to … cooperation with Mr. Mueller’s investigation.” Which is the very definition of a quid pro quo!

Again, to be clear, The New York Times concluded that the “implied ultimatum” was “a matter of interpretation,” and that the Demos’ letter did mention foreign aid “in relation to” Mueller’s investigation, but that did not constitute an “overt threat of withholding aid.” Got that?

This does not make the assertions about the Democrat letter “FALSE,” as Snopes declared. At best, it makes them inconclusive.

As for Trump’s communication with his Ukrainian counterpart, there is no “overt threat” of withholding aid, and any “implied ultimatum” is “a matter of interpretation.” Thus, no quid pro quo.

But Democrats are using their “interpretation” of an “implied ultimatum” as the basis for impeaching Trump and, with the help of their MSM publicists, are rallying considerable public support.

A double standard? Not if you’re a Democrat! Democrats embrace hypocrisy as if it was the highest of political character traits.

Finally, while the scumbag-Durbin/scumbag-Leahy/ scumbag-Menendez letter is an interesting study in how leftists spin the truth, there is no dispute about another double standard — loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s 2016 threat to cut $1 billion in U.S. Ukrainian loan guarantees if they did not fire Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor whose investigations were getting dangerously close to Hunter Biden’s affairs. I say no dispute because, in Joe Biden’s own words, “I looked at [the Ukrainian leaders] and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b—. He got fired.”

As it stands today, President Trump has appropriately “declined” the Democrats’ invitation to participate in their impeachment hoax.  

~The Patriot Post  

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