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Book Claims Drudge Told Bannon on Election Night 2016 Not to Trust ‘Corporate Media’ Exit Polls

July 20, 2017 Leave a comment

“Fuck the corporate media.”

On election night, internet pioneer Matt Drudge reportedly told Steve Bannon, who was then executive chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, that the corporate media’s exit polls showing Hillary Clinton beating Trump were wrong.

“Fuck the corporate media,” he reportedly told Bannon, according to Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. “They’ve been wrong on everything. They’ll be wrong on this.”

Green notes that the first exit polls Drudge splashed on his website showed that voters “were deeply dissatisfied and longing for ‘change’” but also did not show Trump winning in any swing state.

“Well, the numbers tell two different stories,” Bannon told Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner when Kushner wondered what the polls meant. “If you believe one set, we’re killing it, it’s a change election, and everything lines up exactly like we thought. But, man, if you believe the other one, we’re getting crushed.”

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Parents have reportedly told police R. Kelly is holding women ‘against their will’ in a ‘cult’

July 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Camila DeChalus

Parents have told police that musician R. Kelly is holding their daughters “against their will” in a “cult,” according to BuzzFeed News.

The parents of a 19-year-old from Atlanta told BuzzFeed that their daughter met R. Kelly — real name Robert Kelly — backstage at a concert in the city, and the 50-year-old musician invited their daughter her to fly out to a concert at his expense. The parents thought the invitation could benefit their daughter’s music career.

Two years later, the woman’s parents, whose names were withheld by BuzzFeed, claim she is living at his house “against her will” and in a “cult.”

They said they have not seen her daughter since December.

“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” the woman’s mother told BuzzFeed. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her.”

Three people who used to be affiliated with R. Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee — told BuzzFeed that six women are living on properties rented by the singer in Chicago and in suburbs of Atlanta and that he controls every aspect of their lives.

Mack, R. Kelly’s former personal assistant, said the singer controls the women’s phone and social media usage while they were under his roof. He said that if any of the women break Kelly’s “rules,” the singer punishes them physically and verbally.

“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” McGee, who previously lived with R. Kelly, told Buzzfeed. “But Robert is the devil.”

R. Kelly’s attorney, Linda Mensch, denied the accusations.

“He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence,” she said to Buzzfeed.

Comey in June: My Trump Memos Were Unclassified, Not a ‘Government Document’

July 10, 2017 Leave a comment

‘My view was that the content of those unclassified — the memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded’

News broke Sunday night that more than half of the notes taken by departed FBI director James Comey after his meetings with President Trump contained classified information.

Just last month Comey twice denied his memos contained classified material.

While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Trump’s firing of Comey, the former director stressed that these memorandums contained no classified information.

The memos, he insisted, were not “government documents” beholden to restrictions on federal records. Instead, he told Sen. Roy Blunt, he was free to share these records with his friends in the media — which he did.

And in an exchange with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), he said he wrote the memos in a way that would be unclassified:

WARNER: And I — I found it very interesting that, in the memo that you wrote after this February 14th pull-aside, you made clear that you wrote that memo in a way that was unclassified.

If you affirmatively made the decision to write a memo that was unclassified, was that because you felt, at some point, the facts of that meeting would have to come clean and come clear and actually be able to be cleared in a way that could be shared with the American people?

COMEY: Well, I remember thinking, this is a very disturbing development, really important to our work. I need to document it and preserve it in a way — and — and this committee gets this, but sometimes when things are classified, it tangles them up. It’s hard…


And here’s a transcript from his exchange with Sen. Blunt:

BLUNT: “You said, after you were dismissed, you gave information to a friend so that friend could get that information into the public media.”
COMEY: “Correct.”
BLUNT: “What kind of information was that? Wasn’t that (ph) — what kind of information did you give to a friend?”
COMEY: “That the — the — the Flynn conversation, that the president asked me to let the — the Flynn — I’m forgetting my exact own words, but the — the conversation in the Oval Office.BLUNT: So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document? You consider it to be somehow your own personal document that you could share with the media as you wanted to?”
COMEY: “Correct. I…”
BLUNT: “Through a friend?”
COMEY: “… I understood this to be my recollection, recorded, of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I felt free to share that. I thought it very important to get it out.”
BLUNT: “So were all of your memos that you’ve recorded on classified or other documents memos that might be yours as a private citizen?”
COMEY: “I’m sorry, I’m not following the question.”
BLUNT: “Well, I think you said you’d used classified — a classified…”
COMEY: “Not the classified documents. Unclassified — I don’t have any of them anymore. I gave them to the special counsel. But, yeah, my view was that the content of those unclassified — the memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”

Can CNN Survive Being Exposed as “Fake News”?

June 30, 2017 Leave a comment

CNN has been deliberately manufacturing fake news about connections and collusion between President Trump and Russia. In the past week, the wheels have come off the cart of the fake Trump/Russia story and CNN has taken a hit in the credibility department culminating in the retraction of an article, the “resignation” of three CNN employees, and the release of videos showing a CNN producer admitting that the story is “bulls**t” and a CNN political commentator calling it a “big nothingburger.”

CNN — along with other liberal mainstream media — has been alleging and insinuating a Trump/Russia connection for months, dating back to before the election. On June 22, CNN went too far even for CNN when investigative reporter Thomas Frank wrote an article claiming the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating Trump campaign team executive Anthony Scaramucci for ties to the Kremlin-controlled Russian Direct Investment Fund.

The entire story was a fabrication based on the claims of a single, unnamed source. Scaramucci pushed back against the story and CNN retracted the story, deleted it from its website, and replaced it with an editor’s note saying:

On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.

In the days immediately following that retraction, Buzzfeed reported that a CNN source said the story was a “massive, massive f*** up” and that “people will be disciplined.” That “discipline” seems to have taken the form of three “resignations” at CNN: writer Thomas Frank; unit editor Eric Lichtblau; and the unit executive editor, Lex Haris. If the buck really stopped with these three, this would just be a matter of good riddance to bad journalism. Unfortunately, the cancer at CNN seems to have metastasized and infected the system from the top down.

In a statement on his resignation, Haris said, “On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned.” He added, “I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”

Despite the claim of Haris that CNN “prizes accuracy and fairness above all else,” two new videos released by Project Veritas show that CNN values spin and profits above accuracy and fairness since CNN knew the Trump/Russia narrative that has dominated its headlines and broadcast schedule is false — or, as one producer called it, “bulls**t.” The videos also show that the infection of poor journalistic ethics runs all the way up the ladder to CEO Jeff Zucker.

The first video, released Tuesday, shows CNN Medical and Health Producer John Bonifield on hidden camera admitting that the Trump/Russia narrative is “mostly bulls**t right now” and that “we don’t have any big giant proof.” Bonifield is also seen on the video saying, “The president is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch hunting me.” But the most damning portion of the video is Bonifield’s admission that the directive to “keep digging” on the narrative comes from Zucker and is driven by ratings.

The second video shows CNN political commentator Van Jones — who has done his fair share of spreading the “bulls**t” by saying that while other presidents have said “nice things about the Russians” it should not be done (as President Trump has done it) “in the face of an active attack on the country.” Not realizing he was on hidden camera, Jones can be seen telling a Project Veritas reporter, “The Russia thing is just a big nothingburger.” It is noteworthy that his remark was not restricted simply to the fallacious claim that Trump is colluding with Russia. He was asked, “What do you think is going to happen this week with the whole Russia thing?” His answer — in that broad context — was that the whole Russia thing amounts to “just a big nothingburger.”

As Kristin Stockheimer wrote Tuesday for The New American about the first video:

Why is CNN flogging this false narrative? According to Bonifield, it’s about “ratings.” But of course, there are other consequences in addition to getting better ratings, very much including the effect CNN’s fake news has on the public perception of the Trump presidency and its legitimacy.

It is clear to any honest and informed observer that CNN is deliberately creating “fake news” in an attempt to boost ratings and delegitimize the Trump presidency in one fell swoop. Now it looks as though that attack is backfiring on the liberal network to the point that what will likely be necessary — if CNN is to survive — is a house cleaning from the attic to the basement. Because when the cancer of poor journalism runs this deep, the only real question is, “Can enough be cut to save the patient?” The answer to that question may well depend on what else comes out in the coming days and weeks.

Study: Pentagon Wasted $28 Million on the Wrong Kind of Camouflage

June 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Will Porter | The Daily Sheeple

The Pentagon overspent between $26 and $28 million on useless camouflage for the Afghan National Army (ANA), a government watchdog study found.

Conducted by the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the study not only found that between November 2008 and January 2017 the Defense Department purchased uniforms for the ANA without ensuring the suitability of the camouflage pattern for Afghan environs, but also overpaid for a proprietary pattern over more cost-effective options.

According to the study, the pattern chosen for the ANA uniforms may actually put soldiers at greater risk, making them stick out like a sore, green thumb against a tan landscape. Though some lands in the northern provinces of Afghanistan are lush and fertile—forests cover only 2.1 percent of the country’s land area—much of the country is either arid or semi-arid desert, making the green “forest” pattern chosen for the uniforms potentially worse than useless.

The Defense Department chose a “camouflage pattern without determining the pattern’s effectiveness in Afghanistan compared to other available patterns,” the report said in its conclusion. “As a result, neither DOD nor the Afghan government knows whether the ANA uniform is appropriate to the Afghan environment, or whether it actually hinders their operations by providing a more clearly visible target to the enemy.”

The pattern procured was a proprietary design created and owned by HyperStealth Biotechnology Corporation, a Canadian firm established in 1999.

The Defense Department personnel responsible for assisting the Afghans with uniform specifications found the HyperStealth company “through internet searches,” and the then-Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak “liked what he saw,” ultimately settling on the forest pattern.

John Sopko, the special inspector general for SIGAR, was indigent about the DoD’s practices. “My concern is what if the [Afghan] minister of defense liked purple, or liked pink?” Sopko told USA Today. “Are we going to buy pink uniforms for soldiers and not ask questions?”

The decision cost the department tens of millions in additional tax dollars.

“DOD’s lack of due diligence and its decision to purchase ANA uniforms using a proprietary camouflage pattern appear to have resulted in unit costs that are significantly higher than those for similar non-proprietary camouflaged uniforms, potentially costing the U.S. taxpayers an additional $26.65 million–$28.23 million since 2008,” the study found.

Failure to find a different, non-proprietary pattern for ANA uniforms could cost U.S. taxpayers between $68.61 million and $72.21 million over the next ten years.

The SIGAR study also discovered that the Defense Department may have violated the Federal Acquisition Regulation, a law barring sweetheart contracts to favored companies. “Agency requirements shall not be written so as to require a particular brand name, product, or a feature of a product, peculiar to one manufacturer, thereby precluding consideration of a product manufactured by another company,” unless somehow that brand serves a purpose other brands cannot, the regulation reads.

There was, in fact, resistance from some officials at the DoD to the decision to award the contract for some 1.3 million uniforms to a sole source, HyperStealth, but it apparently was not enough to prevent the deal from being inked.

“The DOD contracting office believed that, because there were so many available camouflage patterns in the world that a sole-source award would be hard to justify,” the SIGAR study said. “For example, aside from the many patterns available from commercial sources other than HyperStealth, the U.S. government already had rights to multiple uniform patterns that were not in use by U.S. forces that could have been used by the ANA and may have been equally effective in the Afghan environment.”

The study recommends a cost-benefit analysis of the pattern, which the DoD says it intends to do.

“DoD concurs in the suggestion contained in this report that a DoD organization with expertise in military uniforms should conduct a cost-benefit analysis [. . .] to determine whether there is a more effective alternative, considering both operational environment and cost,” wrote Jedidiah Royal, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, in a letter responding to the study.

As of March 31, Congress has allocated $66 billion to supporting the fledgling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, out of a total $117.3 billion spent on “reconstruction” activities in Afghanistan since 2002.

Previously, SIGAR has noted cases of extremely wasteful military spending, finding, for example, that the department had spent nearly a half-billion dollars on transport aircraft for the Afghans which were found “unfit for use and were scrapped for pennies on the pound.”

While a new troop deployment of several thousand American soldiers is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, the findings of the SIGAR study only highlight how much treasure has been squandered in the Afghan conflict, now the longest-running war in American history.

“This is just simply stupid on its face,” Sopko told USA Today. “We wasted $28 million of taxpayers’ money in the name of fashion, because the defense minister thought that that pattern was pretty. So if he thought pink or chartreuse was it, would we have done that?”

Homeland Security Will Start Building Border Wall Prototypes This Summer

June 27, 2017 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security will start construction of prototypes for a border wall this summer in the San Diego area, agency officials said on Tuesday, the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Trump.

Homeland security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs and human smuggling. Officials said they planned to build four to eight prototypes but did not say when construction would begin.

“We own that land, have access to it and it’s a good place to start testing in a real-world environment,” Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection, said at a news briefing.

John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, has said that there are no plans to build a wall along all 1,900 miles of the border with Mexico, which Mr. Vitiello has also said.

Despite the requests for proposals, funding for a wall was not included in the spending bill passed by Congress. But homeland security officials used $20 million allocated from other programs at the department to pay for prototypes. The agency has identified the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley region in South Texas as priority areas for new border walls.

The president’s plan to build a border wall was part of a contentious budget fight this year. The administration was seeking $3.6 billion for the 2017 and 2018 budgets for just over 100 miles of wall. But members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — balked at the amount and instead increased funding to expand technology at the border.

The requests from Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, said vendors should submit designs that make it essentially impossible for a person to climb the wall or gain access with a ladder.

The design should include anti-climb topping features that prevent scaling using common and more sophisticated climbing aids, the agency said in the proposal requests.

To address concerns that drug cartels or others may dig tunnels under the wall, the requests ask for designs that “prevent digging or tunneling below it for a minimum of six feet below the lowest adjacent grade.”

Despite the desire for an imposing wall, homeland security officials also want to ensure that the structure is at least somewhat aesthetically pleasing, at least from the American side.

There has been intense opposition to building a wall in some communities near the border.

In Texas, there is bipartisan opposition from most of the state’s congressional delegation.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, has questioned the effectiveness of a border wall, saying, “I don’t think we’re just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it.”

Sarah Huckabee Just Dropped a MOAB on “Very Fake News”

June 27, 2017 Leave a comment

“If the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America.”

Those were the very powerful words from White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee was responding to the bombshell video involving a CNN producer admitting on hidden camera that the Trump-Russia “scandal” was fake news, a witch-hunt, and “bullshit.”

Huckabee went on to say that we’ve been forced to deal with the Russia HOAX for months now, thanks to news outlets pushing a story with zero evidence.

Watch the video:

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