Lies, Damn Lies, and MSM Lies

One thing I have learned of late, even way before Trump got elected, was to never, I mean never ever, believe anything you read, either on the internet or in print. There is no level at which a writer, no matter what forum, will not stoop to advance an agenda. Not just a leftest thing, both sides do it. The semi honest (curve grading at it’s finest) will start off with the provocative title then buried in the third paragraph attempt to explain his spin, with the usual response of ,”You’ve got to be kidding?”

I could pull up about a million examples of dishonest leftest trope designed apparently to further a narrative and influence the gullible, but I found one on the right yesterday that was just text book.

Here is the headline “MSNBC: Donald Trump Will Kill Us!”, sounds pretty sinister, then you watch the video, and you want to smack the writer for making such an outrageous leap.

Especially on the internet, vetting anything you read is so important for anyone who wants to stay informed. I found this the other day;

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won
Journalists, media types, reporters, you have two choices: you can fix these problems, or you can watch your profession go down in flames.

Most of these lies we are familiar with but what is interesting is that this list came out when Trump barely had that many days in office, so about one fake news story a day.

I made a comment the other day that the levels of Trump Derangement Syndrome has surpassed anything we witnessed during the last 8 years. That loony bat Maxine Waters already yelling for impeachment, story after story about chaos in the WH, 12,000 plus assassination tweets, is it just that they are sore losers? What else can explain their “unhinged” nature?

It is clear that the MSM is the de facto muscle of the dems, their enforcement arm for spin and indoctrination, that their job is to chip away at the level of competency of the opposition, to erode support and foster an environment of chaos and confusion, but do they have to be so blatant about it?

Cress made the mistake the other day of thinking liberal tears was only payout cherished by the Trump win. Anyone who values honesty, decency, and fair play cheers when evil doers get their comeuppance. When reckless drivers get pulled over by the cops, when criminals are caught and jailed, and bad actor dishonest politicians get caught and publicly shamed, it gives the rest of us honest folks confidence that justice does exist in the world. Ditto with the press, when they get called out on their dishonesty, lose credibility and suffer lost prestige or loss readership, it provides symmetry and order. It also metes outs justifiable consequence for the evil doer. Lying and respectable journalism can not co exist, even in today’s rancorous political climate.

Life Support?

Several rhetorical questions have been buzzing around in my head lately;

Is the Democratic Party dying right before our eyes? The flies consuming the carcass (Al Franken, seriously?) is one good indicator.

Without academia running the indoctrination centers and the MSM shilling for them, would the actual expiration be more pronounced?

And is Trump orchestrating the media now exactly like he did when he was running for president? Stogy’s comments the other day about what a mess the inner working’s of the WH is (like the MSM is going to write anything positive), Svengali Bannon creating discord, internal squabbling, people attending meetings they have no business attending (Stogy’s words), haphazard frenetic activity with no purpose, the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, and now chaos is impending because it is uncertain whether Trump wears a bathrobe or not. Gee, sounds like things could blow any second. OK, I’m done snickering. I can just see Trump sitting in his comfy chair, a lit Montechristo number four in one hand, and 3 fingers of Glenlivet Nadurra in the other after a long day and him chuckling to himself how easy the MSM is manipulated.

Sure, there is still about a thousand different ways Trump could stumble, but with the following examples of his opposition, what did Rush use to say, “With one hand tied behind his back”?

Going to show that even after 9 years of blaming Bush for everything, it is so reflexively lazy, yet the base buys is every time.

Example #2;

Good thing Korea is not part of NATO. 2 weeks in and “Impeachment” is on the table, yea for responsible governance. I know they are old and haven’t expressed an original thought in 2 decades, but this is who they trot out for opposition photo ops, like nobody younger/smarter/more aligned with your average voter, they have no one else in the bull pen.

A few thoughts about the Devos confirmation, what was the purpose of their all night groping session with each other on the Senate floor last night? What is the purpose of their constant stalling re: cabinet confirmations? What is the purpose of bombarding potential cabinet members with thousands of written questions? They are all eunuchs, powerless to do jackshit, yet they play their silly games. Not even showing up to the hearing? How embarrassing is that.

I expected zero drama in Devos’ confirmation, it was all orchestrated by McConnell to perfection. Collins and Murkowski were both allowed to oppose (and appease their voters back home) and still Trump got his pick, as he should.

It is said that you can tell a lot about a person by their enemies. Once I found out that the NEA made her public enemy number one, I was immediately intrigued. I blame the teachers unions for most of the nations education failures. Too expensive, churning out substandard (in comparison to all other first world nations) students every year, ill prepared to compete globally, inefficient, bloated, wasteful and really accountable to no one since they get their way (more school bonds, please, you can never throw too much money at education) in all elections. Hopefully Devos will suck some wind out of their sails and mitigate the damage they have done to our kids. Think globally but act locally, she is for giving the individual states more say (more in line on what the founders intended), giving parents more control and freedom over what schools their kids attend and more accountability for those schools to the parents.

Now, get off your ass and get the rest of the cabinet confirmed.

No way! They lied… Again?

I could set this all up and write as if I am totally surprised to find out that top men at NOAA have been lying again for political reasons, but that stuff is getting old and sad. Lets just read the thing and get to the most recent revelations of malfeasance by the credentialed elite with an agenda:

The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

It was never subjected to NOAA’s rigorous internal evaluation process – which Dr Bates devised.

His vehement objections to the publication of the faulty data were overridden by his NOAA superiors in what he describes as a ‘blatant attempt to intensify the impact’ of what became known as the Pausebuster paper.

His disclosures are likely to stiffen President Trump’s determination to enact his pledges to reverse his predecessor’s ‘green’ policies, and to withdraw from the Paris deal – so triggering an intense political row.

Where to begin? Tom Brady won a fifth NFL title for New England, pissing off that douchebag Goodell and setting up the stage for a ton of libs pants shitting when he and Bill Belichick meet with Trump and are all happy about it. No wait. That’s a different story for a different day. So I guess I will start with the revelation that this paper was not peer reviewed and was presented as critically important scientific fact by people with an agenda. I wish I could say this revelation somehow was a surprise as well, but considering how much made up shit, rigged data & models, massaged systems that always produce the same cataclysmic results, and whole cloth exaggerations, if not downright making up fake crap, have been part & parcel of this cult, that would drag me down to the level of these people. You of course ask yourself, how could this happen? What about scientific rigor and oversight? Well, here is what we find out next:

In an exclusive interview, Dr Bates accused the lead author of the paper, Thomas Karl, who was until last year director of the NOAA section that produces climate data – the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) – of ‘insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximised warming and minimised documentation… in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy’.

Dr Bates was one of two Principal Scientists at NCEI, based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Official delegations from America, Britain and the EU were strongly influenced by the flawed NOAA study as they hammered out the Paris Agreement – and committed advanced nations to sweeping reductions in their use of fossil fuel and to spending £80 billion every year on new, climate-related aid projects.

The scandal has disturbing echoes of the ‘Climategate’ affair which broke shortly before the UN climate summit in 2009, when the leak of thousands of emails between climate scientists suggested they had manipulated and hidden data. Some were British experts at the influential Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

NOAA’s 2015 ‘Pausebuster’ paper was based on two new temperature sets of data – one containing measurements of temperatures at the planet’s surface on land, the other at the surface of the seas.

Both datasets were flawed. This newspaper has learnt that NOAA has now decided that the sea dataset will have to be replaced and substantially revised just 18 months after it was issued, because it used unreliable methods which overstated the speed of warming. The revised data will show both lower temperatures and a slower rate in the recent warming trend.

The land temperature dataset used by the study was afflicted by devastating bugs in its software that rendered its findings ‘unstable’.

The paper relied on a preliminary, ‘alpha’ version of the data which was never approved or verified.

A final, approved version has still not been issued. None of the data on which the paper was based was properly ‘archived’ – a mandatory requirement meant to ensure that raw data and the software used to process it is accessible to other scientists, so they can verify NOAA results.

Get that? The very director of NOAA’s climate data production factory rigged the game to produce the desired results that would fit the narrative by the cultists that the end was nigh. Of course, as we know, this is neither new nor uncommon behavior with these people, whom for some reason don’t lose their scientific credibility after being caught red handed fabricating the results they want to push the agenda, because the whole thing is political.

So since you can’t defend this indefensible anti-science behavior, I expect the cultists to attack a man with the following credentials for not believing the correct dogma that they sell by consensus.

Dr Bates retired from NOAA at the end of last year after a 40-year career in meteorology and climate science. As recently as 2014, the Obama administration awarded him a special gold medal for his work in setting new, supposedly binding standards ‘to produce and preserve climate data records’.

I am certain that this infidel will be punished for letting us take another peek behind that dirty curtain. The sad fact is that these idiots have themselves to thank for the lack of credibility they suffer from, and for the reactions clear thinking people – those of us that respect the scientific process – have towards them. When the crap hit the fan a long time ago when neither the models nor the predictions bore any resemblance to reality, had these people really been interested in making the case with science, the correct action would have been to go back to the drawing board. We got none of that. They basically doubled down on the nonsense, screamed even louder, denigrated and called anyone that pointed out they had nothing to really stand on, accusing them of being deniers, all of which were clear signs you were dealing with a cult.

Revelations like this, only serve to make it even more clear that we are not dealing with anything scientific. Well that and the fact that the solution to this calamity always boils down to some massive wealth redistribution scam that removes more of our freedoms, drastically grows the nanny state, seems to have a scary eugenics bent at its center, and without a fault always serves to enrich a small cadre of establishment credentialed elites. This nonsense has been very lucrative for a connected few, and a costly and idiotic thing for the rest of us. It’s time it died and the reds picked a new calamity to push their agenda with. Maybe a meteorite strike or an alien invasion.

Keep it up, please!

Lots of us going this way

Lots of us going this way

The establishment, and especially the sheep that want to virtue signal because they bought into what they deluded themselves was the right way of thinking, is pissed that the plebes have rebelled against the progressive nanny state, and are throwing a tantrum.

Super Matchup

The Trump effect strikes again. The NCAA national championship game was one for the ages, will this Sunday’s Superbowl game live up to that? I think it will. The best offense in the league against the best defense, the 2 guys (QB’s) vying for this years MVP (my pick, Ryan, has to be) the deflategate backlash (will Brady pull Goodell’s noose during the trophy presentation?), the Golden Boy sans Gronk against the best receiver in football, Julio Jones, this game has it all. Some sideline diversions; Lady Gaga goes political during the halftime show and is resoundingly booed by the those in the stands, don’t do it.

Make your predictions here, mine, only a fool would go against Belichick when he has 2 weeks to prepare (takes a la crosse player and turns him into a super stud receiver, get outa here) but I can’t help myself, I’m going with Atlanta. If Ryan can keep his cool and tune out all the hype, they will win, call me crazy.

Oh, and record numbers for viewers, not Trump numbers (te he) but still pretty big.

I have a tennis tournament this weekend so I am praying for rain (here) on Sunday.

Australia, Mexico and the Hysteria Cycle

So yesterday, the internet erupted with claims that Donald Trump had threatened to invade Mexico and had a testy phone call with the Prime Minister of Australia. I tweeted a little bit about but was a bit skeptical. But I did keep my policy on blogging about Trump-related news, which is this:

I will not blog about anything bad Trump supposedly does until it is confirmed, either by audio, video or in writing. I do this for my own sanity, if not for the sake of the debate.

To give you an example, I tweeted and blogged very quickly about last weekend’s airport debacle because it was obviously real. People were being detained and sent back, an EO had gone out, Whitehouse spokesmen had gone on record that it applied to green card holders. But I didn’t blog about rumors about an anti-LGBT EO that was supposedly on the way because it was all anonymous sourcing.

Now it turns out that the Australia phone call was a bit overblown. Trump is upset about the deal to send 1250 refugees here. But we have no idea how often world leaders get into these sort of tiffs and the Australian PM downplayed it. Trump took to Twitter to complain and it does appear he lashed out at the PM in some fashion. So it’s a bit concerning, but not exactly the start of a war. Meanwhile, Mexican and US authorities have denied that the phone call was confrontational and the transcript indicates that his “threat” to send troops down there was more of light-hearted joke and both sides saw it as such.

This is becoming a very big problem in the Trump Era. Things have moved very fast for the last two weeks. And, unfortunately, there has developed a tendency for the entire internet to jump at shadows. Garbage stories flourish with thousands of retweets and posts. The corrections are buried. The opposition is losing their damned minds, freaking out over everything Trump supposedly does only to find out later that at least half of it was fake news.

There are now dozens of Twitter accounts claiming to be “rogue” accounts inside NASA, the Parks Service and even the White House itself. There is zero evidence that these accounts are anything but trolls. In fact, one Tweeter contends that the spelling and diction indicate they are being run out of Russia (and Trump thought Putin was his friend). And yet these unsourced unreliable accounts have thousands of followers and every time they tweet something that confirms liberal biases, they get tens of thousands of retweets. Anonymous sourcing is taken as gospel. Rumors become headline news. It’s insane. It’s exhausting. It’s so discrediting that many people think it’s Trump’s team doing it to make the media look unreliable.

I realize that Trump scares a lot of people (including me). But if you turn the volume up to 11 on every whisper of malfeasance, you will exhaust yourself and everyone else. People who support Trump or are in the middle or are not political junkies will tune out. It’s not like there’s a shortage of real stuff to get mad about.

During the Obama years, I cautioned against screaming over everything he did. The same goes double for Trump. Focus on the bad stuff that’s real, not rumors. Support him when he does something right. Don’t burn your energy up and exhaust the nation chasing phantoms.

It’s Gorsuch

Well, it was done like an Apprentice finale, but we finally got Trump’s nominee to replace Scalia: Neil Gorsuch. So far, the conservative wing is extremely pleased. Gorsuch is a textualist, an independent thinker and a good writer. He clerked for Kennedy. He’s another member of the Harvard-Yale axis, unfortunately. I will have to read up more but my initial impression is that this is a solid nomination by Trump.

I thought that the GOP should have considered Garland. And I think the Senate should move forward on Gorsuch. Grill him. Vet him. Question his rulings and opinions. That’s their job. But if he’s qualified and has not serious issues, he should be our next Supreme Court justice. I expect the Democrats to put up a bit of a fight but, as he’s replacing Scalia, it will probably not be too bad. If they’re smart, they’ll save it for if/when Trump has to replace a liberal or moderate.

Trump Fires Yates

A few thoughts on Trump firing Sally Yates, the acting AG.

First, he is well within his rights to do so. The Attorney General answers to the President and, if she won’t obey his instructions, should resign. I have frequently defended politicians who are criticized for legal arguments they made while attorneys general, pointing out that arguing the state’s position is their job, whether they agree with it or not. If Yates didn’t want to defend Trump’s EO, she should have resigned, as Elliott Richardson once did.

That having been said, his statement on the matter is a bit odd, referring to her “betrayal” and trying to argue for the policy. This is politics, not some personality cult. We had enough of that nonsense with the last President. But I guess we’re going to have to get used to these Trump temper tantrums.

Finally, if there is one candidate I hope can be scuttled, it’s Jeff Sessions.

President Clusterfrack

I said this in the comments on my last post, but wanted to put it above the fold. This is from Charles Cooke on the refugee ban:

The way that this was rolled out showed a staggering incompetence by the Administration. According to detailed reports, this was crafted by Rudy Giuliani as a way to get a Muslim ban through the side door. It was put out without vetting by the Office of Legal Counsel or the Department of Homeland Security (according to DHS, they were literally discussing on the phone when Trump signed the order). I know there are those of you who will say, “Good! Fuck the bureaucrats!” But those bureaucrats exist for a reason: to prevent screwups like this; to execute the President’s orders within the bounds of the law and the Constitution. The initial order exempted green card holders, but racist conspiracy-theorist Steve Bannon and Trump confidant Steve Miller overrode that. It was rolled out on a Friday with minimal instructions given to customs agents.

As a result, there was total chaos. Border agents had no idea what they were supposed to be doing and were detaining people at random, trying to pressure them into surrendering their green cards and asking them questions about politics. People in transit — including children, people visiting sick relatives, PhD students, volunteers who helped us in Iraq — were suddenly thrown into an unknown situation. Airports erupted in protests and confusion. There are even reports of federal agents refusing to comply with the court order to cease or the later DHS Secretary’s order to let in green card holders.

The engine of state is vast and complicated. You can’t just issue executive orders like you’re playing an online Be The President game. Our federal agents and agencies need what the hell they are supposed to be doing. Citizens, permanents residents and immigrants need to know what the rules are, not have the rug jerked out from them when they get off of a plane.

Had Trump said something like this: “One week from now, we will temporarily stop immigration from the seven countries that Obama designated as problems. Green card holders, dual citizens and those in transit will be allowed in. After we review our vetting procedures, we will consider whether or not to lift the ban,” people would have opposed it. But there would not have been the chaotic angry scene we saw this weekend.

(Trump is on Twitter saying that if he’d done this, a bunch of “bad hombres” would have rushed to get in under the ban. This is a monumentally ignorant thing to say. It is a very long and time-consuming process to get visas from those countries — to say nothing of booking travel. You can’t do it in a week. This a fantasy concocted to give post facto justification to his incompetence.)

Trump’s first week has been marred by these kind of unforced errors. And it may get worse, with him having elevated Bannon to the NSC in place of the DNI and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Is this what we elected? Is this what we want? Chaos, protests and confusion? A President who rules by executive orders put together by crackpots? Four (or God help us eight) years of blunders, mistakes and Constitutional violations?

Maybe some people want that. But don’t call it conservatism.