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Watchdog chastises Pulitzer winners for Trump-Russia tales

                                       In this file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump (right) greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

An 18-month investigation by the liberal media watchdog Columbia Journalism Review has delivered a major black eye to The New York Times and other Pulitzer Prize winners for their stories about the Trump-Russia saga, finding “serious flaws” in their coverage and no acknowledgment that the accusations of collusion with Moscow were never substantiated.

Journalist Jeff Gerth, a former New York Times reporter, said his investigation found that news organizations didn’t follow their own rules for using anonymous sources and refused to be transparent about their work in attempting to prove links between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russia.

CJR Editor-in-Chief Kyle Pope said of the episode, “No narrative did more to shape Trump’s relations with the press than Russiagate. The story, which included the Steele dossier and the Mueller report among other totemic moments, resulted in Pulitzer Prizes and embarrassing retractions and damaged careers.”



FBI searching Biden home in Rehoboth, Delaware, in classified documents probe

                                        Joe Biden

FBI agents on Wednesday are searching the Rehoboth, Delaware, beach home of President Joe Biden as part of an investigation into the previous discovery of classified documents at other locations connected to the president, his personal lawyer said.

The planned, consensual visit is the first publicly known time that the FBI conducted a search of the Rehoboth residence. Agents did not obtain a warrant for the search.

The Department of Justice is investigating the discovery of classified documents at a private office in a Washington, D.C., think tank that Biden had used while a private citizen, and at his residence in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden's personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, previously has said that the president's lawyers searched the Rehoboth home and the Wilmington residence on Jan. 11.

Classified records were found in Wilmington by those attorneys, but not in Rehoboth, according to Bauer.



Hunter Biden’s allies weigh legal-defense fund for president’s son

                                                    Hunter Biden’s allies weigh legal-defense fund for president’s son

Hunter Biden’s allies have held initial discussions about creating a legal-defense fund to pay for a growing team of attorneys that is helping him confront both a years-long federal tax investigation and a host of new congressional inquiries, according to people familiar with the matter.

The effort has been triggered by Hunter Biden’s struggles to pay his mounting legal bills amid increasingly stretched resources and his pursuit of a new, aggressive legal strategy, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject.

A constellation of lawyers have worked for Biden over the years, and he continues to add new ones as he prepares to confront the investigations that House Republicans are starting to pursue.

It’s unclear exactly how much the president’s son owes in legal fees, in part because some of the bills were expected to be discounted or treated as pro bono work. But three people familiar with his situation estimate his current legal debt at well into the millions of dollars, and the figure is likely to grow as he faces additional congressional investigations.



Tom Brady announces retirement — again; quarterback says it’s ‘for good’ this time

                                        Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during warmups before an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Atlanta.  Brady, who won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa, has announced his retirement, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.   (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr., File)


Tom Brady is retiring.

Again.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback said that he is hanging up his cleats, one year exactly after he previously announced his retirement. Though the 45-year-old ended up playing in 2022, Brady insisted that this time it would be permanent.

“I’m retiring,” Brady said in a 39-second video. “For good.”

Brady retires as one of the greatest — if not the best — players of all time. He won seven Super Bowls, six with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Brady is stepping away after a 2022 that was challenging in both a professional and personal aspect.



Pentagon: Proposed Chinese plant near N. Dakota base ‘threat to national security’


The Defense Department says a proposed Chinese corn milling plant in North Dakota poses a potential danger to national security because it would be located near an Air Force base that oversees reconnaissance operations.

On Tuesday, Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, both North Dakota Republicans, released a letter from the Air Force that raises concern about the Fufeng Group’s proposal to build the plant about 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The base is the “center of military activities related to both air and space operations,” Andrew P. Hunter, assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the senators in a letter dated Jan. 27.

The host unit at Grand Forks Air Force Base is the 319th Reconnaissance Wing. It operates the Northrup Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft, which delivers surveillance and reconnaissance to combatant commands.



Long trail of falsehoods, fabrications and lies follows Schiff into California Senate race


Rep. Adam B. Schiff promoted himself as a fighter against lies and corruption that can bring down democracy when he announced his bid to become the next U.S. senator from California.

“I’ve always believed that right matters, that the truth matters,” Mr. Schiff said in a video launching his campaign.

Yet Mr. Schiff brings into the race his own trail of distortion and outright lies that critics say undercut the democratic process. He has refused to acknowledge most of the mistruths, even when faced with overwhelming evidence.

Mr. Schiff announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate, pitting him against six-term incumbent and fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein. Afterward, critics didn’t attack just his liberal House voting record. They also tore into Mr. Schiff’s claims over the past seven years that were central to his effort to bring down President Trump and other Republicans who tried to defend him.



Antifa fears spike after arrests in Jane’s Revenge attacks on pro-life facilities


Dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers have been terrorized for months by a radical pro-choice outfit calling itself Jane’s Revenge, but now it looks as if the previously unknown group is entwined with a more significant threat: Antifa.

Antifa trackers and conservative media outlets linked two Miami residents charged with conspiracy in attacks on crisis pregnancy centers in Florida to the shadowy anarchist movement after the Justice Department unsealed the federal indictment last week.

One of the suspects, 23-year-old Amber Smith-Stewart, has made no secret of her Antifa sympathies. She has identified herself as “Antifa, anti-capitalist” on her Facebook page, which includes images of pro-Antifa posters and flags from a screenshot posted on the AntifaWatch website.



Biden Demands Details on Budget Cuts From McCarthy


President Biden will ask Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, on Wednesday for details on what budget cuts his party is demanding in order to raise the federal debt limit and for assurances that Mr. McCarthy will not accept an economically debilitating government default, White House officials said.

The demands, outlined in a memo that the White House released on Tuesday, are an attempt by Mr. Biden to force Republicans to engage in a debate over taxes, spending and debt on terms that are more favorable to the president than to newly empowered conservatives on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Biden is seeking to force Mr. McCarthy to specify which programs he would cut — a list that most likely includes some spending that is popular with the public — and to calculate how much Republicans would add to the debt with additional tax cuts.



Drones and water slides: How cities spent Uncle Sam’s pandemic money


When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, someone in the Mississippi government thought of drones.

One problem: Mississippi’s state auditor said the money didn’t fit the parameters for pandemic spending. Another problem: The state bought Chinese drones that the federal government has banned its agencies from purchasing, the auditor said.

Other pandemic purchases on the watch of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security included $61,800 for a virtual reality simulator, $1.1 million for a “robot intelligent manufacturing system” and $313,800 for two spindle lathes for students who had internships canceled.

Most of the focus on pandemic misspending has been on fraudsters who stole potentially hundreds of billions of dollars from special unemployment or small-business loan programs.



College Board Revises AP Black History Course After DeSantis' Criticism


Little more than a week after Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said his state blocked a new Advanced Placement (AP) high school course on African American studies because it was based on a "political agenda," the College Board has revised the course by removing much of the content questioned.

The board on Wednesday released an official curriculum for its new AP course, which now does not include Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the names of many Black writers and scholars "associated with critical race theory, the queer experience and Black feminism," The New York Times reported.

Also, "Black conservatism" now is offered as an idea for a research project, the Times said.

The reparations debate, "gay life and expression in Black communities," and BLM only are included in a list of examples of topics that students can pick for research projects, CNN reported.



GOP wins showdown with Mayorkas as DHS allows agents to testify


Homeland Security will allow senior Border Patrol agents to testify to Congress, after Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas backed down from his earlier refusal, House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer said Tuesday.

The agents are the top Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande area of Texas and the Tucson region of Arizona.

Mr. Comer had invited four sector chiefs to testify, but he said last week that Mr. Mayorkas had refused, citing department policy that he gets to pick the witnesses who testify to Congress. Mr. Comer, Kentucky Republican, said that position would effectively neuter congressional oversight.

He had threatened to subpoena the officials, and said Tuesday that Mr. Mayorkas caved after that threat.



Youngkin is right: Virginians support protections when unborn children can feel pain

47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion at 15 weeks or earlier

Democrats in the Virginia statehouse pay plenty of lip service to democracy. Yet it was the majority-Democrat Senate Education and Health Committee that ignored the consensus of Virginians when they blocked legislation to protect unborn children and their mothers from the brutality of abortion at 15 weeks – a point when science shows children in the womb can feel pain.

Governor Glenn Youngkin called out opponents of the bill, saying, “I believe they’re way out of touch, and there’s still a path forward in the House. I sure hope they start listening to the folks that elected them to come represent them.”

Mr. Youngkin is right. Virginians have every reason to be appalled, especially by the behavior of Democrat lawmakers who celebrated with photos of themselves symbolically stuffing this compassionate legislation in the trash. Wherever you stand, this subject is serious.

Recent polling confirms that Virginians strongly favor protections for the unborn at 15 weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. That includes 64% of Independents, 55% of rank-and-file Democrats, and 56% of women. Even 60% of likely pro-choice voters agree. 



San Francisco reparations plan likely violates Constitution’s equal protection clause


Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides in part: “No state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 in the wake of the Civil War, and Section 1 was specifically designed to ensure that states would not be able to discriminate against Black people, many of whom were recently freed slaves. Its final clause — “nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (the equal protection clause) — essentially prohibits the states from treating any citizen differently from any other citizen.

So it is a bit ironic that San Francisco’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee recently proposed that the city pay $5 million each to virtually all Black San Francisco residents over the age of 18, pay off educational and other debts, provide an annual payment, and pay reparations to Black people all over the country with drug convictions.

Such reparations are probably contrary to the equal protection clause because they — obviously — prefer one group of citizens over another. The cash would not be available to non-Black people under any set of circumstances. Asians, Hispanics and White people — even those fortunate enough to have drug convictions — would receive no money.


" It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
     (1899-1973) British playwright

Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD

                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com


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