Right Wing Wednesday

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The conservative provocateur James O’Keefe’s latest stunt is possibly his biggest backfire: He attempted to sting The Washington Post with a fake Roy Moore accuser, but found himself stung, as the Post exposed the scheme in a detailed report on Monday night.

It’s been eight years since O’Keefe’s debut on the national scene. The videos in which he and Hannah Giles posed as a pimp and prostitute to record ACORN employees appearing to advise them on how to break the law made the kind of impact mainstream news organizations dream of. They lead to ACORN shutting down, and made O’Keefe a key figure in the conservative media of the time. While others in the blogosphere or on cable news complained about the left, O’Keefe was out there doing something about it, infiltrating liberal institutions and exposing their corruption.

But it’s been a long eight years. Despite a few big hits along the way, like a recording of an NPR executive making partisan remarks in 2011, O’Keefe’s modus operandi has increasingly shown its flaws. The Washington Post incident is just his most recent own-goal. Last year, Project Veritas accidentally left a voicemail for a George Soros group it was trying to sting, laying out its whole plan; there was the 2010 blunder when O’Keefe plotted to embarrass CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by mock-seducing her on a boat equipped with sex toys; and there was O’Keefe and his colleagues’ arrest in New Orleans in 2010 during an attempted sting of Senator Mary Landrieu.

@ THE ATLANTIC

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21 Responses to Right Wing Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight these dunderheads keep trying to form things their way only to end up with dismal failure, the above story points that out.
    They have been plagiarizing the Three Stooges, only this bunch is not funny, just dunderheads with a lame agenda, sad. 😉

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  2. Micki says:

    While they keep the masses distracted with other matters…they continue to whittle away essential programs:

    GOP’s “Tax Cut Bonanza is a Major Attack on Medicare”

    NANCY ALTMAN, LINDA BENESCH, lbenesch@socialsecurityworks.org, @ssworks
    Altman is president of Social Security Works; Benesch is communications director for the group. They recently wrote the piece “The GOP’s tax cut bonanza is a major attack on Medicare,” published by Salon.

    The piece states: “Do you trust Paul Ryan to protect your Medicare benefits? How about White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus, and like Ryan, a longstanding foe of Medicare?

    “If the just-passed House tax bill, its Senate counterpart or some compromise of the two is signed into law, the enactment will put Medicare’s future in the hands of Ryan and Mulvaney.

    “According to the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP tax bill will instantly trigger $400 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in the next 10 years, including $25 billion in the first year after enactment alone.

    “These cuts are the result of a law known as Statutory PAYGO. That law requires an automatic cut in spending when Congress increases the deficit. The tax bill is, in Donald Trump’s words, ‘a big, beautiful Christmas present’ — for Trump’s family and other billionaires. If the Republicans are successful in passing a tax bill that increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion, as they intend, the provisions of PAYGO will be activated.

    “To be clear: If the tax bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Trump, nothing more needs to be done to cut Medicare. If the House and Senate do nothing, the cuts take effect immediately after the end of the congressional session and get bigger every passing year. A vote for this tax bill is a vote to cut Medicare.

    “These Medicare cuts could be waived if a majority of the House and 60 senators vote to do so. But given the Republican hostility to Medicare, together with Social Security and Medicaid, not acting and then blaming an Obama-era law is much more likely. Paul Ryan readily admits that he has been dreaming of cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security since he was a college student ‘drinking out of kegs.’ There’s no way he would pass up such a golden opportunity.”

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  3. Den says:

    Monday looks to be a total Capitalist blowout in online sales.

    My lack of critical spending skills and financial limitations has me on the sidelines, enjoying the frenzy of all the good little Capitalists as they respond to the X-mas season with credit cards in hand.

    I hate to be a wet blanket on the money-fest over all that China has to offer but there are a bunch of money-based lackeys called Congress willing to sell everyone out for their own gain meaning you better hang onto your money now, you will be needing it.

    Ho, ho, ho.

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  4. Micki says:

    I’m not certain how The Word of the Year is selected, but in 2015 it was IDENTITY; in 2016 in was XENOPHOBIA; in 2017 it is COMPLICIT.

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  5. Micki says:

    Where are we headed….?

    Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

    In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

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  6. Micki says:

    Hospice Compare website from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid:

    https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/#profile&pid=501537&previousPages=home

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  7. Den says:

    All these people getting fired over “allegations” has me wondering how many of these incidents are real, someone getting their revenge, or paid for allegations.

    The reason I bring this up is I too was a victims of someones allegations during a divorce that had me in front of the local District Attorney for spousal abuse and child abuse. Despite being innocent of the charges I was guilty until proven innocent facing criminal charges all because of an angry ex-wife and her need to make me a criminal for leaving.

    In my case the accuser had no proof and after a couple hours of pleading my case I was released. But even today the prospect of being ‘guilty until proven innocent’ by someones’ word haunts me.

    Looking at the recent cases in the Press the burden of proof resides with the Accused with nothing more that the Accusers word for what happened, it is, like me, up to the Accused to debunk the story, the legal system in reverse.

    Anyone that thinks all women are sweet gentile ladies are out of touch with reality. There are some damn mean women out there willing to watch a man get fired and jailed just to be mean. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    The legal system requires proof a crime was committed, “Innocent until proven guilty” unless it is sexual assault which is basically she said, he said with no burden of proof needed by the Accuser leaving the door wide open for revenge actions if that is the case.

    I see no way out of the burden of proof issue and fully expect it to continue, dangerous for the Accused.

    Many recent persons have been accused by many victims in which case it is clear who is at fault, singular accusations are debatable.

    Paying for accusers is a whole different ball game because there is no way of knowing whether the alleged victims were paid without inspecting their income, being paid cash leaves no paper trail.

    So there are many issues to consider, not all legal issues are clearly defined.

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    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      I take most of these stories coming out with a grain of salt because it IS he said, she said and there is no proof to be had. Plus the fact that the allegations pop up years and decades later, very weird. After all the time that has gone by, it must have been accepted by the woman…what’s the point of dragging it up at this time, to what purpose?

      As if we haven’t got enough of a mess in this country with the mentally ill man in the White House. The airways are now jammed with these sex stories.

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  8. Den says:

    Can’t we all just be nice? Shooting, stabbing, bombing, that is no way for grown adults to act.

    Looking at things, humanity is a collection of mostly angry beings with nice a minority.

    It isn’t too surprising they self extinguish themselves with regularity, failing to learn from their mistakes.

    They were given Heaven on Earth and turned it into Hell on Earth, sad.

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  9. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Lost our 60° today, only got up to 47°. Pete came over and we watched a movie in the basement with the fireplace on. Haven’t been able to watch a movie down there in well over a year, since it got too hard for Bob to get down there.

    I soaked beans overnight and made Hungarian Bean Soup today. It was done just as Pete arrived so we had a bowl right away. Mmmm.

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  10. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Ari Melber’s show is on, on MSNBC. Had to go out there to watch the interview with the guy who wrote Trump’s “Art of the Deal” for him. HE said he knows in good faith (hearsay) that a White House employee who is friends with one of the author’s friends, has told that person they are worried, as are other employees, about Trump. They said he is mentally ill and scaring everyone, something like that.

    Well, I believe it because the man seems mentally ill to me.

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  11. David B. Benson says:

    Frittered away another non-precipitation day. Just 13 minutes up to the Hillside Cafe for a Salisbury steak dinner.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Thence to Bryan Hall for a concert and home in the freezing mist; 29 minutes. Saw Abigail and heard her play. Talked to Elwood and Greg.

      Day 4: 114+29=143 minutes.

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  12. Micki says:

    I volunteered for 4 hours at St. Joe’s cardiovascular clinic, had a couple of meetings for other volunteer activities, set aside time to ride my bike (no rain) but somehow darkness sneaked up on me…so I’ll have to do my indoor boogie woogie dancing for my cardio activity today. 😉

    Dance when no one is looking….!!!

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  13. Den says:

    Never had you pegged for a Boogie Woogier, got tired just watching.

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  14. jimhitchcock says:

    Watched W. last night. Favorite bit was when the Fox knock off ‘Spinball’ was raving about Bush landing on the aircraft carrier, and one announcer saying “Women love war!”

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