So where are we?
Not in a good place.
The State Religion has taken over in California.
The Democrat Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California has invented a new crime: Performing Undercover Video Journalism While Not a Democrat.
Of course, he didn’t call it that. Nor did his predecessor, now U.S. Senator Kamala Harris,(emphasis me V) when she launched an investigation of the undercover video operation to expose alleged fetal body part sales by Planned Parenthood.
That investigation resulted in 15 felony charges that were just announced, as we covered the other day, California’s AG Charges Undercover Reporters Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Baby Part Selling.
For the most part, the mainstream media that uses similar undercover video tactics — which is how 60 Minutes made its name…
Some news outlets, like the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal are covering it, and Mother Jones, but nobody else seems to be very interested in this example of using the state to go after social enemies (not political).
The NY Times ‘covers’ the story.
Like this defense of Planned Parenthood/explaining away any stupid implications that 15 felonies was a problem.
They claimed to have gathered evidence that abortion providers and others were selling tissue from aborted fetuses for profit, which is illegal, but subsequent investigations failed to find evidence of that.
You know, except they did. The de rigeur, “Deceptively Edited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Critics said Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt, who were working for the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that was previously obscure, had deceptively edited the videos and misrepresented what they showed.
You don’t need to see the vids, you see, they were deceptively edited! So when the PP person said, “We’re going to sell you body parts.” it obviously does not prove they were going to sell body parts. So there.
Are there first amendment concerns?
The defendants have said they were acting as journalists, but even if a court accepts that argument, it may not matter in this case.
They’re not journalists! Journalists can do things others can’t. It says so right there in the commerce cl…first amendment!
Eavesdropping laws apply to journalists, too. And while the activists may claim a right of free speech or free press to publish the videos, the charges are about collection, not publication.
When 60 Minutes is arrested for the same thing, I look forward to the same response.
Sorry, we all know 60 Minutes peeps will not fall afoul of the law because they only go after the left’s enemies and the NY Times would freak the fuck out if whoever’s on 60 Minutes these days were actually arrested.
This story has the same script, no sense quoting it.
Here we have the Secret Evidence the Hoi Polloi Cannot See!
A federal appeals court on Wednesday barred the release of videos made by an anti-abortion group whose leaders are facing felony charges in California accusing them of recording people without permission in violation of state law.
They don’t have a problem with that.
“There’s no denying that the smear campaign launched by the defendants has put abortion providers at risk, and we are grateful that the Ninth Circuit affirmed our preliminary injunction,” said Vicki Saporta, National Abortion Federation president and CEO.
We needed a quote from the National Abortion Federation president and CEO to explain that this was wrong!
Oh, and there’s a National Abortion Federation. With a president and CEO. That’s sorta horrific.
I didn’t know this, but it’s fucking funny.
Daleiden and Merritt had been indicted in Texas, but all of the charges were dropped as prosecutors said a grand jury had overstepped its authority. The grand jury had been convened to investigate Planned Parenthood, but after finding no wrongdoing it indicted Daleiden and Merritt instead.
Okay then. These people selling pieces of dead babies are okay but the ones showing it are enemies of the state.
I was going to look at other news “agencies” but really, at this point what difference does it make? They’re not going to cover this. It’s a regional issue and not for national consumption.
Now let’s look at this video of a fireman in West Bumfuck saving a kitten!
Coupla puppy blender links.
Tillerson and Turkey disagree on strategery in Syria.
Washington and Ankara disagree sharply over how to wage war against Islamic State militants in Syria, with the U.S. backing Kurdish militias whom the Turks disdain as terrorists.
Tillerson, dealing in the world of international oil dealings, probably likes the Kurds more than anybody else he’s had to deal with so I doubt Turkey’s problems with someone they’d like to Armenian are going to affect him all that much.
Which means that Tillerson could get with Russia to handle Turkey to cut down on terrorists in the area, but our fine media betters attack on whatever they’re saying Russia did today will make that harder.
Yay Minitrue! From ‘reporting’ on Abu Ghraib every day for a year to accusing Russia of interfering with our election, Minitrue surely knows how to hurt America for the sin of not electing Democrats.
Speaking of the bullshit Russia deal and punishing America, the Senate is uninterested in getting the story.
A senior congressional official with direct knowledge said Flynn’s lawyer was told it was “wildly preliminary” and that immunity was “not on the table” at the moment. A second source said the committee communicated that it is “not receptive” to Flynn’s request “at this time.”
I usually try to ignore what’s “going to happen”, but this feels right.
CNN has been non-stop Flynn for months, this gives our fine media betters a chance to continue their attacks on Trump. The We’re Better And Smarter Than You Party is not going to give up that club easily.
Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News.
The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.
You see, it was so important that they didn’t start any investigations, they just planted bombs to keep Trump fighting this dishonest idiocy instead of presidentin’.
Obama and his media tools were screeching about Russia long before January, but they compiled this just in time for the change of admin.
There was a lot of that going around.
Not really linking this for anything except the horrifying aspect of the headline.
Could Donald Trump Seize
The U.S. Political Center?
Stranger Things Happened
The “Political Center” in America is the bastion of the We’re Better And Smarter Than Your Party that gives bi-partisan cover for leftist power grabs.
The people who are busily not repealing Obamacare or building a wall.
Okay, I can see why Ann Coulter would want to do this, but what the fuck is Berkeley thinking?
The planned visit by firebrand conservative commentator Ann Coulter to the University of California, Berkeley has officials and organizers worrying about a repeat of the rioting which greeted Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
So long as they get no federal funds to rebuild, I’m okay with it. It’s like an episode of The Purge except with the hilarity of lefties destroying their own property as the police watch. That’s darn funny.
Cops find insane stockpile of weapons while hunting for rape suspect
I had to click to see this “insane stockpile.”
Cops found a stockpile of weapons that included four pistols, three long-guns,
I call that, ‘My living room’. I usually bring more than that to the desert to shoot.