Tag: Corruption

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Lying to Ourselves

 

We have a problem with our federal government, but it’s not exactly the one we’re used to thinking about. Frankly, we don’t want to think about it all – better to deny the reality entirely. Easier to lie and lie and lie, and blame our problems on everyone else. Easier to blame Liberals, or Wokesters, or (the current favorite among the increasingly reality-averse folks who still cannot face that Trump has immolated himself once and for all time) traitors and sabotage. It is, of course, all lies. Mind you, lies can be useful – especially when trying to avoiding hurt feelings (our own not the least), but they’re still lies. At one time rebellions against ruling monarchs favored the lie “We’re not really rebelling against the King, he’s just the victim of bad advisors.”

The lie we all tell ourselves today is that we are the helpless victims of “The DC Establishment” (or whatever other term you want to use). Synonyms for this include “Wall Street,” “Big Tech,” and a host of others. They are the “bad advisors” we blame for manipulating Congress, for stealing elections, or for disloyalty to Trump (fact check here: the only consistent disloyalty in the Trump administration came from Trump – watching his cabinet members go from vaunted heroes to filthy traitors and sellouts in the commentariat was much akin to studying Soviet photography for disappearing faces alongside Stalin). We are very good at lying to ourselves about why Trump lost this or that political battle, about why Congress is a dysfunctional mess, and about why the “authoritarian ratchet” is inexorable. The truth we cannot confront about it is all is simple, and we all bear the shame of it. We do not really want any of our congress critters, our president, or our courts to lead us out of our morass, we want them to follow us into the pit of our own making. And follow they blithely do.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Terry Malloy Election

 

Analogies aren’t perfect or exact but they ring true when they are immediately recognizable or resonate. It’s with this sentiment that I offer up an analogy to the election of 2020 and what we’ve been witnessing for the past four years. One of the greatest American films ever made is On The Waterfront, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando (as Terry Malloy), Lee J. Cobb, Eve Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, and Karl Malden. It’s a story about lies, graft, corruption, gangsterism, and intimidation — and standing up to all of it even if it means risking one’s life. The forces at work in this film very closely approximate the powerful and elite forces in media, the federal government, and high tech that have used the American people for their own ends.

The Deep State has, over time, established two parallel systems of justice – one for Hillary Clinton, Joe and Hunter Biden, James Comey, Peter Strzok, the Ohrs, Andrew McCabe, and others and another for Americans who have committed minor infractions or no infractions at all. It has sent men and women to war to die needlessly in mismanaged or dimly thought-out conflicts that often result in more chaos and death, as we saw in Libya. Members of Congress and successive presidential administrations have unlawfully acquired wealth through insider trading or through pay-for-play schemes with countries like China that engage in slavery, torture, and repression. And for decades, members of the Deep State have shown that they will do anything – distort reality, accuse their adversaries of the crimes that they, in fact, are committing, and blatantly lie to the American people — anything to maintain their grip on power.

The Deep State of career, corrupt federal bureaucrats, politicians and the operatives at the State Department, the DoD and in the CIA, DOJ and the FBI, all willing to commit treason, and the biased mainstream media that lies every day and every night or smothers the truth, and the social media giants who censor any opposition to their woke narratives or preferred candidates — are just as vile and dishonest (or more so) as the criminal longshoremen’s union thugs depicted in On The Waterfront.

Ep. 263 – Matthew Tyrmand, Investigative Reporter, and the source on Hunter Biden’s Laptop Prove MASSIVE CORRUPTION with 26,000 emails from Bevan Cooney, Devon Archer, the Cover-Up by BigTech, Media and Censorship. And then Dave’s Election Predictions, Borat 2 review and what’s at stake on Nov. 3rd.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss Joe Biden now promising to create a bipartisan commission to study reforming the courts and Jim explains why he thinks this is Biden’s way of letting the idea die. They also weigh in on Sacha Baron Cohen’s attempt to portray Rudy Giuliani as acting lewd with a minor and how Rudy could probably use better judgment. And they take a long look at the growing scandal involving Joe and Hunter Biden’s business dealings and why this is a big problem for Biden even if he wins the election.

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I mean this post to be a continuation of @LoisLane‘s excellent discussion recently about why Joe Biden seems to receive fewer demerits for behavior that is facial similar to, or worse than, that of the president. I think this morning’s court-packing news casts that conversation in a new light.  Preview Open

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As @brianwatt posted a bit ago, Senator Lindsey Graham released this letter today from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe regarding Crossfire Hurricane. Assuming I am understanding it correctly, this appears to be more or less what happened: FBI/CIA [to Obama/Biden]: “Clinton is fabricating a Trump-Russia collusion scandal, Russia knows about it and fabricated this […]

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It’s unlikely that there is a single federal alphabet organization less popular among the readership of this website than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. These are the people who gave us both the Siege at Ruby Ridge and the Siege of Waco. What’s more, they may well be engaged in an entirely unconstitutional […]

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I hail from a family that lived on the south side of Chicago proper in the 1950s; a time when that area was known for its lush city parks, friendly communities, and a general aura of prosperity.

But it was also a city community in which “da mayor” ruled over everything with an iron hand. That man was Richard Daley, Sr., who back in the Nineteen Teens and Twenties, had attended the same city schools as my father. It was not unusual for the phone to ring on a Saturday afternoon and one of Daley’s lieutenants ask to speak with my dad.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Impeachment and Getting My Facts Straight

 

I want to make sure I have the facts straight before the trial to impeach the president begins. They are as follows:

The President of the United States called and congratulated the newly elected president of Ukraine on his win. They chatted a few minutes and Trump asked if he would look into some of the corruption that has been going on for years in that country. While he was about to release aid to Ukraine, Trump did not mention a holding on any aid unless certain information was given to him. The newly elected president of Ukraine ran on cleaning up the corruption which has been rampant for a long time, especially under his predecessor, and said yes, he would.

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Of course a pundit is supposed to KNOW about the subject, but nonetheless I nominate Dan Rather. Not that I actually “follow” him, but a friend on Facebook linked one of his posts (he’s on Facebook) and it was about the President using his office to enrich himself, as confirmed fact with nothing behind it, […]

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Number one and Number two gone! This actually described President Trump’s announcement that our Special Forces nailed the No. 1 and No. 2 leadership of ISIS this week – huge news and accomplishment! The leadership behind mass murder, terror, beheadings, rape, kidnappings and torture has gone to meet his 64 virgins in paradise, and his […]

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Yes, you’ll need subtitles to understand what is going on, but this is a brilliant series that illustrates how corruption in high (or mid-level) places hurts needy people the most. Ordinary men and women lose incentive to try their best when they are caught in high-pressure circumstances created by those using the system for their […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Wile E. Coyote’s Latest: “Whistleblower”

 

The falsely styled “whistleblower,” a possible felon within the intelligence community who is seeking to subvert our Constitution, with the complicity of (fellow) Democrats and their Trump-loathing TruCon lapdogs, is already blowing up in “Wile E. Coyote’s” face.

President Trump had a wonderful time in his sit-down press availability with the Australian Prime Minister. He spoke plain truths: that the “fake news” media represented in the room had just had one of their worst weeks and was now doubling down to discredit themselves even further.

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In Brazil, a woman suffering from bipolar disorder shoved a priest off the stage when he was speaking to the audience during an outdoor Mass in Brazil. According to a report in The Daily Caller, the priest, one Father Marcelo Rossi, is referred to as to Brazil’s “pop-star” priest and (emphasis mine): Preview Open

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Yesterday in the Catholic Church we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost, the great feast day whereby the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church. During the psalm, we sang, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. We sang the Sequence by starting, Veni, Sancte Spiritus – Come, Holy Spirit. And during […]

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Dear Elizabeth Nolan Brown, I think you missed something in your otherwise terrific piece on the recent strange reluctance of Democrats to press for approval of over-the-counter birth control pills. The clue is found here: Yet under the current status quo, obtaining birth control generally requires a specialized doctor’s visit and fee plus a separate […]

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