Schlichter Rages: You Bernie Suckers Are Going To Get Fooled Again

Schlichter Rages: You Bernie Suckers Are Going To Get Fooled Again

Authored by Kurt Schlichter, op-ed via Townhall.com,

If you are dumb enough to slobber over a socialist then you’re already inclined toward being a hapless mark, so it should be no surprise that you Bernie dorks are about to get screwed over again by the Democratic Party.

Here’s how it’s going to go: Because you are stupid – you support a socialist, so you are presumptively stupid – you think that if you work really hard and win the votes the establishment creeps who own the Democratic Party are going to let you have a say. But, like last time, you won’t get a say. You’ll work real hard – maybe if you worked really hard at actual jobs you wouldn’t be half-wit socialists – and you’ll win the votes, and all your dreams will die as you end up with the nomination going to a malignant midget multi-zillionaire.

I don’t know exactly how they are going to do it – more convenient caucus kerfuffles, super-delegates, shenanigans at the convention – but there is no way your masters will ever let you win. Like I said, you’re socialists, and therefore stupid, so you will get cheated and you will end up having to vote for the Verne Troyer of American big-money politics.

And, like the obedient saps you are, you’ll do it.

Now, at this point, you probably have some complaints about this column. By complaining, you can temporarily distract from the indisputable fact that your own foolishness has put you in the position of being crushingly humiliated by the Democratic elite once again. Let me briefly address your whiny protests.

Yes, I say “socialist” like it’s a bad thing. This is because it’s a very bad thing. Like, to the tune of 100 million corpses bad thing. I’ve actually lived in the ruins of socialism and you, well, you had a man-bunned sociology TA tell you it was swell. And you believed him because you are a dupe. Be glad that I am assuming that you are stupid instead of the only other reason one would ever cavort with these blood-stained goblins: that you are evil.

But he’s a “democratic socialist,” you interject, because you are stupid. Would you feel fine with a “democratic Nazi?” Actually, you probably would, since Nazis are just a genre of socialist with white and black added to the color palette.

Then you’ll claim that the Box Boy won’t be the nominee, no, one of the other pouty posse will get it. Maybe Biden will. You totally want to vote for a guy who thinks his powder-diving, dancer-diddling loser son should totally be getting $83K a month. Man, if you got money like that you could move out of your parents’ place! Or maybe Audie Buttigieg – he seems plausible. No, I’m not laughing! And then there’s Big Chief Sanders Lite. Maybe she could get elected. Really, I’m not laughing. Okay, then Amy Klobuchar – no, I’m not laughing, I’m just scratching my head wondering why she is even still in. Face it. The only viable option besides Vermont Stalin is Scrooge McSuck.

And your next protest will be that Donald Trump is worse than Mini Mike. In fact, you’ll say, Trump is like Hitler combined with…well, Hitler is the only dictator you don’t like, so we’ll just stick with “He’s literally Hitler for real!” Again, you have been suckered. If you were actually raging against the machine rather than aspiring to be a cog in it, you would back him. Now, you may not like it, and you may be too dumb to see it, but Trump is the only disruptor of the establishment in this race. Short Stuff’s gnome-ination is designed to re-establish the establishment. And mark my words: you’ll help him do it.

Yeah, I bet Wall Street is quivering in its collective Guccis over the muffled pitter-patter of the tiny little footsteps of the approaching Bloomberg administration. Bloomberg is not just an eager supporter of the globalist vision but a leading advocate, the Dwarf King of Davos. Trump, not so much. But you’ve been told to hate Trump, and like obedient little ants, you hate him.

In fact, you hate Trump so much that you will vote for the polar opposite of your crusty commie hero even after your preference has been torn from your soft little hands yet again. If you wanted to burn down the system, Trump would be your man. But you don’t…not really. You just want some scraps, like getting out of your loans or making other people pay for your doctor and you’ll be happy. That’s why you’ll give your general election vote to the Stop ‘N Frisk Doughboy even as you assure yourself that the guy who got minority unemployment to record lows is the big, bad racist in this race.

You’ve been had. You’ll cry, but you’ll still go along with the scam as this all plays out.

Suddenly, the media will turn on the Bern in a coordinated attack. Oh wait, that’s happening. Then Frodo Moneybags will start buying off individuals and liberal groups. Oh wait, that’s happening too. Crusty has-been Sam Donaldson decided to show off his new blonde rug during his endorsement; so many more are coming. And I bet it’s not his cash but the power of Mikey’s ideas…okay, now I am laughing.

There will be more primary and caucus “surprises,” except the only people who will be surprised are you suckers. If it gets as far as the convention, your masters will adjourn to the un-smoke-filled rooms and decide for you who you will vote for. And you’ll whine and winge and ultimately obey like the good little suckers you are.

See, you bought into the idea that another four years of prosperity and peace under Donald Trump is much, much worse than reinstalling the party apparatus that has screwed you over in the last two cycles. You’ll ignore the economy, the lack of new wars, the trade rebalancing, and all the other stuff and instead focus on what your masters have commanded you to focus on: that Trump tweeted something mean. Oh, and Russians.

And here’s why you will let the Democrat puppetmasters succeed. It’s because you are stupid. Now, you could stop being stupid. You could refuse to play along. You could even insist Bernie run as a third-party candidate. I like that because it guarantees Trump II: Fossil-Fuel Generated Electric Boogaloo. But it would serve your interests too by forcing the party to recognize and respect you instead of assuming you’ll fall into line once again. But you won’t. You’re all talk and no revolution. Take off that Che t-shirt and put on one with Mini Mayor’s pouty little mug on it. He’s your man. You’re all Bloomberg Bros. Just give it time.

You’re saps, and you’ll take whatever you’re given and tell yourself you like it.

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Maryland High School Teacher Compares Donald Trump to Nazis and Communists

A history teacher at Loch Haven High School in Towson, Maryland, has come under scrutiny over a classroom lecture that compared President Donald Trump to the German Nazi Party and the communists of the Soviet Union.

According to a report by the Washington Times, a teacher at Loch Raven High School is facing criticism from Republican state lawmakers over her decision to compare President Trump to Nazis and communists during a classroom history lecture.

During an advanced placement history course lecture that took place earlier this year, students were shown a slide that featured an image of President Trump alongside a Nazi swastika and a Soviet Union flag. A caption on the slide stated that all of the images in the picture were associated with political movements that wanted to “round up a group of people and build a giant wall.”

Local lawmakers have pushed back aggressively after receiving a copy of the slide from Delegate Kathy Szeliga. “It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” Szeliga said. Another local politician argued that the lecture was a form of “propaganda” that should be eradicated from the classroom.

The school district confirmed that the slide was not provided to the teacher by the district or a third-party lesson plan company. More importantly, Baltimore County Schools spokesperson Charles Herndon claims that people have misinterpreted the slide.

“The topics being discussed in the class included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders throughout history to limit or prevent migration into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood,” Herndon said.

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Woman Delivers Her Own Baby, Saves Truck Driver from Fire Days Later

A woman who delivered her own baby in the emergency room on Monday wound up saving a truck driver’s life from a fire on Thursday, just days after she gave birth.

Holly McNally says that despite welcoming a newborn baby into the world before her doctor showed up earlier in the week, it did not stop her from helping a man covered in flames after his truck full of jet fuel overturned on an Indianapolis-area highway on Thursday.

“It’s human nature to not run towards danger,” she told People. “But for me, it was the opposite. I was like, ‘I brought a life into this world, and I get to go home and see my baby and this man could be somebody’s dad or somebody’s child and I want him to make it home to his baby too.’”

The incident took place shortly before 2 p.m. on the I-465 South ramp heading toward I-70 East, the Indianapolis Fire Department tweeted.

The fire department added that the tanker had been carrying 4,000 gallons of jet fuel when it slammed into the guardrail, overturned, burst into flames, and caused multiple explosions.

The 35-year-old mother said she was on her way home from the hospital visiting her newborn son in the NICU when she spotted the fiery crash.

McNally said she pulled over, got out of her car, and noticed a man engulfed in flames with his “head on fire, hands on fire.”

It was at that moment when McNally decided to do something.

“I asked him what he was hauling and he told me jet fuel and I was like, ‘Honey, we’ve got to get out of here. I’ve got a newborn that I want to get home to and I’m sure you have family that you want to get home to,’” she told People.

Another Good Samaritan— identified as Mitch Navarre, 50— also showed up to help McNally at that time.

The three worked quickly to get the man down the ramp away from the burning fuel. Both Good Samaritans were able to get the victim to safety and into the hands of first responders. He was eventually transported to a local hospital in critical condition, USA Today reported.

McNally, reflecting on her whirlwind of a week, credits being in the right place at the right time, and being a mother to three other children for getting her through the week’s challenges.

The mother of four also hopes her story will inspire others to perform acts of kindness, even if it is something simple.

“Everybody should help each other out, and we should be there for other people, even if it’s doing something little like giving someone a dime that they’re short,” McNally said. “Kindness goes a long way. It doesn’t have to be saving somebody’s life, but anything that you can do for someone to help them in any way, make sure you do it.”

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Ohio Market Owners Accused of $10 Million Food Stamp Fraud

Two former Somali specialty market owners in Columbus, Ohio, are facing more than $10 million in food stamp fraud charges, authorities say.

Hassan Nuriso and Abdurahim Nuriso, the former owners of Towfiq Market on Sullivant Avenue, have been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring to fraudulently redeem more than $10 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and WIC program benefits between 2010 and 2019, WCMH reported.

“It’s very clear in all the regulations what you can and can’t do,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Bosley. “You can’t give food stamps for cash, you can’t buy items that are not allowed under the food stamp program, you can’t buy things that aren’t food, and you can’t give credit.”

The Nuriso brothers are also accused of trading illegally obtained benefits into cash to spend the money for other purposes.

The five-count indictment also alleges that the Nurisos allowed the benefit recipients to use their benefits to purchase items that could not be redeemable through SNAP, WIC, or other programs.

In total, the Nurisos are accused of redeeming $8 million SNAP benefits and $2.1 million WIC benefits between 2010 and 2019. The federal government says the majority of them are fraudulent.

Investigators often uncover millions, sometimes billions, of dollars worth of food stamp fraud and other welfare fraud charges, mostly from people who run convenience stores in low-income areas where many customers receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or WIC benefits.

A January 2019 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits had been trafficked each year in the U.S.

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U.S. Marines Raised American Flag During Battle for Iwo Jima on This Day in 1945

United States Marines raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima 75 years ago today.

“During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag,” according to History.com.

Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with the men as they ascended the peak and recorded the initial event. The Americans cheered as the first flag was raised, and hours later more Marines came up the ridge with a larger one.

The second flag-raising was photographed by Associated Press (AP) photographer Joe Rosenthal and is considered one of the most famous war pictures in U.S. history, according to the National Archives website.

The first wave of Marines rushed onto the beaches of the small Pacific island to fight for control and establish a base for aircraft and an emergency-landing site for bombers on February 19, 1945.

In the months prior, Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi expected the Allies to move in and had constructed a system of underground tunnels, fortification, and artillery to withstand the impending bombardment.

However, 30,000 U.S. Marines established a solid beachhead on the first day and advanced inch by inch under heavy fire and suicidal charges by the Japanese infantry.

Many of the American’s enemies were never seen because they “remained underground manning artillery until they were blown apart by a grenade or rocket, or incinerated by a flame thrower,” according to History.com.

Despite the extreme danger, the brave Marines continued to advance across the island and on February 23, victoriously took Mount Suribachi.

When the fighting ended on March 26, more than 6,000 Americans had lost their lives and nearly 17,000 were wounded.

U.S. Marines tweeted a video to honor the 75th anniversary of the battle on Wednesday.

The picture of the flag being raised atop Mount Suribachi “triggered a wave of national hope that Japanese forces would soon be crushed, and peace was near,” according to CNN.

The AP’s Former Executive Photo Editor Hal Buell called the iconic photograph “exquisite.”

He continued:

You have this strong, diagonal line made by the flag staff. You have the flag snapping in the breeze. You have the pyramid-like shape of the Marines pushing the flag up. The men obviously are separate, but they appear as one. The blank background enhances the action by providing no distractions.

Also, the photo is gifted with a softly filtered light. A very thin haze of clouds filters the light so that the shadows aren’t harsh, but there is detail in all the shadows on the uniforms and the flag.

Rosenthal’s photo “captured the heroism of the whole World War,” Buell said, adding that “It captured a moment during a ferocious battle, and it looked to the future — to victory and the end of the war.”

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MSNBC Suggests FBI Should Track Young White Men Online, Radicalize Them, Provide Resources for Creating Explosives, Then Arrest Them

In a shocking segment, MSNBC’s Katy Tur suggested that the FBI should be tracking young white men online to radicalize them, provide resources for creating explosives, and then arrest them.

Tur was comparing young white men to ISIS terrorists in an interview with Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI.

“When you’re looking at ISIS or you’re looking at radical Islamic terrorism, I covered a number of stories where the FBI would track young kids or young men and they would talk to them online and say ‘you know, here’s how you build a bomb,’ or ‘here’s where you get your bomb making materials,’ and they track that person as that person radicalized and then arrested them before they could do anything bad,” Tur said. “Why is the same not being done for white extremists or is the same being done and we just don’t know about it?”

Figliuzzi responded that it is “time to ask that question” and to “wrestle with it” because politics “does enter in.” He then mocked people who would defend the First Amendment and claim that this is the act of “thought police.”

New Jersey’s annual Terrorism Threat Assessment report, released Friday, raised the threat of “white supremacists” higher than ISIS or al Qaeda.

The network seems to believe that everyone who does not support Democrat establishment candidates is a dangerous racist — not only if you are right-wing, but even if they are leftists.

MSNBC recently claimed that “racist liberal whites” support Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. Contributor Jason Johnson made the charge last week during an interview on SiriusXM radio.

“I do find it fascinating that racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders. [They] consistently and always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodoxy of their lord and savior, Bernie Sanders. The man cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean your campaign is serious,” Johnson said.

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American Adults Have More Than $20 Billion In Unused Gift Cards, Study Finds

American Adults Have More Than $20 Billion In Unused Gift Cards, Study Finds

In the US, gift cards are widely seen as a way to give somebody a gift that’s ever-so-slightly more thoughtful than simply giving them an envelope full of cash. They’re also increasingly an option for consumers to redeem credit card rewards. Unfortunately, many American adults also misplace or forget about the plastic gifts, essentially handing the seller free money.

Over the past couple of decades, American companies have pushed gift cards because of the tremendous benefit they provide to a company’s bottom line. Not only are they essentially an interest-free loan, but since a percentage of gift cards typically aren’t ever redeemed before they expire, companies can pocket the difference.

How big is the difference, exactly? Well, it’s probably larger than most Americans would expect. According to a recent survey by BankRate, right now, American adults have some $20 billion in unused gift cards or store credit just sitting there.

One of the analysts who worked on the report said adults hoping to form good personal finance habits should be to make sure that if they aren’t going to use a gift card, they either trade it in or sell it to a friend or acquaintance.

"Gift cards and store credits are real money, so treat them as such," said Ted Rossman, industry analyst at Bankrate.

According to a survey that BankRate conducted along with its research, 25% of American adults have let a gift card expire, and 22% have lost a gift card. More than half have held onto an unused gift card or store credit for more than a year.

The average value per unused gift card is $167.

Often, this is the result of forgetfulness rather than intent, because most American adults surveyed (64%) told Bankrate that they expect to use their gift cards eventually. Only one-third acknowledge that they won’t use all of their gift card balance before they expire.

If you, dear reader, happen to fall into this latter camp, there are other options that can at least help you recover some of the value from the gift card, as one financial planner explains. These include selling your cards in the secondary market, or simply donating them to charity.

"Gift cards don’t take up much space in a drawer, but that doesn’t mean you should let them sit forever," says Charles H. Thomas III, financial planner and founder of Intrepid Eagle Finance.

If you have unused gift cards collecting dust in your wallet, consider turning to the resale market. According to the survey, 23 percent of U.S. adults have regifted a gift card and 8 percent have resold a gift card.

"You can sell unwanted gift cards at sites such as Cardpool.com, CardCash.com and GiftCardSpread.com," Rossman says. "You can also buy discounted gift cards from these sites. That’s a great way to save on an upcoming purchase."

Rossman also suggests reading up on each site’s consumer protections. Cardpool, for example, offers a one year purchase guarantee on resold gift cards. Your gift card will be valid for up to 12 months, and if you don’t use the entire balance, you can contact Cardpool for a refund (up to $1,000 per customer per lifetime).

As an alternative, Thomas suggests donating unwanted gift cards to charity.

"Your local charity of choice or a website like GiftCards4Change will be glad to accept your unwanted card," Thomas says. "You also have the potential for a charitable tax deduction when you do this as well."

To sum up: Before giving your friend that gift card to Costco or Starbucks or wherever, consider: Might it just be easier and simpler to give them cash instead? At least they can redeem their banknotes at the Federal Reserve for gol…oh wait.


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Disney’s Animated Movie ‘Onward’ To Feature First Explicitly LGBTQ Character

Disney’s Pixar will be breaking revolutionary ground on March 6 with the release of “Onward” – the studio’s first animated movie to feature an openly LGBTQ character.

The character, voiced by Lena Waithe, will be a lesbian police officer whose sexuality will be explicitly pointed out in the movie as opposed to just being implied, such as the alleged lesbian couple in “Finding Dory” or the “exclusively gay moment” in the “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake.

According to Slate, Pixar has largely kept the reveal of Waithe’s character under wraps by not making a huge media splash about it, opting instead to have it leaked slowly through varying reports. Here’s how the reveal unfolded:

There’s a lesbian character in Onward, a police officer voiced by Lena Waithe, but the most revolutionary thing that Pixar has done in advance of the movie’s release is not tell anyone about it. A day before the review embargo on the movie lifted, the closest thing to a relevant search result was a Reddit post from a user with the subject ‘possible lesbian couple in Pixar’s Onward??’ featuring an ambiguous-at-best screenshot from the movie’s trailer…

That being said, the inclusion of Waithe’s character will probably satisfy nobody who truly craves total representation in the LGBT community, being that Waithe’s moment of explicit lesbianism is a brief, throwaway line of little consequence:

But we don’t need to speculate about Waithe’s Officer Spector. We know because she tells us. When she and her partner, voiced by Ali Wong, pull over a driver who claims he was distracted because his girlfriend’s sons have been acting up, she commiserates, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.”

That line isn’t the point of the scene. In fact, it goes by so fast you could barely notice it. But that’s why it works so well. The film doesn’t pause to let it sink in or isolate the moment with a cut for emphasis. It passes unremarked, because in this world, it’s accepted as a fact of life. Some babies have two daddies, and some babies have two mommies, even if those mommies happen to be centaurs or elves.

The inclusion of Waithe’s character comes amid a wave of LGBT representation at Disney via the studio’s various intellectual properties and distribution platforms. In just a few months, Marvel’s “The Eternals” will be breaking new ground by not only featuring the first openly gay superhero, but also the franchise’s first gay kiss.

“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss,” said actor Haaz Sleiman. “Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be. Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point. We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.”

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Conservative 2020 Wave Grows as Record Number of GOP Candidates File to Run

Fed up with liberal extremists, a record number of Republicans are waging an all-out fight to reclaim the House of Representatives after the 2018 Democratic wave took it away from the GOP.

Federal Election Commission paperwork shows that in 2019 alone, a record 781 Republicans filed required forms to run for the House, up from 593 GOP candidates in 2017, according to Fox News

Many echo the message of Gavin Rollins, a captain in the Florida National Guard who will be seeking the House seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Ted Yoho.

“I say ‘fight alongside our president.’ I chose that phrase very carefully because a lot of candidates who are Republican will say, ‘I support our president.’ But it’s not enough to support him. We need people in Congress fighting alongside him. He had my back in a combat zone. Do you think I’ll have his back to Congress? Absolutely,” he told Fox.

Rollins, 33, said new, young voices need to counteract what he called the “socialism” of liberals such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

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“I get frustrated by AOC. She’s a millennial who just jumped in and is spouting off all these things. But what has she done to give back to the community?” Rollins said.

“What has she done to serve and make the world a better place at the local level or within her community before she’s now lecturing the rest of us on our country should be? And as a millennial who has served in the classroom, who has served overseas, I want to push back against that narrative.”

George Republican Marjorie Greene said Trump needs reinforcements.

“I’m tired of seeing my president attacked every day,” she said, according to Fox. “I’m tired of seeing our future threatened. I’m tired of seeing my children’s future extremely threatened, and it’s time to get off the bench and really step up to the plate.”

Greene said her campaign shows women are not all what she termed “tyrannical socialist Democrats.”

“These are radical women that will not bend. They do not want to work across the aisle. They only want their policies of the Green New Deal, ‘Medicare-for-all’ and socialism for America,” Greene told Fox. “Oftentimes, it takes a woman to put another woman in her place.”

Collectively, 1,761 people are planning to run for Congress, with 874 Republicans and 842 Democrats, according to Fox.

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“It’s all about enthusiasm driven by the president, both negative and positive,” Sarah Bryner, research director at the Center for Responsive Politics told Fox, adding the Republicans “saw the Democrats do it last cycle. So they know that it is possible. They saw some seats picked off that I think shocked the party and the public. They want to get those back.”

Retired Army captain Sean Parnell said Republicans have an edge that Democrats lack.

“The Democrats don’t really have an inspiring figure at the top of the ticket,” said Parnell, who is running to unseat Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb in western Pennsylvania. “They don’t really have a message but higher taxes and banning entire sectors of our economy and hatred of Trump. That’s not going to be enough for them to win.”

Parnell told Fox this election will make history, and he wants to be part of it.

“This is the first time in American history, where the president was impeached and he’s going to be on the ballot,” Parnell said. “The GOP turnout is going to be through the roof this election cycle. Everywhere we go, people are excited to vote.”

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More sleeping with sources in the swamp: Trump-hating DIA analyst pleads guilty to leaks to honeytrap reporter

Ali Watkins, it seems, wasn’t the only one.

The still-employed New York Times reporter set a new low bar in swamp journalism by sleeping with her sources, in her case Senate intelligence staffer James Wolfe, who got a two-month jail sentence for leaks to her, but for her ended only in her reassignment to the Times’ New York City desk. 

Now we have a less-politically prominent official, 30-year-old Defense Intelligence Agency bureaucrat Henry Kyle Frese, who’s in the news for pleading guilty to leaking big classified secrets surrounding the defense capabilities of North Korea and China to his lover-reporter, CNBC national security correspondent Amanda Macias, and then, at her request, to her good pal NBC national security correspondent Courtney Kube. Court documents show that he had 630 phone calls and at least 57 text messages with Macias, and 34 phone calls and 151 text messages with Kube. The two women were both Trump haters based on their Twitter posts, slanting their coverage to make the president look bad through the use of classified secrets as if to contradict him, leaving him unable to use Twitter to either trick our enemies or else dismiss the reports. They took the eight top-secret reports Frese leaked to do that, and then boosted each other publicly on Twitter while communicating privately through its messaging system.

Here’s the lovelorn trio of Macias, Frese and Kube, from their social media presence:

The Times, for one piously characterizes this whole sorry picture is an issue about the importance of protecting "whistleblowers," (sound familiar?), the First Amendment, and the press’s right to do its job:

The intensive pursuit of government workers who share classified information has unsettled First Amendment advocates, who say it could have a chilling effect, persuading public employees to stay silent rather than alert journalists to wrongdoing.

The rest of us see lovebird honeytrap journalism becoming more and more the norm as none of these reporters ends up seriously punished. Apparently, the managers up at the top of these organizations sees nothing wrong with this news standard other than a little bit of egg on their faces, probably hiring these comely women forjust  this purpose.

The reporters, having made an industry of soliciting secrets from lovelorn mooks like Frese, carry on.

From the government side, nobody among them gets busted, either, although that may change with this one, at least according to this dogged Twitterer File414 who’s got a big series of tweets on this.

Macias got a brief suspension in October from CNBC but seems to be back on the job, looking for more honey to trap, maybe. She appears remarkably cold in her absence of Twitter posts about her erstwhile roomate-lover who’s now got a ruined career, all his money taken away, and a stretch in prison for leaking secrets to boost her career. 

She’s instead tweeting pictures of what looks like her Paris vacation till the end of the month (hiding out till this blows over maybe?) and filing a single low-content story on the French wine industry derived from a press release, not actual interviews or street reporting, the PARIS dateline likely an argument to get the trip written off on her taxes. Kube, too, who benefited from Frese’s leaks, has also moved on to other things, pity about Frese. 

Don’t think that they are outliers breaking the rules, either. Here’s a gag-inducing piece of fluff touting Kube on her birthday in 2018 from Politico. To Politico, she’s a celebrity.

As for Frese, what stands out is how easy it must have been for the FBI to get him.

Classified reports leak out. Look at byline. Find leaked report. Check who had access to the leaked report (it was only 26 people, so one likely did it). Find out one is literally living with one of the 26. Bug phone. Find out about first reporter’s friends, find that one friend is also a printer of classified links — that can be traced to same DIA man. Easy as pie then to bug Frese’s phone and find out what else they all want to leak out for Getting Trump and Getting Ahead.

The Times tut-tutted the use of the phone surveillance slipping in an editorial comment to its story:

If the bureau can’t bug someone for doing this kind of activity, why have classified information at all.

Outside the patriotic perspective – and apparently Frese had none, he seemed to have been a Canadian until he had to give that up to get his clearance, not a reason of the heart – the U.S. secrets were supposed to be for the benefit of the American people, not someone’s private gain up the career ladder. They were expensively obtained, and if this was North Korea, obtained at extremely great risk. Pubishing those under such circumstances — to Get Trump – is simply outrageous.

Frese must have watched how James Wolfe had his Ali Watkins episode and got let off fairly easily, so no problem in doing it himself. He must have been sure no one was checking his social media, the easiest thing in the world to check, and therefore would get away with this. With anti-Trump bureaucrats leaking all over the place and getting away with it, it must have seemed to him that risking his career and livelihood (his plea deal pretty well leaves him ruined) was no big deal.

Maybe that’s changing now. But it’s reasonable to wonder how much more of this is going on. Apparently there’s a lot of it, given the Watkins, Kube and Macias examples. Maybe ending honeytrap journalism needs to be an issue.  

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Ali Watkins, it seems, wasn’t the only one.

The still-employed New York Times reporter set a new low bar in swamp journalism by sleeping with her sources, in her case Senate intelligence staffer James Wolfe, who got a two-month jail sentence for leaks to her, but for her ended only in her reassignment to the Times’ New York City desk. 

Now we have a less-politically prominent official, 30-year-old Defense Intelligence Agency bureaucrat Henry Kyle Frese, who’s in the news for pleading guilty to leaking big classified secrets surrounding the defense capabilities of North Korea and China to his lover-reporter, CNBC national security correspondent Amanda Macias, and then, at her request, to her good pal NBC national security correspondent Courtney Kube. Court documents show that he had 630 phone calls and at least 57 text messages with Macias, and 34 phone calls and 151 text messages with Kube. The two women were both Trump haters based on their Twitter posts, slanting their coverage to make the president look bad through the use of classified secrets as if to contradict him, leaving him unable to use Twitter to either trick our enemies or else dismiss the reports. They took the eight top-secret reports Frese leaked to do that, and then boosted each other publicly on Twitter while communicating privately through its messaging system.

Here’s the lovelorn trio of Macias, Frese and Kube, from their social media presence:

The Times, for one piously characterizes this whole sorry picture is an issue about the importance of protecting "whistleblowers," (sound familiar?), the First Amendment, and the press’s right to do its job:

The intensive pursuit of government workers who share classified information has unsettled First Amendment advocates, who say it could have a chilling effect, persuading public employees to stay silent rather than alert journalists to wrongdoing.

The rest of us see lovebird honeytrap journalism becoming more and more the norm as none of these reporters ends up seriously punished. Apparently, the managers up at the top of these organizations sees nothing wrong with this news standard other than a little bit of egg on their faces, probably hiring these comely women forjust  this purpose.

The reporters, having made an industry of soliciting secrets from lovelorn mooks like Frese, carry on.

From the government side, nobody among them gets busted, either, although that may change with this one, at least according to this dogged Twitterer File414 who’s got a big series of tweets on this.

Macias got a brief suspension in October from CNBC but seems to be back on the job, looking for more honey to trap, maybe. She appears remarkably cold in her absence of Twitter posts about her erstwhile roomate-lover who’s now got a ruined career, all his money taken away, and a stretch in prison for leaking secrets to boost her career. 

She’s instead tweeting pictures of what looks like her Paris vacation till the end of the month (hiding out till this blows over maybe?) and filing a single low-content story on the French wine industry derived from a press release, not actual interviews or street reporting, the PARIS dateline likely an argument to get the trip written off on her taxes. Kube, too, who benefited from Frese’s leaks, has also moved on to other things, pity about Frese. 

Don’t think that they are outliers breaking the rules, either. Here’s a gag-inducing piece of fluff touting Kube on her birthday in 2018 from Politico. To Politico, she’s a celebrity.

As for Frese, what stands out is how easy it must have been for the FBI to get him.

Classified reports leak out. Look at byline. Find leaked report. Check who had access to the leaked report (it was only 26 people, so one likely did it). Find out one is literally living with one of the 26. Bug phone. Find out about first reporter’s friends, find that one friend is also a printer of classified links — that can be traced to same DIA man. Easy as pie then to bug Frese’s phone and find out what else they all want to leak out for Getting Trump and Getting Ahead.

The Times tut-tutted the use of the phone surveillance slipping in an editorial comment to its story:

If the bureau can’t bug someone for doing this kind of activity, why have classified information at all.

Outside the patriotic perspective – and apparently Frese had none, he seemed to have been a Canadian until he had to give that up to get his clearance, not a reason of the heart – the U.S. secrets were supposed to be for the benefit of the American people, not someone’s private gain up the career ladder. They were expensively obtained, and if this was North Korea, obtained at extremely great risk. Pubishing those under such circumstances — to Get Trump – is simply outrageous.

Frese must have watched how James Wolfe had his Ali Watkins episode and got let off fairly easily, so no problem in doing it himself. He must have been sure no one was checking his social media, the easiest thing in the world to check, and therefore would get away with this. With anti-Trump bureaucrats leaking all over the place and getting away with it, it must have seemed to him that risking his career and livelihood (his plea deal pretty well leaves him ruined) was no big deal.

Maybe that’s changing now. But it’s reasonable to wonder how much more of this is going on. Apparently there’s a lot of it, given the Watkins, Kube and Macias examples. Maybe ending honeytrap journalism needs to be an issue.  

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