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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Chistopher Steele deposition shows he did little of his own research on dossier product
[Daily Caller] Christopher Steele acknowledged in a July 2018 court deposition that he relied on a "random" article posted to a CNN website as part of his research for his infamous dossier.
He's a high level production manager and disseminator. He sits well beyond the laborious tasks of research and analysis.
The doing of it, perhaps. But he should know exactly where all his information came from and have a good understanding of how trustworthness of each fact he presents.
In the July 13, 2018, deposition, Steele was asked about the research he did into Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive who Steele accused of hacking into Democrats’ computer systems. (RELATED: Judge Unseals Portions Of Christopher Steele’s Deposition In BuzzFeed Lawsuit)

According to a transcript of Steele’s deposition unsealed Thursday, Gubarev’s lawyer asked Steele what information he had gathered on Gubarev or his companies, Webzilla and XBT Holdings. Gubarev sued Steele and BuzzFeed News for defamation for publishing what he claims are false allegations that he hacked Democrats.

Steele responded to the lawyer, Evan Fray-Witzer, by citing a July 28, 2009, article published at CNN’s iReports website.

Fray-Witzer pointed out to Steele that CNN’s iReports articles "are nothing more than any random person posting things on the Internet."

Steele said he was not aware of that.
It was a prepared script. Steele was told what to say. He was simply following orders.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 04:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fray-Witzer pointed out to Steele that CNN’s iReports articles "are nothing more than any random person posting things on the Internet."

Seldom is this sort of thing ever random or coincidental.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 4:51 Comments || Top||

#2  I think "too good to check" is more than a bit at cross purposes with the function of an intelligence agent. But that's in an ideal world...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Political research my arse. No wonder Steele went into hiding.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/18/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Wikipedia:

iReport is CNN's citizen journalism initiative that allows people from around the globe to contribute pictures and video of breaking news stories. It is similar to Wikinews in that it allows, and encourages, ordinary citizens to submit stories, photos and videos related to news of any sort. This can range from breaking news to a story that a person believes is newsworthy. Submissions are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post.[1] Stories that are verified are approved for use on all of CNN's platforms.

...CNN has also been criticized by insufficiently distinguishing iReport stories from its own output. There have been several cases where hoax stories placed on that service were given credence by their apparent connection to CNN, for example a story about an impending asteroid impact,[15] and several stories regarding Apple Computer that significantly influenced its stock price.[16]


That this is a thing is laudable, actually. That the stories are given the CNN imprimatur without proper journalistic vetting is appalling. That Mr. Steele, a trained former MI6 officer, who create — and sell — work product without vetting it should be enough to utterly destroy his career.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/18/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#5  In other words, he just makes shit up.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/18/2019 9:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Ref #4: It wasn't long ago we thought Steele was the author. We have now discovered he was simply a well paid messenger.

Other messengers (or pre-circulation viewers) included the late Senator John McCain, former Pres. Obama, Foggy Bottom employee Bruce Ohr.... the list could be much longer.

The goal was disinformation, not facts. CNN was simply a convenient worm can of non-attribution. In the idiom of the intelligence community, a cut-out or dead-drop. A letter, a package without a return address.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#7  In other words, he just makes shit up.

Hey, it fit the narrative so it is legit!
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/18/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#8  How Dan Rather-ish of him!
Posted by: Warthog || 03/18/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||

#9  It wasn't "made up" they said whatever they thought would enable 0bama to spy on the Trump campaign for Illary's benefit.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#10  If you think of the dossier as a hastily prepared bilateral intelligence disinformation campaign, you'll probably be on the right track.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 9:23 Comments || Top||

#11  At this rate, dossier will be the French word for toilet paper...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Hillary and her campaign bankrolled Steele's phony dossier operation which involved the DOJ, FBI and the CIA via Brennan and Ohr and Obama knew about and sanctioned it. The dossier was used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. No surprise the Communist News Channel (CNN) was also involved in making up shit. Lock em all up.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||

#13  Ref #12: From the stench, I'd say the Clinton Foundation (with all of it's overseas connections) was a convenient laundering site for 'you know who' money.

Tying the Foundation into such an activity would have insured (as in insurance policy), privacy and a 'get out of jail free card'.

Ever notice how the course of Washington investigations rarely mentions the Clinton Foundation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Seems like about everyone and their brother and sister were tied into the Clinton Foundation Money-Laundering Operation. This is why people are not talking about this as it would be likely to topple the DS. If this can of worms were opened we would see the Dominos begin to fall.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#15  If this can of worms were opened we would see the Dominos begin to fall.

That would be my guess, or at least exposed. To think everyone in the D.C. power structure is oblivious would be dreadfully naive. The Clinton's have covered their tracks very well. They don't do e-mail, at least the sort that we're accustomed to.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||

#16  An epidemic of SST.

(Sudden Suicidal Tendancies)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/18/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Dem Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke: Ban AR-15 Sales in America
[Breitbart] During a weekend interview presidential hopeful Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke said AR-15 sales should be banned in America.

This is a continuation of the anti-Second Amendment campaign O’Rourke conducted in his failed 2018 Senate bid.

For example, in February 2018 interview with CBS News O’Rourke supported banning bump stocks and made clear his belief that AR-15s ought not be sold in America. He said, "I think banning bump stocks makes a lot of sense. ... I don’t know that we should raise the age for buying an AR-15 I just don’t think we should be selling AR-15s in this country." And on October 18, 2018, O’Rourke noted Texas’ proud gun heritage then explained his desire for Texas to lead they way on gun control by adopting the gun laws being pushed for everyone else.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 04:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Most popular rifle on sale in America today. That really frosts the FUDDs who believe a bolt handle and wood stock is the only recipe for a "real" rifle. Screw 'em...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I hope to see this doofus debating seasoned whores Booker and Harris, they'll pin white privilege and racism on him so quick his empty head will spin.
Posted by: One Eyed Tsar || 03/18/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  shouldn't Beto be wearing a safety helmet when he is on the skate board
Posted by: lord garth || 03/18/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Is there any muscle on him?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  μολὼν λαβέ
Molon Labe
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/18/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Art 1 Section 8 Powers of Congress

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;


Title 10 USC

§246. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/18/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#7  #6 - that's like so old...and written by white men
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2019 9:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Pic of Beato up right now on Drudge is complete rat face. Pointy nose, protruding front teefs...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#9  re #8: description could apply to another doofus:AOC.
Posted by: US , Ret. || 03/18/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Is there any muscle on him?

Just his boosters; his body moves like loose hinges.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 11:25 Comments || Top||

#11  Creepy Beato poetry:

They compare me to Kennedy
I never f*cked anyone like Marilyn
But that thing
About the CIA doctor and the Seconal enema?
Way Cool.
Winchell's Donuts
Then go meet a Judy Exner look a like...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#12  What's with the arm-flailing and weird gestures? Beto should learn to control himself before he tries to control anyone/anything else.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#13  They compare me to Kennedy
I never f*cked anyone like Marilyn
But that thing
About the CIA doctor and the Seconal enema?
Way Cool.
Winchell's Donuts
Then go meet a Judy Exner look a like...

Burma Shave.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 17:38 Comments || Top||

#14  Kudo's to Charlton Heston..."From my cold, dead hands..."
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/18/2019 19:46 Comments || Top||


Economy
NYC Bill Would Outlaw Unfair Terminations in the Fast Food Industry
[Reason] In recent years, the Big Apple's fast food industry has trailblazed for employee protections and higher wages, particularly as the driving force behind the "Fight for 15." It's a battle they won with the passage of New York's $15 minimum wage law. Now they're setting their sights on eliminating unfair firings.
We know BEST, damnit!!
"Workers have told me they've been fired for no reason at all," Democratic City Councilman Brad Lander, who introduced a bill to ban the practice in the fast food industry, told The Guardian. "Should employers have the right to fire people for any reason, including the most trivial reasons? Most people would say that's not a right people should have."

Proponents say that, in dismissing employees, fast-casual restauranteurs should need to show "just cause"‐that is, proof of serious misconduct. But what compromises that misconduct is somewhat ambiguous. Under Lander's legislation, workers will be able to appeal firings via arbitration, a complaint to the Department of Consumer Affairs, or with a lawsuit.

Ironically, some of those terminations are likely the result of the movement's last legislative victory, with restaurants purging jobs in the wake of the city's minimum wage hike. Fifty-three percent of New York's "limited service" establishments‐otherwise known as fast-casual spots‐plan to eliminate positions this year in response to the wage increase, according to a survey by the New York Hospitality Alliance. That comes after 50 percent did so in 2018.

"There's a misperception about the profitability of restaurants in general," Chris Westcott, CEO of Rosa Mexicano, tells Eater NY. "Everyone thinks we're rolling in it. And it's tight. There's a limit to what we can spend."
If the government can deficit spend, why can't you?
Westcott isn't wrong: The restaurant industry operates on slim profit margins, which peak around 4 percent, according to the financial information company Sageworks. So significant hikes to the minimum wage often necessitate staff reductions, as businesses struggle under the weight of increased labor costs. But employers may find themselves in a costly arbitration process for terminating employees they can't afford to keep, according to Michael Lotito, a labor attorney who represents the restaurant industry.

"I don't know how a small business owner would be able to survive in the circumstances of that bill," he tells Reason. While layoffs for economic reasons are hypothetically permitted under "just cause," there is quite a bit of uncertainty as to how the law would work in practice‐meaning cash-strapped franchise owners could be susceptible to lawsuits for making bottom-line business decisions.

"It is that fear that will inhibit job growth, job expansion," Lotito says. That's especially true if its sister bill also passes, championed by Democratic councilmember Adrienne Adams: It would require that all staff layoffs be made in order of seniority, regardless of employee performance. "What you'll wind up doing is just buying everybody out, because it's going to be too expensive to arbitrate everything," Lotito predicts.
NYC will next outlaw going out of business for small businesses. But it is also illegal to not pay your city taxes.

Next up after everyone jailed... NATIONALIZE ALL THE BUSINESSES!!!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/18/2019 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Should employers have the right to fire people for any reason, including the most trivial reasons?

Kind of the definition of at-will employment.
The harder you make it to dismiss a worker, the less likely an employer will be to take a gamble on hiring someone. We see that in Europe already.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/18/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Cuz every employer frequently wants a new employee with learning curve and training costs at low productivity for "no reason at all"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#3  so dont fire, just reduce hours and they will quit.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/18/2019 11:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Wut no price fixing?

Staying profitable ain't exactly a trivial reason.

Most people would say that's not a right people should have.

Most people don't attempt an enterprise, especially food service, where one bugwit employee can sink the whole effort. Remember salsa balls? Local entrepreneur attempts local alternative to grub hub, sunk by 30 year old soy boy trying to be internet famous for 15 minutes.

The harder you make it to dismiss a worker, the less likely an employer will be to take a gamble on hiring someone.

In the meantime, established business get ground between the millstones of higher payrolls and lower profit margins.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  "You can't fire people for spitting on cops' food..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  We're gonna need a whole new bunch of bureaucrats to determine what is fair and what is unfair.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/18/2019 11:47 Comments || Top||

#7  A business should have the right to fire someone if they are simply trying to cut costs. If you want a job for life run for Congress (sarc).
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 12:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Far better to have businesses competing to employ folk via a strong economy and stopping immigration subsidies than to preventing sackings (which will prevent hiring).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 12:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Atlas shrugged, the prophecy...

https://www.conservapedia.com/Directive_10-289
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/18/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Caracas on the Hudson

Can't wait for the toilet paper decree
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/18/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#11  Other than the obvious 'What is a fast food restaurant?' I mean, are we talking food trucks, hot dog stands? Those walk-in deli sandwich shops? I know, eventually everybody, but who gets it first?

Here is a good one:
Employer finds out employee is an illegal.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 17:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Here is a good one:

City finds out a business doesn't employ any illegals.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 18:25 Comments || Top||

#13  Yeah, really.

OK, 'nother one:
Employee keeps coming to work drunk. He's rude, not up to the task, way too many bathroom breaks, maybe he is washing his hands. Fired.

Two weeks later owner gets a letter from city attorney - ends up employee is illegal and claims that is the reason for being let go. In sanctuary NYC that is not a good reason and business is in violation of the law.

Owner can go to court to prove their innocence, that is time money and damn sure better have documentation - or settle out of court. Boned either way.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Ocasio-Cortez: Illegal Aliens Are ‘My Constituents'
[Free Beacon] Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) referred to illegal immigrants as her "constituents" during a Thursday House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing.

Ocasio-Cortez was questioning Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump's secretary of commerce, when she made the statement. She began by referencing remarks Republican Kris Kobach made while he was Kansas secretary of state. Kobach encouraged Trump early on in his administration to add a 2020 consensus question about citizenship.

"Kobach said, ’I raised the issue with the president shortly after he was inaugurated' and ’he was absolutely interested in this,'" Ocasio-Cortez said. "Shortly thereafter, in April of 2017, Steve Bannon asked you to speak with Mr. Kobach about his ’ideas about including a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census.'"

Ross acknowledged he did speak with Kobach early on in the administration, but he was cut off by Ocasio-Cortez before he could clarify what exactly the conversation was about.

"I'm sorry, I must reclaim my time," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 04:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'd say that's as fundamental an admission of having no idea what that oath to defend the Constitution means as is possible to utter...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Openly declaring she is an globalist socialist, ie communist, of the limousine variety (see - Bernie).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/18/2019 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  globalists and progressivists are puppets of those who know Ricardo's law very well and ensure other's don't know it in order to make themselves very rich and live off the backs of those who do work while making them spout some dodgy economics about effectively subsidised trade.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes, yes. We know, girl. Never mind the citizens in your district.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/18/2019 11:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Ricardo’s Law of Comparative Advantage
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/18/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  She was elected by 16,000 votes. She did not win by that, that was all the votes she got, total.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/18/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) referred to illegal immigrants as her "constituents"

How many illegal aliens voted for her?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 12:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Ricardo's Law of Rent

Which is probably the more important in the current economy.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#9  So, her district has 16,000 illegals...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/18/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Sounds like a target-rich environment for ICE, thanks for the heads-up, dipshit
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2019 13:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Not the Bee.

-puts a dollar in the jar-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/18/2019 15:00 Comments || Top||


CNN Intel Analyst and former Klington: Trump's ‘Neo-Nazism' Similar to Hitler
[Breitbart] Appearing Friday on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, former CIA operative and current CNN analyst Bob Baer said President Donald Trump’s politics of "neo-Nazism" is similar to Adolf Hitler.

ERIN BURNETT: You have a lot of rhetoric out there that, at best, is problematic, right? No rise in white nationalism, using the word "invade" today to talk about people of color coming into the United States on the same day you have a person massacre people, calling immigrants invaders. That’s just some of the rhetoric, coming from the very top in this country.

JULIETTE KAYYAM: Yes. And, it’s not an accident. Trump isn’t careless or whatever. This is a consistent feature of the president of taking one thing that, say, an African-American or a Muslim or an immigrant does, and imploding that into a national emergency, and then refusing to look at the totality of circumstances of the threat that right-wing extremism poses to us and sort of saying "maybe the guy was crazy or we don’t know what he really believed."

The president knows exactly what he’s doing. I cannot get into his heart, but what I can say is that the failure to condemn this, from the top, as compared to say what the New Zealand prime minister did, gives a sense of acceptance, if not lack of condemnation to those who believe it. Most of those people are not violent. Let’s just be clear here. But, some percentage of them will be, and they will not hear the isolation of there hatred that needs to come from the top, and it’s not excusable. It’s not carelessness. This is a purposeful tactic from the beginning from coming down the elevator.

ERIN BURNETT: And what is the purpose here? What is the purpose here, Bob?
Hey Jim, is that EB our man or what ?
BOB BAER: He’s appealing to his base, This is dog-whistle politics and it is racism. You can’t describe it any other way. When he called immigrants animals it was the same as Adolf Hitler used to call foreigners animals ‐ Jews and Gypsies It’s the same politics. It’s neo-Nazism. He may not advocate violence, but for a lot of people that listen to him, as Juliette said, its an incitement to violence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 03:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Let's see now:

*DJT's grandchildren are Jewish,
*He has repeatedly and unconditionally stated his support for Israel, and
*He has announced an international effort to secure the rights and safety of LGBTQ people around the world.

Worst. Hitler. EVER.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/18/2019 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  *DJT's grandchildren are Jewish,

Which makes him the perfect Brennan target.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 5:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sure Hitler tried to make sure German borders stayed the same or cut regulations...

Trump is not a socialist. Hitler is.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#4  "They pay you to say whatever, right?"
"Basically."
"So you will say pretty much anything they want you to say."
"Sure..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#5  In the future, everyone will be Hitler for 10 minutes. [Insert Downfall Hitler parodies here]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/18/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Today's Democrat with open mouth and pointing finger;
Posted by: Dale || 03/18/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#7  There they go again invoking the Hitler image. Is that all they got? What a bunch of morons they have at CNN.

Baer in a UC Berkeley graduate--his comments are about par for his pedigree.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 12:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Now you're not shocked by the CIA missing EVERY SINGLE historical event.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/18/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe shocked to find complicity in every historic event.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/18/2019 17:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Maybe shocked to find complicity in every historic event.

Perhaps we could simply scroll forward from April of 1961 (Bay of Pigs) to the present. A 58 year window might prove to be informative.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2019 17:21 Comments || Top||



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