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Fake news alert: Trump gutting Meals on Wheels revealed a media lie

MSM caught lying about Meals on Wheels. (Wiki)
MSM caught lying about Meals on Wheels. (Wiki)

Time and The Hill magazines breathlessly reported the Meals on Wheels program has been slashed of all federal funding in the proposed budget on submitted to Congress by President Trump.

As Walter Olson of the none-too-Trump-friendly National Review objectively noted, the rush to judgement against Trump certainly “made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable.”

Only one problem — none of it was true.

With a Time headline of “Trump Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels” and The Hill garnering 26,000 shares online from their fake reporting, the Left-leaning media certainly thought they’d snagged the president on a rather large gotchya moment.

As reported;

But it was false. And it wouldn’t have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the popular Meals on Wheels program.

I started on the organization’s own website. From Thursday’s conversation in the press, it was easy to assume that block grant programs — CDBG and similar block grants for community services and social services — are the main source of federal funding for Meals on Wheels. Not so.

Instead, as the national site explains, the major source of federal funding for the programs, accounting for 35 percent of overall local budgets, comes through the Sixties-era Older Americans Act. (Local programs also obtain support from state and county governments, private donors, and so on.)

According to the website, cuts have not been announced in Older Americans Act funding, although the group fears that they may lie ahead.

Notice the key word in the last sentence is “may,” not “will.”

But I digress. Yet another screaming example of the MSM’s is the schizophrenic excuse of reporting, Gregory Korte of USA Today  has as the caption of the article’s main photograph;

Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, faces a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

Curiously, the very first sentence in the article proper is;

President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress last week specifically identified steep cuts to hundreds of domestic programs, but Meals on Wheels wasn’t one of them.

‘Hey, Huma. What’s up?’ – Kellyanne recalls the Team Hillary concession call

Kellyanne Conway retells election night phone call. (Twitter)
Kellyanne Conway retells election night phone call. (Twitter)

In what presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway describes as “like a movie,” she retells what happened leading up to and at the moment Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff called to concede on election night.

But not before Clinton’s Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, arrogantly contacted Kellyanne the evening prior to election day to orchestrate what he thought was going to be Trump’s concession call to Hillary.

Yet fortunately for Mook, it was Clinton’s trusted aide and confidant Huma Abedin who was tasked with eating a rather large helping of humble pie election night.

As reported by Ashley Collman of London’s The Daily Mail;

Kellyanne Conway reminisced about the moment Hillary Clinton called to concede to Donald Trump the night of the presidential election.

The president’s campaign-manager-turned-advisor recalled the historic moment in a talk at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit in Washington, DC Friday morning.

The night before the election, Conway said she and Clinton’s team spoke over email about when the concession call would happen.

‘Robby Mook (Clinton’s campaign manager) had agreed the night before through an email to me that within 15 minutes of the AP calling the race for Secretary Clinton, they would wait 15 minutes and then she would take to the podium and declare victory.

‘So he was basically saying that you have 15 minutes for Mr Trump to get out there [and give a concession speech] or she’s going to declare victory either way.

‘And then he said in the event that Mr Trump wins, Secretary Clinton will call him within 15 minutes of the AP,’ Conway said with a wink, implying that Clinton staffers were confident their boss would win.

But Clinton’s camp held up their end of the deal. Conway said that she looked down to see her phone was ringing.

‘I look down – literally it was like a movie – my phone is ringing and it said “Huma Abedin” [Clinton’s longtime aide]. And I said, “Hey, Huma. What’s up?”

‘And she’s absolutely lovely, she really is. And she’s like ‘Hi Kellyanne, Secretary Clinton would like to speak to Mr. Trump.” And I said, “Now?” And she said, “Is he available?” And I said, “We’re very available!”

‘And I handed [Mr Trump]  the phone. My husband took a screenshot of that – the 2:30am. I handed him the phone and he and Vice President Pence and their wives were there and the rest is history.

‘So that was just really a remarkable moment and I think it was a remarkable moment for anybody, any David fighting a Goliath, frankly,’ Conway recalled.

Following the call, President Trump gave his victory speech – marking a break with tradition since the loser of the race usually gives a concession speech first. Clinton gave her concession speech later in the day.

Indentured servitude: The white slavery you were never taught in school

Indentured servant under the lash. (Wiki)
Indentured servant under the lash. (Wiki)

A slave by any other name is still a slave, even if they go by the innocuous name of “indentured servant.” Continue reading Indentured servitude: The white slavery you were never taught in school

NBC start date for Megyn Kelly still stuck on hold

Megyn Kelly throws softballs to liberal heart throb Michael Moore. (Youtube)
Megyn Kelly throws softballs to liberal heart throb Michael Moore. (Youtube)

Megyn Kelly was once the crown jewel of the Fox News empire. But that was then, this is now.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that despite her plans on better days at the Peacock Network, things aren’t exactly going the way Megyn Kelly might have planned.

NBC still has no start date for Megyn Kelly, even though her last day at Fox News was in January and the network has already announced that she will host a daily morning show as well as a separate Sunday evening show.

At issue is confusion over Kelly’s contract at Fox and whether she has officially been released from it, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Fox said it officially released Kelly on March 9, but her agent told the Journal that “the terms of the termination are still being negotiated.”

Citing an anonymous source, the Journal also reported that Kelly does not have an official start date and the format of her programs with NBC still have not been settled.

Kelly’s primetime slot at Fox was filled by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which has been a ratings success.

Speaking of Tucker Carlson, if there was any notion that Kelly’s departure would hurt ratings, guess again.

In a separate article from the Washington Examiner, Carlson has been crushing it in Kelly’s abandoned time slot;

In losing Megyn Kelly, Fox News appears to have fallen upward to higher ratings at a lower price.

“Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling the ratings of his predecessor, Megyn Kelly, when compared to the same time period last year, according to Nielsen Media Research,” reports The Hill. “‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when ‘The Kelly File’ occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot. Carlson has averaged 775,000 viewers per night in the category, while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22.”

That Kelly can be so easily eclipsed is a bad omen for NBC. It is a testimony to the effectiveness of Carlson, but it also hints at the hollowness of the buzz around her. Much of that buzz derived from her status as a subversive at a conservative-leaning network, talk that will dissipate once she’s at NBC. Plus, Fox News viewers don’t appear to miss her too terribly, and there is little reason to believe they’ll follow her to NBC.

As Jack Shafer notes, stars who leave the networks that made them stars often fail away from them: “One lesson [Barbara] Walters and [Katie] Couric — and the other high-profile network defectors (Harry Reasoner, Diane Sawyer, Roger Mudd, et al.) — teach is of the non-transferability of TV star power. TV stars struggle to survive outside of the context in which they were nurtured. The current network anchors — Scott Pelley, David Muir and Lester Holt — all benefited from the fact that they ripened their talents at their respective networks before they got their evening chairs. Viewers grew accustomed to their faces and their styles.”

Kelly’s decision to leave was supposed to weaken Fox News and bolster its competitors. But so far it appears to have saved Rupert Murdoch a ton of money (he was offering her a reported $100 million to stay) while eliminating a growing problem: a star, more popular with chattering-class pundits than conservative viewers, who was increasingly showboating at the expense of the network.

According to Shafer, “Television talent raids — like the one NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has just pulled off — are almost never a simple matter of improving your own roster. As the history of broadcasting shows us, a single major defection by a popular anchor rarely improves that acquiring network’s ratings or public appeal. The primary aim of such larceny: Weaken your TV opponent’s line-up by making off with one of their visible stars. Anything else accomplished is just gravy.”

By that standard, NBC has already failed. In switching from Kelly to Carlson, Fox has gained a new star and freed itself from an overrated one.

‘In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria’ ~ Benjamin Franklin

More than just water and chlorine in the pool. (Twitter)
More than just water and chlorine in the pool. (Twitter)

We were warned in the 1975 blockbuster “Jaws” not to go into the water. But with a recent study released from Canada’s University of Alberta at Edmonton, that admonition very well could pertain to public swimming pools.

And what do you make of that peculiar extra-strong smell of chlorine at some public pools? Do you feel safer because you assume that some Good Samaritan dumped a little extra of the liquid element into the water? Guess again.

As reported by the good folks at Britain’s The Guardian, the standard large-sized public swimming pool contains roughly 20 gallons of human urine.

As reported;

It is an antisocial act that normally goes under the radar, but many swimmers have long suspected the truth: people are peeing in the pool.

Now scientists have been able to confirm the full extent of offending for the first time, after developing a test designed to estimate how much urine has been covertly added to a large volume of water. Regular swimmers with a keen sense of hygiene may wish to stop reading now.

The test works by measuring the concentration of an artificial sweetener, acesulfame potassium (ACE), that is commonly found in processed food and passes through the body unaltered.

After tracking the levels of the sweetener in two public pools in Canada over a three-week period they calculated that swimmers had released 75 litres [20 gallons] of urine – enough to fill a medium-sized dustbin – into a large pool (about 830,000 litres [220,000 gallons], one-third the size of an Olympic pool) and 30 litres into a second pool, around half the size of the first.

As if that wasn’t gross enough, America’s taxpayer subsidized National Public Radio (NPR) informs the world that the extra-strong chlorine smell wafting from some pools isn’t what it seems;

You know that sharp odor of chlorine from the swimming pool you can recall from earliest childhood? It turns out it’s not just chlorine, but a potent brew of chemicals that form when chlorine meets sweat, body oils, and urine.

The same report from NPR also cites, “In a residential pool (20-by-40-foot, five-feet deep), that would translate to about two gallons of pee.”

Joint Congressional speech: Trump refers to himself 60% less than Obama

Serious Trump, angry Obama. (Youtube)
Serious Trump, pouty Obama. (Youtube)

Despite the narrative from the Establishment Press that President Trump is the world’s premier egotist, what happened at the Commander-in-Chief’s first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress displays something quite different.

Washington Examiner reporter Emily Jashinsky notes that there really is someone whose ego eclipses even that of The Donald.

In his first presidential speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009, Barack Obama referenced himself roughly 84 times (that number is approximate). By contrast, President Trump made only 53 such references in his address to the joint session on Tuesday night.

In 2010, Obama actually referenced himself approximately 117 times per Vocativ’s count.

Trump, who’s often accused of being self-absorbed, used his remarks to the joint session of Congress convened Tuesday to focus significant time on promoting national unity.

Vanity Fair published an article in November 2015 entitled, “Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists weight in!”

Yet in his remarks Tuesday night, President Trump used the word “we” more than 100 times.

As it turns out, social media has weighed in on Trump’s speech to the Legislative Branch. As posted by Great Britain’s notoriously liberal The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs;

The ever blunt Ann Coulter added;

And in a bit of a lighthearted vein, The Onion tweeted the response from Green Party never-was Jill Stein;

Kim’s latest round of gruesome executions

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Kim flips out again. (Youtube)

When North Korea’s Kim Jong-un executes someone, it’s usually with the élan and flair reserved only for the especially psychotic. A prime example would be his latest rounds of executing those who’ve fallen from his favor.

With such grandiose titles such as “Great Successor to the Revolutionary Cause of Juche (self-reliance)”, “Outstanding Leader of the Party, Army and People” and “Respected Comrade who is Identical to Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il”, the rather pudgy dictator obviously wants nothing to do with rather mundane and anti-climactic forms of execution such as lethal injections.

While never serving in the North Korean People’s Army himself, Kim has quite the fondness for dispatching his enemies by way of military hardware.

Examples include ex-Vice Minister of the Army Kim Chol who was turned into hamburger via mortar barrage. Kim Chol was found guilty of “drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death.”

Former Deputy Minister of Public Security O Sang-hon was roasted alive by a flame thrower. His crime? Being friends with Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Gen. Jang Song-thaek, who supposedly plotted to overthrow his nephew. Reportedly, Uncle Song-thaek and his entire family were executed.

But in Lil’ Kim’s latest, The Daily Caller reports;

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un executed another batch of senior officials, South Korea’s spy agency revealed Monday.

Kim pulled out the anti-aircraft gun for the execution of five senior officials, charged with submitting false government reports, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).

North Korea fired state security chief Kim Won-hong last month for corruption, abuse, and torture. The five officials reportedly killed by the regime worked in Kim’s office and were executed for providing inaccurate reports.

The false data provided by the officials is said to have “enraged” the young despot Kim Jong-un.

The NIS did not reveal how it obtained information regarding the most recent executions. As inside information about the internal affairs of the reclusive North Korean state is hard to come by, the accuracy of such reports is, to a certain extent, questionable.

Kim Jong-un reportedly has an affinity for killing people with anti-aircraft guns, the bullets for which would rip a human being apart.

For his part, reigning in a nation where upwards of a third of the population is starving, Kim has gone from rather chubby to criminally obese.

With his height has been estimated as somewhere between 5’7″ to 5’9″, Britain’s The Guardian notes that upon assuming power, Kim was weighed in at a plump 90 kg (198 lbs). But after four years of binging on food and booze “to cope with his constant fear of being assassinated,” he’s swollen to a hefty 130 kg (287 lbs).

The tubby tyrant has reportedly gained so much weight, that his skeletal frame has buckled under the strain. The Telegraph cites “Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, has become so fat while in office that his ankles have fractured under his own weight.”

 

Massachusetts vets slam Warren, McCain: Favors ‘illegal immigrants over US Veterans’

Massachusetts veterans ask, “Where’s your rally for US Veterans, Senator Warren?” (Twitter)
Massachusetts veterans ask, “Where’s your rally for US Veterans, Senator Warren?” (Twitter)

The internet-based vets advocacy group Veterans Assisting Veterans have taken aim at a number of Massachusetts politicians and the senior senator from Arizona, but specifically Sen. Elizabeth Warren for what they see as her “‘selfish political theater’ and demanding they put veterans’ services at the top of their list — or feel the heat.” Continue reading Massachusetts vets slam Warren, McCain: Favors ‘illegal immigrants over US Veterans’

Sean Spicer embarrasses NY Times reporter in front of the entire nation

Sean Spicer slams NY Times reporter. (Screen grab - Breitbart)
Sean Spicer slams NY Times reporter. (Screen grab – Breitbart)

It’s bad enough when the President of the United States refers to your publication as “the failing New York Times.” But when your White House correspondent is made to look the fool in front of the entire nation, that’s something else entirely.

Case in point: While conducting his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer gave quite the etiquette lesson to Times reporter Glenn Thrush.

As reported by The Washington Examiner;

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday chided a reporter for trying to ask a question without being called on first by saying: “We’re going to raise our hands like big boys and girls.”

Spicer had called on another reporter to ask a question when Glenn Thrush, a reporter with the New York Times, also tried to jumped in to ask a question of his own.

Thrush is the reporter who “Saturday Night Live” has portrayed in skits being berated by a fictional Spicer.

“Glen. This isn’t a TV program,” Spicer said Thursday. “You don’t get to just yell out questions.”

As it turns out, the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room isn’t the only place where the failing New York Times is the recipient of the proverbial back of the hand.

As noted on Twitter;

 

Would liberal Connecticut attempt to arrest a presidential assassin? Don’t count on it

Kennedy's assassination was ruled to be Oswald acting alone. (Wiki)
Kennedy’s assassination was ruled to be Oswald acting alone. (Wiki)

Presidential assassination is one of the very few instances of murder being a crime chargeable as a federal offense. With that said, let’s hope that no president ever gets whacked specifically in the Nutmeg State.

But first a bit of background. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 84 › § 1751 is officially entitled “Presidential and Presidential staff assassination, kidnapping, and assault; penalties.”

As cited, those of the Executive Branch covered include;

  • The President of the United States
  • The President-elect
  • The Vice President
  • Or, if there is no Vice President, the officer next in the order of succession to the Office of the President of the United States
  • The Vice President-elect, or any person who is acting as President under the Constitution and laws of the United States

Also cited are those “employed in the Executive Office of the President or appointed under section 106(a)(1)(A) of title 3 employed in the Office of the Vice President.”

But it doesn’t end with just the Prez and the Veep. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 18 › § 351 offers the same to all members of the House and Senate, the Presidential Cabinet as well as the Supreme Court.

That brings us to a curious question: If any of the individuals specified by Title 18 of the U.S. Code were to be victims of the aforementioned crimes, would the state, county, city, town, village, hamlet or sleepy crossroads LEOs (Law Enforcement Organizations) work with the feds on apprehending the bad guys?

In a recent airing of Tucker Carlson Live on the Fox News Channel, the lead guest was Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) regarding the state making the conscience decision not to work with the feds regarding illegal immigration.

As reported;

On Thursday, Tucker Carlson debated Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) on his response to President Trump’s order that states comply with federal immigration laws when dealing with illegal immigrants.

This week, Malloy issued a memo to law enforcement and school officials, telling them they do not have to abide by federal immigration laws or fully cooperate with ICE.

As seen in the below video clip;

  • 1:09 mark, Malloy clearly states, “The president can’t order us to do, uh, federal work. Uh, quite frankly, the federal government should to its own job.”
  • 5:52 mark, the governor further clarified his stance of Connecticut state and local resources dealing with a federal crime; “We should not be expending local dollars… state dollars, to do the federal government’s job.”

 

 

Russian hottie in hot water with Dubai police for daredevil stunt

Russian model defies death in Dubai. (Youtube)
Russian model defies death in Dubai. (Instagram)

Russian Instragram model Viktoria “Viki” Odintcova may have defied death over the streets of Dubai, but she wasn’t that lucky against both the city’s police department and the owners of the property where she figuratively dared the devil to see her slip from the 100th floor. Continue reading Russian hottie in hot water with Dubai police for daredevil stunt

Shattering the myth of California being ‘sixth largest economy on planet Earth’

California State Senate leader Kevin de León perpetuates the big lie. (Youtube)
California State Senate leader Kevin de León perpetuates the big lie. (Youtube)

California State Senate leader Kevin de León made quite the big noise at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year of what an economic powerhouse the Golden State truly is. Continue reading Shattering the myth of California being ‘sixth largest economy on planet Earth’

Oroville Dam: Five workers fired for posting photos to social media

Damaged spillway at the Oroville Dam. (Facebook)
Damaged spillway at the Oroville Dam. (Facebook)

Things are going from bad to worse at California’s battered Oroville Dam. As if the severely damaged spillway wasn’t enough of a danger, the Sacramento Bee is reporting that authorities are pumping out 60,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs). Continue reading Oroville Dam: Five workers fired for posting photos to social media

Ivanka’s kids make their presence known at White House

The Marines have landed. (Ivanka Trump Instagram)
The Marines have landed. (Ivanka Trump Instagram)

Arguably not since the Camelot days of John and Jackie Kennedy have children so conspicuously had the run of the White House grounds. Continue reading Ivanka’s kids make their presence known at White House

Future Politician? Senator Kid Rock (R-Michigan)

Grammy award-winning musician Kid Rock, American Idol contestant and country musician Kellie Pickler, and musician Zack Brown entertain troops stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, during the 2008 USO Holiday Tour. (Wikimedia-Commons)
Grammy award-winning musician Kid Rock, American Idol contestant and country musician Kellie Pickler, and musician Zack Brown entertain troops stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, during the 2008 USO Holiday Tour. (Wikimedia-Commons)

Kid Rock as the next United States Senator from the Wolverine State? According to Michigan GOP press officer Sarah Anderson, the notion of a Senator Rock “would be awesome.” Continue reading Future Politician? Senator Kid Rock (R-Michigan)

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: The next European right-wing superstar

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. (Twitter)
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. (Twitter)

Looking more like Brian Wilson’s notion of what the perfect 1960s California Girl would look like, France’s Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is actually well on her way to becoming a Gallic combination of Donald and Ivanka Trump.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. (Twitter)
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. (Facebook)

As a sitting member of the French parliament representing the 3rd constituency of Vaucluse in the southeast of the nation, the 27-year-old lawmaker is already one of the leading figures in the hardcore right-wing Front National (FN) party.

With the upcoming national election for president not that far off in the future, the betting is against the current head honchoette of the FN, her aunt Marine Le Pen will more than likely place second to Republican party former Prime Minister François Fillon.

Between Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, populism is all the rage on the continent, and it looks like Maréchal-Le Pen just could be sitting in the catbird seat for the 2022 election if Auntie Marine fails to win the presidency. Continue reading Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: The next European right-wing superstar

Gay hijacking of Christianity: ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’

Glitter gay Ash Wednesday. (Twitter)
Glitter gay Ash Wednesday. (Twitter)

Ash Wednesday is soon to be observed by all Catholics, a number of Protestant denominations (Episcopalians, Lutherans, Moravians, etc) as well as a handful of Western Orthodox Churches (Celtic Orthodox Church, The French Orthodox Church, etc).  Continue reading Gay hijacking of Christianity: ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’

The Anti-Oscars: Tomi Lahren to host ‘Snowflake Awards’

Tomi Lahren - She persists. (Instagram)
Tomi Lahren – She persists. (Instagram)

Tomi Lahren and fellow Blaze TV personality Michael “Doc” Thompson will be joining forces on February 26 for the first annual Snowflake Awards. Continue reading The Anti-Oscars: Tomi Lahren to host ‘Snowflake Awards’

Tomi Lahren slams liberals for defending ‘Rapeugees’

Tomi Lahren (Youtube)
Tomi Lahren calls ’em like she sees ’em. (Youtube)

Tomi Lehren has been described a number of different ways; a breath of fresh air to the conservative blogosphere, a fearless truth teller long overdue within the conservative blogosphere, arguably the most lusted after personality inhabiting the conservative blogosphere. They all work. Continue reading Tomi Lahren slams liberals for defending ‘Rapeugees’