Evil men always have to get in the last word. And that’s just what the man so many have been lauding as an American hero for the past week, Senator John McCain, just did.
This time The Gateway Pundit is reporting that McCain took one last swipe at President Trump and us by taking part in a documentary, along with his close friend Hillary Clinton, which pushes the Russian collusion conspiracy against the president.
Here is more on this breaking development via The Daily Beast:
“Active Measures, a new documentary from director Jack Bryan, would be timely even without the presence of John McCain. And yet the senator, who died of brain cancer less than a week before this film’s August 31st release, adds an additional dose of relevance and urgency to its central thesis: that President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are far more intertwined than you know.
“The fact that there was an attack on the fundamental—the absolute fundamental—a free and fair election, should alarm all of us,” McCain says in the exclusive clip below. He’s referring to the reports from August of 2016 that Russian hackers were targeting voter registration databases in states like Arizona.
“This really spooked officials in the White House,” Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News, adds. “And that’s the moment, I think, that the enormity of the Russian influence campaign really started to hit home.”
“Along with McCain, the documentary is populated with talking heads like Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and others who express concern over both what happened during the 2016 election and what could take place in future elections.
“But it is the many connections between Donald Trump and Russia that dominate the bulk of the film. As the first frame explains, “active measures” is a Soviet term for the “actions of political warfare conducted by the Russian security services to influence the course of world events.” Just as New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait recently made the case that Trump may have been a Russian “asset” since 1987, director Jack Bryan spends nearly two hours arguing that Russia had been cultivating Trump years before he became a realistic presidential candidate.
“The Russians have a particular type of mark who they go after,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says early in the film. “They go after someone who has business resources, perhaps some shady morals so they are amenable to bribery. Or perhaps they’re in a difficult financial situation or has either political connections or aspirations.” After a dramatic pause, he adds, “I’ve just described Donald Trump.”
“From there, Bryan lays out multiple connections between the Trump Organization and Putin allies, most of which have been reported widely over the past few years. But it is striking to see them all in one place like this. By the time the documentary gets to the 2016 election, Russia’s interest in Trump and the degree to which Trump owed his business success to Russia has been made abundantly clear. Through it all, McCain is there, adding insight and context to that complex relationship.
“In 2004 when Putin tried to rig an election in Ukraine, John McCain stood with the Ukrainian people. In 2016 when Putin tried to do the same thing in America, he was one of the few voices in his party who refused to remain silent,” Bryan added. “He and Hillary Clinton were Vladimir Putin’s greatest adversaries in the United States, and without their voices, it would be impossible to understand how and why our country arrived at this point.”
“In contrast to Trump’s “sycophantic” commentary about Putin, McCain can be seen in the film decrying the Russian leader as “an individual who poses a threat to the world” and “has no moral standards that I’ve been able to detect.” His interview presumably came before Trump’s joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, which McCain memorably described as “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”
“The film also implies that Trump’s most damning attack on McCain came right out of Putin’s mouth. Before Trump infamously declared, “I like people that weren’t captured,” Putin noted, “Mr. McCain was taken prisoner in Vietnam and was put not just in jail but in a pit. He sat there for several years. Anyone would go nuts after that.”
“The fact that Trump “despised” McCain (and vice versa) has been well documented, but McCain’s role as enemy number one in the Russian propaganda machine became more widely apparent after his death.
“As New York Times Moscow correspondent Andrew Higgins reported this week, Russian state television has referred to McCain as “the chief symbol of Russophobia” in its coverage of his passing. Higgins quoted the man behind the “Russians for Donald Trump” Facebook page, who lamented that other hawkish senators like Lindsey Graham won’t be able to fill McCain’s shoes. “None of them is as charismatic as John McCain,” Alexander Domrin said. “It will be hard to find somebody who can replace him as the main Russophobe.”
“McCain seems particularly disturbed in the documentary by the Trump campaign’s successful effort to remove from the Republican Party platform a provision condemning Russia’s annexation of Ukraine.
“I think that’s part of this whole scandal that needs to be resolved,” McCain implores. “Why would the Republican Party remove a provision that would help people who have been invaded and slaughtered defend themselves?” He smiles slyly, gives a slight roll of his eyes and adds, “Interesting.”
“The film ends with a stark warning from McCain, Clinton, and others about the near certainty that Russia will continue to interfere with American elections this year, in 2020 and beyond. Taking one last shot at Trump for failing to take his own “active measures” against Russia for attacking American democracy, McCain says, “As long as people can do things without penalty, they’re going to continue to do them.”
Is this last betrayal from Senator McCain really a surprise at this point?
The man was neither a principled conservative nor a disciplined candidate. He was never a smart and thoughtful leader in my opinion. He was an undisciplined politician who turned being a traitor to his own party into an art form not many in history have been able to pull off without severe repercussions. McCain made a political career out of making people feel sorry for him because he was a POW, something which many others have been but never accepted preferential treatment because of it.
Although McCain did prove his will could not be easily broken while he was at the Hanoi Hilton, unfortunately, his political career is a different story. One where he talked about supporting conservative principles until it was time to do so. In fact the man had severe disdain for anything conservative and he made it extremely clear when he called the Tea Party Patriots a bunch of “Hobbits” or when he called his fellow senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul “Whacko Birds,” but he has defended his dear friend Barack Hussein Obama and an establishment which although was starting to see the writing on the wall, never dreamed there would be a President Donald Trump just around the corner.
Sadly, not many conservatives understand what is going through the heads of Republicans in Arizona when it comes to electing senators. One thing conservatives can relish though is the fact that the last president McCain got to see in the White House was President Trump, who is everything he claimed to be but never had the intent, or the spine to become.
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President Trump And Secretary Zinke Were Both RIGHT!
California is being burned top to bottom by three raging wildfires. The Camp Fire is the deadliest fire in California history. Many people have died and many more are missing. And all of this stems from poor forest management according to President Trump and Secretary Zinke. They are right.
Those on the left who are radical environmentalists and that claim to love nature so much do not want the forests cared for and yet they scream for aid when the predictable happens. I’ve been through many of the forests in California and out west and if you just let tinder lie as it falls then you can’t be surprised when a fire eventually breaks out. It’s nature’s way of cleaning house. The Daily Caller has a great piece on this issue:
On the California wildfires, President Trump tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” and three months ago, Secretary Zinke identified the same cause for western wildfires: “This has to do with active forest management.”
As a forester, I have to say they are both pointing to the main culprit. I spend much of my time in the West, with West-Coast foresters, and one of them regularly points to a federally-managed forest as a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Before you say this is just a forester saying federal land needs more forestry, several independent government reports have come to the same conclusion.
California’s Little Hoover Commission is an independent state oversight agency that is charged with making reports and giving advice to the Governor and Legislature, and last February they issued a report on rethinking forest management in the Sierra Nevada relative to wildfires, concluding:
A century of mismanaging Sierra Nevada forests has brought an unprecedented environmental catastrophe that impacts all Californians – and with it, a rare opportunity for transformational culture change in forest management practices. The opportunity should not be lost. Proactive forest management practices recommended by the Commission gradually will rebuild healthy high-county forest that store more water, resist new insect infestations, and check the speed and intensity of wildfires.
This critical wildfire situation has been a long time coming. A 1990 federal General Accounting Office report noted that “the most extensive and serious problem related to the health of national forests in the interior West is the overaccumulation of vegetation, which has caused an increasing number of large, intense, uncontrollable, and catastrophically destructive wildfires,” and that “39 million acres in national forests in the interior West are at high risk of catastrophic wildfire.”
So the president and secretary are just responding to science-based federal and state reports that confirm the dire need for active forest management.
Most of the national press gives the impression they are using this ploy to downplay climate change or to encourage more timber harvesting for their timber industry friends. It seems more likely to me that they are just listening to science and forestry advisors on how to handle a critical problem in the West.
Interior Secretary Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups,” according to The Daily Caller, for holding forest management “hostage” on the federal forests.
As The Hill reports, these groups managed to hold forest management hostage by using tactics “that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires.”
President Trump tweeted: “California wildfires are being magnified & made much worse by the bad environmental laws. Secretary Zinke agreed that active forest management was limited by attacks from “frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods.”
Trump and Zinke are referring to environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These are truly important environmental laws, but environmentalists have used them as tools to drive timber harvesting from the national forests.
An example is using the northern spotted owl as a threatened species to curtail forest management in Washington, Oregon, and California. NEPA requires public participation in the planning for forest management on federal lands. There is nothing wrong with that unless it is used as a tool to create obstacles to any timber harvesting.
Using NEPA, environmental managed to devastate forest management, timber harvesting, and the forest products industry throughout the West, helping to create the conditions that have led to the current wildfire situation.
A couple of statistics are telling. From 1965 to 1990, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service, timber harvests on the national forests generally ranged from 10-to-12 billion board feet annually.
After 1990, once environmentalism “kicked in,” the average has been in the 2-to-2.5 billion board feet range. That is a tremendous amount of wood accumulating on the forests, not being utilized and just waiting for something natural (insects, disease, wildfire) to happen to it.
Of course, by not being utilized, the timber processing industry that relied on national forests harvests was decimated. Mills closed down and wood industry workers lost their jobs. Communities folded.
Referring back to the Little Hoover Commission Report in California that recommended proactive forest management, any increased timber harvesting to get biomass out of the forest and into some useful purpose has been stymied by the long-term environmentalist activism.
Sawmill capacity decreased by about 70 percent from 1980 to 2012. In 1968, there were 262 wood processing facilities in the state; today there are about 77. Employment in the industry has decreased by half from what it was in 1990.
So, efforts to actually encourage active forest management will be much more difficult to implement; in order to harvest timber there must be a market to utilize it. I’d call it an unintended consequence, but, unfortunately, it seems to be just what the environmentalists wanted.
The press needs to give the President and Secretary Zinke a break. They are both making some very valid points.
Top Rapper Sued For HORRID Alleged Sex Assault – Details Are Worst Ever Heard
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Star rapper Nelly is officially being sued for an alleged sexual assault by a woman in the U.K.
The woman, who simply goes by the pseudonym Jane Doe in order to protect her privacy, claims the “Hot In Herre” rapper masturbated in front of her after a concert last year.
According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Nelly, real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., asked the woman to stay behind after one of his concerts in Essex ended back in Dec. 2017.
She says she agreed to stay, but once they were alone, Nelly non-consensually masturbated in front of her and whispered, “You want this d*ck don’t you?”
She claims she then responded something to the effect of, “You may have more quid in your bank than I do. But this doesn’t make you any more special. Pull your trousers back up and f*** off.”
Then, the woman claims he clenched his fists but when she asked if he was going hit him, all he said was, “No I’m just frustrated. I’m not used to not getting my way, just do it.”
He then allegedly forced his genitalia into her mouth, but she managed to get away.
Doe is also suing Nelly’s girlfriend, claiming she tried to debunk her allegations on Twitter.
This is a developing story. It’s unclear what Doe is seeking in the lawsuit. Check back for details.
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