After watching these law "professors" testify that everything Trump does is an impeachable crime and that hearsay is proven evidence, one question has been answered definitively. Not "Should Trump be impeached?" but "Is it worth the tuition to send your kid to an Ivy League school?" The answer is a definitive "NO."
CNN recently ran a story claiming that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes secretly met in Vienna last year with Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor Joe Biden got fired, seeking information on Biden and his son Hunter’s possible corruption. I’m not sure why that would be illegal or even immoral, but put that aside. Nunes immediately blasted the story as false and claimed he was preparing a defamation lawsuit against CNN, which most liberal pundits brushed off as empty bluster.
Well, wrong again. Tuesday, Nunes filed a $435 million lawsuit against CNN, the reporter of the story, Vicky Ward, and Chris Cuomo, who brought her on TV to peddle it.
Nunes lays out evidence in his lawsuit that he never visited Austria at all in 2018; that during the times CNN claimed he was there, he was actually with a Congressional delegation visiting Libya and Malta; and that Shokin has stated that he not only never met with Nunes, until this story came out, he’d never even heard of him. So all in all, a typical CNN report.
Nunes calls it a “demonstrably false” report based on a suspect source, Lev Parnas, who was reported to have made up false accusations to try to get Democrat prosecutors to cut him a deal on campaign finance charges, and it was shopped to at least five other media outlets before one was irresponsible enough to run it.
Nunes’ lawsuit also claims that he never talked to Parnas in December, 2018, as CNN alleged. This sparked Democrats on the Intelligence Committee to release phone records showing four calls between Nunes’ and Parnas’ numbers, but the longest was just eight minutes (one was one minute, the other two only two seconds each), and they were over four months later, in April, 2019. The most interesting aspect of that is how the Democrats obtained Nunes’ phone records and publicly released them. Do I smell a second lawsuit in the offing?
The lawsuit is a longshot since no matter how egregiously false CNN’s reporting is, they played CYA by phrasing the story as “Parnas says” to keep their fingerprints off it. It’s also notoriously hard for a public figure to sue for defamation, since you have to prove actual malice, and CNN has at least been smart enough not to change its motto from “This is CNN” to “The Actual Malice Network.”
Still, even if CNN never has to pay out big money for its blatant bias and utter lack of journalistic standards, at least the suit will draw attention to how they conduct their business and just how biased and unreliable they are. It will help insure that many millions of Americans know that if they watch a story on CNN, there’s a good chance that the only thing it will get right is that the letters “C-N-N” will be in the correct order.
A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in New York sided with Congressional Democrats who are trying to obtain President Trump’s business banking records in their never-ending Captain Ahab-like quest to find something/anything to impeach him for. I’m so tired of stories like this and judges like these that I no longer bother commenting on them at length. I just point you to more info if you’re interested and wait for the final word from the Supreme Court to see if we still have a Constitution or not.
Gee, I wonder if ABC News is going to devote any time to covering this story?...
Chick-fil-A’s betrayal of its founder's Christian principles has deservedly gotten a lot of attention, including from me:
But one thing that’s been sadly overlooked is why in the world the Salvation Army has been unfairly slandered as some sort of anti-gay hate group. That seems to have just been accepted as conventional wisdom, while those who are pushing this libel ignore all the good that the Salvation Army does for the neediest among us, including members of the LGBTQ community. The radical activists would selfishly cut off all that desperately-needed charity just because the Christian-based organization doesn’t adhere to their personal dogma 100%.
I’d write more about this, but Dennis Prager has already written a must-read column about it:
After reading it, you may be inspired by what you learn about the Salvation Army, or by the spirit of the season, or even out of anger at the injustice of it all, to let these critics know exactly what you think of them by helping the Salvation Army’s mission, including the Angel Tree program that helps provide a nice Christmas for poor children. If so, you can learn more and donate here:
Amazon is under fire for allowing the sale on their site of Christmas ornaments depicting the Auschwitz concentration camp. The items have since been removed, but people keep finding similar items, such as bottle openers and beach towels.
This is a more complicated issue than it seems. Of course, anything that treats the Holocaust lightly is disgusting and repugnant, and has no place in decent society (I’ve been to Auschwitz multiple times, and I can’t imagine that anyone who’s been in that tragic and cursed place could ever take it lightly.) But there might be people who actually think this is a heartfelt tribute rather than incredibly offensive (I’ve seen some pretty tacky items with Jesus on them.)
The big problem, however, is that it’s nearly impossible to police such things because these days, countless items can be printed to order with an unlimited choice of stock photos, from suppliers scattered all over the world. Some might not even know what the Auschwitz photos are. Trying to remove the offensive ones is like trying to rid your house of cockroaches by stomping on them one at a time whenever you see one. So I won’t slam Amazon for having them on their site (among their millions of products from so many sellers, they might not even have realized it.) But now that they do know, I hope the public will alert Amazon whenever they see one pop up. And we should all demand that they keep on stomping.
“You’ll Never Believe It” story of the day: At 86, and after years of abusing his lungs, Willie Nelson announced that he has stopped smoking marijuana.
I know how you feel: despite all the Christmas decorations, I also had to go check to make sure it wasn’t April 1st.
Feel-Good Story of the Day: A Holiday Huck’s Hero salute to all the Christmas tree farms that participate in the “Trees for Troops” movement. Since 2006, they’ve provided over 225,000 free Christmas trees to military families. Included in that salute are all the volunteers who help load the trees, and Fed Ex, which transports them free of charge. Check out the link for more on this heartwarming story, plus some great photos and video:
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Well, @realDonaldTrump is right about Trudeau being 2-faced. One face is white and the other is black, but because he's an "elite" it's okay for him to do what would be considered "racist" if someone less "sophisticated" had done it. #Hypocrisy https://t.co/DWi5bBa9yl— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 4, 2019