Mitch McConnell Says Russians Are Not Our Friends Announces Investigation
December 14, 2016 - 10:00am

Saying "The Russians are not our friends," Mitch McConnell, who once dismissed the threat of Russian hacking, has finally responded to pressure and announced that the Senate intelligence panel will conduct an investigation of Russia's interference in the elections.

Reading from a prepared statement, he said this:

"Obviously any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing and I strongly condemn any such efforts. I agree with Senator Schumer, Senator McCain, Burr and others that this simply cannot be a partisan issue. Let me remind all of you that the Senate Intelligence Committee is more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter. And Sen. Schumer will soon join us on the committee, and he can review this matter through the regular order."

This means McConnell did not endorse John McCain's proposal of a special select committee. "This simply cannot be a partisan issue," he said, demonstrating that this particular matter is apparently less important to Republicans than a fake scandal about Benghazi.

Of course, Trump has not only dismissed the CIA, saying "it could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey," but his spokesperson, Jason Miller, told the Wall Street Journal's Shelby Holliday this morning in response to the news that, "I think really clearly what this is an attempt to try to delegitimize President-Elect Trump's win."

In other words, Donald Trump will not support the investigation, and what is really represents, of course, is an attempt to delegitimize the American democratic process, then taking the gift the Russians have given you and running with it before anybody can do anything about it.

We have already seen how John Bolton, a possible Trump pick for SecState, is claiming Russian hacking wasn't Russian hacking at all but a false flag operation by the Obama administration.

Trump has made his disdain for the whole idea plain more than once, and it goes without saying he did not reject it without lying through his teeth.

Tech Employees Say They Will Not Help Trump With Muslims & Immigrants
December 14, 2016 - 9:00am

More than 100 employees of technology companies including Alphabet Inc's Google, Twitter Inc and Salesforce pledged on Tuesday to not help U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's administration build a data registry to track people based on their religion or assist in mass deportations.

Drawing comparisons to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the employees signed an open letter at rebuking ideas floated by Trump during the campaign trail. The protest comes a day before several technology company executives are due to meet with the real-estate developer in New York City.

"We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration's proposed data collection policies," reads the letter, signed by a mix of engineers, designers and business executives.

It continues: "We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable."

The letter vows to not participate in creating databases of identifying information for the U.S. government on the basis of race, religion or national origin, to minimize the collection or retention of data that could facilitate such targeting and to oppose any misuse of data at their respective organizations considered illegal or unethical.

Energy Department Denies Trump Request For Names On Climate Change
December 14, 2016 - 8:00am

The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it will not comply with a request from President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers.

The Energy Department's response could signal a rocky transition for the president-elect's energy team and potential friction between the new leadership and the staffers who remain in place.

The memo sent to the Energy Department on Tuesday and reviewed by Reuters last week contains 74 questions, including a request for a list of all department employees and contractors who attended the annual global climate talks hosted by the United Nations within the last five years.

Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said Tuesday the department will not comply.

"Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of (the Energy Department) and the important work our department does to benefit the American people," Burnham-Snyder said.

"We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department," he added. "We will be forthcoming with all publicly available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team."

He added that the request "left many in our workforce unsettled."

Andrew Rosenberg, an official at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Energy Department "made the right choice in refusing this absurd and dangerous request. Federal agencies need the best available science to respond to the growing risk of climate change."

Reuters reported late Monday that former Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to be named by Trump to run the Energy Department. The agency employs more than 90,000 people working on nuclear weapons maintenance and research labs, nuclear energy, advanced renewable energy, batteries and climate science.

Insane O'Reilly Now Blaming Obama For Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths
December 13, 2016 - 10:00am

If you wanted to see one thing that proves Bill O'Reilly is a biased and insane right-wing hack, here it is. Now the moron is blaming President Obama for an increase in drug overdose deaaths. As if they know what policy Obama has about heroin, I would bet the farm 99% of the people doing heroin do not even know who Obama is, let alone what he says about drugs.

But O'Reilly blames Obama anyway, simply because he is the President and he has said selling heroin is not a violent crime, which it is not, and O'Reilly is the only lunatic saying it is. Now you watch, when Trump is in power he will not blame him for anything, and defend him against anyone who does blame Trump for problems in the country.

O'Reilly is just a lying fool, people who decide to do heroin could care less what Obama says about drug use, I guarantee you none of them have a clue what the Obama policy is, whether he supports it or not. And even if they did know who he is and what his policy is, it would not affect them at all in their decision to do heroin or not.

If you think one person is going to decide to not do heroin because the President said they should not do it, you are more than insane, you are a clueless fool who is not living in reality. I smoked pot for 20 years, from 1975 to 1995, in that 20 years I came in contact with thousands of people who smoked pot, and not a one of them ever said, wait, pot is illegal I cant smoke it.

It never happens, people either decide to smoke it or not, they decide, and nothing anyone else says can either talk them into it, or out of it. The same goes for harder drugs, I would say 99% of the people I knew of only did pot, hash, and a little coke, none of them moved up to heroin. I never met anyone who did heroin, it's rare to even find someone who does it. And they could care less what the President says about it, as I said, most of them probably do not even know what he said.

And why do this now, Obama is on the way out. We have far more problems to deal with than drug dealers. Here is what the partisan fool said.

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Here's the deal. President Obama has made it a cause to go out and try to convince Americans that number one selling heroin's not a violent crime. That's insane to me. Because I have seen what heroin does to people. All right? And number two, he does this because he believes that the justice system is unfair to black heroin dealers, see? Because more of them are arrested.

The black heroin dealers and the crack dealers who are out on the streets, who are actually pedaling on the streets and are easier to arrest. He sees this as a racial thing. So he has tied the racial thing in to his permissive attitude about narcotics and what do we have? An explosion, an explosion of heroin use. Kids wanting to try it thinking it's cool. And that comes from the top. The leadership of this country so it is his fault.

Donald Trump Admits That Lock her up Was A Big Lie
December 12, 2016 - 10:00am

President-elect Donald Trump continued his "thank you" tour with a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during which his crowd chanted, "Lock her up!" Only to be told by Trump, "That plays great before the election - now we don't care."

The crowd behind him rolled with the changes from their leader, even though this chant was repeated as a reason many of them just had to vote for a man who bragged about sexual assault and mocked a disabled reporter. They were so worried about Hillary Clinton's alleged crimes, you see. Now, they admit it was all a big lie.

Donald Trump got their vote, and now as a thank you, he's telling them, we're not locking Hillary up. They're all fine with it, because anything Trump says goes.

So it was basically the middle finger from Trump as a thank you, but the best part is his base doesn't even care.

What's a little inciting of violence when there's an election at stake? The election's over and Trump won so now everyone can be friendly and by friendly, he means forget what he said while running.

Bipartisan Group Of Senators To Investigate Russia Election Interference
December 12, 2016 - 9:00am

Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jack Reed (RI) joined Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and John McCain (AZ) in a joint statement that committed to investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

And of course O'Reilly says nothing about it, because it helped a Republican and friend of his win the election. Now if it had helped Clinton win O'Reilly would report on it for a year, and call for her to be impeached.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, president-elect Trump dismissed reports from the US intelligence community that Russia interfered in the presidential election as Democrats making excuses, "I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it. I don't know why, and I think it's just - you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week, it's another excuse. I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. And, frankly, I think they're putting it out. It's ridiculous."

A bipartisan group of Senator released a statement where they made it clear that they don't think the idea of Russia interfering in an election is ridiculous.

The key part of the statement is at the bottom where the Senators pledge to work together to rally the Senate to investigate Russian election interference. McCain and Graham are both powerful members of the Republican caucus on issues of defense and national security. Democrats need one more Republican Senator to join them to have a majority of the Senate favoring a full Senate investigation into Russia's election meddling.

Contrary to what the president-elect wants to believe, a foreign government interfering in a US presidential election is not a partisan matter. This isn't Democrats making excuses for their defeat. The non-partisan US intelligence community has raised serious concerns about Russia's role in the presidential election.

The bad news for Trump is that a Senate investigation looks more likely by the day. If the investigation reveals that Trump's campaign knew about or cooperated with the Russians, his presidency will be in jeopardy.

Wall Street Journal Alone In Defending Trump Pick For Labor Secretary
December 12, 2016 - 8:00am

Even the far-right Breitbart Opposes Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder Running The Department Of Labor.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board stands alone in defense of President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of labor, Andy Puzder, a notoriously anti-worker fast-food CEO and frequent right-wing op-ed contributor to the Journal.

The Journal's editorial board published a defense of Puzder on December 8, praising his opposition to raising the federal minimum wage, expanding Obamacare, and strengthening overtime protections for workers.

The editorial board also said that they hoped Puzder would roll back other progressive advances for working-class Americans, including reversing an executive order mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors and undoing the Labor Department's fiduciary rule requiring investment brokers to act in a client's best interests.

From the Journal:

Donald Trump's selection of CKE CEO Andy Puzder to lead his Labor Department has incited a tantrum on the left, which is a good sign. The burger maven once told us that he often picked up litter around his restaurants, and departing chief Tom Perez is leaving plenty to clean up.

He is also the rare executive who promotes free markets rather than merely his narrow business interests. Mr. Puzder has expounded in these pages on the unintended consequences of ObamaCare's mandates and a $15 minimum wage. He's also detailed how the Obama Administration has contributed to the shrinking labor force and large number of underemployed workers.

The Journal was almost the only voice to speak in support of Puzder's nomination for secretary of labor. During a December 9 segment on Fox Business, host Stuart Varney used the controversy surrounding the nomination as an excuse to run racy Hardee's ads objectifying women, which Puzder's company has become known for.

One of the only other defenders of Puzder is Stephen Moore -- a discredited economist, Trump economic adviser, and a former Journal editorial board member -- who, while defending his boss pick, attacked Media Matters and the unions for what he called a loud and libelous campaign to damage Puzder's nomination.

Controversy has been mounting over Puzder's nomination after initial reporting failed to note the many right-wing media myths he has pushed to support his anti-worker agenda. The New York Times blasted Puzder in an editorial on December 8 titled "Andrew Puzder Is The Wrong Choice For Labor Secretary" for his stances on worker rights, and for Puzder's companies' -- Carl's Jr. and Hardee's -- record of labor law violations.

From The New York Times:

Here is the record at those restaurants. When the Obama Labor Department looked at thousands of complaints involving fast-food workers, it found labor law violations in 60 percent of the investigations at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, usually for failure to pay the minimum wage or time and a half for overtime.

MSNBC's Morning Joe mocked Puzder on December 9 for his statement to Business Insider that machines are preferable to workers, and co-host Mika Brzezinski reported that opposition to Puzder came from both the left and from the alt-right website Breitbart News, which had been instrumental in helping Trump get elected.

Puzder has a history supporting anti-worker policies and had claimed that replacing people with machines would be preferable because machines never take a vacation or complain when discriminated against.

Puzder opposes new overtime rules proposed by the Department of Labor that would extend guaranteed overtime pay to millions of American workers. Puzder has also misleadingly claimed that stronger wages and benefits actually hurt workers, frequently attacking the push to raise the minimum wage, and Obamacare's health insurance expansion.

As Gary Legum pointed out in a column published by Salon, if Puzder is confirmed, he may be the least qualified labor secretary since the early 1980s, when the Reagan administration appointed construction magnate Raymond Donovan to the same post.

George Will Said Trump's Carrier Deal Is Socialism
December 9, 2016 - 10:00am

But of course you would not know it if you get your news from O'Reilly, because he is Trump's friend and does not report anything negative about him. He is too busy putting out propaganda for Trump and spinning for him.

Here is a partial transcript:

WILL: So far Donald Trump's style is personal, not to say visceral, and ad hoc. And what that adds up to is a kind of use of presidential power absolutely unconstrained by law and statute and all those other niceties.

The problem is when you have, in the Carrier case, political power used to bring pressure upon a privately held corporation that has a fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder value and drive them off with political pressure from making economic decisions about economic assets, you are, in effect, at the end of the day, getting the federal government involved in capital allocation. There is a name for that, it's called socialism.

O'Reilly Goes After Conservative George Will For Criticizing Trump
December 9, 2016 - 9:00am

Even conservatives are in the O'Reilly radar, if you say anything negative about Trump O'Reilly is going to go after them, even when it's true.

Here is a partial transcript:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): It's a problem almost every president-elect has had. Certainly Barack Obama and George W. Bush experienced it. Those who oppose their elections sought to undermine both men as soon as they won. That's happening now with Donald Trump. But here's the difference. When Mr. Trump, the undermining is occurring on both the left and the right.

Case in point, conservative George Will, Washington Post columnist who also provides analysis for Fox News. Will despises Trump, feels that he is an intellectual inferior, and even left, Will did, the Republican Party because of Trump's nomination.

Now it's certainly George Will's right as both an American and an analyst to criticize not only Donald Trump but any powerful person he wants. We have no beef with that. What is troubling, however, is that much of Will's negative analysis is driven by personal animus. And it is here that he does his readers and viewers a great disservice. Last night on Special Report will hammered trump over the Carrier situation.

Putting the annoying "at the at the end of the day" cliche aside, every hour of the day Will's analysis is ridiculous. It is true that Carrier corporation has an obligation to maximize profits. That's true. But if it does that by hurting the country in which it is operating, then the man in charge of that country, the president, has an obligation to challenge that.

Under Will's analysis, which is absurd, any corporation hurting American workers should be left alone, hey, it's their business, let them do what they want to do, maximize profits. Does that make sense to you? Does it really? President Trump's obligation, his obligation -- and it should have been President Obama's as well but it wasn't -- to try to protect American jobs.

So Trump had a conversation with Carrier and basically said, "if you hurt your workers by moving to Mexico expect that we will use legal tariffs to hold you accountable." That's not socialism. That's hardball economics. Socialism, as George Will should know, is the government actually running the economy, telling Carrier what they can charge for their products, or what wages they have to pay their workers. That's socialism.

Trump's simply saying to every American company, "we expect you to help the USA by finding a way to keep and create jobs here. And if you move abroad and jobs are lost, you will pay a legal price."

Again, that's what President Trump should be doing. That's what President Obama did not do. And that's a reason why wages are stagnant, too many jobs have been moved overseas. Memo to George Will: Drop the personal stuff. Tell the truth.

Eric Bolling Dismisses Trump's Love For Putin Because Putin Has Won Elections
December 9, 2016 - 8:00am

Greg Gutfeld even said Putin is not a communist, which is just ridiculous. And btw folks, this far right jerk (Bolling) is the official fill-in host for O'Reilly, and O'Reilly picked him. Bolling is one of the most far right extreme stooges at Fox, and O'Reilly lets him host his so-called fair and balanced no spin zone show, which says a lot about O'Reilly.

Just imagine what they would say if a Democratic President was friendly with a communist in Russia, they would destroy him and call for him to be impeached and put on trial for treason. But when a Republican does it, they support it and defend it. Including O'Reilly, who says nothing.

Here is a partial transcript:

JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): Why is President-elect Trump having this bromance with a Communist?



GUTFELD: That's a good – Look man, I don't know. But he's not really a Communist.

WILLIAMS: Oh, he's not really a Communist?

GUTFELD: He's just a really strapping, shirtless man.

ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): He's won elections.

WILLIAMS: Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?

BOLLING: Listen, Castro wasn't elected. Chavez was kind of elected. Maybe not elected, not sure about Chavez.

Fox Attacks Fight For $15 Movement With Lies And Propaganda
December 6, 2016 - 10:00am

This is real simple, people who work need to make a living wage, nobody can live on $7.00 an hour. And if you pay people $15.00 an hour (or more) they can live on that, buy things, and improve the economy with their spending, it's a win win for everyone, except the business owner. It does cut into his profit, but they can raise prices to make up for it, and with the higher wages people can afford to pay more.

But Fox News personalities are slamming nationwide living wage demonstrations organized by the "Fight for $15" campaign while falsely claiming that a supposedly disastrous minimum wage increase in Seattle, Washington stands as proof that the initiatives hurt businesses and workers.

Fox has a long history of peddling misinformation about the minimum wage and of specifically targeting Seattle's phase-in of a local minimum wage of $15 per hour, which research suggests has not harmed the local economy, and in fact Seattle saw a "boom in job growth" and "exceptionally strong" labor market after increasing wages.

Not to mention, giving millions of hard working American workers a wage they can live on. Something O'Reilly and the stooges at Fox care nothing about.

Despite a coordinated campaign from right-wing media outlets opposed to increasing minimum wages, local and state-level increases continue to succeed and the ballot box, lifting wages for millions of American workers.

O'Reilly and Fox just do not care about the average working man making a living, all they care about are their wealthy friends getting more tax cuts, and passing their right-wing agenda and forcing it on people that do not want it. Trump does not have a mandate, he got 2 million less votes than Clinton, but O'Reilly and the jerks at Fox never mention that.

Trump Foundation Admits To Violating IRS Laws
December 6, 2016 - 9:00am

And of course O'Reilly and his stooge fill-in host Eric Bolling have ignored the entire story. Even after O'Reilly does segment after segment on liberal foundations, including the Clinton foundation. When Trump admits breaking the rules/laws he still ignores it.

Donald Trump's charitable foundation has admitted to the Internal Revenue Service that it violated a legal prohibition against self-dealing, which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity's money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.

The admission was contained in the Trump Foundation's IRS tax filings for 2015, which were recently posted online at the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar. A GuideStar spokesman said the forms were uploaded by the Trump Foundation's law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

In one section of the form, the IRS asked whether the Trump Foundation had transferred "income or assets to a disqualified person." A disqualified person, in this context, might be Trump or a member of his family, or a Trump-owned business.

The foundation checked yes.

Another line on the form asked whether the Trump Foundation had engaged in any acts of self-dealing in prior years. The Trump Foundation checked yes again.

Such violations can carry penalties including excise taxes, and the charity leaders can be required to repay money that the charity spent on their behalf.

During the presidential campaign, The Post reported on several instances in which Trump appeared to use the Trump Foundation's money to buy items for himself or to help one of his for-profit businesses.

Now here is a good question, if Trump is actually worth billions, why is he illegally borrowing money from his own foundation?

That is a question you will never see O'Reilly ask Trump, or anyone.

O'Reilly Calls For A One Year Ban On All Refugees
December 6, 2016 - 8:00am

Get ready folks, for at least 4 years O'Reilly will support everything the next President wants to do, because he is a Republican, and a friend of his. But when Obama was in office, he opposed everything he did, because he is a Democrat and not a friend of O'Reilly's. Which is ok, except O'Reilly claims to be a non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone.

And btw, let's say they do what O'Reilly wants, how the hell are they going to enforce it? O'Reilly is living in dreamland, they are not going to report and we can not deport them, it would cost too much, take years, and it just can not be done.

Here is a partial transcript of O'Reilly backing Trump:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): President Trump will have his hands full trying to figure out how to get things under control on the immigration front.

Here is what Talking Points recommends: a moratorium on refugees for one year, until Trump's new Homeland Security Department can reorganize and set up intense vetting procedures. Right now, under the Obama administration, the feds cannot properly investigate refugees who want to come here. The system is broken.

All undocumented people already here must register with the feds at their local post offices within six months. It becomes a felony if they fail to do that, and immediate deportation if they're caught unregistered.

O'REILLY: Once the federal government knows how many undocumented people are here and their circumstance, a fair system of evaluating migrants can then take place, right? On the borders, all of those -- all of them caught trying to enter illegally will be bussed back into Mexico or Canada after being fingerprinted. Second offense, six months in jail, bang. Six months, then another bus ride.

A congressional mandate on how many foreign nationals should be allowed into America each year should be agreed up. Let's get a number, and that number should be generous, but legal papers have to be renewed every year, and actual citizenship will have to be earned over a substantial period of time.

Cops & Security Called On Factor Producer Jesse Watters
December 2, 2016 - 10:00am

And of course O'Reilly defended it, even though Watters went on private property to try and get the interview. And btw folks, a couple years ago a journalist went on private property at O'Reilly's house to try and talk to him and he almost called the cops on them. Then the next night on his show he slammed the un-professional journalist for going on his private property.

But when his stooge Watters does the very same thing, he promotes and defends it, proving he is a massive hypocrite once again.

Police were called this week after a Fox News correspondent confronted Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash for an interview at his home.

Jesse Watters, a correspondent for The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, traveled to Amherst to shoot a segment regarding Hampshire's decision to stop flying the American flag on the campus pole.

He spoke with several local residents within Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley regarding the matter before attempting to ambush Lash for an interview.

The segment - which aired Wednesday, before the American flag was returned to full-staff Friday - shows Watters waiting a foot from Lash's car inside his garage after he arrived at his home one evening.

After introducing himself, Watters asks Lash about the school's decision to remove the flag.

As Lash attempts to open and shut the door to his residence, Watters stuck his foot in the doorway, continuing to ask the college president questions.

"Don't you realize the whole country's laughing at you right now?" Watters said to Lash.

The president of Hampshire asked the Fox News correspondent to remove the foot from his doorway, which Watters declined to address, asking again why the flag was removed from campus.

"I don't want to talk to you about it," Lash said. "Would you please remove your foot from my door?"

After Lash was able to close - and lock - the door to his home, he alerted local law enforcement to the matter.

"We regularly engage with the media and participate in interviews and have done so often in recent weeks," Hampshire College spokesman John Courtmanche said in a statement.

"Members of the media are familiar with widely accepted protocols to contact the office of communications to coordinate interview requests. In this instance, a Fox reporter and camera person did not request an interview but rather entered private property and then tried to prevent the president of the college from entering his private home. As a result, campus security and the local police department were alerted."

After the segment shot in Amherst aired Wednesday, Bill O'Reilly spoke with Watters about the college and community as a whole.

O'Reilly accused Lash of acting as a "coward" for not wishing to speak with Watters and called him a "villain" for the school deciding to remove the flag.

The Fox News host also called Amherst the "most far left place in the country."

Watters has faced criticism for his interview tactics in the past. In a series of man-on-the-street interviews this fall conducted in New York's Chinatown, Watters propagated numerous Asian stereotypes.

After facing backlash to the segment, Watters said his interviews are "meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense."

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