Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ted Cruz Did A 15 Minute Interview With CNN – They Aired None Of It, Then Attacked Him For Not Coming On-Air

Posted By Benny Johnson On 1:02 PM 02/16/2018 
CNN was very upset that Republicans were not coming on their programming in the wake of the school shooting tragedy this week.
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. Brian Stelter — CNN’s human-egg hybrid — personally whined that GOP congressmen were “scared” to come on their programming after the tragedy. “What are they afraid of?” a CNN graphic flashed on “New Day.”
One of CNN’s most intellectual personalities, Chris Cuomo, joined in on the dog piling. Cuomo — who is definitely a respected journalist and not an activist — called out Ted Cruz for allegedly refusing to answer questions on the issue of gun control.
“If Cruz thinks gun control improvement is not the answer, what is?” Cuomo tweeted. “Ask the question, Senator: what are we going to do to stop school shootings? Don’t just say what won’t work, work to find an answer!”
Cruz responded soon thereafter, fact-checking the serious CNN personality. Cruz said that he was on CNN for 15 minutes and CNN aired “NONE” of the interview.
That’s funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?

Cruz has been savaging CNN for misrepresenting their willingness to go on-air and defend Cruz’s position on the 2nd Amendment.  Catherine Frazier, his senior communications adviser, torched the network this week for complaining that Cruz would not come on when the network gave her office little to no notice before the hit: (RELATED: Cruz Spox Cracks Egg On Stelter’s Egg-Shaped Face)
Cruz also reminded the network of this inconvenient truth:

Mark Zuckerberg colludes with Russia

The Bolshevik Revolution turned 100 last October. As Friday’s indictment of Russia's Internet Research Agency reminds us, it's been 100 years of tyrannical and murderous Russian regimes working to subvert democracy wherever they can and distort American public opinion by any means they can devise.
For decades, even in the post-Soviet era, the left wing of American politics laughed off this threat. It was not until Nov. 8, 2016, that it decided that Russia posed a serious threat to this country. This damascene conversion to faith in a new Red Scare helps them cling to conspiracy theories about President Trump colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin to take over the U.S. government.
But none of even the president's most ardent domestic opponents have been able to offer any plausible evidence of what this Trump-Russia collusion looks like or whether investigators of Russian interference will find anything on Trump at all. Certainly, Peter Strzok, one of the most virulently anti-Trump FBI officials who was investigating the president, thought there was "no big there there."
So, while you're waiting for something tangible to develop, let us recommend a more credible and immediate target for your anger.
As of this week, Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook, is now directly colluding with Putin to influence world opinion in favor of the tyrant's regime. It’s happening before your very eyes.
Zuckerberg created one of the world’s largest and most important platforms for spreading news and information — and fake news and disinformation. It was one of the platforms Russian and other foreign propagandists used most effectively in 2016 to pass off lies as real news stories and to spread messages designed to divide Americans by race.
But what Facebook once allowed through organizational passivity, it is now doing willfully. Zuckerberg’s company, the owner of Instagram, has caved to pressure from Moscow and has agreed to suppress Instagram posts that Putin's critics have dug up and presented as concrete evidence of astounding official corruption.
Alexei Navalny, leader of the political opposition, alerted the world this week to Instagram posts that gave Russians and others a rare look at the high-flying lifestyle that government officials enjoy. In contrast to Putin’s manufactured image as a selfless public servant, the posts show Russia’s deputy prime minister, a powerful Putin ally, socializing on a yacht owned by Russian industrialist Oleg Deripaska, on a trip where the available evidence strongly hints they traded corrupt favors. The two men also tried to conceal the fact of their meeting, with the deputy prime minister leaving the yacht before it returned to port.
In a video showcasing these posts about the yacht trip, along with other evidence of corruption, Navalny presents a compelling case that the official was also brought there on the oligarch’s plane. He states that the free trip, the free jaunt on the yacht, and the prostitutes on board would probably all count as bribes, if Russia had honest law enforcement or courts.
Navalny throws in drone footage showing this lifetime civil servant’s 17,000-square-foot mansion on seven acres of land. Navalny notes that this Russian official reports on his official disclosure forms that his wife has made millions of dollars in recent years, even though she has no job and owns no other sources of income. This all screams of a huge source of illicit income for one of the most powerful officials in Russia. (Deripaska, by the way, has also been in the news in connection with former lobbyist and erstwhile Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.)
Americans take for granted that Putin’s regime and its top officials are kleptocrats, but the regime tries to prevent most Russians from seeing this. That’s one reason Putin’s approval ratings are so high in Russia — he controls the news, and his enemies can expect to be at least harassed, at worst assassinated.
Navalny’s muckraking represents a sudden threat to Putin, which is why his regime put so much pressure on Zuckerberg to help him by blocking the posts under the flimsy pretext that the video violated Deripaska’s privacy on his yacht. That Zuckerberg capitulated in this matter, choosing to collude with the Putin dictatorship in suppressing real news is a sickening and saddening development.
One bright spot is that Putin has so far failed to force Google into removing YouTube videos about this, including this follow-up video.
A few weeks ago, Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s plans to purify news content that appears on the platform so less “fake news” reaches users. People wondered who would decide what news is real and what is fake.
No one expected it would be Putin.

Turks using poison gas against Kurds in Syria...

Doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

BEIRUT — Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.
Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at Afrin’s main hospital, said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned who arrived Friday night from the village of Arandi after it was attacked by Turkish troops. Another doctor, Nouri Qenber, said the victims suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. One of the victims had dilated pupils, he said, quoting one of the rescuers. Both spoke to The Associated Press via messaging service.
State-run news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also quoted local doctors in their reports.
The claims could not be independently confirmed, and videos released from the hospital showed people being fitted with oxygen masks who did not otherwise show symptoms of gas attack inhalation such as twitching, foaming at the mouth or vomiting.
SANA on Saturday said Turkey fired several shells containing “toxic substances” on a village in Afrin on Friday night, causing six civilians to suffer suffocation symptoms.
The Turkish military repeated in a weekly statement published Saturday that it does not use internationally “banned ammunition” in its Afrin operation and said, “the Turkish Armed Forces does not keep such ammunition in its inventory.”
The army also said it is careful to not harm civilians and only targets “terrorists” and their positions in the Afrin region.
The Turkish military launched an aerial and ground offensive on Afrin, in northwestern Syria, on Jan. 20. It says the aim of the operation is to push out the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from the enclave. Turkey considers the group to be a terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgents it fights inside Turkey.
SANA, as well as Kurdish news outlets including Kurdistan 24, quoted third doctor, Khalil Sabri, at the Afrin hospital as saying the attack occurred on the village of Aranda and that victims suffered shortness of breath, skin rashes, vomiting and low blood pressure.

Wait for the Left's heads to explode: Actress: 'People Were Testifying About God's Miracles' on the Set of Black Panther

Marvel Studios Black Panther
YouTube screenshot from the Black Panther trailer.
Sope Aluko, a Christian actress born in Nigeria who holds U.S. and British citizenship, said that the set of "Black Panther" (2018) felt "almost like church."
"During breaks we shared our testimony of how we got to where [we] did and most of the people were testifying to God's miracles, it was almost like church," Aluko told Okay Africa's Ezinne Mgbeahuruike.
Mgbeahuruike had asked her, "How was it working alongside such heavy hitters like Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Forest Whitaker?" The actress responded that the "Black Panther" set "felt very familiar and like home."
"We had early call times but I didn't even feel the long set hours because it was such a good time. I didn't feel like I was amongst stars, everyone was so down to earth and normal," Aluko explained. Then came the "church" comment.
It may be encouraging for Christians — often afraid of the secular values of Hollywood — to hear that God's miracles were discussed on the set of a major motion picture set to release this year. But the context of Aluko's remarks should be even more encouraging.
Aluko suggested that discussing God's miracles in a way that felt "almost like church" was "down to earth and normal." She thought of it as "such a good time," and "very familiar and like home."
Christians make up 40 percent of Nigeria's 186 million people, so this actress's faith should not be surprising. The positive reception of that faith in Hollywood — and the fact that other stars were witnessing about God as well — would strike many Christians as a welcome surprise.
Aluko also told Okay Africa that "things have shifted for the better" for Nigerian actresses in Hollywood. "For quite some time, for an African actor, it was difficult. It seems as though the stories were not being told in a way that it should be. Hollywood had the version of Africa they wanted to present and package to the world and it looks like they've since changed then."
"Directors are now more open to casting real Africans with real accents from different parts of the continent, so that's very reassuring," the actress explained. "Notable names like Yvonne Orji, Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyewole have made it easier for those coming behind to break in. It's cool to be Nigerian these days so it's a great time for actors in Hollywood because it feels like it's all finally happening."
"Black Panther" is a strong step for the diversity of Hollywood, and it seems quite promising from the trailers. While Hollywood has often made such films into a political statement, two factors suggest reason for hope that this Marvel movie will go beyond politics.
First, "Wonder Woman" (2017) proved such a success partially because it did not present a political message. Second, Marvel has presented political messages, but only the perennial kind, such as, "In a world of superheroes, should they submit to the government?"
"Black Panther" will likely focus on broad themes of loyalty, power, and heroism. It is encouraging to see a movie with all these black actors and actresses, and it is even more encouraging to hear that these Hollywood celebrities discuss the miracles of God on set. Would that every actor described Hollywood as "very familiar," "like home," "down to earth," and "almost like church."

Reality Check: More Minnesotans Own Guns, Violent Crime Remains Low

By Pat Kessler
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state.
More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO’s Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check.
We took a hard look at the numbers, and found: Minnesota has a high rate of gun ownership, and a relatively low rate of violent crime.
Minnesota’s violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.
And in 2017, the state set a new record for firearms background checks.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports it processed nearly 683,544 checks on gun buyers in 2017. That includes: 473,975 permits, 94,383 handguns and 125,516 long guns.
Minnesota set another 2017 record, too.
The State Department of Public Safety reports 283,188 Minnesotans now have permits to legally carry firearms in public.
In 2017, the state issued 57,651 permits to carry a weapon in public. That’s down from a record 71,156 permits issued in 2016.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about guns in Minnesota. An estimated 36.7 percent of Minnesotans own at least one firearm.
But we don’t know how many total guns there are in the state, or exactly how many gun owners there are, or how much ammunition is sold every year.

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism...the funder of tyranny speaks about your freedoms

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism

Billionaire open-borders activist George Soros has demanded the European Union (EU) regulate social media because voters’ minds are being controlled and “manipulated”.

He claimed the size of social media firms made them a “public menace” and argued they had led people to vote against globalist causes, including electing President Donald J. Trump, in an article for The Guardian published Thursday.
The speculator, who runs one of the largest campaigning groups in the world and is noted for his interference in foreign politics and elections, said ultimately unregulated social media threatened democracy and the “integrity of elections”.
New media websites and populist groups have been prolific on social media, using the platforms to surpass mainstream media and promote causes Mr. Soros and his allies oppose.

Mr. Soros has a cosy relationship with the EU’s unelected leaders, meeting with them 11 times since the Brexit vote. Prime Minister Theresa May, in contrast, has had just three meetings in that period.
Just over a week ago, it was revealed Mr. Soros had quietly pumped half a million pounds into groups trying to block Brexit and overthrow the Tory government.
In the Guardian article, he wrote that social media can “influence how people think and behave without them even being aware of it” and “this interferes with the functioning of democracy and the integrity of elections”.

Due to social media use, he claimed people are losing “freedom of mind”, adding: “This danger does not loom only in the future; it played an important role in the 2016 US presidential election.”
“President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state,” he said, claiming the President was part of the same problem as North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un.
“In the US, regulators are not strong enough to stand up to the monopolies’ political influence. The EU is better positioned, because it doesn’t have any platform giants of its own,” he continued.
“The EU commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager is the champion of the European approach,” he added, praising the bureaucrat who recently visited Communist Cuba without condemning human rights abuses in the nation.
Mr. Soros, who has been convicted of insider trading, is also suspected of attempting to interfere in U.S. elections, and his name came up around 60 times in emails released by WikiLeaks relating to the recent presidential race.

Big news: British Labour leader Jeremy Corbin was a paid for spy for the Czech Communists. Time for a hanging? How about his advisor Bernie Sanders brother?

Corbyn 'The Collaborator': Czech Communist spy reveals how he recruited Labour leader in the Cold War and used him as an 'asset' to create network of informants in Russian operation 

  • Ex Czech secret agent Jan Sarkocy said Jeremy Corbyn was a  paid informant 
  • Said he was rated by Russia who made plans to move him out there if discovered
  • Labour leader's spokesman dismissed the allegations branding them 'smears'
Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant of the Czech secret police at the height of the Cold War, a former Communist secret agent claims
Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant of the Czech secret police at the height of the Cold War, a former Communist secret agent claims
Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant of the Czech secret police at the height of the Cold War, a former Communist secret agent claims.
Former spy Jan Sarkocy said he recruited the MP, codenamed Cob, in the 1980s.
Mr Corbyn was an ‘asset’ who knew he was working with the Soviet puppet state, Mr Sarkocy claimed. 
Earlier this week it emerged Mr Corbyn had hosted Mr Sarkocy – who was posted to Britain as a diplomat under a fake identity – in the House of Commons.
The Labour leader insisted he had no idea Mr Sarkocy, who was actually working for the Czech secret police and was later expelled from Britain by Margaret Thatcher, was a spy.
Last night Mr Corbyn’s aides described the latest claims as a ‘ridiculous smear and entirely false’.
But speaking for the first time about the allegations yesterday, Mr Sarkocy directly challenged Mr Corbyn’s account, insisting the MP had known about his role within Statni Bezpecnost (StB) – the Communist era secret police force in the country.
‘It was a consensual collaboration,’ Mr Sarkocy said. At his home in rural Slovakia, the 64-year-old added: ‘He was our asset, he had been recruited. He was getting money from us.’ 
Former spy Jan Sarkocy said he recruited the MP, codenamed Cob, in the 1980s. Mr Corbyn was an ‘asset’ who knew he was working with the Soviet puppet state, Mr Sarkocy claimed
Former spy Jan Sarkocy
Former spy Jan Sarkocy said he recruited the MP, codenamed Cob, in the 1980s. Mr Corbyn was an ‘asset’ who knew he was working with the Soviet puppet state, Mr Sarkocy claimed
The former agent said the operation to cultivate Mr Corbyn, who allegedly told him that he ‘admired’ the Soviet Union, was overseen by officials in Russia.
‘Recruitment [of Corbyn] was overlooked and secured by Russians,’ he said. ‘All the information that we got from him and one other supporting source had been verified and then valued not only here, but in Russia as well … It was like this, when we got a tip on someone we worked together with the Russians.’
Mr Corbyn’s aides strongly denied the claims. But Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson called on the Labour leader to explain exactly what happened.
He said: ‘These astonishing claims will ring alarm bells all over Britain. Jeremy Corbyn is a man who wants to lead this country as our Prime Minister yet has repeatedly sided with our enemies. The British public has an absolute right to know what went on.’
Jeremy Corbyn is facing allegations he was a spy for the Czech secret police
Jeremy Corbyn is facing allegations he was a spy for the Czech secret police
This week secret documents suggested the spy targeted Mr Corbyn in the hope of finding information on MI5 and MI6, as well on America’s nuclear regime.
Yesterday, Mr Sarkocy said he would not talk about the information Mr Corbyn discussed because the matter was ‘confidential’. But he revealed that the Labour leader had helped him build contacts.
Mr Corbyn has claimed the pair simply had a ‘cup of tea’ in the Commons.
However, Mr Sarkocy – who at the time used the alias Lieutenant Jan Dymic – said they met more often than the three times listed in archived records. He said Mr Corbyn was a regular at events within the Czech embassy in Kensington, London, at the time. The ex-spy claimed the then backbench MP was also in touch with other StB agents working from within the agency.
Asked if he met Mr Corbyn on more occasions than documented, he said: ‘Yes, of course. It’s not important what you can find in official documents. Don’t forget, a lot of them were destroyed.’
As well as their two Westminster meetings in 1986 and 1987, and a meeting at Mr Corbyn’s constituency office, he claimed that they met in ‘intellectual circles’.
‘You can’t do it openly,’ the Slovak national said. ‘What was important for us was to be able to move on, get more contact to create a network. He [Corbyn] put us in touch with other people … He knew I was there as a diplomat.
‘At that time there was no question about whether you were working for the StB or as a diplomat. It was the same. There was no reason to stress that I was working for the StB because I was working in diplomacy.’
The Labour leader met the Czech agent at least three times after being vetted by communist handlers in 1986, papers reveal
The Labour leader met the Czech agent at least three times after being vetted by communist handlers in 1986, papers reveal
Mr Corbyn allegedly provided the spies with material about the arrest of an East German, according to the leaked documents
Mr Corbyn allegedly provided the spies with material about the arrest of an East German, according to the leaked documents
Mr Sarkocy, who went on to become a businessman after going back to Slovakia and having a brief return to spying before the fall of the Iron Curtain, added: ‘Corbyn admired the Soviet Union at the time … Money wasn’t his sole motive.
‘These were all highly intellectual and mature people, graduates of universities like Cambridge, Oxford.’
Asked how he tried to establish Mr Corbyn as a contact, he said: ‘Well you come and get to talking, you politely ask whether he’d like to co-operate or not, how he sees things. The binding act can be in written form or verbal.
He added that ‘if something happened at the time, he [Corbyn] knew he could go live in Russia’, but he denied that any such proposal was discussed with the MP.
Three years after Mr Sarkocy arrived in London posing as a diplomat in the Czech embassy, he was evicted by Mrs Thatcher for his role in a spy ring with three others.
The ex-spy, who was renowned by bosses for his innovative ways of cultivating sources, yesterday bragged about his ability to work inside the British system.
One page of the documents reveals contact was established with Mr Corbyn twice in 1986
One page of the documents reveals contact was established with Mr Corbyn twice in 1986
A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in Scotland on Monday)  denied the allegations branding them 'smears'
A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in Scotland on Monday)  denied the allegations branding them 'smears'
‘I knew what Margaret Thatcher would eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day and what dress she would be wearing,’ he said.
Hinting at his proximity to other MPs during his trips to the Commons, he added: ‘I was going there for a whisky. There was a really good whisky. It is great to be on the terrace and looking at the River Thames.’

How Corbyn helped two Cuban spies come to UK 

Jeremy Corbyn faces fresh questions over links to foreign secret agents as it emerged he helped two Cuban spies to Britain.
The Labour leader hosted the pair in the Commons in July 2016 despite warnings they were a threat to national security.
Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez had served jail terms in the US after being convicted of spying for Fidel Castro’s government on Cuban exiles.
It comes after it was alleged Mr Corbyn was ‘groomed’ as a contact by a Czechoslovakian spy in the 1980s – a claim which he strongly denies. The Cuban spies were part of the Miami Five, a group arrested in 1998 and found guilty in 2001 of trying to infiltrate US military installations. Gonzalez was released in 2011, while Hernandez was let out in 2014.
Mr Corbyn invited Gonzalez to Commons meetings on Cuba-US relations, but he was denied a visa by then home secretary Theresa May on security grounds. MPs led by Mr Corbyn and John McDonnell wrote to the Court of Appeal saying this breached his human rights. Their appeal was upheld.

Documents seen by the Daily Mail yesterday showed Ron Brown, the late Scottish Labour MP, was also noted as a contact in Sarkocy’s files under the codename ‘Bento’. At the time, there was significant concern that spies from behind the Iron Curtain were targeting members of the Labour Party for state secrets.
Mr Sarkocy, an engineering graduate, moved to London in May 1986.
Secret documents in an StB archive in Prague revealed Mr Corbyn was vetted as a possible contact by the Czech interior ministry and displayed a ‘positive’ view of the eastern bloc during meetings.
Experts have said the documented information points to the Labour leader being cultivated as a possible source rather than serving as an active informant.
The pair are said to have first met after Mr Sarkocy received a tip-off from a ‘very important Labour MP’ who worked within the trade union movement at the time. Last night, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: ‘Jeremy was neither an agent, asset, informer nor collaborator with Czechoslovak intelligence. These claims are a ridiculous smear and entirely false.
‘The former Czechoslovak agent Jan Sarkocy’s account of his meeting with Jeremy was false 30 years ago, is false now and has no credibility whatsoever. His story has more plot holes in it than a bad James Bond movie.’
Labour officials pointed out that Svetlana Ptacnikova, director of the Czech Security Forces Archive that keeps documents of the StB, said Mr Corbyn was ‘neither registered [by the StB] as a collaborator, nor does this [his alleged collaboration] stem from archive documents’.

The Soviet intelligent recruitment strategy during the Cold War

Soviet spies gathered intelligence on the UK during the Second World War and Cold War by communicating with Communists and Communist sympathisers in the country. 
In the mid-1930s, the USSR began a new agent recruitment strategy that involved attracting bright young Communists or Communist sympathisers from leading universities.
They were told to break all links with other Communists and use their talents and educational success to penetrate the corridors of power.
The most successful of 'Stalin's Englishmen' were the 'Cambridge Five'—Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross—possibly the ablest group of foreign agents ever recruited by Soviet intelligence.
It wasn't until the 1970s that Britain became a hard espionage target for Soviet intelligence for the first time. 
MI5's Operation FOOT led to more than 100 Soviet intelligence officers being expelled from London in 1971, marking a major turning point in counter-espionage operations in Britain during the Cold War.
It followed a long campaign by the Security Service to persuade successive governments of the need for the expulsions.
Over the previous two decades, the Security Service acknowledged: 'The steady and alarming increase ... in the number of Russian intelligence officers threatened to swamp our then meagre resources.' 
For several years, most Soviet agents in Britain were put on ice and the KGB was forced to ask Soviet Bloc and Cuban agencies to help plug the intelligence gap.
However, the KGB's contacts with probably its most important British agent in the 1970s, Geoffrey Prime, who worked at GCHQ until 1977, were unaffected by the FOOT expulsions because, since his recruitment in Berlin, he had been run exclusively outside the UK.
Source: MI5