Seattle socialism; John Brennan exposed; and the usual media problems

Investor’s Business Daily has two worth considering today: Seattle Makes Amazon, Starbucks Pay For Its Own Housing Blunders – a case study in how socialism works. “Big businesses in Seattle face a substantial new tax to build more affordable housing. This is after the city thwarted private developers who were building affordable housing on their own dime.”

“Seattle’s leaders don’t seem to understand that taxing success to reward government failure won’t work for long. Eventually, Starbucks and Amazon and other businesses will simply pick up and move to places with friendlier, more-competent governments.

Seattle might solve its housing shortage, but it will end up creating a new one: A shortage of jobs and opportunity.

Media Bias: How Media Turn U.S., Israel Into Villains By Misreporting Gaza ‘Protesters’ Violence – “You might think that national news outlets would be extra careful not to sensationalize or distort what’s happening in Gaza and the West Bank in response to the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. But if you did, you would be incredibly naive.” Bias, propaganda, whatever. It falls into the rubric of Fake News in that it is not ‘the whole truth’ and uses innuendo and allegation to create news rather than to report it.

“The media have a lot to answer for in their bias and misreporting and distortion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Let’s just leave it at this: By not telling the truth, the media have contributed to the pain and misery of Palestinians, who will never have a homeland unless they recognize Israel’s right to exist and to live within secure, defensible borders.

John Brennan’s ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue by George Neumayr – “Under John Brennan, the CIA operated as an opposition research outfit for the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

“It appears from leaked news stories in the British press that Brennan’s oafish spying on Trump began around April 2016, right after Trump’s biggest primary victories. As it became urgently clear to Brennan that Trump was going to face off against Hillary, Brennan turned to “intelligence partners” in Europe for dirt on Trump. But they didn’t have any, save some pretty skimpy material on “contacts” between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

In his own clumsy way, Brennan knew that he was treading on a political minefield. He referred to the FBI/CIA’s spying on the Trump campaign as an “exceptionally, exceptionally sensitive issue.” That helpful crumb comes from Russian Roulette, the book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff.

What’s valuable about the Corn/Isikoff account is that it inadvertently provides a picture of Brennan running an anti-Trump spying operation right out of Langley.

So until election day, the “working group at Langley” was trying to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign and wasn’t coming up with any.

Many questions in all of this remain unanswered, but this much is clear: John Brennan’s transformation of the CIA into a branch office of the Hillary campaign will go down as one of the grossest abuses in the agency’s history.

Peter Strzok was selected by John Brennan to help author the ICA, based partly on the Steele dossier by John Sexton – “Real Clear Investigations has a story up today which sheds some light on Former CIA Director John Brennan and the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) which he helped produce.” But, wait, there’s more! …

Ace of Spades – “Two Colleagues Contradict Onetime Communist Party Voter John Brennan’s Claims About His Non-Use of the Dossier … When intelligence officials lie, what use is their alleged intelligence?” Then there’s the questionShould Mueller Recuse Himself Due to His Prior Dealings with Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska?” – “Alan Derschowitz questions not only Mueller’s conflict of interest, but asks the question: If Paul Manafort was indicted for colluding with Deripaska, why was Deripaska himself left out of the indictment?

And, if you wonder about the FBI’s credibility problem, consider that Almost a Year After the Political Assassination at the Baseball Field, and Our Upright and Truth-Telling FBI Still Won’t Admit The Obviously-Politically-Motivated Attack Was Politically Motivated.

“This appears nowhere in the law defining “terrorism” nor in the common understanding the term. It’s a made-up requirement so that the FBI can pretend away certain crimes they wish to make go away — much like the FBI made up the “intent” requirement of the Espionage Act to specifically absolve Hillary.

The organization has been turned away from the mission of Justice and now exists almost entirely to serve as the Armed Wing of the Democrat Party.

Why Trump Is a President Like No Other by Victor Davis Hanson – “Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is hardly mysterious. Instead, Trump’s methods are fully explicable by what he has always done in the past—in the sometimes troubling, but more often reassuring, sense.”

“Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering.

Black is neither a hagiographer nor an ankle-biter. He seeks to understand Trump within the three prominent landscapes in which Americans had come to know their new president: politics, the celebrity world, and the cannibalistic arena of high-stakes Manhattan real estate and finance.

Black instinctively captures the essence of the Trump paradox: How did someone supposedly so crude, so mercantile, and so insensitive display a sensitivity to the forgotten people that was lost both on his Republican competitors and Hillary Clinton?

Three final themes make Black’s book different. One, he writes at times from firsthand experience as one who has known—and liked—Trump as an acquaintance rather than as a partner or adversary. … Second, Black knows what it is like to be targeted by an overzealous prosecutor, and how the criminal justice system can be warped well before the advent of a formal trial. … Finally, Black is a singular prose stylist of what in the ancient world would be called the Asiatic, or florid and decorative, style

Most readers, like myself, have never met either Conrad Black nor Donald J. Trump. But after reading this engaging biography, those of any political persuasion would wish to do both.

CRB: The Vietnam War revisited – by Scott Johnson – “the essay/review “The Vietnam War revisited” by Mackubin Thomas Owens. It is a retrospective occasioned by the Ken Burns documentary history of the war” … Yet another first hand account of Burns gone off the rails in allowing ideology to flavor history.

Don’t blame Trump for the violence at the Gaza border by Paul Mirengoff – “Steven Schmidt, the Republican strategist, says that President Trump has blood on his hands for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Former CIA director John Brennan seems to agree.” It’s another example of the Left attempting to distort history to appease their need for emotional comfort.

“It’s true that the same day the new U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem, Israeli forces killed approximately 60 Palestinians who were part of a mob engaged in violent acts and trying to breach a border fence. But to blame the deaths on Trump’s decision regarding the embassy ignores both facts and logic.

First, as Nikki Haley said at the U.N., “the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy.”

Second, blaming the embassy decision ignores the fact that the events of May 14 were part of an extended protest that apparently had nothing to do with the U.S. embassy.

PR victories are nice. But when they are founded on the death of your people and you have nothing else to offer them, what have you actually won?

At the AP, the News Is What Didn’t Happen by John Hinderaker – “Got that? The AP thinks the most important thing about the meeting is the topics that didn’t come up, because there was no reason why they should.” Three examples at PowerLine in one day! Three different examples all with the common theme of attempting to create a history that doesn’t exist.

Why Real Conversation Has Become Increasingly Impossible by Patterico – “Shapiro says the “loss of common values” like “human reason and objective truth” have been lost, and that we no longer have a common framework for conversation.” It is good to see this in discussion but Patterico does more to illustrate the problem than clarify it. He does describe the phenomena at issue but does not examine his own behavior in light of his descriptions. This is a hubris – assuming it is the other guy that has the problem and not one’s self. Self awareness is always a first important base for productive communications.

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