55 Years of Carte Blanche Lies by Main Stream Media

By Kelleigh Nelson

Governments are composed of human beings, and all of the frailties that humans possess are absorbed into these governments and become active within these governments. Hatred, anger, jealousy, fear, greed, distrust and the whole host of afflictions that humans must bear, lurk just beneath the surface of civility displayed by government. John McAfee

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness. Aeschylus

As soon as the 2016 election results came in, many on the left exploded in anger, smashing windows, setting fires, calling for Trump to be assassinated, and labeling his supporters bigots and sexists who should be murdered. Protesters burned Trump in effigy, and passed around a stuffed figure of Trump in a noose.

And then came the Russia Collusion Investigation, thanks to Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller whose thirty-year modus operandi has destroyed countless lives. Link

Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, the nation’s former so-called spy master, James Clapper, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.”

There you have it, and despite the Russia collusion investigation being over, targeting President Trump for elimination will never be over.  We know all the players and we want them prosecuted for their corruption, but it’s highly unlikely they will ever be held accountable. 

A stench has been emanating from the J. Edgar Hoover Building (FBI headquarters) for decades, but in the last 10 years the decay has become evident.  The brazen plot against President Trump by the Obama-era FBI and DOJ was enabled by a complicit media.

Defamation Law

The odor of corruption has long been noxious and truth is not forthcoming from media.  Why?  Because the 1964 Supreme Court decision in NYTs v. Sullivan gave media a “first amendment” right to lie with impunity about any public figure they wished to destroy or promote thus protecting them from most libel suits.

A public official could recover in a libel action only if and when a court found that the libelous statement about the official was made with “actual malice”—that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.  As long as the press has an “absence of malice,” public officials are barred from recovering damages for the publication of false statements about them.

Defamation law, the ability to sue someone for false attacks on your reputation, was governed by state law until 1964.  The landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 84 S. Ct. 710, 11 L. Ed. 2d 686 (1964), extended the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech to libel cases brought by public officials. The Supreme Court sought to encourage “public debate” by changing the rules involving libel that had previously been the province of state law and state courts.

In the case of police Commissioner Sullivan, the State of Alabama found for him against NYTs libel and awarded him $500k which was upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court in 1962.  However, the very liberal Warren Court took up the case filed by the NYTs against Sullivan.

The unanimous Warren Supreme Court decision in New York Times Company v. Sullivan was argued on January 6-7, 1964 and decided on March 9, 1964.  It has proven to be one of the very worst decisions ever made by the supreme court.

Calls to Overturn NYTs v. Sullivan

Justice Clarence Thomas recently called for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan ruling. Thomas wrote that the New York Times ruling and follow-up cases “were policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.”

President Donald Trump has called for overhauling the country’s libel laws to make it easier to sue.  He first mentioned the NYTs v. Sullivan case in 2016 when he campaigned in Alabama where the case originated.  He had previously asked why the media was allowed to lie and that is when I wrote my original article on this horrendous ruling. 

Now L. Lin Wood, attorney for Covington High School student, Nicholas Sandmann has expounded on this horrible decision and how the ruling enables media to ruin reputations. Nick became the latest focus of false and defamatory accusations published and broadcast across the nation and the world. 

Attorney Wood made it very clear on a recent Mark Levin program when he stated he was a believer in the first amendment but that it has no strings and no real value when there is no accountability for wrongdoing.  He explained that with the Nicholas Sandmann case, it was false speech by both social and main stream media (MSM) that threatened, attacked and vilified a minor child.

Watch the twelve-minute Mark Levin interview of Lin Wood’s discussion regarding the NYTs v. Sullivan decision and how it has affected all of society negatively.

VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/9aUHJ6ijvL4

55 Years of Media Deterioration

Attorney Wood was right when he mentioned the deterioration in the media, and over 55 years it has grown exponentially worse.  Mr. Wood said he has watched the media since the  Richard Jewell case, and it is horribly unhealthy.  He said, “There’s nothing valuable to our public discourse for people to simply go out and tell rumors, lies, make accusations with no sources and to be able to use the media and the First Amendment to, in effect, advance his or her or some corporation’s own agendas. That’s what happened to Nicholas. There’s a lot of agendas at work.” 

Attorney Wood explained that the large corporations who own the media outlets have no objectivity and no fairness to them and are extensions of political parties who wish to influence the public instead of informing the public.  It used to be for media, “Get it first, but get it right.”  They’ve thrown out get it right and even get it first.  He says that if we don’t get accountability, the deterioration will continue. 

The Russia Collusion Narrative

Efforts by high-ranking officials in the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), and State Department to portray President Donald Trump as having colluded with Russia were the culmination of years of bias and politicization under the Obama administration. The weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.  Link

A willing and complicit media spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote the Russia-collusion narrative. Worse yet was the “epic disconnect between the Robert Mueller described by the MSM and Officialdom as a model of public propriety and the Robert Mueller documented by independent researchers.  Rep. Louie Gohmert wrote a 15,500-word monograph exposing Mueller, and Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich wrote an entire book on Mueller.

The Spygate scandal also raises a bigger question: Was the 2016 election a one-time aberration, or was it symptomatic of decades of institutional political and media corruption?

Conclusion

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was given no restrictions regarding the collusion investigation from his appointee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  In fact, Rosenstein testified that he told Mueller he could investigate any crimes he uncovered in the Russia collusion investigation.

“Rod is a survivor,” dirty cop James Comey once said privately of Rosenstein, not meaning it as a compliment. Rosenstein’s survival helped Special Counsel Robert Mueller do his job absent interference. Every day Rosenstein didn’t resign bought the special counsel more time for character assassination against the President and his supporters. He needs to be fired for a host of reasons.

The day Rosenstein is actually forced out will be a very good day.  Unfortunately, it won’t be soon enough. Attorney General William Barr has asked Rosenstein to remain despite the fact that as Deputy AG he allowed Mueller to carry out his modus operandi of intimidation and destruction without any oversight.

The group at the FBI that doggedly pursued the false collusion story is the same group that let Hillary Clinton slide on deleting official emails, creating an illegal computer server and destroying evidence of her wrongdoing with coverups by the complicit democratic controlled media.  It’s also the same group who in 2009 allowed her to sell 20 percent of our uranium to Russia with the help of FBI Director Mueller, while the Clinton Foundation raked in $145 million via Rosatom.

The clear double standard of the liberal media and their role as propagandists is in full view.  This is why the 1964 Warren Court NYTs decision must be overturned. 

In the next article, we’ll discuss those who were targeted by Mueller, the Democrat Party and the media and have paid extremely high prices for supporting an outsider for President.

© 2019 Kelleigh Nelson, All Rights Reserved

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Opening Day!

By J. D. Pendry

Are you a fan of the great American Pastime?  Have you ever used black tape from your Dad’s toolbox to put the baseball back together then go out and have a game with it?  When there was only one bat?  When you came in from the field, if you had a mitt you dropped it at your position for the next kid to use?  Your cleats were high top black sneakers?  Your uniform worn jeans and a tee-shirt?  You had a stack of baseball cards in the back pocket of your jeans and a jaw full of bubblegum?  Maybe even yesterday’s bubblegum?  Recall how proud you were when you made the team?  In the days when you actually had to make the team?  How proud you were on game day to don your little league Yankee uniform?  And wear your cap all the time?  Except at the dinner table?  The times when life was just a fun place to be?

I played baseball until my age exceeded my talent.  In my early Army days, I played men’s fast pitch and slow pitch softball.  It was fun, but not quite the same when the thud of the bat replaced the crack of the bat.  Still, on the softball field I was a little kid except that maybe the bubble gum was replaced by a chew and there were knee pads under my pants.

I followed my son from tee-ball days to high school.  Life permitting, I was there every season from spring until fall.  Those were special, unforgettable times.  The difference between my son and me?  He was the gifted athlete to my Pete Rose.  He had natural ability and there was nothing natural about my abilities.  When he went off to college, I found myself sitting in the bleachers watching the team he helped win a championship practice.  I had rather severe withdrawal symptoms.  The kind where you wonder what you are going to do from March to October.

As a youngster growing up in West Virginia, I was a Reds fan although I don’t recall a single player from the team.  I was also a Yankees fan, as was every other kid.  We all knew Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Whitey Ford and would trade a whole pack of cards including the bubblegum for one of theirs.  When I was barely a teenager, we moved to Chicago.  The Cubs games were on television every afternoon and if I was home, I watched.  When I learned how to get on the Clark Street bus and make my way to Wrigley field, I’d go to a game if could come up with the price of a ticket.  Sometimes, in the spring before school was out, I’d be in the stands for the afternoon game rather than my classes.  The great thing is in those days all the Cubs games were afternoon games because there were no lights at Wrigley.

Just mentioning 1969 still brings on a little nausea.  The Cubs were rolling in 69.  They were so hot and certain of the National League pennant, they recorded a song, “hey, hey holy mackerel the Chicago Cubs are on the way.”  Oh, I remember Kessinger to Beckert to Banks, the battery of Fergie Jenkins and Randy Hundley, sweet swinging Billy Williams and a big smiling Ernie Banks saying “let’s play three today.”  I remember watching on television when Jack Brickhouse and his signature “Hey, Hey!” when Ernie hit number 500.  In 1969, the Cubs lost out to the Mets and I have never forgiven the Mets.

Yesterday was opening day.  With the blessing of today’s technology and a streaming subscription, I can watch every Cubs game if Suzie-Q allows it.  Last night the Cubs bats pounded the Texas Rangers and Cubs fans in Texas were flying the W.  Sometimes it is just great to get lost in the moment and let the annoying stuff pass you by.  Baseball.  It still is the great American Pastime.

© 2019 J. D Pendry, J. D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved.

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HMMMHHH?

By Paul Schneidmill

During the 1990’s an entertainer had an initial iteration as a late-night television show host.  The show would periodically display a comedy sketch that focused on certain current controversial topics or social issues that could be deemed somewhat unusual, which in turn would ultimately lead to the pondering of these areas to the point of eliciting the introspective verbal phrase known as: “Hmmmhhh.” 

I would like to convey a semblance of that thought process here within this great platform, the American Journal, with some “Hmmmhhh” thought reflections of my own:

Now that I’m retired for the second and final time (HALLEJAH You and Me), I actually “listen” to the mid-day local news within my undisclosed zip codish location.  I say “listen” because I’m usually doing some of my “creative cooking” and need to concentrate my visual capabilities on what I’m doing, lest I set the house on fire and incur the wrath of my still-yet after 27 years of marriage; beautiful and beauteous Bride.

I’m sure you’ll now want to know what I mean by “creative cooking,” so I’ll share a couple of my “recipes” before we get to “Hmmmhhh.”

Today, while “listening” to the news, I took a frozen turkey burger, cooked it in a skillet; then chopped it into crumbles and spread it on a frozen veggie pizza and then baked that – thus “creating a “Turkey Veggie Pizza” or TVP!  Another time, I baked a frozen eggplant cutlet, placed them atop a cooked turkey burger on a brioche bun, then topped the cutlet with a slice of cheese and some spaghetti sauce – thus creating an “Eggplant Parmesan Turkey Burger!”  Admittedly, the cheese was cheddar and not parmesan, but I was being creative; and yes, you guessed it – I like turkey burgers…and eggplant too!!! 

Okay, now to my rendition of the “Hmmmhhh” segment. 

The news today reported that statistics concerning the use of marijuana have determined that medical concerns not beneficial to the user, have increased.  Medical information has determined that people who ingest marijuana (via brownies, candy, cookies, etc) as opposed to smoking it, don’t achieve the “high” as quickly as would be obtained if it was smoked.  That’s because it takes about three hours for marijuana to take effect when ingested as opposed to instantaneously when smoked.  Due to the lack of this knowledge by the user, the “ingesters” tend to “overeat” the baked/cooked/mixed food items and end up in Hospital Emergency Rooms with symptoms ranging from hallucinations to racing heartbeats to cardiac arrests.   Sooooooo, does this “overeating” of marijuana mean that soon there will an obesity epidemic on the rise simply from cannabis-eating within caloric content?  “Hmmmhhh.”

The news also reported that an actor known primarily from a popular television series that was facing 16 charges of criminal conduct from what law enforcement determined stemmed from insurmountable evidence; had all the charges dropped by way of an “agreement” with the office of the prosecution directly involved with this prominent news story.  Sooooooo, can anyone now have their pending due to evidence criminal charges dropped with their prosecuting office concerning the crime/crimes if there is simply an agreement reached to what – not do it/get caught doing it again?  “Hmmmhhh.” 

Here’s one that’s not necessarily “news” associated.”  People who are esteemed famous in the entertainment industry such as actors, comedians, musicians and singers, etc., often get memorialized on a famous sidewalk on the west coast known as the “Walk of Fame.”  Historically, this honor was bestowed upon the honorees after they’d established themselves as prolifically talented in their particular vein of entertainment.  Now, there are people who have become “famous” for having the “talented ability” of keeping up with and knowing all the business of the “actual” people who have demonstrated that they’re talented enough to be in the entertainment industry.  Sooooooo, can one now become memorialized on the “Walk of Fame” because they climbed into the dumpster behind legitimate entertainers’ homes and thus are able to tell the world via various forms of media, what type of disposable diapers these celebrities used on their babies?  “Hmmmhhh.”   

Lastly, on a personal note, according to WebMD (which I find very informative) certain physical changes take place within all of us as we get older.  For example, hair grows within the human ear at an increased rate.  Sooooooo, does this mean that I am eventually going to need an “Ear Brush”  “Hmmmhhh.”  

It’s possible I may revisit these “Hmmmhhh” ponderings from time-to-time, and I invite you share some of your own. 

Oh yeah…one more creative cooking thingie…sort of…if you mix “Cherry Soda” with “Root Beer,” you can make a drink that you can use as a toast at celebrations and such that you can literally call as you make the toast… (once again, wait for it…) “Cheers…”

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The hero aura

By J. D. Pendry

Not every person of military service is a hero.  Not every person who serves does so out of patriotism.  Many are compelled into service for varying reasons.  They may be obliged to continue a family tradition.  Service may be the means to pay for their education.  They may look to the service to give them a marketable skill.  There are a multitude of reasons.  And on the political side?  Politicians seem always ready for purposes of self-aggrandizement to promote their Veteran status and exaggerate their military exploits.  Some get caught making their false claims of service and heroics.  But others?  They’re protected by the hero aura.

Whether by conscription or volunteering, I was conditioned in my early life to believe military service was something young men should experience.  From Southern West Virginia, at least in my time, I’d wager that many more young men left high school headed for the military or a coal mine than did for college.  My initial enlistment into the Army was by no means a selfless act. The farthest thing from it.  My odds of going to Vietnam were quite good, but by the time I completed training, Vietnam was in full drawdown.  When I enlisted In 1971, I was not thinking about service or patriotism or anything except escaping from the hillbilly ghettoes on the North Side of Chicago.  Later for me, it came to be about service and patriotism because I found my family and a fulfilling purpose of serving something greater than self.

People like me are not heroes.  Most now serving and most Veterans will tell you they do not consider themselves heroic, but will always offer they’ve served with and known true heroes.  True heroes are the humblest people you’ll ever encounter.  They do not boast and insist on recognizing accomplishments of others before themselves and attributing to others the deeds for which they are recognized.  Soldiers in the collective often perform heroic acts or complete heroic missions.  It’s their standard – their warrior creed.  They will tell you who the heroes are.  Those selfless individuals who exceed self-imposed expectations often performing miraculous acts of bravery to become true heroes among the heroic.

Over compensating America, justifiably so, is guilt ridden over its treatment of Vietnam Veterans and Veterans in general so today everyone that serves is easily labeled hero.  On some, are built legends.  Some try to build their own heroic story or just outright lie about it for other purposes.  In shining, practically impenetrable armor they mount their white horses and gallop in seeking adoration.  I learned early in my Army career to be wary of the boastful who rode in on their noble status to fix you or save you. Generally, they could do neither because they were preoccupied with self-promotion. People hesitate to oppose those fenced off by the hero aura.  Because of it, bad things sometimes happen or bad things are covered up.  We tiptoe lightly around the hero aura.  The longer a myth perpetuates the tougher it is to break through that armor.  It is much easier to pretend admiration of a hero, real or mythical, than to question their heroic merits or motives.  When their hero standing becomes national, their armor becomes impenetrable.  They will be admired and defended by people who neither know the truth nor pursue it.

By now, you may be wondering what possessed me to write about this topic.  For the past few days I’ve poured over pages of information refreshing my memory about a few select and prominent people.  Some real heroes and some self-proclaimed.  Some still living some passed on.  I was a little angered by recent news and I fully intended to dismantle some prominent individuals and had compiled pages of information with that in mind.  It was going to be a full out brutally honest assault.  I was pumped for it. 

Then someone I trust implicitly and have near 5 decades, the kindest and gentlest soul I know, asked me why is that necessary.  Other than satisfying my own anger, I could not offer a good reason.  I was reminded that even bad people have families and they’ve probably endured enough.  So, I will just leave it here.  I will not stand in judgement of anyone.  For as bad as I believe some of them are or were, each will face or have faced his or her Maker.  All of us, whether or not history records true legacies, for the lives we’ve lived we will be held accountable.  Our country has known many true heroes.  We have also been served many myths.  Myths that have harmed us as people and a country.  Always seek the truth.  Do not become blinded by the brightness of the hero aura.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry, J.D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved

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What else can’t you do?

By Paul Schneidmill

Whenever I ask someone “How are you doing?” I always find it completely weird when their response is “I can’t complain.”  Some folk even get emphatic and expressive with that statement by prefacing their weird-to-me response with an “Oh,” as in “Oh, I can’t complain.”  Why is that response weird to me you may query…well, I have three reasons.  I’ll share them with you now in an unprioritized order:

Number 1. The response to my question is not true, i.e., it’s an L.I.E., because anyone can complain – no one with breath and the ability/capability of speech is incapable of complaining – complaining is one of the easiest things anyone can do; one does not need to be trained in the “art” of complaining (though I’ve actually met people who could definitely qualify as having mastered that art) and to do so requires no amount whatsoever of skill. 

Number 2. The response to my question does not remotely answer the question.  An “I can’t complain” response to a question asked regarding the well-being of the person asked, is like asking a politician if it’s raining (or any question for that matter) – the response you’d get would likely be a fully verbose dissertation designed to deflect or some type of thesis-defending statement (which I think might be the same thing…sometimes).   

Number 3. The response to my question means…well…I really don’t know what it means…I mean, in relation to what I asked: “How are you doing?” – what does or is “I can’t complain” supposed to mean?  What in the in the H  E  double L’s is that response supposed to convey?  It most assuredly doesn’t answer my question…it doesn’t inform me as to how one is doing – it gives me no barometer of frame of reference in the tee-ninchiest bit as to how one is doing figuratively, literally or otherwise.  It’s simply an evasive and misleading response (see Point 2 with emphasis on the politician segment).

Sooooooo, in my complete and undeniably self-evaluated quantification of wisdom, I have a developed a response to that particular response – “Oh yeah…what else can’t you do?

Imagine be asked a question in the vein of “What can’t you do?” in a myriad of communicative situations…like a job interview, or a juror qualification screening, or maybe a conversation concerning commitment in a relationship.

The thing about the word “can’t” in literally any setting, is that it’s almost always indicative of limitations.  There’s nothing wrong with people knowing their limits or limitations – I’m certainly not against that – I’m just not a promoter of accepting or readily addressing, i.e., publicly claiming and proclaiming them; because in many cases our limitations can be overcome, pushed out further…stretched out farther…

For example – if unable to do so now, we could totally learn how and achieve the ability to properly answer a simple question…….but if we can’t….we need to introspectively ask ourselves (wait for it…)

“What else can’t you do?”

© 2019 Paul Schneidmill All Rights Reserved

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