Frosted About My Flakes

Breitbart has done us all a big service. After Kellogg’s pulled their advertising, citing that Breitbart readers “aren’t aligned with their values as a company,” Breitbart started to look into the company.

What they found is anything but sweet.

The company’s values are highly liberal and progressive and hardly fit into mainstream America. That is unless you embrace George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Fidel Castro.
They explain:

After the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Director of Racial Equity and community engagement Rev. Alvin Herring wished the Communist despot “Rest in power.”

As Breitbart News’s Lee Stranahan reports, “In another tweet, Rev. Herring reposts an article called ‘Why black Americans love Fidel Castro’ that praised Castro for pardoning convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.”

Another example of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “values as a company” came on the revelation that it has given at least $930,000 to fund the efforts of Black Lives Matter.

Breitbart Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein reports that the six-figure donation from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to BLM is “listed on the Foundation’s website.”

“It includes a June 1, 2016 grant to the International Development Exchange, which is in a contractual relationship with Black Lives Matter to process donations for the group,” Klein writes.

Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, openly boasts that the group honors the aforementioned Assata Shakur–a convicted cop killer living in exile in Cuba–at “all its events.”

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation also has financial ties to far-left billionaire George Soros, who has earned his fortune in part by short selling currencies and causing economic crises. He was convicted in 2005 for insider trading.

Stranahan reports: “The institutional left’s funding behemoth W.K. Kellogg Foundation has partnered with and given major donations to George Soros’s Open Society Institute and the Tides Center as part of its massive push to promote a far-left agenda.”

Indeed, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation had become the seventh largest philanthropic foundation in the United States. “In recent years,” Stranahan reports, “however, the focus of the Foundation has drifted away from just helping children toward promoting left-wing political issues.”

One of those high-dollar grants include $200,000 to Soros’s Open Society Institute, which, Stranahan writes, went to “eliminate racial inequities in the juvenile justice system and promote racial healing through community-based conferences, policy changes, and communication strategies.”

“Another W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant in 2016 gave over $380,000,” Stranahan reports, to Soros’s Tides Foundation to “provide updated publications/tools describing the state of grantmaking with a racial equity/racial justice lens, including insights to support grantmaking considerations at the program officer and institutional levels, through support of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity.”

And if the connections of Kellogg’s namesake nonprofit organization to anti-American movements and praise of a murderous dictator weren’t disturbing enough, the embattled cereal giant has been accused of alleged racism toward factory workers and profiting from the use of child labor.

As of this morning almost 400,000 people have signed Breitbart’s petition to boycott Kellogg’s. I guess the company considers them Fruit Loops. To me, they’re “GREAAAT!”

New Network in January

During the campaign, one group managed to provide coverage of every Trump rally. They were on the scene before the event, during and until the end. They gave the world an unfiltered view of the crowds and speeches.

Right Side Broadcasting Network showed their filming on their website, Drudge and other sites. They provided a welcome relief from cable news network coverage that broke off when they thought they had shown enough or alphabet networks who showed some rallies on their websites, but as they determined, not viewers.

Conservatives, Republicans and Trump fans appreciated the unvarnished coverage of Right Side Broadcasting. Now they have announced that in January, they will premier their new network.

This is particularly good news considering that Obama has said that he is interested in developing his own media group after he leaves the presidency. Then Google, Facebook and Twitter like to control content, too; a very dangerous development. Our side must push back.

I like also that their headquarters will be in Alabama. The news in New York and DC becomes clouded by the liberal beliefs there. Their disconnect was one of the reasons the media didn’t see the election outcome. In their posh Manhattan offices they had no idea what the rest of the country thought or cared about.

Right Side Broadcasting will do well not to have the same tired pundits and talking heads. We’ve had enough blather from Rich Lowry, Bill Cristol, Karl Rove, etc. We all know how much that is worth.

Glenn Beck tried to have a successful network with the Blaze, but he let his Trump hatred burn up his whole endeavor.
He could have had a big impact if he hadn’t become Preacher Man and determiner of right and wrong.

Rumors have surfaced that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner may back some kind of new network. Kushner showed himself to be prescient in knowing how to connect with voters and he is also familiar with journalism as the publisher of the New York Observer. Together they have a wealth of talent as well as money.

Have they helped here? Don’t know. But Right Side Broadcasting is certainly on the right track at the right time.

Is This Why State Nomination Lags?

Everyone has been wondering why Trump is taking so long to name a Secretary of State. Rudy Giuliani looked like a shoe in, but then other names started being mentioned.

We haven’t seen much of Rudy since the election either. Why is that? It all seems odd. Rudy is a very popular man among Republicans and his loyalty to Trump throughout the campaign needs to be rewarded. So why is Trump talking to people who dislike him like Mitt Romney?

The Conservative Treehouse may have a clue:

The safest person for Donald Trump would be Rudy Giuliani. His perspective, outlook and trust factor is in alignment. Rudy is also at the top of the list for many Trump supporters, including me. I like the guy. Giuliani’s got just the right blend of piss and vinegar to be capable of dealing with the nest of vipers that awaits – he’s a former federal prosecutor who knows how to investigate and accumulate evidence of systemic corruption – and his loyalty toward the objectives of the incoming Trump administration is without question.

But there’s a problem that most have overlooked. Rudy Giuliani has a visible issue with excessive alcohol use.

Oh, sure there are other issues that have been rightly mentioned in regard to Giuliani’s business interests, but in my opinion those issues are far less important in this consideration. When you add in President-elect Trump’s severe aversion to alcohol dependency, and consider the intensely personal example of Frederick “Fred” Jr. (1938–81), well, if you’ve paid attention you know the scope of the issue.

Anyone who has ever been in a position of executive organizational leadership will tell you how challenging it is to overcome a similar problem once it surfaces. Painful decisions are caused by the need to contrast best-interest logic over emotion; and the most likely, albeit agonizing, outcome is a necessary removal of the individual regardless of relationship. Effective leaders cannot allow the organizational goals to be hampered by excessive loyalty toward an individual whose own decisions are creating the toxicity.

Perhaps addressing this issue is why Giuliani has been mostly invisible over the past two weeks. Perhaps, just perhaps, he too is trying to address the matter. [That’s definitely my own personal hunch] Which brings up the issue of likelihood of success etc. An unknown variable.

Think about all of inherent issues therein. Think about the personal, emotional and also the operationally logical.

This came as a shock to me, but then again I’m not an insider. Others have said they felt Giuliani looked frail and old. Some speculate that he didn’t do well in some TV interviews; that he’s too much of a wild card.

I don’t know, but it is something to consider.

Something Else in My Cornflakes

And I’m not talking about a banana.

No, gone are the days when you could just enjoy any typical American activity – from football games, to shopping to eating.

Now everything has to be politicized, thanks to our liberal friends.

They just can’t leave anything alone. They have to control it all, even down to our cereal bowls. Kellogg’s is the latest to stir up trouble. Breitbart News reports, “Kellogg’s announced earlier this week that it is attempting to pull ads from running on Breitbart News’ website because of an ostensible conflict with the company’s ‘values.'”

What are these people? Flakes? Breitbart gets over 45 million visitors on its site; does Kellogg’s really want to pick a fight with them? If any people know how to fight, it’s the Breitbart family. They rallied 125,000 people to sign a petition eschewing Kellogg’s products in less than 24 hours. That doesn’t include other sites that are spreading the word that Kellogg’s progressive/liberal values are hard to swallow.

If you say instead, like President Obama to a reporter, “can’t I just eat my waffle?” instead of cereal, the answer is no. Leggo that Eggo because it’s a Kellogg’s product, too. If you’re a conservative you won’t want to put any money in that til either.

The CEO of Kellogg’s has got to know he’s made a huge mistake. Post, General Mills and generic brands can fill our bowls just as easily (and probably cheaper) than Tony Tiger’s master. Kellogg’s unwittingly opened an extra box of whoop ass with this as well. Breitbart finds, “Since then, Kellogg’s has suffered a backlash and a barrage of bad publicity, some of it coincidental. On Wednesday, Amnesty International released a report alleging that Kellogg’s profited from child labor and forced labor in harvesting palm oil for Pringles chips sold in China.

“Other Kellogg’s practices are now coming under closer scrutiny, including the company’s involvement in controversial racial disputes and left-wing politics in general.”

Memphians remember Kellogg’s recently concerning a plant here. Labor relations got bad in 2014. Someone here urinated on the product line. “The FDA has opened up a criminal investigation into a video appearing to show a man urinating on an assembly line at a Kellogg facility in Memphis, TN, according to a report by Fox5.

“The video, uploaded Friday to the site WorldStarHipHop.com, was found to have been recorded in 2014. It reportedly could have affected Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products. All would have passed their expiration date by now.

“It is believed that the video was shot during a labor dispute between Kellogg’s and employees who were locked out.”

Liberal bias and urine in one product. Well done, Kellogg’s.

Twitter’s Censorship

It is deeply troubling to me that Twitter can control free speech. If they don’t like what you say – and it doesn’t have to be slanderous, dangerous or wrong – they stop you.

One of the bloggers I look at daily, Don Surber, explained what just happened to him. It illustrates how Twitter controls everything.

He calls it “how the media handles Twitter, or how to get blocked by a media type in two tweets. I have this down to a science.”

He illustrates what he means with these tweets which concern the recount. The comment is from someone called Tom Nichols: “I do. I think he cannot process that he lost the popular vote. He thinks rallies in East Cupcake County = popular vote”
Don Surber then said: “Can you process that popular vote does not elect presidents? No Electoral College no Constitution Couldn’t get 9 states to ratify without it”

Tom Nichols replied, “I’m not the one questioning the popular vote, Cult Lieutenant”
The Surber reply: “Hey, I’m not a Cult Lieutenant. I’m a Cult NCO. I work for a living.”

…aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I am blocked.

Tom Nichols is, according to Tom Nichols, a “Professor @NavalWarCollege and @HarvardEXT. Fmr US Senate aide. Sr. Cont. @FDRLST. New book: The Death of Expertise (Winter 2017). Dad, cat guy. Views my own.”

I was not following him, but someone I follow re-tweeted and I decided to have fun.

But people who are so serious never have fun. Fun is the one thing that money can’t buy.

He joins John Podhoretz, several National Review writers, a few New York Times writers, and a few others in blocking me.

Bill Kristol not only has not blocked me but he follows me. I appreciate that, and respect him for that.

I once blocked a few people. But now that I am retired from the media, I have adopted a more Bill Kristol attitude toward critics. Just spell it right:

D-O-N
S-U-R-B-E-R

Doesn’t take much to get you blocked from twitter, does it?

WaPo Is Subverting Democracy

Jeff Bezos, Amazon honcho who now runs the Washington Post, declared early in the election that he and his newspaper would do everything they could to bring down Donald Trump.

They failed spectacularly, but that doesn’t mean Bezos has given up. Au contraire, he has rededicated himself to the cause in a way that Inspector Javert pursuing Jean Valjean would admire.

Now he’s trying to undermine the election by posturing that Russian hackers had a hand in the Trump victory.

This is too much even for Glenn Greenwald, darling of liberal sites Salon and the British Guardian newspaper. He looked into the smear and wrote this:

“The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being ‘routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.’ The article by reporter Craig Timberg – headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” – cites a report by a new, anonymous website calling itself PropOrNot, which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian ‘misinformation campaign.’

“The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute.

“This Post report was one of the most widely circulated political news articles on social media over the last 48 hours, with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of U.S. journalists and pundits with large platforms hailing it as an earth-shattering exposé. It was the most-read piece on the entire Post website after it was published on Friday.

“Yet the article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, ‘a lot of reporters passed on this story.’ Its huge flaws are self-evident. But the Post gleefully ran with it and then promoted it aggressively, led by its Executive Editor Marty Baron.

“In casting the group behind this website as ‘experts,’ the Post described PropOrNot simply as ‘a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds.’ Not one individual at the organization is named. The executive director is quoted, but only on the condition of anonymity, which the Post said it was providing the group ‘to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers.’

“In other words, the individuals behind this newly created group are publicly branding journalists and news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda – even calling on the FBI to investigate them for espionage – while cowardly hiding their own identities. The group promoted by the Post thus embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy but without the courage to attach their names to their blacklist. Echoing the Wisconsin Senator, the group refers to its lengthy collection of sites spouting Russian propaganda as The List.

“The credentials of this supposed group of experts are impossible to verify, as none is provided either by the Post or by the group itself. The Intercept contacted PropOrNot and asked numerous questions about about its team, but received only this reply: ‘We’re getting a lot of requests for comment and can get back to you today =) [smiley face emoticon].’ The group added: ‘We’re over 30 people, organized into teams, and we cannot confirm or deny anyone’s involvement.’

“Thus far, they have provided no additional information beyond that. As Fortune’s Matthew Ingram wrote in criticizing the Post article, PropOrNot’s Twitter account ‘has only existed since August of this year. And an article announcing the launch of the group on its website is dated last month.’ WHOIS information for the domain name is not available, as the website uses private registration.

“More troubling still, PropOrNot listed numerous organizations on its website as ‘allied’ with it, yet many of these claimed ‘allies’ told The Intercept, and complained on social media, they have nothing to do with the group and had never even heard of it before the Post published its story.

“At some point last night, after multiple groups listed as ‘allies’ objected, the group quietly changed the title of its allied list to ‘Related Projects.” When The Intercept asked PropOrNot about this clear inconsistency via email, the group responded concisely: “We have no institutional affiliations with any organization.’

“In his article, the Post’s Timberg did not include a link to PropOrNot’s website. If readers had the opportunity to visit the site, it would have become instantly apparent that this group of ostensible experts far more resembles amateur peddlers of primitive, shallow propagandistic clichés than serious, substantive analysis and expertise; that it has a blatant, demonstrable bias in promoting NATO’s narrative about the world; and that it is engaging in extremely dubious McCarthyite tactics about a wide range of critics and dissenters.

“The Washington Post should be very proud: it staked a major part of its news story on the unverified, untestable assertions of this laughable organization.”

You can read the rest of this takedown here: https://theintercept.com/2016/11/26/washington-post-disgracefully-promotes-a-mccarthyite-blacklist-from-a-new-hidden-and-very-shady-group/, but just this reading shows how preposterous this story is.

It prompted another blog ZeroHedge, to comment that the WaPo reporters are “useful idiot shills for a failed, frantic status quo that has lost control of the narrative. He goes on to site expert, Charles Hugh-Smith OfTwoMinds blog’s equally pointed takedown:

“Don’t you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

“I was amused to find my site listed on the now-infamous list of purportedly Russian-controlled propaganda sites cited by The Washington Post. I find it amusing because I invite anyone to search my 3,600-page archive of published material over the past decade (which includes some guest posts and poems) and identify a single pro-Russia or pro-Russian foreign policy entry.

“If anything, my perspective is pro-US dollar, pro-liberty, pro-open markets, pro-local control, pro-free-press, pro-innovation, and pro-opportunities to rebuild America’s abandoned, decaying localized economies: in other words, the exact opposite of Russian propaganda.

“My ‘crime’ is a simple one: challenging the ruling elite’s narrative. Labeling all dissent “enemy propaganda” is of course the classic first phase of state-sponsored propaganda and the favorite tool of well-paid illiberal apologists for an illiberal regime.

“Labeling everyone who dissents or questions the ruling elite’s narrative as tools of an enemy power is classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting, i.e. a broad-brush way of marginalizing and silencing critics with an accusation that is easy to fabricate but difficult to prove.

“Such unsupported slander is a classic propaganda technique. It has more in common with Nazi propaganda than with real journalism.

“The real useful-idiot shills are the editors and hacks paid by the Washington Post, who are busy penning articles such as “Why the electoral college should choose Hillary Clinton”. Isn’t this fundamentally a call to over-ride the Constitutional framework of the republic’s democracy?

“In other words, the ruling elite’s candidate lost, so let’s subvert democracy to “right this terrible wrong” that was wrought by fed-up debt-serfs.

“Substitution is a useful technique to reveal propaganda: if Trump had lost by a thin margin, would the The Washington Post publish an article ‘Why the electoral college should choose Donald Trump’?

“Any site suggesting such an outlandish subversion of American democracy would of course by labeled Russian-controlled propaganda by The Washington Post. In other words, it’s OK for the organs of Imperial Propaganda to call for the subversion of the Constitution, but if someone else dares to do so, you know the drill: they’re labeled a tool of Russian propaganda.

“Just as a reminder, this is the status quo/ruling elite’s handiwork. The Washington Post shills/propagandists support: a status quo of institutionalized privilege, corruption and systemically soaring wealth and income inequality:

“The institutionalized impoverishment of non-elite students:

“The institutionalized impoverishment of the bottom 99.9%:

The institutionalized impoverishment of everyone below the protected technocrat-insider class of shills, apparatchiks and professionals:

“This is what The Washington Post is pushing: a parasitic, predatory, exploitative, ruinously corrupt and venal ruling class and its army of apologists/lackeys/factotums.

“The fundamental source of the Post’s hysterical accusations is the ruling elite has lost control of the narrative. This is the source of the mainstream media’s angst-tinged hysteria and frantic efforts to marginalize and discredit any dissenting narratives that undermine or question the power of a corrupted, self-serving ruling elite that has failed the nation and its citizens.

“This is why Donald Trump was routinely labeled a Russian shill by the mainstream media during the campaign. Regardless of what you think of Trump or Clinton, what can we say about a supposedly responsible media that so cavalierly spews fact-free accusations of foreign control? This is the height of irresponsible propaganda being passed off as journalism.

“Free speech implicitly carries the responsibility of the reader/listener/viewer to make a critical assessment of the content, its source and its aim: who benefits if we accept the narrative being pushed?

“The delicious irony of The Washington Post’s hysterical campaign to smear dissenters as tools of Russian propaganda is that it only serves to discredit the Post itself. For my part, I invite you to read all ten of my books and make your own critical assessment of the content and answer these questions:

1. Did you find even a single passage in the thousands of pages that favored Russian policies?

2. Did you find any passages that favored domestic resilience and self-reliance, localized economic development, and the promotion of innovations that favored the many rather than the few?

3. Don’t you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?”

Evidently facts and truth are something the Washington Post doesn’t want to acknowledge. How about a Deep Throat there come out and expose them? That would be the ultimate irony.

Obama vs. Trump on Castro

Here’s what Obama said about Castro after his government announced his death:

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

‎For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.

Here’s what Trump said:

Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

Obama manages to work himself into his condolences. “During my presidency” he says. I bet we’ll hear that phrase from him til the day he dies because everything is always about him.

Obama refuses to acknowledge what Castro was. Instead he’ll leave that to history. Tell that to the thousands who died at Castro’s hands and the ones who are still locked up in prison. It’s not much comfort for them.

Nor should Americans forget the threat he was to us with the Cuban Missile Crisis. I still have an identification bracelet that was given to me at that time. I was in second grade and we practiced lining up in the hallway should anything happen. Saying Castro “altered the course of individual lives” is PC, ridiculous speak.

As far as our countries not being “defined by our differences but by the many things we share,” well, what could be more basic than freedom vs. dictatorship? I’d say that is a tremendous obstacle to life.

Trump has it exactly right. Castro was brutal and there is no reason to ignore this. In fact, it should always be remembered foremost when he is discussed.

And Trump wants liberation for the Cubans.

I hope they find it.