Fabulous Fake News Wednesday Comments


Walter Duranty, New York Times, 1922-1936

In Stalin’s Apologist, the definitive 1990 biography of Duranty, author S.J. Taylor demonstrates that Duranty toed the Communist line from the moment The New York Times assigned him—to his great delight—to the Soviet Union in 1921. In one of his first stories that year, about the aforementioned New Economic Policy, Duranty stated that “[Vladimir] Lenin has thrown communism overboard … abandoning state ownership, with the exception of a definite number of great industries of national importance—such as were controlled by the state in France, England and Germany during the war [World War I].” As Harvard historian Richard Pipes notes in his book Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime, Duranty’s stories stressing “Lenin’s alleged adoption of Western economic models … [were] very important for Moscow to convey at a time when it actively sought foreign credits.”


Herbert Matthews, New York Times, with Dead Castro

If you don’t know the name “Herbert Matthews,” but you think you know anything about Fidel Castro, you don’t know sh*t. Matthews was the master of journalistic fiction, and he and the New York Times are why you even know Castro’s name.

Matthews covered the Italian invasion of Ethiopia for the New York Times. He didn’t even try and hide his bias in favor of the Italian Fascists. He wrote, “[i]f you start from the premise that a lot of rascals are having a fight, it is not unnatural to want to see the victory of the rascal you like, and I liked the Italians during that scrimmage more than I did the British or the Abyssinians.” He admitted that whichever side was “right” was of no interest to him. For throwing in with Mussolini, he became known as a “fascist.”

His next posting was in Spain, covering the Spanish Civil War. He arrived still somewhat Right-Wing, sympathizing with Franco’s forces over the Republicans. However, somewhere along the way he became friends with Hemingway, and switched polarities. Hemingway based Robert Jordan, the main character in For Whom the Bell Tolls, on Matthews. From then on, he was considered to be a dear friend of the Left.


Dan Rather, CBS News

Enough said.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent at CNN's london studio. (Photo by Avery Cunliffe/Photoshot/Getty Images)

Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Every word out of her mouth including and and the

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66 thoughts on “Fabulous Fake News Wednesday Comments

  1. I once ordered chili and eggs in New Mexico, my eggs came back with some kind of green crap all over them.

    That’s a no vote from here them being a part of our divorce.

  2. The deer are really moving about out here at the Rocket Ranch, I had to stop and wait for a herd of does/yearlings cross in front and back of my truck this morning. This is not unusual coming in the northwest gate but it is strange to see that many between B13 and B15. Three of them stood by the side door and watched me go inside.

  3. I’d at least make the exception for keeping Deming and everything south of I10 between there and El Paso. It give us another Port of Entry and the La Fonda restaurant there serves the best stacked enchiladas on the surface of the planet. I’ve maded three trips ‘tween here and San Diego and planned each of them to overnight in Deming just to have breakfast and dinner there.

    Besides, that Port of Entry is Columbus here we kicked Pancho Villa’s azz the night he raided the town. We might as well own every site where Americans fought Mexicans and won within out borders.

  4. I’ve been on a roller coaster fighting fever. It’s amazing how much water you can lose. I have to lay towels down wherever I lie or sit. I think every towel we have is in the washer this morning.

  5. 100 years and a couple of weeks ago, one of the bloodiest battles to have ever taken place concluded.

    The Battle of the Somme began July 1, 1916 and concluded on 18 November, 1916.

    In that 4 1/2 month period, the British Empire suffered about 420,000 casualties, France about 200,000, and the German Empire between 435,000 and 500,000.

    Approximately 75 sq miles were gained by the British and French. To put that into perspective, that’s approximately the area between the south loop and south beltway between 225 and the Southwest Freeway.

  6. For those of you who may be tired of paying outrageous cable or satellite fees, AT&T is announcing a streaming service today. I’m having a hard time getting a grip on what all is being offered, but there are some steep price discounts being offered. I heard Rush discussing it yesterday, but I’m not a smart phone person, so I didn’t understand that part. I’ve got Netflix and Amazon on my Roku and Amazon Fire Sticks which I’ll probably stay with, but the AT&T offer looked interesting. Check it out if you like.

    Secondly, I’m still feeling lousy this morning with chest congestion. No fever yet though. Think I’ll stay inside today and take care of myself. Cooler weather on the way later this week.

  7. #7 Shannon Yup, remember Enterprise and Birmingham made national news in the last few years. We have several Tornado Alley’s in the state and one of them runs from west of Enterprise and Clayhatchee to Abbeville, kind of diagonal SW to NE.
    The tornados always form around this area and head NE. I remember when I was in High School and working at the Daleville TV Shop, one afternoon about 3 PM a storm was brewing up to the west and produced two twisters, one went from Enterprise, over Daleville on to Newton touching down every now and then. About 3:30 the sky turned as black as a moonless night and the wind was howling, the KFC giant Bucket/Sign in the front of the parking lot, left its post intact and made it all the way to Fort Rucker. We didn’t know it at the time but the tornado passed over right above us. About 4 miles west of our store, in Level Plains, there was a house sitting about 200 yards from the road, at the back of an old Pecan Orchard. They had about 20 Pecan trees between them and the road and the tornado took out all but 4 of them. Fortunately it missed their house but the high wind did take down their 60’ TV antenna tower, so I had to restack a new one the next week. The locals were busy salvaging the wood for BBQ. The other tornado hit Clayhatchee and scattered 65,000 chickens from there to Pinckard, a lot of folks had fried chicken for supper that night. 😉

  8. Shannon and El Gordo, y’all take it easy and drink plenty of fluids also plain old Bayer Aspirin is the best thing I’ve found for fever. There is almost no limit to how often you can take it, no real side effects.

  9. 11 Wagonburner

    That calculates to an average daily battlefield death rate of 4,593 men. Each day.

    Sixty-four years earlier at Antietam Creek in Maryland, over 22,000 soldiers died in one single day.

    In twelve years in Iraq, the USA endured 4,491 men and women lost fighting the enemies.

  10. #16 SD:

    plain old Bayer Aspirin is the best thing I’ve found for fever

    Dave, fevers are not a bad thing, they supercharge the immune system and make it easier to fight off the invading pathogens. They make you feel like crap so you don’t want to do anything but rest which is exactly what your body needs at that point. Steps to reduce a fever really should not be taken below 102 degrees F. You will feel bad during the process but the process won’t last as long and you should be more resistant in the future to a similar pathogen.

  11. #18

    The same is said for diarrhea as well, but dang it’s annoying. Especially on arm wrestlin’ night.

  12. 18 BC

    Agreed. I believe in riding out the fever.

    Aspirin can be rough on the stomach lining and even though it is technically classified as an NSAID, I take a daily low dose pill. I haven’t taken an aspirin for pain or a headache in years.

    I also have stopped taking any NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) meds which include ibuprofen, naproxen and various other combinations. There seems to be quite a bit of evidence now the NSAIDs contribute to stroke occurrence.

  13. 19 EG

    Who checks into a hotel with drug paraphernalia and BB/pellet guns and starts waving them around…

    …while streaming it live on Facebook to the whole world ?

    Honestly, if stupidity were a capital crime, these people would already be dead.

  14. #80 (from last night) – Brother as per the interweb there’s only 2 Waffle House locations in NM – both listed in Albuquerque – pretty sure I never patronized either one.

    But I DO love me some Waffle house!!

  15. Bonecrusher

    Dave, fevers are not a bad thing, they supercharge the immune system and make it easier to fight off the invading pathogens. They make you feel like crap so you don’t want to do anything but rest which is exactly what your body needs at that point. Steps to reduce a fever really should not be taken below 102 degrees F. You will feel bad during the process but the process won’t last as long and you should be more resistant in the future to a similar pathogen.

    My philosophy, also. I’d rather ride out the fever and let my body do what it does, if the fever’s not too high.

  16. I’ll give the cops and folks on FB a pass on this one.

    If they were fooling around in their hotel room with “BB guns” while streaming on FB, its likely there were using something like these or these. I used to have one of these. Lots of fun when the neighbor’s cats came around.

  17. #22 TP:

    There seems to be quite a bit of evidence now the NSAIDs contribute to stroke occurrence.

    I have heard bits and pieces of that idea. What I have not heard is the frequency and amount of dosage that relates to increase of risk. For example, when I overdo some physical activity I may take ibuprofen once or twice a month, whereas I have heard of others who take it several times a day. At several times a day I can see how the risk would increase – but 2-3 times a month – not so much.

  18. Blinky Pelousi survives a challenge to her “queenhood”.

    HEADLINE: Despite challenge, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader
    Democrats in the House of Representatives have chosen Rep. Nancy Pelosi once again to lead their delegation.

    Pelosi, a California Democrat, survived a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan by a vote of 134 to 63.

    Democrats met Wednesday in a closed meeting before casting their votes by secret ballot.

    The House minority caucus has been in a tailspin since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and their ranks have diminished to a level not seen since 1929.

    On Tuesday, Ryan explained his challenge, according to USA Today:

    “We’ve really got to ask ourselves: What are we going to tell the American people? That what happened on [Election Day] and what we’ve not been able to do since 2010 is OK; We’re going to keep going down the same path,” he told CNN. “Or will we have a new messenger, a new message, a new brand and a new Democratic Party?”
    Still, Democrats chose to retain Pelosi.

  19. The insanity of leftist doctrine is the Libs worst enemy.

    HEADLINE: McDonald’s unveils new job-killing self-service machines thanks to ‘Fight for $15’
    It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone with a slim understanding of economics that driving up costs for businesses means bad news for customers and employees alike. In terms of driving up wages by force, there were only two results that could follow. Either that business was going to have to lay off employees in order to afford their work force, or find a way to circumvent having employees in the first place.

    In the case of the major fast food chain McDonald’s, they took the latter path and rolled out a shiny new line of self-service machines that allow you to order your food without the need for employees at a register. This happened after many cities forced the businesses in their cities to raise the minimum wage to $15 as a result of a nationwide protest called “Fight for $15.”

    Many had predicted this coming, including former CEO of McDonald’s USA Ed Rensi. Rensi wrote a guest post at Forbes on Tuesday that essentially had one message.

    “I told you so.”

    It brings me no joy to write these words. The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them. I wish it were not so. But it’s important to document these consequences, lest policymakers elsewhere decide that the $15 movement is worth embracing.
    While McDonald’s certainly had trouble in cities featuring the raised wage, it was a minor bump in the road that they could afford to spend their way out of. Sadly, not every business has the capital this massive chain does, and businesses and workers will both suffer for it.

    Stupid face of snowflakes meet the fist of reality in the capitalist marketplace.

  20. NSAIDs

    I have a lot of physical injuries dating back to encounters with horses in my youth, injuries to my back at 30 and subsequent multiple broken bones and fractures from work related injuries. I have taken a lot of NSAIDs between 40 and 60 so any at all I take now I believe just compounds a cumulative effect of those years. The arthritis at the point of some of these injuries just adds to the aggravation.

    I’ve just spent almost 8 weeks of being housebound from fully herniating my 3rd lumbar disc and I spent this recovery without taking any drugs at all. If I had access to a morphine or dilaudid, I would have taken it. I can no longer tolerate the opioids like oxycodone or oxycontin.

  21. #31 TP: Have you tried a less aggressive anti inflammatory like Bromelain? I prolly misspelled it, but it is available in health food stores. The compound is found in bananas and other stuff.

  22. Super Dave says:
    NOVEMBER 30, 2016 AT 11:49 AM
    This is neat;
    Rare Historical Never Before Seen WWII Photos

    I’ve seen several of them and I can tell you that this clickbait site doesn’t know much about WW2. Pic #2 is from was probably a gas line explosion in the 50s as evidenced by the vintage of the bus. Pic #3 is totally wrong. Its a rather famous pic of dead Marines on Guadalcanal and not:

    This photograph was taken after the D-day invasion. The D-day invasion was when the United States attacked the German forces through France. The invasion, which started as an invasion on the beach, was bloody but successful. Here we see a man buried and forgotten in the sand as the battle goes on, but the bravery of these men will be honored until the end of mankind.

  23. Actually, I looked at more pics on that site and got royally pizztoff.

    The captions are mostly total crap. Whoever wrote them knows nothing about WW2.

  24. 34 Sarge

    I agree with you, but…

    RE: Photo# 3

    According to this site:

    The photo of three dead American soldiers lying in the sand on shoreline near half sunken landing craft on Buna Beach, Papua New Guinea was now considered a war classic. Taken by George Strock in February 1943, it was not published until its September 20th 1943 issue. In that September, this photo and other equally gruesome and graphic pictures of WWII were finally OK’d by the Office of War Information’s censors, in part because President Roosevelt feared that the American public might be growing complacent about the war and its horrific toll. Even than, in the picture, the Americans’ faces were not shown–a practice continued until Korean War to preserve soldiers’ privacy in death.


    The caption to Strock’s photo, “Three dead Americans lie on the beach at Buna,” told Life’s readers that they did not need to know the names of the dead in order to appreciate what they had done.

  25. You gotta admit that I got a whole lot closer sitting here are work with my 63 year old memory than a site that calls itself “Historian Insight.”

  26. HEADLINE: Fidel Castro’s Death Showcases the Useful Idiots Willing to Enable a Dictator
    Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That’s not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism “useful idiots.”) The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. In a statement, he expressed his “deep sorrow” upon learning that “Cuba’s longest serving president” had died.

  27. The more I investigate this ATT Direct TV live streaming deal, introductory offer of 100 channels for $35 monthly, the better it looks. Right now I don’t watch anything but Netflix and Amazon, but the service brings cable like TV right over the net. The downside is that I can’t think of anything on TV that I’ve been missing for the past several years other than Fox News, and I can generally watch segments of those shows the next day on You Tube. If I had cable, I would seriously think of getting rid of it.

    If anyone checks it out, let me know.

  28. “We had no idea what this thing was.”

    Young people working around wildlife today would not have been alive when the screwworm was devastating domesticated and wild animals all over the Southeast and Southwest.

    Florida is on high alert after the return of an invasive, flesh-eating parasite that has killed more than 100 deer since July.

    The re-emergence of the New World screwworm, which was thought to have been eradicated from the US decades ago, has resulted in an agricultural state of emergency being declared in Monroe County, Florida, as authorities try to contain the outbreak.

    The screwworm, so named because its ridges resemble the spiral shape of a screw, is the larvae (maggot) of the Cochliomyia hominivorax fly.

    When this species matures, it looks much like a common housefly, but its larvae are especially dangerous.

    The larvae infect warm-blooded animals, burrowing into open wounds and feeding on living flesh. People are also at risk from the parasite, although none have been infected in the recent outbreak.

    This is not good news. When I was growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s, the screwworm epidemic was in the news and talked about all the time. The cattle business had been suffering badly because of it on top of enduring a 7 year drought in the 50s.

    The winter of 1961-62 was very severe, and the screwworm population in the overwintering area was reduced to an unusually low level. Taking advantage of this natural suppression, the USDA Research facility at Kerrville, Texas began production of sterile flies in February 1962. Weekly production was initially 5 million but increased to over 22 million flies by May 1962. Sterile flies were dispersed at the rate of 80 per square kilometre over central Texas. The effects were monitored by collection of egg masses from wounded sheep, and as many as 75 percent were found to be sterile (Bushland, 1985).

    In June 1962, production of sterile screwworm flies began in a new plant in Texas. The flies were initially distributed over 388500 km² of Texas and New Mexico and in a band extending 80 km south of the Texas border into Mexico. Production of flies gradually increased from 28 million per week in July to 75 million per week by October 1962.

    Subsequently during 1963 many livestock owners found no screwworm-infested animals on their ranches for the first time in modern history, and in 1964 Texas and New Mexico were declared free of endemic screwworm infestation. The screwworm population remained low in the southwest because of hot, dry weather much of the year, and for the first time in recent history no cases were reported in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

  29. #42 Texpat, my wife was watching a show on TV about the Key Deer and asked me what I knew about it. I watched it and remembered the screwworm epidemic in the early 60’s, I don’t think it ever made it out of Texas but the farmers and ranchers in Alabama were very concerned about it, the older ones remembered another pest that came up from Mexico in the early 1900’s, the Boll Weevil, it devastated the cotton crops all over the south.

  30. In keeping with the theme of fake news:

    HEADLINE: Lyncher, Faker, Mischief Maker
    When Democrats lose big, one thing is for sure—the pitchforks and hangin’ ropes are coming out. Using lynchings to deal with defeat is as old as, well, how old is the Democratic Party? And so it is now. The Dems were pantsed by a vulgar, obnoxious, politically inexperienced reality-show p*$$%grabber. They lost the thing they were “sure” to win. So somebody’s gotta swing. The only question is, who?

    The article goes on to speak volumes on fake news.

  31. Eco-Nazis who have gone off the deep end.

    “We try to work with every type of produce. Insects, blood, jelly fish, fermented products that sometimes smell and develop mould, and the products look rotten,” explains Roberto Flore, Head of Culinary Research and Development at the lab. “It’s about giving people more confidence with different produce and reconnecting with process of producing food.”

    Uhhhh, no thanks.

  32. The kinfolk in Florida are extremely worried about this screwworm outbreak. So far, it’s just in the Keys, but if it makes it to the peninsula it could get bad. In addition to the deer, Florida still has a lot of cattle ranches.

  33. #50 Hamous: I think Mexico is still using the technique that we used to eradicate the screw worm: flood the area with sterile males so that the cycle stops. Perhaps some sterile males could be imported for that purpose and stop the outbreak in the Keys. . .

  34. First time I’ve had fever in over thirty years. Taking something for fever was a completely guilt-free exercise. And mostly a hospital avoidance strategy for this no-health-insurance law-breaker.

  35. I believe it was Bush 41 who spoke at Hubby’s graduation from Texas A&M. I remember him discussing the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. The screw worm and it’s mating habits had been studied before it became a huge, huge problem. When the outbreak occurred, they already knew how to manage it, by releasing the sterile males. Because….KNOWLEDGE!

    I don’t remember what was said the next day at my graduation. Not one word about screw worms.

    BTW – those SS guys? Don’t screw with them. They looked like some real bada$$es. I still remember them standing at the entrance of every stair well, with their mirrored sunglasses pointed at the crowd and their backs to Bush, hands down and ready and their coiled ear pieces hanging over their collars. They looked like bricks. Put ’em together and Trump would have his wall.

  36. Lady Bird Johnson would shop occasionally at a market I worked at in Austin. Those guys would come in the day before. Yep, they’re pretty much no BS kinda guys.

    Scariest one I ever came in contact with, though, was an FBI agent who was looking for a guy AWOL from the army whom I had never met. But I was aquainted with the fugitive’s girlfriend. This guy was all business, about 6’5″, high-dollar suit, spit shined, perfectly coiffed, piercing stare. Straight out of central casting.

  37. 56

    I was seventeen years old and the agent comes into my workplace, talks to the owner, who said that I had a visitor. We stepped outside onto the sidewalk for the interview. Scared me good when he flashed the badge and gave me his card.
    I had some ‘splainin to do when I walked back in.

  38. #57 – I recall you telling that one when it happened Brother!

    Not that long afterwards during my stint as Kitchen Mgr at the old Austin airport we fed breakfast to several notables – LadyBird, Willie, and Rusty Weir come to mind.

    And I recall being a little wary when my boss asked if he could get my fingerprints for the FBI as we were soon to be catering Bob Dole’s aircraft when he was campaigning as Ford’s VP running mate against Carter / Mondale.
    Those SS Gents were pretty serious characters as 4 of them surrounded Me while I was crawling up into the cargo hold of Dole’s 727 to grab the catering cabinetry.

  39. Way back when, I used to volunteer for the White House advance team as a motorcade drive;r once or twice during Bush 41 and several times for Bush 43. I was on duty in Kingsville when Cheney had his hunting accident. In the motorcade, there are highly trained SS guys driving particular vehicles surrounding the POTUS; at the tail end there where several rented vans that the volunteers drove other staff and some reporters to the various functions. Every SS guy and gal I met were very friendly and open. The bomb dog handlers were a different bunch, some were adamant that you not approach or try to pet the dogs and others welcomed it.
    I wonder if I will get the call to do it again sometime during the Trump admin?

  40. This is an interesting development on the prostate cancer front:

    HEADLINE: Man ‘cured’ of prostate cancer after doctors shock tumour to death with testosterone
    A man with advanced prostate cancer is believed to be cured after doctors ‘shocked’ his tumour to death with huge amounts of testosterone.
    The result has been described as ‘unexpected’ and ‘exciting’ because most prostate cancer therapies work by depriving tumours of testosterone, because cancer uses it as a fuel.

    Other seriously ill men taking part in the same trial showed responses that astounded scientists, with tumours shrinking and the progress of their disease halted.
    Professor Sam Denmeade, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, who led the study, said: “”Our goal is to shock the cancer cells by exposing them rapidly to very high followed by very low levels of testosterone in the blood. The results are unexpected and exciting.

    “We are still in the early stages of figuring out how this works and how to incorporate it into the treatment paradigm for prostate cancer.

    The testosterone level in men peaks in late teens and early twentys. In the 60s it has dropped to levels half or less than at peak and interestingly enough, that is when most prostate cancers appear. It could be that there has been a new way to skin the prostate cancer cat developed.


    There is not much commentary, but it is well worth reading.

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