From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

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If there’s an American left that’s not sick to death of hearing about Russia, chances are they work at CNN or NBC. Myself, I’m loathe to delve into the topic again at any level. After months of exhaustive research, endless testimony and multiple investigations, we have nothing to show any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But it hasn’t all been a wasted effort. I did reacquaint myself with a little known, but clear case, of collusion between an American presidential candidate and the top levels of Russian government.

The year was 1983. Democrats were eager to find a vulnerability with an emerging political icon in Ronald Reagan. Easier said than done. At this point in history, the Democrats were known to lean heavily on the sole remaining Kennedy brother, Senator Ted Kennedy. Richard Nixon once shockingly disclosed that he found Ted to be the most talented and serious politician of the Kennedy family. So much so, that Nixon requested a Secret Service plant on young Ted Kennedy’s exploratory presidential run in ‘72. Nixon was confident they could exploit the infamously promiscuous proclivities of the Kennedy clan. This is notable, as ten years later, Kennedy was well on his way to establishing his leadership role in the Democratic Party. And much like his brother Bobby did during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Ted found it prudent to send a back channel message to the Soviets; except this time it wasn’t to prevent war, but to achieve a political objective.

You may remember a dust up last year involving Fox personality Greg Gutfield citing a meeting Ted Kennedy had with the KGB in order to beat Reagan in 1984. The liberal “fact checkers” went on a frenzy to discredit the assertion. Gutfield got his facts in a blender, but the ingredients were accurate. The story was unearthed in 1991 by London Times reporter Tim Sebastian. He spent a great deal of time rifling through Soviet archives that were made available by Boris Yeltsin. In there, was a stunning memo crafted by Victor Chebrikov, the head of the KGB. It was addressed to the head of the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov. The memo itself was never discredited, nor denied by Kennedy’s office. Though the middle man in this game, Kennedy’s old law school buddy and one-time Senator John Tunney, long has denied the content of the memo; at least in part.

I think it’s worth revisiting this little piece of criminally under-reported history. John Tunney, on behalf of Kennedy, made a trip to Moscow and met with KGB head Chebrikov. This alone, is noteworthy. Tunney took no pains to deny this. The subject of the exchange was not up for much debate, either. In a bold fashion, naked in its political ambition, Kennedy had a message relayed to the Soviets that he was looking to help them undermine Reagan’s “militaristic policies” in exchange for political support in his bid for the presidency, which he identified as an opportunity for 1988. This stunning revelation casts an enormous shadow over any academic assertion that Trump attempted anything an iota close to this type of espionage.

Kennedy’s emissary went on to assert that the senator would line up favorable news coverage on all major networks for Andropov, as well as provide assistance in improving their messaging and propaganda to appeal directly to the American people. This unseemly quid pro quo skirts the bounds of good taste and splashes into the muddied waters of a conspiracy against the United States government. It’s fair to say this isn’t a narrative that the alphabet networks want to talk about. After all, this wasn’t a one time gambit. Tunney took multiple trips to Moscow to meet with the KGB to relay Kennedy’s messages. A private US citizen, cavorting with Soviet counter-intelligence leaders at the height of the Cold War, as early as 1980. Wow. I’m beginning to wonder what the standards really are for “collusion?” My, how we’ve moved the goal posts on this one. The line between poor taste, betrayal and treason get pretty darn blurry in this story.

Kennedy never did run for President in 1984, nor 1988, ceding to the feckless candidates of Mondale and Dukakis, respectively. That fact doesn’t change his willingness to undermine a sitting president and endanger our nation at a time of high nuclear tensions. It also puts into perspective how ludicrous this ongoing Mueller investigation has become. It seems the blood thirsty Democrats, like in the 80’s, have no worthy political leaders and still embrace a public detestation of American strength. Their vaudevillian snipe hunt on Trump and his team is paying off for Putin like a bad slot machine. Russian propaganda was a joke until the Democrats made it legitimate as a campaign issue. Putin and the FSB could not have drawn it up any better, even if they had drawn up it all; which they didn’t.

Ted Kennedy sold out his country for political traction. It’s a dark and sordid cautionary tale for any ambitious politician. Liberals will call it “old news,” but I call it a wake up call. The Mueller investigation is a sham and an affront to any logic-loving American. There is not a whiff of collusion, nor obstruction of a crime that never occurred. To assert otherwise is an exercise in perverse anti-intellectualism; serving only to embolden our enemies and lionize a house cat in Vladimir Putin. If you’re hellbent on finding Russian collusion, stop fabricating facts and start looking into the KGB archives. There, you will find all the collusion you could ever want evidenced in the light of day.

If not, and this Mueller charade continues, there will be one very happy man in Russia, sending his love…

Adam Gingrich

Founder of Wick Media Productions. Worked for Donald Trump's Campaign, overseeing the Pennsylvania region, Adam has been a Political Consultant for most of his adult life.

Manufacturing the Blues: The Media’s Fight to Keep You Down

Manufacturing the Blues: The Media’s Fight to Keep You Down

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When did it all begin? When was the first moment the media transitioned from “Trump can’t win” to “Trump won and we’re screwed”…? I think we can look to the moment CNN and other networks began showing downward trending market futures while western state polls were still open. This dramatic and completely unprecedented intrusion by the media on our election process is the only real “collusion” that has been evidenced thus far. In Europe, they lock down all media and much of social media on Election Day, in some kind of pathological response to the fear of an educated voter. In America, it’s the opposite. Our media inserted themselves into the election in ways never witnessed before, and they’re not finished yet.

Sure, we are all guilty of watching the election night video clips of the media meltdowns as Trump defied all expectations and shattered the careers of many a pollster and pundit. With that acknowledgment though, we must face the reality that the media never got up off the mat since that night, and they damn sure didn’t intend for you to do so, either. Since the midnight hour of November 9th, we have been besieged by a sociopathic and relentless media assault; desperate to defy optimism and strip the new president of any typical transition or national unity. In a metaphorical sense, they succeeded, but in a practical sense, not so much. In their efforts to destroy Trump, they have only succeeded in destroying themselves, and to some extent, the nation’s trust in many public institutions. It is the very definition of a Pyrrhic victory.

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Unhinged: Washington Post Plays Typhoid Mary for the CIA

Unhinged: Washington Post Plays Typhoid Mary for the CIA

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I can almost hear the conversation after the last election in the Post’s editorial boardroom: “If some bots in Macedonia can infiltrate the Internet with fake news and innuendo, just imagine what we can do!” Followed by someone remarking, “Bezos will love it.” Sure enough, the Post has taken an almost hysterical and frenzied approach to spreading rumors and outright lies through “anonymous sources” and “people close to the current or prior administration.” It’s remarkable just how unremarkable the rest of the established media has found the Post’s dreadful record of accuracy during this time period. It’s propaganda now, plain and simple: A virulent strain of misinformation permeating every sector of a diseased and maligned Fourth Estate.

We’ve been here before; deviantly manipulated by lying, cynical intelligence agencies directed to provide a surgical and pre-packaged lie for public consumption. WMDs in Iraq, anyone? Then CIA Director George Tenet stood before the 9/11 Commission and lied about meeting with President Bush in August of 2001 regarding a very specific terror threat report. In fact, it was later revealed he met with Bush, after all. Twice. Lies. A common theme in the most vitally important intelligence game of all, the one called “cover your ass.” Tenet is also well known to be responsible for doctoring a false Intel report regarding a connection between Saddam’s Iraq and Al Qaeda, which directly contributed to the humiliating and career-ending presentation to the UN by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Justice Is Flying Deaf, Dumb and Blind

Justice Is Flying Deaf, Dumb and Blind

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How dangerous is the Mueller investigation getting to our constitutional stability as a nation of laws? So dangerous he is leaking details of his investigation before it even starts. Mueller is a serious man, maybe, and this is definitely a serious issue. Right now, though, his credibility is about as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, and that is devastating to his mission. In the military there is an old line of reasoning for things like this: Send a good man on a bad mission, and you lose the man and the mission. Mark these words: Mueller and his team of Clinton-tethered lawyers are each carrying a bucket of paint, and believe me when I tell you there’s only corner left.

This deep state volley between white hat Americans heroes and black hat villains of the subterranean swamps, has resulted in a dizzying array of innuendo, leaks, lies and just about everything but a fact. How ironic is it the press and pundits lamented Trump’s propensity to blow it all up when he got to Washington? Trump hasn’t blown anything up. The left, and their deep state reptilian bureaucrat army have waged a war of utter destruction on our government, and our separation of powers. They tug mercilessly on the fabrics of our fundamental freedoms and chip at the foundation of the law and order upon which our government was built. If it’s not sedition, it’s perilously close.

I was willing to give Mueller and Rosenstein the benefit of the doubt on this. I saw the logic of bringing the interminable congressional hearings to a merciful end. Let’s face it, these thundering dolts couldn’t figure out the end of a Scooby-Doo episode if they held a hearing on it. So let’s go out and get our Wyatt Earp, our Eliot Ness, to take on the task of relieving the Barney Fife’s of Congress from their fool’s errand. In comes Robert Mueller. Then, in comes 4 lawyers with more democrat credentials than an AFSCME ward leader and more ties to the Clinton’s than a morgue in Little Rock. Well, the idea of an independent and fair investigation just went to hell before the hand basket could arrive. Seriously, watching Rod Rosenstein navigate this thing is like watching a poodle trying to hump a show horse. He’s out of his league, and frankly I’m not sure if he even knows what goes where. Worse, what if he actually does?

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“Half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown.” John Prine

“Half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown.” John Prine

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Times like these, I hear the rusty old voice of that mailman turned songwriter, John Prine. Let’s face it, those lyrics ring true these days. Who hasn’t felt a little like they were drowning in this wave of fake news? Each day brings a slew of negative media against the president. Stories laden with unnamed sources of “past and current officials” speaking on condition of anonymity. Please. Enough.

But they won’t stop. It’s all they have. Every twelve hours, a cavalcade of conjecture, a tsunami of innuendo and, well, sometimes even two scoops of ice cream ooze from our TVs like primordial slime. The ebbs and flows of insanity and hilarity play off each other like a tennis volley. There we sit, dull-eyed and nauseous, watching the fate of our constitutional republic bandied about like sport. Please. Enough.

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James B. Comey: A One Man Wall of Injustice

James B. Comey: A One Man Wall of Injustice

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Let’s take a minute, maybe a deep breath, and walk through President Trump’s decision to fire the Director of the FBI. It’s not a walk that makes any sense unless you walk backwards. The established media and beltway democrats will do almost anything to persuade you to do otherwise.

The soul-crushing, ethos crippling power of presidential campaign politics has brought down smarter and better men than James Comey. He is merely the latest cautionary tale detailing a DC bureaucrat who fought out of his weight class. While J. Edgar Hoover may have admired Comey’s taste for playing both sides against the middle, he almost certainly would have advised against dancing with a lame duck devil in Obama. Hoover was keenly aware of the changing seasons in presidential politics and was a master at manipulating that power vacuum to his favor. Comey lacked even the most remote political sense to navigate the turbulent waters he found himself in.

That’s not to infer Comey is a sympathetic figure in all of this. Few FBI directors in the bureau’s history have been maligned as he has by both sides of the political aisle. Prosecutorial politics is the most dangerous game to be played in Washington. You certainly don’t paint a target on a major party presidential nominee and then let them walk away. Not only did Comey commit that blunder, he then informed the world, twice, that he had all the reason in the world to bring charges, but inexplicably did not. Here is where we must tread off the beaten path to trace Comey’s travels to the trash bin of history.

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Folding Before the Flop: Trump Sizes Up DC

Folding Before the Flop: Trump Sizes Up DC

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So you think you’ve got Donald Trump all figured out, huh? As John Wayne would say, “not hardly.” In fact, if the Duke were alive today, I doubt there would be a bigger fan of the president. Certainly there’s a machismo shared by these two American legends, if nothing else.

While most of Washington buzzes in a self-obsessed flurry of analysis regarding the health care legislation getting pulled, some of us can detect a clear Trump maneuver in the mist. After all, not everything can be learned about Donald Trump by reading the Art of the Deal. That was business, this is politics. The differences are as telling as they are necessary. For instance: some enemies identify themselves at the door, others must be flushed out. Hence, the great health care bill debacle of 2017…

At first glance, you might render the opinion that the president waded into the depths of murky congressional waters, such that he wasn’t prepared to navigate. That would be a critical error in judgement, if you ask me. What better way for Trump to assess the playing field, then to allow Speaker Ryan to roll up his sleeves and fire up his PowerPoint? Make sure it’s called “Ryan Care,” which it was, and make sure your much maligned chief-of-staff knows it’s his job to push the bill. If you’re Trump, do just enough to create the illusion you want this bill, but never allow it to be conceptualized as anything that could taint the “Trump brand.” Then, stand back and watch as all your enemies show their hands, while others blow precious political capital on a clunker of a bill.

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The Assange Effect: Killing the Future of History

The Assange Effect: Killing the Future of History

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Julian Assange is arguably now the most powerful conduit and clearinghouse of information in the modern world. He is bold, determined, and quite possibly the most controversial “journalist” on the planet.

Allow me to explain. Journalists, scholars, and futurists are beginning to wake up to a profound new altered reality. I would call this Vault 7 dump a moment of singularity for recorded history as we know it. Sounds dramatic, right? But it’s really not. Governments, corporations and global organizations everywhere now know that they, too, are ripe for catastrophic leaks from within their own walls. Vault 7 gives life and legs to every one of our deepest-seeded fears about our own government’s ability to peer into our homes, offices and cars.

But, how does that kill the future of history, you might ask? Well, I would posit to you that this moment is singularity requires the acceptance of knowledge that no created code or encryption will ever be deemed sufficient again. Each, with its very existence, will be subject to the blurry and morally muddled dissemination we call “whistleblower” action. Ah, what a tangled web we weave, when first practice to leak.

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Revolution ’18 – The First Fork in the Road

Revolution ’18 – The First Fork in the Road

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If there is one thing I learned from my recent trip to CPAC, it’s that the fickle fringes of the Republican Party are coming together. Some grudgingly, some enthusiastically, but almost all embracing the notion of “winning,” over personal litmus tests for their own brand of puritanical conservatism. It was a pleasant and enduring surprise to witness in person, punctuated with a dazzling and inspiring speech by President Trump. It was a well deserved moment, too, for all of us to pat each other on the back and dole out kudos, where they were warranted. As fulfilling as the experience was, it will need to be a cemented mentality going forward, or we will have one hell of a short-lived victory dance.

For all the harmony I noted above, there was also an obvious lack of congressional vocals in that harmony. A full month into the Trump presidency, here is what we know for certain: The media and the democrats have joined together to form a cacophonous blob of opposition, and the congressional republicans are, well, they’re not quite sure what to do. They remind me a lot of the players on those interesting New York Yankee teams in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Bear with me…

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The Russians Are Coming? Uh, No…

The Russians Are Coming? Uh, No…

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Well, the media has officially jumped the shark. They spent their weekly political capital cash cow, the Sunday talk shows, which I refer to as the “left express,” chattering like nervous monkeys about the ubiquitously cited Trump/Russian investigations. Calls were made for AG Sessions to recuse himself from an “investigation” the FBI has already classified in the “BS file.” It’s absurd theatre and one that will continue to exacerbate the divide between the propaganda press corp and the White House.

Let’s be honest, this is a snipe hunt. There is no Russian connection to be found, never mind one that could influence our incredibly diverse and balkanized election process. Where is the evidence? What exactly are these 17 “intelligence agencies” telling the press and NOT showing us? I can answer that for you: nothing much. It’s a nothing-burger with a side of rumor. The media continues to purge themselves from the encumbrance of reality and run freely through their fertile imaginations. Continue reading “The Russians Are Coming? Uh, No…”