“Politico” Touts Russian Agent As Progressive Hero

hartmann “Politico” Touts Russian Agent as Progressive Hero

The publication that calls itself Politico has a strange habit of ignoring the foreign backing and ownership of channels like Russia Today and Al Jazeera, preferring to treat them as legitimate news organizations.

Its media reporter, Dylan Byers, is a virtual public relations agent for Al Jazeera America, which just hired Soledad O’Brien from CNN. He never mentions the channel’s backing from, and service to, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The latest example of this trend is a Politico puff piece about a left-wing American media figure that completely ignores his paid service on behalf of Moscow.

The article, “Thom Hartmann: View from the left,” is by Mackenzie Weinger, a “breaking news reporter” at the publication who makes a brief reference to Hartmann hosting a television show on “RT” without noting that RT stands for Russia Today, a Moscow-funded propaganda channel.

The title should have been, “Thom Hartmann: View from Moscow.”

The only oblique reference to his work for Moscow is the statement from the young reporter that his TV show, “The Big Picture,” airs live at 7 p.m. EST on RT and Free Speech TV.

RT is what Russia Today wants to be called, in order to mask its Russian connection.

“Hartmann’s biggest political concern today is ‘the corrupting influence of Big Money on politics,’” Politico reports.

But there was no mention of Russia giving an untold amount of Russian rubles to Hartmann to spout his anti-capitalist rhetoric on RT, which is carried across the U.S. on several major cable and satellite systems. This is apparently not a “corrupting influence.”

The piece in Politico makes Hartmann out to be an honest debater, willing to engage conservatives. “Hartmann has earned praise from across the aisle for his approach,” the story said. A conservative radio host even says he is a nice guy.

But his nice-guy demeanor took a nasty turn when I asked Hartmann about his backing from Moscow during an appearance he made at a liberal conference. After trying to doubletalk his way out of it, he grabbed my Flip camera and stomped away. He is embarrassed by his Russian connection, but not embarrassed enough to refuse the Russian cash.

This attempt at censorship was despicable behavior from someone whose TV program is also carried on “Free Speech TV.” (The head of Free Speech TV is Don Rojas, former press secretary to communist Maurice Bishop, the leader of the Caribbean island of Grenada before President Reagan ordered its liberation by American troops in 1983.)

RT calls Hartmann “a leading American intellectual,” and he regards himself as the nation’s number one progressive radio talk-show host. If this is true, it is a sad commentary on the state of liberal talk-radio.

Hartmann assured Politico that he is not a “Soviet-style” socialist, even though he takes Moscow’s money. He admits to the label of democratic socialist.

Here are some recent headlines from the Hartmann TV show:

  • Koch brothers’ new pledge for planet destruction
  • The Fossil Fuel Industry Must Pay for Its Sins
  • Time to investigate Darrell Issa!
  • Time to move away from the Reagan revolution
  • Study: Republicans lie more than Democrats

Needless to say, it is fascinating and newsworthy that the modern-day progressive point of view is being openly broadcast by Moscow in the United States, and that Politico doesn’t find this worthy of mention in its profile.

But this is the story that should be told.

Because Politico ignored the Russian connection to Hartmann and the programs he airs, the most important point to be made about Hartmann’s “big picture” is missing.

Russia Today carried a talk show hosted by Julian Assange, before he sought sanctuary in the London embassy of Ecuador to escape sex-crime charges in Sweden.

Another notable story carried by RT was headlined “911 reasons why 9/11 was (probably) an inside job,” absolving Arab terrorists of the devastating terrorist attacks on America.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently pleased with all of this. He recently toured RT’s new media complex in Moscow (as seen in this video, with Margarita Simonyan, Editor-in-Chief of RT, hosting Putin.)

Putin said, “When we designed this project back in 2005 we intended introducing another strong player on the world’s scene, a player that wouldn’t just provide an unbiased coverage of the events in Russia, but also try, let me stress, I mean—try to break the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the global information streams. And it seems to me that you’re succeeding in this job.”

Of course, the coverage of Russia is not “unbiased”; and Putin’s funding of the channel assures that. In Russia, journalists are murdered for challenging Putin’s regime.

Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky has described the channel, or Putin’s “project,” as a front for disinformation and propaganda from the Russian intelligence services.

In other words, Moscow now does openly what it used to do through the covert channels of the KGB, the Soviet intelligence service.

Asked by RT about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Putin insisted, “He told us nothing we didn’t know before.” That is hardly credible, unless Russia has other spies in the NSA that already gave the Kremlin the same information.

In the RT appearance, Putin also criticized the U.S. government’s treatment of Native Americans, describing it as “large-scale ethnic cleansing,” along with the treatment of blacks.

Putin also claimed that Soviet ruler Josef Stalin would not have dropped an atom bomb on Germany or Japan to end World War II. “We know a lot about Stalin now,” Putin said. “We know him as a dictator and a tyrant. But still, I don’t think that in the spring of 1945 Stalin would have used a nuclear bomb against Germany, if he had had one. He could have done it in 1941 or 1942 when it was a matter of life or death. But I really doubt that he would have done it in 1945 when the enemy had almost given up and had absolutely no chance to reverse the trend. I don’t think he would. Now look at the U.S. They dropped the bomb on Japan, a country that was a non-nuclear state and was very close to defeat. So there are big differences between us.”

Perhaps Stalin wouldn’t have dropped the bomb because he was in the process of stealing it from the U.S.  Putin, a former Soviet KGB officer, knows this, having made headlines praising the Russian spies who stole U.S. atom bomb secrets.

“You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels,” Putin had said.

Yet on the 60th anniversary of the execution of Russian atom bomb spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, RT ran a story quoting Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition as saying, “the conviction had less to do with being guilty of spying and more to do with anti-communism hysteria.”

Becker is a hardline American communist, a fact RT forgot to mention.

Interestingly, the NSA’s Venona project helped identify the Rosenbergs and other Soviet agents during and after World War II.

Hartmann, of course, is entirely comfortable with getting paid by Putin and has done the bidding of Moscow by hyping the recent “NSA scandal” with programs such as “Rise of the security state” and “Time to repeal the PATRIOT Act!”

Putin’s espionage apparatus in Washington, D.C. would benefit enormously from the abolition of the NSA, as well as the FBI.

In the “Russian Politics” section of the RT website, we find such stories as:

  • Total eavesdropping is essence of U.S. democracy—Russian MP
  • Russia promises legal action over NSA surveillance scandal

Former CNN personality Larry King is now on Russia Today as well, hosting a show titled “Larry King Now.”

A recent show featured “a colorful discussion about UFOs, alien abductions, and whether the government is withholding information.” One of the guests, Tom DeLonge, is a guitarist described as “an avid fan of UFOs and conspiracy theories” who wrote the song “Aliens Exist.”

Despite such bizarre programs, RT is desperate for respectability—the kind that Politico showered on Hartmann.


This commentary originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

Pretended Legislation Through Assault

“I believe granting liberty to gay people advances a compelling government interest, that such an interest cannot be adequately advanced if “pockets of resistance” to a societal statement of equality are permitted to flourish, and hence that a law that permits no individual exceptions based on religious beliefs will be the least restrictive means of achieving the goal of liberty for gay people.”

- Chai Feldblum, an open Lesbian who was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Barack Hussein Obama

This morning, the Supreme Court once again usurped their authority by committing an abomination (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9, Romans 1:24, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Jude 1:7) when unlawfully wading outside of their jurisdiction and meddling with the God-ordained definition of marriage. A 5-4 ruling has overturned key parts of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). The Supreme Court also dismissed an appeal made by 7 million people of California who twice voted to ban homosexual marriage in their state (Prop 8), claiming their appeal “has no standing.”

Let’s look at a timeline of events leading to today’s ruling:

  • In January 2009, Obama becomes president of these United States. He vows to fundamentally transform America.
  • 2009 – Obama appoints at least 224 homosexuals and transvestites into key positions in government.
  • May 2010 – Obama nominates former Dean of Harvard Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court bench, a radical lesbian who had never judged a case a day in her life, and who was known for “queerifying Harvard.”
  • Feb. 2011 – Obama declares DOMA unconstitutional and directs the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court.
  • July 2011 – Obama supports Dianne Feinstein’s bill to repeal DOMA.
  • Feb. 2012 – US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules CA Proposition 8 unconstitutional
  • May 2012 – Obama publically endorses homosexual marriage, and is declared America’s “first gay president” by Newsweek.
  • Dec. 2012 – US Supreme Court agrees to hear cases on DOMA and Prop 8.
  • Feb. 2013 – US military extends some benefits to homosexual partners.
  • April 2013 – Obama spends $350 million on sexual indoctrination curriculum for children, teaching that the only “unsafe” sex is becoming pregnant.
  • June 2013 – Supreme Court rules in line with the Obama administration’s radical ideology being forced upon America for the past 4 years.

It is clear to see that this was a planned agenda aimed at fundamentally destroying, not transforming, America. Does Michael Swift’s supposedly satirical “Gay Manifesto” raise serious red flags to anyone?

Just like Roe v. Wade, this immoral, unconstitutional, and unlawful decision was against the will of the people. If the Supreme Court is left unchecked, this decision will bring about another bout of devastation and destruction to America – especially the young generation.

America has been forewarned

America has been forewarned in the past concerning homosexual marriage. Canadian Archbishop Prendergast spoke at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, warning Americans of the consequences of forced homosexual marriage upon the Canadian populace.

For example, for simply writing a letter defining Catholic teaching on homosexual marriage, Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary, Alberta, was called up before the Human Rights Commission in 2005.  Bishop Henry’s complaint was subsequently dropped by the plaintiff who admitted that he only filed the complaint to get media attention.

During his speech, Archbishop Prendergast quoted Henry as saying, “Human rights laws designed as a shield are now being used as a sword. The issue is rarely truth formation, but rather censorship, and applying a particular theology through threats, sanctions, and punitive measures.”

The Archbishop went on to note the consequences of homosexual marriage in Canada:

- restrictions on freedoms

- forced sex education

- sexually confused children

- sexual experimentation among children

- muzzling and debilitating the Church

- more births out of wedlock

- more in vitro fertilizations

- more abortions

- more poverty

- more misery

- more disease

- more addictions

- higher health care costs


In Canada the radicals have sought to lower the age of consent to 14 years old for anal intercourse. What does this have to do with homosexual marriage?

Absolutely everything.

As mentioned earlier, Obama already spent $350 million on a sexualized curriculum, called the Personal Responsibility Education Program. The minds of America’s children will be raped of their innocence as they undergo sexual indoctrination.

America, simply put, this is criminal.

Government, including the Supreme Court, does not have executive, legislative, or judicial powers to break the laws of our Constitutional Republic. Today’s ruling is pretended legislation.

“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are null and void.” – Chief Justice Marshall


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Censored By The Army


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When I post a new article to my blog on the Constitution, I always send out an email to those who request to be put on the list to be notified of new posts. I have many military veterans on the list and some members of the active military. Most of them have given me personal email addresses; but some use their military email address, and some people forward my emails and articles to active duty military personnel.

Now when anyone in the army is sent one of my articles, the following automated response is received: “The message that you sent to an @us.army.mil user with subject ‘The Politics of Fear’ was not accepted for delivery since it contained URLs that Army Cyber Command has disallowed.”

The URLs being referred to are to my blog, the United States Justice Foundation, and the Constitutional Law Alliance. In other words, active duty members of the army are being denied access to information about the very Constitution they have vowed to fight (and if necessary, die) to defend. Something is very wrong with this picture.

I have emailed the Army Cyber Command for an explanation. I pointed out that I am an army veteran and asked why my emails and articles were being blocked. I received no reply to explain why I am being denied my First Amendment rights, as are the members of the army who would like to read my articles.

This appears to be another part of a pattern by the Obama administration to strip away the basic Constitutional rights of every American. I don’t intend to let it end here. I intend to keep the oath I took to protect and defend the Constitution and take whatever legal steps are necessary to reverse this censorship effort by the government.

Michael  Connelly


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Saddam Hussein’s Right-Hand Man Now Works For Obama?

Jay Carney SC Saddam Husseins Right Hand Man Now Works For Obama?

Many of you may recall Saddam Hussein’s mouthpiece, Baghdad Bob. He was known for his colorful personality and grossly over-the-top, idealistic propaganda.

He’d glorify the invincibility of the Iraqi Army and celebrate the eternalness of Saddam’s rule. His broadcasts tried to fuel a cult-like public following that was totally controlled by state censorship.

But in the early 2000s, the internet gave the world a glimpse of what dictatorial reign looked like. And Baghdad Bob became a laughing stock in the Western world, mostly because his lies were so blatant that they were actually funny.

Well, fast-forward to today, and there’s a new Baghdad Bob in town. His name is Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary. He lives by the same mantra as Bob… “Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes a truth.” And his arrogance is almost as disgraceful as his hypocrisy.

Read More at CapitolHillDaily . By Marty Biancuzzo.

Kindergartener Told He Can’t Sing Christian Song At School

Flickr Creative Commons Greendyker No Christianity logo Kindergartener Told He Cant Sing Christian Song At School

Chula Vista, CAA talented Salt Creek Elementary School kindergartener was recently turned down from playing the guitar while singing a song at his school’s upcoming May 23 talent show. The unwarranted—and unconstitutional—rejection didn’t come due to lack of talent but because the song, “Our God Is Mercy,” is a Christian song.

When the young student was told that he wouldn’t be in the show, he was crushed. The student’s mother contacted Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) for assistance, and Senior Counsel Michael Peffer stepped in to help correct the situation.

In a letter to the Principal, citing legal precedents on the issue, Peffer explains, “Because such censorship on the basis of a student’s religious beliefs is a violation of his constitutional rights, we write to request that you immediately allow [the student] to perform his song at the upcoming talent show.”

Brad Dacus, President of PJI, noted, “This issue exemplifies the ongoing fear from school administrators to allow anything even remotely connected to Christianity in the school. In their attempt to avoid the wrath of anti-religionists, misguided school officials end up inadvertently embracing secularism as the school’s official religion.”

In light of the case-law sent to school administrators, PJI is hopeful that they will make the right decision.  The school, however, has not released a final decision on the issue.