Associated Press Fires Journalist Who Claimed Russian Missiles Hit Poland, Creating Panic and Calls for War


Posted originally on the Conservative tree house on November 22, 2022 | Sundance

The Associated Press received a lot of international scorn for reporting incorrectly that Russia fired missiles into Poland {Backstory}.

As soon as the AP attributed the missile attack to Russia almost immediately other media outlets began promoting calls for a NATO led war against Russia.  Additionally, the G20 summit was taking place and various international leaders began discussing an article-5 convention against Russia.

However, the single source of the AP report was wrong, a senior U.S. intelligence official, if there actually was a source.   It was the Ukraine military who fired the missile into Poland, not Russia.

The Daily Beast notes today that the Associated Press has fired James LaPorta, the journalist who made the claim of Russian origin.

(Via Daily Beast) – The Associated Press scared much of the world last Tuesday when it alerted readers that “a senior U.S. intelligence official” said “Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people.”

That report, which was widely cited across the internet and on cable news, was taken offline the following day and replaced with an editor’s note admitting the single source was wrong and that “subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.”

On Monday, the AP fired James LaPorta, the investigative reporter responsible for that story, Confider has learned.

The piece, which was originally co-bylined with John Leicester (who is still working at the AP), attributed the information to a single “senior U.S. intelligence official,” despite the AP’s rule that it “routinely seeks and requires more than one source when sourcing is anonymous.” (read more)

Ukraine & its Horrible Dark Past is Taking the World Down With It


Armstrong Economics Blog/Ukraine Re-Posted Oct 26, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

COMMENT: Hi Marty,

I. Deep seated hatred
You have written frequently how hate in a country keeps on running deep as result of intense war violence long time ago. And you do not see how this is ever going away.

I was born in the Netherlands Rotterdam area. What the Germans did over here during WWII was similar. My parents being tiny children at the time. I recall messages my grandparents’ generation imprinted on me when i was young, and true, it took me a long time before i opened up to reconnect to the Germans. Today, i love our neighbouring country and its citizens.

Looks like the horrorific acts are not the key driver. As hate kept on being fed by government, economy, it sustains.
I was shocked to see how easy government was able to enflame hate again here from 2020 onwards (and earlier).
Ukraine’s economy was deliberately repressed. Similarly Yugoslavia, Ireland at the time. So hatred sustained.

II. Russians taking down power grid / Elon Musk
The timing of the Russians taking down the power grid is interesting : a few days after Elon took down Starlink.
The Russian Military has been openly complaining about the intelligence support from US.
So Putin being a chess player, immediately moved, replying : “Check”.

I get confused where Elon stands. You said you tried to reach him, but failed. That makes me think.

MA

REPLY: Yes, I would love to contact Elon for he has seen the true face of Ukraine. Anyone who remotely implies that peace should be an option, is told to shut up, threatened, or silenced in any way possible. Zelensky is just a puppet. Nobody in their right mind would sacrifice his country for a strip of land that historically has been occupied by Russians for hundreds of years – never but ethnic Ukrainians who joined Hitler because he promised to give them their own country BECAUSE Ukraine was never a country of its own. They hated the Polish for that region was once Poland. They hated the Russians because Kiev was their birthplace. The hated Jews because they were just Jewish. There are people in Israel that reject Zelensky for his wife is Christian and his children are baptized. He became Jewish when asking for money from Israel.

Objectively, you would have to call this an invasion by Ukrainians for conquest. But that, of course, would not be “politically” acceptable because the United States also hates Russians and that is why the US funded this civil war and directed it to start with during the interim government in 2014 which sent its army to invade the Donbas BEFORE there was any elected government. The people of Donbas have pleaded for help from the West for their oppressions but because they are Russians, the West refuses to listen out its agenda and hatred.

It is important to remember that Ukrainian Nazis have NEVER been called to account for all their genocides against Polish, Jews, and Russians. They pretend that was the UPA, a Ukrainian nationalist organization with the long term plan of establishing a mono-ethnic state that excluded the Poles and was aligned with the Nazis. The Neo-Nazis are dominant in Ukraine and Bandera’s flags and posters were there at Midian in 2014 all over the place. Because they have never been put on trial for their atrocities that even horrified the German Nazis, they have refused to even apologize to anyone. Even Japan apologized for using Korean women as “comfort girls” and the Swiss turned over money that was hidden in accounts for Nazis and Jews. Ukraine’s hatred is ongoing and it is propagated by the government, which is why it never dies.

The hatred of the Germans was prevalent. That is why Stanley Milgram conducted his experiments because people were saying that Germans were somehow just different. He established what became obedience to authority. The real issue back then became Russian. My father was a colonel under General Patton from North Africa to Berlin.  Communism was the great threat. He told my father that Germany was not the real enemy, it was Russia and he wanted to keep going right to Moscow. The president removed him for that.

Germany was rehabilitated by the political powers only because they saw Russia and Communism as the real threat. That is why they NEVER put a single Ukrainian on trial. The accounts of their actions terrified even the Germans. The cut babies out of a pregnant woman and put in a live cat and stitched her up. All of these things are documents. Poland has come out and confirmed that Ukraine REFUSES to apologize for its “dark past” and the world is willing to go to nuclear war all for these people?

Then the world deserves to be destroyed. This hatred of Russia will be our own undoing. Never before since World War II have we ever witnessed world leaders promoting war. Every leader has sought peace. Henry Kissinger has been invited by EVERY president until Joe Biden. Zelensky, this high-heel dancing puppet, claims this is not 1938 and Russia will invade all of Europe which is total bullshit. There seems to be hatred that has consuming people for this is really a war for Climate Change – to destroy Russia since 50% of its GDP is fossil fuels.

Zelensky will fly to safety. He has set his own country up to be destroyed begging WWIII to take place there and for NATO to invade. He cares NOTHING about the Ukrainian people. He is too busy counting all his money stashed offshore with his promises of a golden visa to America.

The Hypocrisy of Biden Speaking About Democracy vs Autocracy in Poland Is Choking When Contrast Against Western Govt Behavior During COVID


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 25, 2022

There comes a time when a person has no more tongue to bite.  Joe Biden speaking to U.S. troops in Poland about “democracies at an inflection” point in history, is jaw-dropping when you consider the behavior of every western government leader over the past two years.

Once again, Joe Biden, the same authoritarian who mandated that every American worker undergo a medical procedure in order to qualify as a person who might earn a living, sits atop his high-horse and pretends that western government leaders have some inherent claim to the protection of democracy.

Given their collective behavior over the past two years, the hypocrisy of this continued talking point is beyond outlandish.

[Transcript] …”We’re in the midst of — and I don’t want to sound too philosophic here — but you’re in the midst of a fight between democracies and oligarchs.  Xi Jinping — who I’ve spent more time with, they tell me, than any other world leader — points out to me that he believes, in China, that democracies can’t succeed in the 21st century.  The reason is things are moving so fast, change is happening so quickly that democracies require consensus, and we can’t put together consensus as quickly as autocrats can.

So, what’s at stake — not just in what we’re doing here in Ukraine to try to help the Ukrainian people and keep the massacre from continuing — but beyond that, what’s at stake is: What’s — what’s — what are your kids and grandkids going to look like in terms of their — their freedom?  What’s happening?  The last 10 years, there have been fewer democracies that have been formed than we’ve lost in the world. 

So, this is — what you’re engaged in is much more than just whether or not you can alleviate the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine. 

We’re in a new phase — your generation.  We’re at an inflection point.  About every four or five generations, there comes along a change — a fundamental change takes place.  The world ain’t going to be the same — not because of Ukraine, but — not going to be the same 10, 15 years from now in terms of our organizational structures. 

So, the question is: Who is going to prevail?  Are democracies going to prevail on the — and the values we share?  Or are autocracies going to prevail?  And that’s really what’s at stake. 

So, what you’re doing is consequential — really consequential.  (read more)

I know Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Jacinda Ardern, Scott Morrison, Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden himself, would like to think that we do not remember the past two years of complete unilateral dictatorship they enjoyed while hiding behind the shield of “emergency authorizations,” but this is one website that will continue to document – for the historical record – the brutal reality of these pontificating liars.

Do they really think we have forgotten how they never once asked the representative government for authorization before triggering their unilateral fiats?  The economic lockdowns, the loss of liberty, the collapse of freedom, the shutting down of any form of petition for grievance, the use and weaponization of the regulatory system, the manipulation of courts, the unilateral mask and vaccination mandates, the demands for compliance to some of the most ridiculous rules and regulations, and yes, even the lies and double-standards they applied to the masses while they themselves ignored the rules they forced upon everyone else….  Do they really thing we have forgotten this?

There’s a lot of white-hot anger amid the citizenry of those aforementioned nations, righteous anger – yet these government creatures of entitlement stand on a soapbox today and decry autocracy and/or oligarchs.

Seriously?

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping did not arrest moms in playgrounds in Michigan.  Russian police officers did not arrest paddleboarders off the beach in Malibu. The Chinese state police didn’t fill skate parks with sand, or shut down restaurants, or destroy the livelihoods of middle America.

It wasn’t the Kremlin police arresting people in New York City for going to restaurants without authorization papers.

It wasn’t the FSB firing bullets into the crowds in Melbourne, Australia, because the people refused to wear masks.  It wasn’t Moscow who created “bubbles” in New Zealand demanding a person apply for a permit before visiting their elderly parents, or arresting people for going to McDonalds and trying to navigate through police checkpoints and roadblocks.

It wasn’t the armed Chinese military who set up involuntary detainment facilities in Australia and then called them quarantine camps- where if you crossed the arbitrary yellow line painted on the porch, you would be arrested and thrown into solitary confinement.  It was “democratic” premiers and national democratic leaders of the Scott Morrison administration.

It wasn’t the North Korean army who monitored Facebook accounts in Canada and questioned people who dare speak about the concept of liberty, or raise concerns about totalitarian dictates.

It wasn’t Kim Jong-un who declared a national emergency, then arrested his political opposition for protesting in downtown Ottawa.  It wasn’t Chairman Xi who confiscated the bank accounts of dissident citizens who dared to raise their voices in support of truck drivers.  It was Justin Trudeau.

It wasn’t Beijing who hired state-sponsored hunters to track down unvaccinated citizens in Austria, fine them and confiscate their wages if they did not comply with vaccines.

It wasn’t Chairman Xi who blocked those citizens from shopping in supermarkets forcing citizens into a black-market just to scrounge for food and essential medicine.  It was the government of Austria.

It wasn’t the police in Pyongyang who set up vaccine checkpoints in Paris, and demanded formerly free citizens to show their authorization papers to sit outside at a cafe table.

If these Western leaders like Joe Biden think they have some credibility to stand in Poland and talk about the value of democracy, they would be well served if their handlers mentioned these insufferable protestations are falling on deaf ears.

Few things raise the anger of people to a level where foul language is the better option than the physical violence that might surface without it, but this level of hypocrisy and pretense is surely one of them.

To all the leaders of various “western democracies” who will now clutch their pearls as the backlash from the brutalized citizens starts to come full circle, you did this to yourself.

No one is to blame other than Biden, Trudeau, Ardern, Morrison, Macron, Johnson et al and the leaders of NATO who now suddenly need the support of the citizens they abused in order to fend off their new enemy, Vladimir Putin.

Western government leaders intentionally and willfully positioned themselves as the enemy of freedom.  They do not now get to grab back the torch of liberty and wield it as a talking point weapon against totalitarianism.

Kamala Harris Assembles Words and Laughs in Poland, International Media Cringe While U.S. Media Pretend Not to Notice


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 10, 2022 | Sundance 

Oh dear, the White House sent Kamala Harris to mend fences with Poland after five days of state department diplomatic bumbling over fighter jets for Ukraine.   Yes, the result is exactly what you might expect as highlighted in a few segments shared below:

In the first segment, Kamala Harris delivers her prepared remarks, meaning she actually planned and prepped to deliver this {Direct Rumble Link}.  No one is quite sure what she just said, but everyone nodded in appreciation of the word assembly.  WATCH:

“I am here, standing here on the northern flank — on the eastern flank talking about what we have in terms of the eastern flank and our NATO Allies and what is at stake at this very moment.  What is at stake this very moment are some of the guiding principles around the NATO Alliance and, in particular, the issue and the importance of defending sovereignty and territorial integrity, in this case, of Ukraine.

Oh, but wait, it gets worse.  In the segment below, Harris was asked a question by the assembled press pool about the plight of refugees from Ukraine.  Mrs. Harris answers the question with a very cringeworthy and inappropriate round of laughter.

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When Harris did eventually come around to addressing question…. well, what happened, was almost as bad as the laughter.  WATCH:

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During Presser Poland President Andrzej Duda Politely Scolds Secretary Blinken for Making Up “Green Light” Fighter Jet Story


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 10, 2022

Polish President Andrzej Duda used the opportunity of a joint press availability with Kamala Harris to correct the record and diplomatically push back against Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for making up the “green light” story {Background Here}.

During the Q&A, Harris was asked about what alternatives there were for the Polish fighter jets that have now been taken off the table in the material support discussions for Ukraine.  When it came time for his reply, President Duda stated:

Duda: “Let me say something more.  We accept that [Ukraine] have the right to demand this assistance from the international community.  They can demand this support from NATO.  We are providing them humanitarian assistance and material assistance the best we can.  We are trying to do our best. 
 
Some expectations were addressed in a very strong and unequivocal way, also towards us — towards Poland.  However, we are members of the North Atlantic Alliance.  And as far as security-related issues are concerned, we have to look at these not only through our own lens — through the prism of the security of Poland — but we also have to adopt the perspective of the security of NATO as a whole. 
 
So, in a nutshell, we have to be a responsible member of the North Atlantic Alliance.  That is why there were requests addressed to us.  Those requests were addressed to us by the Ukrainian side and also, to a certain extent, by the media

Notice those last three words, “by the media.”  The calls from media were an outcome of U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken saying Poland has a “green light” to send fighter jets to Ukraine – without ever discussing the issue with Ukraine in advance.  Poland was blindsided.

We behaved in such a way as a reliable member of NATO should behave — a member of NATO who does not want to expose NATO to any difficult situation.  On the other hand, we, as members of NATO, also wanted and want to look for ways of support for the fight in Ukraine.  And that is why we formulated statements, together with the Polish government — so myself as president, together with the Polish government. 
 
And this statement or this declaration was announced by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs.  It talked about the Polish possibilities — military possibilities of assisting Ukraine.  Simply, we decided to put those jets at the disposal of NATO, not expecting anything in return, because we stressed very clearly that, as a gap filler for the donated equipment, we were able to buy something that we would need as a replacement.  And we, ourselves, we’re ready to provide our equipment free of charge. 
 
But we wanted NATO as a whole to make a common decision so that Poland remains a credible member of NATO, not a country who decides on its own on important issues which impact the security of NATO as a whole — which would impact the security of all members of NATO — also our neighbors who are part of NATO — members of NATO. 
 
Thank you.

(Transcript Link)

Secretary Blinken put Poland in a terrible place with their statement implying, directly and intentionally implying, that Poland was sending MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.   Poland had no intent of doing that, and the conversation had never taken place.

On Sunday, Secretary Blinken was trying to create a NATO conflict with Russia by using Poland.  President Duda puts Blinken in his place by saying, “a reliable member of NATO” would never “behave” in such a manner as to put NATO into such a “difficult position.”

It’s a remarkable situation that unfolded.  Again, the media is ignoring it.

(Full Transcript)

Blinken and Biden Fold, Pentagon Rejects Poland Offer for United States to Start World War III


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 8, 2022 | Sundance

Ha-Ha-Ha… Oh, the Biden administration is not happy with Poland. Not happy at all.

Earlier this afternoon, Poland called Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s bluff, over the U.S. claims that Poland was going to send fighter jets into Ukraine.  This followed Sunday’s announcement where Poland said the U.S. State Dept was lying.

Earlier today, Poland said they would give the U.S. the planes if Blinken and Biden wanted to start World War III, but Poland wasn’t going to help the U.S. create a war with Russia.  This put the U.S. in a ‘put up or shut up’ position.  Well, Blinken and Biden just folded, per the Pentagon:

Pentagon – We are now in contact with the Polish government following the statement issued today.  As we have said, the decision about whether to transfer Polish-owned planes to Ukraine is ultimately one for the Polish government.  We will continue consulting with our Allies and partners about our ongoing security assistance to Ukraine, because, in fact, Poland’s proposal shows just some of the complexities this issue presents.

The prospect of fighter jets “at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America” departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.  It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it.  We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one.  (read more)

Well played Team Poland, well played!

Under Secretary Victoria Nuland Admits U.S. Funded Biological Research Labs Exist in Ukraine


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 8, 2022 | Sundance

Earlier today, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the legislative branch body who works with the executive branch State Dept to launder money through foreign nations.  The Senate is the bank, the State Dept is the collection agency.

One of the members of the SFRC is Marco Rubio, also the vice-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  Keep this point at the front of your reference.  Senator Rubio has a specific intent when he asks Ms Nuland publicly about biological weapons labs in Ukraine.

Don’t get so caught up with the nervous admission by Under Secretary Nuland, that you miss the purposeful intent of Rubio in getting out in front of a story that could be more troublesome for the Fourth Branch (intelligence apparatus).  Rubio would not make this public remark, if he wasn’t ¹intending to dilute a bigger issue.  WATCH: 03:35 prompted

48 hours ago, this was a conspiracy theory.

Funny how that happens.

¹Marco Rubio was previously the Senator who defended Mark Warner against damning text messages during the SSCI Spygate effort.

Poland Calls Secretary Blinken’s Bluff, Refuses To Help the United States Start World War-III Against Russia


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 8, 2022 | Sundance

Last weekend, U.S secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Poland was in preparations to send their MIG fighter planes to Ukraine, and the U.S. would be replacing them.   It was a stunning statement considering that Poland is a NATO ally, and Russia would certainly see this effort as increasing direct confrontation.  However, a few hours later Poland issued a statement essentially refuting the claims by Secretary Blinken and saying they had no intent to send fighter jets into Ukraine.  Essentially the government of Poland called Blinken a liar.

In a stunning exhibition of poor diplomacy, with very serious consequences, the State Department did not retract the weekend claims by Blinken.  Instead, they doubled down saying that Poland was going to send fighter planes into Ukraine, which means NATO would be entering the conflict, which means U.S. forces would soon join the battle.  Drawing the U.S. into the war looks like the intent of Blinken’s effort.

However, in a statement today, again highlighting they have no intent to trigger World War III (despite the best efforts of the U.S), Poland is calling Blinken’s bluff {SOURCE}.  I screen captured it, because I do not want anyone to miss the direct framework of the Polish position:

Everything about that statement, including the headline, shouts that Poland is calling Anthony Blinken’s bluff.

Essentially, Poland is saying: “Bulls**t, on all of this.  The U.S. is lying.  We are not going to start World War III, but if you intend to – well, here’s the tools, you start the war.”  It is a stunning statement, and a jaw-dropping situation.

The U.S. State Department is trying to use Poland to trigger a NATO war against Russia.  Poland wants no part of that and is directly and specifically telling the world that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is lying.  Yet somehow, the media don’t report on this.

Here’s the previous stuff:

Biden Announces Ban on Russian Oil Imports, Simultaneous With US Gasoline Prices Hitting Record High


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 8, 2022 | Sundance 

line hit $4.173, according to the American Automobile Association, with many regions now far exceeding that price.  It is not uncommon to see $5/gal gasoline in many areas.

Against this backdrop, Joe Biden announced today that his administration is banning the import of oil, liquified natural gas (LNG) and coal from Russia.  [We do not import LNG or coal from Russia, so that political point is moot.]  You can read the executive order HERE.

The executive order also bans any U.S. entity from investing or facilitating the investment of Russian energy development.  That section explains why there were earlier reports of Oil companies withdrawing from Russia.  They were obviously given a heads up.

The way the order is currently written, and a lot of it has to do with extremely generous interpretations by the U.S. Treasury Dept., it would appear that any energy company currently operating in the U.S. cannot simultaneously be operating in Russia (or be part of the subsidizing and insurance network that supports energy development in Russia).  The Treasury interpretations here are fraught with complexity.

The part that matters is boiled down in this section:

(i)    the importation into the United States of the following products of Russian Federation origin:  crude oil; petroleum; petroleum fuels, oils, and products of their distillation; liquefied natural gas; coal; and coal products;

(ii)   new investment in the energy sector in the Russian Federation by a United States person, wherever located; and

(iii)  any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

     (b)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or license or permit granted prior to the date of this order.  (LINK)

The European Union cannot cut themselves off from Russian oil and natural gas.  Europe relies on imports for 90% of its gas and 97% of its oil products. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s gas and a quarter of its oil. {source}  Essentially, China and the EU will continue to be the largest purchasers of Russian energy.

The White House is looking to replace Russian oil by purchasing from Venezuela, Iran and, to a lesser extent, Saudi Arabia.   In some ways, you can look at this oil purchase shift as a continuation of President Obama’s intent to exfiltrate American wealth.  Iran and Venezuela become the favored nations again, as they were in the Obama-Biden administration 2009-2017.

Ideologues who have always operated in the background of Biden are working on the same program to consign the U.S. economy as a permanent “service driven economy.”  The difference now is the rapid speed of their policy outcomes, because Biden is disposable.

Biden-Obama, and all that come with them, are working through an ideological plan.  All of these consequences and outcomes are features, not flaws.

$7/gal gas is likely this summer (if not sooner), that’s around $180 to $200 barrel oil price.

$10/gal gas appears to be their ‘Build Back Better‘ target price with oil around $250/barrel.

The Russia-Ukraine ‘crisis’ just helps them justify and speed up the process they already had underway.   I would argue the speed of their action is driven by their concern of a mid-term election outcome that might impede the bigger objective.

White House Press Release HERE –  Executive Order HERE