The Council Has Spoken! Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.” – Barack Obama,

“Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.”- Howie Carr

“None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn’t seen before and already failed at.”
- Rush Limbaugh

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This week’s winning essay,Nice Deb’s -Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here’s a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter Townhall with Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession submitted by The Razor . It’s a fascinating look at what things would be like in Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter’s wry sense of humor.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Obama Spouted Communist Propaganda In Cuba Speech

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Rumor has it that since the 2014 midterm shellacking, Obama’s felt “liberated” and “ready to be the president he’s always wanted to be.”  It should not be surprising, then, that the rhetoric of the already far left president has swerved even further to the left into Communist territory.

In his speech announcing the normalization of relations with Cuba, earlier this week, he repeated Commie propaganda about “American imperialism” oppressing the Cuban people.

Addressing the Cuban people directly, he said: “Some of you have looked to us as a source for hope, and we will continue to shine a light of freedom. Others have seen us a a former colonizer, intent on controlling your future…..Today I’m being honest with you – we can never erase the history between us but we believe that you should be empowered to live in dignity, and self-determination.”

Hannity had Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Wednesday night, to discuss Obama’s speech. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, has been all over the news lambasting the president’s latest unilateral move to normalize relations with Cuba, and was baffled by the president’s line about US colonialism.

The Senator stated that he had no idea what Obama was talking about. “During the Spanish/American War the US fought on the side of the Cuban people for their independence from Spain. The US remained after that for a period of time, and in 1902 turned the country back over to the Cuban people – which they had until 1959 when Fidel Castro took over..”

He continued, “I don’t know what he’s talking about. The United States tried to colonize Cuba? I don’t know anyone who seriously believes that. That’s a talking point of the Castro Regime. In fact, that was a term that Raul CAstro used in his address today to the Cuban people, that this is walking away from the era of colonialism. I have no idea what he is talking about when he says something like that. It’s an outrageous statement.”

The left-leaning Wikipedia agrees with Rubio:

Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it was briefly administered by the United States until gaining nominal independence in 1902. The fragile republic endured increasingly radical politics and social strife, and despite efforts to strengthen its democratic system, Cuba came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952.[16][17][18] Growing unrest and instability led to Batista’s ousting in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, which afterwards established a government under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Since 1965 the country has been governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party.

You know who does spout nonsense about American imperialism in Cuba? People like this:   The Revolution Newspaper (The voice of the Communist Party in the USA) wrote in 2006 of “U.S. Domination Over Cuba” – equating United States military involvement with its close neighbor as “the domination of US imperialism.”

Cuba came under the domination of U.S. imperialism as a result of the Spanish-American War of 1898. The Cubans had been fighting for their independence from Spain, but the U.S. seized on the situation to turn Cuba into a neo-colony.

Cuba achieved formal independence in 1898. But in 1901, the U.S. Congress passed the Platt Amendment. This amendment, which was incorporated into the Cuban constitution until 1934, set conditions for U.S. intervention in Cuba’s domestic affairs. And the U.S. landed marines in Cuba in 1906, 1912, 1917, and 1920. The amendment also established a U.S. military colony in Cuba—the Guantánamo naval base—that is now used as a detention camp and torture chamber in the U.S.’s war on the world.

One might ask why would the president of the United States send a message to the Cuban people, basically affirming communist propaganda against the United States?

One of Obama’s former Chicago pals Bill Ayers, and his adorable wife, Bernardine “Dig it!” Dohrn have been heavily involved with fighting “American imperialism in Cuba” for the past 50 years or so.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s Ayers’ SDS offshoot,  “the Weathermen served as the Cuban DGI’s(Directorio General de Intelligencia) top U.S. recruitment officers.”

They accomplished this recruitment primarily through their sponsorship of the then famous Venceremos Brigades.

During that  heady Age of Aquarius hundreds of starry-eyed college kids were volunteering to “help build Cuban Socialism” and “fight U.S. Imperialism,” mostly by joining these Venceremos Brigades (many via the Weathermen,) making their way to Cuba and joyfully cutting Cuban sugar cane.

“The ultimate objective of the DGI’s participation in the setting up of theVenceremos Brigades,” says an FBI report declassified in 1976 “was the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government, which would provide the Cuban Government with access to political, economic and military intelligence.

According to former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl (October 13, 1947– July 18, 2013) those “politically oriented individuals” were sent to Cuba to be trained in “domestic terrorism, political propaganda and other necessities of the urban guerrilla terrorist.”

The Venceremos brigades still exist today and it is noteworthy that while its purpose is supposedly to help the Cubans harvest sugarcane, in fact certain members are taken out of the group were they receive this training. This organization, the Venceremos brigade, represents the domestic terrorists continued ties to communist Cuba and the hope and intent of the communist regime to bring terror to the United States.

It is also interesting to note that while President Obama is considering the total lifting of travel restrictions to Cuba, terrorist fugitives from the United States continue to live there openly with no fear of extradition. One example of this is Joanne Chesimard, who escaped from prison with the help of the Weathermen. Chesimard was convicted of murdering a police officer and now lives freely and openly in communist Cuba. The really important message here is that the Venceremos brigade, which has been in existence since the late 60s, is still sending individuals to Cuba to be indoctrinated and train in terrorist activities. I believe that Chesimard, who now goes by the name Assata Shakur, is in Cuba to help train selected members of the Venceremos brigade who continue to travel there under the pretense of chopping sugar cane or “educational” missions.

It is important to note that Chesimard is not the only fugitive who is taken refuge in Cuba. Currently it is estimated that there are at least 70 individuals who are fugitives from United States justice and who are under the protection of the Castro regime. Some of these individuals were part of the terrorism that devastated the United States during the late 60s and into the 70s and even 80s. I think it is safe to conclude that these individuals have no love for the United States and no doubt are eager to participate in the indoctrination and training of future terrorists who come to Cuba as part of the Venceremos brigades.

In their 1974 book, Prairie Fire, Obama’s fellow travelers Ayers and Dohrn wrote that “Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit.”

The next couple of years should be interesting given the mask has fallen almost completely off and Obama now feels “liberated” to be the president  dictator of the proletariat he always wanted to be.

Video: The Worst of MSNBC 2014

Via those incorrigible rascals at Washington Free Beacon who actually seem to enjoy keeping an eye on the basket-cases at PMSNBC (so we don’t have to.)

Megyn Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel the other night that at the White House Christmas Party, there were a couple of other Fox News reporters (Brett Baier and Ed Henry) at the event, but the place was swarming with MSNBCers.

KIMMEL: Is there a separate section for Fox News where there’s no food and dirty forks or something like that?

KELLY: You mean there was something other than outside in the rain, others were, they were inside the building?

KIMMEL: Do you ever feel any kind of discomfort when you go into a situation like that?

KELLY: No, but it was funny because last night, we went in and I mean the White House looked beautiful. It was spectacular. And I was looking for some Fox News colleagues because this is for broadcast news. And I saw a couple, I saw Bret Baier, I saw Ed Henry, our Chief White House Correspondent. And then, boy, oh, boy did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I mean you couldn’t take two steps without hitting one.

KIMMEL: Oh really?

KELLY: I think they got a few more invitations than we got.

It only makes sense that the far-left, unpopular, activist network, would be the personal favorite of the far-left, unpopular, activist president.

Speaking of the “activist president…”

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Hot Air: White House aides: Obama feels liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be

“This certainly has been our most productive year since the Republicans took over,” the Obama aide said, calling it, in the context of what happens in any presidency, “an excellent year.”

His “excellent year” involved every Democratic incumbent in the country running away from him and his low-40s approval rating, only to see them wiped out anyway in a mammoth nationwide anti-Obama backlash. You could understand him feeling liberated if Democrats had run on his policies and outperformed expectations; he would have pointed to that, not unjustifiably, as a mandate. Instead, “liberation” to Obama meant postponing virtually every major initiative until after voters were safely out of the way. He saved net neutrality for the week after the election; he saved executive amnesty for two weeks after; and who knows how soon the Cuba deal could have been struck if Obama wanted it done before November 4th. What he feels liberated from, in other words, is democratic accountability, which is not the sort of thing you want to hear from a guy who’s already blazed new unconstitutional trails in executive lawmaking. If this is what he’s doing in the first flush of “liberation,” what’s he going to be doing in the homestretch of his presidency in 2016, especially if Hillary has a safe-ish lead against her Republican challenger? You trust a man who’s reflected wistfully to his inner circle that it’d be easier to be president of China, don’t you? Especially with a sympathetic media cheering on his dubious, just-try-to-stop-me “winning streak.”

GAWD help us.

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all disgusting,but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!!

 The Noisy Room : John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:

 

“John ‘Gruber’ Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that’s all it was. Because today it’s conservatives who feel like they’ve been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago,” Hannity said.
“John Boehner ‘Grubered’ conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head,” he continued. “He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn’t have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced.”


Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

The Independent Sentinel :John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn’t pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn’t work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.

Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: “By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month… 3/4″

Horsefeathers!!!

Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can’t defund the DHS.

They won’t fight anyway.

Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama’s lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.

VA Right: I’m going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.

Yes, John Boehner came out ahead in a crowded and despicable field to walk off with the honors.Like some of other winners, this is something of a life time achievement award for excellence in Weaseldom rather than simply a recognition of his extraordinary performance during the current lame duck session. Remember when he first took over as Speaker back in 2011 and had us all convinced he was a fine, conservative choice?

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Woo yeah, Mr. Speaker, boy did we fall for that one! And I bet you and your friends had a big laugh over it too!

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Well, at any rate, I at least want to commend you for being a good sport and showing up in person to get your well-earned Weasel..please come to the stage Speaker Boehner!

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Speaker Boehner…umm Speaker Boehner, I realize…I know it’s an emotional moment for you sir, but could you please stop…no I don’t want a hug sir…yecch, you’re getting it all over me! Please, someone get me a towel…!

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and  remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Cuba Betrayed Edition

With today’s announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will be normalizing relations with Cuba, American foreign policy took a very dark turn. Just at the point when this hideous regime was on the verge of collapse, our president took action that will not promote freedom for the Cuban people, but will throw an economic lifeline to a brutal dictatorship to enable it to stay in power. Disgraceful and shameful beyond words.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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Rioting For Change in the Age of Obama

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In August and September 2006, then Senator Barack Obama traveled to South Africa, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya as a congressional delegation of one. While in Kenya, the Junior Senator from Illinois enthusiastically appeared at the side of his “cousin” Luo Raila Odinga who was then running for President on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket. Odinga’s campaign theme was amazingly similar to Obama’s:  (“Your agent for change’)

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Imagine a popular foreigner coming to America and campaigning for one of our candidates for president. Imagine the popular foreigner being openly critical of the administration currently in power.

Imagine further that the popular foreigner’s candidate was a ruthlessly ambitious pol with  financial ties to terrorists and a stated objective of dismantling the government’s anti-terror apparatus.  That’s what happened in 2006 when Senator Obama- celebrated in Kenya because of his African heritage – campaigned for Raila Odinga.

Obama’s vigorous politicking did not please everyone in Kenya.  A Kenyan Government spokesman, Alfred Matua, complained, “It is very clear that the senator has been used as a puppet to perpetuate opposition politics.” Mutua told AFP “we earlier thought he was mature in his assessment of Kenyan and African politics. We forgive him because it is his first time in the Senate and he is yet to mature into understanding issues of foreign policy.”

Odinga is the son of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Kenya’s first vice-president. Oginga was a committed socialist who sent his son to Communist East Germany for college.

The younger Odinga named one of his sons Fidel Castro and has also admitted to being one of the masterminds of a 1982 attempted coup against Daniel arap Moi, Kenya’s second president.

Odinga also has links to Islamic extremists in Kenya.

According to Voice of America and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, on 8/29/07, Odinga signed a secret agreement (exposed 11/27) with Sheikh Abdullah Abdi of the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) in which he agreed to institute Islamic law in exchange for Abdi’s support (eakenya.org)—thereby potentially disenfranchising and curtailing the liberties of millions of Christian Kenyan women. Further, he promised that Muslims suspected of terrorism would be safe from extradition—thereby establishing a ‘safe haven’ for terrorists in Kenya.

After the public outcry, Odinga denied signing a secret agreement. Angry at Odinga’s apparent repudiation, a member of NAMLEF subsequently released the agreement to the press. Odinga then claimed the document was a forgery, but acknowledged a secret agreement had been signed in exchange for Muslim support.

Finally, under constant pressure, Odinga released what he claimed was the actual document (“Real” MOU) a considerably watered down version of the original; but still anathema to many Christian groups. “In response to the revelations, The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya released a statement in which church leaders said Raila, in both MOUs, ‘comes across as a presumptive Muslim president bent on forcing Islamic law, religion and culture down the throats of the Kenyan people in total disregard of the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of worship and equal protection of the law’”

While, the Kibaki government had been a leading supporter of the US’s efforts to dismantle Al-Qaeda cells in Kenya and elsewhere, Cousin Odinga made his opposition to the government’s crackdown of suspected Al Qaeda supporters a cornerstone of his campaign.

Odinga went on to lose the presidential election by a margin of only 230,000 votes. Raila disputed the sketchy results, alleging fraud

Raila and his ODM leaders called for mass action, leading to massive unrest and violence throughout the country.

His Luo supporters engaged in what US Envoy Jendayi Frazer called “clear ethnic cleansing.”

Much of the violence has pitted other tribes, including Odinga’s Luo, against Kibaki’s Kikuyu who are the largest ethnic group. Kikuyus have long been resented for their dominance of Kenya’s economy and politics, but poor Kikuyu are among the slum dwellers who have been left out of the country’s economic boom.

Frazer said the violence she saw during a visit earlier this month to the western Rift Valley pitted the Kalenjin, who support Odinga, against Kikuyus.

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Odinga’s supporters went on a rampage—burning Kikuyu homes and businesses, while Odinga looked the other way. They raped Kikuyu women, and torched a church where up to 50 Christian Kikuyu woman & children were burned alive.

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Georgette Gagnon, acting Africa director for the New York based Human Rights Watch claimed to have evidence that ODM [Odinga’s party] politicians and local leaders actively fomented some of the post-election violence.”

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After two months of  violent rioting that led to the death of about 1000 people and displacement of about 250,000, a deal was struck between Odinga and Kibaki, which included the creation of a power-sharing Prime Minister post for Odinga. Kenya’s “Agent for Change” was sworn in on April 17, 2008.

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It was disturbing back in 2008 to watch these terrible events unfold, knowing that Senator Obama had stumped for the candidate whose loss had incited so much violence.

Today, as cities across the nation erupt in violence as a result of grand jury decisions Obama and his fellow travelers don’t like, it’s hard not to see parallels.

Odinga claimed that he and Obama spoke regularly on the phone – much like Obama has been in constant contact with his “advisor”  Al Sharpton who has been organizing nationwide protests.

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After Odinga lost the election and Kenya erupted into violence Obama reportedly had daily conversations with Odinga.  He even recorded a message for Kenya,  “calling for calm.”

Obama did the same thing, of course after the grand jury decision exonerating officer Wilson was announced and Ferguson was erupting into chaos

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At no point did Obama try to distance himself from  Odinga. At no time did he try to distance himself from Sharpton. These are fellow “agents of change,” after all.

Odinga did finally get what he was asking for – the creation of a government post just for him.

And the racial grievance industry is getting the law enforcement reforms they’re asking for, as well.

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 “Change” has come to America, as promised.

Video: James O’Keefe Interviews Man Behind The Gruber Videos

Conservative muckraker, James O’Keefe tracked down “Rich,” the citizen investigator who uncovered so many of the Gruber videos that have laid bare for all to see the dishonest underpinnings of the ObamaCare law.

Via Project Veritas:

During the interview, “Rich” stated that there was intentional mislabeling in the Affordable Care Act in order to hide a secret agenda in the bill: A two-hundred-and-fifty billion dollar per year tax grab.

“President Obama promised us the most transparent administration in history,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. “Rich has opened a new debate about an effect of the Affordable Care Act which will impact over one hundred and fifty million Americans. We deserve to know if part of the Obamacare plan was intended to eliminate the two hundred and fifty billion dollar yearly tax break. If this is the case, we also deserve to why this information was kept from the public by the White House.”

Thanks to “Rich,” the word “Gruber” has become synonymous with “political lie” and wil henceforth be used to expose political lies whenever they’re told.