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My Final OT Topic

16 September 2018 - 7:05 PM

I'm posting this so it can stay in posterity, but Trump is not only an incompetent president, but he is an illegitimate one that has committed federal crimes both during the campaign and while in office, and needs to be impeached. Let's recap what happened in the past couple weeks since clearly OT is filled with Trump supporters who would rather not talk about this.

After being convicted of defrauding the government, Paul Manafort just agreed to a plea deal with Mueller. Notice how I didn't post to any news organization and went straight to the source. This isn't fake news. As part of the plea deal, Manafort admitted to committing crimes before, during, and after his time serving as the current president's campaign chair. He forfeited tens of millions of dollars in assets, which more than makes up the cost of the probe. He will have to cooperate with any government official about any criminal activity he witnessed. Paul Manafort also was at the Trump Tower meeting where the Trump campaign knowingly met with Russian agents in order to reap the benefits of a foreign government's attack on our institutions. If he doesn't cooperate, the deal is rescinded. If the President pardons his own campaign chair for crimes he committed while being his campaign chair, Manafort's tax crimes will be charged in the states where he committed those crimes. Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer, admitting to committing federal crimes during the election directed by Trump on his behalf. No wonder Trump is so desperate to shut down these investigations. His guilt is obvious, plain as day in every tweet about Mueller. But can you imagine that this is the state of the nation we're in? A president abusing his pardon power to protect his criminal campaign chair? A president abusing his position to protect his hide from his many criminal dealings? A president that is confirming a SCOTUS specifically because the candidate believes presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations? I did, before the election. Most people did, actually. But his supporters didn't. Or maybe they did, and this was actually the America they wanted. This is exactly how much they care about democracy and the rule of law: consequences for Democrats but not for them.

Furthermore, there is the op ed from the New York Times. You know which one I'm talking about. That's not the only report of Trump's gross incompetence. Hundreds of credible stories by reputable sources of Trump's aggressive incompetence are out there. Besides, you can tell just listening to him that he's a couple suits short of a deck. I'm not going to link to any because we all know how this will play out: conservatives whose only interest is advancing their own agenda will claim "fake news", completely uninterested in the fact that senior Trump officials, who are so completely devoted to also advancing the Trump agenda are so worried about Trump's complete inability to be anything but a disgrace to the country that they are unconstitutionally hindering the president just so he doesn't ruin the country. And no, I don't think they should be breaking the Constitution either. There are ways in the Constitution to protect the presidency from a man like Trump, and it's those ways that should be used.. However, both the Cabinet and Congress are completely derelict in their Constitutional duties. Republicans in Congress have doubled down on protecting an illegitimate president who has sold out the country to a foreign government as it waged war on our institutions. At best, he fraudulently deceived the American people when he committed federal campaign crimes. There is no real check on the President, and they have abdicated their duty to protect the nation. And they do this because of their base, of Trump supporters who don't want to admit how awful, how stupid, how incompetent, how dangerous their candidate is to this nation, just so they can pass their vision of America.

And what vision is that? A growing, $800 billion deficit? Tax cuts to the rich? People with preexisting conditions going bankrupt from insurance? Trade markets the US is excluded from? Being a complete laughingstock to the rest of the world? 3,000 dead in Puerto Rico? Neonazis marching in the streets? Children in cages? I've had plenty of disagreements with people who have differing ideologies in the past, but this is more than that for me. This is a difference in decency, in democracy, in humanity. 

This'll be my last post in OT. I'm done arguing this. There is nothing more to be said in the matter.


Final Clan Awards, 2018

16 September 2018 - 3:09 PM

Hey all. Welcome to the final Clan Awards. CD has had a long history of great clans, so huge congrats to those who won our last awards. May your fights and rivalries stay epic wherever your clans end up.

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Most Respected
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Best Maxed Warring Clan
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1K Slayer Assignments

11 September 2018 - 8:23 PM

So, dunno how much of an achievement this is, but it seems significant to me considering I've been working on it since they released slayer points, and what with the board closing and all I'd like to post one last time:

 

Here's to 1,000 more.

 

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The CD Zybez Love/Hate Thread

16 August 2018 - 11:12 AM

So the cat's out of the bag. Zybez will be closing its doors on September 17, 2018. We've been the central hub of the clanning community for a decade and a half. But the clan community existed before us, and it'll exist after us. And let's be real here: it's no secret that clans have been moving away from us anyways. Clans have long resisted the Zybez Establishment and protesting Zybez by refusing to post a fight topic is a time honored tradition. Regardless of how a clan felt about Zybez, they would still visit the boards to talk trash about other clans, and Zybez has always been the biggest place to post clan propaganda. Seems like you guys just couldn't quit us. Was it real hate? Or did you just love to hate us? Was Zybez beneficial to the clan world or detrimental to it? What'd we do wrong? What'd we do right?

 

Also, just fyi, whining about Zybez at this time isn't going to be tolerated anywhere outside of CD, so this thread's gonna be the one place you can bitch. So let's all have one last call of biased mods for the road.


WaPo Catches Project Veritas Peddling False Roy Moore Story For Sting

28 November 2017 - 12:45 AM

For a little bit of context: the Washington Post published an article of a women alleging that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual encounters when she was 14 and he was 32, and followed it up with two more accusations about a week later (since then, a total of 9 women have come forward, as well as dozens of corroborating witnesses and documents supporting those claims.) Meanwhile, Project Veritas, run by James O'Keefe, has a long history of producing heavily edited videos made from hidden recordings of "gotcha questions" taken out of context. During his attempts to get clips for his biased hit pieces, O'Keefe was charged for breaking into a Senator's office. Apparently the running narrative for those defending Roy Moore is that all these women are feeding false stories to the Washington Post in an attempt to smear Moore, with some even going so far as to set up fake robocalls pretending to be a WaPo reporter named (((Bernie Bernstein))) who offers money for Moore stories. (There is no such Wapo reporter named Bernie Bernstein, and WaPo doesn't pay for stories). In the latest effort to "prove" WaPo doesn't vet their sources, a Project Veritas agent went undercover as a women claiming that Moore impregnated her at 15 and forced her to get an abortion, ironically proving that the WaPo actually does research before publishing a story. The Washington Post also did not seem to take kindly to this deception, as they instead printed the story of how this women approached them with a false story, as well as including her off-the-record comments. You can watch the actual video of the exchange between the WaPo reporter and PV operative here.
 

 

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.
 

 

 

A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

James O’Keefe, the Project Veritas founder who was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2010 for using a fake identity to enter a federal building during a previous sting, declined to answer questions about the woman outside the organization’s offices on Monday morning shortly after the woman walked inside.

 

“I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word,” O’Keefe said.

In a follow-up interview, O’Keefe declined to answer repeated questions about whether the woman was employed at Project Veritas. He also did not respond when asked if he was working with Moore, former White House adviser and Moore supporter Stephen K. Bannon, or Republican strategists.

The group’s efforts illustrate the lengths to which activists have gone to try to discredit media outlets for reporting on allegations from multiple women that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Moore has denied that he did anything improper. 

A spokesman for Moore’s campaign did not respond to a message seeking comment.

The woman who approached Post reporters, Jaime T. Phillips, did not respond to calls to her cellphone later Monday. Her car remained in the Project Veritas parking lot for more than an hour.

The Post positioned videographers outside the group’s office in Mamaroneck, N.Y, after determining that Phillips lives in Stamford, Conn., and realizing that the two locations were just 16 miles apart. Two reporters followed her from her home as she drove to the office.

After Phillips was observed entering the Project Veritas office, The Post made the unusual decision to report her previous off-the-record comments.

“We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”

Phillips’s arrival at the Project Veritas office capped a weeks-long effort that began only hours after The Post published an article on Nov. 9 that included allegations that Moore once initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old named Leigh Corfman

Post reporter Beth Reinhard, who co-wrote the article about Corfman, received a cryptic email early the next morning.

“Roy Moore in Alabama . . . I might know something but I need to keep myself safe. How do we do this?” the apparent tipster wrote under an account with the name “Lindsay James.” 

The email’s subject line was “Roy Moore in AL.” The sender’s email address included “rolltide,” the rallying cry of the University of Alabama’s sports teams, which are nicknamed the Crimson Tide. 

Reinhard sent an email asking if the person was willing to talk off the record.

“Not sure if I trust the phone,” came the reply. “Can we just stick to email?” 

“I need to be confident that you can protect me before I will tell all,” the person wrote in a subsequent email. “I have stuff I’ve been hiding for a long time but maybe it should stay that way.”

The tipster’s email came amid counterattacks by Moore supporters aimed at The Post and its reporters.

That same day, Gateway Pundit, a conservative site, spread a false story from a Twitter account, @umpire43, that said, “A family friend in Alabama just told my wife that a WAPO reporter named Beth offer her 1000$ to accuse Roy Moore.” The Twitter account, which has a history of spreading misinformation, has since been deleted.

The Post, like many other news organizations, has a strict policy against paying people for information and did not do so in its coverage of Moore.

On Nov. 14, a pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail from a man falsely claiming to be a Post reporter and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Moore for money. No one associated with The Post made any such call.

In the days that followed the purported tipster’s initial emails, Reinhard communicated with the woman through an encrypted text messaging service and spoke by phone with the person to set up a meeting. When the woman suggested a meeting in New York, Reinhard told her she would have to know more about her story and her background. The woman offered that her real name was Jaime Phillips. 

Phillips said she lived in New York but would be in the Washington area during Thanksgiving week and suggested meeting Tuesday at a shopping mall in Tysons Corner, Va. “I’m planning to do some shopping there so I’ll find a good place to meet before you get there,” Phillips wrote in a message sent via Signal, the encrypted messaging service. 

When Reinhard suggested bringing another reporter, Phillips wrote, “I’m not really comfortable with anyone else being there this time.”

Reinhard arrived to find Phillips, wearing a brown leather jacket and with long red hair, already seated in a booth in the restaurant. 

The 41-year-old said she had been abused as a child, Reinhard said. Her family had moved often. She said she moved in with an aunt in the Talladega area of Alabama and started attending a church youth group when she met Moore in 1992, the year he became a county judge. She said she was 15. She said they started a “secret” sexual relationship.

“I knew it wasn’t right, but I didn’t care,” she said.

She said that she got pregnant, that Moore talked her into an abortion and that he drove her to Mississippi to get it.

In the interview, she told Reinhard that she was so upset she couldn’t finish her salad.

Phillips said she had started thinking about coming forward after the allegations about Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced. Then she said she saw the news about Moore flashing across the television screen while in a break room at her job at a company called NFM Lending in Westchester County, N.Y., Reinhard said.

Phillips also repeatedly asked the reporter to guarantee her that Moore would lose the election if she came forward. Reinhard told her in a subsequent text message that she could not predict what the impact would be. Reinhard said she also explained to Phillips that her claims would have to be fact-checked. Additionally, Reinhard asked her for documents that would corroborate or support her story.

Later that day, Phillips told Reinhard that she felt “anxiety & negative energy after our meeting,” text messages show. “You just didn’t convince me that I should come forward,” she wrote. 

Reinhard replied, “I’m so sorry but I want to be straight with you about the fact-checking process and the fact that we can’t guarantee what will happen as a result of another story.”

Phillips was not satisfied. On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, she suggested meeting with another Post reporter, Stephanie McCrummen, who co-wrote the initial article about Corfman. “I’d rather go to another paper than talk to you again,” Phillips told Reinhard. 

Back at the newsroom, Reinhard became concerned about elements of Phillips’s story. Phillips had said she lived in Alabama only for a summer while a teenager, but the cellphone number Phillips provided had an Alabama area code. Reinhard called NFM Lending in Westchester County, but they said a person named Jaime Phillips did not work there. 

 

Alice Crites, a Post researcher who was looking into Phillips’s background, found a document that strongly reinforced the reporters’ suspicions: a Web page for a fundraising campaign by someone with the same name. It was on the website GoFundMe.com under the name Jaime Phillips.

“I’m moving to New York!” the May 29 appeal said. “I’ve accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt of the liberal MSM. I’ll be using my skills as a researcher and fact-checker to help our movement. I was laid off from my mortgage job a few months ago and came across the opportunity to change my career path.”

In a March posting on its Facebook page, Project Veritas said it was seeking 12 new “undercover reporters,” though the organization’s operatives use methods that are eschewed by mainstream journalists, such as misrepresenting themselves. 

A posting for the “journalist” job on the Project Veritas website that month warned that the job “is not a role for the faint of heart.”

The job’s listed goal: “To adopt an alias persona, gain access to an identified person of interest and persuade that person to reveal information.”

It also listed tasks that the job applicant should be able to master, including: “Learning a script,” “Preparing a background story to support your role,” “Gaining an appointment or access to the target of the investigation,” and “Operating concealed recording equipment.”

Project Veritas, founded in 2010, is a tax-exempt charity that says its mission is to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct.” It raised $4.8 million and employed 38 people in 2016, according to its public tax filing. It also had 92 volunteers.

O’Keefe’s criminal record has caused the charity problems in some states. Mississippi and Utah stripped the group of a license to raise money in those states because it failed to disclose O’Keefe’s conviction on state applications, records show.

Also working at Veritas is former television producer Robert J. Halderman, who was sentenced to six months in jail in 2010 after he was accused of trying to blackmail late-night host David Letterman. Halderman was with O’Keefe outside the Project Veritas offices Monday as a reporter tried to ask about Phillips’s role with the organization.

Because Jaime Phillips is a relatively common name, it wasn’t a certainty that the GoFundMe page that Crites found was created by the same woman who approached The Post. But there was another telling detail, in addition to the name. One of two donations listed on the page was from a person whose name matched her daughter’s, according to public records.

McCrummen agreed to meet Phillips that afternoon.

Phillips suggested meeting somewhere in Alexandria, Va., saying she was shopping in the area. Post videographers accompanied McCrummen, who brought a printout of the fundraising page to the interview.

Again, Phillips had arrived early and was waiting for McCrummen, her purse resting on the table. When McCrummen put her purse near Phillips’s purse to block a possible camera, Phillips moved hers.

The Post videographers sat separately, unnoticed, at an adjacent table. 

Phillips said she didn’t want to get into the details of what she had said happened between her and Moore. 

She said she wanted McCrummen to assure her that the article would result in Moore’s defeat, according to a recording. McCrummen instead asked her about her story regarding Moore.

Phillips complained that President Trump had endorsed Moore. 

“So my whole thing is, like, I want him to be completely taken out of the race,” she said. “And I really expected that was going to happen, and now it’s not. So, I don’t know what you think about that.” 

McCrummen asked Phillips to verify her identity with a photo identification. Phillips provided a Georgia driver’s license. 

McCrummen then asked her about the GoFundMe page.

“We have a process of doing background, checking backgrounds and this kind of thing, so I wanted to ask you about one thing,” McCrummen said, pulling out a copy of the page and reading from it. “So I just wanted to ask you if you could explain this, and I also wanted to let you know, Jaime, that this is being recorded and video recorded.” 

“Okay,” Phillips said. “Um, yeah, I was looking to take a job last summer in New York, but it fell through,” Phillips said. “Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn’t able to do it.”

When asked who at the Daily Caller interviewed her, Phillips said, “Kathy,” pausing before adding the last name, “Johnson.”

Paul Conner, executive editor of the Daily Caller, said Monday that no one with the name Kathy Johnson works for the publication and that he has no record of having personally interviewed Phillips. Conner later said in an email that he had asked other top editors at the Daily Caller and the affiliated Daily Caller News Foundation about Phillips.

“None of us has interviewed a woman by the name Jaime Phillips,” Conner wrote.

At the Alexandria restaurant on Wednesday, Phillips also told The Post that she had not been in contact with the Moore campaign. As the interview ended, Phillips told McCrummen she was not recording the conversation.

“I think I probably just want to cancel and not go through with it at this point,” Phillips said at Souvlaki Bar shortly before ending the interview. 

“I’m not going to answer any more questions,” she said. “I think I’m just going to go.”

She picked up her coat and bag, returned her drink to the front counter and left the restaurant.

By 7 p.m. the message on the GoFundMe page was gone, replaced by a new one.

“Campaign is complete and no longer active,” it read.

This is the most hilarious thing I've seen all year: Project Veritas caught red handed trying to discredit the "fake news MSM" by a MSM reporter who's not having any of it. Does Project Veritas really believe that the Washington Post doesn't fully vet their sources before publishing an article? That they don't care what they're posting is accurate? That they have no journalistic integrity at all? Does anyone really consider Project Veritas to be a legitimate source of news?


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