April 23, 2018

Trudeau makes Time's list of “influential people” — and Gerald Butts accidentally exposes his boss' weakness

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(NOTE: When this episode was taped, details about the van attack in Toronto were just coming in. The Rebel will have more on this story in the coming days. We extend our condolences and prayers to victims, casualties, their loved ones, and first responders.)

Time magazine used to be mighty, especially back in the 20th century. They still claim to have more than a million subscribers, but that statistic is two years old, and in any case, my guess is that those are deeply discounted subscriptions, perhaps even free, just so they can say someone “buys” the magazine.

But I checked Time's official advertisers kit. Do you know how many people buy a copy of Time magazine on the newsstand on any given week? In all of America?

Thirty-two thousand.

Time is dead, but they still have a few legacy brands, like their "Man of the Year," and their "100 Influential People." It’s a clickbait thing. So they have a pop star, Cardi B. For the Boomers who have no clue who Cardi B is, they have Nicole Kidman. But is she really one of the 100 most influential people in the world?

Here's what Time magazine's puff piece said about one of this year's Top 100, Justin Trudeau — a grand total of 80 words:

There will be a few names globally that will become etched in our history books. They will be the names that mark the shift in our political landscape, when younger politicians took the reins and heralded a different type of politics. Justin Trudeau will be one of them. Youth alone is not remarkable, but winning over people with a message of hope and warmth, tolerance and inclusion, when other politicians the world over choose an easier route —that is remarkable.

Other than a CBC staffer, would anyone in Canada say that?

Now look at this tweet by Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s life-long friend and his principal secretary:

@JustinTrudeau is one @TIME's list of the world's most influential people #TIME100

Butts was so proud of this. He tweeted about it again, later, too.

Tonight I'll explain why I think Butts did that, and what he accidentally revealed to the world.

Like any other teenager in Canada, Trudeau is obsessed by his selfies — and how many of his friends click “like”. This was Time magazine telling him they "liked him."

And to Trudeau, and his team, that’s more important than any boring old pipeline.

NEXT: Climate Depot founder Marc Morano and I talk about this year's Earth Day, which is more about empty virtue signalling than helping the environment.

THEN: Our own David Menzies comes on with an update on the Ontario provincial election, what the polls are saying, and Tanya Granic Allen's win in the Mississauga Centre riding.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!


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commented 2018-04-27 19:50:08 -0400
Edward, no intel was needed to begin the Mueller investigation into Trump because when the key senior officials in the FBI and DOJ are all of the same mind, that they want Trump out of office, they just do it. Who is going to stop them? They are the highest authority, aside from Congress, most of whom probably hated Trump initially and wanted him out of office, and would vote to impeach him with just a scintilla of evidence to justify it.
commented 2018-04-27 19:25:36 -0400
Edward, It’s inconceivable to me that Sessions could have put Trump in this position by his self-recusal after Trump gave him the A-G nomination, and let this farce go on so long, unless he also secretly wanted Trump out of office. You have to remember that Trump alienated pretty well everyone in Congress on both sides of the aisle during the election campaign, with his ‘Drain the Swamp’ mantra. I’ve wondered for a long time if Sessions was part of the ‘secret society’ or was voluntarily helping it, or if the Clintons had something on him and were calling the shots, or paid him off to recuse himself and let the ‘Dump Trump’ team swing into action. Why has he been so silent on this whole thing, just sitting in his office, saying nothing while Trump twisted in the wind?
commented 2018-04-27 18:12:29 -0400
Ted tadright: The crazy thing that came out recently is that there was no intel that was used to open up the investigation into Donald Trump. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/22/nunes-no-official-intelligence-used-start-fbi-inve/ The master stroke was to get Jeff Sessions to recuse himself so we basically have an investigation without any legal basis now with no one supervising it. I have heard talk that Jeff Sessions thinks this has gone far enough.
commented 2018-04-27 15:50:32 -0400
Edward, I should clarify something I just wrote: My third sentence should have read, “It (the dossier) was necessary…”. My point being that the dosser was necessary for the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Paige and thereby surreptitiously obtain information on Trump. Paige was never a real target. He was just the fall guy in this sick and illegal play, the one the FBI used to get a FISA warrant to be able indirectly spy on and get information on Trump. The dossier wasn’t generated because it was needed to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate Trump. That was already in the works in case Trump won the election. I.E. The Special Counsel investigation was going to be generated in any case if Trump won. The dossier wasn’t necessary for that; it was just to defame Trump and to get the FISA warrant, which also wasn’t necessary to generate the Mueller investigation. But certainly the dossier has been useful to the Dems in providing a public relations cover as they carry out their attempted political assassination of Trump with the full force and power of the DOJ/FBI that they control.
commented 2018-04-27 15:20:13 -0400
Edward, I agree with everything you just wrote, and almost everything you wrote before. The only thing I take issue with is your belief that the dossier was necessary to open the Mueller investigation. It was necessary for the FBI to spy on Carter Paige so they could gather info on Trump, but it’s obvious to me that even if there had been no dossier and no spying on Paige, the leftist beauracracy (the ‘deep state’) would have engineered the Mueller Special Counsel investigation against Trump anyway, because the Dem deep state had it in for Trump and planned to investigate him with a Special Counsel if he won. I believe this is part of what one of them referred to as their ‘insurance policy’ if Trump won. Comey as much as admitted it when he said he had given FBI materials to his professor friend to leak to the NYT because he thought (obviously he actually knew) that it would result in the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Trump. This is a vicious game they are playing to overturn the last Presidential election result. The dosser was one component of it, but it would have gone ahead whether or not they had the dossier. But I appreciate your well-informed writing here on this scandal, and I’m going to click on the links you provided below as soon as I finish writing this. Then I’ll be out for awhile, but I’ll check in later to catch any updates you post. Thanks for staying on top of this and sharing here.
commented 2018-04-27 12:50:41 -0400
Ted Tadright: It was the spying on trump team that allowed them to listen and expand their investigation. No one in trump’s administration was charged with collusion but rather other crimes dealing with money or lying. I would argue any one of us could be sat down for 15 hours and questioned and then brought back and questioned on another day. Any information that differs at all can then be used as proof of a lie. They know this and this is how they bully people. In the emails of the two love bird Trump hating agents we find that they believed that Flynn was innocent. He was nailed for lying as this is the same technique used by Andy Weisman to nail other people fraudulently before. It should also be noted the whole investigation team consists of lawyers who Hillary Clinton has used. Also another interesting fact is that the Russian lawyer who met with Don Jr. was allowed into the country by Obama. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/13/obama-admin-let-russian-lawyer-who-met-trump-jr-into-us-after-visa-block.html
commented 2018-04-27 11:59:32 -0400
Ted Tadright: : Andrew McCabe testified before the committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the (FISA court) without the Steele dossier information. That was the dossier used on Carter Paige who hasn’t been charged with anything. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/02/house-memo-states-disputed-dossier-was-key-to-fbi-s-fisa-warrant-to-surveil-members-team-trump.html it is also known that the Steele Dossier occupied a disproportionately large part of the FISA application and that they led with it. If it wasn’t important why would you lead with it?
commented 2018-04-27 03:45:43 -0400
Edward, you make some good points, but I have to disagree with you on one thing: The dossier had nothing to do with the appointment of Mueller to investigate the Trump-Russia collusion fantasy. The dossier was used to get permission for the FBI to spy on someone in Trump’s campaign team in order to collect info they could use against Trump before the election, i.e. to ensure a Hillary win. But the appointment of Mueller to investigate (in theory) alleged Trump-Russia collusion had nothing to do with the dossier. It would have happened with or without the dossier, because Mueller’s wasn’t appointed to investigate something they know doesn’t exist, i.e. alleged Trump-Russia collusion. Mueller’s job is to scratch around under every rock and find something, anything by which to bring Trump down. It’s about the anti-Trump deep state cabal involving certain high level FBI personnel (the “secret society” one of them mentioned in an email) and likely other high-level government personnel, bringing Trump down. They want Trump so damaged that they can win back the House and Senate, and the next Presidential election. Or else they want him impeached, thinking they can win against Pence. Either way, this is Mueller’s real mission. Mueller isn’t an idiot. He knows very well there was no Trump-Russia collusion, and even if there had been (there wasn’t), it isn’t a crime to collude, only to conspire, which he also knows Trump didn’t do. This whole thing is the biggest con America has ever been subjected to.
commented 2018-04-27 02:07:37 -0400
John Wick, you said twice in your comments below that there is “a lot of law breaking” going on in or from “the Trump administration”. I showed that it wasn’t in or from the Trump administration, in other words I showed you are full of it, spewing leftist fantasy bullshit here as usual, as a good leftist propagandist does. Then you try to recover, as usual, with a red herring to cover your bullshit. But the smell is still there.

You’re the one with your head up your ass.

commented 2018-04-27 02:02:11 -0400
John Wick: Sorry if I was a little harsh a few comments back but my points aren’t whataboutism. This isn’t about Hillary cheating on a test or tax fraud. My point is without Hillary’s dossier there would be no investigation. The video I provided demonstrates she is clearly capable of orchestrating deception and is more than willing to break the law and ethics. I first became aware of this during the Peter Paul fiasco where he was going into a court against her with a judge she hand picked. In the Michael Cohen case once again the presiding judge (Kimba Wood) was hand picked by Hillary Clinton as a nominee for attorney general for husband Bill but had her own ethical problems. My point is Hillary’s fingers are in the pie at point you look. Without her there never would have been an investigation. Andrew McCabe’s own notes show he never would have went to the FISA court without the dossier.https://needtoknow.news/2018/02/democrats-rebuttal-memo-omits-fact-dnc-hillary-paid-dirty-dossier/
commented 2018-04-27 01:26:45 -0400
Only a few weeks ago Robert Mueller told trump’s team that he I(Trump is not the target of the investigation). So what is this evidence that the democrats have that Mueller seems to have missed after a year?
commented 2018-04-27 01:24:26 -0400
John Wick: It is not what about ism > Hillary was behind the whole Trump investigation. You don’t seem to care that Hillary paid Russian for dirt on Trump which she sneakily presented to the court to initiate a fake investigation on information she bought from Russians. What annoys many conservatives is that Mueller only wants to investigate collusion by Trump’s team. I guarantee you if it was found that Trump had paid money to Russians for dirt on Trump he would have already been sacked and you are not honest enough to admit it because of your inherently deep bias.
commented 2018-04-27 01:19:06 -0400
John Wick: When Andrew McCabe was fired a day before his retirement Democrats went nuts and blamed Trump not realizing the Investigator general was an Obama appointee they then offered to hire him to give him his final few needed hours and they offered to raise money to help his court case without even knowing or caring what the charges were. Later it was revealed he lied twice to the Investigator general and that he had sent two agents to leak to the media and then blamed them for doing what he had asked. And the liberal media had been telling us how beyond reproach the FBI are. Add to that Andy Weissman (the guy Mueller wanted on his Trump investigation team) the guy who is another dirty friend of Mueller. You have got to see what this guy has done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q26i5Z209DM
commented 2018-04-27 00:38:18 -0400
John Wick: It’s you that needs ask yourself if you are able to be objective. I have voted liberal in times past and even help a former teacher in his bid for his liberal riding leadership bid I listen to both sides where as you kind of strike me as unbending hard left. “There is more evidence than there was of Watergate”. Yes that Hillary Clinton paid her law firm Perkins Coie who hired fusion GPS who then hired foreign national (can you say foreign interference) who then paid Russian officials (Russian interference) for a dossier that contained information meant to hurt trump’s campaign bid, That is proven interference and according to James Comey today he claimed he didn’t know who was behind it. So he presented a dossier based n hearsay without knowing it’s source? A dossier he himself described as salacious and unverified? Hillary then shopped this same dossier around to news organizations which were used as a second source to verify the same dossier. If spying on Democrats was wrong during the Nixon administration it was wrong for Democrats to pay for a warrant to spy on opposition during an election. And just so you know how corrupt Hillary is capable of being see how her own former employer described her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDPQHKmU0P8
commented 2018-04-26 23:52:56 -0400
John Wick, you’re full of it. With the single exception of Flynn (who Trump fired about a month into his administration), not a single person you cited is or was a member of the Trump administration. There is in fact nothing in common with Watergate and you know it. You are just pushing the discredited standard phony Democrat Trump-Russia conspiracy theory talking points because you are a leftist propagandist. You should be ashamed.
commented 2018-04-26 23:17:18 -0400
Hey John “Short On Facts” Wick… It’s day 5 since you promised to provide the Hannity List and you’re still spinning… Shaun Hannity has always stated that he’s a commentator, right up front… But what has that anything to do with THE TRUTH… I’m still waiting for you to produce the list…
commented 2018-04-26 19:28:45 -0400
John Wick: You have put the cart before the horse. You have to have a basis for an investigation before you open an investigation. Anyone can go on a fishing expedition and find crimes to justify having been on an investigation after the fact but there was no basis before the fact. In other words I can’t pull your car over for no reason to justify snooping and even if I find a dead body in your car it is what they refer to as fruit of a poisoned tree. In other words if there was no basis in the first place then the charges shouldn’t. In the case of Flynn we have seen that Mueller was withholding evidence that might have proved his innocence. Manafort is going to fight his charges. Again these things had nothing to do with colluding with Russian and were just an excuse to look into everything Trump because the Democrats made it clear at the election they were going to get him impeached.
commented 2018-04-26 19:26:05 -0400
Hannity is a prophet. God bless him
commented 2018-04-26 03:14:21 -0400
Keep “spinning” John Wick.. I’m still waiting for the Hannity File…
commented 2018-04-25 22:50:41 -0400
John Wick: As I mentioned much earlier if you watch over the next while as the emails and memos are released there will be many more criminal investigations going on. If they had nothing to hide the wouldn’t be slow walking subpoenaed information. There are already a number of people now who have had criminal referrals against them including James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, Peter Strozk and Lisa Paige to name a few and this is only getting started.
commented 2018-04-25 22:42:08 -0400
John Wick: I don’t watch Alex Jones and catch the odd piece by Rush however Sean Hannity has been far more accurate than CNN has been and the people he named a year ago are now starting to be investigated and some fired and more will undoubtedly end up with criminal prosecutions. CNN on the other hand has been running with a totally fabricated investigation into Trump collusion which from all legal understanding isn’t even listed as a crime. CNN and the democrats wanted to ignore the other side completely until they were forced to account for where this dossier came from. It was Hillary Clinton who used a law firm Perkins Coie to hire fusion GPS who hired former British spy Christopher Steele who got his info from Russian government officials. Why the democrats and CNN and liberal media have zero desire to investigate this is beyond belief and demonstrates their own extreme bias. Even Comey referred to this dossier as salacious and unverified but it was used to deceive a fisa court into granting the government to access to spy on Trump’s team. It takes time to do this properly but slowly this is coming unravelled and those who abused the system will pay a high price and the majority of the American public now believe Trump was set up. By the way here is a small list of a few of the many fake stories your trusted liberal media have spawned over the last while. http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-stories-reporters-have-run-since-trump-won/
commented 2018-04-25 21:46:23 -0400
Wick, I don’t what your background is but mine is JOURNALISM and government communications! So don’t presume to lecture me about staying “informed”… I’m been watching little “spin doctors” like you performing since the 1960s and I know B.S.when I see it… I’m not researching anything… You made the B.S. statement about providing a Hannity List… So provide it!… I’m not going to let it die as an issue so either “shit” or get off the pot!….
commented 2018-04-25 19:07:20 -0400
Keep spinning Wickie Boy, keep spinning… I won’t let your Hannity List claim get dropped even this item “goes below the fold”… You’ve obviously “stepped in it again” by making another rash claim…
commented 2018-04-25 16:31:07 -0400
Correction to my previous comment: Number of terrorist attacks carried out by non-Muslims in 2015: 2 (.34%)

Apologies, my error.
commented 2018-04-25 16:25:29 -0400
“Oh, and the assumption that all violent incidents have Islamic roots, which is deeply Islamophobic since there’s absolutely no evidence at all of that.” – Andrew Stephenson

Here is what Tel Aviv University’s Institute for Strategic Studies found in a study of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2015:

Number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2015: 452
Number of terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims in 2015: 450 (99.66%)
Number of terrorist attacks carried out by non-Muslims in 2015: 2 (.44%)

This was carried by a number of outlets over the last several years. You can find them and read more about it by searching: 2015 450 452

Please Andrew, do that, before you comment further on this matter. I’m feeling embarrassed for you. Of course, you were right in one respect: Not all terrorist attacks are carried out by Muslims, and I have never said they were. I have said that you are sadly uninformed and so you just don’t know what you are talking about, as the NISS study shows. As I also said, your trust in the liberal-biased, manipulative, info-suppressing MSM is your undoing. How is it that you didn’t know about this study, which completely contradicts your ignorant assertion that “there’s absolutely no evidence at all of that.”? Because you haven’t been getting the information and facts you need to make an intelligent assessment of the world around you. Good thing you are hanging out here now. At least here you have a fighting chance to get up to speed on what the MSM hasn’t been telling you.
commented 2018-04-25 15:30:42 -0400
OK John Wick, so it’s another day and still no Hannity List… You’re not trying “to run out the clock” are you? I do have another life and I’ve had time in the interim to build another birdhouse… This one meant for Chickadees but maybe it should have been for “Coo-Coos”?
commented 2018-04-25 15:13:06 -0400

“The Old Testament and the Quran are comparably bloody…” – Andrew

If you had ever read them both, you would know that the OT passages are descriptive (i.e. history from our point of view), whereas the Quran passages are prescriptive; therefore they are not comparable. The former is history you can read and are not required to act out, the latter is commanded to be acted out until further notice. That is why we see it being acted out today. Read Maurice’s daily list to keep up to date on the results

“Being a supposedly unified bloc rather than people who may have differing degrees of adherences.” – Andrew

I’ve never said that, nor do I believe that, nor do I know anyone who does, be they liberal or conservative. So that’s just delusion on your part, and I suspect that it’s a delusion shared by the left in general.

“The motives… have nothing to do with religion… He was radicalized by misogyny, not religion.” – Andrew

That may turn out to be the case, but you are basing that on (as I pointed out before, but you ignored) what you are being told by the MSM, as opposed to what they are not telling you. That’s why I asked you if he has a religion, and if so, what is it. To hopefully make you realize you are not being fully informed or coming to conclusions based on full information. You are being manipulated by being given partial information, which you then eat up and assume that it is the whole story. You don’t know that. But it is typical of the left to just trust in the partial information that the MSM feeds you and never think about what information they are withholding from you. You don’t have enough info yet in this case to reach an informed decision as to what motivated him. But that doesn’t stop you from reaching a conclusion in any case. Your trust in the manipulative MSM is your undoing.

Andrew, did you reach a conclusion in the Las Vegas massacre as to the motives of the shooter? I haven’t, and I can’t, until a lot more information has been released. What I do know is that I have never seen an incident on that scale in which so little information has been released to the public about basic facts that we should all have long since been informed of. For example, which countries in the Middle East did the shooter visit in the last ten years, when did he visit them, how long did he stay, who did he see there? Also, where are the pictures of his hotel rooms? I’ve seen one picture of a small section of floor, that’s it. Are we supposed to believe there was nothing else of interest in the two adjoining rooms he rented? That just isn’t reasonable. Yet the left seemingly could care less. They take the little info the MSM hands them and believe they know what happened and why. That’s the ultimate leftist delusion, trusting the MSM, which regularly suppresses information that doesn’t fit the PC agenda. Until you break free of that mentality, they will continue to manipulate and delude all of you. The truth is, you don’t know enough about the driver in the current case to know why he did it. You have just been conned into thinking you know enough. Just as you were conned into thinking you had enough info about Las Vegas.

Lastly": What do you know about the origin and cause of the driver’s misogyny? Again, only what the MSM have told you, nothing more. It may be there is nothing more, but you don’t know that; you just trust the MSM like a good little liberal puppy dog. Because they wouldn’t lie to you or suppress information, would they? I read important stories every day on The Rebel that never appear in my MSM sources. Example: Heard or read anything in the MSM recently about the swimming pool sexual assaults in Edmonton? I haven’t read or heard a peep out of the MSM on that for weeks. Why is that? Because they don’t want the public to know about it, that’s why. We can’t have the public getting too knowledgeable about things that might make them actually think critical thoughts, for example concerning the Trudeau government’s insane immigration policies and what the public can look forward to as a result of that, now can we? Especially when that government is paying their salaries and expenses, eh?. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
commented 2018-04-25 13:29:26 -0400
Ted Tadright commented 14 hours ago
“What doctrines are those?” – Andrew Stephenson

The ones you know nothing about, as you just admitted. How do you expect to intelligently discuss this subject from your complete ignorance of the subject? It can’t be done. All you can do is blather ignorance. Alas."
That doesnt’ address what I said. The Old Testament and the Quran are comparably bloody, and you can find comparable passages in the OT for most of the commonly cited Quranic ones.

Of course, the suggestion then becomes that Christians don’t necessarily interpret it literally, but apparently Muslims can’t do the same, being supposedly a unified bloc rather than people who may have differing degrees of adherences.

“But wanting as I do to be friendly to the willfully ignorant, here’s a question for you: Does the van driver have a religion? If so, what is it? Have you heard any information on that from the MSM? No? What a surprise!”

It’s not a surprise, since the motives have become clear and have nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with misogyny. The guy couldn’t get laid, blamed women, and spiraled out of control to the point where he felt like murdering a bunch of them to retaliate for not giving him sex. You hear the anti-feminist undertones around here sometimes, that might have even sympathized with his cause.

Do you know why the Rebel’s take all the stories about it off the front page? It’s because they’re worried about off-base Islamophobia getting out of control and causing another Faith Goldy incident. The MSM IS watching, including the comments, and Levant et al can’t afford another one of those. THe evidence here presented in favour of Islamic terrorism is that he was swarthy – as Armenians are – and might have had a beard. Oh, and the assumption that all violent incidents have Islamic roots, which is deeply Islamophobic since there’s absolutely no evidence at all of that. It must be Muslim because this is what Muslims do is absolute bullshit, Ted, and it needs to be called out. He was radicalized by misogyny, not by religion.
commented 2018-04-25 11:20:15 -0400
John Wick: Dershowitz who told Hannity he goofed by not revealing his relationship with Cohen never said he committed any crime. he was deeply concerned at the state of Attorney/client privilege which Liberals in their blind rage against everything Trump lack the foresight to realize these same breaches may be applied to them the next time and should be a concern to all citizens. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/04/09/dershowitz_on_cohen_if_this_were_hillary_clinton_aclu_would_freak_out_at_overzealous_mueller.html
commented 2018-04-25 10:50:12 -0400
John Wick: Enough with the personal attacks. It seems when liberals have no sound argument they resort to Sean’s Hannity is crazy, if you listen to him you’re an idiot etc. Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz who appears on CNN Fox and a number of other stations scolded Sean Hannity for not revealing his association live on TV but neither did he think it was the end of the world. He seemed far more concerned that the ACLU was no longer interested in protecting attorney/client privilege. At the same time we should be concerned about and I find it disturbing that you seem unconcerned about politicians marrying media personalities because in that we are witnessing the prostituting of the news. How can you ever expect to get even a hint of impartiality if you have to reckon with your masters at the end of the day who also funnel allot of money in your direction. This may be acceptable in dictatorships but not in a democracy and I can guarantee you that vast majority of the population is completely unaware of these deceptions. The liberals being the master sneaks have gone about to weaponize all society to work against their opponents. A few more examples were the IRS targeting of conservatives under Obama. A claim which at first they denied, then plead the 5th to and several years later finally apologized for after they delayed they investigation with the same tactics they are once again using with Judicial watch by slow walking the subpoenaed documents and emails in the hopes that by the time it finally gets to court everyone will have moved on and no longer care. Just today I saw that Ted Cruz is taking actions to break up the media cartel in the U.S. because the tech companies are being driven by the hard left and are the ones behind censoring conservatives. http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2018/04/25/exclusive-ted-cruz-use-antitrust-laws-to-break-massive-power-of-tech-lords-to-subvert-our-democratic-process/