12 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-2-16

  1. I’m missing feeling very patriotic 😦

    Meanwhile, in California …



    Ignoring overwhelming opposition, the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 Thursday to advance legislation that strips faith-based schools of their ability to enforce biblical codes of conduct. The bill has one more committee to clear before going to the full Assembly in August.

    After two people spoke in support of the bill, more than three dozen opponents approached the podium and asked the committee to reject the measure that cleared the Senate on May 26 with full Democratic support. By the end of the hearing, questions about religious freedom violations, possible state funding losses, and legal action against Christian schools lingered—as did misgivings about the bill’s true intent. …


  2. I apparently posted this on July 3 a couple years ago, or so FB reminds me. I still like it. It helps me recapture at least a little bit of that patriotism I vaguely remember having these days.

    By author and Yale law professor Stephen Carter:



    … It’s hard sometimes. If you’re like me, at least twice a week you encounter some opinion that makes your blood boil. Maybe it comes from a friend or colleague, maybe from a politician or pundit; whatever the source, a part of you surely wonders how any seemingly intelligent person can possibly believe that drivel, much less express it. The Fourth of July is exactly the right occasion to pause and give thanks for those disagreeable views — and for a country that was founded on our right to express them.

    Dissent is central to democracy, and although I believe dissent should be civil, its centrality doesn’t fade when it isn’t. As sociologist Charles P. Flynn pointed out in his 1977 book “Insult and Society,” insults aimed at government officials “provide a check to those in power who may be tempted to think of themselves in grandiose terms, above the rest of humanity and hence not subject to insults.”

    The essential function of dissent is to remind the rulers that they serve the ruled. …


  3. This alone among the email situation should be enough to disqualify her for the presidency.

    And there’s much more….


    “Hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky had friends in high places when he bet big on a Greek economic recovery, but even the keen interest of his mother-in-law, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wasn’t enough to spare him and his investors from financial tragedy.

    In 2012, Mezvinski, the husband of Chelsea Clinton, created a $325 million basket of offshore funds under the Eaglevale Partners banner through a special arrangement with investment bank Goldman Sachs. The funds have lost tens of millions of dollars predicting that bailouts of the Greek banking system would pump up the value of the country’s distressed bonds. One fund, exclusively dedicated to Greek debt, suffered near-total losses.

    Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in 2013 to run for president. But newly released emails from 2012 show that she and Clinton Foundation consultant, Sidney Blumenthal, shared classified information about how German leadership viewed the prospects for a Greek bailout. Clinton also shared “protected” State Department information about Greek bonds with her husband at the same time that her son-in-law aimed his hedge fund at Greece.

    That America’s top diplomat kept a sharp eye on intelligence assessing the chances of a bailout of the Greek central bank is not a problem. However, sharing such sensitive information with friends and family would have been highly improper. Federal regulations prohibit the use of nonpublic information to further private interests or the interests of others. The mere perception of a conflict of interest is unacceptable.

    Through its press representative, Eaglevale declined to comment for this story. Clinton’s campaign press office did not respond to a request for comment.”

    She shared top secret documents with Blumenthal, who she’d already been told wasn’t cleared to view it.


  4. Pastor said this morning, in talking about patriotism and America as a Christian nation, “A hundred and thirty million Americans and look what we got.”


  5. Ah, so 130 million who meet the qualifications to run for president

    I just keep thinking about the “bench” of qualified conservative candidates who lined up only about a year ago now. So what the heck happened? 🙂 Trump kept winning. Go figure.


  6. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/us/politics/joni-ernst-trump-vp.html


    Donald J. Trump said on Twitter on Monday that he would meet in New Jersey with Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, as he screens potential running mates in a series of meetings.

    One person briefed on the process, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that the campaign began vetting Ms. Ernst in recent days as a possible vice-presidential pick.

    Jason Miller, Mr. Trump’s communications director, declined to comment. A spokesman for Ms. Ernst could not be reached.

    Ms. Ernst is a retired National Guard lieutenant colonel and a veteran of the Iraq war. Her military background could help Mr. Trump given his lack of foreign policy experience or national security experience. The fact that she is a woman could also help Mr. Trump with a group of voters with whom he currently polls poorly.

    Ms. Ernst is also considered a possible keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins on July 18 in Cleveland.

    It is unusual in recent history for a presumptive nominee of a major party to tease out the process for choosing a running mate in such a public way, but it is in reflective of Mr. Trump’s approach on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” …


  7. Interesting front-step talk with lifelong (blue-collar, pro-union) Democratic neighbor yesterday — they’re re-registering Republican this year. She’s not entirely thrilled with Trump but thinks Clinton would be a disaster.


  8. I am not putting much faith ( and yes, it used to be a kind of secular faith) in the Republican Party this year. I guess I have “lost my faith.”

    Thank your neighbors for me. I have been wondering how Democrats could think of voting for Hillary. Yes, she should not only be indicted, she should be found guilty. She broke the law.

    I have lost any respect for the Democratic Party. They deserve none. They and theirs had Bernie but didn’t choose him.

    Bah! Humbug!!


  9. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans. What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?” — Hillary Clinton


    I watched “13 Hours” tonight.


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