22 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-27-16

  1. In a perfect world, Old Trump would just be one of the idiots making a speech for his “good friend Hillary” this week.

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  2. I watched what I could stomach of the DNC convention, which wasn’t much. But I noticed all the camera shots were from down front. I thought that was odd, but now I know why. They had to cover up the fact that so many people walked out when Hillary was officially nominated.

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  3. Oh look, yet another Clinton scandal.

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/26/exclusive-irs-launches-investigation-of-clinton-foundation/

    “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen referred congressional charges of corrupt Clinton Foundation “pay-to-play” activities to his tax agency’s exempt operations office for investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

    The request to investigate the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on charges of “public corruption” was made in a July 15 letter by 64 House Republicans to the IRS, FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They charged the foundation is “lawless.”

    The initiative is being led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who serves as the vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees FTC. The FTC regulates public charities alongside the IRS.

    The lawmakers charged the Clinton Foundation is a “lawless ‘pay-to-play’ enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years and should be investigated.””
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  4. Good. Now the officers involved need to file suit against the city, prosecutor, and Mayor for malicious prosecution and related violations of their rights.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/charges-dismissed-baltimore-police-officers-freddie-gray-case/story?id=40922140

    “Prosecutors in Baltimore dropped all charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death, a court official confirmed to ABC News.

    At the motion’s hearing for State v Garrett Miller this morning, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office decided not to prosecute the remaining cases related to the arrest and death of Gray, bringing to an end one of the most closely watched police prosecutions in the country.”

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  5. The above was shared with me by a conservative Catholic friend who thinks any Catholic voting for a Democrat needs to be excommunicated.

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  6. Kim, I could buy your friend’s argument if Trump’s roughness was the only problem. I don’t need my leaders to be “nice”. But I do want them to be consistent, coherent, and wise. Yes, we played rough in WWII. But we had trustworthy leadership. Trump doesn’t do it for me.

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  7. Linda, I am completely disgusted with politics this go around. I have lost a friend over it and I can’t believe that out of all the people in the United States these two are the best we have to offer.
    I have often joked that politics are for entertainment purposes only, but this isn’t even entertaining. It may as well be an episode of the KarTRASHians.
    I guess it’s true that with inflation and all you just can’t buy a good politician anymore.

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  8. Kim, I know that as Rom. 13:1 says, the powers that be are ordained of God. And Jesus told Pilate that he had no authority except it was given to him. So, it sounds contradictory for me to say that I don’t believe that Obama is God’s fault. Having said that, I can’t help but believe that there is something more serious afoot than the weird things that are happening today.
    Think about it. We have a woman who has been jockeying for this position for at least 30 years. She was beat out of it by a guy worse than her who comes from nowhere. .He made a speech once.
    Then, time for her to score again. Another guy comes around whom nobody in the world really likes, but whom some of us think can beat Hillary And are willing to take the chance.

    I have been cogitating on some scenarios that I am beginning to see happening. When I get them settled in my mind, I may post them.

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  9. Well, my mother-in-law has become a Trump supporter, and it’s hard for me to bite my tongue when we go to visit. Last time we were there, she said, “What people who don’t plan to vote don’t realize is that not voting is voting for Hillary.” I’ve not told her I don’t plan to cast a vote for president this year . . . first time in 30 years. But I said, “Maybe not voting is a vote for Donald Trump.” In other words, they’re both bad. We have only bad options this year, and I have no preference. I won’t vote for Hillary, but my desire that Trump not win is if anything stronger than my desire that she not win. I just figure Hillary will probably be our next president, and if not, Trump will be. Either way, I probably won’t stay up to watch, which I usually do. I wish I could just vote “no.”

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  10. The more I read Scripture, the more convinced I am that God will do and give the US just what we’ve been asking for—separation from Him.

    Like Donna, my vote won’t make a difference in the grand scheme of my (same) state, which frees me from the worry I may put one person in over another simply by my negative voting–or not.

    I’m just not going to vote for President–which is completely freeing. My conscious is perfectly clear.

    They both can be awful and I don’t have to defend anybody. I can stand on the sidelines and (not) make witty and sarcastic comments.

    If my vote DID make a difference, I, personally, think I would do the same thing. Let God determine who is best for our country–He’s going to anyway. For His mercy, I can pray He gives us the least worst oppressor–because that’s who the American people are asking for.

    What’s a Christian to do?

    Seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We have our work cut out for us. The bliss of a simple American life of not worrying about our religious freedoms is fast disappearing. Now’s the time when the remnant will be all that’s left.

    Pessimistic, yes, but only if you’re not planning on Jesus’ salvation as your “ticket” to heaven.

    The earth is not my home. We are a peculiar people. Let us show love–otherwise, it’s probably best to keep our mouths shut.

    But that’s just my opinion today.

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  11. Kim – Someone I know shared that article a couple days ago. This part especially seemed over-the-top: “And losing again would mean the end of America. And God can’t allow that.”

    God “can’t” allow that? Wow. America is not the Promised Land, & God certainly can let there be an end to us, if He so wills.

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  12. Well, I get more of a foreboding from Clinton than I do from Trump, though neither is good.

    I suppose the best arguments for voting for Trump that I’ve heard come from Dennis Prager (who says Trump was his #17 GOP choice), but I still remain unconvinced at this point.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2016/05/24/dennis-prager-n2167737

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    ” … I devoted many hours of radio and many columns to criticizing Trump. His virtually assured nomination has therefore caused me grief as an American, a Republican and a conservative. That his character defects, gaps in knowledge on some important issues, and lack of identifiably conservative principles came to mean little to so many Republican voters is quite troubling. (Though, I might add, it is even more troubling that virtually all Democrats ignore the even worse character of Hillary Clinton, as well as the idiotic socialist ideas of Sen. Bernie Sanders.) …

    … Shouldn’t all Americans vote as if their vote were the deciding vote? Including those whose votes “don’t count” because they live in states that are so left-wing they would still vote Democrat if Vladimir Lenin headed the Democratic ticket? …

    The choice this November is tragic. As it often happens in life, this choice is between bad and worse, not bad and good.

    But America has made that choice before. When forced to choose between bad and worse, we supported Joseph Stalin against Adolf Hitler, and we supported right-wing authoritarians against Communist totalitarians.

    It seems to me that the #NeverTrump conservatives want to remain morally pure. I understand that temptation. I am tempted, too. But if you wish to vanquish the bad, it is not possible — at least not on this side of the afterlife — to remain pure. …

    … In the 2016 presidential race, I am not interested in moral purity. I am interested in defeating the left and its party, the Democratic Party. The notion (expressed by virtually every #NeverTrump advocate) that we can live with another four years of a Democratic president is, forgive me, mind-boggling. …

    (then he lists his reasons for conservatives to vote for Trump):

    –Prevent a left-wing Supreme Court.

    –Increase the defense budget.

    –Repeal, or at least modify, the Dodd-Frank act.

    –Prevent Washington, D.C. from becoming a state and giving the Democrats another two permanent senators.

    –Repeal Obamacare.

    –Curtail illegal immigration, a goal that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with xenophobia or nativism (just look at Western Europe).

    –Reduce job-killing regulations on large and small businesses.

    –Lower the corporate income tax and bring back hundreds of billions of offshore dollars to the United States.

    –Continue fracking, which the left, in its science-rejecting hysteria, opposes.

    For these reasons, I, unlike my friends, could not live with my conscience if I voted to help the America-destroying left win the presidency in any way.

    I just don’t understand how anyone who understands the threat the left and the Democrats pose on America will refuse to vote for the only person who can stop them.
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  13. Again, it’s easy for me living in a non-competitive state when it comes to this presidential election, it kind of lets me off the hook. (Though how strange it feels not planning to vote for president.)

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  14. Haha, well I guess Bernie’s left the Democratic party already. That didn’t take long. 🙂

    I suspect he’s not very happy with all of this.

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  15. Just “this” as in the entire campaign and feeling (most likely still) that it was, essentially, rigged.

    He did what was expected, got on stage at the contention in a show of ‘unity,’ jabbed his finger at people — but as soon as that was done, he apparently up and quit the party, re-registering again as an Independent

    I suspect there was a message in the haste and timing with which that was done

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  16. Clarification, he announced he’s heading back to Vermont to run for the Senate again — and as an Independent, not a Democrat

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