53 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-22-16

  1. Here are some interesting facts about manufacturing jobs in America. Notice that not only are trade agreements and the exports they produce important for US manufacturing jobs, but one in six US manufacturing workers is employed by a subsidiary of a foreign corporation. Notice also that in the near future, there will be job openings for 3.3 million manufacturing jobs, but that two million will go unfilled because US workers lack skills.


    It may be useful for Trump to have a Glenn Beck moment. When Beck had his TV show on Fox, it was hilarious because he was literally teaching his audience economics and history that he had learned the day before. Trump is going to be exposed to many new (for him) facts soon after he takes office. He would provide an invaluable service if he would regularly share his new knowledge with the Trumpkins. It would also help educate the liberals, but they aren’t going to listen.


  2. Manufacturing in China is becoming more expensive; it’s not always a deal breaker to automatically send manufacturing overseas. Labor costs are rising.

    It’s also far more detrimental to the global environment to have things made in China–like those solar panels.

    Even California is starting to see–microscopically of course–that if they’re truly interested in saving the planet, they need to bring manufacturing back to California where the energy is three times as green as that of China. The governor did listen to that argument and some changes were made.

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  3. I am white and stupid. I never thought I was racists. Most of this passed me by. It’s hard to describe how hectic my life was from 1952 to the mid sixties.

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  4. From a Colson Center Breakpoint link:

    Oxford Dictionaries has released its 2016 word of the year: “post-truth,” which they define as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

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  5. kBells, I don’t think it’s saying that at all. It’s mocking the arrogance of white liberals, who, among other things (in the skit): dare to speak for all black people, while ignoring the voice of the black person (black people) actually in the room; equate the “victimhood” of being a woman to that of a minority; ignore the black people in the room (all the high-fiving and such is only among the white people); overdramatize the “plight” of the white woman and the significance of this election (the black men rolling their eyes at the end see very clearly that slavery was far and away a worse wrong than electing an idiot); and assume that all black people and all Hispanics/Latinos vote as a bloc. One black man hinted at the irony that if all women voted as a bloc, Hillary would have won easily. All in all, it seems to be mocking the hubris and angst of the white liberal in this election cycle.

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  6. I think the two biggest lies that proponents of globalism have hammered the American people with for years is that you are lazy and unskilled…that you are unemployed or under-employed because there are plenty of jobs, but you, as an American, aren’t qualified to do them or don’t want to do them. If that were even close to true, you wouldn’t have American workers being asked to train their foreign replacements —right here in this country. And this is only one small example of what has been happening in one industry for 20 or 30 years.


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  7. If you listen to what the Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock characters are saying, they are definitely saying that this prove country is racist. “Of course he won Kentucky that’s where all the racist are.” “All of them in Kentucky?”. 3:44 to 4:02 – “OMG, I think America is Racist.” and then we end with the Chris Rocks line. “Don’t worry it’s going to be all white.”


  8. KBells, I don’t think so (11:47). With the Kentucky line, the white person is saying “Kentucky is racist–all of them over there” and the black man is saying “No, I’ve met racists outside Kentucky, so not all racists are in Kentucky.” But the white people are panicking about the election; the black people aren’t. There is no hint that the black people think this election shows racism–for all we know, they might both have voted for Trump. Their views aren’t asked for at all; the white people believe they speak for blacks and Hispanics, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that white women are hardly a repressed group, and that slavery was genuine suffering. They could have done a similar skit if two women had been standing there while a bunch of men around them mourned that Hillary lost and it’s a sad day for women in America, while the women themselves weren’t at all sad about it, and the men never even ask them whether they think the election is good or bad.

    I don’t know about the “all white” line, but it might well be because everyone in the room was claiming to care about minorities but actually far more concerned with themselves. The black people are just “tokens,” not people. I don’t know. But it was far more an attack on white liberals than anything else, whatever that line meant, and the “bubble” was obviously the same idea.


  9. SNL is only for those who don’t go to church. Who can start a TV show at 12:00AM and then get ready for church the next day?

    It is an evil plot by the Devil to lower church attendance!

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  10. Debra, I think most of the unpleasant truths that Americans do not want to hear are contained in two books: Coming Apart by Charles Murray and this year’s Hillbilly Elegy.


  11. Cheryl, I still disagree. It seems to me like the black characters are calm because they have already resign themselves to the fact that America is racist and are going to vote in Trump. I’m not saying it’s not funny but SNL is pretty much a branch of the DNC.


  12. Kim – We don’t watch TV shows when they’re on, either. Rather than the expensive DVR services, we have an old DVD recorder-player. Unfortunately, this one is old, starting to go, but we don’t know if they make them anymore.


  13. The only way I see any television is when show clips are posted on YouTube and I’m intrigued enough by the subject to watch. I don’t even have Netflix. I grew up without TV and the habit is hard to break.

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  14. Ricky Weaver
    “Saving Pvt. Ryan”
    “Lord of the Ring” Trilogy

    No Chick Flicks, none, zip zero, nada


  15. Ricky, I go a decade better than that. I prefer films before 1950. There are exceptions of course, the British made some good films in the 1950s, but I do not care for most American made films of the same decade.

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  16. “charade” with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant


    The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for having been filmed on location in Paris, for Henry Mancini’s score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder. Charade has received generally positive reviews from critics, and was additionally noted to contain influences of genres such as whodunit, screwball and spy thriller. It has also been referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made”.[6]

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  17. Donna, I had not heard the term alt-right until this election cycle, but I was aware of the undercurrent of such views on the internet. Ugly internet comments may come in large proportion from trolls, but a certain proportion comes from people saying exactly what they think. One gets to know when someone is merely trying to make trouble and when someone actually means what they say. I was beginning to see people mean what they said more and more. What is most concerning to me is that this alt-right movement, which has anti-semetic elements, is making some headway among Christians. I know when people here make comments about George Soros, they are not primarily thinking about Soros’ ethnic identity. However, there is an alt-right movement within the Christian, centred around a conspiracy theory called the Babylonian conspiracy, which blames Soros’ left wing proclivities on the fact he is a Jew. The Babylonian conspiracy claims that the Pharisees picked up their corruption of Judaism during the Babylonian captivity, and that the ancient Babylonian demonic religion has been passed down through Talmudic teachings and is perpetuated among modern Judaism, as well a Masonic practices and Catholicism (as with most conspiracy theories, the net is cast every wider as to who is involved). I know someone personally who holds this view, which they acquired from the internet. This person is a conservative Christian, and is a millennial, and I have seen people, older people who are conservative in their ideology, agreeing with the person in conversations. Oh, the alt-right movement exists all right.


  18. The Pharisees became prominent in Judaism during the inter testamental period.
    It started as a revolt by the Maccabees. It gradually became corrupted by the legalism imposed.
    The only thing we know about that period comes from the Maccabees and the writings of Josephus. I have read much of Josephus, but it’s such a huge volume that I couldn’t get through all of fit.
    Josephus is a valuable book.

    I gave my copy away because I can’t read the print anymore.


  19. I have noticed during my years as a teacher, a real lack of curiosity about the Bible. In all my years I have never heard:
    Where did these Pharisees and Sadducees come from?
    How did the synagogue get started. Where is it in the OT?
    How did the Romans happen to get into Judaea? I.e. Who was this Pilate guy and how did he get such power?
    What about those Samaritans? How did they get there?

    I have heard preachers, teaching John 4, say that the woman at the well was trying to change the subject when she asked “Where should we worship, in this mountain or Jerusalem?”
    There was a temple on one of the mountains (forgot which, Josephus knows) where the Samaritans worshipped for a couple of hundred years.
    She was asking a prophet a serious question.


  20. I agree, Chas. The Pharisees actually started out well, with Ezra the scribe taking the lead in reform, and the other Levites following his lead. I confronted this person with the fact that the spiritual leaders who returned from the Babylonian captivity were actually sincere and devout. The person replied that only some of them were like Ezra, that others carried the Babylonian religion back and that this Babylonian religion was what Christ was speaking against, instead of Christ speaking against legalism and hypocrisy, which is what most Bible teachers would say Christ was doing.

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  21. George Soros is globalist scum, a probable Nazi supporter/enabler/sympathizer, and a far left financier. He exploits poor people, funds rioters across the US and world, and undermines the sovereignty of nations for his own benefit. My distaste and dislike are for those reasons, and I’d feel this way about him regardless of his nationality or ethnicity. He’s a large part of what’s wrong with the world.


  22. The Real, that is why I said most people here do not think that Soros’ ethnic identity has anything to do with his motivations. The person I’m thinking of thinks that Soros’ Jewishness is Soros’ primary motivation for what he does – in other words, that Jews are out to get the rest of us. However, I do not think that Soros is a Nazi – he is after all, a Holocaust survivor himself – nor do I believe that he has as much influence or power as people think he has. It is not within any human’s power to do all that is ascribed to Soros. As pastor and historian Carl Trueman says about the idea that individuals conspire behind the scenes of world events:

    “Nobody is that competent and powerful to pull them off. Even giant bureaucracies are made up of lots of small, incompetent units fighting petty turf wars, a fragmentation which undermines the possibility of the kind of coordinated efforts require to pull off, say, the fabrication of the Holocaust. History, humanly speaking, is a tale of incompetence and thoughtlessness, not of elaborate and sophisticated cabals. Evil, catastrophic evil, is not exceptional and brilliant; it is humdrum and banal; it does not involve thinkin too much; it involves thinking too little.”

    Trueman is absolutely correct. Whenever I hear reports that Soros is funding demonstrations and riots, I’m inclined to roll my eyes. Human nature doesn’t need funding to create a riot.


  23. Roscuro, I would agree with you that the 40s were better overall for movies than the 50s. However, I can not draw the line at 1950 for the following reasons:
    1. John Ford’s two greatest masterpieces (The Searchers and The Quiet Man) were made in the 50s.
    2. Alfred Hitchcock’s best years were in the 50s: Vertigo, North By Northwest, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window are among the best.
    3. The Anthony Mann/Jimmy Stewart westerns were all made in the 50s. They are all classics.


  24. Bob Buckles, I respect Spielberg. My problem with Saving Private Ryan is the same problem I have with From Here to Eternity. I disliked all of the characters (except the sniper from the South). Whenever I watch From Here to Eternity, I have to resist the urge to cheer for the Japanese. Once the Southern sniper died in Saving Private Ryan, I lost interest.


  25. Ricky, I did say there were exceptions 🙂 My favorite John Ford films would be My Darling Clementine (1946) – I know it isn’t an entirely accurate account of the OK Corral, but I enjoyed it – and The Last Hurrah (1958). I prefer Hitchcock’s earlier work, especially The Lady Vanishes and The Thirty Nine Steps. He worked with a less lavish budget in those early years, and I like the tighter narratives. A suspense film needs to be taut. And of course, there were a lot of great Westerns made in the 30s and 40s.

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  26. Roscuro, I like those four and Stagecoach (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941?), Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). I think Strangers on a Train was from the late 40s and it was among Hitchcock’s best as was Spellbound (1945). I remembered The Big Country (1958) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957?), two of the very best of the 50s.

    Here is a rather obscure British movie from the 50s about a Canadian airman in Burma. It contains very respectful treatment of missionaries, and is a hidden gem:



  27. “Whenever I hear reports that Soros is funding demonstrations and riots, I’m inclined to roll my eyes. Human nature doesn’t need funding to create a riot.”

    No it doesn’t. But paid agitators help speed things along. You can roll your eyes, or you could learn a little more about just what it is Soros has been up to. He’s anti-American and his influence and money are at the root of many recent problems here in the US. I’m sure if you looked, you’d see his hand at work in Canada as well.


    “For all its talk of being a street uprising, Black Lives Matter is increasingly awash in cash, raking in pledges of more than $100 million from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute to what has become the grant-making cause du jour.
    The Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy recently announced the formation of the Black-Led Movement Fund [BLMF], a six-year pooled donor campaign aimed at raising $100 million for the Movement for Black Lives coalition.
    That funding comes in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from top Democratic Party donor George Soros through his Open Society Foundations, as well as grant-making from the Center for American Progress.”


    “The movement needs cash to build a self-sustaining infrastructure, Phillips said, arguing “the progressive donor world should be adding zeroes to their contributions that support this transformative movement.” But he also acknowledged there’s a risk for recipient groups. “Tactics such as shutting down freeways and disrupting rallies can alienate major donors, and if that’s your primary source of support, then you’re at risk of being blocked from doing what you need to do.”

    The Democracy Alliance was created in 2005 by a handful of major donors, including billionaire financier George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay to build a permanent infrastructure to advance liberal ideas and causes. Donors are required to donate at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups, and their combined donations to those groups now total more than $500 million. Endorsed beneficiaries include the Center for American Progress think tank, the liberal attack dog Media Matters and the Democratic data firm Catalist, though members also give heavily to Democratic politicians and super PACs that are not part of the DA’s core portfolio. While the Democracy Alliance last year voted to endorse a handful of groups focused on engaging African-Americans in politics ― some of which have helped facilitate the Black Lives movement ― the invitation to movement leaders is a first for the DA, and seems likely to test some members’ comfort zones.”

    And fund it they did.


    “Washington CAN! is a far left group leading the protests against Donald Trump in Seattle.

    The far left group is paying protesters to attend their rally.
    Here is one of their ads on Craigslist.”

    “CAN! is funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundation:”


    “An organization that has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros is pushing anti-Donald Trump student protests that call for sanctuary campuses to protect undocumented students.

    Thousands of students at more than 80 college campuses have participated in “sanctuary campus” protests, CBS News reported. Students have signed petitions and walked out of classes at their universities “in support of undocumented classmates.”

    The protests are billed as though they are being organized by students at the grassroots level, but in fact a D.C.-based immigration activist group is behind them.”

    “The Establishment on both the left and the right, who want to disenfranchise the millions of Republican voters who support Donald Trump, have blamed the staged riots near Trump rallies on Trump or on Bernie Sanders. That’s like blaming the Russians for the Reichstag Fire. Bernie has little to do with these manufactured protests. This is a Clinton operation, a faux protest.

    False flag operations have long been common in politics, but these riots are poisonous to the electorate, intentionally designed to turn violent and stifle free speech.

    This free speech-busting goon squad operation is directed by supporters of Hillary Clinton. It is paid for mostly by George Soros and MoveOn.org and pushed by David Brock at Media Matters for America. It’s also funded by reclusive billionaire Jonathan Lewis, who was identified by the Miami New Times as a “mystery man.” He inherited roughly a billion dollars from his father Peter Lewis (founder of Progressive Insurance Company).”


  28. AJ, My question is: Are Soros and Brock complete idiots? I can’t see how the rioting, protesting, crying, etc. is going to do anything except build support for Trump.

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  29. I’m always vastly amused by commenters who think Soros is everywhere, much like leftist who see the Koch brothers and Adelson everywhere. Yes, Soros and friends have helped create liberal institutions and think tanks. They’re actually imitating the right who established their own intellectual institutions in the late 60s-early70s. Its political infrastructure not a conspiracy.

    The paid protestors/rioters meme is a continuation of the fake news which circulated during the election. A mistaken tweet with a picture of buses in Dallas provoked a firestorm on right wing blogs about bussed in protestors. The only problem was the busses were for a convention. The Craig’s List ads are amusing — if you do the math on the ads, someone is willing to pay millions for people to protest/riot for no real purpose? And really if you want to pay protestors, would you use Craig’s List? Far better to use the existing network of left wing groups which would attract far less publicity.

    Now this borders on conspiracy;


  30. wow AJ I knew it was bad, but I confess I always rolled my eyes a little for some of the same reasons as Roscuro when I heard everything attributed to Soros. Guess I’ll have to stop doing that. :– /

    Movies? I like some old musicals–Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music (I know it’s sappy.. I just don’t care. Actually, I visited as far as the gate of the convent where those scenes were filmed—located on the mountain above Salzburg. But alas, I could not get in. ) And then of course there’s Braveheart, Rob Roy, Schindler’s List (I found that one truly horrifying), and The Birds (that one scared me the first time I watched it). The Quiet Man is my favorite John Wayne pic. And surely no one would call NPR’s Pride and Prejudice a chic flick..if. so, you’ll have to at least admit it’s a classic. . :–)

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  31. The Real, I’m aware that Soros funds political organizations. However, he sets up funds which people can then apply for, he doesn’t personally decide that his money goes here and there. So, he is not personally sending money to BLM. Let me put it this way, the Rockefeller Foundation is known to have helped fund the population control organizations that campaigned for population control in third world countries. There was a lot of wrong done in those campaigns, people were coerced into being sterilized, many died from botched operations, ultrasound machines were introduced to India with the express intent of promoting sex selective abortion. Nevertheless, the Rockefeller family themselves were not directly behind all those atrocities. They did not directly order the bulldozing of slums in India so that 2 million men could be rounded up for sterilization. They were simply part of a chain of dry little bureaucrats and business men who couldn’t see past the end of their nose to be concerned with the real people their ideas would hurt. Soros isn’t masterminding all of what his money goes into, any more than Rockefeller.


  32. Ricky, I will have to look into that film, The Purple Plain. I’ve never had a chance to see Waterloo Bridge, but I’ve seen trailers and clips. I think Robert Taylor is an underappreciated actor – I’ve enjoyed the 1930s and 40s films I’ve seen him in, and Vivien Leigh was a great actress (though ‘Gone with the Wind’ is not my favorite).

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  33. Hwesseli, Soros and the Koch brothers are probably in the Illuminati. Trump and the Clinton are in it, too, as is the Pope, Billy Graham and all the Bushs. Trump won because the Illuminati flipped a coin or something. I’m trying to find out how to join myself. Anyone know how? 🙂

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  34. Every one of the things listed, BLM, immigration protests, Trump protests, violence at Trump rallies, ACORN, CAN, Workers Party, and more, all funded by his Open Society scam. You think it’s just a coincidence that his money just happens to fund all these things? You think he has no control? That’s a bit naive.

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  35. The Real, do the Rockefellers have full control over their Foundation and the organizations it funds? Soros is humanly incapable of running the Open Society Foundation by himself, never mind running the organizations which receive funds from the OSF.


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