36 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-1-16

  1. What!

    Ricky,

    You mean to tell me one of the biggest Never Trumpers out there is STILL not happy with Trump?

    I’m shocked, shocked I say!

    Not….. 🙄

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  2. Now as to your second one…..

    The best part is the couple has never spoken out on the matter for either side. But since they attend a church where the pastor is against gay marriage, they must be guilty by association.

    The left is such a fan of group think that they wrongly assume everyone else does it too.

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  3. Here’s more on what Ricky mentioned.

    They’re successful Christians, so they must be destroyed.

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/30/chip-joanna-gaines-are-christians-so-they-must-be-destroyed/

    “I only know two things about Chip and Joanna Gaines: 1) My mom is obsessed with their HGTV show, and 2) Chip is a big doofus and apparently the luckiest man alive. Home-renovation shows aren’t really my thing, but they seem like a nice couple and they do nice things for people. Look up the word “nice” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of those two, surprising you with how wonderfully they’ve renovated it.

    But they’re also devout Christians. So, of course, they must be destroyed. Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed has the grim, socially unjust details:

    Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.

    So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.

    That’s right: Those people you’ve seen on TV go to church. GET THEM!!!

    Remember when famous people weren’t held accountable for the views of their pastors? It wasn’t that long ago…”
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    And here’s the original hit piece they have the nerve to call journalism.

    http://archive.is/ysHMD

    “They have built a small empire, and they are not done yet. They have a huge retail space in Waco, as well as a new magazine, the Magnolia Journal; they have a real estate company; Joanna has a paint line and a home decor line. Season 4 of Fixer Upper begins Nov. 29.

    They are also, as they detail in The Magnolia Story, devout Christians — Joanna has spoken of and written about her conversations with God. (God told her both to close her store to spend time with her children, and then to reopen it a few years later.) Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.

    So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.

    Fixer Upper has fans of all stripes: Christians, feminists, and LGBT viewers have all found something to love in the Gaineses. So in the absence of a response from them or their representatives, it’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position Seibert and Antioch take on same-sex marriage.”

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  4. Despite the corporate welfare described above, I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the orange one. Daniel Henninger wrote an interesting article in today’s WSJ that mirrors my current optimistic thoughts. It seems Trump and his team may operate at two levels:

    1. On the surface is Trump himself, feuding with media leaders, Tweeting lies, behaving like the buffoon we know so well.

    2. Underneath, he is assembling a solid conservative cabinet.

    For years I longed for another Reagan, an articulate conservative who could educate the public about the need for market reforms in healthcare, education and elsewhere. It may be too late for that. The next best thing may be a clown who can distract the public with silly Tweets and reality TV behavior. We can hope that Trump’s distractions may allow Ryan and conservatives in the Cabinet to make real reforms.

    The question is: Was the Carrier payoff a publicity stunt or a sign of a new age of corporate welfare? I feel certain it was designed as a publicity stunt, but if I owned a manufacturing company I would be tempted to announce I might be shifting jobs to Mexico. If Trump, Pence and others are giving out money to companies, why not join in?

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  5. I like Fixer Upper. They obviously love each other and the Lord. I like the episodes that include their children. They teach them to work, to respect and admire the parents, and that dad is the strongest guy out there. What’s not to like about any of that?

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  6. Trump who railed against Clinton’s wall street ties has no problen with wall street and the wealthy in his cabinet. Not much of a man of the people.

    Corporate welfare is welfare. Now that corporations are persons are they entitled to welfare? As a CEO, I would be sure to follow Ricky’s advice. Now if he designed general policies to keep corporations in the USA ( eg. tariffs) instead of ad hoc cash giveaways, it would make sense but that would be work.

    The HGTV couple should have spent some money on PR. They didnt make any comment to the journalist prior to the writing of the story. A politely ambigoisly crafted comment would avoided a lot of trouble.

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  7. Ah, yes! The promised Trump tariffs. HRW, Unfortunately, those tariffs would make everyone poorer, while the corporate welfare primarily redistributes dollars from taxpayers to businesses (makes those who pay taxes poorer).

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  8. Fifteen years ago most people I know would have been strongly opposed to both perversion and Trump. Today, many young people accept or even embrace perversion. Today, many older people accept or even embrace Trump. However, severe and unmoving I remain opposed to both.

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  9. Chas, you are WRONG! It doesn’t count which church Nancy Pelosi attends. She is a Democrat so all is forgiven. She could attend a snake handling revival and it wouldn’t matter.

    What is it called when someone belongs to a certain church or branch of Christianity simply because once upon a time they were baptized/Christened there?

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  10. KBells’ question reminded me of something.
    Last evening, I saw two Muslim women on TV talking about the Ohio State event. They were defending the guy. But that’s not the issue. I was curious about this:
    They were wearing Muslim garb. Their faces were showing, they were made up properly as the green room does. But their heads were wrapped so that not a hair was showing. This was two separate instances. Had nothing to do with each other.
    It reminded me of a book I was reading several years ago. Some women were in an Iranian prison. This woman was going up to see the male guy in charge. They had to fix her so that “not a strand of hair was showing.” I thought it was strange. Now this.

    Since 9-11, I have read extensively about Islam. I have read the Koran. I know it commands that women be dressed modestly. Their leaders determine what is modest. I have never read anywhere that hair, in particular, has anything to do with it.

    There used to be a Muslim president in Pakistan. She was on TV, she only had a scarf casually draped over her head, much as Catholic women used to do.

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  11. What caught my attention about the TV couple (no, I’ve never seen the show and had no idea, really, who they were) was one piece referred to their church as an “anti-gay” church.

    Huh?

    Perhaps they don’t feel ambivalent about the issue but knew that making any kind of comment would land them even deeper in trouble with the politically correct class.

    It’s the new blacklist, I guess.

    Wonder how long they’ll be able to keep their show?

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  12. KBells, Trump is as pro-perversion as Hillary or the Democrats. Remember he invited Peter Thiel to address the Trumpkin Convention. Remember how Trump scolded conservatives who were not pro-perversion. People who hold a Biblical view of perversion are not welcome in the US. That is what the attack on the Texan TV real estate people is all about.

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  13. Chas, I was informed when we went to Egypt that I should cover my arms as the Muslim women are required to shave everything but their heads every forty days and arm hair was offensive. Of course, I don’t know how that was done in seven hundred.

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  14. Ricky, that is why I voted for trump/PENCE. If Trump gets impeached we will be in good shape. They hate Pence more than they hate Trump. But one thing about Trump is that his election has given us permission to fight back.

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  15. KBells, I agree with your first point, though Pence will be muted on this issue in a Trump Administration.

    I am not at all sure about the second point. I think it is very possible that Trump may approve new regulations on businesses in the name of protecting “LGBT” people. I also think Organized Perversion will try to further marginalize Christians by noting that “even the Republican lunatic Trump is pro-LGBT”.

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  16. “I also think Organized Perversion will try to further marginalize Christians by noting that “even the Republican lunatic Trump is pro-LGBT”.”

    That’s gonna happen regardless of where Trump stands, although they would be happier if they could lump him in with us.

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  17. One major problem with Islam is the situation the Roman Catholic Church had in the middle ages. The Bible said what the priests said it said.
    Muslims believe the only authoritative version of the Koran is the Arabic version. They don’t think it should be translated.
    That means that to almost all Muslims, the Koran says what the mullahs say it says.
    e.g. The Koran says that anyone who dies defending the faith is blessed of Allah.
    It does not guarantee 72 dark eyed virgins and a “penis that doesn’t bend”. (their words).
    They struggle to say what a woman would get, except that she can designate sure entry into paradise for (some number) people she designates.

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  18. That is what I thought, Chas. Kind of like when we take something from the Bible and make it more important than anything else and look down on those who don’t. Not that we would do that, of course. And not that their book is inspired.

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  19. Chas – I’ve read elsewhere that it is, as you say, a cultural thing, not a religious thing, but has been adopted by the religion. I think it’s the same with female circumcision.

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  20. The only place I’ve heard of female circumcision is in East Africa. There may be others. It is not in the Koran. I’ve only read it once, but I would have noticed that.

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  21. Interesting to follow the comments on a Yahoo ‘story’ about Chip and Joanna Gaines – not only did most of the folks support Chip & Jo, but almost all of them were pro-Christianity and good morals. Unusual for those kind of hit pieces – perhaps a newfound confidence among believers since the election?

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  22. Trump made a deal with Carrier. That’s what we elected him to do.

    Government making deals with companies is nothing new. Incentives are nothing new. For example, Pratt and Whitney didn’t pay any property tax to the City of East Hartford, CT from approximately 1982-1992, though they had expansive corporate facilities and millions of dollars in equipment in the City. And who was the President of the United States at that time? Reagan and Bush the Globalist.

    Six or seven years ago, Tennessee made a deal with Amazon to build facilities here instead of Georgia. What was the deal? There would be extensive expansion at the Industrial park in Chattanooga that also houses VW. There would be major interstate road work so the massive transportation network required by Amazon’s business model could be facilitated. In addition, Amazon would be exempt from collecting tax from sales to TN residents that other retailers in the state have to pay. In 2014, after Amazon opened up 2 facilities, TN decided the sales tax rebate had gone on long enough, and now Amazon is required to collect like everyone else.

    So I expect Trump to facilitate and make more deals. Many, many more.

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  23. Unbelievers don’t have much of anything to hinge their morality onto anymore except law. And it only takes half the country to change the law—less really. I think that’s why we have all the meltdown on both sides of politics.

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  24. Rachel Maddow has green nut Tom Steyer on and both are crying many tears over Trump considering the former CEO of ExxonMobil to be the Secretary of State. Old Trump is determined to make me like him.

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  25. I’m not crazy about some of Trumps picks so far, but I’m not second guessing him either. No president can govern alone, and these are the people he thinks he needs to do the job. And it is some consolation that if any of them do something he doesn’t like, we’ll probably hear the reprimand firsthand on twitter :–)

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