16 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-9-16

  1. Yesterday we talked about why pastors should stay out of politics so they wouldn’t say foolish things. Robert Jeffress is the best example. He is a fine preacher. I am certain he has other good qualities. When he delves into politics he says foolish things, offends others, and makes Christian leaders look amoral, dumb and hypocritical.


    Jeffress is an example of another bad phenomenon. When a preacher endorses a candidate, he will be tempted to defend that candidate’s positions which he should not be defending.

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  2. Mr. P watches shows I would not watch Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah being among them. I listened last night as I was falling asleep. These people are relentless.
    I tried to explain to him that by continuing to pound on Trump they are going to back a group of people into a corner where they have to defend their choices. I used them term they are going to force us all into a civil war. As you know I have already lost 3 friends –an almost life long friendship. It pains me. I am obviously the outsider on whom they have turned their backs. I miss it dearly, but don’t know how to reconcile without completely agreeing with them.
    Reminds me of this….

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  3. Kim,

    Look at the bright side, at least Noah’s been canceled. 🙂

    And if Colbert’s ratings continue their downward spiral, he will be too. 🙂

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  4. So just what were the feds up to here?


    “The Georgia Secretary of State is demanding answers from the Department of Homeland Security after an unsuccessful breach to the department’s firewall.

    Secretary of State Brian Kemp talked exclusively with Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant on Thursday, saying he was “mad as hell” after what he called a massive cyberattack on the agency’s network Nov. 15, traced back to a United States Department of Homeland Security IP address.

    “It’s outrageous to think about our own federal government is doing this to us,” Kemp told Diamant.

    Kemp’s office maintains Georgia’s voter registration and elections data, plus corporate and professional license records.

    Kemp told Diamant that the network’s firewall held up and there was no breech. But after the agency’s security vendor sounded the alarm, Kemp fired off a terse letter Thursday to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

    “We’re demanding answers to some of these questions, you know? Are they doing this to other states? Was it authorized or not? Who ordered this? Why is it being done and why weren’t we notified?” Kemp said.”

    More here,


    “The attempt took place on Nov. 15, a few days after the presidential election. The office of the Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the state’s elections.

    “At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was also sent to the state’s federal representatives and senators. “Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network. This is especially odd and concerning since I serve on the Election Cyber Security Working Group that your office created.”

    “The Department of Homeland Security has received Secretary Kemp’s letter,” a DHS spokesperson told CyberScoop. “We are looking into the matter. DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly.”

    Georgia was one of two states that refused cyber-hygiene support and penetration testing from DHS in the leadup to the presidential election. The department had made a significant push for it after hackers spent months exposing the Democratic National Committee’s internal communications and data.

    In an interview with Politico, Kemp intimated that the federal government’s hacking fears were overblown, saying “they now think our whole system is on the verge of disaster because some Russian’s going to tap into the voting system.””


  5. So the party that destroyed the coal industry now wants to shut down govt. unless the out of work coal miners get an extension of healthcare benefits? Seriously?

    If they wanted them to have healthcare, they shouldn’t have destroyed the industry and cost them their jobs.


    “Senate Democrats are digging in their heels over health benefits for miners in a government funding bill, raising the risk of a shutdown at midnight on Friday.

    “We’re going to win this fight, we cannot predict the path, but we’re going to win this fight because we’re right,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

    Schumer, as well as Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va), Bob Casey (Pa.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Mark Warner (Va.), held a press conference with coal miners as they sought to ramp up the pressure on Republicans to strike a deal.

    Democrats are holding up the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government as they push to include a one-year extension of healthcare for thousands of miners and their families. The spending measure now includes a four-month extension.”


  6. Democrats are probably loving this idea, and wondering if they could get away with it on a national level here.


    “France’s socialist government is attempting to crack down on pro-life activists by criminalizing online advocacy at odds with the nation’s abortion regime.

    On Thursday, the French National Assembly passed a bill that makes it a crime to post information online that challenges abortion. Pro-life activists who continue to operate online face up to two years in prison and a fine of more than $30,000. The bill is an expansion of a 1993 law that penalized giving out “false information” or physically blocking those seeking abortion from entering clinics. The bill passed by French lawmakers will punish web operators who post material considered “deliberately misleading, intimidating and/or exerting psychological or moral pressure.”

    The French legislation follows a controversy that erupted after the French government blocked an advertisement featuring smiling children with Down syndrome because it could dredge up feelings of guilt from woman who decided to abort babies diagnosed with the genetic condition in-utero. About 96 percent of all babies diagnosed with the condition are aborted in France. The two-minute ad featured testimony from Down syndrome children and adults, as well as their parents explaining that they were capable of living full and happy lives. In November a French court upheld the ban, saying the video would “‘disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, have made personal life choices.’”

    “Pro-life activists in the United States said that the crackdown on websites that provide information on alternatives to abortion demonstrate the political power of pro-abortion forces. They see it as a preview of the threats that the abortion lobby poses against the First Amendment protections of speech and religion.

    “Pro-abortion extremists around the world, aided and abetted by their government allies, rely on the same bully tactics. They are desperate to distract the public from the ugly reality that abortion destroys lives,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. ”

    Pro-life activists in the United States have dealt with similar attacks on their operations. In May, Illinois Democrats passed legislation backed by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups that would force pro-life pregnancy clinics and doctors to provide information or references to abortion clinics, regardless of their beliefs. In August, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law despite the fact that no Republican in the House of Representatives or state Senate voted for the bill.

    Illinois is the second state to crackdown on pregnancy centers in the past 12 months. In December 2015, California adopted a similar measure. The Los Angeles City Attorney served up the state’s first violations to three crisis pregnancy centers in July.”


  7. The Scarlet Letter, 2016 version.


    “California congresswoman Jackie Speier has proposed legislation that would add a mark to a student’s transcript in cases where the student was accused of sexual misconduct or rape. The goal of the bill is to prevent students from transferring to another school after a sexual assault without the other school knowing about it.

    Speier argues that since schools already include notations about cheating on transcripts they certainly ought to include information about sexual assault. She told the Associated Press last month, “Sexual assault is a far more serious offense that deserves at least as much, if not greater, scrutiny.”

    The problem, of course, is that schools are not designed to be courts and are not equipped to investigate these allegations. In fact, some of the cases in which students are expelled have been looked at by law enforcement but never result in charges because the evidence is deemed insufficient. From the AP:

    Mike Reilly, who heads the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said people often question why schools frequently handle sexual violence reports instead of law enforcement. Such cases often involve alcohol and hinge on whether an intoxicated person gave consent, and in many cases, law enforcement doesn’t find enough evidence to warrant charges, he said.
    In addition to lower standards of evidence, schools are not set up to protect the rights of the accused. Justin Dillon, a lawyer who represents students accused of sexual misconduct says students are guilty until they prove themselves innocent:

    “It is an uneven playing field from the start,” said Justin Dillon, a Washington-based lawyer who has defended dozens of students accused of sexual misconduct. “Regardless of what colleges want to say, the burden is always on the accused student to prove his innocence, not the other way around.”…”


  8. Head. Desk.


    “A small Washington state city spent more than $100,000 on three “windmill-like turbines” – but any hopes for big savings appear to be blowing in the wind.

    The Peninsula Daily News reported that the Port Angeles turbines, which haven’t yet been turned on, are expected to generate $1.39 per day in electricity, or roughly $42 per month.

    The turbines were meant to help illuminate a local park. Now, some city council members are having second thoughts about their unanimous approval for the project.

    “I did not realize they would produce so little energy. I wouldn’t have voted for it knowing it was that little,” City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch told The Peninsula Daily News.

    “I did not realize they would produce so little energy. I wouldn’t have voted for it knowing it was that little,” City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch told The Peninsula Daily News.

    Bruch later told Foxnews.com she was “disappointed” the project was not as efficient as intended, but says she remains supportive of the project.

    Bruch said the purpose of the “designers was to let people see how wind works.” Asked if the intent of the project was to provide a cost-efficient means of electricity, she said it was not the primary reason.

    “It is a piece of art,” she added.

    The city, though, challenged some details in the newspaper report.

    Nathan West, director of Community and Economic Development for the city, told FoxNews.com in an email that daily savings could be as high as $5.44 “at peak windspeed” but cautioned that “determination of actual benefit in dollars at this time would be speculative because the spires are not yet operational.””

    So it could be as high as $150 a month. At that rate it will only take 666.66 months (or 55.55 years to get their money back. They musta got some warranty on the equipment for it to last that long, or like one admits above, they had no idea of the details. These elected officials are obviously some very smart people.

    Or they’re idiots.


  9. I can’t even watch the Thunder because I am awash in interesting economic articles and tweets. Here is a good shorthand way of understanding the proposed GOP tax on businesses:


  10. Hmm, you’re awash in something alright. That first piece reads like pure fluff. However, the second piece is a little disturbing if I’m reading it right. It appears that the expiration of WTO protocol provisions will make it much more difficult to challenge China’s pricing practices. And China is now to be considered as a market economy. But they are still a communist country…


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