26 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-14-17

  1. Our church is looking into ways to provide underemployed millennials (like my own Stargazer who is now the IT guy), with meaningful volunteer opportunities which can be used on a resume.

    We have a local residence for young adults newly released from the foster care system (therefore without parental backup) or in need of housing, a few blocks away. Our church ladies have been reaching out with furniture, a welcome laundry basket (with the simple things you’d need to get started–laundry soap, cleaners, blanket, and so forth).

    It’s not hard, the young adults are grateful, the church ladies are joyful and God is glorified.

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  2. I guess Germans didn’t get the memo about Merkel being the new leader of the free world…

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election-poll-idUSKBN15S2KH

    “Three left-leaning German parties would now win enough combined support to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel in September’s election, according to an opinion poll by the INSA institute to be published in Bild newspaper on Tuesday.

    The newspaper said in advance of the report that it was the first time “in a long time” that a left-of-center coalition would have enough support to knock the Christian Democrats out of office.

    The three parties had enough votes to form a coalition after the last election in 2013 but opted not to join forces because of lingering SPD opposition to alliances with the hard-left Linke party. Support for all three parties fell after that and was long short of a majority before the INSA opinion poll.”

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  3. Being the Leader of the Free World and the leader of your own country are two very different things. Just ask Nixon, Carter and Big Bush. Merkel may well find her name added to that list.

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  4. You know this is intentional on Trump’s part….. 😏

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-reporters-234972

    “Reporters expressed frustration with President Donald Trump and anger toward their fellow journalists after Trump managed to avoid addressing the question of the day at his Monday press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — the fate of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    At the afternoon briefing, Trump called on reporters from local Washington television outlet ABC 7 (owned by Sinclair Broadcasting) and The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet. Most reporters were eager to ask about Flynn and whether he still has the confidence of the president after reports that Flynn had secret discussions with Russian officials and appears to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about those discussions. (Senior Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, later said on MSNBC that General Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president, though White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also told reporters the president is “evaluating the situation.”)

    But the reporters from ABC 7 and Daily Caller did not ask about Flynn. ABC 7 asked how Trump saw the relationship with Canada working out, and The Daily Caller asked what Trump considered the biggest national security concern.

    Reporters from across the media spectrum reacted with shock and frustration.

    “No questions about Flynn’s status even though it is leading every newscast?? Are these planted questions on the Washington side?” tweeted national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.”

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  5. The real question is: If the US elects a sane, informed and mature President in 2020, will the rest of the world give that new President anything approaching the respect and deference it gave US Presidents before Trump?

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  6. AJ @1:16 There are “conservative” media institutions and persons that are now performing duties similar to those performed by Russia Today with regard to the regime in power.

    As Kim indicated the other day, it is really getting harder to find news sources that are close to objective. I think it was Michelle that pointed us to foreign sources. I try to read as widely as possible. FoxNews, NYT and the WaPo are officially combatants at this point.

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  7. I am rapidly coming to believe that ‘news’ is vastly over rated. Unless it’s a tornado, wildfire, or a breaking dam, it can wait. Most news needs to marinate a little anyway. Let the facts come out, or (perish the thought) let a reporter do a little actual investigating, as opposed to a quick google search. Twitter is just about as effective at the reactionary, beat-you-to-the-punch kind of news the media has been dribbling out for several years. I have been tickled to see the Press room take questions from the empty seats reserved for the online press. :–)

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  8. Now for the really important news of the day:
    I just linked to the Westminster Kennel Club, and we watched a re-run from yesterday’s Dachshunds prancing around the ring. Samster is howling and barking. There was a cute little black and tan Dachshund we were rooting for but he didn’t win. And now, the best in Group has gone to a Norwegian Elkhound? Samster is sure the whole thing is RIGGED!.

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  9. Yes, Kizzie, Norway is now in our sites –or rather in Samster’s sites. He’s a little peeved that they were not part of the 7 country travel ban. I’m hoping he’ll be cheered up in time to see Best in Show. But I’m not sure that he can be prevailed upon to watch it after the cute black and tan was so rudely overlooked in favor of the red smooth coat. And to have best in Group go to the Norwegian Elkhound is almost more than he can bear. All he’s doing now is marching around the the house muttering under his breath about so-called judges. Who knows where it will all end. Or when.

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  10. Looks like the Obama holdovers are hard at work doing the former president’s bidding.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-obama-officials-loyalists-waged-campaign-oust-flynn/

    “The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

    The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

    The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

    Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.”
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    Sedition is what it is.

    http://theweek.com/articles/680068/americas-spies-anonymously-took-down-michael-flynn-that-deeply-worrying

    “The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.

    The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.

    Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result. “Finally,” they say, “someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!” It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.”

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  11. Loose lips sink ships. It’s time to make some examples.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/14/exclusive-defiant-flynn-insists-he-crossed-no-lines-leakers-must-be-prosecuted/

    “In the final hours before his resignation, now-former White House National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn said he “crossed no lines” in his discussion with Russia’s ambassador, but ultimately he was most concerned about the steady stream of leaks to reporters based on classified information.

    “In some of these cases, you’re talking about stuff that’s taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That’s a crime,” Flynn told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group during a telephone interview from his White House office on Monday.

    “You call them leaks. It’s a criminal act. This is a crime. It’s not just a wink and a nod,” Flynn said.

    “Over the weekend,” Bloomberg’s Eli Lake reports, Flynn “was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador.””

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  12. Great chart, DJ.

    One could add VDare and The Unz Review to the very far right. I would also raise the “quality” level of The Family Research Council. It is a little hard to place Reason (libertarian) and RT (the voice of Russia) on the left/right chart.

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