32 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-15-17

  1. This is an interesting article. It seems that when Americans drop out of church, it affects their political behavior. The Democrats become Black Lives Matter activists. The Republicans become supporters of … you guessed it.

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  2. From the article:

    But non-churchgoing conservatives didn’t flock to Trump only because he articulated their despair. He also articulated their resentments. For decades, liberals have called the Christian right intolerant. When conservatives disengage from organized religion, however, they don’t become more tolerant. They become intolerant in different ways. Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims. In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Benjamin Knoll noted that among Catholics, mainline Protestants, and born-again Protestants, the less you attended church, the more anti-immigration you were.

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  3. More victims of Obama’s failed policies..

    A criminal illegal, murderer, and a molester. And yes, when you’re 35 and your girlfriend is 15, and you already have another baby with her, you’re a molester.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/andrew-eicher/illegal-alien-twice-released-ice-shoots-underage-girl-carrying-his-unborn

    “A 35-year-old illegal alien, twice released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama administration, allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl, killing her and their unborn child with whom she was 9 months pregnant, the Houston Chronicle reported on March 9.”
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    “Shortly after his second release, he impregnated the victim, 15-year-old Jennifer Delgado, before allegedly killing her and their unborn child 9 months later. He shot her multiple times in the head and, as My San Antonio reports, shot himself in the mouth in an apparent suicide attempt.

    Following treatment at a local hospital, authorities booked Garcia-Ramires into Bexar County jail, where he remains on a $2 million bond. He has a 1-year-old son with the deceased Delgado.”

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  4. Uh-oh. The Orange One has lost interest in healthcare reform and has decided to engage in a Twitter War with Snoop Dogg.

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  5. So Rachel Maddow released her “blockbuster” last night. Not only did she probably break the law, since releasing someone else’s tax docs is a crime, but it only showed that Trump made 150 million in 2005 and paid 38 million in taxes. A higher percentage than both of the left’s “fair share” poster boys Bernie and Barry. Talk about a non-story, or “fake news,” if you prefer…..

    https://www.yahoo.com/tv/tax-story-puts-spotlight-msnbcs-rachel-maddow-032437070.html

    “For a brief, breathless moment Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was at the center of the political media universe.

    With a single tweet, she set in motion a social media storm, compelled the White House to undercut her by releasing some of President Donald Trump’s tax return information, was accused of breaking the law, was attacked by Fox News Channel and likely drew one of her biggest audiences.

    Less than 90 minutes before her show on Tuesday, Maddow tweeted that “we’ve got Trump’s tax returns … (Seriously),” advertising her program. That teaser spread like wildfire, and within the hour, MSNBC was running a countdown clock on its screen counting down the minutes to a “Trump Taxes Exclusive.””
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    “She spent nearly 20 minutes explaining why many people believe it important that Trump release his tax returns, as presidents have done since Richard Nixon in the 1970s. She pieced together theories on what his returns could show — sources of his income and whether he was beholden to any foreign sources, whether he personally stood to gain from any changes in tax policies that the Trump administration sought to enact.

    It felt vaguely like a bait-and-switch and there were some complaints on social media that Maddow was taking too long to get to the point. For long-time watchers of her show, the structure was familiar: Maddow frequently opens with long, detailed stories that follow many paths. This has been a winning formula lately, since Maddow’s ratings in February were the highest in the nine years her show has been on the air.”

    “The White House pronounced Maddow desperate for ratings and said she had violated a law against the unauthorized release or publishing of federal tax returns. Maddow said that First Amendment protections of the press gave her the right to broadcast the information.”
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    She’s wrong, and I hope Trump pursues it.

    And not only is she wrong, her and her friends at MSNBC are complete hypocrites. At least Trump paid his taxes.

    https://heatst.com/politics/the-place-for-tax-woes-nine-msnbc-personalities-had-tax-liens-filed-against-them/

    “MSNBC’s hosts have a tax problem.

    A Heat Street review of public records show that a total of six current, prominent MSNBC pundits have recently settled federal or state tax liens, while one still has tax problems. Moreover, at least two other hosts who recently left the network have also had massive tax liens filed against them.

    MSNBC declined to comment, and none of the current or former tax debtors responded to requests for interviews sent through an MSNBC spokesperson.”
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  6. Yep. Maddox is talking about Trump’s taxes. Hannity and O’Reilly are talking about a crime committed by an alien. No one wants to try to explain the economics of healthcare and the difficult choices we face to the American people. No one wants to educate the public about the actual economics of trade. If they tried to do so, most people would switch channels to watch the Kardashians.

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  7. lol. When Globalists go to church, they tend to be the sort of men Jesus horsewhipped right out of the temple–exorbitant usury and all. ;–)

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  8. Right. I remember Jesus whipping all sorts of people for being pro-immigration and pro-free trade. Has Little Falwell written his own Sunday School curriculum?

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  9. Ricky, are there any Texans left in your area, or have they all come to the mountains of NM for spring break?

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  10. “hostile” Hmmm. I agree with Solar — that is a pretty loaded term that’s interpreted in wildly different ways, I’m quite sure.

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  11. We were at the Pali Lookout yesterday and I stopped to look at one of the hordes of spring break teenagers here.

    Pretty girl, I thought. She looks like the younger Obama daughter.

    Last night, we walked along the mob scene of Waikiki, and came upon a huge crowd of people gathered around a service entrance at the Cheesecake Factory. Cameras up and excited, they appeared to be waiting like paparazzi for someone. Many police cars spun their lights, waiting at the restaurant.

    Rumor had it former President Obama was spotted dining inside.

    CR knew he was on the islands for a spring vacation, so maybe?

    All I can say is, I would not have gone to the Cheesecake Factory, but, of you’re entertaining teenage girls, maybe that was a good spot? 🙂

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  12. The Atlantic Link
    I’m not surprised the alt-right can be found in the secular right as opposed to the religious right. Christianity (and Islam and Buddhism) are universal religions not anchored to one particular culture. In some sense this is pure psychology, most people find church fills a social, cultural and/or spiritual need. When people cease to attend church (whether they identify as Christian or not) they tend to look elsewhere to fulfill the need, hence the New Age section in the bookstore. Serious members of the alt-right seek a more cultural exclusive religion than Christianity and hence will often dabble in Wican, pre-Christian European religions, etc. Right wing populism which focuses on culture and racial differences are more appealing to non-Christians than Christians (especially since most Christians are no longer white and/or western). A university friend who’s usually quite left wing occasionally strays over to the right side of the fence because as a German he found the cultural arguments persuasive. For a time, he was quite critical of Christianity for distorting German culture — then he got married.

    The National Review. An good analysis on why your can’t apply European politics to the US and vice versa. Immigrant nations (like Canada and the US) can’t apply the same logic as the populist right in Europe.

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  13. I’m afraid Maddow was duped — Trump’s tax returns like Obama wiretaps is a squirrel designed to distract attention away from Russia and health care. It appears the tax form originates from the Trump side of the aisle. Given its missing schedules and other information, the form tells very little. Trump did write off $100 million in losses that year, though. And he paid 25% taxes on the rest because of a minimum tax rule — take away the minimum tax rule and he would have only paid 4% on his taxes. And I wonder which tax he wishes to repeal?????

    Yesterday I mentioned a church group turned back at the border. Today I learned the Girl Guides are not even going to bother trying. They’ve cancelled all trips to the US including to national conventions and campouts. They cite the diversity of girls in the Guides as their reason. They are afraid one girl would be denied entry from a bus or van full of girls, and then she would be left at the border or the trip cancelled. To avoid uncertainty, they aren’t even going to try.

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  14. I think you can go very wrong with cheesecake. I’ve tried it enough times, including some very expensive ones, to know there is no such thing as “good” cheesecake. It’s all inedible. I usually pass on apple pie too, but if it’s all that’s available and I’m hungry enough for dessert I may eat a slice. But cheesecake isn’t worth trying, even if it’s chocolate pecan cheesecake or some other attempt to hide behind good food–I’ve tried several of them before concluding that.

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  15. Kim, You are right about the portions, but that is a problem now with all desserts at all restaurants. We generally only order dessert if there are four of us to split one.

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  16. DJ, basically a dessert usually has to have chocolate in it to be worthwhile. I’ll make exceptions for pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, and a few other things, but not for apple pie and definitely not for cheescake (even if chocolate is added). If it has cream cheese in it, it’s not a dessert, it’s dairy, and something that adds nothing to the end of a meal.

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