26 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-27-17

  1. Megyn Kelly went with the MSM’s “chasing squirrels” line of questioning, and Putin wasn’t having any of it…

    It was especially striking at around the 14:40 mark, when Putin continues scolding the US for being hypocritical, and “moralizing and teaching us how to live.”

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  2. Well we finally have proof of collusion with regards to Russia.

    But it was between Dems, Fusion GPS, (the Dem smear machine) and Comey’s FBI.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/democrats-fbi-collaborated-on-trump-smear.php

    “The New York Post has an explosive report on the infamous “dossier” that tried to smear Donald Trump in order to swing the presidential election to Hillary Clinton. The source of the dossier is a Democratic Party opposition research firm called Fusion GPS:

    The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.
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    Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

    No surprise there. What is shocking is the FBI’s apparent involvement in the effort to smear Trump with false rumors:

    The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

    It raises more questions than that. Why was the FBI meddling in a U.S. presidential election? Partisan interference in the election by public agencies like the FBI and major news sources like NBC are far more worrisome than anything Russians allegedly might do from afar.

    The FBI, too, is trying to stiff Congress’s investigation into the fake dossier:”

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  3. On Russia, a senator’s deception and a timeline of Trump frustration.

    Falsehoods and lies, and the media eats it up as gospel.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-on-russia-a-senators-deception-and-a-timeline-of-trump-frustration/article/2627052

    “That was May 11. It wasn’t until June 8, when Comey, by that time a private citizen, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he admitted Trump was never under investigation — and that, just as Trump said, Comey had assured the president three times that he wasn’t under investigation.

    Comey’s admission seemed to make Grassley more frustrated. For all those weeks and months, while speculation about a Trump investigation raged in the press, Comey knew the truth, and told top members of Congress the truth, and yet in public, a misimpression was allowed to grow.

    And so last Wednesday, Grassley took to the Senate floor to address the issue again. His target was Comey, but also Schumer. Back in March, the minority leader knew the truth — he had been told by the director of the FBI himself — but fed the fire by publicly saying Trump was under investigation. Grassley denounced “media hysteria” set off by remarks like Schumer’s.

    “I have to note something else here,” Grassley said:

    Mr. Comey didn’t just tell the president, Sen. Feinstein, and me that the president was not under investigation. He also had told the Gang of Eight. Of course, the Gang of Eight includes the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Schumer. But even after Mr. Comey told the Gang of Eight that the president was not under investigation, the minority leader told the media he was. That helped feed the media hysteria. The minority leader even tried to say that the Senate shouldn’t vote on the Supreme Court nomination because the president was under investigation. And the whole time, he knew it wasn’t true.

    Those were pretty strong words between senators.

    Now, Grassley said, there is still baseless speculation about the Russia case. Grassley called for it to stop. Of course, it won’t. But even if it somehow did stop, a lot of damage has already been done.”
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    They all knew it was false, but it served their agenda which was to damage Trump, so they went with it.

    And maybe this has something to do with Trump’s tendency to go straight to the people thru Twitter, and skip the lie reporting “unbiased” press.

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  4. And maybe tweeting around them has been Trump’s smartest move yet.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/rachelalexander/2017/06/26/the-genius-of-trumps-tweets-n2346555

    “President Donald Trump frequently comes under criticism for tweeting, even from his own advisers. But tweeting is probably the smartest thing he has done as president. He is able to speak directly to the American people without going through the biased mainstream media filter. The media doesn’t get to ask him slanted questions or pick and choose parts of his press releases to publish. Instead, Trump gets immense control over every single sentence he issues, which are then read by millions of Americans.

    With almost everyone online these days, it is easy for the average American to follow Trump’s tweets on Twitter. Twitter is free, unlike some mainstream media sites. Many of The Washington Post’s articles — the site is a frequent critic of Trump — are behind a paywall. A Twitter account isn’t even required in order to view Trump’s tweets. And even if left-leaning Twitter artificially buries positive news about Trump, it doesn’t matter, people go directly to his tweets.

    Google, Twitter and Facebook control much of the news we see today, but Trump’s tweets get around their dominance. Similar to the Drudge Report website, Trump’s tweets are so well-known that people view his tweets independently of the tech giants. The Drudge Report receives comparable traffic to Google News and The New York Times — despite the fact Google News prominently promotes the Times in search results and on its homepage. Drudge isn’t even carried in Google News, since the site merely aggregates links to articles. Google is the most trafficked site in the U.S. as well as in the world.”

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    “One sign of Trump’s success at tweeting may be diminishing references to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to influence the U.S. presidential election. Trump rails on Twitter frequently about the “fake news” media making up his ties to Russia. Although no evidence of collusion has emerged during the months the left-leaning media has made it a top story, the media ran with it for quite a long time. But Trump kept hammering the media over it, never letting up, sometimes with multiple tweets in a row. Finally, after fired FBI Director James Comey told Congress earlier this month that there was no collusion, the media showed signs of backing off. On June 22, CNN retracted a story. Rank-and-file Democrats in Congress are now urging leadership to stop talking about it.

    Trump’s tweets repeatedly labeling the mainstream media as fake news, combined with banning their journalists from news events or ignoring them at press conferences when they ask questions, is gradually chipping away at their dominance. Trump attacks CNN probably more than any other news site. Its website traffic has gradually decreased over the past year. In contrast, Breitbart, which is considered by some to be the number one pro-Trump news site, saw a steep increase in traffic right before Trump became president, which has remained at that level. Unlike CNN, Breitbart does not receive top favorable placement by Google News.”

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  5. Good links, Tychicus.

    Kelly is over her head. Putin is smooth–too smooth, but he’s right about a few things:
    1) We do interfere in the domestic policies of many countries, and
    2) We are bored, apparently very bored, and
    3) “Have you all lost your minds over there? ” Yes. Yes we have.

    As a nation, we can’t tell which direction is up or down. We must be told by SCOTUS who may or who may not bake a wedding cake. It’s now officially easier to discern the gender of a furry, fluffy little kitten than a full grown man or woman. So yes, we have lost our collective mind. :–/

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  6. Good job, CNN. Self-policing for accuracy seems to be rare in our current state of media political activism. Now if only WaPo and NYTimes would follow suit and clean up their acts.

    NEW YORK — CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

    The story was posted on the network’s website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting….

    The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN’s Washington bureau, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.
    CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn’t meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as “fake news,” and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN’s television networks.
    The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/cnn-accepts-resignations-of-3-involved-in-retracted-story/2017/06/26/28592282-5ae6-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_story.html?utm_term=.fd01659c67c0

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  7. Ricky, of your movie list, I have only seen The Hurt Locker and No Country for Old Men. I thought both were very painful movies—well made, but painful. These days I get my daily doses of pain through WaPo or NYTimes—just as fictitious, but easier to put down or turn off. :–)

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  8. Debra, You should go see Mad Max: Fury Road. It is exotic, bizarre and fantastic. There is some weird feminism, but you can ignore those parts. Mad Max’s primary opponent is in many ways similar to a certain contemporary political figure.

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  9. Here’s some good news. Actually, I’m not sure what kind of impact this will have, since groups like Catholic Charities have been receiving government grants for many years. Perhaps it will encourage individual congregations to become more involved in rehabilitation, educational services, community activities, etc. It could be a new open door….

    The Supreme Court ended its term Monday with a major First Amendment decision, ruling that efforts at separating church and state go too far when they deny religious institutions access to government grants meant for a secular purpose.

    In siding with a Missouri church that had been denied money to resurface its playground, the court ruled 7-2 that excluding churches from state programs for which other charitable groups are eligible is a violation of the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion.

    “The consequence is, in all likelihood, a few extra scraped knees,” wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “But the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand.”….

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-sides-with-religious-institutions-in-a-major-church-state-decision/2017/06/26/f6187a2a-5a13-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html?utm_term=.62a1ec9743f4

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  10. Ricky: I believe that Kawhi deserved the MVP award, and was the MVP of the playoffs until he was “taken out” in the WCF, but to me the most moving portion of that awards ceremony was Monty Williams’ speech in receiving the Strong Sager Award (with the Admiral sitting at the table with Williams’ children). Just wow.

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  11. Ricky – What did you like about No Country for Old Men? I found the ending to have such a feeling of hopelessness.

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  12. Kizzie, No Country for Old Men, Hell or High Water and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada do a very good job of portraying West Texas culture. I know people like the protagonists in those films. The scenery in all three movies is great even though Hell or High Water was filmed in Eastern New Mexico (which I also love).

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  13. Tychicus, Travis and I decided that the regular season of the NBA (with Westbrook’s chase to duplicate Oscar Robertson’s feat and the intense MVP race) was actually more interesting than the playoffs. Of course, Travis said that Pachulia was the true MVP of the playoffs.

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