29 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-25-17

  1. The Anatomy Of A Mass Media Fake News Lie


    “The World Wide Web – shattered the media landscape. With shards for everyone. There were millions of media pieces now available. To anyone from anywhere along the ideological spectrum.

    Nothing before the Internet made free speech more horizontal. Never before was the bar of discourse entry so low.

    The Jurassic Press, quite obviously, loathe this revolution evolution. They’ve now had two decades to adjust – and they aren’t doing it very well.

    Their political sameness and bias – always suspected or intuited – was wholly exposed now that people had many additional news options with which to compare and contrast.

    But rather than adjust their perspective and its presentation – the Press has become ever more strident and harder Left.

    The Press, however, has learned one thing. The Web makes it exponentially easier to try to implement Joseph Goebbels’ maxim: “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”
    “Each of those stories – is from a different major media outlet. Each of their stories – begat lots and LOTS of reposts. By outlets of all shapes and sizes.

    Round and round the Internet – did the Fung-Post Big Lie go.

    Goebbels would yet again be most pleased with the Jurassic Press’ mass-marketing effort.

    Thankfully, we now have lots and LOTS of outlets – to counteract their Big Lie with the truth.

    Here’s hoping the Jurassic Press doesn’t get their big government wish – which would do much to limit our options.”


  2. I wonder why not? The lunatic just can’t shut up.


  3. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/07/the-beleaguering-of-jeff-sessions.php
    …Trump’s public humiliation of his appointed Attorney General is unprecedented. It is unseemly. It is also unnecessary. Trump could privately ask for Sessions’s resignation at any time; Sessions serves at the pleasure of the president. Trump somehow thinks that his public humiliation of Sessions to induce his resignation is preferable to seeking Sessions’s resignation directly.

    I can’t imagine why Trump thinks that. I think it is a mistake, as is likely to become clear when Sessions resigns and Trump designates his successor subject to confirmation by the Senate. We shall see, probably sooner rather than later.

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  4. I’m starting to feel the same way you feel when you rubber neck on the freeway at an accident in the opposing lanes. You know there’s something odd about it but you just can’t help yourself. You feel slightly dirty for wanting to see something morbid.

    Or maybe its like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Its going to stop being fun real soon when the train finally wrecks and we have to sort out casualties.

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  5. Whaaaaaat!



    “If you read only one “I hope this is true because I really want it to be true” poll today, let it be this one.

    To gauge Ritchie’s chances in a hypothetical general election matchup, Delphi Analytica conducted a poll from July 14-18 of 668 Michigan residents. Of respondents who stated a preference between Debbie Stabenow and Robert Ritchie, 54% stated they would vote for Ritchie while 46% said they would vote for Debbie Stabenow. These results could indicate that Ritchie is a popular figure in Michigan, Debbie Stabenow is unpopular, or some combination of concurrent trends. The relatively large, 44%, number of undecided respondents may be due to the early stages of the campaign.

    Michigan, once part of the Democrats vaunted “Blue Wall” is suddenly a battleground where Democrats and Republicans are now fighting for blue collar voters. This became a central theme during the 2016 election season, where Donald Trump won over the white working class vote. The question now is whether that support will rub off onto other Republicans candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. Robert Ritchie looks to capitalize on this fervor and promote his brand with song lyrics that appeal to these same Michigan voters, despite never having held any political office.

    If you include undecideds, it’s Ritchie 30, Stabenow 26, undecided 44, a fascinating result that jibes with the plentiful warnings in political media over the past 10 days not to count Kid Rock out if he runs. He has high name recognition, boatloads of dough, a populist image that makes him well-suited to the Age of Trump (both men were born wealthy despite their blue-collar appeal), and enough of a lifetime presence in his home state to make him formidable. Whether he could beat incumbent Debbie Stabenow is debatable; whether he could win a Republican primary, well, there’s no doubt about it:”


  6. Looks like the Democrat Party has decided to embrace their inner socialist and go full on Bernie.

    Nice. 🙂


    “The Democratic Party’s top leaders talked about reviving Teddy Roosevelt’s fights against big corporations, mimicked Bernie Sanders’ calls for a massive minimum wage hike, and echoed Franklin Roosevelt’s promise to deliver a “New Deal” to the American public.

    It was the kind of message the party’s liberal wing has waited years to hear.

    “For a long time the Democratic Party has been pretty timid about the role of government,” said Tamara Draut, a vice president of policy and research at the liberal think tank Demos. “It’s a good thing to see them leaning in to it.”

    “Even the language used by Schumer — normally associated with the party’s business-oriented, pragmatic faction — was reminiscent of a revolutionary-minded activist.

    “Old-fashioned capitalism has broken down, to the detriment of the consumer,” the Democratic Senate leader said. (The term “Better Deal” is an homage to President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal economic program from the 1930s, which many liberals still view as the foundation for the party’s economic agenda.)

    Schumer was joined on stage by liberal icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a sign of the support of the agenda from many of Capitol Hill’s progressive leaders. On stage, the potential 2020 presidential contender talked up the agenda’s anti-trust proposal, which she said was proof Democrats are trying to “take back our government.””


  7. The wussification of the modern American male continues.


    “Are young men at Princeton University violent, aggressive, hyper-masculine, stalkers, or rapists?

    A new position at the Ivy League institution indicates campus officials apparently think enough of its male students grapple with such problems that it warrants hiring a certified clinician dedicated to combating them.

    The university is in the process of hiring an “Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men’s Engagement Manager” who will work with a campus office called SHARE that’s dedicated to “survivors” of sexual harassment, assault, dating violence and stalking.”

    “The men’s manager will also launch initiatives to challenge “gender stereotypes,” and expand the school’s Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community, a self-described “violence prevention program” at Princeton that often bemoans “toxic masculinity” on its Facebook page.

    “Princeton’s program is similar to programs at other colleges and universities and is consistent with established best practices that encourage both men and women to create and foster a culture in which there is no place for interpersonal violence and where safe and healthy interpersonal relationships are the norm,” the statement read.

    Founded in 2013, Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community program seeks to “promote healthy masculinity” through workshops and other educational programming on campus. The program also fights “toxic masculinity,” according to numerous Facebook posts, and subscribes to the feminist theory of “fragile masculinity,” which denigrates men for subscribing to traditional gender norms.

    The successful candidate will also recruit and train students to “serve as role models for men-identified students related to the development of healthy relationships and healthy masculinity,” the job description states.

    The successful candidate must have a masters or doctorate in a field related to social work or women’s studies, it adds.”


  8. hwesseli 12:42: “I’m starting to feel the same way you feel when you rubber neck on the freeway at an accident in the opposing lanes. You know there’s something odd about it but you just can’t help yourself. …”


    The Trump White House is still looking for a pet; he doesn’t appear to be the kind of guy who likes dogs or cats, so I suggested on the daily thread that perhaps a Chupacabra would be a good fit.

    It’s all getting even more strange.

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  9. As was said somewhere above, I was also thinking that Trump should either ask for Sessions’ resignation or fire him. This public humiliation via Twitter says more about Trump than it does about Sessions. 😦

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  10. Somewhere between the toxic masculinity of Trump and Kid Rock and the emasculated masculinity AJ highlighted, there should be an appropriate medium. However, the embrace of cut throat capitalism, individualism, and Ayn Rand by the Republicans points the way to toxicity and the current reaction to this has led to emasculated hipster and metrosexual. If the Republicans honestly want a healthy masculinity, they should embrace a living wage as the minimum wage which will reinvigorated the male as a breadwinner. Nothing is more emasculating than not being able to provide for your children no matter how hard you try.

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  11. Trump and Kid Rock aren’t masculine, at least not by Texas standards. In a Texas public school, both of them would have been chewed up and spit out by some girl’s big brother.


  12. Raising the minimum wage sounds great, I like it, I’m all for it.

    But …

    As with anything, it’s not always just that simple, right? No need to rehash the downsides of it here, but just to say that many of the proposals that make us feel good are more complex and have more ramifications than are immediately recognized.

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  13. As noted last night, Trump’s anti-Sessions tantrum has caused a split between Ideological Trumpkins and The Trump Cult.


    Breitbart would seem to be the media voice of Ideological Trumpkins. I suppose the media voice of The Trump Cult would be The National Enquirer, Sean Hannity and Trump’s own Twitter feed.


  14. There is something very Soviet about all of this.


  15. Not for profit insurance is just a matter of time, I think. As for the rest, I have no idea. It will depend on whether or not Americans care about each other and their country, or are we still bent on self-destruction.

    Don’t tell anyone, but American conservatives will soon be embracing single-payer healthcare, or some other form of socialized healthcare.

    Yes, that’s a bold claim given that a GOP-controlled Congress and President are poised to un-socialize a great deal of healthcare, and may even pull it off. But within five years, plenty of Republicans will be loudly supporting or quietly assenting to universal Medicare.

    And that’s a good thing, because socializing healthcare is the only demonstrably effective way to control costs and cover everyone. It results in a healthier country and it saves a ton of money.

    That may seem offensively counterintuitive. It’s generally assumed that universal healthcare will by definition cost more.

    In fact, in every first-world nation that has socialized medicine–whether it be a heavily regulated multi-insurer system like Germany, single-payer like Canada, or a purely socialized system like the United Kingdom–-it costs less. A lot, lot less, in fact: While healthcare eats up nearly 18 percent of U.S. GDP, for other nations, from Australia and Canada to Germany and Japan, the figure hovers around 11 percent. (It’s no wonder that smarter capitalists like Charlie Munger of Berkshire Hathaway are bemoaning the drag on U.S. firm competitiveness from high healthcare costs.) Nor are healthcare results in America anything to brag about: lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and poor scores on a wide range of important public health indicators.

    Why does socialized healthcare cost less? Getting rid of private insurers, which suck up a lot money without adding any value, would result in a huge savings, as much as 15 percent by one academic estimate published in the American Journal of Public Health. …


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