5 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-13-17

  1. More govt. corruption while the Obama admin was in charge has been exposed.


    “From The New York Times:

    For seven years, agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed an unwritten policy: If you needed to buy something for one of your cases, do not bother asking Washington. Talk to agents in Bristol, Va., who controlled a multimillion-dollar account unrestricted by Congress or the bureaucracy.

    Need a flashy BMW for an undercover operation? Call Bristol.

    A vending machine with a hidden camera? Bristol.

    Travel expenses? Take this credit card. It’s on Bristol.

    The agency provided two informants with $6 million. Records show that one ATF agent “steered hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate, electronics and money to his church and his children’s sports teams, records show.”

    The money in this account paid for a $21,000 at a NASCAR race and a trip to Las Vegas.”

    “The Justice Department (DOJ), which oversees the ATF, has fought tooth and nail to keep records secret. The NYT began asking questions last summer and wants the courts to make all records public:

    Since last summer, The Times has fought to make all the documents public, but the Justice Department has argued successfully in court to keep them secret. Crucial details, however, have been revealed through poor redaction, documents that were filed publicly by mistake and the sheer difficulty of keeping so much a secret for so long.”

    Like Fast and Furious, they’re trying to withhold details for obvious reasons. They don’t want their corruption exposed.

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  2. Of course the establishment RINOs and R’s hate it. But voters? Not so much.


    “Despite their failure to advance President Trump’s agenda, congressional Republicans aren’t happy about his outreach to Democrats in the House and Senate, but most voters think it’s a great idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters say it is good for the country if Trump works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda. Just 13% think the bipartisan cooperation is bad for the country, while 21% are undecided.

    Only 19% believe the president should continue to rely on congressional Republicans to pass his agenda. That’s down from 29% in early April. Sixty-five percent (65%) now feel he should reach out more to Democrats in Congress for help versus 58% who felt that way five months ago. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

    Republicans (72%) are even more enthusiastic about the president working with congressional Democrats than Democrats (62%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (63%) are.

    Trump surprised his fellow Republicans when he bypassed them last week to strike a deal with congressional Democrats to move quickly on aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey and to raise the ceiling on government money borrowing until mid-December.”

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  3. The “Trump bump” was mentioned yesterday. I’ve seen liberals saying that we are still in the Obama admin’s fiscal year, so the bump should be attributed to him. I don’t necessarily buy that.


  4. Here’s a very good article by Rod Dreher on the plight of Middle Eastern Christians. Part of the article is an interview with Andrew Dornan, of In Defense of Christians, a non-profit that advocates for Christians in the Middle East.

    …..[RD:] Why have the US news media not been especially interested in the plight of Middle Eastern Christians?

    [AD:] Ross Douthat put it well a few years ago when he said that Middle East Christians are too Christian for the left and too Middle Eastern for the right. The media has actually gotten better about covering this in recent years but there’s a fairly significant bias against Christians in America’s public culture. Our elites have been conditioned to believe that there is a perpetual victim-oppressor dialectic—and that they, the elites, are somehow the victims. Of course, some progressives do recognize that Christians are their natural allies.

    In Iraq and Syria this summer, I spent time with some European journalists, all of whom were (I think) post-Christian. They recognized that the Christians were progressive, moderate, and vital to the future of the Middle East. There are many reasons that might account for the different attitudes of European and American elites toward Middle East Christians, but I think the simplest explanation is that Europeans don’t have a peculiar messianic urge to Americanize the Middle East.

    [RD:] What drew you into advocacy on their behalf?

    [AD:] It struck me as the most overlooked area of U.S. policy. I remember my father saying in 1991, as my brother was serving in the first Gulf War, that there were over a million Christians in Iraq. I was in high school at the time but it stayed with me. While I was in law school, the U.S. was deporting Iraqis from Michigan because we didn’t accept their claims of persecution—this despite the U.S. invasion giving rise to the danger they faced. A few years later at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, I watched a Chaldean priest come onto the compound to say mass for a handful of Americans and then leave through the gate. I have no idea if he’s still alive. That stuck with me. Shortly thereafter, I began traveling the region, writing articles about U.S. foreign policy and human rights, and worked with others to launch an advocacy group, IDC.

    I’ve been shocked to learn that so-called “conservative” foreign policy think tank types were fine with the eradication of Christianity in the Middle East so long as there was procedural democracy. The hatred of ISIS for other religions has at least some kind of logic. The hatred of elites for Christians—in the Middle East or here—was in many ways more demoralizing….


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