31 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-25-17

  1. And this is the latest from one of my favorite controversial columnist, Pat Buchanan. Pat is occasionally wrong (sometimes very), though not here. He pretty much tells it like it is. ;–)

    If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost.

    Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to re-embrace a world of sovereign nation-states that cherish their independence and unique identities……

    Trump is saying with John Quincy Adams that our mission is not to go “abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” but to “put America first.” He is repudiating the New World Order of Bush I, the democracy crusades of the neocons of the Bush II era, and the globaloney of Obama.

    Trump’s rhetoric implies intent; and action is evident from Rex Tillerson’s directive to his department to rewrite its mission statement — and drop the bit about making the world democratic.

    The current statement reads: “The Department’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world.”

    Tillerson should stand his ground. For America has no divinely mandated mission to democratize mankind. And the hubristic idea that we do has been a cause of all the wars and disasters that have lately befallen the republic.

    If we do not cure ourselves of this interventionist addiction, it will end our republic. When did we dethrone our God and divinize democracy?

    And are 21st-century American values really universal values?

    Should all nations embrace same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and the separation of church and state if that means, as it has come to mean here, the paganization of public education and the public square?….

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/trump-signals-break-from-globoloney-transnationalism/

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  2. This is sad. I sometimes wonder who will replace our elder statesmen, both left and right, as they age out and die. More and more, the replacements are younger than me, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but their historical experiences are much different.

    I think of my 91 yr old father who didn’t even see a tv until he was in his 20s. He was born in the Great Depression. He’s seen (and participated in) a world war, seen the advent of computers, cell phones, and easy world travel. He’s seen the ascendancy and fall of industrialization in the US; and he’s witnessed the devolution of the culture from stable marriages to easy divorce to gay marriage and the normalization of abortion and transgender perversions. We already have mayors who are too young to remember the fall of communism; soon many will not have first-hand memory of 9/11. I have not always agreed with John McCain, but his experiential history is not really replaceable. However, the fear of God in leadership can make up for much….

    US senator John McCain said doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

    Mr McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumour that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former US senate colleague Edward M Kennedy in 2009.

    Mr McCain told CBS’ 60 Minutes that he thinks about Mr Kennedy a lot.

    The 81-year-old said Mr Kennedy continued to work despite his diagnosis, and “never gave up because he loved the engagement”.

    Arizona senator Mr McCain said he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens”, but counters that with gratitude for having lived “a great life”.

    http://www.independent.ie/world-news/john-mccain-brain-cancer-prognosis-very-poor-36165464.html

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  3. And then there’s the church shooting near Nashville yesterday. One killed, six wounded (one critically), and an armed usher saved the day by confronting the shooter and holding him for police. No idea about the motive yet.

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  4. Motive is probably important if you are a survivor or a victim’s family. Or if you are a person who cares about the answer to the question ‘why?’. Or if you care about whether it is part of a larger problem. Otherwise, not really.

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  5. Some good news.

    And I love how they got in a “This may have cost Hillary the election” excuse in on the very first sentence. 🙂

    Nope, no bias here……..

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-weiner-arrives-sentencing-sexting-scandal-133533120–election.html

    “Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that may have cost Hillary Clinton’s the presidency.

    The former Democratic congressman from New York had faced up to 27 months in prison on Monday after his guilty plea to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors say he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl using Skype and Snapchat.

    Weiner’s sexting habit destroyed his career in Congress, his campaign for mayor and his marriage to Huma Adedin, a former aide to Clinton.

    It also became an issue in the closing days of 2016 presidential election when then FBI Director James Comey cited emails discovered on a laptop used by Weiner to justify reopening the probe of Clinton’s private computer server.”

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  6. I know I’m going to be accused of absolute heresy because of this comment, but here goes: In all of the hoopla over the national anthem, calls for boycotts, profound stupidity in pulling ‘Robert Lee’ as an announcer, and the ungodly salaries, the NFL has been thrust into a negative spotlight. While sitting in this awkward position, the latest news about Traumatic Brain Injury and it’s possible link with criminal behavior is being discussed. Do you think maybe it’s time for the NFL to retire itself, or do you think this circus portion of the American bread and circus is worth the human and financial cost? :–)

    http://www.courant.com/sports/hc-aaron-hernandez-brain-scan-follow-0923-20170922-story.html

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  7. I don’t know Ricky….

    You’re ordaining her the new leader of the free world, but she only received a measly 33% of the vote in her own country. Pretty weak, even Trump beat that. 🙂

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/merkel-heads-german-poll-win-hard-afd-first-020926172.html

    ” Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard-right AfD in the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II.

    Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 percent of the vote with her conservative Christian Union (CDU/CSU) bloc, according to preliminary results. It was their worst score since 1949.

    Its nearest rivals, the Social Democrats and their candidate Martin Schulz, came in a distant second, with a post-war record low of 21 percent.

    But in a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captured around 13 percent, catapulting it to become the country’s third biggest political force.

    Commentators called the AfD’s strong performance a “watershed moment” in the history of the German republic. The top-selling Bild daily spoke of a “political earthquake”.”

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  8. Goodell is a fraud and a hypocrite. Mr. by the book and enforce the rules, isn’t. Because he’s too cowardly to stand up to players who might call him a racist.

    https://news.grabien.com/story-roger-goodell-ignoring-leagues-own-rule-book-letting-players

    “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is such a stickler for adhering to the intricacies of the NFL’s league rule book that he infamously waged a years-long, multi million-dollar battle with the New England Patriots trying to prove that balls used in the 2014 AFC championship between the Pats and the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated.
    After a federal vacated Goodell’s four-game suspension of Tom Brady, Goodell appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; by 2016, the Pats appeared to lose their will to keep fighting the case and eventually accepted the penalty (Brady’s four game suspension, $1 million fine, and the loss of two draft picks).
    Yet the NFL commissioner, notorious for his unusually massive compensation package — rumored to be north of $40 million/year, making his total compensation of $156 million higher than Tom Brady’s — is taking a decidedly less fastidious approach to the rules governing the national anthem at NFL games.
    The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.
    The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:
    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.
    On Sunday, almost a hundred players took a knee during the national anthem. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Beats, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans all opted against even coming out on the field for the anthem.
    But rather than warn these players and team they’re violating league rules, Goodell is focusing his anger at President Trump, who said in a speech Friday that the NFL team owners should require their players to stand during the anthem.
    “The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell said. “I’m proud of our league.”

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  9. Mumsee – re: your question to me at the end of yesterday’s news thread – I did not know that, I was merely commenting on some comments I have seen on Facebook. Those who expressed glee that he hasn’t been picked up by another team were not mentioning it in relation to his former contract, but because of his “taking a knee” during the anthem. I can understand a non-believer giving into that kind of vengeful thought, but we believers are not supposed to take such an attitude towards our “enemies”.

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  10. I like the way that article ends, DJ:

    “The poor souls in the television show Revolution may be hopeful that “someone will come and light the way.” They forgot, and Wyoming Catholic College remembers: He already came, about two thousand years ago. One senses the Amish see that as well.”

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  11. Kizzie, @1:37 I thought the same. But I really think that if he meant kneeling to be a sign of respect or homage (as Tebow did) it would be taken as such. I think it’s meant as an arrogant finger gesture, and that’s how it’s taken.

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  12. AJ @12:21 I think you’re right. Merkel won, however she’s perceptive enough to know that not only is she not the leader of the free world, her leadership of Germany is tenuous at best. Her facial expressions look more like the losing candidate. The story at the BBC includes a video where she and here companions appear to realize that their win is a little hollow, while the AfD opposition is cheering and partying like they actually won the election. Strange.

    The old coalitions are apparently not going to work this time, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41384550

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  13. This taking a knee is indeed an act of flipping off the public. We made the decision to break all interest in NFL over a year ago when the N.F.L decided to play the role of bully. They threatened Georgia of pulling their team and no Super Bowl if they passed the religious freedom act….protecting Christians from lawsuits from the LBGT…Tim Gill pumped millions into the effort…and won. The NFL then threatened Texas when they had the audacity to propose the transgender bill stating trans will use the bathroom according to their genetic birth designstion….no more team or super bowl for you if you do!! The strong arm tactics against taking a stand ….and the blatant attack towards those holding close moral and traditional values was too much for us.

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  14. When we were in San Diego touring the Midway (an old aircraft carrier) I believe one of the guides told us that some of our modern ships can provide the electricity needed by a city of a million. Hopefully, more help is on the way to Puerto Rico.

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  15. There was talk during a hurricane that wiped out most of Kaua’i that a submarine would be sent over from Pearl Harbor to power up the island.

    They got things up and running without that drastic step (imagine the size of the extension cord!). But yes, a naval vessel could tie up at the port–especially one that has a surgical unit on it.

    Hopefully, soon, but I haven’t seen any news of that. I’m struck by the fact they don’t anticipate a power grid up for six months! Very troubling.

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  16. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-puerto-rico-hurricane-aid-ryan-20170925-story.html
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    The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico while the Trump administration sought to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of it efforts in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes there.

    Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, many of the more than 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water and fuel. Flights off the island were infrequent, communications were spotty and roads were clogged with debris. Officials said electrical power may not be fully restored for more than a month.

    In Washington, officials said no armada of U.S. Navy ships was headed to the island because supplies could be carried in more efficiently by plane. The Trump administration ruled out temporarily setting aside federal restrictions on foreign ships’ transportation of cargo, saying it wasn’t needed. The government had waived those rules in Florida and Texas until last week.

    Though the administration said the focus on aid was strong, when two Cabinet secretaries spoke at a conference on another subject — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency is helping restore the island’s power — neither made any mention of Puerto Rico or Hurricane Maria.

    Democratic lawmakers with large Puerto Rican constituencies back on the mainland characterized the response so far as too little and too slow. The confirmed toll from Maria jumped to at least 49 on Monday, including 16 dead in Puerto Rico.

    “Puerto Ricans are Americans,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., who traveled to Puerto Rico over the weekend to assess the damage. “We cannot and will not turn our backs on them.” …
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  17. The President and Vice President are both tweeting. Pence is promising a wall on the border. Trump is explaining the sad state of the Puerto Rican electric grid and promising help. I think they have accidentally traded phones. ;–)

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  18. The NFL demonstrations are stretching the patience of many, I suspect. Free speech, of course. But now it’s become “a thing,” if you will. And yeah, it’s becoming obnoxious.

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  19. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/09/redskins-best-raiders-on-and-off-the-field.php

    “Protest fad” is probably as good a description as i’ve seen
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    I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan since 1958. I almost never miss a Redskins game and rarely watch NFL regular season games that don’t involve the Redskins.

    However, if the Redskins had refused to come out on the field during the playing of the National Anthem or if most the team had taken a knee while the Anthem was played, I think I would have ended my 60 year relationship with the team.

    If some members of the team want to disrespect our country, I can live with that. We’re dealing with 53 players, most of them in their 20s and many of them poorly educated. It’s unrealistic to expect all of them to resist this latest protest fad and improper, in my view, for the team to force them to curb their expression to that extent. The playing of the Anthem presents the players with what is essentially a binary choice — stand with respect or don’t. They should be free to make that choice.

    But if the whole team, or most of it, chooses to disrespect our country, then I want nothing more to do with the team. …
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