14 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-4-17

  1. Full speed ahead, but don’t hold your breathe. It’s likely just one more piece of legislation our R controlled govt. will botch.


    “Get ready for another political maelstrom to burst open this week. Last night, the White House came down foursquare in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR36), which would bar all abortions after the 20th week of gestation. The statement emphasizes just how extreme US abortion procedures are among the global community:

    “The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations,” the statement declares, “in which only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.” That data comes from a 2014 study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which studied abortion practices. We are part of a dubious club of nations that includes North Korea, China, and Vietnam, as well as the Netherlands, Singapore, and … oh, Canada. That basically puts us and Canada in league with euthanasists and forced-aborters, not exactly dignified company for Americans and Canadians.

    Getting this bill through the House might be tough. Getting it through the Senate may be impossible, at least in this session. It will be subject to a cloture vote, which means it will need 60 votes to eventually get to a floor vote on the bill itself. Even if all 52 Republicans stand firm on HR36 — and that’s questionable considering the support for Planned Parenthood from Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski during the ObamaCare repeal efforts — they’d need eight Democrats to avoid a filibuster.

    So … which Democrats will want to take on the abortion lobby? Planned Parenthood spent slightly over $20 million in the 2016 cycle, including $4 million in direct contributions, according to data at OpenSecrets. (In contrast, the NRA spent around $58 million in the same cycle, but only $1 million on direct contributions.) They’ll paint a target on their backs in a party that has declared unfettered abortion rights as a litmus test for candidates, and any support will draw an immediate primary challenge effort. Republicans will need a good midterm to push their numbers closer to the magic 60 to get this through, and right now there’s a fair chance that they may not hold the House after 2018.”

    And dirt bags like this don’t help the cause.


    “Republican Rep. Tim Murphy admitted to the affair with a friend in a statement released by his office last month. Today the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that when Murphy believed Shannon Edwards, the woman he’d had the affair with, was pregnant he urged her to have an abortion. This came to light in a text message exchange prompted by a pro-life statement the congressman published on Facebook in January. It read, “The United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits elective abortion more than halfway through pregnancy (beyond 20 weeks). It is a tragic shame that America is leading the world in discarding and disregarding the most vulnerable.” Ms. Edwards took offense at that sentiment:

    A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office’s public account.

    “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.

    A text from Mr. Murphy’s cell phone number that same day in response says, “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

    It turned out Edwards wasn’t pregnant and no abortion ever took place. Still, if you take a pro-life position in public it’s assumed you are prepared to take that same stance in private. Otherwise, you’re really just pro-choice and not willing to admit it.”


  2. You probably didn’t hear about this from the MSM. They’re still believing the Obama lie that it was because of a video.


    “The trial for Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged ringleader of the Benghazi, Libya, attack in September 2012, began today in Washington, D.C.

    The attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Khattala has stressed that “he was only a bystander” during the attack.

    Reuters reported:

    In his opening statement, federal prosecutor John Crabb said Khatallah hates America “with a vengeance” and played a leading role in organizing the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

    Khatallah “didn’t do the killing by himself,” he said. “He didn’t light the fires and he didn’t fire the mortars but you will hear he is just as guilty as the men who lit those fires and the men who fired those mortars.”

    Crabb said that Khatallah “incited others to do his dirty work.” The Washington Times reported that the prosecutors put forth evidence in their opening statements, which included “snippets of security footage that showed Mr. Abu Khatallah walking into the Benghazi mission with an AK-47 in hand after the gates to the complex”

    The prosecutors also said they have a lineup of witnesses that will testify against Khatallah and explain how he prepared for the attack. This includes one key witness that the U.S. paid a hefty price for. The Washington Times continued:

    One key witness, referred to as “Ali,” was paid $7 million by the U.S. government for providing information to investigators, Mr. Crabb said. Ali befriended Mr. Abu Khatallah after the attack at the request of the U.S. government and provided details about his whereabouts and ultimately arranged the 2014 trip during which the military captured Mr. Abu Khatallah.

    Mr. Crabb said Ali will testify that at a meeting in Libya, Mr. Abu Khatallah said he “attacked the American embassy” and later told Ali privately that “he would have killed all the Americans that night … if others had not gotten involved and stopped me.”

    Khatallah pleaded not guilty to 18 counts. These charges include “conspiracy, murder and material support of terrorists in the deaths of Stevens, State Department communications expert Sean Patrick Smith and security contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.”

    As Reuters pointed out, this trial “represents a high-profile test in the use of a federal court to try a foreign terrorism suspect, as opposed to holding him at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba where he would face military legal proceedings.””


  3. From Wall Street Journal via Drudge”
    “Russia has opened a new battlefront with NATO, according to Western military officials, by exploiting a point of vulnerability for almost all allied soldiers: their personal smartphones.’

    Troops need to be aware, If you tell your wife what you are doing, the bad guys will know.
    We should never say anything on the phone that we don’t want the world to know..
    That goes for all of us.

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  4. Re: Aj’s 7:08
    At some point, I don’t knew what that is, abortion amounts to murder.
    I believe a raped woman should immediately get a D&C.
    Maybe after she misses her first period.
    But soon after that, we have a child that is being killed. .


  5. Ricky,

    Or, option 3, Tillerson never said it and the anonymous source is lying. Again.

    And you fell for it because you want validation for your own opinion. Again.


    “After Tillerson’s return to Washington, Pence arranged a meeting with him, according to three officials. During the meeting, Pence gave Tillerson a “pep talk,” one of these officials said, but also had a message: the secretary needed to figure out how to move forward within Trump’s policy framework.

    Kelly and Mattis have been Tillerson’s strongest allies in the cabinet. In late July, “they did beg him to stay,” a senior administration official said. “They just wanted stability.”

    At that time, however, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert responded to speculation that Tillerson was thinking about resigning by saying he was “committed to staying” and was “just taking a little time off” in Texas.

    Tillerson’s top State Department spokesman, R.C. Hammond, said Tillerson did not consider quitting this past summer. He denied that Tillerson called Trump a “moron.” Hammond said he was unaware of the details of Tillerson’s meetings with Pence.

    Hammond said he knew of only one time when the two men discussed topics other than policy: A meeting where Pence asked Tillerson if he thought Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was helpful to the administration, or if he was worried about the role she was playing. He added that whenever the vice president gives advice on how processes could run more smoothly, the advice is a good thing.

    Hammond also said that he wouldn’t characterize the secretary’s conversations with Mattis or Kelly as attempts to convince Tillerson to stay in his position.”


  6. Navy SEALS are not allowed to carry their phones while deployed and no computers either (where would you fit one in your parachute, anyway), for just that reason. When the ship “goes dark” with email, families know they’re on a mission objective.

    They should probably be like submarines, “back in my day,” 30 words a month in a telegram. Good luck.


  7. If you have an iPhone, the carrier knows where you are all the time.
    You need to know that.
    I once told a young lady in Hville who was a hiker. “Always have your phone with you.” Sometimes you are out of range, but seldom in the eastern states.

    This was because a couple was “lost” while hiking. The search went on for three days.
    They were found in Asheville, living it up.
    Everyone was relieved and furious at the same time.
    You parents know the feeling.


  8. Chas, I think that killing the baby to kill the baby is always murder, no matter how early it is. For a rape victim to undergo medical cleansing (to lower her chance of disease) is a different matter. Doing so after a missed period–in other words, doing so in order to kill an innocent child who might have been conceived–seems morally unsupportable, though I would have a hard time making early abortions due to rape illegal. Still, the baby is innocent.

    The only abortion I support is life (not health) of the mother, for instance in a case of tubal pregnancy. I would say that an abortion in such a case is not murder, but something akin to self-defense, and in a case that the pregnancy will not survive anyway.

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  9. Here’s this guy who is planning to kill dozens of people
    He wants to transform his rifles into automatic weapon.
    Suddenly he remembers that it’s against the law.
    OH NO! He says.
    I can’t do that. It’s against the law.

    That’s where we’re going.
    What law would have prevented this?


  10. I see where Hillary wants to ban silencers.
    So it won’t wake the baby when he kills 59 people.

    And increase background checks so that criminals can’t get guns legally.


  11. Attention: Trump Cult!

    Someone needs to tell The Leader that the official position of the cult is that the “moron” story is not true.


    Any Texan knows the story has to be true. Male Texans use “moron” like male Jews use “schmuck”. Anyone who has been paying any attention for the last eight months would know that Tillerson had to have called Trump a “moron” at least once.


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