26 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-10-17

  1. Sometimes the boogie man is actually the wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain.


    “The Washington Free Beacon broke the story revealing the donors of the anti-Trump “resistance.” The donation list is revealing on a number of levels. It shows the extensive, spider-web interconnectivity of a network of leftist radicals and organizations, and it shows how they ensnare major corporations into financially supporting their radical, anti-American aims.

    The list includes the usual suspects like George Soros and some suspects new to the political activist realm, namely, the NFL players’ union who were happy to join Soros in his latest astroturf efforts, manufacturing the appearance of wide-spread anti-Trump “resistance.

    In January, I wrote about the 50+ George Soros partners involved in funding the anti-Trump “women’s march.”

    Predictably, the “grassroots” and “spontaneous” women’s march wasn’t so grassroots, after all. It may have started as such, but things changed rather quickly. Ultimately, more than 50 groups, PACs, and assorted organizations backed by billionaire agitator George Soros were deeply involved in the march.

    A self-declared “life-long liberal Democrat who voted for Trump” uncovered the tangled web of the money trail for the New York Times. Asra Q. Nomani explains that “the march really isn’t a ‘women’s march.’ It’s a march for women who are anti-Trump. As someone who voted for Trump, I don’t feel welcome . . . .”

    Part of the problem, she contends, is that the march is neither the spontaneous grassroots rallying cry for women nor the nonpartisan love-fest it was portrayed as being. She decided to “follow the money” and discover what, if anything, that would reveal.

    Although Soros ties are often difficult to follow as he revels in his role as hidden puppet master, Nomani ended up right back at his doorstep time after time.

    It’s not surprising, then, to learn that the anti-Trump “resistance” is also heavily-funded by the billionaire rabble-rouser Soros and his expansive web of influence.

    The Washington Free Beacon reports:

    The hidden donors to a prominent anti-Trump “resistance” organization are revealed in unredacted tax forms obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    The Center for Community Change Action, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections. The organization’s members sit on the boards of other prominent liberal activist groups.

    . . . . The Open Society Foundation, a foundation run by liberal billionaire mega-donor George Soros, gave $1,750,000 to the Center for Community Change.

    . . . . The Center for Community Change Action, the “social welfare” (c)(4) arm of the group, additionally relies on a handful of donors for almost all of its funding, according to its documents that do not include the privacy redactions.

    Donors to its “social welfare” arm in 2015 included Every Citizen Counts ($1,750,000 contribution), a nonprofit that was created by allies of Hillary Clinton to mobilize Latino and African-American voters; the Open Society Policy Center ($1,475,000), another Soros group; the Sixteen Thirty Fund ($610,000), a progressive advocacy group; Center for Community Change ($150,000); Services Employees International Union (SEIU) ($150,000); Atlantic Philanthropies ($75,000); and the Tides Foundation ($50,000), the largest liberal donor-advised network, among other funders. [The Tides Foundation is directly linked to Soros’ Open Society Foundation.]

    The Center for Community Change Action has been involved with anti-Trump campaigns for some time now. The group’s members also sit on the advisory boards of other prominent liberal organizations.

    Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, sits on the advisory board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation.

    The “Families Fight Back” voter campaign was launched during the 2016 presidential election by the Center for Community Change Action, the Latino Victory Project, an immigration group co-founded by actress Eva Longoria, and America’s Voice, a group that fights for a “direct, fair, and inclusive road to citizenship for immigrants in the United States without papers.”

    Soros, who last year vowed to spend $15 million to court Hispanic voters, was for months the sole funder of the Immigrant Voters Win PAC, which was part of the “Families Fight Back” campaign.

    Other Soros-linked entities are also funding the anti-Trump resistance, including those that fund and organize Black Lives Matter.”


  2. The twits at Twitter are at it again.


    “Heaven forbid we have a factual discussion about a government subsidized entity which was under Congressional investigation for selling baby body parts, that might be offensive! Or at least that was Twitter’s take.

    Marsha Blackburn, Republican running to replace Corker’s soon to be vacated Senate seat in Tennessee found her campaign announcement video banned on Twitter.

    Why? For one sentence discussing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts.

    If Blackburn wants to remove the line saying she “stopped the sale of baby body parts”, then, says Twitter, they’ll be glad to reinstate the video.

    The AP reports:

    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

    Blackburn, who is running for the seat being opened by the retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.” A Twitter representative told the candidate’s vendors on Monday that the statement was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”

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  3. Huh. For once Hillary, Obama, and Biden have no comment.

    Not surprisingly it’s in defense of a perv who bundled large amounts of Hollywood cash for them.


    “Last week I pointed out that some Democratic officeholders seemed ready to rid themselves of Weinstein’s money, but Weinstein was particularly close to the Clintons and has donated to them for decades. He was a bundler for Hillary’s 2016 campaign which might explain why the Clinton’s weren’t eager to jump on this right away, but even after he has been fired, Hillary hasn’t said a word. From CNN:

    “Representatives for the Clintons have not responded to comment for this story, and Obama’s office declined to comment…

    Longtime Hillary Clinton aides have been confused by the former secretary of state’s silence on the issue, questioning — in private — why she has not weighed in at all.

    Weinstein has long been a Clinton donor with ties to the political family. Weinstein was one of many from Hollywood who donated to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund in the 1990s, a Washington Post report from the time stated. More recently, the Clintons rented a home next to Weinstein in the Hamptons in 2015, and Weinstein served as a connector between Hollywood stars and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign…

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been outspoken on the issue of sexual assault, also has not appeared to make any public statements about Weinstein since the report came out, and the Biden Foundation did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
    It really is striking that the candidate who said “dignity and respect for women and girls” was on the ballot last November has nothing to say about Weinstein now. The hypocrisy is glaring.”


  4. Things have changed, and the establishment hates it. Worse yet, they know they can’t win, so many are already leaving rather than lose re-election bids. 🙂


    “Gov. Bill Haslam looked long and hard at the 2018 GOP primary for the Senate seat Bob Corker is leaving. He saw a “battleground.”

    While the governor said this week he was prepared for that fight, it’s at least one reason he decided against a run. It’s also indicative of a broader political shift within the Tennessee GOP and elsewhere in the country, one that has seen establishment-lane Republicans overpowered by the Trump-aligned conservative wing. ”

    “The term-limited governor went on to paraphrase former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, saying people need to consider that other people might be right.

    But compromise is taboo for many in politics. That debate — whether to find common ground or stand your ground — may already be settled on the GOP side of Tennessee’s Senate contest.

    When U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced her candidacy Thursday, it not only immediately catapulted her into front-runner status, but also marked the latest harbinger of the Republican party’s new direction.

    In her announcement video Blackburn railed against Senate Republicans who “act like Democrats or worse.” She said she’s ok with liberals labeling her a “wingnut” or a “knuckle-dragging conservative.” Blackburn said she wanted to run because of the dysfunction in the Senate.”

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  5. Only a moron would suggest an IQ faceoff.


    Trump’s problem is not only the liberals, but the Swamp is full of conservatives too.
    Power is the essence. Political conviction takes a back seat to the seat of power.

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  6. I have zero confidence or interest in IQ scores. Bill Clinton was supposedly one of , if not the, highest scoring president in modern history. And one of the biggest disasters, in my opinion.

    Corker was apparently an efficient businessman and a decent mayor of Chattanooga (before my time here), and did much to turn the city around. But he has moved on to more exalted things apparently, and decided to give the finger to his constituents. By playing Twitter politics, he’s degrading his legacy as a somewhat conservative establishment Republican. Trump came into power on Twitter and it’s part of his persona—not a particularly pleasant part, but somewhat accepted and even expected. Corker is playing a game he cannot win. It’s a shame really.


  7. It is better that Trump have a Twitter War with Corker and Tillerson than an actual war with his North Korean twin.


  8. I lost my previous comment. Probably just as well.

    Ricky @9:40, I don’t know what Trump is up to, but I seriously doubt he’s as focused on the Twitter wars as we are. ;–)

    There is no comparison between Trump and Kim Jong Un, and to try to make one only trivializes the threat posed by the latter. North Korea has become progressively more aggressive and hostile over the past decade. They are the only country with nuclear capacity that routinely expresses the desire to use it on us. Short of Divine intervention, I have to think that they will make good on that threat some day if things keep going the way they have been for the past few years. :–/


  9. If North Korea had our form of government and we had North Korea’s, what sort of retaliation do you think Trump would be using against Corker, Tillerson, Comey, Ryan, Mueller and others? They are twins, right down to their bad haircuts.


  10. Busted.

    And of course, there’s video.


    “Project Veritas has released a video of the New York Times video gatekeeper Nicholas Dudich, who was caught on hidden-camera boasting of his lack of journalistic ethics. Dudich, who serves as Audience Strategy Editor, displays a lack of integrity throughout the video, manages videos which go “on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram” for the Times.

    While talking about being objective at the Times, Dudich replies candidly, “No I’m not, that’s why I’m here.”

    Dudich considers himself an important player at the New York Times, telling the Project Veritas Journalist “my voice is on… my imprint is on every video we do.”

    Dudich goes on to explain what he might do to target President Trump:

    “I’d target his businesses, his dumb @#$% of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…

    “Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott… So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”

    When the undercover journalist asks Dudich if he could make sure that the anti-Trump stories make it to the front, he replied, “Oh, we always do.””

    “Before working at the Times, Dudich worked on the political campaigns of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    In 2016, he was recruited to work for the Clinton campaign:

    “So I have that background, so when Clinton in 2016… they needed a volunteer strategist to do video… well, they needed someone to help them do video, and how to make it heartfelt, for Clinton.”

    He even had to quit his job in journalism in order to work for the Clinton campaign: “I had to leave my job at Fusion ABC to then take a job at Upworthy where I wasn’t deemed a journalist anymore to be able to work for the Clinton campaign.”

    Not a journalist anymore? Sir, you never were.


  11. Ruh-roh.

    And pass the popcorn.


    “On Monday’s edition of Hannity, Breitbart executive chairman and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon talked about his plan to challenge every Republican Senator up for re-election in 2018 in the primary, except Sen. Ted Cruz. Bannon said Republican incumbents have committed “economic hate crimes” against the “forgotten man.”

    Bannon said he is declaring “war” on the Republican establishment and those that don’t back what President Trump ran on. He said there is a “new game in town” and promised to “cut off the oxygen” to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and stop his fundraising for establishment candidates. Bannon said any person running for the Senate in 2018 that wants his support must oppose McConnell as the Republican Leader.

    The Breitbart chief gave a warning to all incumbents: “Just voting is not good enough. You have to have a sense of urgency. Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them and we’re going to win.”

    Bannon also called on Sen. Bob Corker to resign immediately. He said McConnell, Corker and the entire “establishment global clique” on Capitol Hill have to go.

    “If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately,” Bannon said. “He should get back in because he’s going to get crushed in a primary. He doesn’t have the guts to get in — he doesn’t have the guts to get back in the race. He should resign immediately.”

    “He is so arrogant. He is such an elitist snob. He’s the swamp. The Senate hasn’t done a thing, Steve, nothing,” Hannity said of Corker.

    “The American people see right here, this is what they think about President Trump behind closed doors,” Bannon said of Corker and the GOP establishment. “He happened to tell The New York Times exactly what he thought. It’s totally unacceptable.”

    “Bannon on the coalition to go after the Republican establishment:

    BANNON: They have to understand. There’s a basic agenda that President Trump rand on and won. He carried states that Republicans haven’t carried in living memory — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. This agenda works. The American people voted for it. It’s their responsibility.

    By the way, McConnell would not be Majority Leader unless Trump won in North Carolina and Missouri and Wisconsin was able to carry those Senators across the finish line. It is incumbent upon them to back President Trump’s plan but you don’t see it.

    Once you saw what Corker said today, it’s what they talk about. That’s why I left the White House. Remember, I said I’m going after the Republican establishment. And we’re going to go after them. We’re going to go after them and challenge them.

    HANNITY: Give me the states.

    BANNON: There’s a coalition coming together. It’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz. Whether it’s Utah, Wyoming, whether it’s in Oregon.”

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  12. It’s looking bad in California right now. Natural disasters like our country has experienced— one after the other— tend to cause people to think of the basic and important things in life. Family, friends, safety. Even with all of the political stupidity and treachery that cause angst and worry, we’re still blessed with relative stability. Prayers for those in California.


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  13. Thanks for the Dreher article, Debra.

    And thanks AJ for the article on Bannon’s effort. I think the primary challenges can be a good thing. The Republican Party needs to sort out what it stands for. Will it become more conservative? Will it become more Trumpian? Will it become more libertarian? What does it stand for on foreign policy and trade? These Senate primaries could give us answers. Some of the answers may drive some folks away (as Roy Moore drove away Kim). However, the candidates need to wrestle with these issues. Hopefully, the NFL and IQ tests won’t dominate debates.

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  14. This conversation between Trump and Don, Jr. is the saddest part of the article:

    ‘In Donald Trump’s orbit, clearly, no one is off-limits. A decade ago, Donald Trump Jr. told Forbes this story about his now-presidential father. “I’d be going to work with my dad when I was 5 or 6 years old… .

    “Besides telling me again and again not to drink, not to smoke and not to chase women, he always told me: ‘Never trust anybody.’ Then he’d ask me if I trusted anybody. I’d say, ‘No.’ ‘Do you trust me?’ he’d ask. I’d say, ‘Yes.’ ”

    “And he’d say: ‘No! Don’t even trust me!’ ”

    It is my understanding that Trump’s own father gave him the exact same speech.


  15. Soros — i have no doubt he is funding part of the “resistance”. And Koch funded the Tea Party. If the Trump right wants to go after the money, I think the Sanders/Warren supporters would get on board with that. They’re not big fans of “money is free speech” or Citizens United.

    Twitter — As a private media company they’re not obligated to publish anything that they feel violates their standard. As long as they are non-discriminatory and consistent, they can refuse to publish. They routinely ban anything they feel is inflammatory or puts their company at risk. All social media companies do the same.

    If the Trump right wants equal access to a media platform regardless of political positions, they may find themselves once again allied with the Left. Most countries have a govt media corp (eg BBC) which is obligated to carry ads from all parties. The Sanders left would like the same as it would remove the need for big money to buy ad space and the need to moderate party platforms to appease private media company.

    The Trump right should continue their complaints of big money, Citzens United, and private media companies or better yet maybe Trump supporters should support a Sanders-Warren 2020 ticket.


  16. In all likelihood those attempting to tie Weinstein to the Clintons voted for Trump. Hence their credibility is virtually nil. They care nothing for the women involved. They only care for the political mileage it can create. After all, they voted for Trump so sexual assault isn’t an issue for them.


  17. I’m very surprised Iran has any ISIS prisoners. There’s no love between those two group. I think its shoot first, ask questions later, and let Allah sort them out.

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  18. Ricky @8:45 That was a surprisingly good interview. Trump is fairly consistent in his agenda, and for once, the article didn’t read like a hit piece—-nor fawning fan mail. I had almost forgotten what dispassionate journalism feels like in politics. It was refreshing. Thanks. :–)

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