8 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-29-17

  1. This is an interesting article at American Affairs on the over-sized role of economics and economists in our government and society. The writer makes some very good points. I agree with him that we have elevated this group of social scientists far above any justified merit—particularly when it comes to macroeconomics and international economics, which are far less predictable than the economics of individuals or individual businesses. :–)

    https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2017/10/the-incoherence-of-the-economists/

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  2. Obviously they were counting on some of that Green Scam cash from Hillary. But it didn’t work out as planned.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2017/11/terry-mcauliffe-and-hillarys-brother-sued-by-investors-in-electric-car-venture/

    “Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe went into business with Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham to create an electric car company in America. They were obviously planning on having a friend in the White House

    Things haven’t gone as planned, however, and some investors are now suing.

    Josh Gerstein reported at Politico:

    Chinese investors sue McAuliffe, Rodham over green-car investments

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham are facing a $17 million fraud lawsuit from Chinese investors in Greentech Automotive, an electric car company that appears to be struggling to survive.

    A group of 32 Chinese citizens filed the suit last week in Fairfax County, Virginia court, claiming that they were swindled out of about $560,000 apiece as a result of misrepresentations made by McAuliffe and Rodham—two of the most prominent and politically connected proponents of the venture aimed at manufacturing electric cars in the U.S.

    The suit is yet another headache for McAuliffe as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020, buoyed in part by Democrats’ strong showing in the state in the election earlier this month. McAuliffe confirmed last year that his business dealings with foreign nationals were under investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors. It’s unclear whether that probe involved Greentech or whether the inquiry is still ongoing.

    The Chinese investors plowed their money into Greentech with the promise of winning permanent residency in the U.S. under a program that awards green cards to foreign-funded ventures that generate U.S. jobs.

    Anthony Rodham was clearly chosen to be involved for a singular purpose:

    McAuliffe and Rodham did several tours through China to seek investments in the electric car startup, the suit says. As brother-in-law of President Bill Clinton and as brother of the then-secretary of state—Rodham appeared to serve as a means of attracting Chinese interest in the project. The suit contends that Rodham’s involvement conveyed that the electric-car firm was politically-connected and likely to prosper.”

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  3. Trump was right. Shoulda sent him to Gitmo.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/28/benghazi-suspect-convicted-on-three-lesser-counts-does-not-face-death-penalty.html

    “A federal jury found Ahmed Abu Khattala guilty Tuesday on just four of 18 charges related to the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, precluding him from facing the death penalty.

    Khattala, 46, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, one count of maliciously destroying U.S. property and placing lives in danger, and one count of using and carrying a semiautomatic weapon during the attack. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for the firearms offense and could still receive a life sentence.

    In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana Boente said Khattala’s arrest and conviction “were critical steps in our efforts to identify and hold accountable those who were responsible for the terrorist attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

    “Our work is not done,” Boente added. “We will not rest in our pursuit of the others who attacked our facilities and killed the four courageous Americans who perished that day.”

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  4. Douthat column challenged — these are 2 denominations represented here, btw (I’m opc, several others are mo. synod lutheran)

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/protestprotest/2017/11/protestant-crisis-evangelicalism/#iL9sloBkV3Zu6LHD.99

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    Ross Douthat recently speculated on the state of evangelicalism in the United States and it was significantly for what he left out. On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Douthat chose not to mention any of the heirs of original Protestantism — either Lutherans or Reformed Protestants. The closest he came to one of the sixteenth-century communions was Anglicanism and that was only in reference to his interlocutor, Alan Jacobs, professor of English at Baylor University who worships among one of the Anglican communions while also keeping a foot in evangelical Protestantism.

    Why wouldn’t the descendants of either Martin Luther or Ulrich Zwingli (or John Calvin) be on Douthat’s radar? For instance, my own denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, still holds to as many of the Reformation’s convictions as evangelicals have abandoned — from predestination to male only ordination. But at a staggeringly undersized demographic of 30,000 members, Douthat could readily conclude that holding on to the Reformation comes with a high price tag in twenty-first century America. But what about the Lutherans? In the United States, the Missouri Synod has a membership of somewhere near 2 million, not a figure over which you readily giggle. Then the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod has more church members than even the Presbyterian Church in America (roughly 400,000 compared to 350,000) and no one has ever heard of WELS unless you follow confessional Protestantism (which is a name for Protestant communions that still confess the creeds of the original Protestant churches).

    One reason that Orthodox Presbyterians and Missouri Synod Lutherans may not register either with Douthat or the leaders of North American evangelicalism (think Christianity Today and Fuller Seminary) is that neither church has been very enthusiastic about a religious agenda for the nation. Lutherans owe their reluctance to embrace Christian nationalism to the theological tradition of two-kingdoms, the idea that God rules human affairs in a two-fold way, one through the means of grace administered by the church, the other through the magistrate’s enforcement of civil law. For Orthodox Presbyterians their ambivalence about mixing religion and politics owes to the doctrine of the spirituality of the church. That conviction teaches that the church’s task is principally spiritual and declarative — i.e., declaring the word of God. And since the Bible has little to say about politics (unless you want Old Testament Israel’s theocracy), the church should, as the Westminster Confession says, “handle, or conclude nothing, but that which is ecclesiastical: and [should] not to intermeddle with civil affairs which concern the commonwealth, unless by way of humble petition in cases extraordinary.” …

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  5. @2:12 I understand the temptation for the clergy to become involved in politics, but it’s probably not a good idea since it can rapidly become a distraction from the gospel. However, the Scriptures have much to say about politics—treating immigrants fairly, no exorbitant interest against your countrymen, don’t fail to lend to those who are in need even in the year before jubilee, jubilee, pay your taxes, don’t overtax or otherwise oppress the poor, make provision for the poor to be able to obtain food, etc. Since these are mostly OT (except for the taxation issue which is also in the NT) they are not firmly binding on Christians, but they are not bad things when they can be successfully implemented. And these scriptural ideas should have at least a potential to serve as a partial guide for societal well-being even in a secular society.

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  6. From Drudge

    A Democratic congresswoman laced into Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, suggesting the top House Democrat “set women back and — quite frankly, our party back — decades” by failing to more forcefully confront allegations of sexual harassment by veteran Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

    Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York said Pelosi’s appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday — when she raised questions about the accounts of Conyers’ accusers and described the Michigan Democrat as an “icon” — ceded the party’s moral high ground on sexual harassment issues, especially because one of Conyers’ accusers is bound by a nondisclosure agreement

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