15 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-10-18

  1. No comment. 🙂


    “Mm, I don’t know that it’s getting “dumber” so much as it’s getting more febrile, which has made it more susceptible to confirmation bias. Initially Michael Wolff’s book captured the imagination of anti-Trumpers because it featured juicy quotes from Steve Bannon suggesting that he shared their suspicions about Russia collusion within the campaign. Lately, though, the Bannon stuff has been drowned out by other too-good-to-check claims in the book about POTUS losing his marbles and the possibility of a “25th Amendment solution” to his presidency, which Wolff himself has been only too willing to peddle during his TV appearances. Some NeverTrumpers want him out of office so frantically that they’re willing to accept any legal means of having him removed, however questionable the evidence to support it.

    No one does their best thinking when they’re suffering from a fever.

    There’s a Potemkin White House that the chattering classes dwell on, notes Brooks, in which Trump is a barking lunatic grabbing haphazardly at the levers of power and yanking them. But there’s also an Invisible White House staffed by his deputies that runs … not smoothly, exactly, but well enough to date as the president attends to tweeting and watching Fox. I made a similar point yesterday. For all Trump’s faults, we’re not remotely experiencing the worst-case scenario for a Trump presidency. He does things all the time that casually diminish the office but there’s a spectrum among NeverTrumpers of how serious that crisis of legitimacy is, or whether it’s reached a “crisis” point yet. People like me and, surprisingly, David Brooks would say that so long as people like Mattis and Kelly have their hands on the wheel, the arrangement is tolerable. Not ideal, but tolerable under the circumstances. People like David Frum and Jennifer Rubin would say that declaring this “tolerable” in any sense is proof enough of how much Trump has degraded Americans’ civic expectations. Brooks:

    I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information. More anti-Trumpers seem to be telling themselves a “Madness of King George” narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us…

    The anti-Trump movement suffers from insularity. Most of the people who detest Trump don’t know anybody who works with him or supports him. And if they do have friends and family members who admire Trump, they’ve learned not to talk about this subject. So they get most of their information about Trumpism from others who also detest Trumpism, which is always a recipe for epistemic closure…

    In every war, nations come to resemble their enemies, so I suppose it’s normal that the anti-Trump movement would come to resemble the pro-Trump movement. But it’s not good. I’ve noticed a lot of young people look at the monotonous daily hysteria of we anti-Trumpers and they find it silly.

    This isn’t just a struggle over a president. It’s a struggle over what rules we’re going to play by after Trump. Are we all going to descend permanently into the Trump standard of acceptable behavior?”

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  2. Two stories on Google and their bias against Conservatives, It’s the Obama IRS 2.0.


    “Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results.
    No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment.

    And not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made “claims” they demonstrably never made.

    When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled “Reviewed Claims.”

    Vox, and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment. When searching their names, a “Topics they write about” section appears, but there are no “Reviewed Claims.”

    In fact, a review of mainstream outlets, as well as other outlets associated with liberal and conservative audiences, shows that only conservative sites feature the highly misleading, subjective analysis. Several conservative-leaning outlets like TheDC are “vetted,” while equally partisan sites like Vox, ThinkProgress, Slate, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Salon, Vice and Mother Jones are spared.

    Occupy Democrats is apparently the only popular content provider from that end of the political spectrum with a fact-checking section.

    Big name publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times are even given a column showcasing all of the awards they have earned over the years.”

    The Robert Mueller fact check (pictured above) is a case in point for Google’s new feature.

    Ostensibly trying to sum up the crux of the post, the third-party “fact-checking” organization says the “claim” in a DC article that special Counsel Robert Mueller is hiring people that “are all Hillary Clinton supporters” is misleading, if not false.

    The problem is that TheDC’s article makes no such claim. Their cited language doesn’t even appear in the article. Worse yet, there was no language trying to make it seem that the investigation into the Trump administration and Russia is entirely comprised of Clinton donors. The story simply contained the news: Mueller hired a Hillary Clinton donor to aid the investigation into President Donald Trump.

    Still, the Washington Post gave the claim, which came from Trump himself, its official “Three Pinocchios” rating. The method applies to several other checks. Claims concocted or adulterated by someone outside the TheDC are attributed to TheDC, in what appears to be a feature that only applies to conservative sites.

    Examples of such misattribution and misrepresentation are aplenty.”


    “James Damore, a former Google engineer who was reportedly fired for circulating a memo critical of the company’s diversity policies, filed a complaint alleging Google discriminates against conservatives, whites and men.

    The author of a controversial memo that sparked debates about gender and diversity at Google sued his former employer on Monday, alleging that the company discriminates against politically conservative white men.

    James Damore, who was fired in August for internally circulating a manifesto that argued Google’s gender pay gap was the result of genetic inferiority, said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court that the search giant “singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated” employees that deviated from the company’s view on diversity. Damore and a second plaintiff, David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, are seeking class-action status for anyone that identifies as conservative, Caucasian, or male.

    The men are being represented by Harmeet K. Dhillon, the Republican National Committee’s committeewoman for California.

    “Google’s management goes to extreme — and illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google,” the suit reads.

    Entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber“, the memo was largely misreported as suggesting a genetic deficiency among women in the tech field. The memo says no such thing. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” Damore argued.”

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  3. The article by Brooks is interesting. What he says about insularity is probably true for those Never Trumpers who live in New York, California and Washington, DC. However, in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and across the fruited plain, we are surrounded by Trumpkins with whom we duke it out every day. In those places, it is the Trumpkins who suffer from insularity. In fact, that is one of the main reason I post here: I figure Trumpers who watch FoxNews, listen to Rush, Ingraham and Levin, read a steady diet of pro-Trump articles and whose friends are fellow Trumpkins could stand to read what conservatism stood for thirty years ago.


  4. Let’s see…..

    Don’t watch Fox News, except on election night.

    Don’t listen to loudmouth Limbaugh, Ingraham, or Levin.

    I read a varied menu of news from varied sites.

    The majority of my friends and family, including here, didn’t vote for him.

    So who is it you think is insulated and in need of preaching too again?…….

    I seem to recall from a quiz a few months back that you were the one needing to expand your reading material since you lived in a bubble.

    Are you projecting again? 🙂


  5. Today’s debate will be: Did Trump completely capitulate to Feinstein on DACA or is he just completely ignorant?

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  6. David French with a nice response to Jerry Falwell, Jr.


  7. Williamson has something to say about the need for the Republican Party to continue to compete on the coasts and in the cities:


  8. The only way to deal with smear merchants like Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed, Gawker, and other tabloids, is to crush them financially.


    “Michael Cohen, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has filed two defamation lawsuits over the dossier against then-candidate Trump.

    He filed the suit against Fusion GPS, which produced the dossier, in federal court and filed the suit against Buzzfeed, which published the dossier in January 2017, in state court.”


  9. AJ is a good Trump defender. I think between all of us here, most interesting political articles from the Right get posted.


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