56 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-31-18

  1. Viewers seemed to like it. Well 75% of those polled, except for those 14% who were “scared” and the other 11%, the “angry” ones. Democrats and Never-Trumpers I’d wager. 😉

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/viewers-approve-of-trumps-first-state-of-the-union-address-cbs-news-poll/

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5464372/donald-trump-praises-hurricane-harvey-coastguard-california-firefighter-and-wounded-congressman-for-bravery-in-state-of-union-address/

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  2. I support the ideas the President gave for immigration reform. But I found this response by Dreamers very telling. Offers of citizenship should not be made to people who are actively trying to undermine the country’s security—whether they’re ‘Dreamers’ or not. These people are already indoctrinated in identity politics and are supporters of the worst aspects of the Democratic party.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-daca-sotu-20180130-story.html

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  3. I heard part of the speech, not all.
    I liked what I heard.
    The news people spent yesterday telling what the president was going to say.
    Today they will tell us what he said

    I agree that immigration needs to be fixed. I agree that dreamers, spouses and minor children should be granted a path to citizenship.

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  4. David Brooks is generally not this brutally honest. He must have been reading Charles Murray and hanging around Kevin D. Williamson.

    As I was reading this, Morning Joe was playing a part of Trump’s speech which was basically a pep talk to Trumpkins. It was Reaganesque. He was telling them they can succeed if they will work hard. It would be good to see more of that.

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  5. I’ve had a similar problem for the last 10 years. I have not been able to find a kid willing to work for $12/ hour scanning photos at my house. You can listen to music, watch TV, I don’t care, just do the work.

    Not one taker in 10 years.

    I taught my teenage housekeeper how to scan this week when she finished early.

    “This is easy.”

    I may get her suckered in before summer . . .

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  6. It is a spiritual issue that needs to be addressed in our families and our churches. People who are working hard are less likely to be taking opioids or other drugs, having illegitimate children, engaging in criminal behavior, etc.

    The pastors must lead on this issue. Nevertheless, I appreciate what Trump said last night. Obama had many chances to make that appeal to his supporters and he refused to do so.

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  7. Ricky,

    No one doubts there are many hard working immigrants worthy of US citizenship. There should be a path for folks like them. However, due to mostly open borders for a couple of decades, those aren’t the only immigrants let in. Our prisons, and sadly schools as a result of Obama “Dreamers” are rife with MS-13 members who need to be removed first. 25 percent of prison population are illegals. These are not the immigrants we’re looking for. We don’t need or want more of that. Secure the borders, deport the criminals, and THEN, we can deal with the more deserving, but still illegal remainder.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-and-homeland-security-release-data-incarcerated-aliens-94-percent-all

    “President Trump’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. On Dec. 18, 2017, DOJ and DHS released the FY 2017 4th Quarter Alien Incarceration Report, complying with this order.[1] The report found that more than one-in-five of all persons in Bureau of Prisons custody were foreign born, and that 94 percent of confirmed aliens in custody were unlawfully present.

    “The American people deserve a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest,” Attorney General Sessions said. “But at the border and in communities across America, our citizens are being victimized by illegal aliens who commit crimes. Nearly 95 percent of confirmed aliens in our federal prisons are here illegally. We know based on sentencing data that non-citizens commit a substantially disproportionate number of drug-related offenses, which contributes to our national drug abuse crisis. The simple fact is that any offense committed by a criminal alien is ultimately preventable. One victim is too many. It’s time for Congress to enact the President’s immigration reform agenda so that we start welcoming the best and brightest while turning away drug dealers, gang members, and other criminals.”
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    The above is for federal inmates. State and local below.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455549/crime-illegal-immigration

    “DACA amnesty is merely the first of what will likely become many amnesties. The ink will not have dried on the bill before pro-amnesty organizations and politicians will begin agitating for amnesty for the parents of DACA recipients. Then we must have amnesty for illegal immigrants whose children are native-born U.S. citizens. After all, why should parents of DACA recipients receive legal status simply because their children were born in another country? If anything, the parents of U.S. citizens have a stronger claim to receive amnesty. Still more will be added through chain migration. On and on it will go. Before we start down this road, then, we should grapple with some facts regarding illegal immigrants and crime. Unfortunately, almost every public official not named Jeff Sessions guards against disclosure of illegal-immigrant crime data more tenaciously than disclosure of nuclear launch codes. But in 2011, GAO conducted a study on criminal aliens incarcerated in state jails and prisons. According to GAO, in FY 2009 295,959 SCAAP criminal aliens, of whom approximately 227,600 are illegal aliens, were incarcerated in state jails and prisons. This is a 40 percent and 25 percent increase, respectively, in criminal-alien incarcerations in state jails and prisons since FY 2003.

    The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) partially reimburses states and localities for the cost of incarcerating certain criminal aliens. It does not reimburse states and localities for the cost of incarcerating criminal aliens who are in the country legally. There are two types of criminal aliens for which SCAAP will reimburse the incarcerating authority: SCAAP illegal aliens, whom DHS has definitively determined are in the country illegally; and SCAAP unknown aliens, for whom DHS is unable to find a record, but who are probably in the country illegally.

    In FY 2009, there were 295,959 SCAAP criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local jails and prisons. ”
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    And since Obama’s DACA, these numbers have increased.

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  8. Ha, if you focus on the text underneath that NRO Mueller tweet Ricky posted, it looks like Mueller is flipping the bird.

    Also, confirming what we all knew and have to be honest about, the speech last night confirmed DT is no conservative. Dems will still whine, of course.

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  9. I listened to the speech in its entirety along with a couple of interested children. It was good.

    Employees: I cannot find anybody willing to do farmlette work for fifteen dollars an hour. What my children used to do for fun before they got real jobs any time they wanted because they had good work ethics.

    I asked the school for some suggestions of girls who might want to earn twenty dollars an hour to spend time with my sixteen year old, who is normally quite fun to have around. They gave me a couple of names and I contacted both, they accepted and then never did any thing with the girl. I found one in our church, I had been hesitant to ask as she is quite busy. She drives out to pick up sixteen, they go to her house and bake cookies or watch movies or play games for a couple hours two or three times a week. This girl is serious about helping and tells me how amazed she is at how much she is learning from sixteen. But she will be heading off to college soon.

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  10. But……. but……

    I was assured that tariffs would be a bad idea………..

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/26510/stable-genius-trump-jacks-tariffs-solar-panels-ryan-saavedra#

    “Just one week after the Trump administration announced a massive 30% tariff on imported solar panels, one of China’s largest solar panel manufacturers announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in the United States.

    The company, JinkoSolar, said on Monday that they have received the green light from their board of directors to “finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S.” CNN Money reports:

    The statement suggested Jinko’s decision was tied to the new tariffs, saying that the company “continues to closely monitor treatment of imports of solar cells and modules under the U.S. trade laws.”

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  11. Solar panels is one thing, but I’ll be interested to see if tariffs on steel or heavy equipment or whatever has a different effect, especially as they wouldn’t square very well with an absurd and unwieldy $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan.

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  12. You know, of course, that while it is better for the earth’s carbon footprint to make solar panels anywhere in the US rather than China (we have cleaner energy here), the use of solar is completely messing with the electrical grid across the country.

    That has not been worked out, yet, with our aging infrastructure.

    Mr. Energy, btw, routinely lectures solar salesmen who visit our door on the problems with solar energy. He hasn’t met one yet who had any idea of what he was talking about.

    Sometimes the kids and I feel a little sorry for the salesmen . . .

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  13. Breaking news.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/train-carrying-gop-house-members-165119874.html

    “A train carrying Republican members of Congress and their family members to a legislative retreat in West Virginia collided with a truck Wednesday.

    No lawmakers were injured, a GOP aide told The Associated Press. The incident occurred outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

    An Amtrak spokesperson said the train “came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks.””

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  14. Release The Memo

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trey-gowdy-american-people-need-to-see-memo-detailing-dncs-involvement-in-trump-dossier/article/2647328

    “Rep. Trey Gowdy wants a memo drawn up by the House Intelligence Committee to be released so the American public can find out just how much the Trump dossier drove the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign.

    Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday” the American public deserves to read the memo, composed by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, and see for themselves the role Democrats played in coming up with the dossier.

    “There’s nothing in this memo the department is not already aware of. If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted,” Gowdy said, “if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then you will want the memo to come out.”

    He added, “This memo answers what I think are legitimate questions and I do think the FBI should look at it before it is released. I have provided that counsel to chairman [Devin] Nunes and I think that he has taken that under advisement. I want to play face-up poker.

    “I want the bureau to know everything that’s in the memo. I think you will be surprised; it is not a hit piece on the department and the FBI. I would not have participated in it if that’s what it was.””
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  15. I have always told y’all that both the Bloods and the Crips hate the police. It turns out that Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who caused all the Trumpkin hysteria, helped draft Comey’s statement on the emails found on Weiner’s computer that Hillary still blames for her defeat.

    If Trump is allowed to spank Strzok with a Forbes magazine, Hillary is also going to want a turn.

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  16. SolarP, How do you know that Strzok was asked to write the memo?

    From the article:

    Strzok, who co-wrote what appears to be the first draft that formed the basis of the letter Comey sent to Congress, also supported reopening the Clinton investigation once the emails were discovered on disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop, according to a source familiar with Strzok’s thinking. The day after Strzok sent his draft to his colleagues, Comey released the letter to Congress, reigniting the email controversy in the final days of the campaign.

    The article also indicates that Strzok supported reopening the Hillary investigation once the Weiner emails were discovered. Trumpers tell us he loved Hillary.

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  17. SolarP More from the article:

    ‘In an October 27, 2016, email the FBI provided to congressional investigators, Strzok informs his colleagues he and another FBI agent had drafted “the first cut” of the letter notifying Congress of the decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation. His colleagues then exchanged two additional emails referencing further comments and changes to Strzok’s initial draft, which was ultimately forwarded to Comey by then-FBI chief of staff James Rybicki.”

    Do you see any indication that Strzok was asked to draft the letter? Maybe he was asked? Maybe it was his idea?

    The hilarious thing is that Strzok drafted the letter that Hillary blames for her defeat. All Strzok ever did to Trump is make fun of him in text messages to his girlfriend. Sixty percent of America has done that. Based on that, the Trumpers claim that there was a coup attempt, a secret society and rampant treason at the FBI. All that was going on was cops looking for crooks, two of whom were running for President.

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  18. Trump appointee Wray warns against releasing the misleading memo prepared by Nunes.

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  19. David French weighs in:

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  20. SolarP, Why? I would say that the onus is on the Trumpkins to show that Stzrok wrote the document under duress (maybe a gun to his head). Otherwise, the only major facts we know about Stzrok are:

    1. He voluntarily (perhaps enthusiastically) wrote the document that Democrats and Hillary (and much of the media) believe gave the election to Trump.

    2. He made fun of Trump’s idiocy in text messages to his girlfriend while also being critical of Hillary and Loretta Lynch.

    I almost forgot:

    3. He made a joke in a text message that moronic Trumpkins in Congress thought proved there was a “secret society” at the FBI dedicated to overthrowing the government.

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  21. Solar P, You don’t like CNN? What is more credible?
    1. The nitwit Nunes running to the White House to “brief” the press and the President about something a White House aide just showed to him?
    2. The nitwit Nunes refusing to say if White House aides helped write Nunes’ memo which belittles the FBI and tries to exonerate Trump?
    3. The garbage we get daily from Fox, Breitbart, Rush, Levin and the rest of the Trump Cult media?

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  22. “The article also indicates that Strzok supported reopening the Hillary investigation once the Weiner emails were discovered. Trumpers tell us he loved Hillary.”
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    Damage control. They were being pressured to do something after the discovery of the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop, since Comey had already declared the Clinton matter closed to Congress. With the new Weiner info, they were left with no choice.

    That’s all this was. CYA, a public reopening so they could say Comey hadn’t lied to Congress yet again. Comey had no choice.

    Strzok knew this would hurt Hillary a week before the election, so of course he’d be against Comey’s move, but powerless to stop it. Also explains why he rewrote the Comey memos to at least soften the blow for Hillary.

    It all makes perfect sense, in the right context.

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  23. More from French:

    I tend to agree. If we are going to start releasing stuff, then redact as necessary but release all the evidence. Nothing is less credible than a memo ”written” by Nunes (maybe with help from Trump or his flunkies).

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  24. Not that I really care at this point, but when it comes to Strzok, Comey, and the FBI, according to Trey Gowdy (“conservative and a true Southern gentleman “) ” the fix was in”.

    REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC), HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: If you read all the texts it’s clear that they did not want her charged. They wanted her to be the president of the United States. They really, really didn’t want Donald Trump to be the president of the United States and concede throughout these texts they did things differently in this investigation from any other investigation that they were a part of.

    TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: What I don’t understand is even if you’re watching this at home and you think I wanted Hillary to win too and I don’t like Donald Trump too, shouldn’t you be a little concerned, maybe actually terrified that FBI agents conducting a criminal investigation into a politician were worried about the political element of the investigation? That’s not supposed to happen, is it?

    GOWDY: You may remember, as I do, Jim Comey telling us that the FBI doesn’t give a whit about politics. He loved to tell us how apolitical the Bureau was and here we have these texts. Of course, our friends on the left say these are texts between two lovers.

    Yes, that’s right. You’re more likely to tell the truth when you don’t think anybody else is watching. This I think is the unvarnished truth of how they viewed her, him and the investigation and how they wanted it to turn out.

    Keep in mind, Tucker, all of this is done ever before she was interviewed. So the fix was in. Unfortunately, before they even interviewed the target of the investigation.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/01/26/gowdy_on_new_strzok-page_texts_about_hillary_clinton_the_fix_was_in.html

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  25. AJ @ 9:11 Have you ever worked in government? It might take them a week to get a letter typed. I am serious. Government secretaries can’t type. Professionals have to use outside contractors to get major typing projects done. Do you honestly believe that Comey, Strzok and the rest of the FBI couldn’t have delayed that letter for 10 days until after the election if they were at all tilted toward Hillary? Those guys get 4-6 weeks off per year. They could have just not showed up for work until after the election.

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  26. Release the evidence. Release the memos. Release the hounds. I’m betting Trump will brush it off like a bad tweet, while never-Trumpers faint to the left and right like tightly corseted Victorians. :–)

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  27. Nunes has responded.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/01/31/rep-devin-nunes-responds-fbi-statement-material-ommissions-memo/

    “We’re probably only a few days away from the White House signing off on the release of Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo. But this morning, the FBI weighed in saying it had concerns there were “material omissions” in the memo. That’s a blow to the #releasethememo side of the argument because it basically confirms what Democrats like Adam Schiff have been saying for days, i.e. the memo isn’t a wholly accurate summary of the underlying facts. But Rep. Nunes isn’t backing down. This afternoon he released a statement blasting the FBI for its “spurious objections” and confirming the topic at hand is the use of unverified information to pursue surveillance of a political campaign.

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    “Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”

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  28. Debra, You’ve got this thing backwards. The NeverTrumpers believe the memos, the evidence (and the hounds) will simply make everyone yawn. Then Mueller can finish his job.
    Your man and his Cult are counting on “the memo” making all of Trumpland swoon and then demand an end to the Mueller investigation when they regain consciousness.

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  29. You know what else is funny, and should be embarrassing to you?.How you hate Trump so much that you’re willing to side with far-left Democrats. Funny, yet sad too, but you’re all in on this, so……. there you have it.

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