11 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-30-18

  1. An interesting read.



    “A University of Padua professor used the Shroud of Turin to create a 3D carbon copy of Jesus, allegedly revealing Christ’s true features.

    Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurements and a scholar of the Shroud of Turin, used his own measurements of the impression on the shroud to create the carbon copy, according to Aleteia. Using the shroud and the resulting 3D image, Fanti was able to count a number of the bodily wounds Jesus would have suffered according to scripture and other historical sources, reveal his height, and the position in which he died, the professor said, according to Vatican Insider. Fanti has no doubt the depiction of the shrouded man and the statue he created with it is that of the actual Christ.

    “This statue is the three-dimensional representation in actual size of the Man of the Shroud, created following the precise measurements taken from the cloth in which the body of Christ was wrapped after the crucifixion,” Fanti said, according to Vatican Insider. “Therefore, we believe that we finally have the precise image of what Jesus looked like on this earth. From now on, He may no longer be depicted without taking this work into account.”

    Over the course of Fanti’s work with the shroud, he discovered the man it covered suffered 370 wounds inflicted by flagellation, was approximately 5 ft. 11 in. tall, and sagged downward to his right at the moment of his death due to a severe shoulder dislocation that damaged his nerves, he said. The total number of the man’s flagellation wounds was likely closer to 600, since the shroud only fully enveloped his front and back but not his sides, Fanti added.

    The allegedly accurate depiction of Christ showed Jesus was an incredibly handsome man with noble features and above average height, Fanti claimed.

    “According to our studies, Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty. Long-limbed but very robust, he was nearly 5 ft. 11 in. tall, whereas the average height at the time was around 5 ft. 5 in. And he had a regal and majestic expression,” Fanti said, according to Vatican Insider.

    Fanti’s claims, however, challenge some popular interpretations of Christian scripture and statements from early Church Fathers concerning Jesus’s appearance. Scripture historians and scholars do not say Jesus was ugly or short, but they do say, according to scriptural descriptions like the one in Isaiah 53:2, which may or may not apply to Christ in a personal way, he was not especially attractive or tall.”

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  2. The numbers are out, and it’s not good. 😦

    And it’s not just a middle aged, white person on a prescription problem. Illicit/illegal drugs are fueling the rise.


    “There were estimates last year that the number of drug overdose deaths in 2016 might be as high as 60,000 but the actual numbers, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are even worse:

    Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all levels of urbanization.

    CDC’s new analysis confirms that recent increases in drug overdose deaths are driven by continued sharp increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF)…

    Across demographic categories, the largest increase in opioid overdose death rates was in males between the ages of 25-44.
    Overall drug overdose death rates increased by 21.5 percent.
    The overdose death rate from synthetic opioids (other than methadone) more than doubled, likely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF).
    The prescription opioid-related overdose death rate increased by 10.6 percent.
    The heroin-related overdose death rate increased by 19.5 percent.
    The cocaine-related overdose death rate increased by 52.4 percent.
    The psychostimulant-related overdose death rate increased by 33.3 percent.
    The sharp increase in deaths from cocaine and other drugs is believed to be, in part, a result of drug suppliers mixing illicit fentanyl into the supply, thereby increasing the chance of an overdose. The geographic distribution of overdose deaths doesn’t focus on one region of the country, though the specific drug causing the increases varies from state to state. The highest adjusted death rate was in West Virginia. The lowest rate was in Texas.”

    “There has also been a shift in the racial composition of the overdose victims. They are still largely white but the biggest jump between 2015 and 2016 was the number of opioid-related overdose deaths involving African-Americans, which jumped 56.1 percent in 2016. The second highest increase was among Asians.”

    More from The Hill;



  3. John Bolton brings a gun to his knife fights.


    “John Bolton’s critics have called him a warmonger, an Islamophobe and a quasher of dissent. But one label alarms them most about President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser: savvy bureaucrat.

    While policy knife fights don’t provoke the same gut fear as talk of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, foreign policy insiders who consider Bolton’s views dangerously hawkish say his long track record in government will make him all too effective.

    “If you disagree with Bolton’s policy preferences, he is dangerous for three reasons: He is unafraid to start a policy fight in public, he knows how to pull bureaucratic levers when convenient, and he knows how to work around bureaucratic barriers when not,” said Loren DeJonge Schulman, a top aide to former Obama White House national security adviser Susan Rice.

    Conservatives who share Bolton’s views say those qualities are an asset, arguing that he will empower a president who has long complained that his instincts on issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the war in Afghanistan get watered down by dissenting subordinates.

    “He really knows how to make the system work,” said Elliott Abrams, who served as deputy national security adviser under George W. Bush. “One of the critical jobs of the national security adviser is making sure the bureaucracy implements the president’s decisions, and John knows exactly how to do that.”

    Bolton has told President Donald Trump that he needs a national security adviser with more internal power. His outgoing predecessor, H.R. McMaster, believed in a well-organized policy process. But the three-star Army general and former tank commander came to the job with little background in bureaucratic politics and never established a strong reputation for effectiveness.

    While McMaster was more sympathetic to the president than, say, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he failed to crack down on leaks and exert his will over career officials opposed to Trump’s agenda. Bolton’s success in the job may hinge on his ability to bend a largely hostile bureaucracy to his — and the president’s — will.”


  4. And it turns out the IG isn’t the only one investigating, so there will be someone with the power to prosecute looking as well. That’s good news.


    “I wrote that an OIG investigation was “investigation is fine, we need to have a person empowered to empanel a grand jury and with the full force of criminal investigatory tools. Because if the scandal is as many people suspect, we need to be talking about locking people up, not just issuing a report.”

    Tonight it was confirmed what Jeff Sessions had previously intimated, that there already is a criminal investigation of possible DOJ/FBI misconduct.

    Fox News reports:
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday a federal prosecutor was evaluating certain issues involving the FBI, the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, but said he would not appoint a second special counsel at this point.

    In a letter directed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Sessions revealed that he asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months.

    “I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, noting how important it was that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department….

    “Mr. Huber is conducting his work from outside the Washington D.C. area and in cooperation with the Inspector General,” Sessions said, noting that Huber’s review would “include a full, complete, and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts.” …

    “I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Sessions said.”


  5. I miss CNN

    CNN lost its way in struggle to find an audience



    … CNN’s warped obsession with reporting about supposed adultery demonstrates a larger problem at the once-proud and groundbreaking channel. CNN’s focus is not on news, but on distracting itself and the nation’s news consumers with peripheral and sensation gibberish that fails to enhance the national dialogue. …

    … CNN wants to be “the most trusted name in news,” and likes to suggest it is on the objective, high road compared to more partisan competitors at MSNBC and Fox News Channel. News consumers who are political moderates or right-leaning, however, have a hard time buying that promotional line. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is working hard to be the Trump administration’s harshest antagonist. CNN provided massive airtime and follow-up analysis to former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg in early March. Almost three-fourths of CNN’s time over an eight hour period focused on Nunberg, who has since drifted into insignificance.

    CNN President Jeff Zucker blasted Fox News recently at a journalism conference in New York, calling his cable nemesis “a pure propaganda machine.” Fox News’s prime-time programming is no doubt opinion driven and broadly defends the White House, but Zucker’s ratings envy rant overlooks solid journalism being done at Fox by anchor/reporters such as Bret Baier, Shannon Bream, Shepherd Smith and others. Zucker would make better use of his time focusing on the content of his own channel.

    … The nation could benefit from the CNN of yesteryear. Real news with real journalists running the show. There is a place for a cable news channel to fit in between MSNBC and Fox News. For that to happen, CNN must embark on a reinvention of itself. That seems unlikely with the current leadership and current anchor talent in place.

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  6. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

    His firing was completely justified, and should have happened way sooner. Once again, Trump is vindicated, so the lead gets buried.


    “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied four times, including to James Comey, about his authorization of leaks to the media, according to a Republican lawmaker familiar with an internal FBI report recommending McCabe’s firing.

    “He didn’t lie just once; he lied four times,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Thursday.

    “Four times he lied. He lied to James Comey. He lied to the [FBI’s] Office of Professional Responsibility, and he lied twice under oath to the inspector general.”

    Jordan, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation earlier on Thursday the Office of Professional Responsibility report revealed McCabe not only did not tell Comey he authorized leaks to the media, he “affirmatively denied” he did so.”


  7. And the systematic abuses by career bureaucrats/Obama holdovers at the IRS, FBI, and DoJ continues.

    Time for Trump to step in and end this nonsense. It’s time someone did the right thing for these people who were wronged by our govt.


    “You may remember the IRS scandal of the agency targeting conservative groups as the Tea Party movement rose. IRS Director Lois Lerner lost her job, eventually, over the scandal though she retained her pension and retirement benefits. True the Vote began in 2010 as a citizen-led effort to preserve election integrity. The group filed an application to certify their non-profit status through the IRS, as they wanted to do things “the right way”, as Engelbrecht said. Unfortunately, the IRS used these application forms as a gateway to bully the conservative groups out of existence.

    In the case of Engelbrecht and True the Vote, a total of 23 audits were conducted by various agencies – IRS, DOJ, FBI, etc. – even though the agency claimed in court that this activity had ended in 2013.

    So, in an update to supporters and interested citizens, Engelbrecht emailed a recap bringing everyone up to date, along with a short YouTube video. By the beginning of 2018, the DOJ appeared ready to strike a deal. The IRS agreed to a laundry list of wrongdoing, legal protection from further abuse, and they would allow True the Vote to petition for attorney fees for the years this mess was tied up in courts. Engelbrecht and True the Vote agreed and signed the decree. Now, though, the happy headlines have faded and the DOJ has reversed the course and filed a response to the court opposing the True the Vote petition. DOJ denies admitting to anything, stated the consent decree shows that conservative groups had, in fact, lost in court and that in their view the IRS had won. The settlements meant nothing, and not one dime of attorney fees would be awarded.

    DOJ now claims that the IRS was right to fight True the Vote. Engelbrecht notes, “The Trump administration is defending the IRS targeting American citizens.” It’s like the Obama DOJ is back in the saddle. True the Vote’s battle continues.

    Engelbrecht offers three actions for consideration to President Trump: “End IRS abuse, hold rogue agents accountable and stop DOJ games.” It is hard to believe that the Trump administration is ok with saying the IRS’s five-year war on conservative groups was justifiable and that abuse can continue, even today.”

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  8. Hillary said, “Nobody tells men to go away when they lose elections.”.’

    They don’t need to. The men who lose just go away.
    I can’t think of a contrary example
    Al Gore went on to make a fortune.
    Some go back to the Senate or some such.
    But they don’t go around complaining.

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  9. My friend and fellow conservative Tim Mitcham posted this today on Facebook along with a picture of the Gipper. I remember the day well. My boss (a Congressman) was on Air Force Two with Big Bush:

    March 30, 1981. “You took a slug in the lung and then walked into the hospital under your own power, cracked jokes with the doctors, went through a two hour operation, and were signing legislation the next morning,. And you’re a year older than Arizona.
    Your actions said more than all the words you have uttered, as president. The citizens of this country and the rest of the world have no more doubt: At the helm of this ship of state stands the toughest old bird in the valley”. Your fan Lewis Grizzard

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  10. Ricky – I’ve read that Reagan’s condition was a lot worse than we knew at the time. The way he handled it was very classy, and comforting to the nation.


  11. It was a close call. The bullet deflected off the bullet-proof armor of the limousine. It flattened to the shape of a coin and entered his chest below his arm. All Congressional offices were watching Bernie Shaw on CNN.


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