33 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-6-18

  1. I’ll say one thing for Obama.

    He takes care of his stooges and minions.


    “It’s a tall order making McCabe, a wealthy Washington attorney, appear a destitute victim in need of financial help; but that, indeed, is what these “friends” managed to accomplish, raising over a half million dollars for poor old Andy.

    So who were these grand pals that helped McCabe cover the potential costs of lying to Congress?

    None other than a K Street PR and consulting firm with ties to the Obama administration called The Bromwich Group.

    Melissa Schwartz serves as McCabe’s current spokesperson and is the current chief operating officer of the firm, which was started by Michael R. Bromwich, former director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management under President Barack Obama (and Inspector General for the Department of Justice under President Bill Clinton, for what it’s worth).”

    “Oh, and this part, reported by Dan Abram’s Law & Crime, will turn out to be important: “Employed by the law firm Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, Bromwich also currently serves as Andrew McCabe’s lead attorney.””

    “But there may be a hitch, according to Law & Crime, to Andy’s friends setting up fundraising accounts, given they are ultimately raising money to pay themselves:”


  2. Yikes. TDS is an ugly disease.


    “Investigators at the Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office on Wednesday filed a disorderly conduct charge against West University Place Councilwoman Kellye Burke, after accusations that she berated a group of teenage girls over a Trump T-shirt.

    The girls said they were in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies in West U on Saturday, waiting to buy cookies for younger girls at their nearby church.

    “A tall, short-haired blond woman came up to them and screamed, ‘Grab em by the (expletive) girls!'” the father of one of the girls said. He did not want to be identified, fearing retaliation against his daughter.

    The girls initially tried to laugh it off, the father said.

    “Then, she yells it again!” the father said. “At that point the girls were getting kind of scared, and then the woman starts, you know, going, ‘MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!’ while shaking her fist.”

    One of the girls was wearing a shirt that read, “Trump: Make America Great Again,” the father said. “


  3. Unintended consequences for Trudeau.


    “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created policy and administrative chaos when he tweeted out a welcome mat for the world’s refugees last winter. As the National Post reports, newly released emails show confusion within his own Liberal government as senior officials weren’t certain whether the tweet was political whimsy or a major policy shift.

    Trudeau tweeted in January, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

    The unrestricted invitation came within a day of President’s Donald Trump’s decision to ban refugees from some Muslim countries and Trudeau’s declaration was widely seen — especially on social media — as a defiant declaration of opposition.

    But while hundreds of thousands of people around the world applauded Trudeau’s ambiguous promise, an Access to Information request reveals that the Canadian government department overseeing refugees and immigration wasn’t sure how to respond to the sudden increase in refugee demands.”

    “Another query said Canadian embassies around the world were getting questioned over whether “it is true that Canada will accept the refugees the US are rejecting…”

    Although Trudeau eventually got around to clarifying that all refugees crossing the Canadian border wouldn’t receive automatic citizenship, that message did not get to the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who began to arrive at border choke points in Quebec and Manitoba as Trudeau’s tweet became world famous.


  4. A critique of Trump’s foreign policy. Albright is mistaken in one respect. Even after Trump is gone, the US will no longer lead the free world. Americans are too ignorant and selfish to lead. That is why we elected Trump.


  5. Trump’s attack on objective truth. It is true Trump has made things much worse, but millions of Americans were getting their news from Facebook, YouTube and Hannity before the election. That is why Trump won the nomination. Removing Trump won’t make Americans smart again, but it will cut down on the embarrassment when we travel abroad.


  6. The complete foolishness of the NYT editorial board was the primary reason I dropped my subscription. They have made themselves as credible as Trump’s tweets. To me they are primarily useful as a gage to see where the power structure is leaning.

    The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Nothing makes a people dumb and degraded like losing that fear and replacing it with arrogance and the worship of money and power. The US has been going down a wrong path for many decades and is due a correction. The correction should be seen as an opportunity—painful, but also necessary.

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  7. Speaking of the “power structure”:


  8. :–) Ah, but their diction is no better. I dropped after they headlined a column with ” moron” or “idiot”. But I can see why they are a favorite of yours.


  9. The NYT is a joke. Their take on Trump’s foreign policy is like everything else, just the anti-Trump ravings of the losing side.

    And Madeline (not at) Albright? The Clinton stooge is the source?

    Bwahahaha…. 🙂

    It’s funny how you’ve jumped in bed with hardcore leftists in your fight against Trump. Telling really.

    Now let’s try the opinion of a real actual leader…..


    “As questions swirl around President Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin, the president of Estonia, a country on Russia’s border, dismissed concerns about American foreign policy. In a meeting with reporters Wednesday, a day after meeting with Trump and the leaders of the two other Baltic states, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said Trump’s posture toward the Kremlin has been clear and in line with prior administrations.

    The three Baltic nations — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — are located just to Russia’s west and are part of the NATO alliance. They were occupied by the Soviet Union after World War II and regained independence as the USSR was dissolved. Due to their history and location, the Baltic nations are uniquely concerned with potential Russian aggression.

    Kaljulaid spent much of her conversation with reporters on Wednesday pushing back against the perception that Trump has been unusually soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin and tepid in his commitment to NATO.

    “We’ve seen solid foreign policy. As we hoped it could be, it is,” Kaljulaid said of the Trump administration.

    Questions about Trump’s foreign policy began when he seemed reluctant to commit to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which stipulates that an attack on one member of the alliance will be treated as an attack on them all. Trump finally announced his support for Article 5 last June after generating speculation with speeches criticizing other NATO nations for not meeting the alliance’s guideline of contributing 2 percent of their economic output to defense spending.

    When asked if she is concerned about Trump’s position on NATO, Kaljulaid cited Trump’s engagement with the Baltic nations as clear evidence he’s committed to supporting Western allies against potential threats from Russia.

    “We have seen a foreign policy which looks like it’s value-based, because otherwise why would you pay attention to our region?” Kaljulaid said. “It looks very much sincere in its attempt to involve us in the security debate in Europe. … If this is not value-based foreign policy I don’t know what it is.””

    And neither does Ricky or the NYT.


  10. Debra, Was the headline a direct quote from my neighbor, Mr. Tillerson?

    Travis had a nice ten minute conversation with Tillerson last week at our Italian food restaurant. The staff called him “Mr. Rex” even as they call me “Mr. Rick”. I hope to run into him there soon. Our wives like for us to bring home supper. The place is very good and it is cheaper than Olive Garden.


  11. One of Ricky’s favorites is taking heat from all sides.


    “The short version of the story is that The Atlantic hired Williamson away from National Review to provide diversity of opinion to The Atlantic’s liberal audience. The reaction was pretty much like the reaction to the NY Times hiring Bret Stephens — an avalanche of recriminations and threats to cancel subscriptions.

    Williamson was a particularly sharp instrument pushing against the liberal bubble because he’s anti-abortion. Very anti-abortion. So anti-abortion that he considers it murder, and that the perpetrators should be treated as murderers are treated in the judicial system.

    While he’s not a big capital punishment fan, in a Ricochet podcast dug up by Media Matters, he reiterated that the same punishments applicable to murderers should be applied to those who kill the unborn, including the death penalty. He half-joked that he’s a fan of hanging. (It’s worth noting that punishing a woman who has an abortion is NOT the view of the pro-life movement, which considers women who have abortions also to be victims.)

    Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief of The Atlantic hired Williamson knowing, at least in a general way, of his views on abortion. But the outcry was so sustained, that Goldberg capitulated to the social media mob, and fired Williamson.”

    “Victor Davis Hanson at National Review took exception to a swipe at him by Williamson in that first and only column at The Atlantic. Hanson wrote (emphasis added):

    In the past, I have often enjoyed Kevin Williamson’s essays. Even when I found them occasionally incoherent and cruel, I thought it hardly my business to object to a colleague’s writing. But I gather, under changed circumstances, such deference no longer applies, given that in Williamson’s very first column at The Atlantic he attacks both me, and in a backhanded way, his former employer National Review for publishing a recent article I wrote.

    Certainly, Kevin has expressed himself freely both in print and in interviews in ways that many thought were antithetical to the values of many conservatives — whether his idea that failing communities of the white working class “deserved to die,” or that those having or facilitating abortions should face execution. I assume that the attitude of the editors of National Review was that in the many millions of words that Williamson has written and spoken, his sometime use of profanity or over the top sensationalism was atypical, although certainly controversial, as he has now discovered at The Atlantic in our age of selective pull quotes that are used to stigmatize a writer’s entire body of work.

    Sadly, I think Kevin Williamson will soon find that National Review was far more tolerant of his controversial views than will be true at The Atlantic. As I noted in the essay in question concerning progressives’ situational regulation, so too the Left also embraces situational free speech. Indeed, well before Williamson had even written his inaugural column, Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor of The Atlantic, had defended his hiring of Williamson on grounds that he preferred “all things being equal, to give people second chances and the opportunity to change,” and he further seemed delighted about Williamson’s promise to cease tweeting given that it would be interpreted as “a positive development and a sign of growth.”

    That highlighted sentence was prophetic.

    I take it that Williamson didn’t view the 2016 election as The Flight 93 Election. But it was.

    So is the next one.”


  12. Thanks for letting me know about Williamson’s article about Hanson. I will want to read that piece.


  13. This is from the article and it doesn’t get any better than this:

    “The GOP’s political situation is absurd: Having rallied to the banner of an erratic and authoritarian game-show host, evangelical leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr. are reduced to comparing Donald Trump to King David as they try to explain away his entanglement with pornographic performer Stormy Daniels. Those who celebrated Trump the businessman clutch their heads as his preposterous economic policies produce terror in the stock markets and chaos for the blue-collar workers in construction firms and manufacturers scrambling to stay ahead of the coming tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Chinese retaliation is sure to fall hardest on the heartland farmers who were among Trump’s most dedicated supporters.

    On the libertarian side of the Republican coalition, the situation is even more depressing: Republicans such as former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who once offered important support for criminal-justice reform, are lined up behind the atavistic drug-war policies of the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose big idea on opiate abuse is more death sentences for drug traffickers. Deficits are moving in the wrong direction. And, in spite of the best hopes of the “America First” gang, Trump’s foreign policy has not moved in the direction of Rand Paul’s mild non-interventionism or the more uncompromising non-interventionism of his father, Ron Paul. Instead, the current GOP foreign-policy position combines the self-assured assertiveness of the George W. Bush administration (and many familiar faces and mustaches from that administration) with the indiscipline and amateurism characteristic of Trump.”


  14. Thanks, DJ. The spot in the photograph is a place in Munument Valley, Utah known as John Ford’s Point. It is spectacular on film and in real life.


  15. Yeah, that’ll show ’em!

    Or not. At all.


    “Massive Palestinian tire burn pollutes Gaza, as attempts to breach Israel border fail

    How long before the Palestinian propaganda machine blames Israel for health problems from the toxic smoke plumes?

    Today was the second attempt by Hamas and other terrorist groups to breach the Gaza-Israel border under cover of civilian “protests.”

    When this was tried a week ago, approximately 18 Gazans were killed, almost all of them documented to be military members of terror groups, as we documented in two posts, PHOTOS: Most Palestinians killed at Gaza border clash were terrorists. and 15 terrorists now identified among dead from last Gaza border clash, as Palestinians plan toxic tire fire.

    So Hamas came up with a plan.
    The plan was to create a massive tire burn for next assault on Gaza-Israel border to provide cover smoke. Residents of Gaza gathered thousands of tires amid a celebratory atmosphere.

    Today the massive tire burn took place along with almost 20,000 “protesters.” But as before, it was a cover to try to infiltrate terrorists across the border. The Times of Israel reports:

    As night fell on the second successive Friday’s Hamas-backed “March of Return” at the Gaza border, the Israeli army said it had managed to frustrate what it called the terror group’s “manipulative” efforts to breach the border fence and carry out acts of terrorism under the cover of a public protest….

    Some 20,000 Gazans participated in Friday’s demonstration — compared to over 30,000 a week ago — and the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said seven people were killed in the course of the day, compared to some 20 a week ago.

    Israeli military sources said it was believed that everyone who was hit by IDF gunfire had been engaged in violence. Some Hebrew media reports quoted IDF officials saying all those who were hurt were Hamas operatives.

    The IDF released video footage of Gazans attempting to breach or target the fence under cover of huge plumes of black smoke caused by the burning of tires close to the border, and Israeli television showed footage of what appeared to be teenage Gazans rolling tires close to the border fence.”

    And they utterly and completely failed in their objectives.


  16. Some good news…..

    But bizarre as well……


    “Say, wasn’t marijuana legalization supposed to eliminate trafficking by organized crime, especially foreign operations? It didn’t work out that way for California, where a massive federal and state operation seized over one hundred houses and several businesses linked to a China-based syndicate. The operation grew marijuana on an industrial scale and shipped it to all corners of the US, the Department of Justice announced:

    Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday.

    The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who bought homes in seven counties. Most of the buyers were in the country legally and were not arrested as authorities investigate if they were indebted to the gang and forced into the work, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said.”

    “The most fascinating part of this scheme is the massive real-estate fraud. Why buy all the houses? It kept nosy neighbors and the prying overhead eyes of law enforcement from discovering the operations. They gutted the houses and turned them into farms on the inside, rigging up irrigation systems and indoor grow lighting to churn out multiple crops a year inside each of them.

    It’s among the largest residential forfeiture in US history, the DoJ claims, if not the largest. That may not be much of a windfall for the government, however. They’ll have to spend more money than they’ll get just to make them meet the basic codes for sale. Even when these houses eventually get sold off, they’ll keep home-renovation TV shows going for seasons to come in rehabilitating them for residential use again.

    Another major aspect of the case is human trafficking. The raids detained a number of people who only spoke Chinese, but the DoJ suspects that most of those are so-called “indentured servants,” or literally slaves to the syndicate. The criminal conspiracy brought them to the US to work the farms, using debts or threats to keep them from leaving and tipping off authorities to the operation. If that’s true, it’ll be another major headache for the DoJ and the Department of Homeland Security. Most of them will not be anxious to go back to China and face the wrath of the syndicate, which means many if not all of them will apply for asylum. Some of them will get that in exchange for testimony, and prosecutors will have to discern carefully the differences between victims and perpetrators rounded up in these sweeps.”


  17. And even better news on the human trafficking front……..


    “Seven people have been indicted on 93 counts of several different crimes related to the classifieds website, Backpage.com. The crimes include money laundering and running a website to facilitate prostitution.

    The FBI confirmed Friday that agents raided the Sedona home of Michael Lacey, the founder of Backpage.com.

    It is not clear how many have been arrested in the investigation.

    The website has been seized and shut down by the FBI. Backpage.com is a classifieds website that has been under investigation for years for claims that the site facilitates sex trafficking on their adult ads page.

    The site allows users to post ads for ‘escorts’ and investigators say many of the ads are actually for underage girls.

    The FBI seized the website because it was allegedly being used to facilitate crime. The FBI has done this before with other sex trafficking websites and online pharmacies.

    There are 17 victims named in the documents who are both adults and children who say they were forced into sex trafficking. “


  18. Much damage is being done online with sex trafficking, pornography and other cyber crimes. Government resources would be better used ramping up our capacity to fight it–both with technology and by training citizens. Of course, that will be difficult if we continue to prefer Shanghai to Connecticut. :–/


  19. The Dow went up more in the first 14 months of Obama’s presidency than in the first 14 months of Trump’s, and Trump is now single-handedly causing it to tank with his foolish tariffs.


  20. Why is The Trump Cult celebrating the FBI going after alleged dopers and human traffickers? Just yesterday and daily for months before that we have been told that FBI officials were “dirty”. Are we sure Strzk wasn’t involved in prosecuting this case? Might the whole effort have begun on orders from the criminal Comey? If members of the Deep State and the Silent Coup illegally went after poor innocent Trump, isn’t it likely that the accused dopers and pimps are also innocent? Have Trumpers and the civil libertarian Devin Nunes carefully investigated the search warrants that led to these arrests? Could there have been some of that fruit from a poisoned tree that Trumpkins like to discuss? Isn’t it likely that these crimes were actually committed by Obama and Hillary in collusion with Russia and that poor Seth Rich was killed before he could reveal that fact to Sean Hannity?


  21. Sure Ricky.

    Just because we point out a dozen or so bad ones at the FBI doesn’t mean we think all 35,000 are. But I think you knew that.

    You may now continue your ranting.

    Oh, and minus 5 points on your last one at 9:31 because you forgot to include the obligatory Stormy Daniels reference.


  22. Is there really a cult of Trump? If there is, I can’t find it. However I did find the cult of Reagan….the Reagan Battalion, the Reagan Revolution, and others remind us continually that though he is dead, still he lives on in the hearts and imaginations of his devoted followers as an everlasting political savior. (I’ve heard their communion consists of root beer and jelly bean wafers, but that could be fanciful gossip made up by the snack food industry.) These are strange times, but still, people will worship at some alter.

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