21 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-26-18

  1. Today Bret Stephens is harsh, but accurate. The article is about two men who are 22 years (a generation) apart. However, as he indicates it really describes the complete change in American values, morals and ethics over the period of a generation.

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  2. For a completely different perspective, compare and contrast how Melania Trump has handled allegations of her husband’s infidelity with the prior behavior of Hillary Clinton. Though Melania started as a model (who sometimes posed nude) and was the mistress of a notorious playboy, she has been a very dignified First Lady. She neither attributed the stories about her husband’s infidelity to some “left wing conspiracy” nor did she attack the women involved. It is no coincidence that she is an immigrant. Perhaps the cultural collapse has not yet reached Slovenia.

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  3. Looks like Mr. Straight Arrow has broken more laws on sharing classified info than we previously thought.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/25/comey-memos-likely-shared-with-former-us-attorney-patrick-fitzgerald-sources-say.html

    “The James Comey memos that leaked to the media and were a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources familiar with the matter tell Fox News.

    Sources identified former U.S. Attorney and special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as the likely recipient, and did not rule out a third individual, in addition to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who shared contents with the media. The memos documenting Comey’s private conversations with the president are now the subject of a Justice Department Inspector General review over the presence of classified information.

    Patrick Fitzgerald is a longtime friend of Comey’s and now his lawyer, as first reported by Talking Points Memo. Fitzgerald did not respond to emails or a voicemail seeking comment.

    Fox News asked Fitzgerald how many memos he received, if Comey, Richman or a third party provided them, whether they were stored securely because of classified contents, and whether the FBI took steps — to include his personal and business electronics — to mitigate the spill of classified information. In the event he did not receive any Comey memos, Fitzgerald was invited to provide an on the record statement to Fox News.

    The publisher of Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” did not respond to Fox News’ questions. An FBI spokesperson offered no comment.”

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  4. While Ricky contemplates Slovenia as the next great landing pad for US citizens fleeing corruption and degradation, there is sweeter news at home:

    “New Studies Suggest That Dark Chocolate Could Reduce Stress, Improve Memory
    The new research also linked consumption of dark chocolate with high cacao concentration to other health benefits, including a stronger immune system….

    According to Science Daily, a pair of studies led by Loma Linda University psychoneuroimmunology and food science researcher Dr. Lee Berk looked at the potential health benefits of dark chocolate, specifically varieties that have a 70 percent or higher concentration of cacao, and a 30 percent or lower concentration of organic cane sugar. Both studies marked the first time that such benefits were linked to the consumption of cacao, as high concentrations in dark chocolate were associated with improvements to cardiovascular, cognitive, and endocrine health. “

    Unfortunately, there is no evidence that white chocolate has the same benefits. So this may be bad news for Ricky, unless he can find it within himself to embrace the dark side—of chocolate, that is.

    https://www.inquisitr.com/4878607/new-studies-suggest-that-dark-chocolate-could-reduce-stress-improve-memory/

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  5. Here’s another slightly different view by First Things on Kevin Williamson’s hiring and firing from the Atlantic. I’m not a big Williamson fan, but the incident did emphasize why so many people do not trust the mainstream, big name media outlets any more.

    ….Worst of all is that Williamson’s hire-and-fire is a symptom of a cultural sickness that goes beyond polarization. It’s one thing to have your worldview shaped by confirmation bias. It’s another thing to believe that those with opposing worldviews aren’t worth living and working with. At its core, this story is another installment of the HR-ification of society. Williamson’s abortion views did not make him a risk to the women who work at the Atlantic. They made him a risk to the Atlantic’s HR department. HR departments exist not to help people understand one another or to foster mutual trust, but to enforce conformity, sterilize culture, and avoid lawsuits. The modern American HR office is a symbol of a culture’s defining virtue down.

    That is, sadly, an apt description of our public square. We have online shaming pile-ons, de-platforming campaigns, and calls for people to lose their jobs over tweets, because our civic space now resembles a highly efficient HR department that eschews debate as divisive and exchange as traumatizing. Talk about “affirmative consent” in campus hook-ups, for example, contains no trace of authentic virtue or love. It is merely an imposition of corporate HR pseudo-ethics onto daily life, a desire to make sure the institutions themselves won’t end up in court. In the absence of transcendent truth, the best we can hope for is mindless cooperation.

    Did it ever occur to Goldberg that a roomful of journalists might benefit from being asked to tolerate a member of their outgroup? Or was the prospect of unsettled employees a bridge too far? We could just as easily pose these questions to college administrators who “disinvite” speakers, or to James Damore’s former bosses at Google. The notion that ideas are a form of violence comes not from clear thinking or neighborly experience but from the HR office, with its canned psychology and legalese. The question is not whether something is true or just, but whether it is good for morale.

    The Williamson firing reinforces a dangerous trend—our suspicion that people who disagree about important things cannot coexist, and that we shouldn’t ask them to try. Williamson and other conservative journalists who face media bias can sleep easy tonight, knowing that they’ll live to write another day. Those of us who simply care about the intellectual and spiritual health of our republic aren’t so lucky.

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/04/the-hr-ification-of-the-public-square

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  6. Trump really is in trouble now. Maxine waters:

    If you had to give some advice to President Trump, what advice would you give him?” a Time reporter asked Waters on the red carpet.

    “Please resign so that I won’t have to keep up this fight of your having to be impeached, because I don’t think you deserve to be there.

    “Just get out!” she declared

    ‘ya hear Donald? ‘ya hear?.

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  7. Oh I dunno Chas. I imagine her constituents think she deserves to be there. And her presence does serve as a bright orange cone of caution to hapless people such as myself who are sometimes tempted to think that Democrats occasionally have a good idea. I would not deny her that neon existence. I have even served that purpose once or twice myself for people of my acquaintance. Sadly.

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  8. Out of bounds.

    The cops and the teacher. Hope you all enjoy being sued.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/24/kyle-kashuv-police-gun-range-message/

    “Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv went to a gun range with his father over the weekend. The perfectly legal act landed Kashuv in hot water with security guards at his school.

    Kashuv, who has been a vocal proponent of the Second Amendment, was aggressively questioned by school security after the trip to the shooting range. Kashuv told the The Daily Wire that he was called out of class and was questioned “intensely” by armed school resource officers. The officers asked who he went to the range with and what kinds of guns he used.”

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/04/24/illegal-detainment-kyle-kashuv-gives-more-details-of-his-questioning-by-law-enforcement/
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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/29894/tolerance-parkland-teacher-slams-student-survivor-daily-wire

    “According to a high school junior student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, history teacher Greg Pittman launched into a broadside directed at pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv in seventh period class; Pittman has attacked Kashuv repeatedly on social media as well.”

    “UPDATE: A second member of Pittman’s class has now told The Daily Wire:

    I was in class on April 25th with Gregory Pittman and near the end of class the discussion led to Kyle Kashuv’s tweet about going to the gun range. Pittman expressed that he could not speak badly about Kyle because he was specifically told by administration not to. Pittman began talking about what an ass Kyle was and called him “the next Hitler” and said that he was “dangerous” and something needed to be done about him.”

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  9. Maybe these frauds should actually do some real work instead of passing meaningless, partisan BS, that has no chance of going anywhere. Also note that Grassley, 2 RINO’s and a soon to be gone Never Trumper flake voted with Democrats.

    https://nypost.com/2018/04/26/senate-committee-passes-bill-that-would-protect-mueller/

    “A key Senate committee on Thursday passed a bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller — whom President Trump has repeatedly criticized over the Russia investigation.

    Republicans said the bill was not necessary because Trump was not going to fire the special counsel, who is probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

    “Firing Mueller would create a firestorm, and may even lead to impeachment,” warned Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, reading from prepared remarks during a hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The final vote was 14 to seven, with four Republicans — Committee Chair Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Thom Tillis of North Carolina joining all of the committee’s Democrats.

    Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced the bill earlier this month as Trump ramped up criticism of the special counsel and the probe, which he has called a hoax, witch hunt and fake news.

    The measure may be DOA, however, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed not to let it proceed to a vote in the full chamber.

    GOP senators also said the bill would never pass in the House and that Trump would never sign it.”
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    So the point was?……..

    Nothing! It’s all for show! And a total waste of time, money, and resources.

    This is why you frauds have like single digit poll numbers. Murray Goldberg has a name for people like you guys.

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  10. A lot of smoke around Cosby, probably some fire under it all, but I do still feel bad for him. And the 1970s celebrity culture was pretty much out of control all the way around. He and I’m sure so many others played that game.

    I posted this on the daily thread too, but the Onion headline was actually pretty clever: Bill Cosby Feeling Disoriented After Jury Slips Conviction Into His Verdict

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  11. One 80 year old molester facing jail. Hopefully a 70 year old molester will face the consequences.

    Passing legislation just for show……I wonder where the Democrats got that idea….how many times did the Republicans repeal the ACA.

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  12. It’s like my birthday came early. 🙂

    I’ve been watching this kid play football since he was in high school.

    https://nypost.com/2018/04/26/giants-get-their-man-take-saquon-barkley-at-no-2/

    “I’m not going to lie. He’s a tremendous talent. You put the film on of a defensive guy and if they’re playing Penn State, then I’m watching Saquon. He’s one of those guys that my mother could have scouted. She could have figured that one out.’’

    The Giants figured it out, with Gettleman warning beforehand the danger of “getting too cute’’ with such a lofty pick. The Giants have not selected this high in 37 years – they took linebacker Lawrence Taylor with the second overall pick in 1981 – and Gettleman insisted the No. 2 pick must be reserved for a player he could envision one day making the Hall of Fame. Gettleman also stipulated the player must be viewed as worthy of the No. 2 pick not only in this draft, but in any draft. Barkley checks both boxes.

    Barkley was born in the Bronx, a Jets fan, and in his youth he and his family moved to Bethlehem, Pa. He was an immediate and repeated sensation at Penn State, amassing 3,843 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. What separates Barkley is his ability as a pass-catcher.

    He had 103 receptions for 1,195 yards and eight receiving touchdowns in his college career, possessing a skill set that will immediately make him popular with his new head coach, Pat Shurmur, and Manning, his new quarterback.”

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  13. Republicans really can’t mock Maxime Waters after the Diamond and Silk show. King et al at their representative best.

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  14. Sure we can. They’re entertainers, she’s supposed to be a serious public official.

    But she’s a fraud and a liar instead. And that seems to be OK with the voters who keep putting her there. Says a lot about them.

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  15. They are entertainers but I’m referring to the Republican representatives who actually took them seriously. Another sign of Idiocracy …. youtube stars taken seriously and getting more than an hour of the govts time.

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  16. AJ, Last week, you and the RNC were telling people to “educate themselves” by listening to what Maxine Waters (along with Hillary, Pelosi and Bernie Sanders) said about Comey. Waters is a fraud and a liar – just like Trump. Waters and Trump have the same views about Comey. Criminals and their backers never like law enforcement.

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  17. Hrw,

    Yeah, that’s almost as crazy as the YouTube chick that bathes in Fruit Loops getting an interview with Obama, yet I heard no complaints.

    Ricky,

    Even a broken clock is right sometimes.

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