26 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-8-18

  1. Let’s start with some good news. 🙂


    “Supply is tight, prices are soaring and mortgage rates are rising. That shouldn’t exactly add up to a happy housing market, and yet, it does. Consumer confidence in housing jumped to its highest level on record in April, according to a monthly sentiment index from Fannie Mae.

    Of the index’s six components, only the share of those who think it’s a good time to buy fell. No surprise there, given the high competition in most of the nation’s neighborhoods. The share of those who think it’s a good time to sell and those who think prices will continue to rise jumped the most. In addition, more consumers think their incomes will rise over the next year, and fewer think they will lose their jobs.

    Consumer attitudes remain resilient going into the spring/summer home buying season,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “However, the upward trend in the good-time-to-sell share seen since last spring has done little to release more for-sale inventory. The tightest supply in decades, combined with rising mortgage rates from historically low levels, will likely remain a hurdle for mobility and a persistent headwind for home sales.”


  2. And some more……


    “The federal government took in a record tax haul in April en route to its biggest-ever monthly budget surplus, the Congressional Budget Office said, as a surging economy left Americans with more money in their paychecks — and this more to pay to Uncle Sam.

    All told the government collected $515 billion and spent $297 billion, for a total monthly surplus of $218 billion. That swamped the previous monthly record of $190 billion, set in 2001.

    CBO analysts were surprised by the surplus, which was some $40 billion more than they’d guessed at less than a month ago.”


  3. An update on a story DJ linked to last night.

    And this is still good news, and Trump predicted this.

    “Just as Trump predicted in 2013 tweet: “Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman… Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner””


    “A couple of weeks ago I argued in a radio appearance — John Gibson Show I think — that NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was unfit for office because he was so hyper-partisan. Elected Attorney Generals have a political role, but Schneiderman had unofficially appointed himself the AG to #TheResistance. It was too much for a law enforcement officer.

    Little did I know that it would not be long until an even darker side of Schneiderman was revealed.

    The New Yorker has a blockbuster story about how 4 women have accused Schneiderman of physical abuse, some in the course of relationships, at least one not in a relationship. Two went on record using their names, the other two didn’t want their names used, but reporters Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer vetted the accusations.

    The story is extremely detailed, Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse:

    As his prominence as a voice against sexual misconduct has risen, so, too, has the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters. They accuse Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as “assault.” They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam says that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. (Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he “never made any of these threats.”)

    A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward. (The New Yorker has independently vetted the accounts that they gave of her allegations.) A fourth woman, an attorney who has held prominent positions in the New York legal community, says that Schneiderman made an advance toward her; when she rebuffed him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day. She recalls screaming in surprise and pain, and beginning to cry, and says that she felt frightened. She has asked to remain unidentified, but shared a photograph of the injury with The New Yorker.

    There’s a lot more in the story. Read it.

    It’s here…



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  5. The housing issue is only good news if you own a house. It’s very bad news if you are trying to get into your first home.

    We’ve been living this nightmare in California for a long time and it is not pretty.

    Some think it is part of the enormous rise in homelessness– which affects all of us negatively.

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  6. Comedy’s memoir is for sale front and center in the window with lots of copies in all the bookstores I saw in Warsaw, Prague and Berlin. Pretty amazing to me since it’s in English. 😦

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  7. I have a niece and her husband who are having trouble finding a first home for their family. New homes are being built all over Texas, but we don’t have enough Mexicans to build homes for all the Yankees and Californians who are fleeing to Texas.


  8. I suspect the Europeans are reading Comey’s book with serious thoughtful concern. I do not think the cloak of blindness that God has allowed (or caused) to fall on people really extends beyond the borders of the US.

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  9. Apparently the cloak of blindness is being dispensed in Men’s Rooms around the country.


  10. A cloak of blindness has indeed been over the country for a great many years. If that were not the case, we wouldn’t have been extinguishing the natural affection that exists between man and woman, mother and father and their child, or the goodwill between neighbors and countrymen that can often be seen even among unbelievers in other nations. Other countries actually seem to care about the continuation and welfare of their own nations, while we are overly focused on profit, world dominion and the pretty graphs and charts used to sell it. It’s time to turn away from such things and tend to our own households and neighborhoods and communities.

    I am very thankful to have employment where these fundamental truths are not neglected in a mad rush for money and power—a place where the Sabbath is respected even when it affects the bottom line [and no I have not become Seventh Day Adventist :–) ]. But I have to say it again because I’m seeing it every day in a new way: who you serve shows tangibly, wherever you are, even on the warehouse or factory floor. When people who have power and influence use it righteously, they create an atmosphere that cannot be replicated any other way. I’ve seen what Jeff Bezos creates in his workplaces, and I’ve seen what righteous men and women create in the places they own and operate. If money and wealth are going to be the primary arbiters of what we do as a nation, and if trade based philosophies are going to dictate what is right or wrong, then there will only be more of the darkness and blindness that following these false gods creates.

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  11. Grammar question for late night pondering: In the last word of the last sentence of my comment, should the verb ‘to create’ be plural or singular–or is it my option depending on emphasis? :–)


  12. Once again while Mueller chases non-existent crimes, seriously big ones right in front of his face get ignored. More Dems colluding with foreigners, this time to it’s our DA’s being bought.

    They chase their tails, he runs roughshod over US elections with his dark money in order to accomplish such lovely goals as…….

    “Jones-Wright “has fully embraced his [Soros’s] positions on decriminalizing sex crimes, closing jails and prisons, and eliminating bail” and added that that she is “committed to not enforcing what she calls ‘quality of life crimes’ like breaking and entering and other things that are not necessarily violent crimes.”


    “Liberal billionaire George Soros has pushed $1.5 million into San Diego’s district attorney race to support a far-left candidate who spoke on a panel hosted by the liberal billionaire last year at the left’s biggest dark money donor conference.

    Soros, who has been funding district attorney races across the country in his attempt to reform the criminal justice system, on May 3 deposited $1.5 million into the California Justice & Public Safety PAC. The committee was established to support Geneviéve Jones-Wright, the Democratic candidate and deputy public defender in the county. The PAC is run by Whitney Tymas, a longtime treasurer of Soros PACs.

    The PAC disbursed $194,884 on television ads, $100,000 on digital advertising, and $107,575.60 on campaign literature and mailings in recent days, campaign finance records filed in San Diego County show.

    Summer Stephan, the current district attorney in San Diego, is highlighting Soros’s influence on the race, launching a website to draw attention to Soros’s involvement. The website, ThreatToSanDiego, states that “anti-law enforcement $$$ is coming into San Diego.”

    Seriously, when will it finally be enough before someone does something about this guy? Hello? DoJ? FEC? anybody….?


  13. Your unbiased press at work……


    “First Lady Melania Trump revealed her signature campaign to combat bullying and drug use Monday afternoon at the White House, and the internet reacted by making fun of her accent.

    The campaign, called “BE BEST,” is aimed at creating a healthy lifestyle for students on social media and in the classroom as well as preventing opioid abuse among students. In her speech at the White House, Melania said:

    “There are too many critical issues facing children today so the three main pillars of BE BEST will include well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse. We can and should teach children the important of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making.”

    However, the anti-cyberbullying nature of the program was completely missed by some influential commenters online.

    Verified twitter accounts of online influencers and reporters made fun of the First Lady’s accent, even though Melania is an immigrant who was born in Slovenia and speaks five languages.”

    The left is like school in the summertime….

    No class.


  14. Today is the 73rd anniversary of VE Day, when Allied forces formally accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender, signifying the end of WWII in Europe. (It’s also a national holiday in the Czech Republic, which is rare to see even in Europe.)

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  15. Ricky,

    About those CNN numbers…….

    I still doubt they’re right overall, but if they are correct, it’s bad news for you and refutes one of your favorite talking points about the young vote, where his support has increased by 5%.


    “These numbers are still relatively poor for presidential approval ratings, reaching similar lows to President Barack Obama’s lowest approval (after a near-shutdown in 2011 and an actual shutdown in 2013) and President George Bush’s (after Hurricane Katrina).

    One of the largest areas for growth has taken place among people ages 50-64, among whom Trump’s approval has increased by 8 points since December. Other age groups have continued with little movement except for those ages 18-29, who now approve of the President at 29% — an increase from 24% in November.

    Another strong spot for Trump approval is church attendance — among both those who attend regularly and those who don’t. While those who attend church weekly give Trump a 53% approval rating compared to 46% in November, the other big jump took place among those who never or seldom attend church. Thirty-six percent of the people who seldom attend church approve of the job the President is doing, which has jumped from 29% in December.

    Trump’s approval rating among men has increased from 41% in December to 48% now. Women have remained stagnant, with approval for the President hovering between 31% and 33% since last year.”


  16. AJ, Your article said Trump has a 29% approval rating among young people. That means they oppose him by a 2 to 1 margin. That proves my point that he is repulsive to the young.


  17. Wasn’t a certain person supposedly elected to “drain the swamp”?


  18. Ricky,

    Try to follow along. He was at 24%, now he’s at 29%, so a gain of 5%. He’s gaining young voters, not losing. While it’s still 2 to 1, he’s moving in the right direction. He doesn’t need all, or even most of them, to win re-election you know.


  19. Maybe they gave him the 500k to cover the campaign debt of 400k that McMullin still owes and plans to stiff vendors for. Plus interest. 🙂


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