30 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-13-18

  1. It will really be disappointed when it gets to the top.
    Somebody will need to rescue it and take it to a forest where it belongs.

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  2. Thoughts Cali. residents?

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-split-three-states-20180612-story.html

    “California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot.

    If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California, with one primarily centered around Los Angeles and the other two divvying up the counties to the north and south. Completion of the radical plan — far from certain, given its many hurdles at judicial, state and federal levels — would make history.”

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  3. Mueller is taking hits today….

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/mueller-unnamed-figures-manafort-638800

    “A federal judge has ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to identify by Friday all the individuals and organizations involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s alleged scheme to lobby on behalf of Ukraine without registering as a foreign agent under U.S. law.

    Among the people Mueller will be required to identify to the defense are top European former politicians who took part in the influence campaign, as well as others whose testimony Manafort has been accused of trying to influence in recent months. Manafort’s alleged effort to shape the accounts of those people led to two new felony obstruction of justice charges last week.

    The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson Tuesday represents a rare courtroom win for Manafort’s defense, which is battling Mueller’s prosecutors in two different federal courts and faces two looming jury trials.”
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    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/13/mueller-investigation-trump-poll-643491

    “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

    Months of sustained conservative attacks led by President Donald Trump and his allies has harmed Mueller most among Republicans, with a record 53 percent now saying they view the lead Russia investigator in an unfavorable light. That’s a 26-point spike since July, when the poll first started asking voters whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably.

    Mueller’s unfavorable numbers have hit highs among both Democrats and independents, at 24 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Thirty-six percent of all registered voters are also seeing Mueller unfavorably, which represents the highest level since the polling first raised the topic 11 months ago. Back then, 23 percent of all voters said they viewed Mueller negatively.

    “Robert Mueller’s disapproval rating is at its highest point since Morning Consult and Politico began tracking the Special Counsel,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s managing director. “A key driver of this movement appears to be Republicans. Today, 53 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable impression of Robert Mueller, compared to just 27 percent who said the same in July 2017.””

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  4. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes! 🙂

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/13/sanford-trump-south-carolina-primary-643515

    “In the end, it wasn’t the Appalachian Trail that brought down Mark Sanford. It was President Donald Trump.

    The South Carolina congressman’s stunning defeat in Tuesday’s Republican primary effectively ended the turbulent two-decade career of a political icon who once harbored presidential aspirations.

    From his time as a congressman in the 1990s, to his eight-year governorship, to his unexpected House comeback that followed, Sanford had long established himself as a figure who cut against the grain — the rare politician who loved to break with his own party. Yet in taking on Trump, his friends and political allies say, he took it a step too far.

    His defeat is bound to raise fears among Republicans about the political perils of crossing a president who remains deeply popular with GOP voters. In recent days, Sanford himself had expressed concern that a loss in the primary would discourage what dwindling GOP dissent among against the White House remains.

    At the heart of Sanford’s downfall was a fundamental miscalculation, those close to him said: That he could go after the Republican president — vigorously, and sometimes in deeply personal ways — and get away with it.

    “Mark had a long and storied career, he was a very famous and successful politician. But he didn’t read the tea leaves right, and that came back to haunt him,” said former state Rep. Chip Limehouse, who hails from a prominent Charleston family and has known Sanford for years. “Mark misjudged it, attacking Trump. That’s what killed him.””

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  5. He made it!

    And Chas was right.

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  6. Just look at how totally non-partisan these leftist wannabe gun grabbing kids are. Republicans only, not those whose list of failures lead up to it, or those who should have prevented it. This is politics, nothing more…….

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/31767/watch-far-left-parkland-activists-storm-ted-cruzs-ryan-saavedra

    “Leftist activists participated in “die-ins” targeting Republican lawmakers across the U.S. on Tuesday to display their support for Second Amendment rights while giving a pass to law enforcement agencies whose failures prevented major mass shootings from being stopped.

    The leftist protesters, led in part by Parkland activist Matt Deitsch, staged a die-in in Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) office and in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office while another group staged a die-in at President Donald Trump’s vacation residence in Florida. ”
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    “It does not appear as though any die-ins were staged at government agencies whose failures helped lead to some of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, including:

    Broward County Sheriff’s Office: “… the law enforcement agency received at least 45 calls for service relating to [the shooter] or his brother from 2008 to 2017,” CNN reported.

    FBI: Investigated Pulse shooter multiple times; failed to follow up on a tip a month before the Parkland shooting.

    Air Force: “… failed to report [the] Sutherland Springs gunman[‘s] 2012 convictions for spousal and child abuse to civilian law enforcement authorities,” mysanantonio.com reported.

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  7. Nightingale wondered if the raccoon could be rabid, since rabid animals don’t always act vicious, but often do irrational things. Hopefully that’s not the case.

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  8. As Ricky said last night, watching Trump himself is much more interesting than seeing him filtered through Alec Baldwin. I’m listening to the Trump press conference in Singapore now on youtube. I don’t know why so many people are negative about the meeting with NoKo. It turned out very well considering the hostilities we’ve had for the past few decades.

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  9. More mergers bring less choice and competition for medium and small players. Hope folks don’t live to regret jumping on this rickety bandwagon. :–/

    ….Between the lines: The service providers all say they don’t want to limit choice, and that they have no intention of blocking or prioritizing content. But the concern is that, once companies have vertical control over home internet and cable TV service, mobile data service, and multiple content sources, the temptation to pursue such strategies — once upon a time they were dubbed “synergies” — could be irresistible.

    The Justice Department’s compliant against AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner called out concerns that the deal would raised prices for cable TV subscribers and harmed online innovation.

    As New York state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout tweeted Tuesday, “Common sense tells you that this degree of concentrated power isn’t right. These giant mergers tend to hurt workers and democracy, not just prices — they lessen the control of the little guy.”……

    https://www.axios.com/with-net-neutrality-gone-and-mergers-galore-its-a-new-internet-e65de47f-7fbf-4104-83fe-a086401f98aa.html

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  10. I’ve heard a few comments about breaking California into 3 parts, but I thought that was just…rhetoric. But apparently it’s on the ballot in November!

    California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot.

    If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California, with one primarily centered around Los Angeles and the other two divvying up the counties to the north and south. Completion of the radical plan — far from certain, given its many hurdles at judicial, state and federal levels — would make history.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-split-three-states-20180612-story.html

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  11. “I don’t know why so many people are negative about the meeting with NoKo.”

    It’s to be expected by Democrats and the press because well, it’s Trump, and he is a Republican.

    And the traitor wing of the R party has to be critical. They’re too deeply invested at this point. They want, no need, Trump to fail otherwise they look like the clueless frauds they are. They’re holding on tightly as to any small hope that Trump might fail. It’s all they have left. 🙂

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  12. Jennifer Rubin is still in there fighting. A fair percentage of conservatives are now spending their free time discussing old movies, books and history with Richard Brookhiser as the leader. It seems we all like the classics and John Ford. When Trump says something particularly humorous, we let each other know.

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  13. How do we know it was a success?

    The reactions of Rubin, Ricky, and the MSM is your first clue. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/06/media-freaks-out-over-president-trumps-video-diplomacy-during-singapore-summit/#more-252174

    “One of the reasons that I think that President Donald’s Trump bid to change the nature of our relationship with North Korea, as well as its place in the world, has been a success is the response of the American media.

    For example, during the Summit in Singapore, when it became apparent that both Trump and North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-Un were going to have a highly productive meeting that included an informal agreement, the faces on the elite media members were reminiscent of Election Night 2016. Rachel Maddow seemed especially sad.”
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    “I thought the video was a brilliant change from the threat-oriented, bribe-based Smart Diplomacy offered by previous administrations that eventually lead to Kim lobbing test ballistic missiles toward Guam. My favorite part, depicting one possible future, shows the classic satellite image of a dark North Korea altered to one in which it is lit as brightly as its southern counterpart.

    In fact, this production seems part of a new trend in social media diplomacy that was also recently practiced by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu released a video in which he offered Israel’s water expertise to an Iran he said faces an environmental disaster due to persistent drought. The videos allow the leaders of one nation to directly address the citizens of another, bypassing the messaging they normally receive.

    Needless to say, the Trump-haters and the elite media detested the production, confusing persuasion with propaganda. The over-the-top reactions confirm “A Story of Opportunity” was a palpable hit.”

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  14. Trump again said something humorous: He does not trust the FBI or his own Justice Department or the Special “Councel” or “Council”, but he is sure Kim is acting in good faith.

    I think he is just proud that he can always spell “Kim” correctly.

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  15. The Republican party left many working people when they sold out to China and multilateral agreements that favored multinationalism over national sovereignty. But then, political parties will always disappoint eventually.
    Debra

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  16. I just finished reading “Totally Incorrect” a book by Doug Csey. I don’t recommend the book.
    He doesn’t like anyone. Everyone is stupid.
    He doesn’t even like America. He lives in Argentina.
    Good riddance.

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  17. Nixon’s lies and Clinton’s lies did not insult our intelligence. The functionally illiterate Trump apparently thinks Americans are incapable of doing math.

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  18. Tomorrow is the big day. Sessions’ is giving us a preview of what’s to come.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392189-sessions-defends-firing-comey-warns-doj-report-could-prompt-more-terminations?rnd=1528937163

    “Sessions defends firing Comey, warns DOJ report could prompt more terminations”

    “On the eve of the release of a potentially explosive new report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the termination of the FBI’s top two former executives and warned that the forthcoming report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton probe could result in more people being fired.

    In an exclusive interview with The Hill’s new TV show “Rising,” set to air Thursday morning, Sessions defended the decision to fire ex-Director James Comey, who he said “made a big mistake” that belied a “serious breach of discipline.”

    Sessions also made clear that he is open to firing more employees if the Justice Department inspector general’s soon-to-be-released report warrants it.”

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  19. I would be in the same state as Michelle. But those of us in the beautiful hills don’t really want to be a part of San Francisco.

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