31 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-22-18

  1. Truly cruel and unusual punishment: Thousands of children who traveled hundreds of miles to get to Texas have been separated from their parents and taken to New York.


  2. This is not just freshman-level Intro to Macroeconomics. You might not learn this until your junior year.


  3. Trump is doing much better with his grammar the last few days, but now AJ is speaking jibberish. Who knew the condition was contagious?


  4. Sad but true.


  5. They delayed until Friday, now it’s next week. The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight can’t get their act together. Must mean they can’t get the votes for the more liberal bill either.


    “Republicans’ efforts to overhaul immigration isn’t going as smoothly as they hoped. After a vote on the more conservative of two GOP proposals failed Thursday, a vote on the more moderate “compromise” bill was pushed off to Friday — and then to next week.

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, told reporters Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up a vote, after House Republicans met to discuss the matter Thursday afternoon. Asked if the House would take up a vote on the compromise bill Friday, Scalise said, “Right now we’re going to keep working with our members.”

    Republican leaders initially hadn’t anticipated making any changes to the bill ahead of the vote which had been postponed until Friday. But when the conference emerged from the meeting, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-California, issued a statement on behalf of the bill’s negotiators and said they would be adding more language dealing with agricultural worker visas and e-verify and rescheduling the vote for next week.

    “It gave our entire conference an opportunity to have a full discussion on these very important issues. While we’ve all been in negotiations the last several weeks, we feel like we’ve continued these good discussions on, but two new issues came up,” Denham said. “We’re going to spend the weekend, delay a vote until next week and see if we can come to a compromise on those two final issues.””


  6. Oh my.


    “Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal.

    The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest and deny entry to anyone found on it.

    Hundreds of pages of documents obtained by the Guardian through Canada’s access to information system reveal the fullest picture yet of a database that, although employed in Canada, is maintained exclusively by the US. It contains the personal information of as many as 680,000 people believed by US authorities to be linked with terrorism, and functions effectively as a second no-fly list that is cloaked in secrecy.”

    “Tuscan, however, is much larger and is managed entirely by the US government. There is no clear process in Canada to have your name removed from the list – nor would the US be required to oblige.

    What’s more, while Canada’s no-fly list only applies to airports, Tuscan extends to every land and sea border in Canada, as well as visa and immigration applications.

    Ottawa has never formally recognised the scope of Tuscan, although it is forging ahead with a closely guarded plan to expand and update it. Originally created in 1997 as a consular aid, the list was repurposed and expanded after 9/11, and in 2016 Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama agreed to expand it still further.

    The list effectively means that people cleared by the Canadian government to travel in and out of the country might still be detained because of the American list.

    It could also explain why certain travellers are searched and questioned more frequently or extensively, or why others have visas or immigration applications denied.”


  7. In this case, Sessions’ is right.


    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed some of the criticism he and the White House have received in recent weeks regarding the administration’s immigration policy in an exclusive interview Thursday with CBN News.

    Sessions was personally criticized when he quoted scripture to justify separating families at the southern border, something CBN’s David Brody asked him about.

    “I don’t think it was an extreme position that I took,” said Sessions. “I directed it not to say that religion requires these laws on immigration. I just simply said to my Christian friends, ‘You know, the United States has laws and I believe that Paul was clear in Romans that we should try to follow the laws of government of which we are a part.'”

    Sessions alluded to the Bible again when he discussed the morality of immigration law.

    “I believe, strongly, that it is moral, decent and just for a nation to have a lawful system of immigration,” Sessions said. “I’m not aware of a single nation in the world that doesn’t have some sort of rules about who can enter and who cannot enter. I believe there is biblical support for that, too.”

    Sessions told Brody that all of the criticism has not gone unfelt, especially the criticism coming from his Christian brothers and sisters.

    “It is painful,” Sessions said. “I am pretty well resolved that we try to consider the concerns that people have if they’re legitimate.”

    “I have critics from a lot of different areas. I think our church people are really concerned about children – that’s what I’m hearing,” he added. “I feel it. I think there’s a legitimate concern there and I’m pleased to work with the president to address those concerns.”

    But as the top US law enforcement officer, Sessions said it’s his duty to uphold constitutional laws.

    “I do have a responsibility to ensure that within my realm that the laws are faithfully carried out in our country. And if someone thinks the laws are wrong, then they should go to Congress,” he said.”


  8. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Mueller calls out Ricky’s favorite leftist rags, the NYT and WaPo, for fake news reporting.

    “It’s not responsible.”

    Or accurate.


    “Sometimes the stories you really care about start out as mere footnotes to government business.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his office just wanted to set the record straight about how former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort came to be arrested by the FBI. Articles from the New York Times and the Washington Post were both cited in a footnote of a filing as examples of “not responsible” reporting, particularly on the claim that authorities picked Manafort’s lock.

    Mueller and his prosecutors took issue with reported details that FBI agents conducted a no-knock raid and picked the lock of Manafort’s front door. In the footnote, they quote the court: “But, I do question the publication of the completely unsupported speculation that this revelation was an intentional leak by the Office of the Special Counsel. No reporter had any facts to base that on, so I’m not sure why anyone printed it. It’s not responsible.”

    In other words, the leak about this didn’t come from the special counsel’s office and it didn’t happen.”


  9. More on the damage Obama and Dems have inflicted on our counter-intelligence apparatus.


    “Weakened U.S. counterintelligence
    Critics have said U.S. counterintelligence was weakened during the Obama administration. One example was the mishandling of the arrest of 10 Russian illegal spies in New York in 2010.

    Instead of charging the deep cover “illegal” spies with espionage – they did not enjoy the usual diplomatic immunity afforded to legal spies – the 10 Russians posing as Americans were sent back to Moscow without being fully interrogated.

    As a result, valuable intelligence on Russian spying operations was lost.

    The Obama administration at the time was seeking to curry favor with Russia as part of the failed reset policy toward Moscow.

    The administration also failed to take action against Russian intelligence during its operations to interfere with the 2016 election. After the election, a group of Russian intelligence officers was expelled.

    In contrast, during the Cold War, FBI counterspies achieved a major intelligence coup by recruiting as an informant the No. 2 official in the Communist Party USA, Morris Childs, who provided Kremlin and other valuable secrets between 1958 and 1982.

    Michael Waller, an intelligence expert with the Center for Security Policy, said the IG report lays bare what some have been saying for decades: “The United States is the No. 1 target of every hostile intelligence service on earth.”

    “With few exceptions, the FBI has very little to show that it has the strategy and leadership to cut off much more than the low-hanging fruit,” Waller said.

    “It’s time to reorganize the whole FBI, retire a lot of the upper dead wood and fast-track the aggressive and capable younger field agents who think strategically and put the nation ahead of their careers,” he added. “That will help give the FBI the new leadership the country so desperately needs it to have.”


  10. After the recent, and very successful lawsuit causing the hacks at the SPLC to part with millions for their lies, more folks are jumping on board, and those who enable the SPLC (the media) better take note. 🙂


    “On Wednesday, no fewer than 47 nonprofit leaders maligned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — many if not most of whom are considering a lawsuit against the organization — warned a vast array of executives and leaders that if they parrot the SPLC’s damaging “hate group” labels, they would be “complicit” in “defamation.”

    “Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC’s harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms,” the signatories wrote.

    The letter followed news — broken at PJ Media — that no fewer than 60 organizations are considering suing the SPLC following a groundbreaking settlement in which the organization formally apologized to a Muslim reformer, Maajid Nawaz, for branding him an “anti-Muslim extremist.”

    In 2016, the SPLC published its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” listing Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim, as one such extremist. The left-wing group listed various and changing reasons for including him, even at one point mentioning that he had gone to a strip club for his bachelor party. On Monday, the SPLC apologized and paid $3.375 million to settle a lawsuit Nawaz had filed.

    “We haven’t filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did to Maajid Nawaz,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told PJ Media on Tuesday.

    Representatives of the Family Research Council (FRC), the Ruth Institute, and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) told PJ Media they were considering “legal options.”

    Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against the charity navigation organization GuideStar for defamation after GuideStar adopted the SPLC’s “hate group” list. That lawsuit is ongoing.”

    I hope they bury this hate group. And make sure when you take them broke you get the money they’re hiding overseas and off shore.


    “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing nonprofit known for its “hate group” designations, now has $92 million in offshore investment funds, according to financial statements.

    The SPLC, which has come under fire from across the political spectrum for some of its “extremist” labeling of groups, has been thriving since President Donald Trump entered the White House.

    The controversial organization reported $477 million in total assets and $132 million in contributions on its most recent tax forms, which cover Nov. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2017. That represents an increase of $140 million in its total assets from the previous year. Millions flowed to the group following the deadly Charlottesville, Va. attacks from employees at companies including JP Morgan Chase and Apple as well as from actors such as George Clooney.

    As part of its business dealings, the SPLC holds tens of millions in offshore entities.

    While little is publicly available on the SPLC’s actual transactions, the Washington Free Beacon discovered forms last year that shed light on some of its transfers to entities that are mainly located in the Cayman Islands. The SPLC additionally reports investments in entities in Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands. The Weekly Standard later found that the SPLC had $69 million in non-U.S. equity funds.

    The SPLC reported $92 million in non-U.S. equity funds as of October 31, 2017, according to its most recent audited financial statement: a $23 million increase from the previous year and an amount that equates to around 20 percent of its total assets.

    “Those on both the Left and Right have the same question: what kind of nonprofit that has ‘poverty’ in its name hoards nearly a hundred million dollars in offshore accounts? The SPLC will now have to update its treasure map to keep track of its massive offshore fortune,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council.”


  11. My how things have changed.

    And yeah, she’s a hypocrite.


    “Back in 2014, there was a surge of unaccompanied minors along the Texas border. The crisis stemmed in part from smugglers who convinced thousands of Central Americans that the Obama administrations’ new deferred action policy was a free pass for children entering the country.

    As Jeryl Bier pointed out today on Twitter, at the height of the crisis, Rep. Nancy Pelosi traveled to a detention facility in Brownsville, Texas which was overwhelmed with child migrants. After visiting the center, Pelosi gave a press conference in which she described what she’d just seen as “dazzling – a sparkling array of God’s children, worthy of respect.”

    During a Q&A that followed, Pelosi was asked whether the humanitarian crisis was being “politicized.” “Well, I hope that while some may have tried to politicize it, I hope that was not the case,” Pelosi said. Responding to a question about border security, Pelosi added, “I’m not going to take any bait on what one partisan said or the other.” “Why don’t we just put all that aside and talk about what we’re going to do to help these children and families,” she said.

    “So again, people will say this and that,” Pelosi said. “The fact is, the reality is: the children are there and we need to address the problem. It breaks your heart to waste one ounce of energy on anything other than just addressing the problem.”

    In short, let’s fix this problem and not turn this into a partisan battle.”


  12. Bad news for Dems and never-Trumpers. 🙂

    So good news for America! 🙂


    “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now helming the FBI investigation into Russian collusion that is said to have begun in July of 2016. After a year, two things have happened. They have not found a shred of evidence supporting the allegation that the Trump team colluded with the Russians—and support for the investigation has plummeted. There’s been a near 20-point drop from last year (via NTK Network):

    “A special counsel is currently conducting an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links with the Trump campaign. Should the Russia investigation continue or should it end?” pollsters asked 806 Americans.

    The Monmouth poll found only 52 percent of Americans support the continuation of the Mueller probe, down from 73 percent in May 2017, when the investigation was still under the purview of the FBI.

    Meanwhile, the number of Americans who support ending the investigation has risen to 45 percent, from 24 percent in May 2017.

    The poll was taken from June 12 to June 13, just days before the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report revealing a number of FBI agents involved in the Trump probe held significant animus against the soon-to-be president.

    Are people thinking this is a witch hunt? For Trump’s base, yes—absolutely, but there’s also the other aspect that this has run its course. Voters don’t care about Russia. They’re tired of it. And with no evidence to support a Manchurian Candidate-like plot, maybe it’s time to close up shop. And yes, it is time for this probe to end.”

    And now that the IG report is out and shows Trump was right about most of this, those numbers will be even better for Trump.

    Meanwhile at the FBI, not so much. Independents are abandoning the FBI over the IG report.



  13. 4 more years! 🙂


  14. Globalist scum targeting Americans for financial ruin, and it’s not just Dems.

    Once again, the roll of traitor will be played by actual traitor John McCain.


    “JUDICIAL WATCH: John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner and IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting of Tea Party Groups”

    “McCain minority staff director Henry Kerner to IRS official Lois Lerner and other IRS

    officials: “the solution is to audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous”

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

    The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

    Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

    In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

    Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

    Judicial Watch previously reported on the 2013 meeting. Senator McCain then issued a statement decrying “false reports claiming that his office was somehow involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups.” The IRS previously blacked out the notes of the meeting but Judicial Watch found the notes among subsequent documents released by the agency.

    Judicial Watch separately uncovered that Lerner was under significant pressure from both Democrats in Congress and the Obama DOJ and FBI to prosecute and jail the groups the IRS was already improperly targeting. In discussing pressure from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat-Rhode Island) to prosecute these “political groups,” Lerner admitted, “it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”


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  16. Hey Ricky,

    One of your favorite papers is trashing the memory of recently deceased Krauthammer. Pretty low brow stuff, so yeah, exactly what I’ve come to expect from them.


    “Charles Krauthammer was a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, best-selling novelist, and Fox News commentator, and that was in addition to an admirable medical career, graduating from Harvard Medical School after a 14 month break to recover from a swimming accident that left him paralyzed. When he died yesterday at the age of 68, he left a legacy of accomplishments and accolades, a long list of honors earned and friends made during a truly remarkable life.

    The Washington Post‘s obituary of Krauthammer decided to highlight something different: his “neoconservative” politics, making that the focus of the very first sentence, and blaming him and his work for “lay[ing] the ideological groundwork” for the Iraq War.

    Yes, really.

    This is the first sentence:

    Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68.”


  17. She forgot to mention the never-Trumpers who are party to the spreading of these falsehoods as well. See McCain and Flake’s comments on it.

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  18. It’s not just fake news that’s a problem, it’s the real news they let “die in darkness.” WaPo should be ashamed, but with Bezos in charge, I doubt it.


    “Except Amazon and WaPo have a special relationship: namely the fact that they both fall under the ultimate purview of billionaire Jeff Bezos.

    And it’s not like the coverage of Amazon’s work conditions have gone unnoticed by national newspapers. WaPo’s largest competitor, The New York Times, printed an article in 2015 describing Amazon as a “bruising workplace.”

    In response, Bezos addressed the accusations in a LinkedIn post that was subsequently printed in TheNYT.

    This post never made it into the pages of Bezos’s own paper — which he purchased two years earlier, according to a search by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    The easiest explanation for why WaPo employees have refrained from scrutinizing its owner is that they don’t want to rock the boat. After all, media jobs are hard to come by, and it is easy to see Bezos’s ownership as a rock of stability.

    More than 400 WaPo employees signed a letter to Bezos demanding higher wages and benefits on June 11.

    “All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,” said a statement from the employees.

    Journalists at WaPo seem to have few problems targeting Bezos and his own personal fortune — yet apparently draw the line at attacking the major source of his wealth, Amazon.

    Whether that’s a deliberate tactic at the bargaining table remains to be seen, but given how the paper’s reporters have an insatiable desire for stories targeting President Donald Trump, it’s a wonder how they have not channeled some of that energy into uncovering the secrets of the guy who won’t give employees a fair raise.

    Such behavior seems typical of many journalists — and surely some work at WaPo. How, after five years, not a single individual has bothered to follow the leads of so many local and national papers remains bizarre.

    What is WaPo letting die in the darkness?”


  19. I read that piece in American Conservative the other day. It’s a few years old but it’s relevant and I almost popped in to link it. Glad someone did. The conclusion is good:

    Nelson believes a sacramental hunger lies at the heart of what many millennials feel. “We are highly wired to be experiential,” he says. In the midst of our consumer culture, young people “ache for sacramentality.”

    “If you ask me why kids are going high church, I’d say it’s because the single greatest threat to our generation and to young people nowadays is the deprivation of meaning in our lives,” Cone says. “In the liturgical space, everything becomes meaningful. In the offering up of the bread and wine, we see the offering up of the wheat and grain and fruits of the earth, and God gives them back in a sanctified form. … We’re so thirsty for meaning that goes deeper, that can speak to our entire lives, hearts, and wallets, that we’re really thirsty to be attached to the earth and to each other and to God. The liturgy is a historical way in which that happens.”

    The millennial generation is seeking a holistic, honest, yet mysterious truth that their current churches cannot provide. Where they search will have large implications for the future of Christianity. Protestant churches that want to preserve their youth membership may have to develop a greater openness toward the treasures of the past. One thing seems certain: this “sacramental yearning” will not go away.


  20. Bam.



    And it’s good that they subpoenaed him, since a whole new line of questioning has emerged. Now they can ask him all about this as well.


    “According to the recently released inspector general report, on September 28 and 29, 2016 the New York office of the FBI immediately reported to the Washington headquarters its discovery of, first, 141,000 and then 350,000 emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner — also known as “Carlos Danger,” a now-convicted sex offender. Mr. Weiner is the husband of Hillary Clinton’s inseparable aide Huma Abedin.

    Now we know by October 4, the New York office had found 700,000 emails. The New York agents had seen and reported to FBI leadership they had seen email headers, all domain names, Mrs. Clinton’s initials on one sensitive but not classified document, and the missing BlackBerry backups.

    The New York agents described it as the “entire file” of all Hillary Clinton emails from 2006 until 2016, including the BlackBerry messages that Comey himself had referred to as “the golden emails.”

    The “mid-year team” of FBI agents investigating the email issues had been told by Clinton’s staff and lawyers that there was a complete archive on both a thumb drive and a laptop, but remarkably, no one seemed to have them. At least some on the mid-year team were frustrated and believed Clinton’s attorneys were lying. Others, including Comey, claimed they were looking for those under every “stone” but no one could find them.

    Remember: Hillary Clinton’s attorneys produced approximately 30,000 of her emails, and they appear to have claimed that was the entirety of her work-related emails. Mrs. Clinton, staff and technical support had deliberately deleted approximately 33,000 emails that were just about “yoga” and “wedding plans.” They produced nothing from the beginning of her tenure as Secretary of State. Then, her server was wiped with “BleachBit.”

    Yet, lo and behold, here so many emails were. Hundreds of thousands of emails, the “entire file” — everything Clinton — including data from the BlackBerrys and other devices for which the FBI and DOJ decided not to run search warrants because they “assumed” they had been destroyed.

    So what did the FBI do with this “explosive” “bomb” including the “golden emails” on the BlackBerry that everyone knew was missing from the production?

    Nothing — at least nothing to obtain evidence.

    There was a flurry of activity at Headquarters. Strzok-Page texts show that Strzok, McCabe and Priestap discussed the Weiner laptop among themselves shortly after the “bomb” dropped in the video conference that day. In fact, Priestap and Strzok were waiting outside McCabe’s office to discuss it while McCabe was with Comey. There were also two calls between Comey and McCabe that evening.

    Does anyone really think they were not having their own “oh @#$%” moment?

    The FBI case agent in New York sure had one.


  21. Yes. Those emails are what Comey publicly discussed in October 2016 (thereby further humiliating the hapless Hillary) while the FBI kept the Trump/Russia investigation secret until after the election. Those are two major reasons that your moron won the 2016 election.



  22. Michelle, Our Southern Baptist church is moving in that direction with an emphasis on Advent among other changes. However, our music sounds like Nirvana which makes my wife’s hair stand on end.


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