53 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-27-18

  1. When my grandson has sporting activities (often) on Sundays, his father brings him to our 8 o’clock service. When churches in Monterey realized how many workers had jobs at the Carmel golf courses and hotels and had to work Sundays, they started Saturday night services.

    I’ve also heard of a church that does its Sunday Schools on Saturday nights–where else to kids have to go where they can be safe on those nights? Maybe 5-7?

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I just don’t think many folks have a will. 😦

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  2. I had a long night with little sleep, but I have now gone through yesterday’s mail, had the second cup of coffee, and I feel semi-civilized again. I just received my first hard copy of The American Conservative . The big theme for July/August is “Incarceration Nation”, so there are several articles on prisons, rehab and one entitled “The Texas Crime Initiative”. There’s also an interesting looking article on Churchill. I think the issue of prison reform may have legs that Republicans should not discount. In the current restless climate, chanting “lock her/him/them up” is too simplistic—and all the more so when we tend to lock up the foot soldiers rather than the commanding officers of crime.

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  3. I guess Ricky’s gonna have to work hard today. All that winning for Trump at the SC has him in a tizzy. The Mueller fiasco is no longer useful to him, since there’s nothing there. The American people side with Trump on the illegal mess. so he and his globalist friends might have to pay more for lawn care now. And now the price of an imported Mercedes might go up too? (and it won’t matter at all to most Americans who can’t afford them anyway) When will this madness end? 🙂

    When Trump and America wins, never-Trumpers lose. And name call.

    What;s a poor never-Trumper to do? 🙂

    4 More Years!


  4. @9:33 My husband says the same thing about the Democrats, Ricky. Only he thinks the party is now toast because they are moving in the direction of Venezuela and violence. But I don’t think Americans are going to send those types of Democrats to DC, although I do believe they are moving rapidly toward Communism. They should have let Sanders have the nomination or at least allow a fair fight between him and Hillary. The dirty tricks cost the Democratic party dearly, I think.


  5. Based on the angry tribalism that’s overtaken the country, none of it will end well in 2020.

    And that’s my easy prediction. lol

    Back to the State of Denial …

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  6. More winning bigly. 🙂

    Under any other president this would be considered great news. But since Trump did it, well, you know how that goes……..


    “The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revealed that over $300 billion was repatriated to the United States through the first quarter of 2018, a new record.

    Businesses appear to be taking advantage of tax reform – signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of 2017 – by bringing money back to the U.S. rather than investing it overseas, Fox Business reports.

    During the same period last year, only $38 billion was repatriated.

    Kevin Hassett, chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, said U.S. companies are investing more at home since Republican-passed tax reform was implemented.

    “U.S. firms that used to build their factories overseas in order to avoid U.S. taxes, they stopped in their tracks because of the tax bill, they are bringing all the money home,” Hassett told Fox Business.

    The BEA suggested repatriation increased because companies are no longer taxed on foreign earnings when moving money back to the U.S. Many economists hope the surge of repatriated funds will be used for U.S. hiring and boosting wages.

    The new tax laws have led many economists to revise estimates for economic growth. The economy is tracking almost 4 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018, CNBC reported. The report cited “new-found proceeds from the tax bill” driving consumer spending as a primary source of higher growth.

    J.P. Morgan’s chief U.S. economist, Michael Feroli, estimated “real GDP is expanding at a 4.0% annual rate in Q2, up from our prior estimate of 2.75% and almost twice the 2.2% growth rate experienced in Q1.” He added that “consumers wasted no time enjoying their tax windfall.”


  7. And yet another win for Trump at the SC.

    Great news! 🙂


    “In a major legal and political defeat for big labor, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that state government workers cannot be forced to pay so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities.

    The conservative majority said a union’s contract negotiations over pay and benefits were inextricably linked with its broader political activities, and concluded workers had a limited constitutional right not to underwrite such “speech.” The case specifically examined union fees paid by non-members.

    “This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.”

    After announcing the last of two remaining decisions, the court recessed for the summer without any justice announcing a retirement from the bench. There had been muted speculation that senior Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy would be prepared to step down after three decades on the high court, but no announcement arrived.

    While the current case applies only to public-sector employees, meanwhile, the political and financial stakes are potentially huge for the broader American labor union movement, which had been sounding the alarm about the legal fight. “


  8. Despite claims to the contrary…..


    “The Dow Jones has shed nearly 1,000 points over the last couple weeks, ostensibly over fears of an escalation of trade tensions between Trump and our major trading partners, some of whom have begun imposing retaliatory tariffs of their own. (Though who really can say exactly what moves the stock market on any given day or week—talk about fake news).

    Trade wars seldom work out very well, but if anyone might be able to win one, it would be someone totally intimidating, inflexible, irrational, and bull-headed. In other words, someone like Trump—and maybe only Trump.

    But don’t take my word for it. Check economist Irwin Stelzer, no Trump fan nor a trade protectionist in any way, shape or form, in the latest Weekly Standard, where he makes the case that Trump might indeed win the trade disputes he has incited. It might even be “easy” he says:

    Germany’s economy is heavily dependent on its auto industry, which employs 117,000 workers, and exports about 800,000 vehicles per year—323,000 of them to the United States. It is shielded from foreign competition by the E.U.’s 10 percent duty on auto imports. Daimler has already issued a profit warning because of the U.S. threat, and the Ifo Institute, a Munich-based think tank, estimates that U.S. tariffs on automobiles would lower German GDP by €5 billion, or 0.16 percent of GDP. “No other country would suffer higher absolute losses from such a tariff as Germany,” says Gabriel Felbermayr, director of the Ifo Center for International Economics. Merkel just doesn’t have enough chips to get into a serious game of raise and re-raise with America. . ”

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  9. Fearing negative effects of protectionism, we went ahead and bought new cars last year. As a fan of cheap horsepower, I drive a Mustang. Since the 1980s my wife has never wanted to drive a car built by Yankees, so we got her an Acura. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that in today’s integrated global economy, there are almost certainly Yankee-made parts in her vehicle just as my Mustang has parts and materials from scores of countries.


  10. I’ll stick with my Ford and just watch the odometer roll over a few times, but we also bought Dad’s castoff Camry when he bought a newer model a few years ago. I was fond of my Toyota pickup in 1989 but they discontinued the model, so I turned to Ford for consolation.

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  11. I like my South Korean cars very much.

    My wife’s 10 year old Rio is about to hit 200K, and I love my Soul. 🙂 I don’t even miss my Camry anymore. 🙂

    Both are under 20K and came with a 100K warranty.


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  12. This is my second Mustang. Cars have really improved in my lifetime. My 2008 Mustang GT accelerated and handled almost exactly like my old 1969 Corvette with a 427. Both could outrun my 1964 and 1968 GTOs. I assume the new Corvettes perform like race cars.

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  13. And speaking of the South Koreans……

    They just eliminated Germany in the first round, the first time it’s ever been done. 🙂


    “The reigning 2014 champions Germany won’t be featured in the second round of the World Cup for the first time ever. The talented side led by Joachim Low, viewed by many as one of the major favorites to win it all, crashed out of the group stage on Wednesday in a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Korea. All the Germans needed was to beat South Korea, considering Mexico had lost to Sweden, but the team couldn’t do it, falling behind and conceding two late goals, including an open-netter. “

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  14. Democrats may wish that to be so DJ, but it ain’t happening. 🙂

    Just imagine if you will what the court would look like if Hillary had been the one choosing these judges.

    And then say thank you to all the people who voted for Trump and made this so. This is why it mattered folks. 🙂

    You’re welcome. 😁


  15. Despite the medias’ attempts to ignore this story of actual collusion with foreign agents, some of it’s still getting out. Like how Dems are ignoring it because digging might release even worse details.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ favorite IT guys strike again.

    Can you say “special prosecutor”?

    I knew ya’ could….


    “These allegations bring a new kind of allegation to the whole Awan case. So far we’ve really been dealing with hacking and unauthorized access to networks, possibly ferreting information back to Pakistan,” Bedford said on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.” “Now we actually have people who are implicating a chief of staff for a congresswoman, Yvette Clarke. Chief of staff Shelley Davis.”

    “Bedford said Davis was implicated by Clarke’s deputy chief of staff Wendy Anderson, who suspected Davis was working with Abid Awan to steal equipment and information from Congress.

    “[Anderson] had walked in around December 2015 in the office and she’d found Awan with iPads, iPods, little music players. All this different computer equipment spread around the desk of the Congresswoman’s office. She ordered him out and after a little while told investigators that she thought that he was ordering equipment which came from about 10 percent of the Congresswoman’s budget, to sell with the Chief of staff.”

    Clarke didn’t take action against Awan and tried to write off the stolen equipment as missing.

    “She wrote off about one-tenth of her budget as missing equipment that seemed like it must have been lost and did not end up firing Awan until Congressional investigators said, ‘Hold on a second. Why is 10 percent of your budget gone on missing equipment? This seems like there could be a procurement fraud,” Bedford continued.

    “If there’s actually a ring of people, a chief of staff who are stealing — involved in a thing like this, then Congressmen aren’t going to want that dirty laundry aired,” he concluded. “This would implicate potentially dozens and dozens of Democrats.”

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  16. For the left, this is the worst news ever….



    Let’s hope so! 🙂

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  17. PP is not happy with Justice Kennedy. 🙂


  18. DJ,

    See, they ain’t waiting around. 🙂


    “President Donald Trump said he will begin the search to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy immediately and plans to make a nomination “as quickly as possible.”

    Republican leaders signaled they would move rapidly to seize the opportunity to create the most conservative court in generations. But with the swing vote on the court at stake and fresh memories of Republicans’ election-year blockade of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Democratic leaders indicated they would resist.

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on confirmation in the fall. Republicans have a 51-vote majority in the Senate with elections in early November that could change the make-up of the chamber.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose committee handles court confirmations, pressed for rapid action, saying in a statement the he hoped to hold a confirmation hearing “in the weeks ahead.”

    But Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democratic leader, said a vote must wait until senators are seated following the fall election, echoing McConnell’s argument from two years ago.

    “With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the President’s nominee once the new Congress is seated in January,” Durbin said in a statement.

    Trump said he will make the choice from a list of 25 candidates he assembled during the election.

    “It will be somebody from that list,” Trump told reporters in the White House Oval Office Wednesday. “So we have now boiled it down to about 25 people.””

    If they obstruct, use the nuclear option, as Dems did when they held power. Let’s git ‘er done. 🙂


  19. say thank you to all the people who voted for Trump and made this so.

    I’m not making an argument right now that voting for Trump was a moral wrong, but it’s possible for people, out of decent motive, to do wrong so that good may come. Some ends transcend others.

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  20. Some of us are old enough to remember that Kennedy was not Reagan’s first pick for the court.
    After naming Rehnquist as Chief Justice and Scalia, Reagan nominated the equally conservative Robert Bork. Unfortunately, the Democrats then controlled the Senate and refused to confirm Bork, leading to the nomination of Kennedy.

    This morning 538 gave the Dems a 31% chance of taking the Senate following this year’s elections. Their odds of taking the House are much higher. McConnell and Schumer will both play hardball with the new nominee. Senators up for re-election will be those targeted by pressure groups. It will be interesting.

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  21. I tend to agree with Douthat.

    Roe v Wade was wrongfully decided on 10th Amendment or federalism grounds. Criminal laws vary widely between states and always have. Murder, robbery and rape are defined differently and punished differently in different states. Roe v Wade wrongfully prevented conservative (primarily Southern) states from protecting the lives of their unborn children.


  22. Sure, I remember the sham of the Bork hearings. Reagan still nominated Kennedy. It was a poor choice. It was disastrous.

    So let’s hope Trump does better now than Reagan did when he nominated Sandra Day O’Connor.


  23. HRW, One of your favorites seems to the leading Dem in 2020. He has a few minor scandals in his past, but unless his staff starts meeting with Russians and he starts cavorting with Playboy bunnies and porn stars, he will appear spotless in comparison with his opponent.


  24. https://world.wng.org/2018/06/a_swing_to_the_right

    From World Magazine

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote in many important cases on a sharply divided Supreme Court, has announced he will retire on July 31.

    The Wednesday announcement set off a political earthquake that will dominate Washington in the coming weeks. Minutes after the news broke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went to the Senate floor to announce, “We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.” …

    … (M)ost will remember Kennedy for his positions on the two most divisive social issues: same-sex marriage and abortion. He wrote the 2003 Lawrence decision overturning sodomy laws, the 2013 Windsor decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, and the 2015 Obergefell decision that redefined marriage across the United States.

    “We respectfully disagree with those decisions where Justice Kennedy created ‘rights’ not found in or intended by the United States Constitution,” said Michael Farris, president of Alliance Defending Freedom. “But we also praise Justice Kennedy’s insight and forceful celebration of First Amendment freedoms, his sensitivity to the danger of authoritarian government, and his refreshing desire to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech to future generations.”…

    Historically, the average time for a justice to be confirmed, rejected, or withdrawn is 25 days. But that time frame has lengthened in recent decades as partisan fighting over Supreme Court nominees has grown. …


  25. Lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media over this today, of course. Many are inconsolable. It’ll get interesting.


  26. If you understand Kennedy’s libertarian leanings, it helps somewhat explain his positions on same sex marriage, I think. Not saying I agree with them, I don’t (which is why libertarianism is bothersome to me based on my understanding of fallen human nature and where that takes people to their own peril). But from a strict legal standpoint, he was being consistent with the libertarian viewpoint of imposing little or no government interference on personal freedoms and on how people chose to live their lives.

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