23 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-29-18

  1. We now know why a gunman targeted the Capital Gazette. He had a previous vendetta due to an unsuccessful defamation suit against them..


    “Five people are dead after a gunman opened fire Maryland’s Capital Gazette newsroom on Thursday
    Police responded within 60 seconds to reports of an active shooter at the newsroom at about 2.40pm
    The suspect, identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was taken into custody following the shooting
    Police say newspaper had received threats on social media prior to the deadly shooting
    Ramos had unsuccessfully sued the newspaper and one of its former reporters in 2013 for defamation
    Police sources said the gunman purposely damaged his fingertips so investigators couldn’t fingerprint him
    Authorities said they recovered a shotgun and what they thought to be an explosive device from the scene
    The five victims are: Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara
    Phil Davis, a court and crime reporter for the Gazette, said the gunman had shot through the glass door of the offices and then opened fire on the newspaper employees “


  2. It’s been a very good year so far.


    “In his final day of campaigning ahead of the 2016 primary in the state of South Carolina, then-Republican nominee Donald Trump held three different rallies. Feeding off the energy of the crowd, he delivered a classic Trump line.

    “We’re going to win so much,” he told thousands of supporters in attendance. “You’re going to get tired of winning. You’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much. This is getting terrible.’ And I’m going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again.’”

    It would become one of many classic Trump quotes from the 2016 campaigning season — one that supporters would repeat with big smiles, and one that detractors would laugh about in dismissal as they mocked the real-estate tycoon’s chances of becoming president.

    The notion of winning so much that people would get tired was obviously delivered tongue in cheek, but here we stand, just over two years removed from that rally, and supporters are beginning to enjoy a glimpse of what the now-president predicted back then.”


    So the obvious question becomes……. will never-Trumpers ever apologize?


    “Not too long ago, a lot of the so-called conservatives who went by the hashtag #nevertrump were telling us to go vote for Hillary Clinton.

    They abused us, called us non-conservatives, and pulled all sorts of tantrums on us. According to Investor’s Business Daily, there is a whole page on them with lists of names on their own Wikipedia page.”

    “Gad, they’re an annoying bunch…and there are so many of them!

    One of the big reasons a lot of voters did vote for Donald Trump for president was indeed his potential influence on who would end up on the Supreme Court. I personally know of several people who could have gone either way, Ivy-Leaguers among them, who said they voted for Trump precisely because of the stakes in the Supreme Court.

    Yes, this is big.

    We just saw a string of 5-4 decisions at the Supreme Court, with Justice Gorsuch as the deciding vote, and very much the result of President Trump’s election. The victories for us are about freedom – from the left’s forced union wages, the left’s coerced cake-baking, the left’s forced abortion advertising, and other stuff –showing that at long last, we live again in a society where freedom of conscience matters. It’s stunning. These are huge, important victories, and neither would have been possible had the NeverTrump crowd had its way.

    Then Justice Kennedy announced he is retiring, which means there’s a chance to shift the balance of the court decisively to the constitutional right, to finally end the judicial activism that had been debilitating our country and making governance itself impossible, due to all the left-wing judges. Had we had a President Clinton, the left-wingery from the court would have been solid and probably impossible to undo. We absolutely dodged a bullet by electing President Trump.

    Isn’t it time somebody called these NeverTrumps, many of whom got us into the Iraq War mess and then told us to go vote for Hillary in a second bit of bad advice, on the carpet for this? Had Hillary been president, which many of them openly endorsed, the court would be in the iron grip of far-left liberals for the foreseeable future. Yet, instead of admitting their mistake, people like George Will are busy calling for Republicans to put Democrats in charge of Congress to “protect” the country from Trump.”



  3. As with so much else, this behavior is consistent with idiocy, but it is also consistent with being Putin’s stooge. That ambiguity makes the Manchurian Moron more effective for Russia than the Manchurian Candidate.

    However, not even Putin is clever enough to plan all this. The Divine Hand is at work, but likely not for the purposes envisioned by the Trumpkins.


  4. This is actually an interesting question–he’s posing it to the two most invested members of the EU, forcing them to acknowledge there’s a problem with the EU.

    Trump is a businessman–have you never run into anyone like this before? I have.

    They say outrageous things–not because they believe them but to gauge the reaction.

    Every time the news media reacts, it plays directly into his hands.

    I’m surprised every time by the overreaction–but then, I’ve spent my whole life living with people like this.

    Trust me, the best plan is to laugh, shake your head, ignore and move on to the next silliness.

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  5. “Every time the news media reacts, it plays directly into his hands.”

    And no one in politics has ever used bad press to their advantage like Trump does. 🙂


    “The Feiler Faster Thesis posits that the pace of social change is accelerated by the increasing rapidity of the technology used by journalists to report the news, which whets the public’s appetite for more and even faster news, thus in effect creating even more news. By turns vicious and virtuous, it’s a cycle of news-and-response that keeps current events churning and temporarily sating the public’s appetite for the new—until something even newer comes along. It’s like the mad chariot race in Ben-Hur, with the only certainty being that at least one side is going to be destroyed in the delirium.

    In the pre-2016 past, the engine was the Kardashians and their ilk, celebrities famous for being famous for reasons that either no one could remember or had something to with (given the mainstreaming of pornography) a sex tape. Not that any of it really mattered; journalism having long ago gotten into the gossip business, “news” was defined as anything the public wanted to know about, and so the race to the, er, bottom was on.

    Today, the embodiment of this phenomenon is not the generously proportioned Kim K. but the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, in whose person the nation’s obsession with both the trivial (Stormy Daniels) and the crucial (peace with North Korea and the coming downfall of the Iranian mullahs) combine in one unique individual equally at home in both aspects of our public (and formerly private) lives. Seizing control of the principal Feilerian engine, Twitter, Trump has jacked up the pace of change to warp speed, and we are all now just along for the ride.

    Consider the events of the past couple of days alone: major victories in the Supreme Court, including the upholding of his “Muslim ban,” and, in Janus v. AFSCME, what may prove to be a death blow to the Democrats’ stranglehold on the public-employee unions and their milking of them as electoral cash cows. On top of that, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his sudden retirement, leaving a vacancy on the Court that Trump announced he would fill immediately with a proven conservative in the mold of Neil Gorsuch.

    The Left, which has been driven to madness by Trump’s victory and his subsequent relentless drive to overturn what’s left of the Obama “legacy” and restore something of the status quo ante of the country he (and we) knew and loved growing up, has now gone completely bonkers (pungent examples at the link.) As I wrote on Twitter yesterday: “This must be what the Platonic Form of schadenfreude feels like.” It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

    All three of these events are of crucial importance in the rolling back of the Frankfurt School’s cultural-demolition project of “Critical Theory,” the eradication of Obamaism from our laws and its reduction to a footnote in the history books, the counter-offensive against the Long March Through the Institutions, and most of all in the restoration of traditional American values, including patriotism, self-defense, cultural confidence, and the old “don’t tread on me” spirit. No wonder the Left is losing it—in both senses.”


  6. I would caution Marco about making blanket statements like this. Many never-Trumpers disagree with him, and demonstrate it daily. Many of them do the same thing the media does, assign evil motive to everything.


    “Sen. Marco Rubio offered a candid assessment of the relationship between Republicans and the media, tweeting out on Wednesday that many Republicans won’t attack President Trump even when they know he is wrong in order to avoid the appearance of siding with the media.

    “Many Republicans won’t criticize Trump even when they don’t agree with him b/c it means siding with a media that nevers (sic) cuts him a break,turns even little things he does into an act of evil, are also unfair to them & in the end will still attack you anyway,” said Rubio in a tweet.


  7. The newspaper shooting was jarring (though some of us wryly noted you could fire a cannon through our newsroom and manage not to hit anyone these days). Still, the local police sent a squad car over to hang out in front of our building, just in case, which was touching (if a bit of overkill, but still appreciated).

    Our recently resigned crime reporter had taken his share of scary threats through the years, so all it takes is for one of these guys to fly off the handle and grab a gun. So sad for those who lost their lives, though, it’ll be tough for the staff to get over that. Can’t even imagine.

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  8. 538?

    Save it. I’ll not waste my time.

    Besides, polls are meaningless and easily manipulated. I can find polls right now that show his approval rating is higher than Obama’s at this point in his first term, but so what. Votes and wins are all that matters, and he has them. 🙂

    4 More Years!


  9. Bad news for Dems. Flake has decided to act like an adult and do the right and loyal thing for his party, for a change.

    Nice to see he realizes the court is more important than his ego,


    “Democrats’ best hope of blocking President Donald Trump’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination just fizzled out.

    On Thursday, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he would not try to block Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who on Wednesday announced his retirement from the high court, in exchange for a vote on curtailing Trump’s tariff powers.

    The retiring senator and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee told The Arizona Republic that he would evaluate Trump’s eventual pick to replace Kennedy separately from his threat to block Trump’s judicial nominees for district and circuit courts from moving out of the committee. Flake has already stalled some nominations by withholding his support on the committee so as to pressure Republicans to vote on Trump’s controversial tariffs, which Flake and many other Republicans staunchly oppose.

    “My goal here is not to block judges,” Flake said. “My goal is to get a vote on tariffs, and I have all the leverage I need with circuit court nominees.”

    He added: “I certainly wasn’t anticipating a Supreme Court vacancy, but it’s unaffected.”

    Flake could unilaterally block any judicial nominee from advancing beyond the Senate Judiciary Committee by voting with the Democrats in opposition. If Flake joined the Democrats, and the Democrats were unanimously opposed to Trump’s nominee, the vote would be 10 to 11, assuming all other Republicans voted in favor of Trump’s choice. The Judiciary Committee does not have any Democrats who look as if they may jump ship and vote with Republicans on Trump’s nominee.”


  10. We deal with our share of unstable folks.

    Although I did like this tweet from yesterday (and sadly, this is the hyper-local journalism that is struggling to survive right now):

    “The people who work in newsrooms like the Capital Gazette do hard work for low pay because they love their communities. They’re reporters who sit through long and boring zoning meetings because whether a new development gets approved can make a huge difference for a neighborhood.”

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  11. Ricky,

    See. It just depends who you ask.


    “A new Harvard-Harris poll of 1448 registered voters on a wide range of topics provides a lot of unwelcome news to Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

    In a series of rather eye-opening results, many highlighted by writer Eddie Zipperer, the poll paints an increasingly grim picture for Democrats still clinging to hope for any semblance of the “Blue Wave” they once felt so confident was coming.

    The poll found that 47% currently approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, which is two points better than last month and about where Rasmussen puts him (and nearly identical to Barack Obama’s approval at the same point in his presidency, by the way).

    On the economy, a crucial indicator for midterms, the results are devastating for Democrats: 69% say the economy is either “very” or “somewhat” strong (just 31% disagree); 68% say their own financial situation is either improving or about the same (just 26% say it’s “getting worse”); 58% approve of Trump’s work on stimulating job creation, and about the same number, 57%, approve of his handling of the economy.”

    “70% want stricter enforcement of immigration laws
    63% agree with Trump’s DACA compromise
    73% agree with Trump’s reversal of his separation policy
    61% agree with Trump that our border security is “inadequate”
    84% side with Trump against sanctuary city policies blocking notification of ICE
    76% are against the leftist idea of “open borders,” and 69% are against the notion of disbanding ICE
    64% believe those who cross illegally should be sent home, and 61% said even those with children should be sent home
    55% want to hold illegal immigrants in custody (as opposed to 45% who agree with the Democrats’ “catch and release” policy)
    53% say illegal crossing families with children should be held (47% said they should be released)
    88% believe parents and children should be held together
    48% said illegal immigration reduces wages to workers (42% said it has no effect; just 10% said it increases wages)
    38% said immigration was the most important issue facing the country (the highest percentage of any issue)
    And that’s not all. The poll also found that 57% approve of Trump’s handling of terrorism; nearly three-quarters approve of Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un; and a slim majority say they believe Trump will deserve a Nobel Peace Prize if he manages to get North Korea to disarm.”


  12. As you said, one can always polls you like. Several taken in the last week indicate only 35 to 38% think the country is heading in the right direction. Since that matches the Republican core vote, its as low as it can go.

    An other interesting trend is the leftward tilt to democratic primaries. Despite all the rhetoric, Obama was a centrist. By rolling back what little he did, the Republicans only serve to motivate the left who have realized compromise with Republicans is futile. Thus for example instead of the ACA which was a Republican plan from tge 90s, the left wants universal health care. (not to mention abolish ICE, free college, etc)

    In few months, Trump is going to regret the loss of Crowley like Democrats. Especially since the economic message of the democratic socialists plays well in the rust belt.

    For anyone under 30-35, socialism is just an other option and carries no historical baggage. And soon they will be the demogeaphic majority.


  13. I know its amusing but IF you are under 35, capitalism has more historical baggage than socialism. Perhaps a reason why we should have more required history courses in high society but the reality is millennials don’t view socialism negatively. And to be fair, there’s nothing scary about the Nordic social democratic model.

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  14. I keep coming back to the realization of so many folks obviously know no history, thus making assumptions that we’ll have the pluralistic perfect societies they see in movies.

    Because I’m married to a guy who spent a lot of time in military shipyards trying to wrangle costs, when I spectacular and popular movies where space ships zip through the air and cities are blown up, all I can think of is, “doesn’t anyone know how expensive it is to built or rebuild these?”

    And, of course in America, so many young people hold reasonable paying jobs, what else can they conclude? It’s all pipedreams.

    It’s so discouraging.


  15. don’t hold–

    My son commented his generation was sold a pack of lies. “We were told if we went to college we would get good jobs.”

    They entered voluntary serfdom on those expectations and my generation ran all the way to the bank with their future. It’s shameful.

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  16. “Several taken in the last week indicate only 35 to 38% think the country is heading in the right direction. Since that matches the Republican core vote, its as low as it can go.”

    Sorry HRW, they’re not all R’s.

    And if I was polled I’d say it wasn’t either. Democrats and their media enablers are pushing us to the brink of civil war, hardly the direction anyone wants to see. Despite your desire for it to be so, it’s not just everyone but R’s. Many I and D’s see this and are unhappy too. The flaw in your thinking, as is normal with leftist, is to assume it’s all because of Trump and can be blamed on him. It’s inaccurate.

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  17. Millenials are unaware of the historical baggage of socialism because today’s leftist teachers don’t bother teaching it’s bloody and ruthless history. Socialism and class envy is revered by idiot educators and politicians like Sanders while capitalism is trashed. Sorry dude, their ignorance is the fault of public education. You built it.

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  18. This article is in the July/August issue of The American Conservative on Winston Churchill which is not yet available online, but should be soon. It is relevant to the discussion of socialism I think. [bold emphasis is mine, as are any typos ;–) ]

    ….Churchill later worked alongside his peers in the Liberal Party, including Lloyd George, to pass the National Insurance Act of 1911. In particular, Churchill was responsible for spearheading the provision on unemployment insurance, but he also enthusiastically embraced the act’s section that created National Health Insurance for British workers. In a letter to George V, Churchill praised the act as a vital instrument for political and social stability. he called it :far more important to the prosperity contentment and security of Your Majesty’s Kingdom, than any other measure of our times.”

    ….But Churchill’s motives were not progressive; they were conservative. He wanted to root workers in the traditional British economic and social framework by satisfying their needs—thus blunting prospects for socialist revolution. The idea was to tame capitalism and make it more humane so the fabric of British society would not be torn asunder by class warfare. He believed this could only be accomplished by protecting—and providing for—those people who were most likely to suffer from the ravages of free markets.

    ….Many American conservatives today may not want to face this truth about the hero whose bust graced the Oval Office of George W. Bush. Seeking a balance between tradition and reform, Churchill was an ideological descendant of Edmund Burke. In his address to the Royal College of Physicians he located his call for universal healthcare in the context of tradition. “As between the old and the new, you have undoubtedly the advantage of antiquity,”….

    Like Edmund Burke and Benjamin Disraeli, Winston Churchill recognized that policy must be guided by experience, both past and present. Throughout his life he eschewed abstract doctrine and fought ideological extremism. Nowhere can one find in his words or actions the tropes of modern American conservatism, such as small government, low taxes, and absolute property rights.

    So, was Winston Churchill a socialist? As this quote demonstrates, the things we in the US have been trained to think of as socialism, are not necessarily so. And our reliance on entertainment news and radio, with its lack of intelligent debate, has not really served the cause of conservatism very well.

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