53 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-30-18

  1. Oh my. This is starting to look like maybe another special counsel is needed to clean out those who would abuse their power in such a way. These are some serious accusations. These are Gestapo tactics.


    “Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert believes government personnel working for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are spying on his office, he told WMAL’s “Morning on the Mall” Friday.

    “I don’t doubt for a minute that he has people who have been looking into my background. I’ve been told as much by some other folks,” Gohmert told WMAL host and Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese.

    Gohmert continued, “I’ve had people who work for the government saying they know everybody that comes in your office.”

    The congressman caveated that he did not believe any such operation was overseen by Rosenstein personally but that it was people who worked for him. “There’s always deniability,” he said.”


  2. Gowdy points out the obvious bias.


    “Thursday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, featuring testimony from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray had quite a few heated moments. One highlight was when Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) expressed his disgust for how Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation has gone.

    One focus of the hearing was the recent Justice Department Inspector General’s report on DOJ and FBI’s handling of matters surrounding the 2016 presidential election. Gowdy had plenty to say about FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was mentioned in the report as showing political bias against Donald Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton. Strzok worked on the Clinton email investigation, and was among the leadership of the investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian election interference.

    Gowdy focused on messages Strzok sent where he indicated that he would take action to make sure that Trump would not become president, as well as anti-Trump sentiment that he expressed once Trump was already president and the Special Counsel had been appointed.

    “He was talking about impeachment within three days of Special Counsel Mueller being appointed!” Gowdy said. “Three Days! That’s even quicker than MSNBC and the Democrats were talking about impeaching!”

    Gowdy went on to say how two years into the investigation, there is still no known evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Trump campaign, only on the part of Russia. Nevertheless, he said, Russia isn’t being hurt by the investigation, but 60 Democrats have already called for impeachment, even with a lack of evidence.”


  3. More irresponsible and fake news.


    “A reporter at a Massachusetts-based newspaper resigned Friday after falsely claiming in a tweet Thursday that the man who killed five employees at the Capital Gazzete newspaper left a “Make America Great Again” hat at the crime scene.

    “Shooter who killed 4 people at Annapolis newspaper dropped his #MAGA hat on newsroom floor before opening fire,” Conor Berry, a reporter at The Republican in Springfield, Mass., wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

    Berry, who covered politics and crime for The Republican, apologized for the “stupid” and “regrettable” tweet Friday, adding that it made his 21-year career as a journalist come to a “screeching halt.”

    As it should. And so should this.


    “A number of liberal Twitter users and journalists spread a conspiracy theory Thursday insisting a Department of Homeland Security document contained a secret Nazi code.

    In February, DHS put out a press release entitled “We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again,” a fact-sheet making the case for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. “When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective,” it argued.

    The press release went largely unnoticed until months later, when a tweet accusing the document of being a dog whistle for Nazis garnered nearly 7,000 retweets. The viral claim suggested the headline was a reference to “Fourteen Words,” common white supremacist credos. The most widely known variation states, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

    “This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with ‘we must secure,'” Twitter user Lauie Voss noted. “This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS.”

    Voss likewise pointed out that the press release also had 14 points and that it contained an unnecessary use of the number 88, often used as Nazi code for “Heil Hitler.”

    Voss’s tweet quickly spread throughout the liberal Twittersphere, and was even tweeted out by journalists at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, The New York Times Magazine, the Daily Beast, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

    Officials at liberal PACs like American Bridge and EMILY’s List also spread the conspiracy theory.”

    TDS has made them cuckoo for Coco Puffs. It’s become pathetic.


  4. And here’s a great Twitter thread — just for some needed balance when it comes to talking about journalism and the people who work in the field (it simply is not a monolith as is too often popularly implied):

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  5. The rest of what she wrote:

    Jun 28

    I work @hartfordcourant right now and in the past six weeks I’ve: covered 6 graduations, a zone and planning board meeting, a high schooler designing a 3D-printed guitar, a new restaurant, interviewed survivors of Hurricane Maria and more.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    My coworkers have written about homicides in Hartford, substandard downtown housing, a woman who had a personal relationship with Fred Rogers, excessive meal bills by public officials and the Travelers Championship.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    We don’t make much money (I make less than when I was a nanny) and work long hours. In the past two days, I’ve technically worked 18 hours. But we care about you and your community, and we want you to know what’s going on.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    This pursuit is somewhat altruistic but not entirely. We love this damn job. I get to meet people on the best days of their lives and the worst days of their lives, and I essentially get paid to be curious and empathetic.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    And it’s also not just altruistic because we are members of the communities we cover. We’re behind you in line at the grocery store, beside you in the pew, in front of you in the stands at little league games. We’re just normal people, and the news matters to us as much as you.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    And I know we’re imperfect. Sometimes we have bias and sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes we don’t live up to the ideals of what we do.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    But those ideals are so perfect and so beautiful: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. To give people the information they need to live. To teach you something you didn’t know. And yes, to challenge your beliefs.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    If you don’t understand journalism, please ask. I’m ready to tell you about what I do and I know most of my colleagues will too. Please also know that no matter what, we’re not the enemy. We care about you and we’re always ready to listen.
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    Nyssa Kruse

    Jun 28

    If you made it this far, thank you. I know this is just shouting into the void but maybe someone will get something out of it. Keep those at the Capital Gazette and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I know I will.
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  6. For a while the press has been reporting that Trump’s phone security is about as good as Hillary’s email security. As usual the press reports were right.

    Notice Trump told the fake Menendez that he thought he got a “raw deal” from the bad old prosecutors. The dishonest sympathize with one another.

    HRW, You may want to call up and pretend to be Trudeau, dish out some flattery and see what you can get for your province.

    I think I will work on my Russian accent and call Trump pretending to be Putin.

    Mueller doesn’t need to interview Trump. He can just have someone call and pretend to be Giuliani or Hannity and get a complete confession.

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  7. Yikes! Texas is about to be surrounded. Yankee Trump to the north of us and Mexican Trump to the south of us.


  8. Who knew that actual business was more complicated than taking some poor sap’s money at a blackjack table, strip club or fake “university”? Who knew that most businesses try to make needed adjustments to tariffs or other government actions in order to avoid bankruptcy? Who knew there was a difference between a con man and a businessman?


  9. Ben Shapiro was on Bill Maher. I think he did a fairly good job defending his position but Maher’s experience showed.


  10. Yesterday,

    Old school conservatives were about maintaining the social order. They were pragmatic about the economic policy to ensure this occured. Bismarck and Churchill both approved various social welfare policies as a means to keep the workers and peasants happy and part of the existing order. They were afraid and rightly so that revolutionary ideologies and actions would attract the poor hence social welfare policies were enacted and approved. In the post ww2 era this was the grand compromise, the rich would share and pay for social welfare and in exchange the poor would not revolt and support the communists. Since the 1990s, the rich got greedy and forgot to keep the poor within the social order.

    And now the millennials who grew up on the modern conservatism of Thatcher and Friedman see the failure of capitalism to deliver on its promises. And there’s no traditional conservative policy of social welfare to keep the millennials within the existing social order. Hence the renewed interest in socialism and the appeal of false populists such as Trump.

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  11. AJ,

    Elementary school teachers are conservatives. Its their job to train children to become responsible contributing members of the current bourgeois system or social order. They make great traditional conservatives. They believe in law and order, deserving and underserving poor, good goverance, personal responsibility, turn taking, etc.

    The fact socialism no longer has historical baggage has more to do with the passage of time then the actual history teacher. The mandatory history courae in high school usually is modern American (or Canadian). Given time constraits this usually means post ww2 or more likely post Vietnam/Reagan/Trudeau Sr. Socialism/Communism isnt really part of North American history. The only time its brought up is connection with modern civil rights movement. There isnt time to discuss Stalin and the USSR.


  12. Supreme Court,

    The Republican party is not a party of conservatism of any ideological stripe rather its about winning and power. The machinations that took place to prevent Garland and appoint Grolusch and now a new justice have increased the illegitimacy of the Republican govt. Gerrymandering, electoral college, court machinations, etc are creating a pyrrichic victory in which tje Republicans are winning but in the end it will have no legitimacy.

    Cory Booker made an excellent point in that while this admin is under criminal investigation they should not be allowed to apppint judges who may eventually make decisions regarding said investigation. There’s plently of time. The court went without a judge for almost a year. It can wait a few months while Mueller finishes his investigation. To appoint a judge prior to the investigation finishing is further the concept of illegitimacy.


  13. “Elementary school teachers are conservatives. ”

    Sure, that’s why they want to teach sex ed and read my two dad’s to second graders, because all conservatives want that. 🙄

    “The fact socialism no longer has historical baggage has more to do with the passage of time then the actual history teacher.”

    Like I said yesterday……

    The idiots don’t know what socialism even is, but they support it, as do many of their teachers. This stuff didn’t show up in classrooms accidentally. It was introduced and taught every day as a good thing by educators at every level.

    And most of those supporting it can’t eve defend their idiot ideology.



    Many of them would be shocked to know the truth of what they blindly support. It’s time to stop glorifying it and tell the truth of it’s bloody history. And toss out teachers who would poison the minds of the youth with this garbage. .


    “Socialism, by the way, is just such a system. This is the case whether you call it by any other name, whether communism, utopianism, or collectivism. Oh, go ahead and slap some lipstick on that pig and call it “democratic” socialism or “progressivism” or “communitarianism.”

    Lenin and his gang all started out calling themselves socialists. Social democrats, to be exact. So the fact remains: the path of socialism is ultimately paved with coercion, censorship, and, yes, terror. Does stating this make me an alarmist? No. It makes me a realist.”

    “We are also witnessing a new trendiness for all things socialist and communist among college youth. They sport T-shirts featuring the image of nauseatingly murderous tyrants like Che Guevara. Thanks to the popularity of the avuncular Bernie Sanders, coupled with an astonishing ignorance of history, millennials have fast become trusty mouthpieces for socialism. This is ironic, because socialism has a way of redistributing power away from the “99 percent” and puts it into the hands of the few central planners—a teensy fraction of 1 percent—at the top.

    Then what? Well, too often the answer is in the title of this recent article written by libertarian Matt Kibbe: “Socialism Kills.” R.J. Rummel chronicled and documented the killing habits of socialist regimes in his work “Death by Government.” There’s an indisputable correlation between big government and terror that keeps turning up throughout history. That’s because big government is really Borg government. It just can’t get enough of itself.

    We’d better get acquainted with it if we’d like to avoid it, no?”


  14. Terry Mattingly via the Get Religion site says some important things here about our nation’s divisions and the dangers of only listening to media that agrees with us and confirms our own partisan viewpoints (the linked podcast is also worth a listen, about 18 minutes long); “a broken journalistic system is breaking our political system and our ability to compromise,” the broken public discourse is a result of advocacy journalism in the age of the Internet:



    I am old enough that I can – if I focus my mind really hard – remember what our public discourse was like before the Supreme Court became the only issue in American politics that really, ultimately, mattered.

    How did America become a nation in which dialogue and compromise is impossible? Why is the U.S. Supreme Court always ground zero on all of this? What role is the mainstream press playing in this painful equation, especially when covering news linked to religious, moral and cultural clashes?

    These kinds of questions are at the heart of this week’s “Crossroads” podcast (click here to tune that in), which focuses on the painful state of political life in this age of Donald Trump, an age in which the status of the high court is even more controversial than ever, with Kennedy’s retirement serving as another fuse on this bomb.

    But let’s back up a minute, to when old folks like me were young.

    Yes, the 1960s were wild times, of course. The war in Vietnam was incredibly divisive and the nation was rocked by assassinations. Tragic divisions over race were real and could not be ignored.

    Still, everything changed for millions of Americans on Jan. 22, 1973. From that moment on the status of Roe v. Wade – political wars over defending or overturning that decision – loomed over every nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and every presidential election, as well. …

    … How did we turn into a nation in which court decisions serve as the only legislation that really matters, especially when we are talking about clashes over moral and cultural issues linked to the First Amendment? Are presidential executive orders the only way to get things done, in an age in which legislatures can no longer hold sane debates that produce compromise? We saw that with President Barack Obama and now with Trump.

    How did we get to the point where we see headlines like this one?

    Poll: Almost a third of US voters think a second civil war is coming soon

    … So what happens if people on the left and the right, in postmodern America, continue consuming news from sources that totally affirm what they already believe, while consistently portraying citizens on the other side as evil? What happens to the First Amendment? What happens to efforts to legislate compromise on hot-button issues linked to religion, morality and culture? What happens to journalism? …


  15. Decent presidents don’t do this. He now actively works at tearing this country apart.


    “If you believe recent media accounts, the former Democratic president has suddenly transcended the political fray. It’s as if a newly “Zen-like” Barack Obama is content to just write his memoir and let Donald Trump and Republicans write the next chapter of history.

    In a cover story asking “Where is Barack Obama?” for example, New York magazine concluded that the 44th president has “virtually disappeared” from the political scene and is sitting idly by as his legacy is dismantled piece by piece. From an exclusive interview, the periodical concluded Obama was “modeling his political engagement out of office after George W. Bush’s” — that is, staying out of the rough-and-tumble of politics, maintaining distance from his former office and resigning himself to be an elder statesman fading into the sunset.

    Don’t buy it.

    Obama is doing far more to shape the political landscape than is visible. In fact, for an ex-prez, he’s taking an unusually active role in politics, including helping radical protest groups fight Trump and his policies and devising a scheme to flip the GOP majority in the House and permanently turn red seats blue.

    From his sprawling DC office not far from the White House, where he oversees a full-time staff of 20, Obama has held regular meetings with Democratic lawmakers, as well as DNC chief Tom Perez, whom he personally helped install to run the Democratic Party. Obama has also met with his attorney general, Eric Holder, to craft a strategy to redraw congressional district maps in Democrats’ favor, according to Politico. Holder now runs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama helped his old friend launch.

    Obama, who maintains a home in Chicago, originally said he only planned to stay in Washington temporarily, until his youngest daughter, Sasha, now 17, finished high school there. But the family is clearly putting down deeper roots. They recently bought their DC rental home and erected a massive security wall around the property, which includes offices, and are installing a swimming pool.

    While it may be true Obama does not want to engage directly in Washington politics, including personally protesting Trump’s policies, he is using a political-organizing group he founded to do that for him.

    That nonprofit — Organizing for Action — is not exactly a household name. But it is no less than the organizing and training hub of the anti-Trump resistance.

    Most recently, OFA helped stage rallies across the country against the administration’s border policies, which it has decried as “cruel and inhumane.” OFA describes itself as a “nonpartisan grass-roots-driven organization,” but it clearly has a pro-Obama agenda. In fact, it’s run almost entirely by alums from Obama’s campaign and White House, including Jon Carson and Jim Messina, who co-chair the group, and Katie Hogan, who serves as its executive director, according to recent tax filings by the nonprofit.”


  16. Basic economics primer thread from Justin Amash:


  17. There’d be more trust, if they put aside their egos and politics and just stick to the facts.


    “Ex-New York Times editor Jill Abramson was right when she said this week that a certain newsroom has a serious narcissism problem.

    She should have taken her criticism a step further, though, because the problem is industry-wide.

    A Maryland newspaper suffered a tragedy this week when a deranged gunman stormed its offices, killing four journalists and a sales assistant. The Capital Gazette leadership responded courageously, refusing to allow even this awful event to slow them in their duties. They published a newspaper the very next day, covering a shooting that happened in their own newsroom.

    That is noble.

    What is not so noble are the self-centered journalists and pundits from elsewhere who piggybacked off this awful event to do what they love doing the best: making the story about themselves. Some seized on the shooting to go after their preferred political targets, while others used it as an opportunity to push back on perfectly legitimate criticisms of the media.

    “The President of the United States has demonized the media, promoted and retweeted violent memes against reporters and networks and this week at a rally again called us the enemy of the people,” said BuzzFeed News’ Jason Leopold. “He did this with complete and total disregard for how his actions could play out.”

    He added, “Words matter. This climate is not OK. The president’s incendiary rhetoric against the media is abhorrent.”

    Putting aside for a moment the fact that he seems to believe that words are violence, it’s worth pausing here to stress that the shooter is not in any way connected to or motivated by President Trump or right-wing politics. In fact, the shooter had a long-running grudge against the Gazette dating back to at least 2012, when he sued it for defamation over its coverage of his alleged cyberstalking.

    Nevertheless, many in the press are doing that thing where they concede there’s no connection between a news event and their preferred hobbyhorse, but that one should be drawn anyway.

    The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, for example, winked at her thousands of Twitter followers, saying, “This alleged gunman appears to have had a longstanding grudge against the paper and little else is known so far. But Trump is the only president in memory to call the press ‘the enemy of the people.’”

    The Columbia Journalism Review’s Kyle Pope added elsewhere, “Every reporter in every newsroom has to deal with a person like Jerrod Ramos — someone who feels wronged, ignored, angry. I have them now. The danger is that the rhetoric emanating from the president has given these people a new voice and authority, stoking their delusions anew.”

    Then there’s CNN’s Jim Acosta, who never misses a chance to play the martyr.”


  18. I can tell you that lot of the angry, broad-brushed rhetoric is disconcerting to put it mildly. At our paper we hear it on a local level, thanks to social media, and it’s completely uniformed and agenda-driven by the national hate that’s descended on our nation like a roaring fever that only keeps going higher.

    We’ve seriously become so angry in this country against whatever group is in the crosshairs that it is scary. We’ve got to all try to get over this emotional, fist-shaking fury at “the enemy” (whomever we deem personally to be at any given moment). It’s getting ugly.

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  19. DJ @ 9:57
    “But those ideals are so perfect and so beautiful: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. To give people the information they need to live. To teach you something you didn’t know. And yes, to challenge your beliefs.”

    Are these really the ideals of journalism? . Does truth fit in there anywhere or is that included in ‘information’? Serious questions. The Hartford Courant is one of the papers I peruse periodically. Husband worked there for several years, first in accounting and then in electronic publishing when they started that department.


  20. hwesseli @1:40 I can’t disagree with any of that. Since conservatism is in the process of being redefined in the US, I hope we as a population will at least get around to discussing some of these things. Even if actual positions don’t change much regarding some issues, a better understanding could reduce the bombastic rhetoric. But with the current heat being generated by all parties in the media, I don’t see how that’s going to happen any time soon.


  21. More lies exposed.


    “Stunning revelations from the IG report of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz (an Obama appointee) suggests that the 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton was coordinated — contradicting their claims that the meeting was accidental and coincidental.

    In 2016, Lynch — the U.S. attorney general under Barack Obama — secretly met for 30 minutes with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Arizona. At the time, then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was being investigated by the FBI over her 30,000 deleted emails and her destroyed government-issued phones, which she and her team smashed with hammers.

    Several days after the tarmac meeting, the DOJ (which was headed by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch) decided not to file any charges against Hillary for her unauthorized use of an unsecured, private email server to conduct government business and her mass-deletion of 30,000 emails.

    Page 203 of the IG report suggests that Bill Clinton’s Secret Service detail had contacted Lynch’s FBI detail to set up the meeting when their planes were on the tarmac:

    “The OPA (Office of Public Affairs) Supervisor said that he later learned that former President Clinton’s Secret Service detail had contacted Lynch’s FBI security detail to let them know that the former President wanted to meet with Lynch. Although Lynch’s staff was supposed to receive notice of such 204 requests, witnesses told us that they were not informed of the request from former President Clinton.”

    As BizPac Review has reported, Lynch and Clinton claimed they only discussed grandchildren and golf during their rendezvous.

    “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren…and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” Lynch said at the time.

    Christopher Sign, an anchor for ABC News 3340 in Alabama, said there’s no evidence that Clinton had played golf during his visit. “Two years later and I have not found a person who can confirm that former President Clinton played golf during that trip to Phoenix,” Sign remarked.”


  22. Debra @12:37

    Fair point and that’s not the list I’d give — I’d classify those things more as impacts on readers and government that come from some coverage and stories, but they’re more outcomes rather than a list of what our mission actually is.

    (I suspect she may have stayed clear of “truth” and other such topics precisely because there is, thanks in large part to the rise of advocacy journalism on both the far left and far right, no longer any collective agreement on those matters, sadly.

    I go back to Mattingly’s discussion and thoughts (@ 3:02 post) about how the state of journalism is becoming essentially broken — and that should be a serious cause for concern among all of us, left, right, and in between. I honestly don’t know where this profession goes from here.

    Brit Hume once said the hope in launching the Fox News station was that it would call journalism to more accountability, more fairness. But he acknowledges now it effectively backfired in leading more mainstream sources to veer more openly partisan. Now, it’s an all out war for the truth.

    A couple of thoughts:

    * Be wise news consumers, don’t get your news from one side of the partisan war only, seek out more objective news sites. Don’t trust advocacy journalism out of hand. Read and watch with an open mind and be willing to challenge your own assumptions. Don’t discount a news source simply because “your side” is taking a hit. Maybe there’s a very good reason your side is taking a hit.

    * The wholesale (and very angry) ripping of “journalism” in broad strokes that’s currently so popular is going to bring nothing but more fury a backlash all the way around. That doesn’t help journalism and it doesn’t help consumers of journalism, which is all of us. Let’s lower the volume and vitriol. That said, “journalism,” as I’ve said before, is not a singular thing ruled by a singular entity. It’s a free market array of ideas and content — reliability will vary, especially in this current climate. Just beware of that. Don’t get caught in reading only (and not questioning) things that confirm your own beliefs.

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  23. I’m grateful to have been trained under (what I suppose now is) “old-school” journalism. You left your politics at the newsroom door, you did not discuss your own views openly as a journalist, you always strove to give both sides of an issue a fair hearing and vetting for readers.

    Today, I see (some, not most) younger colleagues freely posting their political views on social media platforms. They argue it’s their “personal” (FB or whatever) page. Uh-uh. Not really.

    I’m also grateful that the training I received gave me an ability to see different sides of issues. While I still hold strong personal opinions, I can usually understand and “get” the other side’s points and why they think the way they do. Having once been more liberal myself probably gives me an added “ear” to hear those arguments.

    That is not a bad thing. The young history buff I drove to LA the other day is very liberal (she is a strong LBGT supporter & nearly groaned as she pointed to the framed portrait of Pence in the courthouse the other cay as we walked through the lobby) but told me she tries to keep her views quiet as she is trying to build her reputation as a local keeper-of-history. That’s good, I said. I doubt she “understands” the other “side” very much, however, and probably considers those opposed to gay marriage as being simply wrong, no argument to be had. I hope to talk to her more about that next time I see her. Her public neutrality will be something she needs to carefully guard in her community and journalistic (she writes a column for a local magazine) roles alike.

    As our nation drifts more and more apart into extremist camps, it will be up to those who can maintain more of a reasonable center to be a grounding influence. If one extreme side “wins,” what does that get us? A temporary win (or loss). Tomorrow, trust me, the opposite extreme side will be winning. Wait for it … At this rate, the nation will be yanked back and forth amid a rising battle.

    We’ve lost something deeper in the U.S., I’m afraid, the ability to come together as Americans with what has been a common vision (though with differing views on how to accomplish those visions).

    Am I grateful for the changes that seem to be coming on the Supreme Court under this administration? Of course. But over a house divided, I’m not sure what lasting benefit that will have.

    Only God knows the future of any nation. I find it plausible that we could be seeing the beginning of the ‘end’ of the U.S. as we have known it (though the end probably is not coming in my lifetime). But no one knows for certain. Could we regain our footing and common vision before that happens? Maybe, but I’m honestly not seeing a clear path for that at this point.

    And the 4th of July? Meh. I hate to say this, but my thrill over that holiday has long since waned in light (or dark) of what we’ve become today.

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  24. We’re on the 8th commandment in our sermon series at church currently.

    Couple interesting points from today: It’s not being “generous” to think other peoples’ money should be given to the poor. And: “A nation of individuals who don’t love and care for their neighbors will never produce a government that does.”

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  25. I have enjoyed watching the print and electronic media do their job over the last 3 years. Most folks would probably agree that the electronic media boosted Trump during the campaign by giving so much coverage to his ridiculous antics.

    However, since the inauguration, I really can’t find much to criticize. Their job is like that of a basketball referee trying to call a game in which one player commits a foul on every defensive possession and travels or double dribbles on every offensive possession. As we have chronicled here, Trump lies and/or does something outrageous or inappropriate almost every day. The press can’t report every lie or every instance of idiocy. Even reporting the worst offenses has caused The Cult to howl in protest. At the same time, I think highly educated Americans have gained an additional measure of respect for members of the press and a new understanding of the critical importance of good journalism.


  26. Economic illiteracy is spreading on both sides of the Rio Grande.

    It is going to be very ironic if our grandchildren living in a protectionist Idiocracy need handouts from the grandchildren of free trading Africans.


  27. Not surprised to see you side with the open border anti-Trump crowd as usual Ricky. But the majority of America disagrees with ya’ll.

    At least you aren’t openly calling for the abolishment of ICE yet. 🙂


    “This Harvard-Harris poll that was released on Thursday is, I think, typical:

    Although American voters are sympathetic to immigrant families being separated at the border, they demand stronger border security and immigration enforcement. Voters do not believe that families ought to be separated when they cross illegally (88%), and they support the Trump administration’s late policy reversal, allowing families to stay together (71%), even if it was done unilaterally through an executive order.

    A majority of voters want immigration reform (73%) and secure borders (76%). Voters also want stricter enforcement of immigration laws (70%). Voters support prosecuting immigrants who cross the border illegally (53%) and sending these immigrants home (64%). A majority (55%) also stand against so-called “catch and release” policies.

    So 76% want secure borders, and 70% want stricter enforcement of immigration laws–the opposite of “abolish ICE.” These are overwhelming majorities. I frankly cannot understand why the Democrats want to make unpopular positions on an important issue the centerpiece of the midterm elections. All I can say is, I hope they keep it up.”

    The poll.



  28. And despite your attempts to mock the statement, it’s very much an issue of national security, and you know it.

    And you’d state it as so were it you and your’s suffering the consequences.


    “Illegal immigrant is arrested for ‘starting dozens of wildfires in Colorado that forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed 38,000 acres of land’, as video shows blaze rapidly engulfing one of the many decimated homes
    Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody last Saturday for the suspected arson that started the Springs Fire
    Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to ICE once he has faced arson charges
    The fire has scorched over 38,000 acres (15,378 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland and La Veta in southern Colorado
    Dylan R Brown Agency – Farmers Insurance captured video of the wildfire as it devoured a home on Forbes Park in Fort Garland, Colorado “


  29. Despite allegations from The Cult, I have refrained from commenting on all the immigration discussions that have taken place over the last several weeks. Dear Leader wants to make immigration and Maxine Waters the main campaign issues in November and so The Cult mindlessly parrots his comments. The Democrats want to make the Manchurian Moron the main issue.

    As Humphrey Bogart said to the Nazis in the movie Casablanca, my interest in the election is purely sporting. Debra, I have eaten the white chocalate I bought in Gatlinburg and need to be resupplied.


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  31. White. chocolate you shall have if you win Ricky. But somehow I don’t think I’m going to need to make that trip to Gatlinburg —though fall would be a good time for it. We shall see. :–)


  32. And when I said earlier that my carpool friend probably saw those against gay marriage as “wrong,” what I meant was coming from a “hateful” motivation.

    You can see the other side as wrong on this — but it is presuming the worst-possible motives that has become so common. And that’s the part that’s ‘wrong.’ It’s possible to see people’s motives as well-intentioned and good while still thinking they are absolutely wrong in their positions.

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  33. I almost missed the funniest post of the month (7:01). So immigration is a national security issue and I know am supposed to “know it” because of a story about some guy named Jesper Joergensen who set wildfires in Colorado. The story said no one could say what country old Jesper came from, but it had his picture.

    Here’s the deal. Trump could build a wall 500 feet tall on the Rio Grande and institute a global ban on Muslim immigrants and it’s not going to stop weird looking white guys named Jesper Joergensen from sneaking into the country. If you want to keep all the white Jespers out, I would suggest Trump institute a global ban on Odin-worshiping immigrants while conducting a Naval blockade of Iceland and Sweden. Remember those Norwegian immigrants Trump invited to immigrate in place of folks from #%@&hole countries. Old Jesper looks like he might be from Oslo or Narvik.


  34. That’s it double down on your stupid comment and continue to ignore the facts, like a good NTer.

    Nice to know you have so little sympathy for your fellow Americans who been victimized by this illegal.

    Exactly what I’ve come to expect from you, the worst.


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