20 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-19-18

  1. Awwwww, poor Ricky. 🙂

    Maybe they’re smart enough to see this charade for what it is.

    And who was really responsible for any Russian interference that may have happened. Here’s a flashback, since you seem to have missed it.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-cyber-chief-confirms-stand-order-russian-cyberattacks-summer-2016-204935758.html

    “The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.”
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    Hmmmmm… now who was president in the summer of 2016? What was his name….. ?

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  2. And like it or not, Trump is doing a fine job doing what he was elected to do.

    This is what winning looks like.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/397754-senate-gop-breaks-record-on-confirming-trump-picks-for-key-court

    “Senate Republicans broke a record on Wednesday for the number of appeals court judges confirmed during a president’s first two years.

    Senators voted 50-49 on Andrew Oldham’s nomination to be a judge on the 5th Circuit, making him Trump’s 23rd circuit court judge confirmed since he took office last year.

    That breaks the previous record set by President George H.W. Bush, who got 22 appeals court judges confirmed during his administration’s first two years.

    “The Senate continues to confirm impressive nominees whom President Trump has asked to serve our country,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday. “[Oldham] comes highly recommended by colleagues and peers from across the spectrum.”

    Republicans have rushed to confirm Trump’s nominees for the key bench, letting the party shape the direction of the U.S. court system for decades.
    “I think of the things that we’ve been able to do with this Republican government the last year and a half, the single most long-lasting, positive impact we’ll be able to have on the country is the judiciary,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky late last week.”

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  3. Now about that Comey tweet…..

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  4. Ricky,
    Its baffling to me….what does Trump have to do for his supporters to think twice…..the Rubicon has been crossed and that is truly scary. I think Cult is a harsh word but the blind faith or uncritical support does resemble an adherence not typical to a party or person.

    Buy a satellite and subscribe to Skysports and ESPN Europe and you’re good to go. I’ve been told the Adriantic coast is amazing but I have yet to make it there. Maybe my next trip. And given the difference in real estate values I could buy a retirement home there. And escape the political madness of the English speaking world.

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  5. The casual approach some have taken to Russian electoral interference must be of interest to other world powers such as China. Maybe the EU will join the party….its obvious they’d prefer a different president.

    Its known that some money was sent by Russians to Trump via the NRA. The exact dollar figure is unknown, the NRA admits to $10 000 but the wildest estimate i heard was 30$ million which happens to be the amount the NRA spent on Trump. I think both figures are laughable but it will interesting to know the actual number

    Without a response to the Russians, can you imagine the money flow. China, EU, Israel etc tossing in millions. It would be a real boost to the economy. This resembles the end of the first Polish republic in which the election of the king by the nobles was an occassion for massive bribery by the other powers.

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  6. This interesting moment in time makes me wish we had detailed histories of Babylon and its adversaries during the seven years when Nebuchadnezzar was stricken with lycanthropy.

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  7. And the only entity we know for sure colluded with Russia is Hillary and Democrats, not Trump or the NRA. Your side is so desperate you’re just making stuff up with no facts to back it.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-11/the-nra-received-donations-from-russian-nationals

    “The National Rifle Association received donations from about two dozen individuals with Russian addresses, an attorney for the firearms lobby said in a letter dated April 10. The letter was released by Senator Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee.

    The organization received about $2,512 from those with Russian addresses between 2015 and April 2018, the NRA said in the letter. Some of those addresses may be linked to American citizens living in Russia, it said. Of the $2,512, “about $525 was from two individuals who made contributions to the NRA,” the letter, signed by NRA general counsel John C. Frazer, said. “The rest consisted of routine payments from about 23 individuals for membership dues and additional magazine subscriptions.” It’s unclear whether the two contributors are counted among the 23 individuals.”
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    ABC says the same. $2500 dollars. That’s it. Not 10,000 and not 30 million. You should be ashamed.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/nra-discloses-additional-contributions-russian-donors/story?id=54395292

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  8. As for the colluding with Russia…..

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/18/rand-paul-hillary-clinton-russian/

    “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the only person whom he and others “actually know colluded with the Russians” is former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Rand was on Fox News Wednesday morning clarifying his stance on Russia’s election meddling and the intelligence community.

    President Trump faced broad outrage over comments he made during the Helsinki, Finland, summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday. Trump was criticized for not being more forceful with the Russian leader and for not backing up U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump clarified his comments in a short statement at the White House on Tuesday.

    When asked to explain the controversy, Rand said that the president thinks the Muller investigation is “tainted” by partisan Democrats that also colluded with Russia.

    “The president sees the Mueller investigation. He sees all these accusations from partisan Democrats, Hillary Clinton, saying ‘Oh, he colluded with the Russians,” Rand said. “The only people who we actually know colluded with the Russians were Hillary Clinton who paid a British agent who paid Russians for information for the dossier.”

    Rand was referring to the infamous unverified Steele dossier compiled by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Clinton campaign.”

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  9. Without comment, because none is necessary. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/07/weekly-jobless-claims-dropped-to-lowest-level-since-1969/#more-255325

    “The Labor Department reported on Thursday that weekly jobless claims in America has dropped to its lowest level since December 1969. Economists predicted 220,000, but the number is actually 207,000.

    From the Labor Department:

    In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 207,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 223,000 to 223,250.”
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  10. Weird, right?

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/07/19/weird-mueller-released-an-evidence-list-for-the-upcoming-manafort-trial-and-bernie-sanders-chief-strategist-tad-devine-is-all-over-it/

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  11. Uh-oh.

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  13. It is my opinion that NATO will expand until it does indeed produce /provoke WW3. At least the military industrial complex will be happy. War is just too good for business.
    Debra

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  14. This is not conservatism. It is not liberalism. It is not isolationism or America Firstism. This is gross incompetence.

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