19 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-20-18

  1. Trumpers need to read some history …. and some economics, math, civics, criminal justice, ethics, logic, Western Civilization, etc.


  2. However, Linda raised an interesting issue.

    In my lifetime, there were Johnson, Nixon and Clinton. All were odd in their own ways and Trump has been compared to each. However, for all their flaws, those three were serious men and they with some notable and impeachable exceptions took their job seriously. Trump is a clown who takes the Presidency no more seriously than the seduction of a friend’s wife or the conning of some poor dupe.

    In the early 20th Century there was Harding who shared Trump’s amorality and corruption. However, like the others Harding took the time to understand how government worked and the basic duties of his job.

    Lincoln and Grant were both odd. Lincoln was often depressed, but his oddness was the strangeness of genius and did not affect his performance in office. Grant was a very decent man and a tremendous General. He simply had a weakness for alcohol and choosing crooked associates.

    Andrew Jackson had a terrible temper and like Trump was barely literate. However, he was the product of his times and was representative of frontier men.

    I have always thought that both Jefferson and Adams were odd. Jefferson’s oddities, like Lincoln’s, were the result of genius. Adams was just a neurotic.

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  3. Kennedy, the Roosevelts, the Bushes and a few of the others were spoiled rich guys like Trump and sometimes it showed. However, they were not narcissistic buffoons who were also pathological liars.

    I dare say that the staff of no other President before Trump had to insert the President’s name in every paragraph of a brief to try to get the President to read the report.

    So, the Montenegrins were right, and in being right about something so basic and obvious they are like the child who said, “The Emperor is naked.”


  4. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


    “Remember when Maxine Waters was saying that activists should haunt the steps of every person associated with the Trump administration and let them know they were “not welcome” in polite society? Well, the shoe is on the other foot now and the congresswoman isn’t very pleased. Oath Keepers has announced that they will be protesting Waters at her Los Angeles congressional office and she’s issuing a warning to her supporters to stay away from the dangerous “gun nuts” who will probably start a war or something. (ABC News)

    Rep. Maxine Waters warned supporters on Wednesday of potential “armed protests” against her after an extremist group called for ongoing demonstrations outside her office in Los Angeles.

    In a lengthy statement issued late Wednesday, Waters, D-Calif., said she’d been notified about forthcoming protests by the Oath Keepers, which she described as “an anti-government militia” that’s staged armed protests in cities across the country.

    She warned her supporters against being “baited” into counter-demonstrations or confrontations with the organization, which she said has a track record of “violent and provocative behavior.”

    Not so fun when you’re the one being “hounded” now, is it? But it’s also worth noting that there’s a key difference between what the Oath Keepers are planning and the liberal tactics Maxine Waters has publicly endorsed.”


  5. Busy month for illegals committing crimes.


    “As the separation of families pouring in from Mexico dominates the airwaves several disturbing cases involving illegal aliens shift the focus back to the devastating impact of America’s poorly guarded southern border. In the last few days alone, an illegal immigrant who had been deported eleven times attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children, another got charged with a series of violent rapes and dozens were arrested for operating a major human and drug smuggling enterprise in a major U.S. city.

    The gruesome chainsaw attack occurred in Los Angeles County, which has long offered illegal immigrants sanctuary. A man named Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas, deported to his native Mexico 11 times since 2005, tried to kill his wife with a chainsaw. In local media reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) refers to him as a “serial immigration violator,” but the agency fails to explain how that could possibly occur. Alvarez-Villegas has been charged with seven felonies and is being held without bail. One California newspaper worries that the assailant’s immigration status will fuel calls for a big wall on the border with Mexico and spark “illegal immigration foes to point to the U.S. immigration system as a failure in need of revamping.” The piece also quotes open borders advocates saying that domestic violence happens among Americans citizens too and that it’s not an “undocumented” problem.

    Several hundred miles north in San Francisco, an illegal immigrant from Peru recently got charged with rape by force or violence and other crimes. The 37-year-old, Orlando Vilchez Lazo, was a driver for the ride-sharing company Lyft who somehow passed a background check. Lazo faces life in prison and is being held in jail in San Francisco on $4.2 million bail. San Francisco has long provided Illegal aliens with sanctuary and forbids it law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials. Judicial Watch has sued the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD) to prevent the use of taxpayer funds on policies that prohibit department personnel from cooperating with federal immigration law enforcement officials. Back in 2008 Judicial Watch investigated the SFSD’s handling of an illegal alien (Edwin Ramos) charged with the triple murder of three innocent American citizens. Ramos, who had been arrested on three prior occasions and convicted with two felonies, was never turned over to federal immigration authorities for removal to his native El Salvador under San Francisco’s sanctuary policies.”


  6. This will destroy several narratives, and rile the usual suspects.


    “Latest results from the first randomized control trial of a state pre-kindergarten program found participants’ early gains quickly transformed into worse academic performance, more discipline problems, and higher special education placements than children who hadn’t participated. By second or third grade, the nearly 3,000 children studied who participated in Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program (TNVPK, or VPK) had statistically significant negative results compared to peers who mostly stayed home with their families.

    “One possibility is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, some children may be better off academically if—instead of attending public pre-k—they stay at home at age four,” says a study summary from the Arnold Foundation’s Straight Talk on Evidence research clearinghouse .

    Tennessee’s pre-k program was touted as a national model long before high-quality studies could be completed to test that assertion. That is typical of preschool advocacy, which is lush with foundation and government funds but low on reliable, replicable benefits to children and taxpayers. Partly because of this persistent PR push, two-thirds of four-year-olds and two-fifths of three-year-olds currently attend pre-primary programs. Half of that number are enrolled in government programs, a proportion that has grown rapidly in the past few decades despite parallel growth in government debt and deficits.”


  7. And more…..

    Note that some came as “unaccompanied minors”.


    “Federal authorities have indicted eight MS-13 gang members in the U.S. illegally who used machetes and other weapons to carry out a string of violent attacks against rival gang members in North Texas last year.

    U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said Friday that the street gang is one of the largest in the U.S. and described their tactics as cold, calculating and ruthless. A major rule of the gang is that members must attack and kill rivals, she said.

    “Their trademark is violence,” Cox said at a Friday news conference in Dallas. “They are required to commit acts of violence in order to be involved with the gang and to participate as gang members.”

    Seven people were in custody Friday morning. Cox reported Friday morning that an eighth person, who was not identified, is at large. The 18-count indictment includes attempted murder in aid of racketeering and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.”

    And even more….


    “Eight alleged violent MS-13 members have been indicted for three savage murders and other crimes, officials announced on Thursday.

    Oscar Acosta — a rival of the gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 — was lured to a secluded area in Brentwood, LI, to smoke pot but was instead brutally beaten with a tree branch and thrown unconscious into the trunk of a car.

    He was then taken to another secluded area where he was slashed to death with a machete by several of the gang members, according to an indictment unsealed in Central Islip federal court.”


  8. MS 13 is exploiting the system and those soft on border security are helping them.


    “Ninety-nine confirmed MS-13 gang members arrested over the last eleven months as the result of a joint operation conducted by the federal Department of Homeland Security and local New York law enforcement agencies came across the border into the United States as “unaccompanied minors,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Sixty-four of these 99 MS-13 gang members had been granted “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” (SIJ) by the U.S. government after they crossed into the country, says ICE.

    SIJ, ICE explains, is a classification that “provides certain children who have been subject to state juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under state law the ability to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States.”

    “Ninety-nine individuals arrested during this operation crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, all of which were confirmed as MS-13 gang members,” ICE said in a statement.”


  9. Despite your articles its a simple fact that immigrants commit less crime than American born citizens. They also use the social welfare system less.

    The usual explanation for the Pre k stats and there is done truth to it is that more at risk children are enrolled in pre-k programmes so naturally they have worse stats. Stable families make less use of these type of programs and hence the better stats. Id add that we start school a year to early. Kids should enter grade one a year later.

    Yesterday you mentioned that its the Democrats who are colluding. If so, why arent the Republicans more supportive of Mueller. Why did they vote down funds to improve voting security? Or is there more to the story….given its Manafort who’s been charged and the Russians met with the Trump campaign, there probably is. In any case if both parties are under suspicious both parties should support a clean up and better security of the electoral system.

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  10. I was hoping to check in at lunch and read weird stories about Rutherford B. Hayes or William Howard Taft. Help us out, HRW. Can you think of another president whose “strangeness” approached that of Trump?


  11. “If so, why arent the Republicans more supportive of Mueller.”

    Because he packed his team with Democrat supporting/Trump hating people like Strzok.

    “given its Manafort who’s been charged and the Russians met with the Trump campaign, there probably is. In any case if both parties are under suspicious both parties should support a clean up and better security of the electoral system.”

    Manafort was indicted for tax, financial, and bank fraud crimes, some recent, most as long as a decade ago. He’s also in trouble for not registering as acting on behalf of a foreign state without registering, all pre-Trump. It has nothing to do with Trump.

    And if getting after criminals was the feds and Muellers intent, why’d they wait until now when this stuff has been known for so long?

    Because it’s all politics.


  12. Any crime committed by an illegal is one too many. They weren’t here, someone who rightfully is doesn’t get victimized by them.

    And the idea that they don’t use much welfare is a joke, and you know it. Just stop.

    It would more than pay for a wall and some border security.


    “If a wall stopped just 200,000 of those future crossings, Camarota says, it would pay for itself in fiscal savings from welfare, public education, refundable tax credits and other benefits currently given to low-income, illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America.

    If a wall stopped 50 percent of those expected crossings, he says, it would save American taxpayers a whopping $64 billion — almost four times the wall’s cost — to say nothing of the additional billions in federal savings from reduced federal drug interdiction and border-security enforcement.”

    But if you need more numbers….


    “There are approximately 3.7 million unlawful immigrant households in the U.S. These households impose a net fiscal burden of around $54.5 billion per year.”

    And that’s a few years old, pre the Obama surge.


  13. Huh. Looks like Larry Summers is wrong again.

    “been a really good custodian of our economy”

    High praise from CNN’s Senior Economics Analyst.


  14. @ 4:08 The Obama surge? HRW, How many times do we have to tell The Trump Cult that the number of illegal immigrants in the US actually declined during the decade before Trump? Facts just bounce off The Cult like Sherman shells bouncing off a Tiger at maximum range.


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  16. HRW,

    Further proof of Mueller’s pro-Dem/anti-Trump leanings. Dems get immunity, R’s get prosecuted. That’s bias.

    And again I’d note, before Trump.


    “Both Mr. Manafort and the Podesta Group worked on a campaign named the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, and most of the charges against Mr. Manafort relate to his work there and whether he laundered money for Russian oligarchs, worked as a foreign agent, disclosed his income and status, and related issues.

    Mr. Carlson also complained of a political double standard, repeating a claim he had made last October that Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group had committed at least some of those same offenses, such as not registering as foreign agents.

    Laws about lobbying and foreign agency “must be enforced equally or they are not laws at all, but political cudgels,” Mr. Carlson said.

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