16 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-2-18

  1. I’m glad Ricky has created his own bubble of like minded friends. I know it can be comforting to have a space where there is agreement and there is no need to continually explain the fundamentals of your position. But don’t be a stranger, Ricky; who else is going to save us from Trumpian grammar? Maybe Kevin will step up to the plate.

    I’m burning the candle from both ends these days and have little energy left to be riled up over politics. I’m not even concerned about mid-term elections….of course, that’s mostly because I think R’s are going to maintain their position, and perhaps pick up a few Senate seats, which bodes well for future SCOTUS confirmations. But the future never looks quite the way you thought it would, so who knows what’s out there. Whatever it is, we’ll make the best of it. :–)

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  2. Oh, don’t look at me. I have no pretensions about saving anyone from anything.

    I agree: Don’t be a stranger, Ricky. If it doesn’t have to be all about Trump all the time I enjoy your insights.

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  3. Speaking of “all about Trump all the time”, that’s something that’s really bugging me now. Any time anything goes well, pro-Trump people want to give Trump credit for it. And any time anything goes badly (even if it happened four years ago!), anti-Trump people want to blame Trump for it. And most of them are things that have little or nothing to do with Trump.

    Conversely, people are reacting to what Trump is responsible for in such an ad hominem way. If they like Trump, whatever Trump did is good. If they don’t like Trump, whatever he did is bad. I guess that’s not unique to Trump, but it seems so much more polarized with him.

    In our Michigan gubernatorial primaries next week we have four Republicans and three Democrats. Each Republican is trying to portray himself as the most pro-Trump candidate. Each Democrat is trying to portray him- or herself as the one who will best fight for us against Trump’s disastrous policies. Really, people, it’s not all about Trump. How are you going to lead in Michigan?

    The televised debates were typical opportunities for candidates not to answer the questions but to use the questions as springboards to repeat their talking points. So it’s going to be a little tough to know who to vote for in the primary. Clearly I’ve got some reading to do on the candidate web sites between now and Tuesday.

    It’s the same thing in the other races. The most conservative Republican candidate for Senator, John James, is running ads revealing how the other Republican candidate, Sandy Pensler, has (*gasp*) said some negative things about Trump in private. How horrible! How completely that disqualifies Pensler from being a Republican senator! Please. I may vote for James based on his positions, but not because of his Pensler-slamming ads.

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  4. Out here people just keep meeting up, over and over again, this seems to never get old, to brawl over and around The Donald’s Hollywood sidewalk star.

    Someone’s usually arrested and hauled off in handcuffs, all caught on video and breaking it up for the time being. But not for long.

    It’s a slow summer.

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  5. Where I live, no one cares. If your community is burning down you don’t have a lot of sympathy for politics, politicians or what’s happening anywhere else in the world.

    Curious how a crisis focuses the mind, isn’t it?

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  6. Supreme Court hearings coming in September.

    Good podcast on the history of why the court has been so important — and how and why it became so politicized — on Albert Mohler’s podcast from last night (which I can’t find on his website now for some reason, it’s probably also in article form on his website somewhere) … today’s podcast (transcript link below) looks at Revoice:

    https://albertmohler.com/2018/08/02/torn-two-cultures-revoice-lgbt-identity-biblical-christianity/

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  7. The Donald has a star? Where is it? I want to be sure to stay away from it next time we’re out there. We had intended to walk around Hollywood a bit on this year’s visit but never got around to it.

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  8. I agree with some of Mohler’s concerns about the Revoice movement, but I think he goes too far. He classifies same-sex attraction as sinful. In support of this he cites I Corinthians 6:11, which says that sinners are no longer what they were because they have been washed, sanctified and justified. But this does not prove that same-sex attraction is sinful. The references in previous verses are to idolaters, adulterers, and men who participate in homosexual acts, not to people who experience temptation.

    My opinion has a lot to do with my 43-year friendship with a Christian man who has what most here would consider an orthodox faith but also experiences homosexual attraction. We were friends and part of a Christian student group in college. His struggle was not evident to me then, but he shared it with me a couple years after we graduated. He was determined to resist mental dabbling in homosexuality, just as I have to resist mental dabbling in heterosexual sin, and certainly never to engage in outward action. He considered the possibility of marriage, and dated women a little bit, but nothing ever developed. Now he is a bit past 60 and has remained ceilibate and faithful to his Christian commitment.

    Same-sex attraction is an aspect of our broken world. The Lord sees fit to release some people from it, others seem to have to resist it for life. I can’t label my friend or others like him as sinful for experiencing that.

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  9. Seems to me this has been a thing on college campuses and among faculty for 50+ years. It’s not a recent development. They’re just better organized now.

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11176

    “The Young Democratic Socialists of America organization now claims to have more than 250 chapters on campuses across the country, a dramatic increase from just 15 chapters in 2016.

    YDSA is the student-focused branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) which is “a political and activist organization” that seeks to “empower working people” and has several ongoing campaigns, including Medicare for All, Strong Unions, and Electoral Power.”

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  10. 2 Mueller stories…..

    One bad, one good.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/01/mueller-prosecutors-rebuked-repeatedly-by-trial-judge-with-history-colorful-rulings.html

    “The federal judge presiding over the fraud trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team repeatedly on Wednesday, highlighting potential vulnerabilities in the first prosecution arising out of Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe.

    The 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge, T.S. Ellis, sent jurors out of the courtroom several times as he reminded prosecutors that Manafort is not on trial for simply having a “lavish lifestyle.”
    …..

    “In a surprising moment, prosecutor Uzo Asonye told Ellis that Rick Gates — Manafort’s former business partner who had been considered a potential star witness for the prosecution — might not be called to the stand after all.

    “Enough is enough. We don’t convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around.”

    – U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis

    “He may testify, he may not,” Asonye informed Ellis, saying Mueller’s team would make the call depending on the evidence presented.

    That disclosure prompted reporters to hustle out of the courtroom to report the news — “scurry[ing] out of here like rats out of a sinking ship,” Ellis said.

    “You know who you are going to call,” Ellis sharply told Asonye. “If you are going to call him, then this [debate over a particular exhibit] is a waste of time.”

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  11. And the second….

    It’s nice to see he’s being consistent, although he didn’t pass off Manafort’s to other prosecutors. And there’s no guarantee Podesta ever faces charges either from liberal NY prosecutors, unlike Manafort, who is facing them for the same thing.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/31/politics/mueller-investigation-foreign-agent-referrals-new-york/index.html

    “Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation of Mueller’s referrals to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in the period since he turned over a case involving President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

    Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former firm, the Podesta Group, and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and his work for Mercury Public Affairs, the sources said.”

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  12. I got this from “The Washington Examiner”

    “A group of senior intelligence and national security officials warned Thursday that Russia is waging a “pervasive campaign” to undermine upcoming U.S. elections and influence voters through covert operations, saying the Trump administration is taking several steps to prevent such meddling.”

    What is “passive meddling”? And as long as it’s passive, why should we care?
    Trying to device America?
    We do a better job of that ourselves.

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  13. Some good news….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/08/man-suspected-of-murdering-brian-terry-extradited-from-mexico-to-u-s/

    “GREAT NEWS! The man accused of murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 was extradited from Mexico to the U.S.

    Suspect Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes allegedly used a gun from Operation Fast & Furious, a gun-running scheme established under former Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. He will face charges of first degree murder and have an arraignment in Tucson, Arizona.

    From the DOJ:

    Agent Terry was fatally shot on Dec.ember 14, 2010, when he and other U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered Osorio-Arellanes and four other members of a “rip crew” (a criminal gang that attempts to steal from drug and alien smugglers) operating in a rural area north of Nogales, Arizona. Of the six defendants charged along with Osorio-Arellanes in the case, three have pleaded guilty, two were convicted following a jury trial, and one other defendant – Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga (arrested by Mexican authorities in October, 2017) – has not yet been tried. is pending extradition to the United States.

    “The Department of Justice is pleased that the suspected killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been successfully extradited to the United States and will now face justice for this terrible crime,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We are grateful for the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as our law enforcement partners in Mexico. To anyone who would take the life of an American citizen, in particular an American law enforcement officer, this action sends a clear message: Working closely with our international partners, we will hunt you down, we will find you, and we will bring you to justice.””

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  14. Like I said, it’s been there for at least 50+ years…..

    They’re just more open about it now.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/08/jordan-peterson-increasingly-people-are-being-taught-by-ideologues-not-educators/

    “Last month, we featured a video Professor Jordan Peterson did for Prager University about how “dangerous people” are teaching your children. In some of his recent interviews, he has expanded that idea and explained more about the thinking behind it.

    This week, he did so on FOX and Friends.

    Carmel Kookogey writes at Conservative Review:

    Jordan Peterson: Liberal colleges aren’t about education, they’re about ‘political activism’

    University of Toronto Psychology professor and author Jordan Peterson spoke with Fox News Tuesday to discuss his recent video warning parents that students are being “indoctrinated” at liberal colleges, with ideas that are “academically suspect and ideologically possessed.”

    “People are being taught by ideologues, not by educators. And ideologues have a very simple way of looking at the world, they reduce it to a few principles like inequality and unfairness and power, those would be the fundamental principles at the moment that are operating on the radical left, and they’re on an ideological campaign. And that’s increasingly the case in elementary, junior high and high schools as well, mostly because the faculties of education are full of people who are radical,” Peterson said.”

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  15. So sometimes I pop over here to see what is going on and I find that Ricky is gone. I like Ricky. I really do. I was sick of the Trump stuff. I live with someone who feels the same as Ricky about Trump. CNN is constantly on. Today I had to tell him I am considering suing Donald Trump for ruining my marriage. I don’t have to watch it 24 hours a day. I can catch up on the evening news.
    Surely there is more going on in the world than All Trump All the Time.

    Thanks. Ricky, I may even miss you.

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