17 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-4-18

  1. No Ricky? Must be pretty quiet and pretty homogeneous here.

    I’m waiting to leave Helsinki and go to Stockholm. After Tallinn, which I definitely recommend, Helsinki is a bit boring. Most of the place seems to be built in the 1920s. Lots of pedestrian only streets which is cool.

    The weather is not cool….around 30 celsius everyday with no ac. I’ve yet to be in a place with ac….store, restaurant etc., which is probably why thr Finns spend their time outside in the shade. Nothing like the whole neighborhood having a picnic in the local park.

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  2. 3 reasons why millenials favor socialism. And as I said before, ignorance and indoctrination from so-called “educators” is the leading cause.


    “1) Young people want “equality.” The word “equality” has become almost sacred to the younger generation, and in many ways, that’s a good thing. They want a level playing field. They want everyone treated fairly. They want to leave behind our discriminatory, racist past. All that is positive.

    Unfortunately, there is often a passion for equality that is not based on realism (or function, as in all the talk about “marriage equality,” where sex differences are blurred).”

    “2) Young people today have a deep sense of entitlement. Conservapedia.com defines the entitlement mentality as “a state of mind in which an individual comes to believe that privileges are instead rights, and that they are to be expected as a matter of course.”

    I am owed a free lunch, and it’s got to be a good lunch too. The lunch of my choosing. I deserve it.

    As explained by Dr. John Townsend in his book The Entitlement Cure, “Entitlement is the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment. Entitlement is: The man who thinks he is above all the rules. The woman who feels mistreated and needs others to make it up to her.”

    This dangerous attitude is crippling a whole generation. As expressed by Kate S. Rourke in her article, “You Owe Me: Examining a Generation of Entitlement,” “Children in the most recent generation of adults born between 1982 and 1995, known as ‘Generation Y,’ were raised to believe that it is their right to have everything given to them more than any other previous generation.”

    “3) Young socialists haven’t done the math. The obvious question is this: “If you’re getting a free lunch – no, if we’re all getting a free lunch – who’s paying for it?”

    The immediate, thoughtless answer is: “The government!”

    And that leads to the real question: “Who’s paying the government?”

    The answer is as painful as it is obvious: “You are!”

    As one news commentator suggested, there’s no reason to wait for the government to become socialist. Just start paying more taxes today and do your part. Right!”


  3. I guess it’s only an outrage if a Republican does it.


    “All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, Exhibit A against President Trump is the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a group of Russians claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. That meeting should never have happened. When you get an email offering to provide “very high level and sensitive information” from the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” that could “incriminate Hillary” Clinton and is part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” you don’t reply by saying “I love it.” You call the FBI.

    The president claims he did not know about the meeting. His former lawyer Michael Cohen says he did. Whether he knew is beside the point. Senior officials of his campaign were willing to accept help from Vladimir Putin; they were saved only because the meeting was a bust. The Russians didn’t end up providing any dirt.

    But as bad as the Trump Tower meeting was, it took place at the request of the Russians. They were the ones who approached the Trump campaign, not the other way around.

    By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources. They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

    Clinton claims she did not know about Steele’s work. It doesn’t matter. Imagine if Cohen, or another lawyer paid by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, had hired a former British spy with campaign money to collect dirt on Clinton from Russian intelligence and foreign ministry officials. Do you think that everyone in Washington would be saying: “There’s no evidence Trump knew, so no big deal — nothing to see here”? Of course not.

    Moreover, Clinton officials have defended Steele’s actions. Brian Fallon, Clinton’s campaign spokesman, has said he “would have volunteered to go to Europe and try to help” Steele and would happily have spread dirt obtained from the Russians. “Opposition research happens on every campaign,” he told The Post. He also said: “I am damn glad [Elias] pursued this on behalf of our campaign and only regret more of this material was not verified in time for the voters to learn it before the election.”

    In other words, “I love it.””


  4. Not homogenous, exactly, Hwesseli, only more nuanced and measured, perhaps sometimes more conflicted about what to make of the state of our nation and the administration? 🙂

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  5. As a gen x with x millennial daughter I’d have to say the charactetization is a caricature.

    Most millenials just want a level playing field and a place on the starting line.

    Boomers act far more entitled than millenials. They are far more innovative and independent than any bomer was or is

    Finally, milllenials like younger generations forever can spot hypocrisy and double standards. When bankers needed money, govt found it. The military gets money even when they don’t want it. And farmers instantly got billions when Trump started a trade war. The money is there its just a question of political priorities.


  6. “They are far more innovative and independent than any bomer was or is”

    Yeah. Right up until you ask them to make change without a calculator, or read a clock that isn’t digital for the time, or write in cursive… etc. etc. etc…


  7. Generations aren’t all that different, we just like to extol or put down certain ones depending on our own biases. They’re all a product of the times and the generations that went before them, all the good and the bad, nothing new under the sun. Generations all excel and fail alike. There’s nothing particularly virtuous about the younger generation in any given time, they all challenge their elders and think they know better. They all will change some things for the better — and for worse. It’s the march of humanity. On it goes, the ups and the downs.

    Although you can thank the boomers for the US civil rights movement, by the way, among other things. You’re welcome hwesseli

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  8. I’m sure there are skills that we Boomers or Xers don’t have that our parents had.

    I agree that millennials get a bad rap. Each older generation looks down on the younger ones, forgetting that they, too, once had some maturing and learning to do. Like the movie I saw in which an older man was lamenting how disrespectful and lazy the younger people were. It made me laugh, because the movie was made in the early 40s, and that lazy, disrespectful generation the older character referred to went on to be called the Greatest Generation (which I think is also an exaggeration).

    Many people put down the Vietnam vets who struggled with mental issues, saying that they weren’t tough like previous generations of men were. Then I read that after both world wars, mental hospitals were full of veterans who were having nervous breakdowns from “shell shock” or “battle fatigue”.


  9. I was listening to NPR this morning. Yes, I know…. On Bioneers, they were discussing racism. The statement was made that equal opportunity was needed, as was equal outcomes. There can never be equal outcomes, regardless of what color your skin is. Each person has their own ability and desire to put forth effort. If you do not put forth effort, you will never have a good outcome. Why would anyone want to legislate equal outcomes? We are not communists after all.

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  10. The stonewalling continues. The FBI uses a Friday night news dump to release the court ordered documents previously requested. However the FBI released 71 pages that were completely redacted.



  11. And while older generations often ‘look down on’ younger ones, the opposite also is invariably true (and perhaps with even more intensity these days) — the younger generations often disdain the older ones, thinking they’re the reason the world is in such a mess.

    Welcome to the world, give it your best shot, you’ll figure it out after about 40-50 years. 🙂

    Ain’t that easy.

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  12. Interesting…..


    “While the spotlight is on the two former clerks to Justice Anthony Kennedy whom President Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court, the influence of the court’s most conservative justice, Clarence Thomas, is felt more widely throughout the Trump administration.

    Twenty-two Thomas clerks, roughly 20 percent of the people who have snagged coveted jobs in his Supreme Court office since 1991, either hold political appointments in the Trump administration or have been nominated to judgeships by Trump.

    They include four federal appellate judges, the top federal prosecutor in Kansas, high-ranking officials in the Justice and Transportation departments, an associate White House counsel and the head of the White House office that is leading the effort to roll back federal regulations.

    It is not uncommon for former high court clerks, the elite of the legal world, to hold prominent jobs in any administration or to be judges, including on the Supreme Court. Four justices once worked at the court as clerks, and if confirmed, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would make a fifth. He and Justice Neil Gorsuch worked for Kennedy at the same time in 1993 and 1994.

    Among the conservative justices, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia each have about a dozen clerks who hold administration jobs or were nominated to judgeships by Trump.

    But the sheer number of Thomas clerks in the administration does appear to be unusual. The 70-year-old justice’s opinions in favor of gun rights and in other areas generally align with Trump’s views and administration policies.

    Thomas’ outlook on the law is just one factor in the proliferation of his former law clerks with ties to the administration, said Stephen McAllister, the Trump-nominated U.S. attorney in Kansas.

    “Part of it is just his own model. He spent almost his entire legal career in government service, state or federal. He values that,” McAllister said.

    More than most of his colleagues, Thomas tends to focus on hires who share his legal views, said Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law School professor who served in the Obama Justice Department.

    “Justice Thomas has been pretty outspoken about only wanting to hire folks in the conservative legal movement,” Karlan said.”


  13. Donna, yesterday at 5:27
    We are the reason the world is such a mess.
    And it appears that each following generation makes it worse.
    If they don’t like it here, they should go to Venezuela.
    But they want to come here; so they can make it like there.
    After us, there’s no place else to go.


  14. Speaking of this world as a whole (not in particular one nation or another), I’m not sure each generation makes it worse — generally, generations make some things worse and some things better. It’s a peaks-and-valley pattern the world lives in, for the most part. But the challenge is daunting given that we live in a fallen world and are, by nature, a fallen people.

    I would rather be living now than 400 years ago, just sayin’. A lot of things are better.

    Still, through good and bad, Jesus reigns, amen? It will all culminate in His glory — knowing how this often difficult story ends makes all the difference. It is all designed and held by him.

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