17 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-9-18

  1. The Chinese govt’s crackdown on Christians continues.

    https://freebeacon.com/issues/chinese-crackdown-christians-continues-xi-implements-plan-sinicize-religion/

    “The Chinese government claims to guarantee religious freedom to its citizens, but evidence continues to mount that President Xi Jinping is carrying out the greatest persecution of Christians in the country since the days of Mao Zedong.

    A new report from the Associated Press shows the Chinese government is increasingly hostile to Christians even as it cracks down on other religious groups across the nation. With an officially atheist government that wrote religious freedom into its constitution in 1982, China has long had an uneasy relationship with religious believers, but Xi is now implementing a five-year plan to “Sinicize” Christian churches.

    “Siniciziation” has traditionally been used to describe local adoption of religions imported from foreign regions, but under Xi the term has gained new meaning. Xi’s guidance demands China “actively guide religions to adapt to the socialist society,” according to The Diplomat.

    The plan has led to crackdowns on churches that Christians say is “unprecedented” as local government agents have shut down hundreds of house churches in recent months, the AP reports. An article published by the religious affairs department in April told Christians, “Only Sinicized churches can obtain God’s love.”

    This push comes after the number of religious believers doubled to 200 million over the last two decades, in what experts call a Chinese spiritual awakening. A third of those are Christians—Uighur Muslims and the Falun Gong are other prominent groups who face their own persecution—and church leaders say the government is demanding they stop assembling.”

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  2. Vote fraud?

    That’s a myth….. 🙄

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/34226/voter-fraud-twice-many-ballots-cast-there-are-amanda-prestigiacomo

    “Twice as many ballots as the number of registered voters were cast in a northeastern Georgia precinct during the state’s primary elections in May.

    According to official numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State, 670 votes were cast in Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct, where there were only 276 registered voters, says a report from McClatchy DC. Impossibly, this means the precinct saw a 243% voter turnout.

    In a bizarre turn of events, the number of registered voters changed from 276 to 3,704 on the secretary of state’s website on Tuesday morning.

    Questions of electronic malfunction, outside tampering, and voter fraud — particularly in light of a pending investigation into alleged voter fraud during the Atlanta mayoral election runoff in December — linger over the state.

    “The odd turnout figures last Friday were filed as part of a federal lawsuit against the state by election security activists that included a number of sworn statements and exhibits from activists and voters who experienced a series of bizarre and confusing issues at the state’s polling places,” reports McClatchy.

    One voter, for example, claimed in a sworn statement that she and her husband were assigned differing polling locations despite registering to vote at the same address. In another instance, someone claimed their voting machine froze while attempting to cast their ballot. Others said they showed up at the correct polling place per the SOS website, only to be directed to a differing location.”

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  3. Some good news……

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/08/small-business-confidence-soars-creating-jobs/

    “Small business owners across the United States are the most optimistic they’ve been in the last 15 years.

    The latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, which assesses small business owner attitudes on a wide variety of subjects, showed the index at +118, higher than at any time since a +114 index in 2006.

    The new figure, which was released Wednesday, has soared even since the +107 finding in the first quarter of this year.

    The index was at -28 after two years of the Obama Administration and +80 when Trump took office 19 months ago.

    You probably will not see much media news coverage of these events because 1) it is good news and 2) there are important and controversial Trump tweets to cover instead.

    This optimism is vitally important for the economy because these 28 million-plus small businesses employ more than half of the nation’s entire workforce (53 percent) and create two-thirds of all new jobs.

    It’s yet another sign that Donald Trump, who proclaimed himself the Jobs President, is delivering on his oft-promised jobs growth platform from the 2016 campaign. The Heritage Foundation reported that nearly three million jobs have been filled since Trump’s inauguration, an average monthly growth of 191,000.”

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  4. But the bad news is the globalists aren’t happy about it for some reason.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2018/08/07/are-globalists-plotting-a-counterrevolution-n2507379

    “On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.”

    Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone?

    We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer broke into the “Hallelujah” chorus of Handel’s “Messiah.”

    “Amen,” they thundered in The New York Times.

    Trump should declare “total trade disarmament” to be national policy and make free trade his “legacy” to America. Such a proclamation, they wrote, would assure Trump the “moral high ground” in the global debate and transform him from “evil disrupter of international commerce to potential savior.”

    For free trade is always and ever a “win-win for trading partners.”

    To read the Times op-ed is to appreciate that what we are dealing with here is an ideology, a political religion, a creed, a cult.

    For consider the fruits of free trade policy during the last 25 years: the frozen wages of U.S. workers, $12 trillion in U.S. trade deficits, 55,000 factories lost, 6 million manufacturing jobs gone, China surpassing the U.S in manufacturing, all causing a backlash that pushed a political novice to the Republican nomination and into the presidency.

    To maintain a belief in the superiority of free trade to economic patriotism, in the face of such results, is to recognize that this belief system is impervious to contradictory proof.

    “Still, the enduring enthusiasm of free trade zealots is not the only sign that GOP globalists, having learned nothing and forgotten nothing, are looking to a post-Trump era to resurrect their repudiated dogmas.”
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    “The open borders, free trade ideology of the Kochs, the Cato Institute, and such supply-siders as Moore, Forbes and Laffer, have deep roots in the Republican Party establishment.

    Milton Friedman was of this school, as was the longtime editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, Bob Bartley, who for years pushed for a constitutional amendment declaring, “There shall be open borders.”

    Bartley, somewhat prematurely, predicted that the nation-state was “finished” in the New World Order. Yet, today, as tribalism and nationalism are making a comeback, it looks more like the transnational “New World Order” that may be headed for the dumpster.

    As long as Trump is in the White House and the party base is so viscerally behind him and his America First agenda, a renunciation of tariffs or a return to globalism is dead.

    But what happens after Trump? Who and what comes next?

    Republican recidivism — a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Bush Republicans — would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.

    Yet, while these ideas have lost Middle America, they are alive and well among the establishment elites of both parties, who have also not given up on a foreign policy of using America’s economic and military power to attempt to convert mankind to democracy.”

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  5. Their narrative is collapsing. This is what collusion looks like.

    http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/400810-opinion-how-a-senior-justice-official-helped-dems-on-trump-russia-case

    “Hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails and memos provide the clearest evidence yet that a research firm, hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on and defeat Donald Trump, worked early and often with the FBI, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official and the intelligence community during the 2016 presidential election and the early days of Trump’s presidency.

    Fusion GPS’s work and its involvement with several FBI officials have been well reported.

    But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.

    Yates was fired by President Trump over an unrelated political dispute. Ohr was demoted recently.

    Ohr’s own notes, emails and text messages show he communicated extensively with Steele and with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Those documents have been turned over in recent weeks to investigative bodies in Congress and the DOJ, but not reviewed outside the investigative ranks until now.

    They show Ohr had contact with Steele in the days just before the FBI opened its Trump-Russia probe in summer 2016, and then engaged Steele as a “confidential human source” assisting in that probe.

    They also confirm that Ohr later became a critical conduit of continuing information from Steele after the FBI ended the Brit’s role as an informant.

    “B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re- SY,” Steele texted Ohr on Jan. 31, 2017, referencing President Trump’s firing of Sally Yates for insubordination.

    Steele’s FBI relationship had been terminated about three months earlier. The bureau concluded on Nov. 1, 2016, that he leaked information to the news media and was “not suitable for use” as a confidential source, memos show.

    The FBI specifically instructed Steele that he could no longer “operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,” those memos show.

    Yet, Steele asked Ohr in the Jan. 31 text exchange if he could continue to help feed information to the FBI: “Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.”

    “I’m still here and able to help as discussed,” Ohr texted back. “I’ll let you know if that changes.”

    Steele replied, “If you end up out though, I really need another (bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy to be forced to go back home. It would be disastrous.” Investigators are trying to determine who Steele was referring to.

    FBI officials now admit they continued to receive information from Steele through Ohr, identifying more than a half-dozen times its agents interviewed Ohr in late 2016 and 2017, to learn what Steele was saying.

    That continued reliance on Steele after his termination is certain to raise interest in Congress about whether the FBI broke its own rules.”

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  6. More….

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-fbi-records-show-dossier-author-deemed-not-suitable-for-use-as-source-show-several-fbi-payments-in-2016/

    ” Judicial Watch announced today the FBI turned over 70 pages of heavily redacted records about Christopher Steele, the former British spy, hired with Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funds, who authored the infamous Dossier targeting President Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. The documents show that Steele was cut off as a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) after he disclosed his relationship with the FBI to a third party. The documents show at least 11 FBI payments to Steele in 2016 and document that he was admonished for unknown reasons in February 2016. The documents were turned over in response to Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00916)).

    The documents include a “source closing communication” that states that Steele (referred to as “CHS” or Confidential Human Source) “is being closed” because:

    CHS confirmed to an outside third party that CHS has a confidential relationship with the FBI. CHS was used as a source for an online article. In the article, CHS revealed CHS’ relationship with the FBI as well as information that CHS obtained and provided to FBI. On November 1, 2016, CHS confirmed all of this to the handling agent. At that time, handling agent advised CHS that the nature of the relationship between the FBI and CHS would change completely and that it was unlikely that the FBI would continue a relationship with the CHS. Additionally, handling agent advised that CHS was not to operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.

    The documents also show that Steele was paid repeatedly by the FBI and was “admonished” for some unknown misconduct in February, 2016. The documents include:

    Fifteen (15) FD-1023, Source Reports.
    Thirteen (13) FD-209a, Contact Reports.
    Eleven (11) FD-794b, Payment Requests. (It appears Steele was paid money eleven of the thirteen times he met with the FBI and gave them information.)
    An Electronic Communication (EC) documenting that on February 2, 2016, Steele was admonished in accordance with the Justice Department guidelines and the FBI CHS Policy Manual.”

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  7. It’s way past time for this to happen. Prisons shouldn’t be a for profit industry.

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article216302455.html

    “Ponder’s personal journey and his efforts to help former prisoners turn their lives around have earned him several trips to the White House this year.

    He and other ministers met with President Donald Trump last week, in hopes that Congress and the Trump administration can strike a deal on prison and sentencing reform.

    Ponder said he believes Trump supports inmate re-entry programs as much as he does.

    “I think that something would really have to be wrong with that man to sit down in that room and have the conversation with the (ministers) that he did, if he was not being sincere about this,” Ponder said. “I believe that he spoke from his heart. He shared in that room that he was very compassionate about this, and about the importance of people who are fighting for a second chance.”

    As the White House seeks to make headway on criminal justice reform, Trump will meet with governors at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday to discuss prison and sentencing reform.

    The timing is propitious. Republicans and Democrats have found rare common ground, agreeing that the federal government needs to jail fewer people for less time at a lower cost to society.”

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  8. Like I said…..

    This is what collusion looks like.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/08/09/christopher-steele-deripaska-bruce-ohr/

    “Christopher Steele was working on the Trump dossier at the same time he was lobbying DOJ official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch linked to Putin.

    Newly revealed emails show Steele thought the U.S. government should grant visas to Deripaska, who had been barred from traveling to the U.S.

    Steele asked Ohr to “keep an eye” on Deripaska’s visa case.”
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    ‘At the same time Christopher Steele was compiling a dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government, the former British spy was lobbying Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The connection between Steele and the oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, is laid out in emails the Justice Department recently provided Congress.

    The emails show that Steele, a former British spy, advocated for Deripaska in negotiations over his visa status with the U.S. government. Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, had been blocked from traveling to the U.S. in 2006 because of suspected ties to Russian mobsters. Deripaska hired an American lawyer named Adam Waldman in 2009 to lobby the U.S. government to obtain a visa for the billionaire.

    The Washington Examiner detailed the exchanges, which show Steele discussing Deripaska with Ohr, the former No. 4 official at the Justice Department.

    Steele’s relationship with Deripaska has been one of the more bizarre aspects of the dossier saga, mainly because it raises the possibility that the Putin-connected businessman was a source for the salacious document. Steele’s unverified 35-page dossier relies heavily on information from anonymous Kremlin insiders who claimed that the Russian government was colluding with the Trump campaign to defeat Hillary Clinton.”

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  9. Ahhhh…… freak out!

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/08/09/the-elite-freaks-out-when-trump-puts-americans-first-n2507958

    “Of all Donald Trump’s many sins against the Great Church of the Transnational Leftist Establishment, his greatest may be his stubborn refusal to subordinate the needs of the normal citizens of the United States to the dogmas of our alleged betters. He rejects the secular civic religion of our betters, one that urges the sacrifice of regular folk’s interests on the altar of their self-regard and cheesy self-interest.

    Trump is a heretic, a blasphemer, and it’s no surprise they want to burn him at the stake.

    Horrors! He demands that the Europeans fund their own defense at levels that come to about half of what America spends!

    Oh well, I never! He refuses to hobble the American economy as a tribute to the false god of the weird weather religion and he dumped the Paris Climate Grift!

    Vapors! He rejects the notion that free trade is a one-way street into America’s markets and thinks that we ought to get the same deal on stuff we sell to outsiders as they get selling to us.

    The bizarre part is that Trump isn’t even seeking an advantage over these foreigners who have been getting over on us. He seeks only reciprocity in our relations, and as a result the foreign policy elite is collectively wetting itself.

    The mostly unspoken truth – which I speak loudly and profanely in my upcoming book Militant Normals: How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy – is that the postwar international order which arose in the wake of our victory in World War II was based upon America doing the heavy lifting. Of course, this translates as Normal Americans doing the heavy lifting, both in terms of treasure (the taxes they pay that get spent for the benefit of outsiders, as well as our own) and in terms of the blood they and their kids spill (which also gets spent for the benefit of outsiders, as well as our own). Isn’t it weird how when the elite writes a figurative check, it always gets drawn on our figurative checking account?”

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  10. For all the money it costs, you’d think they’d be producing a better product.

    LANGUAGE WARNING!!!!!

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/sarah-jeong-boring-typical-product-higher-education/

    “Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy”
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    “The key features of Jeong’s worldview are an obsession with whiteness and its alleged sins; a commitment to the claim that we live in a rape culture; and a sneering contempt for objectivity and truth-seeking. These are central tenets of academic victimology. From the moment freshmen arrive on a college campus, they are inundated by the message that they are either the bearers of white privilege or its victims. College presidents and the metastasizing diversity bureaucracy teach students to see racism where none exists, preposterously accusing their own institutions of systemic bias. “Bias response teams,” confidential “discrimination hotlines,” and implicit-bias training for faculty and staff roll forth from university coffers in wild abandon.

    UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion until recently hung banners throughout campus reminding students of their place in the ruthlessly competitive hierarchy of victimhood. One particularly lachrymose entry, featuring a female black and a Hispanic male student, urged the presumably “non-diverse” sector of Berkeley to “create an environment where people other than yourself can exist.” This year’s White Privilege Conference, a nationwide academic gathering, featured panels on “Breaking the Chains of Capitalism and White Supremacy,” the “Whiteness of Law,” and “How Whiteness Kills.” The journal Cultural Studies of Science Education ran a perfectly standard article this year on how notions of merit and scientific truth are simply covers for white supremacy and racism, while the Feminist Journal of Geography argued that the convention of academic citations bolsters the status of those who are “white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered.”

    Jeong’s contempt for whites is the natural outcome of the victimology university, which teaches students to hate and rewards them for doing so.”

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  11. Right in our own backyard. More of Obama’s messes need cleaning up.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/siraj-wahhaj-arrested-amalia-new-mexico-father-imam-possible-link-1993-world-trade-center-bombing-court-documents/

    “The man arrested at a squalid New Mexico compound is the son of a controversial Brooklyn imam who was on a list of people who “may be alleged as co-conspirators” to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to court documents released by prosecutors Wednesday. Siraj Wahhaj, who shares a name with his son who was arrested Saturday, testified as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.

    Authorities found 11 children and four adults living in “filthy” conditions at the compound Saturday in Amalia, New Mexico. Prosecutors also alleged in court documents that Wahhaj, 39, was teaching the children to commit school shootings. The documents claim Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound with the children.

    Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe previously said adults at the compound were “considered extremist of the Muslim belief.” He did not elaborate, saying it was part of the investigation.”
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    And on an interesting side note, guess who else is tied to the father of the man in New Mexico?

    Why Linda Sarsour, the blind terrorist praising organizer of this past year’s @#$%$ hat wearing women’s marches. Oh, and a couple of other muslims currently running for Congress. And all connected to current muslim Rep. Keith Ellison.

    I’m sure it’s fine…..

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/linda-sarsour-muslim-candidates-tied-to-father-of-jihadi-who-trained-children-to-become-school-shooters-in-new-mexico/

    “Two men who authorities described as armed “extremist Muslims” were arrested on August 8 in New Mexico after it was discovered that they had kidnapped 11 children who they were training to become “school shooters”.

    One of the men who police arrested is Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of the notorious Brooklyn, NYC Imam, Siraj Wahhaj who was found by prosecutors to be an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.

    However, what the media is not talking about is the fact that Democrat surrogate and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarour and several Muslims who are currently running for Congress and Governor in the United States are also tied to terror-tied Wahhaj.”
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    “On July 1, 2017, Linda Sarsour gave a speech at the 54th Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention in Chicago. During that speech, Sarsour not only infamously called for Muslims to carry out Jihad against President Trump, but she also used her speech as an opportunity to introduce Abdul El-Sayed to more Muslim organizations in an attempt to help Abdul fundraise for his gubernatorial campaign.

    While giving her speech, Sarsour called on the Muslims in attendance to support Abdul El-Sayed.

    After endorsing El-Sayed on stage at the ISNA Conference, Sarsour, during the same speech took several minutes to praise Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who is a terrorist co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, calling him her “mentor” and “favorite person”.”

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  12. New Mexico has lots of rural space. It is not hard to keep under the radar of the police, if you don’t draw attention to yourself.

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  13. I am waiting at Hobby Airport and thought this would be a good time to check in with y’all.

    RKessler, Your comment reminds me of the last time I was in Taos. Since I was there to climb mountains in the summer, I was staying at the Ski Village in the mountains north of town.

    Unfortunately when I drove to town in my orange Mustang to fuel up on Mexican food, I was shocked to see that there was a gigantic convention of motorcyclists clogging all roads. It appeared it would take 30 minutes to enter the main drag from the restaurant parking lot, but thankfully a nice man wearing a Nazi helmet was kind enough to let me pull out in front of his chopper and I was able to return to the mountains escorted by Hell’s Geriatric Angels.

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  14. Don’t get me started on the difference between one group of Myrtle Beach motorcyclist conventioners and the counterpart group that follows. The difference in decorum is like, um….day and night…let’s put it that way.

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  15. I loved Taos! And Santa Fe.

    More on the treatment of the church in China:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2018/08/what-china-is-doing-to-religion/

    What China Is Doing to Religion

    AUGUST 9, 2018 BY GENE VEITH

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    It’s one thing for a government to ban religion and to persecute religion. That’s what the Soviet Union did. China, though, is pursuing another approach to subjugate religion: Have the government control the religion, forcing it to conform its teachings and practices according to what the government dictates.

    China may have found a form of socialism that “works,” incorporating certain free market principles, but the country is still communist in its authoritarian ideology and its commitment to atheism.

    China is now requiring all churches and other buildings used for a religious purpose to fly the communist flag. But that is just the beginning. …
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