22 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-31-18

  1. From the article. Like most conservatives with a knowledge of history, Olasky understands the short term and the long term effects of this presidency.

    ‘Some conservative evangelicals are OK with the present but worried about the future. On the plus side, many are satisfied that President Trump has honored his campaign promises regarding judicial appointments and done what he can on abortion (not much, given the Senate’s recalcitrance). On the minus side, it’s clear that leftists using Trump as a community organizing device have also been gratified: Their armies are motivated and growing.

    What will happen down the road? Are we building a city on a hill, to use the term that Puritan John Winthrop brought to America and President Ronald Reagan popularized in the 1980s—or are we slouching toward Venezuela? Donald Trump’s particular unpopularity among new and future voters is troubling. One poll showed 82 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who identify with Republicans saying they “want another Republican to challenge President Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020.” Another poll showed most younger Americans sympathizing with socialism.

    The last youthful twitch toward socialism came in the 1960s and 1970s, as Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon propelled many to favor what they were against. Ronald Reagan’s skill as a public educator stopped that movement: His firm exhortation and gentle humor appealed to the best in us. Today, it’s not surprising that young people instructed for years in public schools, left-dominated colleges, and propagandizing media will repeat what their instructors have taught them. But to avoid a Venezuela-like debacle, we need admirable leaders who can explain how private enterprise serves the public.”

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  2. “Maggie is almost always right. ”

    Hahahaha….. now that’s funny! 🙂

    What she is, is a Clinton operative masquerading as a journalist.


    “Maggie Haberman is one of the most dishonest journalists I have ever come across. Going back five years to when she was still with Politico, I have repeatedly exposed her lies and fraud. She is currently with the New York Times, and thanks to WikiLeaks, we now have incontrovertible proof that Haberman is nothing more than a spin doctor for Hillary Clinton and her campaign.

    Glenn Greenwald:

    One January 2015 strategy document — designed to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process about whether to run for president — singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico, now covering the election for the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Nick Merrill, the campaign press secretary, produced the memo, according to the document metadata:”


    “That strategy document plotted how Clinton aides could induce Haberman to write a story on the thoroughness and profound introspection involved in Clinton’s decision-making process. The following month, when she was at the Times, Haberman published two stories on Clinton’s vetting process; in this instance, Haberman’s stories were more sophisticated, nuanced, and even somewhat more critical than what the Clinton memo envisioned.

    But they nonetheless accomplished the goal Clinton campaign aides wanted to fulfill of casting the appearance of transparency on Clinton’s vetting process in a way that made clear she was moving carefully but inexorably toward a presidential run.

    Given more than 24 hours to challenge the authenticity of these documents and respond, Merrill did not reply to our emails. Haberman declined to comment.”

    Of course she did.


  3. Re: Tychicus 2:10. There ain’t no end to the Muller probe.
    Re: Ricky’s 8:08 What Trump did was expose the swamp. We knew it was there. Eisenhower once said that Washington was not run by the President nor Congress, but the agencies.
    We all ignored this situation. Agencies regulated and regulated. Trump is the first to attempt to drain the swamp.
    Regardless of what else you might think about Trump. You have to admit that the swamp needs draining. We are increasingly being run by a Kleptrocracy.

    I don’t really like Trump as a person, but I think he’s doing what needs to be done.
    If we are to survive.

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  4. The cow proposal is exactly the efficient thing my husband might have done if he was a cattle farmer at the time.

    Instead, he was a submariner and thus stealthy . . . but, I’ve got a ring!

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  5. I’ve long suspected this was the case with trans, bi, and gay. It’s the in thing to be, and it’s a protected class.

    This disproves, at least partially, the “born this way” lie. So of course, they will attack it because it doesn’t fit the narrative they want to push.


    “‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ may be a social contagion linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics culture, and an increase in internet use, finds a Brown University study.”

    ““Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among teens and young adults may be a social contagion linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics peer culture, and an increase in internet use, finds a study out this month from a Brown University professor. The study was quickly yanked from Brown’s news releases after a transgender activist feeding frenzy, and the journal it was published in is reconsidering the publication. There is a parent and researcher-driven petition to stand behind the publication of the first study to look in detail at rapid-onset gender dysphoria.

    The petition includes the following graph about gender referrals in the United Kingdom. Anecdotal and news reports, as well as the rapid recent growth in transgender treatment centers, indicates a similar phenomenon inside the United States.

    “[T]he parental reports in this study offer important and much-needed preliminary information about a cohort of adolescents, mostly girls, who with no prior history of dysphoria, are requesting irreversible medical interventions, including the potential to impair fertility and future sexual function,” says the petition. “In any other group of children, these grave consequences would be seen as human rights violations unless there was significant and overwhelming evidence these procedures would be beneficial long-term.”

    Despite these facts on the ground, Brown issued a statement Tuesday effectively apologizing for publicizing their own professor’s research because, “Brown community members express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.”

    “The study offers insights into how gender dysphoria seems to develop among those who declare it suddenly. Among the children studied, 59 percent identified as heterosexual prior to expressing gender dysphoria. This is a disproportionately high percent of non-heterosexual kids (41 percent), although homosexuality and especially lesbian activity is highly fluid and tends to dissipate, especially for teens and females. Eighty-seven percent of the children studied became gender dysphoric after friends did, after increasing their time online, or both.

    None of the young people Littman studied would have met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for diagnosing childhood gender dysphoria, the study says. However, a very high rate, 62 percent, had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder or neurodevelopmental disability before their gender dysphoria began.

    Nearly half of these children (48 percent) “experienced a traumatic or stressful event prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria,” the study says, such as parental divorce, a death in the family, a romantic breakup, rape or attempted rape, school bullying, family relocation, or a serious illness. Nearly half (45 percent) had been harming themselves before coming out trans. The parents of most of these children also reported they were bad at handling strong negative emotions.

    “The majority of respondents (69.4%) answered that their child had social anxiety during adolescence; 44.3% that their child had difficulty interacting with their peers, and 43.1% that their child had a history of being isolated (not associating with their peers outside of school activities),” says the study. One parent explained that her daughter “had very high expectations that transitioning would solve their problems,” the study says. The parent wrote that the child “discontinued anti- depressant quickly, stopped seeing psychiatrist, began seeing gender therapist, stopped healthy eating. [She] stated ‘none of it’ (minding what she ate and taking her Rx) ‘mattered anymore.’ This was her cure, in her opinion.”

    This makes it obvious why transgender activists do not want this information public. It suggests many gender dysphoric young people hit a rough patch in life (or several), have poor or immature coping skills, and got the message from peers, online, or both that transgenderism was a handy, simple explanation for their feelings that also offered instant social acceptance and attention.”


  6. Ah yes….

    “I don’t recall”………..

    Or as I like to call it, the Reagan defense.


    “Bruce Ohr, the number four official in Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, testified before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees today. Given what we know about his role in the DOJ/FBI scandal, his testimony should have been riveting. However, he testified in closed session, so this will be a short post. Fox News hints at what happened behind closed doors:

    While lawmakers told reporters that Ohr was being cooperative, Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif., said that Ohr “has a poor memory.”

    “He seems to not remember a lot of details and, you know, poor memories are often claimed by people who want to stick to what they can say and not be caught in perjury,” he told Fox News.

    That was what Richard Nixon told his subordinates: if you say you don’t remember, you are immune from perjury charges.

    Republicans allege that Ohr played a key role in selling the dossier, commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. They were expected to ask why Ohr broke with protocol and kept up communication with its author, Steele, long after the FBI fired him as a source in late 2016 due to his contacts with the media.

    “I don’t know if it’s improper but I want to know who at DOJ knew and it certainly looks like he continued to meet with Mr. Steele after the FBI had terminated their relationship with Mr. Steele,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News ahead of the hearing.

    I don’t believe there is any doubt about that. Ohr also functioned as an intermediary between Steele and Robert Mueller after Mueller picked up the ball on behalf of the now-out-of-office Obama administration:

    Text messages obtained and reviewed by Fox News show that Steele also tried to use Ohr as a go-between with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking,” Steele wrote to Ohr. “Anything you could do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.”

    Months later, Ohr confirmed to Steele that he had passed along his questions to Mueller’s team.

    Of course he did! Ohr’s wife worked at Fusion GPS and was one of those hired by Hillary Clinton to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. That dirt became the infamous fake “dossier” that DOJ and the FBI used to get a warrant to surveil Americans involved with the Trump campaign, even though the Bureau knew the “dossier” was fraudulent. Steele leaked the “dossier” to the press, and the heads of the FBI and CIA brought about publication of the fake “dossier” by purporting to brief President-elect Trump on its contents, and then leaking the fact that the pretend briefing took place. Can anyone tell me why this isn’t the biggest political scandal in American history?”

    Here’s the Fox piece,


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  7. Say what?



    Amidst Sex Abuse Coverup Scandal, Pope Francis Tweets That It’s His Job To ‘Communicate A Lifestyle’…Then Deletes It

    On Thursday, even as he continued his silence with regard to accusations that he helped cover up sexual abuse within the Catholic Church from top-ranking members of the Vatican hierarchy, Pope Francis took to Twitter to issue another of his cryptically new-agey nostrums: “We Christians are not selling a product. We are communicating a lifestyle.”

    This tweet drew the ire and mockery of thousands of users, who pointed out first that the Pope’s language was vaguely reminiscent of a “Mad Men” advertising agency, and second that the Pope’s latest communiques hadn’t exactly communicated a valuable lifestyle. The Pope then deleted his tweet and replaced it with this, slightly less Hollywood version:

    “We Christians do not have a product to sell, we communicate Life.”

    This isn’t much better, since the Pope’s latest commitment to communicating life involves avoiding charges that he reinstated public status to a cardinal credibly accused of preying on seminarians as well as male minors. …


  8. I can get really down on the American people for nominating Trump and Hillary in 2016. However, it appears the College of Cardinals also did a pretty sorry job when they selected Pope Francis.


  9. Getting the job done.



  10. I’m told Francis slid through on a single vote, with little to no discussion, mainly because he had been a runner-up before.

    He appears to be not very thoughtful or theologically deep — and way too quick to speak.

    Disaster, although in God’s providence this all could lead to a partial downfall of the Roman Catholic system. What’s apparently gone on within that church at some of the highest levels is abhorrent.

    Money, sex and power, once again, at the crux of it all.


  11. Bad optics, if nothing else?



    BREAKING: US archbishop calls on Pope Francis to cancel Youth Synod in light of abuse crisis

    Understatement: “The bishops would have absolutely no credibility” in the upcoming Youth Synod, Chaput told the Cardinal’s Forum, an annual gathering to provide academic formation of seminarians and continuing education for lay people, yesterday. The synod’s planned dates are set for October 3-28, 2018.


  12. More:

    Archbishop Chaput said the Youth Synod should be canceled.

    “I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would have absolutely no credibility in addressing this topic,” he said.

    Instead of having a youth synod, the Archbishop proposed that a synod should be held to address the topic of the bishops themselves.

    “I have called on him (Pope Francis), in its place, to begin making plans for a synod on the life of bishops,” he said.


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