25 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-7-18

  1. More lies from showboating Dems at the Kavanaugh hearing.

    I guess her and Booker are gonna see who can lie the most with a straight face, and that’ll be their 2020 nominee.


    “On Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) attempted to grab the 2020 Democratic presidential limelight by launching into an attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s latest pick for the Supreme Court. She essentially accused Kavanaugh of stonewalling on whether he had spoken with President Trump’s law firm about the Robert Mueller investigation. Kavanaugh correctly said he didn’t know what she was talking about, and also said he didn’t know every lawyer at Kasowitz Benson Torres – a law firm with nearly 300 attorneys. That didn’t stop Harris, who grandstanded for nearly 10 minutes, to the wild applause of the media. The video has been viewed tens of millions of times on Twitter.

    There’s only one problem: Harris had no evidence whatsoever that Kavanaugh had spoken with anyone at Kasowitz. And, in fact, Kasowitz stated today that Kavanaugh had not spoken with anyone at his law firm about Mueller.”

    “So no, she has no evidence. But that didn’t stop her from leveling the accusation, to the celebration of the press. This makes Harris one of two major liars in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing – the other being Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) who claimed he had released classified documents at peril of life and limb (he didn’t) and that those documents contained bombshells (they didn’t).”


  2. Do it.


    “Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday afternoon that he believes President Trump would be justified in using lie detector tests to figure out which senior administrative official wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed.

    The Washington Examiner confirmed Paul’s comments with the senator’s communications director, Sergio Gor.

    The Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday that described members of the Trump administration working “diligently” to stop the president’s “worst impulses” and move against parts of his agenda. The author claimed not to be working alone and that the group is acting because they believe their primary duty is to protect the country.

    It isn’t the first time Paul has suggested the federal government use lie detectors to figure out who leaked classified information. In March 2017, Paul said that the federal government should employ the method to ascertain who leaked the transcripts of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia.

    “It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to the New York Times,” Paul told ABC in 2017. “There can only be a certain handful of people who did that. I would bring them all in. They would have to take lie detector tests. And, I would say, including the political people, because some political people knew about this as well.””

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  3. Is the NY Times misleading readers? Again……


    “Recently, the New York Times published an anonymously written op-ed supposedly authored by “a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”

    Analyzing the language used by this “senior official” leads me to conclude that something is not quite right with that claim.

    In the second paragraph of the piece, the author, who I must remind readers is claimed by the Times to be “a senior official in the Trump administration” (a claim, by the way, the author himself never makes) states, while listing the travails facing our president, “that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.” He uses the word “his” (that is, “the president’s”) when describing the Republican Party. Why? Isn’t he also a Republican? He is serving in a Republican administration; it would be a realistic assumption that by far most members of Trump’s administration are Republicans.

    If he is not a Republican, at least he should be easy enough to find.

    He goes on to say “that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” If he were, as claimed, a “senior official,” wouldn’t he say “many other senior officials,” or “many other top officials”? And wouldn’t he say “our administration?” Why phrase it that way only to say in the next paragraph, “I am one of them”? Why say it afterward when he could have made it clear in his statement? There’s a disconnect.”

    And it’s not like the don’t have a history of lying….


    “The anonymously-written New York Times op-ed purporting to be written by a “senior official in the Trump administration” was artfully written to suggest the author may be cabinet-level. Senator Elizabeth Warren seems to think so. The contention that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment” would seem to be sort of thing that could only come from one of the whisperers, but of course, it easily could be third- or fourth-hand gossip overheard by a person many layers lower.

    So, what exactly are the standards that the Times applies when calling an anonymous person a “senior” official – when the story being spun fits the narrative the Times is pushing? Phelim McAleer, writing in Town Hall, takes a trip down memory lane and reminds us of an incident in which the Times was caught exaggerating to a startling degree, in service to its agenda of demonizing fracking.”

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  4. And speaking of people caught lying…..


    “July and August 2016 one day may be remembered as the infamous summer of Steele and Ohr.

    That’s because new evidence shows former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s efforts to influence the FBI’s Russia probe — on behalf of Donald Trump-despising British spy Christopher Steele — started much earlier than previously described.

    For much of the past year, many in Congress have labored under the notion that Ohr, then the No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official, began assisting the FBI’s probe into Russia election collusion only after Trump won the 2016 election.

    Lawmakers’ belief was rooted in reports showing Ohr’s first documented interview with FBI agents occurred in November 2016, and in testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who mentioned Ohr’s involvement in the probe as starting after Thanksgiving 2016.

    But now, based on Ohr’s own account in a closed-door congressional interview and other contemporaneous documents, congressional investigators have learned that Ohr made his first contact with the FBI about Trump-Russia collusion evidence in late July and early August 2016. And his approach was prompted by information he got from his friend, the former British intelligence agent Steele.

    The discovery is one of several key pieces of evidence emerging in recent weeks that explain how the FBI probe pivoted suddenly from looking at the conduct of Trump adviser George Papadopoulos to consuming a document now infamously known as the Steele dossier.”

    More here…. with some graphics to help tie it all together. The whole thing is a farce based on an even bigger farce. It’s time to end the witch hunt.


    “This account by congressional sources to Solomon about the testimony of Bruce Ohr matches our prior research. It was the initial chapters of the Steele Dossier, a work product of both Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele, that were given to Bruce Ohr, who then subsequently relayed that information to the FBI (McCabe, Page and Strzok) without disclosing the conflict within the source material coming from his wife.

    ♦Here’s how it comes together: Nellie Ohr started working for Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS) in/around October or November of 2015. Nellie Ohr had “contractor access” to the FISA database (NSA and FBI) as a result of her prior and ongoing clearance relationship with the CIA and open source research group.

    Nellie, Bruce and Glenn Simpson worked together previously in 2010.

    It was Nellie’s original 2015 political opposition research that Glenn Simpson was pitching and selling as political opposition research to any interested purchaser.

    Several months later, when it became clear that Donald Trump was the likely GOP candidate who would win the primary (March/April 2016), Hillary Clinton signed-on to purchase the opposition research from Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS.

    Keep in mind, simultaneous to this moment in March and April 2016, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers intervened to stop contractor access to the FISA-702(16)(17) database. From the time Nellie Ohr began working for Fusion GPS in November 2015, through April 2016 there were thousands of unlawful database queries and extractions; 85% of them were unlawful.”

    It’s all the rotten fruit of the poisoned tree……

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  5. And a follow up piece to one from last week.


    “The battle to protect the limited credible science behind medical transgenderism is trying to claim another high-profile victim. Lisa Littman, a Brown University researcher, recently published important research on rapid-onset gender dysphoria. It was suddenly yanked from public view on Brown’s website to appease those who say they worry her findings might “invalidate the perspectives” of transgender people.

    Was Littman’s pioneering study of ROGD (Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria) really junk science, as transgender activists claim? Or was it just formal academic validation of what news articles have been displaying for years? My own four-year-long research project to analyze tens of thousands of media articles about “all things transgender” has left me siding with Littman and the study’s conclusions.

    Lots of Other Reports Corroborate Littman’s Findings”

    “Based on years of reading news reports about transgender people, I agree that social contagion is often a major cause of transgender presentation. While gathering and analyzing media interviews done with trans people, I noticed many youths confessing to not only not knowing what transgender is but also to learning about it from places like YouTube, an LGBT education program from school, television shows such as “I Am Jazz,” or meeting a transgender person in real life.

    What I’ve also seen in my research, which is still ongoing, is a profound number of these young people claiming to “feel different.” That’s how many gender dysphoric people start out: They simply claim to “feel different” from male or female peers because of nonconformities in their desired appearance or sexual orientation. In reality, that’s all they know about themselves and it’s the most common theme until they stumble across transgender ideologies.

    The so-called experts in the field of medical transgenderism want the public to believe these children all sincerely know that they’re really the opposite sex at age 3 or 4, but it simply isn’t true. Until transgenderism came into their lives, many of these youth previously identified as or believed they were gay or lesbian. Their parents thought the same thing. But because of exposure to transgender ideologies, these kids suddenly developed gender dysphoria about their sex.”

    The original story is here.



  6. This is NOT a problem. We want Trump hunting for Mr. Anonymous. We want Trump giving Castro-length speeches to his cult. We want Trump to be playing golf.


  7. A Reaganite who says, “Burn it down!”. An interesting thread.


  8. Meanwhile, in issues voters actually care about…..


    “Economy adds more jobs than expected in August, and wage growth hits post-recession high

    Nonfarm payrolls grew by 201,000 in August. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected a 191,000 increase.

    Average hourly earnings jumped by 2.9 percent, above the 2.7 percent increase expected.

    The unemployment rate held near a generational low of 3.9 percent.”


    Again, you’re welcome! 🙂


  9. And more….

    I doubt these folks give 2 flying monkey butts about Reagan or his “legacy”. They’re too busy working to care about your dead heroes.


    “The midterm election is about “safety and jobs,” President Trump told a campaign rally in Montana Thursday night. He said the economy is “booming like never before,” and on Friday, the unemployment report brought the president more good news: the unemployment rate for African Americans, 6.3 percent, is the second lowest on record (it was 5.9 percent in May); and job-growth remains strong.

    For Hispanics, the unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a point from last month’s record low of 4.5 percent. And the overall unemployment rate remained at a low 3.9 percent.”


    “American construction workers are seeing their wages rise in the blue collar industry as President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” tightened labor market forces business to find and employ disenfranchised U.S. workers, rather than importing foreign workers.
    A recent report by the Miami Herald chronicled the rise in wages and business having to adapt to an economy with a tight labor market as immigration enforcement has been increased and unemployment has hit record lows.

    As admitted in the Miami Herald by industry insiders, the tight labor market has secured jobs for Americans willing to do the blue collar work and won them higher wages in the process.”

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  10. Ricky whines about Trump smashing long held norms and beliefs, yet he sides with disloyal traitors seeking to do the same.

    In their efforts to destroy the monster they fear, they’ve become the monster.


    “The New York Times op-ed attributed to a senior administration official revealing a vast resistance to President Trump from within his inner circle is extraordinary in many ways, but it’s worth pausing to consider the anti-democratic implications of what is being described.

    “Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the op-ed reads. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”

    That last line — “we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t” unsettled me when I first read it, and remains hard to digest. As a conservative, I opposed Trump in part because of my fears that he would destroy institutional norms, and I now fear that institutional norms are being obliterated in the name of stopping him.

    The Constitution presents many institutional checks and balances that make it difficult for any president to do whatever he wants. The president can be held accountable by Congress and the courts. Every two years, the people get to vote on every member of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate; every four years, they get the choice of electing a new president. The First Amendment protects the press’ right to expose wrongdoing and people’s right to protest actions by the administration.

    In addition, the president has advisers and Cabinet officials who help him run the executive branch. But while I would hope that those advising the president would have the courage to stand up to him when they disagree and try to persuade him to pursue a different course when warranted, what the op-ed is describing is something quite different.

    The phrase “we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t” is a declaration that unelected officials are usurping executive authority from the man who actually was elected to execute the nation’s laws. This isn’t about institutional or constitutional checks and balances, it’s about individuals assuming powers they were never granted. They aren’t merely making a policy case to Trump. The op-ed suggests they are acting on their own against his expressed wishes.”

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  11. Like I said, they’ve become the monsters…..

    A rather destructive bunch too.

    Tsk, tsk…. What would Reagan say about all these Reagan cult frauds behaving like this? 🙄


    “Democracy, schemocracy. Unelected, anonymous bureaucrats decide that elections don’t matter.

    My biggest fear for the Donald Trump era was that his opponents and critics would imitate the worst aspects of his character. So incensed that a man they consider an oaf and a fraud achieved the pinnacle of power while criticizing their cozy arrangements as corrupt, they would begin to break the rules.

    And so it came to pass in #TheResistance, a group of various charlatans, self-important Twitter users, and some genuinely frightened Americans who give them attention and money. Even before Election Day, they accused him of questioning the validity of his anticipated electoral defeat. Then they turned around and looked for various ways of annulling or reversing his surprise victory. They accused him of spreading conspiracy theories, and then they filled our information streams with wild rumors predicting that the Republican party would be arrested en masse as a criminal organization, or that the non-existent marshall for the Supreme Court would haul away President Trump in manacles. This spectacle was a distraction from the real work liberals might have undertaken in political opposition. And it acted as a kind of prophylactic that kept them from learning any useful lessons from the 2016 election.

    But this extremely obnoxious sideshow was infinitely preferable to the anonymous op-ed written for the New York Times by a “senior Administration official” this week. It seems certain that Never Trump conservatives are determined to damage to American institutions, in a quixotic effort not to learn anything from 2016.

    First let’s clear the decks. It is perfectly necessary and routine for hired and appointed officials to give advice that runs contrary to a president’s wishes and instincts. It is perfectly legitimate to try to guard any president against his worst defects of judgment and character, and such stories are the stuff of all White House memoirs. And it is necessary for advisers and attorneys to warn a president about the constitutional and moral limits that should restrain his ambitions.

    What is disturbing about the Times op-ed author is that he or she admits not to doing the above, but to actively subverting the agenda of the president on policy questions that were hotly debated and thrashed out publicly in the campaign, questions on which this adviser’s side arguably lost the popular debate.

    The author does not attack the president for constitutional violations or even for unethical behavior. Our anonymous internal resister merely states an opinion shared by many Trump critics that the president is chaotic and easily distracted. He then proceeds to indicting the president’s ideological deviations as threats.”

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  12. Great civics lessons from Sen. Ben Sasse at the Kavanaugh hearing.

    This could be the best twelve minutes that you ever spend listening to this subect matter…

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  13. On fire…..


    “Trump has set economic growth on fire. Here is how he did it”

    “President Donald Trump is more than 19 months into an administration engulfed in so much controversy that it may overshadow a tremendous achievement, namely an economic boom uniquely his.

    During his time in office, the economy has achieved feats most experts thought impossible. GDP is growing at a 3 percent-plus rate. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low. Meanwhile, the stock market has jumped 27 percent amid a surge in corporate profits.

    Friday brought another round of good news: Nonfarm payrolls rose by a better-than-expected 201,000 and wages, the last missing piece of the economic recovery, increased by 2.9 percent year over year to the highest level since April 2009. That made it the best gain since the recession ended in June 2009.

    His critics, a group that includes a legion of Wall Street economists, most Democrats and even some in his own Republican Party, don’t believe it will last. They figure the current boom will begin petering out as soon as mid-2019 and possibly end in recession in 2020.

    But even they acknowledge that the current numbers are a uniquely Trumpian achievement and not owed to policies already set in motion when he took office.

    “I still believe the big story this year is an economic boom that most folks thought impossible,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council and a chief advisor to Trump, said in a recent interview with CNBC.com. “I understand that he’s been in for a year and a half, but when you look at those numbers, this is not going away.”

    Indeed, the economy does seem to be on fire, and it’s fairly easy to draw a straight line from Trump’s policies to the current trends.”

    And again, you’re welcome! 🙂


  14. This is what all the distractions are meant to mask. Trump’s, and America’s, success with him in charge. They can’t have that. So they rage, distract, and project their crimes unto him……

    Heck, he’s single-handedly led to a surge in revenue for failing press outlet’s too. Bashing him is it’s own thriving cottage industry.


    Why change what’s working?

    Trump 2020!

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  15. Tychicus, There are two of us. This conservative Longhorn is much harder on Trumpers than I am. He is also much harder on Aggies and Okies than I am. This Tweet came during Obama’s speech:


  16. Let me be the first to say it…..



    Millions wasted, and this is the result. 14 days in jail.

    What a joke.


    “Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days jail in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

    District Judge Randolph D. Moss also ordered a year of supervision, 200 hours of community service and a $9,500 fine for the 30-year-old former Trump aide.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller had requested a sentence of between zero and six months for Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017 to lying to the FBI.

    Papadopoulos becomes the first Trump associate sentenced in cases involving the special counsel’s office. Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney who worked with Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on April 3 after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his pre-election work with the former Trump campaign chairman.”

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