40 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-10-18

  1. The Democrat takeover of Texas continues….

    Don’t call the defenders of the Alamo heroes, you might upset the Mexicans.


    “A panel advising the State Board of Education on what seventh-graders should learn in their social studies courses has urged deleting the label “heroic” from a curriculum standard about the Alamo’s defenders.

    The proposed tweak to a directive about what teachers should teach about Texas history and the state’s most iconic battle infuriated several state politicians, including Gov. Greg Abbott, who characterized the nonbinding advice as political correctness run amok.

    “Stop political correctness in our schools,” Abbott, a Republican, tweeted Thursday in response to the story, first reported by Texas Monthly. “Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’! I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain.”

    “Walter Buenger, a historian who specializes in Texas history at the University of Texas at Austin, said he could understand why there may be a desire to remove as subjective a descriptor as “heroic” from discussions of those involved in the battle.

    “Many times the Alamo gets boiled down, as it often does in movies, to the Mexicans are the bad guys and the good guys are good Anglos in coonskin caps,” Buenger said. He noted that many Mexicans fought alongside Texans in the siege.

    “Part of the problem with the word heroic may be that it’s too simplistic,” he said.

    But Thomas Lindsay, director of the Center for Innovation in Education for the free-market-oriented Texas Public Policy Foundation, said it’s appropriate and necessary for educators to teach students who the good guys and bad guys are in history books.”


  2. Further evidence……..

    Looks like Trump will have to step in and campaign for Cruz to save Texans from themselves…….


    “With a string of polls showing GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s lead slipping, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick showed up in Washington on July 25 to deliver an urgent plea to White House officials: Send President Donald Trump.

    Patrick, who chaired Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state, made the case that a Trump visit was needed to boost turnout for Cruz and the rest of the Texas Republican ticket. The lieutenant governor soon got his wish: Trump announced on Twitter late last month that he was planning a blowout October rally for Cruz, his former GOP rival.

    The previously unreported meeting comes as senior Republicans grow increasingly concerned about the senator’s prospects in the reliably red state, with some expressing fear that an underperformance could threaten GOP candidates running further down the ballot. Cruz’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, has raised barrels of cash, closed the polling gap and emerged as a cause célèbre of liberals nationwide.

    Trump’s rally is just the most public display of a Republican cavalry rushing to the senator’s aid. Cruz remains a favorite to win another term, and some senior GOP figures insist the concern is overblown. Yet the party — which has had a fraught relationship with the anti-establishment Texas senator over the years — is suddenly leaving little to chance. Behind the scenes, the White House, party leaders and a collection of conservative outside groups have begun plotting out a full-fledged effort to bolster Cruz.”


  3. Not surprising.


    “Assaults on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents also have surged in recent years, according to government numbers that seem to support agents’ claims that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally increasingly are looking to fight rather than flee.

    The new numbers, reported by Homeland Security’s inspector general, could even be underselling the problem, investigators said, because the government doesn’t do a good job of tracking incidents, and agents and officers don’t always report them properly.

    But the report does signal renewed danger particularly on the southwest border, where agents say a surge in illegal immigration in recent years generally correlates with growing violence.

    Prosecutors, meanwhile, often refuse to bring charges or win cases against the perpetrators, the audit found.

    At the border, the most frequent method of attack was projectiles — usually large rocks — which accounted for half of assaults. But bombs, clubs, knives, guns and even laser pointers to blind agents have all been used.”

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  4. There is no basis for this witch hunt to continue.


    “Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?”

    “What’s the legal basis for his special-counsel investigation? We have a right to know.
    For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?

    It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein owes us an answer.

    To my mind, he has owed us an answer from the beginning, meaning when he appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller on May 17, 2017. The regulations under which he made the appointment require (a) a factual basis for believing that a federal crime worthy of investigation or prosecution has been committed; (b) a conflict of interest so significant that the Justice Department is unable to investigate this suspected crime in the normal course; and (c) an articulation of the factual basis for the criminal investigation — i.e., the investigation of specified federal crimes — which shapes the boundaries of the special counsel’s jurisdiction.

    This last provision is designed to prevent a special counsel’s investigation from becoming a fishing expedition — or what President Trump calls a “witch hunt,” what DAG Rosenstein more diplomatically disclaims as an “unguided missile,” and what Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz, invoking Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s secret-police chief, pans as the warped dictum, “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.” In our country, the crime triggers the assignment of a prosecutor, not the other way around.”

    “What Is the Crime?

    There is one thing and one thing alone that would justify the appointment of a special counsel: concrete evidence that Donald Trump committed a crime in connection with Russia’s election interference. So, to repeat: For precisely what federal crime is the president of the United States under investigation?

    DAG Rosenstein owed us an explanation of this on Day One. He and Mueller’s staff have evaded this obligation by arguing that nothing in the special-counsel regulations requires a public recitation of the factual basis for the investigation. More haughtily, they claim that the special-counsel regulations are not enforceable — they’re just hortatory guidelines that DOJ may flout at will.

    Allow me to translate: Rosenstein claims that the Justice Department’s desire for investigative secrecy takes precedence over the president’s capacity to govern.

    This, notwithstanding that in every independent-counsel investigation since Watergate, the president and the public have been apprised of exactly what crimes necessitated an investigation. And notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s rationalization, in Morrison v. Olson (1988), that the constitutionally dubious statute (since lapsed) authorizing an independent counsel passed muster because, prior to the appointment, the Justice Department first carefully established evidence of specific criminal-law violations.

    That is preposterous. Investigative secrecy should never have had pride of place where the presidency is at stake. After 16 months, there is no excuse for it.”

    Time to end this charade.


  5. The hypocrite returns…….

    Classless as always.


    “After staying mostly quiet for the last year and a half, Barack Obama has emerged to campaign for the Democrats in the midterm elections. The king of hypocrisy wasted no time denouncing President Trump for being divisive and failing to respect the Constitution. He also tried to claim credit for the economy’s taking off as soon as his policies were reversed. Did I mention chutzpah?

    A number of observers have called out Obama’s hypocrisy, but this series of tweets by Marco Rubio will suffice as well as any:

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  6. Winning.

    And purging the climate change clowns from the EPA is a good start.


    “I was going to suggest that the most snuggly, feel-good story of recent days was the latest ratings for CNN, which have fallen more than 20 percent over the last year and continued to fall over the summer, such that it now ranks behind the Discovery Channel and HGTV. Makes sense: why tune in to CNN for manure if you can get better manure for your private garden from HGTV?

    But this story is much more snuggly feel-good inducing:

    EPA lost more than 1,500 workers in first 18 months of Trump administration: report

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly lost 8 percent of its staff in the first 18 months of President Trump‘s administration due to high numbers of departing staffers and a low number of new hires.

    The Washington Post reported Saturday that nearly 1,600 workers left the EPA during that time, while fewer than 400 were hired. The agency’s employment has shrunk to its lowest levels since the Reagan administration, the Post noted.”


  7. Boo Hoo.

    Chinese junk posing as Fords not selling in the US is probably a good thing. Real Fords are crappy enough.

    Don’t ski, don’t care.

    Of course the traitor wing of the party, of which you are a card carrying member, will betray the party, it’s success, and everything the disloyal say they stand for.in order to spite Trump. You are a Democrat’s best friend. You and the never-Trumpers led by Flake or some other flake will put the baby killing party back in charge. So principled you are!

    You’re traitors, it’s what you do. Everyone fully expects you to do just that. And it will be this Judas act that will destroy the party, not Trump. You guys own it.


  8. Meanwhile, another narrative crumbles, and more shoddy work from the DoJ….


    “In July, the Department of Justice charged Russian national Maria Butina with conspiring to defraud the United States and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    U. S. prosecutors admitted they misread text messages they used in court Friday to claim that Butina traded sex for access. They were attempting to show Butina as a flight risk and say the mistake should not diminish their case to continue holding her. She had been denied bond in July, but her attorney wants her released on home confinement.

    The Washington Post reports:

    U.S. prosecutors have acknowledged they misunderstood text messages they used to claim in court that a Russian woman traded sex for access and should be jailed pending trial on charges she was a foreign agent attempting to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and other American conservative groups.

    The concession came in a late-night court filing Friday in which prosecutors said Maria Butina, 29, should stay in custody as a flight risk but wrote “the government’s understanding of this particular text conversation was mistaken.”

    Butina’s attorney, Robert Driscoll, stated that the “only evidence the government relied on for its explosive claim was an excerpt from an innocuous three-year-old text exchange sent in Russia between Ms. Butina and DK, her longtime friend, assistant, and public relations man for The Right to Bear Arms gun rights group that she founded.”


  9. Sasse vs Trump would be a combination IQ and morality test for Republican Primary voters. I am not optimistic about the overall result, but Sasse would have a great chance in places like Texas, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and other states where a high percentage of Republican primary voters have college degrees. A Sasse candidacy would be a strong tonic for College Republicans who were disgusted by Trump’s dishonesty and ignorance in 2016.


  10. Sasse is toast if he tries it. He won’t be re-elected if he did. His disloyalty would come with a price. Of course he could always go work as a lobbyist like Flake will, heck that’s who they work for now anyway..

    While he likes to spout anti-Trump nonsense, he backs Trump where it matters, in his votes, 98% of the time. His mouth may play well at parties with Kristol and the like, but he knows Trump is doing a fine job, and that’s why he votes with him. It is two-faced, but most never-Trumpers are….


    “The era of negative partisanship in a nutshell: “The main thing the Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump and the main thing Republicans are for is being anti-Democrat and anti-CNN.”

    That sentiment will help seal his doom if he runs for reelection in 2020, though. Rule one in American politics 2018: If you’re not on the team, you’re against it. By his own admission, Sasse isn’t on the team. He reiterates here something he’s said before, that he thinks of himself as an “independent conservative” who caucuses with Republicans. (The right-wing Bernie Sanders?) He affirms for Tapper what he said on Twitter yesterday, that he thinks about formally leaving the party every day. Only a man who’s already resolved not to run for reelection or who’s completely indifferent to whether or not he wins would utter heresies like that on camera, knowing how they’ll be used against him in a Senate primary.

    But maybe Sasse thinks there’s no point pulling his punches at this late hour. He’s antagonized Trump and Trumpers so many times over the past three years that there’s no avoiding a primary challenge now. Besides, when push comes to shove, they don’t really care about his loyalty to the GOP. They care about his loyalty, or lack thereof, to Trump. Being a loud-and-proud party guy who votes with the president 98 percent of the time or whatever won’t absolve him of that unforgivable sin. Only kissing the president’s ass will, and Sasse isn’t obviously prepared to do that. Thank God — the Senate has enough Lindsey Grahams already.

    Sasse spends much of his time here lamenting how bogged down Washington is in Trumpian drama and partisan mud-flinging nonsense instead of talking about the storm of crises in labor and foreign policy that’s gathering, which is fair enough. (“It’s pretty clear that this White House is a reality show, soap opera presidency,” he said elsewhere this morning.) But he himself devotes an unusual percentage of his face time with the public dwelling on that nonsense; if you were asked to say what you think of when you think of Ben Sasse, you’re more likely to recall a moment when he flayed Trump or excoriated the Senate for its latest SCOTUS-hearing embarrassment than a policy proposal he advanced, a weird-but-true fact about a guy who’s constantly demanding a more substantive politics. There are various grounds on which he might be excused for that: He’s a junior, first-term senator and thus rarely in a position to move legislation; his preoccupation with Washington’s civic collapse is a meta-problem that must be solved before any policy challenge can; and his shots at Trump and his colleagues are more often accurate than not. Yet the fact remains that his political identity, at least at this moment, is mainly as a sort of hall monitor for the Senate, not as a problem-solver. No wonder he’s not eager for a second term.”


  11. The Redcoats called my ancestors “traitors” in the 1770s. Santa Anna called my ancestors “traitors” in 1836. The Yankees called my ancestors “traitors” in the 1860s. Now the Yankee Trumpkins call me a “traitor” in 2018. King George was crazy and Santa Anna was a bit of a martinet, but I think Trump and The Cult are our funniest opponents.


  12. Sasse would be crushed, and you know it.

    But it’s all about revenge now, huh?

    Sad and pathetic. Too bad you “principled” types never seem to muster this much opposition to the baby killer party. 🙄


  13. We northerners (or as we refer to them up here, the winners of the Civil War) called your ancestors traitors because they were.

    Then and now, if you don’t like the label, don’t play the role.


  14. More on Trump’s trimming at the EPA, yet another promise kept to voters.


    “President Donald Trump is keeping a campaign promise to reduce the size of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the agency’s recent employment numbers.

    On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump spoke about dismantling the EPA, saying, “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.”

    Records show that in the first 18 months of the Trump administration, over 1,600 workers left the EPA and less than 400 were hired. This is an 8 percent decrease in the agency’s employment size, the Washington Post reports.

    Some agency employees cited Trump as a reason for their departure.”

    “The Office of Enforcement and Compliance, the law enforcement arm of the EPA, has shrunk 15.7 percent under Trump, according to data provided by the EPA. Regional offices have seen an employment decrease of 10 percent.

    In January, an agency administrator told the Washington Examiner, “We’re happy to be at Reagan-level employment numbers and the future retirements shows a preview of how low we could get during this administration. It would be fair to say anywhere from 25 to 47 percent of EPA could retire during this administration.”

    Back in February, the administration fought to reduce the overall budget of the agency by 25 percent. The current budget is currently around $8 million.

    The EPA is not the only department that has seen staff cuts under Trump. The State Department’s permanent employee numbers fell by nearly 6.5 percent in the first 14 months of the administration. The Education Department’s numbers fell by nearly 9.5 percent in the same period.”


  15. Cue the circus music…..

    Victor Davis Hanson nails it again.


    “Then we come to an insurrectionary “resistance” op-ed in the New York Times, an insider scoop about a collective “undercover” effort to nullify the current presidency.

    Contrary to popular opinion, there was nothing “newsworthy” about the recent anonymous op-ed, written by an unnamed “senior official” about the supposed pathologies of President Trump.

    Or rather to the extent the op-ed was significant, it confirmed what heretofore had been written off as a “right-wing” conspiracy theory of a “deep state.” The anonymous author confessed to being part of a group that is trying to use subterranean methods to thwart an elected president, not because his record is wanting (indeed, the author admits it is often impressive) but because he finds Trump unorthodox and antithetical to the establishment norms of governance and comportment.

    To cut to the quick, the op-ed was published to coincide with the latest Bob Woodward “according-to-an-unnamed-source” exposé, Fear. The intent of anonymous and the New York Times was to create a force multiplying effect of a collapsing presidency—in need of the Times’ sober and judicious handlers, NeverTrump professionals, and “bipartisan” Democrats of the sort we saw during the Kavanaugh hearing to “step in” and apparently stage an intervention to save the country.

    Had the Woodward book not been in the news, neither would be the anonymous op-ed. And of course, the Times, in times before 2017, would never have published a insurrectionary letter from an unnamed worried Obama aide that the president was detached and listless—playing spades during the Bin Laden raid, outsourcing to Eric Holder the electronic surveillance of Associated Press journalists, letting Lois Lerner weaponize the IRS, and allowing his FBI, CIA, and Justice Department to conspire to destroy Hillary Clinton’s 2016 opponent.

    Woodward’s book is a more refined and establishment version of Michael Wolff’s and Omarosa’s volumes I and II in the ongoing “inside Trump” saga. The game is either to talk off the record to Woodward about one’s own brilliant (but unappreciated) efforts to avoid catastrophe, or else one will get talked about for causing catastrophe by someone else who talked off the record to Woodward to avoid being talked about by someone else. So Woodward is a Washington ventriloquist who keeps straight the strings of the talking puppets.

    The op-ed is the latest cartoon of Trump, the Road Runner, finally, at last, and for sure driven off the cliff by the Resistance as Wile E. Coyote—infuriated by yet another Road Runner beep-beep. There were earlier and serial Looney Tunes efforts to nullify the Electoral College, to sue about election machines, to boycott the Inauguration, to introduce articles of impeachment, to invoke the 25th Amendment, to try out the Emoluments Clause and the Logan Act, to sue by cherry picking liberal federal judges, to harass officials in public places and restaurants, to warp the FISA courts, to fund a foreign spy to do opposition research, and to weaponize even further the FBI, NSA, and Justice Department—along with the now-boring celebrity assassination chic rhetoric of blowing up, stabbing, shooting, burning, hanging, smashing, and decapitating Donald J. Trump.

    After the latest hysteria dies down, this chapter in the ongoing psychodrama will be revealed for what it is: a fantasy of a wannabe coup that is not going to happen. The commentariat’s silly claim that the op-ed was “extraordinary” and “newsworthy” is laughable. There are hundreds of “senior officials” all throughout every presidency, no doubt more so in the outsider Trump’s, who are disgruntled. On any given day, any newspaper could root out a “senior official” to write anonymously anything it wished to fit a preconceived narrative. What is extraordinary is not an op-ed from some sort of a mad David Stockman taken to the woodshed or defrocked Don Regan losing a war with Nancy Reagan, but that the New York Times hunted down someone of #theResistance to create a hysteria that an unhinged Trump must be removed.

    By the scale of past White House melodramas, this is no big deal. It is not as if an off-the radar, rogue band in the White House was caught selling arms to Iran and using the profits to fund resistance to Daniel Ortega’s Marxist regime in Nicaragua. The gossip about Trump’s mental processes are no more dramatic than the rumors were about a doddering Reagan in his second term, which later were trafficked by his own son, Ron Jr. (“Father had Alzheimer’s in office”). Trump is not, in Woodrow Wilson fashion, near comatose and locked up in a White House bedroom, while Melania takes over the country. His aides are not covering up the fact that Trump’s blood pressure is peaking at 250 over 150, or that some mornings he cannot get out of bed—as was true of FDR as he campaigned for a fourth term in 1944.

    We are not witnessing a sitcom in which the president has serial, and often perverse sex with a White House intern in the Oval Office bathroom. Nor we are being treated to an interview by a senior Ben Rhodes-like official who brags how the Trump Administration deliberately fed a cadre of rookie idiot reporters all sorts of “echo chamber” narratives necessary to pass a dangerous deal with Iran that sidestepped the Senate’s constitutional obligations. Nor is Melania confessing that the presidential calendar of speeches and trips is calibrated to an astrologer’s chart of lucky and unlucky days. No one is suggesting that Ivanka leads séances (“imaginary chats” or “brainstorming exercises”) in the East Room to call down the spirits of Calvin Coolidge and Ayn Rand for imaginary conversations and pep talks.

    The writer’s chief complaint is that Trump “is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision.” Flesh that out. That would imply something along the lines that Trump ignores advice from New York Times op-ed writers and instead thrashes about and cancels the Iran deal. Or he dangerously and rashly gets out of the Paris Climate Accord. Or he stupidly insists that the U.S. embassy be moved to Jerusalem in helter-skelter fashion. Or he insanely demands massive deregulation, tax cuts, and new oil exploration without following any overarching principles in achieving 4 percent quarterly GDP growth or a record high stock market. Worst of all, madman Trump screams, yells, and ends the sacred idea that after 70 years the Palestinians are still refugees.”

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  16. Here it comes…

    And then this charade needs to end.


    “We’ve known for almost a month that, according to Joe DiGenova, the process of declassification has been underway for the FISA warrants that enabled spying on the Trump campaign, along with other documents related to the Russiagate fraud. Now, Jonathan Swann of Axios reports that the process is so close to complete that:

    President Trump is expected to declassify, as early as this week, documents covering the U.S. government’s surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the investigative activities of senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, according to allies of the president.”


  17. Seeing thru the distractions to the facts hiding behind them…..


    “The Times and The Washington Post, which published selected passages of Woodward’s book, launched the left’s one-two punch, no doubt in an effort to detract from all the upbeat economic and geopolitical news and, more importantly, to somehow derail the confirmation of Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh as the ninth justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. While it’s obvious that our current president is no paragon of virtue, neither is he the Captain Queeg of the Good Ship White House, as his foaming-at-the-mouth detractors would have you believe. That anonymous Times op-ed writer claims to be part of an inside “resistance,” whose mission is to protect the country by neutralizing Trump’s potentially dangerous impulses. Hyperbole aside, that’s exactly what trusted presidential aides are supposed to do — act as a sounding board and steer the president away from hasty or imprudent decisions. While no one has claimed authorship, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the article as “gutless” and “incredibly disturbing.”

    Not to be outdone, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” written by famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, purportedly paints a disturbing picture of Trump’s tumultuous 20 months as commander in chief. The two individuals attributed with the most derogatory comments about Trump’s impulsiveness and questionable grasp of key issues, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, have categorically denied making those comments. In another supposed episode, Woodward wrote that former top economic adviser Gary Cohn planned to remove a memo from the president’s desk that would have withdrawn the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. Entertaining perhaps, but in reality, the president’s negotiators just reworked the NAFTA deal with Mexico — and Canada is likely to follow suit. What Woodward never explains is who wrote the NAFTA memo. Wouldn’t the author have circled back to Trump and asked why the policy proposal was never implemented? Wouldn’t that have sparked Trump’s own inquiry into what happened to the missing document? It leads us to question Cohn’s telling of the story to Woodward and why Woodward never corroborated Cohn’s story with anyone at the White House. Of course, Woodward never spoke to Trump in advance about what is contained in the book.

    The author said he tried but contends he was either stonewalled by Trump’s inner circle or simply ignored. That doesn’t sound like the doggedness of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who wants to get an accurate picture of what’s happening in the White House, does it? Innuendo does make for entertaining reading, but facts tell the real story of Trump’s presidency. The national jobless rate, thanks in part to the GOP Congress’ tax cut for corporations and individuals, has dropped to 3.9 percent. And individuals who suffered under Obamacare’s high health insurance premiums now have several more affordable options. And for those on the left who ridiculed Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to convince that rogue nation to renounce its nuclear weapons, media outlets reported Thursday that Kim wants to denuclearize by the end of Trump’s first term in early 2021. That’s what’s happening — unimpeachable facts, not the unsubstantiated utterances of third-hand sources.”


  18. THIS is the face of the Resistance and darling to the left?


    “At Houston’s Islamic Society of North America conference — the biggest annual meet-up of Muslims in the U.S. — lightning rod radical Linda Sarsour charged her fellow Islamists with making sure not to mistake Jews for human beings.

    Sarsour is, of course, a darling of the Left, having earned an arrest Tuesday for her interruption of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing (please see my article here). Most ridiculously, perhaps, the defender of Sharia law paradoxically led 2017 and 2018’s anti-Trump Womens March.”

    “Sarsour hailed herself as a hero, fighting for all Americans’ rights (Except Jews? Except Donald Trump? Except Republicans? Except Conservatives?):

    “When I stand up here and I’m fighting for your rights and the rights of all people in these United States of America, I am a true patriot. And those of you who have fear in your hearts and don’t have the courage to stand up for your deen (religion), for your communities, for your religious institutions, for your children, that is not just a question of your patriotism. It is a question of your iman (faith).”

    She definitely isn’t fighting for the rights of anti-Islamic Lebanese-American journalist Brigitte Gabriel or Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Linda doesn’t even believe they have an American right to genitals:”


  19. There are some good passages in the Benedict Option about Christians’ role, politically speaking in the U.S. and west, moving forward. We, or most of us, are essentially now politically homeless. So what does that mean for the church faithful? How do we impact our neighbors and the communities in which we live? (He points to Christians, for example, who started the crisis counseling clinics in the wake of Roe v Wade, understanding that the law wouldn’t be overturned anytime soon, and the impact that has had on stemming the tide of abortions, carried out on a more personal level.) Most importantly, how do we strengthen and keep the faith in such a partisan, harsh environment? How do we form strong, bonded and theologically grounded churches that aren’t “media centers” with light messages where people merely check in once a week on Sunday mornings and then live their lives as everyone else does throughout the week?

    I don’t agree with everything in the book, particularly the author’s enamored take on monastical practices, but the author has some interesting thoughts on where Christians go in the dawn of the post-“Christian Right” era. He predicts (probably correctly) that there will be hard times ahead as we adapt to the role of being despised outsiders in our own country and that the primary national issue in which Christians should be keeping watch over is religious liberty which he feels is under direct threat.

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  20. Christians have been political pragmatists for —-well, for most of my lifetime. Now many of us are actively despised by other Christians who disagree with our politics. I’m not overly concerned about that because I see this as a period of refinement and purging. I doubt it will stop until the ‘corporation’ model of ‘selling Christ’ to the world has been permanently retired. That’s not a bad thing.

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  21. Meanwhile, in real news…..

    Another promise kept. Playing hardball with the side that refuses to negotiate peace in good faith.


    “The Trump administration is ordering the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to shutter its Washington, D.C., office in a bid to increase pressure on Palestinian leadership amid stalled peace talks.

    “We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US,” PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said in a statement Monday, according to Al-Jazeera.

    The State Department confirmed the move Monday.

    “We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017,” the State Department said in a statement. “However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”

    “To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise,” the statement continued. “As such, and reflecting Congressional concerns, the Administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point.”

    National Security Advisor John Bolton is expected to talk about the closure in a speech to the conservative Federalist Society on Monday.

    “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft copy of his prepared remarks reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

    “The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” Bolton will add.

    The closure of the PLO’s Washington office would be the latest in a series of punitive measures the Trump administration has taken against Palestinian leadership while the White House develops its yet-to-be-revealed peace plan. Under President Donald Trump, Washington has sought to slash financial support for Palestinian organizations, arguing that U.S. aid rewards corrupt and intransigent behavior on the part of Palestinian leadership. “


  22. Remember that time?……

    Yeah, good times…. 🙄


    “Never fails.

    Obama shows up, makes some silly and pointless speech about himself … err … about the country, and the Left salivates like one of Pavlov’s dogs who just heard a bell ring. Not to mention the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from the MEDIA crying for their Messiah, claiming he was a better president and they felt safe with him in the White House.

    Brian Stelter was impressively pathetic.

    But other media types remember President Obama a tad differently, like Sharyl Attkisson, who quotes several different outlets talking about the media ‘abuses’ from the Obama administration.


    She then goes on to point out a dozen or so instances where Obama actually did what they wrongly accuse Trump of. This constant mis-remembering of facts from years past adds to the impression that the media is biased.

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  23. This is probably Chapter 1 of the “real book”:


  24. In Grade 8 history, I give the kids open ended questions to answer; Should we honour our first PM? Were the settler’s actions a resistance or rebellion? Should the govt have hung Louis Riel or was it a mistake?

    The students need to research and come up with an opinion backed by evidence. In Texas, why not have the students answer the question; Were the defenders of the Alamo heroes? This would force them to look at the motives and actions of both sides and also to examine what is a hero.


  25. Where is the crime? Russian interference in the election I would think is the crime. Mueller is looking to what extent, and was there cooperation from Americans, perhaps from Trump perhaps not. Let Mueller do his work. I would think investigating and maintaining the integrity of elections is a good idea.

    AJ — you throw the word traitor around alot and I often wonder a traitor to what/who. A traitor to the US, or the Republican party or Trump? Surely betraying the latter two is not an act of a treason esp if its done with the intent to preserve the nation. Or is party and leader as important as country.


  26. Trump had zero to do with any of that HRW, as Mueller witch hunt has shown time and again. Zero.

    Traitor to all of the above. To the party, to the voters of said party, and to the president. And yes, when done in defiance to the wishes of voters of the country who elected the president in a fair and legal election, it’s traitorous to all the above.

    Do try to pay attention. I’ve been quite clear on this. Repeatedly.


  27. And in case HRW is wondering, yes, he’s a traitor too. To his fellow countrymen, his president (whether he likes it or not, he is) and too his place of employment.



    “FBI Agent Peter Strzok conspired with his in-house lover to leak anti-Trump stories to the media in the spring of 2017 when he headed the Russia probe into the Trump campaign, a congressman said on Monday.

    Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying a House task force had just received a new shipment of Justice Department documents

    “Our review of these news documents raises grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at FBI and DOJ,” Mr. Meadows said. “Review of these new documents suggest a coordinated effort on the part of the FBI and DOJ to release information in the public domain potentially harmful to President Donald Trump’s administration.”

    Mr. Meadows provided an example.

    On April 10, 2017, Mr. Strzok text-messaged Lisa Page, his lover and then-FBI counsel, to discuss a “media leak strategy.”

    “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go,” Mr. Strzok said.

    Two days later, Mr. Strzok congratulated Ms. Page on two derogatory stories that appeared about Carter Page, a former Trump volunteer who was then being wiretapped by the FBI.

    The Washington Post broke a story about the wiretap on April 11, Mr. Meadows said, which suggested Trump connections to Russia.”


    Not between Trump and Russians, but between rogue federal officers and complicit media outlets.


  28. The great thing about democracies is Louis XVI is not in charge. The leader is not the state and thus you can oppose him without being charged with treason. You can question his religion, his birth place, etc and still be loyal to the country. One can and should call Trump corrupt, incompetent or a Russian without being called a traitor.

    And you haven’t been very clear over the years. Three years ago you felt opposing a president could be act of patriotism.

    Depending on the information leaked, Strzok is either a whistle blower, guilty of breach of contract or a traitor. My guess is a combination of the first two.


  29. Traitorous.




    relating to or characteristic of a traitor; treacherous.
    “when his traitorous actions were discovered, he was imprisoned”
    synonyms: treacherous, disloyal, treasonous, renegade, backstabbing;



    “New documents provided to Congress raise “grave concerns” about an “apparent systemic culture of media leaking” among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials to release information damaging to President Trump, a top Republican congressman charged in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday. “


  30. I can’t be a “traitor” to a stupid cult that I never joined.

    Cults really should use the terms “heretic” and “infidel” rather than “traitor”. Conservatives like me, Mona Charen, Bill Kristol, Tom Nichols could accurately be called “infidels” by cultists. We never worshiped Dear Leader, nor spread his fairy tales, nor excused his lies or his idiocy.

    People like Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen and Omarosa could be called “heretics” by The Cult. They previously worshiped Dear Leader, sang his praises and excused and defended his lies and his idiocies. Then each committed some apostasy and was banished from the presence of Dear Leader.


  31. This is a good measure of the percentage of Americans who are in The Cult. 32% believe Trump is honest. The only people who believe that are cultists or people who have been in a coma for 3 years.


  32. 37% think he respects the rule of law. That means that 5% who are outside The Cult have zero understanding of the rule of law.


  33. My wife thinks that many of the Trumpkins polled were actually lying and are closet heretics. Specifically, she believes that the percentage of Americans who would actually trust Trump with their 401Ks and their young daughters is actually much lower than 32%.

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