38 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-15-18

  1. It just never ends with these people.

    https://news.grabien.com/story-media-politicize-florence-blame-trump-storms-predict-mass-de

    “MEDIA POLITICIZE FLORENCE, BLAME TRUMP FOR STORMS, PREDICT MASS DEATH”

    “Hurricane Florence is now bearing down on North Carolina, and the media is looking to score political points.

    On MSNBC, host Chris Hayes invited meteorologist Eric Holthaus on to argue global warming is making hurricanes worse, and that President Trump is to blame.

    “We have a president that is denying the impacts of, you know, this hurricane season last year and this year and actively making the problem worse by, you know, not addressing this root cause of worsening storms,” Holthaus told to a nodding Hayes.

    On CNN, political analyst John Avlon, in a segment titled “Reality Check,” suggested Trump is at fault for Hurricane Florence, and that his climate policies could kill up to 80,000 people per decade. ”

    Is Trump “complicit in this storm?” asked Alisyn Camerota in the segment introduction.

    “His policies have been tearing down our defenses to climate change, which is often a blame for extreme weather,” Avlon answered. “On the same day Trump was discussing Florence, his EPA proposed rolling back restrictions on emissions of methane. That’s just the latest environmental policy targeted by the Trump Administration.”

    Avlon rattled off a series of Obama-era environmental regulations the Trump Administration is rolling back — including pulling out of the Paris climate accord — and then boldly predicted a death toll in the thousands.

    “It is so bad according to two Harvard scientists, it could lead to 80,000 unnecessary deaths every decade,” Avlon said. “Warmer water means more intense storms. When President Trump called Hurricane Florence tremendously wet, he was on to something.”

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  2. Kicked out is not the same as leaving.. Leaving can be willingly. Being fired isn’t.

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    And just say what you mean….

    Democrats 2020!

    That’s the likely outcome and you know it. And you’re OK with that. I really wish you’d just come out of the closet already and just admit you’re a Democrat.

    Sasse can’t win even if he manages to primary Trump. Do that and Trump voters reward your traitorous disloyalty by staying home. Dems get the House, Senate, and White House. I know that’s OK with you globalist RINO shills, but not so much the majority of R voters. R’s lose either way.

    Thankfully the number of NTers drops by the day as Trump continues to do a fantastic job and converts more of your brethren, the ones not fully succumbed to TDS, so maybe we can avoid the treasonous outcomes you so desperately seek. But we know it won’t be for lack of trying on your part. You’re a Democrat’s BFF.

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  3. Hats off to these folks.

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/09/14/florence-videos-firefighters-pray-police-officers-rescue-american-flags-and-the-cajun-navy-at-work/

    “Here’s some of the more powerful videos we’ve come across today on now Tropical Storm Florence…

    Firefighters were seen consoling each other and then praying during a rescue in Wilmington, NC where a mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their home:

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  4. Like I keep saying…..

    Nothing at all to do with Trump.

    No flip, just more flop.

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/09/14/no-flip-just-flop-source-tells-npr-the-manafort-cooperation-agreement-does-not-include-matters-involving-the-trump-campaign/

    “Now that Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with the Feds, journo Yashar Ali warned The Resistance not to get their hopes up as prosecutors might be using the former Trump campaign chair to go after other targets, such as lobbyist Tony Podesta and law firm Skadden Arps:
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    “And a source told NPR that the cooperation agreement “does not include matters involving the Trump campaign”:

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  5. 9:42. Four things may help Sasse beat Trump in the primaries or win a three-way race as an independent:
    1. The results of the 2018 House races will show all that even the socialism and perversion of the Democrats will defeat the dishonesty and idiocy of Trump and his cult.
    2. Trump’s tariffs may eventually start to do real damage to the economy.
    3. Mueller’s report will reveal to all that Trump is a criminal, a moron or both.
    4. As Woodward feared, an actual crisis may reveal that the Oval Office is occupied by an ignorant overgrown child. If the adults have voluntarily left or been fired, it will get ugly.

    The Cult is right in stating that it will not support any intelligent or principled conservative like Sasse. We have already written off the most uneducated of the Cultists. Instead, Sasse will appeal to educated moderate Democrats, businessmen and women who pay taxes and dislike the socialism of Sanders even as they are repulsed by the dishonest stupidity of Trump.

    Conservatives figured out in 2016 that we don’t want to be in a party with Trumpkins. We either need to take back the Republican Party or form a new party. The Trumpkins can still support Dear Leader. When he is gone, they can vote for Junior, Ivanka, Hannity, or Alex Jones.

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  6. You keep talking Ricky, but all I hear is……

    Waaaaaaaah….. waaaaaaaah…… 😭

    Constant crying.

    You haven’t been right yet, about any of it. All your accusations against the man have been shown to be false. You seem to never tire of being wrong, fall for any nonsense that you think might make Trump look bad, and you always come down on the wrong side. Hence, the constant crying I guess….

    There, there…. 🤧

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  7. Here’s the reason we don’t worry much about the Revenge of the Trumpkins. The uneducated are extremely fickle. If you don’t believe that, consider the 9 million Trump voters who also voted for Obama. They may be mad at Sasse and conservatives for a few days if Sasse beats Dear Leader, but then they will move on to that new tattoo or reenrollment at Trump University.

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  8. consider the 9 million Trump voters who also voted for Obama

    This kind of thing happens like literally every election in the last 80 years. The most it does, and all it does, is speak to how stupid and unprincipled the American electorate is.

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  9. Sad and pathetic. Such are the never-Trumpers….

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/sad_and_pathetic_delusional_bill_kristol_prepares_war_machine_to_challenge_trump_for_2020_gop_nomination.html

    “Sad and pathetic: Delusional Bill Kristol prepares ‘war machine’ to challenge Trump for 2020 GOP nomination”

    “Swamp fever has taken a toll on a number of DC-dwelling conservative pundits and driven them mad. They seem to be competing with each other to see who can bark at the moon loudest. There’s Jennifer Rubin, who has excoriated Trump for taking positions that she previously advocated. There’s George Will, who wished for a 50 state sweep for corrupt Hillary Clinton. But making a strong move to capture leadership of this cohort is Bill Kristol, who still fancies himself a kingmaker, despite the ignominious defeat of his second-choice Trump challenger Evan McMullin after first choice David French bowed out.

    Recall that Kristol’s deep-think strategy was to have McMullin win the votes of (presumably straight-laced) Utah voters who shared McMullin’s Mormon faith, and thereby deny the “short-fingered vulgarian” Trump the electoral votes of the Beehive State, which Kristol theorized might swing the election to Hillary.

    Undeterred by playing the fool in 2016, Kristol is, in the memorable words of Lieutenant General Honore, “stuck on stupid” and looking for a new patsy candidate to mobilize the inevitable defeat of Trump in the GOP nomination contest. Like cargo cultists building a model of a runway in New Guinea for the airplanes air dropping supplies, Kristol thinks he can create a ‘war machine’ that will prevail over a sitting president with 90% approval from Republicans.

    Joe Concha of The Hill manages to report this announced effort without even using the expressing ”LOL.”

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  10. Horrifying. They’re starting similar things–surveillance cameras in Beijing churches, but so far the churches are not buckling. We should be praying for all believers in China.

    Some of the comments were interesting. If the Muslim leaders in Saudi and Palestine were so concerned about Muslims, should they be focusing their attention on China and not the US?

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  11. Douthat has a lot of data in this week’s column. The bottom line is that a candidate like Sasse will have strong appeal to churchgoing conservatives. He will need to decide if it is possible to make that appeal within the Republican Party or whether churchgoing conservatives need a new party.

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  12. Interesting data from the article:

    But in general, churchgoing Republicans look more like the party many elite conservatives wanted to believe existed before Trump came along — more racially-tolerant, more accepting of multiculturalism and globalization, and also more consistently libertarian on economics. Secularized Trump voters look more like the party as Trump has tried to remake it, blending an inchoate economic populism with strong racial resentments.

    Interestingly in the survey the different groups make about the same amount of money, which cuts against strict economic-anxiety explanations for Trumpism. But the churchgoers and nonchurchgoers differ more in social capital: The irreligious are less likely to have college degrees, less likely to be married and more likely to be divorced; they’re also less civically engaged, less satisfied with their neighborhoods and communities, and less trusting and optimistic in general.

    This seems to support the argument, advanced by Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner among others, that support for populism correlates with a kind of communal breakdown, in which secularization is one variable among many leaving people feeling isolated and angry, and drawing them to the ersatz solidarity of white identity politics.

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  13. The conclusion deals with the Faustian bargain:

    Meanwhile frequent church attenders, already a minority within the wider society, are also a minority within the Republican coalition. Relatively few Republicans are explicitly religiously unaffiliated (though that number has been climbing too), but only about a third of Trump’s 2016 voters are in church on a typical Sunday, and almost half attend seldom or not at all.

    This suggests a possibility that should worry both Trump’s religious supporters and anyone who finds his style of conservatism racially toxic. Despite their resistance to that toxicity, the churchgoers in this survey did vote for him, making a pragmatic bet that his policies on abortion and religious liberty were worth living with his Caligulan personal life and racial demagoguery. To defend that bet, some historically-inclined believers have cited past cases where Christians accepted bargains with a not-particularly moral leaders — including the way the early church accepted the patronage of Roman emperors, from Constantine onward, whose personal piety was limited at best.

    But the Constantinian bet involved a rising religion allying with a worldly power to accelerate its growth and gains. The bet under Trump involves the reverse sort of situation: A Christian community trying to make the best of its decline, and allying with a leader whose core appeal depends upon and possibly furthers the de-Christianization of conservatism.

    Such a bet might be understandable as an act of desperation. But it’s hard to see how it can reverse de-Christianization, and easy to see how it might accelerate it. Which, on the evidence of this survey, is something that secular liberals should fear as well.

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  14. For the rule of law?….

    👉 and 😆 time again.

    And yet you support the deep state coup attempt, the overthrow of a duly elected president, and support an actual cultist. You guys are just makin’ it up as you go along. But at least you got a catchy slogan now. A sure winner.

    Bwahahahaha! 🤣

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  15. Woodward says……..

    No collusion.

    Let the crying and gnashing of teeth begin!

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/woodward_no_evidence_of_trumprussia_collusion.html

    “What’s going to happen when Mueller’s final report doesn’t recommend indicting Trump for collusion?

    In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Watergate reporter and recent author of the Trump book “Fear,” said that in his two years investigating the president, he found no evidence of collusion – none.

    RealClearPolitics:

    In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Friday, Bob Woodward said that in his two years of investigating for his new book, ‘Fear,’ he found no evidence of collusion or espionage between Trump and Russia. Woodward said he looked for it “hard” and yet turned up nothing.

    “So let’s set aside the Comey firing, which as a Constitutional law professor, no one will ever persuade me can be obstruction. And Rod Rosenstein has laid out reasons why even if those weren’t the president’s reasons. Set aside the Comey firing. Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?” Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward.

    “I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard,” Woodward answered. “And so you know, there we are. We’re going to see what Mueller has, and Dowd may be right. He has something that Dowd and the president don’t know about, a secret witness or somebody who has changed their testimony. As you know, that often happens, and that can break open or turn a case.”

    “But you’ve seen no collusion?” Hewitt asked again to confirm.

    “I have not,” Woodward affirmed.

    Hewitt would once again ask Woodward about collusion at the conclusion of the interview.

    “Very last question, Bob Woodward, I just want to confirm, at the end of two years of writing this book, this intensive effort, you saw no effort, you, personally, had no evidence of collusion or espionage by the president presented to you?” Hewitt asked.

    “That is correct,” Woodward said.

    Mueller has never said that the president is a target in his investigation. There is no witness who has come forward with any testimony or evidence of Trump colluding with Russia. There has been no leak from the special counsel’s office that suggests collusion. No congressman or senator on the intelligence committees has said there is any evidence of collusion. There has been no leak from congress that would point to collusion.

    Why then, the gleeful celebrations every time a Trump crony pleads guilty and is promised immunity? The plea deal made by Paul Manafort in exchange for his testimony illustrates this point. Trump is “cornered.” He’s “nervous.” He’s losing his grip. Manafort, or some other aide will “bring Trump down.””
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    Here’s the RCP link too.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/09/14/woodward_no_evidence_of_collusion_between_trump_and_russia_i_searched_for_two_years.html

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  16. And this will be fun…..

    For some of us. For the others, crying and gnashing of teeth. More is coming.

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/09/15/nunes-declassify-fisa-trump/

    “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said this week that Democrats and the media are likely to be “frightened” by the information contained in Trump-Russia documents that Republicans are asking President Trump to declassify.

    Speaking at an event hosted by the Center for Security Policy on Thursday, Nunes said that Trump is close to declassifying portions of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    On July 21, the Justice Department released heavily redacted versions of four FISA warrants granted against Page from Oct. 2016 through June 2017.”
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    ““In the course of the Committee’s investigation, we have uncovered irregularities with the process by which DOJ and FBI obtained information and sought and renewed three times a warrant pursuant to FISA on U.S citizen Carter Page,” the letter reads.

    Nunes, a close ally of Trump’s, noted that Democrats and media pundits claimed after the initial release of the FISAs that “the really bad stuff about the Trump campaign was buried in the redactions.”

    “And I said, you know what, you might be right. We should declassify the whole thing,” Nunes said Thursday, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

    Nunes asserted that Trump’s critics have backed away from that argument out of fear that the rest of the FISA application will be damaging to the FBI and the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.

    “And you know why? Because I think they’re going to be frightened by what you see,” Nunes said of Democrats and the press.

    Nunes’ comments echo remarks he made in an interview on Fox News on July 29.

    “We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what’s in that FISA application,” Nunes told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo.”

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  17. We’re Trumpkins, DJ, so no one expects us to be consistent. But no, I don’t care for Woodward. He’ an antiTrump fear monger, and a secret FBI asset. Not cool in my opinion.
    Debra :–)

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  18. No, I still think he’s a Dem shill. But since Ricky (and you?) puts so much stock in what he says, I thought he might listen to reason from someone he likes.

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  19. Michelle,

    I’d argue it’s the same thing they do to Trump on a daily basis. Kavanaugh isn’t the only victim of this. Anyone with an R after their name has this problem.

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