30 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-8-18

  1. As countries re-accustom themselves to the decrease of extreme globalism and America’s re-establishment of national borders, there will be some internal destabilization around the world. Our economy seems to be doing well, but the same cannot be said for our most favored communist trading partner. While US unemployment is dropping (to record lows in some places), China’s unemployment rate is rising. And the speech VP Pence gave to the Hudson Institute, which is largely ignored here, is apparently being taken very seriously in China, as it should be.


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  2. So who was paying him?


    “REPORT: The Dem Staffer Arrested For Doxxing Republican Senators WASN’T An Intern
    Paid by an “outside institution.”

    “A Democratic staffer arrested last week on charges that he revealed the personal information of several Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members was not an “intern” for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), as originally reported. The 27-year-old career staffer, Jackson Cosko, was, instead, reportedly a “fellow” paid by an “outside institution” who served as a primary adviser in Lee’s Congressional office.

    According to the Tennessee Star, “[w]hile [Lee] claims Cosko was an ‘unpaid intern’ in her office, the Washington Post reports that Cosko was actually a ‘fellow.’ This was confirmed by Cosko’s lawyer, who said his client was a ‘fellow’ in Jackson-Lee’s office and that he was being paid by an ‘outside institution.'”

    The “outside institution” has yet to be named, but the position of “fellow” is much different from that of “intern.” According to correspondence from Lee’s office, Cosko was routinely trusted to advise Lee and communicate with other members of Congress, specifically those co-sponsoring Lee’s bills.

    As the Tennessee Star points out, that raises questions: “It seems clear Cosko isn’t some unlucky and overzealous intern who got caught being a naughty boy. Rather, it seems Cosko might be a Democratic operative, paid by an outside organization, planted in an unpopular congresswoman’s office possibly so he could engage in exactly the type of behavior that just got him arrested.””


    More victims.


    “Several family members of Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner have had their names and home addresses made public, and Gardner’s wife has received a “gruesome” video of a beheading.

    A spokesman for Gardner has confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that his family has been doxxed and graphic footage of a beheading was sent via text message to his wife. The Colorado senator — who has invoked furor from liberal activists for voting in favor of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — first revealed the doxxing to Fox News.”

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  3. We aren’t responsible for China.
    After WW II, we felt responsible for the rest of the world.
    We realized that WW II was the result of the impossible burdens put on Germany after WW I and wanted to avoid that. Hence, the Marshall Plan.
    It worked.
    But we never got away from favoring other nations at the expense of our won workforce.
    We have become a nation of shopkeepers. Our real substantial, military power is minimal and we are no longer the “great nation” we were.

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  4. How do you deal with angry protesters screaming at you and flipping you off?

    Smile and wave. 🙂


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  5. Huh.

    And yet I’d been assured these people didn’t want work, just a handout. I guess that was wrong.


    “Disabled Americans are going back to work at a better pace than those with no disabilities, another sign that the Trump economy is opening up the job market.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report released Friday said that a higher ratio of those with disabilities gained jobs than those without them

    “The employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 30.4 percent in September 2017 to 31.4 percent in September 2018 (up 3.3 percent or 1 percentage point). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also increased from 73.8 percent in September 2017 to 74.0 percent in September 2018 (up 0.3 percent or 0.2 percentage points),” said BLS.”



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  6. I’ve just started reading a very thick book called The Deluge by Adam Tooze.

    A British historian, his argument is the US became a superpower at the end of WWI because we were the only nation that had any money as most of the countries of Europe owed us vast sums. We were well on our way in 1918 to take over the British as having the finest Navy in the world.

    Despite the stupidity of so much, we still have the mightiest Navy in the world and in all of history.

    It’s awfully tired right now, as are our soldiers and sailors.

    My husband points out war is the destruction of wealth. At the turn of the last century, most of the major countries in Europe were wealthier than they had ever been. Life was good.

    And then they threw it all away and destroyed, destroyed and destroyed.

    Tragic–and yes, it led to WWII.

    Interestingly, when we were in Berlin last spring, we spent hours in the German history museum–which in actuality is the history of middle Europe.

    I was very curious as to how the museum would explain WWII, but the museum was so exhaustive, my companions demanded we go to lunch by the time I reached that section of the museum.

    I read fast.

    The Germans really should have won WWI, but they were starving by the end of the war. The naval blockade enabled the US to get to France and push the Allies to victory. But at great expense (see above).

    The German civilians had no idea their sacrifices were in vain and were shocked and devasted when the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.

    Immediately thereafter, rumors spread that someone must have sabotaged the nation.

    Communist and socialists had infiltrated most of the nations by that point (Britain itself nearly went the way of Russia). All the kings had been overturned except England’s.

    Guess who was fingered as the traitors as early as 1919 in Germany?

    Hitler’s hatred of the Jews fed on that rumor the Jews had sabotaged German during WWI.

    Germany, of course, probably could have won WWII if they had not spent so much time, manpower and money trying to annihilate the Jews. 😦

    The Hamans of the world never learn, do they?

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  7. The deescalation efforts continue.


    “While the American press has been singularly focused on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s youth and the specialty cocktails he enjoyed while boofing, there have been intriguing news developments elsewhere.

    For example, it seems the Korean peninsula peace process is continuing apace, after its start with the Singapore Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un. Troops from North and South Korea have started removing landmines buried in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the countries.

    South Korean army engineers and demining equipment were deployed Monday to the heavily fortified Joint Security Area in the village of Panmunjom and to the other frontline area called “Arrow Head Hill,” where hundreds of soldiers were killed during the Korean War. Panmunjom is one of the most famous sites in the Demilitarized Zone and is where the armistice was signed in 1953 to end the Korean War.

    The move was agreed upon during a meeting last month in Pyongyang by the leaders of the two Koreas, Kim Jong Un in the North and Moon Jae-in in the South. It also comes as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit North Korea’s capital this month to try to set up a second summit between Kim and President Trump.

    The deal also provides for removal of guard posts and weapons from the Joint Security Area (JSA) which is slated to follow the removal of the mines, with the troops remaining there to be left unarmed. The JSA is the only area along the DMZ where troops from both Koreas are face to face.

    South Korean troops have gradually taken over most operations along their side of the border but international forces under the U.S.-led United Nations Command retain major roles, especially at the JSA, where an American commander and a South Korean deputy lead the security battalion.

    UNC spokesman Colonel Chad Carroll declined to confirm if the command would also withdraw any weapons from the JSA, but said American forces would provide support for the demining operation.

    “United States Forces Korea will perform a support role – to include having air medical evacuation assets available to respond within minutes of any potential medical emergencies,” he told Reuters in a statement.

    It appears, then, there is plenty of reason for optimism as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit Pyongyang this weekend. Pompeo is hoping to begin building a path to North Korea’s denuclearization.”

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  8. Michelle, as I said a couple of times before. WW I was a mistake.
    The Germans activated Der Schliffen Plan and moved into Belgaum when they shouldn’t have. That war would not have happened under Bismarck
    But it was the turning point in world history.

    Not directly related, but every time I go on-line, I see something about turmoil with the British royalty. I don’t read it because I don’t care.
    But, I mentioned this a couple of times before: When I was a kid, at the movies, they used to have news reels and side clips.
    One of those clops was about Nostradamus, the prophet. I thought nothing of it at the time, but remembered one of his prophesies.
    He said, “England will be a great nation from Elizabeth to Elizabeth”.

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  9. I asked my favorite historian if the British Century began with Trafalgar or Waterloo. His answer meant that the British Century and the American Century each lasted almost exactly 100 years.

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  10. The lady with the man’s hair style says Trump is dividing the nation.
    The nation is, indeed, divided.
    I think it was Obama who successfully divided it.
    Not Clinton, Obama.
    With Clinton, it was about power and money.
    Obama wanted to fundamentally change America.
    This is the payoff.
    Trump wants to make America great again.
    I would like to see America come together again.
    Americans used to argue politics over their coffee or beer and go home friends.
    I would like to see that again.
    I doubt it will ever happen.

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  11. Taking a longer view, I think where we are as a nation is all part of a trajectory that began many years ago, probably in the 1960s/1970s. We’ve been heading toward this point of deep, partisan division for a long time.

    It’s hard to believe how it could get much worse. But it probably can. 😦

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  12. The division, of course, has been fueled and quickened by the technology that’s exploded onto the culture in the past 20 years, especially the advent of the Internet, both a blessing and a curse.

    It’s almost time for the now seasonal articles to come out telling people how to get through Thanksgiving dinner with their family members who are on the other side of the political divide …

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  13. Donna @ 11:10. Correct. Historians will say it happened with FDR. He made the country think the government owed the something.
    Other presidents before him tried that, but they didn’t have the microphone and talent.

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  14. Historians with no axe to grind generally point to the German invasion of the USSR as the turning point with the secondary error of declaring war on the US. Germany could’ve won but that opportunity was present only prior to the Soviet invasion.

    I’ve always had a strong affinity for the English Revolution but lately I’ve also prized the European Enlightenment as a whole. Politically that means an appreciation of the entire political spectrum except for the far right which is both pre-enlightenment and reactionary so I have no problem concurring with Thatcherite Niall Ferguson “if not America then who” there really isn’t another Enlightenment alternative. I also agree with another right wing thinker Steven Pinker that we must protect Enlightenment values. We differ on how to protect and the specifics of these values. I bring this up because the Enlightenment has been in charge since the mid 17th century….and hopefully the demise of its empire doesn’t recede even if America does.

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  15. War is waste of a nation’s wealth as is the overpreparation for war. Often war will hasten the demise of a great power….WWI provides multiple examples. American military spending is enormously wasteful yet even when the military cries enough Congress keeps spending money better spent elsewhere.

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  16. WooHoo! Just heard great news on the radio driving to work today. The new VW seven passenger vehicle made here is apparently selling better tgan expected. VW will be hiring 1000 new workers and adding a 3rd shift in Chattanooga. Hiring will continue through the end of the year and into the first part of 2019.

    Nope, not tired of winning yet.

    Debra :–)

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  17. American isn’t divided or at least no more than most nations. There’s an urban/rural split but that’s true for every nation. And like any nation, the overvalue of the rural vote will produce strain. However if you ask Americans specific questions on policy there’s surprising agreement esp given the large geography.

    The current strain is mostly the last gasp of aging white males. Through gerrymandering and the non democratic nature of the senate and electoral college, they’ve managed to hold onto power but eventually they will be overwhelmed.

    Politically the Democrats have won the popular vote in all but two presidential elections since Reagan. Remove the gerrymandering and the Democrat s would have a narrow majority in the house. The only reason the Republican party is relevant is the undemocratic bodies and the midterms.

    Economically, Reagan destroyed the middle class and created the present class divisions. Don’t blame FDR. He implemented policies popular on both sides of the spectrum. Bismarck the old school aristocrat started the first pension and unemployment schemes. And these policies are still popular on the European right. An economic policy division did not begin until Reagan /Thatcher.

    The cultural divisions many think exist are merely the last gasps of romanticism and pre Enlightenment ideas against the steady march of the Enlightenment which praises individualism over community and organic order.


  18. When implementing an economic framework, a bureaucracy is created whether it be free trade or tariffs. The question should always be for whom are we creating this framework; the rich, the poor, the people, inefficient manufacturers etc. Unfortunately I don’t think there is a coherent answer from both Washington or Ottawa.

    Economists are debating the origin and nature of the present economy. I see it as a continuation of economic growth since 2010 with the rise in employment as always rising lagging slight behind growth. Of course, seeking to be relevant economists debate the effect of tax cuts and the appearance of inflation.

    Tax cuts at this point are useless….companies issue stock dividends rather than reinvest. The govt is better off spending the money on infrastructure and keeping the deficit manageable. Inflation was the constant drumbeat of economists during the Obama recovery. Since most economists are Republican, we don’t hear the accusation of an inflationary fuelled growth. But the longer the period of growth (now at year 8) continues the more inflation becomes a factor.

    Car loans have become the new mortgage. Many loans are offered at negligible fixed rates. Once interest rates respond to inflation fears (and they already have), we may see an other auto crisis as its the manufacturers who will eat the loss not the consumers.

    A bubble which may break as interest rates rise is student loans. And its consumers which will eat this not banks unless rules change.

    Just some clouds to ruin a sunny economy. Trump has been lucky so far….and if he loses in 2020, may escape any blame for the next economic slowdown if he’s lucky. However, I don’t see an economic cycle last 10 years unless we change/tighten regulations.


  19. oh yeah for sure it’ll be great when the gasping “strain” of the aging white male gives way to an enlightened progressive order like this


  20. Chas, I have known a couple of Christian women with man-styled hairdos. One couldn’t grow her hair and was going bald by 50. The other one, I’m not sure the reason, but I know she had had cancer in the past–but she was very conservative. She died this year, but was past 90. I’ve known her since 1993, and her hair was barber-shop short since before that.


  21. My best friend is quite conservative, too, and wears her hair very short because that is her (also-conservative-) husband’s preference. I saw a wedding picture of her, and her hair extended close to halfway down her back. The next day she got it cut short short, and in the over-30 years since her wedding, has always kept it that way.


  22. I had a coworker, a reporter, at my last paper who looked good with long, medium and boy-short hair which is rare. Usually women can carry off one length/style that suits them — but the lucky ones can do anything, chop it all off or let it grow to their waist, and they always look cute.


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