35 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-17-18

  1. Gettin’ ready to shut it down, and without ever coming close to his target.


    “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

    Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.

    The question of timing is critical. Mueller’s work won’t be concluded ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when Democrats hope to take control of the House and end Trump’s one-party hold on Washington.

    But this timeline also raises questions about the future of the probe itself. Trump has signaled he may replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the election, a move that could bring in a new boss for Mueller. Rosenstein also might resign or be fired by Trump after the election.

    Rosenstein has made it clear that he wants Mueller to wrap up the investigation as expeditiously as possible, another U.S. official said. The officials gave no indications about the details of Mueller’s conclusions. Mueller’s office declined to comment for this story.”

    Because he has nothing. You can bet if he did, he’d spill it before the midterms.


  2. Who has the most competitive economy in the world for the first time in a decade?

    We do.

    Thanks Trump! 🙂


    “U.S. Is World’s Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade”

    “The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum, which said the country could still do better on social issues.

    America climbed one place in the rankings of 140 countries, with the top five rounded out by Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. All five countries’ scores rose from 2017, with the U.S. notching the second-biggest gain after Japan’s.

    The top spot hasn’t gone to the U.S. since the financial crisis stalled output and triggered a global economic slowdown.”


  3. The new Cold War.

    “It is better to be a conservative realist and nationalist than to be a utopian internationalist and be slapped in the face by reality.”


    “Vice President Mike Pence recently laid out an aggressive new Trump administration policy on China, which could be heralded as a new cold war with China. In a long speech at the Hudson Institute, Pence said: “China’s aggression was on display this week, when a Chinese naval vessel came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur as it conducted freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, forcing our ship to quickly maneuver to avoid collision. Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows and our national interests demand.”

    The speech was one of the strongest by any American leader in the last decade, and included evidence that the Chinese state was manipulating and subverting the American system.

    “America had hoped that economic liberalization would bring China into greater partnership with us and with the world,” he said. “Instead, China has chosen economic aggression, which has, in turn, emboldened its growing military.”

    That was not all. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has taken up the cause of human rights in China, reflecting an increasingly bipartisan consensus among American policymakers that China isn’t liberalizing anytime soon, but is actually turning the clock back. The Wall Street Journal this week reported the American strategic community has lost its patience with repeated Chinese spying, harassment, and hacking.

    “At the Pentagon, military brass have historically sought a relationship with their Chinese counterparts that would survive political mood swings,” the WSJ reported. “Even there, senior officials say they have reached their limit.”

    The report added that Gen. John Kelly and Gen. Joseph Dunford came back from trips to China disillusioned and hardened about the reality the United States faces. In one instance, Kelly was in an actual physical struggle, when one overenthusiastic Chinese security attaché tried to grab the American president’s nuclear football.

    Is China a Threat?

    So, how big a threat is China? And if this is a cold war, how is it similar, or different, from the last one? Who are the prime geopolitical actors this time, and what is the American endgame? What are we getting into?

    As Reihan Salam wrote in The Atlantic, “To cosmopolitan liberals, it is Russia that serves as America’s chief geopolitical adversary. … Nationalist conservatives see rising Chinese power as the far graver threat to American interests.”

    For foreign policy liberals, human rights matter more than hard power. Russia, as a conservative society with a masculine culture and virulently anti-LGBT and anti-feminist politics, is the natural antithesis to a values- and rights-oriented liberal world order. Conservatives, and especially foreign policy realists, on the other hand, are more hard-nosed about power politics. To them, China — with its second-largest economy, second-largest defense budget, the largest growing military bases, an ever-assertive blue water Navy, and salami-slicing tactics in Asia — remains the far bigger threat.

    That is also close to the assessment of the American strategic community. Russia, for all its “sphere of influence” politics and delusions of grandeur, is a declining power, with a mono-industrial and static economy, demographics in perpetual decline, and stagnated innovation. It has power and a will to commit mischief, even to get into short proxy wars in the neighborhood, but there are no threats of Russian tanks running through Belgian or Polish meadows.”


  4. Take note…….


    “Minorities, take note: The Trump economy is working for us

    There’s a lot at stake in the upcoming election for all Americans, minorities like me included.

    The Trump economy has expanded economic growth, broadening opportunities for investors, minority communities, small businesses, and corporations. Business sentiment is up, profits have risen, and wages have increased. The American people’s confidence has been restored.

    Despite the recent market corrections, which are normal and expected, we are still ahead in the year to date by 4-5% in the major indexes. The economy is clearly in terrific shape, and people are making money.

    President Trump’s policies have been a good thing for all in American society, whites and non-whites included.

    This period of economic expansion – which has brought the U.S. unemployment rate down to 3.7% – must be allowed to continue. This unique time has seen unemployment for different minority communities fall to levels not seen in decades.

    Additionally, blue-collar workers have been hired at the highest rate in over 30 years.

    Support for President Trump’s business-friendly policies mustn’t let up. We can’t have them derailed in next month’s election.”

    Trump 2020


  5. Yet another scandal the press ignores, and both sides of the aisle want to cover up.


    “After spending a year digging into the Democrats’ covered up I.T. scandal in Congress, I happen to know there is a lot here that Americans aren’t being allowed to know. If all this group of I.T. administrators from Pakistan did in Congress doesn’t get out, then much of our freedom, which is wrapped up in this story, will be impacted.

    The cover-up has been so effective that this isn’t happening. Imran Awan, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)’s I.T. aide, got off without jail time or restitution on only bank fraud charges. Congress got off without paying the price for possible corruption and for allowing a spy ring to run free in Congress. We can’t even be sure that Congress has made the necessary reforms to stop another spy ring from infiltrating and spying on Congress and thereby using stolen data to blackmail a congressman, influence a vote, or just know where members of Congress stand on various pieces of legislation, all of which can impact us.

    Emails and other data also could be used by a foreign intelligence service, such as Pakistan’s ISI, to see where our representatives stand on funding being allocated to a given country or on other issues – and, according to sources, that is exactly what likely occurred in this case.

    Some sources, most notably current I.T. aides who work for congressmen, have told me that security protocols have been tightened and that they don’t think other I.T. aides will be able to get in the door again without first passing background checks. Nevertheless, Capitol Police won’t confirm this or even answer if the laptop they’d found and held as evidence – the one Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of Capitol Police with “consequences” over if it wasn’t returned promptly – has now been given back to Wasserman Schultz.

    The government has conveniently managed this cover-up to protect itself.

    Just imagine what might come out if the 44 House members who’d employed Imran Awan or one of his associates had to testify in public hearings – something Republican House leadership opted not to have.

    What might come out if a real investigation took place and if charges were filed for the computer equipment missing from congressional offices – some of which was found in at least one home Awan rented? What if an ethics investigation did take place to find out why Wasserman Schultz kept paying Awan even after he’d been booted off the House network for giving false data (an image of a fake server) to Capitol Police?

    Might we find out if some of these members of Congress used the slush fund to pay off staffers who’d accused them of sexual harassment? Might we find even worse things?

    To keep all they’re hiding from coming out, the investigations done by the FBI, Capitol Police, and the House inspector general were largely smothered and then covered up with a sweetheart plea deal agreement that very provably is based on misinformation.

    Anyone who reads the FBI affidavit used to indict Imran Awan can plainly see that even a prosecutor working on his first case wouldn’t have had any trouble getting a conviction for the bank fraud charges. Yet the Department of Justice opted to plead the crimes down to one count of making one false statement on a home equity loan application.

    The plea deal agreement even stipulated that Awan “will not be charged” for any other nonviolent crime he had already disclosed to the DoJ – just what he disclosed, the DoJ won’t say.

    Just like that, the DoJ tried to make this case go away.

    Oddly, this plea deal agreement says “the Government has found no evidence that your client [Imran Awan] illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members’ offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information.”

    There is a lot of evidence showing otherwise. Some of the missing House devices were found in a garage by a tenant of Imran’s (Andre Taggart). Also, $120,000’s worth of equipment had been written off from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)’s office. Even a House I.G. report shows that the Awans were copying and illegally accessing data from the congressmen they worked for.”

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  7. A review of Sasse’s book:

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  8. Another review and an endorsement for Sasse:

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  9. What happened yesterday in the White House:


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  11. So what’s Sassy’s plan for dealing and healing from this?


    “In a sign of how heated the fall campaign has become, two Minnesota Republicans say they were attacked and punched in separate incidents over the weekend.

    State Representative Sarah Anderson of Plymouth said she had confronted a man for kicking her campaign sign when he charged at her. First-time candidate Shane Mekeland of Becker said he suffered a concussion after a man punched him in the face at a Benton County restaurant.

    Plymouth Police and the Benton County Sheriff said they had opened investigations into the incidents. Both candidates said they were stunned by their assailants.

    “The idea that they will physically attack me, that is un-Minnesotan, that is not how we operate, and that’s not how we solve problems in the state,” Anderson said.”


  12. Faux outrage.



  13. More fake news….



  14. How fake news spreads among the parroting class of pundits.



  15. See. Easy peasy.

    It turns out you can get South American countries to do something about the flood of illegals, you just need the proper motivation.

    First, the motivation.



  16. And second, the results…….


    “President Trump meant business when he issued a strong warning to Honduran President Hernandez Tuesday over the migrant caravan marching northbound to United States.

    So far, the President’s warning seems to be working because the organizer of the caravan, Bartolo Fuentes was detained in Guatemala Tuesday.

    Guatemalan police officers detained Bartolo Fuentes, a former Honduran lawmaker, from the middle of the large crowd that he and three other organizers had led from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, since Saturday, Reuters reported.

    Fuentes is reportedly being deported back to Honduras according to the Honduran security minister.

    The migrant caravan has splintered into smaller groups in order to be able to pass through Guatemala undetected, however; according to authorities many of the migrants turned around and headed back to Honduras.”


  17. Look at that. The book isn’t even out yet and Sassy’s getting flak for his blatant hypocrisy.

    Trump 2020



  18. Hannity calls him on it too.


    “Anti-Trump crusader and Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse set his sights on Sean Hannity this week; accusing him of “grotesque distortions” in his new book while failing to disclose countless interviews where the Republican widely-agreed with the Fox News host.

    According to recently released excerpts from Sasse’s latest cash-grab, the Senator lashes-out at Hannity for a full twenty pages; saying he doesn’t “promote a particular conservative agenda, or to encourage American patriotism, or even to offer coherent arguments against liberalism. His core cause is to rage.”

    “Liberals are evil, you’re a victim, and you should be furious,” he adds.

    Sasse conveniently forgets to inform his readers of countless interviews and conversations where he vehemently agreed with Hannity’s “rage” when politically convenient for the Nebraska lawmaker.”


    Hannity then includes an audio file of all the time Sassy played yes man to everything Hannity had to say.


  19. Hannity’s critique there doesn’t make sense. It’s the kind of eye-roll inducing logic we see from the resident Trump hater here when he says you can’t agree with someone on one point because you *dis*agree with him on some different point. So Sasse agrees with Hannity on some stuff. Does it necessarily follow that Sasse can’t be correct that Hannity distorts facts regarding *other* stuff?


  20. So?

    The Russians were anti-Hillary, not pro-Trump. That didn’t change until he was the R nominee, and would have regardless of who the nominee was.

    So your point is what exactly?

    “The Russian tweets around the 2016 presidential election showed distinct patterns when it came to Clinton and Trump, according to researchers at the non-partisan Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which has been scouring the data since late last week.

    While the Clinton animus was clear from the start, it took the IRA a while to settle on its Trump strategy, as the Republican primary played out.

    “Literally from the day Clinton announced her candidacy they were attacking her,” Ben Nimmo, an information defense fellow at the lab, told POLITICO. “But on the Republican side, in the early days, they seemed to be backing more than one horse.”


    And I’d trust the influence peddlers Atlantic Council’s take on it about as much as I’d trust yours’ Ricky, which ain’t much at all.

    Non-partisan? Please….. 🙄

    “The Atlantic Council, which has seen its annual revenue grow to $21 million from $2 million in the last decade, offers access to United States and foreign government officials in exchange for contributions. Individual donors, like FedEx, have also helped fund specific reports that align with their agendas.”


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  22. And on that note as well Cheryl…….

    Then Trump is not the enemy either, because like Sasse, he claims to be a brother too. He’s not the enemy either, but yet Ricky treats him like Satan’s favorite son on a daily basis here.

    But either way, it still wouldn’t make Trump immune to criticism either, not even Ricky’s rhetorical vomit.. Being a believer does not shield you from criticism for the job you do at work, or when you’re acting disloyal to the president and party.

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  23. Another Resistance member goes down.



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  25. Do people still believe that a crucial element of being a Christian is confessing one’s sins and asking God for forgiveness? It is one thing to judge a person based on his behavior. It is another thing to reach a conclusion when a person openly rejects basic tenets of the faith.


  26. It has been a little rainy here in Texas. This was filmed on one of our lakes. My wife’s comment was: So was the guy a hunter or a fisherman?


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