32 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-20-18

  1. Make them answer for it.


    “Conservative political action group Judicial Watch announced Friday that it has filed a complaint to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals against the lawyers who represented Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

    The government watchdog says that lawyers Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich “violat[ed] the rules of professional responsibility” in their representation of Ford in her testimony against then-Supreme Court Kavanaugh by failing to inform her that the Senate Judiciary Committee had offered to meet her at the place of her choosing and hear her testimony in private rather than having to fly across the country and go through the pain of a public testimony.

    The group argues that this violates the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct:

    Rule l.4(a) – A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

    Rule 1.4(b) – A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

    Judicial Watch’s complaint comes a little over two weeks after an Oct. 2 letter by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggesting that by failing to inform Ford of the committee’s offer, her legal team might have violated the bar association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which “require a lawyer to consult with his or her client about the means to be used to accomplish the client’s objectives—including informing the client of settlement offers.””


  2. Talk about a major narrative fail…..


    “New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur said California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff “won’t even get on the phone” with him after Schiff accused MacArthur of calling his Korean-American opponent “not one of us.”

    MacArthur has two children adopted from South Korea.

    “Adam Schiff thinks he’ll get power by stoking fear, division and anger in this country,” MacArthur told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “His absurd and false tweet that I made a racist comment about my Korean-American opponent overlooks one sort of obvious and for him, rather inconvenient, truth. I’m the father of two children whom Debbie and I adopted from South Korea as babies. I am now the proud ‘Papa’ of my first Korean-American granddaughter.”

    MacArthur had choice words for Schiff, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.”


  3. Fact checking the inaccurate fact checkers.


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  5. I noticed this question came up again last night, so I will repeat the question I asked the other day:

    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.

    Another question:

    It is said that in our political realm, we live in a post-factual age. Is the American “Church” devoid of all doctrine?

    And now a few words in defense of Trump:
    Last year I had a very spiritually mature black woman work for our firm as a temporary legal secretary for a few weeks until we were able to find a permanent hire for a new position. She is a very active layperson at Prestonwood Baptist, a megachurch in Dallas whose pastor is Jack Graham and is close to Graham. Graham is a big supporter of Trump, has met with him on several occasions and was the person who pushed to have Russell Moore fired after the election because of Moore’s criticism of support of Trump from Southern Baptist pulpits.

    One day the secretary and I were discussing Trump and I told her that I had doubts about whether he had ever heard the Gospel. I raised this issue for the following three reasons:
    1. Trump’s clear rejection of the need to acknowledge that he is a sinner with a need for forgiveness.
    2. When Trump was taken to church as a child, it was to hear Norman Vincent Peale who preached the “power of positive thinking”, not the Gospel.
    3. James Dobson had announced that it was Paula White who had “led Trump to the Lord”. White, a twice-married woman “pastor” preaches health and wealth heresy. It is about as likely that she presented the actual Gospel to Trump as it is that Bernie Madoff is now giving sound investment advice to his fellow inmates.

    The secretary said that she had basically the same concern and had pressed Graham on the subject. Graham assured her that he had presented the Gospel to Trump after having similar concerns, but did not give her Trump’s response. I have no reason to believe Graham was lying, but am still not convinced that he was able to present the Gospel to Trump in a manner and place in which Trump was able to distinguish the actual Gospel from the heresies he had heard from Peale and White.

    Perhaps Trump has been told about the need to confess his sins, repent and trust Christ for salvation but rejected that appeal as his public statements on sin, confession and forgiveness indicate. However, I remain unconvinced that anyone has ever explained Biblical repentance to Trump. We still tend to assume that all Americans have heard the Gospel. In a largely “doctrine-free” church, that is clearly not the case.

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  6. Ricky @ 2:26
    We want a Christian to lead our country. No doubt about that. But When we decide to oppose Trump on a spiritual basis, that means we choose Hillary.
    How do we know how she stands? Trump’s Spiritual witnesses is better than hers.
    She was raised a Methodist. Bill used to sing in the choir at a Baptist church.
    Millions decided not to vote for a Mormon for President. We got a Muslim instead.
    And one of the worst presidents we had in recent memory was a born again Baptist.

    There are lots of things to not like about Trump. But he is appointing good men to important positions.
    Except Justice Dept.

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  7. It’s possible that Trump’s mind has not been opened to a real understanding of doctrine regardless to whether it’s been presented or not [I believe it has been]. But all Americans have definitely not heard the Gospel. And many of those who have been exposed to it, have probably heard it as part of the background cacophony of constant advertisement that assails our ears from radio or tv on any given day. Trump appears to have heard and understood more than that.

    However, Trump’s spiritual maturity is not the deciding factor as to whether or not he makes a good leader and President at this time in our history. I’d rather have him in that position with his flawed understanding than the ‘Christian who was so enamored of a virulent anti-Christ, anti-God ‘philosopher’ like Ayn Rand that he promotes her books among his staff. Or a Christian who destabilizes an entire region causing thousands of deaths in a questionable war [and then supports Hillary for president]. Or even a grandfatherly man who substitutes his own desires for that of Congress by illegally funding rebels in South America, while allowing the practice of soothsayers in the White House.

    I’m not saying Ryan or Bush or Reagan are horrible men or not Christians. They’re flawed men, as are we all. They’ve done good and ill. But I don’t think any one of them could have withstood the crushing onslaught Trump has endured from within and outside his own party and in the media. I think he is absolutely the right man for this time; perhaps they all have been.

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  8. My earlier post had nothing to do with whether Trump should be President or is a better President than Hillary or anyone else. It had nothing to do with politics at all. It involved a critique of the theology (or lack thereof) of American Christianity. It had nothing to do with Trump’s spiritual maturity. It had to do with whether he had ever heard the Gospel.

    The first two questions remain unanswered:

    1. Do we still believe that a crucial element of being a Christian is confessing one’s sins and asking God for forgiveness?

    2. Is the American Church devoid of all doctrine?

    To that I would add another:

    3. Can anyone cite anything that Trump (not Jack Graham or Paula White) has ever said or done in his 72 years of life that would give any evidence that he has ever been presented with the actual Gospel?

    Again, please note that your answers to those questions have nothing to do with whether or not Trump should be President or whether a person should have voted for him. As I have said many times, I will never fault anyone for a vote they cast or did not cast in the 2016 election. My questions are an attempt to make us reflect on the state of the theology of the American church.


  9. Probably not the usual political post here, but in regard to Ricky’s points above:


    Christian, What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey


    American evangelicals are “deeply confused” about some core doctrines of the Christian faith—and the fourth-century heretic Arius would be pleased, according to a new survey.

    For the third time, Ligonier Ministries has examined the State of Theology in the United States, conducted by LifeWay Research and based on interviews with 3,000 Americans. The survey, also conducted in 2014 and 2016, offers a detailed look at the favorite heresies of evangelicals and of Americans at large.

    Ligonier wanted to know what Americans “believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible.”

    “Overall, US adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs,” stated the ministry. “For example, a majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that he rose from the dead.

    “However, they rejected the Bible’s teaching on (1) the gravity of man’s sin, (2) the importance of the church’s gathering together for worship, and (3) the Holy Spirit,” stated Ligonier. …

    * More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans disagree that the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation—and 58 percent strongly disagree. Ligonier finds this “alarming.”

    * A majority of US adults (58%) said that worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church. Only 30 percent disagree.

    * A majority of US adults (59%) say that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being.

    Ligonier cites relativism for such a “casual outlook.” In the survey, 6 in 10 Americans agree that “religious belief is a matter of personal opinion [and] not about objective truth”—and 1 in 3 evangelicals (32%) say the same. …

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  10. Ricky….you’re asking about theology? In the American church today? Are you in Colorado? In an era where opinion equals fact you expect rigour and structure in people’s beliefs? “I think, ” “In my opinion…” are often considered valid ways to begin an argument. I spend the majority of my time in language class teaching kids how to write reading responses, opinions, etc using evidence from the text supported by connections yet I still get “I like…” and “I think…” as starting sentences. A habit they carry in adult hood.

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  11. Rush made a good point. I don’t think it originated with him. He’s repeating a question someone asked: i.e.
    Who’s supporting this invasion of Central Americans to the U.S.?
    Who is feeding them?
    Who is providing sanitary facilities?
    These people are not a rowdy mob, they seem to be well organized with a single goal?

    Someone is behind this..


  12. Confession as a Catholic sacrament has an interesting history. Aside from that, I was always taught a confession without a meaningful change in behaviour or reparations is meaningless and forgiveness should not be expected. Whether Trump has confessed to any misdeed is between him and whoever he confessed to but his behaviour hasn’t changed.

    Since Pat Robertson has dismissed the murder of a journslist in favor of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, it appears not only is Trump not hearing the Gospel but the Gospel is being changed after he’s been heard.

    And yes I know Robertson has jumped the shark long ago as a serious evangelical leader but he’s not the only one willing to change for Trumpian expediency. An indication that doctrine, along with facts, is dead and money and feelings rule.

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  13. Chas, My top three guesses would be Fox News, Limbaugh and Trump. It is providing Fox and Rush about 80% of their programming content and Trump his only chance of keeping the House. Fox and Trump tell us about this invasion every year, but somehow the big mob never seems to make it to the US border.


  14. The collapse continues. All the guilty players are taking the 5th, although this one is claiming spousal privilege to avoid telling the truth.


    “Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, claimed spousal privilege on Friday in order to avoid certain questions from House Republicans about the controversial anti-Trump dossier.

    While describing her as cooperative in the voluntary appearance, Republican and Democratic lawmakers told Fox News that Ohr took spousal privilege, which Republicans said did not allow them to get to core questions about the salacious dossier, and how it got into the hands of the FBI.

    Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the research group that commissioned the dossier.

    Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS’ co-founder, earlier this week invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions during a separate Capitol Hill appearance before congressional investigators. Bruce Ohr has previously testified about his contact with Simpson during the 2016 presidential campaign.”


  15. @11:28 Yes. No. No, not other than the claim to be Christian, which would of course require receiving Christ. I do not know how he is doing in his spiritual life. I’m pretty sure no one would wish him to be the poster child for Christian life, but the same time, I’m not going to throw stones. I don’t see what is to be gained from it.

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  16. Our lede:

    ~ And … they’re back.

    After 12 months of talking about it, planning for it and praying for it, the Dodgers will get their do-over. ~


  17. Thanks, Debra. I think you defended the “Trump is a Christian just like Sasse” position as well as it could be defended while maintaining a measure of intellectual honesty.

    I have mentioned before that most of my son’s 29-30 year old friends are now having children. My wife and I met five of these young Texans (age 3 months to 18 months) at a birthday party for one of the Granddads at a Honky-Tonk called the Mule Barn in Justin, Texas last night. That’s right. In Texas, Mamas Can Let Their Babies Go With Them to Honky Tonks.

    My mother (a classic Southern Baptist Puritan of the Old School) would have been very proud of the behavior of our Little Rob (the youngest of the five). The other babies acted as comfortable as if they were in their playpens, but Rob refused to smile and glared wide-eyed at the surroundings the whole night as the loud country music from the 80s blared. He only relaxed a little when I took him to the pool hall in the back room and he could watch men play with balls and sticks (with which he is familiar).

    DJ. Three of the young Dads had batted against Clayton Kershaw in high school and they will be pulling for your Dodgers. A historian friend of mine (and Dodger fan) says Kershaw leads a weekly Bible Study for the team.

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  18. Not fair praying for a sports team.
    I remember, a few years ago, South Carolina was playing Clemson in the baseball world series. Gamecocks were ahead in the 9th. Tigers up. Two were on base, the batter was the winning run. If he could do it. As a guy came up to bat, the camera showed a lady in the stands. obviously the mother of this guy, She bowed her head, obviously in prayer.
    I shouted to the TV NOT FAIR! God shouldn’t intervene in a sporting event.
    What happened was:
    Her son hit the ball. High fly ball. The fielder and first basemen forgot what they learned in high school and both went for the fly-ball that would end the game. They ran into each other, the ball fell at first base and the runner was safe.
    Three on base. But the next guy was out and Gamecocks won. They went on to win the college world series.
    Gamecocks have several world series trophies.

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  19. Both Trumpkins and Democrats are posting so much nonsense about Social Security and Medicare on Facebook that it seems an appropriate time to roll out a “Truth Grenade” and see who squeals the loudest:

    It is such a pretty Sunday afternoon that I feel compelled to touch the “third rail” of American politics on Facebook.

    A few words to Baby Boomers about Social Security and Medicare:

    Both programs are Ponzi schemes. They always were. The Social Security taxes you paid for decades were then paid out to your grandparents and parents. I discovered this in the late 70s and was really irritated. Reagan made several changes in the 80s including raising the retirement age, the payroll tax rates and the maximum amount taxed. This kept the programs solvent for several decades, but they remained Ponzi schemes.

    Here is the good news for you though it would probably be considered bad news by some of your descendants: Politically, there are too many Baby Boomers for the politicians to make any substantive cuts to Social Security. Medicare is in desperate need of reform, but neither Trump nor the Democrats want to take on that project for fear of angering both Baby Boomers and healthcare providers. So you will get the benefits you expect. The politicians will just raise taxes on your children and grandchildren and borrow from other countries to pay for them.

    However, it might be a good idea if your children saved for retirement and took all the steps they could to reduce their late-life healthcare costs. Eventually, there will be a day of reckoning.


  20. Abraham Kuyper:

    “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” …

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  21. After Trump, we all knew this divide existed. The width of the divide is truly stunning.


  22. That’s funny, I’d heard the opposite.

    I guess it depends who you ask.


    “Signs point to hope for Republicans on November 6
    As a mob of thousands of migrants made their way north from Honduras toward the U.S. border last week, events in a closely-watched congressional race took an important turn. Politico reported that Democrats had pulled resources out of their campaign against Republican Rep. Will Hurd in the 23rd District of Texas. If their national leadership has ceded TX23 — one of the most competitive districts in the country — Democrats’ chance of a Nov. 6 “blue wave” is now in serious doubt.

    The connection between the American midterm election and the northbound caravan of Honduran migrants is probably not a coincidence, although liberals in the media will scream “conspiracy theory” at any Republican who points this out. If your cynical hunch is that the latest “refugee” crisis has been manufactured by the Left as an election-year propaganda effort, however, you’re not alone. A Google search for the terms “Soros + Honduras + caravan” turned up nearly 300,000 results Friday. You don’t have to be paranoid to suspect that billionaire George Soros is paying the bills whenever you see any allegedly spontaneous “grassroots” activism on behalf of Democrats. When a left-wing activist was arrested last week for assaulting the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, it turned out the suspect was on the payroll of American Bridge 21st Century, an organization funded by — you guessed, didn’t you? — George Soros.

    Without regard to whether the Honduran migrant caravan is another Soros-funded project, the timing would seem to indicate it was organized with the aim of impacting the midterm elections. The caravan began heading north just as Democrats were raising alarms about a lack of interest among Hispanic voters. A drumbeat of headlines conveyed the sense of panic: “Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters for midterms” (The Hill, Oct. 11), “‘We’ve got a Latino problem’: Dems fret midterm turnout in key House districts” (Politico, Oct. 13), “Democrats have a Latino problem. Can they fix it in time?” (NBC News, Oct. 14), “Democrats need Latino voters — but fret too many will skip the midterms” (CNN, Oct. 15). The belief that Hispanic voters are, or should be, an ironclad constituency for Democrats, and that they will automatically endorse an open-borders agenda, is one of those identity-politics calculations that lead Democrats to assume they are on “the right side of history.” All that is necessary to guarantee Democrat control of the U.S. government, according to this “social justice” mentality, is to mobilize a coalition of ethnic minorities, women and homosexuals against the waning Republican power of old white men.

    That formula didn’t work so well for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Democrats’ decision to double-down on identity politics in the 2018 midterms might produce a similar debacle, as the race in TX23 illustrates. ”


  23. Lowered expectations. 🙂

    Because there’s no there, there. Never was.


    “It looks like President Donald Trump’s critics might not get the earth-shattering, presidency-destroying, nail-in-the-coffin FBI report confirming Russian collusion they were hoping for.

    FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report is apparently coming — after the midterm elections, of course. Several key findings, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election and whether the president obstructed justice, are expected to be released after ballots are cast. Media outlets hoping for a Watergate-style takedown of an American president they despise may not get what they want.

    Politico reports that “defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case” tell them the report might not answer all the critics’ prayers.

    “The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths,” Politico wrote. “Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day.”

    Politico suggested Trump’s critics “may be in for a disappointment” when the report is finally finished.”

    Oh boo-hoo. Poor babies.


  24. This is a good group to follow on Twitter if you are interested in economics. They will not try to sell you on globalization, but they will expound on the virtues of globalisation. Must have some Brits.


  25. People migrate. They don’t need Soros they just need push and pull factors.

    People have been migrating back and forth from Central America for generations. The route is well established with church run shelters and soup kitchens and other relief stations along the way. Of course migrants travel in groups. And when there is a bottleneck along the way, the group gets larger.

    And if the push/pull factors increase, migration increases. Perhaps right wing death squads or drug cartels have increased their activities. On the other hand, low unemployment in the US is a pull. With the Mexicans blocking the way you now have a “caravan” .

    I know people like to view events through their own lens and situation but its quite ludricous to suggest Soros and the US midterms are the push factors and not the most violent place on the planet. Central Americans don’t need Soros or his money to encourage them to leave; Honduran death squads and Salvadoran drug cartels are enough of a push.


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