33 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-22-18

  1. Trump could be the most….

    Wait…. what?



    “Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth-largest) and that “our economy is the strongest it’s ever been in the history of our country” (which may one day be true, but not yet). In part, it’s a New York thing — everything is the biggest and the best.

    But when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Trump is a paragon of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office, Trump has done exactly what he promised he would do.

    Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do. He promised to “crush and destroy ISIS,” and two years later he is on the verge of eliminating Islamic State’s physical caliphate. He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat, and after several false starts the final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice (Antonin) Scalia,” and now Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 — more than any recent president at this point in his administration.

    Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

    On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property — and is following through on that pledge. Whatever one thinks of Trump’s trade policies, he is doing exactly what he said.

    Where Trump has failed to keep promises, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been for a lack of trying. Only in a few rare instances has he backtracked on a campaign pledge — such as when he admitted that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course. I’m glad he did.”

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  2. Paid astroturf.


    “Paid protesters? They’re real — and a Beverly Hills firm that hires them stands accused of extortion in a lawsuit”

    “Paid protesters are a real thing.

    Crowds on Demand, a Beverly Hills firm that’s an outspoken player in the business of hiring protesters, boasts on its website that it provides its clients with “protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts.… We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas.”

    The company has hired actors to lobby the New Orleans City Council on behalf of a power plant operator, protest a Masons convention in San Francisco and act like supportive fans and paparazzi at an L.A. conference for life coaches.

    But according to a lawsuit filed by a Czech investor, Crowds on Demand also takes on more sordid assignments. Zdenek Bakala claims the firm has been used to run an extortion campaign against him.

    Bakala has accused Prague investment manager Pavol Krupa of hiring Crowds on Demand to pay protesters to march near his home in Hilton Head, S.C., and to call and send emails to the Aspen Institute and Dartmouth College, where Bakala serves on advisory boards, urging them to cut ties to him. Bakala alleges that Krupa has threatened to continue and expand the campaign unless Bakala pays him $23 million.”

    “The lawsuit comes amid growing interest in the business of paid protesting and other forms of so-called “astroturfing,” the practice of manufacturing the appearance of grass-roots support.

    President Trump, whose campaign reportedly hired actors to cheer at a 2015 rally, has repeatedly claimed that protesters — most recently those fighting the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — are being paid by liberal billionaire George Soros and other monied interests.

    Interest in paid protesters peaked after the 2016 election, based on the popularity of the subject in Google searches. The number of searches for “paid protesters” surged again around the time of the January 2017 women’s march, the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and early this month amid the debate over Kavanaugh.

    Crowds on Demand isn’t the only outfit that hires paid protesters, though it is perhaps the most open about what it does, said Edward Walker, a UCLA sociology professor who wrote a book on astroturfing, “Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy.”

    “There are hundreds of lobbying firms and public affairs firms that do this work, though not all in the same way,” he said. “Some only do a little bit of this grassroots-for-hire, but things adjacent to this are not uncommon today.””

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  3. The WaPo’s attempts to slander and defame Brett Kavanaugh and his school continue.

    This is what’s known as “fake news.”


    “Brett Kavanaugh may now be a sitting Supreme Court Justice — his confirmation hearings long over, and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, now a mere memory since she’s refused to pursue the case any further — but The Washington Post is still tirelessly digging up dirt on the good judge — and making big mistakes.

    On Saturday, WaPo published a piece claiming that Brett Kavanaugh’s former prep school, Georgetown Prep, is hiring a director of alumni relations, ostensibly to help handle the fallout from Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh, and his long-time friend Mark Judge, were accused of multiple sexual assaults while students at Georgetown Prep, and in one case, alleged to have run a “gang rape ring” with other Georgetown Prep students.

    “The elite Bethesda school, attended by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, posted a job listing this week for a director of alumni relations,” WaPo declared, apparently presuming Georgetown Prep needed help handling its alumni in the wake of the “gang rape” news.

    There was just one problem: Georgetown Prep began its search for an alumni director back in July, before the allegations against Kavanaugh surfaced. And that’s what they told The Washington Post’s reporter … who apparently published the story anyway.”

    “As AG pointed out, the response undermines the entire story. The school doesn’t need to hire extra PR talent to handle a fallout. They just … need to hire extra PR talent.

    The reporter eventually responded, and appeared to admit that no matter when the job listing was published, The Washington Post would have run with the story anyway, regardless of whether Georgetown Prep was experiencing actual alumni fallout or not.”

    The truth is irrelevant to the Washington Post. Furthering the agenda is all that matters to them.

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  4. Prior to the election, I said (here at home, not publicly) that if he won he would either do what he said or he wouldn’t and that either one would be fun to watch. And so it is.

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  5. Who’s a little tax dodging dirt bag who doesn’t pay his debts?

    This guy,

    Why it’s the Democrat and Never-Trumpers’ favorite creepy porn lawyer, of course.


    “Michael Avenatti Lived the High Life While Owing Millions to IRS

    As Michael Avenatti floats a 2020 presidential run, court records reveal the lawyer and his companies owed millions in unpaid taxes and judgments.”

    “But the questions over his finances remain—and could become a sore spot on the campaign trail, as creditors pursue him and his former companies. Both the Eagan Avenatti law firm and a shuttered Seattle coffee chain, which Avenatti says he no longer owns, owe millions in unpaid taxes and judgments, according to court documents and filings with local recorder’s offices.

    Tax liens filed in Orange County also show that Avenatti has personally owed at least $1.2 million in federal taxes on top of the corporate debts. One lien, filed in February 2018, was for $308,396, while another filed in August 2015 showed a balance of $903,987. The Daily Beast did not find records showing the liens were released, but Avenatti claims both debts were “fully paid.”

    Civil court filings paint a picture of Avenatti as a hard-charging attorney who enjoyed the luxe life—jetting around the world to race cars with a Saudi prince and treating his wife and their friends to luxury villas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Yet he and his companies owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes and in compensation to one former colleague, who claims Avenatti stiffed him out of millions in law-firm profits.

    A review of court documents reveals that Avenatti, his former law firm Eagan Avenatti, and his former company Global Baristas, the majority owner of the Seattle-based Tully’s coffee chain, have owed millions in unpaid federal and state taxes in Washington and California, as well as hundreds of thousands in past-due rent to landlords.

    A Newport Beach landlord began eviction proceedings last month against Eagan Avenatti in Orange County Superior Court. The real-estate entity claims Eagan Avenatti failed to make rent for three storage spaces and a 8,371-square-foot suite, totaling more than $107,415 for the months of July and August. (A lawyer representing the Irvine Company, which manages the rentals, declined to comment.)

    On Oct. 18, the landlord filed court papers indicating that Eagan Avenatti owes $213,253 in rent as of this month.

    Avenatti told The Daily Beast he divested his interest in Eagan Avenatti within the last 12 months and that he now operates under Avenatti & Associates. “None of those obligations are my responsibility,” he said, when asked about the eviction case. Avenatti said he would forward this publication’s queries to the firm’s new owner, but declined to name them.

    Yet in a Sept. 7 answer to the landlord’s complaint, signed by Avenatti himself, he claimed Eagan Avenatti made repairs to the suite and subtracted the cost from the rent. The firm offered to pay the rent due, Avenatti continued, but that the landlord “would not accept it.”

    “Avenatti testified at a July 25 bankruptcy hearing (from which the media was barred) that Avenatti & Associates now owns a 100 percent stake in Eagan Avenatti.‌”

    Meanwhile, on Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge is expected to rule on a separate case brought by Jason Frank, a former employee who in 2016 filed a demand for arbitration against Eagan Avenatti, claiming the firm owed him millions in unpaid compensation. Frank settled his case with Eagan Avenatti for $4.85 million, and records show Michael Avenatti personally guaranteed the payout.

    After Avenatti failed to wire the first payment to Frank, a U.S. bankruptcy court judge entered a $10-million judgment against Eagan Avenatti.”


  6. HRW, I guess that makes Stormy Daniels the Judith Exner of the 21st Century. I would say that Avenatti has no chance of getting his party’s nomination, but that is what I said about Trump. With our luck, in 2021 President Avenatti will be telling us about the “tax witch hunt” and complaining about the Deep State at the IRS that is out to get him.


  7. Correct. If things go sideways in the midterms, I vote that we blame Never-Trumpers for their relentless support of every negative word ever written about the President. But I don’t think we’ll have to be that drastic; things will go our way in November. ;–)

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  8. Excellent article, Ricky.

    From the beginning, Christianity has been about embracing those who share a common faith in Jesus–no matter their race, nationality or background. See the Book of Acts.

    Our call is to see people as individuals, the imago dei, and treat them accordingly.


    “My theory is that if Christ is the center of a Christian university, that commitment can open the door for a real range of views on politics, because politics becomes a second-order priority.”

    “Don’t get me wrong: We have our disagreements about ideological issues, too. But that’s my point: We have actual diversity of political thought here. What’s more, this diversity has emerged organically, without requiring any special “initiatives” to create it. Many Protestant and Catholic institutions that remain committed to their faith could say the same thing.”

    “I taught at Florida State University. Although FSU is of course not a religious institution, my classes there included many students with strong faith commitments who were able to bring their perspective to the classroom in appropriate ways. Perhaps even more importantly, their fellow students responded to these contributions with respect and civility.

    “A politically, religiously, and ­ideologically diverse student body, as well as a faculty that did not see their job as one of indoctrination, made for an excellent teaching environment. So, as I too can attest, there do indeed remain universities at which one can devote oneself to the pursuit of truth rather than the pursuit of a political identity.”

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  9. Michelle, Baylor is not perfect. Being in Texas, we hear about its faults. However, I am impressed that the place has a man like Thomas Kidd on its faculty.


  10. Time to reinforce the border to keep out more criminals.

    Despite the media claims that these are just mostly innocent women and children, the facts show otherwise. We don’t need more criminals. Turn them back, by whatever means is necessary.

    Content Warning! for gross images. Sorry, but the illegals are violent.


    “Caravan migrant army attacks Mexican cops, provisions itself robbing Mexican markets

    To hear the left tell it, the vast Honduran migrant caravan, as many as 10,000-strong now, crawling up to the U.S. border to illegally enter the U.S. couldn’t possibly have criminals in its ranks.

    Get a load of this exchange between President Trump and a mainstream media minion, as reported by the Daily Mail:

    At one point during the briefing, Emily Cochrane, a reporter for The New York Times, asked Trump: ‘What evidence do you have that these are hardened criminals that are coming to the United States?’

    Trump appeared agitated.

    ‘Oh please. Please, don’t be a baby, OK,’ the president said. ‘Take a look, just take a look, look at what’s happening, look at the Mexican soldiers that are laying on the ground.

    ‘Take a look. These are hardened – I didn’t say in all cases but in many cases these are hardened criminals.

    ‘These are tough, tough people.

    ‘And I don’t want them in our country and neither does our country want them in our country.’

    Maybe it was a sincere, if naive, question. But Trump doesn’t have to really prove anything, given that the migrants seem to be hellbent on breaking immigration law even if they really are just the sweet little daisies portrayed by the press. However, on Twitter, the evidence is mounting that Trump is right because we are already seeing evidence that the marching group is acting like an invading army, with crimes such as assault and robbery as the horde snakes through Mexico northward:

    For starters, the migrants threw rocks and beat up Mexican cops as they busted their way through its southern border. Here’s an irate Twitter users tweet with a photo:



  11. And it’s helping R’s……..

    Well, the legal immigrant, non-globalist type R’s who don’t support illegals at least.


    “Caravan refers to, “A group of travelers, as merchants or pilgrims, journeying together for safety in passing through deserts or hostile territory.” Conjuring up images dating back to biblical days of people braving hardship during their travels, the media has coopted the term for political benefit to describe a horde of illegal immigrants heading to the U.S. just ahead of a major election.

    They are neither merchants nor pilgrims. I doubt they are facing severe hardship during their journey as most of their basic needs are being met courtesy of wealthy benefactors.

    The current caravan is a group of four- to seven-thousand Hondurans, traveling from Honduras to the United States. Google Maps shows the distance between Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and Brownsville, Texas, the most logical border city, as about 1,600 miles, a 515-hour trek on foot.

    Assuming generously that the caravan walks 10 hours a day, it will take the group 46 days to reach the U.S., long after the upcoming midterm election. It’s also safe to assume that they are riding most of the way, on trucks or busses.

    Interestingly, the caravan consists primarily of military-aged men, as opposed to women and children, as this photo from the Daily Mail demonstrates. Women and children are few, and mainly being used as photo props. The migrant hordes entering Europe from the Middle East were also primarily young men.

    What the media is surprisingly incurious about is who is paying for this journey. Thousands of adults and children on a 45-day trek, need food, water, bathroom facilities, first aid, and other services that all cost money. The New York Times was all over the false story of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley ordering extravagant new drapes, but they are uninterested in funding of this enormously costly caravan.

    The timing is also suspicious. This caravan is making its move in October, the month of “surprises” ahead of a major election. Two years ago, it was the Access Hollywood tapes. This October brought us last-minute Justice Kavanaugh accusations, Senator Elizabeth Warren unsuccessfully attempting to prove herself Native American, a suspicious murder in Turkey implicating the Saudi royal family, and now this supposedly spontaneous migrant caravan.

    The only common denominator is an upcoming election, one of the utmost importance to Democrats, on political life support, desperately trying to regain power and relevance. These events are not coincidental, instead all are preplanned and part of an electoral strategy.”


  12. R’s are gaining ground in their pursuit of reinforcing their Senate majority.


    “The battle for control of the Senate is looking worse and worse for Democrats, who just a month ago saw a path to the majority but now increasingly look like they could lose more seats and have a smaller minority next year.

    Republicans have seen a bump in the polls in several key races since Labor Day. They believe momentum has flipped to their party since the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh polarized the electorate, hurting Democrats running for reelection in states where President Trump is popular.

    Two states where Democrats had hopes of pulling major upsets — Texas and Tennessee — have moved in favor of Republicans. Races in Nevada and Arizona, two other states where Democrats had hoped to make gains, remain tight, but Republicans feel more confident about their candidates.

    Meanwhile, the tide has moved against Democratic candidates in a couple of states that Trump won by double digits in 2016.

    In North Dakota, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has fallen behind by double digits. And in Montana, Sen. Jon Tester (D), who seemed poised for victory a month ago, has seen his race tighten amid attacks by the president.

    There is some good news for Democrats in the polls.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the only Democrat to back Kavanaugh’s confirmation, has maintained a healthy average lead of 9 points in the polls, despite running in a state that Trump won by a whopping 42 points in 2016.

    And Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), long seen as vulnerable, is hanging onto an average poll lead of 3 points, despite voting against Kavanaugh.

    But there are other chances for Republicans to grow their 51-49 majority.”

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  13. No. Cultists wear red hats and manage to forget or ignore the most basic tenets of their own faith if their leader rejects such tenets.


  14. Veith on being Cherokee. Or not.



    Imagine my surprise to see the name of Chuck Hoskin, an old family friend and fellow alumnus of Vinita High School in northeast Oklahoma, plastered all over the national media. Actually, I learned that it was his son, Chuck Hoskin Jr., who is the Secretary of State of the Cherokee Nation and who wrote the blistering response to presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass) claim to being a Cherokee based on a D.N.A. test. …

    … You might wonder, why the strong reaction? Why would the tribe object to someone claiming “Indian blood”? This isn’t political. I happen to know that the Hoskins are Democrats. (Chuck, Sr., is a state representative from my old district, though he too is active in Cherokee government.) But this touches a sensitive nerve for native people.

    Back in the days of “race science,” the federal government tried to apply the “blood quantum” test in identifying who counted as a tribal member. The purpose was to breed the tribes out of existence. …

    … To this day, though, outsiders claiming tribal “blood” try to horn in on tribal land, mineral rights, health care, and other benefits. Even though they never lived as part of a tribe. …

    …. (T)hanks to the Cherokees for reminding the world that identity is not a self-construction, but that belonging to a community has to do with your relationships with other people. Also that race is not culture, and culture is not race. And that trying to claim the victimhood status of a historically mistreated group when you are not, in fact, a victim or a member of that group is “inappropriate and wrong.”


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  15. “No. Cultists wear red hats and manage to forget or ignore the most basic tenets of their own faith if their leader rejects such tenets.”

    Cultists are also smart enough to not confuse their politics and religion. While those things are necessary in a religious leader, they’re not in secular society and govt., nor in the leaders of said govt..You need to stop confusing the two.

    But again, you mean Texans, right? 🤣

    At least these cultists aren’t the chant and sing type, like Beto’s. Problem is, there’s more of this kind.


    “A sea of mostly red-clad President Trump supporters flooded closed-off streets around the Toyota Center Monday morning, hours ahead of the president’s rally here with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

    Many attendees drove from hours away, foregoing sleep to line up overnight as they sought to ensure a spot at the rally. The arena seats about 18,000 people, far less than the reported demand for the event.”

    And just a little something for you to keep in mind as you vote in a couple of weeks….. 🙂


    “What exactly President Donald Trump will say at a podium is never easy to predict. But when he steps to the microphone at Houston’s Toyota Center on Monday night, there is little doubt what his core message will be.

    At rallies around the nation for other Republican U.S. Senate and House candidates in midterm elections, Trump has made clear that a vote for candidates such as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is, in fact, a vote for Trump himself and his agenda.”


    Trump 2020


  16. I see the delusions are more frequent now, and increasing in intensity.

    It’s so sad to watch someone deteriorate so quickly from their TDS, but such is the disease. 🙄

    But don’t fret! Help is available! Just send $35 to $1500 this website, and we’ll show you how!

    Since your TDS’s is so advanced, I say you go for the more expensive option, just to be sure. 😏



  17. Conspiracy theories are popular when random events are spun to support a certain narrative that realistically have nothing to do with it.

    The so-called caravan is not an extraordinary event planned for the US election. In any case, it seems to motivate the R vote so if there is a conspiracy…..

    AJ’s links cite anywhere between 4 – 10, 000. Its as people lost the abiity to count. The truth is probably the lower end as some Hondurans returned when they saw the way blocked. I’m sure they will return when the cameras and cable news ADHD does its thing.

    The hysteria of some is unwarranted. This is not a refugee crisis. This is a well worn route that some in the crowd have probably travelled before. They know the way and know where to stop for provisions. And think this caravan will stay together is silly, some will aim for California, others Texas, or points in between. Some have relatives to visit. Once in Mexico, most will take bus or train (riding the rails) or a variety of means.

    The Daily Mail was infamous for selective photography in the Syrian migration. In the end, the final count revealed a variety of age groups. However, the African migration to Europe is mostly young men. FOX has hysterically claimed in the past it was unaccompanied minors, now its “military age” men (what age is that?). The demographic is mostly likely anyone who can pick fruit or vegetables before they rot.

    And finally to suggest this event along with several other unrelated events are somehow all connected by the US mid terms demonstrates incredible tunnel vision.


  18. Somehow Aj’s link seems to think the timing of a Saudi murder of a journalist is related to the mid terms.

    The only reason this can be connected to the midterms is Trump’s incompetent response. He was far too tepid in responding to the murder of an American journalist in a NATO country. Its a small error piled on other small errors in US foreign policy as noted by Putin. Turkey broke with NATO over Syria and allied with Assad and Russia. Now the US seems to favour the terrorism of the Saudi state over a NATO country. Erdogan may head an illiberal democracy but surely we need to keep him onside and support him as he attempts to be the Sunni leader in the middle east instead of the Saudis. In addition the tepid response of Trump may allow Putin to keeping driving a wedge between Turkey and the rest of a NATO.

    There are times when I see some sense to Trump’s domestic policy or at least its appeal but his foreign policy is frequently harmful to US interests.


  19. HRW, I am watching your basketball team (the Toronto Raptors) and will listen to the rest of their game when I head out for my walk in a minute. The Raptors are 3-0 and looking good with the addition of Kawhi Leonard (my son’s favorite player) and Danny Green from the Spurs. LeBron James has moved to the Western Conference so this may be the Raptors’ year to challenge the Warriors. My Thunder is off to a rough start. My son says it has something to do with none of their players being able to shoot the Basketball.


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