31 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-23-18

  1. Hehe! 🙂


  2. Rust belt boom.

    Also known as winning…..

    Trump 2020!


    “Rust Belt Boom: Since Trump’s Election, Jobs Have Increased In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, And Wisconsin”

    “President Trump did the impossible in 2016 by breaking the so-called “Rust Belt” states with his winning of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Two years later, has voting for Trump paid off for those residents? The numbers say yes.

    According to the latest economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the key states that swung the election in favor of Trump have seen a steady rise in available jobs, with Ohio setting a 21-year record. CNS reported that the findings that showed significant gains in those states between 2017 and 2018:

    The 37 states that BLS said had statistically significant jobs increases from September to September included Pennsylvania (which added 78,700 jobs) and most of the states in the northern Midwest.

    Ohio, for example, added 104,600 jobs during the September-to-September period; Michigan added 63,300; Illinois added 50,300; Wisconsin added 41,700; Minnesota added 38,200; and Iowa added 17,600.

    The 104,600 jobs that Ohio added was the most it has added in any September-to-September period since 21 years ago in 1997. That year, Ohio added 107,700 jobs.

    Pennsylvania’s 78,700 job gain is the highest for the state in 18 years. Unemployment in that state now stands at 4.1%; Ohio stands at 4.6%.”


  3. HRW,

    Are you seriously calling this guy just a “journalist”?

    Spook or spy masquerading as a journalist is more accurate. The whole story stinks, doesn’t add up, and why would WaPo hire this guy in the first place?

    Here’s part 1



    Here’s part 2



    And the latest…..


    “On Sunday, the Washington Post (paper edition) published a lengthy tribute to Jamal Khashoggi, its former columnist. The article is worth reading. Joby Warrick, Loveday Morris, and Souad Mekhennet present a more nuanced and informative account of Khashoggi than the Post has been willing to render until now.

    I think the Post has recognized that its portrait of Khashoggi as a pro-democracy saint needs to be modified slightly now that even the New York Times has rejected it. Ambiguity needs to be acknowledged, but still must always be resolved in the light most favorable (from a Western reader’s point of view) to Khashoggi.

    In the end, I think the Post fails to dance its way around the two most important facts about Khashoggi: his longtime participation in the repressive Saudi regime and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Khashoggi worked for and backed the Saudi Arabian regime for decades. (Thus, it’s not surprising that he ended his friendship with Osama bin Laden who was trying to overthrow the Saudi regime). The Post credits Khashoggi’s claim that he nonetheless supported democracy and tried to work from within to promote freedom. However, it provides no evidence of this.

    Thus, when the Post writes that the murder of Khashoggi “echoes previous slayings of writers and dissidents,” it’s important to remember that many of these slayings were at the hands of a regime Khashoggi worked for.

    If Khashoggi’s approach was to “bore from within,” why didn’t he use the same approach under the current Saudi regime? After all, despite the brutality (which doesn’t distinguish it from its predecessors), the current regime is more reformist than the ones Khashoggi backed.

    The answer may lie in palace intrigue. I suspect, though, it is also had to do with the current regime’s policies, which are less anti-Israel and probably less sympathetic towards anti-West Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, than its predecessors.

    This leads to the second reality the Post tries to dance around — the Brotherhood. The Post says this about Khashoggi’s relationship with that anti-America, terror supporting outfit:

    Friends say Mr. Khashoggi had a complex view of the Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islamists, particularly in his later years. He believed that democracy in the Middle East was impossible unless moderate Islamists were allowed a voice, acquaintances said, but also he disdained extremism, and his social leanings were decidedly secularist.

    “His idea was that we shouldn’t be an enemy to them,” said a Saudi friend who requested anonymity because of the risk of official retaliation. “It’s wasn’t his mentality. He was more liberal, more Western.”

    When the best Khashoggi’s friends can do is describe the relationship as “complex,” there’s reason to suspect it was problematic. That’s a more accurate description, I think.”



  4. More bad news for Dems 2 weeks out.



  5. Linda says Chuck went to vote yesterday.
    Since I had already voted, they thought he did.
    It took them 30 minutes to let him vote.
    There shouldn’t have been a mix-up. I’m Charles W., he is Charles E. and our addresses are different.
    The mixup doesn’t make sense, but at least we know they are diligent.

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  6. Early voting has also started here in Texas. The few liberals and the Ladies for Beto are foaming at the mouth. The Trumpkins are frantically worshiping at the feet of Dear Leader. The few remaining conservatives are making fun of both groups and comparing the scene to the Battle of Stalingrad.


  7. I really like this young man. I am not sure he is right, but I like his optimism.


  8. If all those laughing Never Trumpers don’t get off their rumps and vote, they have no one to blame but themselves for the outcome. Republicans are swarming the polls now for early voting, but remember, the dead (or illegal) don’t vote until election day, so there is always the chance Democrats could steal the show. :–/

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  9. @8:35 Who wants to be in a party where the leaders consider you stupid simply because you disagree. Such a party might be Republican, but that attitude is not the soul of any Conservatism that I would be even vaguely interested in. I has become very plain that the diversity of thought that Michelle was talking about yesterday, is nowhere to be found in the old Republican party. It may have a chance now.

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  10. Last week I linked a serious article by Rusty Reno @ First Things. Ricky dismissed it with the usual immigrant good/ poor white American bad quip. But if conservatism is to survive and thrive politically then wiser responses are needed, so I’m going to post snippets from the article as food for thought, not wisecracks. ;–)

    …Our political establishment is able to engage the economic aspects of today’s volatile political environment. There’s discussion of income inequality and job prospects for Middle Americans of middling education and talent. But six years after the publication of Charles Murray’s study of the moral disintegration of white working-class America, Coming Apart, there’s still no sustained discussion of the devastating consequences of the moral deregulation of American society over the last two generations.

    The striking moral divide in America fuels populism just as surely as economic divisions. In my view, it’s more important. The press mocked the “Make America Great Again” slogan and derided the dark tone of Trump’s inaugural speech. This response reflects the very divide Murray documents. The rich and well-educated are insulated from the moral ugliness and spiritual darkness that many ordinary Americans worry will overwhelm them. This elite blindness characterizes both Republican and Democratic establishments. Facing the collapse of marriage norms and disintegrating communities, it’s not unreasonable for a person in Wheeling, West Virginia, to say, “Hey, wait, I don’t like the direction my country is going.” Yet those on the left announce that he’s a white nationalist, while those on the right treat him as an ignorant ingrate, a “taker” who lacks the get-up-and-go to thrive in our dynamic, globalized economy….


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  11. 10:05 Most NeverTrumpers will vote for the Rs. A few will vote for the Ds. I will watch basketball.

    10:16 We don’t consider people stupid just because they disagree with us. For example, we always disagreed with the Bushies, but did not consider them to be stupid.


  12. Re: 8:33
    What does the new movement stand for?
    As I’ve said several times before.
    I don’t like Trump as a person: He is a short fuse with a loud mouth that runs ahead of his brain. But I like everything he has done except for Justice Dept.
    I will vote for him again.

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  13. Debra’s 10:16 nails it Ricky.

    Your post at 8:35 and Mayo’s miss the point.

    Who said we wanted your type to return to our party, anyway? We have no need for traitors and malcontents who name call, lie, renege on their oaths and promises of loyalty, and ridicule us. Then they have the nerve to say they’re more “Christian” than Trump, even when their actions are clearly not up to the standards they expect of Trump. We have no need for those such as yourself.

    And make no mistake. It IS our party now, and will remains so for the foreseeable future. You’ll either come around like most Never-Trumpers have, at least those who can admit they were wrong about Trump all along, or you’ll be exiled. Your call.


  14. Early voting is favoring R’s.

    Of the 5 million who voted already…..


    And in Texas…..


  15. Ricky Weaver, 8:35: what about all the people who aren’t “still” supporting Trump, but who did not support him initially but are finding that most of his decisions align very well with conservative choices? What about them?

    Being opposed to Trump just because you’re opposed to Trump, and writing off everyone who supports him, is hardly the best way to prove your conservatism.

    I don’t like Trump. I didn’t vote for him the first time, and I haven’t decided yet about 2020. I still don’t think he is morally qualified for his job. And I think he’s a jerk even in the course of doing his job. But he sure seems to be accomplishing a lot of things on most conservatives’ lists, so the idea of conservatives being unable to support him seems quite foolish and short-sighted. (BTW, I hear he is gaining a lot of respect from black voters.)

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  16. Big domestic spending is not conservative.
    Foolish trade wars are not conservative.
    Love affairs with Kim Jung Un are not conservative.
    Attacks on NATO are not conservative.
    Supporting Putin over US Intelligence Agencies is not conservative.
    Being a jerk is not conservative.
    Attacks on US allies are not conservative.
    Pathological lying is not conservative.
    Attacks on US law enforcement are not conservative.

    Ruining the image of conservatism, the Republican Party and the US so that the world laughs at us at the UN and young people recoil from his idiocy and dishonesty is not conservative.


  17. “Big domestic spending is not conservative.”

    Talk to Congress. They control the purse strings.


    “Attacks on US allies are not conservative.”

    But your daily (and usually false) attacks on our sitting US President somehow are?


    “Attacks on US law enforcement are not conservative.”

    It is when it’s a Deep State coup attempt by entrenched bureaucrats, as we’ve all seen it is. But that didn’t pan out for you either.



  18. Trumpkins who slavishly support the items detailed at 12:19 are not conservatives. They are members of a Cult of Personality. It is interesting that they would choose that bizarre personality to blindly follow, but that is what has happened.

    People like Sasse and Mayo are voices for principled and intelligent conservatism who are trying to keep sharp young folks from being repulsed by the Trumplican Party.
    In other forums I try to do the same thing, but here it is just too tempting to tease The Cult.


  19. 10:50 Bush also did not complain of “tapps” or fight with porn stars or dept. stores or declare national “emergys” or battle independent “councels” or profess his love for North Korean dictators or lie as often as he breathed or humiliate his country at Helsinki, etc.

    In sum, Little Bush was often wrong and often too liberal for my taste. However, he was not an international laughingstock, a pathological liar or a buffoon. Therefore, the Bushies were not called upon to defend idiocy on a daily basis as are the poor Trumpkins.


  20. This con artist shouldn’t be getting VA contracts, and he darn sure shouldn’t be made Gov. of anywhere. Not cool.


    “Democratic Governor Candidate Blacklisted By Veterans Affairs After Evidence He Sold His Disabled-Vet Status”

    “South Carolina gubernatorial candidate James Smith owned and ran a business that was blacklisted after a surprise inspection by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    The Democrat’s business, the Congaree Group, was banned from receiving VA contracts reserved for disable veterans after facing allegations that it served as a middleman to pass contracts to non-veteran companies.
    The VA previously banned the Congaree Group, but was reinstated after Smith appealed.
    A company owned and run by South Carolina’s Democratic candidate for governor was blacklisted as a contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs following allegations that he was selling his veteran status to corporations so they could tap into federal contracting dollars intended to help disabled vets.

    James Smith works as a state legislator and lawyer, and also runs the Congaree Group, which has received millions of dollars in federal government contracts. The company operates out of Smith’s law firm suite, and he once told the VA he was its only employee.

    On paper, the company has done everything from manufacturing pharmaceuticals to mopping floors and from parking cars to conducting advanced mathematical analysis.

    On May 17, VA officials arrived for a surprise inspection, VA Deputy Assistant Secretary James Hutton told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The purpose was to find out if Smith was running a middleman company used to win lucrative federal contracts earmarked for disabled veterans, then passing all the work off to non-veteran companies in exchange for a cut for himself. Such so-called rent-a-vet scams are forbidden.

    Smith’s company declined to cooperate with the VA and failed to provide evidence that the business was legitimate, Hutton said. On May 31, the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation issued a “Notice of Proposed Cancellation,” which would lead to the Congaree Group being stripped of its preferred, disabled-veteran contractor status if not resolved, according to Hutton. The Congaree Group still “did not provide the requested documents” explaining itself, he said.

    On July 11, one month after Smith won the primary election, the VA banned the company from its preferential status, according to Hutton. The Congaree Group no longer appears on the VA’s list of approved veteran-owned businesses.

    A 2013 VA audit concluded that “it appears that [Smith] uses his [disabled veteran] status to secure VA set-aside contracts and pass the performance of such contracts to various non-Veteran entities. Such conduct is prohibited.”

    Smith “does not have the specialty skills required to perform on several of the contracts he has secured,” the audit said, noting that the Congaree Group holds contracts across a variety of industries worth over $1 million. “It is reasonable to conclude that the Congaree Group functions as a middleman to enable various non-Veteran entities like BDI Pharma to secure the actual contract” in violation of rules.

    “As a result, the Congaree Group is ineligible for the SDVOSB program,” the audit ruled, referring to the program that reserves a portion of VA contracts for veteran-owned businesses.

    The company was banned after that 2013 audit, but Smith appealed and the VA re-instated it.

    Smith is running for governor relying heavily on his war record. Eight out of the 11 paragraphs in his campaign biography relate to his family’s military service dating back to the Revolutionary War. It mentions that he is a “small business owner” on top of being a lawyer, without saying what line of work he is in.

    Smith’s multi-million dollar business has rarely been mentioned in the local media. His spokesman, Brad Warthen, declined to say a single word about the Congaree Group to TheDCNF and would not discuss the VA’s removal of it from the agency’s program.”


  21. This is good news. The quicker he and his ilk are purged from govt, the better off we’ll be.


    “Current DNC Vice-Chair and go-to Congressman for anti-Israel groups suffering after accusations he abused his former girlfriend”

    “Current Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, and Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota Attorney General.

    He was considered a clear favorite, and expected to coast to victory.

    But not so fast.

    Minnesota Public Radio reports that a recent MPR News/Star Tribune poll has Ellison down 7 points:

    Republican Doug Wardlow is leading Democrat Keith Ellison by 7 points in the race for attorney general, according to the latest MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll — a significant reversal from the last round of polling in mid-September.

    Of 800 likely voters polled last week, 43 percent said they preferred Wardlow, an attorney and one-time state legislator, while 36 percent said they support Ellison, who has served the 5th District in Congress for the last 12 years; 16 percent said they were undecided in the race, a 2-point drop from the earlier poll.

    In September, Ellison held a 5-point lead over Wardlow.

    Wardlow remains relatively unknown to voters — 56 percent of those polled said they don’t recognize his name. Eight in 10 voters said they recognized Ellison’s name, but more said they had an unfavorable opinion of him than Wardlow.”


  22. And speaking of corrupt Democrats running for Gov. somewhere in The South……



  23. The creepy porn lawyer’s no good, horrible, totally crappy week continues.



  24. This is how you turn a double digit lead into a single digit loss in a few weeks time. Just give voters a true look at the candidates.


    “The latest polling out of Arizona provides more indication that the race to become the state’s next U.S. senator is falling into GOP Rep. Martha McSally’s favor.

    A New York Times/Siena College poll shows McSally beating Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema by two percentage points, 48 percent to 46 percent. The survey — conducted between Oct. 15 and 19 — reached out to 606 people across the state. It carries a margin of error of 4.2 percent, indicating the election is still a tossup.

    While the race is still anyone’s game, the latest poll shows a change in direction for McSally. Over the summer, the Republican congresswoman and combat veteran was trailing Democrat Sinema by as much as double digits. However, the GOP nominee has since closed the gap, and is now leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent surveys. In an ABC poll released Oct. 9, McSally lead by six percentage points.

    Sinema’s fall comes as more of her anti-war, extreme past has been unearthed, leading the Democratic congresswoman to fight off embarrassing headlines in the past few weeks.”


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