32 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-12-18

  1. Do it the right and legal way, or be expelled for breaking our laws.



    “The Trump administration announced Thursday that migrants who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally will not be eligible to claim asylum under a new rule meant to crack down on “meritless” claims.

    The rule, which prevents migrants from claiming asylum if they do not do so at an official border crossing, is the latest attempt by the White House to handle a surge in migration to the U.S. from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

    President Trump is expected to formally enact the rule in a presidential proclamation Friday and will invoke the same powers he used to push through a version of the travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court, according to senior administration officials.

    “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States if he determines it to be in the national interest to do so,” Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a joint statement. ” … Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it. Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.””


  2. Taking the high road, and ignoring the surrender monkey flinging his poo around.


    “President Trump on Sunday honored Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by paying tribute to America’s fallen heroes and the friendship with France that was “sealed in battle.”

    At Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in France, Mr. Trump recalled that French and American troops “shed their blood together” to bring a victorious end to World War I.

    Mr. Trump’s mournful speech contrasted sharply with French President Emanuel Macron’s remarks early in Paris where he took a swipe at Mr. Trump by condemning the dangers of nationalism.

    “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Mr. Macron said in a dig at Mr. Trump’s nationalist “America first” agenda

    At the American cemetery, where more than 1,500 U.S. service members from WWI are entombed, Mr. Trump did not fire back at his French host.

    He instead exalted the enduing friendship between the two countries and the alliance that twice helped saved France from German occupation.”

    Ricky and HRW will be along soon with some revisionist history for you about how it’s the Russians who saved the world from Germany and Hitler, not the US. Just ignore them.

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  3. By all means, let’s do this.

    It will give R’s a chance to skewer the media and point out it’s obvious daily bias and get that bias recorded into the public record.


    “House Democrats plan to investigate whether President Trump abused White House power by targeting — and trying to punish with “instruments of state power” — the Washington Post and CNN, incoming House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff said in an interview for “Axios on HBO.”

    Why it matters: Until now, all Trump critics could do is complain about his escalating attacks on the media. With subpoena power and public hearings, the incoming House Democratic majority can demand emails and testimony to see if Trump used “the instruments of state power to punish the press,” Schiff said.

    “It is very squarely within our responsibility to find out,” he said in the interview, which will air Sunday evening on HBO. ”

    And you thought fishing season was over.

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  4. What took so long?

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  5. I’m sure it’s totally legit.


    “Box of ballots marked ‘provisional’ discovered in trunk of rental returned to Ft. Lauderdale Airport”

    “More suspicious voting shenanigans from Broward County came to light last night. Independent journalist Laura Loomer, acting on a tip, learned that an employee of Avis Car Rentals at Fort Lauderdale Airport discovered two boxes apparently belonging to Benda Snipes’s office in the trunk of a rental car that had been returned Sunday night. The driver who returned the car works for Snipes’s organization.

    Compounding the suspicious situation, shortly afterward, Fort Lauderdale Airport was closed down for a couple hours by Broward County Sheriff Steve Israel, after an alleged bomb threat was phoned in, preventing journalists and GOP representatives from access to the handling of the “votes.”

    The best way to follow the situation is to read the many tweets Loomer posted to her Twitter account, here. These are some of the most interesting:”



  6. Like I said, let’s do it and get this stuff on the record.

    “Not credible” sums it up about right, for the WaPo and Frum.


    “The Washington Post keeps coming up with ways to broadcast anti-Trump screeds in a form that misleadingly suggests its reporting the news honestly. We’ve become familiar with variations of the following locution: “This report is based on interviews with 38 individuals with knowledge of the situation, including senior White House officials.” It allows the Post to pick and choose among the people it talked to and report pretty much whatever it likes — even if most of these people, including all the ones at the White House with first-hand knowledge, said something different.

    Now, the Post is attacking Trump in headlines attributing the attack to “critics.” Today, for example, the lead headline on the front page (paper edition) blared “Trump’s absence rankles critics” (a reference to Trump missing a ceremony in France honoring the World War I dead, due to bad weather). The Post has also used this approach to headline writing accuse Trump of racism, among other things.

    Critics said lots of unpleasant things about President Obama. I don’t think the Post ever wrote headlines that parroted these attacks and then attributed them to critics. “Obama too anxious to cut deal with Iran, critics say” was never a Post headline, I’m pretty sure.

    The great thing about the Post’s new approach to headline writing is that “critics” will say almost anything about Trump. In today’s story about France, the “critics” are Ben Rhodes and David Frum. Rhodes is a partisan operative. Trump is reversing key national security policies he helped Obama implement. Of course, he’s a Trump critic.

    Frum, if anything, is even more an more vituperative and indiscriminate critic of Trump than Rhodes. Regarding the ceremony in France, Frum tweeted:

    It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow.

    Frum didn’t get his facts right. Trump wasn’t in a hotel; he was staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence. Rhodes made the same mistake.

    In addition, it’s not “incredible” that Trump missed the ceremony. As Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reported:

    Weather canceled the trip. The presidential helicopter can’t fly in poor conditions. And Belleau Wood is about 55 miles from downtown Paris; driving there would have been logistically challenging for the large presidential motorcade.

    Jacobs added:

    Reporters can check with Secret Service sources on security reasons one of Trump’s 2 visits to U.S. graves was canceled, but world will still go nuts calling it international embarrassment.

    So will “critics.””

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  7. Baylor Professor Thomas S. Kidd with a tip on raising 13 year olds.

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  8. It gets even better. The Marty Robbins part probably only happens in Texas.

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  9. Yep. The Greatest Generation gave us legal abortion as national policy in America. Abortion was already legal in a few states before Roe, and was becoming more commonplace at the time. The Greatest Generation had been unable to halt that trend, assuming they would have wanted to–legislators elected by the Greatest Generation were the ones who had enacted those state laws. That makes sense, though, doesn’t it. Legislators elected by the Greatest Generation passed the social engineering laws of the Great Society at roughly the same time. Seven of nine Supreme Court judges, confirmed by legislators elected by the Greatest Generation then gave us Roe. In the ensuing years, the Greatest Generation was unable, unwilling, or uncaring enough to mount a challenge to that law, despite making up a majority of the electorate. Considering the opinions of the Greatest Generation differ little from the rest of the populace on abortion–about half favor its legality basically in its current form–that’s not a huge surprise, either.

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  10. Debra, This is the first paragraph of the article.

    “North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat.”

    The photos are from a COMMERCIAL satellite.


  11. RIcky @ 7:54 I have always thought that a home library is extremely important. And it’s important that it be full of hard copies (as opposed to digital) that are displayed and easily accessed. The first books I ever read were not made for children to read; we never did have real children’s books. My first encounter with books was a nice Encyclopedia Britannica set. ‘A’ was one of my favorites because there were pictures of animals and interesting information about each. ‘I’, ‘C’, and ‘R’ (Indian, Cowboy, and Radio) also became favorites. The big Bible story book that Mom read to us was also a favorite for many years. Because Dad was a college student throughout most of my younger years, I also read ‘Norton’s Anthology of Literature’ very early—about 3rd grade if memory serves. Through that volume I discovered poetry, Shakespeare, mythology, and the short story. I also read textbooks on psychology and biology. Although there were textbooks on theology readily available, I did not gravitate to those. We went to church every time the doors were open and I had a Bible so I guess my curiosity about theology was not as intense as it was in other subjects.

    Cyrus was also given various books to read at a young age as well and TV was greatly restricted. I think ‘Les Miserable’ and ‘Crime and Punishment’ made big impressions on him—as well as the westerns by Louis L’Amour. :–)

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  12. Solar, I admit that much negative happened during the watch of ‘the Greatest Generation’. However, I am very partial to my 92 yr old veteran of that group, so I would say a few words in their defense. The country was quite traumatized by the Great Depression in which this generation grew up, and the War seems to have further destabilized families and upended the social order by thrusting women into the factories and offices and all manner of public workplaces, by necessity. The Great Society fix was designed to alleviate some of that physical suffering and brokenness. And, in some ways, it worked.

    I am generally reckoned to be at the tail end of the Baby Boomers generation, and I’m afraid that ours bears the brunt of the real evil that has been institutionalized–abortion and the sexual revolution—though personally, I was too young to be a participant or voter in the instigation or either of those. But I think the responsibility is on my generation rather than my father’s.

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  13. Thanks, Debra. I appreciate giving credit where it’s due, also, including to WWII veterans and others. It is still the case, though, that the Greatest Generation gave us legal abortion. The SC itself, the legislators that confirmed it, those others that passed laws within their own states–essentially all were part of the Greatest Generation, and they got to hold their offices largely through the vote of that same generation. To this day, that Greatest Generation doesn’t distinguish itself from any others by its views on abortion. It pretty much mirrors the rest of the culture in how it favors permitting the practice. I reject the cult of the Greatest Generation.

    Addendum: When you funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into a particular effort the way the Great Society has, you would hope it would have success in at least “*some* ways,” no? Could you imagine having nothing to show for it after spending such massive amounts? But it still can be the case–and it is–that the set of programs were/are a colossal disaster.


  14. Huh. That’s not what I’d been told….


    “Yet, the belief that Trump’s focus on these issues hurts the GOP among women hinges on a false premise. The economically libertarian Republican Party of yesteryear also did not do so well with women. As the Pew Research Center has shown, the Democratic presidential candidate outpolled the Republican candidate among women in every election since 1980. No Republican presidential candidate has obtained a majority of the women’s vote since 1996. The gender gap is just part of the political terrain, a consequence of the divergence of men and women’s lives, accelerated by declining marriage rates and various anti-family policies that ongoing Republican weakness only exacerbates.”

    “Diversity Among the “Women’s Vote”
    The notion of a “women’s vote” is itself something of a misnomer. Young blue-collar waitresses, stay at home suburban housewives, unmarried professionals, and widows depending on Social Security all live very different lives and have very different concerns from one another. If you distinguish among different groups of women voters—married versus unmarried, nonwhite versus white, old versus young, and Republican versus Democrat—the landscape changes dramatically.

    Trump won 52 percent of white women in 2016. And while he underperformed Clinton with college educated white women (51 percent vs. 44 percent), he got 61 percent of the share with the more numerous cohort of non-college educated white women. ”

    “The Republican Party is Emerging as the Pro-Family, Middle Class Party
    The outsized support of non-college educated white men and women for Trump and Republicans in Florida is part of the realignment of the party that is underway. Historically, the GOP has been the party of the rich, the businessman’s party, whose 20th century identity was forged in opposition to the New Deal, the Great Society, and the “tax and spend” schemes of the Democrats. The old coalition included more of the college educated, when a degree was the privilege of the elite and a ticket to the upper-middle class. At the same time, the Democrats were for everyone else: the poor, the working class, labor unions, and ethnic minorities.

    In the earlier realignment of the 1960s, white Southern Democrats and culturally conservative “ethnic whites” went Republican, and an uneasy coalition emerged comprising the rich and the cultural conservatives. National security policy loomed large, at least during the Cold War. The Democrats too underwent an identity crisis, becoming the party of urban progressivism, particularly on social issues, while also being the party of the have-nots, i.e., the prime “clients” for government welfare programs.

    Trump has dumped many of the Republican Party’s post-1960s social issues. You don’t hear him railing against a general moral decline or gay marriage. And while Trump’s proven reliably pro-life in practice, it’s not his chief rhetorical area of emphasis. Instead, he is emphasizing the issues of nationalism: borders, trade, and an America First foreign policy. In the process, he has not tried to sell watered-down traditional Republican positions to appeal to the mythical “economically conservative, socially liberal” urbanites.

    Instead, he has softened the economic libertarianism and counseled the need to take care of the middle class, including through his embrace of tariffs and immigration restrictions. His appeals to the “economically moderate, socially conservative” group worked. In the process, some of the more socially liberal economic conservatives—men and women alike—have left. But they have been replaced by a much larger group of nationalist-oriented voters in the middle.

    Thus, the Republicans are now a party of the middle class and the middle of the country, and the Democrats are a party of the extremes, the rich and the poor, whose bases are chiefly on the East and West Coasts. Both parties and their voters have become more partisan and farther apart from each other in the process.

    Men and women, suburban or otherwise, are uneasy about a world where anti-white ethnic chauvinism is now acceptable by the mainstream Democratic Left, a trend that began under Obama. Perhaps the media’s fawning coverage of the caravan backfired, as the imagery of a large group of hungry, angry military-aged men looked like an invasion without the need for any amplification by Trump’s rhetoric. Floridians, particularly older Floridians, frequently gripe about how Miami feels like a foreign country. The media’s glee at the fast-emerging minority status of whites, along with their explicitly anti-white women rhetoric, has tended to get whites of both sexes to feel anxious, circle their wagons, and vote more like an ethnic bloc. As Vox has reported, “The threat of demographic change—and the loss of status that comes with it—provokes a broad sense of wanting to hunker down.”

    Politics Requires Realism, Not Wishful Thinking
    The politics of 2018 may not be pretty. There is an understandable desire among intellectuals and individualists to return to the “age of ideas.” But those who would rather be talking about marginal tax rates should consider supporting Trump and his agenda as the fastest way to return to such a politics. Ideas-based political disagreements are something of a political luxury good that emerge only in a country where national identity is already settled. National unity would be enhanced by an immigration moratorium and nationalist economic policies that spread the prosperity of the coasts to the country’s middle.

    The only person who seems to be hearing the murmurings of anxiety and discomfort that come from the middle, including among suburban women, is Trump and his realigned Republican Party. In a country made artificially more diverse and disunited by immigration policy, the nonideological ethnic politics that began in our high-immigration northern cities will become the rule nationally. Perhaps this is why Trump, a New Yorker who grew up in this world, is so adept at national politics in our changing nation.”


  15. Missing by a mile.


    “French President Emanuel Macron chose an odd occasion to implicitly lecture an American president over the weekend. After all, he was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the Great War, when the United States tipped the balance in that struggle in favor of the Allies and freed France. A generation later, young Americans would again return in droves to French soil, this time to smash the evil occupying force of Nazi ethno-fascism. As I explained recently, that despicable scourge sought racial purity and government dominance over all aspects of societies. Thankfully, American nationalism animated our mighty republic to save the world from such subjugation.

    In contrast to ethno-fascism, American nationalism discounts bloodlines and instead exalts our shared history and overwhelming agreement on core beliefs. These principles include pluralism, free-enterprise economics, religious liberty, respect for our Constitution, and reverence for our great flag. American nationalism indeed demands “America First,” but never America alone, as evidenced by the sacred cemeteries of our war dead across the French countryside.

    Instead of displaying gratitude for being liberated by the first superpower in world history uninterested in conquest, Macron delivered a smug lecture. Here is the harsh reality: France, like all of Western Europe, has thrived for decades because of the protective blanket of the American military, funded by the generous American taxpayer. In lieu of appreciation, Macron dismissed our historic commitment by calling for a European-only military to counterbalance both the U.S. and Russia. Then, in a barely veiled verbal assault on Donald Trump, he assailed nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism.”

    Instead, we view nationalism as the practical application of patriotism. The recent worldwide movement toward sovereignty reflects citizens revolting against the transnational structures that serve first the interests of elites like Macron. These arrangements, from the Paris climate accord to the World Trade Organization, have proven especially punitive to American workers — who used their vote in 2016 to demand that our national interests always supersede multilateralism.

    Similar sentiments ascend from Britain to Brazil. Perhaps paradoxically, the world will actually achieve greater prosperity and harmony when each sovereign nation stands empowered to first seek its natural prerogatives rather than subservience to the allegedly wise designs of globalist bureaucrats. For example, regarding the Great War that we just commemorated, the actual lesson of history clearly warns that rational nationalism did not spur the violence. Instead, cross-border multilateral security guarantees became the tripwires that detonated global strife.

    Nonetheless, a century later internationalist technocrats like Macron decry enlightened nationalism. For Macron, perhaps attacks on America and Trump serve to divert attention from his own disastrously low 21 percent approval ratings at home. Instead, he should embrace the Eastern European example of informed nationalism, evident especially in Poland, which on Sunday celebrated its own profound centennial anniversary of regained independence — largely thanks to America’s insistence during Versailles negotiations. Poland, unlike France and Germany, has resisted multilateral demands that it submit to unfettered migration, and has solidified its relationship with the United States. The ambassadors of Poland and America jointly wrote that that bilateral bond is “stronger than ever.” ”

    And Macron is an ungrateful whelp.


  16. Personally I never really bought into the “greatest generation” thing. In every generation there are those who selflessly step up to do what seems to be impossible, because everything they hold dear is at stake. Sure there are some who fall down, some who make their generation look silly, and even worse. But when needed, there are always others who step up.

    I think every generation does what’s necessary for preservation of what they value. Some have more and better resources to do so than others, but the will to defend this country, her ideals, and millions in the rest of the world has always been there from the start. In every major conflict spanning all generations of Americans, that will to defend it has risen above and against seemingly impossible odds. It’s what we do.

    It’s also why I still have faith in my neighbors, because I know that when push comes to shove, Americans do what needs doin’. I still see it today, it’s there, if you look.


    “We’ve all heard the horrific news of yet another demonic murder spree at a bar outside Los Angeles. While watching a number of the press reports on the tragedy, I came upon one in particular. It’s extraordinary.

    The reporter was not necessarily intending to tell the story she did, but was just somberly describing what happened. She produced a remarkable presentation of how a number of very good young men stepped up without a thought for their own well-being to protect and usher others to safety. Like every other such mass murder, Thousand Oaks is the story of one very bad man and many very good men.

    These murders by truly evil men are unfortunate occasions for good men to reveal their valor and show their courage, selflessness, and respect for the women and others who need their help. In the clip below, forward to 0:54. This is where the reporter, Kayna Whitworth, a Los Angeles correspondent for ABC News, poignantly tells story after story of some of these men, which every one of us should hear. Her appreciation and respect for these men is evident.”


    Keep looking, you’ll find them. We’ve been blessed as a country to have such men and women.


    “More than a dozen North Texas firefighters will soon be fighting wildfires in California after the state requested assistance to battle the ongoing blazes.

    A task force of 17 firefighters from Dallas Fire-Rescue and three from the Lewisville Fire Department will go to California on Monday along with five fire vehicles.

    Texas will send a total of 200 firefighters to California, along with 50 types of fire engines. Two additional teams will leave from Fort Worth and Frisco with firefighters from various North Texas departments.”


    I think every generation has such men and women. Those who will selflessly and without thought of their own well being, do what is necessary to protect others. Most days you don’t even realize it, but they’re there, when needed.

    Every generation has their greatest.

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  17. The Geek in me is mourning. 😦


  18. Kim – I heard that, too. Can you imagine Clinton vs. Trump – Round 2? I think once campaign season begins, I will hide under the covers until it’s all over.


  19. More fake news.


  20. More bad news from Cali.


    “As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history.

    Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters. The statewide death toll stood at 31. The Camp Fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest.

    A total of 29 bodies have been found so far from that fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing Sunday evening. He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.”


  21. Looks like Corsi got Scooter Libbyed.

    More process crimes, still not Trump related.

    Perjury traps are exactly why Trump should never sit in for one of Mueller’s fishing expeditions.


    “Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi reportedly told NBC News that he was informed by special counsel Robert Mueller last week he will be indicted for perjury.”

    ““When they have your emails and phone records…they’re very good at the perjury trap,” Corsi said.”


  22. Does anyone think Hillary has a remote chance of winning her third attempt? After she lost the nomination to Obama, I said she was done for. Older women aren’t celebrated in our culture, and her bitterness shows more as she ages–she isn’t an attractive figure any way you look at it, she has tons of baggage, she has lost twice, and she is simply too old. (I did find it remarkable in the last election that the three front runners–both Democrats and Trump–were Reagan’s age or older, and no one batted an eye at that, when so much was made of Reagan’s age. Do we really want 70-year-old nominees to be the norm in running for an office that visibly ages nearly everyone?!)


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