28 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-16-18

  1. Just a reminder…..

    Illegal immigration is not a victim-less crime.


  2. Being judged by the standard he used to judge others.



  3. Lock her up! 🙂


    The questions they want answered are here.



  4. This is an interesting article by David Brooks. Debra could have written part of the first part, I could have written the closing paragraphs and there is a reference to a great Anne Applebaum article that I was going to post for HRW from a few weeks back.


  5. This is the syllabus from a class on Conservatism taught this semester at Yale by Ross Douthat and two others. The reading list is a great starter list for young conservatives or old conservatives like me who always can use a refresher course.


  6. Debra, Tucked into the syllabus is an article by John Crowe Ransom, one of the Southern Agrarians from the early 20th Century. Your attraction to the golden age of American manufacturing has always reminded me of the attitude that Ransom and his buddies (whom I greatly admire) had for the agrarian South.

    Here is his Wikipedia profile:



  7. This is from the profile:

    In 1930, alongside eleven other Southern Agrarians, he published the conservative, Agrarian manifesto I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition, which assailed the tide of industrialism that appeared to be sweeping away traditional Southern culture.[6] The Agrarians believed that the Southern tradition, rooted in the pre-Civil War agricultural model, was the answer to the South’s economic and cultural problems. His contribution to I’ll Take My Stand is his essay Reconstructed but Unregenerate which starts the book and lays out the Southern Agrarians’ basic argument. In various essays influenced by his Agrarian beliefs, Ransom defended the manifesto’s assertion that modern industrial capitalism was a dehumanizing force that the South should reject in favor of an agrarian economic model. However, by the late 1930s he began to distance himself from the movement, and in 1945, he publicly criticized it.[7] He remained an active essayist until his death even though, by the 1970s, the popularity and influence of the New Critics had seriously diminished.

    See what I mean. Most of us are sometimes nostalgic for a past era. Some of us can romanticize several past eras.


  8. A measured response. Some called for an immediate and rushed response, but this one is probably better for all parties.


    “The White House decided to crack down on the Saudis after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and not just those directly involved in it. ABC News reports that the administration has imposed sanctions on the 15 men identified by the Saudis as the hit team that carried out the murder — prompted in large part by the Turks and their intelligence efforts. However, the addition of two others may be intended to send a message to the House of Saud:

    The Trump administration has sanctioned 17 Saudi officials for their alleged involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the first economic penalties from the U.S. over the brutal murder that has spawned a diplomatic crisis.

    The 17 individuals, the U.S said, are the 15-man hit squad that traveled to Turkey to carry out the operation, the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Turkey, where the killing took place, and a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    It’s the same list of people that the Saudis themselves have blamed and arrested for the killing, which the Saudi government at first denied, then called an accident, before labeling it a rogue operation.

    With the sanctions, the U.S. freezes all assets for the men and blocks any U.S. persons from doing business with them. While that’s unlikely to make much of a difference with the group all imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, the sanctions do send a message that the U.S. takes the issue seriously.

    The Saudi prosecutor in the Khashoggi case also announced that he would seek the death penalty against five of the defendants, another attempt to show a seriousness of purpose. At the same time, however, he also let the crown prince off the hook:”


  9. A cold winter……


    “The open assault on white women from the progressive left seems to have begun in earnest. It could be rightfully argued that it actually began more than two years ago immediately following the election of President Trump, when presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said, “[Democrats] do not do well with white men, and we don’t do well with married, white women. And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

    Clinton didn’t win over white women for a myriad of reasons but the number of tone-deaf statements she made on why women didn’t vote for her, such as this one, certainly did her no favors. Clinton couldn’t have been more insulting to her own gender. By making public derogatory statements against white women, Clinton was really signaling that it was time to kick off the white woman blame game. Enter Jada Pinkett Smith, the outspoken racial critic who, just days ago, freely admitted that she just doesn’t like white women in general. Smith said on her own talk show, “I have to admit I’m guilty to that to a certain degree because I do have my own biases, specifically to blonde women,” she revealed. “Blonde hair on white women just triggers me. I’ve had to catch myself.”

    Smith’s racist remarks follow on the heels of the media’s consistent messaging that it was white women who were to blame for the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Media outlets such as the Guardian, the New York Times, Vogue, and countless feminist organizations were propagating a singular message aimed squarely at the feet of white women. Following the infamous almost all-female Kavanaugh confirmation battle, Vox host Liz Plank tweeted, “The way white women accept to be used as pawns by a party that consistently strips their rights and minorities’ rights away cannot be overstated.”

    The progressive left uses minority Hollywood stars to buttress racist arguments of the type we are all too familiar with. White women are racial bigots bent on voting against their own interests and empowering the male patriarchy. Yeah, that one. But this type of race baiting wasn’t Smith’s first rodeo in the war on whites. Smith boycotted the Oscars because it was too white for her. Chris Rock said at the 2016 Academy Awards, “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards,” in a nod to Smith’s angst over the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

    Another minority heavy hitter is Oprah, who only endorses political candidates who are black, such as former President Obama and her recent bid to get Stacey Abrams elected as Georgia’s next governor. Oprah has also said that old white people just need to die and that she was a victim of racism when a store clerk wouldn’t show her an expensive handbag. Oprah is a baby boomer and no doubt, she did experience racism in her lifetime before becoming one of the most influential and wealthy women in the world, but mark my words, she isn’t going to let anyone forget that.”


  10. A glance behind the curtain reveals not the great and powerful Oz, but a shriveled little Kristol, cowering in fear while his true master pulls his puppet strings…..

    He’s a complete fraud.

    This is who you and your ilk have climbed in bed with Ricky. You’ve fallen for an elitist scam.


    “Just hours after Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general last Wednesday at the president’s behest, #TheResistance found its newest target for destruction: Sessions’ interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker.

    Negative coverage about the acting attorney general has dominated national publications and cable news outlets. Reporters have portrayed Whitaker as a Trump lackey, a crackpot, and an “attack dog”; Democratic leaders are demanding that he recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation; on Tuesday, incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned that if Whitaker fails to step aside from the probe, “his actions will be exposed.” (Of course, this is pure propaganda. As Andrew McCarthy explains, Whitaker is well-qualified and meets the legal requirements for an interim presidential cabinet appointment.)

    NeverTrump “conservatives” are aiding Schiff and the media in their campaign to paralyze if not remove Whitaker. Commercials attacking the acting attorney general were aired on several Sunday morning political shows. The ads were sponsored by “Republicans for the Rule of Law,” a group founded earlier this year by Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. The group’s primary role so far appears to be pimping for the Mueller probe, a political witch-hunt that Kristol and his fellow NeverTrumpers pray will lead to the impeachment and removal of the president. The Left and their NeverTrump footsoldiers fear Whitaker will thwart the special counsel’s investigation instead of rubber stamping Mueller’s ever-expanding investigation as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has done over the past 18 months.

    Buying primo air time on network television doesn’t come cheap. So who is funding “Republicans for the Rule of Law” and their attacks on the Republican president and his acting attorney general? Is it big Republican donors?

    We haven’t found any, but we have learned learned that one of Kristol’s benefactors is progressive billionaire Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay.

    In addition to funding dissident ex-conservatives, Omidyar, 51, and his wife—who have pledged to give their more than $10 billion fortune to charity—operate an extensive network of nonprofits and foundations around the world. Omidyar has directed millions of dollars to a variety of progressive causes and political candidates: he and wife “have have given more than $500,000 to federal candidates and groups—nearly all of them Democrats—since 1999,” including six-figure donations to the Democratic senate and congressional campaign committees.

    The Omidyars have also been among the most prolific supporters of left-wing causes for years. According to a 2014 report by the Media Research Center, “Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s son, Jonathan are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates.” And lately, Omidyar seems to have become a big fan of Kristol’s, probably because of their mutual hatred of Donald Trump. Digging a little deeper it looks like they may have more in common since Kristol has recently found his “inner socialist” and he now opposes Republican candidates.”

    “One of Omidyar’s nonprofits is the Democracy Fund. In 2015, the Democracy Fund awarded nearly $9 million in grants, “many of which went to left-wing organizations.” One Democracy Fund recipient is currently in court fighting the results of the Georgia gubernatorial race, which was won by Republican Brian Kemp.

    An affiliate of that fund disclosed on its website that it has given as least $600,000 to Kristol’s umbrella group, Defending Democracy Together, since May. (Other NeverTrumpers involved in the group are author Mona Charen, strategist Linda Chavez, and former governor Christine Todd Whitman.) Republicans for the Rule of Law operates under the purview of Defending Democracy Together.

    So why is a group of so-called principled “conservatives” accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a leftist billionaire who has shown zero dedication to conservative causes, an activist who finances interests that are inimical to conservative values and policies, and who bankrolls Democratic candidates hostile to mainstream conservatives?

    Because the same phonies who claims to be all about principles and integrity are now the folks willing to do almost anything to take down Trump. (Remember that the next time they lecture pro-Trump Republicans about being a cult.)”


  11. New media bias study out.


    “Just about everything you would assume about journalists covering the financial industry is true, according to a new study.

    Scholars from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University surveyed 462 financial journalists and conducted 18 follow-up interviews to reach their conclusions. The abstract of their paper summarizes their findings.

    “First, financial journalists have stronger incentives to produce original information and analysis than to disseminate information already in the public domain, and they rely heavily on private communication with company management for information. Second, sell-side analysts play an important role in informing financial journalists, many of whom lack financial sophistication. Third, the incentives for sensationalism in the business press assumed in prior research are dominated by incentives for accurate, timely, in-depth, and informative reporting, while the quid pro quo incentives assumed in prior literature (e.g., putting a positive spin on company news to maintain access to inside sources) are substantial.”

    Get that? Journalists covering the financial industry don’t know the industry and give favorable coverage to keep access. Sounds like pretty much every other type of journalist. The good thing for financial journalists, the study found, is that they value informative reporting over sensationalism, something severely lacking in other areas of journalism.

    The journalists surveyed by the scholars come from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post and other highly respected outlets, as well as other smaller outlets.

    One other thing the researchers found was that the surveyed journalists overwhelmingly described themselves as liberal. Of those surveyed, 17.63% said they were “very liberal,” and 40.84% said they were “somewhat liberal,” for a total of 58.47% saying they lean left.

    On the other side of the spectrum, just 0.46% said they were “very conservative” and 3.94% described themselves as “somewhat conservative,” for a total of 4.4% of respondents leaning right. The other 37.12% said they were moderate.”

    And they were lying….. 🙂


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  13. Ricky, it may be my lack of graduate degree, but I can’t quite figure out what you were getting at yesterday. When you said, “Such statements by Trump are what make the college degree the dividing line in current American politics,” how do you mean? Dividing line between what?


  14. Between elitists like Ricky (or so he fancies himself) and us common rubes too stupid to get it. He’s right dammit! If we would just listen……..



  15. Move along folks….

    Nothing to see…..




  16. The Senate Shuffle.


    “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has decided to leave the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chaired, to lead the Senate Finance Committee. From Politico:

    “The economy is better than it’s been in years and there’s a sense of optimism about the future of our country that people haven’t felt in a long time thanks to the pro-growth policies of a Republican President and a Republican majority in Congress,” Grassley said. “Looking ahead, at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves.”

    Grassley will replace retiring Finance Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). He’ll also replace Hatch as Senate pro-tem, a position “traditionally given to the longest-serving majority senator that is also third in the presidential line of succession.”

    Grassley’s absence from the Judiciary Committee means that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may become chairman for the powerful group.

    Graham shot up in fame during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He will have “oversight of the DOJ as it supervises special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump.” From The Hill:

    The South Carolina Republican will also have jurisdiction over the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration.

    Graham met Thursday with Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general whom Trump appointed to replace Jeff Sessions the day after the election.”


  17. Solar P @ 10:36 Good question.

    AJ is absolutely right about one thing. The pre-2016 Republican Party is gone. We don’t yet know if it is extinct or in hibernation. The new Republican Party is just an adjunct of The Trump Cult. Republican politicians who put commitment to conservative principles over blind loyalty to Dear Leader are labeled “traitors” and face primary challenges from half-witted cultists. College graduates noticed; college dropouts not so much; high school dropouts not at all.

    Looking at votes in House elections, the Republicans lost about 7% to 8% of all voters or about 1/7 of their 2016 voters. These were disproportionately college graduates. As long as “Republican” means “Trumpkin”, college graduates are going to be repulsed by the label. We have seen it here. Conservative Christians who were Republicans are now Independents. Many of the young are becoming Libertarians. Many of the women are becoming Democrats, at least temporarily.

    College graduates generally see Trump for exactly what he is; the others not so much.


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