44 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-20-18

  1. Trump was right, and even Gov. Moonbeam had to admit it.

    But will they do anything about it?


    “Months ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged state lawmakers to loosen restrictive logging regulations put in place to appease environmentalists — a move that appears to have confirmed that President Trump’s recent critiques of state logging practices was correct.

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported back in August that Brown was proposing one of the most significant changes to the state’s logging rules in nearly half a century.

    “Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state,” the paper reported.

    Environmentalists in California weren’t on board. They’ve been pushing for years to make California’s logging rules more restrictive, not less — but forest fires in recent years appeared to change the calculus for certain lawmakers.

    “Under Brown’s proposal, private landowners would be able to cut trees up to 36 inches in diameter — up from the current 26 inches — on property 300 acres or less without getting a timber harvest permit from the state, as long as their purpose was to thin forests to reduce fire risk,” the Sentinel reported. “They also would be able to build roads of up to 600 feet long without getting a permit, as long as they repaired and replanted them.”

    Forests, particularly in northern California, California lawmakers admitted, have become dangerously overgrown. But there’s currently little incentive for landowners to clear their trees — they are only allowed to clear dead and decaying wood and undergrowth and can’t clear healthy tress. By allowing landowners to recover some money from the process — letting them create and sell lumber, for instance — it could incentivize them to make bigger changes.”

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  2. Hey look, Silver finally got something right. He pointed out Maggie and the NYT’s fake news.

    But I can’t post it because he’s got a foul mouth.


    “Nate Silver says media reporting about Ivanka Trump’s email also ‘@#$%^% up on Clinton’ (Ben Shapiro & Guy Benson have questions)



  3. The stupid……

    it hurts…..



  4. In the 2014 midterms, most college graduates voted for the Republicans over the Democrats. In the 2018 midterms, college graduates voted for the Democrats over The Trump Cult by a margin of 59% to 39%.


  5. The Trump Cult is always going to get slaughtered when it loses college graduates by 20 points.


  6. Wow! Those college graduates sure are brilliant. (She said sarcastically.)

    On another subject: My husband lived in California back in the 60’s and well remembers the battles over what was allowed in the forests. Even then there was a fight for fire safety. Decades later the same fight goes on.

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  7. The projected losses after the Republican Party converted to The Trump Cult (in a time of peace and full employment):

    1. 40 House seats
    2. 7 Governorships
    3. 335 state legislative seats

    The gains? One Senate seat.

    Blind support for dishonesty and idiocy has consequences.


  8. @ 7:25f I was certain they were talking about Hillary.

    @ 8:06 As I said before, Trump’s mouth runs ahead of his brain. There is no reason to stir up trouble where there is none and cause a ruckus about something that never concerned you.

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  9. Welfare is inefficient, whether it is welfare for inner-city Democrats or welfare for Trumpkin farmers that Dear Leader accidentally stabbed in the back.


  10. These restrictive “logging” rules extend into towns. The enormous oak tree across the street died from Sudden Oak Syndrome. It hung over the house and would have reached ours had it fallen south.

    It took my neighbor at least six weeks to get the permit to take down the tree. He was very nervous watching this dead enormous tree which spread over half his roof.

    It cost $7K to be removed.

    Another friend has detested the palm tree in front of his house for years. When his house burned down the only thing that remained was this palm tree. (We all liked it because it was the only palm tree around and made it easy to find his house in the Coffey Park maze).

    It finally came down a couple weeks ago $3K. Regulations won’t allow any of the palm tree to go into the vegetation–so he needed a permit to place the “remains” in the dump.

    We care about the environment, out here in California; to some, trees are more important than people. 😦

    #Actually I am a tree lover #I had tears in my eyes watching the oak cut down

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  11. Ricky,

    Your fake news story from Maggie at the fraud of a paper the NYT, has already been debunked. And by your numbers guy, so it must be true because you say he’s never wrong.

    Get with it. I thought you college grads were supposed to be smarter than that.


  12. When people break the law (or plan to) steps have to be taken. If folks have a problem with it, take it up with the invasion caravan leaders. They caused it.


    “Homeland security officials shut down all northbound lanes at the San Ysidro port of entry early Monday morning, after receiving reports that caravan migrants were planning to rush the border and cross illegally, U.S. officials said.

    Port operations were suspended for just over three hours while border authorities, supported by military personnel deployed to the area, carried out “hardening efforts” at the facility, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.”


    “The closure at San Ysidro, one of the world’s busiest land border crossings, began at 3:15 a.m. Monday and was lifted at 6:25 a.m., according to DHS officials. When northbound traffic resumed, port authorities were operating 15 entry lanes, down from 23 lanes before the temporary suspension.

    In a statement released Monday morning, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said “impediments” had been placed in some of the entry lanes to prevent a large group of people from running through.

    “CBP officials received reports of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the city of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to rush illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer,” the agency said. “CBP officials suspended operations to safely place impediments at the port of entry that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing.”

    The response at San Ysidro was based in part on information received from Mexican government officials, a senior administration official said on the condition of anonymity. No unusual activity on the part of caravan migrants was observed after the facility was hardened, the official added.”


  13. Oh look Ricky, your college educated, creepy porn lawyer buddy has more legal problems. Maybe you should start a GoFundMe page for him.


    “The woman who accused lawyer Michael Avenatti of domestic violence last week has now filed for a restraining order against him.

    Court records obtained by The Blast showed that Actress Mareli Miniutti “filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Avenatti Monday in Los Angeles.””

    “Avenatti was arrested last Wednesday for suspected felony domestic violence against a woman that reportedly left the woman’s face “swollen and bruised.”

    Sources told TMZ, who was first to report the story, that “the alleged incident occurred Tuesday, but there was a confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.”

    The woman reportedly ran out of the apartment building on Wednesday and screamed on her cell phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me. I’m going to get a restraining order against you.”

    “She hit me first,” Avenatti reportedly yelled, adding, “This is bulls***, this is @#%$%$##@ bulls***.”


    Real men don’t swing back loser. I guess they don’t teach you that in college.


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    And Silver is on the left.


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  16. Get your wallet Ricky.



  17. It is hard for partisans to objectively view the intelligence, honesty, and competence of leaders of their own parties. Such evaluations are made more difficult by the current problems with media sources. I am a partisan. I may overestimate Sasse’s intelligence.


  18. SolarP, You and Cheryl (last night) made good points concerning the “simplistic calculus”. I thought of Scott Walker (who is not a college graduate) and Trump. Nevertheless, college grads are generally somewhat more immune to Trump’s “cult appeal”. Part of it has to do with intelligence. Part of it may have to do with the “Yuck” factor. It is socially unacceptable to be a Trumpkin in some neighborhoods.


  19. This author? She must not know any conservative women. The very idea that I could or would control how my wife votes is lol funny, to both of us.

    Seriously, she’d laugh in my face if I told her who she had to vote for. And she should!

    What say you?

    Would any of you men dare do so with your wife?

    And how many of you women would cotton to the idea of a man tellin’ you how to vote?

    Maybe it’s a Texas thing?


    “How many husbands control the votes of their wives? We’ll never know”

    “Door-to-door canvassers tell stories of husbands who bully, silence and control their wives into voting conservative”

    “Progressive organizer Annabel Park told the story that made me start to wonder. “I can’t stop thinking about this woman I met while doorknocking for Beto in Dallas,” Annabel wrote on social media a few days before the midterm elections.

    “She lived in a sprawling low-income apartment complex. After I knocked a couple of times, she answered the door with her husband just behind her. She looked petrified and her husband looked menacing behind her. When I made my pitch about Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, her husband yelled, ‘We’re not interested.’ She looked at me and silently mouthed, ‘I support Beto.’ Before I could respond, she quickly closed the door.”

    Annabel told me afterwards, “It’s been on my mind. Did she get beaten? That was my fear.”

    There’s a form of voter intimidation that widespread and unacknowledged. It’s the husbands who bully and silence and control their wives, as witnessed by dozens of door-to-door canvassers across the country I heard from.”

    I started asking around and found that a lot of get-out-the-vote ground troops had witnessed various forms of such bullying, intimidation and silencing in relation to this election and in earlier elections, too.

    Wives asked their husbands directly who the two were going to vote for. Many seemed cowed. Husbands answered the door and refused to let the wife speak to canvassers, or talked or shouted over her, or insisted that she was going to vote Republican even though she was a registered Democrat, or insisted there were no Democrats in the house because she had never told him she was one. A friend in Iowa told me, “I asked the woman who answered the door if she had a plan for voting, and a man appeared, behind her, and said, quite brusquely, ‘I’m a Republican’. Before I could reply, he shut the door in my face.”

    Another friend reported, “A woman I texted in Michigan told me, ‘I am not allowed’ to vote for the candidate.” Many canvassers told me those experiences were common. I did not find stories of the reverse phenomenon – wives dominating their husbands, or husbands pushing their wives to vote for the Democratic candidate. Of course I talked to people canvassing for Democrats, and domestic violence takes place across the political spectrum, but the bullying seemed to be mostly either to oblige the wife to lean to the right or to not participate at all.

    “The wife spotted me and jumped up from her table to intercept me at the door before I could knock,” one canvasser from California told me.

    Without saying any words, the wife softly put both hands out in front of her body, palms facing me. She moved her hands from side to side as though to tell me, “No thank you, please go away without making a noise.”

    She was one of many who appeared to be afraid of their husbands.”


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  21. 12:55. My wife and my mother think that Yankee women tell their husbands what to do. As with judging the intelligence and honesty of your opponents, objectivity may be a little bit of a problem on such issues.


  22. I have always voted for who I wanted to vote for. My vote is between God and me. If anyone tried to coerce me into voting a certain way, well….it just wouldn’t happen.

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  23. My story is SCANDALOUS! This “Yankee” woman tells her husband how she will vote, and, make no mistake, HE WILL VOTE THE SAME WAY, and that’s the way it is.

    Now that I’ve got Ricky’s attention, here is the fine print. Lawyers are interested in that, right?

    My husband grew up in a family who didn’t discuss politics. My situation — just the opposite. Politics was discussed early and often in my childhood home.

    Fast forward to the present. Hubby has no interest in researching candidates’ positions, nor does he have time. He does see it as important to vote, and he trusts my judgment in selecting candidates for whom to vote. Then he asks me who I’m voting for, and he goes and votes for the same candidates because he doesn’t want our votes to cancel each other.

    Works for us.

    Ricky, you can go ahead and tell your wife and mother you know a Yankee woman who tells her husband, each and every time, who he will vote for.

    And, if you’re honest, you will include the fine print part — now that you know the rest of the story. 🙂

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  24. Rand is right.


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  25. AJ liked two of my posts in a row. Strange things happen in the age of Trump. And now agree with Rand Paul and AJ today, better Iran than Saudi. The ayatollahs are dying and the new generation wants change but the Saudis have an unlimited supply of inbred princes.

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  26. Lock her up! The left is ironically chanting all over the internet. Meanwhile, the right is hurriedly trying to differentiate the two. The truth is both cases were/are ridiculous. And yes this isn’t news. Ivanka was warned last year not to use her personal phone ….. yet she persisted.

    Personally, I find the nepotism more annoying. More than 25 years old, Republicans were upset when Hilary was in charge of health care reform. They wanted her to bake cookies. Yet now Jared and Ivanka are everywhere and no one blinks.


  27. Don’t know why I keep showing up as anonymous.

    Education is a good indicator of intelligence and ability to critique propaganda. Its used as a convenient filter by employers and by me on dating sites. But then again, Reagan had a BA and he started the decline of middle class America with voodoo economics.

    But Ricky is right, its hard to evaluate the honesty and intelligence of a politician whom you oppose and its easy to overestimated the qualities of someone you support. After all, Ricky holds Reagan in a high esteem despite his incompetence. Then again do we actually value honesty? Carter without a doubt was the most honest president yet very rarely is he mentioned in the top 10.


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