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

  1. It’s win-win.

    Reps get another Senate seat……



    And this also means Kamala Harris is probably off the Judiciary Committee. And after her histrionics at Kavanaugh’s hearings she deserves the boot. This now this gives the Reps an additional seat on that Committee by tradition and one Democrat, the most junior person, (Kamala Harris) gets knocked off.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Another reason corrupt politicians in South America aren’t interested in clamping down on border jumpers. It might adversely effect their family’s businesses.


    “A brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was charged by federal prosecutors Monday with conspiring to import tons of cocaine to the United States, as well as weapons offenses and lying to federal agents.

    Juan Antonio Hernandez Alvarado, aka Tony Hernandez, was arrested Friday in Miami and was due to appear in federal court there on Monday.

    Federal prosecutors in New York described the suspect, a former Honduran congressman, as “a large-scale drug trafficker” who worked for more than a decade with compatriots as well as traffickers based in Mexico, Colombia and other countries to receive, process and distribute cocaine making its way through Honduras en route to the United States. Hernandez used cocaine laboratories in Honduras and Colombia, where some drug packages were stamped with the initials “TH,” according to investigators.

    Prosecutors also said Hernandez coordinated and occasionally provided security for drug shipments within Honduras, even using members of the country’s national police force for the job.

    The drug-related corruption allegations that swirled around Tony Hernandez have cast a shadow over his brother’s government in a Central American country that is a major transit hub for cocaine.

    Honduras is also the homeland of thousands of migrants who recently have been traveling toward and are now camping out at the U.S. border with Mexico, saying they are escaping a poor economy and oppressive gang crime.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Huh.

    So I guess all those billions of taxpayer dollars to GM that were supposed to save US jobs were a total waste.


    “That was then: Over six years ago then Vice President Joe Biden (D) was campaigning for a second term for the Democratic administration of Barack Hussein Obama and himself with the proud theme

    “If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.

    He was referring, of course, to the assassination of terrorist Osama bin Laden indicating a successful American foreign policy during the Obama administration, and simultaneously the government bailout of General Motors indicating a successful domestic policy of providing for American workers.

    At that time, after four years of Obama’s rule, the US unemployment rate was 8%.

    Well, the theme worked and that dynamic Democratic duo–plus others–were re-elected for a second term in November, 2012.

    But a year later Biden was relatively silent when:

    U.S. taxpayers no longer own any of automaker General Motors. The Treasury sold the last of its remaining 31.1 million GM shares today. It started with 500 million shares in 2010.

    The taxpayer loss on the GM bailout is $10.5 billion. (emphasis added) The Treasury department said it recovered $39 billion from selling its GM stake, and had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout.

    The total bailout rises to $51 billion, including another $1.5 billion that Treasury put into programs to keep GM suppliers afloat and to make sure owners’ warranties were honored, plus some into the old GMAC finance company that’s now known as Ally — separate from a much larger Ally bailout.

    Oh. So GM was kept alive artificially until the election.

    This is now: On Monday, GM announced:

    Today, GM is continuing to take proactive steps to improve overall business performance including the reorganization of its global product development staffs, the realignment of its manufacturing capacity and a reduction of salaried workforce. These actions are expected to increase annual adjusted automotive free cash flow by $6 billion by year-end 2020 on a run-rate basis.

    “The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”

    Contributing to the cash savings of approximately $6 billion are cost reductions of $4.5 billion and a lower capital expenditure annual run rate of almost $1.5 billion. (snip)

    With changing customer preferences in the U.S. and in response to market-related volume declines in cars, future products will be allocated to fewer plants next year.

    Assembly plants that will be unallocated in 2019 include:

    Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

    Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit.

    Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.

    Propulsion plants that will be unallocated in 2019 include:

    Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland.

    Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan.

    In addition to the previously announced closure of the assembly plant in Gunsan, Korea, GM will cease the operations of two additional plants outside North America by the end of 2019.”


  4. And Trump is on them over it.


    “An insight into what Donald Trump means by Make America Great Again will be seen in the fallout to General Motors’ announcement to halt production at three North American assembly plants: Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck, Michigan; and Oshawa, Ontario. Shutting down these plants will affect around 14,000 jobs and is due to declining markets for the company’s Chevy Cruz, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac CT6.

    These plant closures are due to market forces. If there’s not enough buyers for those sedans, why make them? That is what the old-time Republican establishment would say. And to be honest, said establishment would not shed many tears over the loss of United Auto Worker (UAW) jobs if the invisible hand of the market was behind it. But that’s not Donald Trump.

    Trump is for the American worker — unionized or not. The president is apt to look around and say to Mary Barra, CEO of GM, ‘not so fast.’ He will note that GM is presently building popular Buick SUVs in China, vehicles that can easily be built in America. He will pointedly ask Barra: “Why isn’t GM investing and retooling U.S. plants to produce these SUVs?”

    The truthful answer, of course, is that GM wants to benefit from low wages and loose labor and environmental laws in China and then have the advantage of exporting those cars into the American market with minimum tariffs applied to them. And what of the American auto workers who lost their jobs in the process? They’re written off as causalities of globalization.

    This has been going on since the 1980s in industries across the Midwest. But Trump does not play that game. He puts American workers and Main Street ahead of profits for Wall Street and giant international corporations. This is what MAGA is all about. Trump’s coalition is middle-class Democrats (workers) and middle-class Republicans in the small businesses and professional and managerial jobs. It is their interest he cares most about.”

    Unlike GM……

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The prosecutorial misconduct by Team Mueller continues….


    “Last night, Jerome Corsi explained to Tucker Carlson and his audience how the Mueller team was able to charge him with lying to them in order to pressure him to (in his view) to give false testimony implicating Paul. It is a harrowing tale as he tells it. If you believe him, he is a victim of a ruthless team that took possession of his computer, smart phone, and other records, and then spent hours grilling him over details of his communications years earlier. When he failed to remember that he forwarded one email, they had him on a charge of lying, even though, as he told Tucker Carlson (rush transcript via Grabien):

    Now the special counsel came in and blew up and they actually sent me home and gave me an opportunity to review the emails. When I came back, I amended the testimony to say that I now remember the email. The special counsel was happy with that until I couldn’t give them what they wanted. Which was a connection that I had with Assange, which they assumed I have come which I I didn’t have. Now suddenly, they forgot they allowed me to amend my testimony and they are going back to the mistake I made, when I forgot the emails. So really, I think, it is completely fraudulent, the charge that they were trying to get me to plead to. I refused to plead to a lie.

    There should be written records of this offer to allow him to amend his testimony, subsequently deep-sixed. If the Mueller team has failed to keep such records, that would call into question the integrity of the entire operation.

    I suppose it is possible that Corsi is making up this story, but it as the ring of truth.”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Perhaps the answer to every question to the FBI should include the phrase ” to the best of my recollection”. Of course, the old standy-by “I don’t recall” worked just fine for Reagan and North. It would have worked for Clinton too, but the FBI in all its purity wouldn’t even recommend finding out.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. More winning.

    Let’s get to it. There are 112 vacancies that need judges.


    “The victory gives the GOP a three-seat advantage in the Senate, which will help them easily confirm President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

    From The Washington Examiner:

    With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, Trump won’t be able to pass any sort of major legislation, meaning that the Republican Senate will be primarily spending the next two years pushing through as many judicial nominations as possible.

    The added cushion not only means that it will be easier for McConnell to get nominees confirmed, it also means that Trump and his team can have more leeway to nominate more conservative judges given that there is now less pressure to placate centrists.

    Currently, there are 112 district court vacancies and 11 appellate vacancies on the federal bench. Going into this election, the Senate had confirmed 84 Trump judges.

    If Trump fills all of the current vacancies, nearly one in four federal judges will have been appointed by Trump. This does not take into account any additional vacancies that could come up over the next two years. This could have a transformative effect on the judicial branch, and will likely figure heavily in the 2020 election as Trump will tout judges as a leading example of how he delivered for conservatives.

    The GOP picked up seats in North Dakota, Florida, and Indiana. The Democrats won in Nevada and Arizona and held onto Montana.

    Trump attended two rallies on Monday night in a last minute attempt to push Hyde-Smith over the finish line even though polls had her over Espy by double digits.

    Controversy after controversy swallowed Hyde-Smith since Election Day, which I covered in a previous post, didn’t stop people from voting for her.

    99% of the precincts have reported, giving Hyde-Smith 474,471 votes to Espy’s 405,486. She has a 53.9% lead.”


  8. Question.
    Why does anyone want investigate Ivanka Trump’s e-mails?
    I see where both Democrats and Republicans want to investigate her e-mail. What do the expect to find?


  9. Dj

    Read your article from last night. When we say our opponent is suffering from fill in the blank derangement syndrome, we’re shutting down debate. In any case, climate change is the existing paradigm. The paradigm will stay until enough anomalies force a change. A geocentric universe was the paradigm until enough anomalies allowed Copernicus to establish a heliocentric paradigm. Meanwhile gravity and evolution are still paradigms with only minor variations. Thus climate change is the current paradigm until enough anomalies make it untenable or it stays in place.


  10. Aj,

    Interestingly the current Honduran govt came into power as a result of a right wing military coup supported by the US govt to replace a legitimately elected left wing govt. Interfering in foreign country can backfire.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I grew up near Oshawa. My friends and before them their parents worked at GM or at associated plants (parts, warehouses). This will kill the city. These were the highest paid factory workers in North America and the most productive. They made Oshawa a wealthy city.

    Our provincial conservative govt is shrugging it off as market forces. People no longer buy sedans. Also the market is larger in China so why not build it there.

    Unifor, the autoworkers union, will fight this to the bitter end….and knowing Oshawa as well as I do I can see a plant takeover.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.