16 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-5-19

  1. Pass the popcorn.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/02/04/the-insurgents-behind-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-224542

    “‘There Is Going to Be a War Within the Party. We Are Going to Lean Into It.’

    The Justice Democrats helped get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected. Who are they after next?”

    “Maybe you’ve heard the warning: The country is beset by a menace. A fringe conservative minority is holding Congress hostage, extracting radical policy concessions over the will of the majority. And it’s leading the nation to fiscal, environmental and moral ruin.

    Maybe you haven’t heard this part: These dangerous conservatives are Democrats.

    “I am talking about the radical conservatives in the Democratic Party,” said Saikat Chakrabarti. “That’s who we need to counter. It’s the same across any number of issues—pay-as-you-go, free college, “Medicare for all.” These are all enormously popular in the party, but they don’t pass because of the radical conservatives who are holding the party hostage.”

    Not long ago, this would have been an outlier position even among American liberals. Today, it’s the organizing principle of a newly empowered segment of the Democratic Party, one with a foothold in the new Congress.”

    Chakrabarti is chief of staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the closest thing to a new celebrity Congress has had in years—a 29-year-old former activist and bartender who, on the most recent Martin Luther King Day, sat on the same New York stage as the rapper Common, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and MacArthur “genius award” winner Ta-Nehisi Coates.

    Although it’s Ocasio-Cortez who gets all the headlines, she arguably wouldn’t be in Congress in the first place without the group Chakrabarti founded: Justice Democrats, a new, central player in the ongoing war for the soul of the Democratic Party. It was the Justice Democrats who recruited her in a quixotic campaign early on, providing a neophyte candidate with enough infrastructure to take down a party leader. And it is the Justice Democrats who see Ocasio-Cortez as just the opening act in an astonishingly ambitious plan to do nothing less than re-imagine liberal politics in America—and do it by whatever means necessary.

    If that requires knocking out well-known elected officials and replacing them with more radical newcomers, so be it. And if it ends up ripping apart the Democratic Party in the process—well, that might be the idea.”

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  2. That’s some seriously messed up priorities.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/3/ralph-northam-blackface-sparks-outrage-silence-ove/

    “Turns out, killing babies is not so popular.

    What is truly amazing is how many Virginia Democrat politicians had to touch that hot stove before they got the message that even mainstream Democrat voters do not approve — no, they are appalled, aghast and unbelieving — at the mere notion of an elective abortion during delivery.

    It’s between, you know, the mother and her “doctor,” Death Squad politicians tell us.

    For years, we have been chided for talking openly about fearing the Obamacare “Death Panels” that would reign after the government takes over every last corner of our health care system.

    Turns out that not only are the Death Panels real, they’re not just for old people and expensive sick people. Democrat politicians want them for newborns, too.

    “The infant would be kept comfortable,” the Grand Wizard of Death Squads, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, tells us in chillingly antiseptic tones.

    Listening to Dr. Death Northam discuss the final solution for troublesome, colicky or, perhaps, wrong-gendered babies is a little like listening to Hannibal Lecter make tender pillow talk before he rapes a woman, skins her and eats her medulla oblongata.

    Or Buffalo Bill give skin moisturizer tips.

    “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again!””

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  3. Democracy Dies in Darkness at the WaPo.

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/01/democracy-dies-darkness-media-avoids-extremist-democrats/

    “Democracy Dies In Darkness When The Media Avoids Extremist Democrats

    The election of Democrats is covered as extremely important and newsworthy, but what these same Democrats say and do once in power cannot be honestly reported.”

    ““Democracy Dies in Darkness” is the slogan of the Washington Post. Inspired in part by the legendary Bob Woodward, it fits nicely on a T-shirt (available in the paper’s merch shop for a mere 25 bucks). But it would be a mistake to assume the Post universally opposes the idea.”
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    “The Post’s propaganda notes that one of the bill’s co-sponsors has abandoned the bill, “even though it had already been tabled in committee on Monday, and was identical to bills that had been proposed in the legislature, and failed, in past years.”

    Generally a reporter’s editorial complaints about the legislative process are not news, but they are here. And the complaint that prior versions of the bill had not caused controversy is fairly rich in an era where an entire genre of journalism consists of wrecking people’s lives over years-old social media postings.

    The features of the bill that caused it to fail do not appear until paragraph 15: “Tran’s bill would have removed the phrase ‘substantially and irredeemably’ when it comes to defining the risk a mother would face by continuing the [third-trimester] pregnancy. It also would have required just one physician to certify the need for the procedure, instead of three. And it would have allowed second-trimester abortions to be performed in a clinic, instead of a hospital.”

    That is, under this bill, an abortion could occur based on the abortionist’s assessment of the woman’s future mental health, without any showing of severity.

    Burying the substance of the bill this far into the story might have been defensible if the Post, or even other outlets, had previously reported on the bill. But the Post’s prior coverage was framed as “conservatives pouncing” on comments by Gov. Ralph Northam that not only defended the bill, but supported infanticide for babies born with deformities. In that story, the bill itself was summarized briefly in paragraph 19. Unsurprisingly, Northam’s inflammatory (and dishonest) comments were omitted from the background portions of the follow-up story on Tran.

    While the Post’s coverage of the story is a caricature of media bias—the “conservatives pounce” jokes were all over social media before these stories ran—it must be said the Post did more than almost any other establishment media outlet. Virginia Democrats’ pro-abortion extremism was almost entirely suppressed outside conservative media.”

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  4. And Bezos and WaPo are making this a regular thing.

    Democracy Dies in Darkness. They know this because they’re helping to kill it.

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  5. Thank you President Trump. It’s about time someone did the right thing for these folks. Nice to see someone on the other side acknowledge it too.

    “Since President Trump took office, speculation has raged that he intends to privatize major portions of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ sprawling health care system. Last week, the administration took its most definitive step in that direction by releasing rules allowing veterans who live more than a 30-minute drive from a V.A. health care facility to choose to receive private care instead.

    Many Democrats and most veterans organizations have opposed such policies, arguing that diverting funds from V.A. hospitals and clinics will damage care for needy veterans. I am anything but a supporter of Mr. Trump, his horrendous treatment of women and his anti-government agenda. But as a former Marine Corps officer who has needed quality health care, I am thrilled by this move.”

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  6. Every time she talks…..

    Anti-Semitism is what you’ll hear.

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/01/latest-ilhan-omar-interview-adds-weight-charges-shes-anti-jew/

    “In a recent interview with Yahoo News, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) revealed both an astonishing ignorance about American foreign policy and renewed questions about her anti-Semitism, which at this point appears increasingly probable. Yahoo asked Omar, “How can America work productively towards a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians?”

    Omar responded, “By having an equal approach to both. Most of the things that have always been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other and we mask it with a conversation that’s about justice and a two-state solution when you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.”

    When asked to provide examples of such policies, Omar responded, “Our relationship really, with the Israeli government and the Israeli state. And so when I see Israel institute, um, law that recognizes it as a Jewish state and does not recognize, um, the other religions that are living in it and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle because I know that if, you know, we see that in any other society we would criticize it, or any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia. And so I am aggravated truly in those contradictions.”

    Omar’s answer was predictably starved of reason and facts. Shrouded as a mere critique of Israel, the primary thrust of Omar’s response was that the country’s existence as both a Jewish state and a democracy is problematic, if not impossible; that the U.S.-Israeli alliance harms relations between Muslims and the United States; and that the state of Israel is comparable to Iran, the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror.

    It would be easy and perhaps forgiving task to chalk such commentary up to simple ignorance. However, given Omar’s past comments regarding the Jewish state, to dismiss her most recent insights as merely uninformed gibberish would evince a repeated failure to condemn what can only be anti-Semitism.”

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  7. And good old anti-Americanism as well…..

    She’s chosen sides. But not ours.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/02/ilhan-omar-terrorist-attacks-are-our-fault.php

    “ILHAN OMAR: TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE OUR FAULT!

    That headline might overstate the case, but only slightly. In 2013, left-wing activist (now Congresswoman) Ilhan Omar was interviewed by Ahmed Tharwat, who–for some reason–had a television show on public television in Minnesota. What sort of a guy is Tharwat? His Facebook page includes this delusional headline: “Winston Churchill killed as many as the worst genocidal dictators of the 20th Century, says Indian politician.”

    So that’s the context. Omar’s interview took place in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 attack on a Kenyan shopping mall by the Islamic terrorist group al Shabaab, which originated in Omar’s Somalia. Hence the interview. I wrote about that horrific terrorist attack here and elsewhere. The al Shabaab attack was brutal, as I reported:

    Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling.

    Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged.

    Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed.

    Photos at the link confirm the horror of the Islamic terrorist attack. It is revealing to compare the appalling facts of the shopping mall attack with the dispassionate, liberal treatment it got from Ilhan Omar and her host.

    You really should watch the whole thing if you are interested in Ms. Omar’s role in contemporary politics. The short version is that she blamed the U.S.–her country, ostensibly–for al Shabaab’s shopping center massacre. Omar said:

    Usually most people want to not look internal and see what their actions that makes another react. For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

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  8. How do you sue the media?
    The guy who stared at the Indian is suing the media.
    So the TV says. I have it on mute so I didn’t get all of it.

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  9. “The consequences of prioritizing social justice over public health.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/typhus-crisis-in-los-angeles-worsens/

    “Typhus Crisis In Los Angeles Worsens

    Deputy City Attorney who contracted typhus “believes the city should fumigate City Hall and City Hall East to protect the thousands of workers and visitors””

    “Now, a Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of typhus, and the disease continues to spread across Los Angeles County.

    For months, LA County public health officials have said typhus is mainly hitting the homeless population.

    But Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, tells NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches.

    “It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told the I-Team. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”

    Greenwood believes she contracted typhus from fleas in her office at City Hall East. Fleas often live on rats, which congregate in the many heaps of trash that are visible across the city of LA, and are a breeding ground for typhus….

    Last October, Mayor Garcetti vowed to clean up piles of garbage throughout the city to combat the typhus epidemic.

    The Mayor allocated millions of dollars to increase clean-ups of streets in the Skid Row area, known lately as “the typhus zone.”

    But four months later, the I-Team documented huge piles of garbage just outside the “typhus zone.”

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  10. Good.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/lifestyle/style/a-tip-from-a-concerned-citizen-helps-a-reporter-land-the-scoop-of-a-lifetime/2019/02/03/e30762ea-2765-11e9-ad53-824486280311_story.html

    “Patrick Howley, editor in chief of the website Big League Politics, first reported Friday the existence of a photo on Northam’s page of his medical school yearbook depicting a figure in blackface standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood.

    “It’s very easy to explain,” Howley, 29, said in an interview Saturday. “A concerned citizen, not a political opponent, came to us and pointed this out. I was very offended [by the photo] because I don’t like racism.”

    The tip came after Northam’s comments on Wednesday about late-term abortions, he said. Howley declined to give any further information about his source, citing a confidentiality agreement. But he said it took him just a few hours to confirm that the photo was authentic.

    The source of the tip appears to have been a medical school classmate or classmates of Northam who acted as a direct result of the abortion controversy that erupted earlier in the week, according to two people at Big League Politics, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.”

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  11. Gross.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/43049/lone-dem-senator-blocks-bill-banning-infanticide-hank-berrien

    “On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), blocking a Senate bill that would require doctors to give aid to babies who survived abortions, objected to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and her one vote was enough to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in a unanimous consent vote, LifeSiteNews reports.

    Last Thursday, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NB) requested the unanimous consent vote after Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, had made comments indicating he did not object to letting an infant die after its birth, indicating that a born-alive “infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.” Sasse had already called for a unanimous consent vote to pass a resolution defending the Knights of Columbus in mid-January. That resolution was passed unanimously.

    According to the rules of the Senate:

    A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.

    Sasse appealed to the conscience of the entire Senate, saying, “Just a few years ago, the abortion lobby was really clear in its talk about hoping abortion would be … safe, legal, and rare. Now we’re talking about keeping the baby comfortable while the doctors have a debate about infanticide. You’re either for babies, or you’re defending infanticide … please, don’t let Governor Northam define you.””

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  12. Democrats are gonna make this guy’s life a living hell until he drops.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/43052/cue-dem-meltdown-look-what-happens-presidential-james-barrett

    “With Democrats already boiling about former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announcing a likely independent presidential run, new polling data is sure to trigger a full meltdown.

    A new Emerson College poll of Iowa voters shows that when Schultz is added to the mix, Trump’s chances of beating his top Democratic rivals jumps up significantly. Despite being underwater in approval by 2 points in the poll, 46-48%, the survey of 831 registered Iowa voters found Trump edging out 7 of 8 of his potential Democratic contenders (and blowing away potential primary challenger former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 90-10%), but mostly within the margin of error. When Schultz is listed as an Independent option, however, Trump’s lead expands dramatically.

    The only Democrat listed who would edge out Trump head-to-head is Joe Biden (51-49). All the others fell short: Bernie Sanders (50-51), Elizabeth Warren (48-52), Kamala Harris (47-53), Beto O’Rourke (47-53), Kirsten Gillibrand (46-54), Sherrod Brown (46-55), and Nancy Pelosi (45-55).

    But when Emerson added Schultz as an option against Warren, her chances dropped dramatically.”

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  13. Yeah…. funny that… 🙄

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