11 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-13-19

  1. Trump has 2 choices, especially since they’re hiding the details.

    Accept the deal and then find the rest of the funding elsewhere.

    Or refuse to sign it and tell them to get back to work. This will cause another shutdown.

    B. Final answer.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/12/house-republicans-wall-funding-deal/

    “Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby announced Monday night that congressional negotiators reached an agreement to fund the border wall, thereby avoiding another government shutdown on Friday, but House Republican leadership had not seen details of the agreement when Shelby made his pronouncement.

    Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves, a member of the bipartisan Conference Committee who has been negotiating the deal since the government re-opened nearly three weeks ago, tweeted Tuesday morning, “I haven’t signed off on the reported ‘deal,’ nor have I seen it. Based on the reports, I have concerns. Lots of questions, too.”

    When The Daily Caller asked House Minority Whip Steve Scalise about Graves comment he replied, “He hasn’t he hasn’t seen the details I haven’t seen the details. I don’t think Leader McCarthy has seen the details.”

    He added, “Clearly, the details matter and I’m waiting to see those and I want to speak to the president later today as we’ll see where he is once he sees all the details.”

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  2. Law enforcement wants The Wall.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/trump-met-with-sheriffs-as-they-demand-congress-fund-border-wall-and-ice/#more-273592

    “Trump Met With Sheriffs as They Demand Congress Fund Border Wall and ICE

    “This dangerous congressional proposal not only jeopardizes the risk of our national security, but hinders our law enforcement officers from effectively enforcing and upholding the law and protecting their communities.”

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  3. The media gaslighting of America continues…..

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/12/political-journalists-are-trying-to-gaslight-america/

    “Political Journalists Are Trying To Gaslight America

    When conventional media bias won’t do the trick.”

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    “In the past week, I’ve noticed a number of Democrats and liberal journalists refusing to concede inconvenient facts.

    No matter how many times, for instance, you quote the plain language of the Virginia or New York abortion bills, they won’t acknowledge that both legalize the procedure until the moment of birth for virtually any reason. No matter how many times you show them language in those bills that explicitly protect doctors who terminate babies who are born alive from prosecution, they shake their heads as if you’re indulging in some right-wing conspiracy theory. No matter how many times you provide them with data that shows more than 15,000 abortions of viable babies being performed every year––most, if not all, having nothing to do with “saving the mother’s life”––they say “no.” (I’ve experienced it personally.)”

    During President Trump’s speech in El Paso yesterday, a Vox writer feigned indignation and claimed that “Trump falsely accuses Ralph Northam” of saying the governor supports “a newborn baby [coming] out into the world, and wrap the baby, make the baby comfortable, and then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby. Execute the baby!”

    Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times, retweeted the claim to her million followers. To put this in perspective, Haberman’s following on Twitter is nearly as large as the Times’ daily weekday circulation.

    No doubt Trump’s rhetoric is prone to exaggeration. In this instance, however, he was precise. For one thing, the sponsor of the Repeal Act, Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran, acknowledged that her bill allowed abortion through a woman dilating during birth. “My bill would allow that, yes,” she said. For another, we have recording of the governor of Virginia describing the process in which babies who survive abortion attempts can be terminated if the mother and doctor decide the life is inconvenient.”

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  4. Scapegoating?

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/11/shameful-scapegoating-africa-failure-underscores-unchecked-pentagon-incompetence/

    “Shameful Scapegoating Of Africa Failure Underscores Unchecked Pentagon Incompetence

    American men and women are still being sent to far-off lands, under-trained and under-equipped, to fight in conflicts that have little congressional oversight and little payoff for U.S. strategy.”

    “Over the past year there have been numerous leadership failures at the highest levels of the military in regards to the October 2017 ambush of a Special Forces unit in Tongo Tongo, Niger. The latest is the reinstatement of a reprimand for the team leader, Capt. Michael Perozeni.

    Since the ambush, four-star general officers have done everything in their power to avoid taking any responsibility for their command’s failures. Instead, they push blame down to the lowest possible levels, desperately searching for scapegoats to deflect blame from their careers and systemic failures within the services. The solution is not to fault soldiers under fire, but to fix the universal problems in higher commands.

    Army Command Policy states, “Commanders are responsible for everything their command does or fails to do. However, commanders subdivide responsibility and authority and assign portions of both to various subordinate commanders and staff members. In this way, a proper degree of responsibility becomes inherent in each command echelon. Commanders delegate sufficient authority to Soldiers in the chain of command to accomplish their assigned duties, and commanders may hold these Soldiers responsible for their actions. Commanders who assign responsibility and authority to their subordinates still retain the overall responsibility for the actions of their commands.”

    The Pentagon seems to believe that responsibility only rests on the shoulders of the lowest-level commanders. In Niger, it was Perozeni who told his superiors his unit was not properly equipped or supported to take on the mission. He subsequently followed his orders and had four of his soldiers killed. He was also shot. He performed admirably in a terrible situation and has been submitted for the Silver Star.

    It is no surprise that former defense secretary James Mattis was the only man in the command structure to ask why senior leaders were not being held accountable. In December, The New York Times reported that he erupted in anger at generals and civilian leaders for only apportioning blame on the team leader.”

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  5. From Drudge> Dowd says Mueller will not issue a report.
    I think he will be required to do something.

    The veteran criminal defense attorney who headed President Donald Trump’s legal team during a crucial stretch of the special counsel investigation believes the entire affair will end in silence from special counsel Robert Mueller, and called the massive two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign “a terrible waste of time.”

    “I don’t think there’ll be a report,” John Dowd told ABC News in a wide-ranging interview for the premiere episode of “The Investigation,” a new podcast focused on the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’”

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  6. It appears the Republicans are going to campaign in 2020 on a three prong approach. Fear of abortion, socialism and anti-Semitism.

    In the first the Democrats are playing into Republicans by allowing the discussion to center on specifics. They should simply remove abortion from regulation, making the discussion solely between a woman and a doctor. This would change the frame of reference in discussions. In any case, the Cdn experience suggests abortions will go down and late term abortions will be almost impossible to acquire. Doctors and malpractice insurance companies avoid it like the plague.

    Republicans will try to make socialism a dirty word much like they did to liberal 30 years ago. They will invoke Venezuela constantly (and the current crisis may solved with American domestic politics in mind). Democrats need to avoid discussing Venezuela and instead emphasize health care and education. And if they’ve adopted the title of democratic socialist to wear it proudly pointing out it means universal health care like the rest of the developed world.

    Anti-semetism is a particularly ridiculous charge given Trump could be accused of the same. To critisize AIPAC and Israel is not antisemitic. The speed upon which both Rep and Dem leadership jumped on Omar suggests she may have a point. And its a legitimate discussion to have on how much influence Israel should have on US Mideast policy. Israel acts for Israeli interest not the US and two don’t always coincide.

    I expect more three fears to be expressed by both Rep and their media allies leading to 2020. I’m not sure it work but I expect them to try.

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  7. Mueller will issue a report. He more or less has to. Given the indictments and guilty pleas so far, hes been successful. The real question will his report focus on the narrow question of Russian involvement in the election or will he also report on corruption, conflicts of interest, etc. I think he will lean to the former much to the disappointment of the Democrats

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  8. Veith and the coming campaign:

    The First Woke Primary
    FEBRUARY 13, 2019 BY GENE VEITH

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2019/02/the-first-woke-primary/
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    The Democratic primary is being conducted in a new climate, that of identity politics, intersectionality, and the necessity to be “woke” (that is, to be sensitive to every nuance of privilege and oppression).

    Thus we are already seeing from nearly every candidate a ritual of apology and self-abnegation. Despite her status as progressive icon, Elizabeth Warren is in trouble for falsely presenting herself as a Native American and thereby appropriating someone else’s culture. Tulsi Gabbard is having to repent for having once opposed gay marriage. Kirsten Gillibrand is apologizing for having used the term “illegal alien.” Kamala Harris, despite otherwise impeccable progressivism, is being questioned because she once served as a prosecutor. …

    … Watch for more high school transgressions, embarrassing photos, testimonies of bad behavior, and recordings of words and attitudes not acceptable by today’s unforgiving standards.

    Will anyone be good enough? Will these inquisitions and purity tests make Donald Trump’s cheerful willingness to be offensive look good by comparison?
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  9. I’ll tell you what it does to this voter. It makes me turn off Twitter and the news. I can’t stand the obfuscation of truth any longer.

    Speaking of which, our new governor pointed to our county as the best example of well-run housing. Which is a total and despicable lie.

    When the MEDIAN price of your homes in California is over $510K and only 28% of your population can afford a median-priced home, you have bigger problems than you’re dealing with. Travesty.

    And in this glorious nirvana of housing where I live? $620K. The MEDIAN price of a house in the US–which, btw, 50% of the country can afford by definition? $250K.

    What are these people smoking that they see this as an accomplishment?

    Oh. Don’t ask.

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  10. Rising housing prices generally reflect a good economy or rising wages. And they reflect the growing divide between cities and the periphery. Income and wealth are now concentrated in cities. And these cities have a global role and identity.

    California housing prices are lower than both Vancouver and Toronto. The average home is 835K and a detached home is 1.3 million in Toronto. In Vancouver 1 million gets you a 2 bdrm condo. You will need 3 million for a home. Jn both cities wealthy foreigners buy homes as insurance in case things go bad back home. This contributes slightly to the cost but like American cities, wealth and income are now concentrated in cities.

    In my own rust belt type city an average home now costs 600K. Its about an hour from Toronto. This pushes the poor out who have always lived here and were part of the city’s identity. Similar to what happens in the US, the mega city expands and pushes out the poor or those that don’t fit the needs of these global cities. I’m a big fan of govt responsibility and intervention but I find it difficult to see how the state or province can prevent the expansion of global megacities. To slow down the growth of these cities, national govts need to slow down the movement of wealth from city to city regardless of nation-state. And the cities who have influence tend to.limit interference.

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