24 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-18-19

  1. This is a naked power grab by Democrats who still can’t accept that they lost to Trump. So now they want to rig the game. I’m sure the courts will have much to say on these matters.

    First up Washington State, who is just sure there’s something in Trump’s returns that could be used against him.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/washington-state-passes-bill-mandating-political-candidates-release-tax-returns-in-order-to-appear-on-ballot/

    “A proposal inspired by President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns advanced Tuesday in Washington state. A bill in the state Legislature would require candidates to release five years of returns before they could appear on either the primary or general election ballot in the state.

    Senators approved the bill on a 28-21 vote Tuesday, sending it to the House.

    “Although releasing tax returns has been the norm for about the last 40 years in presidential elections, unfortunately we’ve seen that norm broken,” said bill sponsor Sen. Patty Kuderer, a Bellevue Democrat, during debate Tuesday. Kuderer later confirmed she was referring to Trump.”
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    But there is no law that requires it.

    And this one is the most blatant grab of all. We have an electoral college for a reason. To stop BS like this.

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2019/03/16/governor-signs-bill-awarding-colorados-electors-to-the-winner-of-the-national-popular-election/

    “When we first heard about this, we thought it was both outrageous and impossible: still smarting, apparently, over Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, Colorado decided it would fix that whole Electoral College “problem” by waiting until the national popular vote had been tallied, and then awarding all the state’s electors to the popular vote winner.

    On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law, so if you live in Colorado, there’s really no point in voting in 2020; the other 49 states will be deciding who “won” your state regardless of which candidate had more votes in the state. That should make it really interesting if Candidate A wins Colorado’s popular vote, but Candidate B wins the national popular vote; there was no point in Colorado voting.”

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    Get over it, you lost. Dang crybabies……..

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  2. Nope, no bias here……

    Told ya’ Reuters is in the bag for this clown. Despite the reporters attempt to justify it, you know he would never extend such “courtesies” to a Republican.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/reuters-reporter-agreed-to-hold-story-of-beto-teenage-hacking-group-until-after-2018-election/

    “Reuters reporter agreed to hold story of Beto teenage hacking group until after 2018 election

    “In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.””

    “Apparently, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke was a member of a teenage hacking group called Cult of the Dead Cow.

    An intrepid Reuters reporter, who was researching a book at the time, tracked down and confirmed this story prior to the 2018 midterms, but agreed to hold it until after Texas voters headed to the polls to vote for their choice for Senate. In that race, O’Rourke lost to incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (R).

    The Washington Examiner reports:

    Reuters held on to a report about former congressman Beto O’Rourke and his participation in a hacking group as a teenager until after his failed 2018 Senate race in Texas.

    O’Rourke, now 46, announced Thursday he’s running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. A day later, Reuters reported he was a member of a computer hacking group called the Cult of the Dead Cow and authored a series of writings under the name “Psychedelic Warlord” [. . . .], including disturbing fiction he wrote when he was about 15 that detailed the murder of children.

    “I’m mortified to read it now, incredibly embarrassed, but I have to take ownership of my words,” O’Rourke said in an apology. “Whatever my intention was as a teenager doesn’t matter, I have to look long and hard at my actions, at the language I have used, and I have to constantly try to do better.”

    “It’s not anything I’m proud of today, and I mean, that’s the long and short of it,” he told reporters earlier on Friday. “All I can do is my best, which is what I’m trying to do. I can’t control anything I’ve done in the past. I can only control what I do going forward and what I plan to do is give this my best.”

    O’Rourke also apologized for joking about “sometimes” helping his wife raise their three children.

    Reuters recounts how their reporter agreed not to reveal the name of the politician seeking election in 2018 if a member of the hacking group shared this information. He did so, and later, O’Rourke himself reportedly acknowledged that he had been a member of the group. He acknowledged this, reportedly, on the understanding that it would not be revealed until after the election.”
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    Ted Cruz nails it.

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  3. Good. These UN frauds have no jurisdiction here.

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    https://www.apnews.com/08e538e370914f6e8243e237dbde50b5

    “The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, and may do the same with those who seek action against Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.

    Pompeo, acting on a threat delivered in September by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, framed the action as necessary to prevent the international body from infringing on U.S. sovereignty by prosecuting American forces or allies for torture or other war crimes.

    “We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,” Pompeo said.

    U.S. officials have long regarded the Netherlands-based ICC with hostility, arguing that American courts are capable of handling any allegations against U.S. forces and questioning the motives of an international court.

    The ICC and its supporters, including human rights groups that denounced Pompeo’s announcement, argue that it is needed to prosecute cases when a country fails to do so or does an insufficient job of it.”

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  4. Huh. It turns out the Steele Dossier wasn’t even the shadiest or weakest evidence used to justify FISA warrants against Trump. The people who allowed this travesty should be run out of DC by real law enforcement. This is an embarrassment to real agents and LEOs. Pathetic really….

    The Steele Dossier was verified…… by anon posters at CNN. And that was good enough for our FBI. Sad, and pathetic.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/steele-admitted-in-court-he-used-unverified-website-to-support-the-trump-dossier

    “Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier”

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    And the willfully stupid at the FBI fell for it, because they wanted it to be true.

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  6. Regrets?

    He’s had a few. So he must be silenced.

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/first-man-recognized-as-nonbinary-in-us-regrets-taking-hormones-warns-against-trans-sham.html

    “The first man in the United States to be legally recognized as “nonbinary” now says it was a “sham,” and notes that mainstream media and LGBT organizations treat him as though he does not exist.

    In a Monday article in the Daily Signal, Jamie Shupe, a man who recently desisted back to his biological sex, explained that four years ago he wrote about his decision to live “authentically” as the woman he said he always had been in The New York Times. Three years ago, he asserted he was nonbinary — neither male nor female — and was allowed to identify as such by the state of Oregon. He was the first person in the United States where a “third” sex was formally designated on his legal documents.

    “Now, I want to live again as the man that I am,” Shupe wrote Monday, elaborating that while he took hormones and participated in “medical transgenderism” for several years, he never had surgery to remove his genitals and today considers himself lucky.

    “But that’s not to say I got off scot-free. My psyche is eternally scarred, and I’ve got a host of health issues from the grand medical experiment,” he said.

    Shupe went on to detail how the transgender community billed life as the opposite sex as wonderful and fulfilling when in fact it only made him more miserable. His confusion was compounded by medical professionals who now write letters saying their gender-confused patients were essentially born in the wrong body, a notion government agencies and courts of law have validated.

    In a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post, when asked what he would tell young people who have begun believing they are transgender or nonbinary, Shupe said he knows they have been led to think that gender identities are real but they are not.

    “To the children, I say: I understand that you are reluctant to take the advice of older people and would prefer to test things out yourself, but you can’t walk this harm back. You only have one body. You only have one reproductive system. Please don’t ruin it chasing the fantasy that you are something other than your biological sex,” Shupe said.

    “While your suffering is real, a gender transition is not the answer to your problems. Right now there is no reward for being the person who resists succumbing to gender dysphoria. That’s going to change and you should be proud to be a part of that change.”

    He added that he would tell parents that he knows how much gender clinicians have scared them by claiming their options are their child’s suicide or a gender transition.

    “I understand how your child has learned to weaponize suicide because I’ve been taught that too. I understand how precious your children are, because I have one of my own. Never in a million years would she get my help or support to transition. When therapists or doctors warn that your child should not go through the wrong puberty, you must ask how the child could possibly know that their puberty was wrong without experiencing the one their body is supposed to naturally have,” he said.”

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  7. More tyranny from the techies.

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  8. @7:18 There is no way to quietly ‘disappear’ people or events from hard copies. Books and newspapers and magazines still have a greater value than many people realize. Even Wikipedia has changed the Moore’s page from ‘Patrick Moore (Environmentalist)’ to ‘Patrick Moore (Consultant)’. Before you know it, he’ll turn out to have been a long-time foe of Greenpeace instead of a co-Founder. :–/

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  9. Now the revenge attacks begin.

    State sponsored, of course, by our, and I use the term in the loosest terms possible, by our “ally” Turkey and the thug Erdogoon.

    “Three people died and five were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which the authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene.

    The Netherlands’ main counterterrorism agency raised its assessment of the threat in Utrecht province, just southeast of Amsterdam, to the highest level, and said it had activated a crisis team. The Dutch paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure points.

    By midafternoon there had been no arrests, but the Utrecht Police said they were looking for Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey, and posted a security camera image of him online. They did not call him a suspect, but said he was “associated with the incident” and warned people not to approach him.”

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  10. And of course the terrorist supporting, un-indicted co-conspirators at CAIR seek to exploit the mosque tragedy for their planned crackdown on anyone who dare criticize their false religion.

    They’ve been taught well by Democrats. Play the Islamophobia card, and never let a crisis go to waste.

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  11. Vindication.

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    Never-Trumpers and Democrats hardest hit.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/usa-today-suffolk-poll-half-of-americans-agree-trump-is-a-victim-of-a-witch-hunt/#more-277152

    “USA Today/Suffolk Poll: Half of Americans Agree Trump is a Victim of a Witch Hunt

    A majority also don’t think the House should seek impeachment.”

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  12. Trump’s first term legacy…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/judicial-confirmation-update-trump-nominees-begin-takeover-of-federal-appeals-courts/

    “Judicial confirmation update: Trump nominees “begin takeover of federal appeals courts”

    While the media and the politicians chase the news cycle, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell keep on moving forward with a generational project.”

    “The last time we checked in on the status of Trump’s judicial nominees on March 7, 2019, we noted that the confirmation steamroller kept on rolling, even as the news cycle shifted from drama to drama almost daily, Republicans continue reshaping federal judiciary, though you probably are focused on Democrat anti-Semitism:

    Much focus the past week has been on the anti-Semitic accusations of dual and disloyalty from Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar, backed by the progressive wing of the party, particularly Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Democrats not only have been unable to deal with it, they connived to water down a planned resolution condemning the recent anti-Semitic outbursts of Omar.

    This Corbynization of the Democrat Party got all the attention, but but there was other news mostly under the media radar: Republicans in the Senate continued to confirm judicial nominees over Democrat protests, and the pace may pick up.

    Since then, Trump “flipped” the 3d Circuit, if you want to view it the way the media has viewed it. Axios reported,Trump flips appeals court previously dominated by Dem appointees:

    The Senate on Tuesday voted largely along party lines to confirm Paul Matey — who served as deputy chief of counsel to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during the Bridgegate scandal — to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that has handled cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

    The big picture: Matey is the 35th circuit nominee to be confirmed under President Trump, a historic number at this point in his presidency, amid ongoing Republican efforts to impose a conservative imprint on the federal judiciary. Matey’s confirmation marks the first time Trump flipped an appeals court previously dominated by Democratic presidents’ nominees, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) breaking with his party and voting in favor the nominee. The Third Circuit now has a 7-6 majority of GOP picks and 1 pending vacancy.

    Matey was confirmed over the objections of his home state Senators:

    Matey, a member of the conservative Federalist Society, is the third judge Trump has placed on the court and the second one Senate Republicans have confirmed despite objections from home state Democrats. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) last year unsuccessfully tried to stop Judge David Porter from being seated.

    New Jersey Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker questioned Matey’s legal views and said they were not consulted by the White House, but Matey was confirmed Tuesday in a 54-45 vote. One Democratic senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted in favor while all other senators stuck to their party line.

    Richard Wolf in USA Today wrote of this 3d Circuit development in domino-theory terms, Trump’s conservative judges begin takeover of federal appeals courts:”

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  13. And also a note on the double standard.

    So when it’s Beto’s writings, it’s youthful indiscretion say Democrats, even some here agree.

    But when it’s a Republican? Different standard, so it’s fair game, right?

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    “Another key appeals court nominee, Neomi Rao, was confirmed. Democrats and activist groups tried to savage her with distortions about her college writings precisely because she is considered a potential future Supreme Court nominee. We wrote about the attacks, Dems are trying to Bork and Kavanaugh appeals court nominee Neomi Rao. The Rao confirmation was a particularly bitter pill for Democrats because she replaced Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit.”

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  14. Like I said….

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  16. Scary stuff.

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  17. Standing up for what’s right.

    Again. Still. It’s kinda his thing. 🙂

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  18. Poor Jim, by his own petard. Again. 🙄

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  19. Save the crocodile tears……

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    And we’re good at it. 🙂

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  20. Move along, nothing to see……

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  21. Although that poll says that 89% of people say they prefer news with differing views, I suspect (based on various comments and posts on Facebook) that a fairly large percentage of those may say that, but then ignore the differing views or opposing facts that they don’t agree with. 😦

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