18 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-21-19

  1. Democrats want to change our system of govt. to mob rule.

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/continetti-democrats-want-to-change-the-structure-of-the-united-states-to-win-elections/

    “Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said 2020 Democratic hopefuls support policies such as expanding the Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College because they believe they cannot pass progressive policies unless they “change the structure” of the Constitution.

    Continetti’s comment came during a Tuesday discussion on Fox News Channel’s Special Report about why proposals concerning the structure of U.S. government have gained support among Democrats.

    “The Democratic argument isn’t with any single one of these things: it’s not only with the Electoral College, it’s not only with the 26th Amendment, it’s not only with the state of the Supreme Court, it’s not only with equal representation of small states in the United States Senate,” Continetti said. “The Democratic argument is with the Constitution of the United States of America. The argument is because the left cannot win its arguments when they present them publicly, and in order to win, they need to change the structure.”

    Continetti went on to reference 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who said when it comes to the Supreme Court, “structural change is necessary.”

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    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/warren-wants-to-eliminate-the-electoral-college-which-would-cause-havoc-in-our-system/#more-277329

    “Grumbles about the Electoral College have existed for a long time, but after President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, its elimination shot to the top of the Democrats list of issues in their campaigns.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren proclaimed her wish to abolish the Electoral College at a recent town hall, but I don’t think she’s given it much thought to the mess this would create.

    Warren’s Remarks
    Before I dive into the importance of the Electoral College, let’s look at Warren’s remarks. She told CNN’s Jake Tapper:

    “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” she told a CNN town hall in Jackson — noting presidential candidates didn’t tend to campaign in states like Mississippi, which are not Electoral College battlegrounds. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
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    “Importance of the Electoral College
    Did anyone pay attention to civics in school? This isn’t rocket science.

    I hear that heavy populated states would choose the presidents as the main argument to keep the Electoral College, but another argument trumps (no pun intended) that one.

    Without the Electoral College, we’d end up like Europe and other places with parliaments.

    People already hate third party candidates, but the two major parties would hate them more without the Electoral College. You think those candidates cause spoilers now? They’ll face even more disappointment. Peter J. Wallison explained at RealClearPolitics:

    In the election of 1992, Bill Clinton received a majority of electoral votes and was the duly elected president, despite the fact that he received only a plurality (43 percent) of the popular votes. A third party candidate, Ross Perot, received almost 19 percent. In fact, Bill Clinton did not win a majority of the popular vote in either of his elections, yet there was never any doubt—because he won an Electoral College majority—that he had the legitimacy to speak for the American people.

    This points to the reason why the Electoral College should remain as an important element of our governmental structure. If we had a pure popular vote system, as many people who are disappointed with the 2016 outcome are now proposing, it would not be feasible—because of third party candidates—to ensure that any candidate would win a popular majority. Even in 2016, for example, although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, she only received a plurality (48 percent)—not a majority; third party candidates took the rest.

    If we abandoned the Electoral College, and adopted a system in which a person could win the presidency with only a plurality of the popular votes we would be swamped with candidates. Every group with an ideological or major policy interest would field a candidate, hoping that their candidate would win a plurality and become the president.

    There would candidates of the pro-life and pro-choice parties; free trade and anti-trade parties; pro-immigration and anti-immigration parties; and parties favoring or opposing gun control—just to use the hot issues of today as examples.

    People forget that Hillary only received 48% of the popular vote, not 50% and above. In other words, she did not receive the majority of the popular vote. In 2000, Al Gore received 48.38% of the popular vote.”

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  2. CNN wants it so desperately that they’re flat out lying to their viewers about it.

    THIS is CNN. Fake news and fake history, all in one place.

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  3. The WaPo is once again giving the bully pulpit to a terrorist sympathizer. And this one is responsible for jailing more journalist than any other thug out there. He’s what they accuse Trump of wanting to be simply because he calls them fake news.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/wapo-publishes-column-by-turkish-president-who-is-the-worlds-worst-jailer-of-journalists/

    “WaPo Publishes Column By Turkish President Who Is “The World’s Worst Jailer” of Journalists

    Anti-Semitic, Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has eviscerated Turkish civil society, particularly journalists and independent newspapers.”

    “After a column written by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was published on their website Tuesday, the Washington Post has been roundly criticized over what many see as a staggering display of hypocrisy from the paper considering their “Democracy Dies in Darkness” masthead.

    In the piece, Erdogan condemned the New Zealand mosque murders and drew equivalencies between the killer and the Islamic State. He also took the opportunity to call on the west to do more to eradicate hate:

    In the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, the West has certain responsibilities. Western societies and governments must reject the normalization of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, which has been on the rise in recent years. It is crucial to establish that such twisted ideologies, such as anti-Semitism, amount to crimes against humanity. Moreover, we must shed light on all aspects of what happened and fully understand how the terrorist became radicalized and his links to terrorist groups to prevent future tragedies.

    While he’s right that more needs to be done to combat hate-filled ideologies, that Erdogan sees himself as a leader in this regard is a bit rich when you consider his violent treatment of journalists and opposing voices. The Washington Post‘s absurd decision to allow an enemy of free speech the space with which to lecture the west on the rise of hate and violence was not lost on readers of the paper:”
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    “As a refresher, here’s what the Committee to Protect Journalists wrote about him last year:

    Even as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the fiercest critic of Saudi Arabia for the murder of Khashoggi, his government continued to jail more journalists than any other on the planet. CPJ found at least 68 journalists jailed for their work in Turkey, which is slightly lower than previous years. In the course of the year, dozens more have been jailed or released, as prosecutors continue to seek arrest warrants and apply new charges, and courts ordered some journalists released pending trial and acquitted others. For the third consecutive year, every journalist imprisoned in Turkey is facing anti-state charges.

    Erdogan began the crackdown before the 2016 failed coup attempt, but afterward intensified it, shutting down more than 100 news outlets by decree. Those on the periphery of the journalistic profession are also vulnerable. CPJ’s list of jailed journalists does not include 13 staff from Gün Printing House, including its owner, a security guard, and several machine operators, who were jailed. Their “crime” is evidently printing Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, a pro-Kurdish daily paper that the government took over and eventually shut down. Several journalists affiliated with the paper, who are included in the prison census, are detained on accusations of supporting the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Dozens more in Turkey are accused of affiliation with PKK or with an alleged terror group run by exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, which the government blames for the attempted coup.

    Legal Insurrection has warned about Erdogan for years, noting his disturbing anti-Israel tendencies, among other things:”

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  4. Huh. Funny that. It’s almost like they’re biased. The last guy could do whatever he wanted while most of the media looked away. Now they’re suddenly interested in doing their jobs again. That’s a good thing I guess, but it would be better if they treated all the same to start with. I know, I know….. that’s crazy talk.

    https://freebeacon.com/issues/media-foia-requests-to-epa-spiked-after-trump-election-data-reveal/

    “Media FOIA Requests to EPA Spiked After Trump Election, Data Reveal

    Analysis: Outlets such as NYT, WaPo grew FOIA-happy immediately after Trump took office”

    “The number of Freedom of Information Act requests the Environmental Protection Agency received from mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post spiked immediately after Republican President Donald Trump took office, according to a Free Beacon analysis of FOIA requests by the media from 2013 to the present.

    The figures, obtained through the government’s FOIA online database, reveal a clear increase in requests for information from the agency once Trump was elected president.

    The New York Times, for example, made just 13 FOIA requests during the four years of Obama’s second term, sending 3 in 2013, 1 in 2014, 7 in 2015, and 2 in 2016. The number of FOIA requests the Times sent for Obama’s entire second term was nearly quadrupled in the first year of Trump’s presidency alone, when the Times sent 59 FOIA requests to the EPA.

    Reporters at the Times have made 100 FOIA requests since Trump took office just over two years ago, a 669 percent increase of the number of FOIA requests it made during the four years of Obama’s second term.

    Reporters at the Washington Post sent just a single FOIA request to the EPA during Obama’s entire second term, and have sent 43 FOIA requests to the agency since Trump took office.

    The sharp increase in FOIA requests to the EPA was also apparent at Politico (15 requests in Obama’s second term, 198 since Trump took office), The Hill (20 requests in Obama’s second term, 67 since Trump took office), CNN (25 requests in Obama’s second term, 47 since Trump took office), Buzzfeed (18 requests in Obama’s second term, 38 since Trump took office), and ABC News (4 requests in Obama’s second term, 32 since Trump took office).”

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    Nothing to see here….. move along…..

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  5. Designed for one purpose. To stifle debate.

    https://insider.foxnews.com/2019/03/18/dershowitz-tlaibs-islamophobia-comments-designed-stifle-debate

    “Alan Dershowitz called out Rep. Rashida Tlaib for how the Michigan congresswoman defended her fellow freshman House colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar from backlash within their own party.

    Omar (D-Minn.) has been under fire in recent weeks for a series of comments that many deemed anti-Semitic.

    On Showtime’s “The Circus,” Tlaib suggested that “Islamophobia” within their party could be behind the swift condemnation for the comments.

    “You know, I’m trying to figure it out. It’s just this past week, I feel, and I know this would be somewhat shocking for some, but I think Islamophobia is very much among the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party,” Tlaib said.

    On “Fox & Friends” Monday, Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus and a lifelong Democrat, said accusations of Islamophobia like this are “designed to stifle debate” and act as a “new justification for anti-Semitism.”

    “You can’t call anybody out for making anti-Semitic statements, because if you do, you’re guilty of bigotry, you’re Islamophobic,” Dershowitz said.”

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  6. I think I found the problem at today’s college campuses……

    They’re hiring clueless, unqualified idiots.

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    https://www.thewrap.com/nyu-journalism-talia-lavin-new-yorker-fact-checker-false-ice-agent-nazi-tattoo/

    “After leaving the New Yorker last June, Lavin was hired by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America less than a month later to focus on “far right extremism.” Though her LinkedIn profile lists that she currently works there, a spokesperson for the organization confirmed that she was no longer employed there. An additional person with knowledge of the matter said she left several months ago.

    Neither Lavin’s three-year tenure at the New Yorker nor her stint at Media Matters are mentioned on her official NYU faculty bio.

    Lavin’s career promptly blew up last June after she accused Justin Gaertner, a wheelchair-bound ICE agent, of having a Nazi Iron Cross tattoo over his left elbow. Lavin made the charge in a tweet after viewing a photo of Gaertner online. She later deleted her tweet after she said a number of people responded and informed her that the tattoo in question appeared to be a Maltese Cross — a symbol commonly used by members of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars.”

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  7. Seattle is dying.

    Aren’t leftist Utopia just the bomb?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/seattle-is-dying-special-shows-a-city-gripped-by-homelessness-and-drug-abuse/

    “‘Seattle is Dying’ Special Shows a City Gripped by Homelessness and Drug Abuse

    “It’s about citizens who don’t feel safe taking their families into downtown Seattle.”

    “Seattle is in the midst of a crisis. Tent camps have become a common sight, along with homeless people, many of whom suffer from drug addiction, mental illness or both. We recently ran a post about the frustration of police officers in Seattle and how some of them are even resigning because they feel like they’re not being allowed to do their jobs.

    A special program from KOMO News called “Seattle is Dying” examined these and other issues. The city’s leadership doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it and quite a few residents have had it.

    The program contains images that are downright shocking. Parts of the city look like a permanent occupy encampment, complete with massive piles of garbage that contain hazardous waste like used hypodermic needles.

    Here’s a description of the report from Eric Johnson of KOMO:

    KOMO News Special: Seattle is Dying

    Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a “hopeless” title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.

    This show, that we’ve been working on for several months now, is really the third in a kind of trilogy.

    The first was called “There But For the Grace of God…” It explored homelessness from the inside out in 2016.

    The second was called, “Demon at the Door.” It was about the hellish existence of heroin addiction.

    This one is about everyone else. It’s about citizens who don’t feel safe taking their families into downtown Seattle. It’s about parents who won’t take their children into the public parks they pay for. It’s about filth and degradation all around us. And theft and crime. It’s about people who don’t feel protected anymore, who don’t feel like their voices are being heard.”
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    See for yourself.

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  8. And for those of you who think Wikipedia is unbiased and truthful……..

    Here’s what happens when you try to edit for accuracy and context.

    Hint: They won’t allow it. Also note that this lie continues to be told by Wiki and many in the media, even though they know it’s dishonest.

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2019/03/20/jaw-dropping-attempts-to-put-context-around-trumps-both-sides-comment-on-wikipedia-dont-last-long/

    “As Twitchy reported at the time, President Trump’s first attempt at giving a statement after the demonstrations and counter-protests in Charlottesville that left one woman dead was a mess. He tried again with a teleprompter, and then he gave it a third try, which still struck out with the press and much of the public.

    If anything lives on from Trump’s Charlottesville comments, it’s the idea that he claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” — and since there were white supremacists gathered there, he was saying that Nazis were fine people.

    Like we said, he fumbled at first, but we’d always taken his “both sides” comment to mean both sides of the argument over whether statues and other Confederate monuments should be taken down or left up for their historical value. (For what it’s worth, Charlottesville decided to throw black tarps over their statues for a while.)

    After the horrific mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, the subject of white supremacism was in the news, and so was the talking point that Trump had called Nazis “fine people.”

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    Now after you read all the attempts at an accurate revision, and Wiki’s numerous attempts to not allow it, ask yourself what else they might be misleading people about.

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  9. “Seattle is Dying” is worth watching and rings true in LA as well. Even our port town’s “mini” skid row has never looked more densely populated than it has in recent months.

    It seems to me that some of the solutions discussed toward the end of the program might be worth implementing (though I would anticipate civil liberties challenges). In LA, we continue to address this as a “housing” issue. But those who are homeless due to recent financial setbacks typically seek out and find help on that front. It’s the young mavericks on bikes and skateboards — occupying all the tents that block our sidewalks — who almost always refuse help. They’ve either set out choosing a lawless lifestyle or they’ve adapted to it as it allows them to live off the grid and deal and use drugs freely.

    It should also be noted that many big cities are bulls-eye targets for homeless advocacy attorneys who will challenge and block most anything cities try to do to limit or reign in this activity that has become a plague on so many of our streets. The homeless have hawk-eyed advocates in the legal field who are watching major cities closely to make sure no new laws restrict those living on the streets. So the hands of city councils and police are often simply tied when it comes to implementing stricter laws.

    LA’s focus currently remains building more housing — but that’s gone much more slowly than anticipated and has cost much more money as well due to all of our environmental and labor union restrictions now embedded in the city’s bureaucracy.

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  10. I have said several times that I like Trump as president. I like everything he has done so far.

    But his mouth runs ahead of his brain.
    Or he gets hold of nothing and can’t let it go.

    Some sound advice Dumbkoff
    let the McCain thing go!
    You’ve made enough mistakes already.
    Nothing good can come of this
    NOTHING

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  11. I disagree. McCain was a disloyal stooge of the establishment. He was roundly and routinely ridiculed with much worse things than Trump has said by the same media whining about his treatment by Trump. Their reprimands of Trump, like their recent lionization of McCain, ring hollow.

    And as recently released documents show, Trump has every right to criticize McCain for his unjust and unethical treatment of Trump regarding the Steele Dossier. MCCain has earned it. Too bad he died before he could be called to account for it. Nothing wrong with saying so.

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  12. Good news.

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    https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-has-officially-crumbled-and-last-stronghold-liberated-fox-news-has-learned

    “ISIS caliphate has crumbled and last stronghold liberated, Fox News has learned”

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  13. But bad news as well. Now Erdagoon’s Turkish thugs will begin assaulting the Kurds. Let’s hope we don’t pull a Bush on them again and abandon them to the Islamist hordes.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/10/turkey-will-attack-kurd-fighters-in-syria-regardless-of-us-withdrawal.html

    “Turkey will go ahead with its planned offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria whether or not the U.S. withdraws its troops from the country, its foreign minister said Thursday.

    The warning comes after American officials attempted to condition a U.S. troop pullout on a guarantee of safety for its Kurdish partners and Turkish non-aggression.

    Ankara, which views the U.S.-backed Kurdish militias in Syria as terrorists, has already amassed thousands of Turkish troops along its border with Syria.”

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  14. Chas: “he gets hold of nothing and can’t let it go”

    🙂 Now that about sums it up. 🙂

    I agree with Chas about Trump’s obsession with McCain. Drop it already.

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  15. DJ – Agreed.

    We should “attack” ideas, not people. Unfortunately, so much political discussion gets that turned around.

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  16. When you engage in deceitful and criminal acts, as McCain did, you’re gonna hear about it. Death doesn’t give you a pass.

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