13 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-5-19

  1. First up today, the movie the left really doesn’t want you to see,

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/marc-thiessen-abortion-supporters-dont-want-to-you-to-see-unplanned-see-it-anyway

    “They gave the movie an “R” rating — which meant the trailer could only run before “R”-rated movies and no one younger than 17 under could see it without a parent’s permission. A half-dozen major music labels refused producers’ requests to license music for the film. Many major television networks except Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network refused to run ads promoting it. Then, curiously, the movie’s Twitter account was suspended through no fault of its own during opening weekend.

    (Twitter restored the account after outraged filmgoers flooded them with complaints). Tens of thousands of users (myself included) mysteriously found themselves involuntarily removed from the account’s followers and/or unable to follow it in the first place.

    Get the feeling someone doesn’t want you to see “Unplanned”?

    The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” turned pro-life activist.”

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    “Johnson calculates she was personally culpable in about 22,000 Planned Parenthood abortions — including two of her own unborn children. The movie is a story not of condemnation, but of redemption, forgiveness and hope. Apparently that is a message that resonates with moviegoers. Despite all the obstacles thrown in its way, “Unplanned” more than doubled its projected $3 million in opening weekend ticket sales, grossing $6.4 million, and came in at No. 4 for the weekend. The film is opening on 700 more screens this weekend, to a total of 1,700.

    The “R” rating didn’t stop “Unplanned.” Instead, it validated the film’s premise. As Ashley Bratcher, the actress who plays Johnson, explained, “We don’t have nudity, we don’t have sex, we don’t have language, so the only thing they could give us an ‘R’ for is violence. So that means they agree that abortion is a violent and disturbing act.” They would not give it an “R” if it depicted a tonsillectomy.”

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  2. Just another hypocrite.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/04/house-ways-and-means-chair-refused-to-release-tax-returns/

    “House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, who has demanded President Donald Trump release his tax returns, claimed he had released his own returns in the past. But according to previous reports, Neal had not released these documents when previously asked.

    Chairman Neal sent a letter Wednesday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig requesting Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. It is the first time in 45 years, such a demand has been made of a sitting president.

    Neal claims to be ready to issue a subpoena if the documents are not sent over. President Trump previously claimed he could not release his tax returns because he was being audited.

    “Until such time as I am not under audit, I will not be doing that, thank you,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.

    Neal himself, however, has not released his own tax returns when the press requested them. He previously claimed early last month, according to The Washington Times, that he would release his own returns “down the road,” but his returns have yet to surface. Chairman Neal’s office did not respond to the Caller’s request for comment.

    “Oh, sure — yeah, down the road, sure — that’s nothing,” he said. “I’ve done that in the past, by the way.”

    However, in 2017, New England Public Radio reported Neal ignored five different requests for his tax returns from the outlet.

    “To see how the proposals would benefit or hurt Neal when he files his personal income taxes, in June we asked his office for a copy of his last two tax returns,” the radio station said. “Then we asked again in July, August and September; and again in October, when Neal appeared in Springfield at an unrelated press conference.””

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  3. And Obama let them get away with it in order to get his joke of a deal with them. Yet another sad chapter in his failed legacy.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/us-military-blames-iran-for-deaths-of-608-american-troops-during-iraq-war

    “The U.S. military has revealed it believes Iran has helped kill 608 U.S. troops in Iraq since 2003, according to newly revealed and formerly-classified numbers.

    “In Iraq, I can announce today, based on declassified U.S. military reports, that Iran is responsible for the deaths of at least 608 American service members,” Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, said during a State Department briefing Tuesday.

    “This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. This death toll is in addition to the many thousands of Iraqis killed by the IRGC’s proxies.” Since 2003, more than 4,400 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq.

    This number has been a matter of debate for years, shrouded in secrecy by the Pentagon with the previous estimate put at about 500. Scores of American personnel were killed by highly lethal bombs, known as explosively formed projectiles, or EFPs, that Iran manufactured and supplied to Shiite militias across the border in Iraq. Many EFPs were powerful enough to destroy U.S. Humvees and even breach tank hulls.

    In July 2015, during the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., pressed him on this. “You have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you know how many soldiers and Marines underneath your command were killed by Iranian activities?” Cotton asked.

    “Senator, I know the total number of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that were killed by Iranian activities, and the number has been recently reported as about 500,” Dunford replied. “We were not always able to attribute the casualties that we had to Iranian activity, although many times we suspected it was Iranian activity, even though we did not necessarily have the forensics to support that.”

    Cotton replied: “So about 500 confirmed, but many more suspected killed in action and even more wounded in action.””

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  4. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    And she’s earned it.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/woman-loses-job-after-chewing-out-elderly-man-in-maga-hat/#more-278772

    “On Tuesday, 74-year-old Victor (no last name given) in Palo Alto, CA, went into a Starbucks for coffee when Rebecca Mankey confronted him over his MAGA hat. She even boasted about the confrontation on social media.

    In response, Mankey’s employer Gryphon Stringed Instruments fired her.

    From KTVU:

    “This woman came over and not only started screaming at me, she turned to the Starbucks audience and said, ‘Hey everybody come here! This guy’s a racist! This guy hates brown people!’” said Victor, wearing a yarmulke on his head Wednesday instead of his MAGA hat.

    Palo Alto resident Rebecca Mankey took to social media, posting in part, “I yelled at him about how it was not okay to hate brown people. I called him more names and told him to call the police. He wouldn’t call the police so I called him a wimp, yelling at him to get the [expletive] out of my town. I’m going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired.”

    “It’s called Trump derangement syndrome: people acting crazy. If you can’t tell the difference between a hat that says ‘Make America Great Again’ and a Nazi helmet or a Ku Klux Klan hat, I’d say you’re deranged,” said Victor, in response to the social media posts.

    Victor stated that Mankey left the Starbucks, but came right back in “to rile the Starbucks crowd once more.”

    Victor has a yarmulke under his hat so “being called a Nazi is hurtful.” He also said that Mankey “didn’t want to discuss the issues” and only “wanted to scream about” Nazis.

    I know people will scream about First Amendment rights, but that only covers the federal government. While I believe you can say what you want, business owners have a right to fire people.

    Should anyone be shocked? Not only are these confrontations disgusting, but its bad press for the employers. Mankey wanted people to harass Victor, but it turned on her and her employer:

    In fact, the opposite happened. People started harassing Parker Mankey’s family and her employer Gryphon Stringed Instruments, where she was an accountant.

    The store owner decided to fire her after he read her Facebook posts.”

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  5. Huh. He’s been roundly criticized (what else is new?) for this, yet his approach was the right one, and it’s gotten results. The hand wringers must be fretting so over being outsmarted. Again. 🙄

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-is-turning-nato-into-a-viable-military-force/

    “The Trump administration has made great strides in recent months to transform the cash-strapped and perpetually ailing North Atlantic Treaty Organization into a viable global military force that has the capabilities to confront Russia and other rogue regimes allied with terror forces.

    Vice President Mike Pence, in wide-ranging remarks on Wednesday before a gathering of NATO members in Washington, D.C., outlined a series of reforms the Trump administration has taken to boost NATO’s military readiness and position it as a force that can combat Russian aggression, as well as that of regional terror groups.

    Pence told NATO members the United States “will no longer agree to any measures or treaties that force unilateral disarmament upon us,” a direct reference to Russia’s continued construction and use of missile systems that violate international arms treaties.

    This vision has guided the Trump administration’s efforts to push NATO members into contributing greater financial resources to the organization, as well as recent efforts to create joint forces that can deploy to critical areas on the fly.

    Pence also took direct aim at Turkey, a NATO member that has bucked the organization by growing closer to Russia and purchasing Moscow’s advanced missile systems. The Trump administration recently canceled the sale of advanced F-35 war planes to Turkey as a result of this behavior, which Pence said is unacceptable.

    “We released a National Security Strategy advancing peace through American strength,” Pence said. “We initiated the modernization of our nuclear arsenal. And in January of this year, President Trump unveiled our nation’s new strategy for missile defense.”

    “Together with our NATO partners, we created the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force to prepare combat-ready battlegroups to be able to move into the Baltics and Poland within days,” Pence added. “We began the four 30s initiative—which, by 2020, aims to ready 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 warships for deployment within 30 days.”

    The Trump administration also is spearheading the creation of new NATO commands in Virginia and Ulm, Germany, in a bid to “ensure the swift movement of our troops” across the globe.

    Norfolk, Va., for instance, “is the proud new home of NATO’s focus on the future, the Allied Command Transformation Center, which is tasked with assessing the latest global trends and devising the ability to meet and match them,” Pence said.

    “And just last fall, NATO conducted its biggest joint exercise since the end of the Cold War: Trident Juncture,” Pence said. “NATO is stronger today because of the resolute American leadership of President Donald Trump, and our Transatlantic Alliance has made remarkable progress for our collective security.””

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  6. Creepy Joe 2020!

    Because #BelieveHer, right? 🙂

    And this isn’t even the worst part about Joe. That would be his Russian collusion, bribes and payoffs his family has taken over the Ukraine situation. He and his son Hunter became quite wealthy over it. More on that is coming, and none of it good.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/and-then-there-were-seven-three-more-women-come-complaining-about-creepy-encounters-with-joe-biden/

    “And Then There Were Seven: Three More Women Come Complaining About Creepy Encounters With Joe Biden

    That’s now seven women.”

    “Former Vice President Joe Biden has come under fire recently for inappropriate behavior, which led him to release a video to tell people he “will be more mindful of personal space in the future.”

    Just hours after the release, The Washington Post reported that three more women came forward “about encounters with him that made them feel uncomfortable.” That makes the total seven women.

    Professor Jacobson noted that even though Biden said that social norms have changed, these accusations have come from his time as vice president.”

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  7. Dereliction of duty.

    These are the frauds not doing their jobs who are responsible for our border crisis.

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/01/dereliction-of-duty-the-border-crisis-is-congress-fault/

    “Dereliction of duty: The border crisis is Congress’ fault”

    “When historians look back to this era, they will wonder why we insisted on outsourcing our border control to a foreign country.

    President Trump’s threat to close down the border with Mexico isn’t a sign of strength, but of frustration fading into desperation.

    He is reacting with understandable alarm at a spiraling migrant crisis on the border, and looking to Mexico to address it because we are unwilling to do it on our own — not unable, unwilling.

    There were more than 100,000 apprehensions at the border in March, an increase from the 76,000 in February. The numbers for both months were the highest in 10 years. The total for the fiscal year could hit a million, a historic surge completely overwhelming our capabilities.

    We built our border facilities to hold single men, back when illegal migrants were largely adult males from Mexico, rather than family units from Central America. This means that they are ill-suited for the needs of women and children. Regardless, the sheer numbers are leading to authorities releasing migrants almost as soon as they are caught.

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Congress last week of “the real-time dissolution of the immigration system.”

    It’s not that border control has been tried and failed; it hasn’t been tried. Thanks to court decrees and congressional enactments, we don’t permit ourselves to quickly return minors from Central American countries, or to detain them for any significant period of time. They get released, along with the adults accompanying them.

    The asylum process is broken. The initial so-called credible-fear interview to determine whether asylum-seekers get to the next step of the process approves almost all of them, even if they are unlikely ultimately to win asylum. In the meantime, they are waved into the country and probably never removed.

    The migrants coming in increasing numbers realize we are helpless to exclude them, and indeed, surrender to border patrol agents when they get here.”

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  8. And in related news……

    Congress doing their job and enacting EVerify would stop some of this, but Congress isn’t interested in stopping it, thanks to the left siding with the Chamber of Commerce/Cheap labor lovers on the right.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/04/03/709680162/ice-raids-texas-technology-company-arrests-280-on-immigration-violations

    “ICE Raids Texas Technology Company, Arrests 280 Over Immigration Violations”

    “Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 280 employees at a technology repair company in Collin County, Texas, on charges of working in the United States illegally. It’s the largest work site raid in the country in more than a decade, according to a Homeland Security Investigations official.

    ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division received tips that the company — CVE Technology Group — may have knowingly hired undocumented immigrants and that several workers were using fraudulent identification documents, said Katrina Berger, special agent in charge in HSI’s Dallas office. Hiring irregularities found during an audit of the company’s I-9 forms confirmed those tips. CVE hasn’t responded to media requests for comment.

    Federal hiring laws require that employers have new hires fill out I-9 forms. The laws perform “necessary and common sense functions,” Berger said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

    “They ensure U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents are hired for jobs in the U.S.,” Berger said. “They also ensure that illegal workers are not preyed upon or paid less than the going wage or otherwise coerced or cheated or subjected to unsafe working conditions without any means of complaint.”

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  9. Why, it’s almost like Trump knew he had nothing to hide all along, because he’s been telling the truth all along. 🙄

    And the media gets played. Again.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-from-former-trump-lawyer-candid-talk-about-mueller-manafort-sessions-rosenstein-collusion-tweets-privilege-and-the-press

    “What was President Trump up to when he publicly attacked the work of Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller? What was going on behind the scenes between the White House and Mueller’s office? Was there cooperation? A fight over privilege? And just how mad was Trump at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Rod Rosenstein when the special counsel was appointed?

    Veteran attorney John Dowd was President Trump’s lawyer for a critical period of the Trump-Russia investigation, from June 2017 until March 2018. In a new podcast, Dowd offered an unusually frank inside look at what was going on between the president and the prosecutor. (The new podcast follows another, equally revealing, session with Dowd last week.) Taken together, Dowd’s insights show a relationship between Trump and the special counsel that was quite different from what appeared in many media accounts. A look at some of what Dowd had to say:”

    “In our earlier talk, Dowd stressed that the Trump White House fully cooperated with Mueller’s investigation, and that on more than one occasion Trump instructed Dowd to inform Mueller that the president respected the prosecutor’s work. But how could one say Trump fully cooperated when the president was, at the same time, loudly denouncing the probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” and bashing Mueller’s prosecutors as “17 angry Democrats”?

    The answer lay in Trump’s longtime habit of operating on two levels. On the surface, Trump sets off controversies, often using Twitter to say something outrageous that sets the media agenda and leaves some commentators with their hair on fire. At the same time, below the surface, Trump is actually taking steps to get a particular job done.

    That was true with the Russia probe. For public consumption, Trump was denouncing Mueller and trashing his team. Behind the scenes, Trump was cooperating and making sure his staff did the same. The Trump White House offered everyone (except, of course, the president himself) to be interviewed, and reams and reams of documents that other White Houses might have withheld on the grounds of executive or other privilege. So Trump simultaneously attacked and cooperated.

    Asked about the attacks, Dowd said Mueller understood that Trump had to mount a political defense on the Russia issue. “Bob understood this, it was political,” Dowd said. ” [Trump] had to handle the political side, and that was his way of doing it with his tweets and his comments … Bob was a big boy about the political side of it. He understood the president had to address the politics of it. He couldn’t just say nothing. People were pounding him about this thing every day, both privately and publicly, and he had to take [Mueller] on.”

    Mueller’s only real concern about the president’s rhetoric, Dowd said, was the worry that it might send a message to Trump’s side not to cooperate.

    “Early on, when the president started teeing off on Mueller, Mueller indicated to me that he was worried that some people might not cooperate,” Dowd said. “I said, well we’ve encouraged everyone to cooperate, and if you want me to say something publicly about that, and the president, we’re happy to do it. And we did. We encouraged everyone who was asked to cooperate … Bob was satisfied with that. It never came up again.”

    In the end, Dowd said, Mueller “acknowledged that all the witnesses told the truth, all the documents were there, there was nothing missing, no documents destroyed.” The level of cooperation, Dowd said, was “truly remarkable,” all while the president distracted the world with his tweets.”

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  10. Another spot-on column by Peggy Noonan on the meanness of the “woke” young Dems now controlling the party’s messaging. This is sad.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-biden-runs-theyll-tear-him-up-11554420280

    OPINION
    If Biden Runs, They’ll Tear Him Up

    The old Democratic Party was warm, like him. The new one rising is colder, less human and divisive.

    By Peggy Noonan

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    Don’t do it, Joe.

    Don’t run for president. It won’t work, you won’t get the nomination, your loss will cause pain and not only for you. …

    … You will be judged to be old-school, and insufficiently doctrinaire. The current Democratic Party is different from the one you entered in the late 1960s, not only in policies but in mood, tone, style. Today’s rising young Democrats see no honor in accommodation, little virtue in collegiality.

    In the old party of classic 20th-century Democratic liberalism, they wanted everyone to rise. Those who suffered impediments—minorities, women, working people trying to unionize—would be given a boost. There’s plenty to go around, America’s a rich country, let the government get in and help.

    The direction, or at least the aspiration, was upward, for everybody.

    The mood of the rising quadrants of the new party is more pinched—more abstractedly aggrieved, more theoretical. Less human. Now there’s a mood not of Everyone Can Rise but of Some Must Be Taken Down. White people in general, and white males in particular, are guilty of intractable privilege. It’s bitter, resentful, divisive. …

    … The party’s young theorists are impatient with such gooey patriotic sentiment. America is not good guys in a foxhole to them, it’s crabs in a barrel with the one who gets to the top getting yanked down to the bottom—deservedly.

    Your very strength—that you enjoy talking to both sides, that deep in your heart you see no one as deplorable—will be your weakness. You aren’t enough of a warrior. You’re sweet, you’re weak, you’re half-daffy. You’re meh.

    At this point you’re not out of step, you’re out of place. …

    … You’ve been apologizing for calling Mike Pence decent, and groveling over your “white man’s culture.” If you go with that flow, it will wash you away. ,,,
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  11. You can’t see Peggy Noonan’s current column if you don’t subscribe to WSJ, but it appears a week or two later at peggynoonan.com. I don’t always completely agree with her, but I like her style and enjoy reading her.

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  12. Some comedy. 🙂

    But I’m disturbed too, because…. well…. She sounds like Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales. 🙂

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