20 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-25-19

  1. THIS is CNN.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2019/04/24/misleading-lot-people-mukasey-calls-out-cuomos-russia

    “‘Misleading a Lot of People’: Mukasey Calls Out Cuomo’s Russia Conspiracies”

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    “During his appearance on Tuesday’s Cuomo Prime Time, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey didn’t shy away from calling Chris Cuomo out for “misleading a lot of people” when it came to the findings of the special counsel investigation. In a brilliant display of schooling the so-called “Facts First” network, Mukasey went toe-to-toe with blowhard host and outclassed him at every turn.

    One of Mukasey’s first points was to accurately state that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia didn’t happen. Despite the facts of the investigation, Conspiracy Cuomo argued that collusion did occur. Then came the first of many reality checks from Mukasey:

    CUOMO: Who says it didn’t happen? Russian interference happened.

    MUKASEY: Russian interference happened for sure, but cooperation and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russians did not happen. And that was —

    CUOMO: To a criminal level, no says Mr. Mueller.

    MUKASEY: — to any level.”

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    ““[Y]our network were devoting days of people sitting around and talking about a report that they didn’t — whose content they didn’t know, that they hadn’t seen, in essence, panels of people sitting around a table inhaling their own exhaust and getting high on it,” he exclaimed.

    Mukasey also got Cuomo to admit that Barr’s letter wasn’t misleading on the lack of obstruction of justice charges by reminding the former lawyer, that “it is in fact not the job of any counsel or anybody else to exonerate. God does that. Even juries that return acquittals don’t come back and say ‘innocent,’ they say ‘not guilty.’”

    As a cherry on top of this embarrassing schooling, Mukasey also talked about how the origins of the Russia investigation needed to be investigated: “This report begins with a misstatement suggesting that the investigation started in July of 2016 when the FBI opened its file. That’s the kind of half-truth that’s purely designed to irritate anybody who knows the other half.””

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  2. What took so long?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/homeland-security-weighs-labeling-fentanyl-as-a-weapon-of-mass-destruction/

    “Homeland Security Weighs Labeling Fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

    Additionally, drug enforcement experts issued a warning about a new opioid that’s even deadlier.”

    “I have reviewed the toxicity of the opioid fentanyl, which officials have determined as a key factor in the escalating number of drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation.

    Now, according to an internal memo, the Trump administration has thought about labeling fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.

    The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and in recent months, officials from DHS and the Pentagon have met to discuss an official WMD designation as a tool to disrupt the drug’s widespread availability on the black market, the memo says.

    “Fentanyl’s high toxicity and increasing availability are attractive to threat actors seeking nonconventional materials for a chemical weapons attack,” the DHS assistant secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction, James F. McDonnell, wrote in the memo, which was obtained by the military news publication Task & Purpose.

    As little as 2 to 3 milligrams of fentanyl has the potential to be fatal to humans. Legal Insurrection readers may recall the haul in New York that netted enough of the substance to kill over 2 million people.

    The memo indicated that planners have focused only on quantities and configurations of the substance that could be used as mass casualty weapons.

    …[T]he memo leaves out some key details, according to Dr. Michael Kuhlman, chief scientist specializing in WMD issues at Battelle, a science and technology nonprofit organization.

    “What the memo doesn’t spell out the details of is: In what quantities and what do they mean by configurations?” Kuhlman said.

    Kuhlman said a chemical powder is not in itself a WMD and that it needs to be combined with some form of delivery method for it to be considered so.

    “You need something to weaponize it,” he said.

    One has to wonder if officials discovered terror plans to weaponize fentanyl, or if this is a novel approach to dealing with the cross border drug traffic. Perhaps DHS officials have considered the declaration, as it may offer a pathway for military intervention against the drug cartels.

    As if these developments didn’t trouble us enough, San Diego’s drug enforcement experts issued a warning about a new opioid that has become more prevalent: Carfentanil. It is far more toxic than fentanyl.”

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  3. So where were these reports when he ran against Cruz for Senate? Was it not an issue then too? Lack of interest from reporters I guess. But now that he’s running against other Dems, someone finally gets interested in the truth. Typical.

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    https://www.texastribune.org/2019/04/24/beto-orourke-tried-flee-scene-1998-dwi-crash-officers-say/?utm_campaign=trib-social-buttons&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

    “Officers at scene of Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI crash say they believe he tried to flee

    Until now, O’Rourke, who denies trying to flee the wreck, was the only person present at the scene of the collision to speak out publicly about what happened that night. “I believe we have contradicting stories here,” says the officer who arrested him.”

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    “When Carrera arrived at the scene, a witness who is not identified in the report told him that he saw O’Rourke’s Volvo heading west toward New Mexico “at a high rate of speed.” The report says the witness was also traveling west and saw the collision occur.

    O’Rourke’s vehicle “then lost control moments later and struck a truck traveling in the same direction,” it says. After the wreck, O’Rourke’s vehicle crossed the center median and came to a stop facing the other way — pointing east toward El Paso.

    “The defendant/driver then attempted to leave the scene,” Carrera wrote, and the witness “turned on his over head lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant to stop.”

    According to the report, when Carrera asked O’Rourke if he was injured, the officer couldn’t understand what he answered “due to slurred speech.” Seeing O’Rourke’s “glossy eyes” and smelling alcohol on his breath, Carrera asked him to exit the vehicle, and he “almost fell to the floor,” Carrera wrote.

    Carrera arrested O’Rourke and took him to a police substation, where breathalyzer administrator Cecil Melton, also a former officer with the Anthony Police Department, interviewed the future congressman and presidential contender.

    O’Rourke, who had turned 26 the night before, told Melton he was en route to Las Cruces when the wreck happened and claimed he’d only had two beers. But when Melton gave him the breathalyzer test, O’Rourke blew a .136 and a .134 blood alcohol level, well past the legal limit at the time of .10 (The legal limit is now .08).”

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    Beto is a serial liar.

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  5. Be sure to thank Barry! 🙄

    He built this, with the help of other Democrats.

    According to the CBO, 1.4 million people lost their health insurance since 2016 — and Obamacare is to blame.

    https://issuesinsights.com/2019/04/25/cbo-report-1-4-million-lost-health-insurance-since-2016-and-obamacare-is-to-blame/

    “he number of uninsured climbed by 1.4 million from 2016 to 2018, according to a report out last week from the Congressional Budget Office. Naturally, this led those on the left to blame the Trump administration for its Obamacare “sabotage.”

    But the data in that report — which was released on the same day the Mueller report came out and largely ignored — tells an entirely different story.

    All of the increase in the uninsured over the past two years — all of it — is the result of the massive rate increases Obamacare’s mandates and regulations caused. According to the Health and Human Services Dept., premiums in the individual insurance market doubled from 2013 to 2017. They shot up again in 2018.

    For those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, the rate increases were meaningless. The amount they had to pay didn’t change much, and in many cases went down.

    But for the millions of middle-class Americans who buy insurance coverage on the individual market and aren’t eligible for Obamacare subsidies, the result has been financially devastating.

    The CBO report shows the impact, plain as day.”

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    The report is here.

    https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/2019-04/55094-CoverageUnder65.pdf

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  6. This is the day all the world has waited for.
    Joe Biden has announced that he can beat Donald Trump.
    This is the last chance for America and the world.

    Another subject: What are we doing about the crisis at the border?’
    Answer: Abolish the border.

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  7. Democrats once again throw due process to the wayside, and once again the WaPo is there to carry their water and provide cover for Democrat lies. Again, typical.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/04/elijah-cummings-refuses-to-allow-witness-to-have-attorney-present-for-grilling.php

    “ELIJAH CUMMINGS WON’T LET WITNESS HAVE LAWYER”
    “Democrats on the House Oversight Committee want to depose John Gore about his role in the Trump administration’s decision to add a question to the 2020 Census about citizenship. Gore was acting as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights when the decision was made.

    Gore is prepared to testify and the administration is fine with him doing so. Attorney General Barr insists only that Gore be accompanied by an attorney.

    Barr is right to attach this condition, one that, according to a Department of Justice spokesperson, is consistent with longstanding DOJ policy. The lawyer accompanying Gore would be be able to assert any privileges the executive branch may possess, including executive privilege.”

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    “But that course of action wouldn’t maximize the Democrats’ real priority — feeding their narrative that the Trump administration is defying Congress without justification.

    The Washington Post duly parrots this narrative in this article under the headline “Trump’s defiance puts pressure on Congress’s ability to check the president.” On the matter of Gore’s testimony, Post reporter Seung Min Kim writes:

    [T]he Justice Department said it will not comply with a bipartisan subpoena from the Oversight Committee that sought testimony for its ongoing investigation of the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

    That’s dishonest reporting. As noted, the DOJ is willing to have Gore testify. It just wants him to have a lawyer present. The Post fails to inform its readers of the real nature of this dispute.

    The pattern is all too familiar. The Democrats decide on their anti-Trump theme de jour. Their media allies peddle that theme leaving out any facts that might call it into question.

    If “democracy dies in darkness,” the Washington Post is doing its best to kill it.”

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  8. From ATTNet
    “China has set its sights on sending a manned mission to the moon and building a lunar research station in the next ten years, a senior space official said.”

    Who cares: I used to give briefings about Lunar mapping, with illustrations. At the end of my spiel, I showed a picture of an Apollo 12 astronaut dressed in his protective clothing. I call this “The Lunar Bikini” That is as close to necked as you can get on the moon. I see no military benefit from a lunar base.
    None. Everything needed to sustain life on the moon comes from the earth.
    Even the air we breathe..

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  9. Tagiyya (sometimes Tagiya) – justifies putting a false
    face on Islam for western consumption
    From some of my readings about Islam. We need to be aware of this as we get uslims in important places.
    Like the presidency.

    Christians are obvious: They preach Christ the Son of God, crucified for our sins and risen again.
    Islam will make you think they are a religion of peace.
    They are not.
    They are not even honest about what they are.
    That is Islam

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  10. “If the primary were held today … ”

    CNN is rolling out “snapshot” looks at the crowded Democratic field w/analysis on who’s ranking where. Some of these candidates remain unknowns, but topping their list (just for today, everything could easily change in a blink of an eye — and probably will, over and over again, going forward) is Bernie. But Biden’s entry is interesting, it provides at least an old-style liberal/somewhat centrist (by today’s standards in the party) for the field.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/24/politics/2020-rankings-bernie-sanders-joe-biden-donald-trump-kamala-harris/index.html

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    (CNN) Bernie Sanders has been running for president for the last four-ish years straight. In the wake of his closer-than-expected primary loss to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders kept his massive grassroots organization active and made sure anyone and everyone knew that he wasn’t done with this whole “national politics” thing.

    But as of late, for the first time in more than 1,000 days as an official (and unofficial) candidate, Sanders has climbed to the top of the mountain: He is, as of today, the leader of the Democratic 2020 pack, according to our updated power rankings. …

    … Again, the mantle of front-runner is a tough thing to pin down. Most voters remain largely disengaged from the primary process so far and may not truly focus on the race until late this year or early 2020.

    Our rankings, however, are aimed at capturing a moment in time. Who, if the primary fight began today, would be best positioned to win? And the answer to that question is the senator from Vermont. Below, the nine other people with the best chances of winning the Democratic nod next year, ranked by their chances at victory. …
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    And so another national campaign season begins again.

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  11. “The money’s important. We’re going to be judged by what we can do in the first 24 hours, the first week,” said Biden on the call, according to Politico. “People think Iowa and New Hampshire are the first test. It’s not. The first 24 hours. That’s the first test.”

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  12. And regardless of if it’s Biden, or whoever the Dems select, if it ain’t Bernie, they’re gonna have a problem with the base. Bernie supporters got stiffed by the Clinton machine last time and they haven’t forgotten it.

    Some of Bernie’s people are saying it better be Bernie, or it’s Trump.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/bernie-or-bust-the-sanders-supporters-who-will-back-trump-if-their-man-isnt-democratic-nominee

    “Bernie or bust: The Sanders supporters who will back Trump if their man isn’t the Democratic nominee”

    ““Bernie or bust” is their rallying cry, and many supporters of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., say they will vote for President Trump if their candidate is denied the Democratic nomination a second time.

    After the 2016 election, the Cooperative Congressional Election Study found about 12% of those who voted for Sanders in the Democratic primaries voted for Trump in the general election. There are early signs that Sanders fervor is so strong that this could double in 2020, a development that could hand the White House to Trump for a second term.

    An Emerson College poll this month showed 26% of those who support Sanders in the Democratic primaries and caucuses would support Trump over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., despite their overlapping policy positions.

    The Sanders-to-Trump inclination stems in part from the belief that the Democratic National Committee “cheated” Sanders in the bitter 2016 primary with the superdelegate system and Democratic staff bias in favor of eventual nominee Hillary Clinton. Concern over establishment control of the nomination process and other aspects of the campaign season persist among Sanders loyalists.”

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    They don’y like Trump, but they like being stiffed by Dems even less.

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  13. “Six Biblical Responses to Sri Lanka’s Easter Bombings”

    I was already going to quote this part of the article before reading the comments, so I hope nobody takes this personally. . .

    “5) Don’t Bear False Witness
    The Bible is severe in its condemnation of false accusation and harming the innocent. Racial, ethnic, and religious prejudice often comes from lumping large numbers of people alongside a few radical members of the group they belong to. I do not want to be naïve about the plans of some Muslim groups to control the world and use violence to achieve that end. But in Sri Lanka, for centuries we have lived harmoniously with Muslims. I often feel that my Muslim neighbors are better neighbors to me than I am to them. If we lump all Muslims under the category of terrorist sympathizers, we do many of them a huge injustice which is abhorrent to God. Such attitudes could isolate them to the point of pushing them to find refuge among radicals. It is no secret that violence against Muslims encourages radicalism. We must conscientiously do all we can to prevent that from happening.

    Besides, we look at Muslims through the lens of the cross—with gospel-influenced eyes. They desperately need to hear the good news of salvation by the God who loves them. How can they hear that from us if we do not befriend them? We must extend the hand of friendship to the Muslims among us. If we see that they are vulnerable to attack, we must do all we can to help, reassure, and protect them.”

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/april-web-only/sri-lanka-easter-church-bombings-biblical-response.html?utm_source=ctdirect-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=9474712&utm_content=647171400&utm_campaign=email

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