26 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-29-19

  1. Biden has issues that will be tough to explain to the farther left faction of their party. I guess he thinks everyone has forgotten. While R’s will use the Obama years to point out his flaws and errors, the left will use his few rational decisions against him.


    “Former Vice President Joe Biden was a part of the 94th Congress that voted to restore Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s citizenship over 100 years after his death, and yet Biden attacked President Donald Trump’s support of the general in his campaign announcement video earlier this week.

    On Thursday, Biden entered the presidential race, and he used Trump’s words about a statue of Lee and the people who attended the Unite the Right rally in August 2017 as the focal point for his announcement video.

    “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general,” Trump said to reporters on Friday in response to Biden’s video. “Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals.”

    And this blast from the past.

    #BelieveHer, right?


    “Joe Biden On Anita Hill In 1998: ‘She Was Lying’”

    “It’s true that Joe Biden did his best to help Anita Hill, including concealing witnesses who would have been a disaster under examination. But even he admitted to his colleague that Hill was lying.”

    “Former vice president Joe Biden repeatedly said on The View on Friday that he believed Anita Hill from the moment he heard her tale of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. But he previously told Sen. Arlen Specter that it was clear her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee included lies.

    “Not only didn’t I vote for Clarence Thomas, I believed her from the beginning. I was against Clarence Thomas, I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas and he won by the smallest margin anyone ever won going on the Supreme Court,” Biden told “The View’s” Joy Behar.

    But in 1998, Biden admitted to Specter that “It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying” about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, “Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.”

    The issue is important, as the media and other partisans rewrite the historical record about Hill and her accusations. The widely watched hearings revealed inaccuracies in Hill’s various versions of events and ended with 58 percent of Americans believing Thomas and only 24 percent believing Hill. There was no gap between the sexes in the results. In the intervening years, activists have relentlessly attempted to change the narrative, writing fan fiction about Hill, bestowing honors on her, and asserting that her disputed allegations were credible.”


  2. 😦


  3. Someone has some ‘splainin’ to do…..


    “Top Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx subpoenaed over Jussie Smollett case”

    “Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has been subpoenaed to appear at a hearing over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to a new report.

    The Cook County state’s attorney was slapped with the subpoena by a retired judge who’s pushing for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into how Foxx dealt with the controversial case, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Ex-appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien also subpoenaed Foxx’s top deputy Joseph Magats, and filed a document requesting that Smollett appear at the hearing, the report said.”


  4. When you show up for your dog and pony show photo op, and some local points out you’re holding up the actual workers……



  5. Just follow the Eric Holder model. 🙂


    “Barr’s testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute”

    “The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may skip a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report if committee lawyers seek to question him.

    The Democratic-run committee plans to allow counsels from both sides to ask Barr about the Russia probe after the traditional round of questioning by lawmakers. Department officials also told the committee that they opposed a plan to go into a closed session if members wanted to discuss redacted portions of Mueller’s report, according to a senior Democratic aide on the committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential communications with the department.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said given that Barr had agreed to testify, lawmakers “should be the ones doing the questioning. He remains happy to engage with members on their questions regarding the Mueller report.”

    Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and the House panel on Thursday. The GOP-led Senate committee is expected to have normal rounds of member questioning.

    It is unusual for committee counsels to question a witness. But committees can generally make their own rules, and other panels have made similar exceptions. In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

    The dispute comes as tensions have escalated sharply between House Democrats and the Trump administration over full access Mueller’s report and government witnesses who have defied congressional subpoenas to testify. Democrats have been eagerly anticipating the hearing with Barr as they try to build on Mueller’s findings with their own investigations into the president.

    House Democrats have subpoenaed the Justice Department for the unredacted version of the Mueller report and underlying material gathered from the investigation. In response, the Justice Department has said they will make the full report, minus grand jury material, available to a limited group of members — an offer that Democrats have so far refused. The dispute could eventually end up in court.

    A spokeswoman for the top Republican on the committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, noted that Barr’s testimony is voluntary and criticized the Democrats for not reading the full report. “Democrats have yet to prove their demands are anything but abusive and illogical in light of the transparency and good faith the attorney general has shown our committee,” Jessica Andrews said.”


  6. Yeah well, the behavior of her fellow religious followers scares the rest of the world.

    And unlike here, where your worries have no foundation in reality, those people are being killed in the name of her religion.

    It’s not hate to point out their mass murdering ways. So shut up.


    “NY Times Chutzpah: Unchecked ‘Hate’ Toward Omar ‘Has American Muslims Shuddering’”

    “New York Times reporter John Eligon filed an aggrieved defense (disguised as a news story) of Rep. Ilhan Omar from Kansas City, who’s been widely accused of anti-Semitism: “American Muslims View Omar’s Controversies, and the Fallout, With Unease.” The online headline was even more slanted: “Unchecked ‘Hate’ Toward Rep. Ilhan Omar Has American Muslims Shuddering.”

    Eligon previously went soft on the racist, sexist, conspiracist and vulgar Black Israelites, after the D.C. and NYC rabble-rousers made it into the news cycle after the verbal assaults on the Kentucky Catholic school teens during the infamous Lincoln Memorial saga.

    Eligon piece on Omar for Friday’s edition was along the same rough lines of defending the indefensible:”


  7. Meanwhile…….

    All in the name of her religion, and it’s not made up BS like the NYT piece.


    “Burkina Faso church attack leaves 5 dead, including priest”


    “The attack comes amid an uptick in alleged jihadist violence in the country.

    A Catholic priest was kidnapped a month ago and at least five teachers were shot dead last week in the east of the country, the BBC said.



    “MONSTROUS REGIME Saudi mass execution – Five beheaded victims were gay lovers court docs claim amid fears they were tortured into terror confessions
    One of the 37 ‘terrorists’ ruthlessly executed last week is said to have admitted to having sex with four of the others”


    Where’s Omar and the NYT’s outrage for this?


  8. Veith on the Democratic candidates, some of whom he thinks *could* have a chance at beating Trump (go to the link to see which ones):


    … The Democratic Party so far has been lurching towards the far left. But among primary voters, the”woke” intersectionalists fixated on race, feminism, and LGBT issues are outnumbered 2-1 by “less educated” rank-and-file Democrats, who still like the traditional party of the New Deal and the union halls. Also, only 19-25% of Democratic voters consider themselves “very liberal,” with the rest considering themselves to be “moderate”or even “conservative.”

    Strangely, none of the existing candidates seem to be targeting those primary voters, though they are the natural constituency of long-time Democratic politician Joe Biden. Which explains why the polls show him to be currently the front runner with 30% of early primary voters. And yet the more radical activists have lots of clout beyond their numbers. …

    … Here are my thoughts about some of the 18 Democratic Presidential candidates so far. …

    Joe Biden: Gafffe-prone. Light-weight. But he comes across as normal. …

    Bernie Sanders: If you want real, economic, workers-of-the-world-unite socialism–rather than the upper middle class, affluent, identity-politics version–he’s your guy. He even uses the R-word (Revolution). He has strong appeal to the working class that turned out for Trump. Also rural populists. …

    Kamala Harris: She is the heir to Hillary Clinton. …

    Elizabeth Warren: The first female president will not be a strident feminist but a Margaret Thatcher type, a no-nonsense woman like that primary grade school teacher you both respected and feared (back when teachers were respected and feared). Elizabeth Warren has that kind of gravitas. But she is very radical, as much as Bernie Sanders, if not more so. …

    Beto O’Rourke: Lightweight. Out of his league. But he has one quality that may matter more than anything, that may propel him to nomination and victory. He is just about the only candidate with charisma. …

    Pete Buttigieg: The Democratic presidential candidate who is in many ways the most personable, the most moderate, and the most friendly to religion is the least qualified and the least likely, …

    … None of these candidates is pro-life. None have expressed opposition even to post-viability abortions, at which even the Roe v. Wade decision drew the line. Biden is an active Catholic who has expressed qualms about abortion, but he hypocritically supports it nonetheless. …


  9. This could be very bad for Boeing. And the FAA.


    “WSJ: Boeing Turned Off Malfunction Alerts On 737 Max — And Didn’t Tell Airlines Or FAA”

    “Just when did the airlines know that they had to pay extra for a key warning system on the Boeing 737 Max? The Wall Street Journal reported last night that it wasn’t at the point of sale. Until a crash in Ethiopia last October, Southwest Airlines thought the system came standard with the platform — so much so that their operating manuals included them.

    Somehow, the news that the safety feature was an upgrade didn’t get mentioned to the FAA, either:

    Boeing Co. didn’t tell Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers when they began flying its 737 MAX jets that a safety feature found on earlier models that warns pilots about malfunctioning sensors had been deactivated, according to government and industry officials.

    Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors and supervisors responsible for monitoring Southwest, the largest 737 MAX customer, also were unaware of the change, the officials said. …

    Southwest’s management and cockpit crews didn’t know about the lack of the warning system for more than a year after the planes went into service in 2017, industry and government officials said. They and most other airlines operating the MAX learned about it only after the Lion Air crash in October led to scrutiny of the plane’s revised design.

    “Southwest’s own manuals were wrong” about the availability of the alerts, said the Southwest pilots union president, Jon Weaks. Since Boeing hadn’t communicated the modification to the carrier, the manuals reflected incorrect information, he said.

    After the Lion Air crash, Southwest discovered the deactivation and apparently bought the upgrade. How did the FAA react when they found out that Boeing had made this system optional? Both the WSJ and AFP report that the FAA considered grounding the plane in December to review the change — but instead opted to let it go:”


  10. I like the new Lindsey. 🙂


    “The way the Democrats and Vichy Republicans are trying to change the conversation on the Mueller report would be hilarious were it not so monstrous. After an investigation that required 675 days to complete; had 34 people indicted on various charges that ranged from theater to conduct unrelated to the purpose of the investigation to outright chickensh**; used the services of 19 very expensive Democrat lawyers; took 40 FBI agents and support personnel away from productive activity; issued over 2,000 subpoenas; carried out nearly 500 search warrants; issued demands for the communications records of over 230 persons; interviewed over 500 persons; and subjected at least 50 Americans to electronic surveillance produced jack sh** in the way of any cooperation between anyone on the Trump campaign and Russian officials, the left has now shifted its focus to “obstruction.” Apparently, by slight of hand, obstruction has now been defined down to being angry that you are the subject of a vindictive partisan vendetta that uses the FBI and a special counsel as its weapons.

    This morning, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan. Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he will control what actions the Senate takes in reaction to what seems like the House’s inexorable march towards impeachment. Naturally Brennan wanted to talk obstruction. It didn’t go well.”


  11. Ouch.


    “We all knew something was fishy about Foxx’s office dropping the charges against Smollett out of nowhere. It turns out the double standard exists.

    Cook County Judge Marc Martin presided “over an unrelated case” when he took shots at “Foxx and her office for creating a situation where anyone charged with filing a false report would expect the same leniency her office afforded Smollett.”

    It turns out they don’t. Candace Clark, 21, faces one felony charge of making a false police report…the same charges Smollett faced. From FOX 32:

    According to a transcript obtained by FOX 32, Judge Martin hammered prosecutors, asking, “I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett. It’s a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it.”

    Prosecutors were demanding that Clark make full restitution of $2,800 and serve deferred prosecution, something not required of Smollett.

    “Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn’t have a high-priced lawyer,” said Judge Martin. “And this smells big time. Your office created this mess. There’s no publicity on this case. Press gets ahold of this; it’ll be the newspaper.”

    Two Deputies Resigned

    Foxx already lost two important people in her office: Ethics office April Perry and Conviction Integrity Unit Director Mark Rotert. Both submitted their resignation letters last week.

    Foxx said that Perry was the one within the office that urged her to recuse herself from the case.

    Rotert told The Chicago Sun-Times that his decision to resign “had absolutely zero percent to do” with the Smollett case. Perry never responded to the media’s request for comments.”


  12. https://world.wng.org/content/synagogue_shooter_was_church_member_dean_s_list_student
    ‘John T. Earnest, 19, is a member of Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church. His pastor, Zachary Keele, told the newspaper, “It’s a deplorable act of wickedness. I’m still in shock. … I’m kind of numb.”

    ‘California State University, San Marcos, also confirmed that Earnest was a nursing student there who had earned dean’s list honors. The school released a statement saying it was “dismayed and disheartened” that he was suspected in “this despicable act.”’

    More: https://world.wng.org/content/a_solemn_sunday_after_synagogue_shooting

    I have been seeing and commenting on a rising tide of hatred coming from conservative, professing Christians for several years now – I have a member of my own family who indulges in anti-semitic conspiracy theories and takes every opportunity he can to criticize the Jews, but I am well aware he is not alone in his views, as I have seen them elsewhere from those who claim Christianity and he gets most of his material from the internet. Jesus told us to love our enemies and bless them who curse us, and do good to those who hate us (Matthew 5:433-48); but what I see more and more from those calling themselves Christian in the West is a fleshly eagerness to justify their hatred of others. Love, Paul tells us, “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (I Corinthains 15); but I see an eagerness to snap up juicy news stories about one’s political/religious/idealistic opponents in order to increase one’s anger towards them. The angry words that I regularly read Christians spewing towards those they consider to be opponents of Christianity is truly horrifying, and sooner or later, that hatred brewed in words will spill over into actions. In the words of James, the brother of Jesus:
    ‘No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.’ (James 3:8-12)
    James’ analogy is from Jesus’ analogy about good and bad fruit in Matthew 7. What we say about others says volumes about who we really are. To revile others is a sin that calls for excommunication in the church (I Corinthians 5:11). He that says he loves God and hates his brother is a liar (I John 4:20).

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  13. He didn’t learn his hate at church, or from conservative Christians, so enough with the bashing Roscuro. Place the blame where it lies.





    And drama queen acts like this aren’t productive either.

    “The angry words that I regularly read Christians spewing towards those they consider to be opponents of Christianity is truly horrifying, and sooner or later, that hatred brewed in words will spill over into actions.”

    This is silly. People say all kinds of mean and hateful things every day. It doesn’t mean they’ll ever shoot up a school or church/synagogue/mosque. Just stop.


  14. The Bible would say otherwise about the words we speak – “By your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned” (Mathew 12:37), also Matthew 5:21-22:
    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
    As I said to Mumsee on another topic a couple of days ago, when professing Christians do evil in the name of the Bible, it is a very serious matter to God. The manifesto that Earnest is alleged to have released contains quotation from the Bible. I have seen that kind of Scripture quoting anti-Semitic material before. I am not blaming my brothers and sisters, I am warning them to be aware of this growing trend and to steer clear of it. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6).

    As for Muslims, am I supposed to condemn all Muslims for the evil some have done? Would you want others condemning all Christians because some, like Earnest, are full of hate? Just my statement warning that Earnest is not alone in that kind of hateful attitude and that other Christians have shown the same has prompted an accusation that I am blaming my brothers and sisters. Yet I never said that all Christians do so or that Christianity encourages hate, which is something I have seen said about all Muslims and Islam every time an Muslim extremist commits an attack. I have lived in a Muslim country, and I know they are simply human beings, some trying to do good and failing because they cannot be righteous in their own strength, and some finding justification for their evil deeds as fallen humanity does. They are in need of the Gospel of Christ, and I cannot bring them the Gospel if I hate them.

    The bombings in Sri Lanka were terrible and I mourn with my brothers and sisters and have prayed for their peace. But the perpetrators who blew themselves up are now paying for their crimes in eternity. “Vengeance is mine”, saith the Lord, “I will repay” (Romans 12:19). I would not dare to try to make the rest of Muslims pay for the sins of a few, for, as that verse in Romans says, Christian are commanded not to seek vengeance. Furthermore as Christians, we expect persecution and hatred from the world, whether it be from Muslims, Jews, atheists, secularists, etc. But Christians are called by God to be different, to love our enemies and rejoice when we are persecuted (Matthew 5:11-12), with our Lord Jesus Christ being the supreme example of forgiving those who crucified him (Luke 23:34).

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  15. As she says above, Roscuro was not blaming all Christians, or saying that we all are hateful, but that there is a strain of that in some. If we’re not careful to call it out, it may spread.

    It brings an ache to my heart when I see some of my fellow believers on social media expressing contempt (bordering on hated) for Muslims or liberals/Democrats or whomever. Or calling those they disagree with various epithets. Sometimes, even if no epithet is used, contempt and/or disrespect comes through in other ways.


  16. Roscuro,

    There’s no hate being preached there, and he didn’t learn it there. While some individuals may hold some hateful, messed up views, it’s hardly a widespread phenom.

    No one is doing evil in the name of the bible, not even the shooter. And yes, evil should be condemned and pointed out wherever it’s seen.

    And while there may be punishment earned and due because of our tongues and bad thoughts in the eternal picture, it doesn’t follow that people will commit that evil just because they thought about it here on earth. You know this. Your attempt to justify it is just seems semantics using scripture. I could easily point to OT writings, thinking David and the like, who spoke most harshly about those who opposed God and acted wickedly toward others. Good people speak up, even when it’s not popular to do so. Prayers for the destruction of the wicked are found throughout God’s word.

    “O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God; depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. For they speak against Thee wickedly, and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies” (Ps. 139:19-22).


    “Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation.” O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, how blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock” (Ps. 137:7-9).


    “Rise up, O Lord! And let Thine enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Thee flee before Thee” (Num. 10:35).


    And now I’ll stop you before you start, yeah, yeah NT, Christ fulfilled….. yada yada I know the drill. But these are still useful and instructive, both as a tool for us to understand things God wants us to learn, and an example that little has changed about human nature in 2000 years. It is now, same as it ever was.


  17. AJ – Roscuro was not blaming his church, nor suggesting that they preached hatred. To my understanding, she is pointing out that there is a growing strain (although still small, I believe and hope) of some Christians exhibiting hatred for Jews and others. She has seen it herself. We need to be aware of that sort of thing, and willing to address it if we see it crop up in someone we know.


  18. The Real, he did do the evil in the name of the Bible – Earnest quoted Bible verses in his manifesto: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-synagogue-shooting-john-earnest-san-diego-20190428-story.html
    ‘The suspect also championed Robert Bowers — who killed 11 people and wounded six more in the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh six months ago — as well as Adolf Hitler.

    ‘The writer identifies himself as a man of European descent. He does not claim any political labels, but asserts that Jews seek to “doom” the white race.

    ‘His screed, which is filled with quotes from the Bible, also appears to take credit for arson at an Escondido mosque the week after the New Zealand shootings.’

    Earnest is the second synagogue shooter to have quoted the Bible to support his actions. Robert Bowers, who killed in 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh last year also did so: https://www.christianpost.com/news/robert-bowers-shooter-killed-11-synagogue-quoted-bible-talked-jesus-christ.html
    ‘Robert Bowers, the man who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, quoted from the Bible and talked about Jesus Christ online as part of this rhetoric against Jewish people.

    ‘Although the social media profiles for Bowers, 46, have been taken down following the massacre on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue, Heavy.com and other websites have shared archives exposing his rants against Jewish and Muslim people.’


  19. Roscuro,

    A lot of mental illness is focused on religion, but we don’t say they did it in the name of the Bible. Though they may quote it extensively, because that is not what the Bible teaches. They think they are, but they are not.

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  20. Roscuro,

    No, he didn’t. He may have thought he was doing it in the bible and God’s name, but he wasn’t. He was just one more in a long list of idiots who attempt to justify evil with scripture. It’s false teaching, not bible or God inspired.


  21. Also, I’m not refuting much of what you say, only the part I quoted above.

    ““The angry words that I regularly read Christians spewing towards those they consider to be opponents of Christianity is truly horrifying, and sooner or later, that hatred brewed in words will spill over into actions.”

    This part I disagree with, for the reasons listed above.


  22. And again, just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s hatred or horrifying. That’s just your opinion.

    Calling people barbarians because they’re still reliving the conquests and stuck in the 7th century, you know acting like barbarians, isn’t hateful. It’s a plain statement of fact. An inconvenient one it appears.


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