13 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-10-19

  1. Trump makes a deal and Democrats cannot deal….. with it.

    When you’ve lost CNN, just quit.

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    https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/08/cnn-anchor-us-got-almost-everything-it-wanted-with-mexico-trade-deal/

    “CNN anchor Victor Blackwell admitted Saturday morning on “New Day” that the United States got “almost everything it wanted” in the U.S.-Mexico trade deal that was announced Friday.

    The “New Day” coverage began with CNN White House correspondent Sarah Westwood describing the White House’s intention to “frame this as a victory for President Trump,” who reversed his original plans to impose a tariff on Mexican imports in response to the country’s concessions, particularly “stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts.”

    Westwood reported Trump’s Friday night announcement before showing video of the Mexican ambassador calling what the country agreed to “unprecedented.”

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  2. “Unprecedented”

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/09/mcaleenan-trump-mexico-deal/

    “Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the White House’s immigration deal includes an array of fresh concessions from Mexico, pushing back against questions over whether the president actually pushed Mexico to agree to new terms.

    “All of it is new,” McAleenan said on “Fox News Sunday” about the president’s deal to bolster enforcement of illegal immigration.

    “We’ve heard commitments before from Mexico to do more on their southern border. The last time they deployed down there was about four or 500 officers,” he said. “This is more than a tenfold commitment to increase their security in Chiapas — that’s where people are entering from Guatemala into southern Mexico.”

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    Mexican authorities went right to work.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mexican-military-begins-arresting-migrants-riding-the-beast-train-to-us-border

    “Mexican military begins arresting migrants riding ‘The Beast’ train to US border”

    “Mexican military deployed throughout the country as part of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s vow to do more to apprehend migrants headed to the United States, have officially begun targeting foreigners who have hitched rides aboard a freight train known as “The Beast” to get to the U.S.-Mexico border, local media reported Sunday.

    Mexican National Guard held up the “La Bestia” train in an unpopulated area near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, a city north of the Mexico-Guatemala border, where migrants have been crossing into the country.

    The operation marked the first of its kind since López Obrador and President Trump reached a deal late Friday, in which the U.S. would hold off on tariffs against Mexican imports if the government did more to prevent people from traveling through the country.”

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  3. A long time coming, and yet another stain on Obama’s legacy of lies.

    This was the test run case for the Obama admin. They then used many of the same tactics against Trump and his administration. Weaponizing govt. against the citizens is the true Obama legacy. It’s an ugly and criminal legacy.

    https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/june/true-the-vote-wins-big-case-after-decade-long-battle-with-irs

    “‘True the Vote’ Wins Big Case After Decade-Long Battle with IRS”

    “The ‘True the Vote’ v. IRS lawsuit has finally come to an end. And it’s being seen as a big victory for freedom in the IRS-Lois Lerner saga in which conservative organizations were targeted and blocked from gaining tax-exempt status to keep them from being involved in the 2012 election.

    This remarkable new ruling by US District Court Judge Reggie Walton was in favor of True the Vote, penalizing the IRS with extensive attorneys fees.

    The ruling indicates that, throughout the case, the IRS displayed unconstitutional discrimination and unethical behavior against True the Vote, a group that fights for election integrity.

    The judge’s decision marks the end of a nearly decade long battle that first began in 2010.

    True the Vote and its founder Catherine Engelbrecht, were targeted by top federal government agencies including the IRS, DOJ, FBI, ATF, OSHA.Under the Obama Administration, those agencies launched 23 audits, investigations, and inquiries, persistently attacking the group. “

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  4. Some narratives just collapse.

    The Kavanaugh is anti-women meme has been blown up.

    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/447576-ginsburg-credits-kavanaugh-for-helping-boost-number-of-female

    “Ginsburg credits Kavanaugh for helping boost number of female Supreme Court clerks”

    “Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave credit to her fellow Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, touting the court’s newest member for boosting the number of female law clerks serving the court.

    Ginsburg, in prepared remarks to a conference for judges in New York, noted that while women have made progress toward equal representation among the court’s clerks, there are areas where improvements are still needed.

    “Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew. Thanks to his selections, the Court has this Term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks,” she said, according to remarks released by the court.

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  5. Looks like our govt has found a new way to screw over vets. And yes, another Obama era VA scandal.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/06/07/inspector-general-va-owes-disabled-vets-190-million-never-told/

    “Inspector General: VA Knew It Owed Disabled Vets $190 Million … And Did Nothing About It”

    “Don’t ask, don’t pay? The Veterans Administration collected home loan fees from disabled veterans for years without informing them that those fees could be refunded. A new Inspector General report calculates that the VA may owe those vets nearly $200 million, that senior management knew it, and that they furthermore never bothered to pay it back. Their excuse? The vets never asked for refunds:

    More than 50,000 disabled veterans could be owed as much as $190 million in refunds from the Department of Veterans Affairs for home loan fees they were wrongly charged or no longer owe, an investigation has found.

    Senior leaders knew about the problem for years but didn’t ensure veterans received what they are due, the investigation by the VA inspector general found. …

    VA loan managers, who knew about outstanding debts to veterans since at least 2014, told investigators that they had been focused on other priorities, including processing high volumes of applications.

    At least it’s not a health-care story, and no one died. That’s a step up for the VA. Otherwise, this looks like the same classic bureaucratic Catch-22 for which this agency has become notorious. They didn’t take actions on refunds to disabled vets because they never asked for them, and they didn’t ask for them because the VA never told them they were eligible for them. That’s neat work.”

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    The OIG report doesn’t address motive, but the executive summary makes the failure’s “disturbing” nature rather plain:

    In October 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, RLC management provided Loan Guaranty Service management with an analysis indicating that approximately 48,000 veterans may be due funding fee refunds totaling approximately $151 million.3 The analysis also estimated it would take four to eight staff one year to refund the inappropriate charges they identified. In May 2016, the former director of Loan Guaranty Service documented a need to address the issue of inappropriate funding fee charges and acknowledged over $150 million in refunds may be due. 4 Disturbingly, as of January 2019, Loan Guaranty Service management had not taken action to issue refunds to these exempt veterans.

    Five years after being warned of the problem — a warning that came right in the middle of the exposure of the VA wait-list scandal — the VA still had done nothing to deal with the issue. “Troubling” is one adjective that applies. “Suspicious” should be another, and one that Congress should apply to take this up directly.”

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  6. Barbaric…… and unnatural.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/07/just-like-female-genital-mutilation-transgender-chest-binding-barbaric/

    “Just Like Female Genital Mutilation, Transgender Chest-Binding Is Barbaric

    Why are trans activists attempting to bully The New York Times into submission for publishing an article that mentioned the drawbacks of chest binding?”

    “When The New York Times ran an article about the medical downsides of chest binding, LGBTQIAP+ people saw it as an attack and lashed back. While the Times was pointing out the very real, physical dangers that go with the practice of women binding their chests to repress their breasts and appear more male, trans advocates fought back with assertions of the psychological upsides of this barbaric practice.

    Chest binding is undertaken by women and girls who believe themselves to be men or more closely aligned with the masculine side of the sex binary. For their external appearance to match how they look in the mirror of their minds, they use heavy-duty spandex—basically extreme sports bras—to push the flesh of their breasts down, suffocating the tissue, giving themselves a flat-chested look.

    It is reported that these trans men and trans masc women afterwards feel better psychologically about their appearance and their standing in the world. With chests bound, they don’t have to look like women anymore, interact as women, or be treated like women.”

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    Even though they’re actually……. drum roll please……. women. Still. That doesn’t change. Sorry.

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  7. One more IG report to go, and then comes the pain for the lies and crimes. 🙂

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/07/ig-report-fisa-abuse-will-unleash-barrs-investigation-spygate/

    “Why The IG Report On FISA Abuse Will Unleash Barr’s Investigation Of Spygate

    The closing of the final inspector general investigation into the Russia collusion investigation promises to open the flood gates for previously undisclosed information and indictments.”

    “The forthcoming report from the Office of Inspector General on potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse will finally unleash Attorney General William Barr, and when it does, watch out.

    For the last month, conservative pundits have predicted the ever-imminent dropping of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on his investigation into the circumstances surrounding FISA surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Horowitz’s report will likely provide new and damaging details surrounding the FBI’s use of the FISA court to spy on Page. More importantly, the conclusion of Horowitz’s probe frees Barr to conduct a broader and more exacting investigation into all aspects of the Russia collusion hoax.

    Barr revealed this during his interview last week with “CBS This Morning’s” Jan Crawford. In his hour-long interview, Barr made several points clear. First, Barr confirmed that Horowitz’s investigation focused on a discrete aspect of the Russia collusion investigation—the electronic surveillance of Page. (Barr had previously stated that he anticipated receiving Horowitz’s conclusions concerning the propriety of the FISA process targeting Page in May or June, which makes the fevered predictions that Barr already had the IG report less impressive.)

    Second, Barr explained that the norm for the Department of Justice was for investigations to be put “on hold while the Office of Inspector General conduct[s] its review.” Barr had suggested the same in his testimony last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    During that hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Barr praised FBI Director Christopher Wray and the FBI line agents, stressing that the potential overreach involved “a few people in the upper echelons of the Bureau and the Department [of Justice].” Those people are gone now, Barr noted, before adding that he was now working closely with Wray “trying to reconstruct exactly what went down.” But “one thing that people should know,” the attorney general stressed, was “that the bureau itself has been handicapped looking back because of the OIG investigation.”

    At the time of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was unclear what Barr meant by saying the FBI had been “handicapped” by the OIG’s investigation. But his comments to Crawford last week brought some clarity to his testimony: The DOJ does not proceed with investigations while the OIG is investigating the same matter.”

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    Time to pay the piper.

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  8. Like I’ve said, orchestrated. There’s no crisis driving most of them away from their homelands.
    Just good old fashioned greed in most cases, same as it’s been for a century.

    https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/06/07/mexico-withholds-identities-of-migrant-caravan-funders-in-u-s-britain/

    “Mexican authorities are not releasing the names of the 26 individuals and entities whose assets were frozen as part of a new probe into migrant caravans and cartel-linked human smuggling organizations. The investigation was moved into high gear this week as tensions between the U.S. and Mexico escalated over tariff threats as a punitive measure for lax immigration enforcement.
    On Thursday, Mexico’s Finance and Tax Secretariat (SHCP) announced the seizure of 26 accounts, including some from the United Kingdom and the U.S., which allegedly helped fund the northbound migrant caravans largely from Central America. Diplomatic sources consulted by Breitbart News revealed the probe is personally led by UIF Director Santiago Nieto Castillo, who directly briefs Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

    The SHCP’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) tracked suspicious transactions beginning in October 2018 to determine the sources of funding for the caravans. The results reportedly pointed to some monies coming from the U.S., U.K., African nations, and throughout Central America. Diplomatic sources revealed the investigation is still developing since the case was prioritized Monday as tensions over tariffs escalated.

    The freezes came at the same time Mexican authorities arrested two primary organizers of the caravans who allegedly maintain ties to the U.S.-based Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Mexican authorities claim the organizers would demand money from some migrants seeking to illegally enter the U.S.”

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/traffickers-reap-up-to-2-3-billion-in-illegal-immigration-offer-all-inclusive-packages

    “Traffickers reap up to $2.3B in illegal immigration, offer ‘all-inclusive’ packages”

    “Central American crime lords, gangs, and small time operators profit up to $2.3 billion moving Illegal immigrants into the United States, and collect even more from road “taxes” used by smugglers, according to a new study of the business President Trump is seeking to shut down.

    Migrants, paying $3,000-$10,000 each, can choose “pay as you go” or “all-inclusive” packages that include travel from their home, not just through Mexico, said the report.

    And smugglers also offer “specialized services” for children, pregnant women, and the elderly “that reduce exposure to risks and do not require extensive physical activity, such as scaling walls or extended hikes through remote terrain,” according to a new Rand Corporation report funded by the Department of Homeland Security.”

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  9. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2019/06/the-dawning-of-the-age-of-pelagius/

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    The Dawning of the Age of Pelagius
    JUNE 10, 2019 BY GENE VEITH

    Christianity Today has published a remarkably insightful article by the junior senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, entitled The Age of Pelagius. An adaptation of a commencement address at King’s College, the piece argues that the ancient heresy of Pelagius–that we are saved by our will–is at the heart of many of our cultural and moral controversies today.

    That we are unused to hearing this level of analysis from an election official is itself telling, but Sen. Hawley, the youngest member of the Senate at 39, is being hailed as a rising star of the conservative movement and the Republican party for his ability to bring together conservatism and populism, as in the way he is leading the charge to apply anti-trust law to Google, FaceBook, Apple, and Amazon. …

    At any rate, consider what he says:

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    ~ ‘Pelagius held that the individual possessed a powerful capacity for achievement. In fact, Pelagius believed individuals could achieve their own salvation. It was just a matter of them living up to the perfection of which they were inherently capable. As Pelagius himself put it, “Since perfection is possible for man, it is obligatory.” The key was will and effort. If individuals worked hard enough and deployed their talents wisely enough, they could indeed be perfect.

    ‘This idea famously drew the ire of Augustine of Hippo, better known as Saint Augustine, who responded that we humans are not achievement machines. We are fragile. We are fallible. We suffer weakness and need. And we all stand in need of God’s grace.’ … ~

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    … for all of their importance, freedom and the will are not determinative. They do not save us. They do not determine what we should do. They do not determine what is real.

    But this is exactly what we are seeing in the Age of Pelagius.

    As I have often pointed out, postmodernist ethics are built around the will. Advocates of abortion call themselves “pro-choice.” Whatever the woman chooses in regards to her pregnancy and her child is right for her. If she is forced to have a child she does not want (another “will” term), that would be evil (which is why those who seem to be moral relativists can still demonize pro-lifers). What determines the rightness or wrongness of an action is the presence of a willful choice. This applies also in other issues, such as euthanasia (“if the patient chooses to die, who are we to say ‘no’?”).

    Desire too is a function of the will. But, unlike other exercises of the will, we do not necessarily choose our desires. Our ethical tradition has stressed the discipline of not acting on some of our desires, of disciplining ourselves in the art of self-control and learning to desire that which is good. But today, we have the mindset that if we desire something, we have the right to our desire’s fulfillment. This is particularly true with our sexual desires. …

    … The reality, though, as Augustine and Luther underscored, is that the will is in bondage to sin. The triumph of the will in every area of life means not liberation but slavery (John 8:34). Pelagius and his followers are preoccupied with human glory, but they miss the realism and the grace of the Cross. …
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  10. I don’t think they’ve thought this thru to it’s logical conclusion, their own extinction. 🙂

    But, whatevs…….

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/05/health/birthstrike-climate-change-scn-intl/index.html

    “Climate change is rapidly changing the environment we live in. But how far would you be willing to go to help save the planet?

    Would you skip school? Eat pig’s feet? Deliberately get arrested? How about forgo having kids?
    For 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino the latter is a reality. Her fears about climate change are so strong she has decided not to have biological children.
    “I really want a kid,” she told CNN. “I love my partner and I want a family with him but I don’t feel like this is a time that you can do that.”
    Pepino believes that there will be an “ecological Armageddon” and founded BirthStrike at the end of 2018. BirthStrike is a group of people who are declaring their decision not to have kids because of climate change.
    So far, over 330 people have joined, of which Pepino estimates 80% are women.
    ‘Inheriting a world worse than ours’
    The BirthStrikers have decided they can’t bring children into a world where scientists predict climate change will bring bigger wildfires, more droughts, and food shortages for millions of people.
    In 2018, the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned the planet only has 11 years to prevent catastrophic climate change.”

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    No time for reproduction!

    Panic and run! 🙄

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  11. More of Obama’s legacy of lies exposed. He provided political cover and billions in cash, Iran stockpiled weapons for worldwide attacks. Note also the Obama admin never advised Americans of the plot.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/iran-linked-terrorists-caught-stockpiling-explosives-in-london

    “Iran-linked terrorists caught stockpiling explosives in London”

    “Just months after signing on to the Iran nuclear deal, authorities in London reportedly discovered that an Iran-linked group was stockpiling tons of the same explosive used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

    In 2015, police in London raided four properties associated with the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah and discovered thousands of disposable ice packs filled ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in rudimentary bombs. During the raids, a man in his 40s was arrested, according to the Telegraph.

    Despite the gravity of the discovery, the public and lawmakers were kept in the dark about the matter for years as the U.K. continued to support the nuclear deal. During that time there was also a debate whether to label the entirety of Hezbollah, which has support and funding from Iran, as a terrorist group.”

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    Everything is a lie with these people.

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  12. The idea is that humans are what have ruined the planet. So …. the fewer of them — or none of them? — the better. Extinction may be an OK end game for some of them. I know, it’s rather senseless but so is the entire climate change hysteria.

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