10 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-19-19

  1. This is going to be fun to watch. 🙂


    “Not 24 hours ago, WaPo ran a story about how frustrated House Democrats are that they can’t get away from him. They try to talk about health care — and suddenly there’s news about a new tariff. They try to talk about their big ethics bill — and there’s a bulletin about Russiagate. Even when they’re talking (reluctantly) about impeachment, they’re apt to be thrown off by some major new immigration policy or whatever that Trump is rolling out. And of course there’s always, always a tweet. They can’t get a word in edgewise in the news cycle. They’re constantly, endlessly reacting to whatever the hell it is that the president’s done now.

    Imagine how they feel upon finding out that their presidential candidates will have to react to him too during what was supposed to be their showcase, the presidential debates.

    It’s fitting, though. We elected the world’s biggest troll president. If ever there was an event in which he should be online trolling, this is it:

    The president, who has spent years embracing social media for his political advantage, is tentatively planning to live-tweet the debates on June 26-27, according to people familiar with the planning…

    Interacting in real time on Twitter would make Mr. Trump’s presence more tangible by directly inserting himself into the political conversation unfolding on stage. His posts could provide instant responses as well as insights into which attacks he feels most acutely…

    Political advisers have long wanted Mr. Trump to tap the brakes on attacking Democratic presidential rivals, concerned that the president’s reactions would elevate contenders and provide some shield from what otherwise could be a bruising primary battle. Mr. Trump’s broadsides against former Vice President Joe Biden, for example, have coincided with polls that increasingly show voters view Mr. Biden as the most likely to deny the president a second term.

    It’ll be like “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” says Emily Zanotti, except in real time, with the people onscreen talking back to their critic-in-chief as they’re informed of what he’s tweeting. “


  2. It’s a legacy of lies and failure anyway, so who cares?


    “In a recent Iowa speech former U.S. Vice President and Democrat presidential aspirant Joe Biden claimed President Donald Trump and his policies are an existential threat to Americans. It seems quite odd that he would say such a thing, especially since many security-conscious Americans consider the Obama/Biden administration’s eight-year foreign policy record a colossal failure, which threatened Americans and tens of millions of others.

    In 2008, then Senator and Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama chose Senator Biden to be his presidential running mate. Obama considered Biden, with his 36-year U.S. Senate tenure, a leading foreign policy authority as well as a seasoned legislator and Washington hand well-experienced in D.C. ways. Before leaving office, President Obama awarded Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his service to country and his administration.

    When they took office in January 2009 many Americans believed the Obama/Biden administration would offer the country a welcome change in direction from the previous George W. Bush administration and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars which consumed it. Consequently, it raised expectations for a better and safer world, not only for Americans but everyone else. During their administration, Obama and Biden followed their global worldview impulses and displayed a willingness to make greater use of the United Nations and other international institutions in resolving the world’s most difficult problems. The centerpiece of their foreign policy and national security strategy was “strategic patience,” a concept built around not immediately reacting to global crises, and instead, looking to the international community to resolve them.

    How well did the Obama/Biden approach work? The 2016 U.S. Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment provides a glimpse of what the world looked like after eight years of pursuing Obama/Biden administration policies. It isn’t a pretty picture. For example, the Obama/Biden administration’s U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, briefed Congress on the security threats identified by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. Mr. Clapper, among other things,reported:

    Violent extremists were operationally active in about 40 countries. Seven countries experienced a collapse of central government authority, 14 others faced regime threatening or violent instability or both. And another 59 countries faced a significant risk of instability.

    There were more Sunni violent extremist groups, members, and safe havens than at any time in history. The rate of foreign fighters traveling to the conflict zones in Syria and Iraq in the past few years was without precedent. At least 38,200 foreign fighters — including at least 6,900 from Western countries — traveled to Syria from at least 120 countries since 2012.

    The Iranian Shiite regime continued to be the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and exerted its influence in regional crises in the Mid-East through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force. And its terrorist partner Lebanese Hezbollah remained a continuing terrorist threat to U.S. interests and partners worldwide.

    North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test; China continued to modernize its nuclear missile force and is striving for a secure, second-strike capability; Russia continued to have the largest and most capable, foreign nuclear-armed ballistic missile force, and developed an intermediate range cruise missile that violated the INF Treaty; and Iran likely viewed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as a means to remove sanctions and preserve nuclear capabilities.

    A record level of migrants, more than one million arrived in Europe, and was predicted to grow in number. Migration and displacement strained countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Overall, there were some 60 million people displaced globally.

    And other non-government and government organizations confirmed the U.S. intelligence community’s bleak assessment.”


  3. I see the problem here. AOC isn’t getting her cut of the action, so she mad.


    “Ocasio-Cortez unleashes lawyer on campaign aide who penned memoir”

    “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unleashed her lawyer on a former campaign aide who wrote a book about her victory over former Congressman Joseph Crowley.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s legal counsel sent a cease and desist letter to Latino activist Ramon Ramirez for his self-published memoir titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Democrats’ Surprise.”

    “I’m surprised,” Ramirez told The Post about receiving the legal threat. “I didn’t say anything against her. I never said anything against her agenda.””


  4. This is a bad idea. Do we really want to allow Facebook and other large corporations to manipulate currency on a worldwide scale? Because they will.


    “BANG FOR YOUR ZUCK? Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency”

    “FACEBOOK is launching cryptocurrency next year that will allow people to move money from their smartphone into a digital “wallet”.

    The currency is known as Libra, which the social network says it has “no special role” in governing and will manage equally with a group of big companies.

    Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook’s “most invasive” form of surveillance yet.

    So far, Facebook has enlisted 28 firms, including Spotify and Uber, who each had to invest a minimum of £8million to be a founding member of the Libra Association, an independent not-for-profit membership organisation.

    It wants to attract 100 businesses in time for launch, which it is aiming for the first half of 2020.

    Libra is supported by a reserve of the world’s best assets and the world’s most trusted central banks, who gave the cryptocurrency “general cautious support”, according to David Marcus, who started exploring blockchain at Facebook a year ago.

    “Libra holds the potential to provide billions of people around the world with access to a more inclusive, more open financial ecosystem,” he explained.

    The social network is hoping that its collaborative approach can ease volatility concerns of existing blockchains and cryptocurrencies.”


  5. The level of stupidity and historical ignorance is off the charts with this fraud.


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  7. I watched Trump’s speech last night.
    That guy is exciting to his followers, and they showed up.
    It was hard to tell that he had a teleprompter, he looks extemporaneous, but must have spent hours on that.
    None of the democrats can match that. I hear that he is going to tweet at the Democratic debates. He does not play by political rules.
    And he recognized lots of people. He now has their support, if not before.
    I don’t see any Democrats who can do that.


  8. Good. Time to call this for the scam it is.


    “Three Connecticut girls who participate on high school track teams have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships.

    The conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom filed the complaint on behalf of Selina Soule and two other minor girls Monday with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. It seeks an investigation and actions to make competitions fair.”

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  9. Like Chas said.

    They can’t match it, and none of the Dems come close. Unlike Trump, they seem to have an enthusiasm problem.


    “Tens of People Show Up at Impeach Trump Rallies

    A whole 15ish people showed up outside of the White House this past weekend to encourage impeachment of the president”


    Even deep, blue NYC only managed a couple hundred people.


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