21 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-28-19

  1. The real winners last night?

    Illegal aliens.

    Panderpalooza Day Two.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/winner-of-demdebate-night-two-illegal-immigrants/

    “Democrats can’t wait to give illegal immigrants ALL the tax money”

    “The first Democratic debate is now logged in the annals of history. Night two was just as odd as night one, only with less Spanish and a heckuva lot more fighting for limited time.

    After Warren bombed in the JV league Wednesday night, MSNBC dropped her and moved on to Kamala Harris, who was clearly preferred by the debate moderators.

    The real winner tonight?

    Illegal Immigrants. Every candidate on stage must’ve been feeling particularly generous as they offered would-be illegal immigrants free everything. Would be great if they cared about American citizens half as much.”

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  3. Just a reminder…….

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2019/06/26/heres-a-non-exhaustive-list-of-dems-conservatives-and-journos-who-said-there-is-no-crisis-on-the-southern-border/

    “Here’s a non-exhaustive list of Dems, conservatives and journos who said there is no crisis on the southern border”

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  4. More hyperbolic rhetoric is sure to help

    The child abuse caucus.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/06/27/leader-house-progressive-caucus-lashes-moderates-child-abuse-caucus/

    “Co-Chair Of House Progressive Caucus Lashes Out At Moderate Dems As ‘Child Abuse Caucus’”

    “As Allahpundit noted earlier, Pelosi’s arm was twisted today by a group of moderates who threatened to shut down her revised border bill and basically forced her to accept the Senate bill (or have nothing). Now Politico reports on the ugly fights that broke out between House progressives and moderates:

    Some lawmakers even resorted to public name-calling, with progressive leader Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) accusing moderate Democrats of favoring child abuse — an exchange on Twitter that prompted a pair of freshmen centrists to confront him directly on the floor, with other lawmakers looking on in shock…

    Reps. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), both members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, confronted Pocan on the House floor over his tweet. According to sources familiar with the conversation, Rose used expletives, and Pocan said he did not apologize.

    “I said, how come you can’t stay 24 hours to do your job?” Pocan said of his retort to Rose on the floor. “He said, ‘My mother thinks I’m a child abuser.’ I said, ‘I’ll tell your mother you’re not a child abuser.’”…

    “Mark’s tweet just speaks to why everyone hates this place. He’s just trying to get retweets. That’s all he cares about,” Rose told POLITICO.”

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    And you can delete it, but the internet is forever, 🙂

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  5. So who was it that built those “cages” again?……

    Oh that’s right……

    Barry.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/48913/barack-obamas-ice-chief-dont-blame-trump-cages-hank-berrien

    “The man who was the Obama administration’s chief of removing illegal immigrants said on Wednesday that it was his boss, President Barack Obama, who had the idea of putting illegal immigrant children in the “cages” that Democrats have used as a bludgeon against President Trump.

    Thomas Homan, Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement between May 2013 and January 2017, was responsible for “promoting public safety and national security by maintaining direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, locate, arrest, detain and remove illegal aliens from the United States,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Since January 2017, he has served as Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    He stated on Wednesday, “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built,” according to The Washington Examiner.

    Homan, speaking at the conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, noted a Democratic chairman who asked a Trump official, “You still keeping kids in cages?” He snapped, “I would answer the question, ‘The kids are being housed in the same facility built under the Obama administration.’ If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.”

    Homan said that the Border Patrol facilities where illegal immigrants are detained “were not built to take care of children,” adding, “It’s chain link dividers that keeps children separate from unrelated adults. It’s about protecting children.””

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  6. No transcripts, no recordings, no real record of who said what, this way Dems can spin it any way they like, with the medias help, of course. Just further proof it’s gonna be a staged production.

    Or fake if you prefer. A sham. A hoax. A scam……

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  7. Twitter censoring conservatives?

    That never happens. 🙄

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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/48934/trump-twitter-targeting-me-twitter-we-will-now-hank-berrien

    “On Thursday, Twitter announced it has changed its policy and will label President Trump’s tweets if Twitter deems them violative of Twitter’s rules.

    Twitter said any verified political candidates and government officials with more than 100,000 followers can be targeted, according to The Washington Post.

    In order to view the labeled tweets, users will have to click on a screen that says, “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.””

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  8. 20 questions for Bob.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/450481-20-questions-for-robert-mueller

    “When Mueller ascends Capitol Hill, the question is whether he will take a pass or a header from that great height. If he sticks with his earlier position, he will do little but repeat findings from the report. If, however, Congress truly wants to question this sphinx, here are 20 questions to ask. Most concern the process or the law that should not be subject to any privilege or confidentiality claims as a basis for refusing to answer.

    1. When exactly did you determine that no collusion occurred between Donald Trump or his team and the Russian government or other Russian interests either before or immediately after the 2016 presidential election?

    2. You met with President Trump after he fired FBI director James Comey. He has said the meeting was an interview for your possible appointment as Comey’s successor. Presumably, Comey’s firing and its basis were discussed. Did Trump explain his reasons to you?

    3. Given that you were one of the first outside individuals to meet with Trump on Comey’s firing, didn’t that create a conflict for you as a fact witness in any later investigation? Did you seek an ethics opinion on that alleged conflict?

    4. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also was involved in the decision-making on Comey’s firing, including his memorandum detailing Comey’s violations. Did you seek to interview Rosenstein and, as a result, did you raise the obvious conflict of interest in Rosenstein overseeing the investigation?

    5. You met with Rosenstein and Attorney General William Barr weeks before your report’s release. Both reportedly told you to identify all grand jury material to allow for the report’s expedited release. Why didn’t you do so?

    6. Do you agree that neither you nor the attorney general can release grand jury or “Rule 6(e)” material to the public or to Congress?”

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  9. It’s only just begun. It’ll all change and change again as the campaign unfolds. In politics, nothing can ever be taken for granted or assumed. 🙂 Surprises, good and bad, await for all sides.

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  10. I don’t want no surprises of any kind.
    I think we should stick with what we have.
    I’ve said a dozen times before. I don’t “Like” the man, but I like everything he has done.
    Stay with it.

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  11. From what I have read, many of the people – of various political persuasions – who once claimed there was no crisis at the border have since changed their mind.

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  12. Here’s my question, and I hope it doesn’t sound racist because it’s a serious question….. 🙂

    How is it that a woman of Tamil Indian (India) and Jamaican decent is identified as an Afro-American? Her father even stated in his writings that he was related to a plantation and slave owner of unknown decent. Owner, not slave of.

    Plus she lived in the US until she was 12, then lived in Canada until she graduated high school and returned to the US.

    I can’t think of a more inaccurate description they and she could give her.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris

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  13. About the only people who think Biden had a good night are the people who work for him. Because they have to say that.

    https://theweek.com/articles/849877

    “Joe Biden got demolished”

    “When one candidate enjoys an enormous lead in the polls in a field of two dozen, he’s bound to be a target on the debate stage — the one person everyone has an incentive to take down a peg. And so it was that in Miami on Thursday night, in the second half of the first Democratic debate, former vice president Joe Biden became a punching bag.

    It started with Rep. Eric Swalwell taking a dig at the 76-year-old Biden’s age by calling on him to “pass the torch” to a younger generation. Then Sen. Michael Bennet hit Biden for bragging about his role in striking a budget deal with Mitch McConnell in 2011. Bennet called it a “complete victory for the Tea Party,” a “great deal” for McConnell, and the key to Republicans permanently extending tax cuts passed during the administration of George W. Bush.

    But most stunning of all was the extended clash between Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris over Biden’s recent remarks harking back to the good old days of senatorial deal-making with segregationists — an exchange that quickly evolved, at Harris’ direction, into an argument about Biden’s opposition to busing during the 1970s. Biden’s defense was reasonable — he had no objection to states and localities choosing to integrate schools by busing students between urban and suburban school districts but merely opposed federally mandated busing by the Department of Education. It didn’t matter. Harris came off as clear, passionate, and personally invested in the issue. (A child of a Tamil Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris was bused to school as a child in Berkeley, California) Biden looked and sounded defensive, back on the ropes.

    It’s how he looked and sounded all night long.

    On a debate stage filled with candidates who sounded like they favored open borders, wanted to eliminate private health insurance, and intended to enact laundry lists of expensive new government programs, an alternative who staked out somewhat more moderate positions while also deftly reminding the audience of his role serving for eight years as second-in-command to a hugely popular recent president should have done well. It’s no doubt why he’s been doing so well up to now.

    But it’s hard to see how that continues. Biden has always seemed a little shaky, a little lacking in focus and discipline. He has a reputation as a one-man gaffe machine because he often speaks before he thinks. He’s a politician of impulse and instinct, and his impulses and instincts have frequently been just a bit … off. But now, entering his late 70s, gearing up for what could be a 12-month battle with a range of talented Democrats, many of whom are sharper and more nimble than he is and who are perfectly at ease on the far side of the “woke” divide — now Biden is just plain out of his depth. Or so it appeared on Thursday night.”

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  14. Too fake for 2020.

    https://spectator.us/democrats-fake-2020/

    “Joe Biden bled last night. Kamala Harris slashed him to ribbons over his opposition to busing and his kind words for long-ago segregationist colleagues. But Harris, who has a knack for turning left-wing dogmas into vivid images and personal stories, made only the most generic of pitches on her own behalf in her closing statement.

    Most of the other officeholders on stage were similarly uninspired. Bernie Sanders was a bracing alternative to Hillary Clinton four years ago. But his message is now just repetition—nothing makes him a different or better candidate than he was in 2016, even as the country has changed profoundly and the field of rivals he now faces is nothing like the one-on-one race with Clinton.

    Pete Buttigieg had the best night after Harris, yet he too broke no new ground. He’s smart, confident, but not in the end much different from all the rest. There is hardly more variety in this 10-candidate field than there was in just the two-candidate Clinton-Sanders race four years ago. The Democrats are stuck in a rut.”

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    “The fake ideology of the Democrats today, unfit for the realities of American life, is technocratic and politically correct. All of the Democrats on stage Thursday are adherents of this ideology, just as all the Republicans who lost to Trump in 2016 were adherents of fake Reaganism. The technocratic side of the Democrats can be seen in their plans — most of them vague — for efficient new programs to supplement or replace private health insurance. Obamacare and Medicare for All are the benchmarks for this: the former is based on a Mitt Romney Republican healthcare plan enacted in Massachusetts 13 years ago, while the core of Medicare for All is a program founded over a half-century ago, in 1966. Neither a refined Affordable Care Act nor Medicare for All has much political plausibility — they smell exactly like the Republicans’ decades-long, doomed dream of privatizing Social Security. Ideology demands that a problem have a solution, and the solution be technical and consistent with the ideology’s foundations. But the realities of politics — coalitions, opposition, consensus-building, and popular persuasion — are all ignored or taken for granted. Barack Obama got the Affordable Care Act through the House of Representatives by a margin of just seven votes, after the historic Democratic victories in the 2006 and 2008 elections. The chances for a more ambitious healthcare reform based on old models seem remote. Yet the Democrats last night made such plans a centerpiece.

    The Democrats were as one in denouncing Donald Trump’s immigration policies and wanting to see illegal immigration decriminalized and an end to present detention policies. But again there was a profound disconnection between ideology and circumstance: failing to police the border is not really an option, certainly not as far as voters are concerned; but any serious attempt to deal with the present crisis will involve measures stiffer than those employed by Barack Obama (when the problem was less severe) and not altogether unlike those employed by Trump (which are in some cases simply magnifications of Obama policies). Democrats behave as if the border doesn’t matter and fraudulent claims of refugee status pose no difficulty not because voters share those beliefs but because ideology demands it. Ideology might as well be a script, and the 10 candidates on stage last night were the actors. They improvise a little around the edges; they may play different parts. But there is nothing surprising or open to revision — or to the intrusion of reality — in any of what they say or do. The contrast with Trump could not be more striking. Everything he says and does is unscripted, inappropriate by the standards of well-disciplined thought. Yet he often expresses otherwise unutterable truths, especially about American foreign policy and trade relations.

    Farfetched healthcare ‘plans’, de facto open borders, and a whole lot of mush about fighting climate change, upholding abortion rights, and soaking the rich while cutting taxes for the middle class — not a whit of it bespeaks inspiration or fresh engagement with American life. Kamala Harris the ruthless California prosecutor now plays the role of compassionate advocate for illegal immigrants.

    It’s about as convincing as George H.W. Bush reciting supply-side platitudes. Read her lips: no new immigrant detention centers. Biden, meanwhile, as he tries to navigate the ideology of the woke era, seems more befuddled than Bob Dole was in 1996 as he tried to fumble his way through the GOP’s new pro-life orthodoxy. “

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  15. Biden may have been knocked down by Sen. Harris with her not-so-subtle racism charge, but that kind of identity politics is actually eating up the Dem. party…

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  16. AJ – (Re:12:30) Since the ancestors of Jamaica’s blacks were originally from Africa, maybe that’s how she can call herself African-American? I guess. Maybe. I don’t know. 😀

    *******
    I almost feel sorry for Biden. His past dealings and attitudes do not line up with today’s political correctness, and his fast switches on certain things look lame and desperate.

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  17. I covered a speech by her maybe 1-2 years ago (at an immigration ceremony on the Iowa) and I remember she went through her heritage, I really hadn’t known any of that about her.

    Today I sat next to an older black woman at the city council meeting who’d met Harris years ago when she was first running for DA, she was so excited to have met her when she was just getting her start in politics — not a supporter myself, of course, but I get that, it is kind of a thrill to see someone you’ve met and supported rise through the ranks.

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  18. Our pastor’s FB post about last night’s debate:

    ~ Scariest line of the debate was Kamala Harris: “America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we’re going to put food on their tables.”

    It is simply not the job of the government to put food on our tables. Once they have that role, they have officially taken over. It is my job to put food on my table. ~

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