33 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-19-19

  1. I’m sure someone will be along to tell me how this is somehow all the fault of those Jews and the Israeli govt. I guess banning some people is OK, just not The Squad..


    “The Palestinian Authority is banning all LGBT members from activities in the West Bank.

    The ban comes after the group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, which supports Palestinians who identify as a part of the gay community, was planning to hold a gathering for its members at the end of August, but won’t be able to anymore. Their event was supposed to be held in Nablus.

    Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the PA Police, told the Jerusalem Post that activities from the organization are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.””


  2. Dislike the Jews?

    Welcome to the new Democrat Party!


    “Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bull@#$% purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

    Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bull@#$% purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

    “It’s predicated on this notion, I think — it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.”


    Blame the Jews, everyone else does.

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  3. This kind of garbage……


    “A proposed California curriculum with anti-Israel elements also has anti-police rhetoric.

    The curriculum aims to teach students about police brutality and includes a poem suggesting cops sometimes “wake up with a bad case of contagious shooting.”

    The proposal avoids teaching students about anti-Semitism or Jewish Americans and doesn’t include cases of police officers viewed positively by the public.”


    Leads to more of this kind of garbage…..


  4. Don’t let the liars re-write history.


    “New goal for New York Times: ‘Reframe’ American history, and target Trump, too”

    “Perhaps when you think of the founding of the United States, you think of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers. Now, the New York Times wants to “reframe” your understanding of the nation’s founding.

    In the Times’ view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

    This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

    Another, more concise statement from the Times: “The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history.”

    The basic thrust of the 1619 Project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who on Twitter uses the identity Ida Bae Wells, from the crusading late 19th-early 20th century African American journalist Ida B. Wells.

    The essays go on to cover the economy (“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”), the food we eat (“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”), the nation’s physical health (“Why doesn’t the United States have universal healthcare? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”), politics (“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”), daily life (“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”), and much more.”


  5. And just a reminder why they can’t be trusted….



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  7. Let’s not forget one of Ricky’s favorite frauds and her “contributions”……



  8. Enough with the slow walking of this to lessen the blow.


    Ugly and damning, like their actions thru this entire affair.


    “Lindsey Graham says Horowitz FISA report will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ”

    “Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina predicted Sunday that the upcoming report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would be “ugly and damning” for the DOJ.

    The Republican Senate Judiciary chairman spoke with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures, saying the much-anticipated Horowitz report was “coming out in weeks, not days, not months.” In explaining to Bartiromo why the release of the report had been repeatedly delayed — Attorney General William Barr predicted early this year it would come out in May or June — Graham said “every time you turn around you find something new.”

    Graham predicted Horowitz would have a lot to say about “the good, the bad, and the ugly” at the FBI and DOJ, and would likely have recommendations about what should be done to fix it.

    Graham also said once Horowitz finishes his report, it will be sent to the Justice Department for a review for any classified information. The senator said he was meeting with Barr next week to ensure as much of the report as possible is made public.

    “I want to declassify as much as possible,” Graham said. “I want the American public to hear the story. I want all of this information to come out. I don’t want people to believe what I say about it — I want them to read for themselves how bad it was.””


  9. Another blow to the Resistance and judicial activist posing as judges.


    “Nationwide injunctions issued by a single federal district judge have thwarted dozens of the Trump administration’s priorities. It’s a rigged game, since lawsuits are filed in multiple jurisdictions, and it doesn’t matter if the administration wins most of them.

    There are 94 judicial districts in the United States; the government could prevail in 93 of them but still lose if that last judge grants a nationwide injunction. The point here isn’t whether the Trump administration is legally wrong sometimes. It obviously is. The point is the administration starts out with a near automatic loss at the trial level regardless of whether or not it is right.

    So it was with the travel order. No one remembers that the Trump administration won in Massachusetts because it made no difference: the plaintiffs won elsewhere and so it was blocked nationwide until the Supreme Court intervened.

    Not surprisingly, the government has been trying for two years to get the circuits to limit nationwide injunctions—without much success. But salvation can sometimes come from the bleakest of places: on August 16, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit narrowed a nationwide injunction against a new Trump asylum rule.

    The rule, which was issued last month by the Justice Department and Homeland Security, denies U.S. asylum to most migrants who fail to apply for asylum in a third country they transited through on their way to the United States. For example, the rule denies U.S. asylum to someone from Guatemala who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without having applied for asylum in Mexico.

    The panel decided that the rule should be blocked only within the Ninth Circuit, finding that the district court had “clearly erred by failing to consider whether nationwide relief is necessary to remedy Plaintiffs’ alleged harms.” Judges Milan Smith (Bush II) and Richard Bennett (Trump) voted in favor of this compromise, while Judge A. Wallace Tashima (Clinton) voted against and said he would have affirmed the nationwide injunction in its entirety.

    This decision should, least in theory, make it much harder for future plaintiffs to obtain a nationwide injunction within the Ninth Circuit. “


  10. Maher gets some reactions from the left for daring to speak truth. Now they want him boycotted too. 🙂


  11. BDS is just repackaged hate.

    Professor Jacobson breaks it down…..


    “While I have written hundreds of posts about the BDS movement, including its history, this presentation gave me an opportunity to pull it all together in one place, and to do more research to obtain documentation.

    BDS is a direct and provable continuation of the Arab anti-Jewish boycotts in the 1920s and 1930s and subsequent Arab League Boycott, restructured through non-governmental entities to evade U.S. anti-boycott legislation and repackaged in the language of “social justice” to appeal to Western liberals.

    I’ll now walk you through a shortened version of my presentation.”


    “Thesis: The BDS movement is the end product of a continuum of anti-Jewish boycotts starting in the 1920s, as demonstrated by the history of the boycotts and the words of the participants.

    A central focus of my presentation was debunking the myth, repeated endlessly by BDS activists, that BDS was launched in a 2005 as a call from Palestinian civil society:

    This supposed launch by Palestinian civil society goes to the very essence of the “social justice” narrative, and is the justification given by BDS leaders, particularly in academia, as to why they single out Israel even though there are other countries in the region and around the world where human rights and nationalistic abuses are far worse.”



  12. I think I figured out where Tlaib gets her sparkling personality from.

    Oh well, at least Grandma didn’t call him a MFer, like her super classy granddaughter did.


    ““May God Ruin Trump,” Says Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Grandmother

    Comment comes after Rep. Tlaib rejects Israel’s offer of a humanitarian visa to see her 90-year-old grandmother”

    The Palestinian grandmother of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib wished “ruin” on President Donald Trump in an ongoing controversy over Michigan lawmaker’s proposed visit to Israel. “May God ruin him,” Tlaib’s grandmother was quoted saying by news agency Reuters.

    The remark comes a day after Congresswoman Tlaib rejected Israel’s offer to grant her entry on humanitarian basis to see her 90-year-old grandmother. The Israeli decision was made in response to a written request made by Tlaib herself. “I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa,” she wrote in a letter addressed to Israel’s Interior Ministry. In her formal request, she agreed not to promote anti-Israel boycott activities, or the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

    After Israel granted the request, Tlaib changed her tune, accusing Israel of “racism” and “oppression.” “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in,” the congresswomen tweeted.

    Reuters reported the comments made by Tlaib’s grandmother:

    Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States.

    “May God ruin him,” she says.

    Tlaib is the grandmother of U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the center of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats. (…)

    Her son, Rashida’s uncle Bassam Tlaib, said the women had not seen each other since 2006:

    “She was going to slaughter a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare her favorite food, stuffed vine leave.[“]”


    Once again a Palestinian uses actions by a Palestinian (her granddaughter) to place blame where it doesn’t belong, on those pesky Jews and Americans. Blame Rashida, she’s the one who refused to see you unless she could use you as a prop to push her anti-Israel bashing BDS nonsense.


  13. There are still some good and fair reporters out there. Thankful for Chris Wallace.


    Chris Wallace becomes Trump era’s ‘equal opportunity inquisitor’


    … Late last month, Wallace was nominated for an Emmy for his interview with Putin, marking the first-ever nomination for the Fox News Channel at the annual television awards.

    The Putin interview is one of several sit-downs Wallace has conducted in the Trump era that have garnered headlines or resulted in viral moments. In an increasingly partisan and siloed news environment, and with President Trump and other leaders stoking distrust in the media, Wallace has carved out a reputation as a tough but fair interviewer who has gotten the best of members of both parties.

    “People come up to me at airports or restaurants or whenever I’m out in public and praise me a lot for being fair,” Wallace, 71, said in an interview. “While on the one hand I appreciate it, on the other hand it kind of depresses me because when I started out in the business being fair was the baseline — that you tried to be as fair, as objective, as even-handed as you could be.” …

    … “I’ve been called an equal opportunity inquisitor, and I take that very seriously,” Wallace said.

    In May, Trump chastised Wallace and Fox for giving airtime to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, tweeting, “I like Mike Wallace better.”

    But two months later, the president struck a different tone, approvingly quoting Wallace’s assessment of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony as a “disaster” for Democrats.

    Many of Wallace’s most noteworthy moments in recent months have come when he has pinned down White House officials seeking to dodge a question or repeat a misleading talking point.

    In January, Wallace stopped then-press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as she sought to repeat the claim that thousands of “special interest aliens” have been stopped at the border. He countered that many of them came through airports, not the southern border. …

    … When Trump sat for an interview in November on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace sought to unpack the president’s barrage of attacks on the media, which Trump had described as the “enemy of the people.” When Trump clarified he was not referring to the Fox anchor as “fake news,” Wallace interjected.

    “It doesn’t matter what you call — when you call CNN and The New York Times and we’re in solidarity, sir,” Wallace said.

    The broadcaster told The Hill that he feels Trump has “gone over the line” with his attacks on the press but suggested the proper response would be not to take the bait.

    “I think some reporters make a mistake in thinking because he goes over the line that gives them an excuse to push back and go over the line themselves,” Wallace said. “And I think that’s exactly the wrong response.” …

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  14. Sigh.



    President Trump lashed out at Fox News after its polling showed him losing to all four major Democratic presidential candidates. “There’s something going on at Fox News,” Trump said, ominously.

    Trump even appeared to threaten Fox News. He noted that he controls which networks will host the presidential debates next year. He seemed to be saying that if Fox News doesn’t treat him more favorably, it might be shut out of the debates.

    But what is the “something” that’s “going on” at Fox News? Trump praised nearly the network’s entire stable of major political hosts — Hannity, Carlson, Ingraham, Pirro, Waters.

    He took a shot at Juan Williams. But going back at least as far as Alan Colmes, Fox News has always had a leftist or two among its commentators — as it should.

    The network’s only sin appears to be that it took some polls in which Trump fared poorly. …

    The President of the United States should not be complaining about a news network because he doesn’t like its poll results. …

    If Trump is trailing any of his Democratic rivals in this booming economy, it’s because of his petulance and his intemperate outbursts. Both were on display in Trump’s remarks about Fox News.

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  15. Maher is quickly becoming the cranky old man of the left. He’s having his share get off my lawn moments. He has a fondness for blaming cell phones for everything…

    On one hand Maher is right the BDS movement is a chance for the young to act woke. However, his history lesson was recently and biased. If you’re going to complain about sleeping through history class at least offer some decent history yourself.

    Tlaib and other’s response isnt helpful. He’ll be on next week playing the free speech martyr of the left. Its rather predictable and boring. Not least of all because the msin point is missed, to block the adovacation and implementation of BDSS is to block an exercise in free speech. I disagree with BDS but its advocates shouldnt be censored.


  16. Wallace has earned respect on both sides.

    Meanwhile for every left journalist conspiracy, there’s Hannity and others openly stumping for Trump and the Republican party. The right need to stop whining and remove the tree in their own eye. The same thing happens in Canada….almost every major daily endorses the Conservative party and the largest media corporation PostMedia has told management they need to swerve further to the right and favour the Conservative party even more as an election nears. But let there be one leftist voice, and the right is upset.


  17. In fairness, Hannity isn’t a journalist, he’s a commentator (and his show is pure commentary).

    One of my major pet peeves in this current environment is the blurring of the lines between commentary and straight news. And yes, the media does tilt left, especially in the coverage of this president (who’s become something of a cause to take down, to the point that it’s all-Trump all the time for some media outlets; tiresome).

    But …

    The constant uproar over “the press” also is becoming tiresome. The news media is not having one of its better seasons, to be sure. But it will, we hope, find its objective sea legs again in the future.

    For now, it is what it is and news consumers simply need to be very smart and discerning about the news they consume (and believe). It’s not easy in this environment, admittedly. 😦

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  18. I do find it interesting that the objective gold standard in English news media is the BBC, a government funded network that is kept at arms length. Canada’s CBC works the same way but is usually accuse of leftist bias. Probably only because the private media on Canada tilts right.


  19. High school curriculums hace changed and many gr 11, 12 courses are more specific and interesting. However, the California proposals are the most specific I’ve seen. Ontario offers a course in the Holocaust. It raises the question are there more than one Holocausts or should other events be called genocides. So there is comparative analysis and thinking involved but still surprisingly specific.

    I like the 1619 idea. It may not be entirely bur its though provoking and probably just as relevant as using the landing of the Mayflower as a starting date. At least 1619 forces a discussion on the inflùnce of race and slavery in the US.


  20. DJ,

    I agree. And the worst reporters aren’t in the majority either. It just seems that way because many of them have the larger audiences, like Haberman and others at the NYT..

    And I love Chris Wallace,


  21. Hannity’s a joke for the most part. But he was right about the Russia hoax, as was anyone who bothered to look.


    “I disagree with BDS but its advocates shouldnt be censored.”

    It’s easy to say that when you’re not an Israeli Jew, the ones actually being boycotted and slandered. Your ox isn’t the one the BDS movement seeks to gore. If it were, you might feel different about letting them in your house too.


  22. Everyone loves Twitter.

    But sometimes they suck too. Like this time.

    This is the journalistic trend I find most troubling. Propaganda disguised and packaged as actual news by legitimate outfits, with only a tiny disclaimer buried in the small print.

    Democrats are planning similar efforts in local papers for the coming elections.


    “Twitter ran paid ads from China’s state news media criticizing the Hong Kong protests”

    Twitter users spotted sponsored posts from Chinese state media criticizing the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

    The sponsored posts described the protests as violent and destructive and portrayed Hong Kong citizens as in favor of ending them.

    People in Hong Kong have been protesting the Chinese government for 11 weeks. Organizers say as many as 1.7 million people joined a peaceful rally on Sunday.”



  23. Like I said, Dems plan similar efforts, targeting areas where local news outlets have gone under. The Russians and Chinese are nodding in approval.


    “Democrats Are Launching “News” Outlets to Turn Swing-State Voters Against Trump

    One of the party’s largest super PACs plans to fill the gap left by local newspapers with “news” outlets staffed by Democratic”

    “Get ready for local news — brought to you by the Democrats.

    One of the party’s largest Super PACs is finally pulling the trigger on a $100 million plan to help boot Trump from office. But much of the media it’s pumping out won’t look like traditional advertising.

    Rather, Priorities USA is planning to flood swing states — many of which have lost their local papers — with stories favorable to the Democratic agenda. Four “news” outlets staffed by Democratic operatives will publish state-specific information across social media in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin. They’ll also boost content by independent sources.

    The idea is to convince voters that Trump’s economy isn’t working for them.

    “This should be covered by local news, but local news is dying,” Priorities USA Communication Director Josh Schwerin told VICE News. “Our hope is that we can help fill that hole a bit with paid media while also making it easier for the remaining local outlets to report by providing local angles on national policies with specific facts and people to tell their stories.”


    He means fill that hole with paid propaganda aimed at low info voters.


  24. Yep, the news gap.

    But don’t think the other side wouldn’t do it, too.


    Again, people really need to be wise and discerning these days.


  25. Aj

    You’re right if I was an Israeli, I would think differently. But if I was Palestinian, I would also think differently. I might even think differently if I was from Mars.

    BDS passes the don’t yell fire in a crowded theate test. Probably a safer form of speech than a Trump rally. Bur since there’s no immediate threat both Trump and BDS can proceed.

    Ironicaly, I agree with Mahar that BDS is just a meaningless moral purity test but given Israeli reaction I might have to rethink it. BDS might be more effective than I think.


  26. I agree DJ all sides are filling the local news gap. In Ontario the conservatives were very effective in creating websites and facebook groups that offered local news, weather, amber alerts, the odd cute pet video, patriotic memes and then as an election came close offer news skewered to suppprt the conservative party. Most analysts agree this played a huge part in their provincial victory and they are using the same approach in upcoming federal election.


  27. Oh, the lure of pet videos. That really crosses the ethical line.

    But seriously, it’s why a robust and objective media is so needed right now (and always). Unfortunately, the financial supports for that have been, at least for now, knocked out from under most outlets.


  28. Good to see you Ricky.

    (And from his link):


    … But Haberman’s closeness—and fairness—to the president can also make her a flash point for that large segment of Times readers whose passion for truth is matched by their hatred of Trump. For many people who subscribe to the Times, reading about Trump is a form of rage-reading, and some of those feelings inevitably translate to Haberman, whose relationship with the orange-hued interloper in the White House can be misconstrued as coziness. As aggressive as Haberman’s Trump coverage can be, it may still come as a letdown to the types of readers who would rather see Trump’s most ardent chronicler skewering him, taking him down—as opposed to presenting tough, but fair, assessments of his words and actions. …


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