30 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-21-19

  1. Figures Don’t Lie, but Liars Can Figure


    “Last week, two events of smallish note occurred. On August 13 and 14, the stock market suffered its biggest losses of the year. Also, an “inverted-yield curve” formed. The yield on the 10-year bond briefly slipped below the yield on the two-year note. By day’s end, the interest rates had righted themselves.

    I didn’t realize it at the time, but the combination of these events foretold the end of the Trump economy. By the next day, the news was everywhere.

    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman announced “Trump Boom to Trump Gloom” and added that “…an inverted-yield curve… predicted six of the last six recessions.” The Guardian asked: “Is a recession coming to the U. S.? Here’s what to watch for.” The Capitol Spectator noted: “The Bond Market’s All-In On Its Recession Forecast.” CNN declared: “A global recession may be coming a lot sooner than anyone thought.”

    CNN also published an article titled “From Reagan to Trump: Here’s how stocks performed under each president.” They graphed the performance of the S&P during the administrations of the past five presidents.

    Set against the four- and eight-year terms of his predecessors, Trump’s performance looks mediocre. And his modest 25% gain in the S&P to date puts him in the middle of the pack, ahead of only Reagan and last-place George W. Bush.”


    “The S&P didn’t reach its previous high of 1562 until March 26, 2013, more than a year into Obama’s second term. Thus, Obama’s policies, or lack thereof, caused the great recession to last nearly six years, our longest economic downturn since the great depression. Yet, if I had to rate Obama by the increase in the S&P during his full term, he’d come out as second-best (after Clinton!), instead of the worst in my lifetime.

    Finally, Trump. Given that he inherited the sclerotic economy of the Obama years, he’s turned things around pretty well. Employment across all classes is up, manufacturing is up, and, as CNN has reported, the S&P is up 25% (even after a downturn). But there’s more to the story.

    The markets began to rise immediately after Trump was elected. On election day, the S&P stood at 2139. By the day of his inauguration, it had risen to 2271. Measured from the day the real Trump boom began, the S&P has risen 35%.

    But we know (even CNN must know, surely) that a president’s legacy rests upon much more than stock prices. It also rests upon peace, tranquility, love of country, and respect for law and order. These things are the very opposite of what news organizations like CNN long for in their quest for headline-grabbing news. So we can count on them, especially during the rest of the Trump presidency, to continue to do their best to do their worst.”


  2. He’s not a lawyer, but he plays one on TV.


    “Senator Whitehouse is violating basic legal ethics in threatening the Supreme Court while engaging in the unauthorized practice of law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “He should be held accountable for these abuses.””


    “The complaint alleges “Whitehouse filed a brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of four clients while maintaining inactive status and that the brief was nothing more than an attack on the federal judiciary and an open threat to the U.S. Supreme Court.“

    We previously wrote about that Whitehouse brief, Dem Senators to Supreme Court: Rule our way on 2nd Amendment case, or face possible restructuring.

    In a letter to the chairman of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Judicial Watch wrote:

    Judicial Watch files this unauthorized practice of law complaint against Rhode Island bar member U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of four clients while maintaining inactive status. In addition, the brief Senator Whitehouse filed was unbecoming of the legal profession as it is nothing more than an attack on the federal judiciary and an open threat to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    According to the Rhode Island Judiciary website, Senator Whitehouse maintains inactive status. As an inactive member of the Rhode Island bar, Senator Whitehouse cannot practice law in Rhode Island. However, on August 12, 2019, Senator Whitehouse did just that. He filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Senators Mazie Hirono, Richard Blumenthal, Richard Durbin, and Kirsten Gillibrand. The filing of a brief – let alone all that is required to file a brief – on behalf of clients is indisputably the practice of law.

    To be clear, Senator Whitehouse may not have spoken to his clients, researched the law, or written the brief in Rhode Island. However, he provided a Providence, Rhode Island address to the Rhode Island Judiciary. In addition, there is no dispute that Senator Whitehouse is a Rhode Island resident and spends a substantial amount of his time in Rhode Island. If Senator Whitehouse is practicing law in another jurisdiction, it is merely incidental or temporary. Under the rules, Senator Whitehouse was practicing law in Rhode Island.

    In addition, to Judicial Watch’s knowledge, Senator Whitehouse is not authorized to practice law in another jurisdiction. Senator Whitehouse lists a Washington, D.C. address on the brief; yet, according to the District of Columbia Bar website, Senator Whitehouse is not a member of the DC Bar. Therefore, if Senator Whitehouse claims he was not practicing law in Rhode Island but in Washington, D.C., he violated the “Unauthorized Practice of Law” rule of D.C.

    Besides practicing law without the proper authorization, Senator Whitehouse also violated the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct by attacking the federal judiciary and openly threatening the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief concludes:

    The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it to be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.” Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.

    In other words, if the U.S. Supreme Court does not rule the way Senator Whitehouse and his clients prefer, they will use their power as Senators to restructure the Court.

    Such a threat violates the spirit if not the letter of Rhode Island’s Rules of Professional Conduct. As the preamble explains:

    “A lawyer should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others.”
    “A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges.”
    “A lawyer should further the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system.”
    A lawyer should “maintain a professional, courteous and civil attitude toward all persons involved in the legal system.”
    Attacking the federal judiciary and openly threatening the U.S. Supreme Court is unbecoming for a member of the legal profession as well as a sitting U.S. Senator.


  3. Good news for certain cancer patients.


    “Study on cannabis chemical as a treatment for pancreatic cancer may have ‘major impact,’ Harvard researcher says”

    “Pancreatic cancer makes up just 3 percent of all cancers in America. But with a one-year survival rate of just 20 percent (and five-year survival rate of less than 8), it’s predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer-related death by 2020.

    Headlines about the illness, as a result, tend to be discouraging. But this month scientists from Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have released some much-needed good news. In their study, published in the journal Frontiers of Oncology on July 23, the researchers revealed that a chemical found in cannabis has demonstrated “significant therapy potential” in treatment of pancreatic cancer.

    The specific drug, called FBL-03G, is a derivative of a cannabis “flavonoid” — the name for a naturally-occurring compound found in plants, vegetables and fruits which, among other purposes, provides their vibrant color. Flavonoids from cannabis were discovered by a London researcher named Marilyn Barrett in 1986, and were later found to have anti-inflammatory benefits.

    But while scientists long suspected that cannabis flavonoids may have therapeutic potential, the fact that they make up just 0.14 percent of the plant meant that researchers would need entire fields of it to be grown in order to extract large enough quantities. That changed recently when scientists found a way to genetically engineer cannabis flavonoids — making it possible to investigate their benefits.

    Enter the researchers at Dana-Farber, who decided to take the therapeutic potential of one of these flavonoids, FBL-03G, and test it on one of the deadliest cancers through a lab experiment. The results, according to Wilfred Ngwa, PhD, an assistant professor at Harvard and one of the study’s researcher, were “major.”

    “The most significant conclusion is that tumor-targeted delivery of flavonoids, derived from cannabis, enabled both local and metastatic tumor cell kill, significantly increasing survival from pancreatic cancer,” Ngwa tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This has major significance, given that pancreatic cancer is particularly refractory to current therapies.””


  4. The Trojan Horse.


    “Let’s be clear about one thing: as Anti-CAIR.net put it, “CAIR is not in the United States to promote the civil rights for Muslims — CAIR is here to make Islam the dominant religion in the United States and convert our country into an Islamic theocracy.” Moreover, “CAIR receives direct funding from Islamic terrorist-supporting countries.”

    CAIR’s true face came to light during the largest terrorism financing trial in the nation’s history: the 2007–2008 Holy Land Foundation prosecution.

    “The Dallas trial charging the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) for Relief and Development with providing material support for Hamas produced extensive evidence that IAP — CAIR’s parent — played a central role in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. Much of that evidence relates to Mousa Abu Marzook, now deputy political chief of Hamas, who served on the board of directors of IAP in 1989.” CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas support trial of the Holy Land Foundation.

    A friend and an American patriot, Chris Gaubatz, managed to infiltrate CAIR’s organization and gather hundreds of documents that have been compiled in a book called “Muslim Mafia.” The book is an eye-opener on how this organization operates in the U.S.:

    “Serving as a CAIR intern, Chris Gaubatz gathered some 12,000 pages of documents that were headed for a shredder at CAIR’s national office in Washington – just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol building,” WND’s Art Moore informed. “The information published in Muslim Mafia, co-authored by David Gaubatz and investigative journalist Paul Sperry, documented CAIR’s founding by members of the Muslim Brotherhood — the group that spawned al-Qaeda and Hamas and stated in writing its intent to undermine Western civilization and ultimately bring America under Islamic law.”

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine, a group that was created by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood also identified the Islamic Association for Palestine as one of its United States fronts.

    CAIR is Hamas, and Hamas is CAIR. In fact, over the years, chief executive officer and founder Nihad Awad expressed his stance explicitly in a 1994 conference at Barry University in Florida. “I am in support of the Hamas movement,” he declared.

    CAIR’s members have been told to quickly condemn acts of anti-Semitism, police shootings of black Americans, anti-LGBTQ violence, and so forth, while stating unity with every “progressive” cause under the sun. But peer beneath CAIR’s carefully crafted press releases and publicity stunts, and it’s clear that the group’s reactionary Islamist roots are as strong as ever.

    “Never forget: CAIR works every day to silence Muslim reformers, apostates, Christians, Jews, infidel scholars, border security advocates, anti-sharia activists and investigative independent journalists, on college campuses, TV airwaves and the internet, to prevent us from exposing the truth about Islamic supremacism.””


  5. Like with the Mike Brown case and numerous others, the media isn’t letting facts get in the way of the story they want to tell. So they lie.


    ““Handicap Spot” Trial Triggers #FakeNews Tsunami

    CNN report about the case gets almost everything wrong.”

    “The Florida “handicap parking spot shooting” trial of Michael Drejka starts this week, and accordingly news coverage of the case—by which, of course, I mean “media lying” about the case—can be expected to spike.

    An excellent example of such media lying is found in CNN. In today’s post we step through that “news” report and fisk out the many lies within.”


    “The CNN news article linked above starts off lying right in the headline, as one might expect. Of course, the journalist who wrote the story is not the person who writes the headline, but as we’ll see the journalist, one Eric Levenson, incorporates plenty of lies in the story himself.

    As always, it’s worth keeping in mind that most consumers of news read only the headline and perhaps the first paragraph, so how those are framed is how the story is going to be most widely perceived. Only a small minority of readers finish the whole news report, and only a fraction of those people possess anything like real critical thinking ability.

    So how does the headline frame the story?

    ‘Stand Your Ground’ manslaughter trial begins today in killing over handicap parking spot

    First, it’s worth noting that the headline gratuitously begins with the phrase “Stand Your Ground” at the start of the headline. This is purely for purposes of click-bait, as this case has nothing whatever to do with Stand-Your-Ground as a law or legal doctrine, as we’ll discuss a bit later.

    Second, what the headline describes is simply not at all what happened—there is no evidence whatever that Drejka killed McGlockton “over a handicap parking spot.” There was a verbal dispute over a handicap parking spot, but that verbal dispute was between Drejka and McGlockton’s girlfriend, not between Drejka and McGlockton. To all appearances, Drejka was never even aware of McGlockton until McGlockton violent shoved Drejka to the ground.

    Further, the only person who escalated that verbal dispute to the level of physical violence was McGlockton, not Drejka, when McGlockton blindsided Drejka and violently shoved Drejka to the ground.

    The entire body of evidence is that Drejka killed McGlockton only after McGlockton violently shoved Drejka to the ground and Drejka perceived that McGlockton intended to continue attacking him.

    Reasonable people can disagree as to whether Drejka’s perception of a likely ongoing attack was a reasonable one—and if unreasonable Drejka’s conduct was likely unlawful and should be punished accordingly—but one can not factually dispute that it was McGlockton’s violent attack that was Drejka’s motivation for shooting McGlockton, not the parking space.

    The news story continues:

    The Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man last summer outside a grocery store, sparking a nationwide debate on the state’s “stand your ground” law, is set to stand trial on Monday for manslaughter.

    Here we have the gratuitous “shot an unarmed black man” trope, intended to suggest both that it can never be lawful to shoot someone who is unarmed as well as to imply that Drejka’s motivations in doing so must be racist.

    In fact, thousands of bare-handed murders are committed every year in the United States, and there is nothing about self-defense law that requires that the person attempting to kill or maim you must possess an artificial weapon before you are privileged to use deadly defensive force to protect yourself.”


  6. Google has some ‘splainin’ to do.



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  9. The rest of what Trump was quoting.

    Root seems to be a big fan of the president. But what did you expect from NewsMax?


    “Newsmax TV host Wayne Allyn Root, a supporter of President Trump, said the president is the greatest president for Jews and Israel “in the history of the world.” Root said Trump is so beloved he is like “the King of Israel” and treated as the second coming of God.

    “I happen to be Jewish by birth and 75% of all Jews vote Democrat, and they don’t like Trump,” Root said Tuesday. “This is the greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world. Not just in America, Trump is the best president for Israel in the history of the world. And the Jewish people love him like he is the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”

    “In America, American Jews don’t like him,” he continued. “They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense. But that’s okay. He keeps doing what he’s doing. He’s good for all of us. Good for Jews, good for blacks, good for gays.”

    “He is good for everyone in America who wants a job,” Root finished.”


  10. This speaks volumes…..


    “Tom Perez Holds Fundraisers In Mexico As DNC Struggles To Raise Money”

    “Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez will hold three fundraisers for American ex-patriots in Mexico, as Democrats struggle to keep pace with Republicans in fundraising.

    Perez will host three events in Mexico City on Sept. 28, Bloomberg reported. One event is a happy hour that will cost $25 to attend. Perez will also host a dinner where tickets are going for between $1,000 and $15,000.

    DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa’s confirmed to Bloomberg that the events would be taking place.

    The DNC will require attendees to provide information showing that they are American citizens or permanent residents, in order to comply with federal campaign finance laws.”


  11. My 1:55 was in reference to AJ’s 12:39. Expatriates, Americans living outside the US, not people who are no longer patriots. 🙂


  12. Your American Thinker link is an exercise in economic illiteracy. Recessions are defined as negative GDP growth over two quarters. The stock market either acts as a warning or reaction to GDP non-growth. By definition the recession was over by 2010.

    Stock markets are becoming increasing irrelevant as an indicator as most stocks are controlled by a small segment of the population. The economy under Trump is similar to Obama except Obama’s admin had to intervene to fix the recession. Since then its been fairly stable with employment lagging behind the recovery. In addition, the working classes have fared equally under both suffering from low wages, debt, inadequate protection, etc.

    Recessions normally occur in a ten year cycle so we are about due. Some economist claim the Trump tax cuts, similar but more inefficient than spending, might have delayed it. I doubt it as the very little money actually trickles down. Other economists claim tariffs and trade wars will force the recession earlier. Perhaps but it’s detrimental effects can be managed away by the Fed. Consumer debt will play a greater role which is why student loan debt needs to be addressed.


  13. “The economy under Trump is similar to Obama…”

    Thanks for another good laugh!

    Not only was Obama terrible for the economy, but he was a key figure in the biggest political scandal in our nation’s history. The liberal media will not do their job, but it will all finally come out anyway…


  14. I did a quick read on the Drejak case. Not much different than Zimmerman. Old white guy who compensated by wearing and waving a gun. Being Florida, he won’t be convicted and like Zimmerman he will continue to be nuisance and danger to tge public.


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  16. Democrats organizing and fundraising with expats is nothing new and not a sign of desperation. They’ve been very active my city for at least 20 years. It makes sense given there are far more Democrats abroad than Republicans


  17. Trump’s reaction to the Danish prime minister’s refusal to sell him Greenland actually worries me. He can’t really be that petty, can he? It makes me wonder if he is having mental problems. I don’t say this in a “put down Trump” kind of way, but really wondering about him.

    And it also seems quite inappropriate for him to have quoted that overly fawning tweet. There have been people who have said some very nice, ego-stroking things about me that I would be embarrassed to repeat, because it is just unseemly to do so.

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  18. Not entirely a serious comment, but …

    Obama: “The One”
    Trump: “The Chosen One”

    it all makes me think of The Who.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (“Won’t Get Fooled Again”)

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  19. I thought the Greenland fiasco was typical trump as was the retweet. A bully with self esteem issues.

    However, recent speech gaffes do suggest some issues. I mentioned a few weeks back that his problems may have stemmed from a mini stroke. Others have suggested the begining stages of dementia or Alzheimers. There should be cause for concern. (To be nonpartisan Biden has similar issues) .

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  20. But Biden had those problems 20 years ago. I remember when he ran for president, maybe when Dukakis got the nomination? He had foot in mouth disease then also.

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