54 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-22-19

  1. It’s about time.


    “Trump Administration Files Official Brief To Dismantle The Unconstitutional DACA Program”

    “What started as a textbook example of executive lawmaking by fiat that turned into a textbook case of results-oriented judicial rulings is now headed to the Supreme Court.

    Of course, I’m talking about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

    The executive lawmaking by fiat took place in 2012 when President Obama basically gave the finger to Congress and announced that he was going to contravene black letter law and exempted some illegal aliens from being eligible for deportation.

    The method he used for this was not an Executive Order or the APA rule-making process, it was established by a memo former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano sent out to her field staff directing them to not deport illegal aliens who allege that they were brought to the US as children. That’s it. That was the depth of the analysis and consultation. A. Memo. A similar program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court which should have been a hint that it wasn’t on the up-and-up. But when Jeff Sessions got around to pulling the plug on DACA, lawfare ensued and the administration was told it could not rescind the Napolitano memo.

    Just stop for a moment and consider this. Federal courts literally told the Trump administration that they could not rescind a memo written five years and three Homeland Security secretaries earlier. Logically, this means a cabinet secretary’s memo is more powerful than an actual law because it takes no consensus to issue it and it can’t be withdrawn when management changes.”


  2. She must have forgot to mention that her “people” were the cause in the first place.


    “Rashida Tlaib *forgot* to mention Palestinian Suicide Bombers in teary statement about checkpoints

    The security barrier and checkpoints were a response to relentless Palestinian terror attacks.”

    “Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave a teary-eyed statement about her experiences at Israeli checkpoints. It’s unclear of the time frame. First she said it was when she was a young child and visiting her grandmother, and then she mentioned her American mother going through a checkpoint, and her “then husband” being searched after a bus was stopped.

    REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints — even though she was a United States citizen and proud American. I was there when there when my [grandmoher] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have access to the best hospitals — which were in Jerusalem.

    I remember shaking with fear when checkpoints appeared in a small village [where we were] with tanks and guns everywhere. I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my then-husband and him escorted off the bus, although he was a United States citizen, just so security forces could harass him. All I can do as the granddaughter of a woman who lived in Occupied Territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how.

    As my Detroit public school teachers taught me, by humanizing the pain of oppression, our delegation trip included meetings with Israeli veterans who were forced to participate in military occupation. They also desperately want peace and self-determination for their Palestinian neighbors. They could have shed light into injustices of raids, shootings, demolitions, and child detention. The delegation would have seen firsthand why walls are destructive, not productive. They could have asked the people in Bethlehem how walls cut people off from economic opportunities, from a way to live, and do psychological damage that lasts forever.

    All I can do as her granddaughter is help humanize her and the Palestinian people’s plight. I know that when we can finally see them as deserving of human dignity, everyone there will be able to live in peace. [Transcript via RCP]

    I don’t believe anything Tlaib says about Israel. She’s a hard-core anti-Israel zealot. She’s also a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which she hid during the campaign from constituents and donors such as left-wing J-Street.

    But let’s pretend Tlaib is telling the truth about her experiences. Her teary-eyed account ignored why Israel constructed the security barrier (a wall in populated areas, a fence for most of its length) and checkpoints.

    Israeli didn’t just wake up one day and say, “hey, let’s make life more difficult” for the non-Israeli Arab population. Rather, these security measures were the result of an unrelenting campaign of terror.”


  3. It makes sense, and it’s the right thing to do.


    “Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans”


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  4. Maybe Trump needs to name and call out these Reps like he did Cummings. That seems to get results.


    “City Ignores Business Owner’s Pleas For Help: ‘Downtown LA Is A Hellscape’”

    “NBC4 in Los Angeles reported Tuesday that a business owner in downtown LA has been trying for months to get the city to clean up a homeless camp set up in an alley directly behind his business. However, even after a fire forced him to call the fire department, no one from the city seems interested in cleaning up the mess.

    “Downtown LA is a hellscape now. And I don’t know who’s in charge of keeping it clean and nice but they’re not doing it. And I think that’s pretty shameful,” Josh Kaye said…

    A week before, Kaye, who works at Lunch Money clothing, said there was a fire in the encampment that nearly jumped the fence to his business…

    “We had to call the fire department. They came out, opened the gate, saw the carnage, told us you know what, sorry guys, there’s nothing we can do — can’t touch it, can’t clean it up. You should contact 311,” he said.

    Of course, it’s not the fire department’s job to clean up garbage, but when Kaye called LA’s 311 line he was ignored. He has called the city at least 15 times in the past 5 months and no one has ever come to clean up the alley.

    This is part of an ongoing pattern in Los Angeles. Earlier this year there was a typhus outbreak connected to fleas living on rats that make their homes in the mounds of trash collecting on the city’s streets. Despite that, in May the same station reported on a massive pile of garbage which had collected on Ceres Avenue downtown.”


  5. I guess those poor Democrats will be forced to go to Mexico for donations again. 🙂


    “RNC Sets New Fundraising Records, Almost Tripling DNC Donations in July

    “largest online fundraising July ever (1100% more than July 2016 and 1900% more than July 2015)”


    “We brought in $20.8 million in receipts in July (nearly 3 times that of the DNC). Cycle to date, the RNC has brought in $117.9 million. We also had our largest online fundraising July ever (1100% more than July 2016 and 1900% more than July 2015).

    Across the aisle, the DNC continued to struggle to fundraise in July. Not only did they spend more than they raised, they’re mired in over $5.6 million in debt. Cycle to date, Chairwoman McDaniel has raised well over double that of DNC Chair Tom Perez.”


  6. It looks like the press has decided it will be Biden.


    “As the 2020 presidential race moves toward the fall, how do the candidates who appeared in the second Democratic debate stack up in terms of media coverage?

    The bar chart below shows the number of mentions of each candidate on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News from Jan. 1, 2019 through present, using data from the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive as processed by the GDELT Project. Each candidate was searched by their last name except for Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders who were searched by both their first and last names, and Tim Ryan who was searched by his full name. Searches for (Julian) Castro excluded coverage mentioning “anti-Castro” or “Cuba” or “Cuban”; (Marianne) Williamson excluded mentions of “Zion Williamson” and “NBA” to avoid confusion with the basketball player; and (Andrew) Yang excluded mentions of “Kraft” or “spa” or “Orchid” or “Lee” or “Cindy” or “Miami” to avoid confusion with the Robert Kraft /Cindy Yang prostitution sting. (Though the first debate was held in Florida’s largest city, excluding mentions of Yang with “Miami” had no impact on his ranking.)”

    “Biden is clearly the leader in terms of national television news coverage, accounting for more than twice as many mentions as the closest candidate, Kamala Harris. Sanders and Elizabeth Warren close out the top four. Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg form the next cluster of candidates, followed by Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bill de Blasio. The final cluster, headed by now-ex candidate John Hickenlooper, includes Yang, Steve Bullock, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Ryan, Jay Inslee, Williamson and Michael Bennet.

    Mentions on the nightly news broadcasts for ABC (“World News Tonight With David Muir”), CBS (“Evening News” and “Evening News With Jeff Glor” and “Evening News With Norah O’Donnell”) and NBC (“Nightly News With Lester Holt”) follow a similar pattern, as seen in the graph below, drawn from San Francisco affiliates KGO, KPIX and KNTV.”


  7. The pivot.

    Aka, moving the goal posts. Again.


    “Robert Mueller crushed their dreams, so Democrats pivot to race”

    “What was the embittered left — Democratic presidential candidates and their media allies — supposed to do when their hopes of Russia-Trump collusion crashed on the boulevard of broken dreams?


    They had invested so much in their fantasy that President Donald Trump was a treasonous agent of Russian boss Vladimir Putin. But when special counsel Robert Mueller’s report came out, and there was no collusion, no crime charged, their fantasy collapsed.

    And so, after a brief spasm of despair, the left pivoted to their default position: race.

    Race. Race. Race. Race. Race.

    With Americans working and with money in their pockets again, with the 2020 election approaching, Democrats are reaching for the race card the way a sick man reaches for the waters of Lourdes. Desperately. Their allies in media followed suit, with Trump called everything from a white supremacist, to a Nazi, and on and on.

    Meanwhile, the New York Times embarks on an ambitious new series, the 1619 Project — marking the 400th anniversary of the first slave ships to our shores.

    The newspaper said it hopes “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.”


  8. Cal Thomas breaks down the revisionist history the NYT is pushing.


    “The New York Times attempts to rewrite history
    ‘1619 Project’ reframes impact of slavery to fit paper’s biases”

    “Remember the controversy in 2012 when President Barack Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    In context, the president was trying to make the point that in addition to our own hard work, others contributed to whatever level of success we have attained. The president suggested no one achieves success on his or her own. Republicans took his words as just another indicator that Democrats want more government control over our lives and businesses.

    The New York Times appears to have endorsed Mr. Obama’s view and gone a step further. The newspaper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, recently called a staff meeting to announce “The 1619 Project,” named for the year the first African slaves were brought to Virginia. Someone recorded the session and leaked it to Slate, which published a transcript. The Washington Examiner reported on it.

    “The goal of the 1619 Project,” says a statement from the newspaper “is to reframe American history.” More like rewrite it. This is the stuff of totalitarian regimes where the media serves as a propaganda organ for the state, in this case the surging left wing of the Democratic Party.

    No more America beginning with the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and the Constitution. Africans had no say in these, though Jefferson’s brilliant line about all of us being created equal would resound nearly a century later in a Civil War that led to the freeing of slaves and the long road to achieving Jefferson’s noble statement.

    Not satisfied with practicing what used to be called journalism, it appears the newspaper’s ultimate goal is to change what is taught in public schools so that children will no longer think highly of their country because of the “stain” of slavery, a stain that has been more than paid for in blood and federal programs, which have attempted to lift some descendants of slaves out of poverty.

    In many cases those programs have failed, poverty having many causes, but liberals continue to promote them because it seemingly makes them feel better about themselves.”


  9. Renouncing their former selves….


    “Not long ago, the current presidential contenders opposed open borders, sanctuary cities, and federal funding for abortion. Now they can’t move left far and fast enough.

    All politicians are “flexible.” If they are in politics long enough, many reinvent themselves ideologically several times over — given the perceived volatile mood of 51 percent of their constituency.

    But rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce all their past identities and agendas — and to do so unapologetically, abruptly, and vehemently.

    Apparently, they believe, at least in the primary, that the electorate will either identify as nonwhite, or far left, or both — and thus resent deeply any who are not.

    To win the nomination, almost all the leading candidates on the Democratic debate stage now believe that they must renounce almost everything they once stood for — at least for a while. Given that most are white or affluent or children of privilege, or all three, sometimes the metamorphosis becomes low comedy.

    Their rational seems to be that 1) no one will remember what they once promoted anyway, 2) everyone will give them a pass when, if nominated, they run in the general election on some of what they just renounced in the primaries, and 3) they really believe that mass immigration and declining demography has made America a nonwhite nation, that some sort of DNA identification badge will allow all of us to find and belong to the right racial caste, and that our superficial identities will govern everything we do, say, and believe (as happened in Rwanda or the former Yugoslavia).

    Again, the results are often quite stunning, even for politicians.”


  10. She earned it.

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


    “Illegal Who Made False Claim Against ICE Finds Herself With A Felony Indictment”

    “Back on August 7, ICE agents raided a large chicken processing plant in Mississippi and took into custody some 680 persons suspected of being in the United States illegally. Now federal indictments have been returned against at least 80 of the illegals on charges of document fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, and misuse of a Social Security number.

    An ICE official tells CR that “just on Tuesday, 40 indictments were issued in the Southern District of Mississippi for document fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, and misuse of a Social Security number.” He estimated that “a similar number of indictments were issued on Monday” and that they were all related to the Koch Foods enforcement operation.

    CNN reports a lower number:

    About 680 undocumented immigrant workers were detained earlier this month at plants across Mississippi in the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in history. The detentions left friends, neighbors and, in some instances, strangers to temporarily care for the crying children of workers after the first day of school.

    Two weeks later, nearly 40 workers have been indicted on charges ranging from illegal re-entry to misuse of social security numbers, according to court documents.

    Earlier this evening I posted on CNN using a demonstrably fake story to slander ICE medical staff. In that story, a woman named Maria Domingo-Garcia accused ICE of keeping her in detention even though she was needed at home to breastfeed a 4-month-old. As it turns out, she was one of the indicted illegals.

    Remember Maria Domingo-Garcia – the illegal alien mother who claimed to be breastfeeding a baby and got the media to shed tears on her behalf? Not only did ICE confirm she was not lactating, but it turns out that far from being a sympathetic victim, she actually victimized an American citizen or legal immigrant with identity theft.

    Yesterday, Domingo-Garcia was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of ID theft and documentation fraud. The unsealed indictment, which was signed by a federal magistrate in the Southern District of Mississippi, charges Domingo-Garcia with knowingly obtaining a stolen Social Security card to gain employment at the Koch Foods plant in Norton, Mississippi, and falsely representing the identity of that number to obtain benefits.”

    This kind of enforcement action is long overdue. In order to work in most businesses, a job applicant has to complete an I-9 form and submit some documentation, specifically they need a Social Security card. There is a huge market in fraudulent documents generated by illegal workers and it really isn’t a joke. It took this Bloomberg reporter six years to unscrew the damage done to him by an illegal using his social security number.

    What will probably happen is that these people will enter a guilty plea and be deported. The felony rap will prevent them from ever living here legally again and will subject them to real penalties if they come back.”


    Good riddance.


  11. More on CNN’s bogus reporting here.


    “Medical Exam Disputes CNN Report, Shows Detained Immigrant Was Not Lactating, ICE Says”

    “CNN published an article alleging ICE apprehended a Guatemalan mother who was still nursing her four-month-old daughter.

    A medical examination by a nurse practitioner found the woman was not even lactating, and ICE identified her as being a Mexican national, not a Guatemalan.

    ICE has a well-established policy of releasing apprehended illegal aliens for humanitarian reasons, which includes nursing mothers.

    CNN published a story Monday about a breastfeeding mother apprehended in an ICE raid, but a medical examination disputes the story’s basic premise, finding the woman is not even lactating.

    A CNN article told the story of Maria Domingo-Garcia, a mother of three of who was among the 680 illegal aliens apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier in August. Domingo-Garcia was arrested while working at a Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, and is currently being held in a facility in Jena, Louisiana.

    Titled “A breastfeeding mom is still being held in an ICE facility 12 days after being detained, attorneys say,” the article centered around Domingo-Garcia’s separation from her four-month-old daughter, and the subsequent pain of not being able to breastfeed anymore. CNN spoke to Domingo-Garcia’s attorneys, Juliana Manzanarez and Ybarra Maldonado, both whom claimed that she was still breastfeeding her baby at the time of her arrest.

    “She is still really depressed. She is in a lot of pain because of not being able to pump or breastfeed,” Manzanarez said, describing the Domingo-Garcia’s physical pain after no longer nursing her baby.

    The article included a statement from ICE that claimed Domingo-Garcia answered “no” when asked by an ICE official if she was breastfeeding. Her lawyers told CNN that statement was not true. “ICE is, once again, lying,” Maldonado said. “She said nobody’s asked her — not even one time — if she’s been breastfeeding.”

    However, new medical evidence indicates that the mother of three may not be telling the entire truth.

    In a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, not only did ICE reiterate that Doming-Garcia said “no” when first asked if she was breastfeeding upon arrival at an ICE facility, but a spokesperson revealed that a subsequent medical examination found that she was not even lactating.”


  12. And another.


    He deleted it, but the internet is forever.


  13. 7:50, it’s just the typical election year horse-race coverage, polls don’t mean much right now but they’re all anyone has to watch and see who’s getting voter attention and who isn’t. It is interesting the Biden still leads, though not by as much as he did a month ago.

    Harris is tanking.

    But then again, everything can can change, it’s ridiculously early yet. Most voters aren’t even taking notice of the 2020 election.


  14. Good. All it does is reward the lawbreaking parents.


    “Trump May Issue Exec Order Ending Citizenship For Babies Of Illegal Immigrants: Calls It ‘Frankly Ridiculous’”

    “On Wednesday, President Trump stated that he is thinking of issuing an executive order that would prevent the children born on American soil to illegal immigrants from gaining automatic American citizenship, calling so-called “birthright citizenship” “frankly ridiculous.”

    Trump told reporters, “Birthright citizenship — where you have a baby in our land, walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations — the baby is now a U.S. citizen. We’re looking at it very, very seriously.” When he was apprised that one reporter knew of Trump’s intent to go forward with an executive order, which he had mentioned in 2018, he responded, ‘‘I don’t know how you found that out, but that’s very good. We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. It’s frankly ridiculous.”


    “In 2010, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that roughly 8% of children born in the United States were born to illegal immigrants, a total of 340,000 babies.”


    And that number is way higher now.


  15. DJ,

    There’s no poll in 7:50. It’s not related to any poll, just who the press is giving the most coverage to. And let’s face it, who the press wants gets the most coverage and the softball questions. They clearly seek to get one name ahead of the others. Their coverage time reflects this.

    Just like it did with Trump, because they thought he would be so easy to beat. He got disproportionate coverage to push him to the head of the R field, just like they’re doing with Creepy Joe.

    But they underestimated Trump, and we know how that went. 🙂


  16. Some?

    More like all, and a bunch of never-Trumpers too.


    “Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney said some members of his party seem to be “cheering on a recession” in hopes of weakening President Trump.

    “It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession because they want to stick it to Trump,” the former Maryland congressman told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t want a recession because I don’t want these workers in here to face a recession.””



  17. It’s the culture. And technology.

    Combined with our human nature, it’s producing not a pretty picture.


    This piece takes aim at Trump, as if he’s the only example (far from it and the root cause goes way, way deeper than “the symptoms” seen in our politicians or press — something beyond them has driven all of this).

    The more important point, I think, is how we all “got here,” mired in a cultural whirlwind that has us all screaming at each other. The politicians and media do influence the trend, but they’ve also simply followed the culture’s lead to capitalize on it. Lord have mercy.


    HILLSBORO, Ohio – I recently watched the 1980 presidential debate between incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California governor Ronald Reagan. The debate is striking in retrospect, not because of memorable zingers (Reagan’s “There you go again” barely qualifies), but because of a tone and tenor that today’s audiences and TV execs would find downright tedious.

    The members of the media panel didn’t interrupt the candidates or inject themselves into the debate. The candidates didn’t talk over each other, and neither accused his opponent of being a racist, a Russian agent, an anti-Semite, a baby-killer, a communist or a liar.

    At one point, after a Reagan critique, Carter responded, “Governor Reagan is making some very misleading and disturbing statements.” Similarly, an allegation by Carter brought this rejoinder from Reagan: “The figures that the president has just used about California is a distortion of the situation there.” That’s as nasty as it got.

    The journalists didn’t dispute the answers or try to create memorable moments for themselves, instead respecting the public’s ability to decipher obfuscations. ABC News’s Barbara Walters came closest to inserting herself into the fray when she observed, “I would like to say that neither candidate answered specifically the question of a specific policy for dealing with terrorism.” But rather than badgering the candidates until she was satisfied, she understood that the event was not about her and moved on. …

    … recall the media world of 1980. The first 24-hour cable news channel, CNN, had debuted just a few months before the Carter-Reagan debate and was available in fewer than 2 million homes. There was no MSNBC and no Fox News. There was no Internet, and, therefore, no hate-spewing blogs, no insulting memes, no disgusting tweets, and no fake, manipulated images capable of immediately reaching millions.

    But as cable TV and, later, digital platforms flourished, so did the need for revenue. What became evident was that Americans would tune in to watch a good fight, which brought us “Crossfire” on CNN and countless imitators on other channels pitting left vs. right, each one louder and more aggressive than the one before. Americans were encouraged to choose sides, driving us deeper into our partisan corners.

    On the entertainment side, television struck gold with “reality” programming, placing seemingly ordinary citizens in voyeuristic and titillating settings, asking viewers to cheer one contestant, jeer the other and cast their votes. …


  18. DACA — Once something becomes a legal established practice, you simply can’t end it according to English common law. I know American legal practise is slightly different than the rest of the English speaking world but this is the basis for the court’s response. In order to rescind DACA, you need legislation.

    And as for trying to use an EO to overrule birthright citzenship, good luck overturning 100 years of precedent. I thought Republicans opposed executive fiat and favoured legislative remedies.


  19. The press (competitively) covers, good and bad, those leading in the polls. And yeah, Biden offers a lot of funny soundbites. The political media feed off each other. It becomes a snowball effect. As I’ve said before about the state of the media, it is what it is. Campaign season brings it out in spades. Breathe deep, we can probably (and many people do) ignore most of it at this stage.

    There’s very little “point” to the media candidate coverage, it’s a dash to compete, to get ahead of the next guy. It’s not a thoughtful, goal-oriented process, frankly. You give them way too much credit. 🙂 It’s a crazed, daily rush.

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  20. Tlaib is correct. The checkpoints are traumatic for those involved.

    And they did not arise in response to terrorist attacks. The checkpoints were established aftet the 1967 six day war and the Israeli occupation of the west bank. They may have evolved and grown in response to Palestinian attacks but the initial checkpoints originated as a result of war between Jordan and Israel.

    Similar to Northern Ireland the first checkpoints and border posts served as targets, and they grew in response to these atracks. The IRA attacked borderposts, the Brits responded by establishing interior checkpoints, the IRA responded by attacking these points and establishing their own. And the cycle grew. The same happened in the West Bank. But its the occupying power who started the cycle.


  21. Why not forgive all student debt? Or at least all veteran student debt? Why just disabled? This is tokenism at its finest.


  22. In a city of 10 million if you have homeless and mental health issues with 10 000, the ratio would be 1000 to 1. In a town of 30 000 that would mean similar behaviour from 30 persons. It wont make for a great video but I’m sure I could find 30 people with issues in a town of 30 000.

    The trend in the last 30 years has been safer cities whereas small towns have seen increased crime, poverty and health issues. On a per capita basis cities are doing much better than many smaller urban areas. Its just easier to hide in rural areas.


  23. I’m waiting for ICE to arrest the mangers and CEOs who hired the migrants and then supplied them with fsls6e identities. Its the greater crime.

    Arresting and charging the migrants is a waste of time and money. It won’t change corporate America’s behaviour.

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  24. Biden gets more coverage because he’s the better known canidate and he’s also the establishment’s canidate. Sanders, and to a lesser degree Warren, is ignored because he’s a threat to the status quo and the establismentfeels threatened.

    Both Trump and Biden are gaffe prone but thats part of the appeal and is good for ratings. Listening to Warren is like a Reagan-Carter debate.


  25. In the last debate, Delaney got as much coverage as the front runners and he couldn’t even hit the softballs he was given. He should be embarrassed to be still running.


  26. HRW,

    The link above shows you’re wrong in several of your assertions, most notably the checkpoints.


    Also, see above on the employers, and why it’s difficult to prosecute them. But I do agree, they should be prosecuted, and there’s a reason they aren’t. The govt ties their hands with regard to researching prospective hires. If the numbers are legit (even if stolen and unknown as of yet) the employer has no options, thanks to govt regs.


    This is just stupid.

    “Why not forgive all student debt? Or at least all veteran student debt? Why just disabled? ”


    Hmmmm… let’s see…. maybe because they’re permanently disabled due to their service to us, and have no hope of a real job to pay off their loans, unlike other veterans…..

    I mean really….. duh.


  27. Not all press is good press.

    But it’s all coverage.

    “Top Biden adviser slams media coverage of recent gaffes, calls concerns a ‘press narrative’ ”



    Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders had a fiery clash with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar over the former vice president’s recent string of gaffes, calling concerns about them a “press narrative.”

    Onetime Vice President Joe Biden, now looking toward the White House in 2020, has made headlines on the campaign trail for various misstatements — declaring “we choose truth over facts”; saying “poor kids” are just as smart and talented as “white kids”; claiming he’d met with students after 2018’s gun massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school while still vice president.

    Keilar began the interview by asking Sanders why voters should “overlook these gaffes.”

    “I want to be very clear; this is a press narrative, not a voter narrative,” Sanders responded. “If you were to look at the coverage in Iowa this weekend and juxtapose the local newspapers and local television coverage to national media coverage, you would have thought these reporters were at two different events.” …

    No, but they are writing for different outlets and different general audiences and from different perspectives — and that’s as it should be.

    Media campaign coverage, local or national, is a day-to-day, frantic mishmash that really doesn’t fit into any logically “planned out” conspiracy theory.

    Trump received massive coverage in the GOP primaries in 2016, I’d say probably substantially more than the other “also ran” GOP candidates. The media panted after him because he always created “news” in what he said or did. Drama. Comedy. Outrage. It always produced a ‘good’ story.


  28. The wall was in response to infatida which was a response to checkpoints and occupation. Its a cycle of violence in which ordinary people suffer.

    Don’t blame the gov’t thats too easy. From what I understand many of the employees were supplied false IDs by mgmt. And due diligence should be expected. Its also suspicious that raid occured shortly after workers, some illegal, won a settlement against the company. Convenient way to avoid paying….have ICE deport them.

    Forgiving student loans makes economic sense. Current debt loads strain social stability. Young adults are less able/willing to start families, purchase homes, etc. Home owning families are the mainstay of stable communities.

    Only forgiving disabled vets is an act of pity and virtue signalling. Instead of acting in the social-economic interests of the country, we get a leader seeking praise for his benevolence. Its not much better than a local politician putting a $1 can of soup in the food drive while smiling for the cameras.


  29. To add on to what HRW wrote yesterday about the possibility of President Trump having had a mini-stroke or having the beginnings of dementia, a Facebook friend pointed out the following concerns. (Since I don’t watch TV news, I can’t vouch for how accurate her descriptions are.):

    He is struggling to walk and maintain his balance properly.
    He leans a lot, on sturdier people or podiums and is often sitting in a picture while everyone around him stands.
    The way he stands is the way a man compensating for being about to fall often will.

    He speaks at a very low level (syntax not volume) and gets confused very easily.
    Sometimes he verbally wanders while answering what should be a simple question.
    He seems to struggle a great deal with detail retention unless he uses a fairly large teleprompter which he sometimes seems to struggle to read.
    He has a lot of difficulty staying on topic and is even worse with social cues than he was in the first place.

    Again, as I said yesterday, this is not shared to “pick on Trump”, but to show that there are genuine concerns about his health, physically and mentally.


  30. I don’t watch him in news clips a lot, but, again, I’m thinking these can be chalked up to aging amid what’s a very demanding schedule. How old is he, in his mid 70s?

    The presidency is a heavy pace to maintain, grueling I’m sure, actually; but I think because he’s always appeared to be so robust the aging issue hasn’t been applied to him very much.

    Barring something really tell-tale in terms of post-stroke symptoms, I’d say it’s probably just signs of an older person who’s keeping what is a non-stop schedule.


  31. Arthritis, some trouble remembering names and words, maybe a general slowing down — it all comes with the territory, sadly. Hillary was visibly affected by some of those things during the 2016 campaign, of course, which was hard to watch at times (but always caught on film, naturally). If elected, Biden would be about 80 when he took office.

    Reagan broke the age mold but I don’t think it’s an unimportant factor to weigh for the presidency.


  32. DJ – I hope that’s all it is. But even so, if he is being so wearied by the job, maybe he shouldn’t run for another term. It could be hazardous to his health, and he may not be up to the challenges a second term could bring. The presidency ages people anyway.


  33. As for dementia, I remember the “test” I read about: If you can’t remember (momentarily) the words for can opener, that can happen with ‘normal’ aging; if you can’t remember what a can opener is for, that’s dementia.

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  34. For better or worse …

    I agree that age is an issue. And frankly I don’t see how some of the 75+ crowd manages to even maintain a national campaigning schedule. But people also have different genetic makeups that make them age differently than others.

    Trump has never seemed his age, which is rather surprising. So perhaps it’s just kind of catching up to him after 3 years in office. But I’d have to say he still seems pretty vigorous, considering (though again, I don’t “watch” him much).

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  35. Kizzie,


    “To add on to what HRW wrote yesterday about the possibility of President Trump having had a mini-stroke or having the beginnings of dementia, a Facebook friend pointed out the following concerns.”

    Now you’ve gone full on leftist silly. Just because someone you know said it, doesn’t mean you have to believe such nonsense. That’s just another leftist meme with no medical evidence to back it.

    Just like the fraud “doctor” with similar “concerns” CNN put on months ago, it’s just opinion. Which by the way no “medical professional” should be doing without first examining said patient.


  36. The person who wrote it said she has had experience with several people with dementia, and has been observing these things as she sees him on TV. How is it leftist to point out that he may be leaning on things or whatnot, or may be having other troubles?


  37. The leaning and such may not be obvious to people not familiar with that type of coping. My MIL, who became increasingly unsteady as her dementia progressed, would try to hide it by “casually” resting her hand on a piece of furniture or “casually” leaning against something. If we didn’t already know what was going on with her, we may not have thought anything of those actions.


  38. AJ – I shared the concerns since she seems to know what she is talking about, but I also said, “(Since I don’t watch TV news, I can’t vouch for how accurate her descriptions are.)”


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  40. “The person who wrote it said she has had experience with several people with dementia, and has been observing these things as she sees him on TV.”

    Well if she’s a medical professional, what she’s doing is irresponsible and ethically questionable. If she’s not, then her opinion is even more irrelevant.

    I made dinner every night this week, but that doesn’t make me a chef.


    “How is it leftist to point out that he may be leaning on things or whatnot, or may be having other troubles?”

    It’s not leaning on things, it’s the fact that people think they can make medical diagnosis with only what they saw a few times on TV. And in case you are unaware, and I’d be shocked if you weren’t, there’s a whole leftist movement out there claiming Trump unfit, incompetent, Alzheimers, you name it. And they post their opinions all about on Facebook too, with nothing to back it. It’s tiresome.

    The man does enough stuff to legitimately ding him on, usually on Twitter. There’s no need to just make BS up, and that’s what this is.


  41. Like I said, I’m shocked you haven’t heard. Like I said, a whole leftist movement, with quack doctors who don’t care about ethics and professionalism to lend it credence.

    Here’s a quick Google search of “Trump medically unfit”



    And in case you were wondering if I’m correct about these fraud diagnosis…….

    Remember this next time someone is offering opinions, especially if that person is a medical professional.


    “Is it ever ethical for doctors to diagnose patients they haven’t examined?”

    “Psychiatrists should never provide professional opinions in the media about public figures they have not personally examined, the American Psychiatric Association reiterated in a statement. The association was reminding members about what is known as “The Goldwater Rule” — a guideline penned in 1973 after more than 1000 psychiatrists went public with views about US presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s fitness to hold office, calling him, among other things, “a dangerous lunatic.”

    Despite this longstanding principle, however, many medical professionals have continued to weigh in over the years, particularly on the health of US presidents. Richard Nixon was declared “paranoid.” Ronald Reagan was diagnosed from afar with Alzheimer disease. Bill Clinton was proclaimed a “narcissist.” More recently, cardiologists had a field day with Donald Trump’s cholesterol levels, belly fat and coronary calcium score.

    At what point, if ever, should doctors go public with their from-a-distance diagnoses? Are psychiatrists unique, or are all doctors bound by the same covenant? What are the potential harms?

    Last October, when a group of 27 mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, published a book arguing that the current US president’s mental state was a danger to the nation, they said they were honouring another medical principle: the duty to warn. The idea behind “duty to warn” is that if you are in a position to know about a danger and have time to alert others, you should do so. Psychiatrists, for instance, are allowed to break doctor–patient confidentiality if they suspect a patient is about to harm a third party.

    But part of that duty rests on having done a proper evaluation, according to Dr. David Goldbloom, a psychiatry professor and senior medical adviser for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “You are intervening to abrogate fundamental civil freedoms,” he said. “You can’t do that from having read an article or watched television.”


    “One reason for The Goldwater Rule is the likelihood of error in a diagnosis made at a distance. A proper diagnosis requires much more than “a review of television appearances, tweets, and public comments,” the American Psychiatric Association noted in its statement. “The standards in our profession require review of medical and psychiatric history and records and a complete examination of mental status. Often collateral information from family members or individuals who know the person well is included, with permission from the patient.”

    Armchair diagnosis can also harm trust in the medical profession, according to Brendan Leier, a clinical ethicist at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. Doctors are stewards of an inherited trust. “What you do can undermine that trust,” he said, because diagnosing public figures on cable TV could cause you to be perceived more as a political advocate than a physician.”


  42. HRW,

    Yeah, poor oppressed GrandMa…..


    Oy…… Such oppression…..

    Yet the Tlaib’s seem to be doing OK.


    “Tlaib’s Palestinian village is thriving, but she is in denial

    Even the World Bank said in 2014 that Tlaib’s village is one of the richest in the Palestinian Authority. But she insists things are terrible there.”

    “Raja Tlaib shared on his Facebook account pictures of himself posing next to his new Mercedes, wearing an expensive suit. He also has pictures showing him working out in a gym that has the latest equipment.

    Mawaid Tlaib uploaded pictures of his vacations in Italy and other places, and Anas Tlaib has a very expensive Mercedes.

    Samach Tlaib drives a BMW and Niaf Tlaib drives a Corvette convertible and uploaded pictures posing next to his new home under construction, also with three stories.

    Many of them also have pictures showing them visiting places inside the Green Line (pre-1967 Israel): Jaffa, Acre, Tel Aviv and so on. So perhaps all those checkpoints that supposedly make Palestinian life so miserable are just a myth?

    In fact, even the World Bank said in 2014 that the village is one of the richest in the region. The poverty rate in the village stood at 7.4 % in 2014, compared to the overall rate of 21% in the Palestinian Authority.

    Only a handful of villages have a lower poverty rate in the PA and employment in the village is also among the lowest in the PA. But perhaps the most important statistic is this: The rate of social mobility in Beit-Ur al-Fauqa is among the highest in the PA.”


  43. DJ @7:26

    The comments to Hume’s Tweet are interesting and generally fall into two categories:
    1. Hume is right, but Trump can’t change his bad behavior. That is who he is.
    2. Why are you trying to get Trump to change? We like his behavior.


  44. AJ – No one said anything about making a medical diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean people can’t make observations for themselves.

    Yes, I know that some on the left have been trying to prove that Trump is incompetent from a medical/psychological perspective. But that doesn’t mean that everyone who makes a comment or remark about something they notice in the president’s behavior is joining in on that.


  45. Silver agrees. The really amazing thing is that his approval rating moves in such a narrow range. Everyone has made up their minds.


  46. Oh the Bulwark….

    The last refuge of the Never-Trumpers…..

    And Nate “I was so wrong” Silver…..

    The Never-Trumper double team. 🙄


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