27 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-26-19

  1. Yesterday someone asked the question……

    “What are your thoughts on Joe Walsh running for President?”

    The answer……..

    He’s who I would pick if I was tired of being called racist and decided to actually become one.

    This isn’t the strong christian conservative you’re looking for.


    For racist language.

    There’s no way to take it out of Joe Walsh’s Tweets.


    He’s just the next Kristol supported clown to come along to try and put a Democrat in office. He admits this too.


    “Asked if he was okay with weakening Trump politically and contributing to him losing the general election to one of the Democrat commie clown car brigade, Walsh was unequivocal.

    ABC News continues:

    Stephanopoulos posed to Walsh that in the past, presidents who’ve faced serious primary challengers tend to be weakened and lose in the general election.

    “Are you prepared to take responsibility, if you do well in this, for helping elected a Democrat that some of your viewers and listeners will say, ‘Oh, socialist?’” Stephanopoulos asked.

    “It doesn’t matter. Absolutely, I’m going to do whatever I can,” Walsh said on “This Week.” “I don’t want him to win. The country cannot afford to have him win. If I’m not successful, I’m not voting for him.”

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  2. This is wrong. It’s wrong when CNN does it, and it’s wrong when Fox does it too. Everyone knows Biden is the Human Gaffe Machine, has been his whole career. Call him a gaffe machine, or even say you think he’s drunk a lot (like Pelosi), just don’t make medical diagnosis you aren’t qualified to make.

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  3. What?

    The media distorted something Trump said?

    Stop the presses……


    “Media Deliberately Distorted Trump’s Joke About Being the ‘Chosen One’

    Trump: “I was smiling as I looked up and around. The MANY reporters with me were smiling also….And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news & me thinking of myself as the Messiah””

    “The humorless #Resistance media has again jumped the shark with their latest bizarre insistence on taking seriously a joke President Trump made about being “the Chosen One” on trade with China. This episode is right up there with Snopes “fact checking” the satiric website the Babylon Bee in terms of absurdity and just plain malice.

    Personally, when I heard Trump’s comment about being the “chosen one,” my first thought was of Oprah once gushing that Obama was “the One” and the fun the right had with that for eight years. Compounded by Obama’s bizarre assertion that his 2008 nomination would be remembered as when the oceans stopped rising and the planet began to heal, it quickly became “The Chosen One” and the “Teh One.” After Obama’s snippy “I won” to the GOP, it became “Teh Won.”

    Having lived through the Obama years, I just shrugged and figured Trump was sarcastically poking at the media as he is wont to do. After all, they spent the Obama years in a leg-tingling fever of awe-struck, sycophantic groveling before their chosen one.

    The media is as completely unhinged now as it was then. They have simply flipped from tying themselves in knots excusing and running interference for Obama to tying themselves in knots to excoriate and “resist” Trump. They simply cannot not take the bait and end up beclowning themselves. They don’t seem to mind the very real risk of (still further) alienating the public with their clear and deranged anti-Trump bias.”

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  4. Use the NY Times tactics against them and they can’t even deal with it……


    “Media amplification is critical. And in the age of Trump, old tweets are used to political effect, as this NBC News post shows, How Donald Trump’s Old Tweets Haunt Him Today:

    The media has not been immune. When Sarah Jeong was hired for the NY Times Editorial Board, a senior and influential position, her long-string of racists tweets was exposed. Those tweets were not from her teenage years, and were made just a few years ago, making them arguably more relevant given she was joining the Editorial Board of the most influential newspaper in the country.

    The NY Times is not happy that journalists are being subjected to such scrutiny by Trump supporters. In fact, the NY Times is furious.

    The NY Times reports, Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House:

    A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.

    It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.

    The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.

    This is standard oppo-research stuff that politicians do against each other, and the media does with vigor. There is no claim that quotes are fabricated:

    But the material publicized so far, while in some cases stripped of context or presented in misleading ways, has proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to its targets.

    Who is “behind” it? According to the NY Times, Trump supporters:”




  5. Everyone is getting in on this fun new game. 🙂




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  6. Turnabout is fair play.



  7. It’s only stupid if the orange man says it I guess.


    “GOP Senator: It Was My Idea To Buy Greenland, Not Trump’s, A Year Ago”

    “An odd little story surfaced this week over President Trump’s idea about buying Greenland. For some reason, a Republican senator felt the need to let some constituents in on a fact not previously reported on – he was the one who had the idea in the first place a year ago.

    Senator Tom Cotton was back home in Arkansas Wednesday and attended a luncheon hosted by an Arkansas-based news website. The inaugural Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch at the Red & Blue Events Center in Little Rock, Arkansas produced an interesting tidbit from Senator Cotton. When asked about the topic of buying Greenland, Cotton acknowledged the host was likely making a joke but he (Cotton) is perfectly serious about it. He wants to do it and takes credit for suggesting it to President Trump.

    “Obviously, the right decision for this country,” Cotton said quickly when asked by Talk Business & Politics CEO Roby Brock about Trump’s Greenland tweets. “You’re joking, but I can reveal to you that several months ago, I met with the Danish ambassador and I proposed that they sell Greenland to us.”

    Wait. Senator Cotton met with the Danish ambassador and offered up his idea about the United States purchasing Greenland? The senator didn’t travel to Denmark to present his proposal but instead offered it during a meeting in his office with Ambassador Lars Gert Lose a year ago – back in August 2018. The meeting was arranged to discuss NATO and a gas pipeline but Cotton had an additional item for the meeting’s agenda.”


  8. It works just fine thank you very much. 🙂



    “NBC News Proclaims That Heterosexuality Is “Just Not Working”

    “Makes sense.

    If you thought things couldn’t get crazier this week, I present this NBC News editorial for your consideration. Someone in their newsroom apparently thought it would be a good idea to publish an editorial praising the destruction of marriages as a triumph over the patriarchy because everything is stupid.

    Over the past week, an assortment of trending stories — from Jeffrey Epstein to the Dayton and El Paso mass shooters, to Miley Cyrus’s separation and Julianne Hough’s declaration that she’s “not straight” — together have laid bare the strictures of an American patriarchy on the edge of a nervous breakdown. As the status quo, heterosexuality is just not working.

    What does the El Paso shooting have to do with the patriarchy? I’m pretty sure that was about a crazy person and white supremacy. But when your currency is victimhood, one can essentially tie everything to supposed inequalities among identity groups and that’s what this author is doing.

    She proclaims that “heterosexuality is just not working,” you know, except for it populating the earth for the entirety of human existence and forming the basis of the family unit that has given us the innovations and societal advancements we enjoy today.

    Who is the model of proper sexuality and relationship this author wants us to learn from? Why, Miley Cyrus of course.”


  9. If you think Trump says a lot of stupid things (and yeah, he often does) and you dislike that, then this guy ain’t your guy neither. He was a big fan of Trump too.

    He went on a recent apology tour, but the press won’t care.


    “Conservative Radio Host Joe Walsh Apologizes for ‘Hurtful Things’ He’s Said About Islam”

    “Conservative radio host Joe Walsh, known for years’ worth of incendiary statements, apologized for “hurtful comments” he’s made about Islam Friday.

    “I’ve said some hurtful things about Islam. Apologize for that. I stand by what I said about Islamism. Thanks,” the former Tea Party congressman wrote in a tweet to Maysoon Zayid, a disability advocate who followed up on a statement he made about preferring to be a man who apologizes over one incapable of apologizing.”



    “His career has included many controversies, big and small

    On Oct. 26, 2016, Walsh expressed his support for Trump on Twitter and seemed to call for taking up arms if the Republican lost to Hilary Clinton, writing “if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?”

    In the summer of 2016, Walsh ran afoul of Twitter after he responded to a shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers. “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,” he tweeted. He stood by his tweet, saying it had been misinterpreted.

    Walsh was one of the many politicians fooled by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in his Showtime satire series “Who is America?” Walsh appeared in a segment called “KILL OR BE KILLED” in which the actor, playing a fake Israeli “anti-terror expert” offered a solution to America’s school shootings problem: arming toddlers with weapons in a new program called “Kinderguardians.” Walsh told CNN he was duped by Cohen telling him he was “getting an award” for being a great supporter of Israel, then was asked to read off a teleprompter about “some of the innovative products that Israel invented.” He said as he read it, he thought, “Well, this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defense.” Later, “we found out this whole thing was made up.”

    In June 2014, Walsh was briefly taken off the air when he used racial epithets in discussing the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team.

    In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Walsh shared his own version on his radio show, telling listeners that he had a dream that “young black males and females graduate from high school,” and that “young black men don’t become daddies until after they’re married, and until after they have a job.”

    In his failed 2012 reelection bid, Walsh said his Democratic opponent, now Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs when her aircraft was shot down during the Iraq War in 2004, was not one of the nation’s “true heroes.”

    In a May 2011 interview with Slate, Walsh said Obama was elected because of his race that voters chose him “because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”

    Shortly after being elected in 2010, Walsh had a very public child support dispute with his ex-wife, which they settled in 2012. Laura Walsh had filed a lawsuit alleging that Joe Walsh owed $117,437 in overdue child support. As part of their settlement, both said that Joe Walsh was never “a deadbeat dad.”

    The Tribune examined Walsh’s driving record and found that from 1989 to 2009 he was cited for traffic offenses 17 times and his license was suspended while he was serving in Congress because his high-risk car insurance policy lapsed.”


  10. Huh.

    Why it’s almost like he knows what he’s doing, and that his critics are wrong. Again.


    “Trump Tariffs Tank Asian Equities, Chinese Yuan. China Ready To Negotiate.”

    “President Donald Trump’s latest trade war escalation against China appears to have had an immediate effect on Asian markets and the Chinese Yuan, sending both tumbling early on Monday morning.

    “China’s yuan currency fell to 7.1487 to the dollar, its weakest level since early 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis,” AFP reported. “On equity markets, Hong Kong led losses, slumping more than three percent, with investors also spooked by fresh violent protests in the city that saw police use water cannon for the first time. Shanghai lost 1.3 percent and Tokyo ended the morning more than two percent off.”

    Chinese Vice Premier Liu He indicated early on Monday that the communist nation was willing to negotiate with the U.S. to prevent the trade war from escalating.

    Reuters reported that “Liu, China’s top trade negotiator, was speaking at a tech conference in Chongqing in southwest China” when he made the remarks.

    On Friday, the U.S. imposed a new round of sanctions against China after China imposed additional tariffs on the U.S.”


  11. Fulfilling a long overdue promise?


    “Cherokee Nation To Have A Seat In The House Of Representatives”

    “Everything old is new again. In this case, hundreds of years old. If you thought our government couldn’t wind up entrenched in any other really obscure issues, how about our ongoing relations with the Cherokee Nation? It appears that they’re going to be sending a representative to Congress in the near future. If that sounds like something they shouldn’t be able to do, I’d probably agree with you were it not for the fact that we apparently promised them a seat back in 1835 and our government today is probably still on the hook to make good on the deal. (CNN)

    The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government.

    It was a historic step for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation and its nearly 370,000 members, coming about a week after Chuck Hoskin Jr. was sworn in as principal chief of the tribe. The Cherokee Nation says it’s the largest tribal nation in the US and one of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes.

    The move raises questions about what that representation in Congress would look like and whether the US will honor an agreement it made almost two centuries ago.

    So will we agree to this? Particularly in the current climate of social justice activity, it would be a massively unpopular choice to turn them down. Not to mention the fact that we’re supposed to honor our treaties.

    Keep in mind that the treaty in question was the one that resulted in what came to be known as the Trail of Tears as the Cherokee were moved out to new lands with massive numbers of them dying in the process. And then, of course, there’s the whole genocide thing. We promised them a seat in the House as part of that deal. It would be pretty ugly if we didn’t make good on the promise now.”

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  12. Agree, michelle. Very sad. There is a running inside-journalism theory that the press has a responsibility to take this president down because he is dangerous. Much of it, I think, is generational as younger journalists in the age of Trump have no clue about why or how to even do objective coverage. It’s become a mission. You’d think editors like Baquet would know better, but they’ve been swept into this new “cause” as well. However, writing “balanced” stories has come under fire from the younger generation so there’s is that as well. Reporting the news should be about “truth-telling,” but due to our own fallen, partisan natures, that too often becomes simply old-style partisan reporting.

    That said, not all reporters, even at the Times, are guilty of this. Still, this is a dark period for U.S. journalism, to be sure. There have been other periods like these, though. I’m confident (mostly) that this will pass and real journalism will move on again to more stable, ethical, dispassionate practices. At least that’s my hope. Maybe outlets have to go so far off the rails before they, themselves, recognize what’s happened.

    As for trolling journalists’ social media, it’s fair game (though I’d say only during their working journalist years; going back to social media in college days is irrelevant in my mind; college is college, let it stay there). Most news outlets have strong ethical guidelines about not posting personal political views on Twitter/FB and other open social media sites also used for professional use. Some journalists simply can’t resist and they should be reprimanded and frequently reminded of the rules by their own employers. If they can’t follow that, it’s time to take their social media feeds down.

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  13. DJ,

    While I mostly agree with everything you wrote, I do have one issue.

    “I’m confident (mostly) that this will pass and real journalism will move on again to more stable, ethical, dispassionate practices.”


    The way I see it is that if these new tactics are successful, that will be the template moving forward. If those reporters who are willing to break responsible practices now are successful, they will only be emboldened, and every R nominee moving forward will receive the same type of coverage.

    It needs to be squashed now before it grows legs.


  14. I’m sure by tomorrow, this will be racist. 🙂


  15. Democrats sound like someone else we know……

    Wreck the economy, just to unseat Trump.


    “As President Trump attempts to reach a trade agreement with Japan to cover agriculture and digital trade, House Democrats have refused to address the issue legislatively — which South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem claims is out of spite.

    “This agreement with Japan will directly impact our beef markets, our pork markets, also corn, wheat, and ethanol, wine,” she said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” “Across the country, we have a huge new digital trade agreement [that’s part of this negotiation].”

    “These are things that… Democrats demand be in future trade agreements. And now they’re actually getting them and they’re not pushing it forward,” Noem added. “Just remember that in these negotiations this is all politics. They don’t want President Trump to win this.”

    Noem, a Republican, said it’s vital to establish a favorable deal with Japan and claimed such an agreement would give the U.S. a foothold in the Pacific region, and bring us closer to our longtime ally.”


  16. “It needs to be squashed now before it grows legs”

    Cooler heads eventually will prevail. But I suspect it just has to run its course. The media isn’t a monolith and we still have a free and independent press which all of us will or at least should defend to the end, even when abuses occur. The alternative isn’t so good.

    Let the trend bury itself.


  17. Interestingly, World Magazine also holds somewhat to the truth-telling standard of journalism. Most of us hear applaud that in their case and from what I’ve seen they’ve used it responsibly and most of us also trust that source.

    But … I still wonder, once you begin allowing for even some subjectivity in straight news reporting, can outright partisanship — even the subconscious variety which so easily seeps in and is the most insidious — be far behind?

    Our fallen natures and all that.


  18. Oh goody. 🙂

    Maybe some will take this opportunity for some mea culpa, maybe apologize, admit how wrong they were about this whole hoax……..

    But that certainly won’t be the case at the NY Times…..


    “Department Of Justice May Be About To Indict Andrew McCabe And Peter Strzok”

    “This is great news for a Monday.

    The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice is in the last stages of making a decision on whether to indict Andrew McCabe.

    Federal prosecutors in Washington appear to be in the final stages of deciding whether to indict Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump, on charges of lying to federal agents, according to interviews with people familiar with recent developments in the investigation.

    In two meetings last week, Mr. McCabe’s lawyers met with the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, who is expected to be involved in the decision about whether to prosecute, and for more than an hour with the United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, according to a person familiar with the meetings. The person would not detail the discussions, but defense lawyers typically meet with top law enforcement officials to try to persuade them not to indict their client if they failed to get line prosecutors to drop the case.

    If the Times is close to accurate on this, the line prosecutors and the US Attorney’s office have already decided to indict but Justice is taking an interest.

    The Times tries to make this a closer call than it probably is.

    When initially questioned by F.B.I. agents in May 2017 about the disclosure to the reporter, Mr. McCabe said he had not approved it and did not know who did. Other evidence contradicted his assertion. Then in late July, two investigators with the inspector general’s office interviewed Mr. McCabe about the disclosure to the newspaper. They determined he had not been truthful, saying he had essentially made the same false denial as he did previously in May, “except this time the false denial was made in an audio-recorded interview.”


    Ms. Page told the grand jury that Mr. McCabe had no motive to lie to because he was authorized as the deputy F.B.I. director to share the information with the newspaper. Her assertion could be damaging for prosecutors, who would have to prove that Mr. McCabe knowingly and intentionally lied to investigators. A lawyer for Ms. Page declined to comment.

    McCabe in not being indicted for an unauthorized leak, he’s being indicted for lying about authorizing and he had an immense motive, given the nature of the leak, to lie about his role. Plus, I’m sure that the discussion of his motive has been covered in prosecutorial memoranda on the case and it is damned unlikely the IG’s office would have referred this case for prosecution or that the USA would have proceeded to this stage unless there was a provable case.”


  19. This young Texan has courage and intelligence. Before long he will win the Congressional seat of the halfwit Gohmert. After that, who knows?


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