32 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-27-19

  1. What is it? A horrible looking critter.
    Good morning AJ and everyone else but Jo.
    Good evening Jo.
    I feel back to normal now. Whatever that is.
    I don’t like it still being dark at 5:30


  2. The president of the surrender monkeys is virtue signalling again.


    “Emmanuel Macron’s climate change virtue signaling

    The French president is addicted to the ecstasy of gratuitous self-righteousness”

    “The French president Emmanuel Macron is as flighty as the movie character he most resembles, Harold Chasen, the eponymous sillyboy boy in Harold and Maude. As the world’s economies shudder under a variety of eco-angst initiatives, uncertainty over Brexit, the disruptions of Trump’s steely tariff initiatives, and the truculence of a surprised China, the blinking boy wonder jettisoned all the careful laid plans for the G7 meeting in Biarritz and announced without warning that the summit should focus on the ’emergency’, the ‘international crisis’ of (as one news report put it) ‘the record number of fires ravaging the Amazon jungle.’ ‘Our house is burning. Literally,’ Macron squeaked in a tweet Thursday, even as he elsewhere accused Bolsonaro of lying to him about Brazil’s effort to combat the great green phantom, ‘Climate Change.’

    This took everyone, including Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who was not present in Biarritz, by surprise. Bolsonaro swiftly fired back an angry, articulate response pointing out that 1) the Amazon was a treasured part of Brazil’s national identity (read: none of your business, Frenchie), 2) Brazil was devoting great resources, including military resources, to battling the fires, and 3) there were fires every year in the Amazon, fewer in wet years, more in drier years, which this was.

    President Bolsonaro might have also pointed out that, far from there being a ‘record number’ of fires in the Amazon this year, there were actually far fewer this year than in many recent years as this chart shows.”


  3. And he’s wrong.


    “Don’t Panic: Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests

    Problematic deforestation continues, but the “lungs of the earth” are still breathing.”

    “”A picture is worth a thousand words” is one of the dumbest aphorisms ever coined. Speaking as a former television producer, I’d say a picture takes a thousand words to explain. Take this much-circulated NASA satellite photo showing vast smoke plumes over the Amazon region:

    Combined with a report from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research that says the agency had detected 39,194 fires in the region, a 77 percent jump up from the same period in 2018, that picture has launched alarmed headlines around the world.

    “Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate,” declares CNN. The Daily Beast gives us “Record Number of Wildfires Burning in Amazon Rainforest.” Here’s NBC News: “Amazon wildfires could be ‘game over’ for climate change fight.”

    Interestingly, when NASA released the satellite image on August 21, it noted that “it is not unusual to see fires in Brazil at this time of year due to high temperatures and low humidity. Time will tell if this year is a record breaking or just within normal limits.”

    So why are there so many fires? “Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year’s crops and pasture,” soberly explains The New York Times. “Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use.”

    It is routine for farmers and ranchers in tropical areas burn their fields to control pests and weeds and to encourage new growth in pastures.”


    Tell Frenchie enough with the pearl clutching.


  4. Another myth.

    Victor Davis Hanson debunks it.


    “The Mythical Trump Hydra

    We forgot that hydras are mythical creatures and only the delusional believe them to be real.”

    “Many are the hissing heads of the polycephalic Donald Trump—at least according to the progressive Left and the NeverTrump Right, who see the president of the United States as some sort of mythical nightmare. Here are a few of his supposedly monstrous manifestations.

    Trump, the Profiteer
    Candidate Trump never really wanted to be president. His entire amateurish and buffoonish candidacy was designed only to enhance his brand. Once he was unexpectedly elected, Trump was more shocked than anyone, and quickly sought to maximize his profits from the Oval Office. Thus, followed the constant progressive evocation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution to prevent chronic Trump profiteering.

    In reality, the Trump empire reportedly has declined by nearly $1 billion in net value, aside from the tens of millions of his own money that Trump spent on the 2016 campaign. Trump’s business interests are the most thoroughly investigated of any recent president in memory. Obama and the Clintons made millions from their presidencies; Trump may well end up losing billions.

    Trump, the Liberal
    NeverTrumpers insisted that the politically polymorphous Trump was lying about his hard conservative agendas during the 2016 primaries. In truth, they warned, Trump was a Manhattan liberal wolf in right-wing fleece clothing.

    If ever elected, Trump would adopt progressive abortion policies, become another radical environmentalist in the fashion of a squishy Arnold Schwarzenegger, select liberal justices like his moderate federal justice sister, ignore evangelicals, and in general defer to the liberal foreign policy establishment. In sum, Trump would keep none of his conservative promises and govern to the left of the McCain wing of the Republican Party

    In reality, the Heritage Foundation in January 2018 found that the first months of the Trump Administration were more conservative than any prior Republican in recent memory, including Ronald Reagan at a commensurate time in his first term. Trump’s positions on illegal immigration, deregulation, foreign policy, and social issues such as abortion and radical environmentalism are markedly to the right of most in the Republican Party.”


    They weren’t accidentally wrong, they were lying to harm Trump.

    On everything.


  5. A key anti-Semitic and anti-American connector.


    “Investigation: Radical ‘American Muslims for Palestine’ a Key Connector of Anti-Israel Groups

    Joint investigation by The Washington Free Beacon and Legal Insurrection Foundation.”

    “American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) has emerged as one of the most radical and controversial anti-Israel groups, with a far reach into campuses and anti-Zionist organizations. We have covered the role of AMP in numerous posts dating back several years.

    AMP was involved in organizing protests and disruption of the Christians United for Israel Annual Summit in July 2019, which we covered in Investigation: Anti-Israel groups plan disruption of Christians United for Israel Annual Summit. That post has a section devoted to AMP’s origins and leadership, including its role in Students for Justice in Palestine. AMP also co-organized the U.S. Tour for Janna Jihad, Rewarding Palestinian child exploitation: Janna Jihad goes to Congress.

    AMP also has been the subject of congressional testimony by Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and reports by the ADL, NGO-Monitor, and Canary Mission.

    The Washington Free Beacon is one of our favorite websites, with a long history of investigative journalism. So the Legal Insurrection Foundation was pleased to join with the Free Beacon in an investigation of the role AMP plays as a connector among various anti-Israel groups.”

    “Here’s an excerpt from the Free Beacon story by Joe Schoffstall, to which LIF’s Samantha Mandeles contributed. Click over to read the whole thing.

    American Muslims for Palestine has been active in recent anti-Israel demonstrations and campaigns in the United States alongside other far-left, pro-Palestinian groups.

    In 2017, AMP began organizing with IfNotNow (INN), a group that regularly accuses Israel of crimes in the Palestinian territories. Max Berger, a cofounder of IfNotNow who is now the director for progressive partnerships for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, previously tweeted that he would “totally be friends with Hamas.”

    AMP and INN together disrupted the Senate confirmation hearing for David Friedman, the United States ambassador to Israel, in early 2017. Thomas Corcoran, an INN activist, recalled the disruption one year later and referenced Taher Herzallah, the associate director of outreach and grassroots organizing for AMP. “Thank you IfNotNow, American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and all of the other powerful movements and leaders that are in this fight,” Corcoran wrote.

    Shortly after, INN held protests outside of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., against “the occupation of Palestine and Donald Trump,” according to a timelineof the partnership from Canary Mission. While INN was protesting outside the Trump Hotel, AMP was protesting outside the White House. INN then went to the White House and joined AMP.

    AMP and INN, along with other pro-Palestinian organizations, also came to the defense of freshman representatives Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) as they came under fire for anti-Semitic remarks.”


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  7. He’s not a racist, he just plays one on Twitter?…..

    OK then…..



  8. What Walsh says here is true, but do we really want to vote for a radio talk show host and former Trumpkin?


  9. This fellow seems like a better choice.


  10. A question that will be asked to Republican candidates in the future: Are you or have you ever been a member of The Trump Cult?


  11. I can see why he appeals to you though.

    Pro-China and anti-Trump.

    He’s a fraud with he and his family’s business as his only priorities.


    “Justin Amash’s Business Interests in China Underscore His Push to Impeach Trump

    It may be more than constitutionalism driving Amash’s dogged opposition to President Trump.”

    “Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has become the darling of anti-Trump liberals following his declaration in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump yesterday.

    While Amash acts like his support of impeachment is rooted in constitutional grounds, there may be a financial motive to his opposition to Trump. It has been revealed that Amash has significant business interests in China that may be harmed by Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policies.

    In Amash’s financial disclosure forms for the year of 2015, he was shown as receiving up to $1 million in annual income due to his ownership stake in Michigan Industrial Tools (MIT). MIT is the parent company of Tekton Tools, Amash’s family business, that benefits directly from Chinese manufacturing.

    An article from MLive in 2010 exposed Amash as being the co-owner of Dynamic Source International (DSI), a Chinese company that was once an MIT supplier. Amash’s family have been outspoken advocates of the globalist trade status quo for many years.”


  12. More.


    “Until he called for impeaching President Trump (see his tweets laying out his reasoning — if it can be called such — on the subject here), Rep. Justin Amash was barely on my radar, notable only for his libertarian absolutism (he is heavily backed by the Koch network) and his anti-Israel views, as Paul Mirengoff noted at Powerline:

    Amash is a Palestinian-American. He routinely votes against Israel’s interests. For example, he voted against additional funding for Israel’s anti-missile system, Iron Dome, during the 2014 Gaza war. He even voted against a bill to set a 90-day deadline for President Donald Trump to fill the position of anti-Semitism monitor. Apparently, the bill would have passed unanimously but for Amash’s opposition.

    “Undistinguished” is the kindest adjective I can think of to describe his political career to date. He has accomplished absolutely nothing that I can point to.

    But with his call to impeach Trump, Amash suddenly is a media darling and no doubt has many tempting options ahead as he ponders a run for president as a Libertarian Party nominee, following in the footsteps of Gary Johnson.

    So he now has fame and the possibility of a presidential candidacy. That’s certainly enough for many politicians to take a position that is opposed by nearly everyone else in their party. But both Sundance of Conservative Treehouse and Shane Trejo of Big League Politics have noticed that Amash has a major financial stake in a company that manufactures in China and imports into the American market — a company obviously harmed by President Trump’s hard line on trade and recent imposition of radically higher tariffs on some Chinese imports, with threats to expand the 25% tariffs to all imports.”


    Yes, he’s so principled….. 🙄


  13. The real benefit of an Amash candidacy would be to teach the young about real conservatism: Constitutional limits, separation of powers, judicial restraint, the rule of law, free markets and responsible global leadership.

    Walsh can chronicle Trump’s daily buffoonery, but that is not going to help us rebuild conservatism.

    2020 is going to be the least important election in years in many ways. Regardless of whether Trump or a Democrat wins:

    1. Pelosi will control the purse strings and the President will sign whatever she puts on his/her desk.

    2. US global economic and foreign policy leadership is destroyed. Trump took care of that and none of the Democrats are going to rapidly reverse the damage.

    3. Judicial appointments will become less important as the Dems destroy the Trump cultists in statehouse elections. Even if Roe v Wade is reversed Democrat legislators will keep abortion legal in most of the country.

    Therefore, I will happily vote for Amash, and I hope to find his name on the ballot.


  14. Why would anyone fear a guy who at most would manage a couple thousand votes, in total from all 50 states? 😆

    You and Kristol need to pick better and stop settling for losers.

    He won’t even make the ballot in most states, so you’ll have to write him in. 😁


  15. And shouldn’t you worry about cleaning up your own “house” first?

    While you suffer on in the advanced stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Texas is turning liberal and blue while you obsess over Trump.


  16. What’s more disgusting to you Ricky?

    A. The fact that one of your states “leaders” would tell a man his mom should have had the right to kill him the day before he was born.

    B. The fact the a crowd of your fellow statesman cheered it on?

    Or C. Both of the above.

    I vote C.


  17. When was the last time in any election that Pennsylvania voted more conservatively than did Texas? Let us each “look to our own houses”. You are making it too easy for me.


  18. Now let’s get back to your other guy, Kristol’s chosen loser. This guy is Trump without a filter.

    He really needs to learn that people like him that live in rhetorical glass houses shouldn’t be chucking rhetorical rocks around.

    Trump’s running against a liar, a fraud, a racist, a bigot………


    “Beheading journalists, the N-word, and racist Obama voters: Joe Walsh’s long history of incendiary statements

    Joe Walsh, who announced a primary run against President Trump on Sunday, has a long history of anti-Muslim comments, racist remarks, conspiracy theories, violent rhetoric, and more.

    And the apologies Walsh has offered about his past and the claims about when he decided he could no longer support Trump appear less than forthcoming.

    Walsh, 57, a former one-term Illinois congressman elected as a Republican in the Tea Party wave of 2010, underwent a political evolution over the years, from failed pro-choice congressional and statehouse runs in the 1990s to running as a pro-lifer with no exceptions when losing his seat in 2012. Now, he has completed the journey from exclaiming he would be “grabbing my musket” if Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in 2016 to challenging the president in 2020. ”


    “Stephanopoulos brought up Walsh’s claims that Obama was a secret Muslim and asked if he really believed that.

    “God no,” Walsh said. “And I’ve apologized for that.”

    Walsh admits that for years he falsely promoted the “Obama is a Muslim” conspiracy theory to his hundreds of thousands of followers, propounding it as recently as February 2018. ”


    “Walsh also repeatedly insisted Obama was a “traitor.”

    “If I called Barack Obama a traitor, yes I apologize,” Walsh tweeted this weekend. Walsh called Obama a traitor on Twitter at least seven times, as recently as November 2016.

    Walsh also promoted Birtherism, the conspiracy theory, also pushed by Trump before he ran for president, that Obama was not born in America multiple times.

    Walsh repeatedly pushed the baseless Seth Rich conspiracy theory in 2017. He now claims Trump questioning the U.S. intelligence assessment about Russian interference while in Helsinki in July 2018 is when Trump “lost me for good.” But Walsh was still sharing pro-Trump content on Facebook months after Helsinki, including an October 2018 meme that proclaimed “it’s so great that Hillary Clinton isn’t President!”


    “Walsh also has a lengthy record of racist commentary directed toward black people.

    In the wake of shootings that killed five Dallas police officers in 2016, Walsh tweeted, then deleted a call for “war.”

    “Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks,” Walsh said. “Real America is coming after you.”

    Walsh tweeted in 2018 that “Haiti is a @#$%hole and it’s run by blacks” and “the violence in Chicago is all black on black.” ”


    “Similarly, Walsh was repeatedly upset that calling someone a “fag” had consequences.

    Walsh’s longtime association with white nationalist Paul Nehlen, who was twice supported by Walsh in doomed primary attempts against former congressman Paul Ryan, will also give the presidential hopeful headaches. Just a couple days after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Walsh had the anti-Semite on his radio show. Nehlen was a known “pizzagate” conspiracy promoter and had spent the weekend retweeting alt-right celebrations of Charlottesville. Walsh called Nehlen “my friend” and told his listeners to visit Nehlen’s campaign website.”


    He’s everything you and the left accuse Trump of being. 🙂

    Is this a joke?

    Because I’m laughing pretty hard. 😂🤣😂🤣


  19. And your other Senator is Democrat Bob Casey, and neither of your senators are as conservative as either Ted Cruz or John Cornyn. Try again. You might want to go back to the 1920s, although I don’t think that would even work.


  20. Now back to Walsh…..

    You do realize he’s your mythical Trumpkin Cultist, right? Look at the evidence, it’s all there….. birtherism, Seth Rich, racist comments, hangs out with an actual white nationalist and actually called him a good guy.

    He’s everything you’ve wrongly accused Trump voters of being, and yet you’re pushing him.

    I find that extremely amusing by the way. 🙂


  21. The stink?

    He is Patient 0.



    They missed a golden opportunity here.

    I would have asked Trump to call him to tell him he’s fired. 🙂


    “Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh said that his nationally syndicated radio show was canceled Monday, just a day after announcing that he is challenging Donald Trump for president.”


    When Kristol and company cast him aside in a month or so he’ll wish he still had that day job.


  22. I have known some very good people who have taught and studied at Liberty. However, I have also known many who came away from there with worthless degrees and huge student loan debts. It is greatly overpriced. A large percentage of its students are just taking on-line courses.

    Little Falwell is very bad news and needs to be fired. It may already be too late to reform Liberty. This story will not have a happy ending.


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  23. Solar, I was thinking about government subsidies and their distortion of college costs on the way home from work and have a few conclusions:

    1. Some of the very best universities are actually underpriced based on the high salaries of their graduates. This is particularly true of the elite public schools such as the University of Virginia, UCLA, UT – Austin and the University of Michigan. They are true bargains, particularly for those paying in-state tuition.
    2. Most colleges are grossly overpriced and are only able to charge high tuition and fees because of Pell Grants, federally-backed student loans and other government subsidies.
    3. In a truly free market, engineering and science degrees should cost more than degrees in education and social work at the same college because of the expected salaries of graduates.

    Unfortunately, we will see a free market in education about the same time we see a free market in health care.

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