25 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-3-19

  1. Nope, nothing to see here.

    He probably suicided himself too.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/51299/millionaire-thought-have-key-info-epstein-vanishes-ryan-saavedra

    “Millionaire Thought To Have Key Info On Epstein Vanishes ‘Without A Trace’”

    “The founder of a modeling agency, believed by authorities to possess key information about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has now gone missing as law enforcement officials desperately search for his whereabouts.

    “Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, has vanished as police seek to ask the Frenchman ‘urgent’ questions about the pedophile,” the Daily Mail reported. “Investigators are making inquiries in Brazil [and] the U.S., and European and French prosecutors are also pursuing claims relating to the financier, who died aged 66 before he could face the latest allegations.”

    A reported source in Paris told the Daily Mirror that Brunel “is a ghost who has disappeared without a trace.””

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  2. So everything except Derringer single shots?

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  3. Poor melting snowflake…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/red-caps-trigger-a-fragile-pulitzer-prize-finalist-makes-her-uncomfortable/

    “Red Caps Trigger a Fragile Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Makes Her ‘Uncomfortable’

    She even likened it to the swastika.”

    “Pulitzer Prize finalist author Rebecca Makkai set off a Twitter storm the other day. Turns out red caps trigger her because God forbid it could say MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

    A simple red cap causes her heart to do some “weird @#$%.”

    It’s a HAT. It’s an inanimate object that cannot literally hurt you.”

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    I suggest she seek shock treatments. It certainly can’t hurt. 🙂

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  4. Awwww…….

    The poor little currency manipulating, intellectual property stealing commies seem to be upset…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/china-complains-to-wto-over-trump-administrations-tariffs/

    “China Complains to WTO Over Trump Administration’s Tariffs”

    “China filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the tariffs set in place by President Donald Trump’s administration.

    The 15% tariffs went into effect on Sunday. It covers items like tools, apparel, some shoes, and a few electronics. The overall value of the goods adds up to $111 billion.

    China did not share details of its case with the WTO. Officials claimed it “affected $300 billion of Chinese exports.” China brought two other lawsuits previously against the U.S. to the WTO.

    Trump’s administrations insisted it is “penalizing China for theft of intellectual property that is not covered by WTO rules, although many trade experts say that any tariff hike above the allowed maximum must be justified at the WTO.”

    The U.S. said the rules do not apply to the tariffs since officials pushed them ahead “to protect moral values.” Those apply to “trade regulations over gambling, animal rights and public broadcasting.” From Reuters:

    On Friday the United States published a written defence in the first of the three legal cases, asserting that China and the United States agreed the issue should not be judged at the WTO.

    “China has taken the unilateral decision to adopt aggressive industrial policy measures to steal or otherwise unfairly acquire the technology of its trading partners; the United States has adopted tariff measures to try to obtain the elimination of China’s unfair and distortive technology-transfer policies,” it said.

    China had chosen to respond not by addressing U.S. concerns but with its own tariffs, “in an effort to maintain its unfair policies indefinitely”.

    The U.S. submission also said its actions were exempt from WTO rules because they were “measures necessary to protect public morals” – a clause used in the past to argue for trade restrictions over gambling, animal rights and public broadcasting.

    China must have forgotten that it also announced new tariffs on American goods that equals $75 billion.”

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  5. Everything old is new again. 🙂

    I love the smell of desperation in the morning. 🙂

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/09/stormy-hearings-ahead.php

    “STORMY HEARINGS AHEAD

    Rust never sleeps and neither do congressional Democrats intent on impeaching President Trump. When the House returns to session next week, the House Judiciary Committee will explore five instances of supposed obstruction of justice by Trump that they say are documented in Robert Mueller’s report.

    None amounts to actual obstruction of justice. Each, by now, is yawn inducing.

    But House Dems also plan an inquiry that might gain attention and put Judiciary Committee members in the spotlight. Reportedly, they will investigate Trump’s involvement in paying two women to remain silent about allegedly having sex with him.

    One of the women is ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal. The other is porn star Stormy Daniels.

    The payments predate Trump’s presidency. Is it a “high crime and misdemeanor” for a candidate to buy the silence of someone who has damaging information about him? I don’t think so. At worst, it’s a technical violation of campaign finance law, and I doubt it even amounts to that.

    But why let this stand in the way of sexy hearings? Stormy Daniels and the ex-Playboy model might be able to attract media attention and draw viewers to hearings that otherwise hardly anyone would watch.

    Might their testimony harm Trump’s image? I doubt there’s anyone left in America who thinks Trump is above having sex with attractive women. I also doubt that any potential Trump voter would fail to understand his effort to keep such matters out of the public’s eye during a presidential election campaign. But maybe Trump will take a minor hit if Daniels testifies that her sexual encounter with Trump occurred not long after his wife had given birth.

    As for the alleged campaign finance violation, we’re back to yawn inducing.”

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    No word yet on whether or not Ricky’s favorite creepy porn lawyer will be making an appearance as well……. but we can hope. 🙂

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  6. HOW (fill in random Dem controlled city) ENABLES RAPISTS

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/09/how-montgomery-county-maryland-enables-rapists.php

    “Jason Hopkins of the Daily Caller reports that in Montgomery Country, Maryland, where I live, at least seven illegal immigrants have been arrested and charged with sexual crimes since July 25 of this year. In the latest case, Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, a 37-year-old from Honduras, was arrested for allegedly holding a 15-year-old girl down and raping her. In other cases, illegal immigrants have been charged with raping an 11-year-old and a 16-year-old, the latter at knife point.

    Given the danger posed by criminal illegal immigrants, one might think that Montgomery County would be cooperating in the removal of such criminals. But anyone who knows Montgomery County would suspect otherwise. And, in fact, Marc Elrich, the ultra-leftist Montgomery County executive, is protecting criminal illegal immigrants, including rapists, from removal.

    In July, he signed an executive order that severely restricts cooperation between County authorities and ICE agents. Accordingly, officials at the Montgomery Detention Center do not honor ICE detention requests for illegal aliens and, reportedly, the dentition center does not properly notify ICE before it releases illegal immigrants.

    For example, Rodrigo Castro-Montejo, a Salvadoran national living in the U.S. illegally, was arrested in Montgomery County and charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault. On August 12, ICE placed a detainer request on Castro-Montejo, but the request was ignored and he was released from custody the following day.

    Thanks to Marc Elrich, he is free to rape again.

    Elrich isn’t just undermining public safety in Montgomery, County. The criminal illegal immigrants he protects are free to commit crimes in nearby jurisdictions.”

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  7. Cal Thomas breaks down our unequal justice system.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/sep/2/unequal-justice/

    “One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James B. Comey accountable for what an inspector general’s report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a personally desired outcome.”

    This pretty much characterizes many of the president’s critics, who fully expected Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election and have become seemingly deranged in their responses ever since.

    Mr. Comey reportedly broke several rules for which he will not be prosecuted. He took home memos detailing private meetings he had with the president and then disclosed their contents to a friend who he believed would leak them to The New York Times. His motivation was to make sure a special counsel would be appointed to investigate alleged “collusion” between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    The Justice Department decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey, citing a lack of evidence that he “knew and intended to violate laws on handling classified information.” As FBI director, how could he not know of these things? Of course, he had to know. If you think this mirrors Mr. Comey’s explanation of why Hillary Clinton would not be held legally accountable for her mishandling of classified information, you would be right. At the time, Mr. Comey said Hillary Clinton did not “intend to break the law.”

    Is this the new standard? If it is, the prisons should be emptied because I’m sure every inmate would then claim he or she didn’t intend to break the law and therefore should be released.

    The inspector general noted: “By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employee, and the many thousands more former FBI employees, who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”

    Taking to Twitter, Mr. Comey claimed the IG report vindicates him. That dissembling is reminiscent of some of Bill Clinton’s lies and Hillary‘s, too.

    Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee issued a statement: “(Comey‘s) actions were disgraceful and part of a wider effort within the Obama Justice Department to undermine President Trump.” Who can credibly deny that, though many partisans will.”

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  8. Not working as planned.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/08/29/free-trade-china-politically-impoverished-countries/

    “How Free Trade With China Politically Impoverished Both Countries

    While we hoped freer trade with the West would lead China toward liberal democracy, the result has been an increasingly oppressive government.”

    “In contract negotiations between labor and management, it is not uncommon for both sides to agree to kick the can down the road on certain issues. Management might extract a smaller salary increase now in exchange for labor’s demand for more generous pensions or retiree benefits later on.

    It’s one area where unions tend to be better at long-term thinking than corporate managers, although the effect is often to plant the seeds of a future corporate bankruptcy or takeover. Still, when the deal is announced, everyone likes it, and everyone maintains it was a good deal until it is too late.

    That pattern of procrastination and willful blindness is also evident in our trade agreements with communist China. Since the United States normalized trade relations with China in 2000 and agreed to let China join the World Trade Organization in 2001, we have been delaying the inevitable reckoning in much the same way.

    While we hoped freer trade with the West would lead China toward liberal democracy, their oppressive government has only become stronger. Thirty years after communists crushed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, they look to do the same to the like-minded, peaceful gatherings in Hong Kong.

    The totalitarian regime has not changed one iota in its aim to control the people of China. The only difference is in our gentle treatment of them since the Cold War, which gives Red China the leverage to snub its nose at human rights while devouring our industrial economy. In 1989, we had leverage to demand change. Now we have far less.

    Growing the Government, Harming the People

    Our free-trading relationship with China started out with the best of intentions. Victorious in the Cold War, America’s leaders were pleased to see liberal democracy spreading across Eastern Europe and Russia. They encouraged it there and assumed the same trends would develop in the undemocratic countries in Asia.

    In this, they were partially correct. Our less-than-free Cold War allies such as South Korea and Indonesia have developed into more liberal, more democratic, more capitalist places. But the communist nations of China, Vietnam, and North Korea remain resolutely unfree.

    It was a very popular thing to say, in those heady post-Cold War days, that more money and a growing middle class would lead to more freedoms. Poor peasants on a collective farm might not have the ability to demand their government recognize their natural rights, but middle-income urbanites would, or so the thinking went. That had often been the course of history, but events unfolded differently in East Asia.

    In China, especially, access to world markets only supercharged the command-style economy. The industrialization Mao Zedong had tried to force with disastrous results during his reign over Red China was achieved now in the way it had always been achieved: through markets.

    But that wealth did not remain in the people’s hands and increase their independence from the state. Instead, it fueled the tyrants’ government, giving those rulers the resources to manage and oppress their population in ways they never could before.”

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  9. I haven’t heard the details but it doesn’t matter. There is no “deal n principal” to end the Afghan war. When you go to Afghanistan, you go to stay or go and leave it to them. This is a religious war. Our people don’t understand religious wars.
    Same with Iran. It is Islam, not the mullahs they are fighting.
    That kind of war never ends.

    Of course, that can’t be discussed is present day American culture.
    We have to play the game. Otherwise, you are a (pick a name)

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  10. And some are moving back to the states, where they belong. Some will eventually leave Southeast Asia for India and Africa, because SA isn’t up to the task. Those companies are the kind that don’t mind exploiting workers with slave wages that were never going to return anyway.

    https://www.tradeandindustrydev.com/industry/how-will-tariffs-impact-reshoring-2019-15693

    “How Will Tariffs Impact Reshoring in 2019?”

    “In 2018, the combined announcements of reshoring by U.S. companies and related foreign direct investment (FDI) by foreign companies remained strong, adding more than 145,000 jobs, with an additional 36,000 in revisions to the years 2010 through 2017. The number of companies reporting new reshoring and FDI was a record-setting 1,389, the highest level in history, up 38 percent from 2017.

    Reshoring and FDI job announcements in 2018 reached the second highest annual rate in history, bringing the total number of jobs brought to the U.S. from offshore to over 757,000 since the manufacturing employment low of 2010. (See Charts 1 and 2 on Reshoring and FDI.). This flow of jobs has driven 31 percent of the total increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs during that period and 3.3 percent of total Dec. 31, 2018, manufacturing employment of 12.8 million. The continued strength in jobs and number of companies demonstrates a tangible shift in corporate decision-making that is likely to extend the trend of reshoring and localization into the future.

    Since 2010, rising Chinese wages, low U.S. energy costs, intellectual property concerns and advancements in technology and automation have been influencing more companies to consider U.S. manufacturing. The recent acceleration is largely based on greater U.S. competitiveness due to corporate tax and regulatory cuts, and increased recognition of the total cost of offshoring. But what effect will tariffs have on 2019?

    Trade War/Tariff Impact
    Companies in a variety of industries had been reshoring long before the current trade conflict since, in some cases, domestic manufacturing/sourcing was the most profitable choice. The continuing trade dispute with China has more companies reevaluating their sourcing and siting decisions. Conversely, a large number of companies cite the unpredictability of the Trump tariffs, including the steel and aluminum tariffs, as a negative: raising costs, increasing uncertainty and delaying investment.

    About 25 percent of what is being sourced or produced offshore for U.S. consumption would be more profitably reshored even without the Trump tariffs. In view of the uncertainty of tariffs and other trade actions it makes sense to identify that 25 percent and reshore it now. Then, if the tariffs are still in place, evaluate the products that the tariffs have made unprofitable to source in China.

    We expect the uncertainties from the tariffs will cause 2019 reshoring and FDI to be moderately below the 2018 level.”

    “Localization Strengthens as Global Trade Plateaus

    China is the source of 20 percent of our imports and 59 percent of reshoring. Globalization is slowing due to the increased competitiveness gained by digitization and higher offshore labor costs. International trade costs are increasing because of lengthy supply chains, trade barriers and environmental initiatives.

    As work flows out of China, companies that relocate to Southeast Asia are likely to find a less robust industrial infrastructure and rapid wage inflation due to small workforces. They will be forced to shift work again in a few years to India and then Africa.

    In many cases, it is more profitable and sustainable to shift to the U.S. now.”

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    As for 2018….

    http://reshorenow.org/content/pdf/Reshoring_Initiative_2018_Data_Report.pdf

    “Reshoring Initiative 2018 Data Report:
    A Record 1389 Companies Announce the return of 145,000 Jobs”

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  11. With our two tiered justice system, I doubt either does any time, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.

    Because they should.

    “The Comey-Brennan Conspiracy to Violate Trump’s Civil Rights
    It could get them an additional five years.”

    But only if we had a fair and equal justice system, which we don’t.

    https://spectator.org/the-comey-brennan-conspiracy-to-violate-trumps-civil-rights/

    “Last week’s publication of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on former FBI director James Comey basically found that he was the leaking, sneaky weasel that he promised President Trump he wouldn’t be.

    Comey claims that he’s been cleared and is demanding an apology. Some conservatives are disheartened that the IG’s findings didn’t result in a Justice Department decision to prosecute Comey.

    Former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova, meanwhile, has said categorically that the IG’s report investigating the FBI’s actions in obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants during the “Russia collusion” investigation concludes that all four of the warrants obtained against one-time Trump adviser Carter Page were obtained “illegally.”

    Not in violation of regulations or procedures: in violation of the law. That should result in prosecutions and probably jail time for the wrongdoers, but it won’t necessarily.

    The IG investigations are a sideshow. The real investigation, being conducted by John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, will be the one that decides whom to indict and will obtain those indictments from one or more grand juries convened for that purpose.

    The Comey IG report is interesting for any number of reasons, the first of which is that the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Comey for his intentionally leaking one of his “private” memos about conversations with President Trump to a friend. He did so, as we’ve known for two years, specifically to have that friend leak it to the New York Times for publication. Comey intended those leaks to have precisely the effect they did: to cause the appointment of a special counsel.

    Robert Mueller’s subsequent investigation into the ephemeral “Russia collusion” investigation failed in what Comey — and the rest of the anti-Trumpers in the Justice Department and the CIA — intended it to do. It didn’t remove Trump from office in a “soft” coup.

    The report demonstrated that Comey serially lied, violated FBI and Justice Department rules and policies, and leaked documents all in his effort to defeat Donald Trump’s candidacy and then stymie Trump’s presidency. It proved a hundredfold that Trump was entirely justified in firing Comey.

    The reason Comey wasn’t prosecuted was that the FBI determined that the memo(s) he leaked weren’t classified.

    And who made that judgment? Four people did, according to the IG report. Among the four were the disgraced duo: then-FBI agent Peter Strzok (fired) and his girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page (resigned). Both proved themselves to be stridently anti-Trump in thousands of text messages between them.

    In light of the Strzok/Page involvement in that decision, why didn’t the IG make its separate judgment on whether or not the Comey memos should have been classified?

    So what? Again, the IG’s investigation, as interesting as it is, is only a sideshow. The real investigation into Comey, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, former special agent Strzok, and the rest of the FBI and CIA malefactors is the one being conducted by a real prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Durham.”

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  12. Michelle, It is interesting to try to mesh the overall picture with the stories we hear, especially when things are changing so rapidly.

    Things are made more difficult when we are dealing with a nation that is not democratic and does not have a free press.

    Since China now accounts for almost 1/3 of global manufacturing, it makes sense that they would try to move into higher level manufacturing as well as the service and information economies. But as you suggested, they have to deal with a potentially restive population.

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  13. I resumed my quest for expensive dress shoes yesterday though I have no intent of buying any. Most of the men’s dress shoes at Nordstrom’s go for about $200. About 80% were made in China. The other 20% were made in India.

    The effects of Trump’s new tariffs on Chinese goods will be very interesting. They will be detailed in many Economics and Political Science textbooks over the next 50 years.

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  14. Oh my.

    She did in fact actually marry her brother……

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/report-ilhan-omars-current-husband-spills/

    “REPORT: Ilhan Omar’s Current Husband Spills

    Says he was asked to pretend all is well in their marriage, says it’s true she was legally married to her brother”

    “A man scorned?”

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    “With their (alleged) dirty laundry strewn across national headlines, Rep. Omar’s current legal husband, Ahmed Hirsi and father of their three children, is no longer playing the role of dutiful and quiet husband.

    According to Powerline:

    In the past three weeks I have circled back to interview sources whom I have found to be highly reliable in the Omar saga. They open a window onto the scandals from the perspective of Ahmed Hirsi, her long-time partner and the father of her three children. According to sources, Hirsi is telling friends:

    • that he will not go to jail for Omar;

    • that while Omar did indeed marry her brother (Ahmed Elmi) for fraudulent purposes, Hirsi did not know at the time that she had married Elmi;

    • that Omar is threatening Hirsi he would be in trouble along with her if the truth were to come out;

    • that Omar has asked him to state publicly that all is well with their marriage even though it is completely done and finished; and

    • that in fact they are living apart and have been divorced under Islamic law (although they remain legally married).

    Having humiliated Ahmed Hirsi by her affair with Tim Mynett, Omar now wants Hirsi to perform public relations services for her to suppress the scandal. That is cold.

    Cold indeed. But given her track record, would you expect any less?”

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  15. If Trump does indeed play fast (18 holes in less than three hours) that is very much to his credit. He does ride a cart, but playing fast can offset wimping out and not walking.

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  16. From the article:

    And then there’s the speed. Trump always prefers a quick pace to slow play.

    “He goes superfast. Speed rounds. He hits and runs and hits and runs,” a Republican close to the White House said. “Everyone else tries to keep up with him and that’s basically how it goes.”

    “If he’s out there for more than four hours, I’ve wondered what happened,” the senior administration official said.

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