26 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-9-19

  1. How Twitter turns people into woke crusaders, in many cases.

    But in this case, I actually agree with this woke fan, as a Batman fan myself. There’s no need for this gratuitous violence and evil. It’s all just violence for it’s own sake. There was no need to remake this character into this nonsense.


    “Credit for what I’m about to share in this post goes to two people who noticed it first: A Twitter user called Dataracer and YouTuber Jeremy who hosts a channel called The Quartering mostly focused on the intersection of progressive politics and video gaming. Yesterday, Dataracer highlighted a tweet by a comics editor named Heather Antos. To be clear, I’m not interested in criticizing Antos so much as pointing to her as an example of what seems like a much broader trend on Twitter.

    As you can see, Antos hasn’t written much herself about this tweet. She’s boosting a claim made by someone named Rachel Miller who has a problem with the forthcoming Joker movie. Specifically, Miller doesn’t like the idea of making the Joker sympathetic and doesn’t want to be around “any of the lonely white boys who relate to it.”

    “As you can see, tens of thousands of people have agreed with Miller and Antos about this. In case it wasn’t clear how Antos herself feels, she also added this reference to Aurora shooter James Holmes:”

    “So far there’s nothing particularly unusual about this. Lots of people have been criticizing the new Joker movie (which they haven’t seen) on similar grounds. What is odd Antos doing so is that she works in the comics industry. And can you guess who one of her favorite characters is? If you guessed Joker, you guessed right. Just a few years ago she was posting Joker memes:”


    “There more, but you get the point. Joker was one of her favorite characters as recently as 2014. By 2016 she was beginning to express some reservations about the character from the perspective of an abusive relationship survivor:”

    “And now three years later DC is putting out a Joker movie with a top actor and Antos thinks it’s just too problematic. She got woke.”


  2. Turn out the lights, the stupidity is over. 🙂

    Well….. except in California, of course. The stupid there continues unabated.


    “Trump Administration turns out lights on Obama-era lightbulb rules

    Contrast this action with seven hours of draconian Dem climate crisis proposals”

    “The Trump administration is turning out the lights on Obama-era rules that set onerous energy-use requirements for some of the most commonly used lightbulbs.

    the Energy Department will repeal a regulation enacted under President Barack Obama, set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, requiring an expanded number of lightbulbs in the U.S. to be in compliance with stricter energy efficiency standards. That regulation change was spun off of a 2007 law signed by President George W. Bush that aimed to gradually phase out energy inefficient bulbs like incandescent and halogen bulbs.

    The regulation that’s being eliminated would have redefined four categories of incandescent and halogen bulbs so that they would be subject to existing energy efficiency rules from which they were previously exempt. It would have applied to about half of the 6 billion lightbulbs used in the U.S., experts have said.

    The Trump administration said that the Obama rule is a misreading of the 2007 law.

    The standards had been scheduled to take effect in January 2020 and applied to roughly half of the 6 billion lightbulbs in use. The Trump administration’s new rules will likely be challenged by environmental groups.

    Critics contend that if Trump’s reversal is finalized, it will create higher energy bills for consumers and more pollution.

    “We will explore all options, including litigation, to stop this completely misguided and unlawful action,” Noah Horowitz, director of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement Wednesday.

    “The Trump administration is illegally blocking the improved standards approved by a bipartisan Congress and supported by the lighting industry 12 years ago.”

    Sadly, those of us in California won’t enjoy the regulatory relief.

    The California Energy Commission in early 2018 adopted its own higher standard for the common-use bulbs in anticipation of the expanded federal rules.

    “It is our understanding that California can keep” that higher standard for those bulbs despite the federal rollback, Noah Horowitz, director of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in an email.

    As Nicolas Loris, an economist who focuses on energy notes, no regulations are needed if energy-efficient bulbs are superior in cost and function.”


  3. Unprecedented.


    “This week saw some aftershocks from recent revelations about a large-scale iOS hacking campaign. Brokers of so-called zero day exploits—the kind that companies haven’t yet patched—have started charging more for Android hacks than iOS for the first time. And Apple finally released a statement that both criticized Google’s characterization of the attacks and downplayed the significance of the targeted surveillance of at least thousands of iPhone owners.

    We took a look at a bug in Supermicro hardware that could let hackers pull off a USB attack virtually. Google open-sourced its differential privacy tool, to help any company that crunches big data sets invade your privacy less in the process. And speaking of privacy, we detailed the 11 settings you need to check on Windows 10 to preserve yours.

    And while it feels like forever ago that Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account got hacked, it’s worth revisiting exactly how it happened. (Twitter this week closed the texting loophole at the heart of it.) We also took a look at Jeremy Renner’s content moderation woes. Bet you weren’t expecting to see that sentence in your lifetime.

    And there’s more! Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in-depth but which we think you should know about nonetheless. Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.”


    “Hackers Hit US Power Utilities With a Cyberattack

    Let’s not overplay this: There was no blackout, and it’s not even clear that it was a specifically targeted attack. But hackers did use firewall vulnerabilities to cause periodic “blind spots” for grid operators in the western US for about 10 hours on March 5. It’s the first known time a cyberattack has caused that kind of disruption—which, again, did not affect the actual flow of electricity—at a US power grid company. The incident was originally referenced in a Department of Energy report in April, but only in vague terms. A new North American Electric Reliability Corporation document described it in more detail, including the type of vulnerabilities that let hackers compromise the web portals in question. No need to panic about this incident specifically, but given the extent to which Russia and others continue to probe the power grid, it’s an unsettling reminder that weaknesses are out there.

    Database With Over 400 Million Facebook User Phone Numbers Sat Exposed Online

    A security researcher found a database containing 419 million or so phone numbers associated with Facebook accounts, yet another in a long string of Facebook losing control of the sensitive data with which you entrust it. Facebook told TechCrunch that the data set is “old,” which isn’t especially useful, for the obvious reason that most people don’t change their phone numbers very often.”



  4. The next hoax from Democrats.


    “Storming Back to the Impeachment Charade”

    “Jerry Nadler claims to be conducting an impeachment inquiry, but his committee has never actually voted to have one. Here’s why.
    Elections have consequences. This was a point we tried to make many times in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. The Democrats won control of the House fair and square. That means they get to drive the agenda.

    Their agenda, kinda sorta, is the impeachment of President Trump — which is to say, the quixotic quest to build political support for it. According to the Washington Post, that effort is about to sink deeper into farce: Hearings on Stormy Daniels and the hush-money payments to conceal trysts that Donald Trump had — allegedly, of course — a decade before he ran for president.

    Such a quest is a two-edged sword, though. If this is how the Democrats choose to spend the public’s time and money, they must be accountable for it. They must be pressured to demonstrate the courage of their anti-Trump convictions. So far, for all the bluster, they’ve gotten away with cowardice.

    Most of the impeachment quasi-action is in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.). We have to qualify the word “action” because, while Nadler claims to be conducting an impeachment inquiry, his committee has never actually voted to have one.

    This reflects the political needle Democrats cannot thread.

    Their control of the House hinges on 41 seats that, after the 2018 victory, they hold in Trump-friendly districts. Constituents in those districts do not want Trump impeached. Even most of those opposed to Trump take the sensible position that he should be opposed at the ballot box, and the country spared a rabidly partisan, substantively scant, and inevitably futile removal effort. And because, unlike in 2018, the president will be on the ballot in 2020, the pro-Trump voters will be out in force. An unpopular impeachment push could spell electoral doom.”


  5. More lies exposed. Mr. Straight Shooter is a straight up liar.


    “Anti-Trump dossier played role in launching probe, contrary to Comey, FBI claims

    Bureau said it started investigating Trump campaign aides free of any dossier presence”

    “Evidence suggests that the discredited, Democratic Party-financed dossier landed at FBI headquarters weeks before the bureau officially started the Trump-Russia investigation on July 31, 2016.

    The Justice Department’s John Durham has been investigating the central question of how the Trump-Russia probe began.

    Dossier timing is one of Mr. Durham’s key concerns. The FBI hierarchy has said it officially started investigating Trump campaign aides free of any dossier presence.

    An examination of available testimony by The Washington Times shows evidence to the contrary. Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s stunning but discredited allegations of a wide and deep Trump-Kremlin conspiracy were available to FBI decision-makers beforehand, the evidence suggests.

    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who began the counterintelligence investigation, has acknowledged relying on the dossier. When when asked by Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, at a June 2018 closed session about when he first obtained dossier allegations, Mr. Strzok refused to say.

    Former FBI Director James B. Comey has provided a precise timeline while promoting his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty.” He categorically ruled out the presence of dossier information at FBI headquarters before July 31, the day campaign adviser George Papadopoulos became a target.

    “The information that triggered it was the Papadopoulos information that came in late July,” Mr. Comey said. “The FBI didn’t get any information that’s part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that. And so the investigation was triggered entirely separately from the Steele dossier.””


    Jimmy’s a liar and a fraud.


  6. Another fake news story with a false narrative bites the dust.


    “Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel”

    “Military officials are disputing a report that claims a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit on a routine mission to Kuwait went miles out of their way to spend the night at a resort in Scotland owned by President Donald Trump.

    Politico first reported that the military transport that took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in March spent the night at the Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow.

    The disclosure comes as Trump last week denied he had any role in Vice President Mike Pence booking a room at a Trump resort in Ireland or Attorney General William Barr booking at holiday party at a Trump property in Washington, D.C., actions which Democrats and critics claim enrich the president at taxpayer’s expense.

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has opened an investigation into the matter.

    Military flights making stopovers in Scotland are not unusual, and there were no rooms closer to the airport, an Air Force spokesman said Saturday in an emailed statement to The Associated Press.

    “As our aircrews serve on these international airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars,” Brig Gen Edward Thomas wrote. “In this case, they made reservations through the Defense Travel System and used the closest available and least expensive accommodations to the airfield within the crews’ allowable hotel rates.”


    But… but…. Orange Man Bad…..


  7. The classless left.


    But they won’t stop her from speaking out. 🙂


    “Maloney prayed to her son for strength Wednesday as she drove to the State House to testify against a controversial bill that would give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.

    “I was just asking him to guide me with my testimony and help me to not have anger in my heart towards the other side,” said Maloney, whose son, Matthew Denice, was dragged to death. “Just do some work through me, use me to try to save other lives.”

    At the start of her testimony, Maloney held up a photo of Matthew and recalled how he was killed by an illegal immigrant drunk behind the wheel. About halfway into her 3 minutes of testimony, a man behind Maloney booed the grieving mother.

    “It just made me more determined,” said Maloney, who called the heckling disrespectful.

    Maloney said she didn’t respond to the heckler and kept speaking.

    “I don’t want other people to lose their lives like Matthew did,” Maloney said. “I don’t want other families to go through the heartache that my family deals with. And that’s where I get the strength and the stamina to keep doing this.”

    Nicolas Dutan Guaman struck Denice, who was on a motorcycle, with his pickup truck on Aug. 20, 2011. Denice, 23, became trapped underneath the truck and was dragged for a quarter mile in Milford as witnesses screamed for Guaman to stop.

    Guaman was sentenced to 12 to 14 years after a judge found him guilty of manslaughter by motor vehicle and motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk.

    Wednesday’s hearing was packed with mostly supporters of the bill, Maloney said, and illegal immigrants testified in favor of it.

    “Going to hearings like this, talking about it, opens up the wounds and it’s painful,” Maloney said. “And hearing them talk about their fear of separation and I’m sitting there thinking, ‘I have been permanently separated. This is the ultimate permanent separation.’ They’re afraid they’ll be deported but they can take their kids with them or their kids can go visit them. I don’t have that option.”


  8. And more leftist nonsense, debunked.


    “Remember The Trump Rally Hate Crime Study? Here’s What Happens When You Look At Hillary’s Rallies.”

    “A study purporting to show that hate crimes increased 226% in counties that hosted rallies for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 has been officially debunked. Not only did the study’s authors fail to account for the fact that political campaigns prefer to host rallies in populous areas, which already experience more hate crimes, but the authors didn’t check to see if the same increase could be applied to Hillary Clinton’s rallies.

    Simply applying the same formula as the original academics, two Ph.D. students from Harvard University found that “Clinton rallies contribute to an even greater increase in hate crimes incidents than Trump rallies.” (Emphasis original.)”


    “The study was actually debunked in late August by Reason’s Robby Soave. Politifact earlier that month rated a tweet from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) using the statistic as “Half True,” but in true Politifact fashion, it still defended the study.

    Soave, however, noted that the study did not, as Democrat politicians claimed, show that Trump caused an increase in hate crimes, but rather that “counties that hosted Trump rallies experienced 3.26 times as many incidents as other counties, a 226 percent difference.”

    But, Soave noted, the underlying data was limited to anti-Semitism. The data came from an Anti-Defamation League report, but the incidents include many that aren’t even actual hate crimes.

    “A great many incidents on the ADL’s list are schoolyard bullying, for example,” Soave wrote. “According to this study, Trump’s political rallies are correlated with a significant spike in these kinds of incidents, but that’s not as strong a finding as the headlines suggest.”

    The Harvard students painstakingly recreated the original study to discover the same findings on Trump rallies, but then applied the formula to Clinton’s rallies. So, does that mean Clinton should be accused of causing even more violence than Trump? No, said the Harvard students:

    Both of these results rely on comparing counties with rallies to other counties without them. This produces a glaring problem. Politicians tend to hold political rallies near where large numbers of people live. And in places with more people, the raw number of crimes is generally mechanically higher. Simply put, no one should be surprised that Orange County, California (population 3.19 million) was home to both more reported hate incidents (5) and Trump rallies (2) than Orange County, Indiana (population 19,840, which had zero of each).

    The Harvard students went a step further. Unlike the original study, they added “a simple statistical control for county population to the original analysis causes the estimated effect of Trump rallies on reported hate incidents to become statistically indistinguishable from zero.” (Emphasis added.)

    None of the studies glaring flaws caused left-wing media outlets like Vox, The Washington Post, or CNN to pause. They saw a “study” that supported the narrative that Trump’s rhetoric causes racism and violence and ran with it, as did numerous Democrat politicians.”


  9. Attkisson really is great. Wish there were more journalists like her.

    Also, parenthetically, as I know it’s old news, but the title “A Higher Loyalty” is so Comey-syrupy-goody-guy it’s just hilarious.

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  10. Like I said. He’s broken them.

    They’re not even trying to make their fake news believable anymore. 🙂

    Verify?…. Pffftttt…. THIS is CNN.



  11. “Asked for comment, Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs, told CNN: “CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.””


  12. I’ll say it, since the media won’t.

    They are traitors actively working against the best interests of America and colluding with foreigners to do so.


    “Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken to Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities, amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S. immigration law.

    In a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., obtained by Fox News, ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said there were at least two committee staff trips into Mexico in August — one of which required Border Patrol agents to provide a special escort back into the U.S.

    “Although you have the authority to direct Committee staff to travel internationally on official committee business, you have not explained why you authorized this travel into Mexico or what you sought to learn through these trips,” Jordan wrote, adding that Republicans were not notified of the trips.

    Jordan went on to accuse Democrats of seeking “to delegitimize the administration’s border security efforts and vilify the men and women who protect our border.” He said GOP members are concerned the trips “could continue to result in misleading information about the administration’s border security efforts.”

    Fox News has reached out to Cummings’ office for a response to Republicans’ claims.

    Specifically, Jordan highlighted a report that said Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, was in attendance on one trip to Tijuana on Aug. 21. Escobar, who is not on the Oversight Committee, has been a vocal advocate of left-wing policies on illegal immigration.

    According to The Washington Examiner, staff from Escobar’s office recently coached migrants in Ciudad Juarez on how to exploit federal immigration law — including telling would-be border crossers to pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole that would let them enter the U.S.”


  13. And remembering this from 2009:



    Falling out
    POLITICS | Could Mark Sanford’s downfall open the door to Democrats in South Carolina?
    by Jamie Dean
    Posted 6/26/09, 12:00 am

    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford always demurred on the question of whether he’d run for the presidency. But the question of any presidential candidacy seemed to evaporate with his stunning press conference in the cavernous halls of Columbia’s Civil War-era capitol building on Wednesday: “I’ve been unfaithful to my wife,” he told a hushed press core five days after going incommunicado with staff and family.

    Now that he’s “created a fiction” about where he was for those five days-his staff told the press he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was actually in Argentina with his mistress-many are wondering not only if he will be able to finish his gubernatorial term, but has Sanford handed Democrats their first real chance at picking off a crucial Republican state in the next presidential election? …

    But maybe it won’t matter so much in 2019-20?

    All I know is I was tempted to throw something at the TV as he gave that pathetic news conference, we were all watching it in the newsroom (when such a place still existed for us).


  14. The Joker narrative reminds me of the bad guy in the first Incredibles movie – Syndrome. He went bad because the good guys, including Mr. Incredible, dismissed him, drove him to it so to speak. I never thought about what a bad message that was. But at least in that case the movie wasn’t primarily about him.

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  15. The worst part is this new “Joker” doesn’t stick to the original story line anyway, which involved a fall into a vat of toxic chemicals. That is what made him insane, it was never because someone was mean to him. This is just trash. No thanks from this fan.


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