18 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-11-19

  1. Dennis Prager explains “The Equation that Explains Evil”

    GI – W = E

    Good Intentions (GI) minus Wisdom (W) leads to Evil (E).


    “But one rule almost no one was taught, that explains most organized evil and the left in particular, from the Bolsheviks to Mao to Castro to Chavez to your everyday leftist in New York or Iowa: Good intentions without wisdom leads to evil.

    Communism, the greatest mass murder ideology in history, was for almost all its rank-and-file supporters rooted in their desire to do good. (This was rarely true for its leaders, whose greatest desire was power.)

    The many millions of people all over the world who supported communism did not think they were supporting unprecedented levels of mass murder and torture or an equally unprecedented deprivation of the most fundamental human rights of a substantial percentage of humanity. They thought they were moral, building a beautiful future for humanity — eliminating inequality, enabling people to work as hard or as little as they wanted, providing their fellow citizens “free” education and “free” health care. They were convinced that the moral arc of history was bending in their direction and that they were good because their motives were good.

    That’s why leftists have such moral contempt for those who differ with them. Because those on the left are so good, only bad human beings could possibly oppose them. That is the position of virtually every editor and columnist at The New York Times.

    The problem with communists and with leftists who don’t consider themselves communists is not that none of them mean well. It’s that they lack wisdom. There are wise and foolish liberals, wise and foolish conservatives; but all leftists are fools. Every one of the Democrats running for president is a fool. This is not, however, a description of their totality as a human being. Fools may be personally kind and generous, may be loyal friends and devoted spouses, and of course, they may be well-intentioned. But in terms of making the world worse, there is little difference between a well-meaning fool and an evil human being. Tens of millions of well-intentioned Westerners supported Stalin. The Westerners who supplied Stalin the secrets to the atom bomb were not motivated by evil. They were simply fools. But few evil people did as much to hurt the world as they did.”

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  2. Yikes.


    “Leprosy May be the Next Infectious Disease to Plague Los Angeles

    How long before a tax-paying California resident, who paid for a functioning public health system, is infected?”

    “I have been covering the typhus and typhoid outbreaks that have hit Southern California as a result of the rat-infestation around homeless encampments.

    Now an outbreak of a notorious disease, leprosy, is being reported. A recent study published as a Reuters Health report indicates the bacterial infection is emerging in the Los Angeles area (hat-tip ZeroHedge’s Tyler Durden):

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

    “Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

    Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.”


  3. Always follow the money.

    “Hot Air Exclusive: Michelle Malkin’s 10-Step Action Plan From Open Borders, Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?”


    “The 10-Step Action Plan
    When you follow the money, you find the truth. The truth is we face overwhelming odds in the fight to reclaim our borders and our country. But we cannot despair. We must act by first using the power of our own purses to ensure that we are not subsidizing our own worst enemies. Defending the sovereignty of our collective home begins in our individual homes. For starters:

    Not one more cent for churches, nonprofits, and international non- governmental organizations that conspire to aid and abet illegal immigration and indiscriminate refugee resettlement in our backyards.

    Because of everything I have uncovered about the Vatican, its border-bashing bishops, and sprawling open-borders network, I can no longer trust that donations I make to the Catholic Church will be used in a lawful manner that protects our freedom and posterity…. If you want to save your children, boycott Save the Children. Cut off Catholic Charities. Give instead to patriotic nonprofit legal foundations, activists, and independent journalists who uphold our Constitution, laws, and borders.

    Not one more dime to Hollywood celebrities, producers, and studios that encourage violence against Border Patrol and ICE agents and contempt for our country.

    Of all the reasons to boycott the entertainment industry, Tinseltown’s treacherous assault on immigration enforcement looms as the largest threat to our safety and security. How can we sit in movie theaters, lining the pockets of celebrities who live behind high walls, while our fellow Americans on the border remain under siege—and hypocritical Hollywood stars incite hatred of our Border Patrol and ICE officials?

    No more campaign contributions to politicians in either party who support deportation protection and deferral; work permits, driver’s licenses, and tuition discounts for illegal aliens; immigration enforcement obstruction, or amnesty in any shape or form.

    Grassroots conservatives, independents, and patriots of any political ideology must send a message to the cheap vote/cheap labor lobby in Washington: American lives matter and American jobs matter. If Beltway swamp creatures won’t put their votes where their mouths are, stop putting your money in their grubby, duplicitous hands.

    Two words: Stop Soros.

    If Hungary can put an end to the Soros open-borders racketeers, why can’t America?…Taxpayers must demand full and vigorous prosecution of Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) felony offenses involving alien smuggling and harboring, encouraging, inducing, conspiring, or aiding and abetting illegal immigration….”


  4. Like that’s a bad thing……..


    “Campaign 2020: TV’s War Against Trump Leaves Little Time for Dems”

    “Much as they were four years ago, the Big Three evening newscasts continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump, pounding him incessantly with highly-negative coverage. But then as now, the networks’ fixation on Trump seems to be leaving comparatively little airtime for his would-be presidential challengers.

    From June 1 through August 31, MRC analysts found the networks devoted 838 minutes of airtime — nearly 14 hours — to coverage of President Trump personally, the vast majority of which was negative. (Note: This report only examines coverage of Trump himself, not generic stories about his administration’s activities or those of other top-ranking officials, which accounted for an additional 213 minutes of evening news airtime.)

    The airtime devoted to Trump was eleven times greater than that spent on the leading Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden (just under 74 minutes), and vastly more than the networks gave California Senator Kamala Harris (30 minutes), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15 minutes) or Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (just under 14 minutes).

    Overall, 21 Democratic candidates (including some who have since departed the race) shared 187 minutes of evening news airtime this summer, less than one-fourth of that of Trump alone. On the GOP side, former Congressman Joe Walsh received a scant 35 seconds of coverage after he announced his candidacy in late August, while the campaign of former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has yet to be acknowledged by any of the three evening newscasts.

    Clearly, this heavy coverage is not intended to boost Trump. Overall, the spin of his coverage during these three months was 90% negative, roughly the same as we’ve found throughout his presidency. (Methodology: To determine the spin of news coverage, our analysts tallied all explicitly evaluative statements about the President or his administration from either reporters, anchors or non-partisan sources such as experts or voters. Evaluations from partisan sources, as well as neutral statements, were not included.)”


    Nope. No bias here…… move along…..


  5. The election that was supposed to be a test for 2020 has been decided. Since the Republican won, it’s no longer a big deal. 🙂


    “GOP holds NC House seat but shows weakness in suburbs”

    “Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election Tuesday for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. But his narrow victory didn’t erase questions about whether President Donald Trump and his party’s congressional candidates face troubling headwinds approaching 2020.

    Bishop, 55, a state senator best known for a North Carolina law dictating which public bathrooms transgender people can use, defeated centrist Democrat Dan McCready. Bishop tied himself tightly to Trump, who staged an election-eve rally for him in the district, and Tuesday’s voting seemed no less than a referendum on the president, who quickly took credit for the triumph.

    “Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night,” Trump tweeted. No polling has emerged publicly that showed Bishop with a deficit of that magnitude. Operatives from both parties and analysts had long said the race was too close to call.”


  6. The slow motion train wreck that is Antonio Brown continues…..


    “Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.

    In the civil lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by ESPN, Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, accuses the newly signed New England Patriots receiver of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions in 2017 and ’18.

    “We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” the Patriots said in a statement on Tuesday night. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.””


  7. Re: 12:18
    I should have known, since it was so hard to find the results of the election.
    The Republicans won. But the media is remembering (celebrating??) the anniversary of 9:11.
    Just because Trump came to NC to speak for the winner has no significance at all.
    . .


  8. Yep.

    “It’s a referendum on the president!” they claimed breathlessly.

    Until they lost, and suddenly they lost interest and it wasn’t important at all any more. 🙂

    So predictable. 🙂


  9. Not. One. Person. 🤣😂🤣

    And yet the press would have us believe the cries for impeachment are deafening.


    “Leftists Throw An ‘Impeach Trump’ Event. No One Shows Up.”

    “Judging by the breathless coverage in the mainstream media, Americans are all but storming Capitol Hill to demand that their elected representatives impeach President Trump.

    But that is not the case, apparently.

    A website called ImpeachmentAugust.org said there would be an impeachment rally on Monday at 11 a.m. on the House side of the Capitol.

    No one showed up, Breitbart News reports.

    Not. One. Person.

    Maybe because it’s September and not August? Who knows.

    The website says “Donald Trump has broken the law, abused presidential power, and stoked hatred in our country. … If the average person did this, they’d be in jail. It’s past time for Congress to do their jobs and begin a formal impeachment inquiry. But the reality is, unless their constituents show up this August during the congressional recess, they won’t act.”

    So the site — supported by a slew of liberal organizations, including MoveOn, Need to Impeach, Indivisible, Stand Up America, March of Truth, By the People, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats of America, Credo, and Democrats.com — urged people to “Find a town hall or plan your own district office visit and ask your Representative: ‘Will you uphold your oath to support and defend the Constitution and support an impeachment inquiry into crimes committed by Donald Trump?’ ”

    Now, Washington, D.C., is perhaps the optimum place for such a rally. First, it’s where Congress is (and the president just happens to live 16 blocks away). And second, 75% of the city’s residents are registered Democrats. So you’d think there’d be hundreds, nay thousands, of Trump haters gathered at the Capitol. Not so.”


  10. From “The Washington Examiner”
    ‘Strategically confused’: 18 years after 9/11, concern the US still doesn’t know its enemy persists
    After 18 years, two wars, multiple conflicts, and billions of dollars spent, the United States is still grappling with the threat posed by international terrorism, but questions linger as to whether policymakers truly understand their adversary.

    This is a religious war. But we can’t say that.


  11. From the Prager article: “The problem with communists and with leftists who don’t consider themselves communists is not that none of them mean well. It’s that they lack wisdom.”

    That’s an important thing to remember when we’re tempted to automatically attribute bad motives or bad character to liberals.

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  12. https://www.dailywire.com/news/49407/will-trump-win-latest-trumps-national-and-state-josh-hammer

    Will Trump Win? The Latest On Trump’s National And State-By-State Approval Ratings.

    As the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates battle it out for the nomination, politicos must also pay close attention to President Donald Trump’s approval rating across the 50 states. While Trump’s national approval rating has been hovering below 50% for his entire presidency, it was on the upswing for the beginning of the summer before only beginning to falter a bit toward the end of July. …

    … Overall, national head-to-head polls do not presently show Trump to be in particularly good electoral shape. Specifically, one of the most accurate pollsters from the 2016 national election, IBD/TIPP, now shows Trump losing hypothetical head-to-head matchups with each of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. The IBD/TIPP poll has correctly predicted the last four presidential elections and was notable in 2016 for being the only national poll to correctly predict Trump’s shocking victory over Hillary Clinton. A Washington Post analysis of the 2016 polling landscape concluded that, overall, IBD/TIPP was the second most accurate pollster of the cycle behind only McClatchy/Marist. While still very early, the Trump campaign should therefore be taking this hypothetical head-to-head matchup polling very seriously. …


  13. Quotes of the day.

    “The American people will never forget or ever fail to be inspired by the courage of the men and women of flight 93. We honor them by remembering them. And we honor them by resolving here and now that we will do as they did, each of us, in all of our varied roles to prevent such evil from ever reaching our shores again.”

    Mike Pence


    “Apparently only 26 percent of House members showed up to the moment of silence on the steps of the Capitol this morning,”

    “We don’t know why they weren’t there, but this might not have been the right day to screw around with the optics,” “I’m just saying, you know, this is a moment that affected everyone in this country. Not just New Yorkers. They came for America. They hit us here first and then went other places to take us, try to take us down. That affected many more people than just us here, and this is an American issue. And every one of you people — every one of you — should be out there, honoring what you didn’t have to do, that they did.””

    Whoopi Goldberg

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  14. AJ, I’m really not a big fan of political “optics” like moments of silence 18 years later that prove whether or not you’re one of the good guys. Do we still have mandatory moments of silence for Pearl Harbor? I’m not opposed to moments of silence, but making note of who is or isn’t there because it’s a political statement, yes, I’m opposed to that. I probably wouldn’t be making my way from whatever I was doing to be there, had I been invited to such a moment. If it was a block away and a group of people wanted to walk together, I might go with them, but I’m not sure how useful such moments of silence are, to be frank.


  15. Cheryl – I understand what you are saying, but I think that there is still a great deal of sorrow about it. On Facebook today, I saw a lot of posts and comments expressing that sorrow.

    For our elected officials, especially in an election season, it seems prudent to show up for that moment of silence.

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  16. It’s one of those things where we can cynically dismiss those who show up as only doing it for the optics, and yet still wonder why others didn’t bother showing up. (I’m sure many of them have good reasons, though.)


  17. Cheryl,

    There is a difference.

    There are still many, many people out there feeling real pain and loss over 9-11. The same is no longer true of Pearl Harbor. Most who remembered that personally and suffered loss of loved ones are long gone. The survivors of 9-11 remain.

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