29 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-20-19

  1. Makes you wonder about the other issues these planes have had.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/09/an_isis_aircraft_mechanic_caught_trying_to_disable_the_same_system_that_brought_down_two_other_737s.html

    “An ISIS aircraft mechanic caught trying to disable the same system that brought down two other 737s?”

    “They’re still out there.

    And it was quite disturbing to learn that, contrary to what the press had so smarmily assured us about a supposedly disgruntled aircraft mechanic who got caught trying to disable a Boeing 737, the guy had ISIS video on his cell phone.

    “American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Plane Sabotage May Have Ties to Terrorists, U.S. Says,” the New York Times headline reported.

    Up until now, the press had been assuring us that the whole thing was a labor issue, citing officials. According to the New York Times:

    “Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,” the criminal complaint said. “Alani explained to law enforcement that he was upset at the stalled contract dispute between the union workers and American Airlines, and that this dispute had affected him financially. Alani claimed that he tampered with the target aircraft in order to cause a delay or have the flight canceled in anticipation of obtaining overtime work.”

    Doesn’t everyone with labor beefs against his boss have ISIS video murders on his cell phone?

    As Jim Treacher (hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit) notes, “Weird Coincidence.”

    It’s all but certain that mechanic-from-hell Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani might just have been motivated by ISIS’s brand of Islamism, not a woikin’ man’s desire for more overtime.

    The gullible media reported it otherwise, always eager to look the other way on Islamist terror.

    But this one sentence from Treacher’s report stands out:

    Oh, and Alani’s phone also had a news story about a plane crash in Indonesia last year, with specific information about the plane’s airspeed control system. The same thing he was caught tampering with.

    This rather raises the question of whether those aircraft were also disabled in this manner — one in Ethiopia, the other in Indonesia, both of which have suffered from Islamist terror or been in the vicinity of it.

    The two crashes not only killed hundreds of innocent people, but also wrought havoc on the airline industry, with some airlines having to ground planes, and sent Boeing’s stock into a tizzy, cutting it 15% after the crashes, and wrought havoc with its orders.”

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  2. President Carries Cash!

    Film at 11……………….

    Yep, it’s gotten that bad. 🙂

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  3. Why does he carry cash you ask?

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  4. Same thing will happen in NY, unless of course they find a nice Obama appointee to play along. In that case, the Appeals Court will squash it.

    Another win for Trump.

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-19/trump-tax-returns-federal-court-challenge-california

    “Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump’s tax returns”

    “A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Trump but a decision that will undoubtedly be appealed by state officials.
    U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. said he would issue a final ruling by the end of the month but took the unusual step of issuing the tentative order from the bench. He said there would be “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for Trump and other candidates from the law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.

    England spent much of the court proceeding on the question of whether a long-standing federal financial disclosure law preempts any additional rules that a state could impose. The federal law, known as the Ethics in Government Act, or EIGA, was originally passed in 1978 and applies to a range of top federal officials. Trump has filed the required annual report, which provides an overview of his finances, most recently in May.

    “Do we even need to get here if EIGA preempts” the new California law? England asked attorneys for the state. “Is that it?”

    The hearing in a Sacramento courtroom consolidated arguments made in five separate lawsuits filed since Senate Bill 27 was signed into law. Attorneys on both sides noted that timing is tight on the legal challenge: Under provisions of SB 27, candidates must submit tax returns no later than Nov. 26 to be eligible for the March 3 primary.”

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  5. What in the heck are these people doing?

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    No….. this is stupid. And a little bit crazy. Like way out there.

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  6. And NBC is offering Confession as well, for you to confess your crimes against the world.

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    It’s only a little creepy.

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  7. Ezra Klein gets educated.

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  8. That’s the problem here. We have a large group of people who refuse to submit to the president’s authority. So they need to be rooted out and removed.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/09/20/shamelessness-and-ignorance-unlimited/

    “Shamelessness and Ignorance Unlimited

    The CIA whistleblower “scandal” is nothing of the sort. It’s about the constitutional power of the president to make foreign policy—and obligation of the intelligence community to submit to the president’s authority. No more, no less.”

    “The U.S. intelligence community’s leaders, the Democratic Party, and the media (excuse the redundancy) are trying to convince Americans that President Trump’s conversation with, and perhaps promises to, an unnamed foreign leader amounts to some sort of constitutional crisis. Never mind that the Constitution vests “the executive Power” in the “President of the United States,” a power that includes “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties . . . appoint ambassadors and other public ministers . . . ” The Constitution also says the president “shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.”

    But, oh, the scandal! ”

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    “What is going on here? Some employee at CIA learned of a phone call between President Trump and some foreign leader. This employee did not like what the president said. And because the conversation involved classified information, he called himself a “whistleblower” and informed “former officials,” who took what is now “Whistleblower-gate” to the Washington Post.

    The anonymous CIA employee also informed another like-minded employee, the agency’s inspector general, who promptly took the allegations to the House Intelligence Committee’s Democrats. In turn, they promptly demanded Trump’s conversation be made public.

    Secrecy and Dispatch (Look It Up)
    Since there is zero chance of any president disclosing the contents of private conversations with foreign heads of state, a standoff ensued. That guarantees endless opportunities for the intelligence community to leak ludicrous tales without substance. These are the empty calories that sustain the ruling class’s 2020 campaign.

    The Washington Post, after a thousand words in a story that speculates on Trump’s dangerous, possibly unconstitutional behavior, includes the following half-sentence: “ [legal experts] also noted that the president has broad authority to decide unilaterally when to classify or declassify information. Not quite. The president’s authority over national security information is more than broad. It is total. All who exercise such authority do so on his behalf and by his leave. That is because any and all foreign intelligence activities—which are subordinate to foreign and military policy in general—are pursuant to the president’s judgment.

    In short, “Whistleblower-gate” (if you will forgive the term) is arguably the most naked, most shameless attempt yet by the deep state to strike a blow at Trump by going to the press with an interpretation of classified information that neither the press nor the public has seen, will not see, and that concerns an activity that, in itself, is perfectly proper and indeed constitutes the president doing his job.

    Alas, there is nothing new about the intelligence community sabotaging this president, and nothing new in his allowing them to do it.”

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    Yawn. All fluff, no stuff, as usual.

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  9. This Giuliani interview from last night is what folks will be talking about today as everyone tries to learn more about what the whistleblower said.

    The Trumpkins call it fluff.

    The Dems think Trump committed bribery

    For the third straight day, and the 500th time since January, 2017, I predict it was Just Trump Doing Something Stupid (JTDSS).

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  10. Even Jennifer Rubin is slowly coming around. But why search for treachery or corruption when the obvious explanation is staring you in the face?

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  11. You anti-Trump guys and gals are so predictable Ricky. You’re like crows, who chase any shiny object, as long as it’s anti-Trump.

    And you always seem to side with the Democrats, which is odd for such a fine, upstanding “conservative” “republican” like yourself. Sad and pathetic. 🙂

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  12. Just more anonymous BS.

    And where was your outrage when Biden actually did what you’re accusing Trump of?

    Yeah, crickets.

    You’re gonna end up looking stupid….. Again.

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/09/20/trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-story-ridiculous-going-blow-medias-face/

    “You want to know why conservatives hate the liberal media and have no faith in many commentators on their own side? All you have to do is look at the reactions to this stupid story.

    Yesterday, a supposed “bombshell” dropped via numerous anonymous sources that the much ballyhooed “whistle-blower” complaint against Trump involved him encouraging Ukraine’s new president to continue its corruption investigation into Joe Biden. To this point, we actually have no specifics saying Trump promised him anything after that request, or that if he did, that it was anything inappropriate. You would be remiss to not ask why it’s wrong to ask an ally to look into corruption involving U.S. citizens.

    Let me quote myself responding to the most fleshed out account of what is claimed to have happened. This was posted late last night.”

    “As per usual, the media are losing their minds. Trump was pressuring an ally to conduct an investigation! It’s unheard of and unprecedented! Who could ever do such a thing!?

    Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the Obama administration when they were working with UK intelligence, including using foreign assets, to target Trump in 2016? That seems like much more of a big deal given the only real allegation here is that Trump asked Ukraine to keep an already occurring corruption probe going in which we have the target on tape admitting what he did. I was assured that what happened in 2016 was above board because the Obama administration had legitimate suspicions. You know who else has legitimate suspicions? President Trump, because again, it’s on freaking video.

    But ask yourself this. Why is the corruption Trump was asking to be probed not the actual story here? Let me refresh your memory of exactly what we are dealing with.”

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    Continued….

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  13. What corruption?

    Joe Biden’s corruption.

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    “Yes, that’s Joe Biden, on tape admitting he threatened to withhold $1B in loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor that was close to taking down the company his son worked for. Seems pretty corrupt doesn’t it? Yet, the media yawned. They didn’t care at all. It was barely reported and the “fact-checkers” rushed to deliver half-true ratings, shilling for Biden as not being aware his son was a member of the board of the company. It was all predictable.

    But Trump asks Ukraine to keep looking into the issue and amazingly, the media care. Not only do they care, they want him impeached for “treason” over it. Yes, that was an actual thing said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

    So to recap, being on video admitting to extorting Ukraine to protect one’s son is perfectly acceptable. Asking Ukraine to not drop their investigation into that corrupt action is impeachable. Makes sense. Wait, no, it doesn’t.”

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  14. Child abuse.

    Indoctrinate and scare children into doing your leftist bidding.

    https://news.yahoo.com/students-demand-change-vast-global-climate-strike-082628597.html

    “Schoolchildren throng streets in vast global climate strike”

    “Crowds of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults act to stop environmental disaster.

    It was expected to be the biggest protest ever against the threat posed to the planet by climate change.

    Yelling slogans and waving placards, children and adults across Asia and the Pacific kicked off the protest, which spread later to Africa and Europe with crowds filling the streets in Paris, London and Berlin.

    “We are the future,” said Vihaan Agarwal, 15, protesting in Delhi.

    “We believe there is no point in going to school if we are not going to have a future to live in.”

    Organisers forecast one million participants overall. In Australia alone, they said more than 300,000 children, parents and supporters rallied.

    “I’d like to ask you not to cut down forests, and reduce garbage production, and not to use so many petrol-fuelled cars,” five-year-old Teo, told a crowd of 500 in Slovakia.

    “Stop climate change now” and “There is no planet B” read some of the signs brandished by demonstrators in a trendy central shopping district of Tokyo.”

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  15. Dems were involved in a huge foreign collusion scandal with the Ukraine, and in investigating it, it was found that Biden bribed the Ukrainian president in order to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Biden’s son. The media basically ignores it all.

    But “Oh, look over here, Trump did… (insert fake scandal).”

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  17. Ah yes….. Ricky’s favorite clown.

    Still waiting on all that collusion evidence you claimed you had Shifty.

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  18. Word.

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  19. The Democrats need to be careful about this question of Ukraine business.. This could hurt them, especially Biden, more than Trump.
    Chas

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  20. That’s the purpose of this Chas. To draw attention away from Biden’s misdeeds by attacking those investigating them, both here and in the Ukraine. They figure if they can dirty Trump up on Ukraine too, then it’s a wash.

    Only problem is Joe’s already confessed his wrong doing, and actual investigations in Ukraine are happening because of it.

    Trump was just using his bully pulpit to press the proper investigations of these crimes, which a perfectly legitimate use of his authority.

    And Trump is justified.

    From May of 2015.

    https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/443637-peter-schweizer-hunter-biden-needs-to-testify-on-ukraine-china-business

    “Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden needs to testify on Ukraine, China business dealings”

    “”In the case of the Ukraine, the very energy company that was paying Hunter Biden millions of dollars was under investigation in the Ukraine for corruption. Ukrainian officials have claimed that Joe Biden pressured them to suspend or end that investigation. That’s in fact what the Ukraine did,” Schweizer said in a summary of his findings.

    Schweizer during the Hill.TV interview also referenced reporting from The Hill’s John Solomon who reported in early May that Ukrainian officials are reviewing internal corruption allegations against the energy company that employed Hunter Biden. Solomon also wrote that “U.S. and Ukrainian authorities both told me Biden and his office clearly had to know about the general prosecutor’s probe of Burisma and his son’s role.”

    The former vice president told The New York Times in a recent statement that his son’s business dealings was not a consideration in pressuring Ukraine to fire its prosecutor general, noting the decision was made “without any regard for how it would or would not impact any business interests of his son, a private citizen.”

    Hunter Biden also issued a statement declaring that “at no time have I discussed with my father the company’s business, or my board service, including my initial decision to join the board” of the Ukrainian energy company.

    Schweizer’s op-ed also details Hunter Biden’s alleged dealings with China, noting how the former second son accompanied his father on an official trip to Beijing in 2013 only to then have his company ink a $1 billion private equity deal with the Chinese government two weeks later.

    “Hunter Biden at the time had no background in China and had little background in private equity,” he wrote. ”

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    And still today.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/peter-schweizer-trump-is-right-to-call-for-probe-of-biden-dealings-with-ukraine

    “Peter Schweizer: Trump right to question Biden dealings with Ukraine, despite Dem criticism”

    “As Congress and the White House wrestle over a whistleblower’s complaint against President Trump, the story took a new turn late Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that, in a July phone call, Trump “repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine” to investigate the dealings of Joe Biden’s family in Ukraine.

    Trump’s call is reportedly the source of a complaint by a whistleblower against that president that has sparked a furor among Democrats in Congress, who are demanding to see the complaint.

    If, as multiple news organizations are reporting, the whistleblower’s complaint centers on Ukraine, there is strong evidence that it relates to President Trump’s urging the Ukrainian government to investigate Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son.

    The story behind that story is itself worthy of serious scrutiny.”

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    Oh but Trump made a phone call and ask for some justice and that’s a bad thing? Yeah, go with that. I dare ya’.

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  21. My wife and I just finished hiking 12 miles in Glacier National Park. It may be the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The two most stunning sites were Two Medicine Falls and Two Medicine Lake which are in a remote area of the park.

    Re the whistleblower:

    1. I see the Trumpkins have their alternative facts which don’t really explain why the Trump-appointed Inspector General labeled the whistleblower’s complaint as a matter of “urgent concern”.

    2. The expert litigators have concluded that Trump may have committed the ultimate impeachable act: bribery mixed with attempts to violate the election law and something approaching treason (withholding aid from an ally unless the ally provided campaign help).

    3. I am sticking with JTDSS, believing that all the crimes discussed by Conway and Katyal require some minimum level of mental acuity.

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  22. The people here in the Flathead Valley (which is next to Glacier NP) are really friendly. My wife already wants to return and bring our mothers and our son and his family.

    There are the native Montanans, a new moneyed group from all over and a sizable Amish population. My wife noticed lots of casinos and saloons but also lots of churches. I know the winters can be tough, but it seems like a fine place to raise a family.

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