23 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-2-19

  1. What’s wrong with these Democrats?



  2. The part the WaPo always leaves out of their Khashoggi coverage.


    “In memorializing Khashoggi, Washington Post gives platform to top jailer of reporters”

    “It has been a year since the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Mr. Khashoggi wore many professional hats throughout his career, one of which was as a freelance online blogger for Washington’s other newspaper — I believe it’s called the “Post?”

    In the time since Mr. Khashoggi’s unjustifiable and heinous murder in the Saudi consulate, the Post has taken up the cause of memorializing him. And the paper this week has devoted an entire section to the slain journalist’s memory, featuring pieces from, among others, his editor at the Post, Karen Attiah, and the columnist David Ignatius.

    One byline sticks out among those memorializing Jamal Khashoggi in the pages of the Post, however. That is Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan, of course, is the president of Turkey, where the brutal murder occurred.

    Turkey is a beautiful and complex country, and Istanbul is a terrific city in which to be a tourist, an art-lover, and most of all, a cat. (See here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedi_(2016_film) But Turkey is a terrible place to be a journalist.

    According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey has for three years running imprisoned more journalists than any other country — nearly three times as many have been thrown behind bars in China. Just last month, Turkey began court proceedings against journalists from Bloomberg News and other outlets who dared to report on a 2018 currency shock in the country. They have been accused of trying to undermine Turkey’s “economic stability,” simply by reporting facts. The Turkish government often uses the weight of the legal system to silence reporters it deems unhelpful.

    Yet in the pages of today’s Post, President Erdogan is allowed to style himself a champion of freedom and what he calls the “rules-based international system.”

    “In the wake of Khashoggi’s demise, my administration adopted a policy of transparency,” Mr. Erdogan writes. “It is in our best interest, and in the best interest of humanity, to ensure that such a crime is not committed anywhere again. Combating impunity is the easiest way to accomplish that goal. We owe it to Jamal’s family.” Nowhere in the piece or the pages surrounding it is made a mention of Mr. Erodgan’s record of suppressing speech with, yes, impunity.”


  3. They finally confessed to what was obvious.


    “Trump-Ukraine Fiasco: Intelligence Community Inspector General Admits to Secret Rule Change for Whistleblower Reports”

    “So, by now, you know about impeachment theater taking over the Hill. President Trump made a phone call to Ukraine’s political leadership and apparently that was the final straw for House Democrats. They’ve started formal impeachment proceedings, their end goal since 2016. Trump reportedly shook down Ukrainian President Zelensky, threatening to withhold aid unless the government start a corruption probe into Hunter Biden, who was sitting on the board of an energy company despite zero experience in this sector. The White House released the transcript of the call. There was no shakedown. There was no quid pro quo. This all stems from a whistleblower complaint, whose identity is said to be that of a CIA agent.

    Democrats started to get the ball rolling when the whistleblower complaint wasn’t even released yet. It’s second-hand sourced, the whistleblower wasn’t even in on the call, which is why it’s loaded with errors. Gossip and hearsay are now acceptable for these reports that set off this liberal media frenzy. And the intelligence community secretly changed the standards for these reports, removing the “first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing” standard (via The Federalist) [italicized text indicates ICIG statement]:

    The Intelligence Community Inspector General released a statement admitting the office changed its forms for whistleblowers between May 2018 and August 2019, as The Federalist first reported. As The Federalist’s Sean Davis noted, “The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.”

    The timing of the change is important, as it bookends the period when an anonymous person filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump for a phone call with the president of Ukraine. In the call, the president asked the Ukrainians to continue investigating political corruption that may implicate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

    In a statement on processing whistleblower complaints, the IG admitted they changed the forms:

    In June 2019, the newly hired Director for the Center for Protected Disclosures entered on duty. Thus, the Center for Protected Disclosures has been reviewing the forms provided to whistleblowers who wish to report information with respect to an urgent concern to the congressional intelligence committees. In the process of reviewing and clarifying those forms, and in response to recent press inquiries regarding the instant whistleblower complaint, the ICIG understood that certain language in those forms and, more specifically, the informational materials accompanying the forms, could be read – incorrectly – as suggesting that whistleblowers must possess first-hand information in order to file an urgent concern complaint with the congressional intelligence committees.

    The ICIG’s Center for Protected Disclosures has developed three new forms entitled, ‘Report of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse UNCLASSIFIED Intake Form’; ‘Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form-UNCLASSIFIED’; and ‘External Review Panel (ERP) Request Form – UNCLASSIFIED.’ These three new forms are now available on the ICIG’s open website and are in the process of being added to the ICIG’s classified system. The ICIG will continue to update and clarify its forms and its websites to ensure its guidance to whistleblowers is clear and strictly complies with statutory requirements. Consistent with the law, the new forms do not require whistleblowers to possess first-hand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern”

    The publication added that first-hand accounts are not required by law with such reports, but the ICIG must possess first-hand information in order to classify the complaint as credible.

    Now, the ICIG, Michael Atkinson, is set to appear before Congress in a closed-door session, but The Washington Examiner’s Byron York went on a lengthy Twitter thread to offer a timeline of events. It’s sort of a cluster, and did the whistleblower commit perjury with the claim? He or she checked that they had first-hand knowledge. That’s obviously not true.”


  4. Democrats are promising more free stuff for illegal aliens. All on your dime, of course….


    “Warren Backs AOC’s Illegal Immigrant Welfare Plan

    Bill package includes federal rent control, welfare for illegal immigrants and ex-cons”

    “Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren endorsed a Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) policy proposal that includes taxpayer-funded welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, dubbed “A Just Society,” calls for nationwide rent control and bans the federal government from denying welfare benefits based on an individual’s immigration status and previous criminal convictions. Warren became the first Democratic presidential candidate to endorse the plan, calling it “just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need” to make “big, structural change.”

    Ocasio-Cortez is considered to be “one of the most important endorsements in America,” and Warren’s immediate support of her latest policy marks another attempt to win the freshman congressman’s nod of approval. Warren’s quick embrace of Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is the latest sign of the social media superstar’s policy impact on the Democratic presidential field.

    Neither Ocasio-Cortez nor Warren returned requests for comment.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, consisting of six separate bills, calls for the expansion of welfare. Bills three and four make it illegal for the federal government to deny welfare benefits to ex-convicts and illegal immigrants. The legislation does not address how to pay for the rising cost of welfare, nor does it explain how it would accomplish its goals.”


  5. Escalation.


    The video shows the police’s brutal actions.


  6. Compare and contrast, and the right choice becomes obvious.


    “Peter Navarro: Trump’s two big wins for farmers, manufacturers, workers vs. Dems’ impeachment squad”

    “The radical Democrats’ impeachment squad and much of the American media are missing a great presidency. Just last week, in a single day, President Trump signed a historic Japanese trade deal in New York as a White House-led team negotiated a radical reform of the Universal Postal Union in Geneva.

    Together, these two quintessentially Trump deals will net American farmers, manufacturers and workers billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs. Yet last week’s news cycle was dominated by another politically motivated witchhunt circus.

    Regarding the Japan deal, on his first business day in office, the president stopped the U.S. from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Since that historic day, Trump has been criticized by the globalist elite for opting out of a multilateral deal with 11 other partners that, in truth, would have been the death knell for America’s auto industry. Yet the just consummated Japan deal represents the best evidence to date the TPP withdrawal was a stroke of bilateral negotiating genius.

    Consider this multilateral math: Of the 11 countries in the TPP, the U.S. already has free-trade agreements with six. Of the other five, Japan represents virtually all of their combined gross domestic products. Access to Japan – particularly for agriculture – is what really mattered from a trade perspective.

    By entering into the Japan bilateral deal, the U.S. will have virtually the same access to the Japanese agricultural market as those that joined the new TPP but is paying substantially less for that access than it would have in TPP. For example, autos and auto parts are not part of the Japan deal. That’s a BIG win for America.

    Regarding the radical reform of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), this should be the deal heard round the world. It aptly demonstrates that President Trump will no longer tolerate multinational organizations like the UPU and World Trade Organization treating America like a piggy bank – even as the historic deal underscores America’s diplomatic willingness to work within the framework of international organizations when we and our friends and allies are treated with fairness and respect.

    Under the UPU’s antiquated “terminal dues” system, the U.S. Postal Service was being forced to subsidize a flood of small parcels, primarily from China, to the tune of half a billion dollars a year. This not only harmed the Postal Service, but also gave China an unfair competitive advantage against American manufacturers and workers. Incredibly, under UPU rules, it was cheaper to send a package from Shanghai to New York than from Chicago or Los Angeles to New York.

    To fix this insanity, a White House-led interagency team worked in Trump time – which is to say as quickly as possible – to get the best deal for the American people.”


  7. If they don’t, the price will be steep. You will lose the Senate,guaranteed.


    “You have to hand it to the Democratic Party’s leadership and the media. They came up with a plan to discredit, delegitimize and destroy the Trump presidency in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016 and they have followed it with unqualified fidelity. Certainly, they have not been alone. Some Beltway Republicans have also helped lend credence to the hysterical anti-Trump crusade.

    The question now is, absent real evidence of the president breaking federal law, will the Republican Party establishment aid Democrats in trying to bring an early end to the Trump presidency?

    After years of inquiries, thousands of pages of testimony, made-for-TV hearings that produce nothing but spectacle, tens of millions in taxpayer dollars spent, and a drumbeat of false claims of impending doom for the president from lawmakers and the press, the situation is now reaching a critical juncture — particularly for Senate Republicans.

    True, many in the party are not fans of the president. Trump’s free-wielding, often ill-mannered Twitter presidency has left many feeling like they have little to defend. This is despite significant accomplishments during Trump’s presidency in terms of judges, regulations, tax reform, foreign relations and pro-growth policy.

    The president’s tweets, dozens of times a day, are making him look unhinged and his Twitter habit also doesn’t help to give shaky GOP senators cover or confidence.

    However, aligning in any way with this impeachment effort driven by the left (that means you Mitt Romney) without convincing evidence of the president committing federal crimes, will not only needlessly fuel a damaging crisis of confidence in government, it will aid the left’s broader plan to remake this country in a way that would be unrecognizable to most people.

    It will fulfill the goals of the cycle of collusion on the part of a biased media, radical progressives and Washington elites to bring down a presidency by means other than a lawful election.

    Giving momentum to impeachment without all the facts is to embolden all of those who have blindly driven the anti-Trump narrative, from the “Russia collusion” crowd to the Green New Dealers to the antics of the “Squad.”

    Even a small number of GOP senators aligning with the left will prompt backlash from pro-Trump voters in marginal Senate seats that will be fierce. It could consign the Republicans to the minority for a generation.

    There are 22 Republican seats in play in 2020 — seven of them arguably vulnerable — where margins will be tight. A drop-off of even single digits from pro-Trump voters who opt not to vote in the Senate contest in those states could doom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s majority.

    Among the Washington set, some who have been stalwarts of the party for decades, there has long seemed to exist a mindset that Trump’s collapse will not hurt the party and in fact, could be a benefit to their influence.

    Not true. Absent convincing evidence of wrongdoing, Trump voters will be emboldened and turn out, but if congressional Republicans don’t stand with the president, down-ballot federal races could pay a heavy price.”


    Not could, will.


  8. “The Media’s No Good, Really Bad, Terrible Two Weeks”


    “There’s a really bad song called “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by a really bad band named Green Day.

    When the faux-punk outfit released the comically emo, radio-friendly single in 2004, they had no way of knowing that it would serve as the soundtrack for the American mainstream media’s unraveling some 15 years later. After all, the last half of September was a rough couple of weeks for the press; perhaps no period in modern history has witnessed such a staggering amount of journalistic malfeasance.

    It’s a play more or less in three acts, a slapstick tragedy so absurdly avoidable that it borders on comedy. And it begins, as so many journalistic tragedies do, at the New York Times.

    Apparently still bitter that the first press-led character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh failed to stop his confirmation to the highest court in the land, the Gray Lady doubled down on September 14 by teasing a book by Times writers Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.

    The article lobbed yet another accusation of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court Justice (well, sort of: Kavanaugh’s friends allegedly shoved his penis in the face of an unsuspecting female). Not only did it appear that Kavanaugh was a victim as well, but the Times piece also conveniently failed to mention that the alleged female victim was never interviewed and according to her friends doesn’t remember the incident.

    Rather than apologize and pledge to do better, however, Pogrebin and Kelly instead blamed their editors and … wait for it … Fox News. Because, of course, nothing says strong, independent women like blaming a television network for your own faulty newspaper reporting.

    But before the ink could dry on a libel suit, a new circus rolled into town and bumped the Kavanaugh debacle from the headlines.

    I’m speaking, of course, about the “whistleblower” complaint, in which an anonymous official claims he has reason to believe that President Trump was attempting to enlist the help of the Ukrainian government in the upcoming American presidential election. And in which the American press committed more unforced errors than the Bad News Bears.

    The blunders are too numerous for a full accounting, but some highlights include the following:

    Initial reports were rife with accusations that Trump made a “promise,” or quid pro quo, to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The summary of the phone call released by the White House (and compiled from notes of those familiar with the call) showed no such thing.

    Trump did ask Zelensky for a favor, but in regards to CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm that determined the Russians were behind the hacking of the DNC’s servers in 2016, not the investigation of Biden or his son, as the whistleblower claimed. To create the appearance that the favor involved the Bidens, multiple media outlets simply omitted the more than 500 words of the call summary that separated the “favor” request from the Biden portion of the conversation. From NPR to CNN to MSNBC, virtually the entire mainstream media complex embraced egregiously dishonest editing to push a narrative the phone call proved simply wasn’t there.

    Once the story gained steam, numerous outlets jumped on a Washington Post claim that acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire threatened to resign if not allowed to testify before Congress unhindered. Maguire quickly denied the reports, saying, “I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now.”

    Finally, ABC reported that any phone call from Trump to Ukraine’s newly elected president required a discussion of the Biden probe. Their source, a Ukrainian presidential adviser, rejected the account, telling Christopher Miller of Radio Free Europe that he was not an adviser at the time of the call and that he “DID NOT tell ABC insistence for leaders to discuss Biden probe was precondition for call.”

    There were numerous additional snafus, but why beat a dead horse?


  9. You can’t take away people’s liberty by force without trouble.
    What you do is promise them things you know you can’t deliver, but you have them thinking you can.


  10. Sanders had a scare.


    “Bernie Sanders hospitalized with chest pain, campaign events canceled”

    “”During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted,” said Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver on Wednesday in a statement.

    “Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” Weaver said. “We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

    Weaver led an all-staff phone call this morning to inform the entire campaign, according to a source familiar with the call.”


  11. A fundraising juggernaut.


    “Trump and RNC Q3 Fundraising Dwarfs Announced Numbers for 2020 Democrats

    “President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace”

    “Third quarter fundraising totals are starting to roll in, and many of the Democratic candidates running in 2020 are reporting respectable figures.

    Even so, none of them even come close to the amount raised by Trump and the Republican National Committee.

    Here are the totals that have been released by Democrats so far. Via CBS News:

    Kamala Harris: $11.6 million

    October 1: California Senator Kamala Harris raised $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2019. She had nearly $10 million in cash on hand, according to the campaign.

    The average contribution was $34, while the average online contribution was $20. Harris has raised $35.5 million overall in this campaign, from more than 850,000 individual contributions, according to her campaign.

    Cory Booker: $6 million

    October 1: After a last-minute push to raise $1.7 million before September 30, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s campaign reported raising over $6 million in the third quarter. The 10-day push raised over $2.1 million from more than 46,000 donations, according to the campaign.

    The campaign did not provide more details about the average contribution, or how many donors in total contributed to the campaign.

    Bernie Sanders: $25.3 million

    October 1: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced his campaign raised $25.3 million in the third quarter, the most of any 2020 Democratic presidential candidate in a quarter to date. According to the campaign, September was its single best month of fundraising in the 2020 election cycle thus far.

    The cash raised in the third quarter comes from 1.4 million donations. The average donation was $18.07. His campaign says it did transfer $2.6 million in the third quarter, but that is not included in the $25 million total.

    Pete Buttigieg: $19.1 million

    October 1: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $19.1 million in the third quarter of 2019, a lower amount than his second quarter haul of $24.8 million, but still a significant haul that demonstrates his status as one of the top tier candidates in terms of fundraising.

    According to the campaign, more than 580,000 unique donors gave to the campaign, including 182,000 new donors. The average donation was $32.”


  12. Kristol gets owned again.



  13. Thanksgiving should be all kinds of fun this year



    How Bad the Political Polarization Is Getting

    Americans have become highly polarized over politics, and the Congressional impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are going to make it worse, from both sides.

    Anecdotally, one can hear about lifelong friends now hating each other over politics. Families are split between pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions, with relatives either raging at each other or refusing to speak to their own flesh and blood. Churches are being torn up, with some members of the congregation saying, “How can you call yourself a Christian if you support Trump?” and others saying “How can you call yourself a Christian if you don’t?”

    In addition, political animosity and political harassment have become problems in America’s workplaces. …

    … These are not just the time-honored good-natured arguments between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservative, that friends, family members, and fellow workers have always engaged in when they “talk politics.” Today “talking politics” often means rage-filled, contemptuous personal attacks.

    The “toxic” political talk comes from both sides, but my impression is that supporters of Trump have tended to employ mockery and sarcasm in an attempt to “own the libs,” while opponents of Trump pour out their hatred for the president–there is no other word for it–onto his supporters whom they blame for putting him into office. But that was before the impeachment proceedings, which, as the HR organization says, is making everything worse. …

    … There is nothing wrong with righteous anger, though we are enjoined to “be angry but sin not” (Eph 4:26). That’s hard to do, but possible. …

    … We need to remember that the purpose of each of these vocations (including our ‘vocation’ as citizens) is to love and serve the neighbors whom each vocation brings into our lives. Not “own” them, not hate them, not win over them (as opposed to win them over), but love and serve them. We might still be angry with them, but not at the expense of loving and serving them. …

    … The temporal kingdom will not last. If we get the government we want, it won’t solve all our problems. And if we get the government we don’t want, it won’t thwart God. All human governments will pass away.

    That should give us some perspective …


  14. I’ll say it.



    Of course they are. They’re white.


  15. Democrats don’t want Barr digging into their many misdeeds. So let the slander begin anew.



    Duh. It’s witch hunting season.


  16. The NYT is in full spin mode and all hands on deck to carry the water for Democrats. They’re spinning this because they know how bad this is. Collusion beforehand between Schiff and the so-called whistleblower to conspire against the president. This is why Schiff met with the Dem operative attorneys as well.

    Treasonous rats, the whole lot of ’em.

    “The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials.

    The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

    The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.”


    And Schiff is lying, this is not SOP. He knows this, but he’s a liar, so……


  17. Like

  18. Yep.



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