17 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-6-19

  1. First up, the polygamists and the cartels are in the news. And as expected, it ain’t good.

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    Trump is offering to help Mexico clean out the vermin that infest them. An actual war on drugs.

    As expected, the push back on that has been epic. I guess it’s OK to go fight for the Kurds in the MidEast, where we have no dog in the fight, but I guess getting tough on criminals who are killing Americans and flooding our country with drugs is too much to ask.

    Hypocrites.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-offers-to-help-mexico-wipe-drug-cartels-off-the-face-of-the-earth-after-murder-of-americans

    “Trump offers to help Mexico ‘wipe’ drug cartels ‘off the face of the earth’ after murder of Americans”

    “President Trump offered U.S. military support to Mexico after a Mormon family with U.S. citizenship was massacred.

    At least six American children and three women were killed when they were ambushed in northern Mexico on Monday, members of the LeBarón family said.

    Trump tweeted Tuesday that the family “got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other.”

    “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” Trump tweeted.

    “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!” he said.”

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  2. Last week the WaPo beclowned themselves defending terrorists, this week it’s the NY Times and their victim shaming.

    Clowns.

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  3. The Smoking Gun.

    Once again the leadership at the FBI shows it’s lacking.

    Evidence tampering and entrapping innocent people is not OK.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-michael-flynn-smoking-gun-fbi-headquarters-altered-interview-summary

    “The Michael Flynn smoking gun: FBI headquarters altered interview summary”

    “As a self-proclaimed adherent to Hanlon’s Razor, I once cynically viewed the frenzied focus on FBI actions during the 2016 Russian election-meddling investigation as partisan and overwrought. Hanlon’s Razor suggests that we never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity or incompetence. Having proudly served in the FBI for 25 years, I bristled at insulting accusations of an onerous deep state conspiracy. Some obvious mistakes made during the investigation of the Trump campaign were quite possibly the result of two ham-handedly overzealous FBI headquarters denizens, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, clumsily seeking to impress each other with ever-increasing levels of loathing for then-candidate Donald Trump.

    FBI employees are entitled to their own political views. But senior-level decision-makers who express them on government devices, while overseeing a supremely consequential investigation into a political campaign, simply do not possess the requisite judgment and temperament for the job.

    Their stunning text message exchanges and talk of an onerous “insurance policy” in the event Trump were to win prove how ill-suited they were for their positions in James Comey’s cabinet. What other steps might they have taken that have yet to be discovered? The inspector general is soon set to release a report into FBI actions in the effort to surveil the Trump campaign. Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department is conducting its own review, and U.S. Attorney John Durham recently expanded his investigation into the case as well, by converting the review into a full-blown criminal investigation. Barr has faced backlash from critics of his investigation, who ironically have referred to it as a witch hunt.

    But as we anxiously await the expected reports, there recently appeared some fairly explosive allegations into potential investigator misconduct that have not received the attention they deserve. With her filing of a blistering Motion to Compel against federal prosecutors in the Michael Flynn case just made public, Sidney Powell has upended my adherence to Hanlon’s Razor. Powell is the attorney for former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Flynn, who pled guilty to one count of lying to FBI agents during the special counsel investigation. Powell’s motion seeks to unravel a case many feel was biased from its inception.

    One of the most damning charges contained within Powell’s 37-page court brief is that Page, the DOJ lawyer assigned to the office of then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, may have materially altered Flynn’s interview FD-302, which was drafted by Strzok. FBI agents transfer handwritten interview notes onto a formal testimonial document, FD-302, within five days of conducting an interview, while recollections are still fresh.

    It is unheard of for someone not actually on the interview itself to materially alter an FD-302. As an FBI agent, no one in my chain of command ever directed me to alter consequential wording. And as a longtime FBI supervisor, I never ever directed an agent to recollect something different from what they discerned during an interview. Returning a 302 for errors in grammar, punctuation, or syntax is appropriate. This occurs before the document is ultimately uploaded to a particular file, conjoined with the original interview notes which are safely secured inside a 1-A envelope, and secured as part of evidence at trial.”

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  4. A sad read. 😦

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/11/suffer_the_children.html

    “In 2001, psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple wrote Life at the Bottom. He had “little hesitation in saying that the mental, cultural, emotional and spiritual impoverishment of the Western underclass [was] the greatest of any large group of people he had encountered anywhere.” This he stated unequivocally despite his work in some of the poorest societies in Africa, the Pacific, and Latin America.

    I have damnable empirical evidence that this impoverishment is truly hurting young Americans.

    I may grade up to 100 papers per week, and it is getting to me. It is not because of the poor grammar or awkward syntax. It is not that the majority of students cannot compose a paper with clear-cut transitions and logical organization. It is not because they have a limited vocabulary base or that they have no comprehension of the nuance of the language. No, that has sadly become standard.

    It is getting to me because I too often read such items as the following from a young girl who was sexually abused by her stepfather.

    Throughout my life I lived without a father figure since my dad left me at a young age for my little sister that he was expecting from another women [sic]. I think I need no man to protect me or keep me safe when I can do that on my own without any help. I won’t allow any man to get near me to even protect me.

    …or this from a young man:

    My father is a cruel man, a liar, a cheater and a deserter. Living without a biological father was difficult but I marched on forward and realized I don’t need him.”

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    “Too many of our children are laboring under intense pressure. Their family structure is badly damaged; they are shouldering obligations that should not be theirs at such young ages. Their outlook on life is often dismal. And the ones sitting in my classrooms are the strong ones. What of the others who are completely lost?

    Our society has abandoned those moral anchors whereby men are taught the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. It is sickening when society no longer tells girls that having a baby before they are physically, financially, and emotionally ready is not cool. It is infuriating when schools actually financially assist students precisely because they have a baby. It is not to be admired. It is not a game. There is no sacredness. There is no prudence. If the sports world spent a scintilla of time on this issue instead of displaying its abject ignorance of the world, perhaps sports stars could be true role models.

    In fact, as Dalrymple has stated “I hear of the same violence, the same neglect and abuse of children, the same broken relationships, the same victimization by crime, the same nihilism, the same dumb despair.”

    It is a pathology that afflicts people of all races because it is an outcome based on the debasement of the “realm of ideas” so that “so-called freer sexual relationships” have resulted from no social, contractual, or moral obligations or meaning whatsoever.”

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  5. Defending the criminal who steals packages off of porches.

    Because, well, they need it more than the “rich” person it was stolen from, and everyone knows Amazon will reship it anyway, so…..

    Yep. Justifying crime, via the leftists at the Atlantic.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/11/chronicle-of-a-porch-thief/

    “This Atlantic article describes how home surveillance cameras have helped catch thieves who steal packages – predominantly Amazon packages – from porches in a San Francisco neighborhood. The attitude of the author is somewhat ambiguous, but as best I can determine she seems to lean slightly more towards sympathy with the thieves (in particular one thief who is described at great length) than with the victims of the crimes.

    For example:

    While porch cams have been used to investigate cases as serious as homicides, the surveillance and neighborhood social networking typically make a particular type of crime especially visible: those lower-level ones happening out in public, committed by the poorest. Despite the much higher cost of white-collar crime, it seems to cause less societal hand-wringing than what might be caught on a Ring camera…

    In Potrero, Fairley had been captured on camera enough times, snatching packages or walking down the street with bundles of mail, that many in the neighborhood had a face and a name to attach to their generalized anger about ongoing nuisances. Fairley was correct in thinking that, in many cases, Amazon will replace pilfered packages. Her major miscalculation was in thinking that her neighbors would, therefore, just shrug and move on.

    It’s hard to convey the flavor of the article without quoting at great length from it, but the general feeling I got was that stealing Amazon stuff from rich people’s (or middle-class people’s) porches is upsetting and wrong, but no biggie! We can also forgive the poor drug addicts (particularly if from minority groups) because it’s poverty and addiction that drives them.

    The other sense the article conveys is how well Fairley (the porch thief featured in the article) plays the game of self-justification. She minimizes her offenses and plays the race card with great frequency. Here’s a sample:

    Arnold began combining the neighbors’ Fairley-related posts in a single document. They started with the first dispatch, from May 2017, with Margett photographing Fairley and her daughter. In October of that year, a friend of Arnold’s, then a VP at Flipboard, followed Fairley in his Prius, watching her go door to door collecting packages—a mail carrier in reverse. In November, a cam caught a lithe woman who looked like Fairley crawling up a home’s steps to seize a fat Amazon pouch of lug nuts, a rosary dangling from her neck. Two weeks later, neighbors were gardening on a shared strip of land when Fairley passed by balancing a long lamp box on her shoulder. (Fairley claimed that the box contained her own headboard and lampshade.) Seeing an address written in big letters for a home in the opposite direction, one of them grabbed the box and demanded to see an ID to prove Fairley lived there. A second man called 911 as a woman videoed Fairley’s ensuing tirade: “That’s why people get shot. You don’t pull somebody’s package off their fucking arm,” Fairley snapped, then stalked off.

    And then there’s the failure of San Francisco’s legal system as well as the system to treat addiction (although of course the situation is not limited to that city):

    …Fairley regularly skipped her hearings—she’d lose track of the dates, she later told me, and just had “a lot going on”—which slowed the process of resolving the cases. Again and again, in her absence, the judge would issue bench warrants, and Fairley would eventually be arrested and booked into jail, from which the judge would release her to await her next hearing, with demands that she report to diversion programs or Narcotics Anonymous meetings—all while neighbors continued to report on Nextdoor that they were watching her steal mail.

    Fairley is given many chances in many rehab programs, all of which she manages to flunk. Then, as her life spirals down from an already-low point, she loses more and more: her possessions, her public housing, her daughter. At no point does she show any inclination to take responsibility for her situation.”

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    The Atlantic piece.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/11/stealing-amazon-packages-age-nextdoor/598156/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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  6. Last week, York’s podcast was with Alistair Begg. I knew Begg was a great preacher. He is also very funny.

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  7. I will read that Atlantic article sometime soon.

    The Atlantic may be known as a liberal publication/site, but they often have interesting or thought-provoking articles that either are not political in nature, or even may seem to lean towards the conservative side. A couple articles I have read expressing caution about transgender children have been from The Atlantic.

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  8. Re the story linked at 6:49 — This strikes me simply as an informative follow-up article that explains why the family was there in the first place, a question that certainly has come up. I didn’t realize some Mormon off-shoots were relocating in Mexico and had generally come to peaceable terms to ‘live and let live’ in a dangerous territory that is so impacted by Mexico’s drug cartels. It wasn’t a first-day news story about the killings which were horrific and inexcusable. It was a story telling readers something most of us probably did not know, that there have been religious sects that have been migrating there for religious reasons. That was new information to me and worthy of a story by a religion writer, I’d say.

    I do have a problem with journalists using the term “fundamentalist.” The AP style guide has long warned not to use that term as it has taken on such negative connotations. Perhaps that guideline has changed, but it was always a no-no when I was doing religion stories locally.

    But generally, I thought the NYT story was an interesting read the provided a much broader context as to why these families are in Mexico. I don’t think it casts any blame on the victims, they were innocents who were brutally murdered, regardless of their reasons for being there.

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  9. I sat near our associate pastor at church a couple weeks ago and after the service we chatted for quite a while (he and his wife also were close to Norma and were good friends to her).

    Anyway, as the conversation segued, he was telling me how Begg has really grown as a preacher and Christian leader — he said ministers, as they grow older, either become more liberal and wishy-washy, or they discover more of an urgency to share the gospel in plain language and with urgency. Begg, he said, has clearly (and rightly) taken the latter route in his radio messages of late.

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  10. I think this is still the case:

    ~ “Fundamentalist” is described as a pejorative term; the style guide advises against its use unless people specifically use it to describe themselves. ~

    Of course, the term technically and historically can only refer to Christians (to be used correctly) and I find it odd that it’s so often used to describe Muslims, etc. I suppose common usage of terms change in time, but fundamentalist refers to a very specific Christian movement in history.

    ~ Fundamentalism, in the narrowest meaning of the term, was a movement that began in the late 19th- and early 20th-century within American Protestant circles to defend the “fundamentals of belief” against the corrosive effects of liberalism that had grown within the ranks of Protestantism itself. ~

    The term of course has taken on a very negative connotation in recent decades. There are much better and more neutral terms to use in current contexts, including conservative or small ‘o’ orthodox.

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  11. For off-shoot branches, a term may not work at all and the movement simply has to be described to be more accurate for reporting purposes.

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  12. And yet some people will still claim there’s not a problem on our southern border.

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    Mexican cartel massacre: Suspect with 2 hostages, assault rifles, bulletproof SUV arrested in border town

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/suspect-arrested-in-mexican-cartel-massacre-that-claimed-9-american-lives-investigators

    “A suspect was arrested near the Arizona border with Mexico in connection with the deaths of nine U.S. citizens – six children and three women – Monday who were living in a Mormon community about 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz., investigators said early Wednesday.

    The victims’ convoy came under fire during the day in an ambush by gunmen believed to be affiliated with a drug cartel in Mexico.

    The Agency for Criminal Investigation said in a statement on Facebook the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right across the border from Douglas, Arizona. The suspect was holding two hostages who were bound and gagged inside a vehicle.

    Investigators found four assault rifles and a bulletproof SUV.

    Officials have said that the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

    Eight young children – including babies – survived the attack by hiding in the brush and even though they were wounded some walked miles to get help. Five badly wounded children were transported to hospitals in Arizona for treatment.”

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  13. Nice.

    Any time you can get this clown to waste nearly a million is a good day. 🙂

    And again, a foreigner dumps a million to influence US elections and Dems don’t bat an eye. Some collusion, election interference, and bribery is more equal than others.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/soros-dumped-nearly-1-million-against-republican-da-she-won-anyway-and-trolled-him-during-victory-speech

    “Soros Dumped Nearly $1 Million Against Republican DA. She Won Anyway, And Trolled Him During Victory Speech.”

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    ““State BOE (Board of Elections) records show the New York Justice & Public Safety PAC responsible for more than $800,000 worth of television and digital advertisements opposing incumbent Republican DA Sandra Doorley or supporting her challenger Shani Curry Mitchell. Soros is listed as the sole donor for what’s technically classified as an Independent Expenditure Committee in New York,” reported Spectrum News, on October 22.

    The massive cash influx was given some perspective by local radio host Bob Lonsberry weeks before the race: “If you took all the money Democratic Monroe County executive candidate Adam Bello has spent on his campaign, and added all the money Republican incumbent Cheryl DiNolfo has spent, and added in Bello’s money again, you’d have just about as much money as George Soros has spent trying to get Shani Curry Mitchell elected district attorney,” Lonsberry outlined in a column for News Radio Wham 1180, noting that Soros is looking to “decriminalize crime.”

    Still, Doorley pulled out a big win over Mitchell, so much, in fact, that USA Today reporter Jon Campbell deemed the Soros money-dump a complete backfire.”

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  14. https://www.rollcall.com/news/decline-local-journalism-likely-increasing-voter-polarization

    Yep.

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    Decline of local journalism is likely increasing voter polarization

    Social media and networks driven by divisive national issues taking over as sources of news

    … (W)ith fewer sources of local news and greater access to national media outlets and social media sites, whose algorithms focus on divisive national topics — are becoming more polarized. And though it’s partially a citizen’s duty to stay informed, the current situation isn’t entirely their fault — the decline of local newspapers, partisanship by national cable news outlets and a dangerous rise in online disinformation are all contributors to national polarization.

    “This is going to result in people having a harder time finding information about their local elections,” says Kristy Roschke, managing director of the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, which tackles engagement and news literacy issues. “In the absence of clear information about local races, candidates, ballot initiatives, people turn to what they see, which is a never-ending stream of national politics on cable news.”

    Going into the 2020 cycle, voters will have less information than ever before on the local races they’re going to decide. That means local candidates, and even people running for Congress, will face more questions on national issues, like the ongoing impeachment inquiry related to Trump’s Ukraine dealings, even if they’re hardly involved. …

    … The public trusts hometown news sources more than the national media, according to the Pew Research Center, which found in March that more than two-thirds of Americans think local reporters do a good job of holding politicians accountable. A year earlier, Pew found that only 21 percent of Americans have “a lot of trust” in national outlets, compared with 29 percent who have little or no trust in them.

    Making matters worse, this year has been a particularly bad one for media professionals. By July, almost 3,000 people in the news business had been laid off or offered a buyout.

    “As staffs have been reduced, those no longer on the staff on the newspaper tend to be those who know their local areas best and have a great institutional memory,” Lance said. “A generation ago, it was more likely that a local reporter with whom a public official was speaking had an institutional memory and too often that’s not currently the case.” …

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