14 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-2-19

  1. First up, granting a fan’s dying wish.

    https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/dying-star-wars-fan-special-advanced-screening-rise/story?id=67386348&cid=social_twitter_abcn

    “Dying Star Wars fan gets special advanced screening of ‘The Rise of Skywalker'”

    “With time running out, a hospice facility in England managed to secure a special advance screening of “The Rise of Skywalker” for one of its patients, a dying Star Wars fan they said would not live to see the film’s December 20 release date.

    The patient, who is choosing to remain anonymous, was able to watch the film Friday morning thanks to some behind-the-scenes mountain-moving by Disney CEO Bob Iger.”

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  2. Who?

    Never heard of ’em…… 🤣

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  3. They’re still doing this? 🙂

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    What’s the rush?

    Oh that’s right…. the IG report is coming, which will further destroy Schiff’s poor excuse for a “case”.

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  4. Schifty is still hiding evidence he doesn’t want the public to see.

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    And even his own side is done with this charade.

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  5. Ratcliffe knows why.

    Because it would further expose the Schifty One’s dirty deeds. Can’t have that…..

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  6. Mailed it in, gave them the story she wanted to push, never checked the facts, and now she’s fired.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/newsweek-fires-reporter-who-published-inaccurate-story-on-trumps-thanksgiving-day-plans

    “Newsweek fires reporter who wrote inaccurate story on Trump’s Thanksgiving Day plans”

    “The Newsweek reporter who wrote an inaccurate story about President Trump’s Thanksgiving Day plans has been fired. The outlet’s original story claimed the president only planned on tweeting and golfing during his holiday break, neglecting to mention his trip to Afghanistan.

    Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong, whose Twitter handle identifies her as a political reporter “covering Trump administration and family,” initially published the article Thursday morning, before the president’s trip to Afghanistan was announced publicly. The story’s initial headline was, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”

    “Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” a Newsweek representative told the Washington Examiner. “The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.””

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  7. Thank you ICE, for doing the job the pedophile enabling mayor of Philly and his police force wouldn’t, which is protecting the citizens of our state.

    The mayor and his police force should be ashamed of themselves.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/11/30/ice-illegal-migrant-child-predator-philadelphia/

    “ICE Catches Alleged Child Sexual Predator Repeatedly Released By Philadelphia Police”

    “The Philadelphia Police Department arrested Hector Moran-Espinoza, an illegal alien accused of heinous sexual abuse crimes against minors, on two different occasions.

    Both times, the PPD chose to ignore a detainer request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, choosing instead to release him back into the community.

    Philadelphia, a sanctuary city that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, has chosen to release a growing number of illegal aliens accused of heinous crimes, despite ICE detainers.

    “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were able to arrest an illegal alien accused of sexual abuse against children after local police refused to honor an ICE detainer and twice released him from their custody.

    The Philadelphia Police Department arrested Hector Moran-Espinoza, a Guatemalan national living in the U.S. illegally, on two different occasions on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children. Both times, federal immigration authorities lodged a detainer request for Moran-Espinoza, but both times, Philadelphia Police ignored their requests and released him back into the community, according to a press release from ICE.

    The PPD arrested Moran-Espinoza on April 2 for an eyebrow-raising list of charges: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, statuary sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense, indecent assault-without the consent of other person, rape by forceable compulsion, sexual abuse of children-photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, aggravated indecent assault without consent, corruption of minors, and reckless endangerment of another person

    ICE’s Philadelphia Enforcement and Removal Operations lodged an immigration detainer on the same day of Moran-Espinoza’s arrest, which asked PPD to hold onto him temporarily until ICE agents could arrive at the detention center and make an apprehension. However, the PPD chose to ignore the request and released Moran-Espinoza, according to ICE.”

    The illegal alien was arrested again May 9, barely a month later, by the PPD for unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, reckless endangerment of another person, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child-parent or guardian commits offense.

    Again, ICE lodged a detainer request on the same day of his arrest, but local authorities refused to honor it — releasing Moran-Espinoza back into the community for a second time. Despite local law enforcement’s refusal to cooperate, ICE agents were able to arrest Moran-Espinoza themselves Wednesday.”

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  8. Lisa Page, the adulterous lawyer from the FBI, found a sympathetic ear to whine in.

    She should be nervous.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/lisa-page-whines-to-daily-beast-one-week-before-doj-ig-report-release/

    “Lisa Page Whines to Daily Beast One Week Before DOJ IG Report Release

    I think Page spoke out now because the IG discovered evidence “that an unidentified lower-level FBI lawyer falsified a key document used to obtain a secret surveillance warrant against a former Trump adviser.””

    “The Daily Beast sat down with Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer and mistress of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, a week before the Department of Justice will release its inspector general report into FBI misconduct.

    Page claimed she came forward now because President Donald Trump mocked her, but the sympathetic piece seems more like a way to get ahead of any damning information in the IG report.

    Page remained quiet for the two years after reports surfaced of her anti-Trump texts with Strzok. Both expressed fear that he’d win in 2016, which led people to believe a coup would take place.

    Can you honestly blame them? In one exchange, Page asked Strzok if Trump really could become president. Strzok said, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.””

    According to Page, Trump’s words affect her every day:

    “I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning,” Page complained. “Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”

    Maybe don’t be so sensitive about it? Maybe don’t have an affair with a co-worker? Maybe don’t send texts that people could easily interpret as a coup and a conspiracy? Maybe don’t act like electing Trump is the end of the world?”

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    And maybe don’t be a partisan hack, maybe don’t be a liar, and maybe don’t be a traitor to your country and president.

    You built this.

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  9. Fake news about a fake….

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/fake-news-about-a-fake-orgasm.php

    “In an interview with one Molly Jong-Fast of the Daily Beast, disgraced FBI lawyer Lisa Page speaks. It’s an extraordinarily tiresome interview of the “nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” variety; she’s “done being silent.” In case you want to avoid a click on the Daily Beast, Gregg Re reports on the interview in his account of it for FOX News.

    The top line item in the Daily Beast and FOX News stories is Page’s complaint that President Trump humiliated her by faking an orgasm in her voice during his Minneapolis rally. The fake orgasm supposedly compelled her to speak out: “Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

    To paraphrase Churchill, “some orgasm, some back.”

    I watched President Trump’s speech live in Minneapolis from a seat in the first row. Maybe I missed something, but I didn’t think Trump was imitating Strzok and Page in bed. I thought he was enacting a conversation between Strzok and Page, mocking the so-called “insurance policy” they had concocted with their colleagues in the summer of 2016 to pay off in the event that Trump was elected. As Ian Schwartz put it for RealClearPolitics, “Trump acted out in a mocking fashion how he believed the conversation went.”

    Trump enacted both sides of the Strzok-Page conversation he imagined. Indeed, he devoted more attention to Strzok’s side of it. Was Trump imitating Strzok’s orgasm too? Page doesn’t say.

    To support Page’s assertion that Trump was simulating Page’s orgasm, Jong-Fast links to another Daily Beast story that simply asserts it. We seem to be in a hall of fake news mirrors.

    Maybe I’m missing something. We can go to the tape (video below).”

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  10. Shared by michelle via Twitter:

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    … Reading this, I thought about how old-fashioned liberalism in our own polity is in decline, and how the younger generations on both the Left and the Right want something more radical. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’ll do it: obviously there are massive differences between a liberal constitutional republic, as the US has been since its founding, and an autocracy, as Russia always had been. The parallel, though, is that in 1890s Russia, the kind of people who were young liberals a generation earlier were now becoming young radicals. In the US, all the ideological energy among the young is with increasingly illiberal versions of Left and Right. We may all miss liberalism once it’s gone, but it’s hard to find convinced, persuasive defenders today.

    (One important aspect of our own situation is that the liberal elites who run the institutions, especially academic and media, often cave to left-wing illiberalism, showing that they don’t have the courage of their professed convictions. And yet, they are worried to death about right-wing illiberalism! I don’t blame them for their concern, given what they say they believe, but their blindness to their weakness on their own left flank also blinds them to a force — leftist illiberalism — that drives the same thing on the Right. I was listening today to an NPR host talk about the baffling menace of right-wing illiberalism, and wanted to shout, “You moron, you don’t even understand how you people are oxygen to its fire!”)

    Anyway, back to Russia. Billington says that three forces shaped Russian culture and society from 1890 until the 1917 Revolution and just beyond: Prometheanism, sensualism, and apocalypticism. …

    … In our situation, what we lack at the present moment is a strong apocalypticism. It’s certainly present to some degree. Pop Christianity goes through periodic ruminations on End Times prophetic scenarios. For Evangelicals, it was the best-selling Late Great Planet Earth in the 1970s, and the Left Behind series in the 1990s. For Catholics, the abiding interest in visions of the Virgin Mary (e.g., Medjugorje) both stokes and expresses this sentiment. More recently, my own Benedict Option is apocalyptic, not in a Jesus-is-coming way, and certainly not in prophesying epochal violence, but rather in diagnosing an end to the Christian era parallel to the demise of paganism in fourth-century Rome. It’s a gentle apocalypse, but from a spiritual point of view, an apocalypse it certainly is. History is not determined in advance, which is why I propose that a Christianity that has been preserved through the long night of decline and decay can provide the seeds of resurrection. In fact, if post-communist Russia is going to have a chance at thriving, it’s going to have to go deep into its Orthodox Christian roots.

    Still, Christian apocalypticism has not reached a fever pitch, or had any meaningful political expressions, not that I can see. Secular apocalypticism is present among the more extreme environmental activists. I think the cult of Social Justice is “an agonizing, often masochistic clinging to the Judeo-Christian idea of retribution” by those who are unable to believe in forgiveness, or to believe in a world to come in which God will deliver ultimate justice. If you have seen the Sexual Revolution, and the women’s movement, and the Civil Rights movement, and you have observed that people remain broken and unhappy, you can either rethink your premises in light of human fallibility, or you can double down. If you cannot or will not believe in some version of the Judeo-Christian idea of Original Sin, and insist, despite experience and evidence, that Man is born good, but corrupted by society, then the only path left to you is to get radical about punishing the evildoers whose presence among us prevents Utopia. …

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  11. And he adds this (at the end of the same article link from above):

    UPDATE: Really good comment by reader Aleks:

    To me, the most striking similarity between U.S. society now and that of late imperial Russia is the general anxiety and anger with which has taken over people. I do believe it was much the result of radical ideology which proved to be the harbinger that turned human beings into animals; the anger and resentment of the elites and monarchy by the peasant and working classes was indeed incredible if you read Orlando Figes’ account of revolutionary Russia. In addition, there is obviously something to be said about the role of the Russian intellectuals during the fin du siecle which helped to bring out this viciousness. I think these are real similarities to our present time. Namely the cultural and socio-economic gaps in this country are beginning to manifest itself in a certain type of reactionary anger or “cancel culture”, to borrow a term from Obama, which is real. …

    … I don’t think it’s simply a coincidence that our society is so broken, divided and has such difficulty in finding commonality with one another as we perhaps once did. Every little slight, nasty look or put down is now amplified. I mean the word “trigger” is now commonly used to describe this phenomenon (again no coincidence that much like the Bolsheviks did the left now regularly attempts to inject brand new words into our lexicon.) Fortunately, I think (and hope) that civilized society has evolved over the past century enough that this anxiety or anger will not graduate into open violence or anarchy like it did in fin du siecle Russia. Yet I truly believe there is an animalistic rage which burns beneath the surface in the general populace of this country today that may have nowhere to suffocate until it is too late.

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  12. Well they shouldn’t be shocked.

    Bloomberg admitted their bias, that though they would stop targeting Bloomberg and other Democrats running they would continue to target Trump, so they have to pay the consequences for it.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/extremely-alarmed-bloomberg-union-condemns-2020-coverage-plans-surrounding-owners-bid

    “‘Extremely alarmed’: Union slams Bloomberg News plan to stop covering 2020 Democrats”

    “The union representing Bloomberg Industry Group released a scathing condemnation of the decision by Bloomberg News’s editorial team to scale back 2020 reporting on Democratic candidates after its owner, Michael Bloomberg, entered the race.

    Bloomberg launched his 2020 presidential bid on Sunday, which prompting Bloomberg News to announce a new plan for covering the election. Editor-In-Chief John Micklethwait revealed that several members of the editorial team would be joining their boss’s campaign and that the agency’s reporters would no longer be investigating any of the 2020 Democrats, including Bloomberg. They would, however, continue to investigate President Trump and his re-election campaign.

    Bloomberg News’s union pushed back on the decision on Monday and demanded that reporters be allowed to cover the campaign. It accused the editorial team of “silencing journalists” and urged them to reconsider.

    “We are extremely alarmed by management’s decision to silence the journalists we represent at Bloomberg Industry Group, as well as the unrepresented journalists at Bloomberg News,” the Guild at Bloomberg Industry Group wrote. “Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth and as journalists, we must maintain an independence from those we cover.””

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