15 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-6-19

  1. First up, some good news. We can always get to the bad stuff in the morning. 🙂


    “Amid Poverty, This Remarkable Alabama Woman Changed The Lives Of More Than 20 Foster Children

    Thelma Kennedy, a 78-year-old Alabama woman, had a hard life. But that didn’t stop her from pouring herself into her six kids and more than 20 foster children — and everyone else she met.

    At 78, Thelma Kennedy is still caring for one of her foster daughters, Rita*, who, at the age of 12, came to live with Thelma 32 years ago. Rita is one of more than 20 foster children Kennedy has raised, along with her own six children, in Vredenburgh, a small, impoverished community of 300 in the Black Belt region of Alabama.

    Kennedy also was a teacher’s aide in a class for special-needs students and worked in a community agency serving adults with developmental delays.

    Kennedy and Rita live in a simple, four-room, yellow house down a dirt road — a deep puddle fills the dip after a rain. A dog sleeps on the front porch, and there is a garden of greens out back. Inside, plenty of chairs and couches are crammed into the small front room — no sitting on buckets as Kennedy did as a child.

    Kennedy has a box of awards, plaques, letters, and certificates — from children she has helped, to agencies she has served, to former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — commending her for a life of giving. But she brushes off the accolades: It’s a way of life. “I was born to it,” she says.”


    Kinda reminds me of someone. 🙂

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  2. Now the rest….

    We’re all George Zimmerman now?


    “Most people know my name, George Zimmerman, largely due to negative stereotypes propagated by the media as a result of the 2012 incident in Sanford, Florida, in which Trayvon Martin died.

    Unfortunately, most people don’t recall the fact that I was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a thorough investigation by the Sanford Police Department in March 2012. They had interviewed dozens of witnesses, analyzed 911 calls, and examined the physical evidence of my broken nose, the lacerations on the back of my head, as well as the bruised knuckles of my assailant.

    This was all backed up by eyewitness Johnathan Good who told police that he saw me screaming for help while blows were coming down on me “MMA style.”

    At the conclusion of the police investigation, Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee announced that my actions were taken in self-defense and there were no grounds for my arrest. It was not even a “stand your ground” case. What followed immediately was a campaign of race-based defamation and incitement against me, led by Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump.

    I am the last person who ever expected to be accused of being a bigot. I am Hispanic. My mother is from Peru. I speak fluent Spanish. I was an Obama supporter and a social activist. Just a year earlier, I had led a community-wide effort to get justice for Sherman Ware, a homeless black man who had been attacked by the son of a white police officer. I was also active in a mentoring program where I spent my spare time (and money) with black teens whose parents were in prison.

    The Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, quickly recruited for his incitement efforts Al Sharpton, a man who was infamous for the 1989 Tawana Brawley race hoax and other incidents of mayhem based on racial incitement over the years. Then, Obama’s Department of Justice sent representatives to Sanford to “investigate,” but they instead helped organize protests demanding my arrest. As the protests heated up and Crump’s false narrative was repeated by the media ad nauseam, even fair-minded people began to demand my arrest without cause. Then, out of the blue, Crump produced a recorded interview of a “phone witness,” whom, he said, was Trayvon Martin’s 16-year-old girlfriend, “Diamond Eugene.”

    In the recorded interview with Diamond Eugene, Crump openly led the witness. She mostly just echoed everything Crump said. Two weeks later, prosecutors went to Miami to interview 16-year-old Diamond Eugene under oath. That’s when, as I recently learned, 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel appeared, claiming she was Diamond Eugene. Despite the discrepancy in name and age, prosecutors interviewed Rachel Jeantel anyway and used her obviously false statements to issue an affidavit of probable cause for my arrest. The rest is history.

    Hollywood filmmaker Joel Gilbert just released a film and book of the same name, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America. He investigated the public records and made a discovery – Rachel Jeantel was an imposter. She was not “Diamond Eugene.” She was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She was not on the phone with him before our altercation. She lied in court about everything she claimed to have heard over the phone in order to send me to prison for life.”

    In The Trayvon Hoax, Gilbert not only proves that Rachel was a fraud, he actually finds Trayvon’s real girlfriend, Diamond Eugene, studying Criminal Justice at Florida State University, of all things! Gilbert also identifies those who knew about the witness fraud, such as Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, now a 2020 Miami Dade Commissioner candidate. Gilbert also identifies the attorneys who likely knew and/or should have known about the witness switch.

    The damage the trial did to me and my family has been devastating. I suffered from PTSD and, as a result, acted out for a few years before finally returning to the person I was. I was kicked out of college due to threats against the staff by the New Black Panthers. I lost my career path to become an attorney, and to this day I cannot work or even circulate in public. In 2015, someone tried to kill me. The bullet missed my head by inches, and the shooter got 20 years in prison. Today I remain in hiding, as does my family due to constant threats, which appear almost daily in rap songs and social media rants.”


  3. Well that didn’t take long.


    “Key Piece Of Democrats’ Evidence In Impeachment Appears To Fall Apart, Report Says”

    “Democrats released records earlier this week claiming that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani had been in contact with the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) — which held the $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine earlier this year — a claim that now appears to be in doubt.

    “House Democrats earlier this week released records asserting that Rudy Giuliani was in contact with a phone number associated with the White House budget office, where $400 million in aid to Ukraine was temporarily put on hold this summer,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “That assertion, however, is now in doubt. The previously undisclosed phone number cited by the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment inquiry report, which The Wall Street Journal has identified, isn’t directly linked to the Office of Management and Budget. It could instead reflect phone calls from other parts of the White House, according to people familiar with the matter.”

    A Democrat committee official admittedly told RealClearPolitics that they are not sure if the phone number provided by Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, is accurate: “We don’t definitively know who the call was to because the White House has ignored our subpoena.”

    The Journal noted that OMB officials stated that Giuliani did not speak with on one their staff and that a White House official previously stated White House call logs do not match up with phone records of acting chief of staff and budget office director Mick Mulvaney.”


  4. Sad. Chik-Fil-A has been infiltrated by leftists, just like the Boy Scouts.

    But it still won’t endear you to the bigoted LBGTQXYZ crowd.


    “After previously coming under fire for a donation to the far-left hate group known as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group announced that it would be ending its support for the Salvation Army, and instead would start donating to an organization called Covenant House International.

    While CHI ostensibly claims to help the homeless, it also promotes the LGBTQ agenda, and even hosted one of the notorious “drag queen story hour” events that have been plaguing the nation, where adult men dressed as women read stories and act inappropriately with little children.

    This is the latest shift to the left by the company that was once praised for upholding conservative values such as traditional marriage and faith in God. The changes are the work of Chick-Fil-A’s new president and COO Tim Tassopoulos, who took his position in 2016.

    Tassapoulos, who also served as a member of the advisory board for the Boy Scouts when that organization changed to a more gender-neutral name, said that “As we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-Fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.””


  5. Since day one, and right up until his last. This is not how this is supposed to work. These people are as un-American as it gets, and are attempting to override the voters’ choice.


    “Democrats Plot Impeaching Trump Multiple Times, Including If He Wins Re-Election: ‘No Limit To The Number Of Times The House Can Vote To Impeach’”

    “Multiple Democrats came out on Thursday and suggested that there may be multiple impeachments of President Donald Trump if the president is acquitted in the Senate, including if he wins re-election next November.

    Rep. Al Green (D-TX), who has long pushed for impeaching the president, told C-SPAN that there was “no limit” to the number of times that Democrats could impeach the president.

    “A president can be impeached more than once,” Green advised. “So, we can do this, we can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate and we can still investigate other issues and when the president has committed additional offenses, and my suspicion is that he will, we can take those before the Senate.”

    “There is no limit on the number of times the Senate can vote to convict or not a president, no limit to the number of times the House can vote to impeach or not a president,” Green continued. “So, my belief is that the speaker will probably say we’re going to move forward with what we have now, but we’re not going to end investigations and that there may be possible opportunities to do other things at a later time.”

    At approximately the same time, Neal Katyal, an acting solicitor general under former Democrat President Barack Obama, said that Trump could be retried if he wins reelection.

    Katyal tweeted: “[Important] note on future: If the Senate doesn’t vote to convict Trump, or tries to monkey w his trial, he could of course be retried in the new Senate should he win re-election. Double jeopardy protections do not apply. And Senators voting on impeachment in the next months know this.”


    So the Dems message is a big middle finger to voters. Good to know.


  6. Good question.


    “Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Get-Trump Propaganda?

    A recent NPR segment is a microcosm of the whole thing: an echo chamber of Trump derangement through which reality cannot penetrate.”

    “The name “All Things Considered” would suggest a wide-ranging survey of viewpoints on today’s issues. That’s the name of the taxpayer-subsidized nightly evening show that National Public Radio broadcasts to a national audience. So it is particularly maddening when NPR broadcasts yet another segment featuring a discussion among three anti-Trump pundits who seem unable to consider anything that doesn’t help NPR’s quest to take down the president.

    Before turning to impeachment, the segment began with NPR host Ari Shapiro, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Vox writer Matthew Yglesias finding something nasty to say about the president visiting the troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving. (A heartwarming video of the event can be seen here.)

    It was a perfect little echo chamber.

    “President Trump is back in the U.S. after just a few hours on the ground in Afghanistan, and the trip was not the only surprise,” Shapiro said. “He also unexpectedly announced that peace talks are back on between the U.S. and the Taliban.”

    All three agreed Trump wanted to end the Afghanistan war too quickly. Of the never-ending war that just turned 18-years-old, Brooks said: “Usually, the Middle East touches us in some way, often in an unpleasant way, when we’re not there to try to stabilize things as best we can. So to me, the overall withdrawal, which has been Trump’s policy, is incredibly shortsighted.” Brooks, who publishes in one of the most inexplicably prestigious newspapers in the United States, didn’t seem to know that Afghanistan is in South Asia, not the Middle East.

    In any event, Brooks contends American soldiers need to stabilize the Middle East (or wherever) permanently because, if they don’t, something might happen. Maybe he should run for president if he doesn’t agree with voters’ desire to scale back these wars.

    But Afghanistan was not what they really wanted to talk about. The trio quickly pivoted to impeachment. They used the segment to reassure listeners that the president had absolutely no defense against the charges against him. Brooks repeated a variation of this same assertion three times.

    The case is so strong, Brooks said, the president shouldn’t even bother to show up. “They ought to not send anyone, unless they found Perry Mason or Clarence Darrow or some legal genius that we’ve never met because they have no case.””


  7. Nailed it. They care about one thing only.



    “Tucker Carlson Is Right About Wall Street’s Indifference To America

    Right now, the interests of the GOP donor class are being put above the interests of the American people, and easily 90 percent of GOP voters. It’s beyond time for that to change.”

    “Tucker Carlson just ran a segment where he outlined one reason why much of blue-collar America is being left behind.

    “One of the big factors in this slow-moving disaster is the utter transformation in the way our leaders think about the gilded economy,” said Carlson. During the last gilded age, the ruling class was rich, “but it was still a recognizably American class,” that “felt some obligation to the country around them.” No longer.

    As an example of this shift in civic duty, Carlson cited Paul Singer, a billionaire investor who runs a hedge fund called Elliot Management Corporation (EMC). Singer is worth more than $3 billion, and has long been active in Republican Party politics.

    Singer was a large funder to George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, and to Mitt Romney in 2012. During the Republican primaries in 2016, Singer supported Sen. Marco Rubio, and gave $1 million to an anti-Trump PAC. When Trump won the election, Singer gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

    Like most other members of the Republican establishment and donor class, Singer supports tax cuts and most types of deregulation, but is socially liberal and pro-mass-migration. He also supports an interventionist foreign policy overseas.

    Profiting from People’s Misery

    Carlson slammed Singer’s EMC for buying sovereign debt from financially distressed countries, calling this “vulture capitalism.” He went on to rake Singer over the coals because he has “made billions by buying large stakes in American companies, then firing workers, driving up short-term share prices, and in some cases taking government bail-outs.”

    Carlson then gave the examples of Delphi Automotive and Cabela’s. Singer bought Delphi, an automotive parts supplier, and took “billions of dollars” of government bailouts, funded by the taxpayer. Once this happened, jobs moved overseas, and retiree pensions were cut, with the cost shifted to taxpayers. In response, Delphi’s stock soared.

    Yet for non-speculative investors in the company, as Greg Palast has reported, of 29 plants in operation when hedge funds including EMC were buying Delphi’s debt, only four were still operating in the United States by 2012. Tens of thousands of workers lost their jobs, while Singer’s hedge fund cashed out for more than $1 billion.

    Then the Fox host told the story of Cabela’s, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska. Cabela’s on its own was a healthy and profitable company. But Singer’s EMC took an 11 percent stake, and then lobbied the company to sell to a similar firm, Bass Pro Shops. It did.

    The stock price surged, and Singer cashed out. But Sidney, Nebraska was devastated. A town of nearly 7,000 people lost 2,000 jobs almost overnight. Home values plummeted, keeping people stuck while jobs disappeared. Carlson says this type of capitalism “creates nothing.” He’s mostly right.”


  8. A terrorist attack.



  9. Yep.

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  10. This is why impeachment is all Democrats have. They and their policies simply cannot compete in the things that matter most to the American voter, and the American people know it.

    None of this would be happening were Hillary continuing Obama’s legacy of failed economic policy. They don’t measure up.


  11. Like it or not?

    What’s not to like? 🙂


    ““You can’t contradict that these are the best numbers of our lives. You can’t,” Cramer, 64, said following the government report showing the U.S. economy created a better-than-expected 266,000 nonfarm jobs in November, with the unemployment rate dipping to 3.5%, matching a 50-year low. Economists had expected the jobless rate to hold steady at 3.6% last month.

    “People don’t want to say good things” about the economy, said Cramer, echoing comments he made Thursday evening on “Mad Money,” telling investors: “Don’t let the armageddonists and the negativists and the hucksters scare you away from owning stocks.”

    Referring to Trump, Cramer said Friday on “Squawk Box,” shortly after the jobs report was released, “It doesn’t matter whether you hate him or like him, these are real numbers.”

    “This is the best number I’ve ever seen in my life,” Cramer said, zeroing in on the unemployment rate. “Fifty years ago, that number was a curse. Now it’s a blessing.” He added, “I don’t see inflation. I don’t see recession.”

    Cramer said the strong U.S. job market is going to allow America to win the trade war with China. “The president can walk away from the table with this number.” He added: “In the end, the Chinese are going to have to put jobs here.””


  12. Canada is doing well for the year, however lately they’re having some issues.


    “Canada’s job market unexpectedly weakened for a second-straight month, registering the biggest drop in employment since 2009 and casting doubt on the resiliency of the domestic outlook.

    The economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, following a decline of 1,800 in the prior month. That pares the total number of jobs added this year to around 285,100.

    The report missed the median economist forecast for a gain of 10,000 jobs. The unemployment rate increased to 5.9 per cent in the month, from 5.5 per cent in October, the biggest one-month jump since 2009. The decrease in employment was broad-based among both the goods-producing and service-producing sectors.”


  13. More on those job numbers. As good as they are, there is one caveat.


    “November Jobs Report: 266,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 3.5%

    Caveat: The number included over 40,000 jobs of returning General Motor workers after the strike ended.”


    “There is one caveat. The jobs report gained so many jobs due “to a reversal of the General Motors strike impact.” Economists believed this reversal would add 45,000 jobs. Overall, they expected 145,000 jobs in November.

    The report showed General Motors added 41,300 jobs to the report.

    Other sectors gained a handful of jobs:

    Health care: 45,000
    Leisure and hospitality: 45,000
    Professional and business services: 31,000
    Manufacturers: 54,000 (This includes the 41,300 of the GM workers)
    A few sectors did not fare so well in the report:

    The news was not all good. As the holiday shopping season accelerated, retail companies added just 2,000 net hires as gains in general merchandise of 22,000 and motor vehicle and parts dealers of 8,000 were offset by an 18,000 loss in clothing and clothing accessories.

    Mining also showed a loss of 7,000 positions, bringing to 19,000 the total jobs lost since May.

    However, in regards to retail, a lot of people shop online for Christmas presents.

    Wages went up 3.1% from a year ago, but down from a peak of 3.4% in February. The average hourly wages went up to $28.29, which is 7 cents higher from October.”

    Bloomberg Economists have lowered “its projection of the 2020 year-end unemployment rate to 3.3% from 3.4%.” Bloomberg also noted that the “[H]iring momentum continues to surpass the growth rate of the labor force, which is closer to 100k-125k per month.”

    This will help President Donald Trump in 2020 because the voters will face “the lowest election day unemployment rate since Dwight Eisenhower won his first term as president in 1952.”

    Revisions for September and October included higher numbers:”


    Someone’s getting a nasty email from the boss over at Bloomberg. They’re making his competition look good.


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