16 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-19-19

  1. 🐔🐓🐔🐓🐔

    Chickening out, or rigging the game?

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/12/18/democrats-start-get-cold-feet-pelosi-reportedly-considering-impeachment-delay/

    “Democrats Start to Get Cold Feet, Pelosi Reportedly ‘Considering’ Impeachment Delay”

    “This doesn’t have to do with the impeachment vote itself, which will still happen tonight, but rather the handing off of the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

    That idea was first raised a few days ago by some of Twitter’s finest far-left minds, such as Lawrence Tribe. Others like Jennifer Rubin would parrot it as brilliant. My colleague streiff covered that in detail at the time, which you can read here.

    Now, it looks like the idea has left social media and is actually being considered.”

    “That reasoning is nonsense. The Senate is not going to summarily dismiss the case because they don’t have the votes to do so. They likely won’t even allow such a vote, as it’d be seen as legitimatizing the articles of impeachment when it fails. No, what’s really going on here is the Democrats are panicking and are looking for an escape hatch. By delaying the articles being sent over to the Senate, it allows them more time to hopefully strengthen their case and put a stop to what is currently a downward slide in support.

    But if that’s what they want to do, why vote at all today? Why would you vote for something and then say you need more investigation? That makes no sense at all, as you either have your case built or you don’t. But that’s the corner they’ve painted themselves into. They have to vote, even though they know it’s a loser, not just at trial, but with the American people.

    Despite the stupidity of the strategy, Nancy Pelosi is apparently “considering” it.”

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  2. Stomach churning charade.

    https://nypost.com/2019/12/18/nancy-pelosis-stomach-turning-impeachment-charade-damages-america-goodwin/

    “It is said there are two things you should never watch being made: sausage and government budgets.

    Now we can add impeachment to the list of stomach-turning sights to avoid.

    The arcane rules, phony cordiality and debates over the second sentence in paragraph G of Point Six were bad enough, but the nausea meter hit the roof when Nancy Pelosi took the microphone. Wearing a funereal black dress, she stood next to a cardboard American flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

    I would have counted her more honest if she had pledged her allegiance to a Democratic donkey.

    As the leader of a party that has marinated its mind in unadulterated hatred of President Trump, Pelosi bears unique responsibility for this calamity. She could have stopped it.

    Indeed, for months she did. Soon after Democrats took the House in last year’s midterms, the asinine calls for impeaching Trump that began immediately following his 2016 election reached a level she could not ignore.

    Publicly and privately, Pelosi repeatedly and wisely said no, arguing it would tear America apart unless there was a bipartisan consensus.

    “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path,” she told The Washington Post in March.

    The smart bet was that she expected special counsel Robert Mueller to deliver the goods on collusion that would push the public and members of the GOP into the impeachment camp. Then she would be all in.

    But Mueller came up empty, and at first blush, it seemed his finding of no collusion in April would be the end of it. The cloud over Trump was lifted and surely Washington would get back to a normal level of partisanship.

    It was not to be, with the end of Mueller only temporarily quieting the Dems’ clamor. By early June, the pressure was growing again, with more than 50 of Pelosi’s members openly agitating for impeachment, with many others in silent agreement. They didn’t have honest cause, just raw hatred.”

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    And that’s still all they have.

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  3. Just a reminder, since the media and Dems insist on saying otherwise.

    “Flashback: 58% Of Democrats Supported Impeaching Trump … A Month After He Was Sworn In”

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2019/12/18/flashback-58-democrats-supported-impeaching-trump-month-sworn/

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  4. Send ’em in.

    🤡🤡🤡

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/send-in-the-clowns-4.php

    “SEND IN THE CLOWNS

    His political opponents have been out to impeach Donald Trump roughly since the day after the 2016 election. Their efforts come to fruition in the two articles of impeachment that the Democrats will adopt some time today. The Democrats’ media adjunct has kept ranks with impressive exactitude as they marched along with the Democrats. The rank dishonesty and maniacal partisanship underlying impeachment have made for a sorry spectacle. What can be said about the House triumvirate of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, and Speaker Nancy “prayerful” Pelosi? Send in the clowns.”

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    https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/digital/the-empire-strikes-back/

    “The Empire Strikes Back

    What the effort to impeach President Trump is really about.”

    “This essay appears in the forthcoming Fall 2019 issue of the Claremont Review of Books.

    People capable of feeling shame would not have immediately followed up the Russiagate hoax fiasco with another transparently phony—and in “substance” nearly identical—attempt to remove President Trump from office, overturn the 2016 election, and shower deplorable-Americans with contempt and hatred. But our ruling elites have no shame.

    That is not to say, however, that they are entirely cynical. The means by which they’ve so far tried to crush the Trump presidency may be nasty and illegitimate, but our overlords are 100% convinced of the righteousness of their cause, and of themselves. Hence they do not even need recourse to the cliché that the ends justify the means. The means are good because the end is sacred; they cannot countenance even the thought that the means might be suspect or (ahem) trumped up.

    Near the beginning of his epic history of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides distinguishes the “publicly voiced” causes of that conflict from the war’s “truest cause, though least in speech.” We may—indeed, must—subject the “impeachment” coup to the same bifurcated analysis.

    Collusion?

    The Democrats, the corporate-Left media (CLM), the permanent bureaucracy or “administrative state,” and the “deep state” (which is not precisely the same thing), along with a few Republicans, have “publicly voiced” many causes for removing the president—a few specific but most maddeningly, yet safely, vague.

    From the beginning—that is to say, from November 9, 2016—impeachment has been a cause in search of a trigger, an occasion. The president’s enemies hoped they’d finally hit pay dirt when an anonymous “whistle blower” alleged that the president made, or attempted to make, foreign aid to Ukraine contingent on that country’s government investigating his likely 2020 challenger. Or, in other words, that Trump attempted to “collude” with a foreign power to influence an American election.

    Where have we heard that before? It only took two years, $32 million, 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents and other staff, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 witnesses for a special counsel to “not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to the Mueller Report. Yet here we go again?”

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  5. Baltimore is back in the news.

    What were the chances, right? 🙂

    The interim mayor, replacing the last corrupt mayor, has issues too. But hey, keep picking Democrats….

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2019/12/18/baltimore-interim-mayor-already-trouble-irs/

    “Baltimore Interim Mayor Already In Trouble With The IRS”

    “After the sudden collapse of the last scandal-plagued mayor, I would imagine that the last headline the people of Baltimore wanted to see was one involving the new, interim mayor having to make “corrections” to his taxes at the behest of the IRS. And yet that’s what’s happened to Bernard C. “Jack” Young. He’ll only be in office until after the next election has he’s already promised not to run for a full term of his own. But for what it’s worth, it doesn’t sound like this particular tax problem is nearly as bad as the ones his predecessor was caught up in. “

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  6. Once again the law of unintended consequences bites Cali. and Washington state workers in the behind.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/minimum-wage-strikes-again-killing-restaurant-jobs-in-california-and-washington-state/

    “Large Minimum Wage Hike Strikes Again, Killing Restaurant Jobs in California and Washington State

    “There have been several restaurants in Seattle that have closed because of the [burdensome] laws that are coming down—that are hitting them—and the minimum wage is one of those”

    “While America is enjoying record low unemployment, some areas are actually experiencing the loss of jobs. In certain cities where progressive activists and politicians have forced increases in the minimum wage, restaurants who can’t keep up are closing and taking jobs with them.

    Frank Connor of FOX Business highlights this report about Seattle from Stuart Varney:

    Minimum wage strangling Seattle restaurant workers

    Minimum wage increases may be costing Americans their livelihoods.

    “There have been several restaurants in Seattle that have closed because of the [burdensome] laws that are coming down—that are hitting them—and the minimum wage is one of those,” Full Service Workers Alliance co-founder Simone Barron told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney.

    Beginning in 2020, the city of Seattle will increase the minimum wage for companies employing over 500 workers from $16 per hour to $16.39 per hour. Companies employing 500 workers or fewer will see their required minimum pay increase from $15 per hour to $15.75 per hour in the new year—if they do not contribute $2.25 per hour to medical benefits or the employee does not earn $2.25 per hour in tips.

    Barron herself is a victim of this mandated pay raise. The restaurant at which she currently works, her former place of employment, and the restaurant at which she was hoping to work will all be closing in 2020, she said.

    “All of this is due to the minimum wage increase paired with other laws that are coming down through our city council,” she explained.

    In the video below, Barron notes that food service workers did not ask for this increase and wonders if they could be exempted from it:”

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  7. “The FBI’s Systematic Dishonesty

    The problems revealed by the DOJ inspector general go far beyond “errors” and “sloppiness.””

    https://reason.com/2019/12/18/the-fbis-systematic-dishonesty/

    “Former FBI Director James Comey initially portrayed last week’s damning report on the bureau’s investigation of alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia as a vindication. This week Comey admitted that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered “real sloppiness,” which is “concerning.”

    That characterization does not begin to cover the problems described by Horowitz, which yesterday prompted a highly unusual public rebuke from the court that reviews secret warrant applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The FISA court called the FBI’s conduct “antithetical to the heightened duty of candor” that applies in such cases.

    The court cited Horowitz’s report, which found egregious and persistent omissions and misrepresentations in applications for warrants that otherwise probably would not have been sought, let alone approved. While Comey may take comfort from the fact that Horowitz “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision” to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, the rest of us can hardly be reassured by the implication that the FBI is inept rather than corrupt.

    Comey, who ran the FBI from September 2013 to May 2017, is not just self-interested but demonstrably untrustworthy on this subject. Last year he claimed information from former British spy Christopher Steele, which according to Horowitz “played a central and essential role” in the decision to surveil Page, was merely “part of a broader mosaic of facts” supporting the four warrants issued by FISA judges—”not all of it or a critical part of it.”

    Comey also said he had “total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by DOJ and the FBI.” Yet Horowitz found that the first warrant application included “seven significant inaccuracies and omissions” that were not corrected in the three renewal applications, which were marred by “10 additional significant errors.”

    Those “errors” included blatant exaggerations of Steele’s proven reliability, the failure to note that his work was opposition research commissioned by the Democratic National Committee even after that became clear, the omission of the fact that Steele himself was “desperate” to prevent Trump’s election, and a false denial of Steele’s contacts with the press. The FBI also neglected to mention that people who had worked with Steele questioned his judgment, that Steele’s “primary sub-source” had directly contradicted claims in his “dossier,” that Page had reported his contact with a Russian intelligence agent to the CIA, and that Page said he had never met key figures in the purported conspiracy described by Steele.

    “FBI personnel fell far short of the requirement in FBI policy that they ensure that all factual statements in a FISA application are ‘scrupulously accurate,'” Horowitz concluded. Even that assessment is charitable, especially since an FBI lawyer deliberately doctored an email to conceal Page’s relationship with the CIA, which had deemed him truthful.”

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  8. And this was their intent, just as the current charade is designed to do the same to Trump and R’s in 2020.

    Nunes (the man who has been telling us the truth all along): FBI Dir. Christopher Wray’s Lies About the FISA Abuse Memo Hurt the GOP in 2018 Midterms

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/18/nunes-fbi-dir-christopher-wrays-lies-about-the-fisa-abuse-memo-hurt-the-gop-in-2018-midterms/

    “In a highly enlightening podcast with The Washington Examiner’s Byron York Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) took aim at FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying he has some explaining to do after smearing House Republicans over their FISA Abuse memo in early 2018.

    The California Republican told York that he faced a lot of hurdles in early 2018 when he was trying to get the truth out about the FBI’s abuse of its surveillance power and that Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “said some pretty hard, nasty things” about him.

    Since then, of course, the Inspector General’s report on the FBI and DOJ’s Russia collusion investigations has not only corroborated the Nunes memo, it described further abuses, including the altering of a document to hide exculpatory information about former Trump adviser Carter Page.

    Nunes said that the issue needs to be revisited because their lies did serious damage to the GOP and possibly led to their loss of the House in November of 2018.

    In January of 2018, the FBI issued an “extraordinary public statement” condemning Republicans for trying to release their classified memo alleging surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice. According to the Hill’s reporting at the time, the statement “placed the bureau at odds” not only with Nunes—then the House Intelligence Committee Chairman—but also with President Trump himself, who was pushing for the document to be released.

    The broadside from the FBI — an agency that rarely makes public statements — was almost certainly approved by Trump’s own FBI director, Christopher Wray, escalating an increasingly bitter feud between the nation’s top law enforcement agency and the Republican Party.

    “With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

    Senior Justice Department officials, including Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, have lobbied both the committee and the White House against the release of the document.

    Nunes at the time pushed back hard at the FBI’s statement, calling the bureau’s objections “spurious.”

    “The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts,” he said. “Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counterintelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”

    Unfortunately, it took until the Inspector General’s report came out in December of 2019, for Nunes’ work on the House Intelligence Committee to be vindicated. In the meantime, Democrats weaponized the Intelligence Community’s opposition to the Nunes memo against Republicans for the rest of the 2018 midterm election year.

    Nunes said that Wray in particular needs to explain why he sent that letter, saying it was “very harmful to me as someone who has to go before the voters.”

    “If Wray had not weighed in, if Democrats had told the truth, if the media would have told the truth, it’s very possible that we would have not lost the House of Representatives,” he told York. “Major consequences here. They poisoned the minds of millions of Americans.””

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    And they continue to do so.

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  9. It’s make believe Byron. So they make it up as they go. Give them time to do some polling, maybe a focus group, and they’ll get back to you.

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  10. Sen. McConnell (in reference to the Senate’s duty in response to the House’s impeachment): “There is only one outcome suited to the fact that the accusations themselves are Constitutionally incoherent. Only one outcome will preserve core precedence rather than smash them into bits in a fit of partisan rage, because one party still cannot accept the American people’s choice in 2016.”

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  11. Yes, such a solemn and serious occasion.

    Not.

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  12. Meanwhile, in things that actually matter to voters…… 🙂

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/all-time-high-stocks-set-new-record-day-after-trump-impeached

    “All-time high: Stocks set new record day after Trump impeached”

    “The Dow Jones Industrial Average cruised to an all-time high during midday trading on Thursday, notching a record number only a day after President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite followed suit, surging to its highest ever, with “panic-like buying” reported from traders.

    The expected passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Friday, which will replace NAFTA and the International Trade Commission estimated could boost U.S. gross domestic product by $68 billion, could be behind the bullish sentiments across U.S. markets.

    Thursday’s Dow was led by strong performances from Walgreens, Cisco, and Intel. Apple moved higher after news of a new partnership with Amazon and Google was announced Wednesday.

    Investors appear unfazed by Trump’s impeachment, only the third in U.S. history. As Trump continues to work through a trade deal with China, markets have rallied after sustained job gains in the past several months.”

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