24 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-14-20

  1. Republicans deliver.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/477923-a-gop-led-edge-red-states-see-less-unemployment-more-economic-growth

    “A GOP-led edge: Red states see less unemployment, more economic growth”

    “Opinion polling isn’t everything. However, it often gives you a good barometer of the general shape of things, especially at the state level. As of mid-2019, every single one of the top 10 most popular governors in the country were Republicans, while eight of the 10 least popular were Democrats. Generally speaking, voters trust Republicans more than they trust Democrats to lead their states.

    A deeper look at GOP-led states’ economic success explains why — but beyond the minutiae of simple policy, the bottom line is that electing a Republican often means increased growth and lower unemployment. An even stronger rule bears out the opposite when Democrats control the governor’s mansion.

    Indeed, some correlations will always transcend state politics. But what becomes clear is that there is a strong statistical case that electing a Republican governor — even without a matching GOP statehouse — plays a significant role in states’ economic success. Look no further than the last election cycle paired with economic statistics, and this trend soon becomes clear.

    State unemployment rates and GDP growth must be viewed relative to national averages. The average U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in 2018 and 3.7 percent in 2019. Strong employment growth at the state level is directly correlated with governorship. Among the 20 states with the lowest unemployment rates (three are tied for 20th, so there are 23 states ranking here), 17 had Republican governors prior to 2018. North Dakota, which has a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, prospers in large part because of its Republican leadership’s decision to embrace new hydraulic fracturing technology. As a result, nearly a third of job openings in the state remain unfilled longer than three months. And it’s not only high-skilled workers who benefit from strong job growth; fast-food workers in North Dakota earn multiples of the $7.25 federal minimum hourly wage, fetching as much as $20 per hour.

    Among states whose unemployment rates increased the most last year, Democrats were most likely in charge. In states whose unemployment rates increased more than statistical noise (more than one-tenth of a percent), five of the eight have Democratic governors. Furthermore, among the eight states that saw the sharpest decrease in unemployment (0.5 percent or more) — Alabama, Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia — five have Republican governors. And only New Jersey had a Democrat in charge before 2018.

    Meanwhile, U.S. GDP increased by 2.2 percent in 2017 and by 2.9 percent in 2018. During the first three quarters of 2019, the average was 2.4 percent. When ranking GDP growth by state, the correlation between economic success and Republican governors becomes even more clear. Among the top 10 growing states in the second quarter of 2019 (the most recent detailed numbers available), only two of the 10 had Democratic governors prior to the 2018 election cycle. Among the four states that had growth above 4 percent, Texas (leading with 4.7 percent), New Mexico and Wyoming had GOP executives; Alaska was run by an independent. In fact, these states’ growth represent almost 10 percent of all economic growth in the nation during this period.”

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  2. It’s refreshing to see an admin that calls out Islamic terrorism when it sees it, unlike Obama.

    Even better, they’re doing something about it.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/13/ag-barr-confirms-that-deadly-shooting-at-fl-naval-was-an-act-of-terrorism-as-u-s-expels-21-saudis/

    “AG Barr Confirms that Deadly Shooting at FL Naval Was an ‘Act of Terrorism’ as U.S. Expels 21 Saudis”

    “Attorney General William Barr confirmed on Monday that the deadly shooting carried out by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola in December was an “act of terrorism,” during a press conference Monday announcing the FBI’s findings on the case.

    Barr said the shooter, Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was “motivated by jihadist ideology,” including that of deceased Yemeni-American imam Anwar al-Awlaki.

    The attorney general also announced that 21 members of the Saudi military training with Americans would be expelled.

    “During the course of the investigation, we learned that the shooter posted a message on September 11, [2019] stating, ‘the countdown has begun,’” Barr said. “During the Thanksgiving weekend, he then visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City,” Barr continued.

    “He also posted other anti-American, anti-Israeli and jihadi messages on social media, including two hours before his attack,” Barr added.

    Three sailors were killed and eight wounded in the December 6 attack.

    Barr singled out two U.S. Marines — Sgt. Ryan Maisel and Staff Sgt. Samuel Mullins — for their response to the shooting. They were outside the building when they heard the gunfire, and although unarmed, they ran into the building to confront the shooter. Their only weapon was a fire extinguisher that they pulled from a wall as they ran toward the gunfire. Although they were unable to engage with the shooter, they helped save many lives by giving CPR and other urgent medical aid to the victims.

    Barr also praised airman Ryan Blackwell who jumped on top of a fellow sailor to keep her from being shot after he had been shot five times. Severely wounded, Blackwell went on to help students escape out a window while taking “additional fire from the shooter.””

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  3. It’s also refreshing to see them point out the heroism of people like Maisel, Mullins, and Blackwell.

    Here’s another hero getting recognized.

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  4. Wanna know how Obama’s sanction relief fueled the Iranian war machine?

    Here you go.

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    Thank Barry and Valerie.

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  5. But don’t worry, as always his lackeys have joined forces with his water carriers in the press.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/13/ben-rhodes-attacks-trump-to-obscure-obamas-complicity-in-irans-forever-war/

    “Ben Rhodes Attacks Trump To Obscure Obama’s Complicity In Iran’s Forever War

    Despite Rhodes’ propaganda, America is in a far stronger position to deal with Iran’s provocations under Trump than at any time since Obama entered office.”

    “Peevish Obama national security official Ben Rhodes of “we can tell journalists anything and they’ll believe it” fame recently published an editorial in The Atlantic ripping the president’s recent dealings with Iran. Rhodes’ ripostes flow from the president’s game-changing retaliatory strike on the Obama administration partner — and leading terrorist of the leading terror force of the world’s leading terror regime — Qassem Soleimani.

    Rhodes’ Atlantic retorts to Trump’s foreign policy have been as mendacious as his tweets are manic.”

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    “As he did with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Rhodes is again working to manipulate the press — who, in his words, “literally know nothing” — by farcically contrasting the Obama Iran policy with the Trump one. The media seems a willing partner, what with the wake-like atmosphere it has created over a genocidal jihadist’s demise, and the irresponsible war hysteria it has ginned up.

    In spite of Rhodes’ cynicism, disingenuousness, and demonstrable Trump hatred, his arguments demand countering, since he and his minions lead the Democrats’ progressive foreign policy wing.

    Rhodes’ first major contention is that the Iran nuclear deal rolled back its program, and Iran was complying with it. Both elements of this argument are at best highly misleading. To make the case, Rhodes commits sins of omission and commission about the deal, its context, and purpose.

    Rhodes cites as one JCPOA success that “Iran destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced plutonium for a bomb.” We now know that the core of the Arak reactor to which he was alluding may well be operable, with Iran claiming it surreptitiously purchased duplicate parts to replace the ones it had destroyed to satisfy the deal.

    He cites as another success that Iran “removed two-thirds of its centrifuges, the machines that can enrich uranium for a bomb.” Beyond the fact the removed centrifuges were not destroyed, but stored, prior to the Trump administration’s exit from the JCPOA, Iran had violated several centrifuge-related provisions, including busting caps. These two purported Iran deal “successes” may have been mere pauses in parts of Iran’s nuclear program, and nevertheless seem to have been tied to violations.

    There is also substantial evidence the argument that “the Iran deal was working” is a fantasy. As Republican Sens. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, David Perdue, and Marco Rubio highlighted in a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in July 2017, open-source reporting showed Iran had:

    Exceeded limits on its heavy water stocks and claimed a right to produce limitless amounts while retaining ownership by claiming it was “seeking” an international buyer,

    Illegally sought to procure nuclear and missile technology — efforts German intelligence indicated persisted into 2018.

    Refused to provide inspectors access to nuclear-research and military facilities where its weapons work would have been most likely occurring.”

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    This deserves a further look.

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  6. Quick, someone remind me again just who it was colluding with the Russians……

    ‘Cuz this sounds like…. oh I don’t know…. colluding with the Russians.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/13/ig-report-bombshell-did-the-fbi-and-doj-ask-putins-buddy-to-help-get-trump/

    “IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump?

    DOJ official Bruce Ohr called a meeting of several federal agencies to discuss ‘working with’ a Russian oligarch because of his belief, premised on the unverified Steele dossier, that Trump was corrupt.”

    “A previously unnoticed passage in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on federal surveillance abuse suggests Bruce Ohr and his compatriots were willing to bargain with a Russian oligarch to take down Donald Trump.

    Two-hundred-plus pages into the IG report, while discussing former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr’s continued contacts with Crossfire Hurricane dossier author Christopher Steele, Horowitz revealed a significant detail that to date has been overlooked: “On December 7, 2016, Ohr conveyed an interagency meeting (including representatives from the FBI) regarding strategy in dealing with Russian Oligarch 1.”

    The IG report added that after the meeting “one of Ohr’s junior Department colleagues who attended the meeting” asked “Ohr about why the U.S. government would support trying to work with Russian Oligarch 1”—the moniker used in the IG report to refer to one of Vladimir Putin’s closest confidants, the aluminum oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

    Ohr’s reported response is shocking: “Ohr told her that Steele provided information that the Trump campaign had been corrupted by the Russians,” and that the corruption went all the way to president-elect Trump. Ohr’s junior colleague told the IG that Ohr explained “this information was ‘the basis for the [Deripaska] discussion” in the interagency meeting they had just left.”

    “It has been known for some time that Steele spoke with Ohr about Deripaska. But while the Steele-friendly press portrayed those discussions as FBI attempts to flip Deripaska, the IG reached a different conclusion. He found “Steele performed work for Russian Oligarch 1’s attorney on Russian Oligarch 1’s litigation matters, and, as described later in Chapter Nine, passed information to Department attorney Bruce Ohr advocating on behalf of one of Russian Oligarch 1’s companies regarding U.S. sanctions.” The IG further found that Ohr and Steele’s communications concerning Deripaska occurred “in 2016 during the time period before and after Steele was terminated as a [Confidential Human Source].””

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  7. I’m shocked!

    Said no one…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/new-research-study-faculty-promote-their-anti-israel-agenda-in-classes/

    “New Research Study: Faculty Promote Their Anti-Israel Agenda In Classes

    AMCHA Initiative: “Distorting and blocking the flow of knowledge is a violation of the norms and standards of scholarly inquiry and undermines the university’s academic mission”

    “In the years since our founding, Legal Insurrection has covered anti-Israel activism on our nation’s campuses. Though expressions of anti-Zionism on campus are often the work of radical student groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), behind many such groups and their anti-Israel messaging stands faculty support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
    For a recent example, see the latest attempt by a small minority of faculty to pass a BDS resolution at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in American Historical Association Rejects Anti-Israel Resolution for the 4th Time.

    Of particular concern are university faculty who use their classrooms as platforms for spreading anti-Israel propaganda.

    Now, a new report released January 8th by the Santa Cruz-based AMCHA Initiative “provides the first-ever empirical evidence suggesting that faculty who support the academic BDS movement against Israel are actively promoting that political agenda directly to students in their classrooms.”

    Founded by University of California academics Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, the AMCHA Initiative monitors and combats anti-Jewish activity on hundreds of college campuses across the United States. The organization does excellent work; most recently, Legal Insurrection Foundation signed on to an AMCHA-authored letter expertly analysing and opposing a proposed anti-Israel public school curriculum in California (Legal Insurrection Foundation opposes proposed anti-Israel public school curriculum in California).

    AMCHA’s newest report builds on the group’s prior studies, which we have covered in the following posts:

    Study documents correlation between campus anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism
    New study: how anti-Israel faculty increase campus antisemitism
    New study: BDS activists hostile toward Jewish students, not just Israel

    The study, which examined 50 syllabi at 40 public and private American colleges and universities, was undertaken by AMCHA founders Professor Beckwith (Professor Emeritus at UCLA, renowned scientist, researcher, and statistician with a background in psychology and child development) and Professor Rossman-Benjamin (expert on antisemitism and former faculty member in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of California).
    You can read the full study here (pdf) or below:”

    Click to access Syllabus-Study-Report.pdf

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  8. The video book of Bernie. It’s not pretty.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/the-15-minute-video-book-of-bernie.php

    “THE 15-MINUTE VIDEO BOOK OF BERNIE

    The good folks at ReasonTV put together this 15-minute highlight reel of Bernie Sanders’s greatest socialist hits, and I expect we’ll see parts of this rolled out by other campaigns—especially Bloomberg but ultimately Trump’s campaign—if Bernie does well in the early primaries. Worth it alone for the quote at the very beginning on the virtue of food lines in socialist countries. That one quote alone ought to kill Bernie’s campaign cold.”

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  9. Can’t you just feel the unbiasedness from the press?

    They seem fixated on The Bad Orange Man, which is a shame when there’s so much good news out there. But that might help the Bad Orange Man, so…..

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/rich-noyes/2020/01/13/tvs-trump-news-three-fourths-impeachment-and-93-negative

    “TV’s Trump News: Three-Fourths Impeachment and 93% Negative”

    “In the first 100 days since House Democrats began their impeachment push on September 24, ABC, CBS and NBC have aggressively aided the effort. A Media Research Center analysis finds the Big Three evening newscasts have battered the President with 93% negative coverage and promoted impeachment at the expense of nearly all other Trump news.

    At the same time, the broadcast networks donated at least 124 hours of wall-to-wall live coverage as they pre-empted regular programming in favor of House Democrat-led impeachment activities. On the other hand, the networks’ frenzy over impeachment has meant the Democratic presidential candidates have been barely visible on the evening newscasts, even though voting is due to begin in just three weeks. Details:

    ■ Bad news for President Trump: During impeachment, the networks kept up the same relentless negativity toward President Trump that they first displayed during the 2016 presidential campaign (see here, here and here for past reports, as well as a description of our methodology).

    From September 24 through January 1, we tallied 1,053 evaluative comments about the President, 93% of which were negative. (If you can’t wait 700 words, scroll down now to find out how TV news spun their coverage of the 2020 Democrats. Spoiler: It’s NOT 93% negative.)

    It’s pretty clear by now that reporters aren’t going to reward the President with much good press even for obvious achievements such as the strong economy or the victory over ISIS terrorists in Syria (including the killing of their elusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi).

    But impeachment has increased the sheer amount of this negative coverage, as well as meant even less airtime for the administration’s policy achievements.

    ■ Impeachment has taken over the evening news: In the first 100 days since Pelosi announced the start of the House impeachment inquiry on September 24 (through January 1), ABC, CBS and NBC have generated a combined 849 minutes of evening news coverage about the subject.

    For comparison, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was named back on May 17, 2017, it took those same newscasts more than twice as long (until December 29 of that year, or 226 days) to register the same amount of airtime for the Russia investigation. In other words, the networks are spending more than twice as much airtime on the Ukraine probe as they did on the Russia probe.

    The evening news resources being poured into the Ukraine/impeachment coverage, which alone accounts for nearly three-fourths (74.3%) of all of their Trump coverage, left little time for other topics. During these 100 days, there’s been paltry coverage of the President’s handling of North Korea (19 minutes) and immigration (17 minutes), both major topics in the past.

    The administration’s trade talks with China were given just over six minutes of coverage during these 100 days, while the successful effort to get the USMCA trade deal through the House received a scant 66 seconds of airtime. Total coverage of the administration’s economic program: just nine minutes, or barely one percent of the airtime spent on impeachment.”

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    Embrace the suck that is our national media.

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  10. But the good news is, it doesn’t appear to be working too well. 🙂

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/01/13/stunning-data-from-trumps-ohio-rally-42.8-of-attendees-identified-as-either-democratic-or-independent

    “Stunning Data From Trump’s Ohio Rally: 42.8% of Attendees Identified as Either Democratic or Independent”

    “Brad Parscale, the manager of the Trump campaign, is very data-driven and, following most rallies, he reports statistics about the attendees. I have posted about this after previous rallies. On average, 23% of rally goers identify as Democrats. For Toledo, OH, this number was 21.9%.

    The really stunning stat from this rally, which Parscale has never reported on before, is that 20.9% of attendees identified as Independents.

    This means that 42.8% of the 22,927 voters were either a Democrat or an Independent. And that is excellent news for President Trump.

    Prior to the 2016 election, pollsters considered Ohio to “lean Republican.” Heading into Election Day, the Real Clear Politics polling average showed Trump ahead by 2.2 points. Trump won the state by 8.13 points.

    Ohio is considered to be a bellwether state. Ohio has voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1964. So, obviously, the state voted for Presidents Johnson, Carter, Clinton (twice) and Obama (twice). It is a purple state. Toledo itself is blue, but it’s surrounded by a sea of red. So where did all those Democrats come from? Some likely came from Michigan.

    Parscale’s data shows that of the 22,927 voters at the rally, 18,210 were from Ohio. The city of Toledo lies on the Michigan border. So, the remaining 4,717 likely came from Michigan, a blue wall state.”

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    And it’s not just Ohio.

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  11. You can tell that Lurch isn’t used to push back on his false narratives.

    And kudos to Face the Nation for pointing out the truth of it.

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  13. Oh my…… 😲

    This is what they think of you. Remember that when you vote. This is who they are…….

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!! for very foul language.

    “Project Veritas Drops Video On Bernie Sanders Staffer Talking Re-Education, Nazis And ‘Milwaukee Will Burn’”

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  14. This is who they are. They don’t even try to hide it. The difference/choice in November is glaringly obvious. Please vote accordingly.

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  15. Need a laugh?

    Just go read some of today’s “headlines”…. 🙂

    https://babylonbee.com/#

    “KJV Publishers Switch Exclusively To Large-Print Editions”

    “Trump Expands Travel Ban To Include British Royalty”

    “Gay Man Miraculously Turned Straight By Single Bite Of Chick-Fil-A”

    “Man Driving Alone In Carpool Lane Informs Officer His Preferred Pronoun Is ‘They'”

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  16. In a time of crisis, just lock the doors. 🙂

    And your Twitter account.

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  17. Right….

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  18. Even this is Trump’s fault. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/elizabeth-warren-reportedly-called-pocahontas-on-bernie-campaign-volunteer-messaging-system/#more-306277

    “Oops: Elizabeth Warren Called “Pocahontas” On Bernie Volunteer Messaging System

    Team Bernie suspects infiltration by pro-Trump volunteer, but maybe it’s just that the branding of her by Trump has stuck.”

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    “The AP reports:

    A text message that referred to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” that was sent through rival Bernie Sanders’ volunteer messaging system led to social media feuding and confusion among supporters of both candidates.

    It turns out the text message came from a rogue Sanders campaign volunteer believed to be a supporter of President Donald Trump, the campaign told The Associated Press. The individual was removed from the system.

    But the image of it, posted to Twitter on Monday by a pro-Warren fundraising group, led to misinformation and increased tension among Warren and Sanders supporters.”

    🙂

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  19. Meow.

    Wait…. Is that sexist too?…… 🙂

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