20 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-16-20

  1. Now remember folks, they didn’t want to do this, it’s a sad and somber occasion, but their sworn oath required it.

    It also required stage props, complimentary souvenir pens for all, and a staged walk like they’re doing some great and noble thing while giggling all throughout.

    What a joke Pelosi and Dems are.

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/01/15/pelosi-marks-sad-solemn-prayerful-impeachment-souvenir-signing-pens-dems/

    “She was all smiles during the signing ceremony, painstakingly rendering her John Hancock by using a different pen for each letter so that she could hand them out like dog biscuits later to Nadler and the rest:”

    “Maxine Waters was especially excited for her party favor. But then that stands to reason: Today a dream she’s had for years came true.”

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    “https://twitter.com/Greg_Manz/status/1217581598922682369

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  2. And once again Dems lie and take liberties with the true record. Schiff did it, now Peosi too.

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  3. Thankfully McConnell isn’t buying it.

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  4. ABC News flat out lies to their viewers and won’t show them the truth. And they’ve yet to correct their false narrative.

    They have a terrorist regime to protect after all.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2020/01/13/abc-refuses-show-troop-barracks-iran-blew-attack

    “Just last week, ABC’s World News Tonight ran a report telling viewers all about how the United States military was wrong to the say Iran wanted to kill U.S. troops when it fired missiles that hit two bases in Iraq, and pushed the unfounded conspiracy theory that Iran had intentionally missed. Then, on Monday, the military gave the press access to areas of Al Asad Air Base destroyed by the missiles, which included the living quarters for roughly 39 service members. ABC’s World News Tonight didn’t show any of the damage while they again bemoaned the anti-regime protests in Iran.

    NBC Nightly News kicked off their program with an over two-minute-long report highlighting the damage and the threat Iran posed to the troops.

    “And tonight, we’re getting an up-close look at just how close a call it was for American soldiers in the crosshairs of that attack. Our cameras today with the first look at damage from inside the Iraqi base including what appeared to be a direct hit on sleeping quarters used by American troops,” announced anchor Lester Holt.

    After noting the anti-regime protests in Iran, chief foreign correspondent Ricard Engel walked through the bombed-out wreckage “where U.S. troops were living and working.”

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  5. This is who Trudeau and Europe are defending.

    Seems fitting then, no?

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/01/15/iran-europe-next-know/

    “Iran To Europe: You Could Be Next”

    “If they don’t know it by now, they will soon enough. Iran’s official response to the three European signatories of the JCPOA for filing a notice of dispute within the rules of the treaty is to warn them of a potential military retaliation. The remarks from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani likely also references NATO’s interest in transitioning the US out of Iraq, when Tehran would rather have it all to themselves.

    So much for negotiations, eh, Boris Johnson? Actually, there’s more to that angle of the story, but first let’s focus on Rouhani’s threat:

    The president of Iran warned Wednesday that European troops in the Middle East “could be in danger” after three countries challenged the country over breaches of its nuclear deal.

    Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister acknowledged that the population “were lied to” for days about their military accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet.

    President Hassan Rouhani gave the warning in a televised Cabinet meeting after the United Kingdom, France and Germany activated a formal dispute clause in the nuclear deal following Iran’s decision to lift limits on uranium production.

    “Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European soldier could be in danger,” Rouhani said, according to a translation by The Associated Press. He did not elaborate on what this could mean in practical terms.

    Does that require elaboration? Given that Iran has spent the last several years attacking American troops through its proxy militias in Iraq, Rouhani’s meaning couldn’t be any clearer. Invoking the dispute mechanism is the first step to restoring full sanctions on Iran, including — theoretically — at the UN, at a moment when US-based sanctions are doing significant damage already. Rouhani can’t afford that to happen and neither can the mullahs.

    That’s why this response is so telling about the nature of the regime, as well as its fragility. This didn’t come out of the blue, after all; the E-3 nations are responding to Iran’s own declaration that they will stop complying with the JCPOA. The sanctions from the three European nations are only held in abeyance due to Iran’s supposed continuing compliance with the pact. Rouhani wants to eat his cake and have it too — at the point of a gun if need be. If that’s not a wake-up call for our European partners, then nothing will suffice.”

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    I have no doubt Europe and Canada will pull their troops like good little sheep. Canada has already started.

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  6. Awwww is the poor rights stealing blackface Gov. scared now?

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  7. More.

    The Gov. seems shocked that folks might bring guns to a gun rally. Which is weird because they do this every year. This isn’t new or the first.

    https://www.loudountimes.com/news/northam-declares-state-of-emergency-ahead-of-gun-rally/article_cd494f89-c107-564c-a78b-51b354e8837f.html

    “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that he was declaring a state of emergency over threats of “armed militia groups storming our Capitol” ahead of a gun-rights rally next week.

    Northam’s emergency order will ban weapons of all kinds, including firearms, from the Capitol grounds starting Friday and continuing through Tuesday. He said the order was necessary to protect public safety because of potential violence from out-of-state groups at a gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday.

    “Let me be clear. These are considered credible, serious threats by our law enforcement agencies,” Northam said at a Capitol news conference.

    He added that some of the rhetoric used by groups planning to attend Monday’s rally is similar to what was said in the lead-up to a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. “We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here.”

    Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is known as “Lobby day” in Virginia politics as advocates for a number of causes use the holiday to try and buttonhole lawmakers. It’s also traditionally when pro-gun and gun-control advocates hold rallies. This year, law enforcement officials are expecting thousands of gun-rights advocates to attend a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League.”

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  8. Bernie’s locked ’em down.

    Damage control mode engaged.

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  9. A storm is coming.

    Two in fact….

    https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2020/01/15/two_tsunamis_are_about_to_hit_higher_education_110384.html

    “In November, the Department of Education released post graduate earnings and debt data broken down by college program — which will have a revolutionary impact on higher education. Students (and policymakers) can now get accurate information about how much recent graduates earned by college and degree (e.g., a Bachelor’s in Physics from Ohio State University).

    While the data isn’t perfect (it only includes students who received federal financial aid and so far only lists earnings one year after graduation), the data is complete enough to generate two tsunamis that will hit higher education in rapid succession.

    One tsunami is enhanced accountability for the hundreds of billions of dollars federal, state, and local governments provide to colleges each year — funds that have historically flowed regardless of graduates’ labor market outcomes. To date, the only effort to hold colleges accountable for these outcomes was launched by the Obama administration. Under its Gainful Employment regulations, vocational programs that pushed students into too much debt relative to income would no longer be eligible for federal financial aid.

    While the Trump administration justly terminated the regulations — for targeting for-profits while exempting most public and non-profit programs — Gainful Employment is an excellent starting point for the next iteration of accountability. Adjusting the original Gainful Employment rules to account for differences in the student cohorts as well as differences in the earnings and debt measures, we can apply what I call Gainful Employment Equivalent (GEE), to explore what a similar accountability system might look like.

    Of the roughly 40,000 college programs with earnings and debt data, 64% would pass Gainful Employment Equivalent, 22% would be on probation, and 14% would fail. This means that there are about 1 million graduates each year who received federal financial aid to attend a college program that does not pass a reasonable debt-to-income test.”

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  10. Well I’m outrageously outraged that they’re outraged. 🙂

    And in space, only God can hear you scream.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/u-s-space-force-bible-blessing-sparks-outrageous-outrage/

    “U.S. Space Force Bible Blessing Sparks Outrageous Outrage

    The faith event was deemed a “repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy.”

    “The simple act of blessing a Holy Bible for the new US Space Force has sparked outrage from the usual sectors.

    The drama started when the images of the ceremony in the Washington National Cathedral were released on social media.

    “Today @WNCathedral blessed the official Bible for the new @SpaceForceDoD, which will be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch,” the cathedral’s official account tweeted Sunday.

    “We have been asked to dedicate a new Bible that will be used next week, when Major General John William Raymond will be sworn in as the first Chief of Space Operations,” Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said during the ceremony. “And, shortly thereafter, this Bible will be taken into space.”

    “Vice President Mike Pence went on to use that Bible to swear in General Jay Raymond as Space Force commander.”

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    “The complaints began rolling in from the “religious freedom” crowd as soon as the electrons hit Twitter, decrying the event as a display of white supremacy.

    “The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy,” MRFF
    founder and president Mikey Weinstein wrote in a statement denouncing the Bible blessing.

    “The utilization of a Christian bible to ‘swear in’ commanders of the new Space Force or any other [Department of Defense] branch at ANY level is completely violative of the bedrock separation of church and state mandate of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

    Princeton Professor Steven Stauss offered this eye-rolling take:”

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    Good lord these people are clowns.

    I’m sorry, that’s “Professor Clown” in his case.

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  11. Re 8:07, it reminds me of our sermon last Sunday (from Hosea). “I have written for him the great things of my law, but they were considered a strange thing.” (8:12)

    It strikes me how utterly “strange” God’s word, Christianity and Christians appear in today’s western culture.

    More and more often I see that response to expressions of the faith or even the mere mention of God in our society. It’s a “strange” thing to many, indeed.

    Strange – and often now “hateful.”

    Orwell?: “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

    But also from our sermon: “Let us not be discouraged nor surprised if a dying world prefers death. Let us also to be careful to avoid a retaliatory spirit. In his pain, Hosea was willing to buy his wife back. There is a gentleness we are to display in our love and ministerial pursuits.

    “I drew them with gentle cords. With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them (Hosea 11:4).”

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    The “pen ceremony,” now that was beyond strange. Was that done at Clinton’s or Nixon’s impeachment? It was just so bizarre. And no, not somber in the least.

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  12. Foxnews headlines:

    ‘Prayerful’ Pelosi slammed for gloating, handing out souvenir pens used to sign articles

    Pelosi hands out souvenir pens, Dems slammed for gloating as House delivers Trump impeachment articles

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  13. Oh my….

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  15. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/astros-players-twitter-frenzy-separate-cheating-allegations

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    Houston Astros players swallowed up in Twitter frenzy over separate cheating allegations

    The punishment the Houston Astros received in wake of the sign-stealing scandal earlier this week sent shockwaves throughout baseball, but some feel the scheme goes deeper than just video cameras and banging on trash cans.

    Astros players Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick were wrapped up in another controversy, which started on social media after former Houston outfielder-turned-New York Mets manager “mutually parted ways” with his new team over the sign-stealing fallout.

    The frenzy began soon after Carlos Beltran stepped down as Mets manager when a Twitter account claiming to be Beltran’s niece surfaced. The person wrote that Altuve and Bregman “wore devices that buzzed on inside right shoulder from hallway video guy.” The buzzer would alert a batter to when a pitch was coming. The person added, “I have pictures from locker I will keep for rainy day. Altuve didn’t want shirt torn off if I remember maybe I misspoke but Chapman gave up HR in game.” …
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  16. The Yankees knew Beltran was stealing signs in the ALCS, and said so.

    Nice to see the league finally admit it after 2 years.

    And I’m also glad the stinkin’ Mets fired him too. 🙂 Same goes for Cora the Sox’s manager, the Astro’s GM and manager too. Goodbye to bad rubbish.

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