30 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-18-20

  1. Ouch.


    “Voters Mock Elise Stefanik’s Challenger for Struggling to Call Soleimani a Terrorist”

    “It’s not hard to call former Iranian terror leader Qasem Soleimani a terrorist. But Democrats are making it look like neurosurgery. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) nearly had a conniption before finally admitting that Soleimani, the guy who helped orchestrate deadly attacks on U.S. troops and was planning more, was a terrorist. She was followed by Tedra Cobb, the progressive New Yorker who is running against conservative incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik.

    At a recent campaign event, a group of voters asked Cobb why she had refused to call Soleimani a terrorist. Watch below as Cobb heavily leans on her campaign aide for the assist. It was embarrassing and brutal. And it was not an answer.”

    “”I don’t think that there’s any debate about who Soleimani is, or what he has done,” Cobb said as she started to nervously fumble through her response. “Let’s be clear on that. I don’t believe there’s any debate.”

    She proceeded to be extremely unclear and left room for debate.”


  2. Ted Cruz points out the obvious.




  3. Dershowitz, for the defense. 🙂



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  4. Let the show begin!

    The following is a DNC staged production.


    “A Literal Show Trial Begins

    Scene one: Nancy Pelosi sits center stage, signing impeachment articles with an air of great self-seriousness … and with giveaway pens.”

    “This is not a constitutional crisis. But it plays one on TV.

    “Do me a favor?,” Nancy Pelosi paraphrased the president’s call to the Ukrainian leader. She then, paraphrasing The Irishman, translated the first question as, “Do you paint houses, too?” But briefly withholding foreign aid that ultimately reached its destination — and never actually sparked an investigation of the Bidens at Ukraine’s end — does not equate to murder for hire. And since Pelosi could loosely paraphrase Trump’s words, to a Schiffian degree, on Wednesday only because the president long ago released the call’s transcript, we know he does not do his own carpentry, right?

    Speaking of quid pro quos, Nancy Pelosi, with trays containing 32 pens within reach, used many, many writing instruments to sign her name to the impeachment bill. Each stylus now acts as a trinket, like the junk one might purchase at a Broadway gift shop (except much more expensive) to memorialize seeing Hello, Dolly! or Jersey Boys. Pelosi gave the pens (at least Princess Leia waited for the Death Star’s destruction before bestowing those medals) to fellow Democrats, who surely give them to donors who gave to Democrats, a pen-laundering of sorts necessitated by Pelosi wishing not to appear even more uncouth by directly give the ball-point souvenirs to the party’s funding fathers.

    The oddball procession of the shiny-eyed Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Adam Schiff, Jason Crow, Hakeem Jeffries, Sylvia Garcia, and Val Demings imitating somber, sober, stoic pallbearers marching two-by-two minus the coffin to deliver the document Pelosi signed to the Senate underscored the farcical nature of the supposedly so-serious event. If Don Knotts, Larry Fine, Almira Gulch, Steven Urkel, Kuato, the Fabulous Moolah, and Charles Nelson Reilly marched to the Senate in their stead, then the public might have viewed the spectacle with more solemnity.

    Chief Justice William Rehnquist signaled his grasp of the theatrical nature of impeachment better than most when he donned Gilbert & Sullivan butter stripes on the sleeves of his robe during President Bill Clinton’s trial. His successor, John Roberts, arriving at the Senate wearing a smirk on his face but not the yellow swaths, also seemed transparently self-aware, if less willing to broadcast it in such an ostentatious manner, of his role as a prop in a matter of stage and not state.

    When Roberts administered the oath for senators to “do impartial justice,” 100 men and women lied to him. To emphasize this contempt for honesty and the Constitution, and to preserve it for posterity in the National Archives, the senators who all arrived at conclusions before the impeachment hearings even started signed a book seconding their spoken lies with written ones.

    The trial promises more melodrama.”


  5. “Kavanaughing” the impeachment trial.


    “Lev Parnas is Julie Swetnick, and Dems are trying to ‘Kavanaugh’ the impeachment trial

    Let Adam Schiff put on his pathetic case based on the record in the House, then dismiss the charges as legally and constitutionally insufficient, or move to a quick vote. To allow Democrats to ‘Kavanaugh’ an impeachment trial would be unforgivable.”

    “Lev Parnas is to the Impeachment Trial as Julie Swetnick was to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, if Republicans let Democrats get away with it.

    Recall that after the Kavanaugh hearings were done, but before the committee vote, Democrats leaked that they had a surprise witness they had known about for several weeks, Christine Blasey Ford. Her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school fell apart when the four people she said were present in the house that night all said they had no memory of such an event — not just the sexual assault, but even of being in the house as a group.

    So out of the woodwork came multiple other accusers, particularly Julie Swetnick, represented by then-Democrat-presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti.

    Swetnick pushed her ludicrous story out on cable news. The story was that Kavanaugh ran gang rape parties in high school in which men lined up in rape trains. The story was absurd on its face, but Democrats and liberal media treated it as more proof that no vote should be held on Kavanaugh until there were full investigations of all allegations. Swetnick’s claim not only was absurd, her background cast serious doubt on her crebility. Her claims fell apart when she was pressed. But she served Democrats’ purposes.

    This is what “to Kavanaugh” something is: to drag a hearing out with serial accusations and accusers so that the process becomes interminable. And this is what is happening with the Democrats’ attempt to remove Trump through impeachment and trial.

    The impeachment case was rushed through the House without Democrats seeking subpoenas of key witnesses or seeking judicial compulsion of witnesses who objected to testifying. There was a supposed emergency so dire that impeachment could not await a full House record. Then Nancy Pelosi sat on the Articles of Impeachment trying to coerce the Senate into trial procedures that would find new evidence through witnesses and documents subpoenaed for trial that would fill in the weak House record.

    And true to form, a new witness is rolled out who supposedly is so important that the trial must turn into an investigative tool not a trial tool.

    That person is Lev Parnas who has lots of opinions about Trump’s supposed knowledge of a conspiracy to coerce Ukraine to help Trump’s campaign — but Parnas has no first hand knowledge. And he is an even more suspect character even than Swetnick. Parnas has been charged with conspiracy, including making false statements and falsifying records.

    Yet Parnas got a prime time interview on Rachel Maddow’s show with the largest audience Maddow EVER had. Maddow is an Alex-Jones-like conspiracy nut who nonetheless is the star of MSNBC and pushes conspiracy theories to feed #TheResistance masses, in this case to feed the argument that the Impeachment Trial needs to call witnesse and expand into an investigative endeavor. Lev Parnas is Julie Swetnick (no offense intended to Swetnick).

    Shut this down. The Democrats behind this are not acting in any more good faith now than in the Kavanaugh hearing.”


  6. The Supreme Court will decide if this is just an end run around the Electoral College and our Constitution.


    “On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that would decide whether electoral college electors must vote for the winner of their state’s popular vote. Half the states currently have laws requiring electors to vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state.

    Electors who do not vote in accordance to the winner of their state’s popular vote are known as “faithless electors.” According to NBC News, the so-called problem of faithless electors has never really been an actual problem before. In fact, most states simply throw out the ballot of an elector who doesn’t follow the state’s popular vote.

    But in 2016, the Democrats ran such a rotten candidate that several electors in states carried by Hillary Clinton cast their ballots for someone else. One elector in Colorado voted for John Kasich, one in Hawaii voted for Bernie Sanders, and four in Washington state voted for two different people — three for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, the name of a Native American activist, not Elizabeth Warren. Other Democratic electors contemplated voting differently but were reportedly pressured into voting for Clinton. Colorado simply replaced its errant elector with one that would vote for Hillary, while Washington state fined their independent-thinking electors for violating state law.

    The Washington state Supreme Court ruled against the electors who challenged the fines imposed upon them. In his dissenting opinion, Justice Steven Gonzalez took issue with the court’s decision, arguing “[t]he Constitution provides the state only with the power to appoint, leaving the electors with the discretion to vote their conscience.”

    While states can choose their own electors and require them to pledge certain loyalties, once the electors form the electoral college they are no longer serving a state function but a federal one.

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Justice Gonzalez’s dissent, ruling that electors can vote for any legitimate candidate they choose.

    “The states’ power to appoint electors does not include the power to remove them or nullify their votes,” the 10th Circuit declared. “


  7. The newly remade 9th Circuit strikes.

    Thanks Trump! 🙂

    Sorry kids, your handlers will have to try another route. 🙂


    “9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Deals Brutal Blow To Teens Who Sued Trump Over Climate Change”

    “The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled Friday that children do not have standing to sue the Trump administration and the federal government for not adequately addressing climate change.

    Climate policy comes under the purview of Congress and the president, not the court system, the U.S. Court of Appeals decided in a split decision. Attorneys for the teenagers can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the trial to continue in Oregon, where it was initially filed.

    “The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the panel of judges noted.

    “The political branches might conclude—however inappropriately in the plaintiffs’ view—that economic or defense considerations called for continuation of the very programs challenged in this suit,” the court noted, citing the government’s concerns that unforeseen factors complicate such policies.

    The 21 young people involved in Juliana v. United States sought a court order requiring the government to implement an “enforceable national remedial plan” phasing out carbon emissions in an effort to stabilize the climate. The case has survived several attempts by the government to torpedo the case after it was originally filed in 2015.”


  8. The foul mouthed Bernie field organizer has more issues.


    “Sanders Field Organizer in Iowa Bailed Out By Regional Field Director After Arrest, Still No Comment from Campaign”

    “In the latest Project Veritas sting video, Kyle Jurek, the self-proclaimed anarcho-communist Soviet Gulag fan who is a field organizer for the Bernie Sanders Campaign in Iowa, admits that he was recently arrested for “weed” after knocking on doors for the campaign. Jurek told the Veritas reporter that the Sanders Iowa field director quickly bailed him out.

    Anonymous tipsters from within the Sanders Campaign in Iowa have since told Project Veritas that they are concerned about Jurek’s behavior and fear that he could be a threat to the president.

    As American Greatness reported on Tuesday, Jurek was arrested on January 7 in Saylor Township, Iowa, for operating while intoxicated (second offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to provide proof of financial liability, and violation of probation.”


  9. There will be blood.


    “The War For The Democratic Party Will Destroy Lives And Change Our Country

    An important story lost below the din of the primaries, impeachment, and rallies, is the growing party rancor toward a vocal left flank the politicians have correctly identified as weakened.”

    “The far-left of the Democratic Party is out of the spotlight. Out of the spotlight, but clearly still within the crosshairs of their colleagues.

    Its young congressional leaders, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, the fresh-faced consciences of the swamp, are all-three the targets of finance investigations. Two are tangled in credible accusations of anti-Semitism, and one is mired in a hard-to-believe incestual infidelity scandal with a married man on her payroll.

    Their outside support, which so successfully took media credit for gathering hundreds of thousands of liberals who’d booked non-refundable hotels and plane tickets to Her D.C. inauguration and became the Women’s March, has collapsed amid credible accusations of racism and, you guessed it, anti-Semitism. And the New York/D.C. media that ran glowing profile after fawning profile months ago don’t seem to visit any more.

    Somebody is at the door, though. An important story lost below the din of the primaries, impeachment, and rallies is the growing party rancor toward a vocal left flank the politicians have correctly identified as weakened.

    Members of “The Squad’s” freshman congressional class, which largely ran against President Donald Trump and not for socialism, have begun to flock to Vice President Joe Biden as Sen. Bernie Sanders gathers party faithful, Politico reported Sunday. “More than a dozen swing-seat freshmen have taken part in at least one private call session with Biden, Amy Klobuchar or Pete Buttigieg in recent weeks,” they reported, adding, “A handful have already gravitated toward the former vice president, and more are expected to follow” before the primary voting begins.

    Days before, fellow Queens Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks openly criticized Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News for her refusal to pay congressional party dues and insistence on instead using her sizable fundraising to pay for far-left candidates and primary challenges to her Democratic colleagues.

    It’s no surprise Ocasio-Cortz is not paying dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Like leadership operations in any political party, the committee doesn’t like the ideological primaries against members she has made her name on, and seek to blackball those involved in any capacity. What is a surprise is the rising willingness to publicly speak against Ocasio-Cortez and her inside and outside allies, even by a 22-year incumbent in her very neighborhood. It appears the trance is broken.

    Back in Washington on Wednesday, a smiling, laughing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named her impeachment team for the Senate trial, having delayed its date to the point that the trial will likely force Sanders and Warren off the campaign trail at a critical time. This, conservative Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen points out, will benefit Biden at the expense of his closest rivals.”


  10. https://www.wsj.com/articles/impeachment-moves-forward-to-nowhere-11579220263


    Impeachment Moves Forward to Nowhere

    Meanwhile, a debate showcases the Democrats’ detachment from life on the ground in America.

    By Peggy Noonan

    Impeachment is moving forward and going nowhere. There is new information but it doesn’t really tell those who’ve paid attention anything they didn’t know. Putative administration operative Lev Parnas said on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday that the president knew everything about efforts to lean on Ukraine. But this was clear in testimony throughout the impeachment hearings. His own ambassador to the European Union said it! The ambassador to Ukraine knew she was being schemed against, lost her job because of it, and spelled it out under oath.

    It’s icing on a cake that’s already sagging. The president will be acquitted for a host of reasons, from partisanship to a prudential judgment that his actions don’t warrant removal with a presidential election 10 months away.

    What did Speaker Nancy Pelosi gain by playing her monthlong game of peekaboo, waiting to send the charges to the Senate? She withheld from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell papers he didn’t wish to receive and she saw that as leverage? It appears she was playing for time as investigators tried to develop more evidence. But again, for what? …

    This second stage feels not like the continuation of the first but a brand new second impeachment, which a lot of people will experience as overkill.

    On the creepiness of the signing ceremony for the impeachment articles: Modern presidents have always held such ceremonies and signed big, happy legislation with many pens. Lyndon B. Johnson liked clutching bunches of them in his thick, meaty fist and handing them out personally. But the impeachment of a president is a grave and unhappy event. It’s not celebratory. Enacting triumphalism was shallow and looked like a tell. Why pens, why not a scalp? …

    … Serious people understand the implications of things. Impeachment has now been normalized. It won’t be a once-in-a-generation act but an every-administration act. Democrats will regret it when Republicans are handing out the pens. …

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  11. The unraveling continues.


    “In a curious report on Thursday evening, The New York Times carefully averts its eyes from everything that’s interesting. Even Adam Schiff has acknowledged that James Comey’s actions in 2016 may represent the most important and significant Russian influence on the election. (Hoist your shot glass. This will be the umpteenth time I’ve quoted Mr. Schiff on this matter in this column.)

    Surely one of the most consequential pieces of intelligence ever received by U.S. agencies was, as we now learn, received in early 2016 from a Dutch counterpart. This is the dubious Russian intelligence that set off Mr. Comey’s multiple interventions in the last presidential race, culminating in an improper act that may have inadvertently elected Donald Trump. Even at the time Mr. Comey’s FBI colleagues considered the intelligence, which indicated questionable actions by the Justice Department to fix the Hillary email investigation, to be false, possibly a Russian plant.

    The Times adds the unsurprising revelation that Mr. Comey himself is suspected in the illegal leak that, in early 2017, alerted the media to this untold aspect of his 2016 actions, before the matter disappeared again behind a veil of official secrecy. Yet bizarrely, the paper plays down its scoop, suggesting that any inquiry into a “years-old” leak now can only be a political hit job by an “ambitious” Justice Department attorney seeking to please President Trump.”


  12. It’s her truth I guess, but don’t expect those of us grounded in reality to play along.

    These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…….

    “Elizabeth Warren Takes Credit for Sponsoring Bills She Voted Against”


    “Underperforming presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has portrayed herself as a bipartisan dealmaker by taking credit for sponsoring bills she ultimately voted against.

    “I do work with the other side,” Warren said in October during a radio interview in New Hampshire. “I’ve gotten more than a dozen bills passed into law, and they’ve been bipartisan. And that’s just been since Donald Trump has been elected president.” A post on the “Fact Squad” section of Warren’s campaign website similarly boasts that “Donald Trump has signed more than a dozen of Elizabeth’s proposals into law” and lists 15 pieces of legislation Warren sponsored.

    Three of the items included in that tally, however, are bills that Warren ultimately voted against. The Gambling Addiction Prevention Act, the Sexual Trauma Response And Treatment Act, and the National Guard Promotion Accountability Act all passed the Senate in August 2018 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Warren was one of only 10 senators who voted against the 2019 NDAA, along with fellow 2020 contenders Kamala Harris (RIP), Kirsten Gillibrand (RIP), and Bernie Sanders.”

    The Warren campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the apparent discrepancy.

    The Warren campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the apparent discrepancy.

    Warren does not appear to have issued a press release explaining her decision to vote against the 2019 military spending bill. She voted for and celebrated the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, and was criticized by progressive activists for doing so. Warren missed the vote on the defense spending bill for 2020, as did Sanders.

    Warren’s campaign website applauds the senator’s work on the National Guard Promotion Accountability Act, which was designed to streamline the promotion process for National Guard officers. It cites the bill as an example of how Warren is “looking after our veterans and servicemembers.” The website says Warren added “key provisions” to the 2019 NDAA, which “was passed into law.” The bill passed without Warren’s approval.”


  13. What is wrong with these idiots?


    “Joe Scarborough Promises There Will be ‘Bleak’ Future for Children, Grandchildren of Trump ‘Defenders’

    The Resistance is sick and dangerous.”

    “Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough predicted a “bleak” future for those who defend Trump in a Trump Derangement Syndrome rant this morning.

    The Washington Free Beacon picked up the tirade:

    “We do know how history writes this. We know that everyone who defends Donald Trump right now will be exposed. We know Mike Pence will be exposed for what he is. We know that [Attorney General Bill] Barr will be exposed for what he is. We know that all of these characters, Rudy Giuliani, will be exposed for what he is,” Scarborough said. “History, it will be bleak, and their families, their children—their grandchildren—everyone who has their last name will carry that around with them.””


    These people are unhinged.


  14. Welcome aboard!


    “Trump’s Impeachment Legal Team Includes Kenneth Starr

    Monica Lewinsky: “Are you @#$%$#$ kidding me?””

    President Donald Trump’s impeachment team includes Kenneth Starr, the man “who led the Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s.”

    Others include former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former federal prosecutor Robert Ray, member of Trump’s legal team during Mueller’s investigation Jane Raskin, and Alan Dershowitz.

    White House Counsel Pat Cipollone will lead the team along with Jay Sekulow. Cipollone also chose his deputies Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin to work with them.”


    Why would anyone care what Lewinsky thinks?


  15. I would be surprised in Monica Lewinsky thought anything.

    I see on TV that Harry and Meghan are no longer part of the royal family.
    I also see where Canada doesn’t want to pay them to live there.


  16. Mexit has been interesting. But Harry and Mehgan married (relatively) late (30ish?) and before that, had active, interesting lives and freedom (Harry probably less so, but seems he got around). Anyway, guess it just wasn’t a good fit. They’ll make lots of money, I’m sure, and will be popular celebrities. They’ll probably have several homes.

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  17. I’ve seen things accusing Nancy Pelosi of being drunk at the podium. I am wondering if, at her age, she has a neurological condition. I don’t remember the details, but I have read of people having some kind of condition that makes them seem drunk.

    I often think that my neighbors could think that I am drunk when I walk up the lane to the bus stop, because I have a hard time walking straight, and often veer off to the right, and then try to correct course, which makes me veer a little the other way. 😀


  18. This is what they think of you, and what they have planned for the future. Bernie’s field rep. wasn’t an outlier. He was the new abnormal normal left.


  19. Stuff like this is free fodder for Trump re-election ads.

    Sorry Jerry, folks know better now. But you keep lying, because it’s what you do best.


  20. Like I said, folks know better now.

    They see how you’ve slandered and libeled good people with no proof for your political gain.

    Again note:”The special counsel found no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government. ”


    “The Justice Department released a new trove of documents from the special counsel’s investigation, including FBI interview notes with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

    Page and Papadopoulos were targets of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

    The special counsel found no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government.

    The government is releasing FBI interview notes as part of a lawsuit BuzzFeed and CNN filed.
    The Justice Department released its fourth batch of documents from the special counsel’s probe Friday, including notes of FBI interviews with former Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.”


    They ruined lives, careers, and took people to the poor house for this disgusting abuse of power.

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  21. Lying is all they have.

    Without the lies and embellishments, they have little to offer.


    “Reminder: Elizabeth Warren Is A Known Liar Who Will Lie Again And Again To Get What She Wants

    Warren has lied about being an American Indian, about sending her kids to private school, and even being fired from a teacher position for being pregnant. And now she’s lying about Bernie Sanders.

    Tuesday night’s CNN debate was a set-up. And that’s not some internet fever dream, it’s an observation shared by reporters from Rolling Stone and The Huffington Post to Fox News and The Daily Caller. Even late-night comedy picked up on the game.

    The trap was set the day before, when the hosts of the debate published a story claiming that in 2018, during a private meeting between Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Sanders told Warren a woman can not win the presidency. Reporters have grown even lazier and more comfortable thinking readers are stupid, so the initial report cited four anonymous sources for a story about a one-on-one meeting denied by the Sanders campaign. It also included the hysterical line that Warren’s campaign “declined to comment,” despite the story coming from the candidate and being filled with anonymous Warren campaign comments.

    CNN moderator Abby Phillip continued the trend of treating this alleged incident as fact the next night, dismissing Sanders’ denials and opting to ask Warren how the horrible, sexist things Sanders had said made her feel.

    “The 24-hour network,” Matt Taibbi wrote at Rolling Stone, “combines a naked political hit with a cynical ploy for ratings.”

    Four years prior, of course, Sanders lost the Democrat primary to Hillary Clinton. Before that race, he’d pushed Warren to run for president instead of him. Over the years prior, he’d been recorded on video telling an audience there is no reason a woman cannot win the presidency and telling schoolgirls they could one day win that prize. His supporters have been quick to point to these confirmed facts to dispute this unproven allegation, but there’s more to this equation.

    Warren has lied about being an American Indian, about sending her kids to private school, and even being fired from a teacher position for being pregnant. All three are stories she has used to advance herself professionally and politically, repeating the latter claim as recently as Tuesday’s debate.”


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