14 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-23-20

  1. They know this farce impeachment has no chance of removing Trump from office. But that was never the point. The point was to cast doubt on the last election (Russia, Russia, Russia) and bloody him up for the next one. They can’t have the rube voters deciding elections.


    “Adam Schiff Is Already Claiming The Illegitimacy Of A Trump Reelection”

    The general election is still nine months away but that didn’t stop Schiff from saying it will be corrupt if Trump is acquitted.”

    “During his monotonous two-hour rehashing of the case against the president, Democratic House Manager Adam Schiff argued that if president Trump is allowed to run for president this year, “we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.” That’s right, nine months out from election day Schiff and the Democrats are laying the groundwork to call a Trump second term illegitimate, just as have they done for the entirety of the first term.”

    “Remember the good old days, back in 2016 when there was no chance Hillary Clinton could lose and the only question was whether angry Trump voters, or even Trump himself would accept the outcome of the free and fair election? Boy did that narrative bust. Instead, the exact opposite happened. Trump won and it is the Democrats who now express grave concerns about the sanctity of our election results.

    However ludicrous, Schiff’s statement is the necessary extension of the Democrats’ logic in bringing the case so quickly, without waiting for witnesses. And as it seems extremely likely the senate acquits Trump, then the same “emergency circumstances” will exist that caused the rush to impeach in the first place. Schiff is flat out telling voters that if Trump is not removed from office they should question the fairness of the outcome of the next election.

    This is the corner the Democrats have painted themselves into. The Mueller investigation failed, this impeachment has failed to gain bipartisan support or even anything approaching a strong polling majority, and now when the impeachment trial inevitably fails, they will resort to arguing that their thwarted efforts have rendered the upcoming election corrupt.

    This is the madness in all of this. A dispute in the White House as to whether to put a temporary hold on a foreign aid package that was released by the deadline has turned into a vast conspiracy that will the undermine the most important election in America. It is a deranged theory.”


    Which is what I’d expect from deranged Democrats.


  2. Deranged. Trump has been in their heads since day one.

    The “whistleblower” who isn’t has been planning his coup attempt since day one. The more we know, the more this fish stinks.


    “Barely two weeks after Donald Trump took office, Eric Ciaramella – the CIA analyst whose name was recently linked in a tweet by the president and mentioned by lawmakers as the anonymous “whistleblower” who touched off Trump’s impeachment – was overheard in the White House discussing with another staffer how to remove the newly elected president from office, according to former colleagues.

    Sources told RealClearInvestigations the staffer with whom Ciaramella was speaking was Sean Misko. Both were Obama administration holdovers working in the Trump White House on foreign policy and national security issues. And both expressed anger over Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy, a sea change from President Obama’s approach to international affairs.

    “Just days after he was sworn in they were already talking about trying to get rid of him,” said a White House colleague who overheard their conversation.

    “They weren’t just bent on subverting his agenda,” the former official added. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”

    Misko left the White House last summer to join House impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s committee, where sources say he offered “guidance” to the whistleblower, who has been officially identified only as an intelligence officer in a complaint against Trump filed under whistleblower laws. Misko then helped run the impeachment inquiry based on that complaint as a top investigator for congressional Democrats.

    The probe culminated in Trump’s impeachment last month on a party-line vote in the House of Representatives. Schiff and other House Democrats last week delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate, and are now pressing the case for his removal during the trial, which began Tuesday.”

    “The coordination between the official believed to be the whistleblower and a key Democratic staffer, details of which are disclosed here for the first time, undercuts the narrative that impeachment developed spontaneously out of what Trump’s Democratic antagonists call the “patriotism” of an “apolitical civil servant.””


  3. This isn’t the effect they’d hoped for.


    “Impeachment drives 1,000 GOP candidates to run for House”

    “Pennsylvanian James Bognet had been around local and presidential politics for a long time before landing a dream job as a senior vice president at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    “I was really honored to get a chance to work in the Trump administration,” said Bognet, 44, a veteran of several campaigns, including those for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    “It’s really cool for a small-town kid from Hazleton, Pennsylvania,” added Bognet, who worked with the White House on President Trump’s manufacturing agenda.

    But like many Republicans inside and out of the administration, the Democratic drive to impeach Trump angered him, and he started watching his hometown Democratic congressman, Matt Cartwright, to see if he would vote against Trump.

    “There’s no way Matt Cartwright is going to vote for impeachment. That is suicidal. He represents a Trump plus-10 district, he can’t do that,” reasoned Bognet, quietly “boiling mad” but prevented from publicly venting because of Hatch Act rules governing government employee speech.

    But Cartwright did vote to impeach, prompting political predictor Charlie Cook to move his seat, Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, into the “toss-up” category.

    Twenty-one days later, Bognet resigned from his job and made plans to run in the GOP House primary in April to unseat Cartwright, citing impeachment as his motivation.

    “I can now lend my voice, my passion, and my efforts to defending our President from a never-ending witch hunt, and return to my hometown of Hazleton, in the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, to take direct personal action fighting to make sure that the House of Representatives will not continue to wage political war on President Trump during his second term in office,” he said in his resignation letter shown below.

    He’s not the only one.

    According to Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, impeachment has helped to push about 1,000 Republicans to file to run for House seats this year.

    “I think that they are one in the same,” he said of his success in building an army of candidates and the influence of impeachment on their decisions.

    In an interview, he said that impeachment “intensity” has raised the overall political intensity to an Election Day level, and Republicans are responding, giving him an incumbent or challenger candidate in 384 of 435 House districts, nearly 40 above expectations at this stage of the year.”


  4. Dennis Prager asks a good question.


    “Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?”

    “Here are some unhappy statistics: In America between 1946 and 2006, the suicide rate quadrupled for males ages 15 to 24 and doubled for females the same age. In 1950, the suicide rate per 100,000 Americans was 11.4. In 2017, it was 14.

    According to Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in the 1980s, there were 32 mass public shootings (which he defines as incidents in which four or more people are killed publicly with guns within 24 hours). In the 1990s, there were 42. In the first decade of this century, there were 28. In all the 1950s, when there were fewer controls on guns, there was one. Fifty years before that, in the 1900s, there were none.

    Reuters Health reported in 2019, “Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade, a nationwide study suggests.” The study co-author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, said, “It suggests that something is seriously wrong in the lives of young people.”

    This data is not only applicable to Americans. As social commentator Kay Hymowitz wrote in City Journal in 2019: “Loneliness, public-health experts tell us, is killing as many people as obesity and smoking. . . . Germans are lonely, the bon vivant French are lonely, and even the Scandinavians—the happiest people in the world, according to the UN’s World Happiness Report—are lonely, too. British prime minister Theresa May recently appointed a ‘Minister of Loneliness.’ . . . consider Japan, a country now in the throes of an epidemic of kodokushi, roughly translated as ‘lonely deaths.’ Local Japanese papers regularly publish stories about kinless elderly whose deaths go unnoticed until the telltale smell of maggot-eaten flesh alerts neighbors.”

    Though people have more money, better health care, better health, better housing, and more education, and live longer than at any time in history, they—especially young people—are unhappier than at any time since data collection began.

    Why has this happened?

    There is a number of reasons. Increased use of illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse, and less human interaction because of constant cellphone use are two widely offered, valid explanations. Less valid explanations include competition, grades anxiety, capitalism, and income inequality. And then there are young people’s fears that because of global warming, they have a bleak, and perhaps no, future.

    But the biggest reason may be the almost-complete loss of values and meaning over the last half-century.

    Let’s begin with values.”


  5. Not a good sign.


    “KILLER BUG Coronavirus death toll DOUBLES to 17 as more than 470 cases of ‘mutating’ bug confirmed”

    “Latest figures reveal 471 coronavirus cases in China, with four in Thailand, two in Hong Kong and one each in the US, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

    There is also unconfirmed reports of a case in Mexico.

    It comes as British experts said up to 10,000 people could already be infected – adding that we can’t rule out the possibility” there could already be a case in the UK.

    Professor Neil Ferguson, an expert at Imperial College London, said the new strain is currently “as deadly as the Spanish flu epidemic”.

    The 1918 outbreak is the most severe pandemic in recent history, wiping out an estimated 50 million people across the world.

    Prof Ferguson warned of “more deaths to come” as fellow experts said the outbreak has reached the threshold for an international public health emergency – ahead of today’s World Health Organization meeting on the issue.

    The agency could declare the virus a global health crisis today as its experts rallied to hold an emergency meeting in Geneva today.”

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  6. They won’t fix this. They created it.


    “Congressional Inaction and Hypocrisy on Illegal Immigration

    All told, the Trump Administration has had remarkable success in addressing a vexing problem that Congress seems determined to ignore. They’re too busy impeaching, or naming post offices, or whatever it is they do now.”

    “House Democrats announced this week that they are launching an investigation into the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, known colloquially as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

    It’s the latest attempt by Democrats to undo the Trump Administration’s aggressive—and, so far, successful—policies to reduce illegal migration at the southern border.

    For a policy that has roiled the country for the better part of the last two years, the state of the border and the president’s response to it has not received much mainstream attention lately. But the president slowly has been inching toward fulfilling his campaign promise to reduce illegal migration, both with policy changes and a wall at the southern border.

    The MPP is the centerpiece of the administration’s work. Under the policy, migrants seeking to cross illegally and claim asylum are no longer let in and released into the United States to wait for years until their case is heard. Rather, they are sent to border facilities in Central America to await their asylum hearings there. The administration has also set up “tent courts” in Brownsville and Laredo to facilitate asylum adjudication, attempting to reduce to weeks what has had a backlog of years.

    In addition to MPP, the administration has negotiated asylum agreements with several Central American countries. These agreements are based on the “safe third country” principle⁠—the prevailing standard for asylum seekers in the European Union and Canada⁠—which requires asylum seekers to stay in the first safe country they enter.

    These carefully negotiated policy developments, along with continued construction of the border wall, resulted in illegal migration dropping for the seventh straight month in December⁠—the first time since 2012 that border crossings have fallen from November to December. The 40,000 illegal migrants arrested or turned away at the border in December is around a quarter of the total number of detained crossers in May.

    The programs are not without controversy, of course. Hosting migrants in Central America is not ideal, either from a logistics, facilities, or security standpoint. But neither is hosting them in overcrowded, underresourced facilities on our own border. And neither is a porous border that allows human trafficking and abuse of women and girls to flourish. And neither is a catch-and-release program that simply allows illegal crossers to vanish into the interior of the country, into a permanent underclass of noncitizens.

    None of these situations represents the ideal. But the fact remains that every president has and continues to struggle with illegal immigration at the southern border for the same reason: Congress flat out refuses to do anything about it except complain.”


    And jockey for position in front of the cameras while they wring their hands….


  7. I heard an infectious disease expert interviewed about the Coronavirus on the radio this morning. He explained that it is actually just a variation of the common cold and that 1) there’s no indication of it being on the loose in the U.S. and 2) even if it were, it would affect only the same folks at risk from dying of the common cold or the flu.
    However, if we can blame it on Trump . . .


  8. Linda,

    Now I read this and I’m back to not good.


    “China Quarantines Wuhan in Response to Continuing Coronavirus Outbreaks”

    “We have been following the reports related to the outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness caused by a coronavirus that reportedly comes from the markets of Wuhan, China.

    Now the Chinese government has quarantined Wuhan and plans to shut down the airport and public transportation.

    The virus has been linked to at least 17 deaths and has sickened over 500 others.

    Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday that the city had asked people not to leave Wuhan without specific reasons, with the People’s Daily newspaper then tweeting that no one would be allowed to leave the city starting at 10 a.m. and that train stations and the airport will shut down. It said that city buses, subways, ferries and long-distance shuttle buses would also be temporarily closed, citing Wuhan authorities.

    Other countries’ health agencies and governing bodies have issued warnings to travelers, including the U.K., which advised against “all but essential travel” to Wuhan, which is where the virus was first detected. Several countries have implemented enhanced screening measures at airports for flights arriving from the Wuhan region as China faces scrutiny over what officials knew about the outbreak and when they discovered it.”


    “According to Dr. George Diaz, the head of the infectious disease program at Providence Regional Medical Center, the patient is isolated and will remain so until officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s OK for him to be released from isolation.

    Diaz spoke to ABC News on Wednesday about the patient and what his daily life and routine is like now that he has become the country’s first patient with the mysterious virus.

    According to Diaz:

    Hospital staffers use a robot with a stethoscope to care for the man, an attempt to limit physical contact with him.
    The patient resides in bio-containment room that is about 20×20, and it has security guards and four specially trained nurses who are assigned to his case.
    Only 10-12 credentialed healthcare workers have access to room, and only a very few of them have have actually been inside his quarters.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet declared the virus a “public health emergency of international concern.” However, the organization’s emergency committee announced they need more information before they report the status of the outbreak and what recommendations they should issue. The group should re-review the status again on Thursday.”


  9. My husband’s company has factories in Beijing and outside of Shanghai. They’ve gone full board into dealing with this.

    Everyone is to take their temperature before work, wash hands, and will be checked on entering the factory. Guards will have thermometers.

    Chinese government has announced if you are caught hiding someone with the flu, you will be hanged.

    Death rate is at 5%, which is why we need to be careful.

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  10. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jim-lehrer-longtime-pbs-news-anchor-is-dead-at-85/ar-BBZgrq8


    Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85

    … A low-key, courtly Texan who worked on Dallas newspapers in the 1960s and began his PBS career in the 1970s, Mr. Lehrer saw himself as “a print/word person at heart” and his program as a kind of newspaper for television, with high regard for balanced and objective reporting. He was an oasis of civility in a news media that thrived on excited headlines, gotcha questions and noisy confrontations.

    “I have an old-fashioned view that news is not a commodity,” Mr. Lehrer told The American Journalism Review in 2001. “News is information that’s required in a democratic society, and Thomas Jefferson said a democracy is dependent on an informed citizenry. That sounds corny, but I don’t care whether it sounds corny or not. It’s the truth.” …

    … Critics called Mr. Lehrer’s reporting, and his collaborations with Mr. MacNeil, solid journalism, committed to fair, unbiased and far more detailed reporting than the CBS, NBC or ABC nightly news programs. To put news in perspective, the two anchors interviewed world and national leaders, and experts on politics, law, business, arts and sciences, and other fields. …

    … With Mr. Lehrer reporting from Washington and Mr. MacNeil from New York, the program sought to represent all sides of a controversy by eliciting comments from rivals for public attention. But the anchors deliberately drew no sweeping conclusions of their own about disputed matters, allowing viewers to decide for themselves what to believe. …

    … “Jim Lehrer is no showboat,” Walter Goodman wrote in The Times in 1996. “That is a considerable distinction for television, where the interrogators are often bigger than their guests or victims. This man of modest mien keeps the spotlight on the person being questioned. His somewhat halting conversational manner invites rather than commands. And his professional principles dispel any fears that he is out to get not just his guests’ point of view but also the guests themselves.”

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