15 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-13-20

  1. While everyone is distracted…..

    More winning. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/while-you-were-focused-on-new-hampshire-more-trump-judicial-nominees-were-confirmed/

    “While you were focused on New Hampshire, more Trump judicial nominees were confirmed

    Within minutes of Trump’s impeachment acquital, McConnell lined up votes on 5 nominees, including Andrew Brasher to the 11th Circuit. This week, all 5 were confirmed.”

    “Look, Iowa caucus debacle! Look, Bernie v. Mayor Pete v. Amy for America in New Hampshire. Look, Biden has fled to South Carolina, his campaign graveyard, I mean, firewall.

    There you (and we) go again, chasing the media squirrel.

    While you were focused on all that, Mitch McConnell continued ramming through Trump federal judicial nominees.

    What are we up to, 192? Don’t blink or the number will change. The transformation of the judiciary will be Trump’s long-lasting legacy.

    Minutes, yes minutes, after Trump was acquitted in the impeachment trial, McConnell set up for a vote 5 more judicial nominee votes:”

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  2. Purge. Them. All.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-white-house-enabled-romney-never-trumpers-now-it-ncna1135166

    “Trump’s White House enabled Romney and never-Trumpers. Now it’s time to clean house.

    President Donald Trump should consider firing every single never-Trumper political appointee in his administration.”

    —-

    “Few observers are surprised by Trump’s fury at those who participated in the effort to oust him from office. Most, however, have failed to notice one of the biggest ironies of the Trump administration: It has repeatedly endorsed, hired and elevated critics and opponents.

    Now that the effort to remove Trump from office has failed, perhaps the president should get serious about addressing the threats and bad advice, specifically when it comes to an unsexy but incredibly important element of governing: staffing.

    No Trump supporter who witnessed Romney’s gratuitous attacks on Trump in the last presidential election should be surprised by his impeachment vote last week. Nevertheless, Trump not only vetted Romney as his potential first secretary of state; he gave a full-throated endorsement when Romney ran for the Senate in 2018.

    A Trump endorsement can decide elections. It might or might not have made a difference in Utah, but the president still offered it to a man who had repeatedly gone out of his way to hurt him. After Romney voted to convict Trump, a Trump observer called for the firing of the entire political staff that persuaded Trump to make the endorsement.

    But the problem is much bigger than Romney, who was elected by Utah voters and has never served in the Trump administration. The current White House has also welcomed other never-Trumpers into the executive branch for political positions, which number about 4,000 and are filled by each presidential administration. They range from senior officials, whose nominations require Senate confirmation, to policy professionals, lawyers and speechwriters. In past administrations, a candidate’s allegiance to the president was vetted and considered a plus, if not a must. So why is the Trump White House filling any of these spots with people who have been openly (or privately) hostile to the president?”

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  3. Because they have rotted govt to it’s core, and that includes our military “leaders”.

    Part 1

    https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2020/02/11/opinion-the-rot-is-deep-part-i/

    “The rot is deep in my beloved Military. When a relatively junior Military Officer can take it upon himself to determine that the President of these United States is “not acting within U.S. policy,” we have some serious problems…problems far greater than some senior Flag Officer feeling his oats.

    Last week, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, an Army Officer temporarily detailed to the National Security Council, was relieved of his duties and escorted out of the White House and off the grounds. This was ostensibly as part of a normal rotation, but more likely for defying the President and Commander in Chief, of whom he serves at the pleasure.

    Of course, the left has clasped LTC Vindman to their collective bosom, decrying the “vindictiveness” of the President. However, over at Real Clear Politics, the ever-lovely Betsy McCaughey pointed out back in November why (in my book) it would become necessary to relieve Vindman who represented a clear and present danger to our Constitutional Republic. Ms. McCaughey writes (emphasis mine)

    The scariest aspect of Vindman’s testimony is his insistence that U.S. foreign policy should be made by unelected bureaucrats like himself. Vindman says he and his colleagues have formulated “the best, most informed judgment” about Ukraine and it wasn’t “appropriate for government officials” like Trump’s ambassadors to act “counter” to it. What arrogance.

    “Arrogance” isn’t the half of it, Madam. Like any large organization, the U.S. Military has its share of folks promoted past their skill, experience and maturity level. This is especially true in Vindman’s case. However, this is much more than an immature, arrogant Field Grade Officer** promoted beyond his abilities and exhibiting some minor incidents of poor judgment and delusions of adequacy. This is endemic of a deeper problem.”

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    Part 2

    https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2020/02/12/opinion-the-rot-is-deep-part-ii/

    “Yesterday, I wrote of what I perceived of a deep rot in the Military, as exemplified by Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, defying the sitting President of these United States.

    At the end, I identified a significant issue worth further exploration, the “oddity” of such a young, relatively low ranking Commissioned Officer publicly defying The President. As I also mentioned, this does not appear to be a “one of” type event. There are a number of disturbing things happening in our Armed Forces that do not bode well for a future where these United States are involved in a high intensity, existential fight with Russia, China or both.

    It’s not as if there haven’t been warnings. Back in 2014, William S. Lind wrote an interesting piece in The American Conservative. His lead paragraph is thought provoking

    The most curious thing about our four defeats in Fourth Generation War—Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan—is the utter silence in the American officer corps. Defeat in Vietnam bred a generation of military reformers, men such as Col. John Boyd USAF, Col. Mike Wyly USMC, and Col. Huba Wass de Czege USA, each of whom led a major effort to reorient his service. Today, the landscape is barren. Not a military voice is heard calling for thoughtful, substantive change. Just more money, please.

    Lind is correct. Where are the military thinkers? Lind divides the problem into two categories, Substantive and Structural. You can read his entire treatise HERE: An Officer Corps That Can’t Score

    My focus for the second of my series on this subject is Lind’s “Substantive” category, specifically the moral part. He writes,

    Substantively, at the moral level—Colonel Boyd’s highest and most powerful level—our officers live in a bubble. Even junior officers inhabit a world where they hear only endless, hyperbolic praise of “the world’s greatest military ever.” They feed this swill to each other and expect it from everyone else. If they don’t get it, they become angry. Senior officers’ bubbles, created by vast, sycophantic staffs, rival Xerxes’s court. Woe betide the ignorant courtier who tells the god-king something he doesn’t want to hear. (I know—I’ve done it, often.)

    Where does such an attitude come from? Although anecdotal, it would seem it is coming from all places, the military institutions that we charge with being the models for accessing, training and most importantly, instilling the American Warrior Ethos in those who like Joshua Chamberlain, would lead their countrymen in future battles.”

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  4. Finally……

    https://bongino.com/doj-files-lawsuits-against-sanctuary-politicians-in-nj-washington/

    “DOJ Files Lawsuits Against NJ and County in Washington Over Dangerous Sanctuary Policies”

    “Attorney General Bill Barr announced yesterday that the Department of Justice has filed lawsuits against the sanctuary state of New Jersey and a county in Washington for policies which protect criminal illegal aliens.

    During a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference, Barr said the DOJ was filing a complaint against the state of New Jersey “seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS.”

    “Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible: When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society,” he said. “Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”

    Barr also announced a lawsuit against King County, Washington for its policy which bans ICE agents from using the local airport to deport or transport criminal illegals. The policy went into effect last spring. Over eight years, the airport was a hub for the deportation of over 30,000 illegal immigrants.

    Barr cited this policy as an example of how local leftist leaders have “become even more aggressive in their attempts to interfere with federal immigration laws.”

    “Innocent people are routinely threatened and hurt by illegal aliens whom local jurisdictions have set free in the face of federal immigration detainers,” he said.

    Barr then listed examples of the dangers posed by these reckless policies, including an illegal alien who–once released from custody–went on to rape a 97-year-old woman and another who murdered and dismembered their own cousin:”

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    More….

    https://www.redstate.com/stu-in-sd/2020/02/12/ag-barr-turns-up-the-heat-%e2%80%93-bigly/

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  5. Anybody shocked that the UN is using Nazi tactics?

    Me neither. But don’t worry, I’m sure someone can explain to us how this is all the fault of those Jews.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/un-issues-blacklist-of-companies-doing-business-with-jewish-communities-in-israels-judea-and-samaria-region/

    “UN Issues Blacklist of Companies Doing Business With Jewish Communities in Israel’s Judea and Samaria Region

    Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Those who boycott us will be boycotted themselves.”

    “The UN Human Rights Council has issued a blacklist of over a hundred companies doing business in Israel’s Judea and Samaria region (also referred to as the West Bank).

    The database published on Wednesday comprises mostly of Israeli firms, but also includes big international names such as Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Motorola.

    The blacklist has been in the making since March 2016, when the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened an “investigation” into Israeli control of Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem. Israel took control of these areas when it pushed back Jordan in the defensive war of 1967. The March 2016 motion was followed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December of that year. The Security Council Resolution declared that the Israeli presence in the region had “no legal validity” and was a “flagrant violation of International Law.” The Obama administration gave tacit approval to the anti-Israel resolution by abstaining from the vote.

    The blacklist will be tabled at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council later this month, paving the way for member states to take action against the companies, the UN body said in a statement on Wednesday. Israeli officials fear people may use the list to intimidate and harass businesses. (because they will be)

    The Israel newspaper Haaretz reported the UN Human Rights Council decision to blacklist businesses:

    The UN human rights office released Wednesday the long-anticipated report, which names companies with ties to Israeli West Bank settlements.

    OHCHR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights] said it has reasonable grounds to believe that 112 business entities [For full list see below] have ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, 94 based in Israel, and 18 in six other countries.

    In 2019 the publication of a UN database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank was delayed, drawing the ire of activists who campaigned for three years.

    The issue has been highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements, which most countries and the United Nations view as illegal. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine.

    Israeli politicians across the political divide condemned the move. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was defiant in the face of the UN measure, declaring, “Those who boycott us will be boycotted themselves.”

    “I am proud to give these businesses a platform,” Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin responded. “I am proud that these are Israeli businesses, patriots who contribute to Israeli society, to economy and to peace.”

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s main rival and Blue and White Party leader, Benny Gantz, called it “a dark day for human rights.”

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  6. The media has chosen.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/11/media-democrats-are-hoping-to-get-behind-klobuchar-but-is-her-surge-real/

    “Media Democrats Are Hoping To Get Behind Klobuchar, But Is Her Surge Real?”

    “Politics is half appearance, and Monday afternoon by the New Hampshire coast, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign is no different. Forty-five minutes after doors opened, a young campaign staffer is pretending there’s a huge line outside, getting the audience to cheer their loudest so the crowds gathered in an attic overflow room and in the chill can hear them. A loudspeaker has been set up for the unfortunate masses yearning to see Amy, we’re told, and the lucky hundreds inside dutifully roar.

    It doesn’t work: Out the window, maybe two dozen people mill around, unresponsive, looking bored. Upstairs, silence.

    “It worked!” the young staffer yells. “They can hear you!”

    Four-hundred can fit in the venue, the fire marshal tells me. Three-hundred in the main floor, 100 in the balconies, and another 100 in that attic with the loudspeaker. A full quarter of the main room is taken up by cameras and reporters, though save a distracted morning host and pollster from CNN, there are no national television reporters. When Amy asks the upstairs to let us hear them, stamping and muffled yelling shake the brick-and-wood town hall like an old-fashioned New England haunting.

    The crowd is not huge, but as they cram into the standing-room-only hall 30 minutes east of Manchester, it’s hard not to recall the wide-spaced seats assembled for Jeb! in December 2015.

    It’s not December, of course, and Sunday night’s poll showed Klobuchar in third place behind Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, edging out Joe Biden and Liz Warren in Tuesday’s primary. Media allies are desperate for a Democrat who can win with moderates, black voters, and Americans who don’t want a senile president. The dirty little whisper among backroom political dealers is this means no Sanders, no Buttigieg and no Joe. This, they hope, is Amy’s time to shine.

    Voters don’t have to wait much longer before the media’s latest fascination takes the stage to deliver the best canned New Hampshire stump speech she’s given since her last event. It’s actually incredible. On Feb. 10, 2019, after the president called her a “snowman(woman), she cracked back on Twitter, writing “Hey Donald Trump, the science is on my side and I’d like to see how your hair would fare in a blizzard.” She likes the joke. She’s used it on the stump, in a debate– exact same inflection and all. She’s used it so often “The Daily Show” mocked her for it in September– five months ago. Undeterred, she’s been using it all this year as well, and this afternoon we celebrated its one-year anniversary with a retelling. What a day to be alive.

    “At CNN’s “Climate Town Hall” just a few days before her autumn Comedy Central debut, Klobuchar introduced her climate-change plan for the first few days in office. An “On day one… and on day two” sort of thing, common on the trail, but with a kicker: “And on the seventh day, you’re supposed to rest.”

    Guess what? Heard that crackerjack again on Monday in New Hampshire. Joke’s got legs, folks.”

    ————-

    All fluff, no stuff. Her record exposes her. She’s no moderate, and has nothing good to show from her record. But…. the media has chosen……

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  7. These aren’t the moderates you’re looking for…..

    There’s no such animal in the Democrat party.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/in_virginia_legislature_democrats_walk_out_on_black_prolife_defenseofmarriage_pastor.html

    “In Virginia legislature, Democrats walk out on black pro-life, defense-of-marriage pastor”

    “With newly empowered Democrats in the Virginia state house ready to advance legislation lifting abortion restrictions and eager to strengthen protections for those in the LGBT community, Reverend Dr. Robert M Grant, Jr didn’t hold back in his opening prayer before the General Assembly Tuesday morning.

    In a scathing, biblically based denunciation of same-sex marriage and abortion, the pastor’s 6-minute prayer drove some Democrats to walk off the floor and another one to shout out, “Is this a prayer or a sermon?” Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn(D-Fairfax) ultimately broke in by banging her gavel and leading the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    From YouTube: (cued to the point where Pastor Grant began praying against abortion):.”

    “Democrats clearly expected the black clergyman from Warrenton to know his place and deliver an invocation in alignment with their progressive politics. Things didn’t go as planned.”

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  8. And Alexandria. I forgot Alexandria.
    I’m sure Atty Gen Barr has some choice words for the House Judiciary Committee.
    But I don’t talk that way. And I wouldn’t print them anyhow.
    But you can guess.

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  9. From a post I received:

    “What does the lawsuit aim to accomplish? The runners are suing several city education boards and the Connecticut Association of Schools–Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the governing body for secondary school athletics in the state. In 2017, the organization changed its policies to allow biological males who identify as transgender to compete in girls sports. The plaintiffs say the policy flouts Title IX, which requires equal treatment of the sexes in education programs that receive federal funding.

    “Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said sophomore Alanna Smith of Danbury High School. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. …..”

    My question is. Where did all this ‘self identification. come from. Can I identify myself as a handsome 25 year old? Not silly. I can self-identify as a female and get away with it in some circle.
    It not only doesn’t seem right to me. It seems downright idiotic.
    No matter how much you self identify, I can’t believe a guy is a girl.
    And I don’t think you are a great athlete, no matter how many trophies you have.

    Question: Cana woman self-identify as a man in a wrestling match?

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  10. The more we know, the worse it gets….

    Jury Foreperson in Roger Stone Case Ran As Dem For Congress, Had Anti-Trump Social Media Posts, Other Jurors Had Issues Too

    The judge has some ‘splainin’ to do. This will never stand on appeal.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/roger-stone-juror-justice-department-anti-trump-social-media

    “Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted former Trump adviser Roger Stone on obstruction charges last year — and soon afterward, her history of Democratic activism and a string of her anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts came to light.

    Hart even posted specifically about the Stone case before she was selected to sit on the jury, as she retweeted an argument mocking those who considered Stone’s dramatic arrest in a predawn raid by a federal tactical team to be excessive force. She also suggested President Trump and his supporters are racist and praised the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately led to Stone’s prosecution.

    Meanwhile, it emerged that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror who was Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views — and whose husband worked at the same Justice Department division that handled the probe leading to Stone’s arrest. And, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show.

    The revelations came as Trump has called the handling of Stone’s prosecution “ridiculous” and a demonstrably unfair “insult to our country.” They raised the prospect that Stone’s team could again seek a new trial, especially if Hart provided inaccurate responses under oath on her pretrial questionnaires concerning social media activity.

    The drama began when Hart confirmed to CNN and other media organizations Wednesday that she had written a Facebook post supporting the Justice Department prosecutors in the Stone case who abruptly stepped down from their posts on Tuesday, saying she “can’t keep quiet any longer.” The prosecutors apparently objected after senior DOJ officials overrode their recommendation to Jackson that Stone face up to 9 years in prison.”

    ————–

    More…..

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/it_appears_that_the_jury_in_the_roger_stone_trial_was_tainted.html

    “om the start. Now it turns out that this un-American police state set up a kangaroo trial to shuttle Stone into prison.

    The Mueller mob started its press against Stone in January 2019, when Stone, who ought to have been a generic white-collar criminal:

    … was instead subjected to a humiliating midnight predawn raid with cars full of riot gear–clad FBI agents, all staged before the cameras of CNN, which was exclusively granted access to the scene worthy of an action movie. [Update: It is not clear who leaked news of the raid to CNN, having the effect of staging it for the most anti-Trump of networks.] This is similar to the treatment of Paul Manafort, but with the added indignity of CNN cameras.

    Stone, a first-timer, was eventually convicted of lying to Congress, interfering in the House’s Russian Collusion Hoax investigation, and tampering with a witness. All of these charges sound serious, but the first two are garden-variety politics and a routine occurrence in D.C. As for the third, the witness at the receiving end of the fulminating threats Stone issued recognized them for the language of an angry, impotent man and found them laughable.

    Despite all this, Mueller’s cadre asked the judge to impose a seven- to nine-year prison term for Stone. While this is technically within the reach of the laws Stone violated, it’s a grotesque demand for an elderly, first-time, non-violent offender. To give context to how truly evil this request was, John Nolte reminds us of James A. Wolfe:

    Wolfe is the scumbag who completely betrayed his trust as the head of security for the Senate intelligence committee by leaking to the media (including a New York Times reporter he was allegedly banging) — all in an effort to damage Trump. While under investigation for leaking government secrets, he lied on three occasions to the FBI (a crime), eventually pleaded guilty to one count, and was sentenced to just two months.

    Two months!

    Eight weeks!

    Fine.

    I’m fine with that. Like Stone, he certainly deserves to spend some time in prison, and anything up to a year seems reasonable. Nevertheless, there is just no question what Wolfe did is much worse than what Stone’s been found guilty of.

    Meanwhile, Obama-ites have walked away free despite acts such as violating national security and deleting 33,000 emails, wiretapping an opponent’s presidential campaign, lying to Congress, forging FISA warrants, etc. What the Mueller gang was demanding the judge do to Stone was political thuggery of the worst sort, and Barr’s DOJ was right to step in. (The only question was why the DOJ waited as long as it did.)”

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    Its all fruit of a poisoned tree. Again.

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  11. And there’s more to come on Mueller’s charade….

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/devin_nunes_hints_that_robert_muellers_team_will_be_exposed_soon.html

    “With impeachment receding in his rearview mirror, and with the Democrat party fielding the weakest and most socialist crop of candidates since 1972, President Trump is feeling his oats. No wonder, then, that he’s got Bill Barr’s Justice Department working overtime to drain the swamp.

    In a recent interview with Lou Dobbs, Nunes suggested that the same attorneys who apparently railroaded the Roger Stone trial and then pressed for a seven- to nine-year sentence for Stone’s first-time, nonviolent, generic D.C. offenses will soon find themselves in the hot seat.”

    “Nunes promised Dobbs (and his audience) that the Justice Department’s exposure of the cruel and disproportionate sentencing request for Stone “is not going to be the only example” of the questionable acts in which the Mueller team engaged:

    We think there’s other examples of things that they did during the Mueller investigation that I think you and your listeners and the American people will be very interested to learn in the coming weeks as we start to unpeel the onion of what the Mueller team was really doing.

    What’s especially concerning about what these corrupt government officials did is something Nunes calls the “obstruction of justice trap”:

    Because I would say this, when Mueller was appointed we have to ask ourselves, he walks in the door the first day and he said, “OK, show me all the evidence you got on the Russians?” They’re like, “Bob, sorry we don’t have any Russians here. We don’t have any evidence.” So what the hell did they do for two years? They set up an obstruction of justice trap. And they went after a whole lot of people who have now got sentenced. Some already served their time. And I think all of this has to be called into question now.

    The “obstruction of justice” trap that Nunes talks about is essentially a process charge. We saw it with what the FBI (which the DOJ oversees) did to General Flynn. Agents inveigled him into making innocent misstatements, which even the FBI agents understood weren’t intentional lies, and then slammed him with secret (and probably illegal) recordings.

    These process crimes are then used to intimidate people into being witnesses against their will, something that’s an ordinary tactic in both federal and state law enforcement. The new wrinkle these Obama Deep State holdovers added to this tactic is using the process crimes to destroy people for political reasons.

    Indeed, there’s reason to believe that the Mueller team deliberately removed Flynn because they were afraid that he would expose the way Obama’s people were still controlling the National Security Council. Victor Davis Hanson spelled this out on the Ingraham Angle on Fox News when they were discussing a report that Trump plans to fire 70–100 Obama-era holdovers at the NSC:”

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