29 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-6-20

  1. The traitor formerly known as Mitt Romney is backstabbing again. By most guesses it’s to protect his friend and campaign worker who is also involved in Burisma’s corruption. Think Bain Capital buddy.



  2. Mitt Romney signals that he may kill Burisma subpoena


    “Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) made comments that many took to mean that he would vote against a subpoena in the investigation into Joe Biden’s Ukrainian scandal.

    “There’s no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political,” Romney said to reporters on Thursday.

    “And I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations,” he added, “and would hope that if there’s something of significance, it needs to be evaluated, and that it would be done by perhaps the FBI or some other agency that’s not as political as perhaps a committee of our, of our body.”


    A non-political FBI? What rock has Mittens been hiding under?


  3. Soros is turning his attention to purging non-compliant progressives. Aided by fake new media outlets like HuffPo, of course.


    “How a Soros Trojan Horse Took Down Chris Matthews and Is Poised to Bully Others into Submission

    A well-heeled network of left-wing activist groups, media organizations, and hedge funds are targeting dissenters from the progressive line. The MSNBC host is just the latest successful target—but he won’t be the last.”

    “When one thinks of women’s rights groups, names like the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Susan G. Komen Foundation, or even Planned Parenthood usually come to mind. But an obscure group called Ultraviolet just took down Chris Matthews—the former speechwriter for Tip O’Neill and Jimmy Carter who had successfully transformed himself into a professional talking head. Just like that, his 23 year run as an MSNBC staple on “Hardball” came to an abrupt end this week.

    Founded in 2012, Ultraviolet did not achieve this awesome feat on its own. On the contrary, a sophisticated and well-funded progressive machine and media echo-chamber created, amplified, and executed the plan to take out Matthews—and many more individuals, companies, and organizations before him.

    With hundreds of millions of dollars from billionaire financier George Soros and dozens of his comrades-in-arms at the “Democracy Alliance,” the progressive network of labor unions, activist investment firms, social justice organizations, and ideological media outlets is the tip of the spear in “cancel” culture.

    Matthews was accused of sexually inappropriate comments by Laura Bassett in a GQ column. The “Hardball” host’s precise crime? Boorish and slightly creepy comments about her appearance and his penchant for “falling in love” with her. Matthews did not touch her or proposition her. Inappropriate? Probably. But Matthews is no Matt Lauer or Harvey Weinstein.

    Nevertheless, Bassett persisted. After writing in vague terms about her awkward encounters with the cable talk show host in 2017, she unleashed a fresh volley in February 2020 after Matthews criticized progressive heroes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. It was Matthews’ attack on Warren, in particular, that sent Bassett over the edge. The problem, evidently, is that the boorish Matthews gave Mike Bloomberg the benefit of the doubt over his secret nondisclosure agreements.

    Questioning Warren’s dogmatic insistence that an accusation equals guilt was a bridge too far for Bassett. Soros, of course, had announced in October 2019 that he was backing Warren, calling her “the most qualified person to be president.” Soros and numerous Democracy Alliance supporters have put big bucks behind Warren’s campaigns. The Alliance’s treasurer is a high-dollar bundler for the Massachusetts senator.

    Bassett, a long-time Huffington Post writer who went all in with the anti-Kavanaugh mob, repeatedly called the then-Supreme Court nominee a “rapist” and compared him to convicted sex predator and pedophile R. Kelly for expressing indignation at the accusations leveled against him.

    Huffington Post, of course, is part of the Democracy Alliance’s stable of media outlets that also includes The Nation, The Guardian, ProPublica, and Media Matters for America.

    These groups and outlets, working in concert, orchestrated the downfall of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, targeted Breitbart, and attempted to knock Laura Ingraham off the air through advertiser boycotts. Ultraviolet, in particular, led the anti-Kavanaugh protests—projecting “Kavanaugh is a sexual predator” onto the D.C. Court of Appeals where he sat before joining the highest court, running TV ads, and having their paid staff confront then-Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in a Senate elevator to convince him to oppose Kavanaugh.

    Armed with unending funds from the Democracy Alliance donors, Ultraviolet’s press releases are often re-packaged and published as “news” by Huffington Post writers, including Bassett. Bassett also received awards from the neo-Malthusian and Democracy Alliance-funded Population Institute and Planned Parenthood for her pro-abortion reporting.”

    “Their system works with extreme effectiveness. By identifying a target, Media Matters or one of its compatriots in the research game lays out a case for malfeasance and shops it around to the traditional media. When, as is often the case, the hit job garners little attention, the progressive media outlets jump into action and churn out “stories” and “exclusives” that rehash Media Matters’ claims. In turn, the astroturf “advocacy” groups—often funded via their parent organization Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) from which Ultraviolet got $2.6 million in Soros cash in 2016 alone—get to work. They launch paid media campaigns, stage attention-grabbing protests, and issue a flurry of letters to their target’s corporate or institutional backers.”


  4. Good news.

    CBP: With Trump’s policies, more migrants being removed than apprehended


    “Officials with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are crediting President Trump’s agenda for giving an unprecedented boost to law enforcement, saying it has dramatically reduced the number of migrants released within the United States and bolstered the agency’s ability to remove illegal immigrants.

    For the past five months, the number of removals has outpaced the number of apprehensions — putting law enforcement on the offense in an ongoing battle against drug traffickers and human smugglers on the border. During the height of the migrant crisis in 2019, CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had released more than 80,000 immigrants into the interior United States.

    By January, that number had fallen to fewer than 2,000 and those were due to medical emergencies and other “legitimate” issues, CBP leadership claimed, like paroling foreign nationals to testify in court. “Catch and release has all but ended,” Morgan said. The president offered a variety of tools that made it possible for immigration enforcement to decisively provide some kind of consequence for illegal immigrants — emphasizing the administration’s message that illegal entry won’t go unnoticed.

    “This is something I really want to emphasize. As a career law enforcement guy,” Mark Morgan, acting CBP commissioner, told reporters on Wednesday.

    “It’s because of this president that we now have more tools than we’ve ever had before to do our job. It’s just a fact. The importance of Trump’s changes couldn’t be overstated,” Deputy Commissoner Robert Perez said.”


  5. They’ll get that wascally wabbit for sure this time……


    “The TDS press has lost all perspective when it comes to the president and frankly, it’s making us all sick.”

    “Everyone settle down. Welcome back to Propaganda and the Death of Media 101. Its, um, March 9, 2024. Now we were discussing the role of propaganda and the media in the re-election of Donald Trump by tying his leadership to a global pandemic. Propaganda in these cases seeks to diminish people’s view of a leader’s competence. The ultimate goal is to influence you to vote him out. The word “influenza” even comes from the Italian word for “influence.”

    Okay class, let’s start by contrasting the media-induced panic of 2020 with 2009 under Obama. The first cases of the swine flu, H1N1, appeared in April 2009. By the time Obama finally declared a national emergency that fall, the CDC reported that 50 million Americans, one in six people, had been infected and 10,000 Americans had died.

    In the early months of the disease, Obama had no secretary of health and human services or appointees in any of the department’s 19 key posts. No commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, no surgeon general, no CDC director. The vacancy at the CDC was especially important, as in the early days of the crisis, only they could test for the virus; states weren’t allowed until later. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, not a medical doctor, led the federal effort. Sound familiar?

    The first real H1N1 cases appeared in Mexico, though Mexicans were never forbidden to enter the U.S. And while the CDC recommended against travel there, the primary danger cited was kidnapping for ransom. Some 66 percent of Americans, supported by the media, thought the president was protecting them even as 4,000 Americans died before a vaccine was even distributed.

    The emergency proclamation it took Obama seven months to declare was issued by Trump within 30 days of the coronavirus being found abroad. He announced a temporary suspension of entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals who posed a risk for transmission (CNN warned: “the travel ban could stigmatize countries and ethnicities”). And yes, Trump encouraged everyone to wash their hands.

    Anybody here remember the media freaking out over Obama’s initial response, which was also to suggest everyone wash their hands? Anyone find evidence of national panic? No. So why did the media cover essentially an identical story so very differently?

    Now let’s turn to the timing in 2020. The crisis arrived when the media decided it was time for a crisis. Though the virus had dominated headlines in Asia since mid-January, American media relegated it to business news. In late February, the main “Trump” story was still Russiagate II, the faux revelation that Russians were meddling in another election. The lackluster Democratic debate at the end of February invoked Putin many times. The virus barely came up.

    Then the New York Times sent up the Bat Signal the day after the debate, an article titled “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus” (subtlety is not required for propaganda). An effort was born to blame Trump for the outbreak and essentially declare his chances of reelection done. The critical change had little to do with the virus itself, simply with the decision by the media to elevate the story from the business section to the front page. Only a handful of Americans had died and about half the known U.S. cases had arrived as evacuees from Japan (should we even have left them go there?). Of course, the numbers quickly went up, but that’s why we say “going viral” when your Instagram blows up.

    You’ll see in your textbooks another example of how propaganda works, the reporting of initial problems with the CDC coronavirus test kits. One typical headline claimed, “The U.S. Badly Bungled Coronavirus Testing.” But the problems were old news almost as soon as the stories were written. Within a week, nearly a million tests would be available.

    The follow-on stories screamed about Trump cutting funding to the CDC, most of which was actually only proposed. Then the stories were merged—Trump cut CDC funding and thus not enough kits were available. Not only were both pieces largely untrue individually, the fusion of the two was grossly false. The media treated developments as raw material to mock Trump, like late-night comedians trolling the news for monologue fodder.”


  6. Yep. 🙂

    “If doddering Joe Biden is your party’s best hope, your party might be in deep trouble.”


    “So, let me get this straight.

    After a year of campaigning, discussion, and debate among the Democrats, as of early February the party had decided Joe Biden was the favorite for its presidential nomination: He led in 19 of the 21 national polls taken before the Iowa caucuses. Then people started to vote, and it turned out they didn’t like Biden at all. He finished fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire, and a distant second in Nevada. As of last week, the Democrats had decided to be an openly socialist party: Bernie Sanders led 20 consecutive national polls after Iowa, half of them by double digits. And then, this week, Democrats decided not to be socialist after all: They just gave Biden, the doddering avatar of the party establishment, a resounding Super Tuesday victory.

    Maybe the Democrats really have no actual policy except beating Donald Trump. Biden and Sanders haven’t been saying anything new this year. (Though it’s possible voters were unaware that Sanders was so extreme he would — in 2020! —go as far as publicly defending Fidel Castro’s Cuba in both a 60 Minutes segment and the South Carolina debate). The thing that has changed twice is voting momentum and its attendant publicity. Sanders rocketed up in the polls when he looked like a winner, and Biden surpassed him after building momentum from a blowout win in South Carolina. Mike Bloomberg looked like a loser from the moment Elizabeth Warren tenderized him in the Las Vegas debate, and today dropped out after spending $500 million to win American Samoa.

    Voting on perceived electability has left the Dems in a strange place, though. Joe Biden? Really? We know Joe Biden. He was in the Senate for 36 years. He ran for president in 1988, and again in 2008, before serving two terms as Barack Obama’s vice president. There is no precedent for a career politician’s reaching the top after such an extended period in the national spotlight. He doesn’t inspire the kind of passion that Obama did and Bernie Sanders does. His appeal seems to rest almost completely on name recognition and his association with Obama. Despite heroic efforts by the media to absolve Biden of any wrongdoing when the Ukraine scandal revealed he’d allowed family members to use his name to rake in huge amounts of money from foreign entities, recent polls put his unfavorable ratings at between 44 and 52 percent.

    Yes, Biden beats Trump regularly in head-to-head polls, but you can ask Hillary Clinton about how much beating Trump in early polls is worth. In just the past ten days, he has claimed half the population of the country died of gunshot wounds, forgotten what office he is running for, asked voters to support him on “Super Thursday,” and offered this précis of our nation’s founding principle: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created by — you know, you know, the thing.”

    Even at his best, Biden was notorious for being loopy, digressive, and sloppy, and he’s long past his best. Clarence Thomas noted of Biden’s line of questioning during his Senate confirmation hearings, “You have to sit there and look attentively at people [who] you know have no idea what they are talking about.” His bizarre 2012 debate with Paul Ryan consisted of bursts of strangely out-of-context laughter and boorish interruptions. His own aides panic every time he goes off-script, to such a degree that David Axelrod once quipped that Biden was being kept in a “candidate-protection program.” When he starts riffing, he is given to making false claims such as that he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison. His answer to all questions in debate is a subject, a verb, and Obama.”


  7. Trump did his first “town hall” style event yesterday. He did quite well.

    The whole thing is available here in segments if you missed it.





  8. Trump seems to master the conservative media. He had a “Town Hall” last night on FoxNews. Apparently this is a media thing. Not a political ad. Free airtime beats a billion dollars in paid advertisement.
    He handled it well. Seems the questions were prescreened. But it made Trump look good.


  9. No matter how they manage it, they have to face the Hunter Biden shenanigans sometime before the election.
    They must know that.


  10. Every one running has had an opportunity to do one of these Fox News Town Halls. Not everyone has taken advantage of them. I watched all but one of them so far. Always good to hear from the horse’s mouth so that later when the mule’s mouth speaks what the horse said you know what the mule is distorting. There are lots of mules speaking these days and a lot of distortion.

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  11. Once again, Math is hard……


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  12. Good economic news, despite the Coronavirus and it’s effects on the stock market.


    “February Jobs Report: 273,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 3.5% Despite Coronavirus Fears”

    “The Labor Department reported that employers added 273,000 jobs despite coronavirus fears. Many economists feared that employers would hesitate before hiring people.

    Unemployment also went down a bit, 3.5% from 3.6%

    The economy has added jobs for 113 straight months.

    The department also revised numbers from the previous two months. Instead of revising down the number went up 85,000 combined.

    From Fox Business:

    Gains took place across the board. Health care and social assistance led the way, with 57,000 positions added last month. Health care accounted for 32,000, boosted by physicians (10,000), home health care services (10,000) and hospitals (8,000). Food services and drinking also boosted the payroll number by 53,000, following a lull in job growth earlier in 2019.”


  13. The knives have been out for Bernie for the last week. First Amy and Pete, then Mike, and the final stab appears it will be Warren delivered by Warren, who many including me thought would be Bernie’s VP.

    If she throws to Biden and splits equally, Biden eeks it out. Bernie needs them en masse. This will not help him achieve that. And she’s actually right about those Bernie Bros…..


    “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) is failing to address online harassment perpetrated by his supporters, adding that candidates are responsible for the behavior of their supporters.

    “I think there’s a real problem with this online bullying and sort of organized nastiness, and I’m not just talking about who said mean things,” Warren said during a Thursday interview with MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. “I’m talking about some really ugly stuff that went on.””


  14. All on Comey’s watch too……


    “REPORT: FBI Dropped Ball On Domestic Terrorists Who Killed 70 People. Rand Paul Hits Comey.”

    “According to an inspector general report released Wednesday, the FBI missed opportunities to stop at least five domestic terrorists who, in total, killed 70 Americans.

    “[Inspector General] report finds HVEs (Homegrown Violent Extremists) carried out 20+ attacks (since 9/11) in US, ‘some of which occurred after the FBI closed a counterterrorism investigation..FBI has not taken sufficient action to address weaknesses,” CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported Wednesday.”

    “In a follow-up tweet, Herridge added: “New IG report ‘…we found at least six attacks committed in the United States by individuals who the FBI had previously assessed or investigated…’ including 2009 Fort Hood, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, 2016 Pulse Nightclub.”

    The FBI “failed to conduct follow-up investigations of people identified as violent extremists,” the report outlined, the Times notes.”


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  16. I knew what you meant Michelle and that you were referring to 11:41am…. . 🙂

    I thought they were clever too. 🙂


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