15 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-7-20

  1. Some Democrats are trying to protect the pervs. They think it’s fine to have pervs patting down people and kids at the TSA and such. Thankfully there are still some decent Dems left.

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/174-house-dems-vote-against-anti-sexual-predator-amendment/

    “174 House Dems Vote Against Anti-Sexual-Predator Amendment

    Dozens of Dems join GOP to prevent TSA from hiring people with sexual misconduct, terror convictions”

    “Forty-two House Democrats bucked party leadership on Thursday to pass an amendment ensuring that individuals convicted of sex crimes, terrorism, and other violent offenses cannot be employed by the TSA.

    Despite their support for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, 174 House Democrats voted against an amendment to the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act that alters the way TSA disciplines and fires workers. The amendment divided Democrats on Thursday despite the fact that it was written by Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood (Ill.). House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) criticized liberal lawmakers for attempting to sabotage efforts to safeguard the public from sexual predators.

    “[The amendment] was pulled back by leadership because the socialist wing of the party did not want to have that amendment go forward on this bill,” McCarthy said on Thursday. “When it was offered, overwhelmingly the majority of the House would like to see the TSA not hire terrorists or those who have been convicted of sexual misconduct with minors and others. But the socialist wing of the party, that controls now the Democratic Party, said that that could not be offered.”

    Republicans were able to include the amendment in the bill only after Underwood and 41 other Democrats broke ranks to insert the language into the bill in a 227-175 vote. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D, Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), as well as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), all voted against Underwood’s amendment when Rep. Debbie Lesko (R., Ariz.) put it forward in a motion to recommit—the last opportunity for a House bill to be amended before a final passage vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) did not vote on the motion. A top Republican aide criticized Democratic leaders for bowing to party leaders on the measure.

    “It’s no surprise that Democrat logic in 2020 means taking marching orders from Justice Democrats to give TSA the ability to hire the Harvey Weinsteins of the world,” the aide said. “A ‘second chance’ for sex offenders shouldn’t include patting down traveling families.”

    Pelosi did not respond to a request for comment on why the amendment was pulled, nor did Underwood. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and Hoyer did not respond to requests for comment about the bill.”

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  2. Do we want to close schools at this point.

    Here’s both sides…..

    “Coronavirus School Closings: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
    History teaches us that keeping children at home early in an outbreak can save lives.”

    “My research on the long history of epidemics has taught me that when it comes to outbreaks of contagious respiratory infections, closing schools can help prevent many thousands of illnesses and deaths.

    Schools are community gathering places where large numbers of people are in proximity to one another and respiratory infections can easily spread among young people and adults alike. Shutting them down can be a key part of slowing the spread of easily transmissible viruses so that hospitals are not overrun with sick people, and it can help to buy time to allow for the development of antiviral medications, medical treatments or a vaccine.

    But policymakers working to stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 should remember a key part of this historically informed equation: We can’t wait until it’s too late.

    Communities in the United States must shut down schools before, not after, the outbreak becomes widespread here. “Widespread” is admittedly an imprecise term, but I use it to describe a situation in which there are multiple cases throughout a town or state and more cases with each passing day.”

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    Counterpoint…..

    https://news.yahoo.com/really-want-close-schools-u-110417317.html

    “‘Do we really want to close schools?’ U.S. authorities resist coronavirus closures”

    “Like many Seattle residents, Andrew Davidoff is demanding schools close to slow the country’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, but as in other U.S. cities school officials are resisting that, saying closures could make things worse.

    Davidoff, a Microsoft Corp employee, has been told to work from home to slow the spread of the virus. He thinks his daughter, and other children in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) should do the same after 11 people died in the state from COVID-19.

    “LWSD is doing everything they can to get me sick,” said Davidoff, 59, among over 20,000 people to sign an online petition demanding school closures.

    But in a controversy like ones playing out in New York and Los Angeles, the Seattle school district is staying open.

    “School closures can be disruptive and costly for families,” LWSD said in a statement, recommending schools not shut unless there were COVID-19 exposure risks.

    The dilemma over whether to close schools has rolled into the United States as U.S. coronavirus cases top 200. The outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on schools worldwide, the education of over 290 million students affected in 13 countries, according to the United Nations.

    Closures have long been a U.S. response to influenza, a dangerous and highly contagious disease for students. But health authorities are rethinking their approach for coronavirus, shown to have limited effects on children.

    “Do we really want to close schools or do we want to keep schools open so faculty can continue to come in and serve children?” said Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County.

    Not all of Seattle’s schools are staying open.”

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  3. SXSW and Emerald City Comic-con are cancelling.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/03/06/sxsw-cancelled-emerald-city-comic-con-postponed-coronavirus/

    “SXSW Canceled, Emerald City Comic Con Postponed Because Of Coronavirus (And This Is Just The Start)”

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    “We have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in Seattle, and, after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming. We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed.

    Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year. Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.

    Washington state, in particular Seattle, has been the area of the U.S. hardest hit by the virus. Thirteen people have died from the disease so far. Concern about spreading the virus led the University of Washington to announce today that it would cease all in-person classes for the rest of the semester:”

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  4. The hordes are at it again.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/03/fighting_the_muslim_reconquest_of_europe_on_the_greeceturkey_border.html

    “Fighting the Muslim Re-Conquest of Europe on the Greece-Turkey Border”

    “As Americans remain riveted to the corona virus and the nauseating vicissitudes of the Democrats’ battle to choose a presidential nominee — a choice now apparently winnowed down to the Marxist or the moron — this writer’s thoughts once again are drawn to events in Europe. The critical situation now unfolding day by day on the Greek-Turkish border may at first seem of minor concern to America, but in fact it’s a critical part of the overall struggle by patriots on both sides of the Atlantic to preserve Western Civilization.

    The same forces working here to dissolve American civilization through mass migration and deliberately inculcated cultural self-loathing are busy in Europe pursuing the same goal by identical means. And the same traditional, patriotic segment of the population, guilty of the crime of loving their civilization and wanting to preserve it, resists cultural dissolution in both Europe and America. The commonality of the struggle is striking.

    European patriots, however, face worse odds. Their governments are more ruthless in condemning patriotism and love of country (who knew those feelings made one a Nazi?), and Europeans’ history of submission to authority, and consequent ingrained passivity, make them less inclined to risk social condemnation to save themselves.

    Consider the events unfolding on Europe’s eastern border with Islam:

    Over the last week to ten days, the Islamist 21st century Sultan on the Bosporus, Recep Erdogan, has abrogated Turkey’s 2016 Agreement with the European Union, under which the Turks committed to preventing a repetition of the 2015 mass migration of Muslim migrants into Western Europe. During the 2015 fiasco, welcomed by German Chancellor Merkel, at least one million “refugees” (read “economic migrants”) from the Middle East and elsewhere streamed into Germany (hence, into all of Europe), following a route that crossed Turkey, the Greek-Turkish border, the Balkans and Austria. By today, the number in of Muslim newcomers in Germany has metastasized, through “family reunification” and continuing migration, to at least two million, with all the vast increases in criminality and sexual assaults, widespread overt loathing of European culture and traditions, and massive social welfare costs, all of which any even casual student of Islamic history would have predicted.

    In return for Turkey’s supposed commitment to prevent a recurrence of the 2015 catastrophe, the EU’s appeasement junkies, “led” by Merkel, agreed to provide vast monetary support to the Turkish Islamist regime and diplomatic support to Turkey’s military efforts in Syria and elsewhere. This was a fool’s bargain for Europe from the beginning, as it granted Erdogan permanent leverage to extort both massive financial contributions to his regime from Western Europe and a mandatory diplomatic cheering section for his expansionist military adventures in the Middle East, especially in Syria.

    But as usual, enfeebled European elites, having neither the requisite cultural pride nor the military means to defend their fragile borders with Islam, saw little choice: Pay off the Turks or endure another invasion by millions of young Muslim men from all over the Middle East and elsewhere — masquerading as “refugees” from the Syrian war, and dishonestly assisted in their masquerade by Western Europe’s leftist-dominated mainstream media.

    Last Saturday, the futility of a purchased peace with Islamist governments was once again revealed with striking clarity: Recep Erdogan explicitly cancelled the 2016 agreement and announced that his government would no longer halt or hinder the estimated 3.5 million non-Turkish Muslims already living in Turkey, and the hundreds of thousands more migrants who will now enter Turkey across its eastern border, in their westward movement across Turkey into Europe, via Greece.

    Little more than a week after Erdogan’s announcement, scenes of chaos and violence just short of war are unfolding on the Greek-Turkish border. In the ancient Greek province of Thrace, where Turkey’s European-side province is separated from Greece by the River Evros, Greek soldiers and police, behind fences and barbed wire, face off against would-be border crossers numbering, depending on source, anywhere from 13,000 to 30,000, to 75,000. The numbers of would-be invaders and violence increase daily.”

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  5. Someone asked the other day why Trump’s primary numbers would matter, since he’s mostly unopposed.

    Here’s why.

    “Trump’s Super Tuesday results: Broad appeal beyond a united GOP”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/485927-trumps-super-tuesday-results-broad-appeal-beyond-a-united-gop

    “While some in the media spent much of Super Tuesday reveling in Joe Biden’s awakening from political death, they entirely missed the untold story of Super Tuesday: President Donald Trump’s record-breaking vote counts and turnout.

    Despite being an uncontested incumbent, President Trump managed to break several turnout and vote-count records in blue states and key swing states.

    In Vermont and Minnesota, Trump’s vote totals beat every past incumbent’s total in the last four decades. In Maine, the president’s vote total bested every primary candidate’s total since before President Ronald Reagan. In Massachusetts, the story was similar, with Trump aggregating a higher vote total than past incumbent Republicans since before Reagan.

    And in deeply blue California, with 82 percent of precincts reporting, President Trump collected nearly 1.4 million votes.

    Turnout numbers similarly showcased the enthusiasm of Republican voters. In Colorado, for example, Republican turnout for Trump on Tuesday was greater than the past three Republican primaries combined.

    The evident enthusiasm for Trump was made clear in red states, in swing states, even in blue states on Tuesday evening, indicating that the Republican Party is more unified than ever before and is growing in numbers.

    Indeed, Tuesday night’s results are reflective of the data the Trump campaign collects in the lead-up to rallies. The campaign routinely finds that about a quarter of those who register to attend Trump rallies are Democrats and around 10 percent to 15 percent did not vote in 2016.”

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  6. Trump voters are eager and ready. 🙂

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/287456/americans-remain-enthusiastic-2020-election.aspx

    “Americans Remain Enthusiastic About 2020 Election

    “About six in 10 adults feel more enthusiastic about voting this year than usual
    Thought given to campaign also on high side for February of election year
    Republicans have edge on enthusiasm; Democrats, on thought to campaign

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    “Republicans Currently Hold Edge in Election Enthusiasm
    Enthusiasm for voting in 2020 is fairly high among Democrats and Republicans, although Republicans have the slight edge in the pre-Super Tuesday poll, as they did in most recent presidential election years at this point in the campaign.

    Republicans are also expressing the most enthusiasm they have in the early months of any election since Gallup first measured this in 2000. The current 64% feeling more enthusiastic easily beats the prior high of 53% in 2012 and 2004 for this time of year.

    Democrats’ enthusiasm (58%), in turn, well exceeds where it stood at a slightly later point in 2016 (43% in May) and in February 2012 (45%) and March 2000 (33%). It matches the level recorded in January/February 2004 (59%) but is considerably lower than in February 2008 (79%).”

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  7. The Butcher of Tehran is a Coronavirus fatality.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/iran-coronavirus-kills-the-butcher-of-tehran/

    “Iran: Coronavirus Kills the ‘Butcher of Tehran’

    Mohammad Abolghasem’s Basij milita took part in the bloody suppression of last year’s pro-democracy protests”

    “Coronavirus has killed a high-profile leader in Iran responsible for the U.S.-designated terrorist group Basij Forces, the Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed. Mohammad Haj Abolghasem, a senior commander, was known as the ‘butcher of Tehran’ for his role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests that began in November 2019, the Iranian exile group said.

    Abolghasem’s Basij Forces took active part in crushing anti-regime protests. Over 1,500 Iranians were killed by the pro-regime forces during the clampdown. Basij and pro-regime forces were involved in gunning down unarmed protesters. They even used sharpshooters, as well as machine guns mounted on helicopters and pickup trucks, to shoot into crowds.

    Basij Forces, affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), were behind “terror plots and campaigns of mayhem across the region and are complicit in the recent murders of around 1,500 Iranians protesting for freedom,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in statement in January 2020.

    Abolghasemi is not the only high-profile Iranian terrorist to contract the coronavirus. Iran’s Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, who acted as the spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy hostage-takers in 1979, was also among the infected, state-run newspaper confirmed.”

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  8. Thankfully Romney has caved.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/romney-will-vote-for-senate-homeland-subpoena-for-biden-burisma-investigation/

    “Romney Will Vote for Senate Homeland Subpoena For Biden-Burisma Investigation

    “Senator Romney has expressed his concerns to Chairman Johnson, who has confirmed that any interview of the witness would occur in a closed setting without a hearing or public spectacle.”

    “The office of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) confirmed he will vote to subpoena documents in the Senate Homeland Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings.

    Romney described the situation as “a politically motivated investigation.” Democrats claimed Johnson’s “request represented an abuse of power aimed at damaging a leading Democratic presidential contender.”

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    So take the testimony in private and leak it all over the media, like Schiff and Dems did. Works great.

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  9. A new low, which for MSNBC is really saying something.

    She’s smiling with glee at the very thought. Just disgusting.

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  10. Yet another scandal for the self proclaimed scandal free Obama admin.

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/former-acting-dhs-inspector-general-during-obama-years-indicted/

    “Former Obama Admin Acting DHS Inspector General Indicted on Theft, Fraud Charges”

    “A 59-year-old Maryland man who served as the Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) between the 2011 and 2013 years of Barack Obama’s presidency has been indicted for alleged theft and fraud.

    The Department of Justice announced the charges against Charles K. Edwards and 54-year-old Virginia resident Murali Yamazula Venkata on Friday. The defendants are each accused of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of government property, conspiracy to defraud the United States, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government property. Venkata is additionally accused of destroying records.

    Per the DOJ press release:

    According to the allegations in the indictment, from October 2014 to April 2017, Edwards, Venkata, and others executed a scheme to defraud the U.S. government by stealing confidential and proprietary software from DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with sensitive government databases containing personal identifying information (PII) of DHS and USPS employees, so that Edwards’s company, Delta Business Solutions, could later sell an enhanced version of DHS-OIG’s software to the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at a profit. Although Edwards had left DHS-OIG in December 2013, he continued to leverage his relationship with Venkata and other DHS-OIG employees to steal the software and the sensitive government databases.

    The indictment further alleges that, in addition to stealing DHS-OIG’s software and the sensitive government databases, Venkata and others also assisted Edwards by reconfiguring his laptop so that he could properly upload the stolen software and databases, provided troubleshooting support whenever Edwards required it, and helped him build a testing server at his residence with the stolen software and databases, which contained PII. As further part of the alleged scheme, Edwards retained software developers in India for the purpose of developing his commercial alternative of DHS-OIG’s software.”

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  11. If you think he’s wrong, just say so. But do it respectfully and with the truth, as Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine does.

    When you lie to do it, like the WaPo’s David Nakamura did, you just look and sound like fake news.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/washington-post-lies-about-trumps-coronavirus-presser.php

    “WASHINGTON POST LIES ABOUT TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS PRESSER

    Yesterday, President Trump toured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Afterwards, he spoke to the press, alongside Secretary of HHS Alex Azar and top officials from the Center.

    Aspects of the president’s performance were off putting, or should be for all but Trump’s most ardent supporters. He bragged about his grasp of information and analysis relevant to the coronavirus, saying “maybe I have natural ability.”

    Trump clearly does have natural ability, though not necessarily in the field of medicine and contagious disease. What puzzles me is why he needs to brag about it.

    Trump also described coronavirus testing kits as “beautiful” and as “perfect” as the phone conversation with Ukraine’s president that led to his impeachment. Was Trump trying to be funny? I don’t know. But a self-serving irrelevant aside like this, even if it was an attempt at humor, is inappropriate when discussing a potential pandemic.

    In this article, David Nakamura of the Washington Post ridicules Trump’s presser. That’s okay with me. Aspects of Trump’s performance invited ridicule.

    Unfortunately, Nakamura also provides a false account of the substance of Trump’s remarks. The headline of his story asserts that “Trump second-guess[ed] the [medical] professions.” In the body of the story Nakamura goes further, claiming that the president “repeatedly second-guessed. . .the actual medical professionals standing next to him.” (Emphasis added)

    Trump did no such thing. In fact, he did the opposite. He deferred to the medical professionals.

    Nakamura cites no example of second-guessing. I watched the full presser and heard none.”

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    And it’s not David Nakamura’s first time spreading fake news either.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/the-fake-news-media-strikes-again.php

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  12. The TSA amendment was an exercise in political shaming. There area at least two reasons not to vote for it. One, its a duplication of requirements — the TSA like any employers require a criminal background check already. Excessive legislating used to be considered a vice in the Republican party. Second, the amendment includes terrorism along with sexual crimes. If the TSA were to use the “no fly” list as a screening device, it will be problematic as hundreds of people are on the list don’t belong there. As the Republicans constantly remind us, the FBI can no longer be trusted. I’m sure its the latter rational that some Democrats would vote against it.

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  13. So called free market capitalism hates disruption. Capitalism requires the heavy hand of the state to impose the market conditions. Changing the medieval economic structure to a capitalist economic structure required revolutions (English and French). When a disruptive agent is introduced — strikes, viruses, native blockades — the elites get nervous and find a use for the state. Its instructive that the argument against closing schools is that its disruptive, inconvenient, etc. The same argument for back to work legislation and using police and army to take down blockades.

    There’s no need to close schools — if parents kept their sick children at home. However, we know from experience this doesn’t happen — its too inconvenient. Free market capitalism doesn’t allow for it. Capitalism doesn’t provide for paid sick days, lapses in production, etc.

    Trump has been lucky so far — there’s been very little disruption or challenges to the economic system in his presidency. He inherited a relatively good economy and through lower than necessary taxes and interest rates the economy kept moving and the stock market inflated. A potentially disruptive virus in an electoral year is upsetting and frustrating for the Trump team. It may seem to be a bit morbid for TV talking heads to discuss the political implications of a pandemic but that is the nature of cable news — you have to fill up 24 hours, speculation is part of the genre. And they are right — this is a unique challenge to the Trump admin and it may decide their electoral chances.

    Trump has contradicted experts a few times — he can’t resist to talk and act like an authority on any topic. And late night comedy has been quick to jump on it. His comment that its okay to go to work is an example and its also an example of the Trump admin’s real worry — economic disruption.

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