28 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-30-20

  1. Oh there’s news, but I had to make a trip out, so I’m late getting them up.

    Nobody carries water for China like CNN.

    According to them the world is practically begging for overbearing, oppressive communist rule.

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    And they aren’t the only ones….

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  3. Mayor DeBlasio is at it again. No problem with others doing things outside in groups, as long as it’s not those filthy Jews, right Mayor?

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    His outrage is selective.

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  5. NY is making us look like it’s worse than it is.

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  7. Good.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/04/29/hmmm-trump-orders-intel-services-probe-china-response-covid-19/

    “It’s not exactly a scoop that the US wants answers about how COVID-19 blindsided the US and the world. Donald Trump told the press on Monday that “very serious investigations” had begun into China’s actions, and that Trump planned to hold Beijing accountable for damage. “We are not happy with China,” Trump underscored in his response:

    Q Mr. President, Charlie Spiering from Breitbart News. And a majority of polls show that Americans blame China for the spread of the coronavirus, and yet they’re taking advantage of the crisis to make the world more dependent on their supply chains. How do you get — how do you hold China accountable and how do you keep our country — how do you incentivize our businesses?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, Charlie, there are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable. We’re doing very serious investigations, as you probably know. And we are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source, it could have been stopped quickly, and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world. And we think that should have happened. So we’ll let you know at the appropriate time, but we are doing serious investigations.

    On this point, Trump has been proven correct. This morning, NBC reports that Trump ordered that intelligence agencies conduct the investigation, and that those will target both China and the World Health Organization. The orders indicate a specific interest in the research laboratories in Wuhan:

    The White House has ordered intelligence agencies to comb through communications intercepts, human source reporting, satellite imagery and other data to establish whether China and the World Health Organization initially hid what they knew about the emerging coronavirus pandemic, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the matter told NBC News.

    A specific “tasking” seeking information about the outbreak’s early days was sent last week to the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, which includes the National Center for Medical Intelligence, an official directly familiar with the matter said. The CIA has received similar instructions, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter. …

    As part of the tasking, intelligence agencies were asked to determine what the WHO knew about two research labs studying coronaviruses in the Chinese province of Wuhan, where the virus was first observed. NBC News has previously reported that the spy agencies have been investigating the possibility that the virus escaped accidentally from one of the labs, although many experts believe that is unlikely.

    Unlikely? Maybe, but it’s definitely within the parameters of possibility. Josh Rogin’s reporting on prophetic State Department warnings about the Wuhan Institute of Virology put that explanation squarely in the mainstream of possibilities, even though the media had tried to paint Sen. Tom Cotton as a kook for even mentioning it beforehand. Furthermore, China won’t ever admit to that even if it turned out to be true, which means it’s a possibility that outside agencies will have to investigate.”

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  8. No biggie here, just the head of the FBI at the time admitting he set up General Flynn.

    Told he was garbage.

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    He deserves far worse.

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  9. Here’s the unsealed proof.

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  11. Like I said, why should we pay for the mismanagement of Democrat run states?

    “Illinois Sen. Plummer: Coronavirus bailout – Don’t waste federal funds on my state’s bankrupt system”

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-dont-bailout-bankrupt-illinois-senator-jason-plummer

    “Americans broadly support federal relief for businesses and workers, but they don’t want to bail out failed business models and corporate corruption. So how would they feel about bailing out the governance failures of America’s most corrupt state?

    Welcome to Illinois, America’s shrinking state, home to 1,000 public corruption convictions in the last 20 years. Our acquisitive state politicians want over $40 billion from other states in a brazen attempt to spread the Illinois model beyond our borders.

    My Democratic state Senate colleagues garnered national attention with a letter containing this audacious request. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has separately requested billions in federal funds. The message from Illinois’ elected leaders is crystal clear: no humility, no regrets, no acknowledgment of failures, and no strings attached. American Taxpayers – bail us out!

    Don’t let it happen. Federal dollars should not prop up Illinois’ failed system.

    Sober-minded Illinoisans have long warned that the next economic wind would topple our financial house of cards. However, our leaders had other priorities. Pritzker took to the lectern for his 2020 State of the State address declaring Illinois strong and dismissing fiscal realists as “carnival barkers” and “doomsayers,” receiving thunderous approval from his allies. Now the entire nation knows we’re broke and these same politicians are pleading for a bailout.”

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  12. Of course it did. Anyone with a brain knew this. Even the media did, but they aren’t truthful about a lot of things….

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    The media is complicit in this farce.

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  13. How about some real proof?

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  14. Use the farce….

    #Charade 2.0

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    Bwahahaha! 🤣😂🤣

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  15. If it was satire, it’d be funny. But they’re serious.

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  17. Pointing out Nancy’s hypocrisy must have hit a nerve. 🙂

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  18. Sure she’s satisfied, he handled it like a true Bill Clinton, lie and deny.

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    Pretty nimble for an old woman.

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  19. I’m not a big fan buzzfeed — its similar to hotair and other “news” sites who more or less just act like Huff Post but with even less dignity, but this is worth a read —

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/after-one-tweet-to-president-trump-this-man-got-69-million?fbclid=IwAR3mJac9TASn7dcfOJH2rANBKvfFNXp7S1msKBqGiyp2_tZqBm6414yObG8

    Meanwhile the face of terrorism in Michigan — there’s no other word for it

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/hundreds-protest-michigan-lawmakers-consider-extending-governors-emergency-powers-n1196886?fbclid=IwAR2xU0muE_aR4MXOioOLklxS12eM_Pu01ltHv-3QzByArgBnDWBNiv6FBSQ

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  20. Ben Shapiro used to at least have some with now he’s just a shrill.

    You can’t subtract the main hotspot to change the country’s stats — Italy includes Milan, Belgium includes Brussels etc. The whining over which states gets money based on political preference makes one wonder what loyalty comes first — party or country. In a time of crisis you help out the afflicted you don’t ask for their voting record first. And its bit rich for McConnell who’s state is a net recipient of federal money to complain about New York which in normal times is a net contributor. Its in the best interests of Kentucky for New York to recover as soon as possible. And if Shapiro and McConnell want to separate or abandon New York — try to imagine the economic loss to the US without NYC or other “blue” areas.

    For more corruption — Monty Bennet owner of three hotel businesses and a top Trump donor, received 96 million dollars in the PPP program, just after paid himself over a $1 million in bonusers. Another company, Plumware received 2.8 million dollars after only 2 days of applying. JP Morgan Chase gave the loan to Plumware whose CEO had previously worked over 20 years for JP Morgan. Plumware has made over 3 million dollars collecting data for Trump’s reelection campaign. At least 56 publicly owned companies that pay their CEOs over a million a year received PPP funds, Mnucchin mentioned the Lakers but not the above. So while the people are complaining about blue vs red state bailouts, the trucks are backing up to the Treasury robbing it blind again.

    Now in only the US had salaried bureaucrats to administer the program….

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  21. I don’t mean to make light of Biden, Kennedy, Dodd etc. But they, along with Trump, are all from a generation of self-entitled men. Sexual harassment is not going to be a campaign issue — neither side wants it nor does it appear the public. Trump supporters don’t care about Trump’s sexual proclivities and Biden supporters don’t want about to hear about creepy Joe. In fact, character issues won’t matter — Trump supporters have long accepted his character and no matter what shortcoming is revealed about Biden, it won’t change minds. Two things will decide it — voter turnout and perception of competence. The former is more important than the latter. Republicans will want to minimize turnout and Democrats need to motivate people to come out. Standard tricks will occur — less poll stations in urban areas, purged voter rolls, etc. Although a referendum allowing felons to vote once released was passed in Florida — de Santis has refused to implement it. Florida may be a key state and preventing felons from voting is seen to favor the Republicans.

    Speaking of de Santis it appears his office wants to play with Covid statistics — two different counts have been revealed in terms of Covid deaths. His admin is apparently not counting non-residents, ie seniors staying the winter, in their statistics. Obviously wrong — as a death in your jurisdiction counts.

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  22. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with freedom. That is what that is at 5;37. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to agree, but they have the constitutional right to do it. Maybe you don’t have freedom to protest in Canada, but we still do here. Not sorry if that upsets your delicate sensibilities. Deal with it.

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    It’s not Trump’s fault in someone didn’t deliver on their contracts. They will be dealt with by our laws if anything illegal happened. Perhaps liberals should do a better job vetting before they write the big check. Yawn.

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    No, what you’re doing is using your leftist double standard. Again. You were here with Ricky spouting endlessly about the allegations about Trump, with the scantest of evidence the first time around. Sorry, but you don’t get a say now. It’s relevant, and it’s gonna be an issue. Bank on it. Goose, gander, sauce.

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  23. And they will all be audited. Thanks to Trump. The banks will be too. You blame him for things he has no control or say on. Congress wrote the legislation that allowed this, the House run by Dems mostly, not Trump. And Trump has no say on who banks give special treatment to. That’s why they need investigating too. But again, stop blaming Trump for things he has no say in. You really should learn how our system works, so you don’t sound so clueless.

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  24. Oh you are free to protest — just not storm the legislature with a gun. That’s terrorism. I don’t even mind when anarchist throw a few rocks through a Starbucks window. However, storming the legislature while armed is not okay — its a deliberate attempt to intimidate the legislature ie the bedrock of democracy. When you allow the legislature to be threaten with armed force, you are approaching the status of a failed state.
    Ask yourself if that was BLM storming the legislature heavily armed; would you approve and honestly do you thing they would get near the steps before the police opened fire?

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    Oh I agree. I’m not even blaming Trump alone — I think there’s a lot of blame to go around here. It seems all governing authorities are acting in a panic and bad decisions are made that way. The profit gouging by other companies also in the article is mind numbing. Capitalism at its finest. Remember I don’t view American politics and economics through a partisan lens. The rot of corruption in the procurement process and in federal aid programs is incredible.
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    I personally think both Trump and Biden need to face their accusers. I think both men are unfit for the job. And I think all self entitled rich lecherous white men need to be prosecuted if possible no matter the party. But in analyzing what will matter in the upcoming campaign, I don’t think sexual harassment/assault and questions of character will matter to the American voter. Neither man has a moral leg to stand on and will not want to raise his opponent’s moral shortcomings for fear of drawing attention to his own. And I don’t think most Trump and Biden supporters care at this point. Its wrong but its the state of US politics.

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  25. The point I made several times is not whether its the House, the Senate or the President that authorized it but that private banks were actually given the authority to distribute gov’t money. That’s a recipe for corruption. Without an administrative state, you risk a failed state. AOC correctly pointed that out — banks should not run the government. This failure is bipartisan — very few people pointed this out and everyone treats this as normal.

    Investigating after the fact is backwards — it costs more and recovers less.

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