36 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-11-20

  1. So Antifa and Democrats (but I repeat myself) want to disband police. Their way is better they say. So now they’re trying their way, so say goodbye to “police” violence and abuse, now that the anarchist are in charge.


    One day, that’s all it took. Idiots,


    “The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Has Already Had Its First Incident Of Self-Appointed-Police Violence”

    “Earlier today Allahpundit wrote about the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) which was set up in Seattle after police retreated from a few square blocks. The denizens of this new experiment in police-free living were probably envisioning a utopia full of peace and community love. Instead they got a new self-appointed police force led by a rapper named Raz Simone.

    Early this morning someone posted a video clip to Reddit which shows Simone and a group of people confronting a graffiti artist. Things escalate and eventually the tagger is assaulted by someone in the group and has his phone taken away. The video is about an hour long but here’s a summary created by someone in the Reddit thread:

    tl;dw: Man was tagging over someone else’s art, Raz and group approach and separate him from crowd, chasing him for two blocks. He begins to film them with his phone, they take it from him. He tries to get it back and they attack him, kicking him in the head and breaking his glasses. At one point, Raz threatens to shoot the man. They then begin to gaslight him that it was all his fault. Audio only for most of the end, because woman in Raz’ crew filming puts the phone in her pocket while the stream continues.

    Someone else created this timeline of significant moments in the video. I’ve verified that this is roughly accurate though some of the wording is slightly different than in the actual video:

    0:35: “We are the police of this community now!”

    6:20: “For your own safety, you need to go” seems like a thinly veiled threat

    7:10: “You might need a little love tap” as a cutesy way of describing earlier assault

    9:10: “We got to the point where addressing the point physically was the best way to get our point across.”

    11:00: Video blacked out as conflict heats up.

    12:30: Someone starts yelling “WHAT THE @#$%” for reasons unclear. Based on later context, this appears to be when most of the assault occurred, may have involved kicking, definitely broke his glasses.

    13:20: “Give me your phone and sit down.” / “You just broke my glasses! I’m blind!” /”If you don’t sit down, I’ll make you sit down!”

    13:45: “You just broke my glasses and stole my phone!”

    14:45: “You just broke my glasses!” “Yeah, we should have broken your face!”

    15:10: “Don’t be making no threats n****, I’ll blow your brains out” (the “threat” appears to have been “I want to leave here within the next 15 minutes”, I think?)

    Eventually, the victim of the assault did get his phone back and stuck around for a “conversation” which, according to Raz Simone solved everything. Here’s a brief portion of the video followed by Raz Simone’s claim that everything ended with hugs and apologies.”


  2. I turn 90 in two months.
    As I sit here watching TV, part of me is glad that I wont have to live in the nation these young people are creating for themselves.

    History is what it is. You can’t change history. To destroy the reminders of history will leave them empty and clueless.

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  3. Defund the police?

    You asked for it. This is what happens when police back off, because the politicians ordered them to.


    “Homicides this week have increased 250% in L.A. compared to last week, LAPD says”

    “The Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that homicides in the city increased 250% over the previous week, and the number of people who were shot increased by 56% during the same period.

    The increased numbers were recorded during the week of May 31-June 6, but officials also reported continued violence this week.”


    Want to see what disbanding the police leads to?

    Look south, to Mexico.


    “If You Want To Know What Disbanding The Police Looks Like, Look At Mexico

    The rise of vigilante groups in Mexico offers a hint of what happens when institutions fail and civil society collapses. America should be paying attention.”

    “One of the most visible and insistent demands of the Black Lives Matter movement is the abolition or disbandment of the police—or at the very least defunding them, which taken to the extreme would amount to the same thing. “Abolish the police” has become a rallying cry among protesters and a litmus test for elected officials seeking to ally with them.

    What comes after the police have been abolished remains unclear. Protesters and politicians alike are hazy on details, preferring instead to talk about “reimagining public safety” and throwing around vague terms like “community policing.”

    Of course, in concrete terms what would happen if a city actually disbanded its police department, as the Minneapolis City Council pledged to do over the weekend, is that the county sheriff’s office or the state police—or perhaps even federal law enforcement—would step into the vacuum and the city would have almost no say in how it was policed or what policies county and state law enforcement agencies adopted.

    But let’s say these ultra-progressive municipal governments could get their wish and abolish the police in their cities entirely. What would happen? Inevitably, an armed group would emerge and impose a monopoly on the use of force.

    If you want an idea of how that works, look to our southern neighbor, Mexico, where over the past decade endemically corrupt police departments in some areas have been supplanted by autodefensas, or local self-defense militias. But before you get too excited about the prospect of paramilitary autodefensas policing American cities, understand that in Mexico these groups are a mixed bag at best—and at worst they’re not much better than the corrupt local police and cartel gunmen they replaced. More importantly, their mere presence in Mexico was and is a disturbing sign of societal decay.

    The Rise And Fall Of Mexico’s Autodefensas
    To understand why, a bit of background is needed. The modern autodefensas movement in Mexico arose during some of the most violent years of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In 2013, a doctor from the cartel-ravaged state of Michoacán, José Manuel Mireles Valverde, organized one of the first self-defense militias to fight against the Knights Templar Cartel. He initially recruited ordinary men, shop keepers and farmers, to hunt down cartel henchmen and drive them out of their towns.

    Initially, these ad-hoc militias met with some success, capturing or killing members of the Knights Templar, setting up roadblocks and ambushes, and expanding the number of militias operating throughout Michoacán. But as the violence in the region increased, the militias eventually caught the attention of the Mexican government, which deployed the military against both cartels and autodefensas. Mireles was badly injured in a plane crash in 2014 and was soon pushed out of a leadership role. Later that year the government ordered autodefensas to disarm as part of an effort to bring them under the control of state-controlled Fuerza Rural, or Rural Police Force.

    By then, the line between autodefensas and cartels had begun to blur. The militias had been infiltrated by cartel members, including former members of the Knights Templar who knew the cartel was losing power. One former Knights Templar member, Nicolás Sierra Santana, known as “El Gordo,” joined the autodefensas movement early on but left when the government ordered them to disarm. He and other militia members went on to create a new drug cartel, “Los Viagras,” which today is affiliated with the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.”


  4. Message fail.

    “Friendly Reminder: Multiple Studies Don’t Back Up Any of the Black Lives Matter Talking Points”


    “Do we have a racist cop issue in the United States? Based on the liberal media coverage, you’d think that there’s been an ongoing surreptitious and odious war against communities of color. Is the system racist? Attorney General William Barr said last week that there was explicit distrust among black Americans regarding our criminal justice system, which must change. He wants reform. That’s fine. There are multiple areas of reform that should be debated, especially regarding drug laws, mandatory sentencing, and nonviolent offenders. Yet, when it comes to policing and these tragic incidents where someone is shot and killed, the evidence has yet to bear out of any racist undertones. Multiple studies from academia to the Department of Justice under Obama has yet to yield a scintilla of evidence with regards to the talking points peddled by the far-left and Black Lives Matter about law enforcement.

    Right now, we’re on a defund the police kick, which has the end goal of abolishing all law enforcement from our society. It’s insane. It’s not popular. And it will be a campaign issue—the ascendant left-wingers are slowly eating away the Old Guard in both the Democratic Party leadership structures, the base, and the various cultural institutions that have long been dominated by liberals. On the latter, you saw how The New York Times crumbled to the will of these unhinged woke operatives.

    The publication ran an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who argued that the military should be deployed to restore law and order in the wake of the unrest unleashed by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police on May 25. Progressive reporters revolted, said the op-ed put black lives in danger (total nonsense), and forced the editorial page editor to resign. The ‘words are violence’ crowd is slowly taking over. And they’re totally insane.

    But back to the Left’s war on cops, we don’t have a racist law enforcement problem, but perception has overtaken reality on this issue. The evidence doesn’t support any aspect of the far-left’s positions on policing and race relations. None of it (via Inside Sources) [emphasis mine]:

    Since 2015, The Washington Post has maintained a comprehensive database of fatal police shootings. The Post database shows that fatal shootings by police have run steadily at around 1,000 per year since 2015: 995 (2015); 963 (2016); 987 (2017); 998 (2018); and 1,004 (2019).

    About twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. “In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black,” says Andrew McCarthy, a columnist with the National Review.


    While the current national narrative is that black Americans are, as some Black Lives Matter advocates claim, being “targeted” by police, Rafael Mangual, deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute, says that view is backward.

    “I think it is certainly fair to say that police have had a target on their backs for some time,” he told InsideSources.

    “I believe the number is that police officers are eighteen and a half times more likely to be killed by black males than unarmed black males are to be killed by police officers,” he said. “And studies have shown that the odds of a black man being killed in police custody are about one in 1,000.

    “And I think that the people holding the microscope — the special interests pushing for criminal justice reform — have found success in casting nuance and context aside to make police out to be this violent cog in a racially oppressive criminal justice system and I think it’s really problematic,” Mangual said.

    According to The Washington Post database, there were nine cases in the United States last year in which unarmed African Americans were fatally shot by the police. Meanwhile, 48 police officers were murdered in 2019 in felonious assaults, according to FBI data.

    The Post also notes that the number of citizens killed by the police has remained steady despite changing circumstances.


    …critics say the Post and other media outlets promoting the “racist cops” narrative are misreading the numbers. For example, it’s frequently reported that 23 percent of those shot and killed by police are black, but black Americans only make up 13 percent of the population.

    Heather MacDonald, also of the Manhattan Institute, cited two more studies, one from the Obama DOJ, in her op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, that undercuts the BLM narrative:”


  5. Oh look,the sequel is out. Now we have Clueless in NY as well.

    “Ocasio-Cortez Stumped When Confronted On Studies Showing Defunding Police Leads To More Crime”


  6. And now for some inconvenient truth, and an inconvenient question.


    “What about Black Christian Lives?”


    “Where are the marches and the outrage regarding the deliberate and quite systematic murder by jihadist Muslims of Black Christians in Nigeria and other African countries?

    At Genocide Watch (graphic pictures), one learns that Nigeria is “a killing field of defenseless Christians.” Since June 2015, “over 11,500 Christians have been murdered and 2,000 churches were destroyed.” The “statistics are based on careful records kept by church groups that include the names of victims and dates of their murders.”

    Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 7,400 murders of Christians. Boko Haram committed 4,000 killings of Christians. ‘Highway Bandits’ who separated Christians from Muslims on buses and then killed the Christians committed over 200 murders. Fulani Jihadists are now the world’s deadliest terrorist group. Five Nigerian Christians are massacred every day by Fulani and Boko Haram Jihadists.

    One hundred percent of the 7,400 murders by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen since June 2015 were Christians. Fulani militias wipe out whole Christian villages, but they leave Muslim villages unharmed. Four thousand Christians were killed by Boko Haram, a majority of the 6000 civilians massacred by Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) since June 2015. Boko Haram also murders Muslims who work with the Nigerian government, teach or attend schools, and anyone else who does not submit to Boko Haram’s deadly domination. From 2009 to 2020, Boko Haram murdered at least 27,000 civilians, even more than ISIS in Syria and Iraq, making Boko Haram the world’s deadliest terrorist group. That ‘distinction’ has now been claimed by Jihadist Fulani militias.

    Christians of Igbo extraction are targeted and abducted. In a scene reminiscent of what the Nazis did to the Jews, the victims “are separated at gunpoint according to their tribe and religion. This same religious targeting is applicable to victims of house to house raiding and looting during which Christians are separated from others at gunpoint and taken away or killed on the spot.” If not immediately murdered, they are “forced to pay ransom or face death including beheading or forceful conversion to Islam.” Women are subjected to brutal sexual violence of all sorts.

    In short, “[j]ihadists have forced 4 to 5 million Christians to flee and have destroyed 2,000 churches since June 2015.”

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Rev. Johnnie Moore, the president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, traveled to Nigeria in February 2020 because they could not “stand by idly when the blood of [their] neighbor is being spilled (Book of Leviticus 19:16).” They write:

    [B]lood is flowing like a river through this sprawling country, and it is being spilled at the hands of the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram and lawless tribesmen. Dozens of victims shared accounts of almost incomprehensible suffering.

    A 9-year-old girl told us about watching terrorists murder her parents and siblings with machetes. A pastor whose church had been destroyed twice met with us soon after negotiating the release of two female parishioners kidnapped by Boko Harem while en route to a Christmas celebration. The young women next to him, newly released, still showing signs of shock.

    We met men from a village razed entirely by the Islamists. The livelihoods were sabotaged, their families’ [sic] massacred. The attackers waited till the middle of the night before assailing men, women and children with guns and machetes. Kidnapping wasn’t to their taste. They started fires, then unleashed horrific ethnic cleansing. Every victim’s story seemed to end with the words “there are thousands more like us.”

    Raymond Ibrahim ceaselessly documents the genocide of Christians worldwide. In truth, a “slow-motion war is under way in Africa’s most populous country.” It’s a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality. The world hardly notices. In Mali and Nigeria, Christians are burned alive. In fact, “Nigeria is ranked 12th and Mali 29th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.”

    No global marches, no statements from Black Lives Matter, and a deafening silence from women’s groups. What might account for this?”


  7. And in other news…..


    “Congressional Republicans plan wave of new criminal referrals in Russia probe

    As many as 10 referrals could target FBI misconduct in Flynn case, false testimony and obstruction.”

    “Congressional Republicans are putting the finishing touches on as many as 10 new criminal referrals asking the Justice Department to investigate key figures in the Russia probe for misconduct ranging from perjury to illegal leaking of classified information, officials told Just the News.

    The referrals have been spurred by recently declassified evidence that provided explosive new revelations about the conduct of investigators in the now-disproven Russia collusion case, including documents showing FBI agents planned to shut down their investigation of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lack of evidence in January 2017 before they were overruled by superiors.

    Other newly released evidence showed numerous Obama administration officials engaged in unmasking Flynn’s name in secret intelligence intercepts during the transition period after the 2016 election and uncovered conflicts in testimonies previously given by former top FBI and intelligence community officials.

    “Congress is days away from making multiple criminal referrals to DOJ related to conspiracies against Michael Flynn, crimes committed during the conduct of Crossfire Hurricane, false testimony to Congress by top Obama officials, and criminal leaks of classified information from the top rung of the IC,” said a source with direct knowledge of the referrals.

    The planned referrals come as the Justice Department has expanded its own criminal investigation into the conduct of current and former employees during the Russia probe.

    Attorney General William Barr said this week the investigation is looking at why the FBI tried so aggressively to open and sustain an investigation into Trump’s campaign before the 2016 election when it lacked the sort of evidence to justify it, and whether those efforts amounted to conspiracy to defraud the courts or violate the rights of some of the Americans that were targeted.

    “I think before the election I think we were concerned about the motive, the force behind the very aggressive investigation that was launched into the Trump Campaign without — you know, with a very thin, slender reed as a basis for it,” Barr told Fox News. “It seemed that the Bureau was sort of spring-loaded at the end of July to drive in there and investigate a campaign. And they — there really wasn’t much there to do that on.”

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  8. Historic…..


    “Historic First: Under Trump, Half Of National Security Council Leaders Are Women

    Trump has long relied on the leadership and counsel of women, the White House says.”

    “For the first time in history, half of the senior leaders of the National Security Council are women. Twelve of the 24 directorates are led by women now, including three of the six regional directorates that cover the world.

    While the White House press corps has not yet noticed that fact, and Vanity Fair didn’t have Annie Leibovitz come do a photo shoot, as would have been obligatory in the previous administration, women in the White House noticed and appreciated the historic first.

    “President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to empowering women in the U.S. and across the world, implementing a pro-growth, pro-family agenda that lifts up women of all backgrounds. It’s no surprise that women are leading the way across the Trump administration, including more women leaders at the National Security Council than at any other time in history,” adviser to the President Ivanka Trump said.

    The National Security Council has both functional and regional directorates. The functional directorates tackle issues such as international organizations, border security, and COVID response, all three of which women now lead. Three of the six regional directorates covering the globe — Africa, Asia, and South Asia — are now led by women.”


  9. “Georgia was the first US state to reopen. What does its economy look like now?”


    “A little over a month ago, Georgia became the first U.S. state to allow businesses to reopen from the coronavirus lockdown, leaving a roadmap to recovery for the rest of the country as it starts to gradually ease stay-at-home guidelines.

    So far, the state has not experienced a sustained surge in COVID-19 cases that critics warned would happen when the shelter-in-place order expired on April 30, even as nail salons, hairdressers, bowling alleys, gyms, restaurants and clothing stores reopened, so long as they followed proper safety guidelines.

    Georgia is now viewed as a bellwether of sorts for how quickly the U.S. economy may return to pre-crisis levels.

    Early evidence suggests the rollback of restrictions led to a significant jump in economic activity: According to a new analysis published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, activity in Georgia is down just 24 percent from the year-ago period, compared to a 55 percent decline in mid-April.

    The state has also seen a drop-off in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits, though the number of individuals out-of-work remains persistently high. Georgia’s jobless claims peaked at the beginning of April, with 390,132 first-time claims, according to Labor Department data. When the state reopened, the number of claims went up and down, before seemingly plateauing in mid-May and eventually dipping to 148,095 the week ended May 30.”


  10. Need a new meme, this one is busted. 🙂

    He’s a hack, everyone knows it, so his guest came prepared.


    “Apparently there were long lines and voting issues galore Tuesday during Georgia’s primary, and naturally Democrats and the media rushed to blame it on “voter suppression” and likening the situation to 2018, when Democrat gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams lost the election to Republican Brian Kemp and falsely claimed it was due to state efforts to suppress the black vote.

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo was one of many in the mainstream media who took the “voter suppression” ball and ran with it in a heated back and forth with Statewide Voting Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling, who made it clear he was not going to be trifled with nor was he going to allow his state to be smeared by yet another media lie about how elections are run in Georgia.

    Cuomo hit Sterling with Democratic talking point after talking point about polling places allegedly being deliberately shut down in places where there tend to be higher numbers of black Democrats who vote, claiming it was a repeat of 2018. Sterling corrected him everytime by laying out what really happened, saying much of it was related to the Wuhan virus outbreak:

    Cuomo’s research team left him ill-prepared for the fact bombs Sterling was about to drop. “Well, the reality of what you’re seeing in Georgia today is a function of the COVID situation in large part,” Sterling began. He went on to explain that the state had lost many polling places as locations such as churches and VFW halls opted out of hosting.

    Pointing to Fulton County, which “collapsed many of those locations into mega precincts,” Sterling said state election officials told them “this is not a good idea, you need to find other alternative locations,” but they didn’t listen.

    And when it came to who made those decisions, Sterling noted: “They are made at the county level and the state has zero ability to tell them not do that.” They also had to roll with the punches and train new poll workers since their average age was 70 and they didn’t want to risk going out.

    Sterling upended Fredo’s argument. Cuomo began by bashing Trump’s position on mail-in voting, but his guest countered by noting that Georgia had just launched the state’s largest mail-in voting campaign ever, with over 1.3 million registered voters turning in a ballot before Election Day.

    Sterling also noted that “the rules of COVID spacing only allowed four voters at a time into the place.” That will understandably slow down the voting process quite a bit, especially on a day where there was allegedly record turnout.

    Read more of what Sterling had to say about what happened Tuesday and about the election issues he says the state has had with Democrat-run Fulton County “for years” here, and watch the highlight reel below:”


    Message fail. Womp, womp, womp…..


  11. “The Suicide of Expertise”


    “After misleading Americans on a long list of consequential issues over the past few decades—from climate change to dietary guidelines and now the common cry of “systemic racism”—the body of expertise is twitching. In this case, I will even allow for coding its death as another coronavirus fatality.” 🙂

    “In his 2017 book, The Death of Expertise, author Tom Nichols argued that know-it-all Americans were tuning out the credentialed class at great risk to the country. “We rely on delegating decisions to other people who we assume are going to have some better knowledge of these issues than we are,” he said in an April 2017 speech. “Our republic functions on delegating decisions to others who rely on expertise to help make the best decisions we can make.”

    Nichols, a rabid NeverTrumper, often ridicules Trump and his supporters as ignorant rubes who recklessly disregard the advice of Our Betters with Letters. Blaming experts for disastrous foreign wars or lousy trade pacts, Nichols insists, is just a craven political strategy. It is inconceivable to him that disgust with the expert class could be rooted in legitimate gripes or clear evidence of failure.

    But like so many assumptions made by his NeverTrump cohorts, Nichols is wrong. Again. Expertise did not die at the hands of deplorable Trumpkins or even web-surfing suburban moms. Expertise wasn’t killed; it has slowly committed suicide.

    And we are watching the final death throes of the credentialed class as the last gasps of their credibility can be heard across social media and cable news outlets. The tension between two forms of pseudoscience—social distancing and social justice—snapped, and the experts who vehemently demanded the former now take a knee to defend the latter.

    Public Health Hypocrisy

    As I wrote last week, the protests and violence unleashed in the name of George Floyd abruptly canceled the expert-backed lockdowns that most Americans have followed dutifully for nearly three months. Close observers of the coronavirus crisis waited in vain for inevitable lectures from public health officials and social media shamers warning that hedonistic rabble-rousers would spread the disease.

    To the contrary, not only did the experts refuse to scold social distancing violators, they justified the mass gatherings. Health experts signed a letter explaining why mostly-white lockdown protesters should be treated differently than mostly-black social justice protestors; they even objected to various law enforcement measures. “[We] Advocate that protesters not be arrested or held in confined spaces, including jails or police vans, which are some of the highest-risk areas for COVID-19 transmission,” the experts scolded.

    One well-known expert, a familiar face on cable news shows over the past few months, also weighed in: “We commit to working to produce the evidence that racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response, wherever they occur. We are committed to this fight.”

    The author of those empty words? Dr. Christopher Murray, the head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the expert behind the flawed models that were used to force President Trump to shut down the economy in late March. Murray wrongly predicted that coronavirus patients would overwhelm the country’s health care system, causing widespread shortages of hospital beds and ventilators.

    He’s been the leading voice for social distancing, including the closure of schools, and nags beachgoers and Republican governors daring to reopen their states against his wishes. Yet Murray has made no mention of the public health risk posed by the tens of thousands of protestors assembling for days on end and clearly in violation of his own rules.

    Of course, Murray was not alone—experts and their media mouthpieces caused a case of collective whiplash as they attempted to explain their latest double-standard.

    Propaganda Disguised as Science

    But that wasn’t the only credibility-crushing moment in the past week. The Lancet, a leading scientific journal, retracted a study it published last month claiming the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine didn’t help coronavirus patients and in fact would kill people who use it. After Trump said he was taking the medicine, the Lancet rushed to post the contrarian paper—but it was pure propaganda.”


  12. I see on TV where Biden says that Trump will try to steal the election.
    Trump is shrewd. I think his plan is to get more votes than Biden in key states.
    That has always worked in the past.

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  13. I suspect re-election is a (very) long shot right now. Similar to Obama before him, Trump never bothered to expand his existing base in order to lead a country and that that base now appears to be shrinking in swing states. He relished picking fights and making enemies of even those supporters who have worked for him.

    But I still won’t break my rule of not predicting presidential elections before their time 🙂


    This is unwise. Our company (and I’m glad for it) forbids us from putting bumper stickers on our cars or signing petitions.


  14. Chas (9:22) but he’s a man who lacks wisdom and the qualities of a good leader. Those qualities are becoming even more glaring in this time of national crisis.


  15. My BIL received a voter registration form and was very puzzled. He sent it back with his information, because he thought he had to do so. He has been registered for years and has not recently moved, so it was not necessary. We have never had these sent to us unless requested. He lives in a subsidized building. I wonder how many are getting registered and will have someone else vote for them? We have seen it before. Too many people think the end justifies the means. Chuck Colson was one, but he learned the truth before it was too late. I hope some of these others will learn it too.

    I am not sure why the history of the United States is never set within the history of the world anymore. Well, actually I know why. The US was not the only country that had slaves or that conquered to inhabit other’s territory or enslave them. Even those here when the Europeans came conquered other tribes and had slaves. I would like to know the countries and the government leaders who are perfect. If we get rid of statues and history of the imperfect we all know who will remain. Those who make statues will join the unemployment lines and lots of films will be censored. Educating people on the significance of these statues etc. and how thinking has changed etc. would be much wiser.

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  16. No leader is perfect. But this generation or round of U.S. presidential picks appears to be exceptionally imperfect on both sides.

    And that leaves us in a pickle as an old friend used to say.

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  17. The statue cleansing is disturbing. And it appears to be headed for a clean sweep.

    A new nation now ready to be born?


  18. “but he’s a man who lacks wisdom and the qualities of a good leader”

    Yeah, because he won’t just sit there and take the abuse from Dems and the media like a good dog, the way Bush did. He pushes back on the constant lies and calls a spade a spade. He won’t follow conventional wisdom and be a punching bag for the leftist media. He’s not nice to people who are never nice to him.

    Oh, the horror…..


    I for one am glad, and will be voting to re-elect him. He’s just what we need right now. A milquetoast wuss like another Bush would be literal toast in today’s politics. No thanks.


  19. The statues are racist!

    Look at this one attacking a black man…..

    After some !@#hat cuts off the head and drops it on his.



  20. DJ: Positive and decisive leadership qualities are what has made President Trump a very good president. What are his negative leadership qualities as you see it?

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  21. I agree with AJ. If not Trump, Who?
    Mike Pence, maybe.
    Trump is the person we need now. He is a terrible politician. That’s what I like about him.

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  22. That was me. I didn’t hit a “send”, I hit a space bar. Don’t know what happened.
    Our country has been headed in the wrong direction for a long time.
    The radicals have taken over. We can’t let them get away with this.

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  23. Lack of wisdom is probably the most glaring; immaturity; a desire to fight and bicker and foster division; a lack of personal control. Temperamentally I don’t consider him a good leader.

    Both parties have pretty much been burned to the ground (some advocated that as a solution of sorts) in the past few years.

    What’s left? Who’s left to truly lead the country as a whole? The country is trapped in a nasty and long-lasting 50/50 divide that only gets worse. Trump has made that division worse. Hillary probably would have made it worse still. And Biden is not any better.

    “But God” is my only hope at this point.

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  24. As Lynn Vincent points out, our problem is really spiritual.

    (And Lord of the Flies is probably as apt a description of what is taking place in our country today as I’ve seen)


    … Instead, America is on fire because we have systematically rejected our shared moral underpinnings. We have rejected the transracial bond of humanity the abolitionists fought for. We have rejected civility and the common good. In recent years, we have rejected the nature of creation itself, spurning science and common sense. Finally, we have rejected the gospel of peace in favor of a savage Lord of the Flies counterfeit that separates human beings into two classes: the cultural elites and their foot soldiers … and everyone else.

    These elites, having made a name for themselves, are the loudest voices that divide us. They sit astride their 21st-century Towers of Babel—Twitter, Facebook, the airwaves—and look down on God and the common people. They bear false witness for profit. Their tongues are fires, as James the brother of Jesus wrote. They have set our streets aflame. Now, with their own power and privilege unthreatened, they sip lattes and provide color commentary as Americans die and cities burn, mere collateral damage on the road to utopia. …


  25. And here’s the way she ends her column:


    ~ God judges individual souls, but he also judges nations. This nation has sown to the wind and is reaping the whirlwind: hatred, plague, war, and death.

    This is what judgment looks like. ~


    It’s a time of lament, to be sure.

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  26. Some interesting comments from a Christian friend today:


    Right and left, what a mess. And there’s good money to be made getting stoking the fires on one side or the other. On one hand I blame Trump as an arsonist, but he’s a symptom I guess of the rot on both sides. … but IMHO the immediacy and wide reach of social media is trouble. …Meanwhile, I just ordered an “Aslan is on the move” T-shirt, which will be my political religious statement on the streets. Should I add that “the snake” is always in the garden?

    There’s always a danger in social movements that they’ll step over the edge and into the abyss. I’m no expert, but I keep thinking of a French Revolution, which winds up with the revolutionaries eventually eating each other as they take lots of innocent people down with them. One thing I dreaded in 2016 is that I might at some point be forced to take sides when I was opposed to both “sides.” Everyone did what was right in his/her own mind, I guess. Anyway … what a glorious time to be alive.

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  27. https://theweek.com/articles/918980/woke-revolution-american-journalism-begun

    The woke revolution in American journalism has begun

    … A low-circulation magazine with an explicitly partisan agenda can have a narrower scope. So can a propaganda network like Fox News. But a news outlet with national ambitions needs to aim higher — and broader — than that.

    That’s why the woke revolution in American newsrooms is so disheartening — not because it’s a victory for the left, but because it’s yet another sign of the hollowing out of the nation’s public life, as individuals and institutions burrow ever-deeper into ideological enclaves. It is a victory for narrowness and dogmatism, for unearned certainty and facile simplifications. Which means it’s also a defeat for the American mind, which finds itself ever more alienated from reality itself. …


  28. On a lighter note: We have a small town near us that decided to break off from the US and become a republic so that they could make an appeal for foreign aid. It made for some fun newspaper articles etc. and eventually they would have a festival every year to celebrate the republic including passports. There was no riot or barricades. The mayor was responsible for doing it and was quite a celebrated person.

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  29. Kathaleena, I heard the Seattle group ran out of food after all the homeless guests ate through the supplies — and so the folks in charge have now requested that vegan food be sent in from the outside. That’s not confirmed, but an editor told me this earlier today. If it all weren’t so seriously worrisome and potentially disastrous, it would be funny.

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