19 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-19-20

  1. I wonder where these young people get the time to go around carrying signs.
    When I was that age, I didn’t have a minute to spare for such drivel.
    I may have just identified one of our major national problems.

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  2. Bolton is a hack of the highest order. And that’s not just my opinion, his former chief of staff and others say so too.


    “Fred Fleitz: National security advisers shouldn’t release internal, candid conversations with the president”


    The new Trump standard folks. If it benefits the country, it’s still bad because it helps Trump get re-elected.


    “Charles Hurt bashes Bolton over claim Trump unfit for office: ‘John Bolton has never been elected to anything'”

    “”The idea that President Trump is going to go to China and try to get a good trade deal for farmers back home, [that] this is somehow nefarious because it lines up with his own political interests — I find [that] absolutely preposterous,” Hurt said on “Special Report.”

    Hurt was referring to Bolton’s claim that Trump told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at last year’s G-20 summit that having China purchase soybeans and wheat grown by American farmers would help his reelection chances. Bolton described Trump as “pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.”

    “”That’s what politicians do,” said Hurt, who said critics should compare Trump’s interaction with Xi “to what Vice President Biden and his son are accused of trying to do in the case of his son trying to feather his own nest financially.

    Hurt went on to dismiss Bolton’s claim that Trump is “unfit for office.”

    “[Trump] is fit for office in one respect: He has been elected to something. John Bolton has never been elected to anything,” he went on. “Donald Trump got elected to be president to stand up to China, to reduce American military footprint around the world, and he has fought tooth and nail, whether it’s [against] John Bolton or the generals in the military, to try to make good on those promises.”


    And now it’s all bad.


  3. Roberts once again sides with the left on issues that matter. He’s not the conservative Bush and Co. insisted he was.

    So presidents can just make up laws and directives, but the next president can’t remove them?

    BS, and he knows it.


    “President Trump, in the wake of Thursday’s defeat at the Supreme Court in his efforts to repeal the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, called for new justices as conservatives took aim at Chief Justice John Roberts for what they called a “pattern” of siding with the liberal wing in key decisions.”

    ““The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court. If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and … Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!” he tweeted.

    He went on to promise that he will release a “new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020.”

    Trump’s call comes after the court ruled Thursday, in a 5-4 decision penned by Roberts, that his reversal of former President Barack Obama’s executive order –­ that shielded immigrants who came to the country illegally as children from deportation –­ was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which sets out rulemaking procedures for federal agencies.”

    While Democrats and immigration activists cheered the decision, conservatives fumed at the ruling, accusing the justices of preventing Trump from overturning what they have long seen as an illegal executive order. As the day went on, their ire turned to Roberts — the Bush appointee who has a history of deciding outcomes favorable to liberals by siding with the liberal bloc.

    It was Roberts who, by siding with the liberal wing and reinterpreting an individual mandate as a tax, allowed ObamaCare to be found constitutional in 2012. Last year, he joined with the wing again in shutting down Trump’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the census.”


    Thanks Bush.


  4. False accusations of racism are destroying what little credibility the MSM has left.


    “Last week I wrote about a progressive data analyst who was fired for citing research (by a black author) that suggested peaceful protests were more effective than violent ones in creating political change. No one claimed the data analyst had misstated the research or that the research itself was false. He was mobbed on Twitter and then fired because he’d said something that appeared to be critical of riots and, by extension, could be seen as critical of Black Lives Matter protesters.

    There was another similar situation last week which I mentioned in passing here. A progressive journalist named Lee Fang who writes for the Intercept came close to being fired after posting an interview online. Tens of thousands of people eventually weighed in against him. What was the content of this explosive interview? Fang spoke to a black person who said, “I always question, why does a Black life matter only when a white man takes it?”

    Again, the person who said this is a real person named Max. Fang didn’t put these words in his mouth. In fact he probably had no idea what the man was going to say in advance. But for publishing and thereby amplifying a voice that some thought sounded too much like a conservative response about black-on-black crime, Fang was denounced as a racist by one of his co-workers! Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi wrote about the incident last week:

    A co-worker of Fang’s, Akela Lacy, wrote, “Tired of being made to deal continually with my co-worker @lhfang continuing to push black on black crime narratives after being repeatedly asked not to. This isn’t about me and him, it’s about institutional racism and using free speech to couch anti-blackness. I am so @#$%$#$ tired.” She followed with, “Stop being racist Lee.”

    The tweet received tens of thousands of likes and responses along the lines of, “Lee Fang has been like this for years, but the current moment only makes his anti-Blackness more glaring,” and “Lee Fang spouting racist @#$%$# it must be a day ending in day.” A significant number of Fang’s co-workers, nearly all white, as well as reporters from other major news organizations like the New York Times and MSNBC and political activists (one former Elizabeth Warren staffer tweeted, “Get him!”), issued likes and messages of support for the notion that Fang was a racist. Though he had support within the organization, no one among his co-workers was willing to say anything in his defense publicly…

    To save his career, Fang had to craft a public apology for “insensitivity to the lived experience of others.” According to one friend of his, it’s been communicated to Fang that his continued employment at The Intercept is contingent upon avoiding comments that may upset colleagues. Lacy to her credit publicly thanked Fang for his statement and expressed willingness to have a conversation; unfortunately, the throng of Intercept co-workers who piled on her initial accusation did not join her in this…

    Lacy says she never intended for Fang to be “fired, ‘canceled,’ or deplatformed,” but appeared irritated by questions on the subject, which she says suggest, “there is more concern about naming racism than letting it persist.”

    Max himself was stunned to find out that his comments on all this had created a Twitter firestorm. “I couldn’t believe they were coming for the man’s job over something I said,” he recounts. “It was not Lee’s opinion. It was my opinion.”

    Taibbi appeared on the Hill’s “Rising” show this week to talk about the incident. “Essentially the problem is if you say a certain thing and an employee accuses you of racism, either your career is over or your reputation is ruined,” he said. He continued, “What ends up happening is that people just sort of shrink back from wherever they perceive the boundaries are and don’t say anything. And that’s not a healthy climate for journalism.” Later he returned to this point saying, “If you’re labeled a racist in this corner of the media you really can’t work. So if he were to lose his job as a result of that, where is he going to go? Fox after that?””


  5. More fake news from CBS.



    Race baiting idiots.


  6. The experts lied to us.


    “Dr. Fauci Confirms Early in Pandemic, America Was Lied to About Face Masks

    “were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply””

    “One of the frustrating things about the Coronavirus Pandemic has been conflicting information. In the case of face masks, many people have noted that you’re now required to wear face masks to enter places like stores, but months ago we were told not to bother with masks.

    Now we know why.

    During a recent interview with The Street, Dr. Fauci explained what happened.

    Mairead McArdle writes at National Review:

    Fauci Confirms Public-Health Experts Downplayed Efficacy of Masks to Ensure They Would Be Available to Health-care Workers

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, confirmed that public-health experts discouraged the public from wearing face masks towards the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak because they were concerned there would not be enough available for health-care workers.”


    Tell the truth! Make their purchase for medical workers only if you need to, but don’t lie to us. This is why most of us no longer trust the “experts”.


  7. Show up with your baby to protest the police, and then a police officer saves your baby’s life.

    Down with cops!….. Until I need one….

    I hope she sees how stupid her protest is now.



    “Police Officer Monitoring Protests Saves Choking Baby After Protester Flags Him Down For Help”

    “A Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputy in California saved a choking baby during a Black Lives Matter protest on May 31, and security footage captured the incident.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared the video on social media Tuesday, which shows Deputy Cameron Kinsey running to help an 11-month-old baby. The incident occurred in Palmdale, California, according to the department.

    “‘None of that other stuff matters,’ said Deputy Kinsey about all the other things going on around him at the time, ‘Just the baby,’” the LA County Sheriff’s Department wrote.”

    ““Paramedics arrived shortly afterward and transported the toddler to the hospital for treatment,” the department added. “It was later determined the little one swallowed a coin, which lodged in his throat and blocked the airway. It was Deputy Kinsey who opened the airway with the mouth sweep procedure and turned the coin sideways, allowing air to pass through.””

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  8. The dishonest and corrupt Mueller is being sued along with the DoJ.


    “Mueller, DOJ sued by businessman for $100M claiming ‘false’ Russia report statements”

    “Giorgi Rtskhiladze, an American citizen originally from the former-Soviet nation of Georgia, is suing Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice, claiming that a footnote in Mueller’s Russia report falsely characterized him and linked him to an unverified, scandalous allegation involving President Trump contained in Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier.

    Rtskhiladze claims in the complaint, filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court and first reported by Law & Crime, that Mueller falsely described him as a “Russian businessman,” and improperly implied that he had detailed knowledge of purported recordings of Trump in a Moscow hotel in 2013.

    “Footnote 112 of Volume II of the Mueller Report weaponized the unverified and debunked Steele Dossier when it falsely but sensationally introduced plaintiff to the world as a nefarious ‘Russian businessman,’ involved in surreptitious actions with a Russian oligarch to assure that purportedly salacious tapes of Mr. Donald J.Trump did not become public and hinder Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” the complaint says.

    The footnote, located on page 27 of Part II of the report, states, “On October 30, 2016, Michael Cohen received a text from Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said, ‘Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know . . . .” The footnote later says that Rtskhiladze said the recordings were “compromising tapes of Trump,” and that “Rtskhiladze said he was told the tapes were fake, but he did not communicate that to Cohen.”

    “These statements were false, reckless, and misleading,” the lawsuit says. “Special Counsel Mueller and his team knew that there was no connection between plaintiff and the Steele Dossier, that plaintiff had no contact with anyone associated with the Crocus Group about the purported tapes, and that plaintiff had no knowledge about the whereabouts, existence, or authenticity of such tapes.”

    Rtskhiladze says the reason why he contacted Cohen about the tapes was because a friend had called him saying he overheard someone in Moscow talking about tapes of Trump. Rtskhiladze insists it was impossible for him to know what the tapes referred to, since he had no connection to the Steele dossier, and the dossier itself had not been made public yet. He noted that at the time he texted Cohen, it was soon after an Access Hollywood tape had surfaced showing Trump making controversial remarks about women, and there was concern that more tapes could be out there.

    The footnote also misquoted Rtskhiladze’s text to Cohen, he claims. The complaint says that in reality, Rtskhiladze said, “Stopped flow of some tapes from Russia but not sure if there is anything else.” He later claims he told Cohen, “Not sure of the content,” but Mueller left this part out.

    “The omission of ‘some’ in the quoted text is significant,” the lawsuit claims. “’Stopped the flow of tapes’ suggests familiarity with their content while ‘stopped flow of some tapes’ indicates a lack of familiarity with their content.”

    Rtskhiladze says that after the Mueller report came out, he sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr demanding a retraction of the statements, but he did not receive a reply.”


  9. Chas — the current pandemic situation has left a lot of young people unemployed. Now they could waste their time drinking, watching TV, etc or they can advocate for social change. Have to admire them for taking the latter course not the former even if you don’t agree with their viewpoints.

    Bolton is a neo-con warmonger and he should have testified at the trial rather than wait to sell books. I’ve been waiting to see what the Trump party line would be. The “pleading with Xi” was a rather weak point in the book, so I understand the focus here. He does back up the Ukrainian allegations. The approval of China’s Uighur concentration camps is a serious allegation to make — it directly contradicts gov’t policy. In fact Bolton makes Trump’s China policy look like a charade. Apparently, Trump backed Saudi Arabia over the killing of a journalist in order to distract the press from Ivanka’s use of private email. He promised Erdogan he would support Turkish companies that were being investigated in NYC. He also paints Trump of ignorant of certain facts..

    Now this could be a bitter employee, it could be the truth, or it could be hyperbole. However, until the book is released its difficult to judge. And for the admin to try to block publication sends the wrong signal. Bolton’s book should be treated like a band aid — a quick release in the summer when nobody is paying attention rather then let it come out slowly in leaks to the NYT. Meanwhile, Trump allies will assassinate his character — however — the he’s a hack Trump’s elected is a pretty weak argument against his claims. Its precisely because he doesn’t run for office that he has nothing to lose by telling the truth and Trump has everything to lose.


  10. Have to like Matt Tabbi — one of the best investigative journalist around and not one to back down from a point of view even if it offends his usual audience. I respect his work even more.

    Its an accurate; police did kill Fuller’s half brother. Now you can argue that it was the wrong choice of headline — perhaps, Police kill kidnapping suspect might have been appropriate but the head line wasn’t fake news. In fact, the newsworthiness of the shooting is higher because of his connection to Fuller. The police claim the man fired first but there’s no proof (and the LAPD credibility is fairly low) as video hasn’t been released nor have the police actually confirmed a connection between the traffic stop and the kidnapping. In any case, if it was the actually kidnapping they were trying prevent — they managed to shoot the victim as well as the perpetrator. Not successful police work; they’re just lucky the seven year old kid in the back seat was physically unhurt — but I’m guessing a PTSD lawsuit will be launched soon.


  11. Dr Fauci just confirmed political and supply considerations were/are being made in the country’s Covid 19 response. Not surprising. Good on Dr. Fauci for exposing this.

    Interesting law suit — it back ups the claim for damaging video tapes, something that’s being alleged and denied for years. The businessman is upset because the Mueller report alleges he was Russian (not Georgian), deleted the word some, and implies he knew the content. I’m not sure Trump supporters want him on a witness stand.


  12. A new generation of grifters. Al and Jesse must be so proud.


    “Black Lives Matter Global Network spent millions on consultants, travel and compensation for its staff from July 2017 through June 2019, according to audited financial statements from its fiscal sponsor, Thousand Currents.

    About 6% of BLM Global Network’s spending during those three fiscal years was in the form of grants to outside organizations such as its independent affiliated chapters, the statements show.

    BLM Global Network Managing Director Kailee Scales told the Daily Caller News Foundation the figures are not an accurate reflection of the in-kind support it provided to its affiliated chapters those years.

    Scales also said her organization is not responsible for the preparation of the financial statements, saying they were prepared by BLM Global Network’s fiscal sponsor, Thousand Currents.”

    “The national arm of Black Lives Matter spent millions on consultants, travel and compensation for its own staff between July 2017 and June 2019, according to audited financial statements prepared by its fiscal sponsor, Thousand Currents.

    BLM Global Network spent $899,000 on travel, $1.6 million on consulting and $2.1 million on personnel costs during its 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, the financial statements show, together comprising 83.3% of its total spending during the three year period. BLM Global Network granted $328,000 to outside organizations, which include local BLM chapters, during that same time frame, a figure that represents about 6% of its total spending.”


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