20 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-24-20

  1. Facebook is at it again. They constantly lie in what they say is their never ending quest for truth.


    “Project Veritas: Facebook Moderation Aims To “Get The Cheetoh Out Of Office””

    “What lesson can we draw from the latest Project Veritas peek into Facebook’s content moderators? Perhaps the oldest lesson of all — power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Will anyone truly feel surprised to hear these bureaucratic functionaries chortling with glee over their control over other people’s political speech and the imposition of their own agendas over that of Facebook users?

    “We are essentially in charge of what gets said and what gets stifled,” former moderator Zach McElroy tells James O’Keefe, and it’s very clear that they all know it:”

    “In one example, McElroy captured as a screenshot, President Donald Trump posted on Facebook about Republican successes, including electing a GOP governor of Mississippi. In the screenshot, Trump’s account is labeled “Verified and Shielded,” but a seemingly innocuous comment on the post: “Cleaning up the house” with heart emojis is flagged in the Single Review Tool for adjudication.

    One of the content moderators was asked if she deleted every Republican item that came up on her queue, she said: “Yes! I don’t give no @#$%^, I’ll delete it.” …

    Another content moderator, Lara Kontakos, was asked what she did when she saw a posts supporting the president: “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism.”

    Then, Kontakos looked around at her colleagues: “I think we are all doing that.”

    Steve Grimmett, a content review lead, said it was Facebook’s culture to target the president and his supporters. “It’s a very progressive company, who’s very anti-MAGA.”

    Is it culture, or is it policy? Mark Zuckerberg has denied having any policy that aims at political speech, and has actually been more resistant than other social-media corporate leaders to get aggressive on viewpoints. However, one or more of these undercover conversations indicate that Zuckerberg is saying one thing to Congress and in public, but putting a very different policy in place internally at Facebook.”


  2. Finally, a Democrat that speaks up on the real problem facing African Americans. Black on black violence.

    This is where the mobs outrage ought to be directed.


    “After Violent Father’s Day, a Chicago Alderman Wants to ‘See More Outrage’

    “I want to see more outrage. Where is the outrage for the hundred-plus people shot in the street and these kids that have been killed?””

    “Chicago’s Father’s Day weekend saw 104 people shot, including 14 fatalities. The weekend had more shootings than the last weekend of May, but fewer fatalities.

    Five minors died, including a 3-year-old boy.

    Alderman Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer, is beyond frustrated.

    From Fox News:

    Former police officer Anthony Napolitano said on Tuesday that the notion of defunding the police is “ridiculous” and communities, especially in Chicago, need to “step up” to address crime in their own neighborhoods.

    “I want to see more outrage. Where is the outrage for the hundred-plus people shot in the street and these kids that have been killed?” Nothing. It is silent here,” Napolitano told “Fox & Friends First.”

    Napolitano, a Chicago alderman, encouraged people to stop “vilifying” the police.

    Napolitano claimed that police officers “hold each other accountable, contrary to popular belief.” He said no person or cop “would justify what happened” to George Floyd.

    Napolitano did not deflect the blame to Mayor Lori Lightfoot or other officials. Instead, he looked at family life:

    “This is on parents. Raise your kids. Teach them what is right and what is wrong and not to pick up a gun. We can’t put it on the mayor who stepped into this. This has been going on in the city of Chicago for 20-plus years. Homicide rates off the chart.””


  3. The Summer of Slay.

    Thank a Democrat.


    “Welcome to the blood-slicked sidewalks of summer. It’s going to be a long one. And hot.

    Shootings in Gotham were running at the rate of one an hour for much of the weekend, with final numbers up in the air. Upstate, 18 people were shot in Albany, two fatally, over three days; 12 hit in Syracuse, including nine at a single party; 10 in Buffalo.

    Appalling? Sure. But think of it as the first fruits of criminal-justice “reform.”

    To be sure, the Empire State wasn’t unique. In Chicago, police reported 102 shootings over the Father’s Day holiday — 14 fatal, including a 3-year-old boy. But you need a mechanical clicker to keep track of Chicago, so the weekend toll is likely to be higher.

    Elsewhere, 11 were reported shot, with one fatality, in both Minneapolis and Detroit — and bullets were flying around Philadelphia, Baltimore and most of the rest of urban America.

    While each state is unique, it is fair to look at New York as a laboratory, with Albany’s utterly otherworldly surrender to public-safety nihilism exacerbated by timorous, low-impact policing policies ­embraced at the local level.

    Whether the new ways are working depends on your perspective: If the point is to keep the anarchists and activists quiet, in a cynical sort of way, they are. But if they are meant to keep citizens safe, it’s all an ­absurd charade.

    At a more molecular level, where the bloody sidewalks are, cause-and-effect rules. That is, reeling cops in from the streets so there are few collisions and nobody gets angry comes with sanguinary consequences.

    Veteran cops tell me they saw the crisis coming. They blame:

    New York’s effective abolition of bail for all but the most serious offenses.
    Procedural changes that hogtie prosecutors, particularly accelerated arraignment and trial deadline.

    Local DAs deciding for themselves which crimes they’ll prosecute and which ones they won’t, especially drug offenses. This causes confusion and — among other things — all but ­invites new drug dealers into the trade.

    And the refusal of local officials to directly and graphically condemn violent crime when it occurs, which is generating a moral vacuum that encourages criminals and disheartens the law-abiding.
    All this is fundamentally altering the state’s criminal-justice topography. Drug dealers seek to conquer new territories. Old-fashioned gang turf wars — think “West Side Story,” but with semi-automatic weapons — are breaking out all over. Ancient scores are being settled as warm weather sets in, and young gunmen no longer need fear packing in public.””


  4. And even the times admits the only way to defund police is to remove officers from the streets.

    And that’s working out exactly as predicted.


    “With “Defund Police” becoming one of the main slogans of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country, many progressive news outlets rushed to explain that the slogan didn’t mean what it sounded like. In fact, defunding the police really just meant cutting their budget so the money can be spent on other priorities.

    But a NY Times’ review of the city’s spending on the NYPD, the nation’s largest police force, shows that the police operating budget is a fairly small portion of the city’s overall budget, just 6 percent. In addition, nearly all of that money goes to salaries for officers and other personnel. Therefore the only way to cut the budget by any significant amount is to reduce the number of officers.

    In its 2019 fiscal year, the Police Department spent nearly $6 billion, which amounted to about 6 percent of the city’s $95 billion total spending.

    Nearly 90 percent of the department’s spending went toward paying personnel, including salaries, overtime and other benefits like shift differentials for more than 36,000 uniformed and 15,000 civilian positions. The average base pay for officers was nearly $69,000, but with overtime and additional pay, they could take home more than $90,000. For some higher ranks, total pay reached more than $200,000…

    If a proposal is approved that cuts the department’s budget substantially, then regardless of where such cuts appear, they will almost certainly require significantly reducing the number of officers and staff on payroll.

    The Times looks at three different proposals to make cuts to the NYPD, including one proposed by a group called Communities United for Police Reform which would cut more than a billion dollars from the $5.6 billion budget. You can read the full proposal here but the NY Times offers this summary of their plan:

    $397 million – Cut overtime, public relations and surveillance technology use, and cap uniformed officers to budgeted amount.

    $287 million – Fire abusive officers, cut modified duty and deduct settlement payouts from the operating budget as a punitive measure.

    $263 million – Freeze new hires, cancel new cadet classes and cancel cadet training program.

    $219 million – Reduce uniformed officers by about 5 percent, to 2014 levels.

    $96 million – Remove officers from schools, transit systems, homeless outreach and mental health response programs.

    This would cut thousands of officers immediately and gradually reduce the force by thousands more through the hiring freeze. Also, forcing the NYPD to deduct more than $250 million in settlements from their budget would force the remove of thousands more officers.”


    Again, thank Democrats.


  5. As someone who experienced this first hand, I can tell you it’s not pleasant when you can’t smell or taste food for weeks after the other symptoms have cleared.


    “Why Does Coronavirus Make People Lose Their Sense of Smell?”

    “The link with coronavirus was brought to public attention by specialists in the UK in late March, and since then health organisations have gradually added anosmia to the list of symptoms for Covid-19. According to a recent study, about two-thirds of people with Covid-19 experience a sudden loss in smell or taste.

    Professor Noam Sobel from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and his lab are experts in our sense of smell, or olfaction.

    ‘An ex-member of our lab, who had since moved to London, caught Covid-19 and became completely anosmic. So we had really detailed reports from our friend who, unlike most people, was very, very well trained in describing his olfactory experience,’ he said.

    This gave the lab a reliable, if anecdotal, description of the role of anosmia. In this particular case, the total loss of smell happened a day after the appearance of other symptoms. That made Prof. Sobel wonder if a more subtle, gradual loss of smell could be a much-needed early warning of Covid-19. However, the challenge is to find a way to detect that.

    ‘Humans are notoriously poor at reporting on their own sense of smell. If I were to ask you if your sense of smell today is slightly better or worse than it was yesterday, you would not notice mild changes,’ he said.

    This led Prof. Sobel to create the Smell Tracker, an online system that uses common household items, such as honey, garlic and toothpaste, for the public to test their sense of smell.

    Already 14,000 people have used it to help identify changes in their sense of smell. Prof. Sobel hopes that if it becomes more widely used then it could also help policymakers to track the spread of the disease in different regions. Already, the tracker’s popularity in Sweden allowed the researchers to identify a peak in anosmia around 15 April.

    The cause of coronavirus-related anosmia is still unknown, but our understanding of how smell works is helping narrow it down.”


  6. Stating the obvious.

    “D.C. Reporter Says Democrats Quietly Admit Biden Lacks ‘Mental Acuity’”


    “A reporter for a Washington, D.C., political news site says Democrats are well aware that Joe Biden “does not have the mental acuity that he even had a couple of years ago.”

    Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” that Biden does not appear to be up to the task of holding the kind of press conference President Trump routinely holds.

    “A lot of Democrats will tell you, at least privately, that he does not have the mental acuity that he even had a couple of years ago and this is a candidate that simply would not able to withstand the type of press conferences that the current president has, as far as them going on for an hour, an hour and a half, taking questions with multiple outlets with no ground rules attached,” Concha said.

    Biden hasn’t held a press conference in nearly three months. The Democratic nominee instead occasionally sits for interviews with left-leaning news organizations, often setting ground rules first.

    “It’s a lot easier … to have, say, a handpicked interview, where you have ground rules for interviews, with certain outlets that may be friendly to your candidate, as opposed to having a press conference, which Mr. Biden has not done for 80 days,” Concha said.”


  7. There’s a new “religion” in town.


    “As I’ve said before, academic John McWhorter is someone who has frequently strayed from ideological orthodoxy on the question of race and policing. For instance, last year he gave an interview on the 5 year anniversary of the death of Mike Brown which pointed out that a lot of what we initially heard about the case turned out not to be true. Over the weekend, McWhorter was interviewed by Bret Weinstein for his podcast show. The two discussed the current Black Lives Matter movement and the far-left ideology that seems to have migrated from college campuses to America’s city streets.

    Asked directly if he believes George Floyd was murdered, McWhorter said he believed he had been but then added that there are other cases in which police had done nearly the same thing to white suspects. Therefore, he argued, the conclusion that the color of Floyd’s skin was the main factor in his death rather than, say, a problem with policing more broadly is not certain. He suggested that the media was part of the problem because the video of Floyd’s death is the one we’re going to see over and over. “I would say that George Floyd was murdered but the problem is that to say that it was because of his black skin detracts from solutions to America’s problems that would float all boats.”

    “As I’ve written often, we’re dealing not with a political ideology but with something that an anthropologist would recognize as religion,” McWhorter said. He continued, “And it’s easy to hear me say that and think that I’m trying to make a rhetorical point. I don’t mean like a religion, [it] is a religion. The way that you understand how these people operate is to actually imagine how you would interact with a Mormon who you were trying to convince that Joseph Smith didn’t dig up tablets in the back yard.

    “And again, not rhetoric folks. Exactly that. It’s the same frame of mind. It’s just that our language doesn’t happen to apply the label religion to the kinds of ideology we’ve seen over about the past ten years.

    “The tenet of this religion that dominates is that to be against racism trumps literally everything else. There are ranked priorities and being against racism…is everything, to the point that you allow yourself not to make any logical sense. You must be against racism and so George Floyd must have been murdered because he was black and there is no questions asked.

    “And you cannot have any kind of dialogue with a person of color about racism. If you have any kind of dialogue with them, if you question anything that they say…you are a racist and there are no questions to be asked.””



  8. “John Bolton’s Book Is a Scathing Indictment … of John Bolton”

    “No one should let this man in “the room where it happens” ever again.”


    “When President Donald Trump fired John Bolton as his national security adviser in September 2019, I wrote, “We may at last have in Bolton a piece of scorched debris from Trump’s inner circle disgruntled and disloyal enough to write a scathing tell-all memoir.” And now here it is. The Room Where It Happened (out Tuesday) is every bit the flame job that the advance news stories indicated. But it’s also, unwittingly, an indictment of Bolton himself—as warmonger, self-aggrandizer, deceiver, at times a shrewd bureaucratic operator, at other times stunningly blind to the politics around him, and, in any case, a man whom no future president should hire to walk his dog, much less help guard the nation.

    Bolton has long drifted on the outer edge of our right-wing foreign policy elite. Often tagged a neocon, he’s actually more a 19th-century imperialist, obsessed with imposing American power on the world, not so concerned about spreading democracy. His stints under President George W. Bush were bizarre: The first was as undersecretary of state for arms control, even though he’d never read an arms control treaty that he liked. (His main job was to serve as Vice President Dick Cheney’s spy, reporting back when Secretary of State Colin Powell came too close to succeeding at diplomacy.) Then he served as U.N. ambassador, even though he was hostile to the U.N. and opposed international law, on principle. (Bush, who put him there as a recess appointment, booted him when it was clear that the Senate was going to vote down his nomination.)

    Trump hired him as his third national security adviser (a job that doesn’t involve Senate confirmation) after watching his regular commentaries on Fox News. Bolton had every reason to assume that Trump shared his views—and, quite likely, he did, until he didn’t. That’s when he got rid of Bolton, who even now doesn’t seem to get why.”


  9. ————


    “Cahaly’s polls in 2016 also showed Donald Trump winning Pennsylvania – again, he was nearly alone in projecting Trump’s narrow victory there – and thus taking the White House. Cahaly’s success continued in 2018, most conspicuously in Florida. He was one of the few pollsters whose data showed Ron DeSantis beating Andrew Gillum in the Florida gubernatorial race and Rick Scott besting incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in the Senate race. Cahaly’s firm, the Trafalgar Group, has emerged from the last two political cycles as one of the most accurate polling operations in America.

    So it’s notable that Cahaly has just released his first poll of the 2020 cycle, a survey of likely voters in Michigan showing Trump trailing Joe Biden by a single point, 46%-45%.

    Last week Michigan-based pollster EPIC-MRA garnered national attention for its survey showing Biden leading by a whopping 16 points, while another survey by the firm TIPP (which has never polled the state before) showed Biden with a 13-point lead. Finally, a poll by the Democratic firm Change Research, published in conjunction with CNBC, showed Biden with just a two-point lead, 47%-45%.

    Cahaly’s survey, using the same methodology he employed four years ago but with an enhanced system for targeting likely voters, shows the race in Michigan as extremely competitive. The pollster also continues to see signs of “shy” or “reluctant” Trump voters in the electorate. Known as “social desirability bias,” it refers to the effect of respondents not telling the truth about whom they will vote for because they think their choice will be viewed unfavorably by others, including those conducting the survey. In a phone interview today, Cahaly said the social desirability bias he is seeing is “worse than it was four years ago.”

    Cahaly also pointed out, social desirability notwithstanding, African American support for Trump in the survey registered 11.8%, which would represent a significant increase over four years ago. According to the 2016 exit polls, Trump won just 6% of African American voters in Michigan.”


  10. Morons.

    Sure let’s tear down a statue paid for by freed slaves to honor the man who helped free them in order to protest slavery. These people are idiots.



  11. Finally, Gen. Flynn gets some justice. The partisan hack of a judge was overruled. Again.


    ” A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday directed a federal judge to drop a criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, handing a victory to the Justice Department in another twist to the politically charged case.

    In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration in preventing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to grant the department’s motion to clear Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty.

    The ruling prevents Sullivan from hearing arguments at a July 16 hearing from retired judge John Gleeson, whom he appointed as a “friend of the court” to argue against dropping the case.

    “In this case, the district court’s actions will result in

    specific harms to the exercise of the executive branch’s

    exclusive prosecutorial power,” wrote Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump.

    “The contemplated proceedings would likely require the Executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” she added.

    A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Wednesday’s ruling will likely be appealed to a larger panel of the federal appeals court.”


    Where the activist judge will lose. Again. The law is not on his side.


  12. George is still dead, and now that we have confirmation, you’re going to prison.

    Feel better?

    Didn’t think so.


    “Accused Wendy’s arsonist Natalie White was Rayshard Brooks’ ‘girlfriend’: lawyer”

    “The woman arrested for burning down an Atlanta Wendy’s as retribution for the police killing of Rayshard Brooks was his “girlfriend,” her lawyer confirmed Tuesday.

    Brooks referred to Natalie White, 29, as his “girlfriend” during the June 12 traffic stop that preceded his death, bodycam footage shows.

    White turned herself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.”


  13. Ah yes, Jessie Smollett 2.0.

    When your lies are exposed, just double down!


    Race. Baiting. Liar.


  14. Sometimes I feel sorry for Facebook but the I remember Zuckerberg. They (he) catch flak from both sides of the political spectrum. Recently someone established accounts to copy Trump’s words word for word on both Twitter and Facebook. The copycat account on Twitter was immediately suspended for inappropriate comments but Twitter also flagged Trump’s original comments. Facebook suspended the copy cat account for inappropriate comments but did not even flag Trump’s comments.The fact his account is verified and “shielded” confirms people’s suspicious that Trump is exempt from the algorithm that provides the initial flag to the post. As for the human factor, the post has to be initially flagged by the algorithm prior to some happy leftist employee saying anything.


  15. Citing black on black violence as a reply to BLM protests is a classic “what aboutism”. The argument is simple — Yes police kill black men but what about …… its a diversionary technique. Perhaps if African American communities trusted the police they may use the police to end other violence. First you have to rebuilt trust in the organization which is supposed to protect and serve.

    Its far too early to assess bail reform etc and its effects on crime rate. Its interesting to note, when police exercise a “slowdown” or “work to rule”, crime rate doesn’t go up. Instead there’s a decline in charges such as obstruction, resisting, etc Charges that arise out police interaction with the community otherwise know as proactive policing.


  16. There’s a thin line between ideological adherence and religious beliefs. When evidence is presented to the contrary yet people refuse to adjust their political and economic viewpoints we start to wander into belief. Reagannomics or trickle down or neo-classical economics has ruined the American middle class and has not worked for 40 years straight yet people will still defend and advocate these policies — that’s a belief. On the left, you will have Marxists who will similarly refuse to bend. The current anti-racism advocacy is too diverse a group to be regarded as a religious belief. Perhaps as these groups solidify and institutionalize but its too early to make that argument.


  17. One poll does not a campaign make. Trump’s path is alot harder than Biden’s. Even without Michigan, Biden can still win. Looking at only states that either one has ahead by more than 5%, Biden is leading 292 to 120. This is without Michigan. Biden however is clearly ahead in Florida, Penn, and Wisc. Meanwhile Trump is only 1-2% ahead in Texas. I’m sure thinks will change but Biden has the upper hand.
    Both campaigns would be wise not to raise the issue of mental and physical health. Biden has obviously aged in the last four years and Trump probably had a stroke — his stance, slurring of words, shaky hand, etc all suggest a stroke. And I’m sure aging hasn’t helped him either. His mental health issues have been raised for awhile — not always accurately and Trump is good at bulldozing and bullying his way through these questions. The VPs my be more relevant than the presidential candidates,


  18. “One poll does not a campaign make.”

    No. But when it’s the only poll that was even close the last time around, maybe you should pay attention.


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