21 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-1-20

  1. China’s favorite useful idiots.


    “House Dems Reject Resolution Condemning China for Coronavirus Cyberattacks”

    “House Democrats voted down a resolution that condemned China for launching cyberattacks aimed at stealing valuable coronavirus data from American research institutions.

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) introduced the resolution on Tuesday morning. It notes China’s “long history of conducting cyberattacks on Americans” and further warns that the Communist nation’s coronavirus-related attacks could “jeopardize the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options for American citizens.” Kinzinger’s resolution also demands that China be held accountable for “perpetrating such belligerent acts.”

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas) argued in support of the resolution, calling China’s cyberattacks “a new low.”

    “At a time when scientists around the world are working together in an epic race against time to develop a life-saving vaccine to rescue the world from the grips of the coronavirus, the CCP is trying to steal that research for their own selfish purposes,” he said.

    The Texas Republican also admonished the Communist regime for its role in spreading the virus. McCaul said China “lied to the world at every turn” by destroying virus samples, silencing doctors, and downplaying human-to-human transmission.

    “They are trying to steal our research to develop a vaccine to save the world from the very pandemic that they created. This is absolutely unacceptable and must be condemned,” the congressman said. “Let’s move forward together on calling out the CCP for their continued outrageous and dangerous misbehavior.”

    No House Democrats voted in favor of Kinzinger’s resolution.”


    Tools of the communists.


  2. NIMBYs strike again. It’s OK when it’s some rubes house, but let the politicians be targeted and it’s a whole different story from these hypocrites.


    “Seattle mayor who defended CHOP is outraged after protesters showed up at her home
    She said the protest put her family and kids at risk”

    “Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan expressed outrage after Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at her home Sunday afternoon, despite her previous support and defense of the “CHOP” encampment.

    Protesters targeted her home after Durkan announced last week that the city would no longer support the Capitol Hill Organized Protest encampment and would seek to remove the concrete barriers that helped define the autonomous zone. But the CHOP remains intact.

    Durkan released a statement expressing her anger at the protest. She was especially upset that Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant had joined the protesters at her home.”


  3. This guy wants the NG brought in.



    “Horace Lorenzo Anderson’s 19-year-old son and namesake was fatally shot last week in Seattle’s CHOP zone, which was created by protesters following the death of George Floyd. The father says it’s time for the occupiers to disperse, according to KIRO 7 News.

    “This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” Anderson told local news. “That just looks like they just took over and said, ‘We can take over whenever we want to.'”

    Anderson added that he’d like the National Guard to be called in to stop the violence in the zone, where a shooting claimed the life of a 16-year-old just this week.

    “They should deployed them here to say, ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. “It’s time to move on. And break this up.””


  4. A civil rights attorney has become an unlikely ally.



    “Leo Terrell: Black Lives Matter is ‘profiting’ on a ‘false narrative’

    Terrell blasted the narrative that “systemic discrimination” was real, saying that a large portion of law enforcement meant well.”

    “Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell joins “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday night where he addresses his issues with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, saying the organization’s motivation is money and calling them “profiteers.”

    “This is why Black Lives Matter is basically, in my opinion, the Al Sharpton of the 21st century. They’re profiteers. They are profiting on trying to give a narrative, a false narrative that is white racist cops, deaths destroying the black community,” Terrell told host Mark Levin.

    “You point out Chicago. No [BLM] presence walking through the neighborhood protesting to stop black-on-black crime. Al Sharpton goes to the George Floyd funeral. You use a funeral to launch a campaign speech attacking Donald Trump. I don’t see Al Sharpton in Chicago. That 3-year-old kid who was killed. You know why? Because it’s not profitable. There’s no money to be made.”

    Terrell blasted the narrative that “systemic discrimination” was real, saying that a large portion of law enforcement meant well.

    “And we talk about Chicago. You talk about Atlanta. You talk about Washington, D.C., and L.A., this big lie, Mark, of systemic discrimination. How can you have systemic discrimination in Chicago when the leadership of minority?” Terrell said. “I know systemic discrimination is, it does not exist. But yet this is the narrative that the Black Lives leadership portrays.”

    “They don’t know what they’re talking about. This is not 1960. We don’t have Bull Connor and the German shepherds,” Terrell said. “This is 2020. I an African-American on your show. It’s not like it was 50 years ago. But Black Lives Matter and the Democratic leadership wants you to think it’s 1960. Well, I’m sick of that narrative.”


  5. Setting back the cause…..


    “The Present Moment Has Set Blacks Back a Half-Century”

    “According to the make-believe world of the left, we are experiencing a great moment in American racial history. For the first time, the story goes, more whites than ever are coming to realize how racist America is, how racist cops are and how systemically racist everything in America is. Only now do many Americans understand just how racist Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, “whitening” agents, meritocracy, Western culture, Christianity, jailing blacks and the NFL are. The bestselling book in America is about alleged “white fragility” — the term for any rational response to the irrational charge that all whites are racist.

    All this is supposed to be good for America’s blacks.

    But none of it is. In fact, it is all destructive.

    Take the movement to defund police departments and the incessant charges of “police brutality” and “racist police.” Only those who don’t care about blacks other than using them to advance their power — Democrats and the rest of the left, both black and white — argue this war against the police is good for blacks. Already the increase in the number of blacks murdered, not to mention injured, is reaching levels unseen in decades. And there is every reason to assume, as police pull back from high-crime areas, it will get worse.

    Take the left-wing mantra that all whites are racist. If I wanted to obstruct black progress, and especially damage black children, I couldn’t come up with a more effective idea. To believe from early childhood that you walk through life held in contempt by all of your fellow citizens who are white is to walk through life with much more than a chip on your shoulder. It is more like a heavy boulder.

    It means that you will walk through life with two paralyzing burdens: anger and victimhood. Either one is enough to ruin your life. Combined they’re devastating. It gives one an idea of how cynical the left is that it would want to cultivate both of these life-ruining emotions in as many blacks as possible.

    Anger and victimhood not only ruin the individual’s life but also destroy one’s relationships with others. Everyone who has an angry individual in their family knows not only how unhappy that person is but also how much havoc they wreak on the rest of the family. The same holds true for the relative who sees him or herself as a perpetual victim. Such people are both miserable and miserable to be around. And since victimhood is a major cause of evil — people who see themselves as victims usually think they are not nearly as bound by moral rules as others are — they are more likely to hurt others.”

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  6. IRS Whistleblower Explains Why No One in the FBI or the DOJ Spoke up for General Flynn


    “Americans were astonished two months ago after newly unsealed internal FBI notes taken by the agency’s former assistant director of counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, showed top bureau officials discussing strategy ahead of their January 24, 2017 interview of General Michael Flynn. FBI officials were debating the best way they could set him up in a perjury trap.

    Several days later, sources familiar with the Durham investigation told Fox News that John Durham had reviewed the Flynn documents and was disturbed that no whistleblowers came forward early on. Considering that there were more than a few officials who had to be aware of what was going on, including support staff, Mr. Durham found it remarkable that no one spoke up “at the onset.” One would think he might have learned by now that the only use members of the deep state have for whistleblowing is when it can be used as a weapon against the right. I posted on this story here.

    The next day, I received an email from one of my readers who said he could easily answer Mr. Durham’s question. It’s because “No one in the FBI or the DOJ wanted to engage in a futile suicide mission that would put them and their families through years of hell, cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and put their pensions at risk, all so that their information could be ignored.”

    William Henck knows, because he lived it.

    Mr. Henck’s story is the polar opposite of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella’s, whose bogus complaint to then-Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson last August triggered President Trump’s impeachment. Not only did my reader not receive the kid-glove treatment Ciaramella did, he was terminated from his position as an IRS attorney after 30 years of service.

    In November 2017, Mr. Henck was forced out for being a whistleblower. During his career at the IRS, he reported the bullying of World War II veterans, evidence of a cover-up in the Lois Lerner (or Tea Party) case, and the improper giveaway of literally billions of dollars to taxpayers represented by sketchy Washington lobbyists.

    Mr.Henck said he reported his concerns both internally and externally, to his supervisor, to upper management, to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), to Congress, to Trump political appointees in the Treasury Department, and to the media. And none of his detailed complaints of misconduct were ever investigated. Not a single one.

    Here’s what happened to Mr. Henck:

    In 2016, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel sent me a notice of proposed termination for allegedly disclosing taxpayer information under section 6103. Their theory was that because my name appeared in a Washington Post article, people could read that article and identify a specific taxpayer. Their theory was ridiculous, but it did not matter. My attorney advised to me to take a deal where I could work another year to get 30 years in and then retire. He reasoned that even though the case was absurd and even though my civil service rights had been shredded, I faced an amoral foe with unlimited resources, no downside risk, and a willingness to lie to get rid of me. Basically, the process would have become the punishment. By being forced out early, I lost approximately $400,000, and even more importantly, my family and I went through years of hell. My wife and I were even subjected to a retaliatory income tax exam.

    In August 2017, he provided the names of nine individuals to TIGTA who had witnessed substantive IRS misconduct, including bullying elderly taxpayers, ignoring a congressional subpoena in the Lois Lerner case, and improperly giving away literally billions of dollars to taxpayers represented by Washington lobbyists. None of those witnesses were ever contacted by TIGTA. When he asked five of them directly if they had been contacted, all of them laughed.

    Mr. Henck said, “To me, the crux of the matter is the fact that TIGTA never contacted those nine witnesses. They can duck, bob, and weave all they want, but they either contacted those witnesses or they did not contact them. Period.”

    After he had left the IRS, Mr. Henck was made aware that a female employee (in the IRS) had been subjected to truly disgusting sexual abuse and retaliation by both IRS executives and TIGTA. Like Mr. Henck, she was forced to take early retirement after years of retaliation. “Incidentally,” he says, “she also has information about the Lois Lerner/Tea Party case cover up and was told to keep her mouth shut about it.””


  7. The censorship from leftists continues…..



  8. They don’t want details of how our govt falsely accused and maliciously prosecuted Gen Flynn getting out.


    “Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: If We Don’t Act, 2% of the People Are About To Control the Other 98%”

    “I was once told if we’re not careful, 2 percent of the passionate will control 98 percent of the indifferent 100 percent of the time.

    The more I’ve thought about this phrase, the more I believe it. There is now a small group of passionate people working hard to destroy our American way of life. Treason and treachery are rampant and our rule of law and those law enforcement professionals who uphold our laws are under the gun more than at any time in our nation’s history. These passionate 2 percent appear to be winning.

    Despite there being countless good people trying to come to grips with everything else on their plates, our silent majority (the indifferent) can no longer be silent.

    If the United States wants to survive the onslaught of socialism, if we are to continue to enjoy self-government and the liberty of our hard-fought freedoms, we have to understand there are two opposing forces: One is the “children of light” and the other is the “children of darkness.”

    As I recently wrote, the art and exercise of self-governance require active participation by every American. I wasn’t kidding! And voting is only part of that active participation. Time and again, the silent majority have been overwhelmed by the “audacity and resolve” of small, well-organized, passionate groups. It’s now time for us, the silent majority (the indifferent), to demonstrate both.

    The trials of our current times, like warfare, are immense and consequences severe and these seem inconquerable.

    As a policewoman from Virginia told me, “People don’t feel safe in their homes and our police force is so demoralized we cannot function as we should. In my 23 years with my department, I have never seen morale so low.”

    Another woman from Mississippi told me that we need our leaders to “drop a forceful hammer. People are losing patience. It simply must be stopped! Laws MUST be enforced … no one is above the law.”

    Don’t fret. Through smart, positive actions of resolute citizen-patriots, we can prevail.”


  9. VDH exposes the 2020 Dem strategy.

    “Stoke chaos, obstruct economic recovery, and hide Biden in the basement till Election Day.”


    “Joe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate. Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight. He stays off the campaign trail on the pretext of the virus and his age-related susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity.

    I say “pretext” without apology. Quarantine should not have otherwise stopped Biden over the past three months from doing daily interviews, speeches, and meetings. But each occasion, however scripted, rehearsed, and canned, would only have offered further daily proof that Biden is cognitively unable to be president or indeed to hold any office.

    Often Biden cannot finish a sentence. Names are vague eddies in his mind’s river of forgetfulness. He is in a far more dire mental state than a physically failing FDR was in his 1944 campaign for a fourth term.

    The earlier career of a healthy Biden illustrates that he was not especially sharp even when in control of most of his faculties. We recall the former sane/nutty Biden of Neal Kinnock plagiarism, his “put y’all in chains” demagoguery, the studied racism of Biden’s riffs about a “clean” and well-spoken Obama, and the sane/insane Corn Pop stories. All are the trademark of a once fool Joe Biden, who was at least alert when compared with his current catalepsy. If Donald Trump can be ungrammatical, Biden is agrammatical — he simply streams together half-thoughts without syntax and then abandons the sentence entirely.

    If Trump repeats vocabulary, Biden increasingly searches for words, any noun, whatever its irrelevance to the point he is making. Biden seems to suffer dyscognitive seizures, in which for moments he has no idea what he is doing or saying or where he is — a tragic, nearly epileptic condition. In scary episodes, the pale, scaly, and frozen visage of Biden appears almost reptilian, like a lizard freezing and remaining stationary as it struggles to process signals of perceived danger.

    Inserting memorized answers into rehearsed questions, as if the entire con was spontaneous, only reveals how his once episodic dementia has become chronic as he loses his prompt and place. It was understandable that his handlers saw opportunity in secluding Biden during Trump’s tweeting, alongside the contagion, the lockdown, the recession, and the rioting that in voters’ minds had equated fear of chaos with the culpability of the current commander in chief.

    But there were always problems with placing Biden in suspended animation in his basement, even as he seemingly surged ahead of Trump in the early-summer polls.

    One, seclusion, quiet, and the absence of intellectual stimuli often only enhance dementia, while travel, conversation, and new imagery and experiences tend to unclog for a bit the congested neuron pathways. The more Biden “rests up,” the more he seems to be non compos mentis in his rare staged interviews. His brain is like a flabby muscle, and restful disuse does not make it firmer.

    Two, in theory there should be a shelf life to a virtual presidential candidate. True, Biden has climbed in the polls, as the public never sees or hears him — in the manner that an unpopular lame-duck Obama disappeared to the golf courses and retreats in 2016 and yielded the media spotlight to the dog and cat fighting between Trump and Clinton. Obama then discovered that the more he retreated from the public eye, the more the public liked the old idea, rather than the current reality, of him.

    So too the ghost model was supposed to work for Biden.

    He is a cardboard candidate, but at least he’s not on the front lines of commentary on statue toppling and the contagion, and so he can be blamed for neither.

    But by avoiding the campaign trail, Biden is only postponing the inevitable. He is compressing the campaign into an ever-shorter late-summer and autumn cycle. If he really agrees to three debates (he may not agree to any at all), and if he performs as he usually now acts and speaks, then he may end up reminding the American people in the eleventh hour of the campaign that they have a choice between a controversial president and a presidential candidate who simply cannot fulfill the office of presidency. And if Biden is a no-show, Trump will probably debate an empty, Clint Eastwood–prop mute chair.”


  10. For HRW,

    Despite the left’s attempts, you won’t be turning this into another fake Russian witch hunt.


    And unlike the NYT and WaPo’s “sources”, these people are putting their name on what they say, unlike the cowardly, lying anonymous sources the papers use.


    “More Intelligence Sources Confirm Trump Not Briefed on Unsubstantiated ‘Russian Bounties’ Allegations

    “Because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, President Trump had not been briefed on the items,” NSA Robert O’Brien said in a statement.

    On Friday, the New York Times ran an alleged bombshell report alleging Russia had put bounties on American soldiers and other coalition forces in Afghanistan and that President Trump was briefed about it in March but had done nothing about it.

    Democrats like Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) quickly jumped on the anonymously sourced story as “proof” that Trump is more loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin than U.S. troops. Some Republicans including House Armed Services committee member Liz Cheney (WY) posted tweets asking questions:

    The report was denied by Trump and flatly debunked by DNI John Ratcliffe, who tweeted that he confirmed “neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday.” Furthermore, he stated, the paper’s reporting “and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

    Richard Grenell, who was the Acting DNI when the alleged briefing supposedly took place, also blasted back at the various reports and ripped Lieu and other Democrats for not understanding “how raw intel gets verified” and for “manipulat[ing]” intelligence “for political gain.”

    Because the New York Times doubled down over the weekend and other media outlets like the Associated Press filed reports that supposedly confirmed the alleged briefing, a full-scale feeding frenzy erupted on social media and Capitol Hill. Republicans pledged to get to the bottom of who knew what where and when, and Democrats and the mainstream media continuing to suggest this was just more evidence of Trump’s supposed allegiance to Putin over his own country.

    However, more Trump officials are stepping forth on the record to confirm Trump was not briefed on the alleged bounties, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien:”

    “Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman also issued a statement, noting that “to date, the DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports,” which might explain why Trump wasn’t briefed on them:”


    Que the sad trombones…..


  11. The Trump strategy is to blame China. You can rightly blame China for the pandemic but the horrid US response needs to lie with the US government. I have said earlier the US gov’t has been in administrative decline since the Reagan, thus to blame the Trump admin is to neglect the rot that has set in. That being said, there’s a serious lack of leadership and responsibility that has led to the Republican party to become the party of denial as opposed to science and now Republican governors being responsible for a disaster. China is not to blame for this.

    The Flynn case is amusing and his lawyer is part of the amusement. Twitter is private property and has the final say — Powell besides being a good lawyer is a conspiracy theorist. I wonder if her Twitter sanction had to do with Flynn or her embrace of QAnon, Pizzagate etc. Curious to what tweet set this off.


  12. BLM represents a generational leadership change and has faced criticisms from more entrenched African American leaders. Charges of profit making probably reflect their current motives more than BLM leadership. Terrell is interesting — a bit of a maverick, he left the NAACP (or was kicked out) and has been fairly critical of most African American groups.

    There’s some serious strawmen making in the townhall link. “all white are racists” is not the mantra rather systemic discrimination and white privilege exists. An interesting aspect of white privilege are “woke” white college students who actually favor abolishing the police — growing up in white middle class suburbs they would rarely see the police and don’t see their need. However for BLM defund the police actually means is to drastically reduce the budget and rebuild the police from the bottom up to eliminate the systemic discrimination. Its not a “war against the police” (an other strawman) rather its a demand for police accountability and restructuring. The snowflakery of the police departments in response to criticisms indicates a complete lack of understanding of the communities they police. That those strawmen are repeated in the media is indicative of a subconscious overvaluing “woke” white people opinions rather than BLM activists. Many right wing critics have a preference to criticize white “allies” of BLM rather than confront BLM itself.


  13. Its been said that Trump’s MO is to accuse his opponents of something he did or would do. For example the nickname Creepy Joe — Trump is a creep himself. It appears his campaign and allies are doing the same — attacking Joe for cognitive decline while its obvious Trump is suffering cognitive and physical decline. I just watched a bit of a news conference Biden held today — he seemed fine. A bit of a lisp but nothing like Trump’s slurring and physically he appears far better.

    VDH’s speculation Biden’s virtual campaign would speed up cognitive decline forgets that one can be cognitively challenged while maintaining a small social circle. And conversely, one can suffer cognitive decline even when interacting widely in society especially if surrounded by yes-men. Reading, challenging conversations, puzzles, strategy games, etc can be done to maintain cognitive strength while being socially isolated whereas high levels of television watching, bad dieting, lack of reading, etc can contribute to cognitive decline even while working.

    A personal example — my father is 93 years old and has the same cognitive strength as any middle aged person yet doesn’t engage socially except with my mom, brother and personal support worker plus doctor appointments (“all my friends are dead”). He reads daily, does word searches and crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, eats well, exercises, watches only 90 mins of TV (news and Jeopardy) and plays Scrabble weekly with my brother. His cognitive skills match those of Trump and Biden and in fact he speaks far clearer than both — especially considering English is his third language.

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  14. Sure, we’re all just imagining Biden’s obvious decline….

    It’s Trump projecting….. 🙄

    I can’t wait to hear your excuses when Trump destroys him in the debates. 🙂


    “Nearly four-out-of-10 voters believe Joe Biden has dementia. Most voters, including just over half of Democrats, feel it is important for the likely Democratic presidential nominee to publicly address the issue.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden is suffering from some form of dementia. Based on what they have seen and read, 48% disagree, but 14% are not sure.”


  15. The Daily Show interjected FOX’s description of Biden over Trump at various times. The description is accurate as well for Trump. Since its videos of Trump, it may be inappropriate.


  16. Sorry I used the facebook link to avoid embedding the video. My apologies it didn’t work.

    Here’s the Rasmussen question
    “1* Critics contend that Joe Biden’s frequent gaffes and confusing statements suggest that he is suffering from dementia. How important is it for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly – very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at all important?

    2* From what you have seen and read, do you believe Joe Biden is suffering from some form of dementia?”

    Far too leading to be considered valid. You could write the same question for Trump and get the same response.


  17. Both Zogby and Rasmussen are well know for leaning Republican and are rated C+ by fivethirtyeight. Its no accident these two pollsters asked about Biden’s mental capacity and today FOX asked Biden directly about cognitive decline. Biden answered the question with ease. I imagine if Trumps was asked the question, he would complain about the unpleasant woman asking gotcha type questions. However, raising the question about Biden may result in raising the question about Trump. And I’m quite sure who will look worse esp with his defensive reaction to any question he doesn’t like.


  18. C+ by 538, the outfit off by double digits in 2016?

    Both Rasmussen and Zogby were closer. No thanks.



  19. Anyone who watched Biden’s joke of a presser yesterday could clearly see, and Joe pointed it out several times, that it was all scripted. He had a list to call on in order, and already had his answers written down. This tells you the media submitted their questions for pre-screening. Even reading from a script he made several errors, called on people out of turn, answered questions that hadn’t been asked yet, or completely lost his place. It was pathetic and sad really. That the media would pretend it was something great is even more pathetic and sad.

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  20. The question used by Rasmussen was still extremely leading.

    538 correctly predicted the possibility that Clinton would win the popular vote and Trump the electoral college.

    Biden’s presser was far better than Trump’s latest efforts….he didnt brate, insult and mumble. No Hannity style word salad.

    Trump admin just eliminated the need for insurers to pay for some Covid tests. If persons are asymptomatic or are testing as part of a return to work, the insurer doesn’t have to pay. This will not end well.


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