33 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-6-20

  1. Let’s get too it.



    “Trump delivers an epic Independence Day speech at Mt. Rushmore

    …upsetting protesters’ plans and causing the media to go on a gaslighting spree.”

    “However, the highlight of the evening (besides the fireworks) was Trump’s stemwinder, which included real history lessons on Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln that mentioned key information America-bashers ignore. He also honored the best aspects of this country.

    We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world.

    We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life. We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders and we are building the wall. We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It’s time. We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed. Every child of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.

    We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice. We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor their history, and respect our great American flag. We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God.

    This is who we are. This is what we believe and these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future. Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America.

    How effective was Trump? A glimpse of the headlines, declaring the speech to be “controversial” or “divisive” and indicating the President’s sole concern was Confederate statuary is proof that the remarks were historic. Clearly, the event was so good that the media was forced to go on a gaslighting spree.”

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  2. Ungrateful wretches. We’re always the worst thing ever. Until they need us and our weaponry.


    “European Mainstream Media Outraged by Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech

    Germany’s Der Spiegel: Trump uses speech to “stress the superiority of his country.””

    “European mainstream media were united in their condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore. The coverage in the mainstream German, French, and British news outlets echoed each other, describing the speech as ‘dark,’ ‘polarizing,’ and ‘divisive.’

    Liberal European commentators wrote glowingly about the protest movement led by the far-left Antifa and Black Lives Matter and accused the U.S. president of ‘enflaming’ the situation with his ‘fiery’ rhetoric. “Trump used Independence Day speech to divide the nation,” claimed the headline in Germany’s most-read newspaper Die Welt.

    Accusing the U.S. president of having “no sense of tradition,” the German newspaper commented:

    …Trump, a disruptive president, never had any regard for tradition, let alone non-partisanship. With the November 3 presidential election coming ever closer and his poll number droppinh further, he sticks steadfast to his “Trump First” campaign.

    The speech on this July 4th was another sad high point. Instead of uniting the country, Trump is sowing division. Instead of promoting consensus on the Independence Day, he is widening the political divides. (Translated by the author)

    German state broadcaster ARD reported the speech under the gloomy headline: “Dark Message from South Dakota.”


    “Trump used the ceremony to “stress the superiority of his country,” German weekly Der Spiegel complained. “Donald Trump makes a speech that further divides the ‘the most magnificent country in the history of the world’,” the magazine ironically added.

    Notwithstanding the coronavirus crisis, and the nationwide protests against racism and police violence, [Trump] described the U.S. as the “the most magnificent country in the history of the world.” Trump delivered an explosive payload of polarizing message to this supporters: according to him a “merciless campaign to erase history” is underway.

    Trump’s accusations against the participants of the [BLM] protests are not new: at Mount Rushmore they were particularly harsh. (Der Spiegel, July 5; Translated by the author)

    German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle was upbeat about the election prospects of the presumptive Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. “One thing, however, is clear: 2020 is not 2016,” the broadcaster claimed on Saturday. “Trump’s opponent isn’t Hillary Clinton but Joe Biden, and a broad swath of the US electorate finds him much more appealing than Clinton, whom many despised.”


    News flash for the pearl clutching whiners.

    We are the best country in the world. Deal with it.


  3. In a word…… No.

    You and your Democrat mayors called off the police and fire, you encouraged the lawlessness and destruction, so you clean up your own mess.



  4. ————-



  5. The left will be so disappointed. Their meme is already busted.


  6. More Soros funded fake news, and it includes some other names you already know……


    “The New York Times story, which did not cite any actual examples of a “Russian bounty” being paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers and offered little in the way of evidence besides unnamed “officials” and “sources”, was principally written by Eric Schmitt, who has been an employee of George-Soros sponsored Democrat Think Tank „Center for a New American Security“ (CNAS) since 2015. The New York Times did not reveal this affiliation in Schmitt‘s articles. It was not clear how working for a partisan Think Tank complies with NYT journalistic ethics.

    CNAS was run by Obama-era Ukraine ambassador Victoria Nuland until 2019, a frequent guest at the Soros-funded Ukraine Media Crisis Center, ground zero for the Russiagate conspiracy. Nuland was closely involved with the Biden crime family’s Ukraine Burisma racket, George Soros’ manipulations in Ukraine and the plunged $5 billion taxpayer dollars into Ukraine as part of the “color revolution” 2014.

    CNAS was also one of the prime sources for the hit job on Gen. Mike Flynn 2017. Eric Schmitt had already begun writing about Mike Flynn’s threat to the deep state in Dec. 3, 2016, warning of Flynn’s “desire to usurp what he viewed as Washington’s incompetent and corrupt elite.” Closely coordinating with Rep. Adam Schiff, Schmitt became one of the first reporters to begin the takedown of Gen. Mike Flynn on Feb. 12 with an article headed “Turmoil at the National Security Council, From the Top Down” and Feb. 14 with an article claiming “Trump Was Informed 17 Days Ago That Flynn Had Not Been Truthful on Russia”. Amazingly, Schmitt is still on staff at the “New York Times”.

    Speaking to Fox News, California Congressman Devin Nunes said the “Russian bounty” allegations had “the same hallmarks” of the Russiagate conspiracy: “It’s the same reporters that ran with it. At first it’s a bombshell, and then after a few days you figure out the intelligence never even made it to the President’s desk.”

    On Friday, the New York Times had to acknowledge the Russian denials and issue a partial retraction, conceding that, “here is no evidence to date that Mr. Putin signed off on any program to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even independent experts say they strongly doubt he would have done so.””


    Lather, rinse, repeat.

    And how sad is it that you have to go to the Gateway Pundit for the truth, because the NYT is once again not up to the task? They’re in on it.


  7. Good.


    “Trump Issues Executive Order To Rebuild Non-Confederate Monuments That Have Been Torn Down By Protesters”

    “Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that would create a new national park to display statues and monuments dedicated to “American Heroes,” including those that have been torn down by protesters in the past month.

    The order lists specific criteria and examples of either names of potential persons to be honored or events from which historically significant persons may be honored, such as the “discovery of America” or the “abolition of slavery.” Neither the Confederacy nor the Civil War are mentioned in the order.

    In the past month, statues of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and even Abraham Lincoln have been destroyed, as well as monuments dedicated to abolitionists and Africa-American soldiers. It is these statues and monuments Trump said he wanted to restore and preserve.

    “To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed. Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down. Among others, monuments to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, Ulysses S. Grant, leaders of the abolitionist movement, the first all-volunteer African-American regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, and American soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars have been vandalized, destroyed, or removed,” Trump’s order stated.

    “These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn. My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory. In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes,” the order continued.”


  8. Joe Biden’s BFF.


    “Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged from his basement earlier this week for a “press conference” in Delaware. During his remarks, Biden continued his virtue signaling on race and the “soul” of America.

    “I think the idea of bringing down, I think all those Confederate monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals who strongly supported secession and the maintenance of slavery and went to war to do it, I think those statues belong in museums, they don’t belong in public places,” Biden said.

    But it was just ten years ago when Biden was praising KKK member and Democratic Senator Robert Byrd as a “mentor” and “friend.” The Trump campaign is serving up the reminder:

    “To me…for a lot of us, he was a mentor and a friend, and for a lot of us, he was a guide,” Biden said at Byrd’s funeral.”


  9. “Even In Trump Era, Republicans Prioritize Pandering Over Pushing Back”


    “Republican politicians are right to be afraid. This is a frightening moment. The cultural left is feverish, and firmly in control of media and business. They are winning scalps left and right, and from the left and right. No whisper of dissent is tolerable. This is exactly why it’s not the time for pandering, and that’s a statement of both pragmatism and principle, since much of the GOP only seems concerned with the former.

    Take Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, who framed his new qualified immunity bill as an imperfect reform effort introduced to ensure Republicans are part of the “conversation” about racial justice, since “Chuck Schumer‘s already decided he can make hay off it in the election.” Braun, a businessman, also endorsed the radical, leftist Black Lives Matter movement, rather than simply proclaim his categorical support for equality. The logic is that Republicans should make small sacrifices for political expediency in order to retain appeal with the public. (And then pass tax cuts.)

    This may also be the logic behind a bill proposed by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) that would eliminate Columbus Day’s status as a federal holiday and replace it with Juneteenth. There’s a perfectly fair argument to be made for such a swap, but making it now is a concession to the statue topplers, an indication of mixed up priorities, and almost certainly rooted in political motivations.

    Braun is correct that Republicans should be proactive about proposing reforms. Getting left out of “the conversation” is a legitimate problem with which the party struggles. What serious, conservative reforms have Republicans proposed during the early days of this tumultuous summer?

    If the goal is to be a part of the conversation, lawmakers who share Braun’s concerns should be champing at the bit to offer innovative conservative solutions. Instead, we’ve gotten Braun’s qualified immunity bill and a bill to eliminate Columbus Day.

    We’ve been asking this question for weeks now. Where is the conservative leadership? As riots burn our cities, vandals topple statues of men who died fighting to end slavery, and corporations elevate cultural leftism, what are Republicans doing to make a difference?”


    “Sheep in Elephant Costumes
    Republicans need to wield their power forcefully and unflinchingly over the next four months—or they will deserve to lose it in November.”


    “Imagine for a moment that this is how Senate Republicans had used their power over the past three and a half years:

    Objected to the appointment of a special counsel into an imaginary crime most Republican senators already knew at the time didn’t happen and denied funding for the probe when it was stacked with Trump-hating Democrats;

    Instead of issuing subpoenas for the president’s son, they had subpoenaed every member of Barack Obama’s inner circle, including the former vice president, and held weeks of public hearings into how a foreign operative paid by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee peddled anti-Trump fabulism about Russian election “collusion” to some of the most powerful government officials in the country and the compliant news media in an attempt to sabotage Trump’s presidential campaign;

    Investigated Obama holdovers for their role in framing the president’s national security advisor, a three-star Army general;

    Exposed the Obama-era officials who illegally leaked classified information to the media (and named the reporters involved) and made sure the Justice Department prosecuted those felonious partisans accordingly;

    Supported the president’s national emergency order to secure the southern border;
    Followed up on its own lengthy report detailing all the treachery associated with the character assasination of Brett Kavanaugh, including criminal referrals for perjury and the suspected involvement of Democratic staffers;

    Called witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial including Rep. Adam Schiff, the contemptible chair of the House Intelligence Committee who lied to Congress and the public for three years about evidence of Russian collusion;

    Drafted legislation to punish discriminatory social media companies now attempting to interfere in the 2020 election to favor Joe Biden and the Democrats.

    This list could continue, but you get the point. One could convincingly argue that had Senate Republicans followed through on just half that list, we would be experiencing a very different political climate right now—one that didn’t reward lawlessness and promote thuggery, or leave our constantly-imperiled president out to dry.”


  10. I see on TV where shootings have gone up 205% in NYC after they dismantled the anti-crime unit.

    I suspect they will have an investigation to determine why that happened.


  11. I had at least one relative on the line fighting the protesters in Minneapolis. I heard second hand a story about when he was there. He and his fellow officers were waiting for a bus to take away those they were arresting when his protester asked him for a hug. He told him he would hug him and did so. Then the protester next to him complained to his officer that he didn’t get a hug, so that officer hugged him, too. As at all the protests, there was a wide variety of protesters.

    About 1,500 places of businesses were destroyed by the ones there to riot.

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  12. I found this video interesting. I so dislike this making of victims. It helps no one.

    I wonder why we tell individuals about the benefits of forgiving and moving on (not that we don’t need justice to be done if needed) but we don’t seem to do that for whole groups of people? Encouraging people to constantly look back (while ignoring the misdeeds of all races) instead of moving forward does not help, but hinders others.


  13. Ruh-roh. :)”


    “Homeschool requests overload state government website”

    “Wednesday evening, the website for the N.C Department of Administration’s Notice of Intent to Establish a Home School was not available due to volume.

    The website around 9:20 p.m. read, “The system is not currently available due to an overwhelming submission of Notices of Intent (NOI). It will be back online as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience as we work to process NOIs as quickly as possible.”

    Classical Conversations Inc. CEO Robert Bortins, responding to the site being down, told NSJ, “Families are uncertain if the public schools will be able to serve their families needs for school this fall. The pandemic schooling at home gave them the opportunity to see that they could homeschool, and now they are choosing to do it intentionally.”




  14. Well it’s nice to see that there is a limit to what even Dems will tolerate from the protesters. But it’s sad that this is what it took to knock off the enabling.


    “Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told protesters Sunday to “clear out” of an area near where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police last month after an 8-year-old girl was fatally shot near the site over the weekend.

    “You shot and killed a baby,” she said at a news conference. “Enough is enough.”

    Bottoms said the girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot Saturday night while riding in a car with her mother and a friend after they tried to pull into a parking lot. The site had been barricaded after Brooks was killed June 12 at a Wendy’s parking lot south of downtown Atlanta, prompting weeks of protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

    Interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant said the driver was confronted by a group of armed people who had blocked the entrance, which was less than a half-mile from the Wendy’s.

    “At some point someone in the group opened fire, striking the car multiple times,” he said.

    Secoriea was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    “We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks,” the girl’s mother said at the news conference. “We ain’t got nothing to do with that. [We’re] innocent. We didn’t mean no harm. My baby didn’t mean no harm.””


  15. Billy Graham?….. Scalia!……..

    The left will be ticked…… 🙂


    “Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass: Who Trump wants in the ‘National Garden of American Heroes’

    President Donald Trump announced during a speech in front of Mount Rushmore on Friday an executive order to establish a “National Garden of American Heroes” featuring statues of “historically significant Americans.”

    The executive order includes a list of former American presidents and historical figures to feature – with Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, and Billy Graham among them. ”


    “The full list of historical figures featured in the executive order are included below:

    John Adams
    Susan B. Anthony
    Clara Barton
    Daniel Boone
    Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
    Henry Clay
    Davy Crockett
    Frederick Douglass
    Amelia Earhart
    Benjamin Franklin
    Billy Graham
    Alexander Hamilton
    Thomas Jefferson
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Abraham Lincoln
    Douglas MacArthur
    Dolley Madison
    James Madison
    Christa McAuliffe
    Audie Murphy
    George S. Patton, Jr.
    Ronald Reagan
    Jackie Robinson
    Betsy Ross
    Antonin Scalia
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Tubman
    Booker T. Washington
    George Washington
    Orville and Wilbur Wright”


  16. Another loss for liberals…. a unanimous one….


    “Supreme Court rules electoral college representatives must honor choice of state’s voters”

    “Anxious to avoid chaos in the electoral college just months before the November vote, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that electors who formally select the president can be required by the state they represent to cast their ballot for the candidate who won their state’s popular vote.

    The justices unanimously rejected the claim that electors have a right under the Constitution to defy their states and vote for the candidate of their choice.

    “Electors are not free agents,” Justice Elena Kagan said for the court in Chiafalo vs. Washington. “They are to vote for the candidate whom the state’s voters have chosen.” Article II of the Constitution and the 12th Amendment “give states broad power over electors, and give electors themselves no rights,” she said.

    The electoral college system, created by the Founding Fathers, has been criticized as being outdated and unfair to voters. In two of the past five presidential elections, the winner came in second in the national vote but nonetheless won a combination of states that yielded more electoral votes.

    The dispute before the high court could have injected an additional element of uncertainty into the presidential race.”

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  17. As I stated before, his Rushmore speech was 50% Fourth of July boilerplate and 50% American carnage. His supporters and detractors could cherry pick from their preference. I read the speech. What’s missing is just as important as what’s in it. There’s no real sense of empathy or the need for unity in the face of two extreme crisis facing the US right now. He barely mentions Covid and “cancels” concerns about policing through the use of patriotism, name calling (“anti American”), and fear (mayhem in the streets). Its a updated version of Nixon. The right has their own version of “cancel culture” — use patriotism, name calling and fear to drown out dissenting voices

    Europeans have long given up on Trump. They have very little respect for him.

    Chas — The Chinese and Russians also ignore him. China has been busy attacking India and Bhutan, claiming the Spratly Islands, buying up African in a neo-colonial land grab, repressing Hong Kong, etc. President Xi probably couldn’t be bothered to pay attention. Putin probably watched while drinking vodka – good for a laugh.


  18. Freelance journalism is fairly common — a journalist can be publish by a think tank without endorsing what the think tank stands nor can the think tank be responsible for the journalist’s other publication. And the donor to the think tank can’t be responsible for the journalist.

    Leftist have similar analysis of journalists who work for FOX and right wing think tanks at the same time. Somehow this makes the journalist responsible for the views of the think tanks and a puppet of the Koch brothers.

    In both cases its nonsense.


  19. Re: AJ’s 1055
    I agree with the list, but I can see where some say that if Ronald Reagan is included, so also should be
    F. D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama.


  20. ————

    Or do they only matter when they die at the hands of police?

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  21. Statues really don’t teach much history — If Trump wants America to learn American history and heritage, he should offer free university/college tuition on the condition the student take two American history courses. Statues act to demonstrate what society values — its like the golden calf that way. Or it can subtly work to change people’s perceptions (confederate memorials do that) and act like a Trojan horse.

    I can see objections made by different groups on the inclusion of Boone, Crockett, Patton, and McArthur. The inclusion of Scalia and Reagan has to be a member of the Trump admin trolling the Democrats. Thurgood Marshall makes more sense. Despite right wing hero worship, Reagan is responsible for the decline of the American administrative state that we see today. He’s also a decisive figure. FDR has his own statute park in Washington…I took my picture with him — the man who saved capitalism from itself.


  22. McEnany’s upset the press won’t participate in the Trump narrative. The Trump campaign will hammer the fear and mayhem theme and wants the press to help. The greater the fear of the urban mayhem the more likely the suburban independent voter will vote Republican. She would be very happy if the press didn’t ask any Covid questions…..Covid isn’t part of her desired narrative, the Democrats want to stress incompetence and an uncaring president. Covid is their narrative. On side will be American carnage – law and order and on the other side will be an incompetent admin who bungled the cornavirus and the people’s health.


  23. Reminds me — McEnany didn’t really explain Trump’s criticism of NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag. Was his criticism a signal to his southern supporters? Does this reinforce his critiques who said his Rushmore speech subtlety defended Confederate statues?


  24. No, McEnany is upset that the press is still dwelling on the death of one black man at the hands of police when hundreds, including several children have died since at the hands of other blacks and the press is completely disinterested in discovering why or what to do about it. And all for political reasons.

    But you just keep spinning…..

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  25. AJ — the stats for the US are bad. The new case rate continues at a higher rate than elsewhere in the world. The EU just opened up for international travel but has banned Americans (not Canadians) because of the high rate of infection. Europe and Canada are done with the first wave and are cautiously reopening. The US opened too quickly and is being hit again. The EU bent the curve but the US didn’t.

    Deaths due to Covid will continue at the current rate in the US whereas in the EU and Canada they are slowing down. For example today Canada had 9 people die of Covid; putting this on per capita basis the US should have about 90 people die of Covid. Instead it had 360 deaths. The US has been slowly passing the EU countries in deaths per capita over the last few weeks. Its now in the middle of the EU.

    The graph at the end of this link should scare Americans

    Canada and the US encountered Covid at the same time
    Death rate 230 (C) 402 (US)
    Cases 2 806 (C) 9 183 (US)

    This isn’t the sole fault of Trump; its also the failure of the administrative state. Do I think Clinton/Biden would have done a better job — perhaps but not much better. Obama? Definitely.

    Under Obama, FOX and right wing commentators always worried Obama made the US appear weak. However, its under Trump admin where the world perceives the US as weak and its inability to contain Covid has formed this perception.


  26. Cases isn’t scary. Deaths are, and they are declining as the graph above shows.

    Cases is up because testing is up, as well as hundreds of thousands of shoulder to shoulder protesters. I love it. You leftists drove the numbers up with the protests, and then you blame Trump.

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