37 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-28-20

  1. If this country really is the racist country the left would have you believe it is, then we are….



    “The Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people. The platform mentions whites or whiteness 15 times, never in a positive light. I want to focus on just one of those references to alleged white supremacy:

    Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households.

    But wait! Notice how they tried to slip that one by you: “some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.” Why only “some,” in a land defined by white supremacy? There is, of course, a story here, one that the Democrats will never tell. These are how various ethnic groups ranked by median household income in the 2018 census. Whites come in 17th:”


    “Just about every Asian-American group outearns whites; the median Indian-American household earns nearly twice as much as the median white household. How did we white supremacists, thoroughly in control of a racist society as the Democrats say we are, let that happen? And it is not only the stereotypically successful Asian groups that out-earn whites. Americans of Lebanese, Turkish, Iranian, Pakistani, Filipino–the list goes on and on–all make more money than whites. Then there are the Africans–Ghanian and Nigerian Americans earn more than whites, too. How can that happen in the land where black lives supposedly don’t matter?”

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  2. Huh.

    Again, we must be doing this white supremacist thing wrong.


    “Americans believe blacks are more racist than whites, Hispanics and Asians in this country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults think the term “racism” refers to any discrimination by people of one race against another. Just 15% say it refers only to discrimination by white people against minorities. These findings have changed little in surveys for the past several years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Eighteen percent (18%) say most white Americans are racist. But 25% believe most black Americans are racist. Fifteen percent (15%) think most Hispanic-Americans are racist, while nearly as many (13%) say the same of most Asian-Americans.

    These findings parallel surveying done in 2013, although Americans were even more likely at that time to identify blacks as the most racist group.

    Among adults who think racism refers only to discrimination by whites, 36% consider most white Americans racist versus 21% who feel that way about most black Americans. Sixteen percent (16%) of these adults say most Hispanic-Americans are racist, and 19% feel most Asian-Americans are racist.

    Among Americans who identify racism as any discrimination by people of one race against another, 15% say most whites in this country are racist, compared to 27% of blacks. Fifteen percent (15%) of these adults think most Hispanic-Americans are racist, as are 13% of Asian-Americans.”


  3. A second stimulus is coming. The extra $600 a week for the unemployed is being cut to encourage workers to return to their jobs.

    But of course the pigs are at the trough too. Gotta get some of that pork in too. Sorry folks, but a new FBI building fund has no business in this bill.


    “McConnell and his team worked for days to try to put together a $1 trillion package that could unite Republicans in a way that would strengthen their negotiating power with Democrats, but there were signs Monday that Republicans remain split over how to proceed. Congress already pumped $3 trillion into the economy in March and April, a level that many Republicans believe is sufficient.

    “There is significant resistance to yet another trillion dollars,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). “The answer to these challenges will not simply be shoveling cash out of Washington; the answer to these challenges will be getting people back to work. And as it stands now, I think it’s likely that you’ll see a number of Republicans in opposition to this bill and expressing serious concerns.”

    “Bipartisan negotiations had been delayed because Democrats were waiting for the White House and Senate Republicans to unify behind a single plan, which was initially supposed to happen last week but finally occurred Monday afternoon, although it rolled out as a series of multiple bills rather than one unified package.

    The White House and Senate Republican plan calls for around $1 trillion in new spending, while the House Democrats have coalesced around a $3 trillion plan they passed in May.

    In the new GOP plan, Senate Republicans propose cutting weekly emergency unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states can bring a more complicated program online. The $600 weekly jobless benefit expires in a few days, and House Democrats have proposed extending it until January because the unemployment rate remains very high.

    Senate Republicans want to put the $200 in place until states can implement a new approach that would pay the unemployed 70 percent of the income they collected before they lost their jobs. The states are supposed to phase in the new formula within two months under the new GOP plan, though it’s unclear how cumbersome that process could prove to be.

    The $200 would come on top of whatever unemployment benefits states already pay”


  4. Soooooo principled they are.

    “Lincoln Project co-founder met with Trump for campaign role in 2016”


    “Well, this is a little awkward.

    Steve Schmidt, one of the co-founders of anti-Trump political action group the Lincoln Project, met with then-candidate Donald Trump and tried to join his campaign during a 2016 Manhattan meeting, sources with knowledge of the conversation told The Post.

    But the Republican operative — best known for his work on John McCain’s failed presidential bid before becoming one of the faces of the “Never Trump” movement — failed to get the gig because Trump thought he was a “total idiot,” one of the sources said.”


    “One source said Schmidt, 49, thought the president was “the best candidate he had ever seen” and recounted how the campaign and the operative exchanged emails for months beforehand.

    But things quickly soured when Trump thought Schmidt’s ideas were bad and the Big Apple real estate mogul left the meeting with a feeling that Schmidt was “very untrustworthy” and a “total idiot,” the insider said.

    “The president was very turned off by the fact that Schmidt had turned on McCain, his former boss, for the money,” the source alleged, referring to Schmidt’s decision to dish dirt on the 2008 campaign he helped guide to doom in a lengthy interview for scandalous campaign book “Game Change,” which eventually became a movie.”


    Good move by Trump. Never trust a traitor.


  5. Ignorance is an ugly thing, especially when you’re paying 20+ grand a year to indoctrinate your children with it.



    “University of Florida students say Founding Fathers are ‘villains’ rather than ‘heroes'”

    “Colleges students in Florida believe the Founding Fathers did more evil than good.

    In a video released by Campus Reform on Friday, digital reporter Eduardo Neret asked students if they perceive the founders as heroes or villains, to which most said the latter because of their acceptance of slavery.

    “Do you think the Founding Fathers were more villains or heroes?” Neret asked.

    “They were kind of like the foundation of this country, I guess, and like getting everything started. But like, most of them were racists, so, like they owned slaves and stuff like that,” one female student said.

    “I would say yes and no,” a shirtless male student said. “I think it’s new times now, so we now have to make up new things. So I would say villains, yeah.”

    “I would say more on the villain side, just because they were the Founding Fathers. And they pretty much created the foundation for America, which is one of the biggest reasons we have all these problems today and why they haven’t gone away,” a student wearing a blue mask said.”


    Like…. totally……

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  6. “Coronavirus Outbreak Showing Signs of Slow Down in Arizona, Texas, and Florida

    Meanwhile, there are surges in France, Germany, and Spain.”


    “The rate of new coronavirus infections appears to be slowing down for the first time in 2 weeks across the US, with significant reductions reported for Arizona, Texas, and Florida.

    On Sunday, Arizona reported a 13% drop in the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases, logging 2,627 newly diagnosed cases over the previous 24 hours, down from 3,022 the previous week, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    The state has also begun to see signs that its Covid-19 hospitalizations may be slowing down, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, a volunteer group founded by journalists from The Atlantic magazine. As of Sunday, coronavirus hospitalizations also fell by about 14% from the previous week to a seven-day average of 2,919.

    Cases in Texas have fallen almost 19% over the previous week, hitting roughly 8,404 daily new cases based on a seven-day moving average on Sunday, according to the CNBC analysis. Its peak in average daily new cases was 10,572 on July 20. CNBC uses a seven-day average to calculate Covid-19 trends because it smooths out inconsistencies and gaps in state data.

    …Florida has just begun seeing its curve start to flatten since reaching a record-high average of daily new cases of 11,870 on July 17, according to data from Johns Hopkins. On Sunday, the state had 10,544 average new cases, which is an 8% decrease compared with a week ago.

    As a Californian, I would like to point out I live in one of the most COVID-aware areas of the country, and the state is still trying to handle its surge of new cases.

    July has brought a month of grim COVID-19 headlines for California, with a state once seen as a model of prevention enduring a new surge in cases as the economy rapidly reopened.

    But will July end with more bad news or some tentative signs that the efforts to slow infections by closing down some businesses and institutions might be paying off?

    Health officials are anxious for more signs of the latter, especially amid indications that other hot-spot states may be beginning to plateau.”


    “The American media has been bashing the Trump administration for failing to stem the continuing outbreaks, which began to occur shortly after the BLM-protesters gathered with no adherence to the established social distancing guidelines. The press pointed to Europe as a success story.

    Now, Germany, France, and Spain are all reporting new outbreaks.

    In France, health officials said Friday that a recent rise in new coronavirus cases in the country has “erased” much of the headway made since the country crept out from their lockdown, The Telegraph reported.

    1,130 new daily cases were reported Friday, a far cry from the mere 81 counted this time last month, and France is working to have their residents work from home as a mitigation effort.

    Spain is also concerned about a potential second wave as new, localized clusters appear to spring up just a month after their lockdown ended, with cities like Barcelona experiencing spikes as its larger region, Catalonia, announced it would shutter nightclubs for two weeks to try and get a grasp of the spread.

    Germany’s “second coronavirus wave is already here,” Michael Kretschmer, Saxony’s Minister President, was quoted as saying in the Rheinische Post Saturday per a Deutsche Welle translation.

    The country has counted an upward slope of new daily cases over a week, according to media reports, with most coming from the south and southwestern parts of the country.”


  7. Reap it.


    “Dems now worried riots they lit may burn them politically

    Joe Scarborough: “Further escalation of violence from protesters is what Donald Trump wants.”

    “There are few people who have contributed to the Trump Derangement Syndrome gripping half the nation than Joe Scarborough of MSNBC. Along with this co-host, guests, and other hosts at MSNBC, Scarborough fed the anti-Trump movement an almost four-year diet of paranoia and conspiracy theories.

    That derangement is a backdrop and breeding ground for the BLM-Antifa riots taking place now in Portland and Seattle, and spreading elsewhere. Unlike the widespread earlier rioting and looting, the focus now is burning down federal courthouses and attacking the police, particularly federal law enforcement guarding federal buildings and property.

    It’s not a good look for Democrats, and is being used by Trump against Biden.”

    “Now Joe is worried that the images may help Trump.”

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  8. Joe let’s the truth slip out.


    But you helped build this Joe, so enjoy! 🙂


  9. Facebook and Google continue to censor the truth.



  10. Barr’s opening statement for today’s hearings is a narrative buster. 🙂

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  11. The Silence of the Traitors….


    “Remember when John O. Brennan–Obama’s CIA Director–and disgraced FBI agent, Peter Strzok, were regularly spewing anti-Trump diatribes on Twitter? Well, Strzok went silent on 11 July 2020 and Brennan did the same a week later (18 July 2020). I do not think that is a coincidence.

    I have now heard from three separate sources that John Durham will have plea deals and/or indictments before 1 September 2020. Two of the first heads to roll likely will be lying lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who deliberately withheld exculpatory from a FISA application to spy on Carter Page, and lover boy, Peter Strzok.

    And then there is the retarded fool, John Brennan, who fancies himself as the Mozart of the Intelligence Community. Sorry John, you do not even qualify to clean Salieri’s toliet. Until 9 days ago, John was a regular tweeter hurling foul invectives at Donald Trump.”

    “Trump’s pardon of Stone apparently pushed them over the edge. Boo hoo. But since then it has been crickets from these two chowderheads. Has the past caught up with them? At least in Strzok’s case he has retained legal representation. No indicator yet about Brennan.”

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  12. Good.


    “Sen. Rand Paul’s Neighbor Gets An Additional 13 Months For Assault”

    “Back in 2017, Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked the Senator on his own property, allegedly over a dispute about lawn clippings. The attack left Sen. Paul with several broken ribs. Last August, Paul had a portion of his lung surgically removed because of damage caused by the attack. Boucher was eventually charged with one count of assaulting a member of Congress.

    Boucher was initially given a light sentence of just 30 days in jail plus a $10,000 fine and community service. But the case was appealed and last September the appeals court overturned the sentence saying it was too light given the extent of Sen. Paul’s injuries. A review of similar cases involving suspects with no criminal history found the average sentence was more than two years:

    The appeals court reviewed the criminal case and compared it to other federal assault cases involving defendants with little or no criminal history, relying on national statistics showing defendants with the lowest criminal history category under federal sentencing guidelines received an average sentence of 26 months for an assault conviction.

    Today, Boucher was handed a new sentence which will see him spending a few additional months in prison, though the U.S. attorney said it was still not enough:

    The man who tackled Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in 2017 in anger over Paul piling yard waste near their shared property line has been sentenced to another 13 months behind bars or on home detention…

    U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman imposed the additional punishment in a hearing Monday. He sentenced Boucher to another eight months in prison but took off 30 days for the time he already served, and six months on home confinement.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Shepard had sought at least 21 months for Boucher. He objected to the lower sentence and indicated the government may appeal.

    Sen. Paul testified remotely during today’s sentencing saying he had hernia surgery because of coughing resulting from the injuries sustained in the attack:”


  13. You know the answer already. Because they are partisan hacks masquerading as journalists. They will discuss nothing that hurts Dems, especially not the Chosen One.


    “Turley Wonders: Why Are Media Outlets Uninterested In A Modern Watergate?”

    “Over forty years ago, the press took a decided interest in a government using its investigative and intelligence authority to intervene in an election. The Watergate scandal unlocked a whole series of abuses of power, which might not have been viewed as anything other than business as usual if not for the crusading journalists that made it a front-page story. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward got lionized in print and on the silver screen, and to this day the media insists that its main function is to speak truth to power.

    That depends on which power is in question, Jonathan Turley argued over the weekend. When it comes to a Democratic administration abusing its authority to spy on an opposing campaign and undermining its incoming president, Turley wonders why we’re not seeing All the Presidents Men II: Russia Boogaloo:

    The Washington press corps seems engaged in a collective demonstration of the legal concept of willful blindness, or deliberately ignoring the facts, following the release of yet another declassified document which directly refutes prior statements about the investigation into Russia collusion. The document shows that FBI officials used a national security briefing of then candidate Donald Trump and his top aides to gather possible evidence for Crossfire Hurricane, its code name for the Russia investigation.

    It is astonishing that the media refuses to see what is one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence. The media covered Obama administration officials ridiculing the suggestions of spying on the Trump campaign and of improper conduct with the Russia investigation. When Attorney General William Barr told the Senate last year that he believed spying did occur, he was lambasted in the media, including by James Comey and others involved in that investigation. The mocking “wow” response of the fired FBI director received extensive coverage.

    The new document shows that, in summer 2016, FBI agent Joe Pientka briefed Trump campaign advisers Michael Flynn and Chris Christie over national security issues, standard practice ahead of the election. It had a discussion of Russian interference. But this was different. The document detailing the questions asked by Trump and his aides and their reactions was filed several days after that meeting under Crossfire Hurricane and Crossfire Razor, the FBI investigation of Flynn. The two FBI officials listed who approved the report are Kevin Clinesmith and Peter Strzok.

    We’ve already unraveled a lot of this story based on reporting from outlets like Fox News and the source documents from relevant congressional committees. It’s not that the information isn’t out in the open now; it’s just that we don’t have the bastions of mainstream media to thank for it. In fact, this weekend the New York Times scolded Lindsey Graham and the Department of Justice for allowing one of the architects of the Steele dossier to be known, which seems like a strange way of speaking truth to power, considering the dossier provided the poisonous core to the scandal of Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

    Turley, not exactly a conservative voice in the media, also points out that this disinterest in transparency isn’t just different from Watergate. It’s also much different than their original coverage of the Steele dossier and Crossfire Hurricane, too:

    Willful blindness has its advantages. The media covered the original leak and the collusion narrative, despite mounting evidence that it was false. They filled hours of cable news shows and pages of print with a collusion story discredited by the FBI. Virtually none of these journalists or experts have acknowledged that the collusion leaks were proven false, let alone pursue the troubling implications of national security powers being used to target the political opponents of an administration. But in Washington, success often depends not on what you see but what you can unsee.”

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  14. In Canada, some Asian-Americans earn more others do not. Canadian immigration policy enables us to take the upper middle class from many nations — Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, India, China, South Korea, etc. In other cases, Asian Americans are not earning much — Philippines, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam, etc. Its difficult to assess Asian American (Canadian) place in the class structure, it requires nuance. The most easily seen thing is people coming over due to “push” factors — war, famine, poverty, unemployment, etc — are generally earning less. However, immigration due to “pull” factors — opportunity, education, etc — generally do well and earn more than several generation American or Canadian white.

    As for blacks, again many of the West Africans come over due to pull not push factors and do quite well. “Black” is not a monolithic ethnic group. Science has determined that DNA and genes which are damaged due to environment can be inherited hence severe environment and traumatic experiences (slavery) can affect several generations. This is quite evident in the lower achievements of African Americans than recent Africa immigrants. (In Canada, the residential school experience is part of a genetic inheritance that has impacted the First Nations in the same way slavery impacted African Americans)

    In addition using income as a standard does not necessarily measure racism in society. Even if we use income as the standard, the preponderance of immigrants in urban areas along the two coasts would mean they would earn more money than rural whites — but due to cost of living difference they may not live materially better.

    Your second post can be construed to support the US as a racist society. Some people would see a country so racist that they blame blacks and actually see reverse racism as a problem. Personally I don’t think the survey shows much of anything other than random opinion.


  15. I was genuinely surprised the campus reform video wasn’t completely cringe worthy. Knowing biased selection is always a problem with these types of videos, the teenagers were actually not bad. Being critical of the past is important and hero worship is rarely a good thing. Slavery is obviously a detractor to their legacy.

    The Democrats may have lit the fire of protests which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, its the Trump admin and the police response which is stoking the fire out of control. Stoking the flames is good for his campaign.

    Flynn was a national security risk. The FBI did what it does with national security risks. The FBI obtained the necessary warrants and did everything by the book. The book may be biased but its the book that has prosecuted leftists since the Palmer raids in the 1920s. The amusing part for me is the vast majority of law enforcement officials the Republicans are claiming were in a conspiracy are Republicans. They’re eating their own to protect the Trump admin. Chasing ghosts of the Obama admin four years later in a middle of an epidemic is lousy governance and shows a concern for personal beefs as opposed to the people.

    As for the people not only does the Republican want to cut unemployment to push people back to work (how about increasing min wage as a carrot), it wants to eliminate liability for corona virus by the employers. Thus if employers do not carry out due diligence to prevent corona virus , they’re not liable. Meat packers must love this.


  16. I always get suspicious when I see random people dressed in white jackets — reminds me of late night 80s infomercials. I listen to about 10 mins — once it went from discussion children’s health and transmission role to an anti-union tirade, I gave up.

    Facebook is a private company. It controls the content — and as my link yesterday demonstrated it can be seen as generally leaning right. If it felt, the content put their corporate image or brand at risk, they will take it down.


  17. The credible COVID folks I listen to expect a third wave in the fall. That may be what is happening in Europe since they are a few months ahead of us.

    I have no idea if there will be a fourth wave. I just know they are expecting a third.


  18. The difference between Europe and the US is the latter never beat back the first wave. Checked the seven day average as reported by worldometers, Spain does seem to be entering a second wave, France and Germany not so much. Perhaps the need to maintain the tourist industry is motivating Spain to take unnecessary risks. Canada is experiencing a slight uptick in numbers as we open up. Its driven mostly by young people who are trying to enjoy the summer — camping, cottage, patio bars, backyard parties. Not sure the conservative premiers who run Alberta, Quebec and Ontario will be willing to reverse the opening. Its a bit too early for the southern states to say they are past the peak or only have slightly dipped to find an equilibrium like the national numbers have done.

    Schools reopen in September here. I will find out next week what that will look like — our gov’t hasn’t budgeted any new money to help with the reopening. Without new money I’m not sure how “deep” cleaning is supposed to occur nor social distancing inside a class room. The push to reopen is driven not by children’s’ health but by general economic needs. Interesting to note many private schools have not reopened including Baron Trump’s. In addition, most universities and colleges have gone online. Apparently 18 – 22 year olds will have a more difficult time to social distance than primary school. I’m sure this is driven by lower overhead costs and not health costs.

    Obviously the guy running the Lincoln project is an entrepreneur supplying a product people want to see. The commercials are really well done so people are getting their money’s worth. People in communications and public relations are somewhat like lawyers, its the client not the cause or political ideology that matters. They just produce a product that keeps the boss happy — in the case of the Lincoln project, that’s anybody willing to pay. In other cases, you will see people float from political campaign to private industry to social media to foreign gov’ts — they don’t really care its a pay cheque. Apparently, when Facebook took the live stream video off their platform for advocating unfounded cures, people rush to point out the director of communications used to work for a Democrat — please, he used to work for a pay cheque and now is working for a different pay cheque. Capitalism at its finest.


  19. Medical professionals here expect a new wave (second? third?) in late September early October. In the summer, except construction and seasonal work, most job sites are at half capacity as people are taking their holidays. The day after Labour Day, school starts and job sites are back to full strength — if this is done with very little safeguards, we should expect a wave of Covid cases to begin in late September. Similarly in Europe, I don’t expect France and Germany to have their second wave til September. No one works in the summer — except for places like Spain and Greece where tourism is a dominant industry. Hence I expect the beaches of Spain to be a hot spot.

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  20. What’s your thought on returning to school, HRW? Are you willing to go into the classroom, or how have you managed online? I don’t remember what you teach; early teens, right?

    One of my relatives is a high school social studies teacher in a minority community of LA. He teaches seniors and sophomores. He never saw half his students and finally was told by his principal he could not teach a Zoom class unless he had eight students in attendance. Apparently, the lawyers decided the chance of a lawsuit because of possible student accusations of sexual harassment were too high.

    A bit incredulous to me about him, and he just shook his head. He felt the semester was totally lost.

    It also put him into an ethical quandry and he called the counselor. “One of my students is going to college on a basketball scholarship, but has never once checked in. What am I suppose to say if his basketball coach calls me to ask about his work ethic?”

    No answer.



  21. This is called “the walk back”……..



  22. The stupid…… it hurts…… 😫

    Enter the NY Times…….


    As any sailor would know…..

    AKA, a plummet.


  23. THIS! Is CNN!

    It’s point and laugh time. Fresh off settling with Nick Sandman for their libel and slander, one of their hacks violates the terms of the settlement running his mouth on air. So here comes another suit, for breaking the terms of the first. 🙂

    It’s idiotic, but look who we’re talking about….




  24. And the WaPo did the same only one day later! 😂🤣😂🤣

    Plus another at CNN!



  25. “Alleging breaches of confidentiality, Covington teen’s attorney vows further legal action against CNN and Washington Post”


    “An attorney representing Covington Catholic alum Nick Sandmann vowed Monday to take additional legal action against CNN and the Washington Post over alleged breaches of confidentiality.

    “There is a time to speak and a time to refrain from speaking,” attorney Lin Wood told the Washington Examiner. “I will not be speaking on this subject today beyond my tweets. But I will be taking actions.”

    The Washington Post confirmed last week that it agreed to settle a $250 million defamation lawsuit stemming from the newspaper’s flawed coverage in 2019 of a confrontation between Sandmann and Nathan Phillips, an elderly Native American protester. Like most major news outlets, the Washington Post misreported that Sandmann and his Covington Catholic High School classmates had “swarmed” Phillips, abusing him with racist taunts and jeers. CNN, which settled its own multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit with Sandmann in January, similarly mischaracterized the 2019 incident, giving the distinct impression that Sandmann had indeed harassed Phillips with racist insults.

    Video footage of the confrontation shows that Sandmann and his cohort did not abuse or even approach Phillips. Rather, footage of the incident shows that it was Phillips who harassed the teens.

    It is standard in legal settlements for both parties to agree to keep the details of the final arrangement confidential, meaning neither CNN nor the Washington Post nor Sandmann’s attorneys are to discuss the dollar amount awarded or whether anyone admitted or denied guilt. The entire point of a settlement is that one party quietly pays another so that they can both walk away and never speak of the matter again, thus avoiding a costly, drawn-out, and possibly devastating trial.

    Someone should tell that to certain CNN and Washington Post staffers.”

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  26. How the media spreads it’s Dem produced talking points.


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  27. Michelle – A third wave? I thought we were still in our first wave, and expecting a second wave in the fall. But you’re mentioning a third wave, so does that mean we are already in the second wave? I’m so confused! 😀

    AJ – Do you remember this from a few years back? A man won a large settlement with a non-disclosure agreement, and then lost it because his teenage daughter bragged about it on Facebook. She must have been grounded for the rest of her life.


  28. HRW has made mention of what Camden, NJ did with their police force. Here is an article about that that was recently in World:

    “ ‘This is what we do over here’
    Camden, where police and neighborhood ministries and businesses have rebuilt trust following high crime and police corruption, shows a path forward for other police departments in need of reform”


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  29. Michelle
    I taught grade eight (12 -13 year olds) this year. In September it will be gr 6/7. During the closure, I had 8 students do almost everything with another 5-6 do about half the work online. The rest of the class — 10 — may have appeared once or twice. The school board required us to have live lessons or homework help about three times a week. I did it 2x a week because only about six would show up. They were all girls so my colleagues cautioned me but I’ve quit worrying about accusations. In this particular case, it was two different groups of friends plus I’m fairly well known in that area of the city having taught almost 20 years in two schools in the same neighborhood. If I was young and new, I might worry but not now.

    I used Google Classroom but our board is switching to MS Teams as google uses data for its own purposes; apparently microsoft behaves better. We were told in no uncertain terms by both the board and the union not to use Zoom — serious data security issues.

    Writing report cards in June was weird. We were told not to lower any marks due to a lack of online work — essentially making the last three months optional without actually telling the kids. Nor were we allowed to lower their learning skills evaluation based on online learning. I had a lot of “I”s for “insufficient evidence”. I give 5 math marks each term — different strands of math get their own marks and since 3 of the 5 math strands were taught online — I gave “I” to kids who didn’t participate.

    Unlike many of my colleagues I’m not too worried about September. The province told the board to come up with three different plans and implement one according to local conditions. However, the province didn’t give any extra money — not sure how the schools are going to pay for extra cleaning, masks, technology etc. On the other hand, as long as I get paid I will do my job and let those responsible worry about covid preparation.

    I highly doubt it will be a normal year — once one student or staff tests positive in a school it will set off a domino effect. I expect some unscheduled days off and higher than usual student absenteeism. The solution will be teachers doing double work — at school and online. Perhaps I should just broadcast all my lessons in live time while in the classroom.

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  30. The video Trump Jr retweeted was more misleading than I thought. The video and its participates are getting trashed online. I’ll go with the established science rather than some random collection of doctors some of whom have some weird ideas beyond just Covid cures.

    The commentators at CNN and the Post will probably lose their jobs and Sandmann’s lawyer may get busy again but there’s no need to get excited. The commentators were probably just speculating and actually had no knowledge of the settlement — anybody could guess it was a nuisance settlement, a few bucks to make it go away. They will sign NDAs and go away with a severance package. They will then tell the courts they were merely speculating.

    Another short video by Andy Ngo. Its impossibility to determine with reasonable certainty what actually was that. I’m still both surprised and amused you can buy mortar like fireworks at Walmart. I wonder where this device came from. Interestingly, the umbrella man in Minneapolis was confirmed to be a white supremacist provocateur by police. In Richmond an other white supremacist provocateur tried to provoke violence and was promptly corralled by BLM organizers and handed over to the police. The presence of right wing militia types and white supremacists have been noted at demonstrations through out the USA. A picture taken in Texas shows a man with sniper rifle on top of a pick up truck focused on the crowd.

    Agreeing to a meeting 10 days after you said you wouldn’t agree to a meeting may be viewed as an about face. However, leadership often means changing your approach as the situation changes. As the federal gov’t has established itself at the courthouse in the last two weeks, the mayor probably now feels he wants to meet to pressure them to leave or to negotiated a way to get them out of there.


  31. Yeah, LA schools did the same thing about grades. Unfortunately, they announced kids couldn’t get a grade lower than their midterm, which is why my 59- year-old relative believes half his students just quit, including the basketball player.

    You have to work so hard, all teachers do. I’d probably be homeschooling mine if I had any still at home. I’m going to volunteer with the Adorables to take a rotation of school work. Two for sure, possibly all five, will be homeschooled.

    Ours are perfectly capable, however, and my one daughter-in-law is a high-level high school math teacher who isn’t in the classroom right now. The other daughter-in-law was homeschooled to high school; neither woman is worried about teaching their kids.

    It’s all the others in the district, however, who are a concern. We have a lot of English second learners without a lot of support at home. My own husband tutored reading through work, an hour a week. He doubts his student had anyone to read with the entire time school has been closed. Who helps kids like her?

    And the wealthy are banding together to form neighborhood pods and hiring a tutor.

    Yet again, the disadvantaged are disadvantaged. Tragedy.

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  32. Luckily my board did not announce the report card policy publicly or I would have even less participation. Once grade eights fill out their option sheets for high school and have been “advised” in terms of what stream (basic, applied, academic) to choose, they tune out the rest of the year. This would have happened in April but online just made them tune out even more. Only my female academic students stayed on task — applied students didn’t see the point (and truthfully there wasn’t any for them) and my two male academic students had some serious family health issues.

    As is true in almost any type of natural disaster, corona virus has affected the disadvantaged more. In elementary schools, disadvantaged students rely on school for socializing, health care (glasses, immunization, hygiene products), even clothing and food. Not too mention, a caring adult which they may not have at home (this is true for all income groups).

    I was just reading the Senate’s covid package — no employer liability for sickness at work, a lot of military purchasing, an FBI bill (McConnell didn’t even know it was there) and a cut to emergency benefits — it read more like a how to get people back to work no matter the consequences as opposed to a bill designed to help people through a pandemic. In this case it was a Republican bill, but I don’t think the Democrats would do much better. There seems to be a reluctance to provide help to the disadvantaged for fear they may raise their expectations. The poor should have higher expectations — it would motivate them more than to realize they have no chance to change things and just give up.


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