24 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-10-20

  1. Much like the CNN reporter who called the protests peaceful while buildings burned in the background, this “reporter” misses the obvious. The narrative is all that matters to them.

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  2. The media echo chamber and a new version of JournoList.

    And news flash, it ain’t just in DC.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/study-finds-dc-journalists-are-living-in-a-bubble-only-talking-to-each-other/

    “Study Finds DC Journalists Are Living in a Bubble, Only Talking to Each Other

    “raising additional concerns about vulnerability to groupthink and blind spots”

    “During the 2008 presidential election, a journalist-only list serve called ‘Journolist’ was exposed. In this online environment, left-leaning journalists were discussing the formation of narratives which supported Democrats and damaged Republicans.

    A new study has found that little has changed since then, and it seems Twitter is the new Journolist.

    Katie Jerkovich writes at the Daily Caller:

    New Study Finds Reporters In DC Might Be ‘More Insular Than Previously Thought’

    A new study of Twitter use by reporters based in Washington, D.C. finds that those journalists might be “more insular than previously thought.”

    The study found that by observing the reporters interactions on the social media site those journalists congregate in even smaller “microbubbles,” according to the University of Illinois News in a piece published Wednesday.

    The study looked at the online conversations of more than 2,000 D.C.-based journalists and found that Beltway journalism “may be even more insular than previously thought,” study authors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng shared.

    Is anyone surprised by this?”

    “Here’s more from the study, University of Illinois article by Craig Chamberlain:

    Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles”

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  3. Cat fight! 🙂

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  4. Tik-tok is more malicious than you think.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/tiktok-is-much-more-malicious-than-you-might-think

    “President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that gives TikTok, a social media app owned by a Chinese parent company, 45 days to sell to its U.S.-based operations or cease operating within the United States.

    This was the right call. TikTok is currently owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company that has long partnered with the Chinese Communist Party to suppress and control information. Indeed, the company is so closely tied to the Chinese government that it created an internal committee for CCP members and agreed to give preference to Communist Party members in all future hires. Unsurprisingly, content about China’s Xinjiang region, where nearly 1 million Uighur Muslims are imprisoned, began to disappear from ByteDance’s platforms — TikTok included.

    But the CCP doesn’t just control ByteDance’s content: It also exploits the data it gathers. Through ByteDance, the CCP has gained access to millions of individuals’ personal data using a technological backdoor that tracks and steals data from users who download the software. In this case, the software is TikTok, which is a “fundamentally parasitic” data collection app disguised as social media, according to Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.

    According to one Reddit user who claims to have reverse-engineered the app, Huffman is right: TikTok steals more data than any other social media app. It can access phone hardware information, data from other installed apps, network information (including your IP address, router information, and Wi-Fi access point name) jailbreak information, and your location data. And it is specifically designed to hide just how much data it is stealing from its users, the Redditor explained.

    For those skeptical of an anonymous user’s findings, the Peterson Institute released a study last year that found similar security concerns. ”

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/trump-rightly-targets-chinese-surveillance-apps-tiktok-and-wechat

    “After years of tough talk about China, President Trump finally moved to shore up the free world’s soft underbelly in the new Cold War: data.

    With two executive orders announced near midnight on Thursday, Trump gave Chinese firms ByteDance and Tencent just 45 days to sell off their respective social media subsidiaries, TikTok and WeChat, respectively, to owners not answerable to the regime in Beijing.

    In contrast to his crowd-pleasing tariffs against China, Trump is knowingly taking an electoral gamble with these executive orders. According to the New York Times, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Sen. Lindsey Graham were trying to convince Trump to soften his TikTok opposition out of political expedience. But Trump is right to treat WeChat and TikTok the same way the United States treated Soviet espionage during the Cold War.

    Although WeChat openly censors and collects the data of users registered in mainland China in cooperation with the Chinese Communist Party, the company has maintained that it does not spy on non-mainland Chinese users. This is a lie. The University of Toronto’s Citizens Lab found that users with no connection to mainland China “undergo content surveillance wherein … files are analyzed for content that is politically sensitive in China.”

    Given that WeChat openly colludes with the Chinese government to allow it to scour user data, that means that data of American users — for example, messaging and location services — are being directly stolen and handed to a foreign adversary that is currently trying to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.

    As for TikTok, developers have reverse-engineered the app and discovered that it monitors users’ other apps and hijacks hardware and network data. And ByteDance appears to collude with the Communist Party just as shamelessly as Tencent does.

    Not only does TikTok censor speech about topics such as the Xinjiang concentration camps and Uighur persecution, but it has also openly collaborated with Chinese Communist media organizations and is still subject to the same Chinese National Intelligence Law that forces private companies in China to supply information to the state intelligence apparatus.”

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    Yet Dems defend it.

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  5. Huh. Another leftist narrative bites the dust.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/gallup-blacks-overwhelmingly-favor-maintaining-or-increasing-police-presence/

    “Gallup: Blacks Overwhelmingly Favor Maintaining Or Increasing Police Presence

    “Most Black Americans want the police to spend at least as much time in their area as they currently do, indicating that they value the need for the service that police provide,” the Gallup Center on Black Voices reported.”

    “Results from a new comprehensive Gallup Center on Black Voices poll show that 4 in 5 black Americans support police either maintaining the same presence they have in local communities or increasing it.

    The survey of nearly 37,000 people from four racial/ethnic groups was taken June 23rd through July 6th, a full month after the George Floyd protests and riots started. The results indicate that the Democrat/Black Lives Matter-led movement to defund the police, which has been the main goal of the ongoing marches, is not gaining the traction that the mainstream media has led people to believe it has.

    Here’s a more detailed look at some of the key findings:

    When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans — 61% — want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.

    Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they’d like them to spend less time there (19%).

    […]

    The study includes large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population.

    […]

    Most Black Americans want the police to spend at least as much time in their area as they currently do, indicating that they value the need for the service that police provide. However, that exposure comes with more trepidation for Black than White or Hispanic Americans about what they might experience in a police encounter.

    Here’s the full breakdown:”

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  6. Expect it…….

    View at Medium.com

    “Four years ago, the United States Government failed to respond forcefully to Russian attempts to sow discord in and influence our elections. The previous administration’s paralysis left Americans blindsided by Russia’s meddling.

    Let’s be clear: Moscow’s overriding goal was and remains to undermine our democracy and cast doubt on the legitimacy of our elections and drive deep societal divisions in America.

    Unfortunately, they appear to have been successful, as far too many Americans still question the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

    As we look forward to November of this year, various adversaries are now seeking to sow discord, and we must be better prepared to defend ourselves.

    We know with certainty that Russia, China, and other nations are actively exploiting our domestic political divisions and looking for opportunities to undermine confidence in our elections. Given our nation’s current challenges — a perfect storm of a global pandemic, public lockdowns, subsequent economic turmoil, and social unrest — these efforts could be like throwing a match on an oil slick.

    But it gets worse.

    Local election officials in critical swing states like Pennsylvania, which saw a 17-fold increase in mail-in ballots for its June primary, are warning that, absent changes, “there is no way anybody can responsibly call the presidential race in November.”

    We cannot escape the pandemic-induced reality of increased mail-in voting, and the logistical challenges associated with it will be difficult for some states to resolve in the next couple of months. This will almost certainly lead to confusion, uncertainty, and perhaps chaos on election night.

    In fact, we’d be wise to expect it.

    Imagine election night results showing one candidate on top in a critical swing state, but the lead is fewer than 100,000 votes, and the state has one million mail-in ballots yet to be counted. Now imagine that potentially occurring across the country. After all, in 15 states, officials cannot even begin counting mail-in ballots until Election Day, a process that could take days or weeks. States may also be dealing with an influx of provisional ballots, which are frequently flash points in tightly contested elections.

    Americans would be on edge even under the best of circumstances, but these are not the best of circumstances.”

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  7. Accidentally?

    No, on purpose.

    https://www.aei.org/op-eds/mail-in-voting-could-accidentally-disenfranchise-millions-of-voters/

    “Mail-in voting could accidentally disenfranchise millions of voters”

    “President Trump is suing Nevada over its recent decision to send absentee ballots to all voters, and warning the country “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” Trump’s critics argue that there is no evidence that voting by mail results in fraud. Trump is right that mail-in voting is a source of potential voter fraud, especially on the scale that is being proposed. But the bigger problem is not vote fraud — it’s vote failure.

    There is plenty of evidence that mail-in voting has the unintended consequence of disenfranchising of millions of eligible voters. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study of the 2008 presidential election found that about 3.9 million voters said they requested mail ballots but never received them; 2.9 million ballots that were sent out did not make it back to election officials; and about 800,000 were rejected for a variety of reasons — either because they were postmarked after the election, arrived without a signature, were improperly filled out or did not match voting records. “The pipeline that moves mail ballots between voters and election officials is very leaky,” the study concluded.

    More recently, the 2020 Democratic primaries should serve as a cautionary tale. About six weeks after New York’s congressional primaries, winners were not declared in two closely watched House races until Tuesday. That’s thanks to complications in counting the surge of more than 400,000 mail-in ballots, of which state officials have already invalidated 84,000. In California, election officials rejected more than 100,000 mail-in ballots in the state’s March presidential primary. To put these numbers in perspective, Trump won the White House in 2016 thanks to roughly 80,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin combined. In Pennsylvania alone, mail ballot problems kept about 92,000 people from voting in a primary in a state that Trump won by just 44,000 votes four years ago. In Florida, about 18,500 mail-in ballots were not counted, and in Nevada, about 6,700 were rejected. In a close race, such failures could easily call the results into question.

    None of these problems were because of fraud. They were because of mistakes by voters, postal problems or the inability to handle the massive surge in ballots that overwhelmed electoral systems not equipped to handle them. If election officials had this much trouble handing mail-in ballots during low-turnout primaries, imagine what will happen in the general election. Put aside the ability of election officials to process the results. Does anyone believe that the US Postal Service is ready to handle a sudden deluge of tens of millions of ballots right before Election Day? Millions of ballots are inevitably going to be delayed, be misdirected or arrive without postmarks. And many will be invalidated because voters made mistakes filling them out and could not ask election workers for help marking the ballots correctly.

    If mail-in voting is permitted on an unprecedented scale, millions of votes will be rejected and the election could be thrown the election into chaos.”

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  8. So who is funding the no-bail, get criminals back out there and committing crimes, efforts in large, Dem run cities?

    Why their corrupt foreign sugar daddy, of course. With the help of a complicit media, again, of course….

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/08/09/soros_kass_liberal_prosecutors_and_the_battle_for_transparency_143915.html

    “In the first six months of this year, 329 people were killed in Chicago, most of them by firearms, only three at the hands of police. This death toll was a 34% increase over the first half of 2019. In one 24-hour span — May 31, 2020 — 18 Chicagoans lost their lives. According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, it was the city’s single most violent day since it began collecting crime data in 1961.

    “We’ve never seen anything like it at all,” Max Kapustin, senior research director at the lab, told the Chicago Sun-Times. But gunfire in the city is unabating: 16 Chicagoans were shot Thursday, July 24, three of them fatally, in a cycle of violence and suffering that has continued all summer. As I write these words, there have been 440 homicides in Chicago so far in 2020. By the time this column is finished, edited, and published, that grim total will almost certainly be higher. More Windy City residents will be wounded as well: Non-fatal shootings in this first six months of the year increased by about 42% — from 978 in 2019 to 1,384 in 2020.

    Many of the injuries suffered in those shootings are grievous, and the victims exceedingly young: Among those wounded recently was an 8-year-old boy shot in the back. A 10-month girl was shot at 11:30 a.m. on July 27 while strapped in her car seat in a vehicle on the freeway. She was the fourth Chicago child under 10 fatally shot in a five-week span. “Here we are again, praying that this baby makes it through the night,” said Christopher Scott, who is active in of one Chicago’s anti-violence groups. “I’m in shock,” added the baby’s mother.

    She’s hardly alone. The city’s cops feel under siege. Three were shot last week by a carjacking suspect being transported in a police vehicle to a police station. Privately, the police are also reeling. Ten Chicago officers have taken their own lives in the last two years. The most recent was Dion Boyd, who turned his gun on himself last week after 30 years on the force. Boyd had recently been promoted to deputy chief. Chicago’s top police official, David Brown, has been on the job for only three months. He has said he knew the Chicago job would be hard, but not this hard. He is, quite obviously, desperate for answers to the city’s murder wave.

    He’s not the only one. The Chicago Sun-Times has begun entering every killing on a publicly available data base. Tow truck operator Early Walker has started a new organization called I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot. Known in the community as the kind of guy who delivers food for free to shut-ins during the pandemic and raising money for violence victims’ families, Walker has decided that Chicago’s culture must change. “We’re no longer subscribing to the NO SNITCHING rule in our communities,” his group proclaims. “If you SHOOT A GUN, WE ARE TELLING!! We are fed up with losing our children and innocent bystanders to senseless violence.” The organization’s solution? Offering large cash rewards for the identity of killers.

    Earlier this week, John Kass, the city’s most prominent newspaper columnist, weighed in on the crisis. Writing in his familiar space, Page 2 of the Chicago Tribune, Kass focused on the political culture in Chicago and other municipalities controlled by the Democratic Party, including St. Louis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The mayors in those cities take the heat for rampant crime, Kass wrote, but perhaps a better place to look is the local district attorney offices. In those cities and many others, he wrote, “left-wing billionaire George Soros has spent millions of dollars to help elect liberal social justice warriors as prosecutors.”

    “He remakes the justice system in urban America, flying under the radar,” Kass added. “The Soros-funded prosecutors, not the mayors, are the ones who help release the violent on little or no bond.”

    This is an interesting point of view, one you’d think more journalists would find worth pursuing. Megan Crepeau could do it, for instance. It’s her beat and she works on the same newspaper, covering criminal courts for the Tribune. Or Gregory Pratt could dig deeper. He’s the paper’s city hall reporter. The assignment would be straightforward, albeit painstaking: Find out how many progressive prosecutors around the country have been put in place because of financing from the Soros organization — and try to determine whether the liberalized policies they’ve implemented have contributed to violent crime.

    Personally, I’m skeptical that this narrative is the most significant factor at play in rising murder rates. In addition, it seems that, at the least, this cadre of new left-leaning prosecutors aren’t necessarily out of sync with the prevailing mood in their communities. Yes, Soros’ organization may have contributed $2 million to the campaign coffers of Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney who beclowned herself by taking a dive in the Jussie Smollett hoax. But the record murder rate in Chicago that 2020 threatens to eclipse occurred in 2016, and she didn’t take office until the last month of that year. And while it is true that Foxx immediately announced that her office would no longer seek pretrial detention for minor crimes, that step simply comported with a state law passed in Springfield the same year. Moreover, bail reform was part of Foxx’s campaign platform, and the voters evidently supported it.

    Likewise, New York City’s “stop and frisk” policies — widely credited with lowering many shooting and killings — were not abandoned by a rogue prosecutor installed slyly into office by liberal political donors. The program was aborted by Bill de Blasio, shortly after he was elected as mayor. De Blasio also campaigned on ending stop-and-frisk, which had become politically radioactive. The reason for its unpopularity was not that the practice was ineffective, as some critics, including Hillary Clinton, have asserted. It helped lower crime. But it also had a toxic side effect: alienating the Latino and African American communities from the police, who had tended to abuse the authority this policy gave them.

    On the other hand, it’s also undeniably true that as bail reform and lenient parole policies have taken effect, cops on the street are often dismayed to find out how many violent suspects they apprehend have been released from jail, many while awaiting trial. It happened this summer in Washington, D.C., in a heart-breaking case. When 11-year-old Davon McNeal was caught in the crossfire between two gangs on July 4 and killed, D.C. detectives quickly realized that the suspects had prior firearms felonies on their record and two of them were out on bail. In Chicago, a 25-year-old suspect who wounded three officers is a convicted felon who’d already been to prison four times — and was recently paroled on a gun charge. So bail is a complicated issue — especially if you believe, as I do, that the United States incarcerates too many people.

    Instead of going after this story, however, Megan Crepeau and Greg Pratt, along with seven other Trib employees — the nine members of the Chicago Tribune Guild executive council — went after John Kass, claiming that what he wrote was “anti-Semitic.” George Soros, you see, is Jewish. Not that Kass mentioned that fact, or that it has anything remotely to do with this topic. Yet in a letter to their Tribune colleagues, without so much as talking to Kass first, the guild quoted a couple of left-leaning Kass critics who seized on his “under the radar” phrase and portrayed it as some sort of anti-Jewish dog whistle.

    “The essential point?” the guild letter reads. “The odious, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire George Soros is a puppet master controlling America’s big cities does not deserve a mainstream voice, especially at a time when hate crimes are rising.”

    “We ask,” this letter continued, “that the paper, and Kass separately, apologize for his indefensible invocation of the Soros tropes.”

    What’s really “odious” here is to see reporters behaving like political operatives. These Chicago newsroom activists used the same tactics that were employed in June against James Bennet at the New York Times. Progressives at the paper forced his ouster as editorial page editor by playing the race card and used the guild to do it.

    There are differences. Bennet was management. Kass is not. Also, the Times case concerned an op-ed written by an outside voice, Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who advocated calling in the U.S. Army to maintain order on our city streets. That’s a radical idea and hasn’t worked out in the past. Kass, by contrast, is a lifelong Chicagoan with a popular following among Trib readers. He was expressing his brand of working-class populism, which is hardly an outlier. The thrust of his argument was that Democrats’ lenient criminal justice policies, facilitated by wealthy left-wing donors, have made U.S. cities less safe. It’s not only a valid issue to raise, it’s an obvious one. Contrary to the guild’s assertion that this view “doesn’t deserve a mainstream voice,” any honest reporter would be a moron not to be wondering about it.

    As for the notion that any criticism of George Soros’ political goals or tactics constitutes anti-Jewish “tropes,” that’s such thin ice it’s hard to believe any professional journalist would stand on it.”

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    Keep reading, there’s much more……

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  9. Dems are obstructing help for the American people in order to win an election. They don’t care about us, only power. So Trump will have to go it alone.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-economy-executive-orders-coronavirus

    “Andy Puzder: Trump coronavirus executive orders aid struggling families, after Dems block action in Congress

    His decisive action is exactly what is required to cut through the Democrats’ Gordian knot of congressional intransigence”

    “President Trump showed once again Saturday that he places America and the American people first when he signed executive orders to provide much-needed coronavirus economic relief to struggling families. The president wisely rejected efforts by Democrats to play politics and use coronavirus legislation as a cover to enact their unrelated radical demands.

    Trump clearly understands that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has hurt millions of Americans since it arrived here from China. The pandemic has derailed the booming economy the president created with his policies of tax cuts and eliminating unnecessary and harmful government regulations, just as it has derailed economies in virtually every country in the world.

    Trump approaches the disease as a problem to be solved — both on the medical front with Operation Warp Speed to rapidly discover and produce a COVID-19 vaccine and treatments, and on the economic front with the executive orders he signed Saturday and earlier actions.

    Unfortunately, Democrats have made it increasingly obvious that they view the virus as an opportunity to demonize Trump and Republicans and to demand enactment of legislation pushing radical priorities that have nothing to do with helping Americans to deal with the pandemic.

    The Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, has specifically admitted that he sees “an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this crisis, but to fundamentally transform the country.”

    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., also said sees the pandemic as “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

    And therein lies the problem.

    Republicans have been trying to negotiate a coronavirus relief bill with the Democrats who control the House of Representatives. But Democratic demands are so outrageous as to be intolerable, because they would cause long-term harm to our country.

    This explains why President Trump had to act, as he did by signing four executive orders Saturday. The president wants to extend a lifeline to American families. The Democrats want to transform our nation to fit a leftist ideological vision they could never advance in normal times with a Republican in the White House and with a Republican Senate majority.

    So with Democrats trying to hold the U.S. economy and the American people hostage to their increasingly radical political demands, President Trump’s put an end to their efforts. His executive orders will liberate American workers from the endless partisan gridlock in Congress.

    In addition to extending enhanced unemployment benefits for Americans who have lost their jobs to the global pandemic, the president’s executive orders postpone federal student loan repayments to the end of the year, create a “payroll tax holiday” through the end of the year for workers earning less than $100,000 per year, and extend much-needed measures to protect families from eviction.”

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    Thank you Mr. President. Nice to see at least someone in our govt. doing their job.

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  10. To the Dems complaining about Trump’s actions……

    Thank yourselves. 🙂

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  12. Journalist live in a bubble? Duh! All adults live in bubbles. After youre finished school, your colleagues at work tend also to be your social circle. Unless you belong to a club, rec league sports, church etc., (and social participation is dying), your social bubble tends to be work, especially your social media contacts. Mine are 1/3 work, 1/3 family and 1/3 old friends from uni and high school — there’s the odd person — old neighbour etc but thats it.

    The police poll is interesting in that so many Asian Americans favored downsizing the police force in their area. That’s unexpected from a community that generally favors law and order. The poll then might have some flaws.

    Ban Tiktok and lose the under 30 vote. I find the app a bizarre waste of time but its popularity is astounding. Some say Trump’s fascination with Tiktok stems from his Tulsa embarrassment. All apps (esp socail media) are data collectors. In most cases the data is useless.Will the Chinese gov’t use its connections to Tiktok to its advantage? Who knows. Trump should be more worried about the Chinese army on the Indian border, the Chinese navy near the Philippines, and territorial demands made on central Asian nations. China is sensing an American weakness right now and taking advantage of it.

    Instead of Tiktok, Trump should worry about the failure of his corona virus response and the image it projects to the world. China and Russia see weakness and are asserting themselves, the EU is both pitying the US and trying to figure out how to work the power structure with a weakened America.

    Polls currently indicate Trump will lose. At this point Biden will top over 300 electoral votes. Hence Trump is laying the ground work to discredit the election. A country that ran elections through wars and pandemics in the past suddenly is incapable of an election — again the rest of the world wonders how incompetent is the US govt. If Trump is so concerned about the elections there’s a bill sitting on McConnell’s desk passed by the House which is to increase security of the election and ensure fair access to the ballot.

    Soros is a leftist billionaire? What is that? Is it like the unicorn? The conspiracy mishmash you cite fails to note a simple thing — Soros like any other billionaire donates money to maximize their own interest. He’s not some charlatan or puppeteer controlling the world anymore than the right wing billionaires the left will cite for similar behaviour.

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  13. I’m a little confused has Trump declared all of the US a federal disaster area. My reading of the tweet suggests that’s the only way he can cancel payroll taxes without going through the legislature.

    The Republican covid package was a pork filled disaster with spending that had nothing to do with corona virus or affected citizens — building an FBI hq? I thought the FBI was compromised? And instead starting over again, the Republicans left Washington only to return to confirm judges not work on a covid package. The Republicans are more concerned about maintaining power through the judicial system despite their looming loss in Nov than they are about the people. There is of course a bill or two or three on McConnell’s desk passed by the House that address some of the emergency needs but these won’t see the light of day.

    I believe Joe Biden went for a bike ride the day of the Jill Biden interview. I’d like to see Trump ride a bike with the same gusto as Biden.

    The stereotypical teachers holding the kids hostage meme. Not worthy of a reply. However, the Georgia school which suspended a student for posting a picture of crowded hallways with no masks has had to close down due to an outbreak of corona virus in the school.

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  14. “I’m a little confused has Trump declared all of the US a federal disaster area.”

    More than a little….. 🙂

    Yes, he declared an emergency months ago.

    Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
    Issued on: March 13, 2020

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak/

    “In December 2019, a novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (“the virus”) was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China, causing outbreaks of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 that has now spread globally. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to COVID-19. I have taken sweeping action to control the spread of the virus in the United States, including by suspending entry of foreign nationals seeking entry who had been physically present within the prior 14 days in certain jurisdictions where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred, including the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Schengen Area of Europe. The Federal Government, along with State and local governments, has taken preventive and proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus and treat those affected, including by instituting Federal quarantines for individuals evacuated from foreign nations, issuing a declaration pursuant to section 319F‑3 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d‑6d), and releasing policies to accelerate the acquisition of personal protective equipment and streamline bringing new diagnostic capabilities to laboratories. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic, as the rates of infection continue to rise in many locations around the world and across the United States.

    The spread of COVID-19 within our Nation’s communities threatens to strain our Nation’s healthcare systems. As of March 12, 2020, 1,645 people from 47 States have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. It is incumbent on hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country to assess their preparedness posture and be prepared to surge capacity and capability. Additional measures, however, are needed to successfully contain and combat the virus in the United States.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) and consistent with section 1135 of the Social Security Act (SSA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 1320b-5), do hereby find and proclaim that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020. Pursuant to this declaration, I direct as follows:”

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  15. Oh good he can ride a bike…..

    Now if he could only remember his name and how he got there….

    And whose bike he stole…. 🙂

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  17. I missed the emergency…..it doesn’t look like the Trump admin is acting like there’s an emergency. He resumed golfing on May 23 and has golfed 21 times since then. By late April he was urging the states to reopen.He went to Tulsa on June 20. The Republican party has declined to provide extra funding to the Post Office to handle the increase in mail in ballots. The bill is sitting on McConnell’s desk. It appears by Trump and Republican actions the emergency is over.

    Since he’s promised to continue the payroll tax deferral/holiday past election — he’s essentially promising he will defund Social Security. Are Americans prepared to work past 65?

    Mocking Biden but missing the signs of cognitive and physical decline in Trump reminds me of the parable of the speck and branch in the person’s eyes. (personal tidbit; when I heard first heard this parable I misunderstood “speck” as bacon since the Frisian word for bacon is spek)

    I don’t think Barr has read Rousseau. Speaking of an exchange of views, when is McConnell going to read the Bills on his desk?

    The number I’m looking at right now is 308. What’s your number right now?

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