26 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-13-20

  1. First up, we’ll deal with this meme.

    She’s eligible, just like Cruz, Rubio, and Jindal were.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/natural-born-citizen-kamala-harris/#more-326118

    “natural born Citizen: Kamala Harris

    There are many reasons to vote against Kamala Harris, but she is eligible to be Vice President (and potentially, President), just as were Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz.”

    There are rumblings that Kamala Harris may not be eligible to be Vice President under the 12th Amendment, by virtue of her not being eligible to be President since she is not a ‘natural born Citizen’ (“no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States”).

    The theory is that while she was born in the United States (Oakland, CA), some combination of her parents not being citizens at the time or not being naturally born Citizens themselves renders her not a natural born Citizen.

    I examined a similar issue in 2013 with regard to Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz, and concluded in an 11,000-word analysis that they were eligible. See my post, natural born Citizens: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz.

    I see nothing that distinguishes Harris from those three Republicans, even assuming her parents were not U.S. citizens at the time of her birth in Oakland. There are many reasons to vote against Kamala Harris, but she is eligible.”

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  2. And now we can discuss some of those reasons to vote against her. 🙂

    First, some Flashbacks……

    I guess she’s OK with it now….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/flashback-that-time-kamala-harris-said-she-believed-bidens-accusers/

    “Flashback: That Time Kamala Harris Said She Believed Biden’s Accusers

    “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it”

    “There was a point in the primary, sometime in the last 2,982,092,094 years where Biden’s penchant for making women horrendously uncomfortable with unwanted touching, along with some more serious allegations, were a thing of headlines.

    Somewhere in there, when she too was vying for the top spot on the ticket, Sen. Harris (newly minted at Biden’s VP pick) said she believed Biden’s accusers.

    From The Hill:

    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she believes women who say they felt uncomfortable after receiving unwanted touching from former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said at a presidential campaign event in Nevada.

    The California senator added that Biden will need to decide for himself whether to run for president.”

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  3. Legal Insurrection does a great job of showing people just who she is.

    She lied about Kavanaugh during Senate hearings…..

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    The race card. How original….. 🙄

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    Willie says no to Kamala. 🙂

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  4. She’s no moderate. And old Sleepy Joe has already admitted he’s just a place holder, a big name for the top of the ticket. But he won’t be there for long.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/12/no-kamala-harris-isnt-a-moderate-shes-a-radical-threat-to-america/

    “No, Kamala Harris Isn’t A ‘Moderate’ — She’s A Radical Threat To America

    The media are spinning Kamala Harris as a ‘centrist’ and a ‘moderate.’ In reality, she’s a leftist who could be one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.”

    “Once Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the upcoming 2020 election, it didn’t take long for the media to begin its latest attempt to gaslight Americans.

    In the Associated Press announcement of Biden’s choice, AP writers Kathleen Ronayne and Will Weissert write approvingly of Harris’s “centrist record” as a contributing factor in the decision. Longtime political analyst and lobbyist Doug Schoen praised Biden’s pick while arguing Harris “could help Biden solidify his position among centrist voters and even moderate Republican voters.”

    Not to be outdone, The New York Times characterized Harris as a “pragmatic moderate.” In an additional Harris announcement for the Times, Jonathan Martin and Astead W. Herndon refer to Harris and Biden as “two moderates” who share “center-left politics.”

    Yet an analysis of Harris’s voting record in the U.S. Senate, as well as policies she has proposed, reveal quite a different story. Her positions form an agenda nearly entirely in lock-step with the radical leftist ideology that has taken over the Democratic Party. Indeed, if Biden wins the 2020 race for the White House, Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) will find herself in a unique position to pose a genuine threat to the values that built the United States of America.

    According to a detailed assessment by Voteview, Harris holds a voting record farther left than 97 percent of Democrats in the 116th Senate, and more liberal than 99 percent of the Senate as a whole. Of current members of the U.S. Senate, Harris ranks more liberal than Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) while placing as the Democrat with the most liberal voting record in the chamber aside from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

    Harris has stated that illegal immigrants in the United States are not criminals — which defines both logic and traditional definitions of standard English words like “illegal” and “criminal” — and once likened U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to members of the Ku Klux Klan for having the temerity to enforce the law.

    During a Democratic primary debate, Harris raised her hand in support of a government-run health-care plan that would have taxpayers covering illegal immigrants. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in 2019, Harris made it clear that she would be “opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education or public health, period.”

    Harris was a co-sponsor of the utterly insane Green New Deal, a co-sponsor to Sanders’s “Medicare For All” scheme to socialize America’s health-care system, and is on record advocating a repeal of the 2017 Republican tax cuts that helped create the conditions for the booming pre-pandemic American economy.”

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  5. The media treatment of Sarah Palin is about to bite them and Kamala in the butt.

    The left made these rules, we’re just playing by them. 🙂

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/12/the-ghost-of-sarah-palin-will-haunt-the-media-this-election-cycle/

    “The Ghost Of Sarah Palin Will Haunt The Media This Election Cycle

    In an effort to blunt all criticism of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, we’re about to see a deluge of transparently insincere sympathy for Sarah Palin.”

    “The week before I got married on my family’s homestead in Alaska, we found out Sarah Palin had been picked to be Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate.

    This was big news for Alaska. Nearly everyone we knew was thrilled, even people who weren’t huge Palin fans. At the time, Palin was a popular governor who’d made a name for herself fighting a corrupt good ol’ boys system that had prevailed for too long in state politics. She was a Republican, but seen as a moderate who was willing to work with Democrats and take on powerful special interests, including the oil companies that held sway in the state capitol. People liked her, even if they didn’t always agree with her politics.

    That included my family, which, like a lot of families in a place as small as Alaska, had a personal connection to Palin. My brothers and I had all worked for Wasilla’s parks and recreation department at some point during Palin’s time as mayor (after she was named McCain’s VP pick, we all joked that in high school we’d “worked for her,” which technically we had), and later she and her family had attended my parents’ church. The Sarah Palin we all knew was more or less an ordinary Alaskan—an ambitious and accomplished woman, certainly, but also someone we identified with, who understood Alaskans’ unique way of life, and who for the most part seemed to reflect our conservative values and our desire for pragmatic and effective governance.

    That was not the Sarah Palin the rest of the country would come to know, not because she went through a radical transformation—although she did play up her folksiness for a national audience—but because the corporate media, who saw in her a threat to the election of Barack Obama, decided to tear her apart, to destroy her politically, even if that meant destroying her personally.

    What ensued was the greatest persecution of an American political figure in modern times. Palin, a mother of five who had recently given birth to a baby boy prenatally diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, became an object of hate for the media. Nothing has come close in its ugliness, its mendacity, its complete lack of restraint and, given Palin’s status as the second woman ever to appear on a major-party presidential ticket, the abject hypocrisy of a media establishment that purports to champion women’s rights and equality.

    Prepare for Transparently Insincere Sympathy for Palin
    I say all this as a prelude to what we are about to witness. In the coming months, a phalanx of mainstream media outlets and leftist women’s groups will be deployed to defend Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick, by labeling any and all criticism of her as sexist and possibly racist. (It remains unclear what we’re to make of Harris’s own charges against Biden of racism and sexism—and sexual assault—in the primaries earlier this year.)

    Groups like Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and others recently sent a letter to news outlets that they’ll be monitoring coverage of Biden’s VP pick by “popping up rapid response teams tasked with tracking and calling out sexism and racism in real-time,” according to NBC News. Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign manager recently warned on an all-staff call that “sexism will motivate the ugliest attacks against” the VP pick, and that everyone on the campaign will be enlisted to defend her, reports the Washington Post.

    Even before Biden announced Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, we’re told, she had already faced sexist attacks that play on negative stereotypes, like being “maligned online for a past relationship.” The Post story also quotes one Democratic opposition researcher who says we should expect “a flood of content playing on common sexist tropes: portraying her as crazy, untrustworthy, unqualified, dumb, or sexual—claiming she is angry, or extreme, or perhaps that she ‘slept her way to the top.’”

    We’re going to hear a lot of that sort thing this election cycle. Because the double standard that’s about to be applied to Harris is so appallingly obvious even to corporate media, we’re also going to hear a lot of retroactive and transparently insincere sympathy for Palin. Here’s one of the first out of the gate:”

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  6. More hypocrisy from Democrats.

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/11/left-showing-hypocrisy-with-china-meddling-revelations-goodwin/

    “China Joe and Beijing Biden could be more than pejorative nicknames Trumpers throw at the Democrats’ nominee. It turns out there is some evidence behind the gamesmanship.

    A new national intelligence report says foreign adversaries have their presidential preferences and are trying to tilt our election. Among the findings, China and Iran want Biden in the White House while Russia favors the incumbent.

    Guess which part of those findings is getting most of the media coverage. Hint: You don’t need a hint.

    Dems and their media handmaidens can’t quit their shared passion for picturing President Trump as a Russian agent. The New York Times and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Frick and Frack of the far left, insist that the Russian role is so much larger and more effective than that of either China or Iran.

    How would they know? Why, naturally, anonymous sources, those “officials briefed on the intelligence,” said the Times in its latest effort to carry water for the anti-Trump Deep State.

    Both also doubt the accuracy of the Biden findings, with the Times suggesting, without evidence, that the push for Biden was included as a political sop to Trump. Pelosi told Fox News that the analysts “try to blanket it with the Chinese, they said, prefer Biden — we don’t know that, but that’s what they’re saying, but they’re not really getting involved in the presidential election.”

    Wow, remember when Trump was excoriated for doubting the intelligence agencies? Remember Chuck Schumer’s ominous warning to Trump in January 2017 when he said: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you”?

    But now it’s hunky-dory to dump on the spooks. It’s the First Law of Politics: Anything that can be twisted to make Trump look bad will be twisted.

    The double standards shout to the high heavens, especially when you consider what the FBI did with thin gruel in 2016. Based largely on the unverified Steele dossier, financed by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, and the tall tale about Russians having Clinton’s emails that involved George Papadopoulos, the FBI opened “Crossfire Hurricane” and spied on the Trump campaign.

    It turned out to be the biggest nothingburger in American history — but by the time special counsel Robert Mueller and his band of zealots finally admitted in 2019 there was no campaign collusion, the media had worked with Dems and investigators to severely damage the new administration and the lives of many innocent people.”

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  7. A lot of parents would love this.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/08/12/parental_choice_will_win_elections_this_fall__143932.html

    “Parental Choice Will Win Elections This Fall”

    “The most critical element in providing for an economic recovery is the safe reopening of schools. Because many schools are planning to remain closed, parents need choices for the education of their children so they can begin to get back to work and so their kids don’t fall behind and imperil their future.

    Elected officials will ignore these concerns from parents at the own risk, but those who listen to their voters and support meaningful parental school choice will see results on Election Day.

    According to Club for Growth PAC polling of voters in states with Republican senators who face challenging reelections, candidates are already in precarious positions, and failure to act on parental choice could result in electoral disasters. If those senators vote to continue sending tax dollars to state and local government education bureaucrats but nothing to parents whose schools are closed to help them choose other options, polling suggests voter support for the Republican incumbent could drop 25%.

    And following Sen. Chuck Schumer’s flip-flop to support opening schools this fall, we can only hope the Senate Republican leadership begins to understand the political environment is begging for a bold solution in order to provide a safe, high quality education to all students.

    Many schools plan to be closed even though public health experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, are pushing schools to open safely.

    Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, argues, “Schools should open in the fall. It’s critical for meeting the educational and social needs of children. But local officials should have the discretion to take tailored actions to help keep children safe.”

    Meanwhile, it’s becoming clearer that reopening schools is not only about safety in light of the coronavirus. With a growing chorus of doctors and public health officials calling for schools to safely reopen, the socialist bureaucrats have now made reopening about a host of demands that have nothing to do with the pandemic.

    In Los Angeles, the teachers union is demanding the implementation of “a moratorium on private schools, defunding the police, increasing taxes on the wealthy, implementing Medicare for all,” and more, according to a report from San Diego radio station KUSI.

    The Demand Safe Schools Coalition, a radical coalition of education bureaucrats, recently held protests across the country and presented a series of demands, few of which had anything to do with making schools safer. Instead, the demands included police-free schools and a moratorium on new parental-choice programs.

    In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal correctly labeled what’s happening as “political extortion.” ”

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    It’s time to end their monopoly.

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  8. Let’s hope so. 🙂

    “iPhone Maker Foxconn Says China’s ‘Days as the World’s Factory Are Done'”

    https://www.macrumors.com/2020/08/12/foxconn-says-chinas-days-as-worlds-factory-done/

    “China will no longer be the world’s manufacturing epicenter going forward, according to Apple’s largest supply chain partner Foxconn, which has been gradually expanding its operations in other countries amid the U.S.-China trade war.

    “No matter if it’s India, Southeast Asia or the Americas, there will be a manufacturing ecosystem in each,” said Foxconn chairman Young Liu, according to Bloomberg. Liu boldly proclaimed that while China will continue to be a key location for Foxconn’s factories, the country’s “days as the world’s factory are done.”

    The report claims that Foxconn’s manufacturing capacity outside China is now 30 percent of its total, up from 25 percent last June. Foxconn is one of several Apple suppliers that has expanded operations in India and Vietnam in particular.”

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  9. Some of the locals in Chicago are not playing well with the rioting hordes. 🙂

    LANGUAGE WARNING!!!!!

    “”where are you when a baby’s shot” ”

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    https://nypost.com/2020/08/12/chicago-locals-fight-off-protesters-and-shut-down-blm-rally/

    “A largely black group of Chicago residents infuriated by looters blighting the city pushed back against a Black Lives Matter protest.

    As access was again blocked to downtown overnight to stop more marauding — with bridges raised and expressway ramps closed — protesters turned to the South Side, where a man allegedly started a shootout with cops in an arrest that sparked chaos.

    The Englewood locals resisted, kicking out the protesters from BLM and groups campaigning to defund the police, according to Fox 32.”

    “If your issue is with the police, take it to 35th and Michigan,” he shouted, referring to Chicago police HQ. “Don’t come in Englewood with it.”

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  10. We didn’t need the f-word in that meme, AJ. I find it disgusting. Just sayin’.

    I think that we are to be good citizens according to scripture and in our country that means voting when we are able to do so. We who are given the gift of asking our Lord for wisdom should be the first to want to exercise that wisdom at the voting booth. I would never tell someone how they have to vote or insist anyone tell me how they voted. We have a secret ballot for a reason.

    One thing to consider in your vote is the vice-presidential candidates. In comparing the views of Harris to that of Pence there is a big difference. Another to consider is the judges that will be appointed. Another big difference.

    We have two parties, one of which will get into office this voting season, whether we like it or not. Those parties can change and evolve. They both have party platforms and that is what you are voting for, as well. Those are the things they will work for or against as a party. No one agrees with every jot and tittle. Some of the issues on the platform are far more important than others. Anyone can see the old platforms and the new ones should be available after the party conventions.

    Yes, everyone needs Jesus. One of the things to consider is our freedom to speak freely to everyone we meet about Jesus. Which party is for more of that freedom? Yes, everyone needs to not only vote according to his or her conscience and also to live according to his or her conscience. Which party will give us more freedom to do so? Is one more of a danger to that?

    God calls some people into more of a political life. There are times in our lives when voting might not be possible for whatever reason. Otherwise, I really do not see why any Christian would not perform this duty for the country. Nor do I see why we would throw our vote away, which like it or not is where we are in this election. Unless someone knows the personal lives and all the platforms and views of someone who above reproach in one of the other parties?

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  11. And I was with you until the end.

    ” Unless someone knows the personal lives and all the platforms and views of someone who above reproach in one of the other parties? ”

    Their personal lives are really none of our business, and Jesus will never be on the ticket, so one who is above reproach will always be a matter of personal opinion.

    That’s one of the biggest issues I have with the treatment of Trump. There have been no recent examples of him misbehaving with women, yet many Christians can’t get over the fact that he once did that sort of thing. News flash, tons of us men have been far worse scoundrels than he, myself included. But those actions are in the past, I’ve asked for and received forgiveness, and gone on trying to lead a better life. Millions have had similar experiences. Trump never gets the same courtesy, even from Christians who should know better.

    No one knows where Trump is in his walk, but people, even Christians, seem to want to judge everything by his past actions and not what he’s doing now. They’re unforgiving, and that’s un-biblical. That’s the big issue I have and why I defend him as I do. I simply extend him the treatment I want. What I was isn’t who I am, and the same goes for Trump.

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  12. Kathaleena,

    I was mistaken in thinking you referred to something I censored with @#$% in another post. My wife just pointed out the other in the tweet I missed. It’s gone now too. My apologies. It’s everywhere now, even in some “mainstream” sources. I read so much and see it so often that I miss it sometimes. Sorry.

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  13. AJ, Trump’s ongoing character issues were a big part of the reason I didn’t vote for him the first time. It wasn’t all distant past. He is not someone women are likely to trust, and this woman distrusted him enough not to vote for him. I also had no idea how conservative he really was–he’d been all over the map on some issues.

    On the issues, he has largely been a good president, enough so that I’m considering voting for him this time. (Realistically unless we get absentee ballots we probably won’t vote in this election, so it may all be irrelevant.) However, he is still extremely egotistical and erratic, and many of his public comments are reprehensible. I still don’t trust him and still don’t think he has the character to be worthy of the office of president–and I’m talking about today, right now. I held my nose and voted for quite a few RINOs in past years, but Trump is a hard man to support even tentatively.

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  14. Looks like Trump has a 17-point lead in your state, cheryl.

    Biden has a 28-point lead in my state, and that’s unlikely to change very much.

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  15. Yes we know Cheryl, you prefer milquetoast candidates who just take the abuse and never defend themselves, lest they appear mean and crass. For every one of you, there are 10 of us sick of candidates like that.

    And show me a president who wasn’t egotistical.

    As for the rest of your opinion, he’s proven himself a worthy and effective president. You may not like his delivery, but he’s gotten the job done. Better than any since Reagan. That’s a fact.

    I’m more concerned with his policies and effectiveness than I am in whether folks like him or not, or think he’s a nice, pleasant guy. That’s irrelevant to me. I’m not electing a pastor here. I want results, and he’s darn sure delivered them.

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  16. Thanks, AJ. I did think you just missed it.

    As far as my line about personal lives, I was referring to the fact that so many who cannot vote for Trump seem to have no problem voting for someone else, although they have no idea what their personal life is like.

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  17. We can’t know another’s life fully, but sometimes there are clear indications of one’s character in public.

    I do think character matters in our leaders. Ideally, they’d have the good kind. But we have what we have.

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  18. AJ, let’s just say I don’t respect men who don’t control their anger. It’s OK to be angry in a targeted way, and at the right target, but explosive, uncontrolled anger is not manly and not attractive.

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  19. One more thing: I have argued on here, or at least in the pages of World’s blog, that I’d never fight for women to have the “right” to vote. I’m perfectly fine with male heads of households having the right and the responsibility to vote and allowing women the freedom to focus their time and energy on more important things. As a Christian, politics are way down my list of things that are important, and likewise as a woman.

    I have no “duty” to vote. I have a legal right to vote, and with that legal right, a solemn responsibility. I can choose to exercise that legal right (and its requisite responsibility to be an informed voter), or choose not to.

    But frankly, men cannot have it both ways. You cannot urge women to vote, and insist they vote like men.

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