15 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-19-20

  1. Good news. 🙂

    Unless you’re a Democrat…..

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/17/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html

    “S&P 500 rises to a record close, fully wiping out its coronavirus losses”

    “The S&P 500 rose to an all-time high on Tuesday, capping off its incredible recovery from the coronavirus-induced sell-off that knocked it off its previous record back in February.

    The broader market index climbed 0.2% to 3,389.78, a record close. It also notched an intraday all-time high, reaching 3,395.06 earlier in the day. The S&P 500′s move into record territory came after the index flirted with its all-time closing high for more than a week. It also confirms the start of a new bull market.

    “There has been a lot of good news seemingly validating” this move higher, said Andrew Slimmon, managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Slimmon noted the economic data has been strong recently and corporate earnings have topped analyst expectations.”

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    “Earlier this year, the S&P 500 tumbled more than 30% from its February record as the coronavirus pandemic sent profit expectations and economic activity tanking. However, the benchmark index for the U.S. stock market did not stay down for long.

    Since hitting a low on March 23, the S&P 500 has skyrocketed more than 54%. Those gains have been largely driven by sharp advances in Big Tech shares. Facebook is up more than 27% year to date and Alphabet has rallied over 16% in that time period. Amazon, meanwhile, has popped more than 79% this year and Netflix is up 52%. Apple and Microsoft are up 34.1% and 57.4%, respectively, in 2020.

    “Technically, we’re back to where we were before the sell-off, but there’s still a lot of sectors that are not close to recovering,” said Shawn Cruz, trader services senior manager at TD Ameritrade. “So if you’re holding a diversified portfolio, you probably still have some positions that are in the red.”

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    So there’s more recovery yet to happen. 🙂

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  2. Awwwww….

    But now what will Dems cry about? 🙂

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/postmaster-general-dejoy-to-testify-before-senate-panel-friday-11597758378

    “Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the U.S. Postal Service is suspending operational changes, like removing mail processing equipment and collection boxes, until after the November election, as the agency tries to reassure Americans that it can handle the anticipated surge in mail-in voting.

    Mr. DeJoy also said the agency won’t change retail hours at post offices across the country or close any mail-sorting facilities. He said overtime hours will continue to be approved as needed to process mail.”

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    Their crying was all garbage anyway.

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/17/the-lefts-lunatic-postal-conspiracy-theory/

    “The left’s lunatic ‘postal’ conspiracy theory”

    “At this rate, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be lucky if he isn’t arrested and tried for treason before a people’s tribunal.

    DeJoy has quickly replaced Vladimir Putin as the man that progressive opinion will hold responsible if Trump wins a second term in November.

    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DeJoy is a “complicit crony” aiding Trump’s effort to sabotage American democracy. She believes the two have hatched a plot to delay mail-in voting and disenfranchise countless Americans prior to the election.

    Protesters over the weekend showed up at DeJoy’s Washington apartment and North Carolina home. Two Democratic congressmen have called for a criminal inquiry into his changes at the postal service, and he will testify at a House hearing next week.

    In tried and true fashion, President Trump has stoked suspicions by saying that he opposes a $25 billion postal-service bailout in the latest Democratic COVID-relief bill. According to Trump, blocking this measure — and $3 billion in election aid to the states — will prevent universal mail-in voting.

    But the bailout doesn’t have anything to do with mail-in voting, and given the billions of pieces of mail handled by the post office every week, it surely can handle the increased volume from mail-in voting.

    It is true that Postmaster General DeJoy is a major Trump donor. He made his fortune in shipping and logistics, though, and he was selected by the postal service’s board of governors.

    Little did he know when he took over the agency in June that he’d soon have a starring role in the country’s latest psychodrama. Every change at the postal service is now seen through the prism of a belief that the agency is a tool of creeping authoritarianism.”

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  3. Despicable.

    Unless you lived in a nursing home.

    ———–

    He’s even writing a book about his immense failures.

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/08/18/new-cuomo-book-explain-defeat-virus-letting-rampage-population/

    “New Cuomo Book To Explain How To Defeat The Virus By Letting It Rampage Through Your Population”

    “Am I awake?”

    ““A powerful testament to true leadership in times of extreme crisis,” says Random House of the forthcoming book.

    Did Cuomo write about Mike DeWine?

    This guy underperformed Bill de Blasio in handling New York’s outbreak. Imagine the reaction on both the left and the right if de Blasio farted out a book-length love letter to his own leadership on COVID.

    The pandemic’s not even over. It might be over for NYC but it’s almost certainly not over for New York State. The book’s set for release on October 13; imagine if, the day it drops, Cuomo decides he needs to shut down the schools because his reopening plan ended up seeding a massive new outbreak.

    I guess he can always address that in the sequel to this book, “American Crisis II: How I Defeated The Second Wave Of COVID That I Started.”

    To this day, he can’t demonstrate one of the most basic functions of good leadership, which is accountability. Ask him about his lethal deficiencies in moving too slowly early on to shut down the state or his infamous policy of sending infected residents back into nursing homes and he’ll put up smokescreens endlessly. Old people are gonna die no matter what, you know. And it’s really the feds’ fault for not telling Cuomo that the virus was coming in from Europe. And it’s really Trump’s fault for not managing the national response better.

    Those themes recurred in his DNC speech last night, as you’ll see below. At one point Cuomo described SARS-CoV-2 as the “European virus,” alluding to his claim that he had no idea visitors from Europe were seeding an outbreak in NYC in February and early March even though Italy’s outbreak was headline news at the time. “The virus had been attacking us for months before they even knew it was here,” he said at another point of the feds, a nod at the idea that they’re to blame for New York’s apocalypse. But the feds couldn’t have stopped him from ordering a precautionary quarantine of European visitors to New York early on, before Trump banned travel from Europe.

    And the feds sure as hell didn’t force his nursing-home policy on him, or demand that he twiddle his thumbs for weeks in March as the virus spread throughout NYC.”

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  4. His speech at the DNC was even panned by both sides he’s so tone deaf. And Biden endorsed it, so we need to tie that albatross to his neck too.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2020/08/18/analysis-cuomos-appalling-dnc-speech-and-bidens-endorsement-of-it-is-a-huge-opening-for-republicans-n2574545

    “Analysis: Cuomo’s Appalling DNC Speech, and Biden’s Endorsement of It, Is an Opportunity for Republicans”

    “Night one of the virtual Democratic National Convention descended into cringeworthiness on multiple occasions. It featured awkward State-of-the-Union response-style political speeches, interspersed with musical interludes and glorified Zoom meetings. It was emceed by a Hollywood celebrity, at times giving off major telethon vibes. I can’t imagine a normal human voluntarily tuning in at the beginning of the program and making it through the entire two hours. But if Republicans are tempted to point and laugh, they should humbly recall that their turn comes next week, and the strange, unprecedented format likely won’t be any easier for them. Democrats have the entertainment industry’s most glittering creative talents at their disposal, and they came up with…that.

    Some speakers were stronger and more effective than others. A few were downright awful. Some of the pre-packaged content was painful to watch. Setting aside my myriad disagreements with some of her tendentious points, warmed-over platitudes, and callbacks to an administration that I do not recall fondly, Michelle Obama stole the show by delivering an impactful and compelling speech with no live audience — which is really hard to do. I’ll leave it to others to gush over the former First Lady; it was another speech that stuck with me as the most telling and potentially politically-consequential of the entire evening. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance was shocking and almost obscene. Watch it for yourself:”

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  5. All the news that’s fit to manipulate….

    This is what they have to do. They were co-conspirators in the entire affair, leaking spoon fed documents from Schiff and his band of clowns. They even won a Pulitzer for fake news for it.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/17/new-york-times-manipulates-fbi-lawyers-guilty-plea-to-hide-real-spygate-news/

    “New York Times Manipulates FBI Lawyer’s Guilty Plea To Hide Real Spygate News

    Because they were co-conspirators in the hoax, too many in the corporate media are serving as obstacles to holding the FBI and other powerful government agencies accountable for their actions.”

    “A New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his role perpetrating the Russia collusion hoax was tasked with framing the news that a former top FBI lawyer was to plead guilty to deliberately fabricating evidence against a Donald Trump campaign affiliate targeted in the Russia probe. The resulting article is a case study in how to write propaganda.

    Adam Goldman broke, and cushioned, the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was to plead guilty to fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page.

    His job was to present the news as something other than an indictment of the FBI’s handling of the Russia collusion hoax, to signal to other media that they should move on from the story as quickly as possible, and to hide his own newspaper’s multi-year participation in the Russia collusion hoax. One intelligence source described it as an “insult” to his intelligence and “beyond Pravda,” a reference to the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. Here’s how Goldman did it.

    Mild Headline With Ludicrous Spin
    The New York Times used to put every Russia collusion story it had on the front page. Then, when the narrative fell apart, the Times moved on to a new narrative of redefining America as irredeemably racist.

    Even though Clinesmith’s guilty plea is directly relevant to the false story the Times peddled for years, and even though it broke the news of his guilty plea, the publication hid the story deep in the paper and put a boring headline on it. “Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation,” as if begging readers to move on. If they didn’t, the subhead told them that the news really wasn’t such a big deal. “Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials,” it claimed, without, well, evidence.

    In fact, while the charging document was brief, it revealed that while Clinesmith deliberately fabricated evidence in the fourth warrant to spy on Page, all four warrants failed to mention the information the CIA gave the FBI months before the first warrant was filed. That information was that Page, a former Marine officer who graduated from the Naval Academy, had been a source for the agency, sharing information about Russians the agency was interested in. In fact, he’d done it for five years.

    All four warrants took those contacts as probable cause to spy on him, so the CIA’s information would have significantly altered the applications if included.

    Downplays Robert Mueller Ties
    Goldman describes Clinesmith as someone “who was assigned to the Russia investigation,” avoiding any mention of his role on the “Mueller probe” until the 24th paragraph. The Mueller probe is the name given to the special counsel investigation ostensibly led by Robert Mueller but actually led by rabid partisan Andrew Weissmann.

    Clinesmith was removed from the Russia collusion investigation not for falsifying evidence but for his extreme anti-Trump texts. Those were found when Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigated the FBI’s gentle treatment of Hillary Clinton when she was facing scrutiny for mishandling classified information.

    “I’m just devastated,” Clinesmith texted to FBI attorney Sally Moyer shortly after Trump won the 2016 presidential election. “Plus, my god @#$%$#$ name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff,” Clinesmith wrote.”

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  6. Same story over at the WaPo. Lies, manipulation, and outright ignoring the obvious truth.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/washington-post-slammed-for-misleading-portland-assault-video-headline-advocacy-not-journalism

    “Washington Post’s Portland attack headline slammed as ‘passive voice nonsense’

    ‘What a misinformation headline looks like,’ one critic says”

    “The Washington Post was slammed Tuesday for a “passive voice nonsense” headline that critics said downplayed the vicious attack on a truck driver by Portland protesters, ignoring that the man was beaten by demonstrators.

    A man was knocked unconscious by Black Lives Matter protesters after they allegedly chased him until he crashed his truck. A video posted online, which has since gone viral, shows the man sitting dazed on the ground moments before another man runs up from behind and kicks him flush in the face, knocking him out.

    Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post headlined the story of the attack, “Man seriously injured in attack after crashing his truck during Black Lives Matter protest in Portland.”

    Bloomberg News columnist Eli Lake took notice, tweeting “This headline is passive voice nonsense. Anarchists dragged a man from his truck and beat him senseless.””

    Other critics of the misleading headline also took to Twitter, arguing that it failed to capture what had unfolded during the incident. Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell called it “advocacy, not journalism.””

    “The Washington Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

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  7. Long overdue. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/on-centennial-anniversary-of-19th-amendment-trump-pardons-susan-b-anthony/#more-326564

    “On Centennial Anniversary of 19th Amendment, Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony

    NYT rushes to cancel Susan B. Anthony as problematic”

    “On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, Trump will posthumously pardon Susan B. Anthony, the suffragette who was arrested, tried, and fined $100 for voting illegally before women were legally allowed to vote.

    Trump made the announcement earlier this morning.

    “This was brought up a week ago and I was so surprised it was never done before because later today I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony. She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned.””

    “From the White House:

    On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, securing the right to vote for women and marking a monumental step toward the “more perfect Union” envisioned by our Founders. This milestone in American history was the product of the tireless efforts of suffragists and other advocates for women’s rights, who steadfastly pursued their vision of a more just and equal society.In the early days of our Nation’s fight for independence, future First Lady Abigail Adams penned a letter to her husband, John Adams, urging him to “remember the ladies” as he fought to preserve the fledgling United States. She advised him that “if particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” In the decades that followed, bold trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Forten Purvis, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper carried forward and fought for the fundamental right of women to vote. The road to suffrage was long and challenging, but the faith, fortitude, and resolute determination of those committed to this noble cause brought about a victory that continues to inspire today.

    As we commemorate this historic event, we also celebrate the incredible economic, political, and social contributions women have made to our Nation. As President, I am committed to building on these accomplishments and empowering all women and girls to achieve their fullest potential. As part of this effort, in February of last year, my Administration launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, the first whole-of-government effort to advance women’s economic empowerment around the globe. My Administration also released our Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security in June of last year to increase the political participation of women at home and abroad, recognizing that women’s participation in conflict resolution and ending violent extremism can set the course toward a more peaceful world. We are also prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls through our commitment to combatting sex trafficking and empowering survivors, who are disproportionately women, and through Operation Lady Justice, the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

    My Adminstration also understands that empowering women means implementing an economic agenda that enhances freedom and creates opportunities for women and working families. As part of this effort, the historic 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the Child Tax Credit, and I signed legislation that provided for the largest ever increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which will help ease the burden of child care borne disproportionately by mothers. Additionally, in December of last year, I signed legislation providing for 12 weeks of paid parental leave for Federal employees. As I have since my first day in office, I continue to call on the Congress to pass a nationwide paid family leave program.

    My Administration’s unprecedented investment in working families is already paying dividends. Women’s unemployment in the United States reached the lowest level in 65 years. And in 2019, women filled 71 percent of all new jobs in the United States.

    Today, as we celebrate a major step forward for our Nation, we pay tribute to the countless women, known and unknown, throughout our history who struggled for equality. In doing so, we recommit to ensuring our Constitution is faithfully upheld so that all Americans can pursue their dreams and fulfill their God-given potential.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 18, 2020, as a day in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

    DONALD J. TRUMP

    The New York Times is now unsure whether Anthony is pardon-worthy:”

    Unlike other people the president has pardoned, Anthony is not someone whose work Mr. Trump has spoken of during his campaign or his presidency.

    She is also an increasingly divisive figure, adopted by anti-abortion forces and criticized for relegating Black suffragists to the sidelines. On Tuesday, Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion political group, and Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who represents conservative groups, were in attendance as Mr. Trump made his announcement.

    The pardon for Anthony would be the 26th of his presidency and, like most others Mr. Trump has issued, it drew criticism from Democrats, including Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor of New York.

    “As highest ranking woman elected official in New York and on behalf of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy we demand Trump rescind his pardon,” Ms. Hochul wrote on Twitter. “She was proud of her arrest to draw attention to the cause for women’s rights, and never paid her fine. Let her Rest In Peace, @realdonaldtrump.””

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  8. Our local post office was reduced to half a day and the workers share the other half day with another small post office. Our mail goes through one of the bigger cities now and it is not as convenient as it once was. This happened quite a few years ago; I think during the Obama years. No one cared then, except the people affected. It was a cost saving move and better than losing the PO all together.

    Knowing someone in the PO who was being trained on obsolete equipment (and being housed and paid several states away to do it) I am not surprised that many changes were needed.

    I don’t want to hear about how horrible right wing conspiracy mongers are when I see the left wing conspiracies touted by people in the legislative branch and news media with regularity.

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  9. As the WSJ editorial put it, the Post Office is “a Bockbuster in a Netflix world.”

    Change needs to come but it’s probably best to tackle that after the election, in 2021.

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  10. Talk about taking the air out of a balloon (or hundreds of falling balloons). These virtual conventions are just sad — the Hollywood Squares-style screen with people clapping and smiling. Why bother?

    But apparently the California state roll call was made from the sands of our local beach just down the street from me. Kind of cool.

    Otherwise, these affairs will be definitely skippable for the viewing public, I’d say.

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  11. Pretty much.

    http://apps.washingtonexaminer.com/newsletters/daily-memo/dm.php

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    THE ‘SAD TELETHON,’ NIGHT TWO: Give Democrats some credit. They had to come up with a way to stage a “convention” that wasn’t really a convention, to do it all online, and to try to give it some life. It’s a nearly impossible undertaking that no one has ever attempted before — at least until Republicans have to do it next week. But of course Democrats have access to the best entertainment talent in the world, so surely they could figure something out, right? Actually, they couldn’t. The first night of the convention was a complete mess, both as politics and as a show — the CNN commentator S.E. Cupp called it a “sad telethon,” which, unfortunately for Democrats, was spot-on. …
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  12. I think it was a mistake to “pardon” Susan Anthony.
    What is done is done and nothing changes that. But her claim to fame is that she led the way to a significant change.

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  13. She stood up for women and never should have been charged. The mentality that would charge her and deny women their rights would be the same flawed one that said some folks were half a vote because of their color. It was ignorance, it was wrong, and it actually was the white man’s way of ensuring their hold on power. Good riddance to both.

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