47 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-5-20

  1. Lapdogs.


    “Reporters blasted for ‘shamefully embarrassing’ softball questions at rare Biden press conference”

    “Reporters who were able to ask questions at Joe Biden’s press conference Friday were torn apart by critics for failing to properly grill the Democratic presidential candidate.

    Biden, who took questions for the second time this week after going approximately a month without holding a single press conference, spent much of his time blasting President Trump over a report in The Atlantic magazine that he disparaged fallen World War I soldiers during a trip to France in 2018.

    However, those who were looking forward to hearing Biden respond to tough questions were left disappointed.

    The first question, posed by Atlantic staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere, was about the magazine’s bombshell report.

    “When you hear these remarks — ‘suckers,’ ‘losers,’ recoiling from amputees, what does it tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” Dovere asked.”


    A BS question based on a false report.

    And it’s all scripted for Joe’s benefit.


  2. It’s all scripted. And he can’t even get that straight.



    “The Federalist’s Ben Domenech knocks Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg over Trump story
    Domenech is the husband of Meghan McCain and son-in-law of the late John McCain”

    “The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech took aim at The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who authored the bombshell report alleging that President Trump disparaged fallen soldiers.

    Domenech is the husband of Meghan McCain and son-in-law of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain. Trump and the late senator were known to have sparred, but despite that, Domenech appeared to side with Trump in the latest controversy.

    Trump and many from the White House staff forcibly have denied the allegations published in The Atlantic on Thursday evening, alleging, according to four unnamed sources, that the president referred to dead soldiers buried at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery near Paris as “suckers” and that the land was “filled with losers” during his visit to France in 2018.

    Also in the report, Goldberg wrote, “When [John] McCain died, in August 2018, Trump told his senior staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge of this event, ‘We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” and he became furious, according to witnesses, when he saw flags lowered to half-staff. ‘What the @#$% are we doing that for? Guy was a @#$%$# loser,’ the president told aides.”

    “I’m confident I have better sources within this White House than @JeffreyGoldberg, and I expect that upon investigation his anonymously sourced story will live up to the quality we can expect from The Atlantic under his leadership,” Domenech tweeted Thursday evening.”

    Trump, who publicly called the late senator a “loser” in 2015, denied the claims that were made regarding the planning of McCain’s funeral, saying that despite their differences, the president thought he deserved the proper funeral.

    There has been a growing call from members of the mainstream media for the anonymous sources who were cited in The Atlantic’s report to go on the record.”


    The Atlantic is Never-Trump trash, and so is their source.


  3. And it’s all meant to distract you from the fact that half of the jobs lost to Covid have now been regained. Dems can’t have that story and the great job numbers as the lead story, so we get another manufactured scandal.


    “Unemployment Rate Dropped to 8.4% in August, Economy Adds 1.4 Million Jobs”

    The Labor Department reported the economy added 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%.

    This is a huge drop from July, which saw a 10.2% unemployment rate.

    Considering where we were in March and April, the economy is humming along again. The economy is growing, people are starting to get back to work, etc:”


    Good news for America equals bad news for Dems.

    So we get this drivel instead. Watch as the same act is repeated by Dems/Media over and over until election day.


    “The Atlantic’s Anonymously-Sourced Article Jump Starts The Permanent Pre-Election Anti-Trump Crisis News Cycle

    As with Russia collusion reporting, expect bombshell media reports implicating Trump in wrongdoing, often dropped just before a weekend, to create a 2-4 day media feeding frenzy. As each crisis news cycle peters out, another bombshell is dropped, rinse and repeat.”

    “The media attacks on Trump have followed a pattern for years: A bombshell media report implicating Trump in wrongdoing, often dropped just before a weekend, which creates a media feeding frenzy for 2-4 days before it is completely disproven or seriously cast into doubt. As that crisis news cycle peters out, another bombshell is dropped, rinse and repeat.

    It’s what I called in 2018 the Permanent Crisis New Cycle:

    Since Mueller was appointed in May 2017, after James Comey was fired as FBI Director, we have been in a perpetual 3-5 day “scoop” news cycle based on the Mueller probe.

    For over a year barely a week goes by that some publication doesn’t publish a “scoop” about what Mueller is thinking, who his team is talking to, what they might do or might not do, and so on. The Mueller probe is the media gift that keeps giving, usually based on anonymous sources.

    Just as each breathless and frequently demonstrably inaccurate media firestorm has died down — Wait, another Big Scoop. Let’s start a new news cycle. It never ends ….

    This permanent crisis news cycle reporting is reflected in an article in The Atlantic, conveniently dropped just before a long holiday weekend, which follows on the heels of a bombshell and since discredicted CNN report that Trump suffered ‘mini-strokes’. As the ‘minti-stroke’ feeding frenzy was petering out, The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg reported Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’. Based entirely on anonymous sources identified only as former Trump administration officials, the heart of the controversy is Trump supposedly canceling a trip to an American military cemetary during a trip to France in 2018:”


    He’s no friend of Trump, and even he says it didn’t happen.


  4. Not surprising. Most politicians try to hide who they really are. But not usually from their own base.


    “Kamala Harris really doesn’t want to talk about being a cop”

    “It was a big question back when it was first rumored that 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden was considering Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate: How would the California lawmaker reconcile today’s anti-police climate with her record as a rigid, and often abusive, prosecutor?

    As it turns out, the answer is simple. On the rare occasion that Democratic vice presidential candidate Harris is asked about violence, crime, law, and order, she simply says nothing at all. It is a neat trick, one that I suspect members of the Biden campaign press pool will allow her to get away with until someone from the outside refuses to take a nonanswer for an answer.

    On Tuesday, for example, the senator was asked at a virtual fundraiser how she, as a former attorney general, would “more effectively” and “more vigorously” respond to the “continuing violence in major cities.”

    Harris responded by saying a lot of nothing.

    “There is work to be done in terms of going into all these areas of the country and making clear that, first of all, Donald Trump is spending full time, as he has been during the election, in 2016, and during his presidency, trying to sow hate and division among us,” the senator said.

    She added, “And he has always operated, trying to tap into people’s fear and create a climate of fear. And that’s why, I think, it’s really important to talk about the fact that this moment is Donald Trump’s America, it is not Joe Biden’s America. And the violence that we’re seeing, the pain we’re seeing, it has not only increased during the term and during the tenure of Donald Trump, but it has, in many ways, certainly in terms of the pain around race, around immigration, around geographic location, has been encouraged by Donald Trump himself.”

    “We cannot buy into the fear,” Harris concluded. “And it is because he is trying to run from his record that he is doing it.”

    OK, but about the violence in major American cities. Any thought on that, senator?

    Earlier, in late August, ABC News’s Robin Roberts asked Harris specifically to square her record as a draconian prosecutor with the ascent of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    “But there’s also been a national conversation about policing. And, you know the name that you have ‘Kamala: Top Cop.’ Top cop,” said Roberts. “And the book that you wrote 10 years ago, Smart on Crime, where you could put it by saying that you wanted to see more police on the street. Do you still feel that way?”

    Harris responded by saying a lot of nothing. I am not kidding. The senator’s response was lengthy, long-winded, meandering, and totally devoid of meaning or substance.”


  5. Finally….

    Some sanity, and a federally deputized police force not restrained from doing their job.



  6. China’s favorite son….. of Biden.


    “Hunter Biden’s deals ‘served’ China and Chinese military, new film claims”

    “Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China served the “strategic interests” of the country’s communist government and military — and may have imperiled American national security, claims a new documentary exclusively previewed by The Post.

    “Riding the Dragon: The Bidens’ Chinese Secrets” highlights several deals that Hunter Biden was involved in as a board member of the Beijing-based BHR Partners investment firm.

    The film also alleges that Hunter was only able to get meetings with Chinese officials — and secure $1 billion in funding — “because of who his father was: vice president of the United States” and then-President Barack Obama’s “point person on US policy towards China.”

    The 41-minute documentary is narrated by best-selling writer Peter Schweizer, who authored 2015’s “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” and has previously written about Hunter’s business dealings in China.

    It is being shown online by the BlazeTV network, which on Thursday finished posting it to YouTube in six segments.

    Following the founding of BHR in 2013, Schweizer says, “Hunter’s new firm … began making investment deals around the world that would serve the strategic interests of the Chinese government.”

    He adds: “This new firm started making investment deals that would serve the strategic interests of the Chinese military.”

    The deals discussed in the film include a 2015 joint venture between BHR and AVIC Auto — a subsidiary of the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), which makes aircraft for the Chinese military — to purchase Henniges Automotive, an American auto-parts maker.

    Schweizer says that Henniges’ products are considered “dual-use” for both civilian and military purposes.

    The film also focuses on BHR’s 2014 investment in the China General Nuclear Power Corp., formerly a state-owned power company.

    In December 2016, the FBI busted a China General nuclear engineer, Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho, for conspiring to help China illegally obtain “sensitive nuclear technology” from within the US.

    Ho, a naturalized American citizen, pleaded guilty the following year and was sentenced to two years in prison.

    Schweizer also says that after Chi Ping Patrick Ho, an executive with CEFC China Energy Co., was busted by the FBI in 2017 for bribing officials in Africa, “one of his first calls” was to James Biden, Joe Biden’s brother.

    Last year, James told The New York Times that he believed Ho — who was later convicted by a Manhattan federal jury and sentenced to three years in prison — had been trying to reach Hunter and that he provided his nephew’s contact information.

    “Why exactly was he calling Hunter Biden? What sort of help was he expecting?” Schweizer asks.

    “We don’t know the answer to that question. But what we do know is that the Bidens have cultivated very close relationships with members of the Chinese elite.””


  7. The California bill is not as horrible as it has been made out to be. Either both kinds of acts should have the same (current) sentencing regulations or harsher ones, but not different ones.

    “But the claims QAnon adherents are spreading about SB-145 are bunk.

    The bill, which hasn’t become law since it’s still awaiting the governor’s signature, doesn’t address the criminal classification of sex with a minor, as the first claim states.

    In California, a sexual act between a minor and someone over 18 can be treated as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The statutes criminalizing various sex acts are among the state’s “wobbler” laws, which, as the U.S. Supreme Court explained in a 2003 decision, means that the level applied is at the discretion of the prosecutor or the court.

    SB-145 would have no effect on that. Rather, it would standardize one aspect of sentencing for all those crimes.

    As the state’s sentencing laws stand now, courts have discretion in whether or not to require inclusion on the sex offender registry for someone convicted of having vaginal intercourse with a minor who was within 10 years of the adult’s age. There is no such discretion allowed for those similarly convicted of anal sex, oral sex or sexual penetration (which is different than intercourse in that it doesn’t involve a penis). . . .

    “For example, if an 18 year old straight man has vaginal intercourse with his 17 year old girlfriend, he is guilty of a crime, but he is not automatically required to register as a sex offender,” Wiener’s statement explained. “[I]nstead, the judge will decide based on the facts of the case whether registration is warranted. By contrast, if an 18 year old gay man has sex with his 17 year old boyfriend, the judge *must* place him on the sex offender registry, no matter what the circumstances.”

    SB-145 would make the registry requirements for similar offenses the same.”


  8. In California, statutory rape was defined as one participant being 3 years older than a minor.

    So an 18 and 17 year old was a misdemeanor— if reported. 18 and 14 was rape.

    I don’t know when the law changed; I’ve been out of PCC work for about 4 years.

    10 years is ridiculous. Once again, this is a law written for adults at the expense of children.

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  9. No one said it made it legal, at least that I saw. But I don’t read QAnon nonsense any more than I would BLMs. The only complaints I saw were that it lessened the penalties for sex with minors, which it does.


    “A California bill that would lower penalties for sexual relations with minors is heading to Governor Newsom’s desk.

    SB 145 passed both legislative houses, and would remove the requirement for offenders to register as a sex offender after committing certain sex acts with minors within a 10-year age difference.

    The legislation applies in cases where the victim is aged between 14 and 17 years old. It also tries to remove existing the registration requirement for having oral and anal sex.”


  10. Exactly right Michele.

    It widens the age group for who can engage in sex with minors and not suffer the worst penalties. On top of that it’s clearly designed for the gay communities’ benefit.

    3-4 years is reasonable. It ensures a high school senior doesn’t get a lifetime sex offender registry sentence for a relationship with a freshman. In a perfect world they wouldn’t be having sex, but…..

    Beyond 5 years that’s a grown man preying on children.


  11. Sticky.



    Fox News Channel journalists have rushed to defend their colleague, correspondent Jennifer Griffin, after President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that Griffin “should be fired” after she confirmed reporting by The Atlantic that detailed President Trump repeatedly disparaging members of the military, the nation’s war dead, and wounded veterans.

    In an appearance on Cavuto Live Saturday, Griffin defended her reporting: “My sources are not anonymous to me and I doubt they are anonymous to the president,” Griffin told Neil Cavuto. “I can tell you that my sources are unimpeachable.”

    Cavuto noted that “you are a very good reporter—and then some. Jennifer Griffin following the story here. She’s pretty scrupulous when it comes to making sure all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed.” …


  12. I agree that the 10 year age difference is too much, but apparently that has been the law, at least for a while, for straight sex between an adult and a minor. (And as the article explains, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an adult man within 10 years of a girl’s age will get off easily.) This bill would make the same sentencing regulations apply to other acts, which although associated with homosexuality, are also prevalent among straight people as well.

    As I said, the sentencing regulations should be the same for both kinds of acts. But I agree that the 10 year age span is too much for any of that.


  13. Her anonymous sources are most likely the same people the Atlantic used. Disgruntled employees (Mattis and Kelly) will whine to anyone who will listen. So what if she heard the same things from the same people? It proves nothing unless they go on the record. Unless they man up and own their cowardly comments, no one will know for sure.

    Mostly what we have here is people believing something they want to be true with no proof at all. The evidence and people on the record saying it’s false are much more believable.

    Some are falling hook, line, and sinker, because they want it to be so.

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  14. And I love how remarks supposedly made more than 2 years ago suddenly become relevant just when a fantastic jobs report is hitting the news cycle for the long weekend.

    It’s such an obvious farce. But some will believe anything because Orange Man Bad.


  15. I guess we’ll see how it plays out. It’s a tempest that’ll pass but I keep thinking — if Trump had only grown up a bit, developed some manners, growing into a true leader, things would look a lot different right now. But he didn’t. He’s been his own worst enemy and is, frankly, an all-too easy target for his adversaries as a result.

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  16. He didn’t do a dang thing wrong here DJ and Michelle.

    Stop blaming the victim of yet again, more slanderous lies from the Dems and their press lackeys. He’s been the press’ worst enemy, deservedly so considering the lies they spread daily about the man, but he’s done a dang good job as president. Get over it already, his personality is what it is, and it’s not a good reason to keep falling for the lies the press spreads daily.

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  17. Anonymous sources are strongly discouraged. Sometimes it is the only way to get a legitimate story and reporters need to be vigilant in cross-checking and knowing those sources well enough, having had relationship with them, to go with a story based on that kind of information. But our company has strong rules regarding the use of them.

    The problem with Trump, is that he’s said enough off the cuff, publicly, to make some of those fairly believable even on the surface. As Chas has noted, his mouth runs ahead of his head and he uses it much too freely. I’m sorry he didn’t grow into the position a little more responsibly, that was always the hope. He’s something of a wild-card character, to be sure, but it’s that personality flaw that could be his undoing in 2020.

    He’s done some good things, he’s said some wildly stupid things (frequently). I strongly distrust and dislike the “other” side at this point. But … I wonder if the nation could manage 4 more years of a Trump presidency without completely devolving in its wake.

    It may (probably) devolve either way, whoever wins.

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  18. And we’ve all heard that Trump’s private persona is different from his belligerent, public self.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t have “shifted” o let that come through more than his tiresome penchant to blow off steam in public, over and over again. It doesn’t wear well on the national psyche after this long.

    Good, strong leadership looks and sounds much different than that.

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  19. AJ – A little aside about that part of the quote that mentioned QAnon: The Q theories are all over social media, often without mentioning Q, and I think a lot of people pick up on one or another, but don’t realize where they came from. That happened to a friend of mine who started to wonder about one of the stories. I looked into where she got the information from, and it led to a QAnon follower, which surprised her. She had not heard of QAnon until then.


  20. Enjoying the last weekend before I’m back to the classroom for the first time in 5 months. Any longer and I’d think I was retired. The first week will have very few students — mostly those with mental health and special ed needs so we can explain the new protocols and make sure they are comfortable with them. Some of my colleagues are really worried but I think for the most part we will be fine. I’m sure a few schools will have an outbreak but I’m not sure it can be prevented in any case. I would have liked smaller class sizes (I’ll have 24 but we have small rooms) but my conservative gov’t probably didn’t want a precedent so they bought alot of PPE and cleaning supplies.

    I have one high school friend who’s a big Trump supporter and has dived deep into the Qanon fantasy world. Child trafficking and sex abuse are a big part of the conspiracy (not sure what that says about themselves). She posted about the new California bill but I was quite sure it was meant to eliminate sexuality differences and to ensure teenagers didn’t get labelled as sex offenders for having a girl/boy friend 2 years younger. (no one whats to see a 19 year old boy labelled a sex offender when he dates the sheriff’s 17 year old daughter) There’s no perfect formula for age of consent balanced by slight age differences but when you reach Roy Moore territory you become creepy and nearing the sex offender category.


  21. The Trump “loser” etc comments are believable in the sense he said similar things in public — ie I like people who don’t get captured. Many of the 500 or so ex-employees of the Trump admin have more credibility than Trump including Mattis who has mentioned disparaging comments from Trump and Trump’s inability to understand why people serve in the military. All of this fits Trump’s character — he’s a narcissist and doesn’t understand any concept of helping others.

    I doubt the Atlantic piece has anything to do with the jobs report. Magazine pieces are usually decided far more in advance than that — its correlation not causation.


  22. AJ will be happy to hear my own election predictions are now 259 to 125 with 154 toss ups. A no toss up map still has Biden at 352. Essentially Biden has to win 1 more state (Florida, Penn, Arizona, NC, Ohio, Iowa, Texas, Georgia). I’m fairly confident he will win Penn or Arizona. Some commentators have speculated on a electoral shift. Not sure if you can call it a shift rather Republicans have narrowed their base to “Reagan Democrats”, this worked well 40 years ago but its not enough now. The Republicans have become the rural/small town party while the Democrats have become the urban, minority and educated party. The latter party is a bigger tent — they just need to motivated all subgroups to the poll. Most western nations have a larger urban:rural ratio than the US but as the US catches up, the Democrats will come ahead.

    Americans of all political stripes should fear an indecisive result. Penn or Florida for example maybe the tipping point for victory and if ballots don’t indicate a significant win either way with in 24 hours problems will occur as absentee ballots, overseas and military ballots may decide those two states. Even more problematic, is the near certainty that Biden will win the popular vote while there’s is a possibility Trump may win the electoral college.

    The narrative that street violence will help the Trump campaign doesn’t seem to match the polls.


  23. Such principled conservatives they are. I mean just look at the list. It’s the who’s who of conservative politics…..



    And look! Even the fraud Jeffrey “I just make up stories with my sources” Goldberg is gonna be there!

    Better get your tickets now!

    Just look at all those conservatives….. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣


  24. Let’s look at some of the other fine material the Atlantic has put out.

    Just ask Sarah Palin. 🙂




  25. Mark Levin has some thoughts…..

    Which is what I said to DJ.



  26. Another diplomatic breakthrough for Trump.


    “Another Trump Diplomatic Breakthrough: Muslim-Majority Kosovo To Recognize Israel, Serbia To Move Embassy to Jerusalem

    PM Netanyahu: “Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority nation to open an embassy in Jerusalem … the circle of peace is expanding and more nations are expected to join.”

    “Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, the White House announced in a statement on Friday. Both countries, part of the former Yugoslavia, will relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, news reports said. The move will make Kosovo the first Muslim-majority country to open a diplomatic mission in the Holy City, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Friday.

    The announcement comes on the heels of a landmark cooperation agreement between Christian Orthodox Serbia and Muslim-majority Kosovo which seeks to normalize the relations between the two former rivals in the Balkan region. The wide-ranging agreement is a major diplomatic victory for U.S. President Donald Trump who brokered the deal, and Ambassador Richard Grenell, the White House special envoy for Kosovo and Serbia negotiations.”


    Terrorists are, of course, unhappy. 😦

    Too bad.


    “Palestinians Fume At Serbia and Kosovo, As Africa’s Malawi Announces Plans for Jerusalem Embassy

    Palestinian Authority: Balkan nations moving embassies to Jerusalem an act of “unjust aggression against the Palestinian people.”

    “The news of Serbia and Muslim-majority Kosovo opening their embassies in Jerusalem has triggered a new wave of anger within the Palestinian leadership. The Balkan nations moving diplomatic missions to the Holy City is an act of “unjust aggression against the Palestinian people,” the Palestinian Authority said in an official statement.

    That rage is only bound to intensify as the southern African nation of Malawi on Sunday decided to join the two Balkan nations in setting up an embassy in Jerusalem. “The African country of Malawi over the weekend announced that it would open an embassy in Jerusalem, following similar announcements by Serbia and Kosovo,” the Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.

    The Palestinian rage this time was focused on U.S. President Donald Trump who brokered the landmark agreement that ended the rivalry between the two Balkan countries, and paved the way for them to establish full diplomatic ties with the state of Israel. Following the White House agreement on Friday the two countries will become the first European states to open embassies in Jerusalem. Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority country to do so, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.”


  27. And while you were focused on the distraction of the Atlantic piece, which was it’s intent, the fantastic jobs report and Mid-East progress wasn’t the only thing they weren’t talking about.


    “While you were focused on The Atlantic, Trump dealt a devastating blow to Critical Race Theorists

    After Trump administration announced plans to end Critical Race Theory and White Privilege training for federal employees, a leading Critical Race Theory law professor pleaded for help: “I’ve often wondered what our allies would do when they came for us. Now we’ll see.”

    “Everyone has been focused for the past two days on the story in The Atlantic, attributed to anonymous sources, about things Trump supposedly said about troops two years ago, something so far that every person who has gone on record has denied. While you were focused on that Crisis News Cycle, Trump took a step the implications of which could be devastating over time to the peddlers of racial conflict under the academic construct of Critical Race Theory.

    Critical Race Theory, and its components such as “antiracism” and “white privilege” is something we will be writing a lot about. In fact, Legal Insurrection Foundation will be rolling out soon a research report on how deeply and coercively those doctrines are being forced onto students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities across the country.

    The role of CRT in federal employee training has received a lot of attention lately thanks mostly to the efforts of Christopher Rufo, who exposed deeply racist and offensive anti-white training at federal nuclear labs, and the airing of those findings on Tucker Carlson’s show.”

    “The result was that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, at Trump’s direction, has started the process to identify and terminate such training in the federal government.”


  28. Oh look….

    And just in time for the election. It’s almost like they planned it that way.


    “Dem Unions Planning Strikes Over Social Justice… ”

    “Thus far there’s no official announcement or projected date, but some of the staunchest allies of the Democrats are cooking up one of the most shamelessly political maneuvers I can ever recall seeing in an effort to squeak out a win in November. With Joe Biden’s poll number slipping in several critical states, a collection of labor unions have issued a letter calling for a general, national strike to obtain “racial justice” and to support the Black Lives Matter movement. You don’t need to look much further than the list of unions signing on to this scheme to see what’s going on. But the net effect, if they manage to pull this off, would be another gutshot to the economy just as we roll into the final couple of months before voters go to the polls. (Associated Press)

    Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice.

    In a statement first shared with The Associated Press, labor leaders who represent teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers and clerical staff, among others, signaled a willingness Friday to escalate protest tactics to force local and federal lawmakers to take action on policing reform and systemic racism. They said the walkouts, if they were to move forward with them, would last for as long as needed.

    The real objective here is painfully obvious. The Democrats are desperate to keep the economy shut down as much as possible and the maximum number of people out of work until the election, banking on the idea that voters who are unhappy will vote against the party in power. (And traditionally that’s not a bad bet.) But with more and more people revolting against continuing the shutdowns and being eager to get back to work, many states are already reopening. spurring lower unemployment numbers and slow signs of improvement.

    This is similar to all of the trash-talking going on about a vaccine becoming available in the next month or so. If there’s an end to the pandemic in sight, voters might not feel so bad about keeping the status quo in place. The Democrats would far prefer to see the economy “miraculously” spring back into action and the pandemic fade away after November 4th so Joe Biden can take credit for it. So if things start looking better on the jobs front, one way to turn that progress around would be a massive labor strike for “social justice.”

    So which unions are speaking up in favor of a shutdown of business and more workers being out on the streets? The gang’s all here, with the usual suspects who always show up when the Democrats need cash or a larger megaphone. The list includes the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and affiliates of the National Education Association (the teachers’ unions). These are the fattest cash cows funding the Democratic Party, but it looks like now they’re willing to do more than simply pour money into the DNC’s coffers.”


  29. Good job. 🙂


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  31. Obama’s legacy continues to suck.


    “Last month in Mali, an African nation twice the size of Texas, military rebels overthrew the government. It was the kind of event that Americans barely notice: another coup in another distant country where people can’t find ways to live together. The truth is more damning. This coup was not the result of personal rivalries or “ancient hatreds.” Instability in Mali, and across North Africa, is a long-term result of the NATO attack on Libya in 2011.

    That attack, in which the United States played a key role, may now be ranked among the most recklessly self-defeating military interventions of the 21st century. It was sold as “humanitarian intervention,” but wound up producing a human rights disaster. It turned Libya, once one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Africa, into a failed state and breeding ground for terror. In nearby countries, it has nourished a generation of murderous militias. The coup in Mali shows that after-effects of the Libya attack are still reverberating.”


  32. It’s way past time that the DoJ takes a long, hard, look at Soros and what he’s doing to destroy this country.

    “Growing numbers of district attorneys are out to undermine the law”


    “One reason for the surging, often protracted violence in US cities is the rise of a host of progressive prosecutors who actually tilt against law and order.

    The trend is most glaring in places known for their kooky left-wing politics, like Portland and San Francisco, but extreme leftists have also taken over as district attorneys in cities like Chicago and Boston. Many owe big thanks for their elections to funding from far-left fatcat George Soros.

    In Portland, violent “protests” have dragged on for months, thanks to the idiocy of Mayor Ted Wheeler, who let hoodlums drive him out of his own condo — but also to Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt, who dropped charges against hundreds of people arrested for offenses like interfering with cops, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and rioting. Schmidt also made it harder to prosecute assaults on cops.

    In Contra County, Calif., outside San Francisco, DA Diana Becton will now consider looters’ “needs” when weighing criminal charges. At Politico, she and four other black, female DAs (from Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and Durham) actually slammed the very criminal-justice system they were elected to enforce — ludicrously claiming it was “constructed to control Black people and people of color” and that it’s now doing just that.

    The Bay City’s DA is Chesa Boudin, the son of Brink’s robbery cop-killers who was raised by radical Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. He, too, has adopted rules making it harder to prosecute suspects.

    Chicago’s State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who vowed to cut the jail population, dropped 35 percent more felony cases than her predecessor over three years (including that of alleged racial hoaxter Jussie Smollett).”


  33. Brit Hume loses credibility when he states the American left is having a meeting — the CEO of Delta Air and Hilary are left?? And the commentator calling Dr Fauci Dr Fraud? The AtlanticFest looks more like a collection of people from across the political spectrum with not a real leftist in sight.

    Its interesting that FOX has confirmed some of the comments and sources. Watergate was originally based on anonymous sources. Personally I don’t see why anyone would object to the claims — Trumps is a narcissist and has publicly said similar things. I’m surprised this is an issue two years later when there is so much incompetence to point out.

    I’m amused how many times they describe Kosovo as Muslim majority. I’ve taught Albanian Kosovars — they adherence to Islam resembles many people’s adherence to Catholicism — they’ll be at the mosque two or three times a year. Their adherence is more of a cultural symbol but their behavior is actually similar to other Balkan including their drinking habits . Both Kosovo and Serbia are working at integrating their nations back into the international system. I’m actually more surprised by Serbia’s moves than Kosovo.

    You can’t blame the US or Obama for the mess in Mali. The Libyan intervention was led by Italy and France, not the US. The French Foreign Legion has been active to the south of Libya — Chad and Niger — for decades. (I had a friend who trained the Chadian army to fight the Libyans back in the 90s) Not sure how Libya and Mali are related since they are separated by Niger and Algeria. Mali as a former French colony is heavily influenced by France and still exploited by French (and Canadian) mining companies.

    In both Kosovo and Mali, American commentators have overestimated their over influence and underestimated the European role in these events.

    Electing DAs always struck me as strange. However, charges like interfering and disorderly conduct are nuisance charges police throw at people when they arrest people but have no real crime. “Interfering” is often simply recording police activity or telling police to stop beating people. As a DA, you want these nuisance charges out of the way so you could focus on real crime. Dropping 35 percent charges can be simply tossing out nuisance charges and drug possession charges. America has way too many people in jail and an over burden judicial system hence and eliminated these nuisance charges is a way forward.


  34. I wonder why protestors are not fined or charged with environmental pollution. If I were to burn a mattress and some of the stuff these people do, I would be fined. Talk about adding to pollution. Where are the environmentalists?

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  35. Across the political spectrum…..?


    You funny! 🙂

    Let’s see…..

    Dr. Fraudi, academic lefty.
    Hillary, certainly a lefty.
    Garza, lefty black activist
    Goldberg, lefty
    Samantha Bee, leftist, and not funny, vulgar
    Abrahms, sore loser lefty
    Chris Evans, Hollywood lefty
    Jonas, lefty activist
    Porter, lefty singer, and not very good either
    And Bastion, yes, a lefty, the govt bailout loving type

    Yeah, lefties, every single one.


  36. Fox news confirmed nothing. One reporter talked to 2 of the same “sources” and got the same story. Big deal, proves nothing, other than the sources shopping their stories…


    Your nonsense about police and nuisance charges is laughable as well. Typical leftist, excuse the criminals among you.


  37. Cali is a failed state. Leftist policies and regulations ensure it.



  38. Probably for the same reason corporations don’t get charged.

    Its Labour Day so here’s one of my favourite songs of Lennon — the man was a genius.


  39. Fauci is an academic non partisan who’s worked for both parties
    Hilary is right of center as was her husband (its the Clintons who pulled the Democrats away from the working class voters)
    Samantha Bee — is a Canadian, pretty much centrist by our standards, extremely critical of Sanders and a supporter of Hilary which means she’s not a leftist, and occasionally funny and always vulgar.

    The rest seem to be run of the mill Democrats — not really leftist, more DNC types.


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