14 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-22-20

  1. Good. Now cut them off.


    “DOJ Designates New York City, Portland, Seattle as ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions’

    Barr: “It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.””

    “On September 2, President Donald Trump directed his administration to investigate New York City, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, DC, to see if they should pull federal money due to the violence and destruction.

    The Department of Justice announced this morning it has designated New York City, Portland, and Seattle “as jurisdictions permitting violence and destruction of property.”

    Trump’s memo on September 2 outlined the problems with the four places. He noted the spike in violence in NYC, which has seen unprecedented gun violence.

    Portland witnessed 100 nights of nonstop destruction. Rioters destroyed small businesses and set fires to government buildings.

    Trump declared:

    The Federal Government provides States and localities with hundreds of billions of dollars every year, which fund a wide array of programs, such as housing, public transportation, job training, and social services. These funds have been collected from American taxpayers who entrusted their money to the Federal Government to serve our communities and our citizens.

    My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones. To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities. It is also critical to ensure that Federal grants are used effectively, to safeguard taxpayer dollars entrusted to the Federal Government for the benefit of the American people.

    Trump instructed the Director of the Office Management and Budget (OMB) “to issue guidance to the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) for each agency to submit a report to the Director of OMB detailing all Federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington, D.C., or any components or instrumentalities of the foregoing jurisdictions.”

    Attorney General Bill Barr said: “When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest. We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.””


  2. Enthusiasm gap?

    You betcha! 🙂



  3. He must be worried his name is gonna be on the indictment list…..


    “One Of Mueller’s Top Deputies Turns On Him, Says He Let The American People Down”

    “One of Robert Mueller’s top deputies is about to publish a book about the inner workings of the special counsel investigation. In a piece about the book, Andrew Weissman told the Atlantic that he was “frustrated” he Mueller report hadn’t gone harder after the president:

    Weissmann offers a damning indictment of a “lawless” president and his knowing accomplices—Attorney General William Barr (portrayed as a cynical liar), congressional Republicans, criminal flunkies, Fox News. Donald Trump, he writes, is “like an animal, clawing at the world with no concept of right and wrong.” But in telling the story of the investigation and its fallout, Weissmann reserves his most painful words for the Special Counsel’s Office itself. Where Law Ends portrays a group of talented, dedicated professionals beset with internal divisions and led by a man whose code of integrity allowed their target to defy them and escape accountability.

    “There’s no question I was frustrated at the time,” Weissmann told me in a recent interview. “There was more that could be done that we didn’t do.”

    Weissmann blames a number of people for this failure including another top deputy to Mueller, AG Barr, and ultimately Mueller himself who he agreed had let the country down.

    By abdicating the role of prosecutor, Mueller cleared the way for Barr to take it on himself. Mueller and Barr were old friends. Several weeks before submitting the report, Weissmann writes, Mueller informed Barr of his intent to omit any legal recommendation. Barr didn’t object. Without telling Mueller, he saw a chance to disfigure the report into an exoneration of the president and thereby make its damning truths disappear. “Barr,” Weissmann writes, “had betrayed both friend and country.”…

    In our interview, I asked Weissmann if Mueller had let the American people down. “Absolutely, yep,” Weissmann said, before quickly adding: “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”

    It’s incredible that Democrats are still whining about Barr’s summary of the report so long after the report itself has been released. It couldn’t be any clearer that what mattered most to them wasn’t the report but the Democratic PR effort surrounding it which never recovered.

    There’s another way to look at this of course. What’s largely left out of the Atlantic piece and presumably the book it’s based on is that Democrats spent years hyping the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia as the thing that would force the president out of office. When Mueller couldn’t substantiate that, the people who’d pushed collusion the hardest had a choice. They could admit they got carried away with this in advance of the facts or they could find someone else to blame for their own failure.”


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  5. Once again, the details of the FBI’s bungling come much later.


    “‘October Surprise’: New details emerge about FBI delay on Weiner laptop in 2016”

    “New details have emerged about 2016’s “October Surprise,” during which the FBI found emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on disgraced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop, with the FBI official who found the emails revealed for the first time.

    FBI agent John Robertson, who worked in its New York office’s child sex crimes unit and was later cited (though not named) in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 2018 report on the handling of the investigation of Clinton’s unauthorized private email server, was quoted by the Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett for his upcoming book, October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election. Robertson unearthed tens of thousands of Clinton emails in late September 2016 on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, in a sex crimes case involving underage girls, but for weeks after being alerted, top FBI leaders (including fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, and former FBI counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap) took little to no action to investigate.

    A letter from fired FBI Director James Comey to Congress in late October about the email discovery, shortly after he was finally briefed on it, disrupted the election — and would be blamed by some for President Trump’s victory.

    “The crickets I was hearing was really making me uncomfortable because something was going to come down,” Robertson reportedly later told Justice Department investigators. “Why isn’t anybody here? Like, if I’m the supervisor of any [counterintelligence] squad … and I hear about this, I’m getting on with headquarters and saying, ‘Hey, some agent working child porn here may have [Hillary Clinton] emails. Get your ass on the phone, call [the case agent], and get a copy of that drive,’ because that’s how it should be. And that nobody reached out to me within, like, that night, I still to this day don’t understand what the hell went wrong.”

    “Robertson wrote a “Letter to Self” in late October after an Oct. 19, 2016, meeting, during which he implored Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kramer of the Southern District of New York to push FBI leadership to look at the thousands of emails he had unearthed.”

    ““I have very deep misgivings about the institutional response of the FBI to the congressional investigation into the Hillary Clinton email matter. … Put simply: I don’t believe the handling of the material I have by the FBI is ethically or morally right. But my lawyer’s advice — that I simply put my SSA on notice should cover me — is that I have completed CYA [Cover Your Ass], and I have done so,” Robertson wrote. “Further, I was told by [Kramer] that should I ‘whistleblow,’ I will be prosecuted.”

    Robertson continued: “I possess — the FBI possesses — 20 times more emails than Comey testified to. … While Comey did not know at the time about what I have, people in the FBI do now, and as far as I know, we are being silent. … If I say or do nothing more, I am falling short ethically and morally. And later, I may be accused of being a Hillary Clinton hack because of the timing of all this. … But if I say something (i.e., whistleblow), I will lose my reputation, my career, and risk prosecution. I will also be accused of being a Donald Trump hack.”

    He wrote that “nothing could be further from the truth” because “I am apolitical.”

    Horowitz’s 2018 report on the Clinton email investigation noted a federal search warrant was obtained on Sept. 26, 2016, for Weiner’s devices and that the “Weiner case agent” (Robertson) noticed “within hours” that there were “over 300,000 emails on the laptop,” including between Clinton and Abedin. The FBI New York Field Office’s William Sweeney was alerted two days later, and key FBI executives such as McCabe were informed by Sweeney.”


    The FBI leadership has been corrupt and biased for quite some time.


  6. Great.

    He’s not wrong. 😦


    “‘Long-haul’ covid-19 complications are real. I faced similar problems after surviving Ebola.”

    “We need to talk about “long-haul” covid.

    Many people who’ve had covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continue to experience complications long after their initial illness, and those of us in the medical field don’t know why.

    We can draw from similar illnesses and the growing body of research, especially the work being done by some of these patients themselves. It’s no surprise that many who survived an initial bout of covid 19 — even if that illness was mild — continue to experience often-debilitating symptoms weeks and months after they first got sick. We’ve seen this with many other viral illnesses, including covid-19’s close coronavirus cousins, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

    In one study of SARS survivors, 24 percent had markedly diminished exercise capacity and health status compared with the general population at 12 months after the onset of the illness. Another study showed that two years after SARS onset, more than 50 percent of SARS survivors had impairment in lung function tests and “their exercise capacity and health status were remarkably lower than that of the general population.”

    Dozens of other studies outline how SARS and MERS left many survivors with long-term health conditions. Enduring fatigue, inability to return to work and ongoing mental health challenges were incredibly common, in addition to the cardiac, respiratory and neurologic symptoms.

    We know what viruses can do to the immune system long term. And we know that other coronaviruses have left survivors with similar symptoms. So why are covid-19 long-haulers having such a hard time being taken seriously?

    My own experience
    As a doctor who treated hundreds of covid-19 patients in New York and sees them frequently in the emergency room, I know how this virus touched nearly every organ system, and how many still haven’t recovered months after their initial illness. But in a sense, I’m also a long-hauler myself.

    In 2014, I fell ill with Ebola after taking care of patients in Guinea. I spent 19 days in the hospital, and thankfully ultimately survived. But for months I had joint and muscle pains. It hurt to walk. My hair fell out in chunks. All of that got better.

    But some things didn’t.

    To this date, nearly six years after my “recovery,” I continue to experience difficulty concentrating. My ability to create new memories is drastically reduced. I forget names and details of people I knew very, very well. And in the past six years, it hasn’t gotten any better.”


  7. We happen to know that there are a lot of Trump supporters in our small town (which leans more red, while most of the rest of the state leans more blue), but mostly it is Biden signs that you will see.

    Whoever wins this election, I hope it is by a wide margin, if not an actual landslide, to hopefully beat off any fight about the results. (Wishful thinking?)


  8. From DJ’s link…..

    “The Spectator tracked down a series of so-called ‘closet Trump’ voters, women from the suburbs who would never publicly voice their support for the President for fear of recrimination in their social circles. These are their stories.”

    Maybe they need better social circles.


    And the rest of the quote DJ posted is a sure sign you need a better one…..

    “I will not be posting about my support for Donald Trump on my Facebook page, nor will I be placing his campaign sign in my yard. Doing so could make me or my family a target. Might my employer, which has made a public statement in support of Black Lives Matter, be notified about my support for Trump? Stating my position is just not worth the risk, nor is debating my friends, who have become so extreme in their stances that their only defense is to accuse everyone with an opposing viewpoint as racist. ”


    She needs better friends too.


  9. And there’s millions of men and women in the same spot. But thankfully, once they get in the voting booth, all that garbage goes out the window. 🙂

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  10. This is all really bigger than and goes way beyond Trump, though he’s the flashpoint I understand.

    But some of what’s happening is really unsettling.


    Some Protests Against Police Brutality Take a More Confrontational Approach

    The protests are moving into white residential neighborhoods, where activists demand that people choose a side.

    By Nellie Bowles
    Sept. 21, 2020

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling.

    Mr. Moses was initially not sure what the protesters were upset about, but as he got closer, he saw it: His neighbors had an American flag on display.

    “It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, ‘How dare you fly the American flag?’” said Mr. Moses, who is Black and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area. “They said take it down. They wouldn’t leave. They said they’re going to come back and burn the house down.”

    Mr. Moses and others blocked the demonstrators and told them to leave.

    “We don’t go around terrorizing folks to try and force them to do something they don’t want to do,” said Mr. Moses, whose nonprofit group provides support for local homeless people. “I’m a veteran. I’m for these liberties.”

    Nearly four months after the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, some protesters against police brutality are taking a more confrontational — and personal — approach. The marches in Portland are increasingly moving to residential and largely white neighborhoods, where demonstrators with bullhorns shout for people to come “out of your house and into the street” and demonstrate their support.

    These more aggressive protests target ordinary people going about their lives, especially those who decline to demonstrate allegiance to the cause. That includes a diner in Washington who refused to raise her fist to show support for Black Lives Matter, or, in several cities, confused drivers who happened upon the protests. …


  11. I suspect the marxist wing of the Democratic party is trying to create a revolution diguised as a racial war. Americans are sensitive to racial conflict issues, and if marxists can cover themselves with that patina they can go a long way before woke(ish) suburban housewives realize what has happened. But I still believe God is moving in all this and fasting and prayer are key elements of our nation’s survival. God willing. These are actually exciting times.


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