19 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-14-20

  1. Tired of winning yet?


    This George Will column is called “Republicans, are you tired of winning yet?” Oddly, Will makes no real effort to assess the extent to which, from a conservative Republican perspective, America has been winning under President Trump.

    Instead, Will devotes the first part of his column to complaining that America is having difficulty managing the mechanics of voting. But this difficulty is due to the challenges of a pandemic, coupled, in my view, with efforts by Democrats to use the pandemic to loosen requirements that safeguard election integrity. It has nothing to do with whether Trump has kept his promise to Republicans about winning.

    The rest of Will’s column consists mostly of random reflections about the history of presidential elections involving incumbents and the electoral difficulties Trump faces this year. Again, he says nothing about conservative Republicans winning or losing during the Trump administration.

    Trump might well lose this election. I believe he probably will. However, it’s also clear to me that conservative Republicans have been winning consistently during Trump’s tenure.

    For example, we’ve won on the courts, with (1) the likely addition of three Justices who believe in interpreting our laws and our Constitution as written, not as an instrument to affect change and (2) the filling of lower court judgeships with judges mostly of the same bent.

    We’ve won on the economy with lower taxes and a less oppressive regime of government regulation. Trump overstates the amount of credit due him for the smashing economic success we experienced before the pandemic, but there was plenty of winning. Some of it was due to Trump’s policies.

    We’ve won on North American trade. Trump substantially improved our trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Even most Senate Democrats voted in favor of the improved deal.

    We’ve won, from a conservative perspective, on health care. The oppressive Obamacare individual mandate has been repealed.

    We’ve won against ISIS. Arguably, Trump overstates the amount of credit he’s due for this accomplishment. The tide had started to turn against ISIS under the Obama-Biden administration. However, it was the Trump administration that destroyed the caliphate.

    At this point, we may not have won the fight against China’s unfair and harmful trade practices, but progress has been made under the Trump administration. The Obama-Biden administration was largely passive in the face of China’s improper behavior.

    From the perspective of most Republicans and conservatives, we’ve won on matters pertaining to Israel and the Middle East. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved our embassy there. Similarly, he has recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel. And he has stood up against anti-Israeli international organizations like UNESCO, from which the U.S. wisely has withdrawn.”


  2. Nancy loses it on Wolf. I actually feel bad for Wolf. For once he was actually doing his job. 🙂




  3. How low can they go?

    Pretty low…..


  4. Democrats yesterday were more interested in making speeches than asking questions. Hirono did mostly the same.


    “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Is A Conspiracy Nutter

    Spent 30 minutes espousing a grand theory of right-wing conspiracy, the same one he used against Brett Kavanaugh and Neomi Rao, while not asking Amy Coney Barrett a single question.”

    “Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is nutter. A conspiracy nutter. It’s his personality, and it preceded the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

    For Whitehouse, there are always “dark” right-wing forces lurking and manipulating behind the scenes. In 2010, he compared his Republican Senate colleagues to Nazis for opposing Obamacare. Dana Milbank of WaPo noted at the time:

    … Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) had just delivered an overwrought jeremiad comparing the Republicans to Nazis on Kristallnacht, lynch mobs of the South, and bloodthirsty crowds of the French Revolution.

    “Too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear,” he said. “History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds. Broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from southern trees.” Assuming the role of Old Testament prophet, Whitehouse promised a “day of judgment” and a “day of reckoning” for Republicans.

    Whitehouse’s performance in going after Brett Kavanaugh earned a lot of laughs as Whitehouse obsessed over yearbook entries about barfing and farting.”

    Whitehouse was a laughingstock. There’s something about his personality that is incapable of knowing when people are laughing at him, not with him.

    But Whitehouse is no joke. He’s a nasty piece of work who tried to intimidate the Supreme Court by threatening to restructure the court, something condemned by right and left, Republican Senators: Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Brief “openly threatened” Supreme Court “with political retribution”

    He’s a conspiracy nutter, and the focus of his conspiracy theories is the Federalist Society. He obsessed over it during the Kavanaugh hearings.”



  5. Biden just told 56% of the country not to vote for him. 🙂


    “Biden: People Who Think They’re Better Off Under Trump Shouldn’t Vote for Me

    “They think—54 percent of the American people believe they’re better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly.”

    “A recent poll from Gallup found that 56 percent of registered voters believe they are better off after four years under President Trump than they were four years ago under the Obama/Biden administration.

    Joe Biden was asked by a reporter why these voters should support him. Biden said they probably shouldn’t.

    Suggestion noted, Mr. Biden.

    Here’s the detail from the Gallup Poll:

    Most Say They Are Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago

    During his presidential campaign in 1980, Ronald Reagan asked Americans, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Since then, this question has served as a key standard that sitting presidents running for reelection have been held to.

    Gallup’s most recent survey found a clear majority of registered voters (56%) saying they are better off now than they were four years ago, while 32% said they are worse off.

    This is an outstanding election metric for Trump. ”


  6. Yesterday Peter suggested folks check out Don Blankenship. So I did. I went to On The Issues to see where he stood on the issues.

    There isn’t much to work with, he hasn’t been at the politics thing for very long, but these 3 stood out to me….

    If you’re pro-Trump, Trumpier than Trump, and stand behind Trump’s agenda, why even bother to run other than to siphon votes away from someone (Trump) who could actually win?


    On Abortion…..

    “AdWatch: Positions himself as anti-abortion and pro-Trump. (Mar 2018)”


    On Principles and Values…..

    “I’m Trumpier than Trump, despite Trump opposition. (May 2018)”


    On Tax Reform

    “Stands behind Trump’s agenda including the tax reform bill. (Jan 2018)”


  7. The right man for the job at hand.


    “2020 Choice: A Man vs. a Movement”

    “I know that President Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. Often, he is his own worst enemy. He is a braggart, frequently misinformed, petty, sometimes vengeful. And more.

    Yet he is just the man for these times. These are revolutionary times. The Democrats, now controlled by their Black Lives Matter wing, seek to overthrow the American founding, as President Trump said in his excellent Mount Rushmore speech on July 4.

    The BLM-Democrats propose a new regime, one that conceives of society not as a collective of individuals with equal rights and a shared understanding of the common good, but as a collection of identity groups, all oppressed by white males. Government’s role in this regime is not to create the conditions for freedom as the Founders intended, but rather to create equal income and power for each identity group.

    Achieving this outcome equality requires a never-ending redistribution of wealth and power. This can only be achieved by tyrannical government — and, as in all tyrannies, dissenters must be silenced. The BLM-Democratic policy agenda is clear: endless affirmative action, reparations, socialism, open borders, defanging the police, and much more. In order to achieve this agenda, the BLM-Democrats must get Americans to change their values, their principles, and the way they understand themselves.

    They must get us to believe that national borders and colorblindness are racist; that we are not one culture, but many; that the most important thing in our history — around which all else pivots — is slavery. More extensively, they must get us to believe that we are unworthy. Not just that we have sinned (which of course we have), but that we are irredeemably sinful, or, in the language of today, “systemically racist.” And sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, etc., to boot. Simply put, the BLM-Democrats must get the rest of us to believe we are bad.

    This suggests one way to frame the coming election: as a contest between a man, Trump, who believes America is good, and a man, Biden, controlled by a movement that believes America is bad. Put another way, the choice is between a man who wants to preserve the traditional American way of life and a man controlled by a movement that wants to destroy it.

    Beyond all else, what makes Trump the man for these revolutionary times is his willingness to defend the American way of life. Here he has no equal. He is unreservedly, unquestionably pro-America. He feels no guilt for America’s past. He makes no apologies. He concedes nothing. And Trump has unlimited confidence in America. These may not always be the attributes one wants in a president, but in this day of woke guilt and doubt, they are just what the doctor ordered. Trump believes that if Americans are “systemically” anything, they are systemically committed to freedom and equal rights for all. He thinks our culture is “incredible” (to use his adjective of choice), and that’s the way he wants to keep it.

    President Trump also has the indispensable attribute of a leader: courage. As a leader must, he goes where others are afraid to go. And he has common sense, which means he generally wants to go to the right place.”


  8. (Breitbart) – Project Veritas has released video of a Colorado Democrat operative and “prominent member” of a radical leftist organization, revealing the violent and potentially murderous plans of the militant left should President Trump win a second term in office.

    Kris Jacks, a trainer and mentor at Our Revolution protests and a member of the executive committee of the Colorado Democratic Party, made it clear that he will do “everything morally acceptable” to prevent Trump’s reelection this year.

    “I am going to do everything morally acceptable to win. I will lie. I will cheat. I will steal. Because that’s morally acceptable in this political environment. Absolutely. We are pirates on a pirate ship.”

    Jacks added, “I want to make this point


  9. From above link:

    ~ For Christians, our faith is (or should be) the core determinant of our lives—in Christ “we live and move and have our being,” as Paul said in Athens (Acts 17:28). We ask God to “fill [us] with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that [we] may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9–10). Following Jesus is supposed to be all-consuming.

    For many Americans, faith is a hobby and church a social club. And, given that view, a robust version of religious liberty doesn’t make sense.

    But for many Americans, faith is a hobby and church a social club. And, given that view, a robust version of religious liberty doesn’t make sense. We don’t have “chess club liberty” or “soccer team liberty” or “wine mom liberty.” To elevate your hobby to competition with others’ human rights is indefensible and immoral, and doing so in the name of adherence to a religion centered on an act of self-sacrificial love comes off as hypocrisy, a selfish refusal to play by your hobby’s own rules. ~

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  10. 😦 Here in California, the draconian discussion of the use of microphones caused a person to ask, “Do any of these people go to church?”

    Which may be at the heart of all this church closure.

    Elaborate rituals behind disinfecting a shared microphone made my husband’s head shake. “Everyone get their own microphone; that’s how we do it at our church. WHY make it so hard?”

    Because, they’re not interested in making it easy to obey the edicts. 😦


  11. The bias and censorship at Facebook and Twitter is rearing it’s ugly head again after the NY Post bombshell earlier today about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

    That story exposes Biden to his son’s corruption directly, hence the push to censor it. Here’s that.

    And of course there’s also a 12 minute video of Hunter smoking crack and having sex with a hooker as well as emails that link his daddy to it all. Joe Biden did exactly what they accused Trump of.

    Oh, and our corrupt FBI has been in possession of all of this since last year and done nothing.


    “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad”

    “The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.

    Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

    The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

    The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

    Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.”

    But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says, he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.

    Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.

    Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.

    “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.

    “Well, son of a %$#@#. He got fired.”


    And you just got nailed Joe.


  12. This is quite the October Surprise, so it must be censored until the libs get their stories straight and talking points out.

    So they censor….


    “BREAKING: New York Post locked out of Twitter after publishing Biden bombshell”

    “The New York Post has been locked out of Twitter over a story that they published on Joe Biden’s alleged corruption. This according to business reporter Noah Manskar, who claimed that it was because the story violated the policy against the “distribution of hacked material.””

    “It was only last month that the Post reported that Carlos Monje, who had served as Twitter’s director or public policy, left Twitter for a position with the Biden transition team. Now, Twitter is actively suppressing information that reflects badly on the Biden campaign.”


    Can’t have the truth out there….


    “Facebook moved Wednesday to limit the spread of The Post’s reporting on bombshell emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that show he introduced his father, Joe Biden, to a Ukrainian energy executive — a move that led President Trump’s campaign to accuse the company of “interfering” in the election.

    The social network may also have independent fact-checkers examine the exclusive story based on the younger Biden’s emails, according to Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.

    “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” Stone said on Twitter. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”

    It was not immediately clear from Stone’s tweet whether Facebook would apply that treatment to just one or all of The Post’s stories about Biden’s private correspondence, which was obtained from a hard drive left at a Delaware computer repair shop.”


  13. Republicans are trying to get the truth out…..


    Biden has run back to his basement….


  14. The WH Press Sec’s personal account has been blocked now too, and her official account edited.


    And the Senate has taken an interest. 🙂


    “A Senate committee is trying to verify the contents of a computer hard drive purported to belong to Hunter Biden.

    A spokesman for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee said that a confidential source contacted the panel last month regarding the hard drive.

    The New York Post reported earlier on Wednesday that the owner of a computer store in Delaware had provided the newspaper with documents from the hard drive.

    Emails on the device purportedly show Hunter Biden discussing his work for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm.”


    “Investigators for the committee met with the shop owner on Oct. 5, according to The New York Post.

    The New York Post published a series of stories earlier on Wednesday from documents on the alleged Biden hard drive.

    According to the newspaper, the repairman said that a person dropped off the computer for repair in April 2019 but never came to retrieve it.


  15. To Biden’s campaign for sure. 🙂



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