30 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-23-20

  1. Fact Check….

    Did Joe Biden Call Blacks “Predators” Who Were “Beyond The Pale” And Were “Not Socialized”?

    Yes. Yes he did.

    Joe’s memory may have failed him, but the internet’s didn’t.


  2. Fact Check….

    Did Joe Biden Say He Would Ban Fracking?

    Again, despite Joe’s claims last night, he did in fact say he would on multiple occaisions, as has his running mate.


  3. I watched part of the debate last night. You don’t need to see all of it, just where it was headed.
    I, for one, will be glad when this is over.]
    And the Bidens are gone away, to be seen or heard no more.
    I don’t want something bad to happen to them or for “justice be done”. I just want them to go away.


  4. So they lock accounts and remove tweets about the Bidens that are true, yet you can still lie with impunity if you’re a Democrat.

    Twitter has yet to step in here.


    “As you may know, the New York Post has been locked out of its Twitter account because of the story they recently broke about the Biden family’s alleged corruption in Ukraine.

    Twitter claimed it was clamping down on unverified and potentially dangerous news stories to justify their punishment of the Post.

    But now, dozens of people who work in media have been gleefully retweeting a hoax meant to smear former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Will they be locked out of their accounts? Don’t hold your breath.

    It’s an amazing thing. I remember all too well how Giuliani was hailed as “America’s Mayor” after the attacks of September 11, 2001. All of that good will has evaporated in recent years. Ever since Giuliani spoke on Trump’s behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the media has been on a mission to destroy him. This is just their latest effort.

    Doug Powers writes at Twitchy:

    Texts between Dem activist pretending to be Giuliani and Ivanka Trump are fake (but that did NOT stop these ‘journalists’ from running with it)

    Around the same time some on the Left were trying to suggest that a still shot from footage of Rudolph Giuliani in the new Borat movie had caught him in a compromising position (it didn’t), a college Dem activist said he texted Giuliani pretending to be Ivanka Trump. That turned out not to be real either:

    The Democrat activist Powers is referring to is the vice president of the College Democrats in Indiana.”


    No word yet on when the retractions will start. I’m sure it’ll be any minute now…. 🙄


  5. Calling them out. 🙂


    “Bobulinski: ‘I Have Heard Joe Biden Say He’s Never Discussed Business With Hunter. That is False’

    “I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden.””

    “Former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski told the media that he will turn over his phones and other corroborating evidence to the Senate and FBI concerning the allegations surrounding the Bidens.

    BTW, he has contributed to Democratic candidates so the left cannot use politics against him.

    I will quote The New York Post since that publication blew open the corruption case:

    “I have heard Joe Biden say he has never discussed his dealings with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden,” Bobulinski said following The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s private emails.

    Bobulinski, who will be a guest of Trump’s at the debate, showed three phones spanning 2015 to 2018 as evidence and said he would be meeting with the Senate and the FBI to hand over electronics.

    The US Navy veteran said he was introduced to the former veep in May 2, 2017 by Hunter Biden and the lawmaker’s brother Jim Biden before the Milken Conference.

    “That night, we discussed the Biden’s history, the Biden family’s plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar, at least at a high level,” he said in Memphis, Tenn., ahead of the final debate between President Trump and Biden.

    “I have no wish to bury anyone. I’ve never been political. The few contributions I have made have been to Democrats. But what I am is a patriot and my business reputation,” he said.”


  6. Biden is dirty.



  7. Idiots.


    “Facebook: Hey, Babylon Bee, Sorry Our ‘Automated Systems’ Deleted Your Satire Piece About Sen. Hirono”


    “Facebook’s decision to pull down a satire piece by the Babylon Bee yesterday worried me. As I pointed out here, I wasn’t concerned that we would be deprived of the content. The Bee’s story was just an old skit from Monty Python’s Holy Grail turned into a gag about Sen. Hirono wanting to apply the witch test to Judge Amy Coney Barrett. As you can see from the image, it couldn’t have been more obvious this was all a joke. So what worried me wasn’t the loss of the content but the fact that Facebook was so obviously telling us that they didn’t care about applying their own rules fairly.

    The message they were sending by pulling down this obvious joke seemed to be: We’ll do whatever we want to whoever we want. And as we’ve seen with regard to the NY Post story about Hunter Biden this week, that’s a worrisome approach for giant social media companies to take. It effectively means there are no rules, just rulers acting on their own impulses.

    But late last night Facebook had a change of heart (2nd email below):”


  8. Meet your new censors….


    “Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors”

    “China is one of the most censorious societies on Earth. So what better place for ­Facebook to recruit social media censors?

    There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week. “So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, ‘Hey, we’re going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.’ ”

    The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It’s called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching “computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed,” as the techy website DeepAI.org puts it.

    When it comes to censorship on social media, that means “teaching” the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm’s software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider. It also means making sure other content “shows up dead-last.”

    Like, say, a New York Post report on the Biden dynasty’s dealings with Chinese companies.

    To illustrate the mechanics, the insider took me as his typical Facebook user: “They take what Sohrab sees, and then they throw the newsfeed list into a machine-learning algorithm and neural networks that determine the ranking of the items.”

    Facebook engineers test hundreds of different iterations of the rankings to shape an optimal outcome — and root out what bosses call “borderline content.”

    It all makes for perhaps the most chillingly sophisticated censorship mechanism in human history. “What they don’t do is ban a specific pro-Trump hashtag,” says the ex-insider. Instead, “content that is a little too conservative, they will down-rank. You can’t tell it’s censored.””


  9. The debate is over, but for Biden’s water carriers in the media, the job is just beginning. 🙂


    “So on the night Joe Biden lied about saying he had never supported banning fracking, scoffed at the gargantuan cost of the Green New Deal he basically supports and then closed up with the four-alarm news that he means to shut down the United States oil industry “because the oil industry pollutes” what did the media have to say about his disastrous performance?

    MSNBC: Hey, let’s talk about the child separation crisis from two years ago! Like that’s what Americans are talking about in October of 2020.

    CNN: Racism!

    As usual, whenever President Trump performs well, the media went into a combination of panic and misdirection. Brian Williams kicked off MSNBC’s post-debate coverage grousing about, among other things, how “We heard about how they spied on his campaign, erroneously.” Oh, Trump’s campaign flunky Carter Page wasn’t spied on via FISA warrants that were obtained under false pretenses, concealing the fact that Page was working for the CIA, not the Russians? Good job, Brian, try reading the paper some time.

    “The president’s words seemed to harken back to the escalator in many ways,” Williams said, which is meant to scare us, I guess. He then said Trump owed his colleague, moderator Kristen Welker, “an apology” (for what, he didn’t say), offered that “if there was a clear winner tonight, it was Kristen Welker” and tossed to Rachel Maddow, who agreed and heaped more praise on Kristen Welker. Never let us forget the story is all about you guys, you talking heads on TV.

    Along with Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace, Maddow steered the conversation to fake outrage about something almost no one thinks is a big issue anymore, the child-separation crisis at the border two years ago. Maddow and Wallace actually encouraged each other to fake-cry about their memories of this, because they were on a mission to talk about anything but the valid points Trump brought up. Joy Reid: “I looked into the eyes of these little kids who didn’t know who we were . . . the fear and the terrors and the drawings in the places where they slept.” Well, as Trump put it, “Who built the cages, Joe?” The answer is, of course, the Obama Administration.

    Over on CNN, Obama consigliere David Axelrod, flustered, tried his desperation move: for the umpteenth time he tried to tie Trump to the white supremacist movement that the president has denounced over and over again. “Three weeks ago we were talking about him refusing to condemn the Proud Boys . . . this has been part of the president’s political project . . . and that has been a problem for him!” No, it’s a myth created and promoted by CNN.

    Axe was also angry that Trump was “Talking about how the blue states are doing badly on coronavirus which is patently untrue.” Um, that is about the truest thing anyone has ever said. Of the first 210,000 deaths from coronavirus, only 33,000 were in red states. Death rates are 40 percent higher in blue states than in red states. Axelrod and everyone else in the media want to blame Trump for what happened in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.”


  10. They are everything they accused Trump of being, and so much more…

    Corrupt, taking bribes, in bed with a foreign power (multiple in Joe’s case), prostitutes, drugs, all of it and more.


    “The corrupt web woven by Joe Biden and family continues to get more intricate. We’ve now see connections to Ukraine, including a meeting brokered with a Burisma associate, and dealings in Kazakstan. Multiple pieces of evidence also connect Joe Biden directly to possible payments for allowing the use of his name to peddle influence. One of those pieces of evidence includes a name source and business associate for Hunter Biden himself.

    Yet, things continue to get worse. The latest news shows that Joe Biden and company were doing exactly what the rabid left have been accusing Trump of all these years. Namely, they were in hock to the Chinese via extremely sketchy and large loans.”

    “That sure sounds like money laundering. The money goes to an LLC in Joe Biden’s home state where the money is then passed through to Hunter Biden. Connect that to the other emails stating that Joe Biden was getting a cut of the proceeds and this starts to look really, really bad.

    Did the Biden’s pay this money back? Why were they seeking a $5M loan for anything, much less from the Chinese? If this is “middle-class” Joe, he’s certainly got an odd definition of being middle-class. This is the same guy who made around $400,000 during Trump’s first year in office and then somehow made $16M over the course of the next two years. That’s a lot of “speaking” gigs for a guy who can barely speak.

    Of course, the biggest issue here aside from the loan itself is that it was interest-free. No one just gives a $5M interest-free loan to someone because they are nice. They do so because they are getting something in return.”


  11. Keep in mind this clueless twit is a Dem Rep from Georgia.



  12. They’re gaslighting again.


    No good at all.


  13. Hacks.



  14. AJ – I’m curious about your comment at the end of yesterday’s news thread about Marvin Olasky’s tweet. To me, he was merely lamenting the division that politics has caused among brothers and sisters in Christ, and I think that that is a relevant concern. What did you see in that tweet?


  15. Gaslighting hacks are everywhere.



  16. ———-


  17. Kizzie,

    What didn’t you understand?

    Olasky’s a Never-Trumper, always has been.


    Look under Academics, journalists, authors, commentators.

    He blames today’s climate on Trump. He and the disloyal band of traitors he hangs with have been dishonest about Trump from the start. Still are. He talks about pitting brother against brother? That’s exactly what he and his compatriots have done since 2016. They tried to shame other believers for picking Trump, but ignores the fact that there were only 2 choices and Trump was the best. His holier than thou attitude is rather petty, inaccurate, and self-serving.

    He’s an establishment mouthpiece, always was. He needs to get the log out of his own eye.


  18. As for his scripture reference, he’s clearly blaming Trump for where this country is. But frauds like him never acknowledge the roll they played as well.

    1How deserted lies the city,
    once so full of people!
    How like a widow is she,
    who once was great among the nations!
    She who was queen among the provinces
    has now become a slave.


    He’s clearly blaming Trump for what he considers it’s slide from grace. He’s projecting.


  19. AJ – I didn’t see it that way. I think the left is just as much to blame for the division, and I think Olasky would say the same.

    I don’t know if you read World magazine, but although they initially were against Trump before the 2016 election, the writers have been pretty fair to him, as far as I can see, giving him credit for the good he has done. I am pretty sure that Olasky has done that himself.

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  20. You’re not gonna like this one from John Piper, but it is worth considering:

    From John Piper.

    “Actually, this is a long-overdue article attempting to explain why I remain baffled that so many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness (dichostasiai), and the like, to be only toxic for our nation, while policies that endorse baby-killing, sex-switching, freedom-limiting, and socialistic overreach are viewed as deadly.
    The reason I put those Greek words in parentheses is to give a graphic reminder that these are sins mentioned in the New Testament. To be more specific, they are sins that destroy people. They are not just deadly. They are deadly forever. They lead to eternal destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
    They destroy persons (Acts 12:20–23). And through persons, they destroy nations (Jeremiah 48:29–31, 42). . . .
    You may believe that there are kinds of support for such pathways that do not involve such a contradiction — such an undermining of authentic Christian witness. You must act on what you see. I can’t see it. That is why I said my way need not be yours.”



  21. Check out Olasky’s twitter feed sometime, it’s pretty on target.

    I always appreciate the dispassionate, non-emotional, fair-minded approach, as you all know, the ability to take a step back and not get so caught up in the more extreme “my side only!” screeds/arguments. The extremist right/left “journalism” so prevalent now will keep us trapped, but there are hopes it will eventually be challenged. Opinion sites are fine, but that’s what they are. We need a more detached, fair-to-both-sides media to serve the people better. We can do better than this.

    The moderator last night, BTW, was excellent. You can have a bias (not saying she does) but you can and must step back from that — and you have to as a journalist. Too few journalists do that now, of course, but she did a good job.

    But meanwhile, Peggy Noonan’s column is good, as usual:


    A Good Debate, and It’s Not Quite Over

    Biden has a formidable lead, but not a flawless campaign. And a few signs point in Trump’s direction.

    The hour and a half between 9 and 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Belmont University in Nashville was the last chance Donald Trump had to turn it all around.

    Did he? Could he?

    It’s late in the game, most peoples’ minds are set, and more than 40 million have already voted. But he did himself some good. He wasn’t a belligerent nut. He held himself together, controlled himself, presented opening remarks that made sense. He won, not a dazzling win but a win that kept him in the game. He succeeded in doing what Joe Biden didn’t have to do: If you wanted or needed an excuse, an out, to vote for Mr. Trump, if you wanted an argument that justified your decision in a conversation in the office, he probably gave you what you need.

    It was a good debate. The candidates argued big things. Both had some good moves. Mr. Trump was smart to dwell, early on, on opening up economically. He hung a “Closed” sign around Mr. Biden’s neck. Mr. Biden deftly turned accusations of familial venality into reminders of the president’s refusal, after five years of demands, to show his tax returns.

    Mr. Biden too often lapses into government-speak—“the public option.” He was in government 47 years, and sounds it. Mr. Trump’s power, recovered Thursday night, is to speak like normal people, so you can understand him without having to translate what he’s saying in your head. He appears to have lied a great deal. That will be adjudicated in the coming days. …

    All that said, where are we? This close to Election Day and everyone with bated breath. Everyone sees the polls, the clear Biden lead nationwide and the smaller lead in most of battleground states. We know what those polls suggest. But there is little air of defeat among Trump supporters and no triumphalism among Democrats.

    Trump supporters believe he will win because of his special magic, Trump foes fear he will win because of his dark magic. Pollsters and pundits stare at the data and wonder how to quantify his unfathomable magic. It’s remarkable that all in their different ways put such stock in the president’s powers, his ability to pull a black swan out of a hat. I believe he is not magic and faces a big loss, and from the way he’s acted the week leading up to the debate—flailing about, stirring themeless chaos—so does he.

    (She goes on to talk about the polls indicating people feel they’re better off now than before, pointing to a potential plus for Trump; but also polls that say people believe the country is less better off than it was before.)

    … The second data point has to do with Mr. Trump’s rallies—big, boisterous and frequent. …

    … You can, seeing the polls, hypothesize that what you’re seeing at the Trump rallies is a political movement in its death throes. But I don’t know, they look lively to me. You might say, “The Democrats aren’t having rallies because they are more careful about the virus.” Fair enough, but in a lifetime watching politics, sometimes up close, I have never seen crowds keep away from someone they love. They’ll come whether you want them or not; they’ll find out you’re coming and stand at the side of the road to cheer as the motorcade goes by.

    It’s funny not to see any of this from the Democrat this year. You can’t gainsay a strategy that seems to be working; internal Democratic critics are called bedwetters. But it doesn’t feel right. Mr. Biden should be talking every day in a big way to the country he wishes to lead. He shouldn’t be seated in a handsome chair waiting for the crown to be passed, or going out for ice cream in a mask like John Dillinger on the lam. …

    … Turnout looks to be historic. There are predictions that it will reach 150 million, even 160 million. In 2016, 137 million people voted. The changes in how we vote, from early voting to voting by mail, all hastened by the pandemic, will have been established after this election, and won’t go away. This will make things appear more democratic and may leave them more Democratic. Progressive preoccupation with the Electoral College is about to diminish, sharply.

    If Mr. Biden is an extremely lucky man he will win the presidency and his party will hold the House and lose the Senate. If the Democrats win all three they’ll be a runaway train fueled by pent-up progressive demand. If the Democrats lose the Senate, Mr. Biden will have a handy excuse for his natural moderation: “You guys may want court packing, reparations and taxes on bovine flatulence but I’ve got to get it past Mitch McConnell.” If the Democrats lose the Senate the Biden presidency will be more moderate, and more popular in a country whose nerves are shot. …

    … For her part, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is, when on the trail, giddy. She’s dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with “Wassup, Florida!” She’s throwing her head back and laughing a loud laugh, especially when nobody said anything funny. She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous. When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Mary J. Blige’s “Work That,” it was embarrassing. …

    … If you can’t imitate gravity, could you at least try for seriousness? I hate the shallowness with which politics is now done, the absolute puerility of it. Do you? We’re on the losing side. The future is an endless loop of Barack Obama on “Between Two Ferns,” stamping on your face, forever.


  22. Kristen Welker did a pretty good job as moderator – however, she interrupted President Trump some 30 times (esp. as he was just starting his rebuttals) and Biden only twice; yet overall, she was far better than Wallace.

    Tell-tale signs that Biden was out of his depth: the number of times that he said, “Come on!”, and the time when he looked at his watch (remember when George H.W. Bush did the same against Clinton?) – he couldn’t wait to get out of there. Symbolic of how he would handle the presidency…

    President Trump was the clear winner, and next week as more and more is revealed from the “laptop from hell,” the needle will most likely move more and more towards an electoral landslide.


  23. I think there’s a strong tendency to believe “our” candidate wins debates due to our own internal biases.

    In this case, I’d say both did fine, neither scored a knockout and neither was knocked out. Trump did better than before, he was able to exercise more verbal discipline which helped his cause, i think.

    Trump tends to chew up a lot of his time with his penchant for verbosity — he repeats things (“thousands and thousands”) and shoots off sporadically on unrelated topics. But he did better than usual on that front this time.

    But he still “over-talks” which is why he gets cut off more often; though to the moderator’s credit, she’d then usually say, “OK, 10 seconds” for him to wrap his thoughts up.


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