13 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-16-20

  1. Once again Trump and Israel do what Dems are too cowardly to do. Hunt down terrorists wherever they hide.

    “Abu Mohammed al-Masri, Al Qaeda’s No. 2, killed in US-Israel joint operation in Iran”

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/abu-mohammed-al-masri-al-qaedas-no-2-killed-in-us-israel-joint-operation-in-iran

    “The United States and Israel worked together to track and kill a senior Al Qaeda operative in Iran earlier this year, a bold intelligence operation by the two allied nations that came as the Trump administration was ramping up pressure on Tehran.

    Four current and former U.S. officials said Abu Mohammed al-Masri, Al Qaeda’s No. 2, was killed by assassins in the Iranian capital in August. The U.S. provided intelligence to the Israelis on where they could find al-Masri and the alias he was using at the time, while Israeli agents carried out the killing, according to two of the officials. The two other officials confirmed al-Masri’s killing but could not provide specific details.

    Al-Masri was gunned down in a Tehran alley on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Al-Masri was widely believed to have participated in the planning of those attacks and was wanted on terrorism charges by the FBI.

    Al-Masri’s death is a blow to Al Qaeda, the terror network that orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S, and comes amid rumors in the Middle East about the fate of the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The officials could not confirm those reports but said the U.S. intelligence community was trying to determine their credibility.

    Two of the officials — one within the intelligence community and with direct knowledge of the operation and another former CIA officer briefed on the matter — said al-Masri was killed by Kidon, a unit within the secretive Israeli spy organization Mossad allegedly responsible for the assassination of high-value targets. In Hebrew, Kidon means bayonet or “tip of the spear.””

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  2. Good, before Joe sells us out to them again.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-to-enact-series-of-hardline-policies-going-after-communist-china-in-final-weeks-of-administration-report

    “Trump To Enact Series Of ‘Hardline’ Policies Going After Communist China In Final Weeks Of Administration:”

    “President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to enact a series of hardline policies going after communist China during the final weeks of his administration.

    Part of Trump’s goal is to “make it politically untenable for the Biden administration to change course” on the policies “as China acts aggressively from India to Hong Kong to Taiwan, and the pandemic triggers a second global wave of shutdowns,” Axios reported.

    National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot told Axios: “Unless Beijing reverses course and becomes a responsible player on the global stage, future U.S. presidents will find it politically suicidal to reverse President Trump’s historic actions.”

    The administration plans to take additional actions against Chinese companies and government entities for a variety of human rights violations and matters involving U.S. national security. The report said to watch out for Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe to explain China’s criminal activity inside the U.S. to the American public in the near future.

    DNI senior adviser Cliff Sims said, “Director Ratcliffe will continue playing a leading role, in coordination with other national security principals, in delivering a necessary mindset shift from the Cold War and post-9/11 counterterrorism eras to a focus on great power competition with an adversarial China.”

    Trump said in part:

    China’s pattern of misconduct is well known. For decades, they have ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year were lost dealing with China, especially over the years during the prior administration. China raided our factories, offshored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property, and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization. To make matters worse, they are considered a developing nation getting all sorts of benefits that others, including the United States, are not entitled to.

    But I never solely blamed China for this. They were able to get away with a theft like no one was able to get away with before because of past politicians and, frankly, past presidents. But unlike those who came before, my administration negotiated and fought for what was right. It’s called: fair and reciprocal treatment.

    China has also unlawfully claimed territory in the Pacific Ocean, threatening freedom of navigation and international trade. And they broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.

    The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving that relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interests. The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and so many other nations.

    These plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside. The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government. China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over a million lives worldwide.

    Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities.

    Countless lives have been taken, and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe. They strongly recommended against me doing the early ban from China, but I did it anyway and was proven to be 100 percent correct.

    China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year.”

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  3. Scumbag.

    Sorry, but only scumbags rip off cancer charities to aid them and their flunkies.

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/14/biden-cancer-initiative-spent-millions-on-payroll-zero-on-research-report/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons

    “Tax filings reveal Biden cancer charity spent millions on salaries, zero on research”

    “A cancer charity started by Joe Biden gave out no money to research, and spent most of its contributions on staff salaries, federal filings show.

    The Biden Cancer Initiative was founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife Jill Biden to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,” according to its IRS mission statement. But it gave out no grants in its first two years, and spent millions on the salaries of former Washington DC aides it hired.

    The charity took in $4,809,619 in contributions in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and spent $3,070,301 on payroll in those two years. The group’s president, Gregory Simon, raked in $429,850 in fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), according to the charity’s most recent federal tax filings.

    Simon, a former Pfizer executive and longtime health care lobbyist who headed up the White House’s cancer task force in the Obama administration, saw his salary nearly double from the $224,539 he made in fiscal 2017, tax filings show.

    Danielle Carnival, former chief of staff for Obama’s cancer initiative, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, who took home $258,207 in 2018.

    The charity spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel that year. The following year, the travel expenditure swelled to $97,149, and the non-profit spent $742,953 on conferences, tax filings show.

    But under grants distributed, it listed zero.

    Simon had said that the main point of the charity was not to give out grants, and that its goal was to find ways to accelerate treatment for all, regardless of their economic or cultural backgrounds.

    Biden headed up the Cancer Moonshot Task Force when he was veep after his son Beau died of a brain tumor in 2015. After leaving office, the Biden Cancer Initiative sought to continue such efforts to provide “urgent” solutions to treating cancer, according to a 2017 press statement announcing its launch.”

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    And yet it did no such thing.

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  4. Yes please. 🙂

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-allies-reportedly-considering-buying-201528481.html

    “Trump allies are reportedly considering buying out Newsmax to build a strong competitor to Fox News”

    “Allies to President Donald Trump are exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in conservative outlet Newsmax to set up a competitor to the Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    There are ongoing discussions between Newsmax and Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee.

    CNN reported that Fox News viewers have been navigating over to Newsmax after the network declared Biden was the winner.

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    Allies to President Donald Trump are exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in conservative outlet Newsmax to set up a competitor to the Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    There are ongoing discussions between Newsmax and Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee, according to the Journal. The deal would include a video-streaming service.

    Media pundits believe regular Fox News viewers have been navigating over to Newsmax after the network declared Biden was the winner.”

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  5. At this point it seems silly not to.

    Folks everywhere are using it anyway, might as well regulate and tax it.

    https://news.yahoo.com/americans-across-party-lines-regions-080013391.html

    “Americans across party lines, regions embrace marijuana”

    “Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He’s a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he’s also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month.

    Stocker, 61, said enforcing marijuana laws gets in the way of pursuing other drug crimes and called warnings about the ills of marijuana “a bunch of baloney” that even people in a Republican stronghold like South Dakota no longer believe.

    South Dakota’s values of “personal responsibility and freedom” won out, said Stocker, who lives in Sioux Falls.

    The 2020 election helped prove how broadly accepted marijuana has become throughout the United States, with measures to legalize recreational pot also breezing to victory in progressive New Jersey, moderate Arizona and conservative Montana. Fifteen states have now broadly legalized it, while 36 states allow medical marijuana.

    Voters in Mississippi overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana this month, giving the drug another foothold in the South.

    A Gallup Poll released Nov. 9 indicated that 68% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana — double the approval rate in 2003. That wide margin was evident in the election, with marijuana measures passing with strong bipartisan support.”

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  6. “Raphael Warnock’s Blood Libel”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/11/raphael-warnocks-blood-libel/

    “What else to call claiming that the Jewish state goes around picking off God’s children as if ‘they don’t matter at all’?”

    “Raphael Warnock, the Democratic Senate candidate seeking to unseat Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election in January, has had some interesting things to say about Israel in the past.

    Here is Warnock during a 2018 sermon:

    We need a two-state solution where all of God’s children can live together. We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey. . . . It is wrong to shoot down God’s children like they don’t matter at all. And it’s no more anti-Semitic for me to say that than it is anti-white for me to say that Black lives matter. Palestinian lives matter.

    Warnock, senior pastor of the church once led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., isn’t merely being “critical” of Israel, as his defenders claim. Arguing that Israel hasn’t done enough to placate Fatah is a criticism. Arguing that Israel’s refusal to return to 1967 boundaries is misguided is a criticism. Claiming that the Jewish state goes around picking off God’s children as if “they don’t matter at all” is a blood libel. It’s the kind of rhetoric that generates the anti-Semitism unfortunately found in some corners of black communities. It is also a complete fiction.

    Warnock gave his sermon in the wake of Hamas’s 2018 attacks on the Israeli border, ostensibly over the United States’ decision to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But we know that to identify this as an underlying reason is nonsense: Hamas doesn’t recognize any capital of Israel — or even the nation’s existence, for that matter. Hamas’s charter gives no indication that it aspires to a two-state solution in which Jews and Arabs blissfully coexist, though it does mention that “the Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them.”

    When it comes to killing people as if “they don’t matter at all,” Hamas does its best. It launches rockets towards civilian centers. It floats balloons affixed with explosives over its border with Israel. It digs tunnels to sneak terrorists into Israel — paid for by appropriated international aid money that could be used to build schools. These efforts rarely work out. Hamas isn’t an existential threat to Israel; it’s responsible for a failed city-state run by jihadists.

    So, frustrated by this constricting reality, Hamas decided to incite tens of thousands of its own people — many of them armed with guns, firebombs, and bricks — to try to overrun military installations and cross the border into Israel. Or, more likely, to generate Arab casualties for Western media consumption. Martyrdom, after all, is always the point. And Western apologists for Hamas, such as Warnock, either ignorantly, or perhaps maliciously, take the bait.”

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  7. Someone has stolen the small Trump/Pence sign from the middle of my yard. Fortunately they come in pairs so I had a ready extra. And I do know where I can quickly obtain some more if needed. I’m planning to take them down after the presidency is certain….even if it means waiting until it is decided in the House of representatives. I suppose I should go pick up more signs. And maybe get a video surveillance setup. And some floodlights. It could get worse before it gets better.

    This is my favorite time of year but January is sounding nice about now. Still praying and waiting on the Lord. :–)

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  8. Somebody wake up the old guy….

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  9. I’m quite sure the Democrats are as capable as Trump in “hunting down the bad guys”. Obama found Bin Ladin and was fond of using drones in target assassination throughout the middle east.

    Trump did change China policy and probably permanently which is probably a good thing. I can’t wait for the Biden administration to levy tariffs on textiles goods made in China including MAGA hats, Trump ties and Ivanka’s fashion line. I’m also hopeful Biden will be more supportive of Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou Huawi CFO and her current extradition trial to the US. I’m also hopeful Biden will support Canada as it attempts to censure China in the world community for its treatment of Uighur Muslims.

    You cite Biden’s charity I raise you Trump’s charity. Trump was found to have transferred funds from his charity to his 2016 campaign. Charities are big business — in Canada Trudeau is in the middle of a scandal concerning the Me to We charity. I trust very few charities — I won’t donate to ME to WE, Red Cross, MADD, Foster Plan, United Way, etc. In terms of aid to people in need the gov’t is actually more efficient then many private organizations who spend far too much on fundraising, salaries, and PR. Save your charity and pay taxes instead.

    A political party acquiring and building their own media network — that never ended badly…….I suppose they will call it Trump News Network to satisfy his ego.

    I live in stoner nation — 33% of all adults (15-64) in Canada consumed some form of marijuana in the past year (not me I prefer whiskey). When prohibition is ignored its a great business for organized crime…hence its legal here. (btw in the US its 16%)

    I am extremely critical of Israel behavior and favor a two state solution — this doesn’t make me an anti-Semite nor do I accuse them of blood libel. Blood libel has a long and very specific history and meaning and shouldn’t be thrown around so casually.

    I’ve seen videos from left wing groups and TV shows showing how easy it is to hack a Diebold computer. However, in both cases hacking the voting machine does trigger a notification so you will get caught if you were to actually try it during an election.

    Trump is currently 1 – 24 in legal challenges, several others were dropped before coming to court. Legal teams are declining to participate and lawyers are far more cautious in court. There are a few more challenges in Penn but even if Trump’s team were successful, it won’t change the results. Currently there’s a video starring a really irate senior citizen who is loudly proclaiming despite Rudy G’s claims she is not dead and will continue to vote.

    2020 has taught me who the real snowflakes and its not millennials. Trump refuses to concede and admit he lost. Militia types descended on state capitals because they couldn’t get a haircut or they didn’t want to wear a mask. Some men need to grow up.

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  10. Funny. You say that, yet he made deals with terrorists in Iran instead of eradicating him.

    A link for your unfounded claims on Trump’s charity would be helpful. Just a leftist saying so isn’t good enough. You guys lie with impunity.

    The Dems already have multiple networks doing propaganda for them daily. You whine that R’s might get one? Please.

    As for the rest of your dribble…..

    Gore never conceded until Dec 13th. We’ve got time due to that precedent set by Dems. Suck it up cupcake.

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