10 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-21-20

  1. More lies exposed.

    I would encourage the president to declassify everything this week. Dump it all.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/declassified-strzok-texts-fbi-began-trump-investigation-earlier-spied-on-calls-between-fox-exec-and-george-papadopoulos/

    “Declassified Strzok Texts: FBI Began Trump Investigation Earlier, Spied on Calls Between Fox Exec and George Papadopoulos

    Lie after lie being exposed.”

    “The newly declassified texts from disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok show the agency began investigating President Donald Trump before they opened Crossfire Hurricane.

    Another set of texts show that the FBI spied on a call between an executive at Fox News and former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.

    Investigation Timeline Blown Apart
    The FBI said it opened Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016. But a text between Strzok and his alleged mistress Lisa Page makes it appear the investigation began before that date.”

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  2. Before indoctrinating the children, you must indoctrinate the teachers.

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  3. Ewwwww…….

    Toobin’s a perv………… and the media excuses it.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/12/19/jeffrey_toobin_and_the_medias_curious_code_of_decency_144888.html

    “Jeffrey Toobin and the Media’s Curious Code of Decency”

    “Some 3,000 Americans a day are dying of COVID-19, a significant chunk of the country won’t accept November’s election results, and Russian hackers appear to have compromised much of the federal government. Amid this mayhem, the mainstream media found time to address an issue that most Americans haven’t given a second thought: Will Jeffrey Toobin’s career survive?

    In case you haven’t heard – or have mercifully forgotten – during an Oct. 15 New Yorker magazine staff meeting held on Zoom, the 60 year-old Toobin “was seen lowering and raising his computer camera, exposing and touching his @#$%^, and motioning an air kiss to someone other than his colleagues,” according to a New York Times report. Dozens of staff members from the venerable magazine were assembled online for an election simulation exercise, which in retrospect sounds like an unfortunate euphemism.

    On Nov. 11, Condé Nast, which owns The New Yorker, fired Toobin from a job he’d held for 27 years. Although he’s on self-imposed leave at CNN, he is still employed as its chief legal analyst. “Three CNN employees say that network president, Jeff Zucker, is a big fan of Mr. Toobin’s and a believer in second chances,” reports the Times.

    Society’s blithe acceptance of ubiquitous Internet pornography might make an inadvertent indiscretion in front of your home computer seem understandable to many. However, for Toobin this isn’t a first transgression – it’s déjà vu all over again. His smarmy behavior has been public knowledge for a very long time. The Times recounts how in 2003 the married Toobin asked out a colleague. Before they could even go out, he left her an answering machine message explicitly describing in vulgar detail the sex acts he wanted to perform with her.

    In 2008, Toobin had an affair with Casey Greenfield, the much-younger daughter of veteran political journalist Jeff Greenfield. When Casey Greenfield became pregnant, Toobin reportedly offered her money to have an abortion. When she refused, he told her he would make her regret the decision. After the child was born, Toobin had to be dragged into court and forced to pay child support.

    Yet, according to some of his notable colleagues, the real problem here is judgmental prudes. One of Toobin’s New Yorker colleagues, trans activist Masha Gessen, dismissed the incident. “I think it’s tragic that a guy would get fired for really just doing something really stupid,” Gessen told the Times. “It is the Zoom equivalent of taking an inappropriately long lunch break, having sex during it and getting stumbled upon.”

    Another New Yorker writer, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, told the Times “the only way I could explain [Toobin’s firing] … was that Condé Nast had taken an unexpected turn toward traditional Catholic teaching.” To drive the point home, “Mr. Gladwell then took out his Bible and read to a reporter an allegory from Genesis 38 in which God strikes down a man for succumbing to the sin of self-gratification.”

    Gladwell’s superficial understanding of Scripture might be a surprise to readers of his thought-provoking books and, in any event, was a weak attempt to cast doubt on the idea Toobin violated agreed-upon standards of decency. Moreover, it’s hard to imagine there are many jobs in secular America, let alone in vocations heavily dependent on public credibility, where you can turn into Onan the Barbarian in front of dozens of colleagues and still collect a six-figure salary.

    In general, excusing libertine elites such as Toobin raises uncomfortable questions for the media. Do black lives matter when 70% of African American children are born out of wedlock? What about the fact that 36% of abortions are performed on African Americans even though they represent 13% of the population – doesn’t that inequality reflect some kind of institutional racism? Don’t expect any serious consideration of these issues coming to an op-ed page near you soon.

    Instead, you can count on more media disdain for tens of millions of Americans who cling to traditional moral beliefs about sex. Toobin has also consistently exhibited undiluted contempt for legal minds he disagrees with. (See his unfair and needlessly vicious obituary for the famously ill-treated judge Robert Bork.) Toobin’s zealous support of abortion seems to play a large role in explaining his irrational hostility toward conservative jurisprudence.”

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  4. This should be fun to watch.

    https://nypost.com/2020/12/20/trump-campaign-asks-scotus-to-reverse-decision-by-pennsylvania-court/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter

    “The Trump campaign on Sunday asked the US Supreme Court to reverse three decisions by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, claiming there is a “likelihood” they violate the Constitution and urging the high court to act expeditiously because the presidency “hangs in the balance.”

    “This petition … has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,” read a statement, signed by Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer.

    The petition seeks remedies, “including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements,” the statement said.

    The three Pennsylvania decisions involve signatures on mail-in and absentee ballots and the campaign’s ability to observe vote counting at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

    The decisions of the court “likely changed the result in Pennsylvania and, potentially, the outcome of the overall Presidential election,” the statement argues.

    “The Campaign also moved for expedited consideration, asking the Supreme Court to order responses by December 23 and a reply by December 24 to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before Congress meets on January 6 to consider the votes of the electoral college,” it continued.

    “The outcome of the election for the Presidency of the United States hangs in the balance because the selection of presidential electors is governed by the Constitution and congressional enactment, in addition to state law enacted by the Legislature.”

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  5. My school board has a land acknowledgement which is read prior to any meeting or assembly. Its a simple acknowledgement that the school sits on aboriginal land. However, the board does dip into “emotional coaching” and “awareness education” which is rarely taken seriously by most teachers and not taught to elementary students.

    For a leftist who views society through an economic lens, these “lessons” or “discussions” are both silly and a distraction from the real issues. The advocates for these types of lessons are usually white middle class with an above average income. It alleviates white guilt with out any hard monetary cost. Sure for some its emotional taxing but they can still go home to the suburbs. The corporate elite actually favor these “woke” programs as distracts activists from demanding a tax program that would actually improve people’s lives. And as bonus for corporations, it divides the working class.

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  6. I agree Trump has left Biden with a mess — Covid, Russian hackers, etc. The last thing anybody should worry about is the employment prospects for a guy dumb enough to expose himself on a Zoom call. Every work place has a code of conduct and I’m sure he violated it.

    The article you post is somewhat weird in that it attempts to tie the Toobin story and his defenders to African Americans, abortion, and BLM.

    On another note, my colleagues who work on online report that parents will frequently behave inappropriately in the background of the camera or mic. Your child’s teacher doesn’t need to see you smoke weed, walk around in your underwear or hear you swearing in the background. In addition the harassment of teachers online is appalling; parents will frequently argue and swear at teachers while the whole class is listening. Online behavior should be a simple concept — behave as if the people are in front of you — yet grown adults can’t do it.

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  7. The latest long shot litigation by Rudy should be fun to watch if it ever makes it to court.
    The Supreme Court isn’t due to meet til Jan 8 which would make the lawsuit out of date. If the Court does interrupt its Christmas break, it might just do it long enough to say its not hearing the suit as its more of a state concern or they see no errors in the state court rulings and thus don’t need to hear it.

    The lawsuit has very little chance as it advocates throwing out all votes because it alleges a small minority of votes were illegitimate. However, it can’t name specific votes that violate the rules but were accepted. Without the ability to find illegitimate votes, it demands all votes be thrown out and the state appoint its own electors. Its a bizarre solution — in other words, he can’t find fraud but is sure it happened. He can’t find the specific illegal votes so throw all votes out. People voted according to instructions and on the good faith it would be accepted. It’s hard to justify disregarding all votes on allegations of limited fraud.

    And even if the Court actually bought this argument, Biden would still win. The only reason to bring this to court is to justify in the future a tightening of voting rules and limit the franchise. The Republicans will use this false crisis to limit voting as they always do better when marginalized people have difficulty voting.

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  8. Something to keep in mind as the Kabuki theater vote takes place later today.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/congress-agrees-on-covid-19-relief-bill-almost-half-of-what-democrats-asked-before-election/

    “Congress Will Vote on COVID-19 Relief Bill Almost Half of What Democrats Asked Before Election

    Ronald Reagan once said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”

    “Congress will vote Monday night on a COVID-19 relief bill worth $900 billion along with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to cover the remainder of the 2021 Fiscal Year.

    The Democrats wanted a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill before the election, but Republicans offered $900 billion. The left only agreed to that amount after their guy won the presidential election.

    That amount is around 41% less than the amount the Democrats wanted to begin with. So once again we see that the Democrats don’t care about the American people.

    Then again, if any politician truly cared about us they wouldn’t have lockdowns and people can open up their businesses.

    From The Wall Street Journal:

    The emerging agreement is expected to provide a $600 direct check to many Americans, $300 a week in enhanced federal unemployment benefits, and aid for schools, vaccine distribution and small businesses.

    “President Trump has pushed hard for months to send Americans badly needed financial relief,” White House spokesman Ben Williamson said. “We look forward to Congress sending a bill to his desk imminently for signature.”

    Negotiators on Sunday had been finalizing details for the rest of the bill after settling a disagreement on the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers earlier in the weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Sunday afternoon said all outstanding issues were settled.

    “At long last we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Now we need to promptly finalize text, avoid any last-minute obstacles and cooperate to move this legislation through both chambers.”

    The amount decreases “for individuals with more than $75,000 in income and $150,000 for couples.”

    Also in the bill:

    $15 billion for airline payroll support
    $280 billion toward Paycheck Protection Program
    Theater and small venue owners eligible for $15 billion in grants
    $82 billion for schools
    $10 billion toward child care.
    $25 billion in rental assistance
    Extension on evictions
    $13 billion for food-stamp and child nutrition benefits
    Add $30 billion for vaccine, testing, and tracing
    $1.8 billion in tax credits for any business that has paid leave”

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  9. $600??? Why bother?

    And why are they still funding the PPP. Joel Osteen, Kayne West and Tom Brady have helped themselves to millions in this program. Take the 280 billion and give it to the poor. Far more economically effective,

    And why fund airlines and other corporations — a properly run business would save for a rainy day. Let them go bankrupt — spend the money on the poor and when business picks up a restructured corporation will be ready to roll.

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