67 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-16-21

  1. Something to remember in a month or so when Biden says he’s ending the wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq…..

    Trump already did so.

    https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-troop-presence-afghanistan-iraq-syria-washington-dc/

    “Trump to leave office with vastly more troops in DC than in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria combined

    Welcome to FOB Washington, D.C.”

    “President Donald Trump has reduced the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to its lowest level since 2001, but as he prepares to leave the White House, it is clear the latest Forever War is raging here at home.

    Acing Defense Secretary Chris Miller announced on Friday that the U.S. military now has 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and another 2,500 troops in Iraq, completing the drawdowns that he announced on Nov. 17.

    Miller did not mention Syria, where about 900 U.S. troops are operating as part of a shadowy proxy conflict with Russia.

    The nearly 6,000 U.S. troops downrange pales in comparison to the roughly 21,000 National Guardsmen that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized to be called up to protect President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.”

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  2. Yep…he is going to attempt to take credit for every single positive happening that Trump worked tirelessly to accomplish. It will forever be a mystery as to how this person is going to sit as our President. He seems so lost and muddle headed. So many theories being tossed about as to who will be truly governing our nation….it won’t be him….

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  3. So it’s more BS.

    And Ben Sasse is still a NT idiot.

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  4. Sleep with Chinese spy, get on the Homeland Security panel.

    Only when the D’s are in charge do the traitors call the shots….

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  5. Paying the price for forgetting their audience.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/fox-news-ratings-crash-trailing-cnn-and-msnbc-for-the-first-time-since-2000?%3Futm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dwtwitter

    “Fox News Ratings Crash: Trailing CNN and MSNBC For The First Time Since 2000”

    “After years of dominating cable news, Fox News has found itself in an unfamiliar spot: the bottom of the ratings charts. Last week, for the first time since 2000, MSNBC and CNN topped Fox in viewership, capitalizing on huge numbers after the Georgia runoff and riots in DC.

    According to ratings data, CNN “topped cable networks” with roughly 2.8 million viewers per day between January 4th and January 10th, with 4.2 million viewers in primetime. During that same time period, MSNBC had approximately 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in prime time. Fox News, however, had just 1.7 million per day and 3.2 million in primetime. Yahoo Finance reported that “Newsmax, a smaller rival that has been promoted by President Trump, said it saw record ratings in primetime of 443,000 for the week. Its total day ratings averaged 294,000.””

    As reported by the Daily Beast, on Wednesday January 6th — the day of the riots — CNN averaged 5.941 million total viewers, while MSNBC averaged 4.543 million and Fox News averaged 3.464 million. On January 7th, CNN averaged 3.854 million total viewers, MSNBC averaged 3.321 million, and Fox News averaged 1.935 million. Closing out the week on January 8th, CNN had 3.121 million total viewers, MSNBC had 2.816 million and Fox News had 1.702 million.

    While “all three networks saw their viewership soar” after the attacks on the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the “CNN and MSNBC bumps far outpaced the one at Fox.”

    Since the beginning of the century, Fox News has “consistently been the most-watched, and arguably the most influential, cable news outlet — by a mile,” according to Mediaite, with viewers becoming accustomed “to lengthy stretches in which the total combined viewership of CNN and MSNBC was less than the number of people tuning into Fox News.” In April of 2010, Mediate even published a piece titled “Fox News Ratings Dominance Hits Nice Round Number: 100 Months At #1.”

    However, for 8 days in a row, Fox news has “been in last place in the cable news ratings,” with critics reporting on their sudden fall from the top spot. According to the Daily Beast, this sudden post-election decline has driven Rupert Murdoch to take “a more hands-on role,” and that “multiple network insiders” have said that “Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace are fighting for their jobs.” Salon also reported that Sean Hannity, one of Fox News’ biggest stars, was experiencing a “3-to-1 ratings loss against CNN as he follows Trump into post-election madness.””

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    Thank Chris Wallace and his ilk.

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  6. Incompetent and corrupt.

    That includes the media, who to this day have not admitted to their culpability, their lies, or their false narratives. It’s disgusting.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/russia-gate-transcript-release-incompetent-and-corrupt-investigation/

    “Russia-gate Transcript Release: ‘Incompetent and Corrupt’ Investigation

    The transcripts confirmed what we found out in the IG report: There was nothing there in the first place to warrant the Trump-Russia investigation.”

    “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released 11 transcripts of interviews during the investigation into Crossfire Hurricane.

    Graham blasted former FBI Director James Comey and others in charge of the investigation into supposed collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.”

    “Graham described Crossfire Hurrican as “one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ.” He wrote:

    “The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes. The subjects of the investigation had their lives turned upside down. It is my hope that counterintelligence investigations will be reined in and this never happens again in America.

    “The leadership of the FBI under Comey and McCabe was either grossly incompetent or they knowingly allowed tremendous misdeeds. There was a blind eye turned toward any explanation other than the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign powers. At every turn the FBI and DOJ ran stop signs that were in abundance regarding exculpatory information.

    “The FISA warrant applications against Carter Page were a travesty, and those who signed them have acknowledged that if they knew then what they know now, they would not have signed it.”

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  7. Idiots don’t understand math or economics. Or reality for that matter…..

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  8. In 2015 the California legislature set in motion a slow rise in minimum wages to $15 an hour. We had put away $300 a month for over 25 years. That was a little over $200,000. A decent meal was $5 to $8. The same Mexican meal is now $9 to $11.

    The next big thing is to limit fracking. Watch the price of gas take a steady rise.

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  9. Small businesses cannot afford to pay 15 an hour. CO set it up that by this past year the minimum wage was 12 an hour. My friend who owns a small business could no longer afford to keep the 5 part time employees…the wage is just one aspect of financial costs of having employees. She is closing her business and I have three other friends who have closed theirs as well. It leaves a huge hole in the community but big government doesn’t seem to care.

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  10. Despite the theorizing by right wing economists, there’s never been conclusive evidence that a rise in minimum wage affects unemployment or the inflation rate. It just doesn’t. Companies are able to offset the increase in labor costs by lowered profit expectations. Most studies find that the small business failures are offset in the increaes in jobs elsewhere. If a small business can only exist if pays below poverty level wages, perhaps the owner might want to rethink their business. But expect fear mongering from corporations.

    FOX has been in slow decline. Without Trump, it will decline even more. It also has a dying demographic; its far more popular with seniors than millennials. The latter is the new power demographic; they are coming of age and paying attention to news and politics. They won’t watch FOX.

    There’s been conflicting statements by DAs and the FBI in regards to the extent of planning involved and in the goal of the vandals in Congress. My guess is they are still trying to establish a conspiracy case while some DAs are using this fact in court to up the bail amounts.

    Trump is leaving Biden a domestic mess with his failure to properly address covid. Biden can’t take much credit there. Trump of course took full credit for the economy Obama left him. I do hope Biden continues the troop withdrawal from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistna — the left side of the Democratic party will push for it.

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  11. Some small businesses prefer to stock quality American made goods…not cheap China garbage. Yes..the goods tend to cost more. Therefore the overhead is higher. The staff working at the aforementioned small businesses do not rely upon their wages to live. It was part time enjoyment/employment for them yet the specialty of the shoppes were enjoyable for the community. It’s not always about making another buck or two…some do not understand that concept….

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  12. Like I said, it’s not a conspiracy theory when it’s true…….

    It escaped their lab, where they were tinkering and weaponizing it.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/secretary-state-mike-pompeo-confirms-reporting-april-wuhan-institute-virology-likely-place-origin-covid-19/

    “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Confirms Our Reporting from April and Implicates the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the Place of Origin of COVID-19”

    “The China coronavirus started in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It may have been released on purpose. The CCP should be held accountable on a world stage for trillions in damages and thousands of deaths around the world.”

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  13. Feel the unity……

    As always, links galore….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/delusions-of-unity-week-at-legal-insurrection/

    “The theme for Joe Biden’s inauguration is “America United.” Are you feeling the unity yet?

    Military Buildup In D.C. Makes No Sense, Unless They Know Something We Don’t
    Marriott, Other Companies Vow to Suspend Donations to Politicians Who Voted Against Biden Certification

    Democrats sure have a funny way of showing their desire for unity.
    Biden Pick for DOJ Civil Rights Division Wrote Blacks Are Superior Due to Melanin
    House Democrats Charge Trump With ‘Incitement of Insurrection’ in Impeachment Resolution

    They can’t let go of their hatred of Trump.
    House Votes to Impeach Trump, again
    Country’s Worst Mayor Bill de Blasio Looking to Terminate NYC Contracts With Trump

    Of course they do.
    U.N. Looks to Biden for ‘Global Action’ on Climate Change

    Somehow, Antifa is never accused of violence by Democrats.
    Pro-Trump protesters in SoCal’s Pacific Beach targeted by AntiFa
    ANTIFA Forces Portland Book Store to Stop Selling Andy Ngo’s Book About ANTIFA

    Silencing critics is not a sign of good faith.
    Twitter Insider Video Shows Jack Dorsey Admitting Political Censorship Won’t End Soon
    Self-awareness fail: Twitter condemns Ugandan internet shutdowns”

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  14. Marriott hotels = Mitt Romney so it’s no surprise they will not be donating to pro-Trump candidates. Apparently Marriott is huge in China, perhaps more so thsn in the US. This is what happens when so-called free market capitalism runs rampant without restrictions for 40 years.

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  15. This is what happens when Fauci and company offshore research to China once it’s banned in US.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9155863/Scientists-Wuhan-lab-admit-bitten-cave-home-Covid-infected-bats.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

    “Scientists at Wuhan lab admit being bitten while collecting samples in cave which is home to Covid-infected bats

    Scientists at Wuhan lab admitted being bitten while collecting samples in a cave

    Researcher said animal’s fangs went through his rubber gloves ‘like a needle’”

    “Scientists at the Wuhan lab admitted being bitten while collecting samples in a cave which is home to coronavirus-infected bats.

    One researcher said one animal’s fangs went through his rubber gloves ‘like a needle’.

    Staff inside the top-secret facility were also shown handling bats without gloves and working on ‘live viruses’ without masks in apparent breach of strict World Health Organisation safety rules on PPE, according to footage captured by a Chinese TV crew and broadcast in 2017.”

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  16. These just became more relevant.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/time-investigation-dr-fauci-niaid-accused-collaboration-china-covid-19-virus/

    “Guest post by Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.) also posted at ccnationalsecurity.org

    Americans are unaware of the extent of China’s infiltration of U.S. medical research, the degree to which U.S. officials and scientists facilitated it, the possibly dangerous transfer of technology, including that related to the likely creation of the COVID-19 virus, and the continuation of such collaborative programs.

    Based on the preponderance of evidence, there is now little question that the virus that has caused the worldwide pandemic likely came from a laboratory in China. The question remains whether an accidental leak was a consequence of biological warfare experiments by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Chinese government collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) to downplay the threat and make the case that the virus appeared to not be transmitted from human to human, but rather from animals (primarily bats) to humans. There is also the question of why China cut off all domestic flights between Wuhan (population, 11 million) and Beijing and Shanghai, but not between Wuhan and Europe and America.

    There are also questions about the role of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, in directing U.S. grant funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the nature of the experiments that funding supported. With that, I am calling for an investigation of NIAID’s controversial research collaboration with China regarding the origin of the COVID-19 virus. A Senate committee or Justice Department investigation would be a good start. I have written a series of articles on this topic, which you can find here. ”

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    “”UPDATED: Dr. Fauci Likely Broke US Regulations and US Law When He Funded Wuhan Lab to Continue Coronavirus Projects That Were Banned in US in 2014”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/updated-dr-fauci-likely-broke-us-law-funded-wuhan-lab-continue-coronavirus-projects-banned-us-2014/

    A month ago we reported that Chinese Doctor Shi Zhengli was part of a team working on a coronavirus project jointly with US doctors in 2014 before it was shut down by the DHS for being too risky.

    After the US research project was shut down, Dr. Shi continued her coronavirus research in Wuhan, China.

    Doctor Shi Zhengli from China was part of a team, including Doctor Ralph S. Baric from North Carolina, that published an article in a 2015 edition of Nature Medicine.

    In the article they discussed bat coronaviruses that showed potential for human emergence. The article was published in 2015.

    This report was published shortly after their project was defunded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    The HHS in 2014 sent a letter to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where they announced they were going to defund the program.”

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  17. “The right seems to desire power above all else, and no one is telling the whole truth.”

    I would agree with the first half of that statement if it was in reference to the Left. Without even taking a salary, Pres. Trump has kept his promises as no other president has in truly serving We the People.

    “We must be men and women who do justice and seek truth. We must elevate only those leaders who live by these standards.”

    Julie Spencer, isn’t that what Pres. Trump has done over these last four years?

    A commenter on the article put up this video, and asked us to pray:

    https://rumble.com/vcub3l-president-donald-j-trump-silent-running-motivation-speech.html

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  18. https://www.theepochtimes.com/some-9000-honduran-migrants-cross-north-into-guatemala_3659635.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-17-2

    “Guatemalan soldiers blocked part of a caravan of as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants on Jan. 16, at a point not far from where they entered the country seeking to reach the U.S. border.”

    “Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei issued a statement calling on Honduran authorities “to contain the mass exit of its inhabitants.” On Jan. 15, the migrants entered Guatemala by pushing past about 2,000 police and soldiers posted at the border; most entered without showing the negative coronavirus test that Guatemala requires.

    “The government of Guatemala regrets this violation of national sovereignty and calls on the governments of Central America to take measures to avoid putting their inhabitants at risk amid the health emergency due to the pandemic,” Giammattei said in the statement.”

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  19. Debra – We do not have unrestricted capitalism in this country. There are so many onerous restrictions on businesses, especially small businesses. Many times, the rules from one bureaucracy clash with those of another.

    What we do have is crony capitalism or corporatism, where the big, rich companies are heavily involved in government. In fact, many of the restrictions we have were pushed by large corporations that could handle them, knowing that their smaller competition cannot. From what I have read, some (or many) laws/regulations are written by corporation lawyers.

    This is a very simplistic explanation, as it has been a long time since I’ve read about it, but it is the gist of it.

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  20. Tychicus, there are some genuinely-held disagreements about Trump, particularly in the post-election period and his behavior most recently, among Christians and conservatives of good conscience.

    Maybe we can at least agree and accept that much? And not have some people just get beaten down (rudely, frankly) every time they say anything that goes against the “norm” here?

    To try to explain where some have come from — some of us always saw ‘red flags’ around Trump, to be honest, and so we were always somewhat wary. During his term, he did some good things. Some really good things. He was always covered unfairly by most of the media. Some of my concerns were at least somewhat allayed as his term went on. I suspect Vice President Pence was a stabilizing influence on much of his more impulsive behavior and words. God also restrains leaders, of course, and for that we need to always be grateful (including those leaders).

    Once we entered the post-election period, however, some of Trump’s “restraint, such as it was,” seemed to leave. Pence and Trump seemed to have a sincere parting of ways, which didn’t bode well for Trump, in my view. Some of even the president’s strong supporters began to question the behavior, even suggesting in one case on a very conservative, pro-Trump blog that he’d “gone off the rails.”

    I think his words and behavior and timing during the June 6 uproar can be honestly debated.

    I have not been “all in” for a politician since I was in college. I grew up and learned. I’ve liked and not liked particular presidents and candidates, sometimes strongly, but have never said, about any of those I supported, “anything he says or does is good by me, I’ll defend him no matter what.” I think we always need to be able to take a step back and do our best to view events, words and behavior (as much as we can, it’ll always be hard when it’s “our” team) as objectively as we can.

    I really liked George W. But yeah, he made some mistakes. He wasn’t “always” RIGHT, no matter what.

    We and our leaders are all only human, we’re all flawed (deeply, actually). God knows that. We need to keep that in mind also and not get so defensive and hostile.

    We should be able to tolerate differences among us.

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  21. DJ: I actually agree with most of what you say @5:13pm, but in your last couple of sentences when you say ‘we’, are you suggesting that I am intolerant, defensive and hostile? What is your actual intention in what you wrote there?

    In particular, can you clarify this: “…not have some people just get beaten down (rudely, frankly) every time they say anything that goes against the “norm” here?” (Is there actually a ‘norm’ here?) Are you suggesting that I am somehow “beating you down?” If, today, you are referring to my comments on the World article (which you actually didn’t comment on yourself), why is it bad to share a different point of view? Isn’t that a key part of the exchanging of ideas?

    I appreciate your contributions here – your perspectives from a journalistic background, the articles that you share (even and perhaps especially the ones that I would characterize as less conservative than what I normally read). However, just b/c I might have a different take on what the writer has expressed doesn’t mean that I am attacking you personally. Or perhaps you can clarify what you are seeking to express… (I’ll check in tomorrow.)

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  22. Yes! Their membership will now soar…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/parlers-website-back-online-with-a-message-from-its-ceo_3660235.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-17-4

    “Parler’s website suddenly appeared online Sunday with a message from its CEO, John Matze, who said, “Hello world, is this thing on?”

    The message suggests Parler was able to find another hosting service, coming about a week after Amazon Web Services booted the social media website from its services, taking the site down. It came as Parler—billed as a “free speech” platform—was seeing an unprecedented surge in users as prominent conservatives, among others, were being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.

    Matze also issued a temporary status update.

    “Now seems like the right time to remind you all—both lovers and haters—why we started this platform,” Matze. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!””

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  23. Tychicus, no, you have not been guilty of that, certainly not of being uncivil, from anything I recall, I apologize if I used too broad a brush.

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  24. This is their Endgame.

    But they think you’re the fascist.

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  25. What are they afraid?

    Us. Everyone not part of their ruling elite.

    They’re cowards.

    All headed to DC.

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  26. It’s a farce anyway, so I doubt they care what the constitution says.

    And I’m including the traitor Roberts in that statement.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/impeachment-problem-chief-justice-roberts-may-not-have-constitutional-authority-to-preside-at-trial-of-former-president/

    “Impeachment Problem? Chief Justice Roberts May Not Have Constitutional Authority To Preside At Trial Of FORMER President

    The Constitution says “[w]hen the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside” — but Trump will not be “the President” during the upcoming trial. If Roberts refuses to preside at upcoming Senate trial as beyond his constitutional authority — as he should — that will render the “impeachment” trial not an “impeachment” trial at all.”

    “Donald Trump no longer will be president as of noon on January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden is sworn in. At some point after that, possibly just hours, the Senate under control of Democrats will initiate an impeachment trial of the then-former president.

    As detailed in a prior post, there is no constitutional basis for the Senate trying a former president, Impeachment 2.0 – No, the Senate cannot convict Trump after he leaves office.

    “But there is one question about a trial I had not thought about, and was raised in a column by Prof. Jonathan Turley.

    First, Turley starts by pointing to the weakness of the case against Trump, then goes on to reject the notion that a former president can be tried by the Senate:

    Article I [sic – II], Section 4, of the Constitution states that the sole purpose of an impeachment trial is whether “the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office.” While the Senate can later add a disqualification from holding federal office again, that is only after removal is decided — because it is a question of the penalty, not the purpose of the proceeding.

    The Constitution refers to a present-tense status of “the president.” That status is key to other provisions bestowing official powers and privileges, which do not linger after leaving office. No one would argue that Trump could continue to exercise those powers once President-elect Biden is sworn in. Yet a Senate trial would insist that, while Trump has no continuing powers, he remains subject to continued penalties tied to the office. Moreover, the stated purpose of the impeachment trial is whether a president “shall be removed.” Thus, the only person constitutionally subject to an impeachment trial would be the sitting president, Joe Biden.

    He then debunks a couple of the historical “precedents” many people point to, and raises the issue of whether Chief Justice John Roberts even would preside:

    It is unclear, for example, if Chief Justice John Roberts would be called upon to preside. After all, the Constitution stipulates that when “the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside” — but the president will be Biden, not Trump.”

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  27. He’ll never get the credit he deserves, not even from those who claims these are the policies they favor.

    “Deroy Murdock: Final, fair look at Trump presidency shows abundant policy victories

    Trump delivered on the right’s economic, cultural, and national security agendas”

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-achievements-deroy-murdock

    “One hundred years from now, a fair-minded assessment of Trump’s presidency will recognize his abundant domestic and international accomplishments. Liberals unborn may be appalled. Conservatives unconceived may applaud. But both should agree that Trump was a consequential president whose sleeplessness achieved significant things, often while astonishing foes and friends alike.

    —The $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a globally competitive 21% corporate tax rate, immediate deduction of business expenses, eight regulations junked for every new one inflicted, and Washington’s overall pro-business tone helped generate the most robust economy in U.S. history.

    —Total employment (peaking at 158,803,000 working Americans in December 2019) never was higher. Black and Hispanic unemployment sank to their lowest levels ever, with female unemployment the lowest since President Dwight Eisenhower. Median household income in 2019 hit a record $68,703 — up 6.8% from 2018. Wages grew a healthy 3.6% that year, even as the left’s favorite adult toy, income inequality, slid for the second consecutive year under Trump, after rising under President Barack Obama.

    —America’s poverty rate fell to 10.5% in 2019, a record low, with Black poverty at 18.8%, its first year ever below 20 %.

    —Stock markets soared, thanks to Trumponomics. Since January 20, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed from 19,732 to 30,814 Friday — up 56.2%. On Trump’s watch, the S&P 500 has rocketed from 2,263 to 3,768 — a 66.5 % boost. And the NASDAQ has grown from 5,540 to 12,998 — 134.6% higher. This is spectacular news for billionaires on yachts and, more important, some 78 million Americans with IRAs, 401(k)s, traditional pensions, and other workplace retirement plans.

    —Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, fracking projects, and other initiatives have made America energy independent. The U.S. is now a net energy exporter, to OPEC’s regret and the frustration of Russian President Vladimir Putin — Trump’s “boss,” according to four years of baseless, unsubstantiated, evidence-free Democratic lies.

    —For those who care, expanded natural gas production under Trump helped cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest level since 1985.

    —Trump and the GOP Senate placed 231 constitutionalist jurists on the federal bench: Three Supreme Court justices, 54 appellate judges, and 174 trial-court appointees. The 2nd (New York City), 3rd (Philadelphia), and 11th (Atlanta) circuit courts of appeals all had Democratic-nominated majorities in 2017. Trump’s designees have turned these into Republican-majority appellate bodies.

    —Trump’s signature on the First Step Act criminal-justice reform ended mass-incarceration and let some 3,100 largely Black, non-violent offenders begin new, mainstream lives in fiscal year 2019. FSA’s inmate releases are expected to increase in FY 2021 by 8,700.

    —The president pushed school choice, expanded educational savings accounts to cover K-12 students, reauthorized the DC Voucher Program with $85 million in funds, stabilized assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, conditioned federal assistance to colleges on their defense of campus free speech, and (by shredding Obama’s Title IX guidance letter) restored due process for college students (mainly men) often falsely accused of sexual misconduct.

    —Trump vastly improved Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, launched veterans medical choice, strengthened health savings accounts, required medical price transparency, and secured for terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs.

    —Trump was the first president to address the National March for Life in person, rather than literally phoning in his remarks. He blocked Title X funds to Planned Parenthood and halted subsidies for abortions overseas.

    —The president fought for a southern border wall, to stop entry by illegal immigrants, gang members, drug smugglers, terrorists and others who break into America without permission. Overcoming relentless Democratic objections, Trump ultimately prevailed. ”

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    And there’s more. It’s a shame really, that our half of our side is such a bunch of ungrateful, pearl clutching, hand wringers. Just imagine what he could have done with a second term.

    The ungrateful half mentioned above should remember this when the Dems begin reigning in religious freedom, freedom of speech, and numerous other things you hold dear. Remember, you helped build it. And you’re gonna own it, because I won’t let you forget it.

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  28. This is an insult to our troops.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/18/nation/fbi-vetting-guard-troops-dc-amid-fears-insider-attack/

    “FBI screens US troops for possible insider threats ahead of inauguration”

    “U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

    The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches. So far, however, he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence of any threats, and officials said the vetting hadn’t flagged any issues that they were aware of.”

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    So they slander people with no proof yet again. Maybe they should call it off and go hide in their closets like the cowards they are if they’re so frightened of their fellow countrymen.

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  29. Well looky here….

    ““Based on all available sources of intelligence, with definitions consistently applied, and reached independent of political considerations or undue pressure—that the People’s Republic of China sought to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections,” Ratcliffe wrote…”

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  30. False flag op.

    And half the people on our side fell for it.

    Nope, no leftist agitators here….

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/boogaloo-boi-leader-aligns-black-lives-matter-boasted-organizing-armed-insurrection-us-capitol/

    “Exclusive: ‘Boogaloo Boi’ Leader Who Aligns with Black Lives Matter Boasted About Organizing Armed Insurrection On US Capitol”

    “Contrary to allegations leveled by the political left and their allies in the mainstream media, anti-Trump groups primarily perpetrated insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    The Gateway Pundit has obtained archived tweets from Mike Dunn, leader of “Boogaloo Bois,” an anti-government, anti-Trump group whose adherents call for a revolution toppling the federal government.

    As rioters roamed the U.S. Capitol, Dunn boasted on Twitter about Boogaloo “fireteams” being employed inside the Capitol building. to taunt “tyrants” like Trump.

    Boogaloo Boi “teams have been activated in VA and we currently have 4 fireteams inside capital and 7 more outside,” he tweeted.

    The goal of swarming the home of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate is “to revel in the breach of security while mocking the defenses that protect tyrants…whether that be Trump or others,” Dunn added.

    Following the assault on the Capitol, Dunn issued a statement on Parler claiming credit for organizing the breach.”

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    Move along rubes……

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  31. Here’s a thought. Maybe the mob that stormed the Capitol was a combination of far-rightists and far-leftists. As DJ mentioned recently, those sides are actually closer to each other than they seem. The presence of some from the far-left doesn’t mean that the rest weren’t from the far-right.

    *******
    Here is a piece on another matter:

    “We see whataboutism every day (probably every minute) on social media, but it was especially prevalent following the Capitol insurrection. Instead of simply denouncing and disavowing the mob’s deadly behavior, many social-media users (including an alarming number of Christians) offered “what about?” comparisons to 2020’s various unlawfully destructive BLM and Antifa protests. Then, the “what abouts” turned to social-media censorship, as throngs of Trump defenders deflected attention from the Capitol attack by pointing to encroachments on free speech by Big Tech.

    The reality is we can critique both the Capitol insurrection and the Antifa protests. We should be alarmed both by Trump spreading dangerous falsehoods on Twitter and by Twitter censorship. But it’s one thing to recognize the dangers of and speak out about both; it’s another to use one to downplay the gravity of the other. The ability to recognize problems on all sides is wisdom. The assumption that action on one front necessarily makes one vulnerable on another front is folly.

    Christians especially can and must be multi-directional rather than tribalistic in how we see threats. We can be concerned about more than one thing at the same time, even if certain moments (like the Capitol mob) require us to be decisively vocal about this threat in this moment, rather than quickly deflecting with a “what about____?!!” out of fear that some will forget other things are still threats, too. . . .

    That’s why, in The Wisdom Pyramid, I argue that the internet and social media should occupy the least important place in our knowledge diet. If you’re looking to grow in logic, rhetoric, and critical thinking, don’t spend much time online. Put down your phone, exit your echo chamber, and look to better sources for wisdom—like the Bible, the church, nature, books, and beauty. More time in these nourishing spaces will help you become a clearer, more logical and versatile thinker. Even more importantly, it will help you become wise.”

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/whataboutism-foolishness/

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  32. I agree that the far right and the far left can have commonalities, but it would probably be an unstable marriage. In the Iranian revolution, the socialists worked with the mullahs to overthrow the Shah. And directly afterwards, the mullahs slaughtered the socialists. I could be wrong, but I doubt any simular coalition in the US would have a better outcome.

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  33. Once again, leftist abound. Remember that tomorrow when some bogus “fact checker” tells you these were right wing extremists.

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  34. Roll over.

    Good lap dogs.

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  35. What a cowardly thing to say as he sits in the safety that these better men and women provide him.

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  36. Nope. No leftist agitators here……

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/17/federal-judge-releases-blm-capitol-rioter-without-bail/

    “Federal Judge Releases BLM Capitol Rioter Without Bail”

    “John Earle Sullivan, a far-left agitator who was present at the Capitol riots on Jan. 6 and recorded a woman’s death at the hands of police, was released from jail on Friday without bail, according to Fox News.

    According to Utah District Magistrate Judge Daphne Oberg, the motion for Sullivan’s detention was denied because it didn’t meet the court’s threshold for a hearing. Prosecutors had asked for Sullivan to be retained in jail at least until inauguration day.

    Democrats including President-elect Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have called the rioters “domestic terrorists” engaged in “sedition,” crimes that can carry the death penalty. Based on these claims, the U.S. capitol has been infused with some 20,000 U.S. troops in advance of Biden’s inauguration Tuesday.

    Federal judges have denied bail to others who took part in the Jan. 6 chaos. Not Oberg.

    “The court orders John Earle Sullivan’s release, in this case, based on a finding that the government did not establish a basis to hold a detention hearing…Because the court finds the threshold conditions under § 3142(f) have not been met, it cannot hold a detention hearing and, thus, cannot detain the defendant,” Oberg wrote.”

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  37. Once again, the media and FBI lie. Just more hysterics.

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  38. Hysterical liars.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/18/after-a-week-of-leftists-hysterical-warnings-weekend-rioters-were-absent-at-state-capitols/

    “After A Week Of Leftists’ Hysterical Warnings, Weekend Rioters Were Absent At State Capitols”

    “Americans have been gaslighted, again. After a horde of Trump supporters sacked the U.S. Capitol building over Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College this month, Democrats and legacy media raised hysteria that the recent incursion was the first in what was supposed to become a series of domestic attacks targeting state capitols ahead of the inauguration.

    The FBI leaked a bulletin to friendly press raising the alarm over a second Civil War, warning of a mass operation to overthrow state and federal governments in the run-up to Biden taking office.”

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  39. BE AFRAID!!!!!!!!

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    Bunch of pansies.

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  40. Nice.

    This is gonna be fun to watch.

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  41. You can’t make this stuff up. They fear everything.

    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-fires-5e8a266ac54cc7205498a24c9972008a

    ” The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city.

    The false alarm briefly interrupted the rehearsal for Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, a quadrennial exercise in which stand-ins take the roles of Biden and other VIPs and the U.S. Marine Corps Band goes through its paces, including practicing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Wednesday’s performance by Lady Gaga. Rehearsal resumed not long afterward, accompanied by frequent passes by a helicopter patrolling the skies over the Capitol.

    Law enforcement officials said there was no threat to the public and the fire was not believed to be a threat to the inauguration. Local firefighters put out the blaze quickly. The evacuation of some participants and the lockdown were ordered by the acting chief of Capitol Police in an abundance of caution, officials said.”

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  42. In that video, shortly after it starts, the camera pans to some guys with three flags, but I can’t tell what they are. Can anyone tell what the flags are?

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  43. A little further on in the video, there is a guy with an “An Appeal to Heaven” flag, which is currently used by some conservative activists. (It was originally used during the American Revolution.)

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  44. Trump’s legacy will be overshadowed by his style, corruption and his refusal to accept the election results. His actual performance will be critized heavily on his failure to govern the one crisis (coronvirus) his gov’t faced. He politicized a crisis instead of solving it.

    The stats people cite in Trump’s economic legacy are very similar to Obama’s second term. Despite the nice stats his problems are similar to Obama’s — the inability to transfer successful statistics to the majority of working people – if you work full time you shouldn’t require food stamps to get by. The increase of the left in the last 6 years is due to this very failure of both of them.

    His foreign policy is hard to assess. There’s far too many unanswered question about his personal and business relationships with Russia and China and how this affected his foreign policy. The decision to ditch the Iran deal and line up behind the Israeli-Saudi coalition will probably be reveresed in a year but in the meantime it has tied the USA’s freedom of action in the middle east. The splits caused in NATO won’t be serious as Biden will reverse it. In fact most of his foreign policy will probably be reversed quite quickly.

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  45. Not surprised by what happened to Sullivan. Many of those who were arrested have had minimal bail requirements or have been released pending trial. I wonder how seriously the courts and the FBI are going to treat the “insurrection” or will it get swept under the carpet.

    Also not surprised security and the FBI are worried about the political allegiances of the National Guard. Several people arrested for trespassing and vandalizing the capitol were police, national guard, veterans etc. Some even flashed their badges to police expecting this would allow them to enter the capitol unimpeded.

    Interesting video but the language might be a bit much. I don’t shock easily and will drop the occassional f-bomb but this is overkill. The video is from a reporter who followed the protestors into the capital building. The police behavior is interesting — especially the lone cop who wanders into Senate and politely asks the men that they leave when they are finished. Some were there to vandalize but others had a definite idea — they looked for representatives, Pence, senators, etc. Others took pictures of documents left on Senator desks. The most bizarre was when the horned hat QAnon guy stands at the head of the Senate and prays; at the end his prayer is affirmed by an f-bomb. You can’t make this stuff up. On one hand this is obvious terrorism but its also a farce.
    https://www.newyorker.com/video/watch/a-reporters-footage-from-inside-the-capitol-siege?__FB_PRIVATE_TRACKING__=%7B%22loggedout_browser_id%22%3A%22c53e6ad72494b7271c012ea5168f455b109a8140%22%7D&fbclid=IwAR0Qmu74ORj34Wb68M8U9Af8_MWQT7jKB1H7WzvZO5vYPMLF4jOBTy7-T3s

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  46. HRW 7:55 — Yup.

    And 8:17, I saw that for the first time last night. The prayer at the end was stunning (and not in a good way).

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