17 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-5-21

  1. If I wished them good luck, I’d be lying.

    And it would be nice if Dems and libs stopped the lying about this bill as well.

    “Good Luck With Your Fans, Major League Baseball”


    “The MLB wants to be a Democratic Party interest group? Fine, Republicans should oblige them. I will. And the same applies to Delta, the nonofficial but very real airline of the Democratic Party, and Coca-Cola, the nonofficial but very real drink of the Democratic Party. Good luck with your fans and your customers. Maybe they won’t notice.

    None of the leaders of these organizations appears to have done anything other than listen to agitprop from the left that was designed to score political points free of the law’s actual provisions. It seems none of those involved in this week’s virtue signaling — Manfred, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian and Coca-Cola Chief Executive James Quincey — engaged anyone with comprehensive knowledge of the bill.

    A comprehensive review of the new law was undertaken by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB)— not exactly a segregationist stronghold. The bill expands early voting access for most counties, adds an additional mandatory Saturday for voting and formally codifies Sunday voting hours as optional. “Secure absentee ballot drop boxes — which did not exist a year ago — are now officially part of state law, but not without some new changes,” reports GPB. Changes to absentee voting requiring ID were indeed made, and these sorts of revisions are needed given the problems that plagued voting in America last year — New York’s troubles counting votes, the incredibly close House race in Iowa that Democrats were trying to overturn until a few days ago, and so on — as well as the deluge of false claims about fraud and real fears of foreign interference. The best security and thus the best assurance for everyone that voting is free of fraud is robust voter ID requirements.”

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  2. Kamala built this.



    “Rioter freed twice by Kamala Harris-supported bail fund arrested again

    Moseley had previously been arrested for on charges of property damage and weapon possession, but was let go after the Minnesota Freedom Fund posted $5,000 for his bail.”

    “A bail fund supported by Vice President Kamala Harris which bailed out rioters during the summer Black Lives Matter protests funded bail for a man charged with rioting. That man, arrested twice, has now been arrested and charged for a third time.

    Thomas Moseley, 29, is facing three new charges related to drug possession, weapon possession in a courthouse, and rioting with a weapon, Alpha News reports.

    Moseley had previously been arrested for on charges of property damage and weapon possession, but was let go after the Minnesota Freedom Fund posted $5,000 for his bail. The MFF has received the public endorsement of Harris, who encouraged her followers to donate to the fund over the summer.

    The MFF has been heavily criticized for bailing out criminals from jail, including an alleged murderer, alleged attempted murderer, alleged child rapist, six alleged domestic abusers, and a twice-convicted sex offender.

    Others have noted that while the MFF raised $30 million to bail out rioters, much of which came from celebrities, only a fraction of that money was actually used to bail out rioters.
    However, the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) has bailed out defendants from Twin Cities jails charged with murder, violent felonies, and sex crimes. Among those bailed out is a suspect who shot at police, a woman accused of killing a friend, and a twice-convicted sex offender.”

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  3. “Black Lives Matter 2020 Impact Report: Massive Fundraising And Upcoming Focus On Education System”


    “With tens of millions of dollars in their war chest contributed by corporations and individuals alike, BLM plans to vastly expand its influence over every aspect of American life in 2021, including education.”

    “The Black Lives Matter movement grew in 2020 to encompasses several tax exempt organizations, a new PAC, and chapters across the United States, while raking in tens of millions of dollars and engaging in grant making activity to like minded organizations around the country.

    Originally founded in 2013, and later formed as a 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, last year the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) made major impacts in education, elections, and on America’s streets. Their plans for 2021 and beyond are even bigger.

    The 2020 Impact Report released by Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) laid out their successes in 2020, and sets even loftier goals for this year and beyond. BLMGNF serves as the parent organization that created two new spinoffs in 2020 – the Black Lives Matter PAC and Black Lives Matter Grassroots.”

    Promoting School Safety by Removing Safety Funding?
    Throughout the report, BLMGNF reports their successes in defunding school safety across the country and infiltrating school curriculum with pro-BLM lessons. Here are a few examples (emphasis added):

    • In calling to defund the police, BLMGNF was also demanding greater investment into our education, mental health, and non-carceral and non-punitive community-led systems and programs. This was our vision. Thousands joined us as we imagined what a nation with alternative options for community safety could look like. [p11]

    •The drafting of the BREATHE Act this summer marked BLMGNF’s gradual entry into the legislative advocacy space. Under the coalition of the Movement For Black Lives—which includes organizations like the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Ella Baker Center For Human Rights—BLMGNF supported the unveiling of the act in June.This federal bill calls for a divestment from our policing systems in order to invest in new forms of public safety. Our policing system is fundamentally poisoned; reform is not the answer. In proposing new visions of public safety, we are calling for community investment across education, housing, mental health, food safety, and the environment. [p18]

    • We also wanted to hone in on the presence of law enforcement in our schools. Apart from this $170 million collective budget reduction at the city level, we successfully won a pledge from Los Angeles Superintendent Austin Beutner to cut $25 million from the school police budget. Students Deserve, a local student activist group, are continuing to push LAUSD to use the $25million to #FundBlackFutures and invest in support and services for schools with large Black student populations. As the second largest school district in the country, the progress set forth by LAUSD can set a strong precedent in favor of our movement. [p32]

    •We need not relitigate that Black and brown people are targets of the police. This is no different within schools. Our kids cannot learn if they constantly worry about experiencing harm at the hands of school police officers. For this reason, we also look to our schools when thinking through our abolition practices and immediate goals. In 2020, we successfully cut — and in some cases removed the presence of police officers in several public schools, domestically and in Canada.Our babies and young adults deserve to learn in environments they feel safe in. [p35]

    The report failed to provide any corroborating data or evidence to show that school resource officers caused excess fear or violence toward black or brown people, but they insist on their removal anyway.”


  4. Let the hand wringing and pearl clutching begin!

    “Why Christian voters want more politicians like Donald Trump”


    “Chan, 45, became a Christian growing up in Hong Kong, where she attended the city’s Baptist University and met her husband before moving to the US in 2002. Eventually the family settled in Cary, NC, and Hannah said she has since enjoyed meteoric success as a real-estate agency owner, starting with a $600 course to get her license.

    But first and foremost, Chan identifies as a Christian — and that extends to every part of her life, including politics.

    “My beliefs go with me in the voting booth,” she said. “Christians want to support the leader who will have a backbone. And who will stand up for all others to protect religious freedom. That protection is why my family came to the United States.”

    For her, that meant a vote for Donald Trump in 2020, and she isn’t alone. White evangelical and conservative Christian voters robustly supported Trump’s reelection last November. Exit numbers show he earned 76 percent of their support — just 5 percentage points less than in 2016, according to exit poll data.

    Trump also carried the Catholic vote by 15 percentage points over Biden, a practicing Catholic, although that support was far less than the 33 point margin he beat Hillary Clinton with in 2016.

    Trump’s rough talk may have put off some religious voters the second time around, but many forgave him for his rhetoric, said Pastor Andy Doll, who runs the Bible Baptist Church in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

    “We all fail,” Doll said of Trump’s rhetoric. “I mean, really, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ, I have yet to meet a perfect candidate or a perfect Christian.”

    A post 2020 election Gallup survey showed about one-fourth of all US voters are white evangelical Christians. The other quarter define themselves as non-believers, while the rest are a mix of Catholics and non-Christian religious voters.

    In the Trump era, faith voters regained some of the cultural capital they had lost in the past 30 years. During his first campaign, he repeatedly said he would back religious freedom issues, and he proved it after his inauguration with the Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty Executive Order, which gave regulatory relief to companies who objected to an ObamaCare mandate for contraception in health care.

    “Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation,” Trump said at the signing. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

    So, in a post-Trump world, do faith voters like Chan and Doll worry they’ve lost a champion for good?

    Absolutely not, said Tim Meehan, 72, a devout Catholic from Newtown Square, Pa. He said conservatives in the past too often voted for candidates who professed to share their religious beliefs, but then buckled to secular pressures as soon as they got to Washington.

    “Those days are gone and Trump changed that forever,” he said. “While future candidates may not share his unorthodox comportment, they need to share his unwillingness to cave.”

    In the ’60s, Meehan started out as a Catholic Democrat whose high school rock band opened for a Bobby Kennedy rally. As his party started to nudge out pro-life Catholics, he cast his last vote for a Democrat with Jimmy Carter.

    “I thought he was a good man of God,” Meehan said. But while Carter spoke of being personally against abortion when he ran for office, “he did nothing when he got to Washington,” Meehan said. Now, many faith voters are feeling the same way about Biden.

    Last month, the organization Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden released an open letter saying they felt “used and betrayed” that the president’s COVID-19 relief package excluded the Hyde Amendment, the bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer funding for abortion.

    “Many evangelicals and Catholics took risks to support Biden publicly,” the statement read. “President Biden and Democrats need to honor their courage.” It added that they “have no intention of simply watching these kinds of efforts happen from the sidelines.”

    Meehan, a retired teacher and businessman, agrees.

    “In the last campaign we heard constantly what a devout Roman Catholic Joe Biden was, right?” Meehan said. “And then he signs onto removing all restrictions from any state abortion laws and funding Planned Parenthood. There’s a great space between what people are identifying as a man of faith and what his actions are.”

    Doll points to Wisconsin Republican Derrick Van Orden, the retired Navy SEAL who nearly toppled Democrat Rep. Ron Kind for Congress last year, as the type of candidate who will commit to religious liberty issues.

    “We expect that same kind of candidate for president will emerge,” said Doll, 45.”


  5. The SBC vs. CRT.

    “The Southern Baptist Convention Confronts Critical Race Theory”

    “Will it cause a venerable institution to curtail its adoption programs?”


    “Creating a “movement of churches that engages all of the peoples in America, not just one kind. . . . That is very difficult, . . . and anybody who says that that’s not true has never actually done it.” These words from J. D. Greear, the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention, come at the latest difficult juncture for the largest denomination in the United States. Grear, for his part, is trying to navigate a middle ground between members of the church who (in his words) see “southern” as more important than “Baptist” and those who have embraced critical race theory (CRT), the idea that the sin of racism is collective and ever present. A few months ago, two prominent black pastors left the denomination after a group of seminary presidents released a statement saying that CRT is incompatible with the SBC’s statement of faith.

    Since then the two sides have gone back and forth about exactly what critical race theory is and whether it diminishes the role of forgiveness in a religious context or the idea that all people hold equal value in God’s eyes. It is tempting for people in the pews to throw their hands up and dismiss this as either a politicized debate over whether Christians are racist or a dispute over academic abstractions.

    The truth, though, is that this controversy over critical race theory could have real-life implications for a population that is already among the most vulnerable — children in the foster-care system. In recent years Evangelical congregations, including a great many Southern Baptist ones, have led a revolution in foster care and adoption. They have formed hundreds of ministries and other organizations devoted to the recruitment, training, and support of families who foster or who adopt children out of foster care. And their efforts have shown enormous success, both in drawing more people into the system but also giving them the education and the help that they need to stay in it for the long term.

    There are, of course, a disproportionately high number of black children in the foster-care system and a disproportionately low number of (nonrelative) black foster and adoptive families. And so, inevitably, many of the families who volunteer to foster or adopt do not look like the children they are caring for. There was a time when this development would have been celebrated as a triumph of tolerance and racial harmony. But that time is not today. Instead, it is hardly uncommon for our cultural elites to question these interracial relationships.

    A recent article from scholars at the Brookings Institution cited as still “relevant” today the 1972 statement against transracial adoption by the National Association of Black Social Workers: “Only a Black family can transmit the emotional and sensitive subtleties of perception and reaction essential for a Black child’s survival in a racist society.”

    And it is not just secular commentators who have made this claim. An article in the Catholic magazine America also cited the same statement and added that white parents who adopt black children are “establishing a situation that risks repeating a dangerous narrative: White people are the benevolent rescuers and patrons of needy Black people. So it is important to say right at the start that when white parents adopt a child of another race or ethnicity, they are depriving that child of a profoundly valuable resource: a mother and/or father who can guide that child in navigating U.S. culture as a minority and can also connect that child to the rich cultural heritage that is their birthright.”

    Though most Americans have been largely insulated from or unmoved by these ideas, they are spreading. Telling potential foster and adoptive parents that they are responsible for “depriving that child” is a dangerous game — and one that is likely to result in more parents being reluctant to step up. Why would you want to be part of the problem?

    And if critical race theory has come to Southern Baptist seminaries, these ideas are spreading much faster than we think. John Wilson, the former editor of Books & Culture, an Evangelical literary journal, tells me that “these ideas have gained a foothold in constituencies that on the face of it you wouldn’t think would be so vulnerable to buying into them.” Wilson, who lives near and has many friends at Wheaton College, a flagship Evangelical school, says that even there “it is often framed as you have to accept the effusions of someone like Ibram X. Kendi” (who criticized Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett for her transracial adoptions). Either that “or you’re just perpetuating the racism of the past.”

    Even if the proponents don’t refer to these ideas as critical race theory, they will often talk about the problems of systemic racism, how white people are collectively guilty for the treatment of blacks, and how the stain of racism has created a permanent division between racial groups that cannot be bridged. Wilson says the rhetoric about these transracial relationships is “so unbalanced. This work is incredibly sacrificial, but instead of honoring that, these families are portrayed as having perpetuated an injustice.”

    Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, tells me that he is concerned that these ideas “could be something that paralyzes the willingness of some white Christians to be involved in child welfare.” He sees some division in the Christian community between folks who are more elite — “progressive churches tend to be more in sync with cultural trends” — and people who just say, “There are kids in need right now and we need to help them.””


  6. These are the facts HRW.



  7. Georgia’s newest Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock, is a false teacher, selling a false gospel.

    A quote from his now deleted Easter tweet.

    “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”




  8. More…..



    “So how did you spend your Easter day? For many among the Christain faithful, it was a time to attend church services (if you’re local government didn’t have your church locked down) or gather with friends and family to reflect on salvation and the Ressurection of Christ. Others engaged in the more commercial aspects of the holiday, with children biting the ears off of chocolate rabbits or hunting for colored eggs. But for newly minted Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, it represented an opportunity to remind his social media followers that you don’t need the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to save your soul. You see, we can save ourselves. His ill-considered tweet was quickly removed, but not before some alert Twitter users captured it for posterity.

    Warnock is, of course, free to express himself as he wishes. After all, it’s still a free country. (At least at the moment, anyway.) But as the Daily Wire was quick to point out, that’s an odd position to be taken by a man with the title “reverend” in front of his name.

    Warnock’s tweet was met with backlash from some Twitter users who accused the minister of heresy and preaching a false gospel.

    “This is what the heresy of liberation theology does—reduces the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to self-salvific moralism and thereby making ourselves God,” wrote radio host Darrell B. Harrison, who works at John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Los Angeles.

    “This is a false gospel and heresy,” wrote attorney Jenna Ellis, who is representing Grace Community Church in its legal battles with Los Angeles County. “We cannot save ourselves. The absolute truth and only meaning of Easter that matters is the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we must accept Him as Lord and Savior. Read Romans, ‘Reverend’ Warnock. You are a false teacher.”

    Before we’re too quick to judge the Reverend, perhaps we should consider the possibility that his religious education might not have been fully up to snuff. After all, he’s a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, where students are instructed to kneel before plants and apologize to them.”


  9. “You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”


    “Psaki’s Alternative Facts: How The Georgia Election Law Became Part of Our Alternate Political Reality”

    “For years, the media shredded Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway for a statement on Meet The Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on attendance numbers at the inauguration. Conway insisted that, while Chuck Todd was citing one set of numbers, Spicer was giving “alternative facts”. The statement produced a firestorm of ridicule that the Trump White House was constructing an alternate reality. That is not the response however to the repeated misrepresentations of the Georgia election law by President Joe Biden — false statements criticized even by the Washington Post. Likewise, there was little response this week when Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the alternative facts presented the White House and some media outlets, even after another major newspaper called out the same false statements about the law.

    During an interview on ESPN, Biden repeated his claim that the law is “Jim Crow on steroids” and added: “Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote, can’t do that? C’mon! Or you’re going to close a polling place at 5 o’clock when working people just get off?”

    As we previously discussed, it is hard to “imagine” because it is not true and the White House knows that it is not true. I will not repeat the clearly false claim about closing polling places early. As the Washington Post noted, “the net effect [of the Georgia law] is … to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.” The use of the provision to suggest a reduction in voting hours was a knowing misrepresentation by those seeking to justify the federalization of election laws in Congress. Despite being called out on the false statement, President Biden continues to repeat it.

    The water claim is equally disingenuous and false. The law does not prevent people from giving water to those standing in line. The law allows “self-service water from an unattended receptacle” for voters waiting in line. It also allows anyone to give water or food to any voters outside of limited area around the polling place. The change in the language followed complaints in the last elections that campaigns were circumventing the rules by distributing water and food within the limited area. It makes no sense to bar people from politicking in the area if they can display the same political identifications in approaching people in line for the purpose of giving away free food or drink. Instead, it allows for non-partisan distribution of water in these receptacles. If the concern is truly for the waiting voters, it should not matter that the water is distributed without a political affiliation.

    Recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) became the latest newspaper to issue a correction on the same claim made in a story on the law. The newspaper added at the end of a story on liberal filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry criticism of the law the following:

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the new law would limit voting hours. On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules.

    However, the law made some changes to early voting. The bill adds a second mandatory Saturday of early voting for general elections but removes two weeks of early voting before runoffs.

    Psaki was confronted by Fox News with Biden’s continued false statements about the law and she proceeded to double down. In a remarkably disingenuous moment, Psaki responded “It standardizes the ending of voting every day at five, right? It just gives options. It gives options to expand it, right, but it standardized it at five. It also makes it so that outside groups can’t provide water or food to people in line, right?”

    The points are ridiculous and Psaki knew it. The law made mandatory the full day of voting to guarantee those hours while allowing the same option of other states to remain open until 7 pm. The change was meant to prevent shorter hours under a prior ambiguity in the law.

    Yet, there was no hue and cry over “alternative facts.” Biden is supporting a boycott of a state based on false assertions about a law and most of the media is complicit in maintaining that false narrative. There are aspects to this law that may warrant such opposition by not the two primary reasons cited by Biden.

    Psaki’s alternative facts are now part of an alternate reality being constructed in Washington with the help of an enabling media. Take the push by Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for the MLB to play its All-Star Game in New York. Schumer insists that in New York “we are working to make it easier, not harder, to vote.” However, New York has some harsher rules than those contained in Georgia. For example, there are fewer early voting days than Georgia and a restriction on passing out food and water over $1 in value to voters in line. New York also requires an excuse to request an absentee ballot.

    So, if Georgia is “Jim Crow on steroids,” what is the New York law?

    The insistence that this law is worse than the Jim Crow laws is to misrepresent history. The Jim Crow laws involved raw and open racial segregation and discrimination. The defeat of these laws were a defining moment in our struggle against racism.

    Once again, there are legitimate issues to be discussed on voting systems, including the effort to federalize election laws. However, we need to have that debate with an honest and accurate factual foundation. Law professors and commentators who were vocal in denouncing the false legal claims of the Trump administration are silent today. At the same time, some like former Clinton adviser Marc Elias have been criticized for using offensive arguments to push the campaign against Georgia.”


  10. Again reading the Georgia law on food and water — it says “persons may not” it does not say campaign personell or partisan groups. A person could be the guy next to you in line. Christie and the news aritcle you cite miss an essential point — it doesn’t say the state of Georgia will provide water or water fountains will be provided it says the poll workers have the option of providing water. Given all the things they have to do, water is probably not on their list.

    And again, this argument misses the point — why are there rules governing lines? Why not create a vote where there’s enough polls and ballot boxes that line ups are miniscule? Line ups do not have to exist. Its as if they plan to make the vote a miserable experience so people don’t show up. As for the time — they fail to mention its 9 to 5 for early voting not 7 to 7. And lets face it close the polls at 7 is early. Its open til 9 here. Again a process that seems delibrately created to create line ups.


  11. I tried to listen to the Abrams Christie exchange but they talked over each other so badly

    As for Warnock — typical American self help gospel with a little bit of universalism thrown in. Obviously not the theology of those who read here but not uncommon in many liberal churches; any twitter storm it provokes is Republicans pandering to their base.


  12. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/facebook-data-on-more-than-500-million-accounts-found-online_3761460.html

    “Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

    While the information appears to be several years old, it’s another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.

    The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries, including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.”


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