30 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-17-21

  1. That is a link from a labor union calling out the AFL-CIO for their shameful treatment of National Guard members who were sent to keep peace in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

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  2. Good for Jason Gorge and his 14,400 associates. That is what I would call Intolerant behaviour on the part of the AFL-CIO and they need to be canceled.

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  3. The FBI once again drops the ball.

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  4. Sleepy Joe musta called a lid early.

    How embarrassing for America…….

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    No Show Joe.

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  5. All the propaganda must be coordinated thru the Ministry of Woke Truth first….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/ny-times-moves-to-ensure-alignment-between-news-and-opinion-divisions/

    “NY Times Moves to ‘Ensure Alignment’ Between News and Opinion Divisions

    A job ad for the NYT’s director of opinion strategy noted that a key responsibility would be “connecting and ensuring alignment between efforts in Opinion and around the wider newsroom and company.”

    “We’re at a point and time where trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. It’s been on the decline for well over a decade now. After four years of one fake news story after another about President Trump and a year of being gaslit about so-called “peaceful” Antifa/Black Lives Matter riots, Republican mistrust of the media has driven the percentages down even further.

    Back in January, Axios provided a sobering look at just how bad the numbers were:”

    “By the numbers: For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, according to data from Edelman’s annual trust barometer shared exclusively with Axios. Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%.

    -56% of Americans agree with the statement that “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.”
    -58% think that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

    When Edelman re-polled Americans after the election, the figures had deteriorated even further, with 57% of Democrats trusting the media and only 18% of Republicans.

    Here’s the graph they included:”

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  6. Huh.

    This is not what the MSM would have you believe.

    “Why We Black Leaders Support Voter ID Laws”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/04/16/why_we_black_leaders_support_voter_id_laws_145598.html

    “America is a country of over 300 million people. We are comprised of every shape, size, nationality, and opinion. This diversity has proven to be one of our greatest strengths.

    However, if you listened to largely white liberal media personalities and elite CEOs, you wouldn’t know this. According to liberal orthodoxy, all Blacks think alike, and all Blacks support Black Lives Matter, and all Blacks oppose the recently enacted Georgia Election Integrity Act.

    To the contrary, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll found that 69% of Blacks and 82% of nonwhite minorities support voter ID. Another poll taken even more recently by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that a full two-thirds of Blacks in Georgia support voter ID. The data seems clear: A majority of Black Americans support voter ID laws.

    This shouldn’t be surprising. Blacks know the value of the right to vote. We struggled to win that right in a country that for too long treated us as second-class citizens. We shed our blood so we could partake in American elections just like every other American citizen. We want to make sure that sacred right to vote, and the integrity of those elections, are protected.

    It’s clear that most Blacks support voter ID, and it’s obvious why we do so.

    Why then do opportunistic activists like Stacey Abrams pretend the entire Black community stands behind them and the radical Democrat Party? Why do they pretend that Black people are either opposed to voter ID or, even more offensively, that Blacks are incapable of obtaining IDs? The answer is in part because the elites, most of whom are white, have enabled them, taking it upon themselves to determine who the “leaders” of the Black community are and ignoring anyone else who suggests differently.

    These elites are totally oblivious to the real Black leaders, such as civil rights legend Robert Woodson and Richard Finley; younger leaders like Wall Street wizard John Burnett; National Black Chamber of Commerce founders Harry and Kay Alford; Michael Murphy, political operative extraordinaire from Georgia; business and football legend Herschel Walker; Texas state Rep. James White; 21-year-old West Virginia state Rep. Caleb Hanna; former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer S. Carroll; former ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission Ken Blackwell; and U.S. Congressmen Byron Donalds and Burgess Owens, to name a few.

    What do all these people have in common? They are all Republican, therefore white liberal elites don’t deem them to be Black because they come from a conservative perspective.

    If corporate America wants to be truly woke, they must wake up to the fact that activists like Stacey Abrams — and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton before her — absolutely do not represent the Black community; they represent the membership of their radical activist organizations and the interests of white elites, who are eager to open our borders wide and send more jobs overseas regardless of the effects these disastrous policies have on the Black community.”

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  7. These people are Russia and China’s greatest disinformation asset in America.

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  8. I love it when rich white elitists seeking to curry favor with the rioting hordes donate tens of millions to their leaders only to see their stuff burn anyway. Seems……… appropriate somehow….

    You fed the beast, but it still turned on you anyway. 🙂

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  9. AJ — read the link you posted yesterday on Jordan. According to Ohio State and their law firm there was no documentary evidence Jordan knew about the abuse — in other words the accusations did not meet their definietion of proof. But further in the article, the report acknowledge 22 coaches were aware of complaints or rumors; hard to believe Jordan was the only one who knew nothing. Futhermore the athletes said they openly discussed Strauss’s behaviuor in front of the coaching staff. Again its impossible that Jordan knew nothing. What happened was institutional silence and the co-opting of the staff into silence based on careers and finiancial needs. Jordan’s refusal to participate in the inevestigation after Strauss’s death confirms nothing changed — its career and finiancial gain over truth. Jordan’s not unusual many people in many institutions have and will do the same. The most he could have done is come clean when the facts came out.

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  10. The union leader was pretty quick to cut ties to the AFL CIO right after a tweet, which suggests to me he was looking for an excuse to an action he had already planned. And given the quickness of the action I wonder if he had the approval of the rank and file. Cutting tiles to labor organizations usually involes at the very least a local board meeting (ie president, vp, and member reps — my union has about a dozen members on the local board) if not approval at the general meeting. To cut ties overnight is at the very least undemocratic and isn’t that a complaint of many anti-uion people — unions need to be more democratic and take input from the rank and file.

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  11. Reading the article its apparent the local police dropped the ball on Brandon Hole not the FBI. And even then, the local police did as much as they could. They invesitgated as requested, confiscated the firearm etc but no charges were possible since the boy had yet to commit a crime. As for his previous crime — he was 13. To act on that is to justify the shooting of Wright on his juvenile marijuana fine.

    When I hear of US workplace (and school) shootings and compare the numbers to elsewhere in the developed world, it occurs to me the underlying condition is the stress of the American workplace — overworked, underpaid jobs in a precarious fire at any time environment. Its a stress level the permeates into society and icludes worker’s children and their school.

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  12. Is there distrust in the media because its done a horrible job or because the media has been bashed for decades (since Reagan) and people no longer trust it. Even a simple job description full of bureacratic phony words now seems like an evil plot. Did anyone think that perhaps conneting opinion to news meant making sure the opinion had a basis in the facutal news of the day and not the other way around.

    The Black community had diverse leaders representing different viewpoints — you mean just like the white community. Of course the black community is diverse and thus when you hear Republican commentators ask where is the black leadership in black on black crime you should ignore it as the white leadership doesn’t discuss white on white crime specificaly either. Its as if color doesn’t determine your views, leadership, community, etc, Now if only the Republicans would take that to heart and stop gerrymandeing and stuffing African Americans into one district. Create districts based on municipal and natural boundaries and just maybe the African American community could express thier diveresity.

    Do you really Antifa and the coporate world have anything in common? Antifa and other leftist groups have been burning, boycotting, cancelling etc the corporate world logn before the Trump wing of the Republican party moved based their Reagan spectacles and discovered corporations may need to be monitored and controlled. I’m all for controlling, monitoring and regualting the corporate world — now we just have to discuss the why, and for whose benefit.

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  13. Oh and Biden obviously needed to take his afternoon nap. His calm approach almost serene approach to governing must drive the media cycle of cable news network mad.

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  14. “Reading the article its apparent the local police dropped the ball on Brandon Hole not the FBI. ”

    Wrong again, as usual. Local authorities turned it over to the FBI, as they should with a domestic terrorist.

    “FBI: We intervened with Indianapolis shooter last year — but didn’t hold him”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/04/17/fbi-we-intervened-with-indianapolis-shooter-last-year-but-didnt-hold-him-n383909

    “Details remain sketchy about the mass shooting yesterday at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, but we know now that the perpetrator had been on law-enforcement radar since last year. The family of Brandon Scott Hole called to warn police that he might plan to commit some sort of violent act in order to be killed, a potential case of “suicide by cop.” The FBI interviewed the 19-year-old but had no cause to detain him, although they confiscated a firearm at the time:”

    The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was interviewed by FBI agents last year, after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop,” the bureau said Friday. …

    The shooter was identified as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt told a news conference. Investigators searched a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, McCartt said.

    Hole began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility late Thursday, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself, McCartt said. He said he did not know if Hole owned the gun legally.

    Thirteen months ago, his mother tried to get an intervention to keep her son from committing some kind of violent act. The Indy Star reports today that Hole got placed on a “temporary hold” for mental-health issues, but apparently local police couldn’t find any reason to detain him further. An FBI interview similarly went nowhere:

    An IMPD report from March 3, 2020, references a mental health check for suicidal tendencies in the 1100 block of 1109 North Huber St., and lists Hole, then 18, as being arrested. It says police seized a shotgun “from dangerous person.”

    “In March 2020, the suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit ‘suicide by cop,’” FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said.

    “The suspect was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A shotgun was seized at his residence. Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020. No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”

    It’s interesting that the shotgun never got returned. There must have been some reason to permanently confiscate it. What would that have been — perhaps it was illegally owned? If that’s the case, though, Hole should have been charged, and it would contradict the FBI’s claim that “no criminal violation was found.” This sequence and the confiscation don’t suggest that Hole was entirely cleared, however. That also raises the question of how he got the firearm he used in this shooting, and the answer will be critical to our understanding of the case. Was he still able to legally purchase firearms after those law-enforcement interventions?”

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    Perhaps the FBI will explain….

    I know, not gonna happen.

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  15. Oooooooo…….. you mad, Tater?

    For the first time ever, Tater has no comments?

    He no like attempts at real journalism.

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    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/04/17/watch-brian-stelter-get-confronted-over-project-veritas-videos-n2588057

    “Despite being host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” which “examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover,” Brian Stelter didn’t seem too interested in speaking with a Project Veritas reporter who confronted him about the organization’s videos released this week that exposed his colleague talking about bias and propaganda at the network.

    “I feel really bad for you,” Stelter told the PV reporter while sporting a sweatshirt that read, “Journalism Matters. Now More Than Ever.”

    “Do you report any news that [CNN President] Jeff Zucker doesn’t directly tell you to report?” the PV employee asked.

    In one of the videos exposing CNN, technical director Charlie Chester explains why the network hyped the COVID-19 death count—“fear really drives numbers,” he explained.

    “Like, this special red phone rings and they pick it up and it’s, like, the head of the network being like, ‘There’s nothing that you’re doing right now that makes me want to stick. Put the numbers back up. Because that’s the most enticing thing that we have.’ So things like that are constantly talked about,” Chester told an undercover PV journalist.

    Chester also said the network engaged in “propaganda” to help get Joe Biden elected, and that they’re focusing on the allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz to get him out of office, referring to the Florida Republican as a “problem for the Democratic Party.””

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  16. Your articles on the media are correct. Media tailors its product to sell. Hence FOX crafts the news one way, CNN an other way. Its capitalism and they have a demographic to satisfy and sell to advertises. Obviously that raises issues in terms of factual reporting but what is the solution — gov’t interference, media education?? In both cases, the issue would quickly become regulation and education for whom, why and for whose benefit? On the other hand, you can understand the bias of the news sources, their capitalist motivations and do your best to decipher actual news. For most part this would be ignoring cable news, taking the right and left wing blogs with a grain of salt and spend more time with the print media. But as long as capitalism is the driving factor behind news the news will be biased.

    An other solution is arms length gov’t corporation delivering the news; this doesn’t always work. In Poland’s last election it was obvious the gov’t media favoured the incumbent right wing populist party. However, it does work elsewhere — the BBC is probably the best example. For me, the go to source is usually CBC, Canada’s equivalent (not quite as good as the BBC but acceptable). I tend to think the left wing Guardian is solid, but their opinion page scares some on the right especially Americans.

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  17. I thought I posted something on the FBI and now I find it not here. And I wonder if I can recall my original brilliant post or motivate myself.

    You’re right I missed the FBI involvement so both forces messed up here and are incompetent. Should we defund both? The left has cited FBI incompetence for over 100 years from the Palmer Raids to the present. A belated welcome to the club.

    Given there was no actual crime committed when they investigated, what should have the police done? Would you favour red flag laws so police could deny guns to potential mass shooters? Would you favour other types of red flag laws which would allow police greater power to monitor potential criminals? I do believe Biden favors some sort of red flag laws — this may help prevent more mass shootings but I didn’t think conservatives like these ideas.

    I do agree with you that locking people up for a year is not good for their mental health. Would you support prison reform and better mental health care for inmates after all they are locked up? The US did have mass shootings prior to quarantine laws and other western nations didn’t. With quarantine laws the US shootings may have increased but elsewhere they have not. Perhaps the issue isn’t quarantine but the fear, insecurity and precarious economy of the US.

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  18. Sad, for so many reasons.

    https://rmx.news/article/article/argentinian-pro-abortion-leader-dies-during-abortion-procedure

    “Argentinian pro-abortion leader dies during abortion procedure

    After Argentina legalized abortion, the abortion activist’s death is the first recorded since the pro-abortion law was passed at the end of 2020.”

    “Spanish language media reported last Sunday that radical pro-abortion supporter Maria de Valle Gonzalez Lopez died during what she labeled her “dream” abortion operation. She was 23 years old and was the leader of the Radical Youth in the La Paz municipality in the province of Mendoza. Her death has sparked a fierce debate about abortion in Argentina and led for calls for women to know that the procedure can sometimes carry serious risks.

    On April 11, the woman underwent a legal abortion procedure in a local hospital. The operation turned out to be fatal for her. This fact came as a shock to the public as this was the first recorded death following the approval of the country’s controversial pro-abortion bill passed on December 30, 2020, which legalized abortion in some cases. Previously, abortion was illegal in the predominately Catholic country.

    Dr. Luis Durand, an Argentinian surgeon, told ACI Prensa journalists that “while some believe that the death of the young woman could’ve occurred due to some misconduct, in reality abortion is not a medical practice. Just a few months ago, it was a crime under Argentinian law. In the case of abortion, the death of the child is always brutal. It is burned through injecting substances into the uterus, or it is removed through dismemberment, or it is subjected to extreme uterus spasms which asphyxiate it.”

    Durand added that an infection or sepsis may appear in women who take the drug Misoprostol when doctors fail to complete extract the child and his or her remains linger in the woman’s uterus.

    “This is why it is false premise to believe that such a procedure is truly safe,” he said.

    Walter Sanchez Silva, the author of the ACI Prensa article, wrote that the silence of feminists surrounding Maria del Valle Gonzalez Lopez’s death is striking.”

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  19. This is what inciting an actual insurrection sounds like.

    “Stay on the streets”

    “Get more confrontational”

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  20. How inspiring to know that there are those who are still fighting for the Republic! This is the result of American patriots making local governments accountable again by focusing on our Constitution and wielding our sovereign power over the government. “We the people…”

    Wonderful interview with world-renowned entrepreneur, inventor, and patriot Jovan Hutton Pulitzer. He was actually offered $10,000,000 if he would stop exposing the voter fraud! You know they have a lot to hide if they were willing to pay him that much money! I would recommend starting at 38:13, where the election content starts. Fascinating stuff…

    https://rumble.com/vfi5x9-jovan-hutton-pulitzer-exposing-fraud-and-restoring-faith-in-elections.html

    Maricopa County has been very resistant to the upcoming audit. I wonder why… Dems should be excited that a true forensic audit is going to happen, as this will validate their claim that this was the most secure election ever held for the most popular president ever elected. Right?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/arizona-senate-to-start-major-audit-of-2-1-million-2020-presidential-election-ballots_3780224.html

    “The Arizona Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, is ready to start a major audit of 2.1 million ballots for the 2020 presidential election, with the recount will be done by hand this time.

    The state Senate said in March they would be conducting a “broad and detailed” audit, adding that they will test voting machines, scan ballots, look for IT breaches, and perform a hand count.

    The state-issued subpoenas needed in order to execute the audit have been pending since mid-December and were ruled as valid (pdf) on Feb. 25.

    Since then, lawmakers have been working on the specifics for the audit. Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president, told Just the News that the audit process will commence during the next week.

    Fann said the state’s Republicans have faced “sabotage” by Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors and that the process has been hindered.

    “The Maricopa BOS has refused to allow us to perform the audit at their facilities,” Fann said, “and has gone so far as to refusing to even answer simple questions such as ‘how are the ballots sequestered?’”

    “It’s taken the Senate two and a half months to win in court to uphold our right to issue subpoenas for election materials and another 6 weeks of researching to select the audit team to perform the full forensic audit.”

    She said previously that their intention was “never about overturning the election, it was about the integrity of the Arizona election system.””

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  21. Looking at the Argentina story, I wonder if the abortion death could’ve been related to inexperience or poor training since abortions are a relatively new procedure there. She might have been better off visiting an “aunt” in Montevideo across the river in Uruguay. A trip like an Irish girl to Liverpool or Polish girl to Stockholm has been made by many Argentinian women before.

    The article states this was the first abortion related death since the law changed in December. There’s very little information on the abortion rate but its estimated to be around 500, 000 a year. so lets say 150, 000 abortions have been done so far this year. The death rate (for the mother) is roughly 0.75 per 100,000. (again the stats are not entirely reliable) The maternal death rate ie the death rate giving birth in Argentina is 39 per 100,000. Perhaps the latter is a stat they should improve — the odds are 40 times greater you will die giving birth than having an abortion.

    For comparison, the maternal death rate in the US is 19 per 100,000 and the abortion death rate is 0.6 per 100, 000. Just slightly less than the Argentina numbers. Canada’s maternal death rate is 10 per 100,000. The figures for death during abortion are broken up by when in the pregnancy it was terminated. The earlier the safer. With legal abortions, women generally have abortions earlier when the death rate is 0.3 per 100, 000. Just slightly less than the US ratio. I have to give Poland credit; with a near blanket prohibition on abortion they have made childbirth free and almost completely safe with the lowest maternal death rate in the world at 2 per 100,000 births. Besides working on legal changes to abortion laws, I wonder if the pro-life movement will advocate for similar laws as Poland in order to make child birth safe and free; ie make child birth a more attractive option.

    Note: the maternal death rate for African American women is about 42 per 100,000 and among Natives is about 32. On the other end of the scale the Hispanic rate is 11 and non Hispanic White is 13.

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  22. Maxine Waters is very irresponsible and a liar to boot. The Walmart, in the suburb my daughter lives in, is boarded up. They are hoping for the best, but not going to take any chances. It is a sad state of affairs.

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  23. HRW, there is no reliable way to measure deaths to mothers who undergo abortions (it’s not a very well regulated industry and there’s a lot of shame and secrecy involved), so any comparisons with death of mothers in childbirth is apples to oranges.

    It’s apples to oranges anyway, since childbirth usually results in a live child, and abortion usually results in a dead one. So childbirth is much safer in terms of mortality.

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