30 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-11-22

  1. Feel good story?

    Think again. Think it thru to it’s logical conclusion, this in the hands of a country’s enemies, and then not so much…

    “About those kill-switched Ukrainian tractors

    What John Deere did to Russian looters, anyone can do to farmers, anywhere.”

    https://doctorow.medium.com/about-those-kill-switched-ukrainian-tractors-bc93f471b9c8

    “Here’s a delicious story: CNN reports that Russian looters, collaborating with the Russian military, stole 27 pieces of John Deere farm equipment from a dealership in Melitopol, Ukraine, collectively valued at $5,000,000. The equipment was shipped to Chechnya, but it will avail the thieves naught, because the John Deere dealership reached out over the internet and bricked these tractors, using an in-built kill-switch.

    Since that story ran last week, I’ve lost track of the number of people who sent it to me. I can see why: it’s a perfect cyberpunk nugget: stolen tractors rendered inert by an over-the-air update, thwarting the bad guys. It could be the climax of a prescient novella in Asimov’s circa 1996.

    But I’m here to tell you: this is not a feel-good story.

    I mean, sure. In the short term, it’s really cool to think of those looters arriving in Chechnya only to discover that their looted tractors and combines and such are only good for spare parts (and maybe not even that).

    But if you scratch the surface of that cinematic comeuppance, what you find is a far scarier parable about the way that cyberwarfare could extrude itself into the physical world. After all, if John Deere’s authorized technicians can reach out and brick any tractor or combine, anywhere in the world, then anyone who suborns, hacks or blackmails a John Deere technician — say, Russia’s storied hacker army, who specialize in mass-scale infrastructure attacks, which they perfected by attacking Ukrainian embedded systems — can do the exact same thing.

    Why are John Deere tractors kill-switched in the first place?

    Here’s a hint: the technology was not invented to thwart Russian looters.

    No, it was invented to thwart American farmers.

    For most of John Deere’s history, it partnered with farmers on its technological development. I mean that literally: John Deere used to send engineers on the road to visit farms and learn how farmers had adapted their equipment, and then it would integrate those improvements into new models of its tractors.

    Farmers have been making, fixing and adapting their technology for millennia (literally)— farms have workshops and forges because when you’re at the end of a lonely country road and the storm is coming and you need to bring the crops in, you can’t go into town (or call the Deere dealership) to get a key piece of equipment repaired.

    But as John Deere went from just one of many ag-tech companies to a monopolist, its relationship to farmers was transformed. Deere perceived many opportunities to extract new sources of revenue from farmers.

    For example, they fitted out their tractors with clusters of new sensors: torque sensors on the wheels that measured soil density, humidity sensors on the undercarriages that measured soil moisture, and location sensors on the roof that plotted density and moisture on a centimeter-accurate grid.

    This information is very useful! Farmers can use it to practice “precision agriculture,” broadcasting their seed according to these maps to maximize yield.

    But Deere farmers can’t get that data — at least, not on its own. Deere bundled that data with an app that comes with seed from Monsanto (now Bayer), its preferred seed vendor. The farmers generated the data by plowing their fields with their tractors, but Deere took the position that the farmers weren’t the owners of that data —Deere was.”

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    You can see why some might view this as a bad thing….

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  2. The hypocrite appears to spread her hypocrisy to the commoners….

    She supports leftists protesting at the houses of conservative justices, but heaven forbid she be the target.

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  3. This is what’s known as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    And then the coward tried to hide it by going private…

    “The Catholic Church has taught for centuries the importance of tradition as a source of revelation from God. Yet the Catholic members of #SCOTUS have rejected the use of tradition/historical precedent as a tool of understanding law. Once tradition becomes useless then laws fails. https://t.co/0Ol7b1UNua

    — Fr. Bruce Wilkinson (@PadreInAtlanta) May 9, 2022″

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    His teachings are not his church’s teachings.

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  5. A winning argument for the midterms…..?

    No.

    “Trafalgar: Two-thirds of *Democrats* disapprove of protests at SCOTUS justice homes”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2022/05/10/trafalgar-two-thirds-of-democrats-disapprove-of-protests-at-scotus-justice-homes-n468313

    “When 76% of the American electorate agrees on anything, it’s usually best to get behind it when possible, and preferably ahead of it. Biden certainly had his opportunities to lead on this point, but he and Jen Psaki decided to take a pass until the heat got a little too much even from a friendly media industry.

    As one might surmise from this topline figure, opposition to the Ruth Sent Us targeting of Supreme Court justices has to be significantly bipartisan. But just how bipartisan is eye-popping:”

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  6. He thinks everyone is as stupid as his base, so he needs to explain it to you. You’re ungrateful and should be thanking him for how good you have it peasants.

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  7. Feel the unity… 🙄

    Or better yet, taste it instead… 😲

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  9. What do they have in common?

    Soros money and/or backing by his dark money front groups….

    “The Five Worst Prosecutors in America

    Inexperienced, contemptuous of the law, more concerned with criminal defendants than crime victims, and arrogant in the extreme: a wrecking crew for American cities.”

    https://www.city-journal.org/five-worst-prosecutors-america

    “In 1940, Attorney General Robert Jackson proclaimed, “While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.”

    There are more than just five bad prosecutors currently in office in the United States. But the following five prosecutors have earned notoriety as the worst in America based on vital criteria—public safety, fidelity to the rule of law, personal integrity, leadership, responsible innovations, community relations, office morale, and teamwork with other players in the criminal-justice system. (The list extends beyond just five individuals because some jurisdictions have suffered under the policies of multiple prosecutors.)

    Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore: Elected in 2014 as Baltimore state’s attorney, Mosby was one of the first prosecutors to campaign on a platform of de-prosecution, decarceration, and denouncing the police—indeed, the entire criminal-justice system—as racist. Once in office, she delivered on her promises. The results for Baltimore have been devastating. Homicides in the city shot up to 342 in her first year in office—a 38 percent increase—and have not dropped below 300 during any year of her tenure. Mosby has attacked the police relentlessly, including her attempt to prosecute six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, which resulted in no convictions and an ethics complaint against her. She refuses to prosecute entire categories of crimes, much to the dismay of Baltimore businesses. Mosby seems to have no substantive plans for the office, instead spending her time skipping work and traveling around the country, according to an inspector general’s report. Not surprisingly, Baltimore’s population has declined by 35,000 between 2010 and 2020, as residents continue to flee the violence-plagued city. A relentless publicity hound, Mosby has made her most recent media appearances to respond to her indictment by federal authorities for perjury. Charm City’s chief prosecutor has succeeded in offending the departing citizens of Baltimore, the business community, law enforcement, and other prosecutors. Her only remaining supporters appear to be the convicted criminals she treats so leniently—a club that she might join.

    Larry Krasner, Josh Shapiro, and Bill McSwain, Philadelphia: For the past five years, Philadelphia has experienced frightening increases in violence, topping out with a new record of 562 homicides in 2021. The skyrocketing violence can be traced to drug trafficking and felons carrying firearms. The three prosecutors who might have done something to protect Philadelphia have been asleep at the switch. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bill McSwain all share blame.

    Krasner shoulders the greatest responsibility. The George Soros-backed official never served as a prosecutor prior to his 2017 election, instead working as a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, usually battling with the police. As district attorney, Krasner succeeded in driving out the office’s experienced prosecutors and even alienating the prosecutors he recruited to join him. He is reluctant to prosecute and incarcerate even gun-toting felons. After Krasner claimed that “we don’t have a crisis of crime” in Philadelphia, despite mounting homicides, former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter called Krasner’s comments “some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments I have ever heard spoken by an elected official.” Instead of addressing the ongoing violence in Philadelphia, Krasner and his staff spent time posing for a fawning PBS series about what a great job the district attorney’s office is doing for the city. Multiple members of Krasner’s staff have gotten into legal hot water for their misconduct, including his victim-witness coordinator, convicted of stealing from a charity. Krasner’s campaign admitted to violating campaign-finance laws during each of his campaigns. Unsurprisingly, Krasner is the first Philadelphia district attorney in decades not to serve on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, instead withdrawing his office from the organization.

    But Krasner is not the only prosecutor with jurisdiction over Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who, like Krasner, never previously served as a prosecutor, can also prosecute drug dealers and felons in possession of firearms in the city. In fact, the Pennsylvania legislature specifically granted the attorney general’s office authority to prosecute gun crimes in Philadelphia in response to Krasner’s ineffectiveness. Instead of investigating and charging suspects in scores of gun and drug cases that Krasner wouldn’t prosecute, however, Shapiro meekly claimed that the new legislation “doesn’t change anything” and that his office would continue to coordinate with Krasner’s staff on prosecuting gun crimes. Shapiro, now a candidate for governor, had no interest in bucking Philadelphia’s progressive voters.

    The final prosecutor with jurisdiction over drug and gun crimes in Philadelphia is Donald Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain. McSwain often criticized Krasner for being soft on crime and criminals, but his own prosecutors have criticized him for using the office to fuel his political ambitions. Moreover, a review of Justice Department statistics reveals that under McSwain, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia has prosecuted the fewest cases per year in recent history. At its peak, the office charged more than 700 federal cases per year; under McSwain, it indicted only 470 cases in 2018 and a paltry 362 cases in 2020.

    Poor Philadelphia. So many prosecutors, so much violence. And none of them willing to put down the media microphone long enough to protect citizens.

    Kim Gardner, St. Louis: Another Soros-backed prosecutor, elected St. Louis Circuit Attorney in 2016, Kim Gardner refuses to prosecute many crimes. In 2019, she prosecuted only 1,641 of the 7,045 felony prosecutions sought by the St. Louis Police Department. During 2010, under her predecessor, 9,911 criminal cases were charged in St. Louis; by 2019, under Gardner, that had fallen to 6,425 criminal cases. Gardner justifies her de-prosecution philosophy as a response to what she believes is a racist criminal-justice system. Her office has seen more than 100 percent turnover, as line prosecutors quit in droves. When a prosecutor assigned to a homicide case was out on maternity leave, Gardner failed to appoint another prosecutor to handle the case, leading to multiple failures to appear for hearings related to the case and ultimate dismissal of the homicide charges. The judge on the case stated that Gardner’s office “essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes.” The prosecutor on maternity leave quit in disgust. Gardner has also alienated St. Louis police by filing a suit accusing them of a racist conspiracy to undermine her, a suit promptly dismissed. She has admitted to violating ethical rules in her prosecution of the former Missouri governor, which ended without a conviction. With felons not being prosecuted, experienced prosecutors leaving, and the police made into enemies, Gardner has ushered in the highest homicide rate in the history of St. Louis.

    Chesa Boudin, George Gascón, and Kamala Harris, San Francisco: San Francisco is an incredibly wealthy city with outstanding architecture and a rich tradition in the arts. How could it have arrived at its current lawless and chaotic state? It took years of work by a succession of bad prosecutors.”

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    A foreigner affecting the safety of Americans, but our govt is complicit in the scam, and the benefactors of his largesse…

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  10. They thought ending Trump’s presidency would be the end of it. But now the Dems and R establishment have been disabused of that notion. They built this…. 🙂

    And it’s ours now…. 🙂

    So RINOs can grow a spine, or go the way of the dinosaurs and the Whigs….

    “Liberalism gave us this hard new right

    The more power the left gains, the more obvious its failures become”

    https://spectatorworld.com/topic/liberalism-gave-hard-new-right/

    “The future of conservatism will look like Friedrich Nietzsche meets Beavis and Butt-Head if things continue the way they have been going. As bad as this might sound for the right, it portends much worse for the left. Liberal pieties will not stand a chance against that threat. And liberals have only themselves to blame for what the right is becoming.

    Conservatism draws its strength from four forces — Christianity; heartland patriotism; the philosophy of Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and the Founding Fathers; and revulsion against the left. Each of these provides a popular or intellectual base, or both,…”

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  11. Rules for the right, but not the same for the left….

    No bias here….

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  12. Uhhhh…..

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  13. The wheels of justice are moving ever so slowly… but at least they are moving.

    The Dems have seriously compromised all government agencies, including the FBI which needs to be charged with obstruction of justice!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/john-durham-says-fbi-intelligence-agencies-slowing-down-production-of-classified-materials_4459865.html

    “Special counsel John Durham on Tuesday filed court papers saying that the FBI and U.S. intelligence are slowly producing documents related to his case against Igor Danchenko, who prosecutors say lied to investigators about how he obtained information that later appeared in the controversial and discredited Steele dossier that was used against former President Donald Trump.

    Durham asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga (pdf) to set a new deadline for June 13 from May 13 to turn over classified materials to Danchenko’s attorneys. So far, most of the classified documents have been handed over to Danchenko’s lawyers, although Durham said that “recent world events continue to contribute to delays in the processing and production of classified discovery,” possibly referring to the Ukraine–Russia conflict.

    “In particular, some of the officials preparing and reviewing the documents at the FBI and intelligence agencies continue to be heavily engaged in matters related to overseas activities,” Durham wrote in the filing, adding that his team is “continuing to press the relevant authorities to produce documents in classified discovery as quickly as possible and on a rolling basis, and no later than the proposed deadline set forth below.”

    Danchenko, a Russian analyst, was indicted in November for lying to the FBI as it was investigating the alleged Trump–Russia collusion probe. Namely, he is accused of misleading FBI officials regarding the sources of information that he provided to former UK intelligence agency Christopher Steele as he was interviewed several times by bureau officials in 2017 while the agency was attempting to corroborate allegations in the Steele dossier.”

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  14. A long but worthwhile read on how the politics of the past few years have impacted the church.

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  15. ~ “When I first walked into the sanctuary at FloodGate (Church in Brighton, Mich.), I didn’t see a cross. But I did see American flags—lots of them.” ~

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  16. Not a fan of the monarchy but Prince Charles isn’t responsible for the speech from the throne. The speech from the throne is delivered by the monarch or the her representative (in Canada its the Governor-General) However, they do not write the speech nor do they endorse it. Its pure ceremony. The speech is written by the gov’t — ie Boris Johnson’s Conservative gov’t which of course is tone death.

    Mayor Lightfoot needs to read Supreme Court precedent. Protesting outside of somebody’s home is free speech. Back in the 90s the Supreme Court ruled that protesting in front of an abortion doctor’s home to be free speech. Ironically, this precedent allows protests in front of Supreme Court justice’s homes. Intimidation and threatening are, of course, against the law but saying you don’t like someone’s opinions or actions isn’t intimidation, its free speech.

    The Catholic Friar is correct; in Catholic canonical law tradition receives equal weight to revelation and scripture but its obviously a stretch to apply it to Roe vs Wade. 50 years is not a tradition. Moreover, the opinion of a celibate priest is rather ironic.

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  17. In Biden’s defense, the question was leading and a trap. The reporter essentially asked why does the public think you are too blame …. so the answer will obviously point to a mistake the public makes.

    In his tweets, Biden is referencing the Republican party platform which the Democrats claim will raise taxes on the middle class. Therefore, working Americans will be poorer under the Republican platform because they pay more taxes.

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  18. “Conservatism draws its strength from four forces — Christianity; heartland patriotism; the philosophy of Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and the Founding Fathers; and revulsion against the left.…”

    Modern conservatism was invented by Burke. Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers on the other hand are classical Liberals. The Trumpian portion of the Republican party is derived from a reaction to both Burke and Smith. Its cultural and philosophical basis has more in common with the ideas of the Catholic right which backed Mussolini and Franco than it does Burke. The Red Tory tradition in Canada is a good example of Burke’s ideas in action.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Tory

    Its when Republicans blame Biden for inflation that you can understand they are not free market liberals followers of Adam Smith rather a party that believes gov’t has an active role in the economy. Today’s inflation has nothing to do with Biden but rather market forces which are corrupted by near monopoly control of various sectors which allow for near record profits.

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  19. Banning abortion is not taking care of the nation’s children. Banning abortions ensures that there are children to care for. The shortage of baby formula is not Biden’s fault rather its the fault of the free market. If you blame Biden, you are suggesting the gov’t is responsible for providing for people’s needs. If you agree with the latter than you are further to the left than me. As for the party in power, the filibuster rule has led to an absence in legislative rule and its replacement by judicial and executive fiat. There’s no party in charge in America — McConnell ensured that.

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  20. The Atlantic loves hating on their supposed brethren. Like Schmidt, like Frum, like the other fraud you like to link to while reminding us he’s a brother, when he acts more like Judas.

    They’re frauds. Total and complete.

    They should be mocked openly for pretending they’re not at least half the problem, but I guess their 14 readers don’t get that. 2 sides and all….

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  21. Failure. 🙂

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  22. And before you take “Christian” advice from the Atlantic hacks, know who they are. Wolves pretending they’re sheep. NT grifters extraordinaire… I’ll not take lectures on civility from them or their ilk until they apologize for lying to the country and spreading false news for 4 years. I can’t believe anyone gives them any credibility.

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  23. Protesting outside of an abortionist’s home is not the same as protesting and threatening outside of the home of a conservative Supreme Court Justice. Not noticing the liberal Justice’s homes being bombarded.
    So how do “we” come up with 40 stinking billion dollars to send to Ukraine to secure their borders while our borders are being flooded by thousands daily and we don’t seem to be able to come up with a solution for our own security? And people actually believe all this money is going to go where it is “supposed” to go? Naw…not a chance!

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  24. Let’s try good faith dialogue debating the issues respectfully (as apposed to falling back on name-calling and personal, ad-hominem attacks).

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  25. OK, I’ll start. The article strikes home for many Christians who have watched the political landscape unfold (and unravel, frankly) in the past few years. We’ve heard and seen churches that have gone through this — so while the article is somewhat anecdotal in its examples, it has a definite ring of truth to those of us believers who have witnessed these trends.

    The world is watching and taking note; I wonder if this also might pull more believers, including younger Christians who (wisely) tend to recoil at this kind of church-and-politics overlap we’re seeing now, back into more liturgical churches as a result.

    Give me Scripture, hymns, the creeds and the catechisms, not a pastor going off on a irritable riff about what’s wrong with America.

    I’m grateful to be in a solid church but will confess I’ve heard echos of these overly politicized themes in various after-church conversations now and again. Covid especially emphasized those ideas and our session was quite divided at the time over the issues surrounding all of that. I’ve learned quickly how to turn the topic away from those overly-emotional conversations that seemed like they could turn too intense.

    The church can and does lose its way over these very secondary issues that sweep through out culture at times. We just need to always beware that we’re not losing our focus. Because that turns out to be pretty disastrous.

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  26. As Christians we can and should engage the wider culture, but always in a civil and respectful way. We don’t always live up to that, clearly, but it should always be our goal and be used as God’s measurement for our behavior.

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