19 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-19-22

  1. They feel your pain peasants….

    Oh wait, no… not at all.


    “White House Isn’t Paying Attention to Americans Getting Their Retirement Plans Wiped Out”


    “The stock market took a steep nosedive Wednesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by nearly 1200 points. Americans across the country are watching their retirement savings, specifically, 401k plans, get wiped out.

    “The Dow Jones Industrial Average headed for its biggest loss since 2020 on Wednesday after another major retailer warned of rising cost pressures, confirming investors’ worst fears over rising inflation and rekindling the brutal 2022 sell-off,” CNBC reports. “The Dow shed 1,164 points, or 3.6%, or the average’s biggest decline since October 2020. The S&P 500 traded 4% lower, the biggest drop since June 2020. The Nasdaq Composite slipped 4.6%, the largest fall in the tech-heavy index since May 5. The selling was broad and intense on Wall Street with just 13 members of the S&P 500 in the green.”

    When asked about the situation, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden and administration officials aren’t paying attention to the losses.”

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  2. Democrats, the originators of “The Great Replacement Theory…”

    So does this make them white racist nationalists as they claim it now does to the other side?



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  3. Good. 🙂

    “New York Redistricting Turns From Dem Triumph To Dem Washout

    Draft map proposed by court-appointed Special Master is a disaster for Democrats, including pitting two big Dems — Nadler and Maloney — against each other.”


    “A funny thing happened on the way to Democrats gerrymandering victory in New York State, a feat so bold and audacious Democrats bragged it was a “Master Class” on gerrymandering. Democrats, based solely on redrawing lines, were to pick up 3-4 additional congressional seats.

    But all the braggadocio was for naught when a New York State trial judge, then Appellate Division panel, then the Court of Appeals (the highest court in the state) threw out the Democrat maps as an unconstitutional political gerrymander. The Court of Appeals confirmed the trial judge’s decision to appoint a Special Master to propose a map. The Special Master has circulated his preliminary map, and like a tiger caught by the toe, Democrats are hollering.

    The NY Times reports, Court’s Redistricting Plan Erases Democratic House Gains in New York:

    On Monday, three weeks after the state’s highest court declared the Democrats’ map unconstitutional, it became clear just how spectacularly the party’s gambit had backfired.

    A new slate of new congressional districts unveiled by the courts on Monday could pave the way for Republicans to make gains in this year’s critical midterm elections, a disastrous reversal for Democrats in a state where they control every lever of power.

    The proposed maps, drawn by Jonathan R. Cervas, the court-appointed special master, would unwind changes that Democrats had hoped to use to unseat Representative Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican; flip other Republican-held swing districts; and secure their own tenuous seats in the Hudson Valley region.

    The new lines even cast the future of several long-tenured, powerful Democratic incumbents in doubt, forcing several to potentially run against one another.

    The most striking example came from New York City, where Mr. Cervas’s proposal pushed Representatives Jerrold Nadler, a stalwart Upper West Side liberal, and Carolyn Maloney of the Upper East Side into the same district, setting up a potentially explosive primary fight in the heart of Manhattan. Both lawmakers are in their 70s, have been in Congress for close to 30 years and lead powerful House committees.

    Representative Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a favorite to become the party’s next leader, was one of a handful of incumbent lawmakers who, under the new map, would no longer reside in the districts they represent. In one case, the new lines put Representative Brian Higgins mere steps outside his greater Buffalo district.

    Taken together, the proposed changes have broad national implications, effectively handing Republicans the upper hand in a national fight for control of the House, and rattling the top echelons of House Democratic leadership.

    Nadler and Maloney facing off. One will be gone by 2023. Sorry, not sorry.”

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  4. Clown show.

    “Printing errors mar mailed ballots in Oregon, Pennsylvania”


    “Printing mistakes will force local election officials in Pennsylvania and Oregon to redo thousands of mailed ballots, a laborious process that could delay results for some closely contested races in Tuesday’s primaries.

    In Pennsylvania, where GOP primaries for governor and U.S. Senate are drawing national attention, officials in Republican-leaning Lancaster County said the company that printed its mailed ballots included the wrong ID code, preventing scanning machines from being able to read them. The problem involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, only a third of which were scanning properly.

    The glitch will force election workers to hand-mark fresh ballots, a process expected to take several days. Officials in the county, the state’s sixth-most populous, pledged that all the ballots will be counted eventually.

    “Citizens deserve to have accurate results from elections and they deserve to have them on election night, not days later,” Josh Parsons, a Republican and vice chair of the county board of commissioners, said at a news conference. “But because of this, we’re not going to have final election results from these mail ballots for probably several days, so that is very, very frustrating to us.””

    Imagine how voters feel….

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  5. The end game for liberal communist authoritarians….

    “Ex-Fox Personality Wants to Throw Current Fox Personalities in Jail”


    “Former Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron joined MSNBC Deadline: White House on Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the mass shooting in Buffalo by a white supremacist. According to Cameron, it is time to consider throwing certain, current Fox personalities in jail.

    Host Nicolle Wallace struggled with reconciling the fact that the shooter alone is responsible for his actions and her dislike of Tucker Carlson, “Carl Cameron, I want to start with you and I want to ask you what goes on? I mean, obviously a mass shooter is responsible for the violence and the heinous acts that the mass shooter committed. It is also true that the ideology left in the mass shooter’s screed mirrors the ideology championed by Tucker Carlson. What happens at Fox News when something like this happens?”

    Cameron claimed such questions are why he left, “I can’t even imagine. That’s partly why I ended up getting out of there.”

    Taking things way beyond eleven, Cameron then suggested some people on Fox, presumably including Carlson, need to go to jail:

    It’s, it really is kind of horrible to think that journalists with national and international capacity are putting together this type of nonsense. I think the president did a great job. I wish he had done a lot of this a lot sooner, and we need a lot more from the left and the middle, and we got to watch out because the Republicans have become the purveyors of misinformation, and when our two-party system is broken like that, democracy is seriously in trouble. The president acknowledged that. It’s time to actually start doing things and maybe taking some names and putting people in jail. ”


    It’s called the 1st Amendment comrade, and it’s a thing…. 🤡

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  6. Sick and evil.


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  7. Biden’s human trafficking invasion continues.

    But don’t you dare call it Replacement Theory…

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  8. Once again, we have 2 systems of justice.

    Just depends which side appointed the presiding judge….

    “Tale of two trials: How Sussmann is receiving every consideration denied to Flynn”


    “The criminal trial of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann began this week with a telling warning from prosecutors to the D.C. jury: “Whatever your political views might be, they cannot be brought to your decisions.” The opening statement by Deborah Brittain Shaw reflected the curious profile of the Sussmann case. Prosecutors ordinarily have a massive advantage with juries despite the presumption of innocence. When pleas are counted, federal prosecutors can report as high as 95 percent conviction rates. However, with Sussmann, prosecutors clearly have concerns over whether they, rather than the defendant, will get a fair trial.

    Sussman’s trial for allegedly lying to the FBI is being heard in the same District of Columbia federal courthouse where former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and others faced the very same charge brought by another special counsel.

    The cases, however, could not be more different.

    Whereas Flynn’s prosecution was a no-holds-barred affair, Sussmann’s prosecution has been undermined by a series of unfavorable rulings by the court. Special prosecutor John Durham still may be able to eke out a conviction, but the difference in the treatment of Trump and Clinton associates is striking.

    Sussmann is charged under 18 U.S.C. 1001 with lying to the FBI during a meeting with then-FBI general counsel James Baker when he came forward with what he claimed was evidence of possible covert communications between the Trump organization and Alfa, a Russian bank. Sussmann allegedly concealed that he was representing the Clinton campaign, which he billed for his efforts.

    Shaw told the jury that the FBI “should not be used as a political tool for anyone – not Republicans. Not Democrats. Not anyone.” She then added that the jurors themselves should not use this trial for their own political judgments.

    Looking at the jury box, one can understand Shaw’s unease. During jury selection, one juror admitted he was a Clinton donor and could only promise to “strive for impartiality as best I can.” Prosecutors objected to his being seated, but Judge Christopher Cooper overruled them.

    In another exchange, a former bartender and donor to far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was told by a Sussmann defense lawyer that neither Clinton nor Trump were on trial and then asked if she could be impartial. She responded, “Yes, knowing that” — which might suggest she would not be impartial if the campaigns were part of the trial.

    Other jurors include a woman who said she thought she was a Clinton donor but could not remember; a juror whose husband worked for the Clinton 2008 campaign; and a juror who believes the legal system is racist and police departments should be defunded.

    To be sure, D.C. voters chose Clinton over Trump in 2016 by a breathtaking margin: 90.9 percent to 4.1 percent. While liberal and Democratic jurors still can be fair and impartial, Judge Cooper has seated a couple jurors who seemed to struggle with the concept of impartiality.

    The most notable aspect of the trial is what will be missing: context. Durham contends that Sussmann was no rogue lawyer. After the Mueller investigation, Durham’s team revealed information about how people affiliated with the Clinton campaign allegedly funded, developed and spread the false collusion claim.

    On July 28, 2016, then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s alleged plan to tie Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” Obama reportedly was told how Clinton allegedly approved “a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” That was three days before the FBI’s collusion investigation was initiated.

    This appears to have been an all-Washington effort assisted by key figures associated with a liberal think tank, Democratic members of Congress, and allies in the media. However, it was the role of lawyers like Sussmann that attracted Durham’s interest.

    Durham contends that, in addition to allegedly lying to Baker during their meeting, Sussmann sent a text message to Baker the night before the meeting, reading: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

    Notably, the campaign’s law firm was accused by some journalists of hiding the campaign’s role in financing the infamous Steele dossier, which provided the basis for the collusion story. (The Federal Election Commission recently fined the campaign for using the firm to hide those payments.) The Durham team argued that Sussmann’s alleged lying to the FBI was not just some passing omission but a knowing pattern of deceit. That is why one of the first witnesses expected to be called by the prosecution was Marc Elias, Sussmann’s former law partner and the Clinton campaign’s general counsel. Elias is not charged with any crime, but at least one reporter has claimed Elias denied the campaign’s connection to the Steele dossier.

    Judge Cooper has stressed that this trial cannot be about the Clinton campaign per se, but the specific lie that was told. He specifically barred Durham from arguing that there was a “joint venture” in deception with the Clinton campaign. The judge sharply limited the evidence that Durham can present which, in the words of Politico, “spares the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee … potential embarrassment.” ”


    All judges are not fair and equal, and neither are their rulings.

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  9. “The left doesn’t think women can do it all

    Their rhetoric on abortion has become downright dystopian”


    “Americans just got a window into why the left holds the “right” to an abortion to be so sacrosanct. During an exchange between Senator Tim Scott and Treasury secretary Janet Yellen, Yellen told Scott, “What we are talking about is whether or not women will have the ability to regulate their reproductive situation in ways that will enable them to plan lives that are fulfilling and satisfying for them. One aspect of a satisfying life is being able to feel you have the financial resources to raise a child.”

    What message does that send to young women? That money, not starting a family, is how one lives a life that is fulfilling and satisfying. That one cannot lead a life that is meaningful with a burden, er, baby.

    Last week, half a dozen “Handmaids” showed up at the home of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to protest her presumed vote to strike down Roe v. Wade, which could come at any time. No doubt they agree with Yellen’s assessment of how catastrophic an unintended pregnancy can be in the lives of women. And not just an unintended pregnancy, but motherhood in general.

    Of all the places for a bunch of Handmaids to show up, the Barrett household, home to five biological children and two adoptive children, is an ironic choice. The entire message of the pro-choice movement is that success and fulfillment are incompatible with motherhood. That’s news to a Supreme Court justice who took the bench while still mothering young kids.

    During the exchange, Yellen explained the necessity for abortion for those who are poor. “It means the child will grow up in poverty and do worse themselves,” she said. Scott then unforgettably replied, “As a guy raised by a black woman in abject poverty, I’m thankful to be here as a United States senator.”

    As the adoptive mother of two beloved black children, you might imagine how Justice Barrett feels about Yellen’s argument.

    Yet it is the progressive left’s vision of Roe, not our yearning for a post-Roe America, that is truly the Handmaid’s tale. In the progressive imagination, women like Justice Barrett do not and cannot exist. In their imagination, women are incapable of doing it all, delighting in motherhood (especially of a large number of children as Justice Barrett does), and working in a demanding career.

    During her conversation with Scott, Yellen made the argument for abortion in candid and craven economic terms. She explained, “Roe v. Wade and access to reproductive health care, including abortion, helped lead to increased labor force participation. It enabled many women to finish school. That increased their earning potential. It allowed women to plan and balance their families and careers.”

    This is a truly dystopian argument, rivaling that of Gilead, the land in which Margaret Atwood’s famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is set. Women have to abort their children because they will be more able to participate in the economy if unencumbered by childcare responsibilities.

    Harvard recently released findings of an almost eighty-year study on how to live a healthy and satisfied life. The results might surprise those like Yellen; it turns out more “workforce participation” isn’t a driving force. Instead, researchers explained:

    Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes. That finding proved true across the board among both the Harvard men and the inner-city participants.”

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  10. Government creates a crisis, then comes up with the same old solution – spend more money.

    So we’re going to spend money that we don’t have, to correct a problem that we created… by spending money we don’t have?

    They aim to destroy our standard of living; undermine our sovereignty, our economy, and the rule of law. In short… destroy the USA. They’re breaking us down… to replace the Constitution more quickly.


    “Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the United States will be offering $215 million in emergency assistance to ease worldwide food shortages, worsened by the Ukraine war and resulting supply chain disruptions.

    “Today, given the urgency of the crisis, we’re announcing another $215 million in new emergency food assistance. And we’ll do much more. We expect our Congress very soon to approve approximately $5.5 billion in additional funding for humanitarian assistance and food security,” Blinken said at the Food Security Ministerial in the United Nations headquarters.”

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  11. https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-borrowing-money-from-china-to-fund-ukraine-sen-rand-paul_4475717.html

    “The United States can’t afford to send money to Ukraine without borrowing from China and taking on more debt to finance its obligations, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a May 18 interview on the Breitbart News Daily Podcast.

    On May 16, a bipartisan majority of U.S. senators voted to advance a $40 billion Ukraine aid package over an earlier objection from Paul. The Senate is on track for final consideration of the bill sometime later this week and is expected to pass the legislation.

    “I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send. I mean, we have to borrow the money from China to send it to Ukraine,” Paul explained. “And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that and understand it when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like, ‘Well, we can borrow that. That’s a justified borrowing.’”

    Currently, the U.S. national debt is inching toward $30.5 trillion, with annual federal spending outpacing annual federal revenue by over $2 trillion. To continue to fund obligations appropriated by Congress, the United States has to take on debt, much of which is purchased by Chinese buyers.”

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  12. Let’s just give more money to the idiots that created the problem.

    Sure, that’ll work….

    Note how they continue to blame Abbott for their failures. The Abbott facility was never responsible for the problem in the first place. But the feds shut down the largest production plant in the US anyway, and now there’s a shortage. Sure, more money will work….

    “House Democrats introduce $28 million bill to address baby formula shortage”


    “House Democrats on Tuesday introduced legislation to provide an additional $28 million to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help address the baby formula shortage affecting families across the country.

    The supplemental appropriations bill from Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, would provide resources to keep fraudulent formula products from making their way onto store shelves and helps acquire better data on the formula marketplace. It would also fund the balance of needed FDA activities, bolster the workforce focused on formula issues and boost FDA inspection staff, according to the committee.

    “The stories of mothers and fathers struggling to find formula and the images of empty store shelves are heartbreaking,” DeLauro said in a statement. “Parents and caretakers across the country cannot wait — they need our support now.”

    DeLauro said the measure takes steps to restore the supply of infant formula in a “safe and secure manner,” and the additional money will help the FDA prevent future shortages.

    “While we know we have more work to do to get to the bottom of serious safety concerns at an Abbott facility and the FDA’s failure to address them with any sense of urgency, this bill is the first step to help restock shelves and end this shortage,” she said.

    The $28 million proposal is Congress’ first legislative step toward alleviating the baby formula shortage since headlines about empty store shelves began dominating the news earlier this month, though the White House has asserted it’s been working to address the issue for “months.””


    They always need a scapegoat for their own malfeasance….

    “Biden’s FDA Has Reportedly Not Proven Any Babies Died From Baby Formula”


    “President Joe Biden’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have directly contributed to the ongoing nationwide baby formula shortage without proving any babies died from baby formula.

    The FDA announced Feb. 17 that a major Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan, responsible for producing massive quantities of baby formula, was under investigation for links to bacterial outbreaks, including salmonella. The agency helped Abbott initiate a recall of its baby formula. Yet neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor the FDA have been able to prove that any babies got sick from Abbott’s formula, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

    There were two types of infections initially reported to the FDA, and linked back to the Abbott facility: Cronobacter sakazakii and salmonella. FDA inspectors found bacteria at the Abbott plant, but the company has strongly denied that it’s actually responsible for the reported infections, according to the outlet.

    The company claims the evidence is on their side. The places at the facility where FDA inspectors found bacteria were not in contact with formula products, and genetic tests performed by the CDC determined that the cronobacter strains in the facility did not match those which caused the infections, according to The WSJ, citing Abbott.

    That hasn’t stopped the Biden administration from blaming Abbott for the shortage. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the cause of the shortage was not anything to do with the Biden administration, but was caused by Abbott making “unsafe” baby formula. “

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  13. Biden’s FDA built this crisis, so Joe and Dems just reward the bureaucracy for their incompetence.


    “The FDA shuttered the plant in February after four infants became sick and Abbott issued a formula recall.

    On Monday, the Justice Department got involved.

    The feds filed a complaint and a proposed consent decree that would allow the plant to reopen but would require Abbott to take specific actions to ensure safety and compliance with FDA regulations.

    “The actions we are announcing today will help to safely increase the supply of baby formula for families,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said while announcing a complaint filed in federal court in Michigan. “The Justice Department will vigorously enforce the laws ensuring the safety of our food and other essential consumer products, and we will work alongside our partners across government to help make sure those products are available to the American people.”

    The closure has led to a widespread shortage of some of the most popular and most specialized brands of infant formula.

    “There were babies who died from taking this formula, so they were doing their jobs,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week in a final appearance at the podium before leaving the Biden administration.

    Her replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre, kept the focus on Abbott. “We cannot forget how we got here,” she said. “Abbott closed the facility because of safety concerns from the FDA.”

    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also blamed the company, not the supply chain slowdowns. He told CBS News, “Fundamentally, we are here because a company was not able to guarantee that its plant was safe.”

    Abbott, however, said it found no evidence linking the Sturgis plant to the formula consumed by the sickened infants, and the company said it implemented all the corrective measures sought by the FDA weeks ago after a lengthy inspection.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month closed its investigation into the infant illnesses linked to the powdered formula, but the FDA is keeping the facility closed. Production was halted on all but a limited number of formula cans for babies with emergency needs. The agency said it is requiring Abbott to expand testing protocols to ensure no contaminated baby formula leaves the plant.

    Democrats have been under tremendous pressure to alleviate the shortage. Republicans have been hammering the party over empty store shelves and for neglecting panicked parents while allowing pallets of formula bought by the federal government to be shipped to the southern border to feed the children of illegal immigrants.

    As pressure has mounted on the Biden administration, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf told NBC News that it was “entirely within the realm of possibility” that Abbott would be able to fully reopen the Sturgis plant under a two-week plan submitted to the FDA by company officials.

    Abbott officials said it would take an additional six to eight weeks to get the formula back on store shelves after the FDA clears the company to open.

    Abbott denies responsibility for infant illnesses and deaths.

    Company officials said the particular strain of Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria that made the infants ill was not found in their plant after an FDA and company investigation.

    “The Cronobacter sakazakii that was found in environmental testing during the investigation was in non-product contact areas of the facility and has not been linked to any known infant illness,” Abbott officials said in a statement. “Genetic sequencing on the two available samples from ill infants did not match strains of Cronobacter in our plant. Samples from ill infants did not match each other, meaning there was no connection between the two cases.”

    Abbott officials said an open container of formula in one of the infant’s homes tested positive for Cronobacter but did not match strains detected in the Abbott plant.

    Among the four infants who became ill, two died, but the FDA did not directly blame the bacteria. Cronobacter, an FDA statement said, “may have contributed to the cause of death for both patients.””

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