26 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-25-22

  1. All this drama and warnings, yet this disease is only really contagious if you are doing nasty things.

    So don’t do nasty things.



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  2. Mission Accomplished.

    “How To Erode the World’s Greatest Military

    Alienating half the country is not a wise strategy of military recruitment.”


    “The U.S. Army has met only 40 percent of its 2022 recruiting goals.

    In fact, all branches of the military are facing historic resistance to their current recruiting efforts. If some solution is not found quickly, the armed forces will radically shrink or be forced to lower standards—or both.

    Such a crisis occurs importunely as an aggressive Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea believe the Biden Administration and the Pentagon have lost traditional U.S. deterrence.

    That pessimistic view abroad unfortunately is now shared by many Americans at home. In 2021, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute conducted its periodic poll of attitudes toward the U.S. military. The result was astonishing. Currently, only 45 percent of Americans polled expressed a great deal of trust in their armed forces. Confidence had dived 25 points since an early 2018 poll.

    Military officials cite both the usual and a new array of challenges in finding suitable young soldiers—drug use, gang affiliation, physical and mental incapacities, and the dislocations arising from the COVID pandemic and vaccination mandates. But they are too quiet about why such supposedly longer-term obstacles suddenly coalesced in 2022—as if their own leadership and policies have had no effect in discouraging tens of thousands of young men and women to join them.

    The Greatest Skedaddle in Modern American History
    A year ago, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley were assuring the country not to worry over Joe Biden’s strange ideas of abruptly pulling out all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The radical step was purportedly to coincide with Biden’s planned 20-year celebratory event marking his role in ensuring an iconic end of the war on terror that began on September 11, 2001.

    What followed was the worst U.S. military humiliation since Pearl Harbor.

    U.S. forces abandoned hundreds if not thousands of American contractors and loyal Afghan employees, a $1 billion embassy, a huge $300 million refitted air base, and reportedly somewhere between $60-80 billion in military equipment and infrastructure. That sum was nearly double all the current military assistance sent to Ukraine.

    Thirteen Americans were murdered by terrorists during the chaotic flight. In response, the United States mistakenly blew up 10 innocent Afghans after misidentifying them as ISIS terrorists. The horrific scenes at the Kabul airport surpassed the 1975 catastrophic ending of the Vietnam War on the U.S. embassy roof.

    The global aftermath was eerie. Russia in a few months thereafter invaded Ukraine. Iran proudly announced it would soon have enough fissionable material to make a nuclear weapon. North Korea resumed its provocative missile launches. China openly talked of storming Taiwan.

    The common denominator was the global perception that any president and military responsible for such colossal, televised incompetence would or could neither deter enemy aggression nor protect allied interests.

    In response, widely reported furor arose among the ranks of some American officers and the enlisted. Mid-level officers especially claimed they were ignored after warning that the abrupt withdrawal was suicidal, that Pentagon grandees were lying about the dire facts on the grounds in efforts to lubricate the Biden agenda, and that thousands of Americans and loyal Afghans would be cast adrift, along with our NATO allies.

    The shame of defeat and the cloud of incompetence from Afghanistan has continued to harm recruitment efforts of the military. “

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  3. We saw last time around that loyalty matters. Too many traitors and double agents were kept on in the last go ’round. It’s good to have a plan to combat that this time. 🙂

    Plus milquetoast Republicans, NTers, and Democrats will hate it. 🙂

    Double bonus!

    “Trump World Plan To Gut The Federal Bureaucracy Of Leftists, Revealed In Axios Report

    “They intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.””


    “Too good to check.

    Writes Kaylee McGhee White:

    “I’m….very on board with this””

    The “this” is an article by Jonathan Swain at Axios detailing expansive preparations for Trump World to ideologically gut the federal bureaucracy if Republicans regain control of the House and Senate, and most importantly, the presidency.

    While the Axios article, and a piece based on it by The Daily Mail, presume Trump would be that president, the plan as laid out is not dependent on Trump the individual. It’s a Trump World plan that would start in January 2023 in the Congressional bureaucracy, and could be implemented in the executive branch starting in January 2025 by any willing Republican president.

    Read the whole article, it’s quite detailed and expansive in its coverage, A radical plan for Trump’s second term:

    Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his “America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.”

    “The article goes into several other groups working on different aspects of identifying personnel before an election win, whether congressional or presidential. In other words, what Democrats do so well. They have lists of staffers ready to go, and adminisrators ready to be put in the bureaucracy as soon as a Democrat wins the presidency. That’s what Trump did not have in 2016.

    The article ends with a result that — to me — is not reliant on Trump, but is reliant on Trumpism/America Firstism:

    One uniting theme connects all of these disparate groups: fealty, to Trump himself or his “America First” ideology.

    Now, they are functioning as a series of task forces for a possible Trump administration. They are rookeries for former Trump staff. They are breeding grounds for a new wave of right-wing personnel to run the U.S. government.

    Part 2 of Swan’s investigation was just released, Trump’s revenge, which goes into more detail on Schedule F firings, but is less interesting.

    The reaction has been, well, predictable, Building An Organization For A Fascist Takeover– Right Under The Nose Of Biden’s Pathetic DOJ and Donald Trump’s new plan to completely destroy America.

    In reality, Trump World is simply doing what Democrats always do – preparing to gut the bureaucracy and install your own people. The horrors!

    What she said.”

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  4. But no mean tweets, right?


    “Hourly earnings at ‘steepest’ decline in four decades, BLS report shows”


    “Sky-high inflation, which has just been reported at 9.1%, is causing the sharpest real wage decline in decades.

    Even with the presence of a strong job market, workers in Georgia and across the nation are finding themselves financially worse off with each month that passes as consumer sentiment quickly falls.

    “REAL (inflation-adjusted) hourly earnings DECLINED at the steepest in four decades in June,” Joel Griffith, Heritage Foundation research fellow and economist, wrote in a tweet July 14. “For a couple earning $100,000 last year, this is a $3,600 pay cut in 2022.”

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported July 13, real average hourly earnings decreased 3.6%, seasonally adjusted, from June 2021 to June 2022, and decreased 1% from May to June.

    This comes as the BLS released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the 12 months ending June 2022 last week. The data showed a 9.1% all items annual increase, representing a 1.3% climb in June and a new four-decade high. The largest contributor was the increase in the index for gasoline, followed by the food and shelter indexes.

    After subtracting CPI inflation, the average pay for non-managerial workers was down 2.7% over the last 12 months— the steepest drop since 1980 (except for a single month at the start of the pandemic, when data was distorted), according to an Axios report.

    Average hourly earnings for private-sector workers are up 2.2% since December 2021, the report stated. Consumer prices also rose 5.4% during that period.

    Consumer sentiment in June was reported at an all-time low. According to the University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers results, June saw a -41.5% year-over-year change in the Index of Consumer Sentiment. The Index also saw a -14.4% change from May to June.”

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  5. 100+ acts of violence.

    And the DoJ does nothing about it, because this is their boss’s base. They only prosecute Republicans.


    “Since the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that eventually led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, America has endured a “Summer of Rage.” The wave demonstrations saw protesters going far beyond simply donning “Handmaid’s Tale” bonnets and gathering around the Supreme Court. There have been dozens of acts of violence, destruction, and harassment aimed at intimidating anti-abortion Christians and conservatives. In this series of articles, we will identify key players, organizations, and locations in this radical movement. We will also explain elements of the interconnected system that provides organizational and/or financial support for this radical agenda.”

    According to data compiled by the Family Research Council, there have been more than 100 attacks against pro-life groups nationwide since the beginning of May, many of which have been attributed to Jane’s Revenge, a far-left militant group that has taken credit for much of the violence.

    Jane’s Revenge has garnered support from networks of leftwing activists, particularly those tied to the Madison, Wisconsin area. Just two days before the first Molotov cocktail attack on Wisconsin Family Action on May 8, 2022, the Facebook page of a group called International Workers of the World (IWW) of Madison Wisconsin posted a history of the Jane Collective, the 1960s pro-abortion group from which Jane’s Revenge takes its name.

    Last year, the IWW Madison shared posts promoting violent behavior, including:

    A primer on how to fight “state oppression” by protesting and evading law enforcement.
    A reminder to “always assume that law enforcement or other fascists and hostile actors could be within earshot. Avoid gossip, speculation, and joking about anyone’s alleged participation in any criminalized activity.”
    An ominous photo warning that “Snitches Get Stitches.”
    The attack on Wisconsin Family Action drew statements of support from other radical groups in Madison. A group calling themselves Unnamed Autonomous Collective published a statement lauding the attack and calling for more:

    We joyously support militant action that destroys the records, servers, clipboards, and desks used to organize the vile workings of Wisconsin Family Action. This action, and others like it, bring the consequences of the fascists’ actions back to their doorstep. It assesses a monetary and psychological cost for their ongoing campaign of violence, and serves to inspire others to act.

    The group doubled-down several weeks later in a post stating, “We, a group of Madison anarchists, joyously support militant Action that targets the ability of fascists to organize, lobby or enact their violence.””

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  6. They should, most won’t.

    “States must stand up against the Biden takeover of elections

    ‘Bidenbucks’ are being used to run up the tally of Democrat voters prior to the midterms”


    “Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated Independence Day, a day to remember our national values of freedom and self-governance. But while families everywhere were firing up the grill and watching firework displays, few realized that a government-sponsored attempt to undermine our free and fair elections was already underfoot.

    President Biden’s agenda — to infiltrate state-run elections with a bureaucratic “get-out-the-vote” scheme — came about last year when he issued Executive Order 14019. The unprecedented executive order, which directs federal agencies to adopt and execute plans to expand voter registration and voter participation, contained few details, but left little to the imagination. An administration seeking to stop the anticipated red wave in November would do well to have a Democrat get-out-the-vote campaign at every intersection the federal government has with American citizens.

    There’s only one problem with this plan: It’s unconstitutional.

    Shortly after the Biden administration announced the “Promoting Access to Voting” executive order, the Foundation for Government Accountability sent multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to executive branch agencies to learn more about how they planned to comply with the directive to partner with third-party organizations to interfere with state-run elections. Those requests went unanswered, and now it’s up to the courts to compel the Department of Justice to respond. Based on the ruling issued on July 12 in FGA’s lawsuit, in which the court commanded DOJ to provide, prior to the midterm elections, the documents we have requested, it looks like that is exactly what the court intends to do.

    Our concern that the executive order is a federally funded attempt at driving out the Democrat vote is not unfounded. Just two years ago, we witnessed privately coordinated interference in our elections through the use of “Zuckerbucks.” These dollars were primarily supplied by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and were supposed to assist state and local election officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet suspiciously, Zuckerbucks were concentrated in counties that went for then-candidate Biden.

    And now, it’s “Bidenbucks.”

    Already, multiple federal agencies have laid out plans to use Bidenbucks to transform their offices into voter registration agencies or VRAs. The Department of Labor, for one, announced its plans to designate 2,300 American Job Centers as VRAs. The U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development has also unveiled plans to designate Public Housing Agencies as VRAs, even though they had previously stated they were barred from participating in such activities.

    Ignoring the fact that presidential use of taxpayer dollars to run up the tally of Democrat voters is wildly unethical, this process of designating additional VRAs is also illegal. VRAs are authorized under the National Voter Registration Act, which expressly grants states the power to designate additional VRAs. If Mr. Biden wants federal agencies to become coercive centers that exchange public handouts for partisan votes, the very least he can do is run that change through Congress.

    We’ve spent a great portion of our careers seeking to hold governments accountable, both as public officials and private citizens. And this underhanded attempt to use taxpayer dollars to influence our elections is an administrative power grab unlike anything we’ve ever seen. That’s why we’re calling on state policymakers to act now to prevent Bidenbucks from influencing our elections.

    States can order state agencies to ignore federal guidance about VRAs and pass legislation barring state agencies from seeking to become VRAs. Additionally, states can increase their oversight over federal guidance relating to election activities, as well as increase their oversight over federal funding for the administration of elections.”

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  7. Changing the meaning of words….

    Just in time to “save” Joe…..

    Sure, that’ll work…. 🙄



    “The White House is prepping the battlefield for next Thursday’s Commerce Department
    estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth or contraction. Students of ancient history may recall that real GDP decreased at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to the most recent estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. A second quarter of contraction would suggest that we are in a recession (a “full-employment recession,” according to James Piereson).

    Anticipating that the estimate will show contraction, the White House Council of Economic Advisers seeks to deter use of the term “recession” by the Democrats’ mainstream media adjunct.”


    And of course, the lapdog media will play along.

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  8. “White House Changing the Definition of Recession Ahead of Possible Dismal Economic Report

    Um, what: “both official determinations of recessions and economists’ assessment of economic activity are based on a holistic look at the data.””


    “The left excels at changing definitions when it suits them.

    We expect a dismal economic report this week. We expect another report with a falling Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which shows the state of our economy.

    The definition of GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce:

    The value of the goods and services produced in the United States is the gross domestic product. The percentage that GDP grew (or shrank) from one period to another is an important way for Americans to gauge how their economy is doing. The United States’ GDP is also watched around the world as an economic barometer.

    The consensus is that a recession is when we have “two consecutive quarters of negative growth.”

    The first quarter of 2022 saw America’s GDP shrink “at an annual pace of 1.6%.” This was in the “third and final revision by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.”

    If America had negative growth in the second quarter, we would be in a recession. That is not good news.

    The White House and Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen are trying to get ahead of the report by changing the definition of recession.

    White House Council of Economics chair Cecilia Rouse and member Jared Bernstein tried to explain how economists determine a recession with a bunch of mumbo jumbo. I had a hard time getting past their insistence that “both official determinations of recessions and economists’ assessment of economic activity are based on a holistic look at the data.” That was only the second line.

    But read that again.

    “Holistic look at the date.” What is that?! What does that mean?
    In other words, they get to decide what a recession means. They can make the report as pretty and happy as they want to, even if it’s an awful report.

    Wait, it gets better. Rouse and Bernstein tried to use the recession definition from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)to strengthen their argument.

    Except…the definition matches the consensus. The definition voids their argument:”


    This is how they tell you we’re in a recession without telling you we’re in a recession.

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  9. Wow.


    The media will continue to ignore it.

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  10. It’s what America deserves. 🙂



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  11. Injustice.

    And after 18 months in prison, and a trip to the poor house, many are pleading guilty just to get sentenced and released. They’ve destroyed these people for petty crimes at best.

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  12. Loyalty pledges mean nothing to NT RINO’s. They call for party loyalty, and then don’t keep their word when they lose.


  13. Any complaints about lack of Republican input in the Jan 6th cmttee should be directed to McCarthy and McConnell – they withdrew their nominees for the cmtte because Pelosi wouldnt accept Jordan due to conflict of interest. She accepted 4 of the 6 nominees, but they were withdrawn. And now Repunlicans complain….and the very fact they are upset about the findings and presentation of the Jan 6th cmtee is precisely because it is having an effect.

    Politizing the bureaucracy is never a good idea. Political parties have always allowed a certain amount of nepotism and favouritism but competency is also required. More importantly, adherence to a leader and/or an ideology was not outlined in any master plan. Once you demand adherence to the leader and his ideology you run into problems. Mass potlical parties including the Republicans are “big tent” and ideological rigidity doesn’t exist, hence, nepotism is not the same as ideological adherance and leader loyalty.

    I find it interesting that even Republicans admit that encouraging voter participation and registration favors the Democratic party. They know they have a more limited mass appeal and need to limit the vote plus gerrymander. The entire article assumed that those who would register because of Biden’s initiative will vote Democrat. Doesn’t say much for their belief in their own party’s platform and its appeal.


  14. Declining enrollment has several reasons – demographics, constant overseas warfare, obesity, diabetes, apathy, urbanization, criminal records (the rate of criminal records and arrests in the US is astounding), etc. The rushed exit from Afghanistan is probably not one of them. Russia faces similar problems – demographics, westward inclination of the youth, low educated, criminal behaviour, alcoholism etc. Any Russian youth with money is leaving to avoid conscription.

    Countries especially the US tend to view world events as if they are a central actor. Viewing the Afghan exit in this manner, you might try to create correlation and even causation with later events elsewhere. However, it doesn’t exist. Russia for example has been active in a low level war with Ukraine since 2014. It’s highly unlikely that it escalated because the US left Afghanistan in a messy fashion. There are far more factors to consider and none of them have anything to do with the US. For example; Russia misjudged the level of Ukrainian nationalism, Ukraine continued to chase membership in the EU and was looking westward, Russian nationalism sees eastern Ukraine as Russian, on a personal level, Putin is aging and he wants leave a legacy of making Russia great again — ie restoring the Russian empier, etc. Putin also misjudge the Western response — he did not think the sanctions would be this harsh especially the refusal of many to buy his oil leading to higher prices and inflation in the western world. The Russians did not think the West would sacrifice their economies for Ukraine. However, the Europeans do view the conflict as one between Enlightenment values and the European project vs authoritarianism and nationalism and are willing to risk economic problems.


  15. Correct me if I’m wrong but for the federal DOJ to be involved does a criminal offense have to involve more than one state. The abortion article seems to be all about Madison, Wisconsin — shouldn’t that be a criminal matter for the local police.

    The political leanings of the community should not be a factor in a criminal trial or change of venue. By asking for a change of venue based on this reasoning, the defendant is admitting that his/her actions are political which could change the nature of charges. If all you did was “unlawful parading” plead guilty and don’t get political.

    Destroying people for petty crimes is the American way of justice – in the US roughly the same number of people have BA than have a criminal arrest record. Those who are poor prior to arrest suffer the most, not being able to raise bail, they are stuck in jail until they compromise and plead guilty for time served. Even if you are not guilty, if you’re poor pleading guilty is the easier way out. It’s way too easy to get a criminal record in the US (and even if you are released without charges, they keep a record of your arrest). And I didn’t even mention marijuana possession.

    I was actually surprised they released the guy who attempted to stab the politician. But hey he had to pay for his breakfast. I remember the police buying Dylan Roof dinner at Burger King.


  16. Even if Trump didn’t come out and tell the people to storm the Capitol, he did sit by (for what was it? three hours?) watching it unfold on TV while ignoring the many advisors urging him to call them off.

    Wondering about that thing from over the weekend about Biden showing his plate to show that he had finished his food. What was the big deal about that? It very well could have been that he did it in a joking manner. But even if that wasn’t it, why are these Twitter people mining the dregs of life to find things to mock him for? Mockery is cheap and low, and doesn’t prove anything. We all have done things (more frequently than any of us would like to admit) that we could be mocked for.

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  17. Kizzie,

    Hogwash. What part of peacefully protest wasn’t enough from Trump?

    So now we are responsible for the acts of others, even when the bad actors are Antifa and fed plants who wouldn’t listen anyway?

    That’s nonsense.


  18. It appears the secret service agents who said they were willing to testify under oath have changed their mind and have retained a lawyer. Hutchinson’s testimony still stands. The secret service was more inclined to face the consequences for deleting state records than showing what the texts demonstrate there is a cover up. And before you say but Hilary’s emails – she testified for two days under oarth, if the secret service does the same then “emails” might be a valid objection. Pence knew something was up and refused to get in a car with the secret service. And Pence was right not to trust anyone since while he was hiding beneath the Capital, Trump sent a tweet “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done”. The exact opposite of what he should have done which was to deescalate the situation. He watched the riot for three hours on TV before finally being convinced to send out a tweet with a video (the outtakes are amusing) . He knew what he started. He didn’t care about the consequences to others.

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