44 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-25-23

  1. Useless lap dogs.

    “Effort to squash Biden family stories long predated Hunter laptop, newly released emails reveal

    Aide to VP Biden in 2015 bragged she got reporter to admit she would “only use” negative information on Hunter Biden “if her editors hold a gun to her head.””


    “Records newly released by the National Archives show efforts to suppress negative stories about the Biden family’s business deals long predate the Hunter Biden laptop controversy, dating back to 2015 when an aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden boasted she got a reporter to “only use” negative information “if her editors hold a gun to her head.”

    The emails come from the Obama administration archives and were forced into the public through litigation by the America First Legal nonprofit public interest law firm. They chronicle efforts by Biden’s then-aides in the vice president’s office to suppress stories about Huter Biden’s relationship with the Ukraine energy compamy Burisma Holdings during a Biden trip to Ukraine in December 2015.

    Stephen Miller, the president of America First Legal, said the records suggest the news media has been complicit in burying negative news about the Biden family for at least a decade.

    “Joe Biden and the Biden vice presidency were intimately involved in the Hunter Biden Burisma affair,” Miller said on the Thursday edition of the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “They were intimately aware of it. They were intimately aware of the ethical objections, and they were intimately involved in trying to spin and control the press about it.”

    You can read the full set of released documents here:”

    Click to access NARA-Release-2_Supplement.pdf

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  2. Of course…..

    “Every Democrat votes against House “Parents Bills of Rights””


    “This is one to put in an election-year pocket. Tuck that sucker away, and pull it out when it’s campaign time

    The House voted on McCarthy’s “Parents Bill of Rights” this morning.”

    “What exactly was included in that? Some pretty terrifying and radical stuff…”


    It all seems reasonable, unless you’re aim is to groom children.

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  3. Where’s Waldo?

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  4. Al and Jesse must be so proud.

    “Black Lives Matter Activists Executed A Shocking $83 Billion Shakedown Of American Corporations”


    “Our database tracking contributions and pledges made to the BLM movement shows a historic transfer of wealth to divisive leftwing causes.”

    “The Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots of 2020 were the largest and most successful shakedown in American history. These “mostly peaceful protests” — which burned more than 200 American cities and wreaked more than $2 billion in damages — achieved more than anyone could have predicted: changes in laws, private sector policies, and perhaps most importantly, a historic transfer of wealth to racial and leftwing causes. As a result, American corporations gave or pledged more than $83 billion to either BLM or BLM-related causes.”

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  5. More of the govts lies exposed….

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  6. Fed op since day one.

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  7. Hello… Feds?

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  8. Weird, right?

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  9. What they’re doing to these people is a clear violation of their rights as citizens, and about as Un-American as you can get.

    Take the time to read it and see for yourself.

    Click to access unusually%20cruel%20an%20eyewitness%20report%20from%20the%20dc%20jail.pdf

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  10. Fed op.

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  11. Man at Center of Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory Demands Retraction From Fox

    A lawyer for Ray Epps has demanded that the Fox host Tucker Carlson publicly apologize for “false and defamatory statements” that Mr. Epps served as a federal agent during the Capitol attack.

    Mr. Epps, a former Marine, traveled to Washington from his home in Arizona to support Mr. Trump and was videotaped on the night before the attack urging people to go inside the Capitol. He was also in the crowd on Jan. 6 moving past barricades outside the building, although he never went inside and ultimately sought to de-escalate tensions in the mob.

    Still, he became the face of the conspiracy theory that the federal government had instigated the Capitol attack for a single reason: He was never charged for what he did on Jan. 6. In reality, prosecutors declined to file charges against thousands of people who had breached the barricades outside the Capitol but never entered the building.”


  12. Trump hasn’t changed (from article above) …

    ~ … But he’s not a mystery anymore.

    Americans know that Trump can’t stop himself from nursing piddling grudges and throwing out childish insults.

    The emperor has no clothes.

    Perhaps you don’t mind.

    But there are plenty of middle-of-the-road voters who do.

    They saw this behavior in 2020 and the 2022 midterms and said we need less anger and more hope.

    Less rage and more rational action to fix the problems facing our nation.

    You want a leader who will fight for you?

    Then you have to pick someone who can actually get elected.

    Republicans can’t throw away their shot in 2024. ~


    But, of course, the party still may do that thanks to the hole that’s been dug in their ranks. Even an independent, third-way candidacy that peels away enough voters who will insist on trying to repeat recent history can determine that fate.

    Lesson being, character (and temperament) matter when choosing a national leader.

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  13. dj: Pres. Trump isn’t quite the “marginal candidate” that you expected or would like him to be…

    Can you name any President who fulfilled his campaign promises the way that Pres. Trump did? Isn’t that a very important aspect of “character matters”?

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  14. How do you defend his more recent behavior? Isn’t that kind of basic character important in a leader? Or is that dismissed due to his positions on issues?

    Scripture has much to say about one’s character and its importance, especially when one presumes to lead a nation and its people.

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  15. Trump has holes in his character for sure. And his biggest hole seems to be the ability to annoy people. In his favor, is his reluctance to kill people unnecessarily. It never ceases to amaze me that a man who would order a family killed is considered an absolute monster, but let him order 100,000 families decimated and he’s a ‘leader’. Although it set some people’s hair on fire at the time, I really respected Trump’s restraint when he responded to Iranian provocation in Iraq in 2019/2020. He ordered a surgical strike that killed Iranian General Soleimani and his team instead of a larger response that would have included much collateral damage. I don’t know that I’ve seen that quality of character in a president in my adult lifetime. And having seen it, I’m reluctant to settle for less.

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  16. I contend that by all evidence, his temperament appears to be unstable.

    It was likely kept in some containment by those of sounder mind who surrounded him when he was in the White House. He was probably safest in that environment.

    But he now is free of those moderating influences and acting without an editor, so to speak. I see that Trump (or someone around him) deleted his last social media post, I can’t remember if it was the one picturing him with the baseball bat poised over the DA or perhaps the one in which he declares where “will be death and destruction” if he is indicted.

    I suspect the AI image of him so piously praying, which he also apparently shared, remains posted somewhere.

    One of my much-more conservative friends who has defended him in the past now is even backing away in recent weeks, saying he’s pretty much lost whatever personal control he may have had.

    Granted, all (or most) politicians have oversized egos, but Trump’s seemed always to be front and center. It was always all about him, and in a very transparent way.

    The NY Post opinion piece is telling, I think — Trump hasn’t changed but more of what was already there is now coming out and with less control.

    Predictable, I would say. But others will have to make up their own minds on his stability, trustworthiness, and personal moral worthiness as a leader of our nation.

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  17. As to whether Trump is going into 2024 as a “marginal” candidate — I think that’s probably the case.

    I can’t see him ever winning another general election.

    Managing to get the party’s nomination is slightly more possible, but I still think is unlikely. But he did manage it in 2016, in part because it was a very crowded field and the votes were split into smaller portions.

    The likelihood of his running an independent general campaign if he’s not the nominee? Probably more likely than not.

    So marginal, yes, but certainly someone who could pull enough votes to alter the end result. And that could mean another White House win for the Democrats.


  18. Horse race stuff from Politico (snapshot, moment-in-time analysis, with a grain of salt thrown in):



    Trump’s beer track advantage over Ron DeSantis

    The divide quickly defining the GOP primary.

    ~ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pre-campaign campaign for president has hit the skids — particularly among key blocs of voters he’ll need to dethrone former President Donald Trump next year.

    Polls show Trump dominating his likely primary competitor among GOP voters in the so-called “beer track” — a shorthand for the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the bloc of voters with lower incomes and levels of educational attainment. While DeSantis is still the preferred candidate of high-income voters and those with college degrees, he is showing signs of bleeding there, too. In recent weeks, Trump’s numbers have been rising among all Republicans, including with GOP voters most skeptical of his candidacy in the so-called “wine track.”

    Take, for example, this week’s Quinnipiac University poll which shows Trump leading DeSantis, 46 percent to 32 percent, with the other candidates each registering 5 percent or less. Trump had just a 6-point lead in Quinnipiac’s poll last month. …

    … It’s obviously still early in the 2024 contest: DeSantis isn’t even a declared candidate yet, and most of the new polls were conducted prior to the news that Trump may soon face criminal charges in New York related to an alleged hush-money payment he made during his 2016 campaign to hide an extramarital affair. Other potential legal troubles loom on the horizon. …

    … Some of the most dramatic swings toward Trump came among the groups where DeSantis had his biggest advantages. In the February Monmouth poll, DeSantis’ lead over Trump in the two-way matchup was 28 points among voters who make $50,000 a year or more. But he only leads Trump now by 2 points in this group, a 26-point swing. (Trump has a double-digit lead over Republican voters making less than $50,000 a year.)

    The Monmouth poll, however, still shows DeSantis with a large lead among voters with college degrees, 62 percent to 30 percent — similar to his advantage among this group last month.

    A CNN poll out last week was better for DeSantis, showing the two men neck-and-neck. DeSantis led Trump by 18 points among white voters with college degrees, though other candidates received significant support among this bloc, including former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (14 percent) and former Vice President Mike Pence (8 percent). ~


  19. If Epps is suing, I assume he’ll be forced to testify and produce evidence. That might be a good thing. I also wonder how many other people are on video urging other people to go inside the Capitol but are not being charged by the FBI. Even Trump did not urge anyone to go inside, but to peacefully protest. So urging people to go inside the Capitol during a protest [break the law] is NOT a crime, but urging people to peacefully protest is. Hmmm.

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  20. That’s funny DJ.

    In all polls to date he garners well over 50% of the R vote, and primaries do decide the candidate, but you call him marginal. Lol.

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means. 🙂


  21. “Scripture has much to say about one’s character and its importance, especially when one presumes to lead a nation and its people.”

    2 choices, R and D.

    Trump still has better character than Biden. You have 2 choices, pick 1. That’s how this works.

    But no, ya’ll will sit on the sidelines again, pretend your hands are clean by not voting, as Biden and Dems further degrade the country.

    When you can do something for the good of the country but sit on the sidelines instead, you’re part of the problem, not just the poor candidates to chose from.


  22. They got him this time for sure….. 🙄🤡

    They’re like heroin addicts, they just can’t quit him.


    And R’s seem intent on alienating his 70 million followers.

    Hint: this is why they will lose to Biden again, the R party’s own stupidity.


  23. AJ – Re: your post at 9:14 –

    Romans 14:23 tells us that

    “. . . for whatever is not from faith is sin.”

    Voting against ones conscience could be (or should be, according to this verse?) a sin. I trust that God can and will accomplish His purposes with or without my vote. It is also very possible that God’s will for the USA may not be what we would like it to be.

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  24. There was a short, but I thought interesting, piece today by Kim Iversen interviewing Maine State Senator Eric Brakey who is spearheading a bill known as ‘Defend the Guard’.

    The bill proposes to bring the state National Guard home from military excursions overseas when a formal declaration of war has not been declared by Congress. Similar bills are being sponsored in several states to protect the lawful use of the state National Guard from being abused by the Pentagon who has currently stationed thousands of National Guard troops around the world.

    Brakey also addresses the war in Ukraine, our interference in Syria and the general propensity to interfere abroad because of pressure by political donors. He describes himself as aligned with Rand Paul libertarians.

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  25. Kizzie, @12:19 — exactly. I’ve never voted for someone who’s character is pristine or even that admirable.

    Trump, for me, was at a different level. I see a recklessness in him based on his own (numerous) words and strikes me as an outsized desire for power. Those folks are big red flags for me. Can’t do it, can’t go there, won’t go there. I pray if these folks get elected.

    And yes, God will carry out his will amid all the voting and campaigning and we will have the leader he decrees us to have in the end, good or evil. Remember all those horrible kings in the OT? The people demanded a king, and kings they got.

    Some hard lessons come out of a people who demand and put themselves under a wicked leader.

    We will never agree about Trump here, and that makes us like the rest of the country.

    But I would think we’d all agree that God’s will is being done. Now that may be a blessing — or a curse — on the people, but either way, including for judgement, it is all for his purposes.

    Go argue and campaign and work for your candidate. Vote if you can.

    But God ….

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  26. As for the horse race: I believe Rudy Guliani was leading in the polls at this time in a former election. So there you go.

    Do we all realize how early this is?

    Good luck with the polls, they’ll be changing like a whirlwind several times over again before we’re even close to the primaries.

    To be continued (and continued) …


  27. I believe I indicated his chances at winning another general election would be not likely.

    Getting the nomination, possible.

    I’ve seen my share of elections.

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  28. I think we’re all still hoping DeSantis is able to carry the general MAGA platform forward. I’m also not sure that Trump is electable as he is strongly detested by so many. Even I don’t enjoy hearing him speak. But despite all his actual faults and what was practically a coup attempt from inside our own government, he was able to nudge the country in the right direction policy wise. And that was an amazing accomplishment.

    However, the country has been going in the wrong direction for so many decades, I’m not sure there is sufficient appetite to seriously change course. I think repentance, not rebellion, is the only way to make a sustainable change. We can repent individually and as a church, but only God can really change our direction nationally.

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  29. I don’t think “all” (on the right) are rooting for DeSantis. As long as Trump has breath to speak 2 hours nonstop at rallies and spin his fans, he’ll be the preferred candidate for many. So yeah, perhaps DeSantis is chasing a pipe dream, their hearts belong to the Don.

    Trump won’t have enough nationwide support to win a general election. He’s his own worst enemy, to boot. But if folks choose that road and manage to get him nominated, I’d say Lord help us.

    Good news for the Democrats if that happens.

    Debra’s right, our nation’s issues go way deeper than politics and electing one person over another. I hope I’m wrong, but I see this as the road to judgement and ultimate destruction.

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