30 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-2-23

  1. I’d argue they already are….

    Pathetic and useless.

    “If the GOP can’t figure out how to beat old Joe, they’re useless”


    “One day after he announced he was running for a second term, our cognitively challenged commander in chief was spotted clutching a cheat sheet with the exact wording of a question he was about to be asked at a press conference.

    It’s bad enough that the Los Angeles Times agreed to submit questions in advance and collude in this Emperor’s New Clothes-style defrauding of the American voter, but Joe Biden can’t even get it together enough to hide the cheat sheets.

    Honestly, if Republicans can’t figure out how to beat this corrupt, divisive, addled, old man, who has wrought so much damage in half a term, then what use are they?

    Biden’s prerecorded announcement Tuesday that he wants to “finish the job” at 82 should be God’s gift to his political opponents, especially when his cackling backup is a vice president whose every public utterance seems to be written by Cheech & Chong.

    Debate, no question
    Instead, we have Donald Trump aping Biden and threatening not to debate his fellow GOP candidates in the scheduled primary jousts starting August in Milwaukee.

    This is how Republican voters get to assess the merits of various candidates and decide who has the best chance to win a general election.

    It’s a crucial part of the vetting process, and it would be a betrayal of voters to bypass it.

    “When you’re leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers . . . why subject yourself to being libeled and abused?” Trump announced on Truth Social.

    You can only hope that he’s teasing. Otherwise, the obvious conclusion is that he is running scared from Ron DeSantis.

    He’s not attacking Nikki Haley or Mike Pence. Only Ron “DeSanctimonious.”

    The attack ads from Trump PACs are on high rotation as the daily barrage of insults pile up, and meaningless national polls are brandished as if the contest is over before it begins.

    But DeSantis does not seem like the sort of wimp who will throw in the towel before he even gets in the ring. If anything, the attacks will harden his resolve.

    He has to challenge the king now, and if he wins, he will be unstoppable.

    Republican voters deserve a choice, at least.

    If Trump emerges triumphant, having vanquished the best the GOP had to give, then he will be stronger and lead a more united party. But he won’t do it by wimping out of debates.”



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  2. When they tell you who they are, believe them.

    They are the party of pervs and their enablers.


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  3. Our justice system under Dems has become a complete joke. And the victims keep piling up.

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  4. Just keep pulling that D lever.

    I mean really, look how well it’s working out for you folks….

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  5. What this country is doing to kids is criminal

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  6. And here ya go for biggest liar not to be confused with biggest loser… well maybe…

    Karine Jean-Pierre: Illegal immigration came down ‘by more than 90%’ White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that President Biden’s border security policies have brought illegal immigration down by more than 90%.

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  7. Why is it the left stand ready to be triggered by truth being spoken? Nothing this governor said was unkind nor untruth.

    “Governor Greg Abbott today announced a $50,000 reward for a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) top 10 fugitive who is in the country illegally and killed five illegal immigrants in a shooting Friday night in Cleveland, Texas,” a statement from Abbott’s personal Twitter account said.

    Actors, former politicians, and immigration rights organizations quickly denounced Abbott’s statement.

    “This is despicable. I would have thought bringing up the immigration status of the innocent victims of this senseless violence would be beneath even you. But I was wrong,” George Takei, the “Star Trek” actor who lived with his parents in internment camps during World War II, wrote on Twitter.

    “Five human beings lost their lives and Greg Abbott insists on labeling them ‘illegal immigrants,'” Julián Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, said.

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  8. Kathleena;

    True, motivated by the needs of children many parents are able to overcome obstacles and provide a good home. My initial point was to contraidict the article that blamed teens for the abortion rate; its actually poverty. On an indivudal level becoming a parent can motivate but taken as whole poverty does lead to poor health statistics including abortion. Infant mortality, life expectancy etc correlate really well to poverty (and in the US, race). For abortion, women living under the poverty level have an abortion rate of 52 per 1000. Those who live on more than 2x the poverty level have an abortion rate of 9 per 1000. Change the income distribution and the lower the amoutn of poverty and the abortion rate will fall; and probably quickey and easier than using the law.


  9. Despite a general fatigue of Trump vs Biden and questions about Biden’s age, since announcing his candidancy Biden’s numbers have jumped. Biden will win against Trump and now it looks like DeSantis is faltering. Trump will motivate young people and leftist to the polls to support Biden; I don’t think DeSantis will give the same motivation.

    Greg Price’s second tweet gives me the impression that indecent exposure was a misdemeanor before the vote. This gives credence to the Democrats argument that this bill was aimed at the current moral panic over drag queens and trans. A quick google search reveals that indecent exposure is a misdemeanor in places like Texas further backing the Democrats point.

    If you are transitioning and wish to be in a female prison, I would imagine you are on hormone therapy and are post-op or have surgery schedule. This should scare the posers.

    How does the Jesse McFadden case have anything to do with Democrats. Its in Oklahoma . The country and state government is all Republican.


  10. Los Angeles is an expensive city to live in – $300K is a bit too much (Toronto mayor makes about 200K) but not completely unreasonable. What is unreasonable is 12 Deputy Mayors. One is enough.

    I’ve been mentioning the comorbidity of autism, anxiety, etc with trans for a few years now. It’s clear this particular clinic needed to be shut down. Seems like a money making venture rather than a care facility. Another good argument for taking profit out of medicare.

    Some states are negating parent rights if they refuse to allow transition and other states are negating parent rights if they want their children to transition. Another argument to keep the gov’t out of the doctor’s office.

    Bud Light isn’t real beer and a disgrace to the name of Budweiser who still makes good beer in Czechia.

    There’s no need to mention the immigration status of murder victims. It adds nothing to the story nor the need to catch the man responsible. In the case of the murderer on the loose, it does make sense to mention his status – simply because it points to a possible destination.


  11. It was a misdemeanor and should be a felony. It should NOT be about increasing state revenue!
    She is worried about the self esteem of perverts!!!
    So let’s just let them drop their pants in front of children in locker rooms and bathrooms…or wherever they want!!! Sick minds people… very sick and twisted minds surround us😡
    A majority of Colorado Democrats in the state House voted against a measure that would enhance criminal penalties for indecent exposure in view of a minor, and one state lawmaker claimed the bill could be used to “ban” drag shows and harm transgender people.

    Outlining her frustrations with the measure from the House floor Saturday, state Rep. Leslie Herod, a Democrat who has represented a Denver-area district in the state House since 2017, said the proposed law uses language like other measures around the nation meant to “target” transgender people.

    “These types of laws have been used to ban drag shows, to target individuals who use the restroom — the sex they identify with, a public restroom — to charge them with felony charges,” Herod claimed. “I’m very concerned about the attacks against the transgender community that are happening across the country.”

    Introduced by Democrats, HB23-1135 would take criminal penalties for indecent exposure from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony if committed in view of a person who is under 18. The measure passed with unanimous Republican support despite 27 of the 46 Democratic representatives voting against the bill.

    “When I initially read this bill, it did not even come to mind for me either, as an advocate,” said Herod, who made an unsuccessful bid in the Denver mayoral race earlier this year. “But as I’ve looked at the bills and I’ve talked to my colleagues who are fighting these types of bills across the country, it is very clear to me the language is very much mirrored in some of the laws that have been used to target members of our community because of who they are.”

    Democratic representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Shannon Bird introduced the bill in the state House, and Democrat Sen. Rachel Zenzinger and Republican Sen. Jim Smallwood led the Senate version of the measure.

    After Herod stated her opposition to the bill, Bird noted that none of the LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations in Colorado were concerned about the bill, adding that every district attorney in the state backed the measure.

    “There is no intent to harm any member of any community,” Bird said, adding that the proposed measure “is about protecting children, making sure that any sex crime against a child is punished.”

    A tweet from the Colorado House Republican Caucus took aim at the 27 Democrats who voted against the measure, highlighting Herod’s remarks from the floor.

    “A Democrat attacked the bill for ‘targeting’ the transgender community in her dissent,” the GOP caucus wrote.

    The bill, according to its fiscal note shared online, would “increase state revenue from criminal fines and court fees by a minimal amount beginning in fiscal year 2023-24, credited to the Fines Collection Cash Fund, various other cash funds in the Judicial Department, and the General Fund.

    “The fine penalty for a class 6 felony is $1,000 to $100,000 and $500-$1,000 for a class 1 misdemeanor.”

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  12. HRW, Framing child mutilation as a parental right is ludicrous. Physical, irreversible child abuse is not a parental right in any civilized society.

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  13. hwesseli: You’re confusing Budweiser (fake beer) with Budvar, the Czech brewery which has been making great beer in Czechia since 1895. Budweiser has been trying to steal Budvar’s trademark for decades, but they’ll never be successful.

    Shortly after the revolution here, Budweiser actually built a $1.5 million complex in Ceske Budejovice, the capital seat of S. Bohemia (two hours south of Prague) where the Budvar brewery is located. The facility was established for so-say “community relations,” to get to know Czechs better. When they realized that they weren’t going to get the trademark, they shut down the complex and left.

    Budvar and Budweiser still can’t be on shelves together in the same stores in Europe, though I think that it is allowed in the UK.

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  14. Have mercy I’m going to have to move from this state…but where?
    Our precious governor….did I say precious?….is proposing a bill to cut property taxes. It should be voted upon next year by …. The voters!!! Isn’t it an election year next year….hmmm?

    I just returned from the post boxes … guess what was in there? My new property tax assessment!! Increased by 2000.00!! Between the state and the HOA’s stupid assessment for a nothing cistern I think I need to get out of Dodge….maybe having a conversation with husband when he gets home. And the state is trying to take control over homeowners property when selling…first right of refusal for our state government. So they can tear down a house and put up apartments or condos…or multiple homes, even if you are in an HOA.
    One neighbor has already sold their home due to the 2800.00 dollar boondoggle in our HOA and I am hearing of more coming up this summer. Reasons to leave are growing by the second..

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  15. NJ
    My apologies – Canada has a much simpler classification of criminal offenses. We don’t use the term felony but for me it’s always been a serious crime with jail time if convicted whereas misdemeanor is processed quickly and is solved by a fine and maybe a little jail time. The number of different classifications for both felony and misdemeanour is probably not an efficient system. Unless there’s a difference between how a felony or misdemeanour is treated in a criminal record, it seems ridiculous to argue between Class 6 or Class 1 given the penalty is not much different. Probably a waste of time on both sides.

    HOAs fascinate non-Americans. We have condominiums here for townhouses and apartments. HOAs are just weird though – right to private property strikes me as an obvious argument.

    Up by $2000!! I’m upset that I might be paying $200 more next year. How much does the HOA take? My city has one of the highest property tax rates in the province – my modest home in the core cost me about $3600 a year. According to my Iowa brother, that is extremely low compared to his state. Maybe lower state taxes are offset by higher property taxes.


  16. Debra – I was just comparing the oddity of how different states interpret parent rights. Obviously, in a pre-pubescent teen, medical decisions should be made by the doctor, child and parent; not the government. Once a child becomes older, more leeway and privacy should be given to the child – at what age, is a tough call. The absolute minimum is usually 12 but doctors are given legal discretion to continue to talk to parents if they deem the child too immature. As I said before teen therapy only works if privacy is guaranteed to the minor.

    The other worry unique to America is the ability for medical charltans to take advantage of confused teenagers to make money. Take the profit motive away from the doctors and maybe we’ll see a decrease in trans identity. Then again, according to surveys its only about 2% in each western country and that includes non-binary. (it is slightly rising though)


  17. Tychicus — that’s the brewery I’m referring to. Budvar has the trademark to Budweiser in Europe so US Budweiser (owned by Belgian InBev) can only use “Bud” in the EU. In the UK no one owns the trademark whereas in Canada and the US, the trade mark is owned by InBev Budweiser; Budvar uses the label Czechvar.


  18. Good.

    “Oklahoma Bans Trans Procedures On Kids, Becoming 16th State To Enact Such Protections”


    “Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a law Monday banning sex change procedures on kids, joining a growing list of red states that have moved to protect children from the life-altering treatments.

    The law bans surgeries, like elective double mastectomies on girls who identify as boys, and prohibits puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children.

    “Last year, I called for a statewide ban on all irreversible gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors so I am thrilled to sign this into law today and protect our kids,” Stitt said in a statement. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what’s happening across our nation, and as governor I am proud to stand up for what’s right and ban life-altering transition surgeries on children in the state of Oklahoma.”

    Stitt had previously asked for Oklahoma lawmakers to pass such a law and moved to withhold funding from Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health after it was publicized that the hospital was providing cross-sex hormones to children who identified as transgender.

    The Republican governor has also signed legislation requiring students to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex and compete on the sports team of their biological sex as well. ”


    Red states see this as the abusive idiocy it is. Dems are all in supporting the pervs in blue states.

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  19. Biden’s Navy is a joke, much like him.


  20. NJ,

    The WH propagandist is a bold faced liar. She does it for a living, and she’s not very good at it either.

    But she checks the right boxes on the grievance list.

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  21. Cue the circus music and send out the clown.

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  22. But muh narrative….

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  23. Selective presentation of facts and statistics. Both sides do it. And the twitter feed post by AJ demonstrates it. Neither side is lying just selecting their own facts.

    The Hunter Biden laptop is irrelevant. It was mishandled by the Trump campaign team and is now useless for any type of criminal investigation.


  24. Have mercy Biden is speaking at the USAFA graduation on June 1!! That means Polis will be gushing around town with all the gushing Dems around him. Those cadets and their families having to sit through that mess…


  25. During hard times when a culture and/or events go sideways …. (they’re not unique to us)



    Is the Church Stable or in Crisis? Yes
    TREVIN WAX | MAY 2, 2023

    ~ Challenges and Opportunities When Christianity Is in Decline

    C. S. Lewis’s sharp intellect and devotional dedication helped him put challenges to Christianity in perspective. He didn’t shy away from the challenges facing the church, but—with an evangelistic heart—he spoke to the issues of his day, confident in the enduring appeal of truth, no matter how dim things may have looked at the time.

    We sometimes adopt a romanticized view of the world of our forefathers and mothers in the faith, failing to fully appreciate some of the challenges they faced head-on or the trials they experienced. Lewis wrote many of his best-loved works during the Second World War, and then he experienced along with the rest of England several years of austerity after the cataclysmic events of that war had passed. He was committed to caring for an increasingly cantankerous and ailing elderly woman. He carried heavy burdens during tumultuous times and yet remained able to see both challenges and opportunities for the church in his day.

    Here’s an example: Lewis noted the decline of religion in England back in 1946. He didn’t see this religious decline as a good thing, noting that the absence of religious devotion might endanger the principles and purity expected in public life and the mutual respect and kindness that political opponents would otherwise show one another. (In other words, without Christian morals and values as norms in society, things would get more vicious.) But Lewis wasn’t a pessimist, seeing only the downside to a loss of religious affiliation. He looked deep into the darkness of that challenge until he saw a glimpse of light, an opportunity.

    “I am not clear that [religious decline] makes conversion to Christianity rarer or more difficult: rather the reverse. It makes the choice more unescapable. When the Round Table is broken every man must follow either Galahad or Mordred: middle things are gone.” (“The Decline of Religion,” 1946)

    In other words, Lewis saw that the loss of cultural Christianity didn’t necessarily mean the loss of true Christians. Instead, the decline of religion in the West serves to bring into sharper focus the nature of conversion. One cannot simply skate along as a “Christian” in name only when the culture is fast shedding its culturally Christian trappings. The question of conversion remains. Its significance is heightened. One no longer simply “assumes” a Christian identity; one must wrestle with the implications of what it means to be a Christian. And this is a good thing.

    This is just one example of Lewis recognizing with eyes wide open a problem for the church in his era while carefully looking for the opportunity that might accompany the challenge. We’d do well to follow this pattern. … ~

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