September 30, 2019
A thought crossed my mind on the impeachment of Donald Trump; do the Democrats even see any POLITICAL advantage?
Specifically, do they actually think they will remove Trump from office/ I suspect they know they can't or won't. I suspect more is happening here.
What? First, they figure they can bloody Trump up a good bit, even if they fail to take him out. Second, they are throwing a Hail Mary pass; they know they have no hope of winning the election with the dwarfs. But I suspect this is so much about the Supreme Court.
I think the Democrats are desperate to stop Trump from getting another SCOTUS pick, and by impeaching him they think they can make the argument that a President under impeachment should not get to appoint a Justice to the Court. They will use this to hold the Court to six members if necessary, thus allowing any hotly contested issue to be decided by lower courts, principally the Ninth Circuit.
The Left is desperate to stop the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
As I say, there are some political benefits, but I rather suspect they are willing to risk being turned into a minority party to stop this appointment.
I've never seen such desperation on the part of a political party in my life.
If this fails Mr. Trump should invest in a kevlar suit; they are willing to go that far.
Here are a few quotes from Democrats on the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the scheme to impeach Donald Trump:
"Outside the Beltway, people want this thing to be over. I think theyâ€™ve had enough of it. This is one of my concerns about the continued release of materials even before the inquiry itself has begun. And I think the American people have other things they want their government to take care of other than dwell on this.â€â€” Sept. 26, 1998
"I find the whistleblower complaint to be highly credible. It suggests that the president used his office to demand political favors from a foreign country and that White House personnel knew this was wrong and tried to cover it up by burying details of the call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy.â€
Sept. 21, 2019
"The American people donâ€™t think that they have made a mistake by electing Bill Clinton and we in Congress had better be very careful before we upset their decision and make darn sure that we are able to convince them, if we decide to upset their decision, that our decision to impeach him was based upon principle and not politics.â€â€” Nov. 18, 1998
"It is a tragedy for this country that our president put personal politics above his sacred oath. He has put his own political interests over our national security interest, which is bolstering Ukraine against Russian pressure. It is an affront to every single American and the founding values of our country. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It is a national security issue. It is a test of our democratic values.â€
â€” Sept. 25, 2019
"It is time we move forward, and not have the Congress and the American people endure a specter of what could be a yearlong focus on a tawdry but not impeachable affair.â€â€”
Oct. 6, 1998
"This documentâ€ â€” a White House summation of the phone conversation â€” "demonstrates that President Trump made it abundantly and redundantly clear to the president of the Ukraine that he wanted him to investigate his political opponent and further that he wanted him to work with Attorney General (William) Barr to make it happen. This document absolutely validates the wisdom of â€¦ (the) decision to open up a formal impeachment inquiry.â€â€” Sept. 25, 2019
Nancy Pelosi December 1998.
"Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance
In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which
Americans hold dear -- fairness, privacy, checks and balances -- have
been seriously violated and why? Because we are here today because the
Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President
Clinton. ... Until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred, our
country will suffer.â€
He told me it was perfect. There was nothing in the call. But I know what was in the call. I mean, it was in the public domain. He didn't even know that it was wrong. You know, he was saying, "It was perfect. There was nothing wrong." Well, no, it is wrong. It is wrong for a president to say that he wants you-- another head of state-- to create something negative about his possible political opponent to his own advantage, at the expense of our national security, his oath of office to the Constitution and the integrity of our elections.
Nancy Pelosi to Scott Pelley September 2019
So the Democrats have a huge dose of hypocrisy here.
Does anyone remember Moveon.org? That website was created to advocate moving on from impeachment during the Clinton era. Now where are they?
They are calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump.
This is like a sketch from Monty Python.
Worldâ€™s First Transgender Boxer Named Face of Everlast
This is where society has sunk. We really have hit rock bottom.
And a major corporation - on that supposedly represents the masculine virtues - is celebrating this mental illness.
The boxer - Patricio Manuel - was a five time amateur womens' champion. (She comes from Santa Monica, Ca. naturally.) She won one fight as a "man"; a decision victory in 2018. Isn't it odd that this "dude" has only fought one fight? I know why; they couldn't afford to have "him" get creamed. I have little doubt the guy "he" fought was a powderpuff puncher, chosen specifically to produce a victory.
Certainly none of this justifies making this he/she the face of Everlast.
Liberalism corrupts everything it touches.
I predict we'll hear nothing more about "him" after another fight or two.
The American founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These contracts outlined the rare privileges and responsibilities of new American citizens.
Yet the concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the premodern side by the legal blending of mere residency with citizenship.
Estimates on the number of undocumented American residents range from 11 million to more than 20 million. The undocumented are becoming legally indistinguishable from citizens and enjoy exemption from federal immigration law in some 500 sanctuary jurisdictions. An illegal resident of California will pay substantially less tuition at a California public university than a U.S. citizen of another state.
Multiculturalism has reduced the idea of e pluribus unum to a regressive tribalism. Americans often seem to owe their first allegiance to those who look like they do. Citizens cannot even agree over once-hallowed and shared national holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.
It is eerie how such current American retribalization resembles the collapse of Rome, as Goths, Huns and Vandals all squabbled among one another for what was left of 1,200 years of Roman citizenship â€” eager to destroy what they could neither create nor emulate.
Read the entire article here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/victor-davis-hanson-death-american-citizenship I just hit the high points. Hanson is always worth reading all the way through.
Citizenship has always been protected by the middle classes â€” on the idea that they are more independent and self-reliant than the poor, but can stand up to the influence and power of the elite.
Yet until recently, we had seen a decade of stagnant wages and entire regions ossified by outsourcing, offshoring and unfair global trade. Historically, with the demise of the middle class so follows the end of constitutional government.
Lone activist federal judges frequently overturn legislation and referenda they find contrary to their own political take on legal theory â€” without worry that the votes of millions are canceled in a nanosecond.
Meanwhile, the proverbial "swampâ€ of the bureaucratic, administrative and regulatory state is so vast and unaccountable that a few clerks can harass entrepreneurs, issue edicts with the force of legislation that ruins lives, or indict, regulate or audit a targeted individual into legal bankruptcy.
We still have a Bill of Rights, but many of our constitutional protections are being rendered impotent. If a rural family cannot find ammunition at the local Walmart or gun store due to organized boycotts and threats to such establishments, then the constitutional right to bear arms is not always exercisable in a practical sense.
We are unwinding at both ends. Tribalism, the erosion of the middle class and de facto open borders are turning Americans into mere residents of a particular North American region between Mexico and Canada.
Yet even more dangerously, thanks to the fiats of unelected bureaucrats and officials, along with the social media lynch mobs who boycott, harass and shame us, our constitutional rights are now increasingly optional. They mostly hinge on whether we are judged worthy by an unelected, politically correct and morally righteous elite.
In theory, American citizenship remains the same. In reality, it is disappearing fast.
These gadgets give instant gratification and do nothing to promote actual thinking, so it's little wonder. I fear for the future; young people have no attention span whatsoever. I've seen them texting while in the same room! They are overloaded with sensory stimuli while not having any way of processing. We are conducting an experiment in brain formation, and it's a dangerous thing.
Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two
From the article:
The researchers analysed data provided by the parents of more than 40,000 US children aged two to 17 for a nationwide health survey in 2016. The questionnaire asked about the youngsters' medical care, any emotional, developmental or behavioural issues and their daily screen time.
Adolescents spending more than seven hours a day on screens are twice as likely to have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression as those who spent an hour. Links between screen time and wellbeing are stronger among adolescents than young children, the study found.
Professor Twenge said: "At first, I was surprised the associations were larger for adolescents. However, teens spend more time on their phones and on social media, and we know from other research that these activities are more strongly linked to low wellbeing than watching television and videos, which is most of younger children's screen time."
Even moderate use of four hours is also associated with lower psychological well-being than one hour a day.
So if you want stupid and depressed kids, give them a smartphone or a tablet and leave 'em be!
Children and teenagers are still wiring their brains, and they are much more prone to environmental factors driving that brain architecture. This is THE critical time for brain development, and we are allowing this time to be stolen by an electronic monster that is not only teaching values we likely disagree with but also is changing our kid's perception of reality. It is a dangerous trend.
September 29, 2019
Daniel Greenfield calls it out:
That is exactly right, and the purpose of impeaching Trump is not to punish him but to punish US, to make it clear this is their country and not ours.
It is a lesson we had better take to heart.
September 28, 2019
Rashida Tlaib's campaign has started selling "impeach the M-F" t-shirts.
From El Zoro (Fox) News:
The quote is a reference to a controversial remark Tlaib made to supporterssoon after she was sworn into Congress in January. "Weâ€™re going to impeach the mother****r,â€ she said in a video that went viral.
Both Republicans and Democrats criticized her language and Trump called it "disrespectfulâ€ and "disgraceful.â€
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., said the T-shirts are inappropriate and said he would let his supporters know about them.
"Can you imagine the outrage if I had put a T-shirt together like that for impeaching President Obama?â€ Huizenga said, according to The Detroit News."First of all, my mother would have called me and told me, â€˜Shame on you.â€™ Then I would have heard from my Republican colleagues asking me, â€˜What in the world are you doing?â€™â€Maybe we ought to think about impeaching that See YOU Next Tuesday instead?
Whistleblowers have to have first hand knowledge of the events they report, right? Well, it turns out the rules for intelligence agencies were just changed to allow hearsay. According to The Federalist:
The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trumpâ€™s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only "heard about [wrongdoing] from others.â€This is coming out of the intelligence community working with the Democrats, and it mirrors the kind of black ops the CIA used to do overseas. Given that the CIA and FBI were at the heart of the whole "Russian Collusion" farce, using a "dossier" paid for by Hillary Clinton to lie to a FISA court to get warrants to spy on Trump, there is every reason to believe this is a lie packed in a libel aimed at overthrowing the lawfully elected President.
Making this "secret" change in the rules shows someone was planning this.
Popre Francis recommends two articles that accuse American Evangelicals of not being Christian.
"Reading them you will see that there are sects that cannot really be defined as Christian. They preach Christ, yes, but their message is not Christian,â€ the pope said. "It has nothing to do with the preaching of a Lutheran or any other serious evangelical Christianity.â€
In the first essay recommended by the pope, the authors, who are both friends of Francis, slammed conservative Christians in the U.S. as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics.
For the "Evangelical right,â€ the authors proposed, the panorama of threats to the American way of life "have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on. And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims.â€
The authors did not hesitate to suggest that many Evangelicals are southern racists who reject climate change.I am a Catholic, but I would have to say it is Francis who is teetering on anti-Christ here. He and his friends are the ones promoting a purely social gospel, an attack on God-given private property to promote "social justice" , something not in the Bible. It is HE who seems unconcerned with the redemption of souls. It is HE who is more interested in reconciling with Islam or Marxism than with Christian conservatives.
And this is just plain idiotic; the very definition of a Christian is to believe in the Trinity and believe Christ was the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose from the dead. That is the heart of Christianity. It transcends worldly things. Francis is very much a man of the world.
I am ashamed to be represented by this
Here is the kicker:
So worrying about the secularization of society is anti-Christian? That anyone in the Pope's good graces would make such ab absurd and revolutionary remark is more than concerning. The World is sinking into apostacy, and this is their worry?
I really do think Pope Francis is the False Prophet from the Book of Revelation.
I had thought of titling this "Frankie goes to Hollywood" but it didn't quite work.
You can tell who is important to the left. Here's a hint. It isn't Americans.
City Bans calling someone an "Illegal Alien" out of Hate
A NOTE FROM Mr. Birdnow:
And what exactly constitutes "hate"? How do you determine that detail? If so, how do you get around the First Amendment?
I prefer calling them alien invaders. Or alien trespassers. Would that get me around the law?
Jesse Watters Forces Juan Williams To â€˜Give Upâ€™ When He Pulls Out â€˜Mutual Legal Assistanceâ€™ Treaty With Ukraine
From the article:
"Before we talk about that Juan, I brought something for you,â€ said Watters.
"Oh, please,â€ Williams mocked.
"I have found, from 1999 to 2000, a treaty with Ukraine signed by Bill Clinton â€¦ on mutual legal assistance and criminal matters, which basically establishes a range of cooperation between the two governments of Ukraine and the United States about making testimony available, making people available, making documents and records available and assisting in the cooperation of mutual criminal matters,â€ Watters said before making the point that if Biden is somehow immune, anyone could be immune by simply saying they are running for office.
"That is an investigation that is a counterintelligence investigation, that does not fall under criminal investigation, because thatâ€™s what that was under Barack Obama,â€ Watters explained. "And, remember, there were no basis for those inquiries, either. If you are going to say that thatâ€™s okay, then what Trump did is okay, too.â€
"Oh my gosh. OK you win. I give up!â€ Williams exclaimed.
This is the first time the idiot Williams has had the good sense to admit defeat and concede. He would argue that Jeffrey Epstein should be in charge of a girls middle school if the Democratic Party was in favor of it.
September 27, 2019
Does this remind anyone else of Hillary Clinton?
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, aka TESS, caught a rare event called a tidal disruption, which is the scientific term for a black hole ripping a star to shreds as it consumes it. It's basically pure destruction on a mind-blowing scale.
Astronomers says this type of cosmic carnage only happens once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way. Because there are billions more galaxies in the universe, scientists have been able to catch about 40 such events so far, but it's still tough to spot one.Like Hillary, it shreds lots of balls (of hot gas, in this instance) and sucks everything up in it's black hole. And like the Clinton Crime Syndicate, it's enormously hard to catch on tape.
Here is some good news for conservatives, news you won't get from the mainstream media. Despite media predictions that Texas is going to turn deathly blue, the GOP is making headway there.
Yes, the GOP picked up a district controlled by the Donkeys for 139 years.
So Beatnick O'Rourke and the Castros lose less than they should have and that proves the Democrats are taking over the Lone Star State, but the loss of a traditional Democratic seat proves nothing?
In their quest to always put illegal aliens ahead of native born Americans, the Democratic House of Representatives has passed a bill that gets illegals their medical records well ahead of even veterans.
From the article:
In a Thursday decision, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to implement new medical screening system for migrants, ahead of efforts to implement those same medical systems for U.S. military veterans.
The House passed the bill, H.R. 3525,U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, on a vote of 230-184. The bill requires the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol officials to implement an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, and store and report electronic health records to Congress for all migrants apprehended at the border, according to The Hill.So instead of stopping them at the border and keeping them out, we are going to create medical files and give them out.
Naturally, two weasel Republicans - Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Fred Upton (R-MI) supported the Dems on this. (Personally, I'm Fed Upton with these two...badaboom!)
So why aren't the Republicans out trashing the Dominicrats for this?
The Democrats have shown they are more interested in the illegal alien vote than in protecting native born Americans.
Here is the full text of "The Favor"
Not "I would like you to do us a favor, look into Hunter Biden"
The media is lying when it conflates the "favor" with an investigation into Hunter Biden.
Liberalism despoils everything. It is a horrible evil, destructive force that finds fault with everything and everyone not in its service.
Take this as an example.
This was the feel-good story of the year; a college football fan held up a sign asking for beer money when he was at an Iowa State game. Carson King got his beer money and more; the appeal went viral after appearing on ESPN, and he has to date collected over 1.14 MILLION dollars!
So where's the feel good part? King donated all of it to Iowa State's Children's Hospital. All of it!
Offers flooded in for King after this, including an honor from Anheuser Bush to have his picture appear on the insipid toilet water beer Bush Lite. But that has now all ended. Why?
Because when King was sixteen years old he apparently said something the news media is calling racist (but won't give the details, as far as I could find.) This was years ago, and King, who one would expect has grown quite a bit in that time, is now the villain De jure, the Dr. Mudd of modernity, the the duke of liberal disgust.
A reporter for the Des Moines Register went digging for dirt on this guy and eventually found the tweets. The really ironic thing is that the reporter himself is guilty of the exact same violation of political correctness.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland:
A reporter working on a profile of King for the Des Moines Register first called attention to the tweet, which referenced a racially-charged segment on the television show Tosh.0.
King, who was 16 years old at the time, called the tweet "hurtful and embarrassing," according to WHO. He said he doesn't want it to take away from all the good the donations can do for the kids at the children's hospital.
Meanwhile, the Washington Postreports readers then went through the Twitter account of the reporter, Aaron Calvin. The paper reports that between 2010 and 2013, Calvin published offensive tweets that included using a racist slur and mocking legalization of same-sex marriage.
The Washington Postreported that Calvin began deleting and apologized for his own tweets Tuesday night. His apology said: "Hey just wanted to say that I have deleted previous tweets that have been inappropriate or insensitive. I apologize for not holding myself to the same high standards as the Register holds others."
Calvin's Twitter account is currently locked.That is what political correctness gets you; a world where even the very best are smeared and excoriated for mistakes in the past - or even the appearance of pc impropriety. This journalist tried to burnish his social justice warrior creds at the expense of a true hero and it came back to bite him. Good. But he has still largely managed to bring the hero down. A-B fired him.
Political correctness is the enforcement of new taboos. A taboo was a south sea religious prohibition against saying and doing certain things. Liberalism is as much a religion as a political view, and it demands no less of not just its adherents but of everyone. Like Islam, all must accept the hegemony or be destroyed.
King was outside of their approved hero category, as he had no social or political ax to grind, so they tried to destroy him.
I'm glad the Register writer got caught. But how often does the despicable American media get away with this sort of thing?
This story reminds me of Othello, where the small minded, venial and jealous Iago plots to bring down the noble Othello. In the end the Moorish general was humbled, but Iago destroyed himself in the process.
Liberals hate good, decent people so much they will destroy themselves to hurt what they see as bourgeouis morality. This is clearly an example of that.
September 26, 2019
Sure would be interesting to know what it costs them to charge up those coal-powered cars, relative to gasoline-powered police cars. Of course, they aren't interested in saving money, and gas prices in the Peoples' Republic of Californica are the nation's highest.
A Tesla electric patrol car with the Fremont, Calif., police was forced to back off from a pursuit after the vehicle's battery ran low in the middle of the chase.
"Just slowed down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a sec,â€ the officer in the pursuit said, according to police radio transmissions obtained by KPIX 5." "If someone else is able, can they maneuver into the No. 1spot?â€
Other officers then took over the pursuit. The chase was called off after it was deemed unsafe because of the reckless driving of the suspect. The suspectâ€™s vehicle was later found abandoned in San Jose.
The department is in the midst of a pilot program using 2014 Tesla model S 85 vehicles as part of Fremontâ€™s push to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020.
So the Democrats think Trump committed a crime (well, they actually know better) when he suggested to the Ukrainian President that they should investigate Hunter Biden, whose father bought him out of trouble there with U.S. taxpayer dollars and then bragged about it on camera. The Democrats accuse Trump of campaign law violations since Crazy Joe is running for President. They have an unnamed whistleblower, who admits he did not even overhear the conversation nor was present. There really is no there there.
But that never stopped the Donkeys and their media allies.
The galling thing is that the Democrats in Congress did in fact asked the Ukrainian Prosecutor General last year to investigate Trump.
From the Federalist:
While Democrats rush toward impeachment over an anonymous whistleblower complaint accusing President Donald Trump of requesting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, many have ignored the fact that last year, Senate Democrats wrote to Ukraineâ€™s prosecutor general asking Ukrainian officials to investigate Trump.
The nerve of these people is astonishing. It was the Clinton Campaign that colluded with the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, and it was their intercession that led to the Steele Dossier, which was then used to justify spying on the Trump Campaign. The Democrats are up to their eyeballs in Ukrainian collusion, and yet they try to use this very accusation against Trump!
I thought Trump colluded with the Russians, no their enemy Ukraine. It seems Trump is a faithless, poor "asset" for Vlad Putin.
What does the Bible say about specks and beams in eyes?
Our friend Bill H. has a fine post at his website about the whole "Ukrainegate" whistleblower business. After rehashing the ridiculousness of the charges since it was Joe Biden who committed the far greater offense, Bill states:
And, as an interesting little sidelight, they condemn Trump for not delivering the whistleblower to them, notwithstanding that no president in history and been as viciously prosecutorial of whistleblowers as Barack Obama, a policy of which Democrats were fully supportive.
Amen to that!
The Democrats just don't know what to do to beat Trump,, and they fear losing the crazies in their base, so they are going to be led by the nose on this issue. Nancy Pelosi (whose nose looks quite graspable, in no small part because she appears to be holding it to avoid a bad smell coming from somewhere below) clearly understands the folly of this but can't stop it. I suspect she will allow this to go only so far and then throw a monkey wrench into the machinery when it looks like they really ARE going to impeach Trump. But I may be giving the old bag of bones too much credit.
But remember this; Saul Alinsky said in Rules for Radicals, the Gospel of the modern cook fringe "
a tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag" and clearly this drive towards impeachment is becoming a drag. The Donks are looking like spoiled children throwing a temper tantrum.
It worked in the past, especially with Richard Nixon. But that was because there was no alternative media to get the other side of the story. Now there are voices opposing the Washington Post and New York Times. Back when Nixon was about to be impeached there were no other voices and people were more trusting then. Now we are perhaps not wiser but at least less gullible.
I suspect Pelosi (the San Francisco Bleat) knows this but just doesn't know what else to do. Or she wants to at least appease the wackadoodles in her base and at the same time bloody Trump. But there is the real danger of a backlash, of the whole witch hunt appearing to be precisely that. The Democrats no longer even try to oppose Trump on policy or even competence.
It all depends on the public, but I see no reason to believe the public has moved away from the President on key issues, and the people who voted for him in 2016 have no reason to vote Democratic now. Even if they hold their noses, they'll probably do it because Trump at least appears to be trying and they know what they will get - and there is always a perverse sense in the human spirit that desires to stick it to those who insist you do things their way. That is what the Democrats, the Media, and the Establishment Republicans demand.
Oh, and remember this; Bill Clinton had high popularity numbers despite being shown to be a degenerate. A black man (I don't remember who) called Clinton the "first black President" because he was "pursued by The Man". How much more so is that true of Donald Trump? If blacks liked Clinton for his bucking Ken Starr, how much more will they like DS, who has "attitude", who eats fast food, and doesn't take any crap off his enemies? Couple that with the fact black unemployment is way down and you get at least a suggestion of a fair sized defection to Trump by black voters.
Frankly, I think this move for impeachment was a huge gift to the Orange Menace.
The Twin Cities are starting to resemble St. Louis or Chicago.
18 people charged in two violent group robberies in downtown Minneapolis
From the article:
The incidents were part of a robbery spree that targeted "easy prey,â€ people who were intoxicated, distracted and alone, police said. In one of the attacks, caught on surveillance video near Target Field, the suspects kicked and punched the victim, ran over him with a bicycle and hit him with planting pots.
Eighteen people, ranging in age from 15 to 27 years old, were charged with various counts of robbery in connection with the two separate incidents. Only one person, Adrian Cooper, 25, of Brooklyn Center, was charged in both of the crimes.
Notice too the attacks were on "soft targets" . That is really despicable.
These were really brutal crimes, and charges have been filed.
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