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Judge Orders New Search For Hillary’s Benghazi Emails

Judge orders new searches for Clinton Benghazi emails

Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 — an attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, State searched the roughly 30,000 messages Clinton turned over to her former agency at its request in December 2014 after officials searching for Benghazi-related records realized she had used a personal email account during her four-year tenure as secretary.

just noticed this popup in my twitter feed, and couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow… seems like forever and an age since i’ve seen both “hillary” and “benghazi” in a headline, though now that i think about it — did the FBI ever come back out with a report or finding after they re-opened the investigation?

#hmmmmm  #curious

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Voting Republican Is A Waste Of Time

I’m a conservative – and I now see voting Republican is a waste of time

What would you conclude if you voted for a candidate or a party because of a promise to repeal or change a law that you strongly felt was harmful and unjust, but once in office the party refused to do it? You might conclude, rightly, that those politicians didn’t really work for you, and the party didn’t care what you thought.

That’s precisely the message Republicans have been sending their constituents throughout the Obamacare repeal fiasco. The failure of Senate Republicans to pass a so-called “skinny repeal” in the early hours of Friday is merely the latest instance of GOP fecklessness on health care reform.

Even the attempt at skinny repeal was a tacit admission that Republican lawmakers were never serious about repealing Obamacare. After failing to get enough GOP votes for a repeal and replace bill and then failing earlier this week to pass a straight repeal bill, the skinny repeal bill was a cowardly attempt to make it seem like they had exhausted all options.

But the Senate bill that failed on Friday morning wouldn’t have done much, repealing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, a tax on medical devices, and a handful of marginal items but leaving the rest of the law’s vast and deleterious regulations in place. On its own, it would have done more harm than good, sending already rising premiums up another 20%, hastening the collapse of the individual health insurance market, and shifting the entire healthcare debate from the Senate floor to a closed-door conference committee where the details of the bill would be worked out in secret.

Yet whatever harm skinny repeal might have done to health insurance markets pales in comparison with the harm congressional Republicans have already done to themselves. Unwilling to take the political heat of repealing and replacing Obamacare as they promised, Republicans are in effect enshrining Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement – and making it their own. The most likely scenario now is that Congress will, at the behest of panicked insurers, pass legislation to shore up failing insurance exchanges. In other words, Republicans will save Obamacare.

For seven years, Republicans have campaigned on promises to repeal and replace Obamacare with a “free-market” health care system. They wrested control of the House and the Senate from Democrats on these promises. Donald Trump– along with every other GOP presidential candidate – campaigned on it last year. Republicans voted time and again for politicians that trumpeted their hatred of Obamacare and swore to do something about it. Continue…

i often get labeled as a “republican”, just because i tend to be more “conservative” on some topics… personally, i’ve found it a little annoying for years, and usually try to just ignore it… i’m surrounded by people and co-workers that are more liberal, which is totally cool and fine with me… sometimes have some great conversations, which is always welcome in my book.

…but if you know me, then you also know just how disgusted and frustrated i am with the GOP — even more so than at or towards the democrats, in all honesty.

hell, might’ve noticed that i don’t even bother blogging about politics all that much around here of late… i don’t watch the news all that often, and don’t really follow all the latest chaotic news/gossip/etc swirling around on a neverending and constant basis.

it’s just less stress in my life, and i tend to be happier for it.

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The Progressive Boomerang

it’s friday morning, i’m half awake but armed with my first cup of coffee so all is well with the world as far as i’m concerned at the moment… but let’s go ahead and see what victor is talking about this week — The Progressive Boomerang

The progressive strategy of investigating President Donald Trump nonstop for Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or witness tampering so far has produced no substantial evidence of wrongdoing.

The alternate strategy of derailing the new administration before it really gets started hasn’t succeeded either, despite serial efforts to sue over election results, alter the Electoral College vote, boycott the inauguration, delay the confirmation of appointments, demand recusals, promise Trump’s impeachment or removal through the 25th Amendment, and file suit under the Emoluments Clause.

Likewise, a third strategy of portraying Trump as a veritable monster so far has failed in four special elections for House seats.

Apparently progressives have accepted the idea that Barack Obama’s formula of twice winning the Electoral College is not yet transferrable to other progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton. And they probably have concluded that Obama’s progressive political agenda proved unpopular with voters by 2010 and had to be implemented by ad hoc executive orders — presidential prerogatives now utilized by Donald Trump to overturn the ones Obama issued.

A fourth potential pathway to power would be a return to Bill Clinton’s pragmatic agendas of the 1990s. But apparently progressives find that centrist remedy worse than the malady of losing elections — given that during the Obama tenure, more than 1,000 state and local offices were lost to Republicans, in addition to majorities in the House and Senate, and a majority of governorships and legislatures.

What next?

Continue…

good stuff as always, especially the part that outlines most of the problems with and behind all the russian collusion stuff that’s been ongoing for months now — interesting stuff to say the least.

PS. eggs and bacon… emmmm….

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Johnny Depp Jokes About Assasinating Trump

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’

Last month, it was comedian Kathy Griffin’s infamous beheaded Donald Trump photo that pit the president’s supporters against Hollywood.

Now it appears that another Tinseltown figure, actor Johnny Depp, has entered the fray, making controversial comments about assassinating the commander in chief.

While at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday in the English county of Somerset, Depp brought up the president prior to introducing his 2004 film, “The Libertine.”

“Can we bring Trump in?” Depp says to the crowd, which responds with widespread boos, according to videos of the remarks. “No, no, no. You misunderstand completely. I think he needs help. And this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. But I like that you are all part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living however it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”

he’s so freak’n cool and edgy, isn’t he?

#RollsEyes  #whatevs

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Trump & His Generals

it’s friday morning and i just got my first cup of coffee, so let’s see what victor hanson is writing about this week — Trump and His Generals

Donald Trump earned respect from the Washington establishment for appointing three of the nation’s most accomplished generals to direct his national-security policy: James Mattis (secretary of defense), H. R. McMaster (national-security adviser), and John Kelly (secretary of homeland security).

In the first five months of the Trump administration, the three generals — along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO — have already recalibrated America’s defenses.

At home, illegal immigration is down by some 70 percent. Abroad, a new policy of principled realism seeks to reestablish deterrence through credible threats of retaliation. The generals are repairing old friendships with allies and neutrals while warning traditional enemies not to press their luck.

Trump has turned over most of the details of military operations to his generals. According to his critics, Trump is improperly outsourcing to his generals both strategic decision-making and its tactical implementation.

But is Trump really doing that?

Continue…

another good read, as usual… didn’t realize that illegal immigration was down by 70% already — damn.

and we haven’t even built the wall yet! ;)

emmmmm… coffee…….

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Republicans Targeted, Shot Down

Scalise critical, shooter ID’d as James Hodgkinson

A gunman believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injuring four others before U.S. Capitol Police took down the rifle-wielding assailant.

Scalise was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, MedStar Washington Hospital tweeted. He had surgery after being shot in the hip and was initially said to be stable.

The shooter, who had a violent history including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving, was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, Fox News confirmed. President Trump said Hodgkinson died from injuries sustained when he was shot by police.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

i didn’t even hear about this until last night and was kinda shocked to find out that some left-wing nutjob went to a friendly baseball game, armed with a rifle/guns and went in shooting — because they were republicans.

wow.

i mean, what the flying fuck?! i know it’s been pretty bad and all the political shit has been getting nasty & devisive, but g’damn… not sure i’ve ever heard of people being gunned down because they were Republicans.

List of threats against GOP & Trump from Hollywood…

  • Kathy Griffin ‘Beheads’ Trump in Graphic Photo
  • Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
  • Snoop Dogg “Shoots” Trump in the Head in Music Video
  • Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face”
  • Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to F*ck Paul Ryan to Death”
  • Shakespeare in the Park Stabs ‘Trump’ to Death in Performance of ‘Julius Caesar
  • Rapper YG Threatens Trump with “F*ck Donald Trump” Song
  • Marilyn Manson Kills ‘Trump’ in Music Video

Trump ‘assassination’ play to continue despite mounting controversy…
Gutfeld: The blame game of today’s shooting…

#wtf  #gdamn  #depressing

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Giving Trump Fake News

Trump’s Staff Literally Gives Him Fake News That’s Printed From the Internet

Have you seen that 1977 Time magazine cover proclaiming that you need to prepare for the coming Ice Age? It’s popular on right wing sites that claim climate change is a hoax. But the magazine cover itself is 100 percent fake. Good thing nobody printed it off and showed it to the president though, right?

Yes, according to Politico, Trump’s staff regularly prints articles from the internet and hands them to the president. Sometimes, they hand him internet hoaxes that they believe are real—which explains so much.

In the case of that fake 1977 Time magazine cover about a coming Ice Age, it was handed to Trump by K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser. Allow me to repeat that if you missed it the first time: The deputy national security advisor, one of the most powerful people to have the ear of the president, is handing Trump internet hoaxes printed from the internet.

hmmmm… are you effin kidding me?!

okay, back when he was a candidate, and still a non-elected official of the US government, you might be able to get away with crap like that… but what’s kind of worrisome is the fact that he’s actually being fed given “fake news” in the oval office as the President of the United States.

wow.

i mean… just… wow.

#blink  #unbelievable

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Trumpism v. Republicanism

Can Trump Successfully Remodel the GOP?

If Trumpism succeeds, it could replace mainstream Republicanism.

The Republican-party establishment is caught in an existential paradox.

Without Donald Trump’s populist and nationalist 2016 campaign, the GOP probably would not have won the presidency. Nor would Republicans now enjoy such lopsided control of state legislatures and governorships, as well as majorities in the House and Senate, and likely control of the Supreme Court for a generation.

So are conservatives angry at the apostate Trump or indebted to him for helping them politically when they were not able to help themselves?

For a similar sense of the paradox, imagine if a novice outsider such as billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban had captured the Democratic nomination and then won the presidency — but did not run on either Bernie Sanders’s progressive redistributionism, Barack Obama’s identity politics, or Hillary Clinton’s high taxes and increased regulation. Would liberals be happy, conflicted, or seething?

For now, most Republicans are overlooking Trump’s bothersome character excesses — without conceding that his impulsiveness and bluntness may well have contributed to his success after Republican sobriety and traditionalism failed.

Republicans concentrate on what they like in the Trump agenda — military spending increases, energy expansion, deterrence abroad, tax and regulatory reform, and the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act — and they ignore the inherent contradictions between Trumpism and their own political creed.

But there are many fault lines that will loom large in the next few years. Continue…

another good read from victor, as usual… got my hot cocoa and bagel, and i’m ready to get the day started.

TGIF, right? :)

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Hey Comey, You’re Fired!

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter of political interference by a sitting president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. It immediately ignited Democratic calls for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday. White House officials refused to say anything more about the three occasions Mr. Trump cited. Continue…

i was a little surprised last night when i pulled up my twitter feed on my phone and the first thing i saw was something about the FBI director being fired — on techcrunch of all places… i’m sure some people were surprised, it sure sounds like James Comey was from what i’ve read, since the first he heard about it was seeing the news on the TV… man, what a shitty way to find out you just lost your job, y’know?

anywho, can’t say i’m really all that surprised… if anything, i would’ve thought that Trump would’ve let him go in the first few weeks after taking office, to be honest.

10 Major FBI Scandals On Comey’s Watch…

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Lefties Threaten Violence, Rose Parade Cancelled

Portland parade canceled after protesters threaten to rough up Republicans

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, have gone from blocking streets and disrupting City Council meetings to threatening to rough up Republicans, and James Buchal is sick of it.

The chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, Mr. Buchal accused city officials of kowtowing to “domestic terrorism” after an annual parade was canceled over a warning from radicals who said they would wreck the event unless Republicans were excluded.

“[O]nce again, local civic leaders didn’t do enough to prevent organized gangs of criminal thugs from running rampant in the city,” Mr. Buchal said Wednesday in a statement. “According to the criminal elements, they control the streets of Portland.”

Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade scrapped the Saturday event after receiving an anonymous email offering a choice: Either bar the Multnomah County Republicans or “we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out.”

“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” said the email from thegiver@riseup.net.

what a week for the lefties… first there was all that crazy bullshit with Ann Coulter being threatened and cancelling her talk at Berkley, rightfully raising lots of questions about our first amendment right to free speech… she should’ve been welcomed with open arms, even if many of the students didn’t like or agree with what she had to say… at least sit down, be quiet, and listen to what she says first… then you can argue and debate — that’s a good and healthy thing, especially for any democracy.

then today i read about this rose parade being cancelled because a local “anti-fascist” liberal group in oregon threatened to mob and beat up people in a fucking rose parade because some republicans are involved? are you fucking serious?!

first thing it reminded me of was the “brown coats” in early 1930’s germany… gangs running around, beating people up, and threatening violence against other people and groups to keep them quiet — seriously, think about it for a second.

ugh, whatever.

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Single-Payer Health Care?

The Road to Single-Payer Health Care

Washington – Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences.

Neither condition needs to be permanent. There are ideological differences between the various GOP factions, but what’s overlooked is the role that procedure played in producing the deadlock. And procedure can easily be changed.

The House leadership crafted a bill that would meet the delicate requirements of “reconciliation” in order to create a (more achievable) threshold of 51 rather than 60 votes in the Senate. But this meant that some of the more attractive, market-oriented reforms had to be left out, relegated to a future measure (a so-called phase-three bill) that might never actually arrive.

Yet the more stripped-down proposal died anyway. So why not go for the gold next time? Pass a bill that incorporates phase-three reforms and send it on to the Senate.

September might be the time for resurrecting repeal-and-replace. That’s when insurers recalibrate premiums for the coming year, precipitating our annual bout of Obamacare sticker shock. By then, even more insurers will be dropping out of the exchanges, further reducing choice and service. These should help dissipate the pre-emptive nostalgia for Obamacare that emerged during the current debate.

At which point, the House leadership should present a repeal-and-replace that includes such phase-three provisions as tort reform and permitting the buying of insurance across state lines, both of which would significantly lower costs.

Even more significant would be stripping out the heavy-handed Obamacare coverage mandate that dictates what specific medical benefits must be included in every insurance policy in the country, regardless of the purchaser’s desires or needs.

Best to mandate nothing. Let the customer decide. A 60-year-old couple doesn’t need maternity coverage. Why should they be forced to pay for it? And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need lactation services. Continue…

totally agree… after the clusterfuck mess that we just watched play out over the past few weeks or more, i’d say “fuck it” and put forth the full repeal-and-replace bill that they want — not this 3-phase multibill approach — and see if the senate can step up and get it done… probably with Trump in the background making calls and twisting a few proverbial arms, if needed.

PS. what a fucking mess.

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Man Radicalized In Congress

Authorities Believe Man Radicalized While Serving 18 Years In Congress

WASHINGTON—Saying that being confined in such a volatile environment was known to have devastating psychological repercussions, FBI officials reported Wednesday that Ohio man Patrick Kinsey had apparently become radicalized during his 18 years spent inside of the U.S. Congress.

“We’ve uncovered evidence that leads us to believe this elected official became heavily influenced by hardline extremists and religious fanatics during his time serving in the country’s legislative branch,” said FBI spokesperson Irene Jessup, adding that the representative appeared to have fallen in with a powerful fundamentalist faction during his first days in the congressional chamber and quickly adopted their strict interpretation of a fringe ideology.

“While he may have arrived as a seemingly ordinary moderate, we believe he’s been completely indoctrinated in this rigid mindset and is currently recruiting others to join him and take up radical causes. At this time, his worldview has become so narrowed that he responds to any outside beliefs with apocalyptic rhetoric and by making grandiose threats.”

Jessup further revealed that it was clear the political extremist was fully intent on bringing about the total destruction of the U.S. government.

on a day when my twitter feed seems to have been overtaken with people dropping quotes from the 2nd day of Gorsuch being grilled by democrats up on the hill… i found this to be rather funny.

#chuckle

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Repeal Obamacare

i’m still not sure what the hell happened to victor hanson, but i figured i’d drop by NRO and see if anything caught my eye… and this one about repealing Obamacare is the first one i clicked on.

As Washington people go around doing Washington things and talking to other Washington people about Washington-focused health-care reform, we would do well to take a step back to simplify the debate in front of us.

We are the most prosperous country in the history of the world. As such, we have many of the best hospitals, doctors, nurses, and medicines available. We have hundreds of insurers that take risk — for profit — to insure us. We have fairly broad, but expensive and not always effective, social safety nets in which we pool our resources through taxation in an effort to help those who need it.

But the truth is, we have a very badly broken health-care system. We are losing doctors by the thousands. Health-care costs have been skyrocketing and insurance premiums are increasingly flat-out unaffordable. Insurance companies are no longer serving vast swaths of our country — leaving people with no choices and reduced access to care. Americans, in short, are no longer able to get the health care of their choosing from the doctor of their choosing at an affordable cost.

Very few people dispute these facts or the need to reform health care. So we now confront a choice between two paths – and when we make this choice, it is highly unlikely we will reach a similar fork in the road.

Path One is to do something different – to acknowledge the failures of Obamacare, which are massive, and then do a very un-Washington thing and honor commitments made to fully repeal it (which have been numerous), and actually roll back a federal mistake. Then, make a fresh start, with two simple steps. First, freeze Medicaid enrollment immediately and send Medicaid dollars to states with zero strings attached to allow them to innovate and be more effective. Second, increase portability and decrease costs through increased competition, by equalizing the tax treatment between employers and individuals.

If we choose this path, we will, in essence, be saying: Let competitive markets and the states clean up the mess Washington created. Drive down costs through unfettered competition, and increase the number of doctors competing for our business. Cost is the problem. Coverage will naturally increase if costs are lowered and will provide far better health-care options for far more Americans.

Furthermore, we should give states maximum flexibility to create programs for the poor and those lacking access to care as well as to create innovations such as high-risk pools and targeted health-savings accounts for those without insurance. The benefit would extend beyond health care, to creating more unity in our country through federalism – allowing us to accommodate our differences. Continue…

after all this time, i still fail to truly understand why this is so g’damn complicated… it was a mess before, it’s a mess now with obamacare, and they still can’t seem to just sit down and figure this shit out — seriously, what the fuck?

The GOP Repeal Plan Is Pretty Bad

#UGH  #WTF

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Kaerpernick Will Stand

Colin Kaerpernick Will Stand For Anthem

Who could sleep this NFL offseason wondering as to how Colin Kaerpernick would treat the pre-game national anthem in the future. Rest easy, buttercup. Kaepernick through his new agents has let it be known he will be standing for future renditions of the Star Spangled Banner.

This may or may not have something to do with Kaepernick declaring his free agency from the Niners and looking to thirty-one other teams for his next job. It’s fun to play pretend. Let me see, your starting level QB skills are questionable and people who consume our league’s official beverage detest your BLM kneeling bit. Pass. Where’s that gay defensive end who couldn’t get around NFL caliber O-linemen? We need a cover.

Kaepernick wants to ensure that the progress brought about by his season of kneeling is not lost with his decision to stop kneeling in order to get paid. Your legacy seems intact. What was it you did again? Oh, yeah. Trump.

At some point rational people who no longer exist will decide that it’s particularly unnecessary to perform a splashy anthem before every sporting event. Not every old tradition is outdated. This one is. It went the way of internationalizing professional sports leagues and multibillion dollar TV contracts and Commissioners sweeping domestic violence and PED use under the rug.

We don’t insist on the national anthem performance before any other recreational or entertainment events. Usually a simple reminder to turn off your cellphones suffices. The mechanized musical protocol before games provides no patriotic distinction and now has become an opportunity for attention seekers to provide for the exact opposite. With the national anthem, Kaepernick is a civil rights icon, without the national anthem, a dude with a wicked fro holding a clipboard on the sidelines. Bring back dogs catching frisbees.

i remember hearing some “rumor” awhile ago about Kaerpernick maybe going or looking to go to the Broncos, and i wasn’t all that happy to hear about that… personally, i’d hate to see that guy kneeling on the sidelines wearing broncos orange… fuck that… then again, i just read something about Elway and Romo working out some deal — g’damnit, really?!??

#mumble  #sigh

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Nicole Kidman on Trump

Nicole Kidman shows what class looks like in hollywood as it relates to our President.

well done…

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MSNBC: Our Job Is To Control What People Think

Brzezinski: ‘Our Job’ Is to Control ‘Exactly What People Think’

Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.

While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.

“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”

SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”

BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”

The comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists. Instead, her co-host, Joe Scarborough, said that Trump’s media antagonism puts him on par with Mussolini and Lenin.

SCARBOROUGH: “It’s the — it’s the ground noise that he is throwing out there also, whether he is questioning, Mark, the legitimacy of federal judges to do what they have done since Marbury v. Madison. It’s when he says the media is the, quote –“

BRZEZINSKI: “Enemy.”

SCARBOROUGH: “– ‘enemy of the people’, where he sounds like Mussolini or Lenin which obviously causes concern that phrase right there makes him sound more like a dictator in training, when he sends Stephen Miller out and says, basically the president has absolute power, he shall not be questioned.”

Scarborough also accused Trump’s base of having a “blind spot” on the issue of illegal immigration.

speaking of information warfare and fake news… at least for a brief moment, she was completely honest.

g’damn.

#chuckle

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Trump: See You In Court!

‘SEE YOU IN COURT’: Trump indicates he’ll take travel ban to Supreme Court

President Trump reacted on Twitter Thursday evening after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reinstate his ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously, finding that the government lawyers failed to show they were likely to prevail on the merits. In his Twitter message, which was written in all capital letters, Trump indicated he will have Justice Department attorneys appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

White House director of social media Dan Scavino did not immediately respond to an email from Yahoo News asking whether the president planned to send any more tweets about the court decision on Thursday night. Trump also discussed the ruling in an impromptu appearance before reporters at the White House, where he called it a “political decision” and reiterated his desire to appeal.

“It’s a political decision and we’re going to see them in court, and I look forward to doing it,” Trump said. “We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake, and it’s a very very serious situation.”

Reporters also asked Trump if he was concerned the legal setback “undercut the early days” of his presidency.

“No. This is just a decision that came down, but we’re going to win the case,” Trump said.

if this actually ends up going to the Supreme Court, it should be pretty damn interesting to see what the outcome will be… maybe they’ll put a live feed on CSPAN or something, with a live webstream, so people can tune in and watch how it all plays out — i doubt it, but it would be kinda cool… in a geeky political way.

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Trump’s New Culture War

Trump’s new culture war has left liberals reeling. They thought they’d won that battle

Donald Trump is an unlikely president. He is also an unlikely cultural warrior. That hasn’t stopped him from becoming both.

Besides throwing American politics into a tumult that won’t end in the near future, President Trump has reoriented and reinvigorated the American culture war. He has wrenched it away from its decades-long focus on issues related to religion and sexual morality and created another axis around populism and nationalism.

The issues involved in this new culture war – anti-elitism, political correctness, immigration, national sovereignty, multiculturalism – are every bit as charged as the ones that animated the old one. They involve the symbolically and emotionally fraught questions of how we should live and who we are as a people.

Other advanced countries don’t have culture wars quite like the United States. A fight has raged here since the 1970s over such issues as abortion, school prayer, traditional sexual mores, gay rights, religious displays on public property, pornography, graphic content in television shows and movies and school curriculums. The combatants have been, roughly speaking, secular coastal elites on the one hand and a religious heartland on the other.

Perhaps the high point for the right in the culture war came in 2004 when George W Bush, touting his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, won re-election on the strength of his support among evangelical Christians. Worried Democrats wondered how they could make inroads among these “values voters”. They haven’t had to worry since. Barack Obama’s election in 2008 heralded a new day.

If the old culture war wasn’t quite lost for the right, it was slipping away. Traditional marriage continued to decline, the entertainment culture got more coarse and old-fashioned sexual morality became the stuff of mockery. The rout on gay marriage has been so complete, with the supreme court making gay marriage legal throughout the land, that the left has moved on to the new cause of transgender rights.

Once, Democrats felt it necessary to play defence on social issues. No more. In an act that would have been unimaginable just a few years prior, the Obama administration got embroiled in litigation with an order of nuns – yes, nuns – on the question of whether they should have to technically abide by a federal contraception mandate or not.

In this context, Donald Trump is extremely ill suited as a culture warrior. The cliched charge against conservatives was always that they wanted “to impose their morality” on everyone else. Continue…

still no new op/eds from victor hanson — he must be on some month long vacation or something, geeesh — so figured i’d go ahead and post something else instead… and i actually found this one to be really interesting, enough so that i sat down and read through the entire thing.

good stuff mang.

PS. on my second cup of coffee, and feeling like i really could use another even though it’s almost lunch time already. damn.

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Humor/Funny Political

Bad Lip Reading Trump

Bad Lip Reading has delivered its video on Trump’s inauguration, and it’s hysterical

If you need to laugh right now, then we’ve got just the video for you.

The YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading has gained notoriety as on of YouTube’s most popular places to watch parodies of videos ranging from the NFL to pop-culture. BLR will have Yoda singing about seagulls chasing him one moment, and have the Avengers take on redneck personas the next. All of this done through the use of — as the channel suggests — dubbing over scenes, and badly interpreting what the people are saying.

But as fun as the pokes at pop-culture are, BLR really shines during election season when the channel tends to poke fun at everything from political ads for candidates, to their debates. The videos BLR produced during both the 2016 primaries, and the general election were nothing short of hysterical.

some are funnier than others, naturally… but i got a chuckle nonetheless.

#chuckle

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Op/Ed Political

Obama Shows His True Colors

Obama Shows His True Colors as He Leaves Office

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were overshadowed, in part by a successor who refused to come in quietly, and in part by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.

Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.”

Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus another quarter-million State Department documents.

The cables were embarrassing; the military secrets were almost certainly deadly. They jeopardized the lives not just of American soldiers on two active fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — but of locals who were, at great peril, secretly aiding and abetting us. After Manning’s documents release, the Taliban “went on a killing spree” (according to intelligence sources quoted by Fox News) of those who fit the description of individuals working with the United States.

Moreover, we will be involved in many shadowy conflicts throughout the world. Locals will have to choose between us and our enemies. Would you choose a side that is so forgiving of a leaker who betrays her country — and you? Continue…

i usually head over to NRO to see what victor hanson is writing about this week, but i guess he’s on vacation… krauthammer is always a good backup, though ;)

on a slightly related note, today should be pretty damn… ummmm, interesting… what with the Trump inauguration going on up in DC — sooooo happy i’m working from home today, because traffic is probably gonna be a nightmare.

Obama dog Sunny bites white house guest…

p.s. yup, i definitely need more coffee.

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