🤠 Wednesday News Roundup🐎

April 24, 2019 by

 

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I say “news” but I collected both “news” and “opinion”. Opinion is fine so long as it’s acknowledged as such. There are those who’s opinion is worth reading and thinking about and those who’s opinion is utter nonsense.

So take a look and a read and see what you think.

Oh and this is me so of course there are cartoons. For me a day without cartoons is… well a day without cartoons. And That’s just sad. Sorrow emoticon

New Hampshire Poll Shows Bad News For Joe Biden, and Even Worse News for Elizabeth Warren

by Stacey Matthews

Last week, I wrote about new national presidential campaign polling numbers that had Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) taking the lead from former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders’ has a 5 percentage point lead, making it a significant shift, considering Biden had led every poll taken on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (outside of one where there was a tie) until that point.

This week on the polling front shows more concerning news for Biden, as he’s in a virtual tie now with South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the critical primary state of New Hampshire:

The latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire finds Sanders at 30 percent, followed by Biden at 18 percent and Buttigieg at 15 percent. No other candidate has more than 5 percent support. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats said they’re still trying to decide who to support.

There is surging interest in Buttigieg among Democratic voters.

In the previous survey from late February, Sanders was at 26 percent, followed by Biden at 22 percent. Buttigieg was only at 1 percent in that survey.

So not only has Biden lost ground in New Hampshire, but he lost it to a guy with a very minimal campaign apparatus and who almost nobody had heard of up until a month or so ago when the media began to treat him as their new BFF.

“Mini B” Buttigieg, by the way, visited New Hampshire just this past weekend.

Where did Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) land in this poll? In 4th place at 5%.

Sanders clearly has received the benefit of coming from a neighboring state. Warren, however, has not – which should concern her since she has invest so much time and energy in New Hampshire.

This is in addition to the fact that she’s not even polling well in her own state, and has fundraising issues on top of everything else.

 Stephen Green: Democrats Can Kiss Ohio Goodbye 

Ohio is the swing state that might not swing left anymore — and Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.

I spoke with PJ Media Managing Editor (and Ohio resident) Paula Bolyard last Friday about this. She told me that “Anecdotally, support for Trump is solid. Even my mom — who has never voted for a Republican in her life — will probably end up voting for him, mostly because the Dems have become too radical.” She adds, “That’s where Trump comes in — the northwest corner of the state is blue-collar industrial — and they’ve always voted Democrat.”

  Our Imploding Educational System

Education in the U.S. is imploding.  The Horatio Alger ideals of education depicting the conditions for successful fulfillment of one’s ambitions have been superseded by the ideas and ideals of John Dewey.  His ideals enunciated in School and Society and in A Common Faith suggest the replacement of self-conscious, ambitious individuality with the replacement of a highly socialized citizen whose “faith” is in democracy and working together with others as a useful citizen.  The great books curricula, popular in the 1890s, was debunked.  Despite his romanticization of socialistic concepts (hidden behind the word “democracy,” a tactic not unlike that of Sen. Bernie Sanders), his views represent an attack on the individual, the family, and the foundation of America in Judeo-Christian values.

DRAWING THE LINE, AT LAST: A few university presidents have shown backbone and common sense against the hysterical demands of campus radicals

By Heather Mac Donald

To appreciate the significance of recent events at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, it helps to recall briefly some landmark moments in the College Administrator Hall of Shame.

Claremont McKenna College, October 2015: a Hispanic student writes a lachrymose oped denouncing Claremont’s “western, white, cisheternormative upper- to upper-middle class values” that, she says, make her and other minority admits feel out of place. The dean of students thanks the student for her oped and asks if she would be willing to meet with Claremont’s administrators to help them “better serve students, especially those who don’t fit our CMC mold.” The phrase “not fitting the mold” was used by Claremont’s minority students themselves to describe their status; nevertheless, protests, hunger strikes, and marches engulf the campus, demanding the dean’s resignation for having described minority students as not fitting the school’s “mold.” The dean grovels before an angry group of students for over an hour, apologizing for her poor choice of words and promising to make amends. Claremont’s president Hiram Chodosh offers not one word of support for the dean, who soon resigns.

Yale, November 2015: a mob of minority students surrounds a respected Yale sociologist, Nicholas Christakis, and berates, screams, and curses at him for two hours. The students’ rage was triggered because Christakis’s wife, a child psychologist, had suggested in an email that Yale undergrads could choose their Halloween costumes without guidance from Yale’s diversity bureaucracy. One girl shrieks at Christakis: “Be quiet! . . . Who the fuck hired you? . . . You should not sleep at night! You are disgusting!” When Christakis meekly disagreed with another student’s claim that free speech allows “violence to happen on this campus,” the student shouts back: “It doesn’t matter whether you agree or not . . . It’s not a debate.” Four Yale diversity bureaucrats silently observed the professor’s scourging from the edges of the mob without coming to his defense.

Beto: I Would Sign ‘Reparations Commission’ Bill ‘In A Heartbeat’

“Now I’m all for Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill that would set up a reparations commission. I would sign that into law in a heartbeat but I want to make sure that in every community at every level, here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, perhaps especially, that we are ready to have that conversation person to person, eyeball to eyeball, just like we’re doing in this room right now. I’m convinced that if we do that, we will form the consciousness and the political will to take the action necessary to repair the damage done, repair the root of the word reparation and to stop visiting that injustice on future generations,” he added.

O’Rourke was referring to H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, which would “establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

Monty Python meets Mueller Dems

By Hugh Hewitt

In Monty Python’s famed “dead parrot” sketch, the bird’s owner’s repeated proclamations to the pet shop owner that the bird had expired – not stunned or sleeping but undeniably dead – has made for laughs for decades.

The contemporary version of the parrot is the Mueller report, following its transmission to Congress on Thursday. Those clutching the report and crying “impeachment” are like the store owner, oblivious to how thoroughly the case for impeachment has been destroyed.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., knows the jig is up. Some of the party’s presidential candidates, such as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker , D-N.J., get it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., does not. She is running a zombie campaign that she is trying hard to reanimate. Her fundraising and her media appearances suggest a forced march and gritted teeth. And while moderate candidates such as Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., only need former vice president Joe Biden to stumble, Warren somehow has to try to work around both Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kamala Harris on the left flank of the field. It just isn’t happening for her.

Maxine Waters: The American People Will Force Pelosi, Democrats to Impeach Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) predicted Tuesday the American people would pressure House Democrats into impeaching President Donald Trump, adding she wished it would happen sooner rather than later.

Waters has called for Trump’s impeachment since almost the moment he took office, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has taken a more cautious approach, even in the wake of the Robert Mueller report’s findings that some Democrats argue is a roadmap to impeaching Trump for obstruction. Pelosi said Tuesday “we’re not there yet.”

Agitated with the White House for resisting Democratic subpoenas and calls for Trump’s tax returns, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews asked Waters when Democratic leaders like Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) would agree Trump was acting like a “king” and had to be impeached.

Al Gore blames record U.S. cold on climate change — then meteorologist drops truth bomb on him

Al Gore took to his Twitter account last week to blame the recent record cold snap on climate change. But he was sharply rebuked with facts by a famed meteorologist.

These allegations, however, are more narrative and opinion rather than fact, according to meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

Bastardi challenged whether the recent cold has anything to do with climate change, saying cold in the 1980s was colder than this year’s recent cold snap and it was never connected to climate change or global warming.

Bastardi also questioned whether or not the upcoming thaw is connected to climate change.

After four tweets, Bastardi concluded by chiding Gore and other climate change alarmists about pursuing narrative over truth.

As children we passed the time pretending to be grownups. We were doctors or cowboys or ballerinas or truck drivers. We built forts and made-up languages. We played school. We imagined our way through grand adventures –- and then, little by little, we turned into adults. Even those who actually became doctors and cowboys faced the reality of those challenging professions. Or we didn’t, and took up voting Democrat, ranting around in marches, and running for office instead.

It’s hard not to notice how little growing up those on the left have actually accomplished. They live in La-la Land, in Leftlandia, saturated in fantasies filled with pots of gold at the ends of LGBT rainbows. They never touch down. Just look at the fairytale multiverse they swoop around in:

  1. Leftlandians actually believe that the world’s climate is something they can control, that man is so much greater than the God Who created the world that humans can use so much toilet paper, or so much gasoline that they can undo creation. They also believe that using fossil fuels to generate electricity with which to run our cars is somehow more environmentally sensible than just using the fossil fuels directly. When someone points out the damage –- both human and environmental –- done by building all those lithium batteries, the Leftlandians just cover their eyes and holler La-La-La-La.
  2. In their unicorn-inhabited world they can pass laws forbidding plastic straws and shampoo bottles and assume that this terrible sacrifice will clean the oceans of the trash dumped into it by billions of people in the third world.
  3. They actually believe they can impose tax hikes on the wealthy and on corporations and said entities will just sit and take it. It doesn’t occur to the left that anyone smart enough to get rich in the first place will be smart enough to hide their money offshore, or move their business to a less onerous tax environment. Remember the little girl in your neighborhood who always wanted to boss everyone around and how mad she’d get when no one would obey her?  That’s the left.  “I’m the boss!”

Florida Supreme Court Upholds DeSantis’s Suspension of Broward County Sheriff

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.) had the authority to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for the failures of his department surrounding the Parkland high school shooting last year.

“Today’s Florida Supreme Court opinion leaves no doubt of my authority as Governor to suspend a government official for neglect of duty and incompetence,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Scott Israel failed in his duties to protect the families and students of Broward County and the time for delay tactics is at an end.”

DeSantis said he looked forward to the Florida State Senate “resuming the process of formal removal.” DeSantis appointed retired Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony as interim sheriff after suspending Israel in January.

Florida’s constitution allows for the governor to suspend a sheriff for incompetence or neglect of duty. Israel, a Democrat, claimed he was being unjustly targeted by the Republican governor for being in favor of gun control and said DeSantis’s actions were subverting the will of Broward County voters, the Miami Herald reported.

Nate Madden: Social Security is hurtling to insolvency. Can we finally talk about how screwed up it is?

Some of America’s largest entitlement programs are in desperate need of reform, but we shouldn’t hold our breath on that.

As my colleague Mike Ciandella reports:

According a new report released Monday by the board of trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, which oversees Social Security, “Social Security’s total cost is projected to be less than its total income in 2019 and higher than its total income in 2020 and all later years.”

This report also said that beginning in 2020, “the dollar amount of the hypothetical combined trust fund reserves declines until reserves become depleted in 2035.” The Disability Insurance Trust Fund reserves would run out completely by 2052.

And it gets worse. Yes, Social Security is set to switch to partial payments in 16 years; however, Medicare Part A — the program that covers hospital and nursing costs for senior citizens — will see its trust fund depleted by the year 2026. That insolvency projection has been in place since last year.

If Medicare part A is already set for insolvency when it only covers costs for the elderly, how in the world does any rational person expect the program to fare if we open it up to over 300 million Americans, as has been so widely suggested by multiple candidates on the 2020 campaign trail?

Former FBI Official Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Were Found in Obama White House

A former top FBI official has admitted under oath that a repository of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email records was obtained by the Obama White House and housed in the Executive Office of the President.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently coaxed the admission out of the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, as part of a court-ordered discovery regarding Clinton’s unauthorized email server.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled earlier this year that discovery could commence examining Clinton’s use of the server and ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides to be deposed or answer written questions under oath. The court said that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Judicial Watch asked Priestap to identify representatives of Clinton, her former staff, and government agencies from which “email repositories were obtained” by the FBI.

In addition to the Executive Office of the President, Priestap also named “Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, Jacob Sullivan, and Justin Cooper; former Clinton information technology staffer Bryan Pagliano, the State Department, Secret Service, and Washington-based law firm Williams and Connolly.”

According to the watchdog group, Priestap also testified that nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as a result of a search warrant for her material on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner was then the wayward husband of Huma Abedin, the vice chair of  Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president.

While he was the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Priestap helped oversee both the Clinton email and the FBI’s 2016 Crossfire Hurricane investigations.

However, in closed-door testimony before congressional lawmakers in June of 2018, Priestap acknowledged it was mostly FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI analyst Jonathan Moffa who drove those investigations.

He testified in a separate lawsuit in 2017 that Clinton was the subject of a grand jury investigation in 2016 related to her BlackBerry email accounts.

A complete copy of Priestap’s responses is available here.

“This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated – Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme.”

There is a lot of actual “News” and some decent opinions available to all of us. Unfortunately far too many simply read headlines, get their “news” from Twitter or only read things that re-enforce their own bias. A little research is a good thing and leads to actually knowing what is going on in your world. Or at least having a better perspective.

MSM is useless for “news” and most of their opinions are dumber than dirt. So, it’s up to us to seek to become informed on our own.

I can do that because I’m retired. Harder for those who still have a job and young family to take up much of their time. But being better informed doesn’t take long and knowing the truth is well worth it. Image du Blog marybleue.centerblog.net | Bellas ...

Have a happy day. May the  lovely Spring weather warm your heart and your day. The sunny face of a daffodil makes me smile and that’s a good thing and it’s free – unlike all the promises being served up by the Democrats.

Be well.

This is an open thread.

 

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