🎄 Open Thread December 9th 🎄

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Another open thread with some articles I found interesting. I hope you find them interesting too.

The whining and complaining continue. It’s amazing that so many “adults” can act like such whiny little babies. And that included people on both sides of the aisle.

Trump continues to be Trump, to no one’s surprise that had a brain.

The left keeps moving further left to show those silly fools that voted for Trump that they won’t take no for an answer. The re-election of Pelosi to be their Minority Leader seems to suggest a suicidal tendency.

In other words, SOP

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    Trump Taps Scott Pruitt as EPA Director 

“The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses,” he said in the statement.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/12/08/confirmed-trump-taps-scott-pruitt-as-epa-director-n2256871

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  2015 FBI data: Jews were nearly 3X more likely than blacks, 1.5X more likely than Muslims to be a hate crime victim 

Members of which of these groups were most likely to be a victim of a hate crime in 2015: Muslims, Blacks or Jews? Based on media coverage, you would have to say Muslims or Blacks.

According to a Google news search for the term “hate crimes” along with the name of each of those three groups, there are 164,000 results for “hate crimes” + black, 134,000 results for “hate crimes” + Muslims and only 36,400 results for “hate crimes” + Jews.

Based on news reports, you would think that blacks were 4.5 times more likely than Jews to be the victim of a hate crime and that Muslims were almost 4 times more than likely than Jews to be a hate crime victim.

https://www.aei.org/publication/2015-fbi-data-jews-were-nearly-3x-more-likely-than-blacks-1-5x-more-likely-than-muslims-to-be-a-hate-crime-victim/

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David Harsanyi: Did Democrats Learn Anything From Their Attack On The Filibuster?   

And what about Republicans?

After reading the CNN piece titled “Senate Dems, powerless to stop Trump nominees, regret ‘nuclear option’ power play” a person may experience some deeply satisfying schadenfreude.

So be sure to keep Barack Obama, Harry Reid, the liberal pundit class (Ezra KleinPaul Krugman, and the editorial boards of nearly every major newspaper) — and everyone else who thought Senate Democrats should blow up the filibuster — in your thoughts when Donald Trump names his cabinet and judges. And be sure to remember how recklessness begets recklessness in DC.

“I do regret that,” Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat who voted to weaken the filibuster three years ago, tells CNN. “I frankly think many of us will regret that in this Congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency brake, to have in our system to slow down nominees.”

http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/06/did-democrats-learn-anything-from-their-attack-on-check-balances-its-doubtful/

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 And Then There Were Two: Race For RNC Chair Thinning 

The race to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee is narrowing. People close to the transition process are saying president-elect Trump could make a decision as early as Friday or Saturday. The choices are between Michigan GOP chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Georgia political operative Nick Ayers.

The camps behind both candidates are looking like a classic “grassroots vs. establishment” showdown. Whoever Trump chooses may be an indication how he runs his White House.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/jasonhopkins/2016/12/09/and-then-there-were-two-race-for-rnc-chair-thinning-n2257201

I find it amusing how often pundits and writers are trying to find some clue about how Trump will run his White House. I don’t think there’s a clue because I don’t think Trump has a clue. He will do whatever the little voices in his head tell him on any given day. Some days they may actually tell him to listen to people with knowledge and expertise. Other days…

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Democrats Should Put Some Blame For Their Electoral Losses On Planned Parenthood

If the 2016 election cycle isn’t enough of a wake-up call, the Democratic Party will soon learn from young adults, many of whom are appalled by the extremism of the abortion industry.

Not too long ago, the abortion industry noticed their identity as “pro-choicers” wasn’t conveying their position accurately or resonating with younger people. So they sought to change the messaging on abortion, pushing out radical feminists like Katha Pollitt, who declared abortion was a social good.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, opened up about her abortion in a major women’s magazine. Abortion advocates attempted to remove the stigma of abortion. In essence, they all dug in their spiked heels even deeper. In the 2016 election cycle, they threw everything they had behind their pantsuit-loving, history-making Democratic nominee. And it didn’t end well for them.

 http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/08/democrats-put-blame-electoral-losses-planned-parenthood/

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Lisa Benson

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 That’s all for now. As usual there are more articles of interest than room or time to post them. I’ll add as I find.  Have a great day!

And you know I couldn’t leave without at least one more cartoon…

Editorial cartoon on Democratic Party and 2016 presidential election

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24 Responses to “🎄 Open Thread December 9th 🎄”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Another great post, Marge! I so appreciate all you do for the blog. You are just amazing!

    We are heading out this morning for the airport in San Diego, then flying all day/evening back to the East Coast. It has been mighty nice looking out the window at the Pacific Ocean, but I am ready to be home with my critters!

    I wanted to share this article from The Federalist abt another reason why people voted for Trump (though considering his own stance on this issue, it doesn’t make too much sense). That would be the push by the Transgendered activists that is putting us and our girls at risk: http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/09/transgender-activists-put-women-risk-affected-election

    • piper Says:

      Safe journey back home. As much as I love traveling to new places I really love going back to my sanctuary after a fun vacation.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think the transgender issue did cost the Dems a lot of votes. Even some on the left do not want men in the ladies room with their wives and children.

      Then there are those of us that don’t even believe there is such a thing as “transgender”. With the rush to label children I suspect with me being a “Tom Boy” when I was a kid, and if my parents had been idiots, I might have ended up being raised as a “Mark” instead of a “Marge”.

      It is difficult enough to grow up and face your own sexuality without having someone play politics with the issue.

      • piper Says:

        Agree about the transgender issue.

        In 2016, 1.4 Million Adults Identify As Transgender In America, Study Says – NPR which is about 0.6% of the population – BUT we all know how numbers in study can be manipulated to fit the meme of the day.

        In the 30 years I taught, I never met or knew about a transgender student in my school system of approx. 39,000 students.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • piper Says:

      My view – bad campaigner with too much baggage.

    • piper Says:

      To be honest, I think just about any republican would have won this election after the debacle of the obama regime ranging from entitlements, snowflakes, dissembling/denigration of the military, out of control spending, the lavish lifestyle of the obamas during poor economic time where families were struggling to survive on a day to day basis, and the list goes on and on. Will there be a swing back to middle ground – time will tell.

  3. piper Says:

    My views about this election. The voters have spoken and will get a wonderful opportunity to see their choice in action. The first 100 days in office will be interesting if he follows thru on campaign promises or reneges – bombast or rhetoric will keep some people in line while others will privately vent their disappointment. Personally I saw Obama as too young / inexperienced when he became president but somehow we managed to survive his 2 terms so I will give Drumpf the possibility of being a good commander – time will tell.

    • piper Says:

      My life will probably continue on the same road as before with more bike rides, trips to new places, voluntary, reading, enjoying friends and activities, crafts, etc., etc.. So I follow sage advice from one of my fav. cartoon characters.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’m with you Piper. I will wait and see. As everyone knows I was #NeverTrump. But that’s over and done with – he won. Now we need to hope that those that voted for him were right.

      Or we can do as the left is doing and whine and lie and make excuses. Sadly far too many on the right are doing the same thing.

      “I’m still #NeverTrump” thundered one commenter over at RS. So what? What does that even mean? I was #NeverTrump meaning I wouldn’t vote for him. That’s done.

      And sadly far too many are still doing the “oh if only Cruz would have won” nonsense. He didn’t. Get over it and yourself.

      We are also being told just wait until 2020 when Cruz will win. Seriously? What will be different in 2020?

      If Trump is a good/ fair president chances are he will get re-elected. If not, I suspect a younger Bernie Sanders type will be presented by the left and promise himself/herself right into the White House.

      Guess we’ll have to see, my crystal ball doesn’t work very well anymore. I never thought Trump would win Wisconsin or the General.

  4. helenk3 Says:

    does anyone think that the lawsuit against Penny’s, Kohls, Sears and one other store is coming at a weird time?. Right in the middle of the Christmas shopping, when stores make their most profit. I do not know if it is a good lawsuit or not, just the timing is off somehow.

  5. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/christmas-break-or-shutdown/article/2609252

    which will it be?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oh my, Ted Cruz was regarded as the devil incarnate when he was supposed to be responsible for “shutting down the government”. Now that it may be the Dems that do it where is the outrage?

  6. helenk3 Says:

    one of the best Christmas video I have ever seen

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I also think it is one of the best Christmas videos I’ve ever seen. Usually Amy makes me cry – today it was your turn. Good tears for a good reason. Thanks Helen.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Harry Reid’s real legacy? Making Trump’s cabinet confirmations easier

    As we all know, the Constitution grants the Senate the power to advise and consent on all cabinet nominations. In addition, the Constitution empowers the Senate to make its own rules.

    Well, Harry changed the rules in a way to restrict Republican filibusters on nominations when he was majority leader. But as they say, “What goes around, comes around.” Consequently, the Democrats have few options available to thwart President Trump’s agenda.

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/12/harry-reids-real-legacy-making-trumps-cabinet-confirmations-easier#sthash.n7IubRS3.dpuf

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    What an absolute ASS Obama is. Here he is on CNN calling white Southerners racists – because of course, it has NOTHING to do with his policies:

    https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-obama-whites-in-south-different-than-those-in-north

    Btw, Obama – Clinton was big on that Birther thing, and the New Yorker, TRUMP.

    Not for nothing, but the two most racist cities in which I ever lived were CHICAGO and BOSTON.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Obama is consistent in his dishonesty. Everyone that doesn’t agree with him is a racist. Same old race card, different day.

      Life is so easy for an incompetent ass when he can blame everything on the color of his skin instead of his own incompetency.

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