🤠 Wednesday News Roundup 07/17/19 🐎




I found some news and opinions that I found interesting while I was looking around this morning.  I hope you find them interesting too.

Take a look and a read and see what you think.

This is me so of course there are cartoons. For me a day without cartoons is… well a day without cartoons. And that kind of a day is just sad. Sorrow emoticon

Quote Of The Day:

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.  ~ Francis of Assisi

CNN Reporter Asks McConnell If It’d Be Racist to Tell His Wife to Go Back

By Leah Barkoukis

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fielded questions about President Trump’s “go back” tweets that have been at the center of debates in Washington this week.

McConnell began by stating he felt political rhetoric has gotten out of control on both sides of the aisle, referencing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison of Border Patrol detention centers for illegal immigrants to Nazi concentration camps and Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks.

“I think that’s a good lesson for all of us. From the president to the Speaker to freshmen members of the House, all of us have a responsibility to elevate the public discourse,” he said. “It’s about time we lowered the temperature all across the board. All of us ought to contribute to a better level of discourse.”

MANU RAJU, CNN CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER: You’re married to an immigrant that is a nationalized U.S. citizen. If someone were to say to her she should go back to her country as a criticism of federal policies, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?

MCCONNELL: Well, the Secretary of Transportation came here at age eight legally, not speaking a word of English, and has realized the American dream. And I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s going on in this country for a very long time and is good for America. We ought to continue it.

RAJU: Was it racist for him to say go back to the country of (INAUDIBLE)?

MCCONNELL: As I said, the–the immigration has been a fulfilling of the American dream, and new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, tend to do very well and invigorate our country, and my wife’s a good example of that.


When another reporter noted that he stopped short of ever referring to Trump’s remarks as racist, McConnell defended the president saying he “is not a racist.”

The mantra of summer storms

By John Kass

At first, you think you can feel the air pressure dropping. The birds shut up. The wind shakes its head in the trees. The sky opens, and it pours.

There’s nothing like being alone in a storm, nice and dry, keeping your mouth shut and your thoughts at bay until they run off and leave you.

It’s like taking a free vacation. Call me weird, but I just love a good summer storm in July, if I’m on dry land, inside a house, with my family safe and dry.

Then, I ease away from them, and find a place where I can be alone, and enjoy it.

Yes, weather can kill. I’ve been in bad storms on big water. There were three days on a Liberty ship I’d rather forget, in the Bay of Biscay off the northern coast of Spain when I was invincible. The gale force winds knocked the invincibility out of me forever. But we made it.

Nature can grab each of us by the hair any time she feels like it.

She can break a tree and throw that widow-maker through your tent. Or, whip up a killer storm without much warning on a big lake, and take a boat and turn it sideways against the waves.

The first men understood what some of us have forgotten about being out in the open, out in flat fields, with thunder and lightning cracking.

Is This the Moment Where the Revolution Eats Its Own?

By Christopher Chantrill


When we racist, sexist homophobes use the word “catfight,” we are merely observing — as you are not allowed to observe — that women fight each other differently from how men fight.

It seems to us deplorables that women fight by calling each other names.  And so, in the catfight last week between Our Nance and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it ended with Sandy O calling Our Nance a racist.

Of course it did, because that is what Ocasio-Cortez has been carefully taught.  When you are caught in a jam, you play the race card.  What year did Ocasio-Cortez take Playing the Race Card to Bend the Arc of History toward Justice 101 at Boston U, do you think?

 Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem.

So what does this group look like?  Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated — and white.

Democrats Are One Hundred Percent Wrong about Racism

To say that the Democrats are obsessed with race these days is the equivalent of saying the sky is blue.

I’m a racist. You’re a racist. Donald Trump’s a racist. Nancy Pelosi was a racist until she attacked Trump for racism. Your neighbor’s a racist. Your insurance broker’s a racist. Your dentist’s a racist as well as your periodontist. All white males are racist. Some white females are racists, especially those married to white males. Everywhere a racist.

Never mind that many of those people have no history of racism. It doesn’t matter. Never mind that their families came here in 1923 to flee the Armenian Holocaust or mass starvation in Ukraine, they owe reparations for slavery. It’s all about racism—yours.

The Dems’ presidential campaigns are based around proving the other man or woman is more of a racist and vice versa, or about showing you’re not so racist as people say you are, even if you are or even if you pretended to be a race you weren’t. And don’t you dare criticize Ilhan Omar or you’re a triple-racist even if her ideas are more racist than anyone else’s. Got it?

Facebook Bans St. Augustine Quote as ‘Hate Speech’

The Director of Community Engagements for Massachusetts Citizens for Life claims that Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech. In a blog post, Domenico Bettinelli wrote, “Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite.”

Pulled from one of St. Augustine’s homilies included in the Roman Catholic Church’s official liturgical books, the offending quote is this:

Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon. But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.

Why in the world would Facebook ban that? With the quote, St. Augustine is calling us to focus on our own pursuit of holiness and stop worrying about the failings of others. If anything, the quote could be used by Facebook users to shout down others calling things like homosexuality and transgenderism sinful. To be clear, that’s not what the quote is saying, but I can see scenarios where people take it out of context to condemn those who “judge” others. Be that as it may, Facebook has still banned the quote under the guise of it being hate speech, at least, according to Bettinelli and some of his friends who conducted an experiment.

Unintended consequences from plastic straw bans might be harming the environment even more

By Carlos Garcia

Environmentalists have proposed that local governments ban plastic straws in order to spare the environment, but an unintended consequence might be leading to even worse results.

As Scott Duke Kominers of Bloomberg explains, customers like the metal straws that replaced the banned plastic straws so much that they are stealing them from restaurants, believing it to be a minor grievance against the business.

But that means that metal straws may be doing more harm to the environment than their plastic counterparts.

…this means the metal straws — which presumably required mining, plus large amounts of energy to convert into sheet metal and then fashion it into a cylindrical tube — don’t provide the intended environmental benefit.

Kominers points out that there are no studies yet on the efficacy of banning plastic straws, but he points to similar studies on the lack of efficacy of banning plastic bags.

Reusable plastic bags take much more energy to produce than single use plastic bags because they’re thicker. Studies show that in order to make up the difference, each reusable plastic bag has to be used about 40 times to make up the difference. But given that many end up being stuffed into closets or used as trash liners, this is very unlikely.

Metal straws are also many times more expensive for restaurants to replace, costing between $1 and $3 each. That means they might really be hurting restaurant businesses.


Crazy progressives can’t help themselves — they’re going to ensure Trump wins re-election

By Steve Deace

Whatever you think about President Trump’s latest controversial Twitter rant vis-a-vis “The Squad,” there is far less gray area to consider when analyzing the consequences of Team Progressivism’s reaction to the terrible orange man before even 24 hours had passed by.

Short of economic collapse, Trump won’t lose to these fools in 2020. He can’t. His opponents won’t let him.

For they are existentially determined to always hand him an out. Because if, for example, you have a nebulous case to make that the president is a racist, one of the most important things you probably want to immediately avoid is giving the impression you hate your country so much that you won’t disavow the violence of Antifa against innocent people.

Dems say no one is above the law — except illegal immigrants

By Marc A. Thiessen

We have heard a lot about the importance of the rule of law from Democrats lately. During special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation of President Trump, Democrats in Congress delivered a clear and unified message.

“No one is above the law, especially the president of the United States,” declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Donald Trump is the most corrupt president in our lifetime. … No one is above the law. Not even the president,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “Everyone should be held accountable. And the president is not above the law,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Republicans “are basically saying that in America one man is above the law and that’s not a fact,” said Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill. “No one is above the law [and] everybody ought to be held accountable,” said South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

No one, that is, except illegal immigrants.

Fast-forward to this past weekend, when the Trump administration announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers would soon begin enforcement actions to remove illegal immigrants who have been issued final deportation orders by a federal judge. Those same Democrats and the rest of their party delivered a clear and unified message.

Dems say no one is above the law --- except illegal immigrants

The News Cycle Without Trump’s Tweets

By Ben Shapiro

Let’s pretend President Trump didn’t tweet.

Let’s live in a universe where the president of the United States didn’t see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning — often in the most foolish, controversial or outright xenophobic way — while watching cable news.

Here’s what the news cycle would look like.

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., went to war with the most famous member of her House contingent, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. After months of vacillating between praise for AOC’s supposed energy and put-downs of AOC’s radicalism and attacks on moderate Democrats, Pelosi’s sneering finally triggered AOC, who promptly brought out her heavy guns: She suggested that Pelosi is a racist targeting congresswomen of color.

She even suggested that Pelosi is responsible for the death threats she had received. This, in turn, triggered members of the Congressional Black Caucus to come to Pelosi’s defense, and that triggered other members of AOC’s so-called squad to come to her defense. By the end of the week, the seething, bubbling war between radicals and mere progressives was threatening to crack the Democratic coalition.

Also last week, Democratic presidential candidates continued their quest to push their party toward the far left. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., maintained her hypocritical attacks on former President Joe Biden for his lack of support for federal busing, a policy she herself doesn’t support. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., trotted out a new spending plan with no way to pay for it. Harris and Warren prepared to attack each other for attention. Meanwhile, virtually all the major Democratic candidates outside of Biden kept up their drumbeat of criticism of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, demanding an open-borders agenda entirely at odds with the mainstream of American public thought.

Render unto Caesar, Speaker Pelosi

By Daniel John Sobieski

Funny, but cafeteria Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t invoke her Christian conscience when she supports her caucus’s abortion-until-birth infanticide policy, the ultimate separation of mother from child. There is no worse brutality than what an unborn child feels at the hands of a surgeon’s scalpel. A detention center on the border or the deportation of those who have had their due process and have a deportation order lawfully issued by a judge doesn’t even come close.

Yet here is Speaker Pelosi daring to ask the faith and evangelical communities to put pressure on President Trump to do the Christian thing and call off the enforcement of the laws and court rulings of the United States of the United States. As the Daily Mail reported after the initial announcement of the raids, delayed by two weeks:

It is my hope that before Sunday, leaders of the faith-based community and other organizations that respect the dignity and worth of people will call upon the President to stop this brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities,’ the California Democrat said in a statement on Saturday.

Pelosi did not respect faith-based communities and other organizations, such as her Catholic Church, when it came to Obamacare’s attempt to force them and the institutions they administer to provide insurance that pays for abortion and contraceptive services and products. When it comes to Catholics and pro-life people acting on their religious conscience she fights them quicker than you can say “Hobby Lobby.”


Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at Age 99

By Kemberlee Kaye  

Tuesday, Justice John Paul Stevens passed away at the age of 99. Justice Stevens’ retirement from the Supreme Court paved the way for Justice Keagan’s appointment.Tuesday evening, the White House released a statement. From The Hill:

“The President and the First Lady offer their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who passed away this evening,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, noting he was a decorated World War II veteran “known for his humility, legal acumen, and affection for his beloved Chicago Cubs.”

“His work over the course of nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court will continue to shape the legal framework of our Nation for years to come. His passion for the law and for our country will not soon be forgotten,” Grisham added.

The Supreme Court announced earlier on Tuesday evening that Stevens had passed away.

Appointed by President Gerald Ford to the nation’s top court, where he served from 1975 to 2010, Stevens became one of leading liberal justices on the bench.

Stevens leaves behind, “two daughters, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.”


Internet 101 should be a required class

By Tyler Cowen

The class could teach students why online exchanges, including on social media and email, end in rancor and hostility more often than do face-to-face exchanges. A lot of arguments simply should not be conducted over email, because they will escalate and lead to hard feelings.

Direct signals of human trust and bonding are absent online, and without face-to-face cues it is very easy to misinterpret tone or to read hostility when it is not intended. If students could be taught these realities at an early age, they might engage in fewer frustrating or destructive interactions.

Students, and indeed adults, could also be taught how to use social media more productively. Twitter, for example, tends to be irritating and polarizing when used to express political views. But it is wonderful for following music and the arts, events in other countries (especially if they have little or no political resonance for one’s own country), and tracking the progress of science.

It wouldn’t be hard for teachers to help students learn how to build better Twitter feeds. As it stands now, I frequently meet adults who think that Twitter is nothing but partisan idiots screaming at each other.

Twitter search is one of the most underrated parts of the internet. If I am looking to learn more about a current event, I typically go to Twitter before Google and type in the relevant search term. The results seem more up-to-date, and I will probably be exposed to a wider range of opinions.

This high school class also could teach about phishing, hacking and how to resist and maybe even report bullying. And what about those opaque “privacy agreements” that so many social media companies ask you to read and click “I agree” before using the service?

May your day be all that you wish it to be. Be well .Flowers emoticon

This is an open thread.

30 Responses to “🤠 Wednesday News Roundup 07/17/19 🐎”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    CNN Tries To Convince GOP Women That Trump Is Racist, Doesn’t Go Over Well

    By Ryan Saavedra

    CNN’s Randi Kaye asked a group of Republican women if they thought President Donald Trump’s recent tweets attacking four far-left congresswomen were racist and all eight fired back with a resounding “no.”

    The segment, which aired on Tuesday night on “Anderson Cooper 360°,” featured a group of eight Trump supporters in Dallas, Texas.

    One supporter, Sharon Bolan, said, “I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him.”

    Another supporter, Gina O’Briant, said, “I’m glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is inciting hatred and division. He didn’t say anything about color.”

    Not satisfied with their answers, Kaye said, “Let me just share with you the definition of ‘racism’ from Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘a belief that race is the primary determinate of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.’”

    “Based on that definition, do you not think that what the president has been saying—” Kaye continued.

    Kaye couldn’t even ask the question before the group of women fired back saying no.

    “Do you think it’s just a coincidence that these four congresswomen that the president is going after none of them are white?” Kaye asked.

    “I don’t think it matters,” Peaches McGuire Coates responded. “It’s idiotic, what they’re saying, so it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.”

    “Why haven’t they befriended one of their white female congresswoman colleagues and let her join the group?” Dena Miller asked. “They don’t like white people. C’mon, they’re racist.”


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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    GAME ON? Meet Scherie Murray, the Republican who is running against AOC in 2020

    Meet Scherie Murray, a Republican who announced that she will challenge Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th congressional district:

    Murry is an immigrant from Jamaica and a successful entrepreneur. From her “About” page:

    Scherie Murray was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and came to New York City with her family when she was nine. Growing up in Southeast Queens, Scherie learned early on about the importance of hard work, the value of a good education and the strength of a united community.

    Scherie went to I.S. 192 where she was a gymnast. She then graduated with an outstanding community service award from the Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School (formerly Andrew Jackson H.S.) and became the captain of her high school’s gymnastics team.

    When she was 17, Scherie worked as a systems analyst for the NYC MTA Jamaica Bus Depot. While earning her Associate of Applied Science in Micro Computer Business Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, Scherie taught gymnastics for an after-school program in Far Rockaway, Queens. She also volunteered and served as senior editor on her college newspaper – The New Tech Times.

    In 2004, Scherie had a vision of starting her own company. With a mission to address the lack of minorities in media, Scherie created The Esemel Group. Through advertising, production and programming work, Esemel generated employment opportunities for minorities in New York City.

    Scherie is also a proud Veterans advocate and continually works to revitalize her district by advocating for small businesses and economic development, promoting more school choices for parents, strengthening community police relations with commonsense solutions, and starting a larger dialogue around comprehensive immigration reform.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      A friend introduced me to her via a NY Post article (which I mention in my post for tomorrow). There are a few other Republicans running, but she would be such a great choice – especially because NO WAY can AOC play the race card with HER.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        She seems a really good choice. It will be an uphill fight in that district but since a lot of black voters vote by color she may have a chance.

        Add in that AOC isn’t all that popular in her district and AOC’s undisciplined mouth which may take some potshots at Scherie Murray and anger black voters. We’ve seen how thin-skinned she is and how she feels a need to respond to every criticism.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          If I recall correctly, not that many people even voted, so maybe this would draw more people out. For Murray, that is!

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great news roundup and cartoon election, Marge! And I Ioved the St. Francis quote. Wonderful – I need to work so much harder to make that a reality in my own life…

    And how INSANE is it that a St. Augustine quote was flagged by Facebook??? That says so very much abt them…

    Btw, apparently there is a new site called Parler that doesn’t silence conservatives like Twitter does:


  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Good Lord, these idiots do not stop. Now they are attacking Chris Pratt over a t-shirt he wore (and one which makes me like him even more). Wait until you see just how “many” Twitter users said something to justify the UK writer’s claims:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The insanity never ends. And if the right allows these loud-mouth idiots to take the Gadsden flag from them they are fools and cowards.

      I read about Pratt yesterday. I was waiting to see if he knuckled under to them and apologized. Maybe not because only a few nincompoops were “offended” and/or “outraged”.

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Holy SMOKES – I never knew this abt Buzz Aldrin on the moon, did you? Wow, NASA did a great job at hiding this, but I am glad his act has managed to get out anyway:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      NASA should forever bow it’s head in shame for suppressing this for fear of a loud-mouthed atheist. And from the way people cower in fear of expressing their religion and love of God in this country that ugly, nasty hag seems to have won. At least here on earth…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Of just ONE loud mouthed atheist. And she took us down this idiotic road we are on now. But yes – NASA should be ashamed of itself. What a beautiful moment they hid…

  8. fyreglass Says:

    Great round-up, Marge! And – as always – great cartoons to go with it!

    I was encouraged to see a viable GOP challenger to AOC. I have been saying for months now that the best thing the GOP could do was to watch for a repeat of the Justice Democrats “primary challenge” strategy, and put up a moderate GOP candidate to stand as a counterpoint to the Progressive nonsense. Might just win the GOP some new districts!

    Liz Cheney had a terrific response to the whole “racism” argument currently going on:

    She highlights the fact that it is the “Foolish Foursome”‘s policies – and NOT their race, religion, or gender – that the GOP opposes. And then she goes on to give some great examples of those policies and the damage they cause to this country and to the American people.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So glad you liked the post Fyre.

      Murrey seems a good fit for that blue district. She’s young, attractive and smart. She’s also articulate whereas AOC is just a blabber mouth that seldom knows what the heck she’s talking about. Let’s hope the voters of that district are smart enough to have had enough far-left loons represent them.

      I wasn’t a fan of Liz Cheney’s for a long time but I think she’s doing a pretty good job. She’s articulate and she’s passionate and she’s fearless. And much to my surprise I usually agree with her. Live and learn.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      DANG!!! That clip from Cheney was fantastic!! Thanks for that.

      And right there with you. She has really grown on me with her reasoned approach, and yes – she is fearless Good on her!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    I love this song so listening to it was a treat – but there’s a message at the end worth waiting for. Is this Trump’s campaign slogan? If so – I think it’s a winner!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      WOW – that was AWESOME!!!! I had tears in my eyes by the end. Thank you for this!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I don’t know who’s responsible for that but Trump needs to keep them around.

        And that phrase:

        “One Squad Under God” is going to resonate with a whole lot of people. It’s positive instead of negative and people are so tired of the negativity.

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Hey, that city council in MN has backtracked on the Pledge now:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And the vote was unanimous!. Maybe they’ll get the message. I doubt it but maybe they’ll at least think twice before pulling this crap again. And I hope the voters remember who voted to remove the pledge in the first place. They should be gone!

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  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Love me some Dan Crenshaw:


  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Democrats are full fledged over the edge on illegal aliens, now wanting to strip “illegal” and “alien” from the law:



  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, my God – THIS is why they dumped the Planned Parenthood Director?? Because she wouldn’t say that MEN could get pregnant/have abortions?

    Honestly – we have lost all sanity here:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Yup – you are not allowed to stick even a toe off the reservation. Dr. Wen just couldn’t quite say the PC words. She was fine with killing babies in their mother’s womb but say a man could have an abortion was just going too far. SMH

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