Trump approaches the third rail of politics ... but it was last year
Feinstein introduced her new assault weapons ban. There's an article going around claiming Trump praised it, but the McClatchyDC article was from last year, so don't assume Trump's praised this version yet. And while it's a little worrisome to have the president making those noises of approval... either Bush would have signed an assault weapons ban, I think. We stopped the renewal in 2004 before it got to his desk.
If the market for automobiles is growing, the absolute number of wagon sales can increase while the market share of wagons (measured either against the whole market or against a year or so of sales data) goes down.
Shocking as such assertions may be, they do not represent anything illegal or even improper, and certainly do not represent an reasonable excuse for Mueller to continue his probe. I doubt even Mueller would be so bold as to cite Trump's comments to justify his probe's continued existence. McCarthy is using the existence of the probe here as an excuse to criticize the President's statements on Russian involvement in Afghanistan. It's a cheap rhetorical trick, and it is inappropriate for a serious commentator.
Furthermore, Trump does have a point. From Russia's perspective, one of their client states requested aid to deal with an armed rebellion that had just conducted a significant political assassination of a top government official. We've made similar commitments to governments we support, offering military aid against communist revolutionaries. Indeed, we did exactly that by supporting the Afghanistan revolution against the Russia-backed government.
We view the governments Russia supports in this way as tyrannical and therefore illegitimate dictatorships. Russia undoubtedly feels the same way, only in reverse. Understanding this isn't hard, it just requires stepping outside of your own moral certitude long enough to appreciate someone else's perspective.
She filed her nails on national TV while millions of people were watching. And whoever was running the cameras broadcast it. This was an aggressively rude gestured, likely planned in advance (or the feed would have been turned off).
Sharyl Attkisson points out how choosing a picture of a public event (and writing the caption) can fuel a desired narrative. And Power Line offers a refresher on how so-called journalists print stories based on anonymous allegations with no facts even in the face of on-the-record, very firm denials.
Judge orders state to pay for incarcerated child abuser's gender transition
Sorry not sorry. This is not a legitimate medical necessity. This is one sick prisoner's way to amuse himself by messing with the system, and likely get placed in more comfortable (not to mention safer) living space.
Barr "personal friends for over 20 years" with Mueller
We need a special counsel to investigate SpyGate. We need a special counsel whose only job is investigating and prosecuting SpyGate. Sessions and Huber wasted two years pretending to do something. We can't afford another two years of wasted time under Whitaker or Barr. A special counsel named to investigate SpyGate has no other job than that, and his funding and continued employment depend on doing it. That's why you don't appoint them until there is clear evidence of a specific crime. And that's why you appoint them when there is concern the Deep State would refuse to investigate itself.
Before you bother reading it, remember that this is the same lawyer employed by Fusion GPS to lobby for repeal of the Magtnitsky Act, asnd who did in fact lobby for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act in her meeting with Trump Jr, so disgusting Jr that he left after a few minutes. And remember that she met with Fusion GPS immediately both before and after the meeting.
Now Mueller is charging her with obstruction.
It's Mueller's usual playbook. He wants leverage. He wants her to give him something on Trump and she won't do it, or he wants to keep her quiet about how that meeting was arranged with Fusion GPS. Or more likely both.
So why isn't she cooperating? Because if she cooperates, her connections to Hillary and Fusion come out. No, she's staying safe in Russia where she doesn't have to answer any questions. And the obstruction of justice charges from Mueller ensures that she will stay there, where she can't change her mind about that.
This is what civil disobedience looks like. Ordinary people who lawfully purchased property turned into criminals overnight because the government refused to respect their specifically enumerated constitutional rights.
Huber is being blocked by Mueller's investigation. He can't see or do anything until Mueller is done. And Mueller will make sure that he doesn't end his investigation before he has make sure all evidence is thoroughly cleaned up.
Millions of potential Democrat voters in California.
And in Virginia, under a new Democrat governor who has already (in 2016) opened the voter rolls to felons, they want to make voter fraud easy. No identification requirements, just sign up and get a pile of ballots mailed to an empty lot somewhere, pick them up, fill them out, and send them in.
I've noticed a lot of the more liberal states (Washington, California, Oregon, and recent conquest Colorado just for examples) are implementing the vote-by-mail thing pretty much as soon as they get in power. It reminds me of the saying attributed to Erdogan: "Democracy is a train that you ride until you get to your stop, and then you get off."
The more states Democrats effectively make off-limits to Republicans via entrenched vote fraud, the harder it becomes to put up any kind of a fight on a national level.
So at least there's some sort of criminal investigation predicate here. But...
If there was criminal activity involved, why wasn't it charged instead of the lying charge? When will McCabe, Comey, Strzok, and all the other members of the Obama Spygate clown show be charged with lying -- not to mention abusing their positions to influence an election, spying on innocent people for political purposes, and then covering it up?
When do we get actual justice from the Justice Department?
I'm going to start checking weather reports from hell.
Graham files legislation seeking to protect Mueller
Linsey Graham was a major McCain ally and well-known RINO until very recently -- specifically, he seemed to find his spine during the Kavanaugh hearings. Since then he seems to have lost it again. On Mueller specifically, remember that Graham is closely linked to McCain, and McCain was involved with retrieving a copy of the dossier, giving it to the FBI, and providing it to the media.
In other words, it is likely Graham's public statements are an attempt to get on Trump's good side in public while in official actions and legislation threatening Trump with Mueller to protect the Deep State and possibly his own involvement in SpyGate.
And on the gripping hand... remember that bit about wearing a wire on Trump and invoking the 25th amendment? Turns out he was serious, or at least Page and Strzok took him seriously rather than sarcastically. I had thought he must have been being sarcastic about it. I guess I was wrong.
The problem with the UK's National Health Service is that the nation is paying for everyone's health care. That means someone else is making the decision about when you live or when it is too much effort to keep you alive. In a private health care system, that decision is up to you (and the size of your wallet). In the UK, if you want to pay for your own child's health care to save their life after the state has decided your child should be allowed to die, the police will barricade the hospital to stop you. (The article doesn't mention the police barricade, but it was reported on at the time).
There is no system where everyone gets unlimited medical care for free.
This is, unfortunately, typical of the mildly pro-gun conservative types. They make vague pro-gun noises but don't know enough facts to shed light on anything. When people push for background checks these days, they don't mean background checks from authorized sources (licensed dealers). They mean to ban private sales by requiring individuals to get a background check at a dealer before selling or giving their own firearm to someone else. This is a policy which cannot be enforced at all; criminals will simply continue to trade in guns without conducting the mandatory background checks, because they know they cannot pass those checks. Worse, it's impossible to even try to enforce such a rule without a gun registry.
It's the gun registry that is the real goal here. Gun confiscation is impossible without a registration system. (It's also impossible with one, but that is a step too far for a liberal mind to grasp, apparently). Background checks laws are only a step towards that, and they poll well because no one ever explains why they can't possibly work and many people think the only background check policy that sort-of works (requiring them at dealers) is what they are being asked about. Once you explain the facts, those poll numbers drop.
That's why it's important to avoid confusing people further with language like this.
The Clintons, the DOJ, the FBI, the State Department, and the Obama Administration in general have a lot to cover up related to their misdeeds. Trump's campaign rhetoric ("Lock her up!") exasperated that fear, leading to abuse of the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of the government to try to swing the election, and the creation of an "insurance policy" to challenge the results of the election and protect Hillary and Obama in the unexpected event Hillary lost.
This is a silly post riffing off of Angus McThag, who is also interested in fantasy and roleplaying games.
Start with the basic premise. You have humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, and orcs considered "playable races" (though orcs are often excluded from being playable). You then have interbreeding: half-orcs and half-elves.
Angus speculated: what if humans are what you get when elves and orcs interbreed? The combined mismash of genes then becomes dominant, so you get humans forever after, unless a fresh influx of elven or orcish blood produces a half-elf or half-orc (really, a quarter-orc or quarter-elf).
This provides the perfect opportunity for me to produce a related thought. What is a halfling? Half of what? Half of a human? How exactly does that work, and what would a human have to interbreed with to produce a halfling?
Story here, including video of the shooting. The dog was barking in a friendly manner, and it appears the officer shot the dog because the person taking the video refused to leave his property and approach her. This seems... counterproductive. The sheriff's office first tried to ignore the issue, but eventually issued a statement claiming "Faulkner County investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether [the officer] violated any state law or our agencies' policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated..."
All I have to say about that is that they would have absolutely found something to charge an ordinary citizen with had that person shot a dog under those circumstances. And, once more, the presence of a video recording vindicates the citizen and allows for justice when the police themselves ignored the complaint.
Ruth Bader Ginsburgh to miss oral arguments, but still vote
She's missing the oral arguments for health reasons, and working from her home while she "recovers" from cancer surgery, but plans to continue to vote on cases as usual. How does that work exactly? Surely an honest justice would simply recuse herself from voting in cases where she missed oral arguments? It would be only a few cases, after all, and there's nothing really big up for consideration...
... unless it's not going to be just a few cases. Ginsburg's health has been visibly failing for years. Given her demonstrated health issues, I already assume her clerks are writing her opinions for her and simply asking her to vote. There's no shame in retiring at the end of your career and enjoying some time off while you can.
There is shame in desperately trying to prop her up until a Democrat wins the White House.