Category Archives: Politics

Court of Public Opinion

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FBI Director Comey recommended that Hillary not be prosecuted by the Justice Department. But he presented her case on national TV anyway. A verdict was rendered on election day. Hillary was convicted in the court of public opinion. Her sentence was loss of the White House.

She’s Suffered Enough Already

Now President-elect Trump has  issued a get out of jail free card. He doesn’t want to see her prosecuted in a court of law either.

Court of  Public Opinion

Meanwhile, some Democrats don’t believe there were enough Deplorables in the court of public opinion. They want a recount.

Green candidate Jill Stein is leading the charge. She wants a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. She’s raised more money so far than she did for her presidential campign.

Oops. She can’t guarantee the money will go to a recount.

 

Stand Up Guy

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In 2009 President Obama tried a “reset” with Russia.

During a 2012 campaign debate, Mitt Romney called Russia the “biggest threat” to The United States. To which Obama cracked wise, “the 1980s are calling, they want their foreign policy back“. He tutored Romney that the cold war was over.

Stand Up

Also in 2012, Obama whispered to Russian President Medvedev that he could be more flexible after the election. Medvedev promised to transmit the message to Vladimir.

Now, after the 2016 election, he’s lecturing the world that Trump needs to “stand up to Putin.”

 “I don’t expect that the President-elect will follow exactly our approach,” Mr Obama said.

 “But my hope is he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that … if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable, or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever’s convenient at the time.”

Not My President, Didn’t Vote

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I came across this item last week. Seventy percent of protesters arrested in a Portland, Oregon riot didn’t vote.

But they can keep their parents’ health plan.

Obama Turns Over National Security Apparatus Keys

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The Daily Beast is alarmed by the massive national security apparatus The President is turning over to The Donald. It kills by drone and fights wars without congressional approval.

Whenever George W. Bush started a war he made sure to to pack a Congressional resolution. President Obama, not so much.

Obama ended “torture” of enemy combatants. Instead he blows them up by drone.  Even American citizens make the hit list.

He also engineered a nuke treaty with Iran without Senate approval. He simply deemed it not  a treaty.

Now all that power is in the tiny hands of President-elect Trump.

National Security Apparatus

Here’s Jameel Jaffer, the director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University:

“Many Americans were willing to invest broad power in the presidency because they trusted the president. But obviously the powers that we invest outlast any particular president, and now those powers are available to Trump.”

Oh.

MainStream Media Bias Goes Onion

161110media biasMark Halperin thinks The New York Times has turned into The Onion.

To make his point he held up the front page from that morning’s edition. The headline read Democrats, Students, Foreign Allies Face Reality Of Trump Presidency:

“Their headline is not ‘Disaffected Americans Have A Champion Going To The White House’ or ‘The Country Votes For Fundamental Change.’ The headline is about how disappointed the friends of the people who run The New York Times are about what happened,” Halperin said.

“It’s amazing.” “It’s The Onion.”

Media Bias

Back in August NYT media columnist Jim Rutenberg sort of defended media bias saying, “Trump is testing the norms of objectivity in journalism.”

So, they seem to know what they’re doing.

For example, here’s a column by Will Rahn at CBS News titled The Unbearable Smugness of the Press.

World Ends Tomorrow

Kind of reminds me of the joke headline: World to End Tomorrow: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit