Thursday, November 8, 2018
Trump’s acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, has no intention of recusing from Russia probe, associates say - The Washington Post
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people close to him who added they do not believe he would approve any subpoena of President Trump as part of that investigation.
He's a friendly looking fellow.
On 2 November 2018, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held the Second Amendment effectively does not apply outside the home. From uscourts.gov:
This case involves a constitutional challenge to the Massachusetts firearms licensing statute, as implemented in the communities of Boston and Brookline. All of the individual plaintiffs sought and received licenses from one of those two communities to carry firearms in public. The licenses, though, were restricted: they allowed the plaintiffs to carry firearms only in relation to certain specified activities but denied them the right to carry firearms more generally.
The plaintiffs say that the Massachusetts firearms licensing statute, as implemented in Boston and Brookline, violates the Second Amendment. The district court disagreed, and so do we. Mindful that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626 (2008), we hold that the challenged regime bears a substantial relationship to important governmental interests in promoting public safety and crime prevention without offending the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's entry of summary judgment for the defendants. In the last analysis, the plaintiffs simply do not have the right” to carry arms for any sort of confrontation” or “for whatever purpose” they may choose. Id. at 595, 626 (emphasis omitted).
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration must continue a program begun under former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.
The decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced in 2012 that has shielded from deportation a group of immigrants dubbed “Dreamers” and given them work permits, though not a path to citizenship.
Kellyanne Conway said Thursday morning that the White House was right to cancel CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials on Wednesday, casting his tense but momentary physical contact with a White House intern as a male-on-female threat.
Acosta found himself without access to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following a contentious press conference that included a heated shouting match with Trump and a near-tussle over the White House's microphone as he pushed the intern's arm away.
They made it clear that they were there to terrorize Carlson’s family. One of the “protesters” allegedly threatened to bring a pipe bomb to the home; another said the Carlsons should “leave town.” According to WaPo, a Facebook item posted by Smash Racism D.C. read “Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!” No one to whom I pay attention on Twitter has defended the mob this morning — on the contrary — but evidently the apologists are out there. The line between self-defense and “preemptive self-defense,” I guess we’ll call it, gets blurrier every day. Gotta get those fascists before they get you. Even if it means putting a mother of four in fear for her life.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
BELGRADE, Serbia—Europe is distracted by internal discord over immigration and its tense relationship with Russia and the U.S. Seeking to fill the void, China is taking advantage of a historic opportunity to wedge itself into the heart of the West.
Deal by deal, applying experience honed in Asia and Africa, China is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks in Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order. It has taken footholds in more than a dozen nations on the periphery of the European Union. Some, such as Hungary, are smaller, more marginalized members. Others, including Serbia, are on the runway for admission.
Those darn Chinese.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
President Trump vowed to reduce foreign aid to Central American countries whose citizens are marching toward the U.S. border, saying Sunday that the money "is probably just stolen" by corrupt leaders.
Well, it probably *was* just stolen. Millions and billions, over the years. Why not cut it out of the budget and effectively return it to the hard working American people, or at least harder-working than the Salvadoran-and-so-forth losers in those absurd-looking, big military hats that they wear. You know not one dime gets to the poor people.
"A woman who accused then-Judge Kavanaugh of horrible, horrible crimes admitted that she never met Judge Kavanaugh, or Brett Kavanaugh or a Kavanaugh period. Never met him, never saw him and the act never happened, and it was a lie," Trump told supporters during a campaign rally in Georgia.
The crowd burst into chants of "lock her up" as Trump stepped away from the podium and clapped.
Has anyone been to a Trump rally? I must confess, I am tempted to go to one out of scientific curiosity. I'm sure I could make myself blend in. As to this above question, of course, that's the question we'd like to know the answer to, not that's there's any chance of that. For my money, it may be that K was so drunk as a youngun' that he donesn't rightly know what he did with his boon companion, what was his name again? So, well, there you have it. Alas, Justice K refused to show his soft underbelly to his enemies and shockingly, prevailed in the end. Many emetic basketball practices and weightlifting workouts, no doubt undertaken while grossly hungover, pay off, as did the playing fields of Eton.
Evidently, our political class believes that the U.S. military was created solely for urban renewal and social work projects in Kabul, Baghdad, Raqqa, and Mogadishu, but not for the purpose of protecting our border. In fact, that is almost the only role of our military that our Founders envisioned. It is the one military deployment that the president can order unilaterally without a congressional declaration of war, because it is purely defensive. The president is right to deploy soldiers, because the time has come to treat our own border with as much respect and care as we would other countries’ borders.
Analysis: true, as the blogfather has said.