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Jun 24 2017

Open Thread

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Via Jeff Dunetz, The Lid.



  • In another thread, and I could not find it so I’m responding to it here, someone speculated that the population of Illinois was majority white.

    That appears to be true as of 2015:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/306046/illinois-population-ethnicity-race/

    I imagine it remains true today.

    Focusing in on (by far) it’s most populous County, Cook, which is basically Chicago plus it’s urban sprawl suburbs, the population is over 1/2 white and actually getting whiter:

    https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/cookcountyillinois/PST045216

    However the same page shows blacks are nearly twice as common there as they are in the U.S. population in general – around 24% as opposed to a national average closer to 12%.

    Americans say that 33% of the U.S. population is black. In fact, a majority of Americans (56%) estimate that the percentage of blacks in this country stands at 30% or higher. As many as 17% of Americans say the percentage of blacks is 50% or greater. Only 7% accurately state that the percentage of blacks falls between 10% and 14% of the entire population.

    Americans’ impressions about the percentage of Hispanics in this country are somewhat more accurate than their impressions about the percentage of blacks. Americans, on average, say that 29% of the U.S. population is Hispanic, which is slightly more than twice the actual percentage of Hispanics. About two in five Americans say Hispanics constitute 30% or more of the population. Just 10% accurately estimate that between 10% and 14% of the population is Hispanic.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/4435/Public-Overestimates-US-Black-Hispanic-Populations.aspx

  • OK so Grassley didn’t actually say Schumer LIED, but he sure said it without saying some form of that particular word:

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/24/grassley-schumer-knew-trump-was-not-under-investigation-when-he-publicly-claimed-otherwise-video/

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley called out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday for lying when the New York Democrat claimed that President Donald Trump was under investigation and Schumer knew otherwise.

    Grassley stated that in March, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed ranking member Dianne Feinstein and him on the Russia probe.

    “This included telling us who was, and who was not, under investigation,” Grassley stated on the floor of the Senate.

    “After that meeting, I publicly called for Mr. Comey to tell the public what he had told us about whether President Trump was under investigation. The public had a right to know. Mr. Comey told me and other Congressional leaders that President Trump was not under investigation. He even told the President himself – repeatedly. But, Mr. Comey didn’t listen to my request for transparency. He didn’t listen to the President’s request. Only months later has the truth finally come out.”

  • More and more the Democrats are realizing that lying about Trump colluding with Russia or Russian meddling changing the outcome of the election is hurting them, not helping them, but their “leaders” aren’t listening as they urge them to “MOVE ON “:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/339248-dems-push-leaders-to-talk-less-about-russia

    Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia

    Rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.

    In the wake of a string of special-election defeats, an increasing number of Democrats are calling for an adjustment in party messaging, one that swings the focus from Russia to the economy.

    Considering the economy is doing much better – and will do even better if the Republicans stop being idiots and seriously nuke obamacare – I’m all for that change in tactics!

  • How the WaPo thinks they can salvage the whole FAKE NEWS STORY about Russia hacking our elections to damage Trump by claiming Obama knew but did nothing to stop it I don’t know. But that’s what they seem to be up to at this point.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/an-epidemic-of-lawlessness.php

    One might infer from story that President Obama “colluded” with Putin to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump. One might support the inference with Obama’s own comment open mic comment to Dmitri Medvedev that during Obama’s second term he would have more “flexibility” to cooperate with Putin.

    To be fair, we might consider the explanation that Obama was just a pusillanimous pussy disinclined to protect the interests of the United States from our enemies. Perhaps Obama’s passivity was overdetermined and other hypothetical explanations apply. Certainly some explanation beyond any offered by the Post’s sources is called for. The possibilities are endless.

    By contrast, however, the Post’s reportage offers no evidence of Trump’s “collusion” with the Russian interference intended to assist Trump’s election. Zero. Nada. Not even by inference.

    Perhaps evidence of Trump “collusion” with Russia is beyond the scope of the Post’s story. If the Post had obtained such evidence from its numerous sources, however, it would certainly have found a place for it in the story.

    The story comes complete with this revelation: “Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.”

    I’m sure Putin is grateful for the heads-up from the Post. You don’t have to be a CIA officer or analyst to figure that out.

    Now like much of the Post story, this is a piece of highly classified intelligence whose disclosure violates the oaths of those who gave it to the Post. The violation of a solemn oath by a witness is commonly taken to detract from the credibility of the witness’s testimony. Consider, moreover, that the sources for the story were not under oath when they confided in Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous. The intelligent reader would be well within his rights not to believe a word they say.

    If we believe it, however, this pertinent fact should be added. The disclosure of highly classified intelligence by government officials also violates the espionage laws of the United States. It is in all likelihood felonious several times over in the case of each of the Post’s numerous anonymous sources.

    The Post and its reporters are accomplices to the crimes committed by their sources. They have disseminated highly classified intelligence to the enemies of the United States — as the left has lately discovered Putin and Russia to be.

    Taking the story at face value, we can conclude that the Post and its sources have done great damage to the national security of the United States. The Post attributes the leaks on which the story is based to “three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments, and U.S. intelligence services. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity…” As for the requirement of anonymity imposed by the Post’s sources, see the paragraph above.

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/kamala-harris-goes-silent-when-confronted-with-true-sex-based-oppression.php

    KAMALA HARRIS GOES SILENT WHEN CONFRONTED WITH TRUE SEX-BASED OPPRESSION
    Last week, Sen. Kamala Harris became the left’s designated victim of the month because she was interrupted by Republican Senators during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Harris kept interrupting the witness, Attorney General Jeff Session, so it’s debatable whether she had a genuine grievance. Nonetheless, the Democrats and their media allies were quick to level hackneyed allegations that, once again, sexist patriarchs have tried to silence a woman “speaking truth to power.”

    The next day, two women with genuine grievances of sexism testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, of which Harris, regrettably, is a member. The women were our friend Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Q. Noman.

    Both were born into deeply religious Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried.

    Both have been threatened with death by jihadists for things they have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.

    You might have thought that Sen. Harris would show considerable interest in what these victims of sexism had to say. If so, you don’t grasp that Harris’ slavish adherence to the left’s taboo against calling out Islamists trumps any real commitment she may have to women’s rights.

    Here, as told by Ayaan and Asra in the New York Times, is what happened:

    The Democrats on the panel, including Senator Harris and three other Democratic female senators — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill — did not ask either of us a single question.

    This wasn’t a case of benign neglect. At one point, Senator McCaskill said that she took issue with the theme of the hearing itself. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion to a place of evil is an exception to the rule,” she said. “We should not focus on religion,” she said, adding that she was “worried” that the hearing, organized by Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, would “underline that.” In the end, the only questions asked of us about Islamist ideologies came from Senator Johnson and his Republican colleague, Senator Steve Daines from Montana.

    Ayaan and Asra nail the meaning of what went down:

    [W]hat happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world.

    When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.

  • FREE SPEECH TO BE PUNISHED IN MINNEAPOLIS

    http://minneapolismn.gov/news/WCMSP-200582

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  • KirklesWorth
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  • Help me out here – tryin’ to figure out the point of this video:
    Blacks are idiots, equaled (or exceeded) only by white Trump voters?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7VaXlMvAvk

  • MAS

    Poor baby, like being a Jew brought to SS headquarters. Or a rabbit at a coyote convention…

  • oldguy

    Just like the Nazis you have to convince yourself that the life your killing is not human. No one alive should support abortion.

  • Wilberforce

    A friend of mine is taking up this case. I hope this virus isn’t as far into police departments as it seems…

    “Appeals court rules against Kansas woman in prayer lawsuit.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article157623319.html

  • Well this is interesting:

    ARE THE DEMOCRATS BEHIND THE SUPPOSED “RUSSIAN TRUMP DOSSIER”?

    http://nypost.com/2017/06/24/inside-the-shadowy-intelligence-firm-behind-the-trump-dossier/

    A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

    What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources say it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.

    “These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”

    Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

    More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

    In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.

    Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.

    Fritsch did not respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Fusion GPS said the firm’s work is confidential.

  • So will California band travel to Mexico using state money over this?

    http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-soccer-slur-20170623-story.html

    Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

    As you may have read, California has banned travel to many AMERICAN STATES using state money just because those states protect women and children by requiring you to use the bathroom that matches your genetics. Stuff like that.

  • George Lortz

    That poor kid has the mark of the Devil on it, now that Pelousy has touched it.

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  • MAS

    It isn’t…yet. When it metastasizes it will surely be most virulent in Police (not Sheriff’s) departments.

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