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WOOHOO!: “Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi. We are all very proud of you!” – President Trump, Nov 27, 2018, 11 pm.

The Senate next year will have 53 Republicans, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell three votes to spare to confirm President Trump’s judges. There are 112 district court vacancies and 11 appellate vacancies on the federal bench.

TOM REED ON CNN: Talking about the looming government funding deadline, the border wall, and the GM factory shutdowns.

Also, Rep. Tom Reed’s bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus struck a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a series of rules changes aimed at giving more lawmakers a voice in lawmaking. The deal isn’t as far-reaching as what the Problem Solvers originally sought, but it would open up the legislative process to popular bipartisan measures while diluting the influence of lawmakers on the far right and far left.

Reed (who is my rep) says, “These rule changes represent a hopeful and substantial breakthrough to empower the people we represent, enable rank-and-file Members to truly govern and make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass.”

CATHOLIC CHARITY: The California wildfire hit hard within the Diocese of Sacramento. Before the fire was even fully contained, the department of schools for the diocese announced that it would be offering free tuition at its Catholic schools for any Butte County students displaced by the wildfire.

INGRATES: Obama saved GM with taxpayer dollars. Now the company says it’s going to cut up to 14,000 workers in North America. President Trump threatened to cut off subsidies. “Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including for electric cars. General Motors made a big China bet years ago when they built plants there (and in Mexico) – don’t think that bet is going to pay off. I am here to protect America’s Workers!”

TWITTER: There’s an article here about the on-going issue of social media bias against conservative speech.

CLIMATE ACTIVISTS CLOBBERED IN MIDTERMS: Voters rejected the two highest-profile climate-activist ballot initiatives, severely punished Republicans who joined the congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, and sent home the Democratic climate activist most heavily supported by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer.

Washington State voters soundly rejected a ballot initiative that would have taxed carbon dioxide emissions. Arizona voters inflicted a humiliating defeat on a ballot initiative that would have required 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources.

2018_11 20 Mashhadi tweet

WELL, THAT’S JUST WRONG: On Nov 20, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said this as part of his pitch for an international convention against speech critical of the Muslim prophet:

“There were prophets of Allah other [than Muhammad], but there is no mention of them in human history. There is negligible mention of them. Moses is mentioned, but there is no mention of Jesus in history.”

Yeah, no. The life of Jesus Christ is better documented than that of any figure from ancient times. Written accounts of His life date from as early as twenty years after He left Earth. Compare this to the over 200 year gap between the death of Alexander the Great and his earliest biography!

SHRILLARY: On Tuesday, Bill and Hillary Clinton kicked off their 13-city tour dubbed ‘An Evening with the Clintons.’ They spoke in Toronto to a hall that was 83% empty. This figure is made even more embarrassing by the fact that as the date of the event neared, the venue was not able to give tickets away at just $6.55 each. Ticket prices started between $200 and $53 Canadian. VIDEO: Right after trashing President Trump, Hillary had another of her coughing fits that went on an on.

2018_11 27 2d A tweets

2d AMENDMENT:West Wing” and “Get Out” actor Bradley Whitford hates the Second Amendment. And he isn’t afraid to use Twitter to drip scorn all over those who believe we have a right to bear arms. I copied his original tweet with my favorite response above. Here are some other good come backs:

  • You mean as opposed to someone who has to judge others and then convince himself he OBVIOUSLY knows better, in order to feel like a man?
  • How about ones who virtual signal behind gated communities.
  • I’m a woman who owns a gun. I have no desire to be a man.
  • Nothing says “I’m super-woke” like writing off an entire sex because it screws up your narrative.
  • How about the disabled and the elderly who own guns to protect themselves? Do they earn your contempt as well?

2018_11 28 Dana Loesch tweet

ABOUT THAT: This rule was SO unpopular that the NRA, ACLU, and disability charities and mental health professionals on both sides of the aisle came together to oppose it.

AVENATTI and STORMY: On Wednesday, Stormy Daniels told The Daily Beast that not only did Michael Avenatti sue Donald Trump for defaming her against her wishes, but also he started a fundraising site to raise money for her legal defense without telling her. She says she learned about the fundraising on Twitter and that Avenatti has been ignoring her repeated requests for accounting information about it for months.

NOT MY PRESIDENT, THANK GOD: At an event on Tuesday night, Obama said, “Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me people … say thank you.” THEN, he accused America of having a big “smugness” problem. Oh well. At least he still looks good in a tux.

DEMOCRAT v. DEMOCRATS: California Rep. Barbara Lee lost her bid to become the first woman to lead the House Democratic Caucus when her fellow Democrats chose a younger-than-her black man for the position. She blamed ageism and sexism. ::snork::

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