TISSUE ALERT: Seriously … watch the whole thing. With a tissue.
TRUMP JUDGE IN: Blowing raspberries at Jeff Flake — Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie to allow the Senate to confirm Jonathan Kobes to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kobes is the 30th appeals court judicial confirmation since Donald Trump started his presidency.
CHRISTIANS WIN: Obama-era HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — Bush-appointed Judge Philip Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado found in favor of six Christian organizations that objected to being forced to include contraception coverage in their employees’ health plans.
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS!: Trump should be impeached! Trump should be indicted! —
KARMA: Stormy is a piece of work — First she extorted $130,000 in hush money out of Donald Trump, then she violated the NDA she’d voluntarily signed to get her hands on the dough. Then, she sued Trump for defamation because he said something meany pants about her character. But hey, what goes around, comes around. The court threw the defamation suit out, because … you know … the First Amendment. And now Ms. Slut Face has been ordered to pay The Donald $293,052.33 to cover his costs in dealing with the frivolous suit. Lemme see … 293,000 – 130,000 = methinks she should’ve kept her mouth shut.
Who knew TROMBONES could be so fun?! Today’s Bits & Bytes got long, so I though y’all could use a funny break in the middle.
ASTONISHINGLY STUPID: Wait, I’m not talking about AOC! — Nate Silver (founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight and a Special Correspondent for ABC New) tweeted this gem: “There are lots of reasons Ocasio-Cortez drives certain Republicans crazy, foremost among them her race and gender. But it’s also that she’s quintessentially a New Yorker and DC political culture is formal and prudish when NYC mostly isn’t those things.”
Uhhhhhhhhh no. We can’t stop talking about her because she’s an ignoramus that the Democrats and their lapdog media treat like the Second Coming. We’re not afraid of her. And we certainly don’t give a toot about her race or gender. As for the New Yorker thing … uhhhhhh, project much, anti-Trumpers?
My favorite tweet responses from Twitchy:
- If this is what you’ve got, then you’re as simple as she is.
- *ALL* of this is wrong. Like — all of it. They just think she’s a lightweight commie socialist and find it hilarious/shocking that anybody takes her seriously. They’re not laughing strategically; they’re actually just laughing.
- It could also be her ideology, her ignorance wrapped in arrogance, the garbage she advocates, or any number of other things that your comb-over can’t comprehend.
- To be fair, certain Democrats hate Trump because he’s quintessentially a New Yorker and DC political culture is formal and prudish when NYC mostly isn’t those things.
FACEBOOK: A far cry from Zuckerberg’s preferred image — The British parliamentary committee leading an inquiry into Facebook released a trove of documents it seized last month as evidence in a lawsuit brought against the company. Internal communications from high-ranking employees at the company, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, point to a company whose priorities are more about self-preservation, revenue generation, and fear of being exposed for dubious privacy practices than the benevolent, touchy-feely, global-community image Facebook has pushed over the years. E.g., emails discuss ways to secretly harvest user data from phones and to snuff out a start up competitor.
ABORTION: Democrats and their lapdogs in the media talk like we’re all in favor of legal abortion, but the fact is that a majority of Americans favor strict limitations on abortion and are largely clueless about just how unrestricted our abortion laws really are.
YALE UNIVERSITY: Skip the whole “a woman and her doctor” thing — Students at Yale University’s Silliman College will soon be able to obtain condoms, lubricant, and Plan B morning-after pills via a so-called “wellness to-go” vending machine that will be installed in the campus’s Good Life Center before winter break.
GENESIS: Science again — A group of archeologists and other scientists say they have discovered strong evidence that the region of the “Middle Ghor,” where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to have existed, were in fact destroyed by a meteor that exploded in the sky above, raining down superheated matter and raising temperatures to thousands of degrees, a theory that matches the account of the cities’ destruction contained in the Old Testament Book of Genesis.
CHINA OPPRESSES CHRISTIANS: Google offers to help — On Sunday night, Chinese authorities launched coordinated raids against Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan. About 100 Christians from the Protestant church, which is not sponsored by the Chinese government, were taken into custody. As the raid took place, church members’ personal social media accounts and cell phone group discussions were blocked around 9 p.m., and the church’s telephone line was cut. Google has agreed to work with the Chinese government to create a censored search platform, sparking protests from within the company. This raid sends a chilling warning as to exactly what the Chinese government would do with the help Google has offered.
CHINA CAVES TO TRUMP: China moved to reduce tariffs on US cars from 40% to 15% in the latest sign of their willingness to negotiate a trade deal with President Trump.
LITTLE CARACAS ON THE PRAIRIE: Fracking in North Dakota and Socialism is Venezuela has combined to shrink the oil output of the nation with arguably the world’s largest crude reserves behind the state with the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels. In September, North Dakota produced nearly 1.3 million barrels while Venezuela only managed 1.17 million barrels.
JOBS: In October 2018, there were 1 million more jobs than unemployed workers in the most recent government count of job openings. And no, Obama, you did NOT build that.
NEW YORK LAWMAKERS: Why do these people get to vote on their own pay? — New York’s governor and state lawmakers are set to become the highest paid in the nation under a new plan that would boost their salaries by 64%, from the current $79,500 to $130,000. Yeah, that’ll really help stem the tide of jobs OUT of New York State.
RACISM IS COOL: If you’re the one benefiting — South African lawmakers passed a proposal to change the country’s constitution to make land grabs legal. Then they voted to take land from white farmers without compensating them for it. This same plan turned South Africa’s neighbor Zimbabwe from a state of plenty to a starving state.