OVERALL: Dearest went to a watch party while I stayed home and went to bed early. Dearest said he wished he had opted for my choice. Just the News said the debate was rancorous, with no winner or new policy insights. The Washington Examiner called it acrimonious, starkly personal, and chaotic. I’m thinking I had the better evening.
HISPANIC VOTERS: For some reason, the Spanish-speaking audience that watched the debate on Telemundo felt 2:1 that Trump won the debate. This is amazing, considering that Hillary won the Hispanic vote 66 to 34 percent in the 2016 election.
Latin machismo is a thing, so maybe this voting group cued in on and applauded the fact that Trump looked stronger. Steven Hayward talked about this at Powerline: “[I watched] some of the post game show on several news channels, and I was struck by how uniformly glum the liberal network news types were. The subtext here was that Biden was weak in the face of Trump’s boorishness. The fact that so many media figures are saying the next two debates should be canceled is quite telling. I’m guessing they know Biden is going to wilt under the onslaught.
“About which: it is hardly a news flash that Trump can be a bully. But there may be a method to his seeming madness. Remember how Biden manhandled Paul Ryan in the 2012 debate by constantly interrupting and ridiculing Ryan? Ryan’s mistake was that he came prepared to debate policy ideas—silly wonk that he is—while Biden wanted to make Ryan look young and inexperienced. And he was successful at doing that with Ryan. Trump wasn’t about to let that happen, but along the way he did induce Biden into making several mistakes, such as refusing to answer about court packing, and getting Biden to back away from the Green New Deal. And ask yourself a simple question: who looked like the stronger person on that stage? That isn’t a close call.”
CHRIS WALLACE: Reportedly, Biden performed better than many of us expected, maybe because the so-called moderator, Chris Wallace, was actually pinch hitting for him. ‘Trump War Room’ said Wallace interrupted Trump 76 times, but only interrupted Biden 15 times.
“Joe Biden turned out to be the third wheel in tonight’s debate. For most of the night, it was Chris Wallace debating the president. Wallace claimed that President Trump called the white supremacists very fine people. Chris Wallace knew it was a lie but he agreed with Joe Biden. Wallace also claimed that Trump ended sensitivity training, which also is a lie.” – David Harris
He didn’t. He attended the University of Delaware (Class of 1965). He was a commencement keynote speaker at Delaware State a couple of time and the school awarded him honorary doctoral degree.That’s a far cry from getting his start at an HBCU.
If you have a favorite TDSer in your life, consider gifting a bottle of wine and a pan of marijuana brownies to the poor slob who no doubt needs a break from the realization that the Fish Wrap of Record found absolutely no evidence of any kind of wrongdoing in Trump’s tax returns (which they have no right to see).
CROSSFIRE HURRICANE: Aka, Russiagate: The FBI used the (fake) Steele dossier as its excuse to spy on the Trump campaign and White House. The “Primary Sub-Source” cited by the Steele dossier was a man the FBI suspected was a Russian spy and considered a “threat to national security.” And the FBI agents who investigated “Russia! Russia! Russia!” KNEW it. (In reality, the Russian spy was not a source, because Christopher Steele’s dossier was totally made up.)
FLYNN: Last week, Mike Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, revealed newly obtained documents showing that, in January 2017, FBI agents who were being forced to work on Comey’s bogus “Get Trump” investigation got worried enough about their back sides to buy professional liability insurance. They wanted themselves and their families to be protected if the truth came out and they got personally sued for the illegal crap Comey was making them do.
FRANCE: This guy has had his entire body, face and tongue covered in tattoos and had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black. He’s a primary school teacher who is no longer allowed to teach kindergarten, because he gives the wee kiddies nightmares.
As someone who has suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities for most of my adult life, I can’t look at that photo and wonder when his immune system is going to say “ENOUGH!”
MUELLER’S TEAM: Their goal was “Get Trump” – FBI Agent William Barnett played a lead role in the agency’s investigation into Michael Flynn. He was interviewed by DOJ prosecutors earlier this month.
Barnett told the Justice Department there was never any evidence of wrongdoing by the retired general or of Russian collusion by President Trump. He said the Mueller probe was kept open because the goal was not national security or justice, but hurting the Trump administration.
RATIO: Getting “ratioed” is tweet-speak for a tweet that is so ridiculous that it got lots of comments but very few hearts.
“Journalist” Christine Grimaldi won the trifecta of ratios with her nasty, three tweet screed. Favorite tweet comments: “whackadoodles gonna whackadoodle” and “get help.”
Re: Grimaldi’s snarky remark about Barrett’s “whopping three years” – The Obama-nominated Justice Elena Kagan served a whopping zero years as a judge. In 1999, she was nominated by President Clinton to fill a seat on the D.C. Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, but the Senate Judiciary Committee declined to hold a hearing, which effectively ended her nomination.
SCOTUS: File this under stupid talking points – Barb McQuade (NBC/MSNBC legal analyst and University of Michigan law professor) tweeted the above, which was echoed by another U-Mich law professor.
The only problem is … she’s wrong. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito were both nominated by President G.W. Bush in 2005, which was the first year of his second term. He had won the (meaningless) popular vote the previous November.
UKRAINE: In March 2016, then-VP Joe Biden forced the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s employer, Burisma Holdings, to step down.
Newly disclosed documents reveal that VP Joe’s actions came on the heels of intense pressure from Hunter and representatives of Burisma Holdings to convince the Obama administration to use its considerable influence to halt the Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation into the corrupt firm.
“The rule in debate is that if your only argument is to call your opponent a Nazi, you have no argument at all. Instead of engaging in a debate on policy, Joe Biden has descended to name-calling and Holocaust references.
“There is no place in political discourse for Holocaust imagery or comparing candidates to Nazis. It’s offensive and it demeans the memory of the Holocaust, the suffering of the victims, and the lessons we must learn from that terribly dark chapter of history. Joe Biden has been in politics long enough to know this. To diminish the horrors of Goebbels and the Nazis by trying to attack the president with that comparison is, as we say, a shanda.*
“We call on Joe Biden to retract and apologize for that egregious comment.”
*Shanda (pronounced SHAWN-deh) is Yiddish for something scandalously shameful.
ABORTION: [3:32] – The Pro-Life Reply to “Abortion in cases of rape.”
BABYLON BEE: “In a move to prevent Californians from fleeing by the millions, Gavin Newsom announced a ban on gasoline automobiles this week. The law will make it so that Californians can’t drive away and escape the state in a matter of hours, forcing them to instead form migrant caravans and make the treacherous trek across the blistering deserts of the Southwest.”
In all seriousness, given the state’s inability to produce enough electricity for its current needs, the above is the only sensible conclusion one can come to for Newsom’s determination to increase demand by mandating electric cars.
CATHOLIC: LifeSite presented Father Altman with a copy of the petition asking his bishop to support rather than bring canonical penalties against him. More than 71,000 people signed it. Father Altman was “stunned and overwhelmed by the voice of solidarity amongst faithful Catholics around the world
“There are no words to express the joy of receiving and reading page after page of signers to the Petition. Let us continue to keep the Faith, no matter what challenges may come from those who actively seek to undermine our Faith. We know the Truth is unchanged and unchangeable, and it remains the Truth even when people do not like to hear it.
“I cannot thank LifeSite and all the signers enough for letting me know I am not alone. God bless you all, and fill you with Grace to fight the good fight, all for the glory of God.”
CHINA: A textbook published by the ChiComs for use by a government-run vocational school includes this in a section on ethics and law:
“The crowd wanted to stone the woman to death as per their law. But Jesus said, ‘Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ Hearing this, they slipped away one by one. When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.’”
CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD: New Age heresy – The first in what is now a nine book series came out in the mid-90s. The author, Neal Donald Walsch, claims to be a “channel” for God’s true messages to the modern world. If he was literally hearing a voice, it was not from any HOLY spirit, that’s for sure!
Chief among the false teachings seems to be that there is no such thing as right or wrong. Satan wants everyone to believe this, because without sin, there is no need for the cross of Jesus. And without the cross, Satan owns your soul.
MINNESOTA: Minneapolis [16:42] – Thank God for genuine journalists like James O’Keefe and brave folks like Omar Jamal who brave the vicious Left to get the truth out.
Liban Mohamed (the guy exposed in this video) actually bragged on-line about how many ballots he had harvested on behalf of the Somali candidate who was paying him. He also committed voter fraud on behalf of Ilhan Omar.
These crooked Democrat politicians hire workers to collect empty ballots. They pay people to fill out their ballots. And they’re bringing people in from outside to vote under false addresses.
“If American people don’t pay attention to what’s happening, the country will collapse.”
GRAMMY NOTES: I’ve had a lot of blood tests done in the past four years, but this week, for the first time ever, she wanted a photo ID. So now I need a photo ID to get a blood test … but my deep blue state still does NOT require one to vote!
ABORTION: [4:42] – The Pro-Life Reply to “A fetus is NOT a person.” This video considers four aspects of human life: Size, Level of Development, Environment, and Dependency (SEED).
A BLACK DEFENSE: Black Pentecostal and charismatic Christian leaders defend Judge Barrett –
“[A]ttacks on her Christian beliefs and her membership in a charismatic Christian community reflect rank religious bigotry that has no legitimate place in our political debates or public life. We condemn these vile attacks—which began three years ago during the process of her confirmation for the judicial post she currently holds. As the descendants of slaves we are particularly sensitive to acts of discrimination and we demand an end to this reprehensible conduct.”
COVID-19: The United States supposedly has the most coronavirus deaths in the world. Officially, this is blamed on Orange Man Bad and some failure of Americans to wear masks and socially distance.
More likely, it’s due to …
The ChiCom’s refusal to share accurate numbers;
The politicization of the disease that led to doctors being instructed to list coronavirus as the cause of death even where it merely was present at the time of death;
The politically-motivated demonization of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment and prophylactic.
A new report – “Hydroxychloroquine and the Burden of Proof” – notes that HCQ was identified as a potential COVID-19 treatment relatively early in the outbreak, and has been used in China, South Korea, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, Bahrain, Poland, Russia, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and the Philippines, among many others. Yet the United States remains an “international outlier on HCQ, as one of just a handful of countries that have moved to limit – rather than expand – patient access to the drug.”
The paper lists more than two dozen medical conditions for which HCQ is an established treatment, which it says “reflect a general medical consensus, long predating the COVID-19 pandemic, that HCQ is a safe, well-tolerated drug” and urges members of the U.S. news media, public health community, and regulatory agencies to stop politicizing the use of this medicine for coronavirus.
HANDMAID’S TALE: Because of her pro-life views, pro-abortion liberals have tried to connect Amy Coney Barrett’s Charismatic Catholic faith and practice with The Handmaid’s Tale.
Wikipedia says, “The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state, known as Gilead, that has overthrown the United States government. [It] explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women resist and attempt to gain individuality and independence.”
The Charismatic Catholic group Judge Barrett belongs to was founded in 1971, but far from subjugating women, it encourages them to pursue higher education and “gain individuality and independence”, something Barrett obviously has done.
As for the hysterical liberal cries that she’ll impose Catholic doctrine on the country, puh-leeze. Barrett said, “I see no conflict between having a sincerely held faith and duties as a judge. I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law.”
MEDIA MALPRACTICE: What is missing from the video is context [1:37] – When Jacob Blake was shot, he had an open warrant for felony sexual assault, he had violated a restraining order intended to keep him away from his victim, he had resisted arrest, and he was armed with a knife.
More importantly, he had taken the woman’s child and her car keys. The child was in the car. If the cops had not shot him, everyone would be condemning them for not saving a black child from being kidnapped by a knife-wielding rapist.
2020: [7:19] – Joe Biden has always been dumb and lazy. Now he’s also mentally impaired. In short, he is simply not fit for office.
CLICK https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1308137972886368256 [:26] – Recently, he used a teleprompter during an interview and still couldn’t get his lines right. You can see his head turning to the right when the interviewer is speaking, then to the left while he tries to answer. The photo shows why.
ABORTION: [4:48] – The Pro-Life Reply to “Women will die from illegal abortions.” Historically speaking, legalizing abortions did not lead to fewer women dying from abortion.
AMAZON SCAM: If you get a letter purporting to be from Amazon, delete/trash it. It’s an identity theft scam. If you’re nervous about your account’s status, access it via the Amazon home page, NOT via the link in an email.
BACK THE BLUE: Too many with zero experience speak about what police “should” do. Put on the uniform, put your life on the line for people who hate you, then we can talk.
BAIL: [7:40] – The Bail Project has paid more than $26 million in bail. The group says it has bailed out more than 12,000 suspected criminals.
Who are these people? They’re people like Samuel Lee Scott of Chicago. Scott was in jail facing assault charges for punching his wife. After he hit her, he reportedly said he, quote, “might as well finish what (he) started since (she) was going to contact the police.” The Bail Project then came to the rescue. Hours after the group sprung him from jail, Scott allegedly beat his wife to death.
“For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:30-31
COVID-19: Wuhan — where the outbreak originated — was deemed COVID-free after officials tested 9.9 million people. The central Chinese city has not reported a locally transmitted case since mid-May, over a month after it lifted a 76-day lockdown.
FEDS: Cracking down on rioters – More than 300 people from 29 states have been charged at the federal level for riot-related crimes including arson, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, among others.
As I understand it, the involvement of federal law enforcement became necessary because local Progressive District Attorneys refused to prosecute unpeaceful protesters.
It has been alleged that these DAs were elected thanks to the infusion of mega bucks by George Soros who wants to destroy America.
GUCCI: Gucci’s description of this idiotic, overpriced “tartan smock” says that it “reflects the idea of fluidity explored for the Fall Winter 2020 fashion show, disrupting the toxic stereotypes that mold masculine gender identity. The contrast Peter Pan collar and smock embroidery on the front add a childhood inspired element, which ties to a recurrent theme of the collection.”
Clearly, the people who condemn capitalism because of “income inequality” all have way too much money to spend on ridiculous virtue signaling clothing.
KRAPERNICK: His latest tweet, which was hearted more than 89,000 times, says: “The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people. #BreonnaTaylor #SayHerName #AbolishThePolice 7:17 PM · Sep 23, 2020”
This guy disgusted me when all I knew about him was that he hates America. Now I learn that he also gets paid millions by Nike, apparently to foment hate, division, and violence in America.
Even worse, he was adopted and raised by the two White people in the photo!
PLAN FOR BLACK AMERICA: Trump has already done more for Black Americans than any recent president, but he’s got plans to do more during his second term.
His “Platinum Plan” states that it will “prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations and make lynching a national hate crime” and make Juneteenth a national holiday.
He vows to increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion, help to create 500,000 new Black-owned businesses, and help to create 3 million new jobs for the Black community.
The plan also includes working on a “Second Step Act” to provide access to better jobs and training opportunities for those in Black communities.
The Platinum Plan also pledges to give Black churches the ability to compete for federal resources for their communities; bring better and tailored healthcare to address what the campaign called “historic disparities,” and advance home ownership opportunities and enhance financial literacy in Black communities.
As for educational opportunities, the president is expected to vow, in federal, state and local community partnerships to “close failing schools” to replace with “full school choice and education opportunity,” while continuing to protect Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
The president is also expected to pledge to increase the amount of Pell grants and allow for vocational employment and advance targeted apprenticeship and job training programs.
CLICK https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1309064626756345860 [:15] to see a mob waylay, then assault a Seattle police officer with a baseball bat to the head. Antifa asked the student journalist to remove the video to protect the “safety” of the people who attempted to murder the police officer. By “safety”, he meant “getting identified and arrested.”
Literally every conversation I’ve had with a Trump hater about the upcoming election has gone like this:
Hater: I can’t wait to get Donald Trump out of office.
Hater: Why?!?! Don’t tell me you don’t think he colluded with Russia?!
Me: According to Robert Mueller’s exhaustive, multi-million dollar investigation, there was no evidence of that. But there was evidence that the Obama administration spied on him and his campaign using the FBI.
Hater: Well, he said he’d repeal and replace Obamacare. What happened to that?
Me:He removed the tax penalty which removes the mandate. Congress now just has to move with it’s replacement. He can’t do it by Executive Order. You do know Obama had very little to do with the writing of the ACA, right?
Hater: Well, he said he’d build a wall and Mexico was gonna pay for it. Haha. What happened to that?
Me:They’ve built over 260 miles of new wall so far and he’s renegotiated NAFTA costing Mexico billions of dollars that were given to them by Bill Clinton through the returning of jobs in America.
Hater: That’s not them paying for it!
Me:BILLIONS. Did you think he literally meant Mexico was gonna write a check with “Wall” in the memo?
Hater: Well, he’s buddy-buddy with Putin and Kim Jung Un.
Me:Getting along with your adversaries is not a bad thing. Or would you prefer he antagonize them? BTW, when was the last “test missile” North Korea sent Japan’s way?
Hater: He called the dead soldiers “losers“!
Me:You’re referring to a report made from “anonymous sources” when over nine people who were with the President that have gone on record saying that it wasn’t true? That doesn’t send up any red flags for you? He’s brought our Vets home and taken great strides, and put a lot of money into fixing the VA, ask any veteran you know. Funny way to treat people you think are “losers,” don’t you think?
Hater: Well, he got impeached for God’s sake!
Me:Yes, impeached by a partisan House and subsequently acquitted as there was no evidence that the President did anything wrong (no quid pro quo) in his communication with the President of Ukraine. BTW, you know Joe Biden actually admitted on national television to doing that exact thing while he was in office as VP though, right?
Hater: He handled COVID horribly!
Me:What would you have had him do differently?
Hater: He should have closed the borders in time!
Me: He announce travel restrictions on January 31st and was called xenophobic for doing so. In February, while Nancy Pelosi and Bill Deblasio were walking in Chinatown telling everyone it was perfectly safe to come on down.
Hater: Well, he refused to wear a mask.
Me:Here’s a picture of him wearing a mask.
Hater: That was too far after!
Me:After what? He had two of his experts on national TV every day giving updates and telling everyone to wear a mask.
Hater: But, he said everything would be fine and that this would end!
Me: And it will end. In Wuhan, where it started, there have been no new cases since mid-May. Did you want him to run around screaming that “The sky is falling“?
Hater: I can’t stand the way he talks! He’s nasty! He’s not how I want my President to sound.
Me:Ahhh. NOW we’re getting somewhere. You don’t like his personality. And everything you’ve mentioned up until now is because you don’t like his personality. So for you it seems personal and not about the job he’s done. Listen, if you want a President who will tell you whatever you want to hear, flip- flopping on every issue, not getting anything done his entire time while in office, but who sounds like a nice guy (even though he seems seriously impaired), then Joe Biden is definitely your man.
ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: Attorney General William Barr warned of “a new orthodoxy that is actively hostile to religion” in a videotaped address to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Barr received the organization’s Christifideles Laici Award. Archbishop Charles Chaput said Barr’s award was well deserved.
“Throughout my life, the men and women I’ve most admired have all had the same qualities: a thinking Catholic brain, a character of substance, and a moral spine. General Barr has all three,” Archbishop Chaput said. “As an added bonus, he’s disliked by all the right people.”
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was dismayed that Barr was receiving this honor. I’m sorry, but sheesh. What a bitch.
CHINA: It is becoming increasingly important to know where products originate before buying. Over the past 14 months, Customs and Border Protection has been inspecting Made-in-China packages. Fully thirteen percent contained products that at best defraud buyers and at worst harm or even kill them.
The inspection effort, called Operation Mega Flex, is a CBP initiative that began in June of 2019 as part of a broader Trump administration effort, also involving the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, to crack down on the dangerous flood of counterfeit goods pouring into America from China, often through the distribution networks of e-commerce platforms like Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay.
CORONAVIRUS: Lunacy [3:34] – A mother in Logan, Ohio, was grabbed, shoved, pulled, tased, handcuffed, pushed down the steps and arrested by a local cop for not wearing a face mask.
In July, her governor issued an Executive Order commanding that “All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when … [o]utdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members.”
Ignoring for a moment the fact that the order is very iffy constitutionally, let’s just consider that this woman was both outdoors AND socially distanced from everybody but her own family. In other words, she was not even violating the stupid order!
Unfortunately, she did resist arrest, which created most of her problems. Since I saw this, I’ve been wondering what would have been a better approach. Maybe she should’ve told her companions to call her lawyer and have him meet her at wherever the guy was taking her, then gone along quietly … then sued the pants off him for unlawful arrest.
NEW YORK: Syracuse University – The PC Police suspended a 30-year professor for making a joke about political correctness and speech policing.
FIRE is defending him, noting that Syracuse University “talks a big game when it comes to free speech” yet “seems almost proud of how it consistently fails to uphold freedom of speech when challenged.”
NEW YORK CITY: Folks are fleeing the Big Rotten Apple – From 2017-2018, New York City’s population dropped by 38,000, more than any other metro area. During the following two years, 53,000 people moved away. During the early months of the pandemic, nearly half a million people left the city, but we won’t know for a while how many left for good.
The number one destination for former New Yorkers is Florida, a state that is comparable in most ways with NYC, except for the weather and the way they are governed. In fact, Floridians get more return on their tax dollars than New Yorkers do … while spending HALF as much.
PELOSI: She put up her “maybe we should impeach Orange Man Bad” trial balloon. It didn’t fly. In particular, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that, if she tried it, he would move to oust her as Speaker.
So now she’s saying she won’t move forward with the idea, because “I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point.”
PENNSYLVANIA: Luzerne County – A federal investigation into voter fraud has turned up nine ballots mailed by military personnel that were discarded, rather than counted. At least seven were cast for Trump; the contents of the other two are unknown.
Most disturbingly, two of the discarded ballots had been opened by elections staff, then resealed inside their appropriate envelopes before being discarded.
But yeah, Democrats, tell us again how safe and secure all mail-in elections would be…
PRO-LIFE: [5:41] – After state budget cuts forced Planned Parenthood to close its clinic in Bettendorf, IA, a pro-life pregnancy resource center purchased the building and transformed it into a place for life.
Former Planned Parenthood clients come into their center and say how different and how much nicer the new clinic is. The medical excellence, sincere care and love shared with every client, and their deep passion to help women through unplanned pregnancies, makes Women’s Choice a powerful resource for their community.
RBG: She was known as a fervent advocate of women, but one might easily question if she was a closet racist. During her long career as a judge, she hired many women, but only two Blacks. She also appears to have favored Roe, Doe, and taxpayer funding for abortion because they helped eliminate “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
If she had been a conservative, the stunning lack of diversity in her pool of clerks and employees would be front and center. As it is, the Leftards are ignoring it. Of course. Because she was all for abortion, which seems to be their “sacred ground” as Nancy Pelosi once said. Support slaughtering the unborn and all else is forgiven … even being Catholic.
SCHOOL CHOICE: A new poll shows an unprecedented level of support for parents controlling their children’s’ education tax dollars. 78% of public school parents and 79% of non-public school parents support this statement:
“Recent federal legislation gave governors new funding they can use for K-12 education. Some governors have let families control the funds for the purchase of education technology and materials, private school tuition, and home education. Would you support or oppose your governor sending the funding directly to families and allowing them to choose how to use those funds to support their child’s education?”
“It could not be more clear that families are desperate for other options and will support governors and other policymakers as they pursue policies that let them control their child’s education funding,” said John Schilling, president of the American Federation of Children.
SCOTUS: [2:36] – The Senate currently has 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and 2 Independents, plus Republican VP Pence to vote with the GOP for ties.
Even if the three squishy middle senators (Romney, Murkowski, Collins) vote with the Dems, the Republicans have enough votes to get Trump’s nominee confirmed (after a no-doubt vicious hearing).
But Romney and Murkowski have both indicated they will vote to confirm, leaving only Collins in the squishy middle, which means any nastiness the Dems throw at Trump’s candidate will be nothing but TDSing political theater and sour grapes.
VOTING: All the publicity about the faults and foibles of mail-in voting has apparently had an impact. Democratic politicians and groups say they are shifting from encouraging all-mail-in to encouraging voters to either vote in person or hand deliver their absentee ballots.
WASHINGTON: Seattle – The City Council voted to over-ride Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of their plan to cut 100 police officers from the department this year. They call it a “down payment” on their goal of cutting the force by 50%.
The city has also hired on a consultant to help them decide how to reform their police force. He’s Andre Taylor, a man who has led some of the violent protests in Seattle, Washington, this summer. Taylor also has a felony conviction for running a prostitution operation that included underage girls.
PRAYER NEEDED: Please pray for Dan Bongino. He just learned he has a large tumor in his neck. It’s growing quickly and is in a tricky spot.
ABORTION: [4:55] – The Pro-Life Reply to “My Body, My Choice.”
BARRETT: The Washington Post reports that Amy Coney Barrett has a record of evil, heinous actions, like arguing for better due process in college sexual assault allegations. She is also … oh noes … an actual Catholic who doesn’t just talk about, but actually lives her faith.
If you thought the Kavanaugh confirmation process was appalling, just wait. Should Amy Coney Barrett be nominated, we’ll be force-fed 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage of how evil this God-fearing mother, wife, and judge is.
I know Democrats who, while having no problem voting for CINO Biden, would consider an all-out assault on a judge’s religious beliefs intolerable. Let us hope and pray that the Left miscalculates and loses even more votes to the Walk Away movement.
BLACK LIVES MATTER: [5:16] – Donations to Black Lives Matter go directly to the left-wing organization, Act Blue Charities. They claim that money is then sent to Thousand Currents, which it says is then distributed to Black Lives Matter.*
Until last week**, a convicted felon by the name of Susan Rosenberg was listed as vice chairwoman of the Thousand Currents board of directors. In 1984, Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years’ imprisonment on weapons and explosives charges stemming from her activities with far left terrorists seeking to overthrow the U.S. government through the use of violence. She had served 16 years when President Clinton commuted her sentence to time served on his last day in office.
Rosenberg is believed to have been an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Joanne Chesimard (aka, Assata Shakur), who is a convicted cop killer and domestic terrorist. Alicia Garza, one of three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter national organization has repeatedly named Assata Shakur as one of the people who most inspires her.
*I’m clueless as to why Black Lives Matter doesn’t register as a 501(c)(3) charitable group so it can collect its own donations … maybe because a lot of the money is siphoned off for … oh let me think … donations to white Democrat candidates?
**Until last week, BLM also admitted on its website that it supported the destruction of the nuclear family. Apparently, there’s been some CYA going on in these organizations.
CALIFORNIA: I wonder how they’ll charge them. California isn’t producing enough electricity for its current needs!
CATHOLIC PERSECUTION: The flames caused significant damage [1:11] – It seems likely that this man was inspired by the vicious anti-Catholic rhetoric Democrats have been slinging around lately.
The Left is just fine with Joe Biden’s pro-abortion “devout Catholic” claims, but one of Trump’s likely SCOTUS picks is the devoutly Catholic and vehemently anti-abortion Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of thy Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
CHINA: Hazard alert – A patient safety advocacy group recently tested KN95 masks imported from 15 Chinese manufacturers who supply major U.S. hospitals and health systems. They found that 60 to 70 percent of them were “significantly inferior” and don’t live up to the packaging claims.
DYING WISH: Much is being said about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s alleged dying wish for her seat to remain empty until a new president is seated (as if her wants trump the Constitution).
But in 2016, when Justice Antonin Scalia died, Ginsburg publicly called on the Senate to go through with confirming Obama’s appointee. “That’s their job. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the President stops being President in his last year,” she said in July 2016.
A few months later, she noted that “Eight is not a good number for a collegial body that sometimes disagrees.” And Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was with her, agreed. “I think we hope there will be nine as quickly as possible.”
KENTUCKY: Louisville – Just hours after the grand jury that heard all the evidence declined to charge Louisville cops for Breonna Taylor’s death, protesters took to the streets. Two officers were shot and wounded on Wednesday night by “mostly peaceful protesters” angry that the legal system didn’t lynch some cops for them.
The “mostly peaceful protesters” were pre-supplied with equipment, such as large signs and body shields, that were unloaded from a U-Haul truck shortly after the verdict was announced. Cuz, you know, every peace protester needs a body shield.
MEDIA MALPRACTICE: Election interference – The Slime Stream Media pooh-poohed the findings of the joint Senate investigation concerning the millions of dollars that Joe Biden’s son Hunter received from corrupt foreign oligarchs and companies while Joe was Obama’s VP.
Among the findings was this gem: Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia and the widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, Senate Republicans revealed in their report on the younger Biden’s work in Ukraine.
SCOTUS: On Wednesday, President Trump said Republicans must swiftly approve his nominee, because the Democrats’ mass distribution of mail-in ballots means the election will probably be decided by the Supremes.
“I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it’s a scam. This scam will be before the United States Supreme Court and I think having the four-four situation is not a good situation if you get that.”
GRAMMY NOTES: I was in junior high when my brother came home from Vietnam. He had served just 3 months when his unit was nearly wiped out by a sniper. When my father went to the hospital to see him, he said, “I looked all over but didn’t see him anywhere. Then this skeletal ghost standing in front of me said, ‘Pop, I’m right here.‘”
Bishop Robert Barron talks about “The Philosophers Who Shaped 2020” [50:30]
“Not many people understand the ideologies that stand behind the rioting and deep unrest that we see on our city streets. What I do in this brief presentation is to step back a bit from current events and explore four thinkers who have had a profound impact in shaping the world that we are confronting: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Michel Foucault. Once we understand some of their most basic ideas, we will recognize their influence everywhere today.” – Bishop Barron
This talk is fascinating! It is also much, much longer than anything I usually post, but I thought today, as we pray and fast for our nation’s healing, it was an appropriate time to suggest setting aside fifty minutes to think deeply about the philosophical and deeply anti-religious roots of our national “convulsion.”
One note: He uses one word – “praxis” – fairly often. I believe it is unusual enough that it would be helpful for me to define it here.
Praxis (prăk′sĭs) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized.
In Christian terms, praxis is how we live the Gospel; it’s the “walking the walk” part of our faith.
Bishop Barron’s talk is largely about the praxis of Marx’s, Nietzsche’s, Sartre’s, and Foucault’s atheistic, power-based, me-centered philosophies.