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  2. City Journal Tevi Troy August 10, 2020 Brent Scowcroft, a career Air Force officer and two-time White House national security adviser who died last week at 95, set the gold standard for running the National Security Council. He established a disciplined and focused process during eventful times, but his true genius may have been how he handled national security duties in the middle of the night: he was the great waker of presidents. Scowcroft became deputy National Security Adviser under President Richard Nixon at the beginning of Nixon’s second term. It was a challenging time, as the newly reelected president was soon embroiled in the Watergate crisis. In addition, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was a hard-driving boss who was notoriously hard on staff. As the Watergate scandal worsened, Nixon’s drinking became a problem. One evening, in October 1973, British prime minister Edward Heath asked to speak to the president. Scowcroft fielded the request and reached out to Kissinger, who told him, “Can we tell them no? When I talked to the President he was loaded.” Scowcroft tactfully suggested saying that Nixon was “unavailable,” and offering up Kissinger instead. Kissinger, always happy to speak to a world leader, loved the idea, telling Scowcroft, “I would welcome it.” (Snip)
  3. Yesterday
  4. NBC 5 Chicago The group, which also held a solidarity rally on Monday night for those arrested, criticized the response from city leaders in wake of the unrest Aug. 11 2020 Members of the Black Lives Matter Chicago chapter issued a statement Monday on the looting and unrest that erupted in the city following what police said was misinformation regarding a police-involved shooting. The group, which also held a solidarity rally on Monday night for those arrested, criticized the response from city leaders in wake of the unrest. "In a predictable and unfortunate move, [Mayor Lori Lightfoot] did not take this time to criticize her officers for shooting yet another Black man. Lightfoot instead spent her time attacking 'looters,'" the group's statement read. "The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the CPD is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in." (Snip) ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Or From The Daily Mail 'Looting is reparations': BLM protesters gather outside Chicago PD in support of looters who ransacked city Sunday night, as organizer claims 'anything they wanted to take, they can take because these businesses have insurance' Black Lives Matter Chicago said early Monday's looting of stores was a form of 'reparations' as the group held a protest Monday night in support of the more than 100 people arrested after an evening of violence.
  5. Power Line Steven Hayward Aug. 112020 News breaking right now that Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate. She seems a poor choice even aside from her ideological defects. She ran a terrible campaign, dropping out before the Iowa caucuses having blown through all of her abundant early money and squandering some early strength in the polls, chiefly because she never settled on a campaign message, and performed poorly from day to day, walking back (“clarifying”) plainly ill-thought comments within 24 hours. But I think Biden chose her for the same reason John McCain chose Sarah Palin in 2008: to close the “enthusiasm gap” between him and Trump. Surveys consistently show that Democratic voters are distinctly unenthusiastic about Biden, and the progressive left is critical of many of Biden’s positions. But the progressive left Democratic base mostly loves Harris (except for that prosecuting criminals part of her past). If events (chiefly the economy and the virus) start to break more in Trump’s favor over the next six weeks, you could see the race tighten, and the enthusiasm gap becoming an important factor. The enthusiasm gap is important, and this election cycle is reminding me more and more of 1976, when an incumbent president (Ford) with heavy baggage was running way behind (by as much as 25 points in August) the Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter, but managed to close the gap and make a razor-close race of it in the end. Like Biden today, Democrats were not especially enthusiastic about Carter, who they nonetheless gathered around in the nomination contest to stop George Wallace, who, we forget today, was a formidable force for the Democrats in 1976, despite being in a wheelchair. Likewise, a lot of Democrats circled the wagons for Biden in March out of their fear of Bernie Sanders, who was threatening to run away with the race for a two-week period in late February. (Snip) ______________________________________________________________ Could this be step 1 for getting rid of Joe and replacing him with someone Else?
  6. The Flynn rehearing Scott Johnson Aug. 11 2020 The oral argument of the Flynn case rehearing en banc by the D.C. Circuit is now underway. The court is live streaming the video below and, if not below, here at YouTube and here at C-SPAN and probably elsewhere. I hope to replace the live stream with a recording when it is available following the conclusion of the rehearing. The circus continues. (Snip) __________________________________________________________________ The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
  7. I never thought I'd say (and mean) Orange Man Bad! Thanks for Truth Tuesday, Pookie!
  8. Fox News Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's attorney adamantly argued before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan overstepped his authority by pushing for further arguments rather than grant prosecutors' motion to dismiss Flynn's case. A three-judge panel previously sided with Flynn and issued a writ of mandamus ordering Sullivan to dismiss the case, but Sullivan appealed to have the court’s full roster review the case. “Gen. Flynn is a defendant without a prosecutor,” Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell said during oral arguments, claiming that it is the Justice Department’s role to determine whether or not to prosecute a case. Powell was grilled by the judges over whether mandamus is appropriate at this point in the case, given that Sullivan has yet to rule on the DOJ’s motion to dismiss. Mandamus, Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan noted, is for when there are no adequate alternative means of dealing with an issue, noting that a ruling from Sullivan could provide such means if it is in Flynn’s favor.
  9. Fox News A swarm of minor earthquakes near California's Salton Sea is raising concern about the potential for a larger temblor at the state's San Andreas Fault. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the dozens of tremors began in the early morning on Monday, ranging in size from a 2.6 magnitude quake to a 4.6 magnitude quake northwest of Palm Springs under the southeastern part of the Salton Sea. The swarm marks only the fourth time in almost 90 years of modern seismology records that such an incident has occurred in that part of the Golden State. The area is overdue for a "Big One." Larger-scale quakes on the San Andreas Fault are expected every 200 years on average, and the southern area has not seen action since 1680 to 1690. According to The Los Angeles Times, there is generally a 20% chance of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake on the fault over the next 30 years.
  10. DeCommio approves!
  11. My pleasure, mass55th!
  12. You're welcome, Rcat!
  13. Alpha News In May 2020, the program paid $76.6 million for 423,633 recipients. A year prior, that cost $42 million for 384,267 recipients – $34 million less. Scott McCallen August 10, 2020 Many of the costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t easily visible – nursing home residents’ deaths, for example, as well as the increasing number of opioid overdoses, and the businesses going bankrupt due to combined government-mandated restrictions and reduced consumer demand. About 854,600 people have filed unemployment claims since March after Minnesota’s first case of COVID-19, pushing many people onto federally bankrolled food assistance programs, spiking costs by over $30 million. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the federal program that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers to help supplement the nutrition needs of people with low incomes. SNAP eligibility depends on a household’s income and size. (Snip)
  14. Good: Maybe the fire will go out if I spray less water... Better: Maybe the fire will go out if I switch to gasoline.
  15. The Plot Thickens! This whole thing is Tabloid Heaven!
  16. Thanks Pookie!!
  17. The Hill Rebecca Klar 08/11/20 Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she will be resigning after the city council approved cuts to her department's budget on Monday. Best said in a letter to the department that her retirement will be effective Sept. 2, The Associated Press reported. “I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times,” Best said in the letter, according to the AP. “You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you. ... I look forward to seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.” Best’s announcement comes after the city council approved cuts that would reportedly take less than $4 million from the department's $400 million annual budget. The council also approved a cut in Best’s roughly $285,000 annual salary as well as reductions in other department official’s salaries, according to the news service. (Snip)
  18. You could go back to 1970(?) and see the exact same manifesto minus the Trans & Intersexuality, Cisgendered thing. Only because they hadn't thought of it. Almost word for word from SDS, Weather Underground, Black Panther Party, Youth International Party, and dozens more. The Same Old Lies...In A Brand New Bottle
    • ash71
    • pookie18

    Got to say Pookie thank you so much for these posts. I have been checking your posts every weekday for a long time (before the move to here) and it is a great way to start the day! 

    1. pookie18


      My pleasure & glad you like 'em, ash71!

      Where'd you see them previously?

  19. American Cities In Catastrophic Decline John Hinderaker August 10, 2020 Rioting continues nightly in Portland. Criminals are arrested, immediately released, and return to the streets. It is hard to see how Portland has a viable future. Likewise with Seattle. A city that cannot maintain order will soon be vacated by normal people who are able to leave, leaving only criminals and those without the means to get away. Minneapolis, with its days of rioting followed by skyrocketing crime and parks turned into tent encampments, is not far behind. Panic is spreading among people who own houses and (worse) condominiums there. Then there is Chicago, where mass looting took place last night. Thieves struck on Michigan Avenue, the premier shopping venue between the coasts. Andy Ngo, the prime chronicler of contemporary urban catastrophe, has the story in a series of tweets. (Snip) One notable feature of these videos is the absence of law enforcement. Police are hopelessly outnumbered, and looters, rioters and arsonists arrogantly assume that they can steal and burn to their hearts’ content with no interference. Unfortunately, they are right. Few are arrested, those that are arrested are immediately set free, and the likelihood of criminal prosecution is negligible, especially in cities that have Soros-installed prosecutors who have pledged not to prosecute. None of this is remotely viable, obviously. Through history, the normal practice has been to shoot looters. Rightly or wrongly, we are no longer willing to do that. The result, evidently, is that order cannot be maintained. Black Lives Matter sponsors riots and loot-fests, like the one last night in Chicago, with the apparently enthusiastic backing of big business and with not a word of criticism from any Democratic Party politician. What does Joe Biden think of Black Lives Matter-sponsored rioting, arson and looting? Maybe someday someone will ask him. At some point, a society becomes too stupid to survive. I am not sure we have arrived at that point yet, but we may be getting close.
  20. The Federalist Tristan Justice August 10, 2020 The Washington Post published a glowing photo essay on Saturday featuring Antifa protestors in Portland showing off their riot gear. The article fawns over the anarchists’ courage to maintain a months-long assault on the city in the name of social justice, violently attacking federal agents and holding public property under siege. The piece, authored by Post protest reporter Marissa Lang prominently highlights testimony from several Portland activists sharing their one-sided experiences painting police as violent agents an oppressive state with no mention of word “riot” where protestors have sowed more than 70 days of perpetual unrest, including attempts to burn down a federal courthouse. According to Lang, protestors merely “directed their anger at the federal courthouse where they broke windows and tagged the building with bright paint” which provoked White House action to send in federal law enforcement to quell the chaos. Despite conceding that “federal agents and police officers say” they’ve been subject to violent attacks by demonstrators, Lang goes on to attribute that much of the violence is instigated by white supremacists seeking to exploit the crisis. (Snip) _____________________________________________________________________________________ From The Washington Pest story Mischa, 31: “I am protesting because it is unacceptable and wrong on so many levels to have a police force that the majority of citizens are afraid of. I am opposed to the existence of the police in their current form of a culturally corrupt, armed, cruel and tyrannical force that patrols the streets and instills fear into the people.” 31, I wonder if that is his age or IQ?
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