Friday June 29th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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250 Responses to Friday June 29th – Open Thread

  1. PotP says:

    Seattle quietly buying one way plane tickets out of town for homeless:

    What? No wall?

    Doesn’t sound like compassionate progressivism…

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  2. Bendix says:

    I missed this story the other day, I hope it wasn’t already posted here:
    I find this very odd. The “ties” to the Weiner case seem only to be that it’s the same girl.
    I really do believe that someone sicced this young person on Anthony Weiner.
    Her father to me sounded like a real piece of work. How could you not know what your very young daughter was doing, to that great an extent?

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  3. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay kids….anyone who wants to participate……

    I just got an email from a friend on Capital Hill…..If this is correct, we should start seeing mentions today, or for sure this weekend…… TRUMP has narrowed his Supreme’s pick to five. There are NO sitting senators or house members.

    1. Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
    2. .Amul Thapar, 49,(male) of the 6th Circuit;
    3. Amy Barrett, 46, of the 7th Circuit;
    4. Thomas Hardiman, 52, of the 3rd Circuit;
    5. Raymond Kethledge, 51, of the 6th Circuit

    Let’s start diggin’.

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay… Ben Shapiro at the Wire, with help from Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard, and some Lawyer who corrected Ben’s article has this……
    I’m going to number these, with the same number I posted above…..

    1. Brett Kavanaugh. (53) Kavanaugh is a former clerk for Justice Kennedy. He was elevated to the federal bench in 2006, after a three-year delay. His nomination was delayed thanks to Democratic upset over the fact that Kavanaugh worked for Kenneth Starr in the office of the Solicitor General, and had the temerity to say that the Clinton administration targeted Starr. Kavanaugh has been on the court for quite a while, and has a long record ­ he’s authored nearly 300 decisions. He recently dissented when the circuit decided that a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detainee had a right to an abortion (he explained that the decision was “based on a constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong”), and held in 2011 that the Washington, D.C. ban on semi-automatic rifles and its gun registration requirement were unconstitutional under Heller. He also held that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau structure was unconstitutional. Kavanaugh has been a strong critic of Chevron deference to administrative agencies (although his Chevron strategy has been less straightforward, according to some, than that of Justice Gorsuch). Kavanaugh has stated that his judicial philosophy is textualist, although some commentators suggest that his textualism is not as strong as Gorsuch’s [NOTE: These sentences have been corrected; the original version was inaccurate.] Kavanaugh, like Chief Justice Roberts, is known for working across the aisle. On the other side of the ledger, critics suggest (correctly in my view) that Kavanaugh upheld Obamacare in Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Services as well as in Seven-Sky v. Holder, in which he stated that the Obamacare penalties were actually “taxes.” Critics have also pointed to his opinion in a case regarding whether the government could compel priests to cover birth control under Obamacare; in that dissent, he held that there was a compelling government interest in providing birth control, but that the government could find less restrictive means of doing so.

    2. Amul Thapar. (49) Thapar is relatively new to the appellate courts. He voted to uphold Ohio’s method of lethal injection, and a Michigan government meeting’s opening with a Christian prayer. Thapar has ruled that monetary donations are a form of protected speech under the First Amendment. Because Thapar’s record is relatively thin, there’s not much to go on with regard to major hot-button issues like abortion and religious freedom. With that said, Professor Brian Fitzpatrick of Vanderbilt Law School describes Thapar as “very Scalia-like and Thomas-like.” Indeed, Thapar has criticized Richard Posner’s “pragmatism” in judicial theory because using pragmatism rather than text “would elevate judges to the position of ‘co-legislator.’” He is a textualist who has praised Scalia himself.

    3. Amy Barrett (46) Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit became a cause celebre when Democrats began suggesting that her Catholicism was a bar to her ability to be an objective judge. She believes that life begins at conception, and signed a letter from the Becket Fund criticizing Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide contraceptive coverage, calling it a “grave violation of religious freedom.” Barrett has written in great depth on Justice Scalia’s originalism; she’s evidenced support for textualism as well. She clerked for Scalia.

    4. Thomas Hardiman.(52) Leonard Leo, one of Trump’s chief advisors, has described Hardiman as “very much in the mold of Justice Scalia, well-schooled on the doctrines of originalism and textualism.” He has not spoken out himself about his judicial philosophy. He has stood against a New Jersey law that required a showing of “justifiable need” to allow carrying a handgun publicly. In another Second Amendment case, he specifically stated that the “threshold question in a Second Amendment challenge is one of scope,” adding that the inquiry “requires an inquiry into ‘text and history.’” But he also ruled that a plaintiff could sue for sex discrimination on the grounds that he was a male treated badly for being effeminate (thus broadening the class of claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), and ruled to strike down a fire department’s residency requirement, which he termed racially motivated (in that case, he equated disparity with discrimination by statistical modeling, stating, “minority workforce representation that low suggests discrimination”). He also ruled in favor of an illegal immigrant seeking asylum on the grounds that he was targeted by MS-13.

    5. Raymond Kethledge.( 51),Kethledge, is a former Kennedy clerk. In 2016, Kethledge slammed the IRS for failing to turn over materials necessary for determining whether they discriminated against conservative groups. Kethledge tends toward textualism, as he described in his original confirmation testimony: “I would make sure that the values that I would be enforcing if I were a judge are not just my values, that I am not striking something down simply because I don’t like it. That is a counter-majoritarian aspect of our system of Government. I would start with the text. I would say that, sir.” He also said before the Federalist Society that “The court tries to find the best objective interpretation of the statute, based on the statutory text,” and said that the job of the court was to determine “what is the meaning that the citizens bound by the law would have ascribed to it at the time it was approved.” As far as abortion, Kethledge was Judiciary Committee counsel for Spencer Abraham when Abraham was pushing for a federal abortion ban.

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  5. BigMamaTEA says:

    Obviously #1 DOES NOT Rule based on the Constitution. Strike him! Forget # 5 too for the same reasons.

    I’m going to focus my research on #’s 2, 3, & 4.

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  6. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • wondering999 says:

      Troublemaker — may I throw something in here? MOST people do not understand the procedures they sign up for. A popular medical ethics textbook lists the difficulties of heart transplants, also a mom who allowed her baby to have an animal heart transplant (it didn’t work, was rejected after a great deal of suffering).

      The broader public would benefit from greater medical knowledge and understanding, including very basic medical training and time spent providing basic medical care for others. If you have someone in your family who doesn’t know what they want to do for a “major”, get them on board for the basic medical prerequisites: chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, medical ethics, lifespan psychology. These are GREAT preparation for future life. Everyone will have to make decisions based on their own personal medical knowledge — and if that understanding is sparse they can make regrettable decisions. Don’t try to push all this off on the doctors and hospitals. LEARN for yourself.


  7. RAC says:

    “ launch update from founder Mike Adams: Feature set, affiliate program, editorial coverage and more”
    Don’t know if you’ve heard about this coming alternative to you tube. It sounds OK, there is a (rather long) explanatory video which is worth watching.

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  8. BigMamaTEA says:

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  9. BigMamaTEA says:

    “Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert believes government personnel working for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are spying on his office, he told WMAL’s “Morning on the Mall” Friday.”

    “I don’t doubt for a minute that he has people who have been looking into my background. I’ve been told as much by some other folks,” Gohmert told WMAL host and Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese.

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  10. Janie M. says:

    From Natural News, a site I subscribe to:

    BOOM! Trump’s DOJ criminally charges 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses raking in billions in medical fraud to push toxic drugs

    Friday, June 29, 2018 by: Mike Adams

    (Natural News) President Trump is draining the “medical swamp.” The U.S. health care system is plagued by rampant fraud, abuse and profiteering carried out by dishonest doctors and pharmacists. In working to combat the rampant fraud, the DOJ has announced an unprecedented crackdown on medical fraud, charging over 600 people with criminal activities that involved over $2 billion medical fraud.

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered prepared remarks, saying, “This year we are charging 601 people, including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses, and other medical personnel with more than $2 billion in medical fraud. In this latest operation, with the help of our fabulous partners at HHS, we have charged another 162 people—including 32 doctors—with the illegal distribution of opioids. This is the most doctors, the most medical personnel, and the most fraud that the Department of Justice has ever taken on in any single law enforcement action. This is the most defendants we’ve ever charged with health care fraud. It’s also the most opioid-related fraud defendants we’ve ever charged in a single enforcement action.”

    One doctor, explained Sessions, defrauded Medicare of over $112 million, “distributing 2.2 million unnecessary doses of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl.” (See for more coverage of opioid drugs. Another site launching soon is

    Yet more proof that the failed pharma-central health care system is a massive criminal drug racket
    This massive sweep of criminal charges shows that, in many ways, the U.S. health care system is a massive criminal drug racket run by criminal doctors and drug companies who all profit from the mass poisoning of the American people. The fact that 76 doctors and 23 pharmacists are named in these indictments is further proof that many so-called “health care” professionals are nothing but glorified drug dealers.

    “We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country,” added Sessions. “[W]e will find you. We will bring you to justice. And you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”

    #MAGA has arrived on the health care scene, and the DOJ is mean as a wolverine when it comes to healthcare fraud.

    Now, if we could only get Sessions to issue 600+ indictments for the Clinton Foundation racketeering fraud and other deep state swamp creatures, then we’d really be making progress in this country.

    It’s also time for Sessions to join the 21st century and de-list cannabis from being a Schedule I drug.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I notice now that physicians and hospitals have taken the ‘no opiods’ lemon and turned it into billing lemonaid. Now you get physical therapy for vas long as your insurance or you can stand the pain. Then there are dry needling, acupuncture, biofeedback, pain blocking devices and even cauterizing the nerves thay conduct the pain so you no longer feel it – period.
      A good doc or billing clerk can work these treatments into a long stream of unrequited pain and billing, no more ‘here, take this pill’, it’s turning into a neverending cash cow for the providers.
      I have a bad back injury and if I am doing too much I can be in pain for hours or even days. I don’t use opiods as I can get it to a comfortable level with heat, cold and OTC pills. My doc, though, just managed to squeeze another MRI out of the insurance company and is talking this whooooooole raft of alternaoh yeah, tive and ‘mainline’ pain relief that we (we?) can try before we talk operation. Operation? Oh yeah, even if I don’t keel over from the anesthesia or get paralyzed by an ‘opps’, even if I don’t suffer a blood clot or end up walking like Frankenstein’s monster (all of which and more are in the pre-op release from liability) there’s a vwhooooole raft of those same post-opoid pain relief ‘treatments’ the insurance will pay for all over again! Wheeeeee
      If only the government made half as much of a serious attempt to curtail illegal opiates as they do legal we’d have fewer opiod-related deaths.

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      • Janie M. says:

        I would imagine, cz, the vague diagnosis of “back pain” is a cash cow for medical providers. I worked in the group health insurance industry for a little over 22 years. I recall we limited chiropractic benefits to $600 per year. Those quacks were submitting bills for hair analysis, dietary supplements, you name it. Whenever I think of the opioid crisis we now have in this country, I am reminded of the ancient Chinese opium dens. Except now, people can medicate themselves, legally or illegally, in the privacy of their own homes and wreck havoc over everyone in their household.
        Yeah, if you can avoid surgery, good idea. I used to have very painful sciatic nerve episodes in my lower back when I was younger (in my 20’s). Didn’t take any meds other than OTC, used a heating pad and never sought treatment for it. One day it miraculously disappeared.
        I am certain drug dealers are making billions of dollars in profit from their illicit trade. Perhaps, it would take more severe punishments from the judiciary (life sentences). You could go a step further and execute some of the dealers but… don’t think that would fly, etc…

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I worked a branch of the Federal health insurance for 15 until I couldn’t take it any more. Between the crooked docs, the crooked insurance companies and Congress trying to cover anything the insured wanted it was a zoo.
          The government focuses on the prescrioption opioid issues but the realproblem is the imported opioids. Sure drug companies made their legal opioids easier to abuse but heroin from South America, Asia and Afghanistan and the cornucopia of various drugs flooding in from China can still be found easier than you can a parking slot.
          I’ve always been in favor of summary execution of major dealers and anyone caught with more than a single use dose of opioids. There are those who might think this as bit harsh and for themI suggest we assign each one his or her own full blown heroin addict to care for.


    • Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

      Love Mike Adams.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. czarowniczy says:

    In an ironic turn a local woman is making a killing selling a t-shirt that reads: “I Really Do Care, Do You”. Melania wore the ‘I Don’t Care’ jacket of infamy (They’re for sale at sires too) to protest the fake news only to have the MSM turn her protest into fake news. Anywho, the local seller’s swearing that all profits (and how does one determine ‘profits’?) will go to two charities who’ll use it to salve illegals traumatized by the Trump’s evil treatment of the…illegals. After administrative expenses, of course.

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  12. EternalVigilanc3 says:

    If someone knows how to contact Thomas Wictor would you plz let him know there is a documentary from pbs called “I speak american”. Also if he wants to hear a “piney” speak watch the movie “Snatch”

    Here’s his tweet.
    I dont do twitter anymore just read a few peeps threads.



  13. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  14. FanGirl says:

    Happy Caturday EVE everyone

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  15. Sepp says:

    C-SPAN2 is showing a panel discussion hosted today apparently by the Inter-American Dialogue. The back wall in the studio says The Dialogue: Leadership for the Americas.

    The theme is “Legal Challenges for Immigrants” and there are three panelists besides the moderator, Michael Shifter, President of Inter-American Dialogue.

    The panelists are Manual Orozco of the Inter-American Dialogue;

    Angela Kelley from the Open Society Foundations; and

    Sandra Grossman from firm of Grossman Law.

    It is useful to listen to their comments and see the manner in which people like them view the historic American nation.


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