November 21st – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #671

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917 Responses to November 21st – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #671

  1. Concerned says:

    John Roberts Appoints Judges to More Than the FISA Court

    Among his non-judicial duties, the Chief Justice of the United States selects sitting federal judges to serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in addition to their regular judicial duties. A recent New York Times article reported that ten of the court’s 11 current judges, all selected by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., were appointed to the bench by Republican presidents, as were 86 percent of all Roberts’ designees to the court. Critics say that a FISA court dominated by Republican appointees is likely to be overly sympathetic to government requests. This controversy has awakened a broader debate about the authority that has accumulated in the office of chief justice.

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    • Sedanka says:

      Roberts is garbage and we all know it. His seat has become a de facto liberal vote on the Supreme Court.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Obama legacy in action.

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      • sturmudgeon says:

        Sundance… You may wish to delete this, but I hope it is o.k. to point out a great article by Ann Coulter on Jared Kushner.. It kind of relates to the post Anonymous on 21st.

        November 21, 2018

        In the systematic dismantling of common sense in America, Jared Kushner’s “sentencing reform” bill is the coup de grace — a Mack Truck hurtling down the highway about to take out thousands of Americans. The Idiot Army is already in place to fight and win this battle.

        Jared and the hip-hop artists currently advising him have decided that too many people are in prison. If you think you’ve heard this before, you have: Genius insights of this sort have preceded nearly every major crime wave this country has experienced, from Philadelphia to California to a bloody period known as “the Warren Court.”

        As anyone with an amoeba’s understanding of recent history knows, beginning in the early ’60s, assorted heads-up-their-asses liberals jettisoned logic, common sense and a basic understanding of human nature by releasing criminals from the prisons where they belonged.

        Instead of punishing criminals, we would give them social services, education and job training — with the implied understanding that they wouldn’t move next door to any of the reformers. The experts assured a disbelieving public that these policies would reduce crime.

        As Thomas Sowell writes in The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, the stage was set. Liberal criminologists’ soft-on-crime policies were in place. We only needed empirical evidence.

        “THE RESULTS: Crime rates skyrocketed. Murder rates suddenly shot up until the murder rate in 1974 was more than twice as high as in 1961. Between 1960 and 1976, a citizen’s chances of becoming a victim of a major violent crime tripled.”

        Prior to this period, crime had been declining for three decades.

        Thousands of Americans were murdered, raped, assaulted, disfigured and robbed as a direct result of the exact same policies that Jared and his assistant, Donald Trump, are trying to foist on the country right now.

        Then-Princeton professor John DiIulio Jr. looked at the consequences of a single order by a Carter-appointed judge, Norma Shapiro, that put a population cap on Philadelphia prisons in the 1990s. In an 18-month period between 1993 and 1994, 9,732 prisoners released as a result of Judge Shapiro’s order were re-arrested for committing 79 murders, 90 rapes, 701 burglaries, 959 robberies, 1,113 assaults, 2,215 drug offenses and 2,748 thefts.

        It took more than a decade of Reagan and Bush judges, Republican mayors and governors, and the endless complaints of ordinary people to produce the low crime rates we have today. Their formula was: Do the precise opposite of whatever the ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice and The New York Times recommend.

        In New York City alone, at least 10,000 people — mostly minorities — are not dead because Rudy Giuliani revived the idea of punishment for criminals, in lieu of understanding them.

        Progressive young hipsters living in Brooklyn today have no concept that their trendy neighborhoods would be uninhabitable war zones but for Mayor Giuliani. If you don’t have order and safety in big cities, you can’t have anything else.

        In 1991 the U.S. murder rate was well over twice what it is today.

        Normal person: Thank God we started putting criminals in prison again!

        Jared: LET’S RELEASE THEM.

        A 2014 study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that, within five years of release, 82 percent of property offenders, 77 percent of drug offenders, 74 percent of public order offenders and 71 percent of violent offenders were arrested for a new crime — after not getting caught committing God knows how many others.

        This is not rocket science. Lock up criminals and they can’t commit any more crimes. As a New York Times headline put it in 2004 with characteristic cluelessness: “Despite Drop in Crime, an Increase in Inmates.”

        But there are no permanent victories with liberals. Brennan Center acolytes have been patiently waiting for everyone who knows anything to leave the building, so they could go back to springing criminals again.

        Hillary’s losing the election was a major setback. But then — in a stroke of luck! — criminologists discovered the president’s ridiculously naive son-in-law! Joy reigned throughout the land!

        Not only does Jared have the advantage of knowing absolutely nothing about the history of the precise policies he’s pushing, but he has a personal interest in lenient sentencing, inasmuch as his father is — as Obama calls criminals — “justice involved.”

        In 2005, Charles Kushner was thrown in federal prison for felony tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and witness tampering, to wit, hiring a prostitute to sleep with his brother-in-law.

        For a wispy little fellow like Jared, of all the things life has given him to be embarrassed about, having to visit his father in prison has to rank pretty high. Surely we can come up with a better way for him to deal with the shame and humiliation of his father being a convicted felon than sentencing thousands of Americans to a new and dangerous crime wave.

        Jared is the kind of moron who believes that the crime listed on a convict’s baseball trading card is the worst crime he committed.

        Thus, we’re incessantly told that sentences will be cut only for “nonviolent drug offenders.”

        If you are even passingly familiar with our justice system, you know that virtually everyone in prison is there as the result of a plea bargain — “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases,” according to The New York Times.

        You don’t strike a deal with the prosecutor to plea to the worst crime you’ve committed. You plea to the least serious offense.

        Rape = indecent exposure

        Armed robbery = illegal gun possession

        Felony assault = disorderly conduct

        You also plead guilty to the crime that can be proved unequivocally. Unlike witnesses, guns and drugs can’t be intimidated out of testifying.

        So what does Jared’s bill do? It slashes the sentences for illegal possession of drugs and guns.

        Trump ‘s attitude is, Yes, the sentencing reform bill is an idiotic idea that will do great harm to our country, but Jared’s been down in the dumps, so it’s the least I can do for the guy.

        Americans will be murdered, raped and assaulted for the sole purpose of ensuring that Jared has something on his Wikipedia page other than: “BFF of Saudi bone carver Mohammed bin Salman” and “Got into Harvard because his felon father gave the college millions of dollars.”

        DISTRIBUTED BY ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATIONr’s plans regarding the prison population/releases.


    • oldschool says:

      Makes me wonder about all those judges Mitch is fast tracking whlie holding up Trump appointments.

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    • CornPicker says:

      Chief Justice Roberts rebuked Trump for a comment he made abt judge’s decision on asylum I don’t recall the Chief attacking Obama when that Prez rebuked Alito during a State of the Union


  2. Concerned says:

    You can already guess at what John Roberts has done. He has packed the FISA Court with liberal judges. WOW!

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    • kywildpatriot says:

      The Clintons have long been rumored to have a treasure trove of secrets on a great many power brokers in government. And elsewhere. Dirty little secrets. Who knows if it’s true. Makes one speculate, doesn’t it?

      Or I’m sinking into a state of conspiracy fever….

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      • elmo says:

        Not just the Clintons. Maxine Waters bragged about the unbelievable massive database that Obama has. My question is how did he compile it? Did he misuse our government to spy on all of us? How can we find out? After all he spied on PDJT for years before he ran. Mueller was installed to coverup this illegal spying on US citizens. They didn’t think Hillary would lose so they were extremely sloppy.

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        • kywildpatriot says:

          Wow! Didn’t know about Obama. It did a lot in 8+ years, didn’t he? None of it good.

          Except for being so rotten, he caused an uprising named Donald Teump.

          The Clintons, on the other hand, have had decades to gather leverage.

          As to how Obama compiled his database, we might never know. A shame.


      • CaptainNonno says:

        The Clintons provided the compromise, I’m sure. A little like Michael Corleone with the prostitute.


  3. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    First Lady Melania Trump to visit Liberty University

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The First Lady of the United States will be paying a visit to Lynchburg next week.

    Melania Trump will participate in a panel on “battling the opioid crisis” during a Liberty University convocation event, school leaders announced Wednesday.

    The panel featuring Trump will include United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Eric Bolling, a political commentator on the Fox News Channel.

    The convocation will take place November 28 at 10:30 a.m., the conversation will be featured on Liberty University’s Facebook page.

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  4. Guyski says:

    Sheldon Snook is special assistant to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s counselor. Before that he was spokesperson for the FISA court. He is married to Mary McCord.

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  5. motreehouse says:

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  7. Concerned says:

    Editorial: For the Supreme Court, nominate a Democratic John Roberts×394

    President Barack Obama, Springfield, Feb. 10, 2016.

    When President Obama uttered those words in Illinois last week, urging bipartisan cooperation, he could not have guessed how relevant they would soon become — or how quickly they would be disregarded.

    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, alas, quickly sent partisans to their battle stations. Republicans vowed to block any nominee, arguing that the decision should not be made by a lame-duck president. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid retorted, “Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential constitutional responsibilities.”

    The president has indicated he will submit a nomination. The question is: What kind? If Obama is sincere in his wish for a new spirit of compromise, he can demonstrate it, and perhaps inspire it, by looking for someone acceptable to reasonable people on either side of the aisle.

    Senate Republicans don’t hold all the cards here. If they appear obstructionist, they could not only damage the GOP presidential nominee but torpedo some of the incumbent Republican senators facing re-election this year — including Mark Kirk of Illinois. Republican leader Mitch McConnell has to wonder whether holding to a hard line on the court vacancy could mean losing the Senate.

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  8. JX says:

    The White House announced five appointments to the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board on Tuesday evening, after selecting a chairman and vice chairwoman earlier this year.

    The dormant board created by former President Dwight Eisenhower has no formal powers, but derives significant authority directly from the president, operating as his surrogate to smooth over agency rivalries, investigate misconduct, and evaluate intelligence collection policies.

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  9. duchess01 says:

    Hahahahaha…look at the turkey – H/T The Last Refuge Tweet – pardon the Twins language

    #Obama #Hillary #TRUMP
    Trump/ pardons a turkey – Nothing can stop what is coming

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  10. G. Combs says:

    In case you want to inform Justice Roberts about your DISGUST with the corrupt FISA Court and the Ninth Circus and the LACK of the Rule of Law, where ONLY Republicans are punished and Demonrats are let off the hook…

    Supreme Court Justices’ email addresses are not a matter of public record. You can write to Chief Justice Roberts by conventional mail, care of the US Supreme Court.

    Justice (or Chief Justice) (Justice’s Full Name)
    Supreme Court of the United States
    One First Street N.E.
    Washington, DC 20543

    The Court requests that you address general questions to the Public Information Officer.

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  11. HonorDefendBuckeye says:

    John Roberts by “Misunderestimated” Bushie, and David Souter by “Read My Lips” Bushie are clear examples of how the Bushies sold us out as voters, as law abiding citizens, and, most importantly, as Americans.

    Bah! — to the whole clan of back stabbing hypocrites.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. IMO says:

    Trump names hand-picked panel to supervise, investigate intelligence community

    “With Republicans poised to lose control of investigatory panels in the House of Representatives, President Trump is resurrecting a potentially powerful board capable of intimately reviewing intelligence agency conduct on his direct orders.
    The White House announced five appointments to the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board on Tuesday evening, after selecting a chairman and vice chairwoman earlier this year.”

    Liked by 3 people

  13. JX says:

    Randy Credico Claimed Not To Know Any WikiLeaks Lawyers. Turns Out He Is Represented By One

    Roger Stone, the longtime Trump confidant, has asserted that Credico passed him information about WikiLeaks’ pre-election plans from activist lawyer Margaret Ratner Kunstler.

    Kunstler has been described as an attorney for WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, as well as for Credico, a New York-based comedian and radio host.


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  14. IMO says:

    Luongo: Is Bill Browder Behind The Anti-Russia Interpol Propaganda? | Zero Hedge

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  15. youme says:

    Mainstream press 24/ 7 critical of Trump on Saudi Arabia. Must be asked “should will abandon Israel”?


  16. DT2020 says:

    Mexico making moves. A few days ago 34 invaders were arrested for narcotics. Today another 234 were detained.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. wyntre says:

    Is AAG Whitaker actually on the job or is he in a holding pattern until the dim lawsuit against him is settled?

    Anyone know?

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  18. patrickhenrycensored says:

    We Aren’t All Grateful This Thanksgiving, But We Should Be. Here’s Why.

    In 1789, as America struggled to find her footing after a revolution against the most powerful military and economic engine in the world, then-President George Washington issued a proclamation. He thanked God for “his kind care and protection of the People of this Country,” for “the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness.”

    In 2018 phc thanks God that turkey is for dinner tomorrow, and that we don’t have one for president.

    Liked by 6 people

    • G. Combs says:

      In 2018 phc thanks God that turkey is for dinner tomorrow, and that we don’t have one a vulture for president.

      I will not insult turkeys by comparing them to Hitlery.

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  19. DT2020 says:


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    • wyntre says:

      New appointees to the board include:

      1 – Oracle CEO Safra Ada Catz;

      2 – former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.;

      3 – former White House economic adviser Jeremy Katz;

      4 – Goldman Sachs managing director and University of Virginia adjunct law professor James Donovan;

      5 – former CIA and FBI counterterrorism official Kevin E. Hulbert;

      6 – New Jersey resident named David Robertson.

      7 – Board chairman Stephen Feinberg, a billionaire hedge fund manager and military contractor appointed by Trump in May,

      8 – Vice-chairwoman Samantha Ravich, appointed in August.

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  20. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  22. jeans2nd says:

    Monkey see Monkey do.
    Canada’s Twinkle-Sox lowered Canada’s business taxes from 17% to 13%. How unique/s.
    Sparkly Sox also increased spending to aid businesses. (How does this fit in with USMCA???)

    And the middle class personal income taxes? Nope. No change. Zip, zero, nada. Canadian citizen’s will pay for Rainbow-TwinkleSox’ spending spree.

    Oh yes, Justina broke his “Balanced Budget” campaign promise, and Canada’s deficit is quickly climbing. But by Justina, Canada has lower business taxes than Bad Orange Man. 2:01

    Oh Canada

    (waiting on Justina’s first attempt at trade agreement renegotiation lol…Canada calls the USMCA “U Smacka” lolol)

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  23. jeans2nd says:

    The AG Jeff “Boost LEO Morale” tour lives!!! AAG Whitaker continues with AG Jeff’s policy of passing out loads and loads of $$$.

    Anyone still have hope of seeing DOJ/FBI change under AAG Whitaker? Please disabuse yourself of such. Watch what they do, listen to what they say.

    Investigations? We don’t need no stinkin’ investigations. Except into you Deplorables and your President. 1:16



    • G. Combs says:

      “The AG Jeff “Boost LEO Morale” tour lives…. phooey”

      Err aren’t you missing something VERY STRATEGIC?

      President Trump has worked very, very hard to woo not only the military but LEOs. If you want to restore the rule of law you NEED the LEOs.

      Who in Hades do you think DOES INVESTIGATIONS and MAKES ARRESTS? 🙄

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  24. WSB says:

    My apologies if this thought wa posted.

    It just ocurrs to me that the leftwing leadership screaming that the military needs to be called home for Thanksgiving coincides with the threat from ‘the caravan’ to rush the Southern border.

    Am I correct in remembering that our military was sent without ammo?

    Assuming there are no coincidences…in NY.

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  25. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  26. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Chuck Grassley to Chief Justice John Roberts: You Rebuked Trump — But Sat Silent Through Obama’s Abuse

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  27. jeans2nd says:

    Been watching Sundance’s twitter followers going down down down again tonight (yes, I know…get a life …). Utterly amazing how 30 people unfollow in 30 minutes.

    pay attention kids. FANG and Friends runs on ChiCom rules
    (FANG = Fakebook Apple Netflix Google)

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    • yucki says:

      View counts, even lists of videos posted are regularly “fixed” or disappeared.

      We see that routinely at VladTepes – where Vlad edits and subtitles mostly European videos with a devoted team of volunteer translators. You’ll see the videos at Gates of Vienna and related CounterJihad sites. Also interviews, articles, conference excerpts, etc.

      A new platform, FreeZoxee, looks promising.

      “Freezoxee™ is a new beacon of freedom where you can exchange opinions, views and ideas far away from the ugly censorship and political correctness increasingly being imposed on those who dare criticize lunatic views on society and will not bow down to “progressive” gender or race dividing Agendas.”

      Sorta “Free speech”: NOT a platform for totalitarian propaganda. Gab enabled nests of nasties; FreeZoxee has boundaries.


  28. youme says:

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  29. linda4298 says:

    Chief Justice Roberts rebuked Trump for a comment he made abt judge’s decision on asylum I don’t recall the Chief attacking Obama when that Prez rebuked Alito during a State of the Union

    6:07 PM – Nov 21, 2018

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  30. So you think that this snarky little Dweeb was joking? No he wasn’t joking.
    The left are just as vile as their predecessors The Bolshevist’s and Nazis.

    Compassionate: This Democratic Representative Is So Opposed To Gun Violence That He’s Willing To Nuke The Entire Country To Stop It

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  31. I have a question.
    If we as American citizens don’t have our vote, what do we have ?
    Do we have our America ?
    If our votes are stolen, oppressed, outvoted by criminals voting for the other side 5-6-7 to our 1 why should we bother ?

    I think this is the most horrible thing we are facing.

    If our votes are dead our country is gone.

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    • Free Speech says:

      I have said if we don’t fix this, anything else is pointless.

      Liked by 3 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      Agree, Covey.

      That’s why this needs to be fixed. Now.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Michelle says:

      And on top of that, people who come in illegally can vote, and theirs get counted!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rynn69 says:

      This can be laid right at the feet of the feckless “opposition” party (the GOP) and the propaganda (Democrat) machine collectively called “the media.”

      Not only is the GOP and media standing by to watch massive election meddling and voter fraud occur without any opposition…but the government has steadily imported hundreds of thousands of “refugees” as a work around to legal immigration to increase voter pool (Democrats) and increase cheap labor (Repubicans and Democrats). This, folks, is what will be the decline of America.

      Without a methodical, controlled, and legal immigration process our country has become inundated by a fairly large number of people who hate America, become dependent on social welfare government programs, and fail to assimilate which is leading to the balkanization of our country. Not to mention the failure to secure a nation’s border and all the risks that impose to American citizens. Our government has its people and betrayed its people beyond a scope we can imagine.

      For any naysayers out there, keep in mind a FEDERAL U.S. JUDGE declared a law banning female genital mutilation unconstitutional. Unconstitutional! Let that sink in. Instead of moving forward as a society, we are moving heartbreakingly backwards. There is nothing “Progressive” about what Democrats are peddling. It is an invasion, not a failure to assimilate to the culture and laws of America.


  32. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  33. Sprawlie says:

    Central Americans who arrive at U.S. border crossings seeking asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed under sweeping new measures the Trump administration is preparing to implement, according to internal planning documents and three Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with the initiative.

    According to DHS memos obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday, Central American asylum seekers who cannot establish a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico will not be allowed to enter the United States and would be turned around at the border.

    The plan, called “Remain in Mexico,” amounts to a major break with current screening procedures, which generally allow those who establish a fear of return to their home countries to avoid immediate deportation and remain in the United States until they can get a hearing with an immigration judge.

    You are Home – Mexican half of the Central American immigration deal.
    Remain in Mexico – U.S. half of the deal agreed with the current and incoming Mexican administrations.

    Thank you, Mr. President!


  34. dawndoe says:

    Why is our military not allowed to carry their guns? Sounds like the Obama administration! What is going on? If they’re planning a stampede, which can be very deadly, then we need to be able to respond with TRUE deadly force. The security of our nation absolutely is in jeopardy. Who is in charge here? Why all this politically correct BS. This is serious! Screw the Progressives and their evil tactics, we should be doing whatever it takes to secure and protect our borders. I’m getting really sick and tired of this cowardly bull crap.


  35. Rynn69 says:

    Yes, it is Thanksgiving, but is anyone’s mood this:

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