Closing Thought–24Feb20

Minnesota is in the news for the last couple of years….they have an outspoken Congresswoman in Rep. Omar and they have a candidate of president on the Dem side. Amy Klobuchar…..but there is another issue from Minnesota that caught my eye……that of slavery.

When slavery was abolished over a century ago, America was ready to leave that harrowing part of its history behind for good.

But in Minnesota — and multiple other states slavery is technically still a part of their constitution. Lawmakers introduced an amendment on Thursday which would remove a clause from Minnesota’s constitution that allows slavery to be used as a punishment for crimes.
 
The bill of rights in the 1857 Minnesota Constitution states that: “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state otherwise than as punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted.”
 
Minnesota Rep. John Lesch is the chief author of the amendment, which will receive a hearing in the house judiciary committee on Tuesday.
 
Just another of those FYI posts that IST is becoming famous for writing…..
 
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The Trump Second Term?

This ought to get some of my Trump supporters into a better mood…..

I know that this could be the horror scenario for some…..but sadly too many pundits are seeing the second term as a more likely scenario than not.

This prediction from the Hill….

I’m not a professional political analyst, so my political analysis is worth about what you pay for it. However, a few people who know that I called Donald Trump as the 2016 winner, starting back in 2015, have asked me what I think now.  

My prediction for the 2016 race was based on a variety of observational and anecdotal evidence. I listened to Democrats, Republicans and independents across the U.S. I talked to people who consider themselves apolitical. I heard from taxi and Uber drivers, the Verizon man, stay-at-home moms, college grads, professionals, blue-collar delivery workers. And I watched nearly every rally of Trump and his opponents. 

Now, that same unscientific methodology has led me to conclude that Trump has already secured a second term — no matter who his main opponent turns out to be.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/483344-why-trump-has-already-secured-a-second-term-no-matter-who-his-opponent-is

Is it his undying support from the American people of could other forces be at work……say….cyber forces…..

The letter, dated February 11, says that between May and July 2019, personal data may have been compromised “in a data breach” of a system hosted by the Defence Information Systems Agency.

The agency provides direct telecommunications and IT support for President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, their staff and the US Secret Service, according to its website.

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3051674/us-agency-responsible-donald-trumps-secure

Could the break down in cyber security help others to influence the electorate?

Players….like….Russia?

American intelligence officials told House lawmakers last week that Russia already is interfering in the presidential campaign in an effort to see President Trump reelected. Republican and Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee attended the meeting on what a Democratic official called a briefing on “the integrity of our upcoming elections,” the New York Times reports. Lawmakers were told that this time, Russia also plans to interfere with the Democratic presidential primaries. The plan includes attacking election infrastructure, per CNN, as well as hacking and weaponizing social media.

Trump was angry that the briefing was held, concerned that Democrats would use Russia’s interference against him in the campaign. He was especially irked that Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff heard the intelligence officials’ finding. Republicans at the briefing challenged the conclusion, saying Trump has been tough on Russia. “I’d challenge anyone to give me a real-world argument where Putin would rather have President Trump and not Bernie Sanders,” Chris Stewart of Utah said in an interview later. In addition to securing Trump’s reelection, the intelligence officials said, Russia wants to instill doubt about the integrity of the election.

I know….it is that Russia thing yet again…..

Think about it…if the Dems do lose the election (God forbid) then they will need someone to blame and who is a better bad guy than Russia.

Not to worry…Trump has him some stoolies in Congress to keep him in the loop….

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump’s reelection.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.

“A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments,” The Washington Post reported Thursday. “Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/devin-nunes-denies-russia-is-intervening-in-the-2020-election-to-support-trumps-reelection/

Then there are those pundits on the MSM that will push for a second term for Trump…..millionaire pundits like MSNBC’s Matthews……

As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump’s re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator’s multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.

“I’m wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?” said Matthews. “Maybe that’s too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they’d rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/msnbcs-chris-matthews-suggests-four-more-years-of-trump-might-be-better-for-democratic-party/

Matthews has always been a bit of a political coward.

Just Saying!

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Pro And Con Of Mayor Pete

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Mayor Pete is having a good couple of weeks…..first in Iowa then in New Hampshire and had a pretty good debate….but now he is getting more scrutiny than before.

Still early in the process but there is a saga being presented for Mayor Pete…Pro and Con……

Let’s start with the “Pro”…….

The begin with the source of this article is a conserv site that supports Trump mostly….take it for what it is…..

The Democratic primary has rapidly devolved into a bitter squabble between 78-year-old socialist Bernie Sanders and 78-year-old billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Former vice president and 77-year-old train enthusiast Joe Biden is also technically running. The self-described “party of the future” appears to be doing everything in its power to ensure a second term for President Donald J. Trump.

The most youthful Democrat with a realistic shot at the nomination is Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city who won’t shut up about the time he studied abroad in Afghanistan. He’s riding high after strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire but is in for a rude awakening once the voting starts in states that aren’t dominated by his core demographic of wealthy whites with graduate degrees and West Wing fetishes.

https://freebeacon.com/politics/hillary-young-healthy-winner/

Now for some anti Mayor Pete news……

This is from FOX News (do I need to tell your where their loyalties lie?)….and interview with Mayor Pete’s brother-in-law……

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg‘s brother-in-law, Pastor Rhyan Glezman, slammed the Democratic hopeful for his comments Tuesday night, when the candidate claimed he doesn’t see “any compatibility” between supporting President Trump and the teachings in Scripture after declaring that God “does not belong to a political party.”

“Yeah, in the height of intellectual dishonesty for Pete to make claims that there’s no compatibility with being a Christian and voting for Trump, [when] Pete, in fact, is the one who is pushing agendas and rhetoric that is against, clearly against Scripture,” Glezman said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight

https://www.foxnews.com/media/buttigieg-brother-in-law-pastor-rhyan-glezman

Neither of these stories do I agree with in any shape or form……all of it sounds more like oppo research for the Trump camp in the upcoming general election

After the Nevada vote Mayor Pete is acting like the spoiled child candidate….he lost but he will not go on until his little tantrum is over…..

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has a few requests of a Nevada State Democratic Party “in light of material irregularities” in state caucuses still being tallied, CNN reports. The campaign asks the party to “release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct,” “correct any outstanding second alignment errors identified by presidential campaigns,” and “explain anomalies in the data.” Team Buttigieg is the first to doubt the Nevada results that—with 60% of precincts counted—have Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead with a crushing 46%, followed by Joe Biden (19.6%), Buttigieg (15.3%), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10.1%), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (4.8%), per the New York Times.

So this is about challenging Biden for second rather than Sanders for first, as the Buttigieg letter makes clear. But does it hold any water? Politico notes there’s been talk of some precinct volunteers and voters getting confused about how Nevada’s early voting was included in individual precinct results. It was also the state caucuses’ first try at early voting, and nearly 75,000 took part. Meanwhile, state party official Molly Forgey has responded thusly to the Buttigieg letter: “We never indicated we would release a separate breakdown of early vote and in-person attendees by precinct and will not change our reporting process now,” she writes in part. “As laid out in our recount guidance, there is a formal method for requesting a challenge of results.”

You lost in Nevada just move on to South Carolina.

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Outta Cash?

The Dem have been running hard and now that a billionaire has come to call they need to spend even more money on votes…..

Looks most 0f the 2020 Dem candidates are running low on cash…..all except Bernie….that is……

At a time in the race when running a presidential campaign is getting more expensive, many of the Democrats remaining have less money. After being camped in Iowa for what seemed like ages, the candidates now have multiple, scattered primaries ahead. And on top of competing with Bernie Sanders’ fundraising surge, they now face a billionaire climbing in the polls who can spend as much as is needed. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren are nearly out of cash, Politico reports. Financial disclosures filed Thursday night show Biden down to $7.1 million, Buttigieg with $6.6 million, Klobuchar at $2.9 million, and Warren having just $2.3 million. At the other end is Sanders, who has close to $17 million. For January, the candidates raised $58 million in total and spent nearly $357 million, per the Hill.

The struggling candidates are taking steps. Buttigieg, who raised $6.1 million in January but spent more than twice that, asked supporters this week to kick in another $13 million by Super Tuesday on March 3. “We are now also up against a billionaire who is throwing colossal sums of money on television instead of doing the work of campaigning,” he wrote, referring to Michael Bloomberg. Tom Steyer also is funding his own campaign. Warren has taken out a $3 million line of credit, though she had a strong month in January, collecting $10.2 million. The problem was that she spent twice what she took in. With the new need to buy ads in 14 states, super PACs are stepping in, as well. A new one, Persist PAC, lined up more than $1 million worth of ads this week for Warren.

I have been saying that some will not last past South Carolina but the mass exodus will be after Super Tuesday, 3 of March…..

Soon the candidate count will be down to a more manageable total….one the media can run with in their attempt to influence the voter.

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Iraq And The US Troops

We have heard all the crazed chest thumping about the troops that Iraqis are calling to leave…..Trump and his boys have said that they would not take troops out of Iraq……and I wrote about it recently…..https://lobotero.com/2019/10/24/iraq-ya-gotta-go/

And yet they have offered to take some troops out…..

In January, the Iraqi parliament voted 170-0 for the government to seek a full pullout of all foreign troops. President Trump reacted with threats, and while Iraq’s former PM had backed away, the matter of US presence is still an issue. But weeks later, things may be changing.

Over the past week, the Pentagon has talked with senior Iraqi officials, telling them they are prepared to discuss withdrawal in some form. The US has even offered a plan for a partial pullback of troops from some parts of Iraq.

The position right now is that the US is willing to leave certain Shi’ite majority areas, and cut down the number of troops in Baghdad. The US had ruled out leaving Ayn al-Assad air base, calling that a “red line.”

That is a major shift, as previously the US position was that they would not consider any specific cuts, and rather would engage in wholesale renegotiation of all US-Iraqi ties going forward.

(antiwar.com)

It appears that it is only a good idea when it is his, Trump, idea…….

This is typical of the Trump policies….knee jerk reactions nothing substantial…..

Do not get me wrong…..any reduction of our forces anywhere in the world is an excellent idea…..this is talking about the process not the idea…..

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