Hi there, !
Today Tue 03/03/2020 Mon 03/02/2020 Sun 03/01/2020 Sat 02/29/2020 Fri 02/28/2020 Thu 02/27/2020 Wed 02/26/2020 Archives
511903 articles and 1797204 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 69 articles and 218 comments as of 23:14.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Operations    WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion       
U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 6: Politix
4 19:49 M. Murcek [336074] 
1 14:49 Bright Pebbles [336065] 
2 21:37 M. Murcek [336077] 
0 [336065] 
5 19:32 magpie [336068] 
0 [336066] 
1 08:48 M. Murcek [336063] 
11 12:46 Frank G [336065] 
0 [336064] 
5 07:29 Bright Pebbles [336063] 
19 12:36 CrazyFool [336068] 
3 11:41 Abu Uluque [336063] 
10 17:49 ruprecht [336065] 
8 17:47 Crusader [336066] 
0 [336062] 
4 19:31 Frank G [336067] 
Page 1: WoT Operations
2 23:20 trailing wife [336064]
4 16:16 Glomomble Squank1582 [336085]
5 18:26 Frank G [336073]
0 [336065]
0 [336065]
1 23:20 Canuckistan sniper [336071]
0 [336063]
1 08:27 b [336063]
0 [336064]
0 [336063]
0 [336063]
0 [336064]
0 [336063]
0 [336066]
11 18:29 Frank G [336068]
0 [336063]
7 22:08 Goober Tingle7365 [336066]
5 12:18 swksvolFF [336070]
0 [336065]
1 07:52 Uleck Spererong9442 [336084]
1 08:36 b [336063]
0 [336065]
Page 2: WoT Background
1 08:44 M. Murcek [336064]
0 [336064]
1 08:32 Matt [336062]
0 [336062]
0 [336062]
Page 3: Non-WoT
2 18:08 Silentbrick [336076]
2 19:24 Frank G [336068]
1 09:24 M. Murcek [336063]
1 13:07 M. Murcek [336064]
3 12:06 Frank G [336062]
0 [336062]
0 [336063]
5 21:29 M. Murcek [336067]
0 [336064]
1 07:52 Mercutio [336062]
5 13:48 Rob Crawford [336065]
3 07:50 Mercutio [336062]
1 09:32 Skidmark [336062]
0 [336062]
4 12:34 gorb [336062]
11 22:20 3dc [336065]
Page 4: Opinion
6 17:38 Besoeker [336066]
7 10:09 DarthVader [336062]
3 22:30 3dc [336064]
16 19:26 Frank G [336070]
9 12:04 charger [336062]
3 09:39 Skidmark [336066]
3 05:36 Besoeker [336062]
13 13:50 Silentbrick [336064]
3 19:57 gorb [336067]
3 20:04 gorb [336064]
-Short Attention Span Theater-
'Unless his hair is on fire, Hunter needs to be in Arkansas.'
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Hunter Biden's request to delay his deposition in his child support case with baby mama Lunden Roberts was denied on Wednesday by an Arkansas judge The 50-year-old requested on Tuesday that his deposition to be pushed back, with his legal team claiming he wouldn't be available until after April 1

  • The judge ripped into Biden during a call with his lawyers, saying 'Unless his hair is on fire, he needs to be in Arkansas and he needs to be in a deposition'

  • She also scoffed at Biden's limited availability, saying: 'All the information I have is that he's unemployed'

  • On Friday, a New York Times piece revealed Biden took up painting as a hobby

  • He said that painting was 'literally keeping me sane', adding: 'For years I wouldn’t call myself an artist. Now I feel comfortable saying it'

  • Biden will be expected to appear in Arkansas on either March 11 or March 12

Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'For years I wouldn’t call myself an artist. Now I feel comfortable saying it'

Life Artist
BS Artist
Con Artist
Artist formerly Known As Lil' Crackpipe
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 2:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "Scam artist"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/29/2020 3:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Hollywood Arson Investigator: "Strangest case of scalp combustion I've ever seen. It appears to have started in a crackpipe"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 6:55 Comments || Top||

#4  What is that?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/29/2020 7:07 Comments || Top||

#5  piss artist* as we say in the UK

*a drunkard.
a person who wastes time or behaves stupidly.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/29/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
VA Sheriff Not Backing Down, Despite Threats From Lawmakers
[Bearing Arms] Culpeper County, Virginia Sheriff Scott Jenkins says he will not be intimidated by anti-gun legislators who’ve turned back a pay raise for sheriffs and deputies, and who are threatening to go after pensions as well, all because a number of sheriffs have spoken out in opposition to Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control agenda.

I had the chance to sit down and talk with Sheriff Jenkins at the Townhall Media booth at CPAC 2020, and one of the first things I asked him about was the retribution we’ve seen by Democrats in the legislature who are angry about the pushback from local law enforcement.

"I’m not surprised anymore," the sheriff told me. "The level that that bunch will stoop to at this juncture, seeing everything I’ve seen in the last two months, nothing surprises me from them. They are bought and paid for. Their far left, liberal agenda is beyond anything we could have comprehended, and that’s why we’ve never seen an uprising like you have through over 100 localities in the state. When have you seen that for any topic?"

Jenkins went on to say that those Virginia gun owners and voters who’ve helped turn the vast majority of the state into a Second Amendment Sanctuary (at least on paper) haven’t settled down, even after Northam’s gun ban bill was defeated in a Senate committee.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 01:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Ukraine ex-Prosecutor Accuses Biden of Pushing for His Dismissal
[AnNahar] Ukraine's ex-prosecutor general has filed a complaint against former U.S. vice president Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
, accusing the contender for the Democratic nomination of repeated pressure seeking to force his dismissal.

Viktor Shokin, prosecutor in 2015-2106, filed the complaint with a Kiev court which in turn has filed a request with Ukraine's investigative office the DBR to open a probe, his lawyer Oleksandr Teleshetsky told AFP.

Contacted by AFP, the DBR could not confirm if an investigation had been opened.

Allegations that President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
had sought to pressure Ukraine to launch a probe into Biden's family prompted his impeachment, although he was later acquitted by the Senate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who took office in May last year, has sought to keep his distance from the affair without harming relations with Washington or taking sides.

According to Teleshetsky, Biden had "called repeatedly" for Shokhin to be fired while he was working as prosecutor general.

He was at the time leading a probe into Ukrainian gas group Burisma, where Biden's son Hunter had a seat on the supervisory board.

The lawyer insisted that Shokin had no intention of interfering in American affairs or the electoral process in the United States. The complaint has "no political character", he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
HOLY S***: Chris Matthews confused GOP Sen. Tim Scott with Dem Senate candidate Jaime Harrison
Chris Matthews confused GOP Sen. Tim Scott, who was at President Trump’s rally in SC sitting next to Sen. Lindsey Graham with Dem Jaime Harrison, who is running against Graham in November. Even worse for Matthews? Harrison was his guest at the time he made the error.
Posted by: Beavis || 02/29/2020 12:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336074 views] Top|| File under:

#1  74 years old. Not unheard of, senility at that age.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/29/2020 14:35 Comments || Top||

#2  All those years in the Peace Corps taking their toll.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 16:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Holy Shitshow!
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 16:16 Comments || Top||

#4  They all look alike.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||

Ukraine investigators open case into Joe Biden's role in firing of top prosecutor
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Ukrainian Sherlocks have begun an inquiry into then-Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
over allegations that he pressured officials into firing a top prosecutor in 2016.

A case revolving around Biden, now a Democratic candidate for president, was opened by the State Bureau of Investigations on a court order following a January appeal for action by Viktor Shokin, the dismissed prosecutor general's lawyer, Oleksandr Teleshetsky, told the Washington Post.

"They need to investigate this. They have no other alternative. They are required to do this by the decision of the court. If they don't, then they violate a whole string of procedural norms," Teleshetsky said.

The State Bureau of Investigations confirmed an inquiry was opened. The case mentions only a U.S. citizen and does not refer to Biden by name.

Daria Kaleniuk, director of Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Action Center, downplayed the significance of the matter, saying that Ukrainian law requires state Sherlocks to open a case on a court order even if they don't believe there is enough evidence. "If I was a SBI investigator, I would close that case immediately," she said.

Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 11:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ukraine will be accused of meddling in the election un-ironically by the dems...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/29/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

Failed Baltimore ex-mayor named co-chair for Bloomberg campaign
Pandering to mitigate his stop-and-frisk apologies
[Hot Air] Mike Bloomberg continues to collect endorsements and accolades from key figures in the DNC, despite disastrous debate performances and accusations that he's totally out of step with the liberal wing of his party's base. His latest move is yet another that isn't drawing much media attention but probably should. This week, Bloomberg named former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as a national co-chair for his presidential campaign. He also picked up her formal endorsement for his candidacy. In the announcement, they both felt the need to point out their long history of partnership and the many values they share in common. (WBAL Baltimore)
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 09:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336077 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not Bee? Unbelievable.
What a creepy little slimeball. His pandering knows no bounds
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:08 Comments || Top||

#2  His first choice was mayor Jar jar, but it isn't going anywhere for the next 54 months.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 21:37 Comments || Top||

Hildebeest has new reply regarding presidential run (video)
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 08:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

Bloomberg's business in China has grown. That could create unprecedented entanglements if he is elected president.
[Washington Post] - Mike Bloomberg was presiding over his inaugural Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore in 2018 when, to the surprise of some in the audience, he gushed about one of China’s top government officials.

...The billionaire, whose core business sells financial information to investors, has led efforts since 2015 to make it easier for U.S. companies to trade in Chinese currency, a move embraced by China’s largest banks. He expanded one of his company’s financial indexes, which could steer $150 billion into China while earning his firm an undisclosed amount in fees.

...the company’s presence in China is invaluable in ways that don’t show up in a balance sheet, enabling Bloomberg to provide economic data that is crucial for many subscribers around the world.

Parag Khanna, founder of the strategic advisory firm FutureMap and author of the book "The Future is Asian," has written that Bloomberg’s company is "effectively the world’s largest private intelligence service," which is particularly notable in the relatively opaque Chinese marketplace.

Subscribers around the world rely on Bloomberg-generated information to help them decide where and how to invest capital ‐ a trove that is vital to China’s efforts to entice investment in the government’s bonds.

To meet that need, Bloomberg’s company in March 2018 announced that it would add 333 Chinese government bonds to its Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index. That opened the way for tens of billions of dollars to flow from investment funds in the United States and elsewhere to four Chinese institutions that issue bonds, including the Chinese government and the China Development Bank.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/29/2020 04:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not sure why Chinese need Bloomberg terminals. They send their money out of the country via their children's educations and real estate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 6:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah Trump should mention they're spying on Bloomberg to make sure there's no Chinese interference in the election...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/29/2020 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  China dependency: feature, not bug
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Where are my meds???
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/29/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Not sure why Chinese need Bloomberg terminals. They trust Bloomberg, and America's SEC, much more than their own Chinese Communist government to not "vanish" their money?
Posted by: magpie || 02/29/2020 19:32 Comments || Top||

Pres. Trump Vindicated Again: Appeals Court Rules House Can't Enforce Subpoena To Don McGahn
[LI] Article of Impeachment II against Donald Trump was "obstruction of Congress." One of the bases for the Article was the Trump administration’s position that it did not have to comply with House Committee subpoenas to senior administration officials.

Donald McGahn, Trump’s former White House Counsel was not named in Article II, but he was among the people who refused to comply. The House Judiciary Committee went to court to enforce the subpoena to McGahn, and a district court judge, in a much ballyhoed opinion, ordered McGahn to appear.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit just ruled that subpoena was unenforceable in court, and reversed. The full opinion (pdf.) is embedded at the bottom of the post.

The Court noted the background of impeachment for non-compliance with House subpoenas:
The House of Representatives has since passed two articles of impeachment against the President. H.R. Res. 755, 116th Cong. (2019). The first article charges the President with "abuse of power"; the second with "obstruction of Congress." Although the second article does not mention McGahn expressly, it alleges that the President unlawfully directed officials "not to comply with" congressional subpoenas and asserts that these directives "were consistent with President Trump’s previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections." Id. at 6-8. The Senate voted to acquit the President on February 5. See 166 CONG. REC. S936-39 (daily ed. February 5, 2020).

The Committee also issued a report detailing the President’s alleged wrongdoing, see H.R. REP. NO. 116-346 (2019), that explains the Committee’s continued interest in McGahn’s testimony. Specifically, the Committee explained that it intended to use McGahn’s testimony "in a Senate trial on these articles of impeachment" and to continue investigating "President Trump’s obstruction of the Special Counsel." Id. at 159 n.928; see also Committee Suppl. Br. 5-8. If the Committee obtains McGahn’s testimony, it may "consider[] whether to recommend new articles of impeachment." Id. at 7. The Committee also claims that it needs McGahn’s testimony "for pressing legislative and oversight purposes," including the consideration of certain legislation. Id. at 8-9.

The Court held, 2-1, that the subpoena was not enforceable in court:

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, jeeze. Laws that mean what they say. How can you run a country on that?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

Tom Steyer goes Wacandan with moves to 'Back That Azz Up' at Allen Univ
[BuzzFeed] COLUMBIA, South Carolina ‐ On Friday night, Tom Steyer danced onstage to a live performance of "Back That Azz Up."
"I want to emphasize how 'down' I am with you Urban Youths!"
Under blue and purple stage lights, the rapper Juvenile performed the song at Steyer’s last rally before Saturday’s South Carolina primary in a half-empty gym at Allen University, a historically black college here in Columbia.

The final event for Steyer was a hodgepodge of HBCU and southern Baptist culture: The campaign brought Juvenile and gospel singer Yolanda Adams to perform for a largely black audience. It was a small and energetic event that celebrated the culture, joy, and struggle of black southerners ‐ a vignette of the campaign black South Carolinians say has wooed them away from campaigns like Joe Biden’s.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's not going to win, he might as well dance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Who says Shitshow Clowns can't have fun?
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 2:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Dancing baby Steyer gif, anyone?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 4:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Are blacks that naive that they would be influenced by such blatant pandering?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/29/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Some are almost as gullible as liberal whites in that regard.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#6  "They call me Bojangles back at the office"
- Lionel in remake of Sabrina
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#7  He's not going to win, he might as well dance.

I'm hoping that after Tuesday this will become crystal clear to him and we won't have to see anymore of his extremely annoying TV commercials.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/29/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Who?
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Marionette'n to the Oldies.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/29/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#10  He's not going to win, he might as well dance.

Dance like no one is watching, run like no one is going to vote for you.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/29/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Heh
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 12:46 Comments || Top||

Warren bill would divert $10B in Trump border wall funds to fight coronavirus
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Sen. Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
proposed diverting billions of dollars of funding for President Trump's border wall to government efforts to respond to the coronavirus.
She's flailing
Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced the Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act on Thursday to require that approximately $10 billion be redirected from fence projects along the U.S.-Mexico border to the Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Agency for International Development to make up for the money Congress will spend preparing for and responding to the virus.

"The coronavirus outbreak poses serious health, diplomatic, and economic threats to the United States, and we must be prepared to confront it head-on," Warren said in a statement. "Rather than use taxpayer dollars to pay for a monument to hate and division, my bill will help ensure that the federal government has the resources it needs to adequately respond to this emergency."

The loss of $10 billion would wipe out more than half of the White House's wall coffers, which sit at $18 billion ‐ pending Trump getting the $2 billion requested from Congress in fiscal 2021 and taking $3.8 billion from defense counternarcotic funding, as planned.

Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  F---ing moron. She's as stupid as she is mendacious.
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 3:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Her suggestion is stupid only if you assume that she gives a f*ck about anything but gaining power - a stupid assumption.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/29/2020 3:52 Comments || Top||

#3  "And we must ban Corona beer too."

Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/29/2020 3:58 Comments || Top||

#4  In case there might have been any lingering questions why Soetoro picked this fellow as his running mate and VP.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 5:38 Comments || Top||

#5  The money would arrive 2 years after the media panic dies. Given it probably took Chinese biowar lab 7-15 years to create coronavirus, we have late money chasing later problem.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 6:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Would be fun to see anti-US response to a B-2 strike on Wuhan.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||

#7  We have spent over a half-century funding the monster. What could have possibly gone wrong.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/29/2020 6:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh yeah, open borders to solve the pan-epidemic threat. YJCMTSU
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/29/2020 7:09 Comments || Top||

#9  When they say stuff this stupid do you think they WANT TO LOSE in 2020?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/29/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Mexico Confirms Second Case of Coronavirus
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 8:22 Comments || Top||

#11  I can't help it, but these days my disgust with the Left has reached rage levels as I have decided that these scum sucking weasles are not naive or stupid or dumb or ignorant they are just pure evil.

Posted by: AlanC || 02/29/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

#12  ^Very right. To me they're like manifestations of classic descriptions of certain people in the Bible. Jezebel, Nimrod, Achan, Herod, herodias...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/29/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#13  ''tis the Shitshow, lads
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 9:25 Comments || Top||

#14  And by "fighting Coronavirus" no doubt she means "funding transgender midnight basketball."
Posted by: Iblis || 02/29/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

#15  Turn coronavirus loose in a Third World shit hole like Mexico and then open the border. Right. As if tuberculosis, fentanyl and methamphetamine aren't bad enough. Hopefully after Tuesday it will be crystal clear to Fauxcahontas and her misguided contributors that she cannot win and we shall have heard the last of her.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/29/2020 11:39 Comments || Top||

#16  They're trying to lose. Really. No ither explabation.
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:43 Comments || Top||

#17  * other explanation
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:44 Comments || Top||

#18  While I think we should treat plagues as national defense issues, I don't believe this is her motivation. She has earned the right to be disbelieved by default.
Posted by: james || 02/29/2020 11:49 Comments || Top||

#19  U.S. Agency for International Development

Now if that doesn't sound like a congressional slush fund I don't know what does.

Trump should transfer it to DSHS which, in turn, use it to build a wall as a defense against the virus coming over from Mexico...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/29/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

House Dem threatens Trump Jr. with 'serious altercation'
[FOXNEWS] Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., appeared to threaten Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
Jr., the president's son, on Friday, warning that they better not be in close quarters or they could have a "serious altercation."

He made those comments on MSNBC while discussing the coronavirus. MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson had asked the congressman about Trump Jr.'s argument that Democrats were hoping for deaths from the coronavirus so it could end his father's winning streak.

"He should not be near me when he says that," Garamendi responded. "There would be a serious altercation. That is just totally outrageous. That is totally outrageous."
Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Notice he didn't say it as false...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/29/2020 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Support the president in a time of crisis.
Or STFU, little tough guy.
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 3:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Shouldn't he be arrested for threatening a member of the president's family?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/29/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

CNN polls: Bernie Sanders holds big leads in California and Texas ahead of critical Super Tuesday vote
Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just in case you think Trump is a shoo-in, here's CNN:

Looking ahead to November, each of the six potential Democratic nominees tested in California easily tops Trump in a hypothetical matchup among registered voters. And all six run about even with Trump in Texas, a state Democrats have long hoped would flip to their column in the electoral college.

The president's approval rating stands at 33% in California, according to the poll, and 43% in Texas.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/29/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ That poll is meaningless. The campaign has not even begun.

Trump will bring down an avalanche of negative advertising on the Dem nominee - AFTER the convention. That will boost his numbers and depress the Dem nominee's numbers by at least 5 points, in both cases, i.e. provide a ca. 10-point swing.
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  At this point in the year Dukakis was leading GHW Bush, Romney was ahead of Zero, Kerry was even with W...

February polls for a November election are absolutely worthless.
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Bobby, it's California. 'Nuff said.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/29/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#5  and I'm sure they only polled the urban centers
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Trump will bring down an avalanche of negative advertising on the Dem nominee - AFTER the convention.

And they'll do the same to him, along with the multiplier effect of media bias.

#4 Bobby, it's California. 'Nuff said.

Things are tight in Texas, too.

OK, it's a CNN poll. Even so, complacency is a killer.

The Texas poll is doubtless rigged, but what does it tell us that CNN feels OK with running such a rigged poll?

That things are closer than they should be?

Or that they've worked out the kinks from 2016 in properly stealing the next election; and now they're laying the groundwork for making it look "natural" by showing that the Dems are "surprisingly close" in Texas?
Posted by: charger || 02/29/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  complacency is a killer

True dat. This is a GOTV effort for Donks for Tuesday - CNN's only viewership
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#8  I haven't watched any of the Democratic debates. But I might watch some of the convention. After all the best part of watching a train wreck is not watching the train travel down the track but watching the actual wreck...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/29/2020 12:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Lots of registered voters never vote. Polls of likely voters are more realistic. And yes, at this point the published polls don’t tell us much that’s useful.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/29/2020 17:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Bernie is not a good debater. None of the Democrats are to be honest, this batch is really sad. That is what I expect though in an re-election year when the better people stay home and the whacko's and the old 'it's my turn' candidates show up.
Posted by: ruprecht || 02/29/2020 17:49 Comments || Top||

Bloomberg takes credit for leading NYC through 9/11 %u2014 when Giuliani was mayor
[NYPOST] Presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg
...Billionaire former Republican mayor and nanny of New York, Dem candidate for president in 2020. Wants to rid the country of assault weapons, other kinds of guns, and 32-ounce soft drinks...
takes credit for leading New York "through" the 9/11 attacks in a campaign ad.

But there’s one problem: He didn’t become mayor until four months later.

Touting his leadership chops, the billionaire released a 30-second video including the claim.

"I led a complex, diverse city through 9/11 and I have common-sense plans to move America away from the chaos to progress," Bloomberg, 78, is seen saying at a campaign rally.

But Rudy Giuliani was mayor during the attacks, and he didn’t hand Bloomberg the keys to Gracie Mansion until Jan. 1, 2002.
Remember "America's Mayor"? Check our archives if you're not a believer.

Bloomberg downplays central role in changing city term limits

[NYPOST] Mike Bloomberg tried to downplay his center-stage role in pushing the City Council to override the Big Apple’s strict term limits and allow him a third run for mayor — insisting it was the lawmakers’ doing.

The eye-popping remark came amid an answer to a question during an MSNBC interview Friday morning about whether he would seek to change the US Constitution to allow for a similar maneuver.

“I will not try to change the Constitution. That’s correct,” the billionaire media mogul said, before adding: “Yes, but keep in mind it was my City Council that did it.”

That account glossed over Bloomberg’s acrimonious 2008 effort to pressure city lawmakers into changing the law.

Bloomberg’s 2009 Democratic rival, city Comptroller Bill Thompson, objected, calling it “a suspension of democracy in New York City.”

Quinnipiac University pollsters found 89 percent of voters wanted a referendum rather than a city council vote.

Bloomberg argued at the time that the Great Recession required steady leadership.

“There are times when you know a job is done, and there are times when you feel you’re in the thick of major changes that still require hard work and careful management and tough accountability,” he said at a City Hall press conference.
Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Case of Bidenheimers or Bath House economy envy?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 5:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Been standing too close to Biden?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/29/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Malignant Narcissism?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/29/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#4  We have somehow gotten along without the muumuu that stood up to snipers in Tuzla.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#5  He's a little creep. A brilliant businessman, but and a dreadful leader of a democratic nation. They don't in fact go together.

Nb So many of our best, wisest, greatest leaders were not brilliant successes as businessmen: Grant and Sherman were failures; FDR was born wealthy; Lincoln had a good living but married money; Ike and Reagan were successful but nowhere near wealthy. Of our great leaders only Washington made a serious fortune, and no one cares about his business acumen.

Maybe we should as a nation start getting over our stupid and very recent billionaire-worship?
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Government is a business now. Making it not a business may be impossible short of a complete reset.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/29/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Dingdingdingdingding, #3 BP. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 02/29/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#8  "Elect me and I'll take away your guns...and your soda." That's a hell of a platform--it says so much about our electorate that he'll get some votes.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/29/2020 17:47 Comments || Top||

Biden Says Trump Will Leave White House: Campaign Update
[NEWS.YAHOO] Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
says he isn’t concerned that Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
could refuse to leave office if he loses the November election.
He never said he would that I've noticed.
Given how he’s treated the military, the intelligence agencies and the FBI, "I have no worry about him being escorted out of the White House," the Democratic presidential hopeful said Wednesday at a CNN town hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

Biden was also asked if he had a message for Trump if he was watching the interview.

"Mr. President, we have a democratic process," Biden said, staring directly into the camera. "When the voters speak, they are heard and they have to be responded to. Now, if you’re worried about somehow someone interfering in our election, why don’t you do something about Russia now?

Trump Opening Offices in Black Neighborhoods (4:52 p.m.)

President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday it will open offices in African-American neighborhoods in key swing-state cities like Milwaukee and bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
The campaign plans to open 15 Black Voices for Trump Community Centers in cities with significant numbers of black voters, including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Philadelphia and Charlotte.

A mock-up of one such community center from the campaign shows a storefront with a photo of Trump and Alice Johnson, a black woman he granted clemency.

A sign trumpets the "promises made, promises kept" slogan as well as the phrases "school choice," "criminal justice reform" and "HBCUs," the acronym for historically black colleges and universities.
Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

Federal court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy UPDATE: on hold for Supreme Court appeal
[NEWS.YAHOO] A federal appeals court has blocked the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum-seekers to Mexico to await court hearings, a practice immigrant advocates have denounced as inhumane and deadly.

The decision on Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
deals a blow to the Trump administration. The process ‐ called the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, also known as "Remain in Mexico" ‐ had been seen as another tool in President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
’s asylum crackdown.

Since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rolled out the program in January 2019, the U.S. government has sent back more than 60,000 people to seven Mexican border cities from Tijuana to Matamoros. Those included some of those most dangerous areas of the border, exposing migrants colonists to assaults, kidnappings, murders and extortion.

U.S. authorities have argued that the policy keeps migrants colonists from slipping into the U.S. and deters other migrants colonists considering crossing from the U.S. southern border.
Update from Reuters at 5:45 p.m. ET:
Later on Friday, the Trump administration said in an emergency motion that at least 25,000 migrants sent back through the program were still in Mexico and that halting the program “could prompt a rush on the southern border”.

In response, the appeals court put its ruling on hold to allow the administration to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.
Posted by: Fred || 02/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WTF?
Didn't SCOTUS just strike down this egregious habit of federal judges staying decisions outside their purview?
Posted by: Lex || 02/29/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  SCOTUS will once again have to slap down the ninth.

Keep flipping judges guys.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/29/2020 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Decision by 2 Clinton appointees. Concurring opinion by a Senior judge appointed by GHW Bush.

In other news, there is currently only 1 vacancy on a federal appeals court (5th - which is already heavily Republican), and there have been no new openings for months now. No doubt everyone is holding out to see what happens in November. After that, well, there are lots of 70+ and even 80+ year old Clinton judges out there.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/29/2020 17:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Temp halt put on hold. Apparently they know it will get squished
Posted by: Frank G || 02/29/2020 19:31 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
16Sublime Porte
1Govt of Syria
1Islamic State
1Moslem Colonists
1Govt of Iraq
1Govt of Iran

E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Gulf War I
The Way We Were


On Sale now!

A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Frank G

Two weeks of WOT
Sat 2020-02-29
  U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Fri 2020-02-28
  Rouhani and his VP both reported to have coronavirus
Thu 2020-02-27
  Hezbollah operative killed in drone strike in southern Syria
Wed 2020-02-26
  Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
Tue 2020-02-25
  Hosni Mubarak sleeps with the pharaohs
Mon 2020-02-24
  Car drives into German carnival parade, around 30 injured
Sun 2020-02-23
  Last year Hezbollah received ~$700 million in funding
Sat 2020-02-22
   Erdogan confirms the presence of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters in Libya
Fri 2020-02-21
  Missile intercept by #Saudi forces in #Yanbu
Thu 2020-02-20
  Turkey asks NATO to provide air support for the operation in Idlib
Wed 2020-02-19
  Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
Tue 2020-02-18
  LNA claims to destroy Turkish arms ship in Tripoli harbor.
Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk

Better than the average link...

Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Operations (22)    WoT Background (5)    Non-WoT (16)    Opinion (10)    (0)