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What did Pelosi say, arrows in a quiver? If the House impeaches, the Senate is required (?) to set aside all other business and take up the impeachment?  The House could stop the Senate confirmation?  There would be a political price to pay for such a trick before the election but not after.

The RBG confirmation hearings took 4 days.  Let's go.

From the link:
"The election in Arizona, unlike the other Senate elections in the country this year, is a special election. … If [Democrat] Mark Kelly defeats [incumbent Republican] Martha McSally, he could be a senator on November 30, which means the 53-47 edge during a lame duck [session] very quickly becomes 52-48"

Diversity?  Every current member of the Supreme Court has a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard or Yale.

By my calculation, two out of every million the US population graduates from Harvard or Yale Law School every year.  999,998 do not.

This is year 2020 and we still think gender and skin color are what make up diversity of life experience?  These 8 people all got the same degree from one of the same two schools.

Politics & Religion / Re: Intolerable acts
« on: September 21, 2020, 04:47:11 PM »

"It's now legal to resist a police officer but it's illegal to resist a BLM rioter and street thug?"

   - Except for the small detail that we aren't fighting back yet, this is war.

If let's say Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney (and up to three others) abstain / vote present in the confirmation instead of voting no - because they don't like the timing or the process, the vote would be 47-47 with the tie breaker going to VP Mike Pence.  The Justice is confirmed.

Politics & Religion / Re: Who could have seen this coming?
« on: September 21, 2020, 10:18:31 AM »

Funny how that works...

Minneapolis North High School Principal:

I think we can assume she was a liberal - before being "mugged". 

She is upset with the Democrat Far Left City Council and with the Governor's lock out orders.  She can't do this without leaving her job, but it would really be something to see her endorse Trump for President and Jason Lewis for Senate and tell her story of being a former liberal and how that didn't work.  The Democrat apple cart has been tipped over.  In MN they are called DFL, formerly the coalition of Democrat, Farmer and Labor.  They have already lost the farmers.  They lost labor.  Now they are losing Democrats.

The Principal:
"We are literally in a city right now that is completely and entirely out of control."

"The people in my community need and want good law enforcement."

We can't take it anymore."

"If you don't see this video later it's probably because I said too much."

When is a responsible person telling the truth saying too much?

Minneapolis had a law enforcement mayor, Charles Stenvig, Independent.  He left office in 1977.
I've tried for a few decades to tell my liberal friends first hand what is happening in the inner city and the say to me, you need to get out of there.  They don't get it.  I can get out but this IS what's happening in the inner city.  Your (liberal) systems are screwing up incentives to get educated and support your family, destroying the family and the community, destroying enterprise, feeding crime, filling prisons and creating a downward spiral of dependency.  Every proposal they make is to do more of the same.  What was the law of holes again?  Stop digging!  Treat THESE people like people.  If you're able to work, work.  If school starts at 8, be there at 8.  If the sign says stop, stop.  If the officer says keep your hands where I can see them, do that.  If you don't pay the rent, you're out.  And so on.

But no...

Barbara Lagoa:  The (other) name speculated - for announcement Tuesday.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Education, 9 years of Common Core
« on: September 20, 2020, 01:26:56 PM »
9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up: Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade.

Math achievement is at a 20 year low.

4th graders reading decline:

So you’re saying everything is proceeding as planned?   - Glenn Reynolds

"In the last days of President Jimmy Carter's administration, on November 13, 1980, Carter nominated Breyer to the First Circuit, to a new seat established by 92 Stat. 1629, and the United States Senate confirmed him on December 9, 1980, by an 80–10 vote."

Read that again carefully.  Breyer was nominated AFTER Carter lost the Presidential election to Reagan.  He was confirmed AFTER Democrats lost control of the Senate to Republicans.  To a "new seat" established by Democrat, one party rule gained by Democrats after the Nixon Ford fiasco.

What you see depends on where you sit.

"Let the voters decide"?  Yes and they did.  Voters knew RBG was aging and ailing with cancer in 2016 and in 2018. 

I notice Pelosi refuse say things like pack the court while AOC calls for radicalizing the party over this. [Over what?  A Justice died.]  Same ideology, different levels of strategery.

Democrat oversteps breathe life into Republican electoral chances.  Democrats lost more than a dozen Senate seats since Obamacare, for example. 

Things like abandoning the filibuster on judicial confirmations and perverse behavior in the Kavanaugh hearings have come back to bite them, big time.

Yes they could 'pack the court' but not without political consequence. 

Another point, if/when Dems win their 'permanent majority', they don't need to pack the Court to overturn unfriendly legislation.
Republican political perspective on Puerto Rico: millions with PR heritage live and vote in Florida.  Without R's winning FL, there is little chance of getting constitutional conservative justices appointed or confirmed.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Dems to pack SCOTUS?
« on: September 20, 2020, 05:04:33 AM »
third post

They promise to pack the Senate as well, with DC and PR.

If they behave badly between now and election day, that does not help them sweep the election.  AOC: "Democrats need to radicalize."  What if voters don't?
"Reason Trump has a pretty good chance of replacing Ginsburg is because the Republicans expanded their majority in 2018. Reason Republicans expanded their majority in 2018 was because of the abysmal and obscene behavior of Democrats and the media during the Kavanaugh confirmation. Funny how that works."

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Rinos , again
« on: September 19, 2020, 04:00:52 PM »
I think the vote will be: this Senate, after the election but before the end of the year.  Yes, those three Senators are the big question marks but Pence breaks a tie so it takes four Republicans voting no to stop [her]. 

Politics & Religion / Re: Obama's life insurance policy: Joe Biden
« on: September 19, 2020, 02:21:04 PM »

I hope she is up to the task.  Watch the Catholic faith get attacked mercilessly in an election year, or will they hold back?

She has been on the top of the list since 2017:

And this pick has to be a woman- just to avoid the gang rape allegations.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Replacing Ruth
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:52:34 PM »
Great Post Marc.  May she rest in peace.
"All too often she was a Prog using judicial power to impose political ends beyond the proper purview of the judiciary"


She had plenty of opportunity to retire under a Democrat President and Senate if that was her highest priority and it wasn't.

Now balance of the Court may shift.  Was it Pres. Obama who said, elections have consequences.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / RIP RBG
« on: September 18, 2020, 05:16:57 PM »
Crafty's law professor dead at 87.

I was wondering the last couple of days, what will be the unknown event or issue that will dominate this election.  This is it. 

She was famously and consistently liberal, but if her only wish was to control the ideology of her successor, she could have retired under liberally friendly conditions and she didn't.

There is plenty of time left to nominate and confirm a replacement but the process promises to be the ugliest ever no matter who the President selects.

For the moment, let's celebrate her life and give her family and friends a respectful time to remember her and grieve.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Minneapolis and policing
« on: September 18, 2020, 06:57:20 AM »
"WHO wants no law enforcement?  WHO??!! "

Watch 7 minutes. Video at the link. Save yourself a trip into the city to see what people here think.

Video with the Principal of Mpls North High School, the Polars, describing the problem with passion - and predicting the video will be taken down for saying too much.

Does anyone detect a shift in political views taking place?  These are so called liberal policies in a so called liberal city she talking about. Complete failure.

When the big get out the vote push comes through, what are they going to vote for?  More of the same? For how long?

Incidentally, the kids shot that they are honoring, one killed, were campaign workers for the Black conservative Republican endorsed opponent of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

What they now call nationwide, the Minneapolis Effect, where violent crime srges when law enforcement retreats, she describes first hand.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: write off student loan debt per Dems
« on: September 18, 2020, 06:08:23 AM »

taxpayers eat 50K per student:

also a nod to colleges and universities
that just keep upping their bills.

so long as they keep up leftist woke teaching ..........

Since the govt is already 4 trillion in deficit, they can"t really 'cancel' debt, they can only transfer it to others  - including the same people they say no longer owe the money.

It penalizes those young voters who already paid off their obligations.  Now they owe for their classmates' overpriced education too. They either become new Republicans or are just chumps.

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:36:29 AM »
Rasmussen poll, Trump overtakes Biden by one point. Presidential approval rate at 52%.

RealClearPolitics betting odds average favors Biden by 52 to 48. If you believed most of the other polls posted, those odds would be closer to Biden 100. Watch for the betting odds to flip as well.

Carleton College political science Professor Steve Scherer says, watch what the candidates do to know what their internal polls are saying. Joe Biden is heading to Minnesota today while polls and Democrats say Minnesota's 10 electoral votes owned by democrats for 48 years are not in play. Obama Biden won Minnesota in 2008 by double digits. Funny that the candidate that leads in all but one poll all year is running scared.

Democrats recently and proudly called their many sure states the "Blue Wall".  Now they call the Electoral College "anti-democratic" . Only the popular vote, they argue, should determine who wins the highest office.

Strangely, the Constitution uses the word democracy to describe  our new form of government exactly zero times, but goes on and on with articles and clauses designed to prevent rule by simple majority.

Politics & Religion / Picking on Slow Joe Biden, continued...
« on: September 16, 2020, 08:02:27 AM »
I guess I'll quit picking on him when they take him off the ticket. Here's more from yesterday:

It seems to counter the main argument of Democrats, that they are smarter than us. I don't see it, but maybe that's because ...  they are smarter than us.

If you were a Quartermaster, you could run the ladies department at, you know,  a department store. (Do we still have department stores?) Meanwhile China took over all of our Manufacturing, is stealing our technology, is setting up military bases along the South China Sea, and Minneapolis, Portland and California are on fire. But back to that Quartermaster... is that on the teleprompter, or off the teleprompter?

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:54:57 AM »
ccp:  " a move of 2-3 points makes a world of difference in a close election."

maybe this is enough to counter the endless found mail in ballots that will have just arrive from China
2 weeks after the election

or every homeless person and nursing home patient and illegals who are vote harvested
by and for the Dems

Thank God it's still statewide elections.  They can only screw up one state at a time.  I don't think there's any answer for cheating except to win by larger margins. 

In a Hugo Chavez recall election he trailed 40-60 and won 60-40.  My reaction was, what were those 40% who supported him thinking.  But that cheating was nationwide in centralized computers.  Democrats are limited to cheating in large cities in divided states, Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas. etc.  Places to keep an eye on.

Main point is that this shift underway devalues the Get-out-the-Vote effort.  Not every vote in their neighborhoods is for them anymore.  Inner city people move more often so their information gets old fast.  Trump has better lists at this point.  That comes with greater enthusiasm and strategic rally placements.  Everyone who signed up for a rally gave up their email and cell number to the campaign for a free ticket.  Also coronavirus has slowed the massive Dem, in person operation.

Just like the MSM told you!  (sarc)

Record High Income and Low Poverty in 2019

Real median household in 2019 increased $4,379 over 2018, 6.8%. More income growth in one year than in 8 years of Obama-Biden.

That's the largest one-year increase in median income since the data has been kept.  Real median income grew by 7.9% for black Americans, 7.1% for Hispanic Americans, and 10.6% for Asian Americans. All record highs.

The poverty rate fell to a new record low of 10.5% in 2019, the lowest in six decades that such figures have been tracked.  Over 4 million people were lifted out of poverty between 2018 and 2019 for a 1.3 percentage point decrease.

Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races
« on: September 16, 2020, 06:42:15 AM »
Running against Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis is a black businessman from the northside, Lacy Johnson.  He can't win but is deserving of your support.  People need to hear and consider another voice.

Running against pretend centrist Dean Phillips, wealthy decendent of Big-Vodka, in my 2018 flipped suburban district is black businessman Kendall Quails.  I suppose he is also a long shot because of the expanding socialism in the wealthy inner suburbs, but deserves all the support he can get:

Black lives matter or just Black Leftism matters?  How about celebrating and elevating some of the successful ones as leaders and role models?!

Riot-zone voters back Trump 2-1, and most say violence affects vote.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 63% of voters who have seen violent protests in their community “strongly approve” of the president — just 35% don’t.

[Doug] This is hard to believe since the riots are occurring almost exclusively in deep blue cities and people change their views so slowly.  But that said, just a move of 2-3 points makes a world of difference in a close election.

I drove East Lake Street (So. Mpls) Sunday.  I am amazed by the streets, buildings and businesses still closed. Convenient places to shop taken from people least able to travel further for basic needs.  Saw for the first time the Mpls Police precinct station wreckage, set to fire by Leftists and left to burn by the Democrat establishment of the city and the state.  Same goes for W. Broadway in my North Minneapolis area.  Just the closing the largest and only liquor stores in the hood is not how win over the hearts and minds of the mostly peaceful residents.  What Trump said to minority voters in 2016 rings true, what have you got to lose (taking a chance on Republicans)?  You've been sh*t on for so long by one party Dem rule.

Remind me again, what was the premise of the short-lived hysteria over Bob Woodward’s book? That Donald Trump, in early February, knew that the virus could kill and was spread through the air?

This was universal knowledge. In the two weeks before Messrs. Trump and Woodward spoke, more than 550 published and broadcast news reports in the Factiva database likened the Chinese viral outbreak to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic. On Jan. 28, a week before they spoke and on the same day Mr. Trump received a White House security briefing on the virus, this column drew the 1918 analogy. It also highlighted an issue that would plague the world for months. Because of the inability of China and other countries to count mild or nonsymptomatic infections, we were operating on data that considerably overestimated the virus’s deadliness.
    - Holman Jenkins, WSJ

Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Almost two-thirds of young American adults do not know that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe Jews caused the Holocaust, a new survey has found, revealing shocking levels of ignorance about the greatest crime of the 20th century.

According to the study of millennial and Gen Z adults aged between 18 and 39, almost half (48%) could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto established during the second world war.

Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, or had been exaggerated, or they weren’t sure. One in eight (12%) said they had definitely not heard, or didn’t think they had heard, about the Holocaust.

More than half (56%) said they had seen Nazi symbols on their social media platforms and/or in their communities, and almost half (49%) had seen Holocaust denial or distortion posts on social media or elsewhere online.
18-39 is a pretty broad range of young people!

Reasonable people should be shocked at what young people are taught and not taught.  If you're not a far Leftist, you're probably not involved with setting curriculum.  It's honestly gotten to the point that the longer young people stay in indoctrination school the more they know that isn't so.  Meanwhile social media giants are busy removing perfectly valid opposing viewpoints.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of COVID-19. This antibody component, which is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, has been used to construct a drug—known as Ab8—for potential use as a therapeutic and prophylactic against SARS-CoV-2. The researchers on Monday reported in the journal Cell that Ab8 is highly effective in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters. Its tiny size not only increases its potential for diffusion in tissues to better neutralize the virus, but also makes it possible to administer the drug by alternative routes, including inhalation. Importantly, it does not bind to human cells—a good sign that it won’t have negative side-effects in people. (via,


After decades of cheering on a rising China, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is now scrambling to show he cares about the destruction of millions of American jobs and the erosion of our industrial base.

His latest plan is inconsistent and outdated, revealing a desperation to reclaim the high ground of supporting American industry for a political party that has long since left it behind.

Early on, Biden backed himself into a corner by promising to remove President Trump’s tariffs on China.

Now, he is proposing a new plan that would increase taxes on American companies’ sales abroad by repealing portions of the 2017 tax law. Led by reflexive partisanship, he has embraced a contradictory position of increasing imports of Chinese goods but reducing American exports.

Biden’s plan would do this by overturning one of the important policies enacted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act-- the transition from a worldwide to a territorial tax system. Rather than taxing the income that American businesses earn on their sales in other countries twice as the Biden plan would, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act largely exempted those sales from tax.

In other words, Biden would double-tax U.S. firms that sell products internationally. American companies like Boeing, Caterpillar, or ExxonMobil looking to sell American goods abroad would face higher taxes.

Instead of rising to the occasion to beat China -- which supports the growth of its own national corporations across the globe -- this plan effectively calls for the opposite.

Right when we most need to support our firms with the resources they need to dominate internationally and create American jobs, Biden is telling them they need to shrink away.

And, if anything, the Biden plan would increase corporate inversions by making it more attractive for formerly American businesses to incorporate in lower-tax jurisdictions.

The plan makes reference to reshoring, which, to be fair, is a step up from Biden’s past downplaying of the threat that Beijing clearly posed to American jobs. But rather than detail how to create durable, dignified work at home and how to shore up our nation’s industrial capacity, it avoids particulars or committing Biden to any specific industry he would push to reshore.

Where it does get specific, his plan does make multiple, bizarre references to bringing back call centers.

America is not going to beat China by reshoring call centers. This is not the future of American work, and this is not a serious plan.

By contrast, a more forward-looking vision would grapple with how America can lead the way in high-tech telecommunications, so we can meet the challenge that Beijing is posing with its state-backed firms like Huawei or ZTE.

The reality is that most productive companies for the 21st century must be global in their scope in order to produce at the scale necessary for innovation and job growth.

What Biden doesn’t seem to be able to grasp is that it’s good for American business to have a global reach. This builds productive ties with allies and partners abroad and further isolates China’s malign influence.

The problem is that Biden has nothing new to offer when it comes to helping our firms attain that market dominance, especially in the vital advanced manufacturing industries that will win the 21st century.

The solution cannot just be smoothing the transition to Chinese dominance.

Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Kamala Harris
« on: September 15, 2020, 06:01:36 PM »
Yes.  She won 0 delegates with 0.0% of the vote and now she is the change we have all been waiting for. 

George Orwell couldn't write this stuff.

“A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States…”

This is not a mis-speak.  She is very carefully reading a script.  She is putting this out there intentionally.  More specifically, whoever is deciding these things has put this out there intentionally. 

Update: Biden confirms it.

Accusing people of the past of violating today's norms.

Retrospective bigotteering.
Soon we will cancel every building designed by a nonvegetarian architect.

Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest
Mask wearing might also be reducing the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic

12 September 2020

Face masks may be inadvertently giving people Covid-19 immunity and making them get less sick from the virus,
Wearing masks could therefore reduce the infectious dose that the wearer is exposed to and, subsequently, the impact of the disease, as masks filter out some virus-containing droplets.

New England Journal of Medicine
So the leak of the mask and around the mask is exposing you to covid and saving your life.  (?)

Politics & Religion / Re: Second American Civil War
« on: September 15, 2020, 02:54:45 PM »
how do we know these people are not setting fires
out West?

Yes.  Part of it is from those same arsonists.  Part of it is the usual amount of carelessness, forest mis-management and part of it is from natural causes.  If we don't know the exact amounts from each source, call it climate change!

I don't know if this chart fits but scroll across for historical perspective.  Fires were worse years ago.

Politics & Religion / Re: CNN : very "important" thing
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:51:44 AM »
woodward concludes Trump is not the right man for the job.

why anyone or certainly a Republican President give an interview with Woodward is beyond me.

Just as I feared post RNC convention.

Trump starts tweeting opening his mouth and brings his personality right back front and center:

The breaking news is that a lifelong Democrat journalist doesn't support the Republican incumbent: OMG!

"Yes. I say the President is the wrong man for the job."

Yes, Trump expressed optimism in the face of a deadly pandemic.  And he brought with him on camera the most trusted experts to answer unlimited questions for the American people on all that was known each day..

Politics & Religion / Joe Biden is well known but not known well
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:36:58 AM »
Long-time Democratic pollster Peter Hart told The Los Angeles Times, Biden is “well known, but not known well.”

Politics & Religion / 2020 Presidential election, Sept-Oct Surprises
« on: September 13, 2020, 04:20:19 PM »
Predictions for events coming before the election:
1.  Trump brokered peace agreement between Saudi and Israel.
2.  Trade agreement Between US and Britain.
3.  Record in percentage and numbers, GDP growth 3rd quarter.
4.  Unemployment back to single digits.
5.  Coronavirus vaccine, reasonably available.
6.  Durham indictments.
7.  Federal Antifa arrests.

I saw lousy poll numbers for Trump on Sunday shows today.  Various states, also who would handle coronavirus better, Biden or Trump.  Biden leads.  What do they call that, to win the early September polls, a pyrrhic victory or just no victory at all? Joe Biden was leading right before people got to know Joe Biden. If the election were held today, call it a tie.  Biden leads in the polling by about the amount of the polling error.  If his lead is for good reason, then it will expand and come true.  But we know better.  Joe Biden doesn't have better character.  Doesn't choose his words more carefully.  Isn't more skilled politically.  And facts don't support his stands and policies.  More things like the Woodward book will come out, but nothing to match the events above.

Trump will grow us better out of this than Biden.  100% of the people know that.  51% already admit it.  It should become more and more clear down the stretch.

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:59:27 PM »
Florida Latinos are heavily Cuban with strong anti-commie tendencies.

Cuban Yes.  Also Puerto Rican and Colombian:
Hispanics                        5,809,000
Cuban Origin            26% 1,528,000   
Colombian Origin      18% 1,023,000
Puerto Rican Origin   16%    936,000
Mexican Origin          11%    634,000
Other Hispanic Origin 29%  1,688,000

Population of Florida          21.5 million,  27% considered Hispanic.

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