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 Left & Right
by Tom McLaughlin  
Gas prices: News about oil that 
will impact what you pay at the pump
By Brittany De Lea } ~ What is causing the decline in oil prices? Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel on the uncertainties facing the oil market. Oil Opens a New Window. prices plummeted on Wednesday after new data showed an unexpected build in oil, gas and distillate inventory supplies last week... and that is likely another good sign Opens a New Window for drivers. Oil prices plunged to their lowest level since June 13 – down five percent at times during the trading session. As of Wednesday afternoon, West Texas Intermediate Crude was trading at $51.17 per barrel – down more than 4.5 percent, while Brent Crude was trading around $56.35 per barrel.Brent crude is falling into bear market territory, nearly 20 percent off its April peak. And while inventories might have a short-term impact, an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is likely to continue to weigh on prices.Tensions ramped up over the past week as President Trump communicated his intent to impose 10 percent tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of goods coming into the U.S. from China. In response, China allowed the value of the yuan to drop to a more than 10-year low against the U.S. dollar – after which the U.S. labeled China a “currency manipulator.” “Demand for gasoline is likely to suffer not only because of the trade rift, but as summer closes, demand will drop,” Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst as, told FOX Business. That means lower gas prices are likely on their way for drivers. As of Wednesday, the national average was $2.69 per gallon, according to AAA. That is down about 3 cents from last week, 6 cents month over month and 17 cents from the same time last year. While a handful of gas stations are already seeing prices sink below the $2 per gallon threshold – a continuation of the trade tensions could exacerbate that trend. “By Thanksgiving, I think we'll see sub-$2/gal stations spread to thousands of stations, mainly in low price states in the South, perhaps a few stations in the heartland and Great Lakes,” DeHaan predicted.
How Red Tape and Bad Policy 
Make Way for Voter Fraud
by Virginia Allen } ~ Two years ago, I thought voter fraud was a rarity in the United States. I figured that such crimes took place only in nations with corrupt and broken governments—not in “the land of the free.”... I was wrong. The first person to open my eyes to the amount of voter fraud in America was Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where I work. During a lecture at Heritage last year on election integrity, von Spakovsky told the story of a woman named Wendy Rosen. In 2012, Rosen won the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District and was set to face off against incumbent Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. Election Day was quickly approaching when several Maryland Democratic leaders brought allegations of voter fraud against Rosen. Initially, Rosen denied the allegations, but she eventually confessed to voting in Baltimore in both 2006 and 2010 despite her legal residence being in Florida. While Rosen’s story is disturbing, especially considering the fact that she was almost elected to Congress, her actions are not rare. The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud database cites nearly 1,200 proven cases of voter fraud in America. Each case is documented in the course of nearly 400 pages. Jason Snead, a senior policy analyst at Heritage, wrote in a commentary that “the Heritage database is not a comprehensive list of all the fraud that has struck American elections in recent years.” “That number is likely far larger—especially since so few actual instances of election fraud are detected, investigated, and prosecuted to begin with,” Snead wrote...
Loose Money, Big Deficits, and
the Iceberg Ahead
by HUNT LAWRENCE and DANIEL J. FLYNN } ~ Donald Trump accuses China of currency manipulation as he pressures the Federal Reserve to do the same thing. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em... “Our problem is not China,” the president tweeted on Wednesday. “We are stronger than ever, money is pouring into the U.S. while China is losing companies by the thousands to other countries, and their currency is under siege — Our problem is a Federal Reserve that is too proud to admit their mistake of acting too fast and tightening too much (and that I was right!). They must Cut Rates bigger and faster, and stop their ridiculous quantitative tightening NOW. “Yield curve is at too wide a margin, and no inflation! Incompetence is a terrible thing to watch, especially when things could be taken care of sooo easily. We will WIN anyway, but it would be much easier if the Fed understood, which they don’t, that we are competing against other countries, all of whom want to do well at our expense!” The online outburst followed a precipitous drop in both the stock market and Treasury yields, which came in large part as a result of continued worries over the ramifications of a trade war with China. The Fed, which just lowered interest rates, does not partake in quantitative tightening and has not done so for some time. It likely lowers rates further as the year progresses. Trump knows this, and the market expects this. So why continue carping on the Federal Reserve when it did, and likely continues to do, what you wish it to do just not at the degree you wish it to? Donald Trump faces a tight reelection bid next year. The Democratic nominee almost seems irrelevant. Only Trump matters, to his supporters who vote for him and to his detractors who vote against him. No matter the opposition candidate — even if the Ouija-Boardish Marianne Williamson or the politically inexperienced and heretofore unknown Andrew Yang — Democrats unite to vote to remove their scariest boogeyman from office. They care not who replaces him but only that someone replaces him. To squeeze whatever juice remains from the few undecideds who decide the race, the president requires the economy to move full speed ahead. This explains his enthusiastic endorsement of the $350 billion spending increases included in last week’s budget deal. This explains his non sequitur tweet storm against the Federal Reserve when the Federal Reserve does not meet again for another month and a half...  
Durham and Graham obtained deposition of scumbag/liar-Clinton 'dirt' tipster Joseph Mifsud
by Jerry Dunleavy } ~ U.S. Attorney John Durham and Sen. Lindsey Graham, leading separate inquiries into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, have obtained an audio deposition of Joseph Mifsud... the mysterious Maltese academic who claimed Russia had “dirt” on scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. The revelation about Mifsud came from The Hill’s John Solomon, who spoke with Sean Hannity on Fox News last Thursday. Solomon’s widely reported bombshell last week was that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz had criminally referred former FBI scumbag-James Comey to the DOJ because of his alleged leaking of classified information in his memos and a lack of candor with investigators, but the DOJ declined prosecution. But this tidbit about Mifsud made fewer headlines. Special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, released in April with redactions, stated Mifsud traveled to Moscow in April 2016, after which he met George Papadopoulos in London. Mueller's report said that during this meeting, Mifsud informed Papadopoulos he learned the Russians had “dirt” on scumbag/liar-Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails." Papadopoulos later repeated this claim to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, who informed the U.S. government and prompted the original counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign in 2016. Mifsud’s alleged attorney Stephan Roh said in late July that Durham intended to interview Mifsud. He said that if an interview failed to pan out, Durham's team at least wanted to view a recorded deposition Mifsud gave in 2018 on his role in the Trump-Russia controversy. Roh said he would provide at least one page of the deposition to Durham's investigators. Solomon told Hannity that Durham’s team “obtained an audiotaped deposition of Joseph Mifsud, where he describes his work, why he targeted Papadopoulos, who directed him to do that, what directions he was given, and why he set that entire process of introducing George Papadopoulos to Russia in motion in March of 2016.” Solomon called the meeting between Papadopoulos and Mifsud “really the flash point, the starting point of this whole Russia collusion narrative.” And Solomon said Graham “has also obtained the same deposition.” “So you now have the Senate and a federal prosecutor,” Solomon said...
Joe DiGenovoa predicts ‘sad’ days ahead for
former ‘scumbag/liar-nObama people’
who ‘broke the law’
by Frieda Powers } ~ Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova predicts “a lot of former scumbag/liar-nObama people” will be facing a “sad” day in the fall in the wake of the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe... Speaking about reports that the FBI referred 14 employees to its internal ethics office for leaking classified information, Joe diGenova told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that people will soon be held accountable despite a lack of action by FBI Director Christopher Wray. Documents from the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility were obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch and indicated that at least two dozen employees had been reported in the last three years for allegedly leaking sensitive or classified information. The Department of Justice decided last week against prosecuting former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey for including classified information in personal memos. Lou Dobbs found scumbag-Comey “getting a pass” to be “irksome,” and asked diGenova on “Lou Dobbs Tonight”Wednesday why U.S. Attorney John Durham and his examination of the FBI’s Russia inquiry was taking so long. “Actually Lou, it’s not,” diGenova replied, repeating his assertion last week that the process is moving at “lightning speed.” “Here’s what’s going on. Durham has been asked to perform a miracle after three years of incompetence with Sessions and Rod Rosenstein and then Mueller,” the former US Attorney said. “And now Durham is being asked to mop it up. He is moving with incredible speed. He’s conducted over 50 interviews with key personnel,” he continued. “And I’m going to tell you tonight that scumbag-James Comey and a lot of other people are going to be very sad in September. It’s going to be a wonderful time for the country and accountability and a very bad time for a lot of former scumbag/liar-nObama people who broke the law,” diGenova added, echoing remarks made by Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday...  
Andrew McCabe Files Federal Civil Lawsuit 
Against DOJ and FBI – Claims Trump Carried 
Out “Unconstitutional Plan” Against Him
by sundance } ~ Today former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe files a federal civil lawsuit claiming wrongful termination by the DOJ and FBI... Exactly the same parameters are used by McCabe as were asserted by FBI Agent Peter Strzok in a very similar lawsuit earlier this week…. Only McCabe claims a conspiracy carried out by President Trump.Again, as with the earlier Strzok lawsuit, both are not going through the process within the Department of Labor for a wrongful termination complaint. Instead both are using federal courts in an effort to construct a narrative of sorts. The motive here is 100% political obfuscation, and the same Lawfare team is involved in the construct. Both Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok are claiming their first amendment (speech) and fifth amendment (due process) rights were violated. Both have filed civil suits under the same pretext. However, McCabe’s Lawfare lawyers construct an argument that goes one step further. According to Andrew McCabe, President Donald Trump constructed a master conspiracy of influence upon the DOJ and FBI; thereby usurping the powers of the constitution in a sketchy legal theory they cannot define. Thus the McCabe lawyers define the action by President Trump under “legal nullity” – An operation that theoretically is, or might be, of some legal significance, but in fact lacks any identity or distinct structure of its own...
The Ideological Roots of 'The Squad' 
in Academic 'Postcolonial' Theory
By L.E. Ikenga } ~ To understand the ideological goals of the so-called “Squad” of commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, worthless-Ilhan Omar, worthless-Rashida Tlaib and worthless-Ayanna Pressley, one needs to understand the academic theories labeled colonial and postcolonial studies... Many of us “people of color” who have direct or indirect ties to other parts of the third world have seen this nonsense being peddled many times before. What we are witnessing, despite the veneer of watermelon politics, is not just Marxism, or Alinkyism, or socialism, or communism, or Black Pantherism, or eco-fascism. We are seeing iron-fisted colonial and postcolonial theory acting itself out on the national stage. The study of European colonialism  and its aftermath, post colonialism, is a combination of all of those leftist social, economic, and environmental projects rolled into one, presented under the auspices of a systematic academic canon. It uses insider academic jargon to bemoan the aftereffects of having once been dominated, and against their will, culturally transformed by a European colonial power. Hence, the terms “colonialism” and “postcolonialism.” This is what most people who are not of European descent study when they go to college in this country. If they don’t study it in college, they get a version of it in high school through “social studies” classes. If they never went to high school, they get a Jerimiah Wright version of it from the pulpit. If they don’t go to church, they get it from community organizers in the streets. And if they are not in school, at church, or in the streets, then they are getting it from home. The bottom line is that one way or another, they get it. However, it is the colleges and universities that are doing the most to perpetuate this ideological system intent on destroying all Christian societies and civilizations. Whether they just take a few classes as electives or end up minoring or majoring in some form of colonial and post colonial theory, this is the radical intellectual ghetto that most blacks and Hispanics are herded into the moment that they step foot on most college campuses. It is what people like me were almost browbeaten into studying when I attended the City University of New York decades ago. When I chose instead to study Old Western Culture, I was overlooked for numerous scholarships and fellowships; treated by the predominantly far-left academic administrators as if I were a leper; and laughed at behind my back by many of my fellow students. But as someone who already had first-hand knowledge of several West African regions and a keen interest in a systematic study of her tribal lineage, I saw no need to spend three or four years of my life buttering up to professors who would present me with a revisionist version of my authentic history...
Swing Voters Have No Use for Candidates 
Who Support More Migration
by ~ “We are a nation of immigrants,” the Democrats say over and over and over again sometimes joined by Republicans on Capitol Hill who have been trained to do the Chamber of Commerce’s bidding... As such, we should not only welcome the illegal immigrants flowing across our borders, but we should be looking for new, exciting ways to bring legal immigrants into the country. What would America be without immigrants, they say. And with that catchphrase in mind and the as-yet-unproven mantra “Diversity is our greatest strength, they lavish us with schemes like chain migration, DACA, pathways to citizenship, work visas, and every other kind of lure that will bring the world to us. No walls, only bridges. Well, swing voters aren’t buying it. According to the latest survey from Harvard/Harris, 69% of swing voters say they are unlikely to support a 2020 presidential candidate who runs on a platform of increasing immigration. Furthermore, among all registered voters, 64% say the same thing. Only when you drill down to Democrats themselves do you find a more positive number, and even then…the statistics aren’t great for pro-immigration candidates. Only 45% of Democratic voters want a candidate who supports bringing in more migrants. For these voters, President Trump is the only reasonable choice in the race. Because no matter where you look on the Democratic stage, you will find candidates who want to flood the U.S. with cheap labor from foreign countries. Take the most “moderate” Democrat with a chance to win the nomination: loose lips liar-Joe Biden. He’s running on the old platform of cutting illegal immigration while boosting legal immigration. He’s thrown his support behind a platform that would allow any foreign degree-holder to seek an office job in the United States. At the same time, while he isn’t so far gone as to endorse decriminalizing the border, he has endorsed the idea of offering free healthcare insurance to the illegals already living in the country. On the other side – the far-left side – you have lunatics like Julian Castro who want to complete do away with the laws governing our border. Or, if you want someone who actually has a prayer of winning, take a look at Elizabeth dinky-Warren: She also wants to decriminalize illegal immigration, do away with policies that prevent “asylum-seekers” from disappearing into the U.S., and bring in more foreign competition. There is no mainstream Democrat running on a platform of lowering immigration rates. If you want that flavor of politics, you have to look to the Republican Party. More specifically, you have to vote for Donald Trump. If Democrats don’t get a handle on this issue, 2020 could turn into a MAGA landslide of epic proportions.
Left & Right
by Tom McLaughlin
{} ~ Newspaper publisher Mark Guerringue sits in the left chair for this episode. The producer gives us two questions to start with... Are commie-Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth dinky-Warren too far left to beat Trump?
I answer that if the election were held today, Trump would win, but it's a long way off and anything could happen in the next fifteen months. The Democrat field is so far left that what we used to consider centrist has also shifted considerably to the left to the point where John Delaney is called moderate.
Mark believes Delaney, Hickenlooper and Bullock to be moderate because they're capitalist and don't want to give free medical care to undocumented immigrants. Mark also contends that Mitch McConnell is blocking efforts to monitor/regulate social media, thus enabling Russians and others to continue influencing elections.
I say all that is overblown and an issue manufactured by Democrats to harass the Trump Administration. Mark asked what I think of Meuller's appearance before Congress. I said Meuller appeared doddering, incompetent, showing signs of dementia. Mark emphasized that Meuller responded "Yes" to a Democrat congressman's question: "Would you have recommended indictment if Trump were not president?" Mark believes there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in spite of the Mueller report claim that there wasn't. I question whether Meuller wrote the report, that he appeared incompetent at the hearing and I believe the entire Russia collusion affair was invented by the scumbag/liar-nObama Administration intelligence apparatus, the scumbag/liar-Hillary Campaign, and the DNC, that they all spied on the Trump Campaign, the Trump Transition Team, and the Trump White House. I believe there will be indictments of several people associated with those organizations. A grand jury is right now investigating this under special prosecutor Durham. I contend there is little or no evidence for the ubiquitous charges that Trump is racist. All his "evidence" is circumstantial, that he questioned scumbag/liar-nObama's birthplace only because scumbag/liar-nObama was black -- that he criticized the Squad because only because they're brown and black. He, Trump just is racist, Mark claims. It's obvious, he says. Not to me it isn't. I claim Trump's criticism of the squad is because of the Squad's views, but the left, including Mark in this case, says it's only because of their skin color. I contend that cities around the country that Democrats have run for sixty years are hell-holes. Mark says they're thriving, that they're centers of entrepreneurship. He discounts that the murders in Chicago and Baltimore have anything to do with Democrat leadership.  
Brian said... Tom said: "I contend there is little or no evidence for the ubiquitous charges that Trump is racist. "

Funny thing to say when you haven't been able to refute any of the evidence I have given you already.

Jokes at a rally about shooting immigrants. A man of character, a rino-John McCain say, or any non- racist would have shut that shit down, not joke about it.

Trump Casino was fined $200,000 for transferring black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices. Again, a real man, a non-racist, would have told the bigots to do their gambling elsewhere.

How about violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent to blacks and to lying about availabilities?

How about the statement “laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” To which he said, when asked about the truth of the report, it was "probably true".

“See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” Oh yeah, the Trail of Tears is a hilarious thing to joke about. I bet he knows some good concentration camp jokes too.

Oh yeah, there is also the reference to Haiti and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then suggested that the US should take more people from countries like Norway. The implication: Immigrants from predominantly white countries are good, while immigrants from predominantly black countries are bad. 

The "Look at my black over there" would have been hilarious in a comedy about racism. In real life though.....

Birtherism? You can pretend it may not have been racist, but that is even more than Kushner could do when interviewed on HBO:

“Was birtherism racist?” Swan asked.

Visibly uncomfortable, Kushner responded, “Um, look, I wasn’t really involved in that.”

“I know you weren’t,” Swan said—and repeated the question.

“Like I said, I wasn’t involved in that,” Kushner said.

Even he couldn't make such a blatant lie!

And sure (wink, wink) Trump could have said "send them back" to white people who's parents immigrated to America. Yeah, right.

And just maybe he would keep claiming some white teenagers were guilty and should be executed even after DNA cleared them. 

But you don't really believe these things, not along with all the other evidence. You just say what you have to say to keep towing the company line and because you don't WANT to believe he's a racist. Because what would that say about you, his supporter. 

Self denial is a very strong phenomenon. But the evidence is pretty damn clear about Trump's racism.

I guess MY big question is, now that Mr. G has been "on" a few times, are his 
musings what he thinks, or are they simply following the editorial business model that's been established for The Conway Daily Sun?

Brian said...And I wonder whether Tom's musings are what he thinks or if he is simply following the talking points established by the talking heads of the radical right.

I also wonder if he at least hears the dings of facts thrown at him as they bounce up against his bubble. Do they at least get his attention and make him think..."oooh, gotta ignore that, it would disturb my pre-conceived notions" 

Whichever it is, he sure has gotten adept at hiding from facts, questions, and reality. Head in the sand syndrome.

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Florida Sheriff — “I Will Not Enforce Assault Weapons Ban, Neither Will Most Sheriffs”

Dennis Lemma, who is the Sheriff in Central Florida’s Seminole County, told a group of 2nd Amendment activists recently that he would not enforce an assault weapons ban that could soon become Florida law if the “Ban Assault Weapons Now” amendment passes in the Sunshine State.

According to News965, the ban has the following specifications.

The amendment proposed in the state legislature would ban possession of assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”

Lemma, an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a first term sheriff who is running for re-election, said this about whether or not he would enforce such a law.

“It’s not only that I wouldn’t, the majority of sheriffs across the state would not do it,” Lemma said in the video. It’s up to the sheriffs what they are willing to enforce.”

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