Claycord – Talk About Politics

July 6, 2018 19:05 pm · 150 comments

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This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

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Local July 6, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Paul Manafort is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day while he awaits his ultimate fate

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been held in Virginia’s Northern Neck Regional Jail since June 15, when a federal judge revoked his bail after learning that he and an associate, the former Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik, tried to tamper with witness testimony in the investigation.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 charges in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, including tax and bank fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and failure to register as a foreign agent.
http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-manafort-solitary-confinement-trial-mueller-2018-7

Rollo Tomasi July 7, 2018 at 11:42 PM

I sure hope he hasn’t been separated from his children.

Ricardoh July 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM

So when he beats the charges then what?

Local July 6, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Pruitt won’t be needing those tactical pants anymore. But Trump might.

While the media, and the Democrats, were getting all worked up about the mattress and the lotion and Chick-fil-A and Disneyland and the phone booth and the bulletproof seats and the rest of Pruitt’s penny-ante corruption, relatively little attention was going to the emoluments, which are of much greater value: Ivanka Trump’s trademarks and Jared Kushner’s investors and foreign governments pumping millions into Trump properties.

Now Pruitt is gone, and Trump is about to be caught with his tactical pants down.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pruitt-wont-be-needing-those-tactical-pants-anymore-but-trump-might/2018/07/05/13930b86-80a8-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html

Badge1104 July 6, 2018 at 8:21 PM

I’m still very thankful for president Trump! we are all winning with him! He is getting things done!. the Blue Wave will not be happening and that wave is full of sewage anyway. This is why the Democrats and Liberals are so besides
Themselves in panic.

Atticus Thraxx July 6, 2018 at 9:11 PM

Winning. Betcha got tiger blood too.

Seether July 6, 2018 at 8:49 PM

I can’t wait for a 2nd concervative Justice on the Supreme Court. The libs are going to lose it a third time. Thank god for president Trump putting us Americans citizens first. MAGA , Winning

Silva July 7, 2018 at 11:06 AM

*God*, if you meant that in the “Creator” sense.

Fred P. July 7, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Max, have you been appointed as the blog’s censor, or have you just taken it upon yourself to correct others on spelling and similar issues?

I might suggest that, before you take others to task for their grammatical and spelling errors, you look in the mirror. Your post of July 7, 9:02 am contained ~13 grammatical errors. And you have the gall to take someone to task foe ONE misspelling?

Until you can learn to write perfect sentences in the English language, I suggest you not comment on such a complex topic as politics.

Hypocrite!

Bob July 6, 2018 at 9:24 PM

I heard in 2020, voters unaffiliated with any political party will NOT have a choice of President on their ballots.

Is this true, and if so, how is this legal?

Mr spunk July 7, 2018 at 12:45 AM

If it’s even partially true, the media would be all over that like a pack of golden retrievers in a tennis ball factory, covered in bacon bits

jjshawk July 7, 2018 at 1:45 AM

I am beginning to hate this two-party system. My political beliefs are too liberal to be a Republican, but too conservative to be a Democrat. What can I say…..I am a frustrated voter! Hopefully, the Libertarian Party can be a viable alternative in my lifetime, not holding my breath however.

HappyPappy July 7, 2018 at 8:38 AM

jjshawk, you can be an “INDEPENDENT”, we are the experienced and rational Americans, and are growing in numbers.

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 7, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Bob,

Currently, “Decline to State,” registered Democrats, and Third Party members are unable to vote in the Republican Presidential Primary in California, which is only open to registered Republicans. The different political parties in California, in this case the Republican Party, get to choose if they want an open primary system that would allow non-Republican Party members to vote in their presidential primary.

It is legal because it is a violation of the political parties First Amendment Rights for the State to require it to allow non-party-affiliated voters to vote in their primaries.

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jjshawk,

Choose a party and work to make that party more moderate again. With people opting out of registering for a political party it has only made the two major parties move further to the left and further to the right, rather than being two political parties that included and ran candidates from the left to the right depending on the state or district they were in.

Local July 6, 2018 at 9:25 PM

California GOP congressional candidate runs as open Holocaust denier

Fitzgerald is slated to face off against incumbent Democratic Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in November in the reliably blue district near San Francisco.

The candidate told The Times this week that the Holocaust was a “complete fabrication” and placed blame for the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the Israeli government.

This is at least the second time the California GOP has condemned a candidate from the party with anti-Semitic views: The party denounced Republican Senate candidate Patrick Little last month after he denied that the Holocaust took place and called for a U.S. “free from Jews.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/395913-california-gop-congressional-candidate-runs-as-open-holocaust-denier

Gargoyle July 7, 2018 at 12:39 AM

This is a political hit job. I’ve known John personally for 20 years. He’s a hard working honest man. Standard BS from the entrenched powers on both sides because he would be a disrupter.

Gargoyle July 7, 2018 at 6:31 AM

I have researched J. Fitzgerald’s political stance and must take back my political hit job comment. Ours was a strictly business relationship never touching on political views. I have now found radio comments by him exposing his outrageous antisemitism views.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Most likely an attempt to smear him. It is how democrats operate.

AlwaysBePositive July 7, 2018 at 11:17 AM

I have previously chastised the Rep. DeSaulnier ‘haters’ on this thread for their cries of how Rep. D doesn’t represent the district (even though he approaches 70% of votes cast in elections) they live in.

This group of constituents need to be called out not only being low information voters (something for which Rep. D ‘haters’ here regularly accuse progressive voters), but also for the very fringe of the beliefs they are promoting. Here is a quote from the first page of his campaign website, ” I hope all of you ask yourselves why powerful JEWS are primarily behind the push of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusiveness throughout the United States, Europe and other once predominantly white nations of the world and WHY many of our politicians allowing them to do so has led to rape and crime epidemics in its aftermath.”

So, Rep. D ‘haters’…get ready for another term of him representing the beliefs of the vast majority of your neighbors. Voting for Fitzgerald? Your standards are clear.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 3:22 PM

The quote you present to us as words uttered by Fitzgerald. How do we know that he uttered those words? Where is a lmk? They might have been uttered by Fitzgerald, or they might not have been uttered by Fitzgerald. They might have been taken out of context, changing the intent and meaning of what was said. They could have been made up as a quote by someone wishing to discredit him. Today, as evidenced by a recent video posted online by Obama, even a video can be doctored to make it appear that an individual is saying things they did not actually say. I would have to see him in person uttering anti-semetic pronouncements to draw my own conclusions about his position with regard to the issue.

Fred P. July 8, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Lena, you bring up good points…..

In these days of technological innovation, one would have to hear/see the original entire speech in person and see the original document in its entirety to render an educated opinion.

Anything else is just parroting of someone else’s opinion with their implicit bias.

Following that, any claims of “well, we have to believe something”… or “a majority believes that, so therefore…” tells me that the person is just too damn lazy to find out the facts. And se know about the mainstream media’s tendency to report things with their own spin (despite claims to the contrary)….

Lena July 8, 2018 at 11:35 AM

At any rate, I don’t think anyone elected expressing those views would last long in the position. Aside from peer pressure as a powerful mediator, Jewish organizations would simply not stand for it. The fringes are generally frowned upon in most modern societies for one reason or another.

Always Right July 8, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Both dems an$ repub# have their share of cranks and kooks. The difference is republicans repudiate their anti-semites and racists, while dems embrace theirs. Think Farrakhan, Jackson, and many others.

Lena July 9, 2018 at 1:06 AM

Always Right, you’re so right. Republicans are not afraid of give and take to sort out the issues, while Demicrats move in a mindless mass unable to tolerate the least criticism without coming unglued.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM

l & fp…Sorry I didn’t include a link, I thought this description would work-“Here is a quote from the first page of his campaign website”

TIm July 6, 2018 at 10:31 PM

President Trump is doing a great job. #MAGA

Vote John Cox for Governor of California

Local July 6, 2018 at 11:13 PM

John Cox from Chicago, who failed in his 2008 presidential bid?

He didn’t vote for trump, he’s anti-choice, compared homosexuality to bestiality, and he doesn’t support a border wall.

Cox is not a reasonable choice for the Great State of California.

VOTE Gavin Newsom for Governor 2018

Lena July 6, 2018 at 11:52 PM

Cox stands a good chance to defeat Newsom and put California back on track.

Local July 7, 2018 at 12:12 AM

Back on track for another Republican deficit?
Back on track to make California another republican welfare state?

No thanks. We’ve got a $9b surplus thanks to the Great State of California’s Democratic Super-majority. Let’s try to stay in the black and avoid the red.

Really??!! July 7, 2018 at 1:06 AM

Newsom would be a disaster! California has hit rock bottom, and Cheatin’ Gavin has a shovel in hand to keep digging should he win. Funny that “not so” Local loves to throw stones…..but chooses to ignore “sex addict” Gavin’s infidelities. Keep digging Claycord friends, and do your research, Gavin has PLENTY of skeletons in his closet….just sayin’.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Think you know Gavin, Local, …

https://youtu.be/pBDof55YUIk

HappyPappy July 7, 2018 at 8:43 AM

If the choice is Newsome or Cox, there is no choice. The lesser evil is COX.

AlwaysBePositive July 7, 2018 at 11:21 AM

r…”Cheatin’ Gavin”? Really?

I’m willing to get into a comparison challenge. I’ll start…Stormy Daniels

Larry July 7, 2018 at 2:12 PM

The fact that Newsom is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew is reason enough to vote for Cox.I’m voting for Cox.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 4:09 PM

As Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom Has Had Few Duties — And Skipped Many Of Them

“After Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, he repeatedly made clear his frustration with the job and its lack of responsibilities. The official portfolio for the office is thin, but Newsom shirked the handful of duties he holds, according to a Times review of attendance records.”

During a break in filming a Current TV interview, Newsom was asked how often he went to Sacramento as Lt. Governor. “Like one day a week, tops,” Newsom said. “There’s no reason.… It’s just so dull.”

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-gavin-newsom-lieutenant-governor-attendance-20180420-story.html

Really??!! July 8, 2018 at 2:57 AM

Okay Alwaysbepositive…..
I wasn’t looking for a challenge, but you proved how “low IQ” (I wanted to say dumb, but that isn’t nice anymore) you really are.

In regards to Cheatin Gavin’s infidelity, I certainly wasn’t giving Trump a pass…..Hence the term “throwing stones” (look it up, along with the phrase “the pot calling the kettle black”…. Dang! Another term that we can’t use anymore because it accuses an inanimate object being “black”) Oh Sorry Alwaysbepositive…”.’inanimate’, meaning not alive, especially not in the manner of humans and animals”. But that definition could be changed by the 9th Circuit if given the chance.

But I digress….yes, Trump is not a saint. But he announced his intention to run for President in June 2015. Before that, he honed his skills as a blowhard, grandstanding, braggart, get things done, even a bully, but yet do what’s best for his employees and company (currently the citizens of this great country, including you, Alwaysbepositive) REGARDLESS of race, orientation, or otherwise. AND he has a long history of those standards regardless of what the lying press are leading you to believe. So, a Man of that stature, before political ambitions, is very likely to have infidelity issues….after all,he’s an insanely wealthy private citizen.

Meanwhile, Cheatin Gavin began his political career as essentially the head parking and traffic cop in 1996 under Slick Willy Brown, who appointed him to that position as a favor to his relations to the Pelosi family……yes, that Pelosi family. From there to Mayor in 8 years is incredible…..but while there, he allegedly chased skirts and who knows what else until it was finally revealed that he cheated on his wife, Kim Guilfoyle, with his BEST FRIENDS WIFE! They appropriately divorced, and he eventually was stupidly elected as lieutenant governor after saying that he thought it was a “useless position”.

So, back to my “skeletons in the closet” statement. There are allegations and rumors out there that Cheatin Gavin hosted parties during the democratic state convention in San Diego back in February that would make the drug and porn industry proud. Just dig some, it will be found.

Oh, and local? John Cox from Chicago? Yes, but what about Hillary from Arkansas? How did she become a New York senator? Gavin is Hillary, Bill, Bernie, AND Obama times 10…..I’m voting for Cox.

Meanwhile,

Dr Jellyfinger July 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

And then Newsome decided to blame all his troubles on alcohol & run off to rehab (which he never followed through on…. just made one phone call to the rehab facility & talked it over with the director – blam! that’s it! rehab completed).

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Newsom-seeks-treatment-for-alcohol-abuse-2619195.php

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 8:49 AM

r…? Not sure where you are going with that, I was simply referencing the fact that marital fidelity is no longer a political issue (at least for the religious right). You know what else isn’t? Paying people who do work for you (see Trump nonpayment of contractors), or hiring Americans at Mar-a-logo (estimates are that only about 17 of the last 300 seasonal employees hired were American).
dj…Rehab is not required for alcohol rehabilitation.

Local July 6, 2018 at 10:58 PM

Senate Intelligence Committee Agrees That Putin Meddled to Help Trump

The Senate Intelligence Committee strongly backed the finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, ultimately intending to help Donald Trump win.

“The committee concurs with intelligence and open-source assessments that this influence campaign was approved by President Putin,” the panel said Tuesday in a report that endorsed as “sound” the intelligence findings issued in January 2017. The committee said there was a body of intelligence “to support the assessment that Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for Trump.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-07-03/senate-russia-probe-agrees-that-putin-meddled-to-help-trump

Chicken Little July 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM

But Mueller still hasn’t come up with any evidence of collusion.

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 8:59 AM

cl…How do you know?

Gargoyle July 7, 2018 at 12:41 AM

CoCo county voters are so stupid they elected a DA financed by Soros.

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 11:55 AM

But everyone knew that would happen – they elected DeSaulnier…

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 9:06 PM

fp…Want to bet pink slips on who my Congressional Representative will be for another 2 years?

Fred P. July 11, 2018 at 6:45 AM

@always…

No, I wouldn’t bet on that….it’ll be marky.

He and the DNC count on the stupidity of the low information voters to elect anyone that has a (D) after their name.

His capabilities are limited to “issuing statements” after his handlers tell him what to say.

A failed businessman that went into politics…. a recipe for financial disaster.

HappyPappy July 11, 2018 at 7:33 AM

ABP, you can dress however you like, nobody cares, but discerning folks don’t bet their clothing. It simply isn’t done!

Fred P. July 11, 2018 at 9:05 AM

@happy – now THAT’S good!

AlwaysBePositive July 11, 2018 at 11:33 AM

fp…Criticize your own Representative. Insult the constituents of whatever district you live in, but commenting on political discussions of which you have no standing? That makes you nothing more than a troll.

You said “A failed businessman that went into politics…. a recipe for financial disaster.” I guess we agree on something…djt Ch. 11 filings (business bankruptcy) 6 times, DeSaulnier doesn’t appear to have ever driven a business to bankruptcy.

Lena July 12, 2018 at 9:15 PM

If DeSaulnier had a set, he’d be condemning the ugly politics of his supporters who are attempting to smear his opponent to make DeSaulnier appear the intelligent choice. DeSaulnier is about as bright as a doorknob. Liberals invented dirty politics and keep them alive with antifa and “by any means necessary,” to name just a few. Do you seriously want that kind of insanity representing you in Congress?

H July 7, 2018 at 2:19 AM

Looking forward to any of the challenges against California’s clearly infringing gun laws making their way to the new supreme court.

Roz July 7, 2018 at 6:50 AM

This guy, Brandon Straka, has gained a large following with his video:
#Walkaway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51UGcghHZsk
Plus he did an interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Y9XYtueUk

burnbabyburn July 7, 2018 at 8:03 AM

Enjoyed the Concord 4th of July Parade very much. Until the end. desaulnier and the democratic party entry were only walking with a california republic flag. Not an American flag to celebrate the 4th, and not a Concord flag to celebrate the 150th anniversary. Just a cali flag to show what a divisive and nasty politician he is. Kudos to all of the other politicians in the parade who choose to celebrate our country, not push their own agenda. Shame on you, once again, desaulnier.

USA July 7, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

We’ve seen Trump the outsider make astounding accomplishments for America and it’s people, plus booming economy, industry, jobs… the list goes on.

Even considering one of these liberal clowns for ANY office in California is absolutely moronic on all levels. Have we all not seen enough homeless people shooting up on national TV, making California look like big fools on every level? When you vote, think more about what you DON’T want that you already have, and have had for so long under liberal lunacy. Change is sometimes painful, but you can always strap on a female genitalia hat and go yell at the sky while America gets better.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Gavin Newsom has been “groomed” to become Governor of the State of California, just as DeSaulnier was “groomed” for Congress. They advanced up the ranks and were indoctrinated by the Democratic Party not to rock the boat. For that reason and that reason alone, I would not elect Newsom, or re-elect DeSaulnier, for that matter. The folly of the Democratic platform and their policies are all around us: homelessness, drug users and beggers in the streets, shuttered businesses, traffic nightmares and griwing gridlock, decaying and neglected infrastructure, purposely attracting the dregs of society to California by actually encouraging their anti-social behavior and writing it into legislation (i.e., see Weiner’s reducing the crime of intentionally infecting someone with HIV), skyrocketing cost of living, unaffordable housing for hard-workin families, dysfunctional state agencies like DMV, etc., etc., etc.. Yes, Democrats have accumulated a surplus, but at what cost?

Seether July 7, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Max and local are the typical liberal elite that have no clue about anything but there warped liberal politics. Lecturing about spelling really says a lot about you in a stupid comments blog haha. Liberalism is a dying breed, none like your warped anti American, anti constitution, anti law agenda. Please start dealing with your TDS, Trump Derangement syndrome stat, MAGA, John Cox for Gov in California, save California from the Illegal horde! Get a job Local start paying some taxes instead of just taking from us taxpayers.

Darwin July 7, 2018 at 11:15 AM

👍

amigo III%er July 7, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Trump is President. (still love typing that)

God Bless America.

Darwin July 7, 2018 at 10:59 AM

TRUMP 2020!!!

Darwin July 7, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Max, what is the unemployment rate,? Stock market? Etc…

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 7, 2018 at 11:43 AM

AlwaysBePositive (from last week, July 5, 2018 at 12:36 PM),

“hp…Don’t act like only Democrats politicize this issue. Why did evangelists vote for djt? His exemplary respect of marriage, or his obvious grasp of the Bible? Activist judges? The SCOTUS decided Bush v. Gore for a single case, with specific instructions that there was to be no precedent derived from their decision. The result of the case was to effectively say some Americans votres would not count. Conservatives don’t get to argue about activist judges anymore.”

The decisions in “Bush v Gore” were more complicated than you stated. The United States Supreme Court made their decision in “Bush v Gore” primarily because the votes of some Americans weren’t being counted, while others were being over counted, not because they were “saying the votes of some Americans would not count,” and because there wasn’t enough time to start the hand recount over from the beginning which would’ve been required.

The United States Supreme Court made 2 decisions in Bush v Gore.

The first decision was 7-2, because it was unconstitutional for counties within a state to count votes differently. As an example, in the counties that were doing a hand recount of ballots, one or more Florida Counties was counting 2 of 3 broken chads as a vote, while in one or more of the other Florida Counties they were counting 1 of 3 broken chads as a vote. This caused the voters in different Counties within Florida to be treated differently and unequally, and causing some votes to be counted less than others while some votes were being counted more than others.

The second decision was 5-4 to stop the hand recount of ballots in the State of Florida because there wasn’t enough time to determine an equal method of counting the votes in all of the Florida Counties doing a hand recount, as well as having to start the entire hand recount of ballots over from the beginning. There wasn’t enough time to start the hand recount over with a standard method of counting votes equally throughout the state due to the requirement that the Florida Secretary of State was required to certify the election results and because all states, including the State of Florida, were/are required to select and seat the correct Electors a week before the Electoral College is slated to meet and vote. There was no time left!

Numerous news organizations used the State of Florida’s “Sunshine Law” to review ballots and came to the conclusion that George W. Bush still would have won the State of Florida. They also came to the conclusion the Al Gore “MIGHT” have won the State of Florida, had the unconstitutional and overly generous method of counting votes in some Florida Counties continued.

You shouldn’t place blame on the United States Supreme Court for the rulings they made in “Bush v Gore” just because you don’t like the decisions they made! Blame should be placed where blame is due, and that is on the national press and media companies of the United States. Florida sits in 2 time zones and in the hour before polls closed in the eastern time zone it was the national media that REPEATEDLY AND FALSELY REPORTED THAT ALL OF THE POLLS WERE CLOSING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT 7:00 PM EASTERN WHEN THEY WEREN’T, THE COUNTIES IN THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE OF THE STATE WERE STILL GOING TO REMAIN OPEN FOR ONE MORE HOUR AFTER THE POLLS IN THE EASTERN TIME ZONE HAD CLOSED, UNTIL 7:00 PM IN THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE FOR VOTERS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS. It was that decision by the national media that is estimated to have caused thousands of voters to not vote because of the false news reports that caused voters to believe that the polls had in fact closed at 6:00 pm in the central time zone of the state and they’d missed their opportunity to cast a ballot, when in fact the polls in those counties were still open for another hour. The northern part of the State of Florida, including the Florida panhandle which sits in the central time zone is the most Republican part of the state, and it’s not unreasonable to conclude that the entire recount mess would’ve been avoided had the media not reported false closing times. The testimony of poll workers in the central time zone was enough for a court order to be issued requiring the national media to wait until all polls had closed in a state before they can call a state. Four years later you could hear all of the talking heads on TV repeatedly making the point that they had to wait until all of the polls in a state were closed before they could call a state, because of the mistake they made four years earlier.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of decisions that the United States Supreme Court has made that are wrong or bad rulings, especially rulings they’ve made over the last 80+ years, but “Bush v Gore” wasn’t necessarily one of them. While in many cases it’s even worse when the Court overturns precedent, because the rulings of the Court can then become a convoluted political mess. When the Supreme Court gets decisions wrong then the Congress needs to start the process of adding an Amendment to the Constitution so that we can fix what the Court got wrong. The dangerous part is that we could then make the U.S. Constitution what it shouldn’t be, which would be a mess similar to that of the California State Constitution. Although, it would really only take one Amendment to fix the wrong decisions that the Supreme Court makes, and that is an Amendment that states the Supreme Court doesn’t have the FINAL DECISION in matters that come before the Court, but maybe that final decision should be with the people and their representative in Congress and the President.

AlwaysBePositive July 7, 2018 at 12:07 PM

tbk…Taking that post is slightly out of context, it was in response to a conservative poster decrying the Democrats desire for activist judges and how D’s don’t care about what the Constitution says. Having said that, I don’t disagree with the facts you present, but I do disagree with some of your interpretations.

At the end of the day, Bush v. Gore was one of the most activist decisions (not bad or good, activist) in SCOTUS history. It was a decision about a single case, with a proviso that it would create no precedent. The decision directly resulted in a number of American voters being disenfranchised.

I agree that the media covers politics like a horse race and that serves only the media corporations. I would prefer that all election results be withheld from the public until 100% of the ballots cast in that race are counted. That way we could just use paper ballots, further reducing the power of media in our politics.

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 8, 2018 at 6:52 PM

AlwaysBePositive,

Yes, I realized you were responding to another poster, I read all of the posts. I only responded because you only mentioned the second decision the U.S. Supreme Court made.

Either way you could say voters were being “disenfranchised,” both those votes that weren’t recounted and those that were recounted with different standards as to what constituted a vote. Vote counters were making assumptions as to what they thought the voters intended, sometimes they were correct and sometimes they were incorrect, which also disenfranchised voters.

In every Presidential election somewhere north of 1% of ballots, more than one million ballots, across the United States aren’t counted due to “errors” made by the voter and which Presidential candidate they intended on voting for. Part of voting includes knowing what one is doing!.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:01 AM

tbk…Please tell me you recognize the difference between mistakes on ballots and an artificial ending point to counting ballots. You cannot disenfranchise yourself, you can only be disenfranchised. If all ballots within a single universe (precinct) are counted in the same method, there is not a problem. States run elections, there is no requirement that they set up ‘lock-step’ local procedures.

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Are you saying that if every ballot in a precinct is counted incorrectly (ie, in the same method), then there are no problems?

Conversely – if ANY ballot in a precinct is counted incorrectly, then there IS a problem….

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 8:41 AM

fp…If every ballot was counted incorrectly that would obviously be a problem. If every ballot is counted using the same criteria and standards they have been counted fairly. There are mistakes made on individual ballots being counted every election, similar to the idea that the FDA allows 4 pellets of rat crap in every pound of wheat.

AlwaysBePositive July 7, 2018 at 11:52 AM

Another week, another driver of the Republican clown car.

Sen. McConnell (R) was willing to deny an elected executive his Constitutional duty by purposefully refusing to provide consent to a nominee. I still wish President Obama had made a recess appointment and forced the third coequal branch to make a ruling in a dispute between the other two coequal branches.

Now, he is rushing to confirm another SCOTUS nominee by an administration that is currently under both criminal, and counterintelligence investigations. He must be so proud to be an American.

Tsa July 7, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Get er done ASAP

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 6:50 AM

As Obama said “Elections have consequences…”

Deal with it like an adult instead of whining.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:16 AM

t & fp…Just to clarify, you are okay with rushing through a lifetime appointment of a SCOTUS Justice by a President that is likely being investigated both in criminal and counterintelligence probes, and at the same time support the idea that one coequal branch can check the power of another coequal branch for political purposes only?

Lies, lies, and more lies July 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Just to be clear, you are not OK with the duly elected President of the United States appointing a Supreme Court Justice, subject to the advice and consent of the United States Senate, in accordance with the United States Constitution?

Because you think you are so much smarter than the framers of the Constitution, right?

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 10:13 AM

“….rushing through a lifetime appointment?” Ever hear of the confirmation hearings? How is that “rushing?”

“…..likely being investigated?” Really – “likely”?????

As they say “elections have consequences.” You don’t approve of it, then “write your (ineffective) Congressman” and complain.

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 11:49 AM

What “always be positive” forgets is that Elena Kagan was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 10, 2010 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2010 – A mid-term election year courtesy of Senator Harry Reid.

Remember that? Most liberals don’t have a memory lasting longer than a CNN sound bite.

How’s that hypocrisy doing????

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 8:57 AM

llaml…I am not against the Constitutional process to fill SCOTUS vacancies. Your thoughts on President Obama and SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland?
fp…What does that have to do with anything?

Tsa July 7, 2018 at 12:31 PM

Wow, legal pot sure can improve one’s outlook on the issues.

Dorothy July 7, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Wen now have, as much as possible, tit for tat politics. Be careful what is sown because it might be full of weeds. Wish there was a way to remove politics from politics and maybe relearn the art of compromise.

Dr Jellyfinger July 7, 2018 at 7:16 PM

Tat!

Justifiable anger July 9, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Humans have not evolved and never will. I can fully see how religion got thrown into the mix. Unfortunately, that was also corrupted by human nature. We are like squirrels. We hoard for the famine. Greed. Morally, greed is to be tempered by intellect, fear or compassion. But our big brains get in the way and we invent new ways to cheat, loophole or lie. Read history, it’s always the same story.

History repeats itself. I am sure you have heard that phrase. History is a great lesson in human nature and cycles. The holy books have the story as well. Read between the lines.

All of us have a few moments of humble, which seems to right the continued wrongs. Ask an elder in the community, they will tell you politics has always been dirty business.

Darwin July 7, 2018 at 1:57 PM

@ Tsa, I don’t partake, but we’re going to need to tax it heavily to support this sanctuary state with all the people on welfare, homeless (feral people) and the undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens). Food for thought, now I suggest you go eat a magic brownie.

Local July 7, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Trump administration admits they’ve lost track of roughly 20 percent of toddlers’ parents

And only half of the youngest children abducted by the Trump administration will be reunited by the court-imposed deadline.

The humanitarian crisis caused by Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has resulted in thousands of young children being separated from their parents at the border and relocated to hastily constructed and poorly managed prison camps around the country. An executive order from the White House curbed the practice of child separation, but did nothing to address the children who had already been abducted. It took a court order from Judge Sabraw to force the government to begin reuniting children with their parents.
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-admits-theyve-lost-track-of-roughly-20-percent-of-toddlers-parents-a08290b85bdc/

Larry July 7, 2018 at 4:17 PM

You make me miss Yhe Phantom.

Dr Jellyfinger July 7, 2018 at 7:14 PM

What makes you think you’re missing him?

Elwood July 7, 2018 at 2:11 PM

“We need the space.”

Your last four words destroy any pro-immigrant argument you made.

The food argument is the most ridiculous. You can’t swing a cat around here without hitting an ethnic restaurant of some kind.

HappyPappy July 7, 2018 at 2:14 PM

It’s NOT “Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance immigration policy”, it’s the law of the land. That pretty much proves you’re a liar, as I see it.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:23 AM

hp…You are incorrect. Laws provide guidelines, they do not dictate punishment. You named it, “Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance immigration policy”, as described by AG jbs, has created this situation.

Rollo Tomasi July 9, 2018 at 12:26 PM

“Laws provide guidelines”

Does that include laws against collusion? How about firearms laws? Controlled substance laws?

Geez, the magnitude of your misundertanding…

Fred P. July 10, 2018 at 7:19 AM

The only “guidelines” are sentencing guidelines.

The laws have the punishment specified and therefore “dictate” the punishment.

For starters, look at the California Penal Code. PC 187 describes the law/crime and PC 190 defines the punishment.

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 9:19 AM

rt, fp…I wasn’t very clear. I was referring to the punishment (or lack of) for commission of a crime. If you kill someone, there are a variety of crimes that you can be charged with, and if convicted could result in punishment from probation to the death penalty. Yes, that includes collusion, firearm, and controlled substance laws (but in America, you are far more likely to be charged, convicted and jailed if you are a ‘brown’ person than a white person).

HappyPappy July 10, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Sorry ABP, you don’t get to change your lie; “Laws provide guidelines, they do not dictate punishment.” That’s what you posted. Now you want to back-peddle because you embarrassed yourself?
Take a dose of your own medicine.

Rollo Tomasi July 10, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Wow, backpedaling furiously and manages to play the race card right in stride. Could you be any more of a sniveling liberal?

Let me help you. “I wasn’t very clear” should be “I was wrong”. It’s not very difficult – try it some time.

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 9:01 PM

hp,rt…Geez, I’m sorry, I was wrong. I didn’t write clearly what I was trying to say.

Is this a race card? Prior to the Civil War, the vast majority of slaves in America were black. No, it is historical fact.

Fred P. July 11, 2018 at 7:32 AM

@always…..

You stated “…but in America, you are far more likely to be charged, convicted and jailed if you are a ‘brown’ person than a white person.”

Let me educate you – AGAIN…..

In 2016, 69.6 percent of all persons arrested were White, 26.9 percent were Black, and the remaining 3.6 percent were of other races. See the FBI Uniform Crime Reports at https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/persons-arrested.

In 2015, 69.7 percent of all persons arrested were white, 26.6 percent were black, and the remaining 3.6 percent were of other races. See the UCR at https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/persons-arrested/persons-arrested

Shall we go on?

You’re consistently making spurious claims – yet rarely have the proof to support those claims. That’s not unlike aspirin who can’t tell the difference between fact, opinion and sarcasm.

Keep on backpedaling. If you’re making claims, you had better provide the (valid) data to support your claim. And manages to bring the race card into the discussion when it wasn’t even an issue in the discussion.

AlwaysBePositive July 11, 2018 at 12:04 PM

fp…Thanks for helping prove my point. However, we all need to recognize that the United States does NOT have a standardized method of recording crimes across our nation. That means that a police force that is not doing well has no way of finding a mentor department, nor does a rogue police department have any real fear of being discovered.
In 2006, US prison population was @34% white-total population 66%,
38% black-total population 12%, and 21% hispanic-total population 15%. If you are ‘brown’ in America, you have a statistically significant higher chance of being arrested, charged, and convicted of a crime than if you are white.

Rollo Tomasi July 12, 2018 at 10:57 PM

US prison population is 90.6% male versus 9.4% female. Females are as much as 23% less likely to receive prison or jail time, and males receive sentences that are 63% higher, on average, than their female counterparts convicted of the same crimes.
Not only do you have a statistically significant higher chance of being arrested, charged and convicted if you are male, you’re likely to receive a longer sentence for the same crime.
I guess the ONLY conclusion is that the judicial system is misandrist in nature.

Fred P. July 7, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Looks like max doesn’t know anything about California economics or ya es.

Sure, a $6B surplus….but nobody ever talks about the liabilities – including those up funded liabilities. The problem with politicians is that most of them have NEVER held a real job.

Ricardoh July 8, 2018 at 2:47 PM

Amen

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:33 AM

fp..Please stop trying to make yourself seem knowledgeable about economics. The reason economists don’t talk about unfunded liabilities when they talk about a surplus is because they are not related. A surplus is a snapshot of a current situation. Unfunded liabilities are a projection. I’m looking forward to your next lesson.

Lena July 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM

You can get kicked out of Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, for cutting in line … cheating, in effect. It is exactly what people entering the country illegally are doing … cutting in line. Should not our country be run in at least as orderly a fashion as an amusement park? I don’t think it is too much to ask.

Atticus Thraxx July 7, 2018 at 5:28 PM

At Disneyland people with the means to do so, can cut in line with a pass. Like the president’s wife.(EB-1)

mtzman July 7, 2018 at 5:51 PM

How truly disgusting! Last week you equated the abusive treatment of immigrants with soldiers’ families being separated while on deployment, as if our military would stoop so low as to pluck nursing babies from their mothers. Now, yes, I guess you might get kicked out of Disneyland for cutting in line, but I seriously doubt Mickey would separate the parents from the children and hold them for days, weeks or months.

SF oh July 7, 2018 at 6:05 PM

At Disneyland, anyone can get a Fast Pass to cut the line. They do not have to have “the means” to slip Mickey Mouse a bribe. All they have to do is follow the rules, do it the right way, and get back in line when it’s their turn. Lena’s example is spot on!

HappyPappy July 7, 2018 at 10:44 PM

mtzman –
“pluck nursing babies from their mothers.” How quaint. You can prove that, right, because you have first hand knowledge?

Rollo Tomasi July 7, 2018 at 11:41 PM

For two weeks the left has been comparing the enforcement of our immigration laws to the practices of Nazi Germany with zero thought to how doing so diminishes the evil acts actually perpetrated by Hitler. You have the gall to opine that Lena’s Disneyland example is disgusting? Again, go virtue signal to your liberal buddies. The left has not only lost their minds, they’ve lost every last ounce of credibility.

Lena July 9, 2018 at 1:15 AM

mtzman, I guess that’s why you live in mtz and I live in Blackhawk.

Lena July 9, 2018 at 8:49 AM

“How truly disgusting.” No, mtzman, here is your truly disgusting in all its Democratic splendor:

Scott Weiner, a Democrat representing San Francisco/San Mateo in the California Senate, introduced legislation last year reducing to a misdemeanor the crime of intentionally infecting another individual with HIV. Passing a Democratic majority Senate, the bill was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The law, SB 239, which went into effect January 1, 2018, also covers intentionally not disclosing an HIV infection when donating blood.

“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” said Sen. Joel Anderson (Alpine County) during the debate on the bill.

The bill was supported by the ACLU as a move to “decriminalize” those who carry the disease and knowingly and intentionally transmit it to another unsuspecting individual. This crime is being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law elsewhere and in foreign countries.

Let’s think about this for a moment. An otherwise healthy individual becomes infected with a life-threatening disease which requires expensive treatment and medication perhaps beyond their economic abilities, possibly forcing them onto Medicaid, alters the course of their life perhaps resulting in death if they are unable or unwilling for whatever reason to seek treatment, and the person who intentionally brings about this hateful and completely unnecessary personal hell is “decriminalized.”

As I recall, a population of blacks were intentionally infected with syphilis without their knowledge by members of the medical profession at one time years ago. We’ve heard the stories of hospital personnel intentionally infecting patients with diseases. Nazis were infecting Jews with disease for the purpose of study. But, it is somehow helpful to Californian’s to allow an HIV infected individuals to intentionally infect another individual with the disease and receive only a slap on the wrist because Democrats want to “decriminalize” this hateful and completely anti-social behavior? How is this not worse than a felony? How is this not also inflicting extreme emotional distress in addition to the callous, cruel, and immoral nature of the crime? How is purposely and with intent hurting another individual in this way and inflicting pain, disease, suffering, and perhaps a premature death in this way ever ok?

And yet, Democrats are the first to hurl fascist invectives and accusations of Nazi behavior at Republicans for their attempts to protect the innocent, law-abiding individuals among us.

Read for yourself how those infected with HIV have intentionally, with malice aforethought, infected innocent individuals with a potentially deadly disease, and tell me why this behavior should be excused for any reason with a slap on the wrist. You simply cannot.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/09/intentionally-infecting-others-with-hiv-no-longer-a-felony-in-california/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-downgrades-from-felony-to-1507331544-htmlstory.html

Original G July 7, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Appears weak minded liberals are buying into divisive rhetoric democrat politicians and their sycophant alphabet network media are spewing.

” A Long Island man was arrested Friday for threatening to kill supporters of President Donald Trump and Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin – then nearly hitting a Zeldin campaign staffer with his car, according to Suffolk County police. It was the latest in a string of attacks against the administration and its allies. ”

” He threatened to kill a campaign worker, as well as other Zeldin and Trump supporters …”

https://nypost.com/2018/07/07/irate-man-arrested-for-threats-against-trump-supporters-local-politician/

” A fun night of fireworks was ruined for a Boynton Beach man. Jeff Good says he was attacked for having a President Trump flag in his yard.

Good said he was watching fireworks in his driveway when someone drove in front of his house and started yelling at him about President Trump.

“He was saying vile things about our president,” said Good.

The driver of the car then told Good he had to remove his flag. When Good told him no, he said the driver punched him in the face. ”

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-s-palm-beach-county/boynton-beach/boynton-beach-homeowner-says-he-was-attacked-over-trump-flag-in-yard

Fred P. July 8, 2018 at 10:37 AM

More examples of the “tolerant” left.

Lena July 9, 2018 at 1:18 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how the left will resort to violence in an attempt to force others to agree with them.

Original G July 7, 2018 at 6:59 PM

Leave it to Disneyland to find a way to allow some to show others how important they are.

Original G July 7, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Rather that repeating failure of bowing and apologizing hoping people would “like” America. Tariffs get their attention, then negotiations can take place.

We lived thru last three back to back wimp administrations which proved,
Weakness Invites Provocation.

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would back lowering European Union tariffs on U.S. car imports, responding to an offer from Washington to abandon threatened levies on European cars in return for concessions.”

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/07/in_response_to_trump_tariff_threat_merkel_says_she_would_back_tariff_reduction_on_us_vehicle_exports_to_europe.html

Max July 8, 2018 at 8:26 AM

How long have I had this name “Max”– several yrs! 8 yrs? I happened to look at these comments and there is another Max, a very liberal one, I presume. I haven’t commented on political statements before, but thought it would be like emails, only one name!

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Original G July 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Ya just what CA needs a democrat who blames alcohol for having a LACK OF MORALS.

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 6:48 AM

As they say…. if liberals didn’t have poor morals, they wouldn’t have ANY morals.

Ricardoh July 8, 2018 at 2:57 PM

I find it difficult to even have an argument with the crazy ideas of the left. Normal people could not hold such crazy ideas. As far as the California surplus that is like a family that just bought a two million dollar house, a seventy thousand dollar car and can just barely make the payments but they have six thousand dollars in the bank. Whoopee!!

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:44 AM

r…The crazy ideas of the left? Let’s try the ‘sane’ ideas of the right. In Kansas, Republican control and a conservative tax experiment has been a disaster. Plus, you have to live in Kansas.

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

And just wtf is the matter with Kansas????? My gut feeling is you haven’t been out of the Bay Area since birth – maybe 30 days ago…

Let’s hear it, cupcake. Or are you gonna go cry in your pablum and demand to be taken to your safe space so you can go blow unicorns and rainbows outta your a$$ while you hug yourself?

Never mind – you’re a liberal, so we know. That’s called a “rhetorical question,” so you don’t have to spend days agonizing over it.

End of lesson for those who claim to be all-inclusive, tolerant and against divisiveness….. (ie, liberals).

That’s called hypocrisy…

AlwaysBePositive July 10, 2018 at 9:56 AM

fp…The problem with Kansas is the Republican dominated state government. 5 years after massive GOP state income-tax cuts, KS legislators raised state income taxes. The results of the previously failed GOP loved tax strategy of ‘trickle-down’ (they must love it, the GOP continues to try it despite repeated real-world failures) means that KS will be experiencing a greater than $1 billion annual revenue shortfall through 2019. Cuts to KS education and social services, fall from 12th in personal income growth to 41st, in 2016 KS lost 9,400 jobs (neighbor IL-4 times the population of KS added over 26k jobs, and during the first five years of the GOP tax plan KS GDP was about 30% of the national GDP growth. Shall I go on?

Original G July 8, 2018 at 4:50 PM

What would have been the outcome if these crimes had occurred in CA ???
Where conceal carry is very rare.

” This is the shocking moment a man walked into a restaurant kitchen and punched a woman chef in the face before being chased out by her gun-toting female co-worker.

The thug, dressed all in white, was caught on surveillance camera footage striding towards the staff member at the George Webb restaurant in Milwaukee and aiming a full-body punch at the victim’s head, nearly knocking her over onto the stove.

He then moves towards the woman again before her co-worker pulls a gun…”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5929673/Sickening-moment-thug-PUNCHES-woman-chef-face.html

“A mother shot a man who tried to steal her SUV while her two toddlers were still inside the vehicle in Dallas Wednesday night, police said.”
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Mother-Opens-Fire-on-Kidnapping-Suspect-487378971.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand&__twitter_impression=true

Chicken Little July 8, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Those stories must be fake news because the left keeps telling us that CCW holders NEVER use guns to stop crimes.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 9:53 AM

cl…I haven’t seen anyone say that it never happens. I do say that if you own a gun you are statistically more likely to die by a gunshot.

JWB July 9, 2018 at 12:56 PM
Original G July 9, 2018 at 10:11 PM

JWB … Along with gun ownership comes the responsibilities of educating children, when they are old enough, Respect for and Safe handling of firearms. As well as if needed the ability to hit what they aim at. Both my kids learned at an early age to respect firearms and they are both competent shooters. Youngest now in Texas with his own family has conceal carry license.

Irresponsible gun owners who allow children around unsecured firearms should be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law if a child is injured or killed.

What would have been outcome without a firearm ??
’12-Year-Old Girl Shoots Intruder During Home Invasion In Bryan County’
http://www.newson6.com/story/19858704/12-year-old-girl-shoots-intruder-during-home-invasion

“Boy, 14, shoots intruder who pulled a gun on him while he was babysitting his siblings”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163785/Phoenix-boy-14-shoots-intruder-pulled-gun-babysitting-siblings.html

“South Carolina Boy, 13, Fatally Shoots Burglar, Scares Off Second Suspect: Police”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/south-carolina-boy-13-fatally-shoots-burglar-wounds-second-suspect-n462006

Search internet for shoots armed intruder for more.

Original G July 8, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Well IF it is true CCW holders NEVER use guns to stop crimes.

Then why do many politicians have armed protection details ? ? ?

Guess they and their family’s Safety is more important than you and your family’s Safety.

Original G July 8, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Try this with your liberal friends and see what they think of President Trump’s pick for next Supreme Court Justice, which he has not announced yet.

“Students Hate Trump’s SCOTUS Pick.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjKWXyznS9s

Fred P. July 9, 2018 at 6:46 AM

And that is EXACTLY this country is going to H3LL….leaving it in the hands of those morons….

HappyPappy July 9, 2018 at 1:25 PM

No surprises there, O.G.

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 8, 2018 at 8:13 PM

AlwaysBePositive (from last week July 2, 2018 at 10:34 AM)

“m…I figured it out. djt is thinking of thar sweet spot of American history 1866-1869. The Union had been saved, slavery was over, a President fought of an impeachment conviction, and there were only seven Supreme Court justices. Elections have consequences, SCOTUS will change in the near future. Congress has a check on the court…they could change the number of justices.”

I thought the Supreme Court had only fallen from 10 Justices to 8 Justices during that time period, but then would have fallen and remained at 7 Justices had another vacancy occurred, before again being raised to 9 Justices after Ulysses S. Grant became President.

The Supreme Court is long overdue for an increase in the number of Justices. It’s been 150 years since we’ve had an increase in the number of Justices that sit on the Court. The Court was never intended to remain at just 9 Justices and we’ve become to populous of a nation for 9 or fewer Justices to make decisions that we are then bound by. The Supreme Court should probably be increased to at least 19 Justices.

The 11 Circuit Courts should be broken up into 19 Circuit Courts and a Territorial Court. The Chief Justice would have jurisdiction of the newly created Territorial Court made up of the U.S. Territories, as well as the D.C. Circuit, and Federal Circuit that he currently has jurisdiction of, and 1 of the 19 Circuit Courts. The states of California, Texas, Florida, and New York would each make up 1 Circuit Court each. The remaining 15 Circuits would be made up of the remaining 46 states, neighboring states kept together where possible and with a population of approximately 11.5 million in each circuit where possible.

A Supreme Court of 19 is and easy compromise. For the first 2 seats the President agrees to re-nominate Merrick Garland and someone else of his choice. For the next 8 seats the President asks the Democrats in Congress for a list of their choices for potential nominees, and possibly asks the last 3 Democrat Presidents to each supply him with their list of potential nominees and he nominates 4 people from those lists, as well as 4 other nominees of his choice from his list. That’s likely the only way the Supreme Court can increase in size without either party paying a price at the polls in the next election. We are long overdue for an increase and desperately need an increase in the size of the U.S. Supreme Court.

AlwaysBePositive July 9, 2018 at 10:04 AM

tbk…Really interesting concept. I think at 19 you would have to include some sort of term limit, as well as a limit on the number of Justices replaced per Presidential term. Personally, I’d prefer lowering the number of Justices to seven and reducing their caseload to those cases directly related to Constitutional issues.

Elwood July 9, 2018 at 5:01 PM

19? Why not 27? 63?

The more the merrier I say!

Original G July 9, 2018 at 6:39 AM

” The attorneys are pushing for a hearing into what they say are possible leaks of secret grand jury information, false information and potentially classified materials from the meeting.

“The meeting raises serious concerns about whether a violation of grand jury secrecy occurred,” ”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/08/mueller-manafort-journalist-leak/

Forsythe July 9, 2018 at 10:58 AM

ACTUALLY, SOCIALISM DOES WORK
“If democratic socialism works, why doesn’t Venezuela have toilet paper?”, asks Tucker Carlson in the video below.

“True socialism has never been tried,” according to Cornel West. Is West an idiot? If he were arguing in good faith, that would be a fair assessment.

But the truth is, socialist leaders understand that socialism produces tyranny and mass poverty.

But they don’t care.

It is a feature.

In fact, it is the whole point.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/actually-socialism-does-work.php

Tucker Carlson versus Cornel West and socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuc6C2_Txmw

Fred P. July 10, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Texas is (again) the nation’s top state for business. Meanwhile, California sits at #25……

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/29/texas-rebounds-to-become-americas-top-state-for-business-in-2018.html.

But the liberals continue to howl about how “everyone wants to move the California…” , probably to get all of that free stuff paid for by the taxpayers.

Original G July 10, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Have always preferred this survey when it comes to ranking states as to their business friendliness. CA has been DEAD LAST 14 years in a row.

“Texas has held the No. 1 spot for each of the 14 years since the inception of the Chief Executive survey.” …

https://chiefexecutive.net/2018-best-worst-states-business/

“The best place to do business in the United States is Texas, followed by No. 2 Florida and, in a tie, No. 3 North Carolina and South Carolina, according to Chief Executive’s 2018 “Best and Worst States for Business.” CEOs ranked Indiana No. 5, rounding out the top five states.

The worst place is No. 50 California, bested only slightly by No. 49 New York, No. 48 Illinois, No. 47 New Jersey, No. 46 Connecticut and No. 45 Massachusetts.”
https://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-business-2018/

Fred P. July 11, 2018 at 7:03 AM

So far, two independent studies demonstrate California’s attitude towards business. But “always” can’t show a survey disproving it – so he has to snivel and cry.

Now let’s look at his “concern” about a “for profit company…” What’s the problem with that? Every other “news” organization (ABC, CBS, MSNBC, et5c….) is a for-profit company….yet you have no problem believing the left-wing “surveys.” Yet you take to task any survey that disagrees with your opinion. And you talk about hypocrisy?????

Obviously, “always” didn’t bother drilling down to their methodology which can be found at https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/cnbcs-top-states-for-business-2018-methodology-and-sources.html

“Always” – Don’t bother talking about hypocrisy. Your knowledge of it is at the same level of aspirin’s “demonstrated expertise” in law, economics, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, firearms, statistics, health care, the stock market, politics, etc…

In other words, nada.

Now back to your corner where you can admire yourself.

AlwaysBePositive July 11, 2018 at 12:20 PM

fp…I have no issue with for profit companies, but a shark is going to do what a shark s going to do. For profit company surveys regularly have an agenda to ask questions in a way that is profitable for them. I see why CA is ranked so low. We do terribly in regulations on business, taxes required on business and a number of other variables that are a bit more favorable to the worker.

Know nothing? Care to enlighten the thread on your interesting idea that the CA surplus is fake because it doesn’t take into account future unfunded liabilities? I thought not…

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 11, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Fred P., AlwaysBePositive, & Original G,

The State of California also has about $500 billion of debt, estimated at $1 trillion when local governments are included. Considering the state also has deferred about $100 billion in much needed roadway maintenance and construction, in addition to the more than $200 billion in unfunded liabilities for promised pensions and healthcare benefits, it unfortunately makes the “surplus” not look like much of a “surplus.”

Atticus Thraxx July 10, 2018 at 5:11 PM

How truly blessed we are where you can dodge the draft fives times and still be Commander-In-Chief. And if your campaign manger is in jail and five members of your campaign have been indicted by a special prosecutor and we still let you pick a judge. No wonder everyone is trying to sneak in the country. 😉

Original G July 10, 2018 at 7:40 PM

” The vicious MS-13 gang, stifled under former President George W. Bush, exploded during the Obama era fueled by 300,000 illegals, including those given amnesty under the DACA program, and has now been linked to crimes in 22 states, according to a new report.

Since 2012, 207 murders have been tied to the gang called “Mara Salvatrucha,” and there are over 500 cases nationwide of MS-13 members being charged in major crimes, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies. ”
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ms-13-spreads-to-22-states-fed-by-300-000-illegals-daca-recipients-tied-to-207-murders

Silva July 11, 2018 at 8:28 AM

“The Story Of Skye;
Skye has been the dominant Pride Male of The Western Pride, Umbabat Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, for a number of years. He has been the main attraction for eco tourists and locals alike. He managed to create a very stable pride system, made up of 3 young cubs, 3 sub-adult males and six lioness. There was very tight bonding between Skye and all of the Pride members. It’s unusual that he still tolerated the young males as they are well above the age when they normally move off or get chased away from the pride. The last time he was seen and heard was on 7th June 2018, making his territorial claims, echoing across the bush…”
Nice photos, sad ending.
https://www.charlielynam.com/Public-Galleries/Pride-Of-Skye

Fred P. July 11, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Fox News’ Shannon Bream said the network had to move a planned live broadcast indoors after she and her crew felt threatened by demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday following President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

People shouted obscenities at Bream and her crew, crowded around and touched crew members as they prepared to air Fox’s 11 p.m. Eastern hour from the location two hours after the nomination, she said.

https://www.newsmax.com/us/supreme-court-media-brett-kavanaugh-fox-news/2018/07/10/id/870997/

More examples of the hypocrisy of the “tolerant” left.

Silva July 11, 2018 at 5:51 PM

“Uralasbest, one of the world’s largest producers and sellers of asbestos, has taken to adorning pallets of its product with a seal of Trump’s face, along with the words “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States”. The move follows the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision not to ban new asbestos products outright. The EPA said it would evaluate new uses of asbestos but environmental groups have criticized the agency for not going further by barring them on public health grounds. In a Facebook post, Uralasbest published pictures of its Trump-adorned chrysotile asbestos, writing: “Donald is on our side!” The post thanks Trump for supporting Scott Pruitt, the recently departed head of the EPA, “who declared that his agency would no longer deal with matters related to side effects potentially caused by asbestos”. It adds that Trump called asbestos “100% safe after application”. Uralasbest, which is located in the mining city of Asbest in the Ural Mountains, is reported to have close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who Trump will meet for talks in Helsinki next week.” https://bit.ly/2N38Xph

Dr Jellyfinger July 11, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Asbestos is dangerous! We should ban it from being used for anything, ever!
Just like gasoline, nuclear energy,electricity and sugar.

Dr Jellyfinger July 12, 2018 at 6:53 PM

I love the Peter Strozk defense today…. “I don’t know what I meant”

Elwood July 12, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Oh, come on Jelly! Lighten up on him.

He’s lying as fast as he can.

ConcordRez July 12, 2018 at 10:54 PM

Danville: Congressional challenger Fitzgerald is open Holocaust denier
https://www.danvillesanramon.com/…/danville-congressional-challenger-fitzgerald-is-…
3 days ago – John Fitzgerald, a Republican candidate vying to represent Danville and … and other news agencies revealed his history as a Holocaust denier.

Dr Jellyfinger July 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

“Fitzgerald, who finished a distant second place in the June primary despite being denounced by the California Republican Party, is set to appear on the general election ballot”

Susan I July 13, 2018 at 7:10 AM

Thank you LONDON!!!!

Lena July 13, 2018 at 2:24 PM

Better dumb voters than a dumb candidate like Hillary?

Elwood July 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Welcome back aspirin!
I thought you had gone completely mad and putting yourself to death!

Rollo Tomasi July 13, 2018 at 5:16 PM

You said it! Can you believe so many idiots nominated Hillary Clinton?

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