Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Obama Is Right To Criticize Cancel Culture, But The Left Isn’t Listening

Cancel culture is, after all, almost entirely a product of progressive activists seeking to punish anyone who doesn't agree with them, doesn't support their agenda, or holds views they find offensive.

Today, cancel culture and online outrage are the modus operandi of progressive activists on campus and across social media.

In a recent take on cancel culture at the New Republic, Osita Nwanevu put a benign gloss on the whole thing because, after all, these are just tweets we're talking about, it's not like anyone's really getting hurt: "Perhaps we should choose instead to understand cancel culture as something much more mundane: ordinary public disfavor voiced by ordinary people across new platforms." Nwanevu argues that everyone who's been "Canceled" is doing fine.

The larger point here is that, far from being a problem, cancel culture is actually a good and salutary development in public life-a way for the marginalized and powerless to hold the powerful accountable.

At the very least, writes Nwanevu, cancel culture "Cannot really be understood as a response to the advent of an oppressively censorious monoculture," because look, Sean Spicer was on "Dancing With the Stars." Obama Helped Sow the Seeds of Cancel Culture But perhaps the best example of how far to the left progressives have drifted from Obama's way of thinking is the ongoing spectacle of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates trying to out-woke each other.

The seeds of cancel culture and leftist outrage were undoubtedly planted during his tenure in the White House.

So it's all well and good that Obama is concerned about the corrosive effects of cancel culture and militant wokeness.

America Is Still Hiring

The great American worker shortage continues, but small firms managed to maintain their recent pace of job creation in October.

"Job creation held steady in October, with an average addition of 0.12 workers per firm," reports NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg.

Mr. Dunkelberg says slower job growth is "No surprise as reports that"finding qualified workers" to fill job openings has been the number one business problem this year.

Finding qualified workers remains a top issue with 25 percent reporting this as their number one problem, 2 points below August's record high.

"A seasonally-adjusted net 18 percent plan to create new jobs, up 1 point," reports Mr. Dunkelberg.

Attempting to fill open positions, historically high percentages of owners reported raising worker compensation.

Labor shortages are significantly slowing growth in critical sectors... Fed policies to stimulate growth cannot overcome the fact that labor is not available to support more of it.

Says He Was Concerned the Phone Call Would Be Leaked, But "Was Not Concerned That Anything Illegal was Discussed"

Morrison, who was on the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call testified Thursday that nothing illegal was discussed.

Schiff doesn't want the American public to know that President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was completely above board.

"I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed," Morrison said.

Morrison BLOWS UP the Democrat conspiracy and said NOTHING illegal was discussed on the call.

"I also reviewed the Memorandum of Conversation of the July 25 phone call that was released by the White House.

To the best of my recollection, the MemCon accurately and completely reflects the substance of the call.

I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.

'Nothing Illegal In Trump-Zelensky Call': NSC Official Tells Impeachment Inquiry

A top National Security Council official who was present on a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Volodomyr Zelensky, Tim Morrison, told House investigators on Thursday that he does not believe anything illegal was discussed, according to The Federalist.

"I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed," said Tim Morrison, former NSC Senior Director for European Affairs who was on the July 25 call between the two leaders.

Morrison testified that Ukrainian officials were not even aware that certain military funding had been delayed by the Trump administration until late August 2019, more than a month after the Trump-Zelensky call, casting doubt on allegations that Trump somehow conveyed an illegal quid pro quo demand during the July 25 call.

As we reported earlier today of Morrison, following the call, Morrison informed Taylor that it "Could have gone better," and that Trump suggested Zelensky and his staff meet with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr.

CNN. "The NSC process does not allow anything that isn't legal. It just, it would never get to the President. Certainly not any process that Tim was ever a part of," said one source close to Morrison.

Taylor also described a conversation in which Morrison relayed word from Sondland that Trump had told Sondland directly that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky should publicly announce the investigations.

Taylor told lawmakers that Morrison relayed concerns about Trump's posture toward Ukraine to then-national security adviser John Bolton and to NSC lawyers.

John Solomon Debunks MSM Lies About Ukraine, Biden And Election Interference

The early pattern of misinformation about Ukraine, Joe Biden and election interference mirrors closely the tactics used in late 2016 and early 2017 to build the false and now-debunked narrative that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin colluded to hijack the 2016 election.

Myth: The allegation that Joe Biden tried to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating his son Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm employer has been debunked, and there is no evidence the ex-vice president did anything improper.

Hunter Biden's business partner, Devon Archer, was appointed to Burisma's board in mid-April 2014 and the firm Rosemont Seneca Bohai - jointly owned by Hunter Biden and Devon Archer - received its first payments from the Ukrainian gas company on April 15, 2014, according to the company's ledgers.

A week later, Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine and met with then-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Biden even boasted that "An American team is currently in the region working with Ukraine and its neighbors to increase Ukraine's short-term energy supply." Yatsenyuk welcomed the help from American "Investors" in modernizing natural gas supply lines in Ukraine.

Myth: The narratives about Biden, the U.S. embassy and Ukrainian election interference are conspiracy theories invented by Donald Trump's personal lawyer, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to impact the 2020 election.

Months before his quest began, Ukrainian prosecutors believed they possessed evidence about Burisma, the Bidens and 2016 election interference that might interest the U.S. Justice Department.

Chinese Bank On Verge Of Collapse After Sudden Bank Run

Today, a fourth prominent Chinese bank was on the verge of collapse under the weight of its bad loans, only this time the failure was far less quiet, as depositors of the rural lender swarmed the bank's retail outlets, demanding their money in an angry demonstration of what Beijing is terrified of the most: a bank run.

Local business leaders, political cadres and banking executives rallied Thursday at the main branch of Henan Yichuan Rural Commercial Bank, just outside the central Chinese city of Luoyang, where they stood one by one before a microphone to pledge their backing for the bank, as smiling employees brandished wads of cash before television cameras to demonstrate just how much cash, literally, the bank had. It was China's latest, and most desperate attempt yet to project stability and reassure the public that all is well after rumors spread that the bank's chairman was in trouble and the bank was on the brink of insolvency.

The bank run at Yichuan Bank, located in China's landlocked province of Henan, makes it at least the fourth bank that authorities have rushed to rescue this year.

Try as Beijing might the bailouts have not gone unnoticed, and culminated in what today has been a three-day bank run at Yichuan Bank.

While Yichuan Bank has plenty of competition, including large state-owned banks in nearby Luoyang, an ancient capital of China known, Yichuan Bank accounted for 71% of deposits and 82% of loans in its county as of September 2018, according to China Chengxin International Rating Agency.

The true number is far, far higher, but Beijing guards it with its life, as the alternative is a bank run on the world's largest bank system, which with $40 trillion in assets, is roughly double that of the US. So far Beijing has been lucky, in that people tend to be notoriously bad with numbers.

Immediately thereafter, depositors started demanding their money back earlier this month; as speculation circulated on social media that the bank was on the verge of insolvency, the crowds at bank branches grew thicker, and so the bank run began.

Impeachment Resolution Passes House, Votes Split Almost Entirely Down Party Lines

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The final vote was 232-196, and it was almost entirely along party lines.

According to Fox News, not a single Republican voted for the resolution.

5%. 95%. The vote was not to impeach Trump, rather, it formalized the existing impeachment inquiry that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last month.

"The working theory among Democrats is there will be another week or two of closed depositions - and that public hearings before the House Intelligence Committee could begin as soon as the second week in November," CNN reported.

"With today's vote, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing more than enshrine unacceptable violations of due process into House rules," she said.

"Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats conducted secret, behind-closed-door meetings, blocked the Administration from participating, and have now voted to authorize a second round of hearings that still fails to provide any due process whatsoever to the Administration. The Democrats want to render a verdict without giving the Administration a chance to mount a defense. That is unfair, unconstitutional, and fundamentally un-American."

Hillary Thinks God Put Her Here To Be President? Heaven Help Us

A former Clinton adviser says that should Joe Biden drop out of the race, Hillary Clinton will run for president again because "She feels that God put her on the Earth to do it." Do we really deserve that much punishment from the Almighty?

Dick Morris, who advised Bill Clinton in his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor, and again in his 1996 White House re-election effort, says it is his "Feeling" that Hillary wants to run.

"She feels compelled to do it. She feels that God put her on the Earth to do it, but she's hesitant because she realizes the timing is bad.".

During the 2016 primary season, Observer columnist Michael Sainato reminded his readers of what everyone already knew, and knew well, and that is the Clintons feel their "Entitlement Has No Boundaries." A year earlier, the editorial board of a newspaper from the USA Today network said "Even fans of Bill and Hillary Clinton" had found their sense of entitlement "Distasteful." They were turned off by the couple disregarding the "Normal rules governing conduct in office," as well as "The legalisms, parsing and outright evasions." There was frustration "That her 'convenience' trumped the government's irksome rules governing the retention and archiving of her records."

Simply put, anyone who feels entitled to an elected office should be kept as far away from it as possible.

Someone who feels entitled to something will not easily let go of it.

Feeling compelled to be president is another red flag.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Top Dem Hoyer Contradicts Pelosi on Impeachment Vote: We 'Have To Consider Whether or Not It Is Ready To Go'

After weeks of claiming a vote in the full House on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump would not be necessary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday abruptly announced there would be a vote on the House floor this week.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Democrat who controls the House floor schedule, told reporters on Tuesday that he did not know if a vote would be taking place in two days.

Under Pelosi's direction, Democrats have been unwilling to seek a full vote in the House on their "Impeachment inquiry," preferring it to be handled by the House Intelligence Committee and its chairman, California Rep. Adam Schiff.

According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a resolution introduced in the Senate on Thursday by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham - and co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - pushed Pelosi into action by demanding that "The House of Representatives, prior to proceeding any further with its impeachment investigation into President Trump, to vote to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry."

"Graham has written a powerful resolution which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined in co-sponsoring. Together they have attracted 50 co-sponsors - which means with Vice President Pence supporting them they would win a vote to dismiss any phony impeachment from the House that failed to meet a key standard of fairness," Gingrich wrote.

99%. 1%. "As a practical matter, the House Democrats had no choice but to bring the impeachment process to a vote. They were faced with a Trump administration that refused to cooperate with a secret investigation which lacked rules and authorization by the full House. They were also faced with a Senate that was prepared to reject a kangaroo court-style secret approach."

Regardless, Gingrich wrote that House Democrats will have to cast a vote if they want their impeachment effort taken seriously by the Senate.