Friday, January 31, 2020

Students demanded divestment from fossil fuels, a professor offered to turn off the gas heating

Professor Andrew Parker of St John's College at Oxford University is my new favorite person.

The Times of London reports that a group of students wrote to Professor Parker to discuss demands being made by student protesters about fossil fuel divestment.

Two students at St John's College wrote to Andrew Parker, the principal bursar, this week requesting a meeting to discuss the protesters' demands, which are that the college "Declares a climate emergency and immediately divests from fossil fuels".

"But I can arrange for the gas central heating in college to be switched off with immediate effect. Please let me know if you support this proposal."

Fergus Green, the organiser of the wider protest, who is studying for a master's degree in physics and philosophy at Balliol College, said: "This is an inappropriate and flippant response by the bursar to what we were hoping would be a mature discussion. It's January and it would be borderline dangerous to switch off the central heating."

There are significant costs to real people associated with eliminating fossil fuels.

So a fair response to people demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels is the one the professor put to these protesters: You first.

Pelosi Defies Senate's Authority, Says Even if Senate Votes To Acquit, Trump Won't Actually Be Acquitted

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood in front of microphones on Thursday and declared that if President Donald Trump is acquitted by the Senate, he will not actually be acquitted.

"We are right now prayerful and hopeful that the Senate will have the courage to hear the truth about the President's action, and then we'll see what we do next," she said, according to a transcript on her website.

"When this is over, do you think that President Trump will be chastened and understand that he's got a Congress watching him? Or will he be emboldened because the Senate will have acquitted him?" the reporter asked.

Do you think Pelosi will accept the Senate's decision on acquittal?

5%. 95%. "Well, he will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial, and you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation and that," Pelosi replied.

The Constitution explicitly states that the Senate, not the Speaker of the House, has the sole authority to handle an impeachment trial of the president.

If and when the Senate acquits Trump, he will forever be acquitted.

George Soros' New Venture

George Soros is a currency speculator with political ambitions.

George Soros has turned the open society into his personal ideological tool that he uses to realize his political ambitions.

George Soros and his organization - Open Society Foundations - are very political in orientation.

Soros made the initial announcement of the new project in a speech he gave at a dinner funded by his organization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Soros also announced in the speech the choice of Bard College as his partner in the new educational venture.

There is little doubt that OSUN is a brainchild of George Soros.

The decision to create OSUN is a decision by one man - George Soros.

Crying Wolf on Impeachment

The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is coming down to one big question: Will Democrats, by crying wolf, drown out the more legitimate Republican cry of foul?

The legitimacy of the first portion of the House inquiry-including numerous subpoenas-is in doubt, since it was conducted before the House voted to open it.

Now come Democrats and the press insisting it is Senate Republicans' job to call yet more witnesses on their behalf, namely former national security adviser John Bolton.

How many senators have the stomach for the months this duty to fairness would require? How many Republicans think weeks and weeks more of this torturous process is beneficial to their re-election? And who thinks that this is the Senate's job anyway?

Republicans who hope a vote for witnesses will protect them from Democratic assault are in denial.

Far better for Republicans to shut down the whole circus.

Go about reminding voters of the merits of Republican governance versus the theatrics of the partisan "Resistance." Move on to the true way Americans are meant to settle political differences in this country-the November elections.

Impeachment Trial Extended Until Wednesday; Murkowski A 'No' Despite NYT's Latest Bolton 'Bombshell'

President Trump's impeachment trial will be extended until Wednesday according to journalist Paul Sperry and confirmed by Fox News.

Despite the pressure campaign to flip undecided Republicans to the Democrats' demand for witnesses, holdout Sen. Lisa Murkowski is now a 'no' on calling witnesses, virtually ensuring President Trump will be acquitted within the next week.

It looks like Hunter Biden can sleep well at night in his $12,000 per month Hollywood home after Politico reports that the GOP has enough Republican Senators to block witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial.

In a Thursday night Twitter thread, Alexander says "There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter..." and that "The president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens."

Still, Alexander argues that while Trump acted inappropriately, "The Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year's ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate." He also reasons that "The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles."

"It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party."

Susan Collins has taken a ration of flack over social media for essentially virtue signaling to the Democrats when she knew Alexander would be a 'no' - and the battle over Bolton and the Bidens was never going to happen.

Omar Paid Additional $215,000 From Campaign Coffers to Alleged Boyfriend's Firm

Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to push campaign cash to a firm run by her alleged boyfriend, filings show.

Omar's new committee filings submitted Friday morning show that between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, her committee made $215,000 in additional payments to the E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar's alleged boyfriend.

Mynett's group is yet again the highest-paid vendor from Omar's campaign.

Over the first three quarters of 2019, Omar's campaign paid out a total of $310,000 to the E Street Group.

Accounting for the fourth-quarter payments, Mynett's firm collected a total of $525,000 from Omar's campaign in 2019.

Dr. Beth Mynett, Mynett's ex-wife, said in divorce papers filed last year that her husband was having an affair with Omar.

"By way of example, days prior to defendant's devastating and shocking declaration of love for Rep. Omar and admission of their affair, he and Rep. Omar took the parties' son to dinner to formally meet for the first time at the family's favorite neighborhood restaurant while plaintiff was out of town," the papers said.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of Reality

The reality is that there will never be a Palestinian "Right of return" to Israel, since such a policy would destroy the Jewish character of the state.

Finally, there is no way that Israel, a liberal democracy responsible for the security of its citizens, can hand over the Jordan Valley - an area with immense strategic importance irrespective of the Palestinian situation - to a newly created state that allies itself with unsavory nations and entertains the idea of entering into a unity government with Hamas, the theocratic terror group.

Trump's plan is the first to offer a map laying out what the final borders of the Palestinian nation might look like.

The U.S. would also infuse $50 billion into the new Palestinian state.

Israel's existence isn't contingent on the creation of a Palestinian state, only on security.

In the past, Palestinian negotiators sat back and rejected one concession after the next.

Trump's plan allows Palestinians to have a state in the world that exists.

Top 8 Reasons Trump Already Won Impeachment

President Donald Trump will not be removed from office following his impeachment by the House of Representatives and a trial in the Senate.

A mini-effort to get impeachment going - on the special counsel's murky near-findings that Trump had objected too strenuously to being falsely accused of treason - also fell apart.

It ended with two articles of impeachment, neither ofor an actual crime, and one a more or less laughable claim that the president can't use courts to defend his rights.

Democrats Failed to Get a Single Republican on Board Their Impeachment Scheme It is nothing short of amazing that not a single Republican member of Congress joined with Democrats in their impeachment effort.

Inexplicable 1-Month Delay In Sending Impeachment to the Senate A main argument in favor of impeaching President Trump was that the situation, whatever it was supposed to be that day, was so dire that it required his immediate removal from office.

The Defense Team Was Amazing Instead of turning things over to the effective Republicans who had handled the impeachment process so well on the House side, President Trump instead opted to put together a powerhouse collection of attorneys uniquely suited to address an audience of senators and the American people.

Kavanaugh Smear Operations No Longer Work Along with the delay of the articles of impeachment, the House managers deployed a slow drip of supposedly damaging information.

The News They Won't Report

Wednesday afternoon, Tapper tweeted, "A Trump campaign official just RTed a tweet containing the name of the alleged whistleblower." Tapper's third-grade tattletale behavior was in response to Trump campaign deputy communications director Matt Wolking retweeting investigative journalist Paul Sperry, with a photo showing Ciaramella meeting with Ukrainian officials in 2015.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to admit Paul's question in the trial, but why was Tapper playing Twitter tattletale against a Trump campaign staffer in an apparent effort to suppress the name Eric Ciaramella? As Professor Glenn Reynolds has often said, the media in general have become "Democratic Party operatives with bylines." Their coverage is organized on the basis of what will help Democrats win elections and advance the party's agenda, and anything contrary to that organizing principle, they consider not newsworthy.

The bias was so obvious during the Democratic primaries that supporters of Hillary's rival Bernie Sanders dubbed CNN the "Clinton News Network." Why did CNN treat Sanders so unfairly? Wasn't it because they viewed Clinton as the more "Electable" candidate in the general election? That confidence in Clinton's electability, widely shared in the so-called "Mainstream" media, arguably fed into the over-confidence within the Clinton campaign, which clearly underestimated Trump's appeal to blue-collar voters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The benefit of having a majority of the new media acting as Democratic propaganda operatives is diminished if Democrats make the mistake of believing their own publicity, or the public becomes aware of the unbalanced nature of what is being presented as "News." In 2016, biased coverage led Democrats to underestimate the appeal of Trump's populist message, and Trump made it a habit to call attention to how biased the media really is.

What did Tapper imagine would be the effect of his tattling on Matt Wolking? Did he suppose the Trump campaign would fire Wolking? Or did he hope that perhaps Twitter's own censorship squads would suppress Wolking's Twitter account?

The massive crowds turn out for Trump's rallies cheer when he criticizes the "Fake news" media.

Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics noted this week, "Trump's job approval is now the highest it has been in our average since Feb. 5, 2017." Does anyone think this trend will be reversed if, somehow, Democrats can get enough GOP senators to cross the aisle and vote to drag out the impeachment trial beyond this weekend? Maybe Jake Tapper thinks so, but he seems to believe his job is to report only what Democrats want to hear - and the most important news, he never reports at all.

Why Wasn't Spygate Impeachable?

Didn't the Democrats tell us in the aftermath of Spygate that a president has an obligation to use allies to investigate potential corruption, even if that involves a political rival?

In truth, Joe Biden stands at the center of a family of crooks who have spent decades trading on his last name.

In Peter Schweizer's new book, Profiles in Corruption, he writes that the family's wealth "Depends on Joe Biden's political influence and involves no less than five family members: Joe's son Hunter, daughter Ashley, brothers James and Frank, and sister Valerie."

His sister, for example, has headed up a political messaging firm, to which "Two and a half million dollars flowed from Citizens for Biden and Biden for President Inc. during the 2008 presidential bid alone," Schweizer writes.

Biden's brothers have capitalized on his last name through a variety of lobbying gigs and sketchy businesses.

Just as Hunter Biden got a $1 million job on the board of a natural gas firm without a lick of experience in that field, so Biden's brother James became an executive at a construction firm even though he had little to no experience in construction, according to Schweizer: "James Biden was joining Hillstone just as the firm was starting negotiations to win a massive contract in war-torn Iraq.".

Had Ukraine investigated the Bidens, it would have found plenty of corruption.

The Pot-Kettle-Black Impeachment

Rep. Adam Schiff said that if Barack Obama encouraged a foreign power to investigate a political opponent, then the last president would have committed an impeachable offense.

"Under no circumstances do you go outside of your own legitimate law enforcement process to ask a foreign power to investigate your rival, whether you think there's cause or you don't think there's cause," Schiff explained during the impeachment trial.

Not only did the Obama administration link arms with foreigners to take down a political rival, but Schiff also ran interference for that propaganda effort by falsely claiming to know of "More than circumstantial evidence" that the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, a charge invalidated by the Mueller Report and much else.

A joint operation of the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and, ultimately, the Obama Justice Department, Christopher Steele's opposition research - euphemistically rechristened an "Intelligence dossier" in the press - peddled false information obtained by a bought foreign agent utilizing bought sources in a foreign country, i.e., Russia, to smear the Republican presidential nominee.

In Steele's so-called dossier, he describes Source A as "a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure," Source B as "a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin," and Source C as "a senior Russian financial official."

Did Barack Obama sic the Justice Department on those using foreigners to derail an ostensibly free and fair American presidential election?

Sen. Richard Burr grasped the hypocrisy in asking during the impeachment trial whether or not the House managers considered the Steele dossier foreign interference.