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The Errors of Sean Hannity, 6 Aug 2020

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Mr. Sean Hannity, nationally syndicated talk show on the Fox Network, continued his usual tactic of making fundamental errors of logic today. In his introductory monologue, Mr. Hannity described former Vice President and prospective 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has having poor cognitive abilities, and asserted that those “will be on the ballot in November”.  Mr. Hannity also downplayed Mr. Biden’s ability to engage in debates with President Trump.

Mr. Hannity is incorrect on both counts. Let’s first consider the debate issue.  There will not be any in-person debates this year, since the Democrats can claim that doing so would be dangerous to the health of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden as well as the Democratic Party moderators, owing to the Wuhan virus.  So, the Democratic Party is likely to demand that the debates be held by video.  Here are the rules that the Democratic Party will insist upon:

  1. Mr. Trump will be standing in the Oval Office, photographed from high above, at a distance to make him look small, and permit the audience to verify that he has no notes or assistants.
  2. Mr. Biden will be at his home in Delaware, seated behind a podium, photographed close-in so that the audience cannot see the teleprompter, his notes, or his assistants.
  3. Mr. Biden will be asked only easy questions (“Are you opposed to racism?”).
  4. Mr. Trump will be asked difficult ones (“Why haven’t you achieved peace in the Middle East?”).
  5. The usual 60 second response time will be changed to 30 seconds, since Mr. Biden’s attention span and coherence length seem to be limited to about 35 or 40 seconds (based on recent appearances).
  6. Mr. Biden will be provided with the questions two weeks in advance, and will also be provided with the focus-group approved answers; all he has to do is read them from the teleprompter. (His assistants will make sure he matches up the question with the answer in the correct order.)
  7. Mr. Trump will have no knowledge of the questions he will be asked by the Democratic Party moderators.

Should Mr. Trump reject any of these demands, the Democratic Party will cancel the debates on the grounds that (obviously) Mr. Trump is trying to steal the election by reverting to the traditional racist and/or fascist methods of conducting Presidential debates. But note that these debate demands will apply no matter who the Democratic nominee is, not just for Mr. Biden.

Regarding the Democratic ticket, let’s not forget that the Democrats only want power. But they are smart enough to know that Biden can get elected only if he is successful in the debates.  Even with these rules, it does not seem likely that Mr. Biden can get through the first one unscathed.  So, the Democratic Party has a choice to make: replace Biden either before or after the first debate.   There are two options.  First, they could break their own internal electoral rules (not a problem), open the (remote-controlled) convention, and select a new slate altogether.  The second is to let Mr. Biden fail in the first debate, allow him to be a sacrificial lamb, and use that to justify removing him from the slate. The next step would then be to elevate his running mate to be the nominee with a new person selected as the running mate.  In either case, Mr. Biden will not be on the ballot in November, except to the extent that some states will not have time to re-print the ballots.

Who will end up on the Democratic Party ticket? Keep in mind that Mr. Biden has adopted most of Senator Bernie Sanders’ platform.  A logical choice would be Bernie Sanders (voter energy) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (plenty of cash).  A second choice would be Senator Sanders (voter energy) and former First Lady Michelle Obama (personal popularity).  I do not think Senator Kamala Harris is relevant since she is known only in California, which is going to vote Democratic anyway.

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Real World Graduation: Question 42: Political Promises

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During the Presidential election campaign of 1988, George H. W. Bush stated, “Read my lips, no new taxes”.   He was subsequently elected as the 41st President of the U. S.  What did this statement mean regarding his intended tax policy as President?

a) He would never raise income taxes if elected President.

b) Since he said “read my lips”, the statement was directed only at deaf people; so he meant that he would not raise income taxes on deaf people.

c) “No new taxes” means he would not create any new category of taxes.

d) Every tax must be paid every year, therefore all taxes are “new”; thus this statement means he was going to eliminate all federal taxes.

e) A combination of a) and c).

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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Barack H. Obama’s Legacy, Part 4

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That Mr. Obama and his administration demonstrated contempt for the rights of the people is clearly evident throughout his term in office.

“Operation Fast & Furious” was probably a White-House directed scheme to denigrate the Second Amendment by attempting to show that only drug dealers and murderers would sink low enough to own a gun. This was to be accomplished by having BATFE help straw buyers purchase guns in the US (a felony), then to smuggle them to Mexico (a felony and a violation of Mexican law), and then to hand them over to drug cartels (in violation of Mexican law) so those same weapons could be tracked, the new users caught and prosecuted, all to demonstrate that only evil sinister drug-dealing lowlife criminals have guns and therefore all Americans should be willing to give them up.  But of course, government incompetence being what it was, the drug cartel killed a large number of Mexican citizens and some Americans as well.  But that was not a problem until one of those weapons was used by a Mexican drug dealer to kill a Border Patrol Agent named Brian Terry on 14 Dec 2010.  Then, and only then, did the scheme become a problem (i.e., when a federal employee became a victim).  A few BATFE insiders ratted out their leadership, exposing the plot, and Mr. Obama was forced to use Executive Privilege to cover up the whole episode and his role instigating it.  The net result: raises and promotions all around, as usual.  Fortunately, the propaganda effort against the Second Amendment failed.

Mr. Obama also illegally used Executive Orders to expand background check on firearms transactions.

Ms. Lois G. Lerner, director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit since 2006 until 2013, led the office while a scheme was being implemented to deprive conservative organizations their proper tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(4). Specifically, instead of using the usual process to determine eligibility, the IRS, with Ms. Lerner’s full knowledge, proceeded to implement a delaying tactic to prevent the candidate organizations from using their rights under the law to participate in the 2010 and 2012 elections.  They did so by requiring extensive and impossible requirements in the applications:

  1. By demanding information that could not exist (“What books are your members reading”);
  2. By asking whether any of their members intended to run for elective office;
  3. By demanding a list of donors, the amounts donated, and how the donations were spent;
  4. By demanding copies of all web pages, blog posts, and brochures ever used by the organization;
  5. By demanding copies of all emails sent or received by organization members.

After the scandal came out, and the IRS’ own Inspector General castigated the IRS for its use of “inappropriate criteria” conduct, Ms. Lerner testified before Congress on 22 May 2013:

“My professional career has been devoted to fulfilling responsibilities of the agencies for which I have worked, and I am very proud of the work I have done in government. I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”

After the IRS failed to produce subpoenaed emails (pretending all the hard drives and backup tapes had been destroyed), the Department of Justice then proceeded to conduct an “investigation”, including allegation of harassment of some organizations by the BATFE, FBI, and OSHA, but in the end no action was taken other than to excuse the IRS. On 23 Oct 2015, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter J. Kadzik issued a report which concluded that although there was considerable mismanagement:

“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.”

Both his and Ms. Lerner’s statements are true: no corruption, no violation of regulations, no political or discriminatory action occurred because the IRS was simply implementing the official ideological policy of the Obama administration. More raises and promotions all around, and Ms. Lerner is now enjoying a quiet happy retirement.  She is also the patron saint of the IRS, having gotten away with everything.

Mr. Obama illegally appointed officials without the consent of the Senate while the Senate was not in recess (Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, & Richard Griffin to National Labor Relations Board, and Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

Mr. Obama illegally granted exceptions and exemptions via Executive Order to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (aka “Obamacare”), violating and superseding express provisions of the law:

  1. 15 Feb 2013: Abolished the high-risk pool (the money allocated for it had been spent for advertising)
  2. 20 Feb 2013: Insurance companies were allowed to double deductibles
  3. 11 Mar 2103: Delayed implementation of the small business option program
  4. 2 Jul 2013: Delayed employer reporting contrary to the ACA
  5. 30 Sep 2013: Provided subsidies to members of Congress & their staff, not provided for in the ACA
  6. 23 Oct 2013: Delayed the individual mandate from Oct 2013 to Feb 2014

 

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Barack H. Obama’s Legacy, Part 3

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The racial and political biases within the federal departments during the Obama administration are well-known. At its very start, the Obama administration was faced with complaints that several Black Panther members had openly intimidated white voters at a voting location in Philadelphia.  Since they occurred in the 2008 election, the initial complaints were handled by the Bush administration; its Justice Department filed a civil suit against the New Black Panthers Party and three individual members, King Minister Shamir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz, and Jerry Jackson.  The defendants refused to appear in court, but the newly-installed Obama administration refused to pursue a default judgment, instead dropping the case altogether at the instigation of Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, and Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli.  Imagine what would have happened if it had been the New White Panther Party intimidating black voters.

The Obama administration failed to follow up on complaints that ACORN was involved in illegal political activities. Mr. Obama himself interjected personally whenever a case involving the police and a black person occurred, always criticizing the police, and always siding with the black person in question, even before any of the facts in the cases could be established.  Of course, there are isolated cases of abuse by the police, but to assume that the police are always and immediately wrong is consistent with the Black Liberation theology dictum that white people always and everywhere persecute black people.  A few of the cases: Harvard professor Henry Gates, Cambridge MA (police were wrong), Michael Brown, Ferguson MO (police were right); Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge LA (undetermined thus far); Philando Castile, Minneapolis MN (police were wrong); Trayvon Martin, Orlando FL (legitimate self-defense).  A President should not make a public comment until he has some facts.  But Mr. Obama was not interested in facts: his goal was to use these incidents as a blanket indictment against local police agencies with the end objective of turning all local law enforcement into subdivisions of a federal police force, like they have in totalitarian nations.

Mr. Obama showed how much respect he has for those who embrace traditional values when he stated on 6 Apr 2008:

“They get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”.

Mr. Obama ridiculed anyone who was not fully convinced that climate change is man-made. On 1 Sep 2015, he stated:

“We know that human activity is changing the climate. We know that human ingenuity can do something about it.  We’re even starting to see that we might actually have the political will to succeed.  So the time to heed the critics and cynics is past.  The time to plead ignorance is surely past.  The deniers are increasingly alone, on their own shrinking island.”

What he failed to mention is that his remedy, including cap and trade (“carbon taxes”), restrictions on fossil fuels, and abolition of coal, will do nothing to change the current trend in the next 100 years, even according to those who believe the problem is man-made. In other words, it’s not about fixing a problem, it’s about destroying the U. S. economy for ideological reasons.

Candidate Obama stated on 2 Nov 2008 that he was opposed to gay marriage. President Obama praised universal gay marriage when it was decreed by the robed masters on the U. S. Supreme Court on 26 Jun 2015.  Afterward, anyone who opposed gay marriage was the enemy.

Mr. Obama never did get serious about enforcing the immigration laws, but he did fabricate fake deportation numbers in an effort to show that he was. (The deportation number included all who were detained upon initial illegal entry and returned as if they had been deported after already being here.)  The Border Patrol was eventually ordered to stop doing its job altogether.

Last, Mr. Obama appointed outright communists and communist sympathizers to his staff: Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, and David Axelrod. He also appointed some who had previously been on the payroll of anti-American and former Nazi collaborator George Soros: Rosa Brooks as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; Mark Lloyd as FCC Chief Diversity Officer; and Cecilia Munoz as Director of Intergovernmental affairs (and former Vice President of the National Council of La Raza (“The Race”).

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