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Breaking News & Off-Topic Links (8/14/2019)

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 8:48 am

[By DRJ]

This post is for everyone who wants to share a link to a breaking news story or to an interesting news story/blog post that is not related to a current post. Put your link in the comments.

Discussion about any links is welcome here, too.


101 Responses to “Breaking News & Off-Topic Links (8/14/2019)”


    Excerpts from Andy McCarthy’s new book about the whole Russian collusion investigation and malfeasance.

    whembly (fd57f6)

  2. That is amazing. Reminds me of the Taco Tuesday trademark. Some words become so common that the trademark becomes unenforceable, but at least that made sense when they got it. This one makes no sense to me.

    But they like to burn couches. Maybe they should try to trademark that.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  3. Is that real?

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  4. (the second best place on the internet, after Patterico’s Pontifications) managed to trademark the frowny-face text symbol “:-(“ so who knows…

    Dave (9c5fe2)

  5. An Atlanta story, transformed into a triumphant tale of Trump:

    Actually, I thought it a tale on how very bad traffic concentrates the mind here in Atlanta.

    Appalled (d07ae6)

  6. It sounds like they want to trademark it on clothing (why not add the dot on the “i”?) And they can probably do that if they restrict it enough. But trademarking an unrestricted “the” is like patenting water.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  7. Is that really the Russian explosion, DCSCA, or just an image representing it?

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  8. More on the irrarionality of medical pricing.

    Some people have insurance where they don’t pay anything out of pocket for a knee replacement, but get a $5,000 rebate.

    Plus get an all expenses paid vacation.

    A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)

    A novel twist on medical tourism to avoid the high cost of U.S. health care saves an employer money and even earns the patient a bonus.

    The hospital is at a tourist destination visited by rich people, so it’s actually high quality for pre-existing reasons. .

    The American surgeon from Wisconsin who graduated from the Mayo Clinic is to reassure the patient of the high quality, and also to permit a malpractice lawsuit.

    It is organized by a company based in Denver, Colorado, North American Specialty Hospital, known as NASH, and they’ve done this now for a couple of dozen people.

    U.S. knee replacement surgery costs an average of about $30,000 and sometimes double or triple that. At Galenia, in Cancun, it is only $12,000.

    Sammy Finkelman (324ec1)

  9. Great link, Appalled. I don’t even remember that and appreciate you linking it.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  10. More like D. Perdue setting his mark for 2024…and would Red Hot Chili Peppers ask a cease and desist for Under the Bridge? Buford Highway, the parallel diagonal surface road to I-85- prime Atlanta United territory, seems like a combo of a Chicago area flea market and a Texas frontage road.

    urbanleftbehind (9fc1e7)

  11. But they like to burn couches. Maybe they should try to trademark that.

    I’ll bet the University of West Virginia beat them to it, just like Florida State has trademarked reselling athletic swag, and the University of Miami has trademarked linebackers with weapons violations.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  12. The University of Michigan has trademarked 8-4 regular seasons.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  13. My prejudices come out when we talk college football.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  14. The University of Texas has trademarked questionable coaching hires.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  15. I thought Sparty (Michigan State) was the Big 10’s couch burning champion.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  16. Prejudice as in favorites, not race.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  17. Notre Dame has trademarked nostalgia for past glory, but USC is encroaching upon it.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  18. Michigan State burns them, too, but Ohio State has perfected it.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  19. Auburn has trademarked a .125 winning percentage in the big rivalry game.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  20. UT hired its law school dean to be President and he made the coaching hires. It was a bad 10 years.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  21. UCLA has trademarked a three empty seats for every fan stadium policy.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  22. Washington State should trademark Mike Leach.

    DRJ (3a8a8a)

  23. The UCLA administration probably could trademark this, and sadly enough, do it without much pushback.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  24. The UCLA administration probably could trademark this, and sadly enough, do it without much pushback.

    Yikes! That’s like in the 90s when people were referring to UCLA as “the University of California, Lots of Asians.”

    JVW (54fd0b)

  25. Washington State should trademark Mike Leach.

    What can we say about Washington State? Colorado and Utah join the Pac-12, yet somehow Pullman still has the worst weather in the conference.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  26. UT hired its law school dean to be President and he made the coaching hires. It was a bad 10 years.

    DRJ (3a8a8a) — 8/14/2019 @ 11:27 am

    We rate this statement as Completely True.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  27. Dustin, man, it’s good to see you.

    aphrael (3f0569)

  28. Thanks! Hope you’re well.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  29. I miss Kieth Jackson calling a rivalry game.

    mg (8cbc69)

  30. Yeah, I saw blurb about the Crisley Knows Best stars the other day, and had a chuckle. Husband and wife arraigned in federal court for tax evasion and bank fraud, face up to thirty years if convicted. Those two didn’t look the type, but I guess you can never tell these days.

    I never watched the show, couldn’t stand the commercials, but apparently it had an audience as it ran for a couple of years. Usually a gig like that pays pretty well, and then there’s royalties. For example New York actor Dean Winters, who’s starred in several hit movies and shows, and noly plays the mayhem guy for AllState gets paid $8 million a year, and that’s just for making commercials. He’s the highest paid commercial actor in the country. The actress who plays Flo for Progressive is probably somewhere in that neighborhood, because she makes a lot of commercials. She just plays Flo. She may or may not have movie or television credit, as the other actors for insurance companies do, but she’s got a sweet gig.

    Those guys made it. The Crisleys not so much. My guess is their contract for the television show and commercials paid mid-to-high six figures, maybe low seven figures, but nowhere near what accomplished actors earn. Tax evasion and bank fraud suggests they were living beyond their means and maybe were involved in some questionable real estate transactions. (I know a lot about those.) They wanted to be celebrities, find fame and fortune, and instead found ill fame and misfortune. That happens a lot more often than not in Hollywood.

    Only a few actors, musicians and athletes can avoid the celebrity trap. They suddenly make a lot of money, then lose it all overspending on luxurious lifestyles. Like Lottery winners–oh my God, $50 million!–within two to four years, they have less money than they had before they won the lottery, and are heard no more. “Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    Financial crimes are nothing new. Yet the Crisleys have nothing on these two.

    There is some serious question as to how Epstein accumulated his fortune. But the guess is through sex with underage girls and blackmail.

    He had his whole private island wired for sound and video? And he was trafficking in young firls for sex parties? That’s a recipe for a whole lot of money and favors.

    And it gets worse.

    Maxwell is hiding out at some mansion in the US? That is what the Daily Mail is reporting, and they’ve been right before. How could British journalists get more information on this woman, this procurer for a sexual deviant, than the FBI or the CIA?

    I am not all that convinced that Epstein hung himself. Sleeping guards, who weren’t really guards to begin with, just understaffed subs who had no real training. It could have been an
    assassination staged to look like a suicide. I don’t know. But there were a lot of powerful people that Epstein was blackmailing, if rumors are true. None of them wanted for him to testify in court; he might have exposed the unsavory. That was his game. As for Maxwell, she’s in hiding, with her new CEO boyfriend, who is fifteen years her junior. Is she recruiting underage gilrs for him as well?

    The sooner we get to this whole sordid mess, the better.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  31. Maxwell is living in a ocean front mansion in Manchester by the Sea Massachusetts.

    mg (8cbc69)

  32. they pay for their sources, sometimes they make up things, as the Giuffre deposition, pointed out,

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. Washington State should trademark Mike Leach.

    This UW alum actually agrees, and he’s a reporter’s dream; all he has to do is write it down. I mean, what other coach will talk at length about Bigfoot and space aliens in a press conference.
    BTW, back in the day WSU was our primary opponent, but now it’s f**k the Ducks.

    Paul Montagu (e7d63b)

  34. He was into pirates at Texas Tech.

    DRJ (15874d)

  35. Five – now six – policemen shot in some kind of confrontation in Philadelphia – in a drug raid gone wrong. (or something close to that)

    Sammy Finkelman (324ec1)

  36. Rep. Steve King isn’t the problem, he’s a symptom. After all, it was the Republicans in his district who nominated the racist schlub.

    Paul Montagu (e7d63b)

  37. @10. Yep- those images in the reports are of the two explosions– saw same via other news sources as well–BBC, etc. Nasty stuff. Hopefully U.S. and European intel sources on the ground and from space will ferret out more info on potential contamination. Russians are notorious for withholding information on accidents like this. Personally believe news directors at the various outlets should be more concerned about this and move this story further up the food chain. More important than silly Trump tweets. But you know, such is August.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  38. Breaking– active shooter, Philadelphia standoff; six officers shot.

    Ugh. When will this end…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  39. Microsoft announces a double-plus BAD Windows 10 vulnerability that allows somebody sitting on the bed that weighs 400 pounds to take over your computer – without any user action required to let the virus in.

    The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially “wormable,” meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user’s part.

    There are “potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers,” Simon Pope, Microsoft’s director of Incident Response, wrote in a blog post Tuesday.

    “It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide,” he said.

    It may not be the Goodtimes virus, but it sounds close.

    Update your Windows 10 immediately if you haven’t gotten the automatic patch already.

    Dave (1bb933)

  40. Ryugyong Hotel: The story of North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’

    In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views.

    The Ryugyong Hotel — named after a historical moniker for Pyongyang meaning “capital of willows” — was supposed to open just two years later. But it never did.

    While the structure reached its planned height in 1992, it stood windowless and hollow for another 16 years, its naked concrete exposed, like a menacing monster overlooking the city. During that time the building, which dwarfs everything around it, earned itself the nickname “Hotel of Doom.”

    The hotel has since been clad in metal and glass, and was later fitted with LED lights to turn it into a colorful nighttime spectacle. Construction work has started and stopped many times, fueling constant speculation over whether it will ever open to guests.

    Still closed to this day, the Ryugyong Hotel is the world’s tallest unoccupied building.

    If only Little Rocket Man had a friend in the hotel business…

    Dave (1bb933)

  41. Good question: Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  42. Collusion is real…

    ”There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not “Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.”

    Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded — which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen . . . which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

    Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

    Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  43. Collusion is real…

    It sure as shootin’ is.

    Russian intelligence cutout to Donald Trump, Jr.:

    The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

    This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.

    What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?

    Donald Trump, Jr. to Russian intelligence cutout:

    Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?

    There followed a meeting attended by Russian intelligence operatives and Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager, organized for the express purpose of facilitating illegal Russian government assistance to the Trump campaign.

    Dave (1bb933)

  44. In the first place, this does not describe a “collusion” plot, unless it is collusion between various executive branch officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign for president.

    Sammy Finkelman (385c0e)

  45. #48 referred to the National Review article quotes in #46

    47. It’s highly debatable whether there would have been any violation of U.S. law, had the Trump campaign received any credible information from Russian sources.

    The way some on the Mueller team had it, it’s OK if they pay fair market value for the information.

    Sammy Finkelman (385c0e)

  46. Trump had business dealings in Russia with people directly linked to the Putin regime.
    That, all by itself, meant that the IC would have failed massively at its job if it had not attempted to find out the true extent of Trump’s ties to Russia and the regime.
    You don’t need the Steele dossier to justify it. You need nothing more than what was publicly known about Trump on the day he came down that escalator to justify the investigation.

    Trump supporters have of course denied that reality, but it is reality none the less.

    Kishnevi (f60e29)

  47. Paul Montagu (a2342d) — 8/14/2019 @ 6:57 pm

    Interesting read!

    We take the idea of tinkering, improving and inventing things for granted, but it was very much the exception through most of human history. Trade guilds were one major obstacle to innovation. Poverty was another.

    For every invention that succeeds there are usually many that don’t, and are just a waste of resources. Specialization of labor (made possible by the development of more intensive and longer-distance trade) was important in giving people the luxury of doing more than just sustaining themselves.

    Dave (1bb933)

  48. The way some on the Mueller team had it, it’s OK if they pay fair market value for the information.

    And report it…

    Dave (1bb933)

  49. Good question: Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?

    Why did we wait so long for the self-contained, smokeless, high-velocity, high-trajectory gun cartridge? Late 1880s.

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    The bicycle was not, and still is mostly not, necessary to anything.

    The high-powered rifle, however, had become necessary at the height of the colonial era because after a few generations the upstart natives had obtained their own blackpowder muzzleloaders to oppose the European blackpowder muzzleloaders they had been conquered with.

    nk (dbc370)

  50. My faith is in Andy McCarthy’s due diligence, Clyde Crashcup. But you’ll always have that yarn to help you sleep at night.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. 47… Sammy debunked your most recent rehash of that last week.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  52. Democrats are very bad people to try and take advantage of poor, innocent, babe-in-the-woods, very stable genius who plays 3-D chess, self-made billionaire Donald Trump like this.

    nk (dbc370)

  53. 56… you know they are bad folks, you live in Chicago.

    Some people will always have issues with attempts to reverse the results of an election.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  54. 56… you know they are bad folks, you live in Chicago.

    Some people will always take issue with attempts to reverse the results of an election.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  55. Pedophiles are free, elections are not.

    mg (8cbc69)

  56. With memories of his hazing running through his head – and mustard replacing the salty taste of tears – the mayor assumed a thousand yard stare, and took one for the team…×354.jpeg

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. The deep state pedophilia flock will be free to keep abusing little girls and boys as the FBI can’t find their own azz. And the leader of this cover up crew is Bill Barr, long time deep state fixer. See Ruby Ridge. Boosh bag man to boot.

    mg (8cbc69)

  58. Some people will always take issue with attempts to reverse the results of an election.

    Removing Trump wouldn’t put Hillary in office (in fact, nothing will), so I don’t know why you true believers insist on telling each other this fable about “reversing the results of an election”.

    Dave (1bb933)

  59. Ok, this is a bleg, for sci-fi fans.

    There’s a short story about this Terran embassy on an alien planet which is staffed entirely with people with psychological problems which make them perfect for their jobs.
    The ambassador is an agoraphobe and xenophobe who never leaves the embassy, but in that culture the higher your rank the more secluded you are. The public never see their ruler, for example.
    His secretary is so secretive that she will not give him his phone messages if left to her own devices, so there are no leaks out of his office.
    His two treaty negotiators are, respectively, a paranoid who does not trust anything or anybody, and a guy who can never make a decision about anything, perfect when negotiating the story’s version of the Paris Accords.

    Does anybody know the title and the author?

    nk (dbc370)

  60. Removing Trump wouldn’t put Hillary in office (in fact, nothing will), so I don’t know why you true believers insist on telling each other this fable about “reversing the results of an election”.

    I never got that, it’s like these people don’t know how any of this works. Do they think Pence would be worse than Trump about literally any topic? Or do they think impeachment means Nancy gets to be president, or the house chooses who’s the new president, maybe AOC, that very senior house member?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  61. Why did we wait so long for the self-contained, smokeless, high-velocity, high-trajectory gun cartridge? Late 1880s.

    Cuz Springfields, Minie balls and the Battle Cry of Freedom wuz gud enuf to put down the see-sesh.

    Dave (1bb933)

  62. Speaking of 19th century weapon innovations and sci-fi reminds me of the mildly amusing novel, The Guns of the South, where beleaguered late 20th century Afrikaners somehow use a time machine to travel back to 1863 and equip Lee’s army with AK-47s…

    Not one of Harry Turtledove’s better efforts, IMO.

    Dave (1bb933)

  63. He revised the scenario in his alternate civil war scenario

    Narciso (e490f4)

    We are a banana republic with Roberts at the helm.

    mg (8cbc69)

  65. Not a fan of those kinds of books. I’ve read one book by Turtledove that had the Garuda Bird fighting the Aztec bird in California, and that was enough. Likewise, S.M. Stirling’s soft-core porn about steampunk exiled Revolutionary War Loyalists who settled in South Africa was enough to turn my stomach any time I see his name on a book cover now.

    nk (dbc370)

  66. Aztec bird snake

    nk (dbc370)

  67. Removing Trump from office is the opposite of him being left in to serve. Voters didn’t elect Pence to be POTUS.
    “these people” surely understand what has transpired over the last three years better than you apparently do.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  68. Do you know why they call them “nachos”? I didn’t. Click the Google doodle.

    nk (dbc370)

  69. nk (dbc370) — 8/14/2019 @ 9:19 pm

    Well, I haven’t read that much of Turtledove’s stuff, but his series where aliens from outer space invade the earth in the middle of WWII was a good laugh. (Molotov tells them their system is doomed by the dialectic…).

    It’s definitely not high-brow stuff.

    Dave (1bb933)

  70. Removing Trump from office is the opposite of him being left in to serve.

    Right, but words mean things. If “A” won and “B” lost, reversing the election means now “B” won and “A” lost. It’s not complicated.

    That has never been on the table, and anyone who would swallow some bizarre conspiracy theory where Barack Obama commits felonies to put Mike Pence in the Oval Office probably also believed Mexico was going to buy us a wall…

    McCarthy is a mendacious scumbag, and he’s just cashing in by feeding credulous cult members the fecal matter they crave.

    Dave (1bb933)

  71. I commend the Philly PD for their restraint. A guy shot six officers (and thank goodness they all survived) and Maurice Hill is still alive, and now he should spend the rest of his natural life in prison.

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  72. He’s a career criminal who had serious charges against him dropped countless times.

    Folks in Philly are lucky it didn’t cost anyone their life.

    Dave (1bb933)

  73. poor davey gotta blame the voters for the deep state coo coo cachoo.
    speaking of a mendacious scumbag.

    mg (8cbc69)

  74. Judicial Watch should take the place of the Deep State DOJ. The DOJ is a cover for the deep state. Judicial Watch is for America. Tom Fitton deserves a noble peace prize.

    mg (8cbc69)

  75. nobel

    mg (8cbc69)

  76. 61, I dunno….Bill Barr was kissing the right asche 2 days ago:

    Maybe he locked up the fat cousin from DC role on Blue Bloods as the new commissioner once Selleck nods off (as I’m told by the tabloids, it’s always soon).

    urbanleftbehind (817342)

  77. 78… some people improve their behavior after counseling, others continue to bore the Hell out of those they come in contact with.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  78. Some have full-fledged careers and have a positive impact, others toil in the whiskey-dicked netherworld between assistant and full-fledged.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  79. 83… if only an outraged father of one of his victims had the opportunity to pay a reasonable fee to spend a couple of minutes with Epstein in his cell, this would have been the feel-good ending and justice served.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  80. And some, though able to work, leech off the productive members of society with their socialized health care and monthly welfare checks from the SSA.

    Dave (1bb933)

  81. Good to know: If you don’t like being surveiled, stay out of Atlanta, London and big chunks of China.

    Here are our key findings:
    ● Eight out of the top 10 most-surveilled cities are in China
    ● London and Atlanta were the only cities outside of China to make the top 10
    ● By 2022, China is projected to have one public CCTV camera for every two people
    ● We found little correlation between the number of public CCTV cameras and crime or safety

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  82. Well sure, what with all else going on, why not look into buying Greenland, yup, makes sense.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  83. @88. The transformation in London is truly astonishing. Today the city is covered by cameras. Back in the day, during our residency, there were no public CCTV cameras to speak of outside of some London Transport and British Rail facilities, the Underground and some traffic surveillance in routinely congested areas. They were out in the open and easy to spot, too. The police didn’t carry guns, either. Modern times and terrorism destroyed that element of charm.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  84. There are cameras and then there are cameras.

    nk (dbc370)

  85. Sorry, here’s the link.

    nk (dbc370)

  86. Ha! We experienced the eastern European kind at an AirBnB in San Diego.

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  87. Copying my comment in the other thread re Greenland
    Greenland was in the High Middle Ages a sustaining agrucultural community, part of the Scandinavian culture, because the climate was warmer then*. When the Little Ice Age hit c 1400-1600 agriculture became impossible, sea trsvel uncertain, and the Inuit stronger and bolder, so the settlement died out.
    But if climate warms up again, Greenland will return to at least a minimal ability to support agriculture and other enterprises. But that sounds a bit too long term when compared to Trump’s habits.

    *and the polar bears and ice caps seemed to deal with it well.

    Kishnevi (165c19)


    Every Democrat presidential nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Barack Obama was a lawyer. Michelle Obama was a lawyer. Hillary Clinton was a lawyer. Bill Clinton was a lawyer. John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer. Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress: Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is a lawyer. Ex-Senator Harry Reid is a lawyer.

    The Republican Party is different:

    President Trump is a businessman. President Bush 1 and 2 were businessmen. Vice President Cheney is a businessman. President Eisenhower was a 5 star General Officer.

    The leaders of the Republican Revolution:

    Newt Gingrich was a history professor. Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist. Ex-House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon

    Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer?

    Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago.

    The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.

    The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Trump, Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history like Gingrich. The Lawyers Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America ..

    And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, grow. Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail?….Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation. This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

    Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation. When politicians, as lawyers, begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

    Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

    Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

    The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party.

    And when you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democrat Party , then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high only they can afford them using our money. And it should anger you.

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