MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

QAnon and The Omnibus Spending Package

March 26th, 2018 Viewed 316 times, 1 so far today

In a recent post, I introduced the insider named “QAnon” taken from the Q anonymous writer on the 8chan boards. With Friday’s signing of the biggest spending bill of Trump’s presidency, one would believe that Q would show up, and he did.

On Friday, he published that he was updating his tripcode– a code assigned at login to help verify that the user is who they say they are, as all users on 8chan can post anonymously. Some have speculated that some rogue actors are close to discovering the old one, so Q has announced a new one. Another interesting side note here is that there have been a lot of fake Q postings on Twitter lately, something that enhances Q’s reputation, as many will call out these fakes fairly quickly.

Who or What is QAnon?

March 22nd, 2018 Viewed 596 times

Anyone that has been around the Internet for a while knows that it is ripe for conspiracy theories. If anything, the fact that anonymous people from all over the world can post things, link things, and use the fact that people are preconditioned to believe certain things to get their point across. We should all be very skeptical of these things, as we should with everything we can’t verify.

Between 2016 and today, a few different anons (all users and 4chan and later 8chan start out as anonymous) appeared to have inside information into things that were happening in and around the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Some of them claimed to be part of the NYPD or NY FBI branch, claiming to have information that was on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, videos of Hillary Clinton, or worse– confirmation of pizzagate conspiracy that claimed highly powerful people were behind a human trafficking ring centered on pizza parlors, code words, and Satanic rituals. As of this writing, while there has been a number of arrests in human trafficking rings around the United States, there’s no evidence to support pizzagate, but that doesn’t stop people from capitalizing on it.

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Mass Shootings, Russian Bots and Secret Hand Signals

February 22nd, 2018 Viewed 470 times

Lots of people talking about President Trump meeting with kids from the Florida school and CNN’s town hall. Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) took the time in her latest column telling us all about an amazing new breakthrough to reduce mass shootings… wait for it… Get rid of illegal immigrants.

There have been about 34 mass shootings since 2000. Forty-seven percent – 16 – were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e. people who never would have been here but for Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.

She goes on to list the names of those that would not have been able to been able to have done a mass shooting because they wouldn’t be here in the first place. Which on its face is correct.

Obstruction of Justice, Trump-FBI and #TwitterLockOut

February 21st, 2018 Viewed 345 times

So, how this will work is I’ll attempt to lead you to the different view points, and the messaging between the two camps. I’ll also attempt to introduce you to who’s on what side and where they stand. Follow the links to get the full details.

There are two individuals that seem to be writing in an impartial manner that you can trust to be less partisan in what they lay out. One of these is Andrew McCarthy McCarthy is one of the go-to guys for people that back Trump because, for the moment, McCarthy states that he believes that there’s no way that Trump is impeached. His qualifications to make such a judgement? He’s a “Bestselling author. Contributing Editor at National Review & Fellow at NR Inst. Former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney” His posts are very well laid out and can be accessible by most laymen. This doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with him. In his latest post, he is responding to a critic and lays out a very important point:

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When It’s Not About the Box

February 15th, 2018 Viewed 359 times

Pres. Trump’s recent budget proposal came out, and this time around it included a proposal to replace some of the SNAP money that people are getting with a box of food that’s chosen based on governmental factors:

Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it.

Glenn Thrush, NYT

While Ann Althouse wonders whether Trump is simply attempting to troll people or whether it’s a creative way to think outside the box by thinking about a box, I think it’s another persuasion play.

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Health Care Bill is More About Getting Something Done Than Getting it Perfect

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 1633 times, 2 so far today

One of my bosses once told me that the perfect is the enemy of the good. When it comes to our health care solution, what we have now is terrible, what Rep. Ryan is proposing is in the right direction, and the GOP has a tendency to never get things done. So when I read Politico’s article discussing Trump telling the GOP to get in line, what I hear is someone that’s trying to get wins, to get them fast, and get people united in the same direction. I also hear someone who is being tested as being a “famed negotiator” and who wants to prove that it’s not just Executive Orders that he can do, but also the stuff that has to get through Congress.

While I appreciate the argument of Rand Paul– I like the idea of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace. They should have gotten Rand and the group on board behind the scenes with a plan, but I think that getting something done (especially if you risk the tax cut and other things by not getting this done) is better than doing nothing at this point.

Imagine if Pres. Trump Shuts Down the Government Because He Can’t Get the Cuts He Wants

March 17th, 2017 Viewed 2539 times, 1 so far today

I mean, Pres. Obama shut down the government because he couldn’t get the spending he wanted. How would the Republican’s respond?

It would be interesting to see them argue against what they campaigned on.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 1688 times

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

Should Twitter and Facebook Be Treated as Utilities? No.

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1795 times, 1 so far today

While one can understand and sympathize with why Scott Adams asks this question and appreciate the uniqueness of the solution, the problem with this is that it enshrines these things as public entities and relieves competition.  Even now, alternative applications to Twitter and Facebook are under development, and with most social platforms, times can change and people can and do leave them– though I will definitely grant that adoption rates for new sites can be slow when there isn’t much of a value ad.

I believe it would be far more powerful for bigger names to leave these two platforms for a new platform and encourage their followers to move to keep up than it would be to allow these platforms to achieve some kind of protected, too-big-to-fail status.

I’m Not Sure They Thought This All the Way Through

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 2723 times, 1 so far today

I can think of a lot of ways that women would not like to be regulated like guns…

  • Trigger locks
  • Kept locked and away from children
  • Need a background check to have one
  • Places they couldn’t go: Schools, churches, airports (except in checked bags)

Hat tip: The Conservative Treehouse

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.