Finding Happiness-Bob Davis Podcast 814

When it comes to politics these days, it’s hard to find happiness. Especially when it comes to how things really work and true believers. We’ll talk about it in Finding Happiness-Bob Davis Podcast 814.

Omar’s Tweet Storm

Minnesota’s 5th District Congressman Ilhan Omar started a firestorm  because of a tweet regarding a Vox story that questioned Israeli lobbying. At issue are democrat voters suddenly aghast because of Omar’s comments.

Dependable Democrats Put Omar In Office

Jewish voters in the 5th district are dependable democrat voters. Moreover they reached out to a growing Somali community in Minneapolis years ago. An effort that has been celebrated in the media here. Somalis as a community were encouraged to come to the Twin Cities through the US State Department, by Lutherns, Catholics and others.

Suddenly Surprise At Omar’s Criticism Of Israel

Consequently why is it surprising a Somali politician, elected by an active Somali community might have different views about Israel than a Jewish community smaller than her base? Especially since the president apparently had similar views during his 2016 campaign.

Surprise! Moderate Democrats Don’t Like Socialists

More importantly older and moderate democrats are balking at left wingers like Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio Cortez. When they voted, what did they expect?

The Final Insult? Light Rail

It doesn’t end there. Most noteworthy in Minnesota? Democrats have had control of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul for decades. More than 90 percent of democrats support Light Rail Transportation. A new rail project will run right through one of Minneapolis’ most democrat and richest district.

NIMBY’s

Democrats enthusiastically support Light Rail projects in other parts of the city. Now suddenly they’re upset because of proposed subsidized development and the path of the train through the inner city lakes district.

Republicans Hate Democrat Governor’s Tax Increases

Finally there are the republicans furious because a newly elected democrat governor wants to raise taxes. Where were they last November? Watching fox news in their La-Z-Boys.

What You Deserve

In conclusion, everyone wants what they want from politicians but…you can’t always get what you want.

Sometimes you get what you deserve.

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Russia Targets American Politics Again?-Bob Davis Podcast 809

Get ready. A sustained disinformation attack on the top democrat presidential candidates is already in progress. That’s the new story line. These days you can’t be sure. We’ll talk about it in Russia Targets American Politics Again?-Bob Davis Podcast 809.

Breaking News From Politico

Most noteworthy is a series of stories Politico has done about ‘hacking’ the US electoral process. The latest is an article which sources data analysts and other experts. Especially relevant? A new charge by experts. Russia is back to its old tricks.

We take a look at the story and the charge in In Russia Targets American Politics Again?

A Wide Ranging Effort

Natasha Korecki says her Politico story shows a wide ranging effort aimed at Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. She reports certainly it is up and running with signs foreign state actors are behind some of it.

It’s Happening Again

According to Politico Weaponized Propaganda picks at the most sensitive issues in our public discourse. Furthermore that propaganda is being pushed across a variety of platforms. It’s happening again.

Wait! Not All Of It Is Organized!

Wait though. Not all the activity is organized. In contrast, a lot of it appears to be regular Joe’s sharing stuff they think is funny or relevant on their feeds.

Sources For Politico Article Include Democrat Operatives

Finally sources for this story include Brett Horvath who has worked for the Mayor of Seattle as well as other operatives who have worked for democrats including Hillary Clinton. Or companies like Storyful who spy on reporters.

No Conclusive Evidence

Even more Korecki writes researchers and others cannot conclusively point to actors behind “the coordinated activity”.

We’re All Trolls Now

Maybe I’m churlish but it seems to me the writer, sources and Politico itself are getting a lot of mileage out of this. The principles in the story are sharing the story on their own feeds. Just slightly Troll Like, don’t you think? Maybe the Russians have switched sides this time!

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Trump Kills Iran Deal-Now What?-Foreign Affairs Update-Podcast 721

President Trump decertified the JCPOA or ‘Iran Deal’ of 2015, on Friday May 11th. Trump has kicked off a firestorm of coverage which has not fully explained what’s going on. Again. Time to find out about the details of the Iran Deal in Trump Kills Iran Deal-Now What?-Foreign Affairs Update-Podcast 721.

Stormy Daniels Sells Newspapers

Moreover coverage of international relations doesn’t usually generate a lot of views, likes or shares. Hence one of the main reasons American media spends a lot of time on salacious stories.

Foreign Policy Isn’t A Campaign Slogan

Furthermore, voters don’t think about these things in election years. Slogans and shouted one liners on the campaign trail get lots of applause from true believers. Build The Wall. Tear Up The Iran Deal. Make America Great Again.

Politicians Make Big Mistakes

Truth is our leaders can make serious mistakes in this arena. Consequently missteps and screw ups can effect all of us for a very long time. Seems like presidents get a lot of support from congress and the people as they blunder about. Therefore, some background some of these mistakes in Time to find out about the details of the Iran Deal in Trump Kills Iran Deal-Now What?-Foreign Affairs Update-Podcast 721.

It’s Not A Treaty

The so called Iran Deal is not even an Executive Agreement, as has been reported. Most noteworthy it is within the president’s discretion to do anything he wants with this agreement. Did Trump ‘kill’ the deal? Is it a mistake? Was Iran violating the terms of the JCPOA?

Constitutional Authority

In addition was it constitutional for President Obama to enter into a political commitment? Did the House endorse elements of the deal? Did the Senate debate the agreement? Find out in Time to find out about the details of the Iran Deal in Trump Kills Iran Deal-Now What?-Foreign Affairs Update-Podcast 721.

Whatever Trump Does Is A Mistake, right?

In conclusion one of the problems with this president is the media’s habit of reacting to anything he does as a mistake. Without defending the president, maybe the specifics should be reported and judgments left to the American people.

Most of all, that’s what I do in this podcast. Find more podcasts on the Iran subject from the campaign trail in 2016, and through the years here.

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