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Pence: NBA a ‘Wholly Owned Subsidiary’ of China

Vice President Pence Thursday assailed the NBC and Nike for their hypocrisy, pretending to stand for social justice — except when it comes to their bottom line, which dictates that they not anger communist China over Hong Kong.

All this is true. How about calling on Americans to reconsider buying products made in China, and to call on businesses to start finding other low-wage countries to make their products?

But that would inconvenience us.

Pence went on to tell the people of Hong Kong, “We stand with you.”

Well, I think that’s a good thing to do. The Chinese should understand that there will be consequences if they crush Hong Kong.

But we also have to be careful about doing what we are so good at, which is to tell people we cannot possibly help that we support them. We cannot provide military aid to Hong Kong. And unless there is a plan to take serious, long-lasting steps against the Chinese if they start murdering protestors, we should not be giving people the impression that we are going to do something for them.

It makes us feel so good about ourselves to say these things, but then it is the people over there who must suffer.

Buttigieg Calls Pence a Christian Hypocrite for Condoning Trump’s “Naked Sins”

From the Washington Examiner:

Pete Buttigieg criticized Vice President Mike Pence and Christian politicians who support controversial Trump policies as hypocritical, but stopped short of calling them “sinful,” as Joe Biden did.

“I’ll be careful to use that word to kind of point out a speck in my brother’s eye,” the South Bend mayor told Religion News Service when asked whether politicians who supported family separation at the border were guilty of “sinful” actions. “What I would say is that it’s clear that some naked sins are being at best condoned by people who then summon religious arguments. That rings more and more hollow. It’s not just that we might have a different interpretation of faith, it’s that these arguments no longer stack up even on their own merits, right?”

“For example: Mike Pence’s view of Christian sexuality is obviously a little different than mine,” said Buttigieg. “But even with his view, it makes no sense to condone this president and his behavior. So there’s two layers to this. There’s the fact that I subscribe to a vision of faith that leads me to a certain place politically. But it’s also just seeing the hypocrisy among people who now endorse people and practices that are offensive, not only to my values, but to their own.”

Buttigieg’s charge of hypocrisy echoes comments he made at the first presidential debate, where he went after Republicans’ use of religious language and said the party “likes to cloak itself in their language of religion.”

Pence Plane Diverted Back to Washington from New Hampshire Trip

Vice President Pence scrapped a planned event in New Hampshire Tuesday and headed back to Washington for what his office characterized as something that “came up” but was not an emergency.

Some news outlets were reporting, more believably, that there was an emergency of some kind.

I’d note, without trying to raise alarm, that in 20 years of covering the White House, I cannot remember Air Force One or Air Force Two being “diverted” and returned to the White House.

The White House is assuring people there is nothing to worry about and that this has nothing to do with President Trump’s health. It appears it may be related to a fire aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that killed 14 Russian sailors.

Video || Vice President Pence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Trump is visiting Japan on Memorial Day, hoping to keep the United States out of another war, this one with North Korea.

I’ve disagreed with his methods, but not his motive. He’s at least trying to pick up a can that’s been kicked down the road by the last three presidents.

So Mike Pence went to Arlington Cemetery this year to mark the day.

I visited the Vietnam Memorial Saturday. It is, always, such a moving experience to see the names on the wall, and the tributes that have been left. I just happened to see a newspaper clipping left there about the death of a young man from near where I grew up in Rockland County, New York. To think of the life he missed out on.

I don’t like the memorial, I think it implies that the war was wrong and the lives were wasted. But I don’t deny its power, or its usefulness to those whose loved ones died there.

Have a nice day. And to the fallen, the wounded, and those who suffer the psychological scars of war, I am sorry I can’t do much more than salute you and say, thank you for your service.

Cheney Lectures Pence Over Trump’s Foreign Policy

Vice President Pence and former Vice President Cheney started one of those usually cordial discussions at one of those retreats for wealthy and connected people — and then actually got into an argument.

According to the Washington Post:

A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Richard B. Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering Saturday, with Cheney comparing the president’s instincts to those of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post.

At the closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Ga., Cheney respectfully but repeatedly and firmly pressed Pence on a number of the president’s foreign policy moves. Cheney expressed concerns at such actions as taking a harder line toward U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria during what he fretted was “the middle of a phone call.”

Cheney also worried aloud to Pence that “we’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us” and then offered a blunt criticism of the current administration’s response to foreign policy challenges.

“I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan,” he said.

It seems like Cheney’s biggest annoyance is that Trump is trying to get our allies to pay for their own defense.

He worried about Trump’s decision to cancel the decades-long U.S. military exercises with South Korea and referenced a recent Bloomberg News report about the president’s directive “to pursue a policy that would insist that the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for our deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.” “I don’t know, that sounded like a New York state real estate deal to me,” Cheney quipped.

Well, okay, go ahead and sneer. But Cheney doesn’t get human nature the way Trump does. If people don’t have skin in the game, they don’t care. If we force out allies to pay for their defense, then they are less passive and more active participants. When you have to sacrifice a bit of your wealth for the cause, then the cause becomes stronger.

Quite an insulting turn from the vice president who pushed us into Iraq BY MISTAKE. There was no WMD in Iraq. Oops, sorry.

Video || Trump and Pence Visit MLK Memorial

Notice how CBS can’t even cover the damn event without mentioning the government shutdown.

And the reporter notes how the Smithsonian is closed because of the shutdown. Aww. Now what does that have to do with the MLK Memorial? Nothing! It’s OUTSIDE. Open to all.

Maybe the bathrooms are shuttered and you have to pee in the Potomac. I dunno. Worse things have happened.

Video || Mike Pence Announces Space Force

Do we need a space force? How the hell should I know? But it’s pretty cool.

I say we let William Shatner command the first fighting spacecraft. That will scare the crap out of the Russians.

Here’s a highly produced video from the White House showing Vice President Pence making the announcement.

What’s interesting to me here is that Pence seems to be given a lot more latitude by President Trump for self-glorification than Barack Obama ever granted Joe Biden. He gets his own videos and plenty of solo photo shots by White House photographers. Clearly setting himself up for Pence 2024. Or Pence 2020, whichever comes first.

Biden almost never appeared on his own in anything. The Obama White House photos and videos were all about Obama. But of course.

Good video. Pence is on his game. You know, to the extent you can make two-percent milk exciting, Pence can be a thrill.

Pence Family Magnanimous After John Oliver’s Attack

Vice President Pence’s 24-year-old daughter Charlotte Pence, who wrote a children’s book about the family’s pet bunny, decided to be above the vicious attacks on her father and praise John Oliver’s parody of her book by noting the proceeds go to charity. In the parody, written by a staffer for his weekly HBO show, the… Continue Reading