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Will Chris Christie be the next Attorney General?

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Will Chris Christie be the next Attorney General

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had his share of controversies throughout his political career. Now, he’s rumored to be a top choice of President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

The moderate Republican ran for president in 2016 before dropping out and endorsing then-candidate Donald Trump. It was viewed by many as political hedging that would help him get a cabinet position, but BridgeGate made it hard for the President to give Christie anything other than a temporary position on his White House transition team.

Apparently, enough time has gone by for his name to resurface for a role that suits his experiences.

Christie’s claim to fame has been being appointed U.S Attorney by President Bush shortly before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He built a strong resume in law enforcement circles and drew enough attention to become a Republican governor in deep blue New Jersey.

He used this claim to fame on the campaign trail.

“I was appointed United States attorney on September 10, 2001. And I spent the next seven years of my career fighting terrorism and putting terrorists in jail.”

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Newt Gingrich calls for release of information regarding Imran Awan

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Newt Gingrich calls for release of information regarding Imran Awan

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called on the House of Representatives Inspector General Mike Ptasienski to release information regarding Imran Awan, the former employee for Debbie Wasserman Schultz who participated in illegal activities while working IT for the Representative.

He isn’t trying to nail Awan, who made a plea deal, Schultz, or anyone else in Congress. The reason he wants the documents released is to demonstrate that the investigation by the FBI was completely insufficient. He said they interviewed 40 people. That number, to Gingrich, is very low considering the scope of the charges against Awan and his associated over a 13-year period.

“Conducting investigative interviews in this manner suggests that the FBI investigators merely wanted to be able to say that they contacted witnesses and raises significant questions as to whether these interviews were actually conducted in good faith,” Gingrich wrote on Facebook.

I’m not a lawyer or law enforcement officer, but everything listed in Gingrich’s post makes me believe he is correct.

“The sheer scale and size of the alleged criminal activity, the potential damage it could have caused, and the continual threats it potentially poses for the United States, raises significant questions that every American deserves to have answered.”

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Tim Cook’s quote on technology sounds true, except that it’s a total lie

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Tim Cook's quote on technology sounds true, except that it's a total lie

With a cursory read, one might hear what Tim Cook recently said and think that it’s a reasonable explanation for the “evils” of the world that stem from technology intended for good. In reality, it’s complete garbage.

There is no technology that can be used for evil purposes today that left the creators baffled when their works were turned into tools for evil. None. From the easiest examples like nuclear fission and fusion being turned into weapons technology to the more commonplace evils such as privacy bending to the will of those behind smart devices, all major technologies are understood for their basic uses. That’s not to say that every use can be anticipated, but nothing gets created without the understanding of its potential evil uses.

We are given an understand by our Creator that the things we dream up can be used for good or evil regardless of its intended purpose. This is a given in the world of technological advancement.

Perhaps what Cook meant to say is that creators of modern technology willfully ignore negative applications of their creations for the sake of advancing current technology beyond itself. Creators don’t get rich or famous by subverting creations for the sake of their potential evil use. It’s human nature to create things, and just about any creation of man is something that can be used for evil.

Here’s the quote, which oddly enough I found while exploring the political ramifications of Cook’s assessment on regulations. That part was boring and predictable, but his defense of tools of evil that had righteous original intentions is the one that caught my attention.

Apple’s Tim Cook says regulation of Silicon Valley is ‘inevitable’

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-tim-cook-regulation-of-silicon-valley-is-inevitable/On the issue of smartphone addiction, Cook admits he is still glued to his phone for “several hours” a day, but looking at his trends over time he’s picking up his phone less.

“Technology is good or evil as you put it depending upon the creator,” Cook said. “Many times it’s not that the Creator set out to do evil. It’s that there wasn’t an anticipation of these negative things that it could be used for.”

It’s very possible that Cook really does mean well, but he runs a company that thrives on consumers perceived needs to stay connected, entertained, and trackable everywhere they go. If he thinks that wasn’t Apple’s intention, he’s delusional.

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Benjamin Netanyahu replies to calls for an early election in Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu replies to calls for an early election in Israel

Israel is in the midst of political turmoil. The current government is held together by a razor-thin majority coalition. The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, just took over as Defense Minister following the resignation of Avigdor Liberman last week. A tenuous cease fire is in place with Hamas in Gaza.

Now isn’t the time to be calling for early elections, the Prime Minister said.

Netanyahu meets with coalition partner to stop government collapse

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/18/netanyahu-israel-prime-minister-meets-with-coalition-partner-to-stop-government-collapseThe Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is meeting with his top coalition partner in a “last effort” to prevent the collapse of his government which has been rocked by the resignation of its defence minister over a ceasefire agreement with Gaza militants.

Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said it would be unwise to embark on a divisive election campaign during such a sensitive time for Israeli security. He said he would try to convince the finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, and his centrist Kulanu party to stay in the fold.

“We are in one of the most complex security situations and during a period like this, you don’t topple a government. During a period like this, you don’t go to elections.”

He’s right. There are times when government shakeups simply don’t make sense. This is one of them for Israel. That’s not to say there’s ever a good time for a shakeup in Israel, but the last thing they need right now is another distraction.

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