Monday, January 23, 2017

Champion of Change

Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers behind Saturday’s Women’s March, being held in Washington, D.C., was recently spotted at a large Muslim convention in Chicago posing for pictures with an accused financier for Hamas, the terrorist group.

Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House "Champion of Change," was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.

While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his alleged work for the terrorist group.

Salah Sarsour, who is also a board member of American Muslims for Palestine, served as a bodyguard of sorts at the convention for Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, the daughter of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Democrats undermining Trump? Tell me it isn't so

Democrats loyal to former President Barack Obama are waging a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine President Donald Trump’s national security team by blocking key appointees, according to multiple sources familiar with the outgoing administration’s efforts.

The centerpiece of this obstruction is the recent refusal by Senate Democrats to quickly confirm incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Democratic leadersincluding Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Patrick Leahy (Vt.)postponed Pompeo’s confirmation, claiming they need more time to debate the pick, which is widely supported by a majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The decision to stall Pompeo’s vote, a move that will leave the critical post of CIA director vacant as Trump takes office, is part of a wider effort by the outgoing administration and its allies to hamstring Trump on the national security front, according to multiple sources, including those close to the Trump administration.

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Honey, I forgot where I parked

Violent pro-Trump assailants did not steal a car from a San Diego State University student at the center of the anti-Muslim hate crime investigation she forgot where she parked it.

The incident supposedly occurred in the aftermath of the presidential election, but has been shut down because the Muslim student has "decided not to pursue charges."

San Diego Police not only failed to find any evidence they ultimately couldn’t find a victim. The Daily Caller covered the incident last month.

The College Fix reported Friday that San Diego police determined that the car was not stolen from a parking lot.

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No limiting principle

Maximilian Robespierre is mostly remembered as the man responsible for the Great Terror. Progressives, of course, remember him fondly for this. Killing enemies of the revolution is the thing they fantasize about the most. It is why they are always trying to instigate violence. Normal people think of him as an example of what happens when fanatics gain power. He’s the example of the guy who started out with good intentions, but he eventually grew mad with power and ended up worse than what he opposed.

He was a much more complicated person than is remembered, though. For example, he opposed the death penalty, but then championed the execution of the king. He opposed the indiscriminate use of terror, but ended up claiming it was the necessary tool of democracy. He defended rivals branded as traitors, but then turned on close friends and saw them off to the guillotine. As a result, he remains one of the more famous and most controversial figures in the French Revolution.

The thing that was his eventual undoing was the fact that he could never work out the limit of civic virtue. At what point was a man deemed sufficiently virtuous? Where is the line between traitor and patriot? It was a problem for all of the revolutionaries and a problem that has haunted the Left ever since. Radicalism always starts as a rejection of something. It never ends at a clearly defined point. There’s no limiting principle. No matter how much you oppose something, there is someone else who opposes it more.

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John Lewis's district

While John Lewis spent the last 50 years growing rich and influential by repeating the same speech about being beat up on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, the people living in the crime-ridden parts of his district have spent the 50 years since then being subjected daily to violent crimes and threats of crime at least as bad and frequently far worse than what Lewis experienced, day after day, week after week, year after year decade after decade, unabated.

There are no federal monuments to the crime victims of John Lewis’ district. These victims are barely acknowledged by Lewis himself.

And while John Lewis grew more rich and influential with each repetition of his Edmund Pettus Bridge speech, the people of his district watched the value of their homes, their communities, and their schools their life’s work disintegrate because of crime and multigenerational family dysfunction.

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Delightful concept

A group of parents in Southern Indiana has expressed alarm because their children in the local taxpayer-funded middle school are learning that Sharia law is a delightful concept beloved by women forced to live under its yoke.

The Sharia-related assignment at issue is for seventh-grade students at Highland Hills Middle School, just north of Louisville, reports The Courier-Journal, the main regional newspaper.

The assignment provides a reading passage ostensibly written by a 20-year-old woman named Ahlima who resides in Saudi Arabia.

Ahlima says she feels "very fortunate" to be governed by Sharia law the notorious Islamic penal code which, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, includes the practice of cutting off the hands of criminals who steal. She observes that she is about to become some guy’s second wife. She supports the repressive clothes women in Saudi Arabia must wear. "I understand that some foreigners see our dress as a way of keeping women from being equal," Ahlima writes. "I find Western women’s clothing to be horribly immodest."

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Odds and ends

Youth unemployment is an astonishing 46.5% in Greece, 43.6% in Spain, 36.4% in Italy and 25.8% in France. Only 3 countries in the EU have figures below that of the U.S.: the Czech Republic, Netherlands and Germany

Headline....Muslims in Canada say 9-year old's are adults and it's okay to have sex with them.

Protestors don't even know who they're protesting.

Obama says Biden was the best vice president America has ever had.

Mark Twain....Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company.

Defense Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis believes ISIS is al-Qaeda on steroids.

The Clintons are shutting down the Clinton Global Initiative. But the Clinton Foundation will go on and on for there are many houses in that institution.

Rep. John Lewis will boycott Trump's inauguration. He also boycotted George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001, along with several other members of the Black Caucus. They didn't "believe Bush is the true elected president."

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

A Mexican federal judge has ruled that drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, former leader of the long-disbanded Guadalajara Cartel, must pay reparation of just over 20.8 million pesos, close to US $970,000, to the relatives of two of his victims.

Pit bulls make up about 7% of the total U.S. dog population but contributed to 82% of dog-related deaths.

Eight people were shot and several others injured during a stampede to get out of Miami-Dade's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, on a day when the civil rights icon was honored across the country.

President Obama won re-election in 2012 with four million fewer votes than he received in 2008, the only president to win a second term with fewer popular votes and fewer electoral college votes than he won in his first election.

Eight years ago, 32 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, a whopping 43.6 million Americans are dependent upon food stamps.

Since 2009, our nation’s debt has doubled from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. That’s more debt, created by President Obama, in just eight years than all the debt created by all of the presidents combined who preceded President Obama.

Obama...First president ever to not reach 3% GDP growth.

St. Anthony of Egypt...."A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.'"

Washington Times poll....28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office.

Less than a month after president-elect Trump first tweeted about the F-35's high costs, and a week after he brought up the F-35 in his first press conference, Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time.

In Texas, coal-fired power plants have been producing less and less energy in recent years. They now account for about 25 percent of the state's power generation, down from 39.5 percent in 2010.

Boos and chants of "Lock her up!" were heard in the crowd assembled at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Friday morning when Hillary Clinton was introduced at the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump.

George Soros says Trump is a "would-be dictator who is going to fail."


Leaving on a jet plane

As this administration draws to a close, Audrey Edwards is packing as fast as the Obamas.

By January 20, Inauguration Day, she’ll be nearly 6,000 miles away from Brooklyn not watching the festivities in Paris.

A journalist and real estate agent, she first got the idea to leave the US when former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliana ran for president in 2008. But when Trump rode down that gilded escalator, called Mexicans rapists, and announced his candidacy for Commander-in-Chief, Edwards put friends on notice:

"If somebody as crazy as this guy gets in, I’m out of here."

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Should NATO be scrapped?

In his confirmation hearing for the position of secretary of defense last week, General James Mattis staked out a position on NATO that appeared strikingly at odds with that of his prospective boss, President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump has called NATO "obsolete" and said he seeks "good deals" with Russia, Mattis called for inserting American troops into the Baltic states as a "tripwire" to deter Russian aggression.

Who is right? To answer requires asking a different question: What is NATO for, anyway?

Probably the most famous answer was given by Lord Ismay, the first secretary general of NATO. He quipped that the purpose of the alliance was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

If that's what NATO is for, then much of what the alliance has been doing for the past 20 years would have to be described as "off-mission." So would Trump's call for NATO to "focus on terrorism," for that matter. But if the original mission no longer makes sense, perhaps the organization needs a new mission or it needs to be scrapped. So: Is the original mission obsolete?

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Obama owes his career to gerrymandering

It’s Obama’s final full day as president, and he leaves office a staunch opponent of gerrymandering:
Obama also spoke out against political gerrymandering, saying the concept is "bad for our democracy, too."
That’s certainly odd, given that Obama in some ways owes his political career to gerrymandering:
In 1996, during his first run for office, in the Illinois State Senate, Obama defeated his former political mentor Alice Palmer by successfully challenging her nominating petitions and forcing her off the ballot, effectively ending her career. A few years later, Illinois Democrats, after toiling in the minority in the Senate, gerrymandered the state to produce a Democratic majority. While drafting the new political map, Obama helped redraw his own district northward to include some of Chicago’s wealthiest citizens, making the district a powerful financial and political base that he used to win his U.S. Senate seat, a few years later.
Obama still has the pen he used to redraw Illinois districts to his benefit, except until tomorrow at noon it’s being used to sign executive orders (which he’ll also call "bad for our democracy" when Trump does it).



Russian money to Trump?

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.

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Cuts are coming

The next couple of days may be filled with speeches, ceremonies, a few galas and a raft of executive orders, but come next week the actual work of reducing the size (and cost) of the federal bureaucracy is set to begin. A list of items on the chopping block has leaked out this week and it’s far more than lip service. Assuming that these are the final plans, you’re going to see heads exploding in the big government cheerleading sector and a chorus of cheers coming from small government conservatives. The Hill has a list of much of what Trump is planning on taking an ax to and it contains some targets familiar to conservatives dating back to Reagan’s era.

Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.

The changes they propose are dramatic.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Mexico will pay

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told an assembly of top diplomats last week that "Mexico of course will not pay" for Donald Trump’s wall. His predecessor, former president Vicente Fox, put it more bluntly in a tweet storm last week, declaring: "TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that [f----n] wall."

They are both wrong. Trump absolutely can make Mexico pay. And the answer lies in a provision of the corporate tax-reform plan House Republicans are planning to take up after Trump’s inauguration the so-called "border adjustment."

Trump criticized the border adjustment this weekend, telling the Wall Street Journal "Anytime I hear border adjustment, I don’t love it." Here is why he should: It would force Mexico to give us every penny we need to pay for the wall, and then some.

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Intersectional feminist catfight

If it was only white women who had voted in the past presidential election, Donald Trump still would have won. The only difference would be that he would also have won the popular vote, and by a 12-point margin. Trump garnered 53% of the white female vote, whereas a white woman named Hillary Clinton was only able to rally 41% of her white sistren to pull the lever for her.

Ashamed, traumatized, horrified, and grievously triggered by these stats, a pair of phenotypically white women from New York Citywhere else?have designed and are marketing a "NOT THIS WHITE WOMAN" T-shirt that enables white feminists who didn’t vote for Trump to publicly virtue-signal this fact.

Hilariously, this doesn't sit well with black feminists.

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Obama loves spending (other peoples') money

President Barack Obama has made one final contribution to the fight against global warming on his way out the White House door. On Tuesday, Obama transferred $500 million to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, a key program set up to finance climate change adaptation and renewable energy projects in developing countries. That’s on top of another $500 million the Obama administration had already given to the fund.

… Trump won’t be able to reverse payments to the UN that have already been made.

Obama’s total contributions of $1 billion are still far short of his $3 billion pledge, but his actions are drawing praise from climate activists. "The Obama administration is refusing to let President-elect Trump’s posse of oil barons and climate deniers dictate how the world responds to the climate crisis," said Tamar Lawrence-Samuel of Corporate Accountability International in a press release. "This victory is the climate justice movement’s opening salvo to the Trump presidency. And we’re not going away."

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How to deal with Venezuela

The Washington Post tells a story that sheds considerable light on Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil. The story begins in Venezuela, where ExxonMobil and other oil companies had long done business.

Socialist ruler Hugo Chavez needed cash to shore up his failing economy, so he demanded that all foreign oil companies give his government a bigger cut of their revenues. All the companies went along, except ExxonMobil, where Tillerson had recently become CEO. He refused Chavez’s demand.
Chavez responded by nationalizing ExxonMobil’s considerable assets in the country, which the company valued at $10 billion. The losses were a big blow to Tillerson, who reportedly took the seizure as a personal affront.
Only Tillerson didn’t get mad, at least in public. He got even.

Guyana, one of the poorest countries in South America, adjoins Venezuela to the East. ExxonMobil got rights to explore for oil off Guyana’s coast, and in May 2015, the company made a stunning announcement....

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Black students have another grievance

TomJ steers us to another of academia's identitarian dramas:

Black students’ progress is being stalled by university tutors who are "60-year-old white men" and "potentially racist," according to students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London. In a report called Degrees of Racism, the student union demands that "all academics must be prepared to acknowledge that they are capable of racism." It claims unconscious bias is rife at the school part of the University of London and that white tutors allow white male students to dominate class discussions and have lower expectations of black and ethnic minority (BME) students because of "racist stereotypes of people of colour as less capable, or lazy."

Alongside the usual demands for double standards and racial favouritism in hiring, and "compulsory classes for academics to combat unconscious bias," the students want "all staff [to] feel able to confront each other’s racism." The report, they say, is intended to address the "significant gap in attainment" between white and ethnic minority students.

[The report] quotes black undergraduates who say their academic progress is being hampered by older white professors who cannot relate to them. "Both of my tutors are white men. How can I have a rapport and feel comfortable talking to a 60-year-old white man?" asks one.

In short, the students are admitting, albeit unwittingly, that in fact they are the inflexible and bigoted ones, the ones preoccupied with racist (and ageist) stereotypes, and are incapable of feeling "comfortable" with people whose appearance differs from their own. Apparently, for them, learning is next to impossible unless they are being taught by people who look just like them, are of a similar age, and who share the assumptions of a subset of nineteen-year-olds.

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Don't trust muslim translators

In a damning verdict on Germany’s Ministry for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF), Rev Gottfried Martens said Afghan and Iranian migrants who convert to Christianity are subject to "kangaroo court" hearings where "almost exclusively Muslim translators" falsely translate their responses….. He also said Muslim translators "deliberately stick the knife in our congregational members by falsely translating what they say".

Muslims deem converts to Christianity among the migrants to be apostates whose conversion works against the Islamic supremacist plan of dawah and hijrah, so these trusted Muslim translators have no qualms about being deceitful in order to get Christians deported. Meanwhile, Muslim migrants are the ones raping women. They are the ones responsible for the crime surge in Europe, and remain a threat to homeland security through jihad attacks.

Reverend Martens’ call for Christian migrants to be housed separately from Muslims seems to be falling on deaf ears....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Democrats are divided

When Republicans lost the majority in 2006 and the White House in 2008, the media focused on the splits in the GOP. When they began to regain control of Congress thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party, the media continued to focus on the coming Republican war. And when they won the White House last November, a great deal of attention continues to get paid to the divisions within the GOP.

Not nearly as much attention went to the other side of the aisle, not even after the bruising 2016 Democratic primary made those divisions obvious. Politico's Gabriel DeBenedetti shines a light on the ongoing rift, made worse by the stunning loss of Hillary Clinton. The race for the DNC chair has turned into a proxy fight between these factions, and has also become a way of relitigating the primary and the DNC’s role in undermining the grassroots:

Long after the Democratic presidential nomination was settled, the bruising 2016 primary fight continues to divide the party, hindering Democrats’ ability to unite and prompting national party leaders to tiptoe around the issue in the hopes of avoiding an outbreak of Sanders-Clinton proxy wars. The bitter defeat at the hands of Donald Trump has exacerbated the tensions, leading to the rise of "Bernie would have won" and "Bernie’s challenge helped sink Hillary" camps, even if the battles are rarely framed in such explicit terms. Now, with the chairmanship of the DNC and party nominations in multiple 2017 races at stake, some Democrats are desperately trying to strike a balance and remind rank-and-file activists of the real enemy.

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New York City mayor to protest Trump

The mayor of New York plans to hold a rally outside Trump’s hotel Thursday in protest of the inauguration.

Mayor Bill de Blasio intends to join up with fellow celebrities outside Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, reports the Huffington Post.

"I’m rallying at Trump Int’l Hotel at 6PM on Jan. 19 because our next president needs to hear from all NYers before he takes office. Join us," de Blasio tweeted Monday.

He will join with prominent media figures like Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Moore.

"As Lincoln once said, here in NYC, let us have faith that RIGHT makes MIGHT," de Blasio said in another tweet. "This is New York. Nothing about who we are changed on Election Day. Let’s get to work."

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Obama was never good at reaching across the aisle

President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index, which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him.

Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled less business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.

Blame for the poor showing falls across Washington. Some analysts say a Congress with four years of divided control hamstrung Mr. Obama, while others say the president failed to find ways to work with the legislature that voters gave him particularly after the 2010 elections.

"The president was never good at reaching across the aisle. So when the composition of Congress changed relative to what it was in his first two years, he wasn’t able to accommodate that very well," said Andrew Busch, a presidential scholar at Claremont McKenna College in California. "He never accustomed himself to operating in a system where he was not the sole player."

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Charlie Hebdo update

The 7th of this month marked two years to the day since two gunmen walked into the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and murdered twelve people. This period also therefore marks the second anniversary of the period of about an hour during which much of the free world proclaimed itself to be "Charlie" and attempted, by walking through the street, standing for moments of silence or re-tweeting the hashtag "Je Suis Charlie" to show the whole world that freedom cannot be suppressed and that the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov.

So two years on is a good time to take stock of the situation. How did that go? Did all those "Je Suis" statements amount to anything more than a blip on the Twitter-sphere? Anyone trying to answer such a question might start by looking at the condition of the journal everyone was so concerned about. How has it fared in the two years since most of its senior editorial staff were gunned down by the blasphemy police?

Not well, if a test of the magazine's wellbeing is whether it would be willing to repeat the "crime" for which it was attacked. Six months after the slaughter, in July 2015, the new editor of the publication, Laurent Sourisseau, announced that Charlie Hebdo would no longer publish depictions of the Prophet of Islam. Charlie Hebdo had, he said, "done its job" and "defended the right to caricature." It had published more Muhammad cartoons in the issue immediately after the mass murder at their offices and since. But, he said, they did not need to keep on doing so. Few people could have berated him and his colleagues for such a decision. When just about every other magazine in the free world fails to uphold the values of free speech and the right to caricature and offend, who could expect a group of cartoonists and writers who have already paid such a high price to keep holding the line of such freedoms single-handed?

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Creating sperm from one's cells

Imagine you are Brad Pitt. After you stay one night in the Ritz, someone sneaks in and collects some skin cells from your pillow.

But that’s not all. Using a novel fertility technology, your movie star cells are transformed into sperm and used to make a baby. And now someone is suing you for millions in child support.

Such a seemingly bizarre scenario could actually be possible, say three senior medical researchers who today have chosen to alert the public to the social risks of in vitro gametogenesis, a technique they say could allow any type of cell to be reprogrammed into a sperm or egg.

The technology has already been demonstrated in mice by Japanese scientists and is likely to be extended to humans soon, according to the authors of an editorial in Science Translational Medicine, who warn that it could open a Pandora’s box of "vexing policy challenges" and ethical dilemmas.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congressman John Lewis, pants on fire

The truth about John Lewis is that he's a liar and a racist. His career should have ended after he falsely accused Tea Party activists of yelling racial slurs at him.
WASHINGTON Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "nigger" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.
The video showed it never happened.
Let’s be blunt; John Lewis is a liar. He claimed the N-word was "shouted" over and over at him and yet no camera among the many there has caught anything of the sort. In other words, there is no doubt about it; he was and is lying straight through his teeth.
John Lewis plays the racism card incessantly. Even while his official hero status means that any response to him is racist.



Extreme prejudice?

Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56.

Ulfkotte was an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, when he published Bought Journalists, the bestselling book that cost him his job and perhaps his life.

German media, who were banned from reporting on his work in recent years, are reporting he died of "heart failure".

Acknowledging that his life was under threat, Ulfkotte explained that he was in a better position than most journalists to expose the truth because he didn’t have any children who could be threatened.

Speaking to the Russian newspaper Russian Insider, Ulkfotte said: "When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte’s newspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of."

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Correcting student's spelling gets teacher fired

It would be difficult to find a better example of everything that's wrong with education in America: a Maryland public school fired the woman who ran its Twitter account because she corrected a student's spelling.

The student, "Nathan," tweeted "Close school tammarow PLEASE" at Frederick County Public Schools. Katie Nash, the district's social media director, replied "but then how would you learn to spell 'tomorrow'? :)" from the FCPS account.

District officials were not pleased. First, they instructed Nash to stop tweeting. Then they called her into a meeting and abruptly fired her, according to The Frederick News Post....

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On Russia, again

On this, the last week-end of the Obama misadministration, I charge onward, onward like Lord Cardigan . . . Ok, Ok, I am getting carried away. It's all this talk about Russia that has me on my charger heading into the "valley of Death." I am going to repeat myself a bit, as I have written quite a lot about Russia, but events drive me "Half a league, half a league/ Half a league onward. . ."

I am deeply touched by the sudden progressive concern for the security of the United States. Most of the same people now screaming "RUSSIA!" and accusing President-elect Trump of being the Siberian Candidate, historically have opposed a strong US military, opposed efforts to fight Soviet Communism, laughed at "a Red under every bed" paranoia, derided the CIA as murderers and coup-plotters, wanted immediate US nuclear disarmament, made fun of Romney's concerns about Russia, defended Hillary's use of an insecure server, etc. Lots more, you can fill it in. They also have opposed strong US border defense, and an immigration policy to protect us from foreign jihadis, rapists, murderers, and urban criminal gangs. Obama, the ultimate political expression of the progressive world view, gutted the US military, instructed our intel and enforcement agencies to focus on "climate change," ordered them to downplay the illegal alien and jihadi threats, tried to politicize them and shape them into extensions of the DNC (see DOJ, IRS and EPA, for example). He, in sum, turned them into purveyors of the usual progressive nonsense that has gotten us into our current socio-political-economic fix, and, by the way, led to the election of Donald Trump.

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Behind the mayhem

I have struggled to understand George Soros because he is a character riddled with contradiction. His push to break down borders by increasing immigration all over the world is undermining his desire to establish a unified Europe and a unified world. By pushing too hard, too fast, he’s creating obvious pushback. So, I decided to work on an article that would help me get a little better sense of what drives him.

On the one hand, he openly acknowledged at the end of 2016 that an "immigration crisis" is busting Europe apart at the seams. On the other, he states that the EU has always been his cherished project. So, why is he pushing immigration to the EU’s breaking point?

I see the same contradiction in German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Europe is clearly her favorite project, too, and yet she seems hell-bent on stuffing immigrants from outside of Europe down every European nation’s throat, including her own, to a degree that is clearly over stressing indigenous cultures and creating fractures everywhere.

Clearly Europe already has financial fractures that risk busting apart Europe’s always-precarious union of iron bonded together with clay. Do these two leaders thrive on stress so much that they feel compelled to force more discontented and impoverished people into an already fractured vessel? Are they just pathologically inclined toward self-destruction? Are they immigration bulimics who can’t stop stuffing themselves addicts who have to keep shoving another needle in their arm, no matter the harm?

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It's only money

Pro-abortion billionaire George Soros has donated nearly $90 million to feminist groups behind a January 21 protest of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

In a new report, Alatheia Nielsen at NewsBusters revealed that more than a quarter of the groups listed as "partners" on the Women's March on Washington website are funded by Soros. These include Planned Parenthood, to whom Soros has given over $21 million since 2000, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, to whom Soros has given over $3 million since 2000. Other Soros-funded groups participating include the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Catholics for Choice, Equality Now, NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, the Human Rights Campaign, and Amnesty International.

The feminist anti-Trump march, which the media have touted as a massive upcoming protest has been marred by disagreements over gender, class, and race.

Some women have withdrawn their participation because of the lack of minority women in the protest's leadership roles, the New York Times reported. Others have disagreed on whether the march or its offshoot local marches should focus more on race or gender.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Abolish the CIA?

Every American who looks at the CIA objectively or in a balanced way and judges it by any number of criteria, such as moral, legal and pragmatic, should reach the conclusion that the CIA should be abolished. JFK wanted to break it into a million pieces. Trump is right to dismiss its intelligence reports about DNC hacking. The CIA war on Trump shows us immediately that the CIA is a rogue organization within the U.S. government and a severe threat to America.

The CIA is an internal threat to the rule of law and to the government that it supposedly serves. Senator Schumer acknowledges the CIA’s unbridled power, its subversive power, its power to undermine even a president, especially one that wishes to control or alter the organization, when he says,

"Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. For a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this."

Schumer is saying that the CIA is so powerful that a president should not attempt to control it or else! The CIA is so powerful that elections do not matter when it comes to the CIA. The CIA stands alone. The Constitution that empowers the president as the Executive, the boss of government operations, does not matter. Basic American institutions and laws must bow before the threats that the CIA possesses. This is the assessment of a Senator beginning his 4th term and who is the highest ranking Democrat in the Senate in his post as minority leader.

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When extortion no longer works

A document from the New York State Department of Labor reveals that the Clinton Global Initiative is being discontinued.

Filed on January 12, 2017, the document shows the layoff of a specialist employed by the Clinton Global Initiative as part of a "plant closure" and that the reason for their discontinuation was the "Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative."

The news of the closure of the Clinton Global Initiative comes after reports emerged in the Fall of 2016 that they were laying off dozens of workers at their New York offices.

The Clinton Global Initiative was founded in 2005 by Bill Clinton and associate Doug Band. Band and Clinton were dogged by accusations of corruption, which intensified after 2016 document releases by Wikileaks revealed that Band was soliciting large numbers of donations for Clinton through his public relations firm, Teneo.



Repatriations to Mexico

The family and I just visited Mexico again for Christmas and there are even more signs Mexicans are already returning to their country.

On my last visit, I noticed there was a new station at the border crossing called Repatriaciones (repatriations). On this visit, we entered Mexico on December 19th, 2016, and I went to the same immigration station. The repatriations desk was actually in business and was taking "customers." There were more changes as well. In fact, the counter where I obtain my permit had been moved and was actually right next door to the repatriations section. It is now called Repatriacion Humana, which means "humane repatriation". It’s subtitled Mexico esta contigo ("Mexico is with you").

A sign in the Repatriacion Humana section listed benefits for the repatriated: food and water, a document to prove they have returned, information and orientation to help them and temporary lodging.

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Quebec tired of Islam

On a sunny day in mid-October, about 100 people gathered outside Quebec’s National Assembly, chanting their concern that immigration was eroding Quebec culture.

They were members of the various groups that make up the far right in Quebec: Justiciers du peuple, PEGIDA Quebec and Soldats d’Odin among them.

Standing apart from the crowd that Saturday were a dozen members of a group that even the rest of the far right finds radical.

Scaling the nearby walls of the Citadelle, Atalante Québec unfurled a banner that read, "Death to terrorists, Islam Out."

"Atalante are guys that are a bit more extreme than us," said Katy Latulippe, who heads the Quebec chapter of Soldiers of Odin, a group that has proposed patrolling Quebec City neighbourhoods popular with Muslims.

Other far-right groups avoid talking about race, preferring to speak of religious fundamentalism instead.

Atalante, on the other hand, advocates openly for a "renaissance of the neo-French in Quebec."

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Greatest businesswoman you've never heard of

Nearly 30 years before Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden launched their beauty brands, a former servant girl from Canada created the American hair salon industry, designed the first reclining salon chair, and went on to establish retail franchising as we know it today. Along the way she empowered thousands of young women and amassed a fortune.

Martha Matilda Harper was born in 1857 into a working class family in Ontario, Canada. At the age of seven, her father bound her out in servitude to an uncle, and she was sent 60 miles from home to begin a life of drudgery. Eventually, she went to work for a German holistic doctor, who taught her his revolutionary ideas about hair care. Harper learned about stimulating blood flow to the scalp through vigorous hair brushing, and the importance of hygiene; all new ideas at the time. She embraced the doctor’s practices and her own hair flourished. Before he died in 1881, the doctor gave Harper his secret hair tonic formula, little knowing the effects his small bequeath would have on Harper and American society.

The next year Harper immigrated to Rochester, New York, once again as a servant, but she had the tonic and a plan.

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Enemy of the State

I just assumed Tommy Robinson was a neo-Nazi. I’d vaguely heard of the English Defence League (EDL), but wrote them off as a far-right group not worth my attention, one that would eventually collapse from internecine strife. I started to delve deeper, reading Robinson’s memoir Enemy of the State.

I was raised in Bromley, in middle class areas that didn’t have a large Muslim population. Robinson (real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon) was raised in Luton, a racially-divided town 30 miles north of London where white, working class people are, according to him, an ethnic minority. There are places where you’d almost never see a white face. Burkas are commonplace.

"Am I jealous?" he writes in Enemy of the State, "not so much jealous as resentful, I think. [In Luton] it seemed like there was no shortage of money to buy the friendship and respect of a group of people who just took it and laughed in our faces."

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The spawn of Soros

Alexander Soros, the son of liberal billionaire George Soros who acts as the managing partner for Soros Brothers Investments, has quietly emerged as a major donor to Democratic campaigns and causes.

Alexander has remained relatively unknown in the world of political giving thanks to his father garnering a bulk of the family’s attention. However, Alexander has stepped up his political contributions even as his father continued to pour tens of millions into the coffers of Democratic campaigns and political action committees.

Alexander gave more than $4.5 million to Democratic campaign committees and political action committees in 2016, according to campaign finance records. The millions in donations from Alexander throughout the past election cycle is a sharp increase from years past.

The Senate Majority PAC, the political action committee of former Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), was the biggest recipient of cash from Soros’ son. Between August and November 2016, Alexander cut four checks to Reid’s leadership PAC totaling $3.5 million.

Alexander gave $127,800 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2016 campaign cycle and added $133,400 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp.

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Defund the UN

On Thursday, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation that would defund the United Nations over the Security Council’s passage of UN Resolution 2334, which calls Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem "illegal."

The "Safeguard Israel Act" states that the U.S. government will be prohibited from giving any money to the UN, or any of its affiliates, until President Barack Obama confirms the UN resolution has been repealed and can certify that he has done so. America provides the UN with 22 percent of its budget, contributing $8 billion to the largely anti-Israel organization annually.

"United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 falsely claims that Israel’s sovereignty over the eastern part of Jerusalem and Jewish communities in the West Bank are illegal under international law, and that the Old City of Jerusalem, along with the Temple Mount, the holiest site for the Jewish people, and the Western Wall are ‘occupied Palestinian territory,’" the Safeguard Israel Act states.

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So who wants to screw Trump?

Having learned previously both the identity of the former British intelligence officer who compiled the "Trump dossier", revealed by the WSJ earlier this week as former MI-6 staffer Christopher Steele, currently director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, and that John McCain was the person who delivered the report to the FBI, one question remained: who commissioned the original report meant to uncover a material, i.e., campaign-ending, weakness in Donald Trump's past.

We now have an answer, or least a partial one. But first, a brief detour into just how Steele allegedly went about compiling his data.

In a report in Mother Jones, David Corn, who first broke the story that a former Western counterintelligence official had sent memos to the FBI with troubling allegations related to Donald Trump, writes about Steele's experience shortly after being retained in June by a "private research firm" to look into Trump's activity in Europe and Russia. Steele recalls that "It started off as a fairly general inquiry." One question for him, he said, was, "Are there business ties in Russia?"

Corn then writes that the former intelligence official went to work and contacted his network of sources in Russia and elsewhere.

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Police not happy

Recent high-profile shootings between police and blacks have raised tensions in the US, made policing riskier and increased many officers’ reluctance to carry out some of their duties, according to a survey of police opinions published on Wednesday.

The Pew Research Center survey found about three-quarters of officers view a series of deadly incidents between police and blacks in recent years as having increased tensions and made their departments less willing to stop and question suspicious persons. 86 percent said the deadly encounters have made police work more difficult.

The shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, triggered massive protests and renewed debate over police tactics and their relationship with the communities they are supposed to serve. A spate of other killings of mostly black men in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities strengthened the Black Lives Matter movement and prompted the Obama administration and police departments across the country to review law enforcement-community relations.

While public protests and other surveys have provided a glimpse of the public’s view of police, the Pew survey of nearly 8,000 policemen and women from departments with more than 100 officers is the first to measure the opinion of law enforcement on a large scale. Conducted between May 19 and August 14 last year, part of the survey was conducted after eight officers died in separate attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge last July.

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Wall of meat

One of president-elect Donald Trump's biggest supporters is taking it upon himself and his group of bikers to make sure the inauguration event goes smoothly, promising to form a "wall of meat" to guard against any protestors.

Chris Cox is founder of the pro-Trump organization "Bikers for Trump," and is expecting more than 5,000 bikers from his group to be in attendance at the inauguration.

On Sunday, Cox spoke with news show "Fox & Friends" and said that should there be any rowdy protesters in attendance, his group will be there to back up security.

"In the event that we are needed, we certainly will form a wall of meat," Cox told the show.

"What does that mean?" interrupted co-host Abby Huntsman. "What does that mean, 'A wall of meat'?"

"We'll be shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and we'll be toe-to-toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers, that's going to be assaulting women, spitting on them, throwing things at them," Cox explained. "We are anticipating a peaceful transition of power."

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Grieving for miscarriages

When we lived in Japan, my husband took me on a date to a cemetery. In his defense, it was a famous cemetery in an Ewok-worthy forest on Mount Koya known for gimmicky headstones in the shapes of rockets and coffee cups.

Yet they didn’t interest me as much as the hundreds of stone Jizo statues that lined the wooded paths. These small figurines dressed in red caps and bibs honor the souls of babies who are never born. Crowding their feet are toys and snacks left by parents to comfort their children in the afterlife. Sometimes a woman would turn away as we approached her on the path. Sometimes the flowers would still be fresh.

My husband, Brady, and I were young enough then to assume that tragedies happened to other people and not to us. This was a belief we carried for years until the day we held hands on an ultrasound table watching the technician turn off the monitor and tiptoe out of the room. A miscarriage at 10 weeks produces no body, so there would be no funeral. "What do we even do?" I asked the doctor.

She wrote me a prescription for Percocet: "Go home and sleep."

We went home. I didn’t sleep. I spent a week throwing myself around the house I’d decorated to look like a dojo that’s how many souvenirs I brought when we’d moved back to the States from Japan. I was itchy with sadness. I picked at my cuticles and tore out my hair. I had all this sorrow and no one to give it to, and Brady couldn’t take it off me because his hands were already full of his own mourning. We knew miscarriage was common. But why wasn’t there anything people did when it happened?

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