Thursday, February 23, 2017

She's sorry, for marrying 10 men

The notorious Bronx serial bride apologized to America after a court appearance Wednesday, saying she could have "accidentally married a terrorist" and endangered the country.

"I apologize to the American people because I could have put them at risk," Liana Barrientos, who wed 10 men over 11 years as part of a green-card scam, told The Post.

"I could have let people stay in this country who could have killed us," the 40-year-old Barrientos lamented.

"This is what I get because of my own selfishness and not doing my homework. I would have to live with that for the rest of my life."

The mom said her biggest regrets were "disappointing my kids and that I could have brought bad people here who could kill. I could have let people stay in this country who could have bombed [New York] or anywhere else. That’s fed up."

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Human trafficking arrests are up, thanks to Trump

In the four weeks since Donald Trump's inauguration there have been a record number of human trafficking arrests - including the largest bust in US history which received virtually no MSM attention. In total, over 1500 suspects have been taken down, including high profile serial child molester Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Jeffrey Sandusky, who was arrested a week ago on charges of sexually assaulting two minors and sending Anthony Weiner-esque texts.

And it's way more than just domestic busts in the United States; two days before the Clinton Foundation pulled out of Haiti, a sting rescued at least 31 victims of human trafficking right next to where Bill and Hillary spent their honeymoon. There have also been international busts in Quebec, a huge takedown in Japan, and another in Ghana. A little over two weeks ago, a fifth of the "dark web" was taken down - around half of which was related to human trafficking and pedophilia.

Even before Trump's inauguration but after the US election, Norway (around the same time they eliminated almost all contributions to the Clinton Foundation) conducted a gigantic takedown of a child-porn ring, which the New York Times initially reported on but then deleted from their website. Not surprising, considering the NYT's history of defending pedophilia - which I'm sure has nothing to do with CEO Mark Thompson's career spent covering up or otherwise "normalizing" the heinous proclivity.

The latest revelation comes from Wiltshire, UK police chief Mike Veale, who sources say is certain that long-suspected former British Prime Minister - Sir Edward Heath, was in fact a huge pedophile; allegations Veale believes are "120 percent" genuine....

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Quote of the day


Things Fall Apart

In the late 1950s, the now sadly departed great Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe wrote his masterpiece, Things Fall Apart. I remember reading his novel in high school, and being struck by the story it tells. It's been years since I read the book, and don't remember all the details of how the main character watches helplessly as his traditional yam-based Ibo way of life loses the battle to the encroaching white man's culture. As he realizes he has no place in the new culture that has emerged, he commits suicide.

The man, Donald Trump, who ran the most unorthodox campaign since, since, well, you fill in the date, and who was given less chance to win than the Cubs, well, he won. The losers are not happy. The sort of attack they have launched on Trump, his administration, and supporters might seem unprecedented, although it might be comparable to how the Democrats in the South reacted to Republican-led Reconstruction after the Civil War, except it doesn't make anywhere as much sense.

At the risk of some exaggeration--but this is a blog, and that's what we do--perhaps we should see Trump as bringer of the new culture to the traditional culture of the traditional Washington elites and their enablers in the universities, Hollywood, and corporate medialandia. There is no doubt that a huge socio-cultural clash is underway. Turn on your TV; you see it. Listen to the debates of people around you; you hear it.

Trump has upended the traditional political culture in a way not seen since, well, I don't know since when; you fill in the date. The left are akin to some sort of American Ibo who see their traditional government-based culture threatened, and much of their behavior seems to indicate they, too, are preparing to commit suicide.

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Some loons are loonier than others

Noel Ignatiev (born 1940) is an American author and historian. He is best known for his work on race and social class and for his call to abolish "whiteness". Ignatiev is the co-founder and co-editor of the journal Race Traitor and the New Abolitionist Society, a journal that promoted the idea that "treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity". He also has written a book on antebellum northern xenophobia against Irish immigrants, How the Irish Became White. His publisher bills him as "one of America's leading and most controversial historians".

Ignatiev, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia, was raised in Philadelphia. He attended the University of Pennsylvania but dropped out after three years.

Under the name Noel Ignatin, he joined the Communist Party USA in January 1958, but in August left (along with Theodore W. Allen and Harry Haywood) to help form the Provisional Organizing Committee to Reconstitute the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (POC). He was expelled from the POC in 1966.

Later he became involved in the Students for a Democratic Society. When that organization fractured in the late 1960s, Ignatiev became part of the Third-worldist and Maoist New Commnunist Movement, forming the group Sojourner Truth Organization in 1970. Unlike other groups in the New Communist Movement, the STO and Ignatiev were also heavily influenced by the ideas of Trinidadian writer C. L. R. James.

For 20 years, Ignatiev worked in a Chicago steel mill in the manufacturing of farming equipment and electrical components. A Marxist activist, he was involved in strikes by the mostly-African-American laborers of the steel mill. In 1984, he was laid off from the steel mill, approximately a year after an arrest on charges of attacking a strike-breaker's car with a paint bomb.

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False allegations of rape

The list of motives by Kanin (1994) is the most cited list of motives to file a false allegation of rape. Kanin posited that complainants file a false allegation out of revenge, to produce an alibi or to get sympathy. A new list of motives is proposed in which gain is the predominant factor. In the proposed list, complainants file a false allegation out of material gain, emotional gain, or a disturbed mental state. The list can be subdivided into eight different categories: material gain, alibi, revenge, sympathy, attention, a disturbed mental state, relabeling, or regret.

...Complainants were primarily motivated by emotional gain. Most false allegations were used to cover up other behavior such as adultery or skipping school. Some complainants, however, reported more than one motive. A large proportion, 20% of complainants, said that they did not know why they filed a false allegation. The results confirm the complexity of motivations for filing false allegations and the difficulties associated with archival studies. In conclusion, the list of Kanin is, based on the current results, valid but insufficient to explain all the different motives of complainants to file a false allegation.

...An illustration hereof is the notorious case of Gary Dotson. Kathleen Crowell Webb fabricated a rape after unprotected consensual sex with her boyfriend to obtain contraceptive medication. Coincidentally, Gary Dotson resembled Kathleen's fabricated rapist and was convicted of rape (Webb & Chapian, 1985). Kathleen recanted her false allegation of rape out of remorse, but her initial allegation was so convincing that some scholars and the judge who reviewed the case did not believe her retraction (Taylor, 1987).

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Triumph of conservatism?

Back in the 1980’s, when I was a young man, being a young conservative was the best of times because it felt like the war had turned. The enemy’s lines had broken and we were on our way to a great final victory over the forces of darkness. Every right-wing hack in America had a laundry list of things that had to be done, once the battle was over and our tropaion was placed on the battlefield. First the military would be rebuilt, then we would win the Cold War and then we would roll back the welfare state. Party time.

Young people can be forgiven for getting ahead of themselves, but there were plenty of old coots talking about the triumph of conservatism in the 80’s. Even though Reagan did nothing to tame the welfare state or even slow its growth, it felt like we were still on the right side of history. Once the Soviets cracked, it just seemed like a matter of when, not if, the great return to normalcy would happen. Of course, that did not happen. The Left regrouped and the Right sold all of us out for cushy jobs in Washington.

That’s the first bit of advice I offer to the alt-right. Trust no one. In the Reagan Revolution, it was impossible to tell the grifters from the committed. Lots of people attached themselves to conservatism, as writers, thinkers and commentators, simply because there was money in it. The term "Conservative Inc." did not exist in the 80’s, but the idea of it sure did. Just ask Charles Krauthammer. He was a liberal speech writer for Walter Mondale and then he changed teams, because there was more money in being a right-winger.

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Illegals going to Canada

Rural Canadian border towns have recently seen a spike in illegal crossings of immigrants from the U.S. since Donald Trump took office. This weekend another twenty-two were caught and detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

They’re reasoning seems rather peppered with alarmist thinking not based in reality or with any knowledge of how the Safe Third Country Agreement works. The agreement states that "refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for an exception." The U.S. is considered a safe country for refugees.

According to those attempting to cross, they claim that they are fearful for their safety and future in the U.S. since Trump signed an executive order that put a temporary ban on travelers entering the country from seven countries.

Immigration advocates in Canada want the U.S. taken off the "Safe Country" list. Everyone’s response to that bit of ridiculousness is, not safe compared to what?

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Man who wants California to secede lives in Russia

Louis J. Marinelli is a man on a quixotic mission: to help California secede from the United States and become an independent country.

Surprisingly, this quest has been going relatively well of late. Marinelli's group, Yes California, is attempting to collect 585,000 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Buoyed by California's already tense relationship with President Trump, the campaign has received a large amount of press coverage and support over the past few months.

But for the 30-year-old Yes California president, there remains one annoying problem: People keep asking him why he lives in Russia.

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Quote of the day


Hidden Figures

The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women whose maths skills helped put a US astronaut into orbit in the 1960s. But the history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further - and they were still struggling to get the best jobs in the 1970s.

In 1943, two years after the US joined World War Two, Miriam Daniel Mann was 36 years old. She had three children, aged six, seven and eight - but she also had a Chemistry degree.

Job opportunities for married women were limited then, especially for those with children, and even more so for African-American women.

But as men went off to war, there was a skill shortage in vital industries. The president signed an executive order allowing black people to be employed in the defence sector for the first time, and Nasa's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), started looking for black women to work on mathematical calculations.

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Renaming reality, it's what the Left does well

The dislocation of reality continues apace, helped by academics who think renaming things can induce the physical world to alter its course. On the Women’s Studies List, which has existed for more than 25 years and has over 5,000 subscribers, yet another acrimonious discussion recently unfolded about who is excluding whom.

Turns out some trans feminists don’t understand why some women don’t embrace their new label of "cisgender." As one post helpfully explained: why should anyone object? "Cisgender" merely means "non-transgender." Those objecting are seen as determined to conform to the dominant society. Evidently, margins and centers still exist, but their occupants are to change places. A reversal of privilege, as Katharine Burdekin, the British feminist writer of speculative fiction, characterized many revolutions. She warned that such a reversal in the case of gender might get no nearer to producing a better society than the old male privilege did, and might possibly be worse.

Today, for all the academic talk of "diversity"written into all levels and aspects of American universities, with growing numbers of administrators and officers designated to oversee ita new and rigid orthodoxy is upon us. This was adumbrated a few years ago when Women’s Studies Programs underwent a sea change, renaming themselves with some variation of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Studies. Not surprisingly, the change accompanied the ever greater emphasis on queer theory, transgender studies, masculinity (as in the currently popular term "toxic masculinity"), and other overarching interpretations of the world according to new dogma.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Suppressive persons

Disconnection in Scientology is described as the organization directing members to sever all ties with family members and friends who dare criticize practices of the Church of Scientology and its dogmas, leaders, and beliefs. Labeled "suppressive persons," these enemies of the church are isolated from their social network, labeled in public as hateful, and when the dogmas of Scientology are rejected or criticized, they're ultimately "disconnected." "Suppressive persons" are dehumanized, categorized as evil, hateful, destructive, and the source of history's most catastrophic events.

Sound familiar?

Marching in rank with L. Ron Hubbard's guidance, liberals are now demanding that everyone within their bubble of experience disconnect from individuals who would dare question their ideology. "Suppressive persons" to the new left can easily be named: Ann Coulter, Gavin McInnes, Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopolous, etc. Basically, if you've ever been invited to give a talk at a university and someone pulled the fire alarm, you're probably on their list.

Resistance to opposing points of view is carried out in a number of ways: name-calling and dehumanization (Nazi, Hitler, racist, sexist, Islamophobe), lighting things on fire, pulling fire alarms, blocking streets, etc. Jeremy Scahill's recent tantrum represents yet another tactic: outright refusal to participate in discussion with people their cult of social Marxism has identified as their version of "suppressive persons." Invited to participate on Real Time with Bill Maher, Scahill canceled his participation on the show when he found out he would be appearing with the hyper-labeled Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Snowflakes

In 2017, trends and expressions catch fire faster than a speeding broadband connection. One of the latest is a resurgence of this article’s titular word, "Snowflake". No, not the piss-poor art projects you made in kindergarten that your parents hung on the fridge. Disclaimer — they threw them away the day you moved out. Let’s take it straight from Urban dictionary, which I hear is a legitimate source these days (though, then again, ostensibly so is Buzzfeed):
An overly sensitive person that doesn’t take criticism well.
The term seems to have originated as a description for a generation. Wikipedia even has a "Generation Snowflake" page describing children gestated in their parents’ affection marinade to the point of being incapable of digesting even the mildest form of criticism. The New York Times dates the expression back as far as the 1996 film Fight Club, where Tyler Durden — aka Brad Pitt with his shirt off — tells each of his minions that they "are not a beautiful or unique snowflake."

The term, however, like all things in 2017, has been politicized — most notably by the right (or far right, or alt-right, or whatever you want to call them) to describe liberals. Alternatively, liberals have co-opted the term and reciprocated in kind to describe Donald Trump’s own thin-skinned tendencies such as denouncing unflattering stories of himself as "fake news"....

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Climate fraud, and clouds

The Democrats are devastated by their recent lost elections. They will be even more devastated as we learn the details of their massive global warming fraud.

Dr. John Bates, a former high level NOAA scientist, set off a furor by revealing that a recent NOAA paper, which claimed global warming hadn’t "paused" during the past 20 years, was fraudulent. The paper was timed to undergird Obama’s signing of the hugely expensive Paris climate agreement.

This is only a tiny fraction of the climate fraud.

Fortunately, high-tech research has finally sorted out the "mystery factor" in our recent climate changesand it’s mostly not CO2. Even redoubling carbon dioxide, by itself, would raise earth’s temperature only 1.1 degree. That’s significant, but not dangerous.

CERN, the world’s top particle physics laboratory, just found that our big, abrupt climate changes are produced by variations in the sun’s activity. That’s the same sun the modelers had dismissed as "unchanging." CERN says the sun’s variations interact with cosmic rays to create more or fewer of earth’s heat-shielding clouds. The IPCC had long admitted it couldn’t model clouds--and now the CERN experiment says the clouds are the earth’s thermostats!

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Trump's mental health in question

A Democratic lawmaker says he’s so concerned about Donald Trump’s ‘erratic behavior’ that he wants to revise the 25th Amendment in case the president demonstrates that he does not have the ‘mental and emotional capacity’ to do his job.

Oregon Congressman Ed Blumenauer, who represents the liberal city of Portland, says he sees a ‘glaring flaw’ in the wording of the amendment that was ratified in 1967 in response to JFK’s assassination.

Blumenauer is one of several Democrats suggesting that Trump’s unsupported statements about large-scale voter fraud and other issues are a reflection of his mental state.

Rep. Ted Lieu of California is working on legislation that would require a psychiatrist or psychologist to be on hand at the White House, The Hill reported.

Al Franken, a senator from Minnesota, revealed on a TV program that some Republicans in Congress have told him privately that Trump’s ‘not right mentally.’

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Mixed feelings about police work

1) Like most police officers, Hispanic officers have mixed feelings about their work. A majority of Hispanic police officers (63%) say their work often or nearly always makes them feel proud, a share similar to that of black (60%) but slightly higher than among white officers (58%).

2) Views of Latino officers on fatal incidents and the ensuing protests mirror those of white officers. Roughly seven-in-ten Latino and white officers (72% of each group) say recent fatal encounters between blacks and the police are isolated incidents, rather than signs of a broader problem between blacks and the police. By contrast, a majority of black officers (57%) see these incidents as signs of a larger problem.

3) Similar shares of Hispanic officers and white officers say high-profile incidents between blacks and police have made policing harder. Seven-in-ten Hispanic officers (72%) say that officers in their departments are now less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious, a share similar to the 73% of white officers who say this. Roughly two-thirds (64%) of black officers say this.

4) A majority of Latino (60%) and black (64%) officers say it should be up to federal authorities to identify undocumented immigrants. On the other hand, a majority of white officers (59%) say that when it comes to identifying undocumented immigrants, local police should take an active role.

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Nuclear accident?

Iodine-131 (131I), a radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere in Europe. The preliminary report states it was first found during week 2 of January 2017 in northern Norway. Iodine-131 was also detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.

Iodine-131 is a radionuclide with a short half-life (T1/2 = 8.04 day). The detection of this radionuclide is proof of a rather recent release.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Non-citizen voting

A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.

The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers.

President Trump has announced he will appoint a task force on voter fraud headed by Vice President Mike Pence. He says he wants the investigation to focus on inaccurate voter registration rolls, which are maintained by the states and the District of Columbia.

"It is a fact and you will not deny it, that there are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote," White House adviser Stephen Miller told ABC News. "That is a scandal. We should stop the presses."

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Second-hand smoke hysteria

Helena, Montana, does not often make global headlines, but in 2003 the small capital city became known for briefly achieving one of the most astounding public health triumphs ever recorded. In June of the previous year, Helena had implemented a comprehensive smoking ban in its workplaces, bars, restaurants, and casinos. In the first six months of the ban, the rate of heart attacks in the city plummeted by nearly 60 percent. Just as remarkably, when a judge struck down the smoking ban in November of that year, the rate of heart attacks shot right back up to its previous level.

For three anti-smoking advocateslocal physicians Richard Sargent and Robert Shepard, and activist and researcher Stanton Glantz from the University of California at San Franciscothis sudden drop in heart attacks was proof that smoking bans usher in extraordinary benefits for public health. "This striking finding suggests that protecting people from the toxins in secondhand smoke not only makes life more pleasant; it immediately starts saving lives," said Glantz in a press release sent out by UCSF.

Newspapers ran with the story, credulously assuming that the correlation had been truly caused by the smoking ban. "The bottom line of Helena’s plummeting, then soaring, heart attack rate is painfully obvious," warned an op-ed in the New York Times. "Secondhand smoke kills." The BBC projected that "[banning] smoking in public places could prevent hundreds of deaths from heart disease." Wire services carried the result around the globe, and even the conservative Wall Street Journal cited the result as an important finding.

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Quote of the day


Two countries in one

Trump did not cause the deep division in the country. It caused him. There are two very different Americas. I suspect that the half of the country that voted for Trump, that voted with wild enthusiasm, that roared at huge rallies, was not so much voting for Trump as against the other America. It was just that they had never had a chance before. The two countries have little in common and do not belong on the same geography.

Whether Trump proves to be the catastrophic buffoon he apparently aspires to be, the current protests illuminate a stark difference between his supporters and Hillary’s. The chasm is far deeper than just politics, embracing culture, taste, manners and morals. The groups are distinct and incompatible .

The difference begins with manners. Throughout the campaign Trump’s partisans forgathered in huge rallies, applauded, calmly went home, and later voted. At the same time we saw on Clinton’s behalf mobs of ill-bred, worse mannered, loutish, perennial adolescents blocking highways, shutting down rallies, engaging in vandalism and physically attacking supporters of Trump. Cars were destroyed, fires set, ATMs smashed. Black Lives Matter, always ghetto predators, were worst, but low-grade college students and their equally dismal professors joined in. They were obscene, infantile.

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Navy turning to small carriers?

The U.S. Navy may be on the verge of a light aircraft carrier renaissance. New technology spurs the revival, both new smart weapons in the arsenals of potential military adversaries and new American weapons systems, the USMC F-35B strike fighter being the most pertinent example.

The issue is complex, so the back-story here is particularly relevant. In World War II, the U.S. Navy made extensive use of small aircraft carriers, ranging from very small carriers escorting convoys (CVEs) to light aircraft carriers (CVLs) that were essentially downsized models of the iconic big carriers (CVs).

CVLs could handle post-WWII jets. However, the Navy concluded super carriers made more sense strategically and economically. Nuclear-powered super carriers (CVNs) could carry a wing of multi-mission, high-performance combat aircraft and pack an array of defensive weapons. They could remain at sea for months.

Two CVN battle groups, operating as a pair, was a lethal Cold War-era combination. So that's where the U.S. Navy put its money.

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How does Mexico treat its migrants?

When Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for the US presidency with the notorious line about Mexican migrants "bringing drugs, bringing crime, they’re rapists" it scandalised everyone south of the Rio Grande.

When he signed off on his border wall, still insisting Mexico pay for it, the indignation went off the scale.

Tens of thousands marched through Mexico City in opposition this Sunday while the government has earmarked $50m for consular protection for its citizens stateside.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has personally welcomed back some of the first to be deported under the Trump administration in a show of unity and condemnation of the now even tougher stance against undocumented migrants of the US.

But the Mexican government’s concern about how its citizens are treated in the US sits incongruously with its own attitude towards the migrants passing through Mexico which rights organisations have described as hypocritical.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Odds and ends

Woman born in Nazi Germany...."Trump isn't like Hitler, rioting Leftists are."

Headline....380 of 580 Terrorism Cases From 2001 - 2014 Involved Foreign-Born Islamists.

Report....8 years of Obama vacations cost $85 million.

Headline....How Liberals Became the Very Fascists They Always Warned Us About.

Teacher in Tennessee on Facebook...."The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter."

Headline....Donald Trump Has Caused The Left to Lose Its Mind.

Comment of the day...."20 years ago they were called illegal aliens, now they're immigrants? Love that '1984' speak."

Corrupt Florida Democrat Corrine Brown Faces 357 YEARS IN PRISON

Headline (fake, or maybe not!)....Snowstorm in Chicago delays hundreds of shootings.

Dear God. Do you think maybe next time there’s a drought in California they’ll use the opportunity to make the dams bigger and stronger rather than wringing their hands about how it’ll never rain or snow again?

Leading French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron (Socialist) has invited the entire U.S. climate science community to relocate to France.

France....Did you know that Le Pen's Front National is actually Left-Wing?

Headline....Venezuela kicks CNN out of country for creating fake news.

Stocks are up 9 percent (on average) since Trump was elected 3 months ago.

8 years in prison for illegal voting.

The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a younger brother named Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson once praised Donald Trump for being a "friend" who embraced "the under-served communities." "We need your building skills, your gusto ... for the people on Wall Street to represent diversity," Jackson, a civil-rights leader, said at a Rainbow Push Coalition event in 1999.

A judge in Pakistan bans Valentine's Day as un-Islamic.

California spends $25 billion per year on illegals, on dams not so much.

California currently hosts a third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Over one in five Californians lives below the poverty line. One in four Californians was not born in the United States. These social transformations pose enormous political challenges and demand that infrastructure and schools grow commensurately to meet soaring populations.

ESPN had a peak of 100.1 million subscribers in 2011. Today in 2017. they have shrunk to 88 million. Those who have dropped ESPN say it has become highly politicized by its tilt to the left.

Headline....Deputies say post office masturbator caught red-handed.

Where's the outrage? Obama claimed to have deported 2.5 million illegals and no one said a word. (I doubt he really deported that many, someone is lying)

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ACLU official resigns, didn't like her daughters sharing a bathroom with men

The late journalist Irving Kristol defined a conservative as "a liberal who has been mugged by reality."

After the reality of letting men use the women’s restroom hit too close to home for a prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union, there may be a new conservative in Georgia.

Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, resigned after her own young daughters were traumatized by having to share a bathroom with grown men.

"I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered," she said in a statement.

"My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer," she added.

Explaining her resignation, Smith questioned the ACLU’s support of legislation favored by the transgender lobby.

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Petition to expel Soros

Over 9,000 people signed an online petition asking US President Donald Trump to expel US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros from the United States as well as ban him and members of his family from founding and influencing US politicians.

George Soros is a billionaire as well as the founder of the Open Society Foundations philanthropic organization, which "supports democracy and human rights in more than 100 countries." Opponents of Soros accuse him of interfering in internal relations of foreign countries and supporting revolutions there.

Moreover, Soros is reportedly funding anti-Trump protests across the US.

"President Trump, We the people are asking you to ban George Soros from our country. We ask you to ban both George Soros and all his family members from doing any and all business in our country from contributing to politicians or their foundations in order to influence and manipulate our corrupt politicians," the petition said.

Authors of the petition also asked Trump to make it a crime to do business with Soros and his family members as well as to accept money from him.

"We are asking you to issue a warrant for his arrest for hiring people for willful intent to riot and protest injuring our people and damaging our properties … As George Soros has made it clear that he is working to destroy our country, restrictions must be put in place immediately against all the Soros family in America to keep them from further treason against our country," the petition said.

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Epidemic of hate

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. New figures, compiled by the Press Association, suggest that hate crimes soared to ‘record levels’ in the three months following the EU referendum. Only four police forces around the country recorded a decrease in hate crimes; the others saw a spike. And in the case of three forces the Metropolitan, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire the spike was significant: these forces recorded more than 1,000 hate crimes each post-referendum.

This is being held up as evidence that prejudices and madness were unleashed by Brexit. In truth, the hate-crime spike looks more like a classic crime panic, a constructed ‘crisis’. The rise in reported hate crimes is likely down to the fact that various officials actively trawled for evidence of hate post-Brexit, imploring people to phone police hotlines, and to the fact that almost anything can be recorded as a hate crime these days, even if there’s no evidence for it. We’re witnessing the invention of a crime epidemic to the cynical, political end of defaming Brexit as hateful and dangerous.

If you feel like this epidemic of hate doesn’t tally with your experience of life in Blighty in 2016, you aren’t alone. There is a great disparity between the handwringing over hate crime and what Britain is actually like. The open racism even I can remember in the 1980s has all but vanished. Racist chants at football matches are a distant memory. Hard-right, foreigner-bashing parties may be thriving on the Continent, but they are dying over here. The likes of the BNP and EDL have withered due to lack of interest. This is a British triumph.

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Quote of the day

A recent article by Gavin McInnis, entitled "Normalizing Degeneracy" has pointed out that several of the organizers of anti-Trump demonstrations have convictions for pedophile offences. In McInnis’ opinion, these and many others of Trump’s opponents wish to continue the cultural revolution ongoing under the Obama administration, tear down the last vestiges of Christian morality, and legalize all forms of deviance, including pedophilia.

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Quinoa

Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. We struggled to pronounce it (it's keen-wa, not qui-no-a), yet it was feted by food lovers as a novel addition to the familiar ranks of couscous and rice. Dieticians clucked over quinoa approvingly because it ticked the low-fat box and fitted in with government healthy eating advice to "base your meals on starchy foods".

Adventurous eaters liked its slightly bitter taste and the little white curls that formed around the grains. Vegans embraced quinoa as a credibly nutritious substitute for meat. Unusual among grains, quinoa has a high protein content (between 14%-18%), and it contains all those pesky, yet essential, amino acids needed for good health that can prove so elusive to vegetarians who prefer not to pop food supplements.

Sales took off. Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the "miracle grain of the Andes", a healthy, right-on, ethical addition to the meat avoider's larder (no dead animals, just a crop that doesn't feel pain). Consequently, the price shot up it has tripled since 2006 with more rarified black, red and "royal" types commanding particularly handsome premiums.

But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture.

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J. K. Rowling challenged on her support for refugees

J.K. Rowling is a very rich lady. According to Business Insider, she has a net worth of "about" one-billion dollars.

She’s put her money to good use, purchasing several large, well-guarded mansions, completely isolated from us lowly non-billionaires. In fact, she likes her privacy so much that she’s reportedly had a £1,000,000 house demolished to increase her yard (garden).

Like most ultra-rich celebrities, J.K.’s a bit detached from the everyday world. Also like most ultra-rich celebrities, she likes to flap her gums about politics which will have no effect on her daily life.

One political issue is the refugee crisis.

While most Westerners dislike the idea of allowing refugees to flood their countries, especially after seeing the disasters in Sweden and Germany, Ms. Rowling seems to take the opposite stance. She can often be found on Twitter, defending refugees, including an outright denial of their violent history, while attempting to vilify those who oppose them.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

CIA took down Flynn?

Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government. An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics. Almost certainly, its new head, Mike Pompeo, was not consulted.

Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit:

New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is "being really dumb" by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia's cyber activities.

"Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you," Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

"So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this."

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No one's holding him back

GRIMES COUNTY, TX (KXXV) Michael Jason is turning heads in Grimes County for being an excellent sheriff’s deputy, despite only having one arm to work with.

Jason lost his arm at 12-years-old in an accident with farming equipment. He said that even at a young age, he never let his injury stop him from living.

"I’m hard on myself because I have that determination like I’m not gonna let anything defeat me," Jason said. "I’m a figure out a way to do it. It’ll take me a while, but I’ll figure it out."

Jason is in his tenth year with the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office and his colleagues said that during all that time, he’s never let his disability slow him down.

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India's holocaust

Researching and studying the impact of Islam and jihad on the world, we have come to the conclusion that India today is not living under its own authentic Hindu culture. The country is deeply contaminated by Islam. The Hinduism w see today which has shaped the current day India is basically Islamu rather than Hindu. The problems in the country which has put India on the map of various scaled of human rights violations, with oppression and abuse of women, active human slavery, rape waves, incest, obsessive modesty, and many of the traits found in Islamic culture, is a habit that has remained from Muslim occupation. Prior to Muslim presence in the country history will find that India was a different society. Women were bare chested and the people abided by Hinduism meaning violence was forbidden and they were vegetarian. Although bare chested there appears to be no historic evidence of rape being a common factor in the country at the time. It was considered a great crime to kill an animal in Hinduism and the eating of animal flesh was strictly forbidden. Today basically 90% of the population are meat eaters, buying mainly halal meat from Muslim butchers.

We can find some traces of similar restrictions on killing of animals, for example, from Egypt during Roman times. In a documentary on pre-Islamic Egypt the historians had found a legal document describing the punishment of a Roman soldier who by accident had run over and killed a cat with his chariot. He was sentenced to death. Even to this day Copts in Egypt and some other parts of the Middle East do not consume meat over 260 days of the year. A most distinct feature in Islam is cruelty of animals. The very same cruelty and barbarism used against animals, the same halal slaughter, is also used against human beings in jihad. It’s possible that even Kosher slaughter amongst the Jews is deeply influence by Islam and may not have been prevalent in pre-Islamic times. It would be rather difficult to establish because the Jews lost their homeland and was stateless for centuries so they had influence from many regions.

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Dysfunctional, dystopian, oppressive

Carrie Pritt, a freshman at Princeton University studying computer science, has penned a powerful piece illustrating the stranglehold political correctness has on her Ivy League institution.

Dysfunctional. Dystopian. Oppressive. Writing in Quillette, the picture she paints of her campus is chilling and creepy think a Stepford School with militant students and scholars creating an environment that ensures people say the right things, conform, avoid insulting others at all costs:

Like many other schools, Princeton has become disturbingly homogeneous because of this phenomenon. Not only that, but the pressure to respect other groups on and off campus is pushing my generation into left-wing uniformity. We are encouraged to mind our own business by mimicking politically correct values without ever thinking them through on our own. No one questioned the students and faculty members who disrespectfully walked out of Charles Murray’s lecture hall after he was invited to speak on campus this winter.

My teachers and classmates openly referred to Trump’s voters as uneducated bigots throughout the election season, while taking any criticism of Clinton as an attack against women. Anyone who dares to voice a religious opinion is regarded as unintelligent. The fear of being called racist draws our attention to a black woman’s skin instead of her character, and the fear of being called homophobic emphasizes a gay man’s sexuality over his personality. We have been trained to tiptoe around each other and distribute trigger warnings with generosity.

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Students as janitors

Soon, Frisco ISD students may not be cleaning just their bedrooms. They could be sprucing up their classrooms, too.

That's one of several suggestions from volunteers trying to help the nearly 60,000-student school district deal with a budget shortfall brought on by a loss of state funding combined with voters' rejection last August of a tax rate hike. Frisco ISD leaders and community members recently got their first look at the bevy of possible cost-saving strategies.

In addition to having students empty trash cans to cut back on janitorial staff hours, recommendations included charging students up to $200 in high school to participate in athletics, establishing a minimum number of students per course and consolidating courses with small enrollments.

The recommendations came from several focus groups made up of district staff and community volunteers who have been poring over data and dollars for months.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sabotaging Trump

When former President Barack Obama said he was "heartened" by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators numbering more than 30,000 who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular "America First" agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

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Political assassination

If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the vice president. As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's "Today Show" on Tuesday: "Misleading the vice president really was the key here."

That sounds about as credible as when the president told CIA employees that the media had invented the story about his enmity toward the spy agency, not even two weeks after he had taken to Twitter to compare the CIA to Nazis. It's about as credible as President Donald Trump's insistence that it didn't rain during his inauguration. Or that millions of people had voted illegally in the election he just won.

The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it's strange that Flynn's "lie" to Pence would get him fired. It doesn't add up.

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End of climate change nonsense?

For 29 years advocates for public policy changes to fight climate change have struggled to convince the US public to support their agenda. They have failed. Polls show it ranks near the bottom of American’s policy priorities, and the increasingly dominant Republican Party has little interest in their recommendations.

It’s taken a while, but it looks like climate activists have worked through the process of accepting their failure. Paul Rosenberg's January 2 article at Salon and now Meehan Crist's article at The Atlantic suggest activists are moving into the fourth stage of the Kubler-Ross process, depression and their leading edge is moving into the final stage of acceptance and finding new crusades to wage. ...

"There has been a subtle shift recently in the rhetoric of many conservative pundits and politicians around climate change. For decades, the common refrain has been flat-out denial either that climate change is not happening, or that any change is not caused by human activity. Which is why viewers might have been surprised to see Tucker Carlson of Fox News nodding along thoughtfully on January 6 as climate scientist Judith Curry, a controversial figure in climate science, explained, ‘Yes it’s warming and yes humans contribute to it. Everybody agrees with that, and I’m in the 98% [of scientists who agree]. It’s when you get down to the details that there’s genuine disagreement.’"

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Quote of the day

The chairman of the Chicago City Councils Black Caucus says many of his South Side constituents would like the police to be more aggressive in searching for guns. But at the same time he says he's concerned that the police continue to stop people without a reasonable suspicion of a crime, which is required for an investigatory stop to be constitutional.

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Do we need a war on Mexico?

Much has been written, including in this blog, of the threat to America posed by radical Islamic terrorism. Not so much has been written about another threat, perhaps an even greater one. I refer to the threat posed by Mexico to the United States; it is multi-faceted and persistent, and forms a long established core component of Mexico’s foreign policy.

Before I get into the subject let me engage in the usual disclaimer required in our snowflake culture. I have been in Mexico many times both on vacation and for work as a US diplomat. I know Mexico well, am fascinated by its history, and consider Mexico City one of the great cities in the world. If you want outstanding restaurants and, above all, world class museums and other cultural institutions, go to Mexico City.

That said, I also have long considered Mexico a major threat to America. I have dealt with Mexican diplomats at the UN, the OAS, and in Central and South America. They are first rate. They are patriotic, well-trained, dedicated, and hard working. They, almost to a man and a woman, are also possessed with a deep, deep animus towards the United States. At the UN and the OAS, for example, Mexico, in my experience, played the role of opponent to whatever we sought to do. They not only consistently voted against us, they collaborated with our opponents on resolutions and projects antithetical to our interests, and, for example, refused to oppose Cuban and Venezuelan human rights violations. They rarely passed on an opportunity to stick it in our eye.

Mexico had a major role in fostering guerrilla groups in Central America during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, backing off only when it became a hindrance to the NAFTA deal with the United States, and when some of the groups began operating in Mexico. Mexico is feared and resented throughout Central America as a bully and for its mistreatment of Central American migrants. The horror stories these migrants tell of their passage through Mexico are hair-raising and heartbreaking.

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Erasing black women?

For many, a single photo defined the Women’s March on Washington: an image of three blond, texting white women standing behind a woman of color who holds a sign that reads "Don’t forget: White women voted for Trump." The viral image sums up the concerns that the largely white march appropriated the labor of black women. Though the photo’s subject occupies the foreground, she is, in effect, hidden from the other, white participants of the marchan experience that is echoed by the ways in which black women were erased from early Women's Studies.

V.P. Franklin looks at women "hidden in plain view:" black women who were initially ignored and made invisible by the nascent Women’s Studies movement. Though they were bedrocks of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and student movements of the 1950s through 1970s, African-American women experienced overwhelming sexism there. "However," writes Franklin, "the masculinist posturing virtually endemic to Black Power groups did not necessarily push African American women into the expanding ranks of the Women’s Liberation Movement"nor into its academic offshoot, Women’s Studies.

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