Saturday, April 21, 2018

Odds and ends

On unlucky Friday, April 13, the temperatures dipped to a low of -2 C with a wind chill of -6 C, according to Environment Canada. It marked the 167th consecutive day of minimum temperatures at or below 0 C, which means Edmonton hasn’t seen an overnight temperature above the freezing mark since Oct. 29, nearly six months ago.

Independent Swiss lab says BZ Toxin used in Skripal poisoning was produced by U.S./U.K., not Russia.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says James Comey is a man of integrity. (cough, cough)

The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018.

Since the beginning of this year, a machete attack has been committed in Britain every 90 minutes, on average.

James Comey calls Trump "morally unfit" to be president in searing interview.

Two people have been stabbed to death in London within 40 minutes of one another in separate attacks this past weekend. An 18-year-old man is also in critcial condition after being stabbed just hours later on Sunday in Haringey, north London.

Tesla temporarily shutting down Model 3 production. Workers at the factory said that the announcement of the temporary closure - expected to be only four or five days - came without warning, and that most workers are expected to use vacation time or stay at home pay during the break.

"The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine -- but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight."

An estimated 30 million people, mostly Christian, were killed by the Communists in Soviet Russia. The writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn put the death toll closer to 60 million.

Netherlands....Almost 90% of refugees, who received their residence permit in 2014, were unemployed two and a half years later, according to figures from the Dutch statistics office CBS. While 11% of refugees do work, a large majority of them still don’t have a full-time job. After two and a half years only 15% are fully employed.

Keith Ellison of the DNC...."Women Are Dying Because We Are Losing Elections"

New York Times....In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation.

James Comey...."I'm leaving the Republican Party." (Haha)

About half of Californians say they support President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and more deportations of undocumented immigrants, according to a new poll that challenges the conventional belief that residents of the left-leaning Golden State are overwhelmingly allergic to the administration’s hard line on immigration.

Central and S. America comprise some 12% of the world's population and 38% of the homicides.

Robert de Niro...."America is being run by a mad man. When he doesn’t like what he hears, he dismisses it by saying it’s un-American and damning and it’s ‘fake news,’ but we know the truth. All thinking people do know the truth."

Headline....Soros in retreat..Billionaire's university to move from Budapest to Vienna.

Tony Podesta is supposedly a fan of pedophilic "art," which the Washington Post published more than a decade ago. His predilection for prepubescent people is not considered a perversion in our nation's capitol.

Headline....Democrats call for trillion dollar tax hike.

Isn't it odd that Comey wrote all those memos to record his meetings with Trump? Yet he never did the same after meetings with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, and all the DOJ and FBI officials he worked with. CYA?

A poll released by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, a left-wing organization, found some shocking results in the far-left state of California, including a desire from a clear majority of 59 percent to "increase deportations" of illegal immigrants.

"The number of active-duty U.S. military troops stationed overseas has dipped below 200,000 for the first time in at least 60 years," Pew Research Center reported.

If true, this is remarkable achievement by Trump....North Korea to halt nuclear, ICBM tests..Dismantle test site..pursue peace.

Researchers have concluded that "religiosity" wanes as people get more help from government programs. They think that people replace spiritual help from God with tangible help from the government.

Comment seen on the internet....I had a chance to ask a mid level European politician this question (what's the deal with injecting Islam into Europe, don't you realize this is suicide) and he said "it is by design to make the average person disgusted by all religion. It was picked because it is the poster-child of the worst most backward religion. When the time is right, the funding will be cut off and it will wither and die, but all religion will go with it."

Headline....USA Today refuses to apologize for calling Trump "unfit to clean toilets"
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Severing ties with Confucius Institutes

Tensions between the U.S. and China just reached two college campuses in Texas.

On April 9, the Texas A&M University system announced its intention to close two Confucius Institutes located at its College Station and Prairie View campuses, respectively. The Chinese government-funded institutes offer language and cultural programming for students, but a recent letter from Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, flagged them as "a threat to U.S. national security," saying they serve "as a platform for China’s intelligence collection and political agenda."

In response, university Chancellor John Sharp decided to close the two institutes. He released a statement saying:
We have great respect for Congressmen McCaul and Cuellar. I don’t question their judgment, nor their patriotism. In addition, they have access to classified information we do not have. We are terminating the contract as they suggested.
This action follows similar decisions by the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University to sever their ties with China. Concerns over the Confucius Institutes, which are located at universities around the world, have been growing in recent years and have come under increased scrutiny from members of Congress, the media, and academic organizations like the American Association of University Professors.

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Louis Farrakhan, fail

A bizarre and disturbingly anti-Semitic lecture about the Star of David posted in 2016 has resurfaced online. Louis Farrakhan, the 84-year-old head of the Nation of Islam, links the Jewish symbol to the Biblical mark of the beast and sexual immorality.

Farrakhan presents the image of the Star of David on a screen and makes note of the six triangles. "Each angle in an equilateral triangle has how many degrees?" he asks, smiling. "60," reply audience members in unison, much to Farrakhan's delight. "So, the Bible says, count the number of a beast, for it is the number of a man," he notes.

After connecting the Star of David to the mark of the beast, the anti-Semitic minister gives a tutorial on how the Jewish symbol, when superimposed over the body, illustrates sexual immorality.

The top triangle, he says, relates to "spiritual wisdom," but the bottom triangle is another story.

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DNC to sue Russia, the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks

If this lawsuit proceeds, the Trump Campaign will be prepared to leverage the discovery process and explore the DNC’s now-secret records about the actual corruption they perpetrated to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Everything will be on the table, including:
How the DNC contributed to the fake dossier, using Fusion GPS along with the Clinton Campaign as the basis for the launch of a phony investigation.

Why the FBI was never allowed access to the DNC servers in the course of their investigation into the Clinton e-mail scandal.

How the DNC conspired to hand Hillary Clinton the nomination over Bernie Sanders.

How officials at the highest levels of the DNC colluded with the news media to influence the outcome of the DNC nomination.

Management decisions by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, Tom Perez, and John Podesta; their e-mails, personnel decisions, budgets, opposition research, and more.

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The nation's report card

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ recent interview with Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes" caused quite a bit of backlash from critics.

As my colleague Jonathan Butcher has written, "60 Minutes" ignored many of the facts about the state of education in America. Response to the interview drew quite a bit of criticism of DeVos and her policy solutions.

Perhaps one of the most pivotal moments came when she suggested that the United States’ heavy federal investment in education has not yielded any results. Stahl hit back, asserting that school performance has been on the rise.

But the latest government data show otherwise. According to the recently released 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation’s "report card," we now have more evidence that DeVos was correct.

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Let freedom ring, except for conservatives

Siena College student Zack Butler is currently under investigation for allegedly violating the school’s code of conduct and could face punishments as severe as expulsion.

His crime? Posting copies of an email sent March 20 by philosophy professor Jennifer McErlean to an alumnus expressing her resentment toward conservative students and a free speech event they’re set to host next week, a Turning Point USA conference called "Let Freedom Ring" that will feature a variety of prominent conservative movers and shakers.

In the email, McErlean decried conservative students as "evil," noting she quit a civil discourse committee because working with conservative students was making her "miserable," according to a copy of the email obtained by The College Fix.

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Suing Google

Three new plaintiffs have joined former Google employee James Damore’s lawsuit against the company, alleging gender, racial, and political discrimination.

Manuel Amador, Stephen McPherson, and Michael Burns, who were all job applicants turned down by Google, have joined the lawsuit.

"As amply supported by the allegations set forth in this First Amended Complaint, Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants’ race, sex, and political affiliations and activities," declares the updated lawsuit. "Google and its management fetishize ‘diversity’ as measured by these protected characteristics only, and mandate that the percentage of non-Caucasian/Asian, non-male, and non-conservatives employed by Google increase rapidly over time. In so doing, Google assigns negative value to applications submitted by persons perceived to be members of Google-disfavored races, male, and/or conservative, by virtue of the applicant’s protected traits, affiliations, or activities."

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Failed energy projects

The history of failed energy projects in the last 10 years is becoming a text book case of what is in store for any country that is trying to appease the IPPC and the Green environmental movement. Canada is pushing the climate change narrative through the use of government policies that include carbon pricing through a tax and restrictions on development through emissions reduction.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline was one of the first to fail. Northern Gateway was first proposed in 2006 but the final project application was submitted to the Nation Energy Board for review in May of 2010. This 8.0 billion pipeline project would have carried oil from Edmonton Alberta to Kitimat BC to be loaded onto tankers for the sale to the Pacific Rim and beyond. Many foreign environmental groups pumped millions of dollars into the fight against this project through Canadian nonprofit environmental organizations. Vivian Krause exposed the worst offenders in a number of articles she did for the Vancouver Sun. Vivian had to use the US tax records to track these donations from the US based environmental groups. Canadian Non-profit charities do not have to make the same type of disclosures as they do in the US so the funding sources are not reported to the Canadian government. In spite of all the protests the final permit from the Federal Government came in June of 2014 with over 209 conditions to be met before construction would begin. Some of these conditions were the agreement from First Nations in the area of the pipeline and the tanker route from Kitimat BC. Some of the First Nations groups were receiving this foreign influence money and advice from a number of self serving environmental groups to fight the pipeline. The final nail in the coffin for Gateway was the election of Justin Trudeau. Not one month into Trudeau’s term as prime minister he issued a moratorium on any new oil tanker traffic on the BC coast from North of Port Hardy to the Alaskan panhandle. The approval process for this pipeline was over three and half years of hearings and addressing requests for information and clarification of design and operation aspects. In the end Enbridge could not get the approval of all the parties involved so they closed the project down after Justin Trudeau’s tanker ban.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Dual citizen running for California 51st district on border with Mexico

In the 2018 election, John Renison, a Mexican citizen, is running as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the 51st district, which includes California’s entire border with Mexico.

Renison aka Juan Ray Renison Rosas is a dual citizen with Mexican and American citizenship. He was a candidate for the Mexican Senate for the radical-left Green Party in 2012 and appears to also have been a candidate in 2010 for the Camera de Deputados de Baja California, that is the Baja state assembly for the "Partido Estatal de Baja California (Baja State Party). He is also the owner of a cross-border, customs brokerage business, which could profit considerably from cross-border solutions that he may promote as congressman of the 51st District.

All this represents a serious conflict of interest. As Congressman of the 51st district, he would be dealing with very critical issues that have a huge impact on our national interests, such as the massive spills of sewage and toxic waste coming across the border, NAFTA and border security, as well as illegal immigration.

As Mexican citizen and political activist, who has been a candidate for political office in Mexico and who considers Mexicali, Mexico to be his "homeland" from early childhood, it is a reasonable to ask to which country does he owe his primary loyalty? In Spanish he calls Mexicali his "tierra natal", his homeland, native land or literally the land of his birth. His first choice would have been a political career in Mexico. It seems that he entered politics in the U.S. because he had trouble being elected to office in Mexico. A political career in the U.S was his second choice. Yet, when speaking in English, he says he is absolutely loyal to the U.S. That is difficult to believe, given his prior background in Mexico of political activism with left-wing parties.

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Revoking naturalization

A federal judge has revoked the U.S. citizenship of a naturalized Somali immigrant who fraudulently sponsored four of her countrymen for green cards, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered an order to cancel the naturalization certificate of Fosia Abdi Adan, 51, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 through the diversity visa lottery program.

Adan is alleged to have used her diversity visa to petition for green cards on behalf of a man she falsely claimed was her husband, as well as two of her cousins whom she falsely claimed were her children. The impostors used fake names and were granted family visas, which allowed all four to eventually become American citizens, according to civil complaints.

During litigation, Adan admitted that she had obtained her U.S. citizenship by concealing of material facts, including the true nature of her relationship to the people she claimed were her family members. Because Adan’s lies were material to the naturalization decision, Judge Nelson determined her citizenship was unlawfully obtained, DOJ said.

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Quote of the day

Paul Krugman, 1998....

"The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in ‘Metcalfe’s law’which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participantsbecomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s."

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The blue Muslim wave

Fayaz Nawabi has never met President Trump. But he credits the president with convincing him to run for office.

Nawabi, a 31-year-old candidate for San Diego City Council, supports almost everything that Trump opposes: He is pro-affordable housing, pro-environment, pro-immigrant and pro-refugee. That makes him part of the blue wave of new liberal candidates spurred to run by Trump’s election and policies.

But Nawabi is also part of a notable subset: the blue Muslim wave.

More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shots.

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Taxpayers paying for some of Soros organizations

The U.S. government is using taxpayer dollars to support leftwing billionaire George Soros’ radical globalist agenda in Guatemala, a Judicial Watch investigation has found. A special investigative report published this week by Judicial Watch exposes in detail the connection between U.S.-funded entities and Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) to further the Hungarian philanthropist’s efforts in the impoverished central American nation. The goal is to advance a radical globalist agenda through "lawfare" and political subversion, the report shows.

Much like in the United States, OSF programs in Guatemala include funding liberal media outlets, supporting global politicians, advocating for open borders, fomenting public discord and influencing academic institutions. A close alignment with the United Nations (UN) has proven to be a significant factor enhancing Soros’ efforts in Guatemala, specifically an American-funded, UN body called International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Headed by a Colombian lawyer (Ivan Velásquez) notorious for powerful leftist alliances, the CICIG is known to utilize measures that threaten Guatemala’s sovereignty. Soros’ OSF describes the CICIG as "a potential model for other states" and the U.S. government has filled its coffers with approximately $36 million. Barack Obama’s ambassador to Guatemala, Todd Robinson, and Velásquez collaborated to illegally promote changes to the Guatemalan constitution and the Trump administration has not wavered in its support for both Velásquez and the CICIG.

A multitude of other entities funded by the U.S. government are furthering the Soros agenda in Guatemala and get money from the leftist billionaire. The report identifies more than a dozen of them, their mission and ties to Soros’ OSF. Among them is Chemonics International, a private development firm that partnered with OSF justice projects in Albania and received a $37,390,000 grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) for a Guatemalan youth and gender justice project. A Sorors-funded environmentalist group called Fundación Para El Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation, FUNDAECO) got a $1 million USAID grant for a sustainable water management project in Guatemala and $156,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a rainforest protection project. Other U.S.-funded entities also supported by Soros in Guatemala include the human rights organization Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Committee for Rural Development, CODECA), Asociación de Abodagos y Notarios Mayas, the Myrna Mack Foundation and Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS).

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Migrants are restless in France

Angry youths in a deprived area of the French city of Toulouse have attacked police, torched cars and set fire to garbage during two nights of clashes that have led to 18 arrests, police said Tuesday.

The rioting in the Mirail area of the southern city, a high-crime neighbourhood once home to several jihadists, was apparently sparked by the death of a local man in prison and an identity check by police on a veiled woman on Sunday.

After nearly four hours of clashes on Sunday night that saw gangs throw stones at the local police station and set fire to about 10 cars, violence flared again on Monday night.

"Security forces were targeted throughout the night and carried out 18 arrests for violence, arson and insults," a statement from top local security official Pascal Mailhos said.

Anger in the area appeared to have been fuelled by the death of a local man in the nearby Seysses prison on Saturday which led to rumours that guards were responsible.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Morrissey is not a fan of London's mayor

Morrissey has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan following the rise of violent attacks recorded in the capital saying London is "second only to Bangladesh" and claimed Mr Khan "cannot talk properly".

The former Smiths frontman lashed out at the Mayor of London in an interview discussing his views on racism, violence and the capital.

And Morrissey stated that London "is debased" and that "civilisation is over".

Going on a rampage against Mr Khan, he added: "The Mayor of London tells us about ‘Neighborhood policin’ what is ‘policin’?

"He tells us London is an ‘amazin’ city. What is ‘amazin’? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly!

"I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said ‘men’el’… he could not say the words ‘mental health’. The Mayor of London!"

Morrissey, 58, also went on claiming that "we now live in the Age of Atrocity" because of the way authorities have been dealing with acid attacks in London.

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Quit in disgust

Acrimony between the FBI and the Justice Department was so bad in the waning days of the Obama administration that some agents quit the bureau in frustration, a former G-man says.

Fractures which began during the tenure of former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. deepened in the later years, and particularly in the run-up to the 2016 president election.

The depths of the antagonism were exposed in an inspector general’s report last week looking into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the FBI earlier this year for misleading multiple investigations. While saying Mr. McCabe lacked candor in questioning, some of it under oath, the report went much deeper, describing the rift between the bureau and its political masters at the department.

Investigators detail one instance in August when Mr. McCabe got a call from a senior Justice Department official who complained about the FBI’s "overt" actions probing the Clinton Foundation in the middle of the campaign.

Mr. McCabe said he got the sense the Obama-era Justice Department was telling him "to shut down" the probe. Later he called the exchange as "very dramatic" and said he’d never had a confrontation like that with the Justice Department.

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Germany cracking down on Muslim crime families

German authorities have launched a crackdown on Middle Eastern crime families in Essen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia where some 70 Turkish, Kurdish and Arab-born clan members regularly engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

Middle Eastern crime clans now control large swathes of German cities and towns areas that are effectively lawless and which German police increasingly fear to approach.

The crime families, which have thousands of members, have for decades been allowed operate with virtual impunity: German judges and prosecutors were unable or unwilling to stop them, apparently out of fear of retribution.

The nascent crackdown comes nearly a year after the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and replaced the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which, apart from one legislative period, has ruled the region since 1966.

Observers say that the clans have become so powerful and ruthless that the government's only solution is to wage all-out war to utterly annihilate the clans. If the initial raid in Essen is any indication, however, the Middle Eastern crime families in Germany have little to fear.

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DOJ and FBI lead the scheme to entrap Trump

Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department and James Comey’s FBI worked together with the Hillary Clinton campaign to entrap Donald Trump and associates including his eldest son prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to records and testimony of federal law enforcement insiders.

One high ranking official in the Justice Department called it a sweeping "highly illegal" scheme to ensure Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House.

"This was clearly a scheme using Justice (Department) resources and State (Department) resources to get the Russian lawyer into the United States," one Justice Department insider said. "Who has the power to do this? Only the people at the very top."

Lynch. Comey. Andrew McCabe. Preet Bhahara. Sally Yates.

And according to high ranking FBI sources, the Bureau played a definitive role in plotting this sweeping privacy breach. But the FBI had much help from the NSA, CIA, the Office of of the Director of National Intelligence, Treasury financial crimes division under DHS, and the Justice Department, federal law enforcement sources confirmed.

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U.S. taxpayers are funding the Palestinians

Money is fungible. Any support of the "Palestinians" is support of jihad terror and genocidal aspirations.

"Your taxes are funding terrorists Demand that this stops," by Patrick Dunleavy, Fox News, April 17, 2018:

Tuesday is the due date for 2017 federal income tax returns your deadline for tallying up how much of the money that you worked hard to earn all year goes to Uncle Sam to fund all sorts of important and worthwhile projects … like supporting the families of terrorist murderers.

Yes, you read that right.

U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority paid for by your tax dollars averages $400 million a year. The Palestinian Authority’s 2018 budget includes approximately $360 million to support imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists including murderers of Israelis and Americans.

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Colluders everywhere you look

Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee . . .

If collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington.

Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

Christopher Steele, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign through a series of firewall intermediaries, probably paid Russian sources for gossip and smears. If there is a crime of collusion, then Clinton-campaign contractors should be under investigation for seeking Russian help to find dirt on Trump, to spread smears around throughout the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, and to make sure that the dirt was leaked to the press in the final weeks of the campaign for the sole "insurance" purposes of losing Trump the election.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Democrats are hurting themselves

For Democrats, these numbers are going in the wrong direction.

In the wake of the FBI’s raid of the home and office of Michael Cohen on Monday, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, a poll released by Rasmussen finds American voters are growing increasingly suspicious of the motivations behind the "Russia collusion" investigation.

And Trump’s consistent characterization of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as a "witch hunt" might be starting to sink in.

A poll of 1,000 likely voters found less than half of those surveyed think Mueller’s investigation is an "honest attempt to determine wrongdoing" according to Rasmussen.

Meanwhile, significantly more of those polled consider it a "partisan witch hunt" than the percentage who thought so during a similar survey in October.

Neither number bodes well for the ongoing Democrat-media campaign to discredit the Trump White House.

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Sweden experiencing increased violence

Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks.

In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite "law and order" as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos. ...

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country’s parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

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Protests against conservative professor

Unrest on the campus of Florida Atlantic University reached a crescendo recently when students crashed a faculty meeting there to protest a conservative professor at that school, Marshall DeRosa.

In a phone interview with The College Fix, DeRosa said that the protesting students "want my scalp in order to say conservatives, shut the hell up."

"It’s a poisoned atmosphere for conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives," he added.

DeRosa, a political science professor who teaches constitutional law, came under fire last week in part because of a recently resurfaced essay in which DeRosa discusses "black supremacy" and its origins to the history of slavery in the United States.

The essay argues that blacks had a significant role in the slave trade that has been ignored in favor of whites’ role in the brutal system. "Suffice it to say that linking the two, slavery with white supremacy is a gross over-simplification," DeRosa argues in the paper.

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Locals resisting California state government

More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called "sanctuary state" law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state’s position. Those include the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, which has more than 3 million people.

More action is coming this week, with leaders in the Orange County city of Los Alamitos scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal for a local law to exempt the community of 12,000 from the state law. On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to consider joining the Trump administration lawsuit.

Immigration has been a hot topic across the country since President Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 on promises of tougher enforcement and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It has been a lightning rod issue in California far longer.

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Illinois pensions, fail

You’d be mistaken to think Harvey, Illinois has a unique pension crisis. It may be the first, and its problems may be the most severe, but the reality is the mess is everywhere, from East St. Louis to Rockford and from Quincy to Danville. A review of Illinois Department of Insurance pension data shows that Harvey could be just the start of a flood of garnishments across the state.

Harvey made the news last year when an Illinois court ordered the municipality to hike its property taxes to properly fund the Harvey firefighter pension fund, which is just 22 percent funded.

Now, the state has stepped in on behalf of Harvey’s police pension fund. The state comptroller has begun garnishing the city’s tax revenues to make up what the municipality failed to contribute. In response, the city has announced that 40 public safety employees will be laid off.

Under state law, pensions that don’t receive required funding may demand the Illinois Comptroller intercept their municipality’s tax revenues. More than 400 police and fire pension funds, or 63 percent of Illinois’ 651 total downstate public safety funds, received less funding than what was required from their cities in 2016 the most recent year for which statewide data is available.

Two-thirds of Illinois’ 355 police pension funds failed to receive their full required contribution in 2016. And 60 percent of Illinois’ 296 firefighter pension funds suffered the same fate.

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Texas City disaster of 1947

On April 16, 1947, one of the largest industrial explosions ever killed an estimated 576 people in Texas City, about 40 miles south of Houston.

A cargo ship called the Grandcamp, which had previously been docked in Houston, was docked in Texas City. While there it was being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an extremely flammable substance.

A fire broke out in the ship's cargo hold and despite efforts to extinguish the flames, the fire spread and at 9:12 a.m., the ship exploded.

The blast was so massive that it leveled or damaged more than 1,000 surrounding buildings, shattered windows in Houston 40 miles away, and in Denver, over 900 miles away, a seismograph registered the explosion as if it were an earthquake.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kill gays and Jews, says guest speaker

Less than two years after 49 people were slaughtered by an Islamic terrorist at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Greenwood Lakes Middle School in coordination with Muslim community groups in Orlando have decided to host a Syrian sheik who has called for the killing of gays and all Jews.

In a flyer created for a "Positive Parenting Skills" conference, Islamic scholar Dr. M. Rateb Al-Nabulsi is listed as a "special guest speaker" at the event, which is being held by the Security Advancement Center (SAC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and Aisha Cultural Center in Orlando.

The event is described as a day-long conference with Muslim community organizers with an emphasis on parenting and family issues according to what is said in the Koran and Sunnah.

Al Nabulsi, the Muslim extremist guest speaker, is notorious for making anti-American, anti-gay, and anti-Jew comments, all of which have been caught on camera and translated into English. Nonetheless, he has been invited back into the very same community that is still struggling to recover from a jihadi who wreaked havoc on innocents at the Pulse nightclub.

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Quote of the day

Ronald Reagan....

"We are a nation that has a governmentnot the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth."

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Dueling populism

Populism is seen as both bad and good because people disagree about what it represents and intends. In the present age, there are two different sorts of populism. Both strains originated in classical times and persist today.

In antiquity, one type was known by elite writers of that time to be the "bad" populism. It appealed to the volatile, landless urban "mob," or what the Athenians dubbed pejoratively the ochlos and the Romans disparagingly called the turba. Their popular unrest was spearheaded by the so-called demagogoi ("leaders of the people") or, in Roman times, the popular tribunes. These largely urban protest movements focused on the redistribution of property, higher liturgies or taxes on the wealthy, the cancellation of debts, support for greater public employment and entitlements, and sometimes imperialism abroad. Centuries later, the French Revolution and many of the European upheavals of 1848 reflected some of these same ancient tensions. Those modern mobs wanted government-mandated equality of result rather than that of opportunity, and they believed egalitarianism should encompass nearly all facets of life.

This populism operated via redistribution and it was the antecedent of today’s progressive movement. Contemporary progressive populists favor higher taxes on the rich, more entitlements for the poor, identity politics reparations, and relief from debts such as the cancellation of student loans. Various grassroots movements like Occupy Wall Street, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the Bernie Sanders phenomenon have all promoted such policies.

But there was always another populismand in the ancient world, it was considered a "good" form of grassroots activism even though its contemporary version is disparaged by the liberal press: this political movement stemmed from the conservative and often rural quarters of the middle classes. The agrarian agendas of the Gracchi brothers, Roman politicians from the second century BC, were quite different from that of the later bread-and-circus urban underclass, in the same way that the American revolutionaries emphasized liberty while their French counterparts championed egalitarianism. More recently, the populism of the Tea Party is antithetical to that of Occupy Wall Street.

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Blacks sleep more poorly than whites

In America, you can find inequality between white and black people just about everywhere you look. Stark disparities exist in education, in health, in income. And they creep into underappreciated parts of daily life too, like sleep.

Research shows black Americans on average simply don't sleep as well white Americans do. They don’t sleep as long, they don’t sleep through the night as often, and they suffer more heavily from sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder. Other minority groups, such as Latinos and Asian Americans, also sleep more poorly than white Americans. But the differences are starkest in black communities.

The sleep gap is essential to understand. It’s a disparity that is both caused by social inequalities and likely to perpetuate them. And that means it could be a ripe target for an intervention that could radically improve millions of American lives. Here are the most important things to know about the black-white sleep gap in America.

Studies consistently find black Americans sleep more poorly than white Americans

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Epidemic of white male suicide

White men are killing themselves more than any other race.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60 percent of all suicides are firearm-related and 80 percent of firearm-related suicides are by white males. These men are older, uneducated and from an impoverished socioeconomic background.

"Roughly 4 in 10 gun owners (38 percent) say there is a gun that is both loaded and easily accessible to them all of the time when they’re at home. Men are especially likely to have a loaded gun at the ready," wrote Kim Parker, director of social trends and research at the Pew Research Center, in a study.

Men are more likely to participate in gun oriented activities, according to researchers a the Pew Research Center.

According to sociologists, the general populace remains focused on the tragedies of gun violence related to school shootings, gang violence and homicides, but unknowingly ignore the biggest offender of firearm related deaths: suicides.

"Low levels of household income ($20,000 or less) are associated with lifetime mental disorders and suicide attempts," the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Canada, reported in a 2011 population-based longitudinal study on the relationship between household income and mental disorders. "The recent global economic recession has promoted increasing concern about the impact of decreasing income as a risk factor for mental disorders and suicidal behavior."

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mueller is grasping now for evidence, any evidence

We’re supposed to be reassured that the FBI agents who raided the offices and home of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael A. Cohen, were, in Cohen’s words, "courteous" and "respectful."

The president’s attorney was understandably grateful that the agents didn’t replicate the FBI’s tactics at the home of Paul Manafort, Trump’s onetime campaign manager. Busting in before dawn, guns drawn, with a "no knock" warrant while Manafort and his wife were in bed, the agents frisked Mrs. Manafort while she was still in her nightclothes.

Perhaps Cohen thinks if he sounds reasonable, he can appease Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who ordered Manafort’s arrest, or his other federal prosecutors behind this raid. Or maybe Cohen simply developed the quickest case of Stockholm syndrome in history. Whatever his reasons, a line has been violated. The government is going after lawyers now, as part of an investigation that feels as though policy differences and partisan politics have been criminalized.

Since the day Trump entered political life, liberals, Democratic activists, and media pundits have issued ominous warnings about the coming authoritarianism. When Trump shocked his critics by winning the presidency, this alarm became a crescendo. The "f" word was bandied about: Fascism, we were admonished, was in our future if we didn’t "resist" this presidency.

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Falling oil prices means more bankruptcies

Falling oil prices sent 335 energy producers, oil field service companies and pipeline operators in North America into bankruptcy court since early 2015, according to the latest tally by Haynes & Boone.

The Dallas law firm, which has tracked energy bankruptcy cases since oil prices tumbled from above $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014, said only 11 companies have filed for bankruptcy protection this year, marking a sharp slowdown as oil prices climb above $65 a barrel.

The oil industry's 2018 bankruptcy cases include six oil and gas producers, four service companies and one midstream firm, with $9.5 billion in debt all together.

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She said, he said

In 2016, Angelique EagleWoman packed up her life in the United States and moved north to Thunder Bay, where she became the first Indigenous dean of a Canadian law school. Her appointment at Lakehead University’s law faculty was celebrated as "historic" by the Indigenous legal community and felt particularly poignant in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Thunder Bay, where race relations are particularly fraught, it was a hopeful moment.

But less than two years into the job, EagleWoman is quitting, alleging systemic racism at Lakehead University. Writing to the law faculty’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee on March 7, she said her efforts have been "thwarted" by the university, which "systematically sought to minimize" her work as dean.

EagleWoman said she also faced allegations of reverse discrimination. In November 2016 just months into her first year a former employee filed a human rights complaint against EagleWoman and Lakehead, accusing the dean of bullying and firing her because she is a "young blonde Caucasian woman."

EagleWoman says there is "no truth" to the allegations and she was removed as a respondent to the complaint in March. The case was recently settled by the university, which does not necessarily mean the allegations were substantiated but that a negotiated deal was reached between the parties.

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Watergate 2.0

In the early seventies, political operatives disguised as delivery men broke into a Washington D.C. office. These efforts to spy on the political opposition would culminate in what we know as Watergate.

In the late teens, political operatives disguised as FBI agents, NSA personnel and other employees of the Federal government eavesdropped, harassed and raided the offices of the political opposition.

The raids of Michael Cohen’s hotel room, home and office are just this week’s Watergate.

Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer. Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies.

That’s what happened at every juncture of Watergate 2.0. And it only follows that it will happen again.

Just like the eavesdropping, the process will be compartmentalized for maximum plausible deniability. The leakers will be protected by their superiors. The media will shrilly focus the public’s attention on the revelations in the documents rather than on the more serious crimes committed in obtaining them.

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Soros supporting candidates advocating for "justice"

A longtime consultant to liberal billionaire George Soros is listed on recently filed documents with the state of Oregon related to the formation of a political action committee that appears to be an avenue for Soros to influence yet another district attorney's race, state records show.

The paperwork was filed with Oregon's secretary of state's office in early April to launch the Oregon Law & Justice PAC, which intends to "support candidates advocating for justice."

Whitney Tymas, an attorney who acts as the treasurer of a number of Soros PACs, is listed as the director, correspondence recipient, and alternate transaction filer for the committee. The address listed for Tymas is the same address as Perkins Coie, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.

No activity has been reported from the PAC other than its formation. However, Tymas previously expressed interest in criminal defense attorney Max Wall, who is running for district attorney in Washington County, the second largest county in the state.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Odds and ends

Survey....89% of Border Patrol agents support building Trump's wall.

BET Founder Robert Johnson....Trump economy is great for Black Americans.

According to the Justice Department's statistics, in only 10% of the 650,000 violent interracial crimes that occur each year in this country are white offenders attacking black victims.

Headline....Robert Mueller And Paul Manafort Both Worked With Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych In 2013.

Pay up suckers....Scientists from countries including Bangladesh, Ethiopia and China have demanded more involvement with global climate change geoengineering initiatives, to be funded by cash from other countries.

This week in 1974, the worst tornado outbreak in US history occurred. Climate experts blamed it on global cooling, which was causing an expansion of the polar vortex and expanding Arctic ice.

Headline....Eight members of Iran's women's soccer team are men awaiting sex change surgery.

A woman in Florida blamed a "windy day" after a police officer found cocaine in her purse.

A roofer in Louisiana was stiffed by a customer for over six months so he went back to the house and removed the roof and roofing paper.

Ronald Reagan...."We are a nation that has a governmentnot the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth."

Chicago Tribune on Illinois pension system...."Illinois government is a massive retirement system that, during work hours, also offers some services."

Sundance, Conservative Tree House....You can call it a soft-coup, or you can call it politicization of the DOJ and FBI, but the end result is the same the intentional effort to manipulate, influence, and ultimately subvert an election for the presidency of the United States.

President Trump signed a memorandum last Friday ordering agencies to "expeditiously end" the practice known as "catch and release" that allows immigrants caught in the U.S. without proper documents to be released from detention while their cases play out in court.

Headline....FBI notifies Judicial Watch it needs at least three years to turn over Strzok-Page communications.

Charlton Heston...."Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

Headline....Mueller investigating Trump over $150K donation from Ukrainian who gave Clintons $13 million

John Adams...."One useless man is a shame; two is a law firm; and three is a Congress."

President Macron of France has made it compulsory for children to start school at the age of three starting in the fall of 2019.

Headline....FBI ignores warnings on Boston bombers, Nikolas Cruz, Omar Mateen..but executes pre-dawn raid for Trump pussy tape (and they also raided Manafort's house early in the morning with a SWAT team)

Despite the surge in CO2 concentrations since 1900, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that global sea levels only rose by an average of 1.7 mm/yr during the entire 1901-2010 period.

What caused green zealots to change their opinion of CO2 between the early 1970s and the late 1980s? Greenies demanded during the early 1970s CO2 spewing catalytic converters be installed on vehicles. They claimed CO2 was a BENEFICIAL gas. A mere 15 years later, they described CO2 as a dangerous greenhouse gas.

13% of the population of Germany is foreign born.

Congressman Jim Jordan...."The double standard between how the Justice Dept. treated Hillary Clinton's personal lawyer and Trump's person attorney is staggering. This inequality is what drives Americans crazy."

Paul Ryan says he's leaving Congress because of "Trump Fatigue". Most conservatives have "Ryan Fatigue" and "McConnell Fatigue" and "McCain Fatigue".

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Civilizational exhaustion

In a prophetic conference held in Vienna on May 7, 1935, the philosopher Edmund Husserl said, "The greatest danger to Europe is tiredness". Eighty years later, the same fatigue and passivity still dominate Western European societies.

It is the sort of exhaustion that we see in Europeans' falling birth rates, the mushrooming public debt, chaos in the streets, and Europe's refusal to invest resources in its security and military might. Last month, in a Paris suburb, the Basilica of Saint Denis, where France's Christian kings are buried, was occupied by 80 migrants and pro-illegal-immigration activists. The police had to intervene to free the site.

Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary's University in London, recently published a report, "Europe's Young Adults and Religion":

"Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good or at least for the next 100 years," Bullivant said.

According to Bullivant, many young Europeans "will have been baptised and then never darken the door of a church again. Cultural religious identities just aren't being passed on from parents to children. It just washes straight off them... "And we know the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher [religious] retention rates."

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The Dreamers

With all the tender concern President Trump and Nancy Pelosi have been heaping on "Dreamers" of late, you'd think the media would notice and pepper us with stories about these "incredible kids," as Trump calls them. Alas, no. Our tedious media drones refuse to provide us with moving human interest stories about the Dreamers.

Journalists and politicians love to give us archetypes: the DACA soldier, the DACA valedictorian, the DACA grandmother. But there are so many other roles they fill!

To make up for the Fourth Estate's failure, this week, I'll highlight five Dreamers who have done noteworthy things just in the last month.

A few weeks ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement caught up with Dreamer Anastacio Eugenio Lopez-Fabian, 24, in a courthouse parking lot in Oregon. Police in Seaside, Oregon, had arrested Lopez-Fabian for multiple rapes of a girl "younger than 14," assault and harassment.

Law enforcement then released Lopez-Fabian the day of his arrest, without notifying I.C.E., despite the fact that he had already been deported twice to his native Guatemala, in 2013 and 2014.

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Hatred of Israel

Why do you hate Israel more than any other nation? Why does Israel anger you more than any other nation does? Why do Israel’s military activities aggravate you and disturb your conscience and provoke you to outbursts of street protesting or Twitter-fury in a way that no other state’s military activities do? These are the questions that hang darkly over today’s so-called progressives. Which eat away at their self-professed moral authority, at their claims to be practitioners of fairness and equality. They are the questions to which no satisfactory answer has ever been given. So they niggle and fester, expertly avoided, or unconvincingly batted away, a black question mark over much of the modern left: why Israel?

The question has returned in recent days, following violent clashes on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Like clockwork, with a predictability that now feels just mostly depressing, these clashes that resulted in the deaths of many protesting Palestinians magically awoke an anti-imperialist, anti-war instinct among Western observers that was notably, stubbornly, mysteriously dormant when Turkey recently laid waste to the Kurdish town of Afrin or during any of the recent Western-backed Saudi barbarism visited upon the benighted people of Yemen. A member of the IDF raises his gun and suddenly the right-minded of the West switch off Spotify, take to Twitter, engage their emotional fury, and say: ‘NO.’ Their political lethargy lifts, their placards are dusted down, and they remember that war and violence are bad. They even go on to the streets, as people did in London and across Europe in recent days. This is evil, they declaim, and that question rises up again, silently, awkwardly, usually ignored: why is this evil but Turkey’s sponsored slaughter of hundreds of Kurdish civilians and fighters in Afrin was not? Why Israel?

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Your fatherland remains for you

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on citizens of Turkish origin in EU states to extend their political influence. "Personally take responsibilities in political parties and political mechanisms," said Erdogan on Tuesday in an appeal "to my citizens in Europe". Before AKP members of parliament in Ankara, Erdogan recalled that in the constitutional referendum a year ago more than 60% of Turks in Germany voted for the presidential system he wanted. "That means there is a power there. This power must also take effect in the local politics there."

The goal must be to push back the influence of organisations like the banned Kurdish Workers Party PKK or the far-left DHKP-C in Europe. "Don’t leave the politics there to the PKK. Don’t leave the politics there to the DHKP-C", said Erdogan to AKP MPs. "If our citizens, who are true to their country, their people, their flag and their call to prayer, stick together, they can be ten times, a hundred times more influential with political parties and politicians than them."

Erdogan asked citizens of Turkish origin to learn the language of the country they were living in and get to know the social environment there. At the same time he called on them: "Never make concessions on your mother tongue, your faith and your solidarity with one another." He added: "Your fatherland remains for you."

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Black political power

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis.

Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected to the presidency twice. Jason Riley, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tells how this surge in political power has had little beneficial impact on the black community.

In a PragerU video, "Blacks in Power Don’t Empower Blacks" Riley says the conventional wisdom was based on the notion that only black politicians could understand and address the challenges facing blacks. Therefore, electing more black city councilors, mayors, representatives and senators was deemed critical. Even some liberal social scientists now disagree. Gary Orfield says, "There may be little relationship between the success of … black leaders and the opportunities of typical black families." Riley says that while many black politicians achieved considerable personal success, many of their constituents did not.

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