Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time to stop apologizing

In Herb Gardner’s play "A Thousand Clowns," the protagonist, Murray, has to get a job to ensure that he and his new girlfriend can retain custody of his abandoned nephew. After a long day of refusing work that doesn’t meet his standards, he arrives home and after a long speech about the power of saying "I’m sorry," tells the love of his life that sometimes the best you can hope for in life is a really good apology. It’s a cop-out, the path of least resistance.

Over the past few years apologizing has become the new American pastime. Of late we have seen a student body president at the University of California-Los Angeles apologize for the white privilege he displayed in flashing a gang symbol in a photograph. Veterans have gotten on their knees to beg forgiveness from Native American tribes. A feminist journal has apologized for running a peer-reviewed essay that is allegedly insensitive to the transgender community, and the city of Philadelphia has apologized to Jackie Robinson for acts of racism committed more than a half a century ago.

Like Murray’s, all of these apologies in one way or another are a cop-out, a way to put an incident behind one without doing the hard work of discussing differing opinions and views. The gang sign was a joke, not an egregious act of cultural appropriation. Twenty-first-century veterans do not have the agency to apologize for acts committed long before they were born. The feminist journal is apologizing for presenting controversial material, and Jackie Robinson has been dead since 1972.

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Male feminists

If you've never heard of the Good Men Project, you're not alone. While the title might conjure images of responsible, brave fathers, a cursory look at the site's content reveals that the focus is convincing men to embrace feminism.

That's why I was intrigued by this Good Men Project post, in which the male author explains why he can no longer call himself a feminist:

I am all for equality. However, I no longer consider myself a feminist. I realize many people will find faults with those statements and some will "troll" me for their unknown gain. But, feminism has changed and not for the better. The reasons for me to make that decision are based on three general concerns: the rise of "man-hating," lack of feminist voice or actions on "male issues" (and yes, men have issues, too), and the "female as victim" undertone to some feminist literature. ...

So, do toxic masculinity and/or toxic feminism actually exist? I suppose it depends on who you ask. It seems everybody has a different answer. Well, if discrimination and abuse on women exists (and it does), does it exist for men, too? Of course. But, some feminists, including men, do not (or cannot?) recognize that feminism, if it is truly about equality, works both ways.

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Police cuts in London, someone thinks it's a good idea

Budget cuts could mean that London is about to lose thousands of police officers, leaving the capital’s residents at a heightened risk from terrorism and rising crime.

Internal estimates seen by the Times suggest that police ranks could be cut from 32,000 to 28,000 due to government pressure to come up with savings.

The cuts would mean that officers who leave the force will not be replaced. The reduction, which could ultimately return the force to staffing levels not seen since 2003, comes amid fears about rising crime.

The Met figures indicate that gun crime is up by 42 percent and knife crime has increased by 24 percent since 2016.

There are also fears that the Met’s ability to respond to acts of terrorism or cyberattacks will also be undermined.

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Out of Africa or Out of Europe?

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.

Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.

But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.

The discovery of the creature, named Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknameded ‘El Graeco' by scientists, proves our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.

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FGM on the rise in U.S.

If you think the cases of little-girl genital mutilation that made national headlines last month after a flurry of arrests in Detroit is a one-off event, think again. The CDC estimates that more than 513,000 girls and women most of them living in New York, DC and Minneapolis are now at risk of such disfigurement across the country, a threefold increase since 1990. What’s behind the sickening trend? Muslim immigration.

If it’s "Islamophobic" to say that, blame the US government.

In a report last year, the CDC says the surge in female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is "wholly a result of rapid growth in the number of immigrants from FGM/C-practicing countries living in the United States." It then went on to list those countries, and virtually all of them have large Muslim populations.

Immigrants from Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation, are not factored into the government’s 513,000 figure. If they were, the size of the CDC estimate would likely grow by "several tens of thousands," the 2016 study’s lead author says.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

White devils

FBI files detailing speeches delivered by heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in American mosques in the 1960s show a different, more racist and radical face of the famed sportsman. The speeches feature Ali calling whites "crackers" and "white devils," and telling black congregants that blacks want to be segregated from whites.

The speeches, which were released after a Freedom of Information Act request by Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch, revealed that Ali had far more radical views about race than his more benign public persona might have led people to believe.

Not only did Ali thunder that the 1964 civil rights act was a "swindle" on blacks, he also went on to excoriate whites, calling them "blue-eyed devil white people," and insisting that "the so-called Negro is the original man and is superior to the white devil."

The FBI files show that Ali told a crowd at a Washington D.C. mosque that he preferred "dying outright" or going to jail than going into the U.S. Army. In another speech delivered at a Cleveland mosque, Ali said the American flag "represented death and destruction," but the so-called "Muslim flag" represents "life and prosperity, justice for all black men."

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America's deadliest school massacre

Columbine. Virginia Tech. University of Texas. Sandy Hook. America’s terrible history of school shootings is a list whose members can’t be named alone. Talk about any single one, and the others always hover on the periphery. But one name rarely gets mentioned among the others, the oldest and deadliest school massacre in U.S. history: the Bath School bombing.

In 1927, Bath was a rural village of 300 people despite its location ten miles from Lansing, the state capital. The local institute of learning was Bath Consolidated School, built only five years earlier to replace the scattered one-room schools of the surrounding farmland. It had 314 students from around the region, many the sons and daughters of farmers. Some students were bused in, and all took classes with their peers over the course of elementary and high school.

May 18 was the last day of classes for students that year, but at 8:45 the north wing of the three-story structure exploded with such force that the boom was heard miles away.

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Chaco Canyon

In 1896 archaeologists excavating Pueblo Bonito, a 650-room, multistory brick edifice in northwestern New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, found the remains of 14 people in a burial crypt. Necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry made up of thousands of turquoise and shell beads accompanied the bones. The artifacts signaled that these individuals were elite members of the ancient Chaco society, one of the most important civilizations in the American Southwest.

The excavations at Pueblo Bonito revealed the splendors of Chaco culture, which flourished between about A.D. 800 and 1250. The ancient Chacoans constructed at least a dozen great houses like Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon during its heyday, and dozens of other Chacoan settlements thrived in what is today the Four Corners region where the borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet. Soon after the excavations ended, archaeologists whisked these human remains off to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, where most of them have resided ever since.

Every so often researchers take the skulls out of their cardboard storage boxes on the museum’s 5th floor and remove the rest of the bones from wooden drawers lining a nearby hallway, laying them out on long tables to study them. They want to know how these people were related to one another and what this elite group might say about how Chaco society was organized. But they have had only limited clues.

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Black Motorcycle Queen

In the 1930s, Bessie Stringfield practically disappeared in a cloud of smoke, bolting across the walls of a wooden, bowl-shaped arena: the Wall of Death. She was on her way across the country, traveling completely aloneagainon a Harley. Bessie Stringfield, an African-American Bostonian originally from Jamaica, had already earned a title that would be given to her years later: "The Motorcycle Queen." From 1929 until her death in 1993, she rode her motorcycle around the Americas, defying several stereotypes about what black women could do.

At first, riding a motorcycle across the country might seem on the low end of remarkable acts, but in the 1930s, especially for a black woman, that was not so. Stringfield rode across the country on a motorcycle only 10 years after women gained the right to vote. And the roads were not the smooth, friendly lifelines that snake across the country today; Stringfield traveled before many roads were pavedthe American interstate highway system wouldn’t even be proposed until 1956. If she was traveling through Arkansas in the middle of the day and broke down? Stringfield had to be her own mechanic.

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The Cold Civil War

As the Ancients remind us, the statesman’s primary concern must be the good of his own nation. In revolutionary times especially, thoughts, words, and deeds about international affairs must be subordinated to internal needs. That is the primary meaning of "America First." But because "America First" has an equally compelling meaning internationally, it also implies taking seriously what the United States might do for itself vis-à-vis foreign nationsbeyond simply using them as weapons in domestic battles, as so many politicians and commentators do today in what passes for discussion of Russia policy.

America is in the throes of revolution. The 2016 election and its aftermath reflect the distinction, difference, even enmity that has grown exponentially over the past quarter century between America’s ruling class and the rest of the country. During the Civil War, President Lincoln observed that all sides "pray[ed] to the same God." They revered, though in clashing ways, the same founders and principles. None doubted that those on the other side were responsible human beings. Today, none of that holds. Our ruling class and their clients broadly view Biblical religion as the foundation of all that is wrong with the world. According to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, "The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance."

The government apparatus identifies with the ruling class’s interests, proclivities, and tastes, and almost unanimously with the Democratic Party. As it uses government power to press those interests, proclivities, and tastes upon the ruled, it acts as a partisan state. This party state’s political objective is to delegitimize not so much the politicians who champion the ruled from time to time, but the ruled themselves. Ever since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century and a half ago at Princeton, colleges have taught that ordinary Americans are rightly ruled by experts because they are incapable of governing themselves. Millions of graduates have identified themselves as the personifiers of expertise and believe themselves entitled to rule. Their practical definition of discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, etc., is neither more nor less than anyone’s reluctance to bow to them. It’s personal.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

China dismantled CIA operation

The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.

Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved.

But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A.

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Hollywood and pedophilia

Jon Robberson is a 16 year veteran of Hollywood feature film, television, and commercial production. He worked behind the scenes at all of the major studios and networks, having worked on projects for such notables as Spielberg, Bruckheimer, Silver and Abrams, to name a few. He also left that scene because he says it is rife with pedophilia.

Dave Daubenmire, the host of the webcast Pass the Salt Live, interviewed Robberson this week. During the interview, the former insider spoke about an alleged global Satanic pedophile ring that controls Hollywood.

Trust us, we know how this sounds. But hear it out.

Robberson is not the first person to make these claims. As the Free Thought Project reported last year, childhood star turned adult actor Elijah Wood, also claimed Hollywood is in the midst of a massive sexual abuse scandal, which can be compared to that of Jimmy Savile in Britain.

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Blacks want money and safe spaces

Black students at the University of California, Los Angeles are demanding $40 million and their own "safe spaces" on campus as compensation for racially insensitive incidents.

"Black students at UCLA are consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration [sic]," the Afrikan Student Union (ASU) begins an eight-point ultimatum issued Friday. "Unfortunately, on April 30, 2017, a photo was released depicting the USAC [student government] President holding gang signs."

The open letter goes on to cite additional examples, including "racist stickers" and a "Kanye Western" themed party, and declares that "since nothing has been done in recent years, the Afrikan Student Union is DEMANDING that UCLA administrators work with black students towards the development of a more positive campus climate."

The first item on the list calls for "a physical location on campus to house the Afrikan Student Union Projects," which would include "meeting/gathering/safe spaces" and be staffed by a director and an office manager who would be responsible for distributing funds allocated to the ASU.

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No whites, please

A professor wants universities to "stop hiring white cis men," according to her May blog post uncovered by Campus Reform Wednesday.

"If you are a cis white man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power," wrote Piper Harron, a temporary assistant professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

"That’s right, please quit. Too difficult? Well, as a first step, at least get off your hiring committee, your curriculum committee, and make sure you’re replaced by a woman of color or trans person. Don’t have any in your department? HOW SHOCKING."

Harron, who is black and teaches math at Manoa, informed readers that "actual solutions require women of color and transgender individuals," noting that "having white cis women run the world is no kind of solution," referencing the 53 percent of white women who voted to elect President Donald Trump.

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Pushing back against deportations

The Baltimore City state’s attorney last month instructed her staff to exercise discretion when prosecuting immigrants for low-level offenses. The directive was framed as a way to push back against Donald Trump’s mission to increase deportations.

"As the current administration in Washington continues to increase its efforts to enforce immigration laws, we as prosecutors are the torch-bearers of justice in this city," the prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said in a news release. "We must utilize our prosecutorial discretion as we do in every case by considering the unintended collateral consequences that our decisions have on our immigrant population."

Mosby, and other prosecutors across the country, are looking for ways to shield some low-level offenders from deportation. Many of these policies are being implemented by the so-called progressive prosecutors who were recently elected, as part of an effort to reassure their foreign-born constituents that the local D.A. isn’t acting in lockstep with federal immigration officials.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Odds and ends

The defection of Edward Snowden, the OPM data breach and the now infamous Hillary hacks all predated Trump though the vulnerabilities will probably continue under him. The list of commercial data breaches is also stunningly long. "It is estimated that in 2015 alone, 707 million records were exposed as a result of data breaches".

Hmmm. James Comey's brother works for the law firm that handles Clinton Foundation taxes.

Headline....Democrats claiming Russia hacked the election now slam Trump's vote fraud panel.

A 70-year-old Swedish woman is facing up to four years in prison for complaining on Facebook about migrants defecating in the streets.

Headline....Liberals having trouble dealing with rejection.

Comment on anti-immigrant website...."As someone who lives LA I can sit here and tell you that most anonymous calls to ICE are coming from Hispanics. Now that ICE is finally allowed to do their job, grudges are being settled."

Headline....U.S. Industrial production posts largest gain in three years.

Statistics released by the Honduran government for 2017 show that Mexico has deported over one thousand more Hondurans than the United States in the same period. Mexico has deported 8,726 Hondurans in 2017 while the United States has only deported 7,580, a difference of 1,146.

Canada is bat shit crazy.

The overwhelming majority of Hondurans deported from both the U.S. and Mexico nearly 78 percent were male adults.

One of the criticisms of President Trump’s new immigration policy was that the US couldn’t deport illegals if their original countries wouldn’t take them back. After several months of negotiations, the Department of Homeland Security has successfully reduced the list of countries who refused US deportees from 20 to 12.

"It's no longer fake news, it's now dishonest news."

Oops, there goes a Feminist talking point.

The number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. rose to nearly 27 million in 2016, up about 700,000 from the previous year and representing 16.9 percent of the nation's labor force, according to an annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday.

OPEC lost $76 billion last year due to fracking in the U.S.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday offered to pay for President Trump's impeachment instead of a $21.6 billion border wall separating the two nations. Haha.

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Baltimore students deficient in English and math

Baltimore schools spend a staggering $16,00 per student - the fourth-highest rate in the nation - and still an investigation by Fox45's Project Baltimore revealed that at six city schools, not one student scored proficient on either the statewide tests for English and math.

At West Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High, one of five high schools and one middle school where not one student scored a four or a five on the state test, only one out of 185 students who took the test last year scored a three, while 165 students scored a one, the lowest possible score.

"That's absurd to me," says Janel Nelson, the mother of one Frederick Douglass student. "That's your teacher's report card, ultimately." Janel's son Navon Warren lost his father when he was three months old, followed by two uncles and a childhood friend, all whom were gunned down in the streets of Baltimore by the time he was 18. But Warren is one of the lucky ones; a champion swimmer, he won a scholarship to Bethany College in West Virginia and is preparing to leave Baltimore in the fall, one of only a few dozen students in his class to go to college. In fact, only 50% of Frederick Douglass students ever graduate.

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Voter fraud in Texas

What is being described as one of the biggest voter fraud investigations in Texas history is currently unfolding in Dallas.

For the past couple of months prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office have been looking into allegations of voter fraud. Their investigation accelerated last week when more criminal and voter fraud allegations stemming from the May 6 election emerged. The D.A.'s office last week filed a notice of investigation of criminal conduct which reads in part:

The Dallas County Elections Department has in excess of 700 "Mail-In Ballots" that are directly linked to applications assisted by "Jose Rodriguez," or are suspicious in nature.

Workers say the volume of complaints about questionable mail-in ballots has been "off the charts."

"It’s totally frustrating," said Dr. Pat Stephens of West Dallas. "You know, we all feel violated."

Stephens is speaking out. She is still bothered about her signature being forged on an mail-in ballot application.

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Freeloaders

California Governor Jerry Brown referred to taxpayers as "freeloaders" last week for objecting to his new gas tax and car fee hikes.

"The freeloaders I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit," he said. Brown was speaking in Orange County, defending State Assembly newcomer Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who is facing a recall effort after voting for Brown’s new transportation taxes in April.

The new tax raises existing gas taxes already among the highest in the nation by 12 cents per gallon, with higher taxes on diesel, and slaps car owners with higher annual registration fees. Critics have pointed out that the burden of the tax falls most heavily on middle-class Californians.

The Orange County Register, which covered Brown’s remarks, adds that Brown is sparing no effort to keep Newman in office. "He’ll have whatever he needs," the Register quotes the governor as saying.

Kira Davis, commenting at RedState, remarks:
The 1,000,000 citizens in Los Angeles county alone who collect food stamps provided by taxpayers are not freeloaders. The millions of illegal immigrants being harbored in California’s sanctuary cities to the cost of taxpayers are not freeloaders. Illegal immigrants being provided "free" legal help by the state on the backs of taxpayers are not freeloaders. The bloodsuckers in the Sacramento legislature who get paid $178 a day in per diem funds on top of their bloated salaries just for walking in the door to their job every day are not freeloaders.
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Battle of Midway

Seventy-five years ago (June 4-7, 1942), the astonishing American victory at the Battle of Midway changed the course of the Pacific War.

Just six months after the catastrophic Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. crushed the Imperial Japanese Navy off Midway Island (about 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu), sinking four of its aircraft carriers.

"Midway" referred to the small atoll roughly halfway between North America and Asia. But to Americans, "Midway" became a barometer of military progress. Just half a year after being surprised at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy had already destroyed almost half of Japan’s existing carrier strength (after achieving a standoff at the Battle of the Coral Sea a month earlier).

The odds at the June 1942 battle favored the Japanese. The imperial fleet had four carriers to the Americans’ three, backed up by scores of battleships, cruisers, and light carriers as part of the largest armada that had ever steamed from Japan.

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Men allow feminism

In our day and age, there exists one very important red-pill truth which most people sub-consciously accept but which is unmentionable in polite society: namely, that women, ultimately, are entirely dependent on men.

Indeed, it is arguably the greatest irony of the entire feminist movement that that movement is an undertaking which is fundamentally at the mercy of the very patriarchy that it despises, and it always will be.

And so, all the women in Western society demanding equality, protesting about sexism, and screaming about the patriarchy, are only able to do so because they are tacitly permitted to engage in such behavior by the very men that they rail against.

First, note the obvious fact that men are naturally stronger, more aggressive, and more capable of serious violence than women. And lest you disagree, note that prisons are filled with a hell-of-a-lot more men than women; also note that an average male UFC fighter, for example, could easily beat even the very best female fighter in a one-on-one contest.

So the fact that men, on average, are physically stronger and more proficient in the realm of violence and war is not really in dispute. And this is the first point to note.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Politics is ruining policing

In Seattle, Washington, police officers are wary of a new guideline that, as KIRO 7 reports, requires them to "no longer call a suspect a suspect."

The concerns center on what officers are allowed to call those who have been accused of a crime.

Once known as "perps" short for "perpetrators" that term has seemed to evolve as of late in the city, going from "subjects" to "suspects" and eventually "citizens."

Now, Seattle police are required to refer to these individuals as "community members," and officers aren't happy about it:

Specifically, officers say that they are bothered by the fact that they have to use the "community member" term in their use of force reports, which are filled out when police encounter violent suspects or "any time an officer uses force to arrest a resistive subject."

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The Seth Rich murder investigation

A top Democratic National Committee official has contacted Washington, D.C., police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich demanding to know why a homicide detective is examining the unsolved case, a private investigator told WND Tuesday.

Detective Rod Wheeler, who started his investigation into Seth’s death in March, told WND he was stunned Monday when he learned from Rich’s family that the DNC contacted them about the case.

"How did that DNC person know I had called the police? That is what is baffling me," Wheeler said. "I just found out from [Rich’s] family that the DNC knew I contacted the police they hadn’t told me that all this time."

After Wheeler went to the police for insight into Rich’s murder, the detective assigned to the investigation never replied to Wheeler’s inquiry.

"The family said, ‘Rod, there is something that you need to know," Wheeler explained. "The police detective never called you back because the information was given to the DNC that you called the police trying to figure out what was going on."

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The H1b scam

The federal H1b program is intended to allow foreign workers into the US to do high-skill jobs for which employers can’t find qualified domestic workers. In reality, it’s a way for US employers to lower their labor costs, ignoring the large pool of fully qualified (but more expensive) US workers in favor of cheap foreign labor.

This isn’t a small program, either; in 2014 there were 124,326 new applications approved and 191,531 renewed. Since this is a three-year program with one possible renewal, the total number of H1b foreign workers in the US is triple that, or close to a million lower-wage workers in positions that should otherwise go to US workers at much higher wages.

Where are those workers coming from? According to a recent report to Congress, in 2012 most 64% come from India, with no other country sending anywhere close to that many (China came closest at 7.6%).

Given that so many come from India, and that they’re coming under the pretense that they are significantly more qualified than their American counterparts, you may be stunned to learn just how poor the Indian training system when it comes to computer programming.

According to a 2017 skills assessment of graduating Indian software engineers conducted by Aspiring Minds, an Indian skills assessment company:
Out of the 2 problems given per candidate, only 14% engineers are able to write compilable codes for both and only 22% write compilable code for exactly one problem.

Only 14.67% of engineers are employable for IT Services company, while a worryingly low percentage of 2.47% are observed to be employable in IT Product company.

Amazingly, just 2.21% of candidates are able to write functionally and logically correct code.

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Don't get conquered

Anthropology tells us that early modern humans slowly populated what is now sub-Saharan Africa and then began to migrate out into the rest of the world. Whether this was out of curiosity, the search for food or population pressure is unknown, but it was probably some combination of all three. The most likely route was along the western coast of the Red Sea and then into the Eastern Mediterranean. From there, humans slowly fanned out across the globe. It’s all speculation, but that’s the logical route out of Africa.

The point here is the first wave of human migration was south to north. Humans appear to have made it as far north as Siberia and Scandinavia before changes in climate forced people back south again. There are some who think that the populations to the north had acquired better cognitive and maybe even physical tools that allowed them to migrate south and displace the populations in the more temperate zones. The changes in climate had the effect of improving the human populations in Asia and Europe.

That may be debatable, but what is not debated is that large scale human migrations change both the invaded and the invader. The people being conquered are either massacred or bred out by the winning tribes. On the other hand, the invading people tend to borrow things from the conquered people, including genetics from the female line. The Irish say the Vikings took the best looking women with them to Iceland, which is why Icelandic women are some of the most beautiful in the world.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Germans don't laugh?

The UK's Telegraph newspaper published an interesting report last week, the upshot of which was that Germans laugh very little. One in three Germans laughs fewer than five times a day. "When they do allow themselves a chuckle," writes the Telegraph, "it's more likely than not to be at the expense of others, with 77 per cent [of Germans] saying they liked to laugh at others' misfortune."

The Telegraph points out also that the Germans invented the concept of schadenfreude.

According to the New York Times, the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl once said that Germans were "so afraid to laugh that they would hide in the basement to do it." The Times related Kohl's remark in in a 2005 piece on the establishment of German "laughter schools," where Germans learn to force themselves to laughmechanicallyin order to relieve stress.

"For decades, we Germans have been the grandmasters of depression," said the schools' founder Heiner Uber: "At Uber's laughing class in Munich, the session began with participants sitting in a circle and stretching, before moving on to the laughs. Uber instructed the students to clap their hands and breathe deeply to get the blood circulating. Then he told them to march in circles around the room chanting 'ho-ho-ha-ha-ha-ha."

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Obama leaked classified information also

Democrats have short memory spans. As the mainstream media teams up with the political Left to take down Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s worth maintaining some perspective on White House "scandals" as reported by the self-proclaimed gatekeepers of truth.

Much of the self-righteous indignation directed against President Trump is grounded in hypocrisy. When Democrats cry wolf over Trump unduly influencing law enforcement, one can’t help but think of the egregiously corrupt and highly partisan Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch Justice Departments. When Democrats whine about Trump’s "unsympathetic" immigration policy, one can’t help but wonder where the voices of opposition were during former President Bill Clinton's State of the Union speeches.

Now as the MSM goes berserk over reports of Trump allegedly revealing classified information from an ally to Russia, let’s take a trip down memory lane and recall the countless times that former President Obama, the bejeweled darling of the Left, did something that Democrats are now calling "treasonous," "unpatriotic," and "traitorous."

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Whites are banned

American University in Washington, D.C., has reportedly banned white students from using its new "student lounge" for the spring semester, according to the College Fix.

The lounge, which is called "The Bridge," opened just six weeks ago. It is planned to be "a community space that student organizations can use however they would like," with open mic nights, slam poetry and "other student initiated programming," Darcy Frailey, associate director for facilities and other event services, told the Eagle, American University’s student news site. The lounge seats 80 people and features large working tables, comfortable sofas and chairs, coffee tables, a television and a large stage for events. School officials said they plan to hire students who qualify for the federal work-study program to work at "The Bridge."

The ban comes just after campus officials discovered bananas hanging in nooses with the letters "AKA" and the word "Harambe" scribbled onto them. "AKA" is short for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a black sorority. The May 1 incident led to a 50-student protest Friday that blocked traffic in a parking garage. The student crowd chanted "We can’t breathe," a reference to black New Yorker Eric Garner, who died on July 17, 2014, after he was arrested by police.

"Do I not pay? Do I not pay for tuition?" junior Romayit Cherinet called to the crowd of protesters. "Do I come here and try as best as possible to ignore these racist ass white people? To ignore the microaggressions every single day?"

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Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia is a woman of seeming contradictions. She’s a lesbian who thinks homosexuality is not normal, a Democrat who often criticizes the party’s 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a self-described "transgender being" who calls sex changes for children "abuse," and a feminist who says abortion is "murder."

Decades after she burst onto the scene with her best-selling book Sexual Personae, Paglia is back with a timely commentary on sex and gender. Her recent book Free Women, Free Men argues, among other things, that feminism is "stunting the maturation of both girls and boys" and that "if women seek freedom, they must let men too be free."

Paglia talked to the Washington Free Beacon about a variety of topics including Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) alleged populism, Megyn Kelly's performance as a moderator during the first Republican presidential primary debate, and whether misogyny played a role in Hillary Clinton's failed 2016 presidential bid.

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Trump on Putin's payroll?

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Inbreeding in Islam

There is a dire phenomenon rising in Europe that is crippling entire societies and yet the continent sleeps, refusing not only to confront the destructive elephant in the room, but also to admit its very existence. The troubling reality being referred to is the widespread practice of Muslim inbreeding and the birth defects and social ills that it spawns.

The tragic effect of the left’s control of the boundaries of debate is that any discussion about vital issues such as these marks an individual as an "Islamophobe" and a "racist." A person who dares to point at the pathology of inbreeding in the Muslim community is accused of whipping up hatred against Muslim people. But all of this could not be further from the truth. To fight against inbreeding anywhere is to defend humanity and to defend innocent babies from birth defects. Fighting against this Islamic practice stems from a pro-Muslim calling, since identifying destructive ideologies and practices in Islam enables the protection of the Muslim people from harm.

Massive inbreeding among Muslims has been going on since their prophet allowed first-cousin marriages more than 50 generations (1,400 years) ago. For many Muslims, therefore, intermarriage is regarded as being part of their religion. In many Muslim communities, it is a source of social status to marry one's daughter or son to his or her cousin. Intermarriage also ensures that wealth is kept within the family. Islam’s strict authoritarianism plays a large role as well: keeping daughters and sons close gives families more power to control and decide their choices and lifestyles.

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The firing was long overdue

Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.

President Trump’s firing of James Comey revealed strange timing, herky-jerky methods, and bad political optics.

Certainly, in the existential political war that Trump finds himself in, it would have been wiser, first, to have rallied his entire White House team and congressional leaders around the decision and established a shared narrative, to have been magnanimous to the departing James Comey, and to have had obtained private guarantees from a preselected successor that he or she would serve and be appointed within a day or two.

But otherwise the firing was overdue.

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DNC staffer sent emails to Wikileaks?

The family of the Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., blasted reports that he was a source of thousands of emails leaked to WikiLeaks.

Rod Wheeler, a retired Washington homicide detective and Fox News contributor investigating the case on behalf of the Rich family, made the WikiLeaks claim, which was corroborated by a federal investigator who spoke to Fox News.

But a spokesman for Rich's family on Tuesday said Wheeler was not authorized to speak for the family and called assertions Seth Rich sent emails to WikiLeaks "unsubstantiated." Brad Bauman said even if purported emails were to surface, it would not necessarily mean Rich had helped WikiLeaks.

"Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we've seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so," Bauman said. "We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers."

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Lies that Kill

Virtually all criminals lie.

Lying is a common tactic used by criminals to conceal their identities, their backgrounds and their crimes. They lie to cover their tracks, to evade detection and to escape from the reach of the "long arm of the law."

This is why suspects who are taken into custody are fingerprinted and photographed, to attempt to make certain that the name the suspect provides is truly his/her name. Often criminals use multiple false identities whether by committing identity theft or fabricating altogether fictitious identities.

In point of fact, the 9/11 Commission found that in the aggregate, the 19 hijackers who participated in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, used more than 300 false identities or variations of false identities to conceal their identities and their movements as they went about their deadly preparations.

The 9/11 Commission also identified other terrorists who had entered the United States in the decade leading up to the attacks of 9/11 and found that the majority of all of these terrorists engaged in multiple forms of immigration fraud. This was the starting point for my recent article, Immigration Fraud: Lies that Kill.

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Swastikas are popping up everywhere

University of New Hampshire police are investigating swastika drawings found in a student dormitory Friday afternoon.

The images were discovered in a stairwell at Stoke Hall, the largest dorm on campus. The racially-tinged incident followed a Thursday night forum in which dozens of UNH students urged administrators to do more to combat racism on campus.

UNH President Mark Huddleston acknowledged the Stoke Hall case Friday in a post titled "Another Incident: This Must Stop."

"As we communicated yesterday, and expressed last night at the forum, we condemn all acts and behavior of hate and bias," Huddleston said in the statement.

A photo of the drawings posted on social media shows at least nine swastikas drawn in black marker on a white wall. The swastika images appear to have been written backwards.

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Democrats resisting Trump's nominations

Undeterred by its failed effort to stonewall Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the Democratic leadership is going on a full-court press to resist President Trump's nominations for judgeships and FBI director in the Senate. However, if they commit, the party risks losing the moral high ground it hung over the Republican Party's head when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to schedule confirmation hearings for former President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.

In the clearest symbol yet of the Democrats' coming intransigence was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that he "would support" fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Warner's push to hold the not-yet-announced FBI director nominee hostage if the Trump administration doesn't agree to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

There are currently 52 Republicans in the Senate, 46 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. If Republicans unite behind a Trump pick to head the FBI, Democrats will have no way to block consideration of the nominee because in 2013 the then-Democratic-led Senate went through with the "nuclear option" on executive branch nominees. This altered the rules to require only a simple majority of 51 senators, instead of 60, to overcome a filibuster.

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