Monday, July 6, 2015

Clinton's ill-conceived war

For years I have been saying it: Most Americans still don’t know or understand the implications of America’s support of the jihad in Europe, but that’s exactly what Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Balkans was. Clinton sent American soldiers to fight alongside Bosnian mujahedeen against the Serb Christians in the Bosnia war. The Democrats aligned with the jihad then and the Democrats align with the jihad now, despite the thousands of Americans slaughtered at their hand.

Here is yet more of the unending poisonous yield of Clinton’s vicious ill-conceived war. I continue to take heat for my support of the Serbs (Christians) in Clinton’s Bosnian misadventure. We were on the wrong side in that war, and the consequences of Clinton’s perfidy continue to reverberate in that region. I’ve been excoriated for saying this but now even the BBC has to admit that the position I have taken was right all along, although of course they’d rather take the gaspipe than admit that their stance on Bosnia (and on me) has been drastically wrongheaded all these years.

Back in the 1990s something happened in central Bosnia-Herzegovina that inspired people to this day and helps explain why that country now has more men fighting in Syria and Iraq (over 300), as a proportion of its population, than most in Europe.

The formation of a "Mujahideen Battalion" in 1992, composed mainly of Arab volunteers in central Bosnia, was a landmark. Today the dynamic of jihad has been reversed and it is Bosnians who are travelling to Arab lands.

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A strange crystal

In a deceptively drab black crystal, physicists have stumbled upon a baffling behavior, one that appears to blur the line between the properties of metals, in which electrons flow freely, and those of insulators, in which electrons are effectively stuck in place. The crystal exhibits hallmarks of both simultaneously.

"This is a big shock," said Suchitra Sebastian, a condensed matter physicist at the University of Cambridge whose findings appeared today in an advance online edition of the journal Science. Insulators and metals are essentially opposites, she said. "But somehow, it’s a material that’s both. It’s contrary to everything that we know."

The material, a much-studied compound called samarium hexaboride or SmB6, is an insulator at very low temperatures, meaning it resists the flow of electricity. Its resistance implies that electrons (the building blocks of electric currents) cannot move through the crystal more than an atom’s width in any direction. And yet, Sebastian and her collaborators observed electrons traversing orbits millions of atoms in diameter inside the crystal in response to a magnetic field a mobility that is only expected in materials that conduct electricity. Calling to mind the famous wave-particle duality of quantum mechanics, the new evidence suggests SmB6 might be neither a textbook metal nor an insulator, Sebastian said, but "something more complicated that we don’t know how to imagine."

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Intentional bias

Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that "overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias," while 70 percent disagree.

When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.

"These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism," Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday. "In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public's not convinced."

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GPS anniversary

Twenty years ago, the United States Air Force announced the Global Positioning System had achieved Full Operational Capability. As of July 17, 1995, a total of 24 satellites were on orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage. In the two-decades since, GPS has been woven into nearly every aspect of human activity, from military operations to sports.

At the time "FOC" was announced, GPS had already proved its worth during Operation Desert Storm, allowing ground forces to navigate the featureless desert terrain, even when the system had only 16 satellites providing about 19 continuous hours of coverage per day. Today, roughly two-thirds of all munitions being used to combat ISIS rely on some form of GPS guidance.

Nearly forty years ago, the Air Force launched the first Global Positioning System satellite, dubbed Navstar. But even the most visionary of those people involved with that first launch probably could not have guessed how much GPS would eventually impact the world.

"It is amazing how people continue to find new and innovative uses for the GPS signal," said Micah Walter-Range, Space Foundation Director of Research and Analysis.

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China gets tough with Islam

When China banned Ramadan on its Turkic Muslim population, Muslims globally including much of the western media began to expose the issue with the typical game play of victimhood. In reality, in China, Muslims are allowed to pray, fast, and go to the mosques however with the restriction that they do not preach towards non-Islamic villages with the aim of spreading an Islamic revolution throughout China.

There is therefore some flexibility in terms of following the Islamic way of life despite the limited resources in terms of scholars and Islamic books that may be understood by locals. There are also Chinese imams who lead congregational prayers and there is room for Muslims to gather, break their fast together, and pray. Yet in recent years, there has been a rise in prohibitions with regards to fasting in some Muslim provinces where there are political unrest. In other words, in China, once Islam begins to start trouble, a ban on Islam is issued in the troubled zone. China is telling Muslims that if you want to fast Ramadan, it is fine, but if you want to push your revolution, then a Ramadan-ban is added as a bonus punishment.

In these troubled regions, China has added several bonus-punishments and banned all Muslim civil servants, Muslim students and Muslim teachers, especially in the Xinjiang province with a large Muslim population in the northwest, from fasting during Ramadan. In addition to the ban on fasting, China has ordered restaurants to stay open all day during Ramadan. "Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan," a notice posted on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration said. Even wearing the hijab in public, including on public transportation and when getting married in a religious ceremony, was banned in 2014, with fines of about $353 for wearing a hijab in public. In China’s Muslim trouble-making areas, prohibiting alcohol and smoking and eating halal food is considered radical behavior and is also banned. Wherever there is a Muslim revolution, there is a ban on Islam.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

California's epitaph?

California taught the nation that taxes can skyrocket the state has the highest basket of income, sales, and gasoline taxes in the nation even as infrastructure, government services, and schools erode. It established the national precedent of opposing new infrastructure projects and then enjoying them once the planners and builders who were criticized finished them. California equated a Silicon Valley smartphone in the hand with knowledge in the head and the nation at large soon produced the most electronically wired and least knowledgeable generation in memory.

--Victor Hanson Davis

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Anybody else want to be president?

Former US senator Jim Webb has announced his candidacy to be the fifth Democrat who officially entered the 2016 presidential race.

"After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States," Webb said in a statement on his website on Thursday.

Webb, who spent one term in the Senate before retiring in 2013, said the United States "needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us."

Webb, 69, however received support from only 4 percent of Democratic voters nationally in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in June.

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Cancer is caused by a lack of sex

Bernie Sanders, the Democrat longshot for the White House who is packing stadiums as he campaigns, once suggested a lack of sex could cause cancer.

The 73-year-old senator was a self-styled 'revolutionary' who occasionally wrote for a radical newspaper in the 1970s when he expressed the view.

He also wrote in praise of Fidel Castro's Cuba, accusing the 'American media' of inaccuracy.

The contents of his journalism were revealed by the New York Times, and were published in The Vermont Freeman.

The now defunct newspaper was published at a time that Vermont had become a haven for people who wanted to challenge the orthodoxy - among them Sanders.

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Living underground

Considering how large and diverse our beautiful world is, it’s no surprise that we humans have invented so many unique and fascinating ways to live.

While animals are content to stick with what works, we homo sapiens are always dreaming up new forms of shelter. Whether it be teeny tiny houses, elaborate mansions, or floating abodes, it’s clear humans are no longer happy with just four walls and a roof.

And since I spend a lot of time looking at weird houses and fascinating lifestyles, I thought I’d seen it all but then I came across Coober Pedy in South Australia, and now I finally feel like I’ve seen it all.

Originally established as an opal mining town, Coober Pedy is now home to nearly 2,000 people. But judging by the spotless landscape, you’d never be able to guess…

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Not all is well in China

Chinese stocks tumbled again on Friday, taking the week's losses to more than 10 percent, as the securities regulator said it was investigating suspected market manipulation and announced a slew of measures aimed at heading off a full-blown crash.

After a slump of nearly 30 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has set up a team to look at "clues of illegal manipulation across markets".

After market close, a CSRC spokesman said China would cut initial public offerings and capital raisings and support long-term investors entering the market to help stabilize prices.

It also said China's official margin lender for brokerages, which makes loans available for stock market investment, would boost its capital base to 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) from 24 billion yuan to expand its business.

A flurry of policy moves over the past week, including an interest rate cut and a relaxation of margin lending rules, had failed to arrest the sell-off.

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Ignore the bastards

Following last week’s controversial U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, voters believe more strongly that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them. That’s up nine points from 24% when we first asked this question in February. Just over half (52%) disagree, down from 58% in the earlier survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

Perhaps even more disturbing is that the voters who feel strongest about overriding the federal courts Republicans and conservatives - are those who traditionally have been the most supportive of the Constitution and separation of powers. During the Obama years, however, these voters have become increasingly suspicious and even hostile toward the federal government.

Fifty percent (50%) of GOP voters now believe states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings, compared to just 22% of Democrats and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Interestingly, this represents a noticeable rise in support among all three groups.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

What happened on the 4th of July?

With Americans set to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, Mark Dice illustrated that many beachgoers in San Diego don’t even know when the Declaration of Independence was signed or what the 4th of July even represents.

When asked, "What country famously broke away from England to start their own country in the late 1700’s," one man responded, "I have no idea man, I don’t know."

Asked what Americans were celebrating on the 4th of July, another woman said that Independence Day was to recognize "the day that we overtook the south….it’s our independence….from the south," a reference to the civil war which took place almost a hundred years later.

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Not a hate crime

A Cincinnati teacher reportedly abused a white handicapped child at school in Cincinnati according to teaching assistants. Pamela Bullock threw a marker at the child then later said, "My people fought for years, so we wouldn’t have to serve white people like you."

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Fact of the day

"The United States is third in Murders throughout the World. But if you take out just four cities: Chicago, Detroit, Washington, DC and New Orleans, the United States is fourth from the bottom, in the entire world, for Murders! These four Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the U. S. All four of these cities are controlled by Democrats. It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data - right?"
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Now it's time for polygamy (next up...pedophilia)

A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy - holding multiple marriage licenses - but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.

"It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy."

County clerk officials initially denied Collier's application, then said they would consult with the county attorney before giving him a final answer, Collier said.

Officials at the clerk's office did not have an immediate comment, and Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito did not return a call for comment.

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Prison for academic fraud

Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials. Han has also been fined US$7.2 million and will be subject to three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

His case had a higher profile than most, attracting interest from a powerful US senator. Han’s harsh sentence raises questions about how alleged research fraud is handled in the United States, from decisions about whether to prosecute to the types of punishments imposed by grant-making agencies.

Han was forced to resign from Iowa State in 2013 after the university concluded that he had falsified the results of several vaccine experiments supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). In some cases, Han spiked rabbit blood samples with human HIV antibodies so that the vaccine appeared to have caused the animals to develop immunity to the virus.

In a confessional letter sent to the university just before its investigation concluded, Han said that he began the subterfuge to cover up a sample mix-up that he had made years before.

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Assault on religious liberty?

Call it the Dred Scotting of religious liberty.

Writing gay marriage into the Constitution as once there was a Supreme Court decision that attempted to write slavery into the Constitution. Make no mistake. Whatever else the five lawyers in black robes thought they were doing with their ruling on gay marriage, they have opened the door many think the door was already open for a full-blown assault on religious liberty.

Who better to look to for a response to the Obergefell v. Hodges decision than the man who earned his marble statue on the Washington Mall by opposing the idea that the Dred Scott decision should be regarded as "settled law"?

Substitute the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage which many Americans see as yet another assault on religious liberty with the hotly controversial issue of the Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision on slavery. Or the Court’s 1819 decision in McCulloch v. Maryland. The latter decision declared the Bank of the United States to be constitutional, the former was a deliberate attempt by Democrats on the bench to make slavery constitutional.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Who's attacking internet cables in California?

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning.

Agents confirm the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in and around Sacramento, the state's capital.

FBI agents declined to specify how significantly the attack affected customers, citing the ongoing investigation. In Tuesday's attack, someone broke into an underground vault and cut three fiber-optic cables belonging to Colorado-based service providers Level 3 and Zayo.

The attacks date back to at least July 6, 2014, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich.

"When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing," Wuthrich said. "We definitely need the public's assistance."

The pattern of attacks raises serious questions about the glaring vulnerability of critical Internet infrastructure, said JJ Thompson, CEO of Rook Security, a security consulting and services provider in Indianapolis.

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Christianity is in the crosshairs

Late last week, after the Supreme Court of the United States declared without any Constitutional basis that the Constitution mandates same-sex marriages be state legitimized across the nation, a disquieting level of triumphalism broke out from coast to coast. The president shined lights representing the gay pride rainbow flag on the White House a gross boot-on-the-throat display from an anti-religious leader. Corporations, undoubtedly fearful of the consequences of ending up on the wrong side of the riotous left, began tweeting out rainbow symbols. News outlets similarly embraced the rainbow symbol, as though it were uncontroversial to do so; BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Mashable all turned their logos rainbow, with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith explaining, "We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides."

Let’s move beyond the romantically idiotic language of Justice Kennedy’s decision. The notion that gay rights advocates and their allies, who have spent decades suggesting that the institution of marriage represents patriarchal oppression, love and respect marriage so much that they wish to join in its binds, is inane. And the idea that the gay rights movement desperately seeks the tax assistance available to male-female married couples was made false long ago with the promises of civil unions.

No, the gay rights movement and the broader American left celebrated the same-sex marriage decision in wild fashion because the decision established two fundamental notions: First, that government has replaced God in the moral pantheon of the United States; second, that the new god-government has the power to root out and destroy any God-based institutions, destroying the social capital and fabric that holds together the nation.

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New York City, ode to multiculturism

New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home.

This makes life difficult for the city’s Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English. It is not an easy task.

As a just-released report by the New York Immigration Coalition makes clear, even though these services are technically available through the DOE’s Translation and Interpretation Unit, they fall far short of what is needed.

"We release this report with hopes that the DOE will take immediate action to address the serious language access barriers parents face when trying to engage in their children’s school lives. Currently, the DOE has only two people who are responsible for monitoring and supporting more than 1,700 schools on translation and interpretation," said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director.

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Are liberals shrinking in the world?

A sense of palpable depression came over conservative America after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare subsidies and decided that gay marriage was a constitutional right. Many felt as if the America they knew and loved had been abducted by space aliens and replaced with something new and hostile. In contrast to this emotional devastation the left seemed buoyed by euphoria.

"Look ma, I’m on top of the world!" Yet over the same period the liberal landscape fell apart even faster.The last decade has witnessed a vertiginous decline in Washington’s economic, political and military power. The economic engine of liberalism was dying under them, sustained only by the vapors of deficit spending and illusionism.

Its political dominance was being challenged by totalitarian regimes in China and Russia. Even the triumphant tide of liberal values was being offset by the rise of neo-Nazi parties in Europe and the spread of Islamic ideas throughout the world. Justice Kennedy’s decision was answered in the real world by the Turkish police breaking up the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul. Elsewhere its adherents were experiencing rapid descents from multistory buildings in without the benefit of an elevator at the hands of ISIS executioners.

If the world that conservative Americans once cherished has diminished; it has not been as rapid as the shrinkage of the liberal universe. Both aspects of old world are dying never to come back. The post World War 2 era of Franklin Roosevelt has nearly run its course. The difference is that the conservatives are more aware of its passing and may become more active in building what replaces it.

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Greece and Chicago, both broke

In order to make a massive pension payment today, Chicago Public Schools announced it will have to lay off 1,400 employees. Even before these firings there were already more retirees collecting pensions than current workers paying into the pension system. If that sounds unsustainable--it is.

The devil's bargain Democratic politicians made with the teachers unions is a disaster for Chicago taxpayers. And for Chicago school children.

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Changing grades

How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades.

Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated "out of time" Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores.

The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed.

One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduationLiving Environment (biology) and algebraeven though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on the exams because "I studied my ass off."

In 2011, the state banned "scrubbing"the practice of re-scoring tests that fall just short of passing. In 2013, the DOE tried to fire a teacher who raised the scores of five students on a Regents physics exam. In 2014, city scores plummeted after a new rule barred teachers from grading tests given at their own schools.

Now, the city has sanctioned it.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SCOTUScare

"But this Court is not a legislature." Chief Justice John Roberts actually published that sentence in his same-sex marriage dissent on Friday . . . a mere 24 hours after his maestro’s performance in the Supreme Court’s legislative rewrite of the Affordable Care Act formerly known as "Obamacare," but now etched in memory as "SCOTUScare," thanks to Justice Antonin Scalia’s withering dissent.

Roberts’s denial that the Court legislates is astonishing in its cynicism: In saving SCOTUScare, the chief justice not only usurped Congress’s law-writing role with gusto; he claimed the powers, first, to divine legislative purpose from its contradictory expression in legislative language, and, then, to manufacture legislative ambiguity as the pretext for twisting the language to serve the contrived purpose.

It takes a Clintonian quantum of cheek to pull that off one day and, on the next, to inveigh against the very thought of it.

Already, an ocean of ink has been spilled analyzing, lauding, and bemoaning the Supreme Court’s work this week: a second life line tossed to SCOTUScare in just three years; the location of a heretofore unknown constitutional right to same-sex marriage almost a century-and-a-half after the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment; and the refashioning of Congress’s Fair Housing Act to embrace legal academe’s loopy "disparate impact" theory of inducing discrimination.

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"We the people" don't matter anymore

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.

But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raises the question whether we are still living in America, where "we the people" are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us.

The Constitution of the United States says that the federal government has only those powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution and that all other powers belong either to the states or to the people themselves.

That is the foundation of our freedom, and that is what is being dismantled by both this year’s Obamacare decision and last year’s Obamacare decision, as well as by the Supreme Court’s decision imposing a redefinition of marriage.

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Money talks

The politicians like to keep the money trail brushed as clean of their footprints as possible, to make it less blatantly obvious that they are exchanging votes for "campaign" cash. Money talks in DC. In our current government it is the only language other than Orwellian double speak which is understood.

John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Mike McCarthy and other House members did quite well for themselves financially in the pursuit of their corporate masters’ dreams of overthrowing the United States government.

Anyone who wonders how millionaires or billionaires are made on a Congressional salary can get some good insight from this information, published by Maplight.org.

In the instance of H.R. 1314, the legislative vehicle for moving Obamatrade, from the period of October 1st of 2012 to September 30th of 2014, the amount of "potentially" influential financial contributions heaped upon the largely unscrupulous members of Congress in both chambers was nothing short of obscene.

Contributions from pro-Obamatrade lobbyist alone were enough to make very wealthy people of those who are supposed to represent the citizens, and the period of time immediately preceding the vote, that between October 1st of last year and June of 2015 is still unknown. Certainly the pot was "sweetened" considerably more as the deadline drew nearer.

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Quote of the day

Confucius say...Sharp tongued woman usually cut own throat.

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F-35, fail, again

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

And it’s even worse than a mere maneuverability issue. At one point, the pilot’s helmet was so big he couldn’t even turn his head inside the cockpit.

That’s according to a scathing report obtained by our friends over at War is Boring that details the results of visual range air-to-air engagement tests between an F-35A and an F-16C. The F-35, which the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines are expected to rely upon, in addition to the air arms of militaries across the world for at least the next few decades, was supposed to be better than its F-16 predecessor in all respects.

The F-35’s ability to compete against other fighter aircraft in a close-in dogfight, even against the decades old designs it looks to replace, has always been a contentious issue. Long ago, the F-35's maneuverability was planned to far exceed that of fourth generation fighters. Over time, those claims eroded to the point where the troubled stealth jet is described as being "about as maneuverable as an F-16."

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(First the LCS fiasco, now the F-35. Is someone destroying our military on purpose?)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope Francis, fail

Unlike Pope Francis, I believe that air-conditioning and the capitalists responsible for the technology are blessings to the world.

Perhaps the head of the Catholic Church, who condemned "the increasing use and power of air-conditioning" last week in a market-bashing encyclical, is unaware of the pioneering private company that has donated its time, energy and innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment to the Vatican's most famous edifice for more than a decade.

That's right. While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks "those who are obsessed with maximizing profits," Carrier Corporation a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a unit of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp.) ensures that the air in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stays clean and cool.

Last fall, Carrier unveiled a groundbreaking HVAC system for the Vatican to help preserve Michelangelo's masterpieces against pollution caused by the estimated six million visitors who descend on the Sistine Chapel every year to see its famous frescoes.

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Beyond parody

If it weren't for all the destruction and misery they cause, one would think that progressives are just bad comedians--or that conservatives secretly get progressives to say their routines as a way to discredit the evil creed of progressivism.

I don't know if, to quote Ricky Gervais's Andy Millman, President Obama and his speechwriter were just "'avin' a laugh" in the President's address at the US Coast Guard graduation ceremony a few days ago. To quote from that report on the event,
"Around the world, climate change increases the risk of instability and conflict," {Obama} said. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act, and we need to act now."

"Denying it or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security," he added. "It undermines the readiness of our forces."

Ah, so finally Obama is concerned about national security . . . about time! Is he, however, calling for action on our wide open borders, the swarming number of illegal alien gangsters running amok in our cities, the deranged ISIS butchers, the progressive destruction of the university and of the family, the demographic and economic death spiral of Europe, the growing threat from China and Russia? No, he wants us to "focus" on climate change.

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If you disagree, you're must be insane

Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov disappeared from public view in early May, 1984 after he had begun a hunger strike to get permission for his wife, Yelena Bonner, to travel to the U.S. for heart surgery. In the Soviet paradise, wanting one’s anti-Soviet wife to live, and, worse still, to be saved by evil capitalist surgeons and not by the holy surgeons of the Soviet utopia, was, clearly, an exercise in abnormal psychology.

Sakharov was undoubtedly "mentally ill." No wonder, therefore, that Soviet authorities forcibly confined him in a closed ward of the Semashko Hospital in Gorky, where he was force-fed and given drugs to alter his state of mind. This is how Soviet authorities believed they would get the Soviet dissident to not only stop caring about his wife, but to also make a public recantation about his abnormal anti-Soviet views a gambit in which they ultimately failed.

The Soviet system had a long and cruel record of perverting psychiatry to abuse political dissidents. Labelling many thought-criminals ''insane,'' the communist regime institutionalized them under horrifying conditions in mental hospitals and force-fed them dangerous and mind-shattering drugs. Dissidents such as Pyotr Grigorenko, Joseph Brodsky, Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Vladimir Bukovsky and Natalya Gorbanevskaya were among the brave heroes who did not elude this grotesque form of Soviet barbarity. Grigorenko was forcibly committed to a special psychiatric hospital for criticizing the Khrushchev regime. Brodksy was sent to mental hospitals for not writing the right kind of poetry; his treatments involved "tranquilizing" injections, sleep deprivation and forced freezing baths. Esenin-Volpin was institutionalized in the Leningrad Special Psychiatric Hospital for his anti-Soviet thoughts. Bukovsky was also confined to the same psychiatric hospital for "anti-Soviet agitation." Gorbanevskaya was committed to a psychiatric hospital for, among other "abnormality" crimes, attending the 1968 Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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Crony money

Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must "ask God for a positive outcome" to negotiations over another UN climate treaty.

It matters not that the predicted calamities are not happening. There has been no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes making US landfall for a record 9-1/2 years, indeed none of the over-hyped climate disasters occurring in the real world outside the alarmists’ windows. In fact, poor nations support the treaty mostly because it promises some $100 billion per year in adaptation, mitigation and compensation money from FRCs: Formerly Rich Countries that have shackled their own job creation, economic growth and living standards in the name of stabilizing Earth’s perpetually fluctuating climate.

Any money that is transferred will end up in the pockets of governing elites. Poor families will get little or no cash and will be told their dreams of better lives must be limited to jobs and living standards that can be supported by solar panels on their huts and a few wind turbines near their villages.

Simply put, the Musk-Obama-Pope-Climate Crisis schemes will save humanity from exaggerated and fabricated climate disasters decades from now by impoverishing billions and killing millions tomorrow.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Gender confirmation surgery

A report issued Thursday by the Department of State repeatedly refers to sex reassignment surgery in Iran as "gender-confirmation surgery."

Speaking at the release of the State Department’s annual human rights report, Secretary of State John Kerry said of the designation that "There is nothing sanctimonious in this," emphasizing the need for "humility" in the face of the U.S.’ own racial inequality. The State Department did not respond to a request for clarification by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Iran has a well-documented record of coercing gay and lesbian people into having the gender reassignment surgery, that is, disrupting rather than "confirming" the gender identity of hundreds per year. Since homosexuality can be punishable by death in Iran, known homosexual men tend to accept the government-subsidized surgery to become women, and vice versa.

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So, which is it?

"That which is not specifically allowed, is prohibited" … which is the philosophy of those who would rule us.

Or …

"That which is not specifically prohibited, is allowed" … which is the philosophy who will not be ruled.
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They are controllable

1. There is no conservative party

There is a Republican Party. The purpose of the party and its politicians, much like that of its Democratic counterpart, is to obtain money and privileges for its major donors. That doesn't mean that its members don't have other ideals and agendas, but Republican politicians who rise high enough come from an urban and suburban establishment that is more liberal than its base.

Expecting them to care as much about your issues as you do is unrealistic.

They will only do the right thing insofar as it helps them

A. Get control of money

B. Advance their careers

C. Become popular

And this is a good thing. It means that they're controllable. It means that the Democrats are also controllable. And this is how the left took over the Democratic Party.

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Question of the day

If John Boehner was a Democratic Party plant, what would he be doing differently?

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Get rid of tenure

Texas Tech University business professor James Wetherbe’s fight against tenure began as a quiet, personal stance.

He had been splitting time between the University of Minnesota and the University of Memphis in the 1990s when one of his deans gave him an ultimatum: Commit to Minneapolis full-time or give up tenure.

"I said, ‘Give me a hard decision,'" Wetherbe recalled. "I never wanted tenure in the first place."

Two decades later, his fight has come to Texas and gone public.

When he arrived at Texas Tech in 2000, Wetherbe turned down tenure an employment policy that is sacred among the faculties of major universities. The concept is more than a century old, and it's designed to make it hard to fire professors who have previously proved their worth. The idea is to protect academics so they can express unpopular opinions or pursue controversial research.

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