Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Manafort wants copies of evidence against him

Less than 24 hours after CNN triggered the latest outbreak of 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' by relaying information from anonymous sources that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manfort has been under surveillance by the FBI since 2014, Manafort has fired back by calling on the Department of Justice to release all transcripts of his tapped phone calls so that the American public "can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there." Per the Daily Caller:

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners.

Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, also called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leak of details of secret surveillance warrants obtained by U.S. investigators.

"Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there," Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.

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Low-tech jihad

The rule of law is imploding in Denmark as "low-tech jihad" and migrant gangs take over the streets. The Danish government should not be surprised. But it appears to be.

Thousands of incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths meant to decapitate unsuspecting cyclists, is spreading a growing sense of horror among the Danes.

In almost all cases, the perpetrators have turned out to be from MENAP countries (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan).

In the latest development of what has been characterized as "massive low-tech jihad," gangs of migrants and refugees of Arab or North African descent are now shooting innocent people at random in the capital city of Copenhagen, placing in danger the lives of both locals and visitors to this popular tourist city.

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Quote of the day


Huma Abedin's mother

It is well established that there is a hierarchy of Leftist values, and Islam trumps feminism. Hillary Clinton, not surprisingly, is on board with this.

"Abedin’s mom made sure Clinton’s Saudi speech omitted ‘freedom’ and ‘driving for women,’ emails show," by Brooke Singman, Fox News, September 14, 2017:

Huma Abedin’s mother helped to water down a speech then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave at a Saudi women’s college, warning not to mention "political" terms like "freedom" and "driving for women," new emails show.

Abedin’s mother, Saleha Abedin, is a sociology lecturer at Dar Al Hekma, a women’s college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where Clinton spoke to students on Feb. 16, 2010.

And according to new emails obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, a Clinton speechwriter for the event sought advice and guidance from Abedin’s mother in advance.

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$500,000...should have been more

The Evergreen State College professor at the center of campus protests this spring will receive $500,000 in a settlement that was announced Friday.

Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, resigned from their faculty positions effective Friday. The couple filed a $3.85 milllion tort claim in July alleging the college failed to "protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence," according to the claim.

Weinstein had criticized changes to the school’s annual Day of Absence after white students who chose to participate were asked to go off campus to talk about race issues. He called the event "an act of oppression," according to emails obtained by The Olympian. Weinstein later appeared on Fox News and wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

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Transgenderism is a mental disorder

A prominent psychiatrist, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Paul R McHugh, claims that transgender individuals suffer from a form of mental illness and that Gender Reassignment is ‘biologically impossible’.

On the heels of the American College of Pediatrics Reaching the Decision that Transgenderism of Children is Child Abuse, snowflakes are melting everywhere!

Dr, McHugh also states that people who endorse gender reassignment are in fact supporting a mental disorder.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a "mental disorder" that merits treatment, that sex change is "biologically impossible," and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hijacking the NFL

We’re barely into football season, and anti-American NFL players have already started their antics, picking up where Colin Kaepernick left off last year. These racist players continue to whine about their "oppression" of living in America, while living lavish multi-millionaire lifestyles afforded to them by the very same country they so vehemently despise. As we’re now into the official football season with the kick-off game taking place last Thursday, an unfortunate list as just surfaced of all the protesting athletes, that’s sure to spell disaster for the NFL.

Every time these anti-American players take a knee during our National Anthem, it’s a slap in the face to every single American soldier who has fought, bled, and died for this country. It’s a slap in the face to our country’s police officers too, as these players’ act of defiance is frequently done as a way to protest black thugs being shot by cops. (It never matters what the circumstances were, if a thug is killed by a police officer, it’s automatically because the cop was a "racist.")

But facts don't matter to these "oppressed" millionaire football players who keep hijacking America's favorite pastime to make disgusting political statements on the field. As more and more Americans are hurting the NFL's ratings by turning off the television, a convenient list of all these protesting morons is now in one place, so you'll know which of your football jerseys needs to be immediately ripped to shreds and burned.

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Dreamers

The "dreamers," young recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- are the true children of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). More than anyone, they have paid the price for the agreement. Yet they are the ones punished by the administration of President Donald Trump, as it takes away their legal status, ability to work and right to live in this country without fear of arrest or deportation. At the same time, those responsible for the fact they grew up in the United States walk away unpunished -- and even better off.

I'm not talking about their parents. It's common for liberal politicians -- and even Trump himself, on occasion -- to say these young people shouldn't be punished for the "crimes" of their parents, who brought their children with them when they crossed the border without papers. But parents aren't criminals any more than their children are. They chose survival over hunger, and sought to keep their families together and give them a future.

The perpetrators of the "crime" are those who wrote the trade treaties and the economic reforms that made forced migration the only means for families to survive. The "crime" was NAFTA.

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Government suing people who request public records

An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct.

Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public records.

Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests - taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.

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What happened, like a drive-by shooting rampage

So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, the real author of It Takes a Village?

You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway.

It soon became apparent that Hillary shouldn’t have treated Feinman so churlishly. What Happened would have greatly benefited from her stylistic enhancements. The prose in this book is as brittle as the mind behind it. Notice the lack of a question mark in the title. This is a telling punctuational elision. It signals that this text will not be an investigation into the dynamics behind the most perplexing election in American history. Don’t skim these pages in search of a self-lacerating confession or an apologia. What Happened reads more like a drive-by shooting rampage. The book is a score-settling scattershot rant, enfilading anyone who stood in Clinton’s way, from Bernie Sanders to James Comey. Amid Hillary’s hitlist of villains, even toothless Joe Biden gets gut-shot.

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Australia Day canceled

You wouldn’t celebrate white people, because that would be racist. So you shouldn’t celebrate a predominantly white country like Australia:
The council in the Melbourne suburb of Moreland became the third in Victoria state to decide not to recognise Australia Day.

The annual holiday, on January 26, commemorates the arrival of the country’s first British settlers in 1788 and is a time when citizenship ceremonies are held.

But it is termed ‘Invasion Day’ by many indigenous Australians who say it marks the beginning of the decline of Aboriginal culture.

How tragic it is to decline from the lofty heights of Stone Age savagery.

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Migrant crime helps the far right in Europe

Karsten P. empties a test tube filled with metal pieces into the palm of his hand. They're the tiny screws and bolts that held his face together after he and his partner Sven were violently assaulted in a life-changing attack outside their local store.

Two surgeries later and fearful of being attacked again, the openly gay 52-year-old taxi driver -- who doesn't want to be identified because of concerns of another attack -- avoids public spaces and always takes pepper spray with him. He and his partner have also been forced to move neighborhoods in the northwest German city of Bremen following mounting costs as a result of being injured.

"I went outside and saw someone kicking my partner's head. I was trying to stop him and right at that moment, I got hit from the side," Karsten recalls about the attack. "I kind of lost consciousness and when I got up again, I thought my partner was dead. He was all covered in blood and he didn't move at all."

Police identified the attackers as two locally known Muslim extremists. They were never arrested and later fled to Syria. After demanding answers from local prosecutors and the mayor's office and not getting a response, Karsten turned to Germany's far right party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Chelsea Clinton tweets fake story

Chelsea Clinton falsely tweeted Friday that the Michigan House of Representatives had voted to allow emergency medical providers choice in treating patients, specifically giving EMTs the option to deny treatment to gay patients.

"Absolutely appalling," the former First Daughter tweeted, "Michigan House Passed Bill Allowing EMTs To Refuse Treatment To Gay People."

The story Clinton cited was from a website for the LGBT New Now Next Awards, and was posted in 2014. When followers pointed out the story was old, Clinton deleted her tweet.

Not only was the story old, but the actual premise was deeply flawed. What the Michigan House actually passed was a garden variety Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would have exempted religious individuals from laws that infringed on their religious beliefs.

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Are the rumors about Kaspersky true?

If you accuse me of stealing your new car, I have a lot of options to prove my innocence. I was out of the country at the time of the alleged theft. I don't have the car. Security cameras show it's sitting in a garage. And so on.

But if you accuse me of hacking in and stealing the design documents for your new car, things get dicey, especially if you start a whispering campaign. Neil sometimes consorts with known hackers (true). Neil regularly meets with representatives of foreign companies (true). Neil maintains a collection of all kinds of malware, including ransomware and data-stealing Trojans (true). Neil has the programming skills to pull off this hack (I wish!).

After a while the original accusation doesn't even matter; you've successfully damaged my reputation. And that's exactly what seems to be happening with antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab.

You can find any number of news articles suggesting improper activities by Kaspersky Lab. The US government removed Kaspersky from its list of approved programs and, more recently, added it to a list of banned programs. Best Buy dropped Kaspersky products from its stores. Kaspersky has hired security experts who previously worked for the Russian government. Kaspersky is a Russian company, darn it!

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El Salvador's girl gangs

Valentina, a chubby 17-year-old wearing hot-pink spandex shorts, pink Converse, pigtails, and heavy eyeliner, sat on a cement bench in the back of a courtyard, hunched over a cell phone she had half-concealed between her knees. The sounds of traffic, birds trilling, and the music of street vendors carried over the wall rimmed with razor wire.

"I'm in for extortion," she told me, licking a bright blue ice cream cone.

She was sentenced to 10 years at the Centro de InserciĆ³n Social Femenino, a Salvadoran prison for girls. "But my lawyer says if I'm good, I'll only get four." She was from Santa Tecla, a relatively safe and trendy town on the outskirts of San Salvador.

"You know Paseo del Carmen?" she asked excitedly, referring to the bustling strip of locally owned shops, bars, and restaurants. "That was my territory!"

Valentina's job for a local gang chapter had been to go door to door collecting renta, the bi-weekly "tax" imposed on businesses and sometimes individuals. "The problem is that, in Santa Tecla, they have cameras." She shrugged.

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Quote of the day


Political correctness in Australia

Marking Australia Day is like celebrating the Holocaust, a Melbourne politician said as her council scrapped a holiday it deemed offensive to Aboriginal people, in a move the government on Thursday labelled "extreme and divisive".

The council in the Melbourne suburb of Moreland became the third in Victoria state to decide not to recognise Australia Day.

The annual holiday, on January 26, commemorates the arrival of the country’s first British settlers in 1788 and is a time when citizenship ceremonies are held.

But it is termed "Invasion Day" by many indigenous Australians who say it marks the beginning of the decline of Aboriginal culture.

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Low-level radiation risk is small

From the "I thought sure Fukashima was going to kill me" department.

Oxford Martin restatement finds that risks from radiation exposure are extensively studied and small relative to smoking, obesity and air pollution

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.

In a new study, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, a team of experts from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford have compiled the evidence on health risks from low-level ionizing radiation, adding a new nuance to the debate. The restatement is intended to better inform policy decisions and show where crucial gaps in knowledge lie. It clarifies the scientific evidence available from a variety of sources, and ranks them as to how much they enjoy consensus support from the scientific community. The paper concludes that the overall risk to human health from low-level radiation exposure is small, particularly when compared with general risks from modern society, such as obesity, smoking and air pollution.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Odds and ends

Lots of speculation (and some evidence) says that ISIS is a Mossad creation. (Isn't it strange that ISIS has never attempted an attack in Israel) ISIS is being used as a proxy force to topple the Assad government. The U.S. has also provided weapons to ISIS (remember Benghazi?).

In a 2014 interview Hillary Clinton called for sending back illegal immigrant children who crossed the border to "send a clear message" that such crossings won’t be tolerated by the United States.

"I've dedicated the last three years of my life to understanding China's credit system. I would say we understand it as well as anyone in the world does. And it's the biggest bubble we have ever seen in the history of financial markets. $40 Trillion of assets in a system with $2 Trillion in equity."

Hillary says she'll never run for office again. (Dear God, let it be so)

Drudge headline....Bitter Hillary blames Comey, Russia, Wikileaks, Facebook, Fake News, Voter ID laws, sexism, misogyny for losing.

"In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse from their government. This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket of 'isms', but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy.."

Trump's Chief of Staff (and ex-General) John Kelly was called a disgrace to the uniform by Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez because of Kelly's support for ending DACA.

Steve Bannon...."The Catholic Church needs unlimited illegal immigration to survive."

The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their "internal sense of gender identity."

Obama added $1 Trillion more to the U.S. debt than Trump at this time in their presidencies.

The US was hit by seven hurricanes in 1886, the only year that has happened. Three of those hurricanes occurred in June, which never happens any more.

Trump's National Security Adviser (McMaster) says Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization.

Headline....If dreamers are deported, it will be America's loss and Mexico's gain, Foreign Minister of Mexico says.

At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including six in California. More than two-thirds of the Canadian fatalities occurred on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

1986....In the first few years of the agricultural amnesty, internal Immigration and Naturalization Service statistics showed that 888,637 legalization applications were fraudulent. According to immigration agents, "farm workers" stated in their interviews that cotton was purple or that they had pulled cherries from the ground.

While President Trump is attacked constantly for his 36-42% approval rating in skewed polls, Congress approval ratings are around 8-9%, and the MSM (last I read) is at 6%.

WTF?....A San Diego hepatitis A outbreak has left 16 people dead, hundreds infected, and city workers hosing down "fecally-contaminated" downtown areas frequented by homeless people as one way to control the spread.

Steve Bannon...."Hillary is not the brightest bulb in the room."

How Leftists think....Keep a cop killer alive as long as possible at Taxpayers Expense. A baby due to be born tomorrow should be immediately killed today at Taxpayers Expense.

Dow Jones up over 21% since November election.

Roger Stone....Not only is McMaster a drunk, but he's soft on Islamic terrorism.

Black congresswoman...."My First Amendment right is different from yours."

Gleaming in the distance from the banks of the Jordan, Jericho is surely the oldest city in the world. Archaeologists have found remains of more than 20 settlements dating back more than 11,000 years, although the city has been abandoned several times throughout its history. (11,000 years!)

Whoopi Goldberg...."Are we sure Antifa isn't a false flag by the Right?"

Headline....Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial.

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Curiouser and curiouser

FBI insiders say fired FBI Director James Comey and Andrew McCabe, deputy FBI director, used Bureau funds to underwrite the controversial dossier on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, sources confirm.

And the deal to dig dirt on a presidential candidate was put together with the help of Sen. John McCain, sources said.

These new revelations in fact might be the worst kept secrets in Washington, D.C. but now rank-and-file FBI agents want the Bureau to come clean on its relationship with the author of the problematic Trump dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele.

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California pensions being slashed

While we've yet to experience any large municipal pension failures, which is just a matter of 'when' rather than 'if', the small pension failures sprinkled across the state of California are starting to pile up. As The Sacramento Bee points out today, public workers in Trinity and Imperial counties are just the latest to have their pensions slashed by up to 90% as their cities admit what most of us have known for some time, namely that they're running ponzi schemes which simply don't have the funding required to payout the benefits they've promised.

Trinity County Waterworks District No. 1 west of Redding and Niland Sanitary District from Imperial County are in line to become the third and fourth government agencies to break with CalPERS over the past 12 months in a manner that shortchanges their retirees.

The CalPERS Board of Administration is scheduled next week to vote on ending contracts with the two small districts because they’re in default.

In Trinity, five current and former employees will see their promised pensions slashed by 70 percent. Niland’s five beneficiaries will see a 92 percent to 100 percent cut in pension benefits, according to CalPERS’ staff reports.

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Just the tip of the iceberg

President Trump said Thursday former national security adviser Susan Rice's unmasking of top Trump officials is "just the tip of the iceberg."

"She's not supposed to be doing that, and what she did was wrong. And we've been saying that and that's just the tip of the iceberg," Trump told reporters of Rice's unmasking. "What she did was wrong. Not supposed to be doing that. You know it. The unmasking and the surveillance, and I heard she admitted that yesterday. Just not right."

Rice, who served as national security adviser in the Obama administration, told investigators with the House Intelligence Committee she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials because she wanted to know why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York in December.

The crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, met with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and others.

Flynn was fired in February and Bannon left his post at the White House last month.

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EPA to be transformed

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has set out to transform the agency he leads to a greater extent than any of Trump's other cabinet appointees, pledging to end what he dubbed the agency's "anti-energy agenda" by loosening requirements on carbon emissions and eliminating land use restrictions.

In his first speech to EPA employees, Pruitt laid out his goal of returning the agency to its core focus of protecting the environment while following what he called "the letter of the law."

"I believe that we as an agency, and we as a nation, can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment," Pruitt told his staff.

Environmentalists vehemently opposed Pruitt's appointment, depicting him as a climate change denier determined to undermine the EPA's core mission of protecting the environment.

One of Pruitt's first targets is a controversial rule on water pollution put in place by the Obama administration that he deemed a "power grab" by environmental regulators.

To better understand why property rights advocates applauded the move, consider the case of fourth-generation farmer John Duarte, who has fought a protracted and costly legal battle with federal regulators over how to till his 450-acre farm in Tehama County, California.

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Darryl Strawberry stands up for national anthem

Former New York Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry does not approve of NFL players protesting the national anthem, or any athlete using the stage they’re given to make a political statement.

‘The national anthem stands for what America is all about regardless of what’s happening,’ the eight-time All-Star told the Fox Business Network.

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend of protesting police violence against minorities during the 2016 preseason, when he was still a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Since that time, players across the NFL have followed in a variety of ways. Some, such as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett have remained seated on the bench during the anthem whereas others have remained standing with one fist raised in the air.

‘I would tell them,’ Strawberry continued, ‘really leave the politics alone as far as your job. You go out and do your job and play sports because you only really have [a] one-time window open to play sports and have an impact and sports is going to pass away, but what legacy will you leave in life? And that’s the most important thing.’

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Pentagon still running arms to Syria

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria - mostly old Soviet weaponry - but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.

The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syria's east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. According to Foreign Policy (FP) coverage of the report:

The Department of Defense has budgeted $584 million specifically for this Syrian operation for the financial years 2017 and 2018, and has earmarked another $900 million of spending on Soviet-style munitions between now and 2022. The total, $2.2 billion, likely understates the flow of weapons to Syrian rebels in the coming years.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Trumplaw

Although President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his lawyers have filed a motion seeking to have his conviction thrown out as a result, District Court Judge Susan Bolton has so far refused to grant the motion, and is in fact considering requests before her that she deny it.

In papers lodged with her last week, it was argued that "The president can’t use the pardon power to immunize lawless officials from consequences for violating people’s constitutional rights." This contrasts with his lawyers’ arguments that "The president’s pardon moots the case, and it warrants an automatic vacatur of all opinions, judgments, and verdicts related to the criminal charge."

The Justice Department supports his position, telling the judge on Monday that "the government agrees that the Court should vacate all orders and dismiss the case as moot."

But although many commentators have argued that the President’s pardoning power is "unlimited," and some have even worried that he might issue blanket pardons to all those being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to frustrate the investigation, she is reviewing contrary legal arguments.

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Obama was offended, so screw the Constitution

For the better part of a year now Americans have speculated over precisely what pressing national security issue may have prompted the Obama administration to take the extreme measure of unmasking the names of Trump officials captured in foreign intelligence reports...you know, because bypassing the typical warrant process and violating an American citizen's fourth amendment protections is kind of a big deal.

So what was it...intelligence concerning an imminent terrorist attack...concrete evidence that Putin stole Hillary's emails? No, according to CNN, National Security Advisor Susan Rice ultimately made the call to unmask Trump officials because Obama was offended that the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates traveled to New York last December, after the election mind you, without giving him a heads up first.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, multiple sources told CNN.

The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House.

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Most Obnoxious Media Leftist

There is a lot of competition, but MSNBC's Katy Tur is a strong contender for the title of "Most Obnoxious Media Leftist." In her latest embarrassment, she revealed on Meet The Press Daily a disturbing understanding of what life is like for Americans. To put it bluntly, in her world, politics is the supreme concern, and all life decisions quite naturally accord priority to the political consequences of personal choices.

That must be why, without a flicker of hesitation, she could recommend that the Democratic Party simply "recruit" surplus Democrat voters from California to relocate to swing states that voted for Trump. David Rutz of the Free Beacon presents the exchange:

"Why would the Democratic Party not just recruit people from California to move to Michigan and to Wisconsin?" Tur asked, adding it seemed like a "simplistic answer."

Tur said her friends had "brought this up repeatedly whenever we've talked about what's going on with the Democrats."

"Democrats have more voters, but they're in the wrong places," New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said.

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Silent heart attacks

The classic description of the sensation of a heart attack is that it’s like a heavy weight crushing your chest accompanied by a feeling of overwhelming anxiety. In films people clutch their chests, show panic in their eyes and then fall to the floor. And it can happen just like that. But not always.

Heart attacks occur when the supply of blood to the heart becomes blocked, usually by a blood clot. Despite what’s happening in the body, sometime people feel no chest pain at all, which means they delay getting help. Even with mild chest pain, many assume they have indigestion and only discover later that they’ve had a heart attack after an electrocardiogram in hospital shows damage to the heart. Sometimes this is known as a silent heart attack. A study published in 2016 found this could happen in as many as 45% of heart attacks.

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Pigovian taxes

For most of recorded human history men have dealt with the weather in two ways: adaptation and amelioration. When sea levels rose, men moved cities inland. But for the first time, policy makers don’t want to adapt to climate, they want to change the climate itself. Perhaps no one put it more clearly than Barack Obama in his 2008 nomination speech. Now the seas would fall. Describing the significance of his vision Obama said, "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

The current program put forward by climate change advocates is frankly one of weather engineering. Policy makers are going to change the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere by taxing energy consumption -- and thereby reduce carbon. "A carbon tax is a tax levied on the carbon content of fuels…. From an economic perspective, carbon taxes are a type of Pigovian tax [intended to correct an inefficient market outcome ... by being set equal to the social cost of the negative externalities]"

That’s how we’re going to save the world, through Pigovian taxes.

In general governments and big companies (which benefit from government largesse) like Pigovian taxes. The New Yorker writes "a relatively modest carbon tax could cut the projected federal deficit in half. Such a tax would be imposed not just on gasoline but on all fossil fuelsfrom the coal used to generate electricity to the diesel used to run tractorsso it would affect the price of nearly everything, including food and manufactured goods."

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Female inmates help fight forest fires

Shawna Jones got busted with her drug-dealing boyfriend in a car with a lot of weed and crystal meth. The boyfriend convinced Shawna to take the rap for him because he already had a lengthy record. He promised to bail her out, which he did, and Shawna ended up getting three-years probation.

Unfortunately, within a year of the bust, Shawna had violated her parole at least three timesstealing dog food and groceries, selling weed and missing court dates. A warrant for her arrest was issued, so she decided to turn herself in. She was sentenced to three years.

During her prison stay, Shawna’s behavior was excellent, so she was given the opportunity to join the Malibu 13-3a prison crew of women firefighters who get paid $1 an hour to fight fires. There are about 250 female inmate firefighters in California, who work alongside civilians, according to a recent article from the New York Times about the program and Shawna.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation selects inmates to join CalFire and local crews across the state, and Los Angeles County operates its own inmate firefighter program for inmates who are non-violent offenders.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

So, how many illegals are there in Houston?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, reports claim that about 600,000 illegal immigrants live in the Houston area. The issue came up as some media outlets expressed concern about the illegal immigrants’ status in emergency shelters and their eligibility to obtain federal assistance to rebuild homes destroyed by the devastating floodwaters dumped in the storm’s wake.

"The Houston metro area is home to about 600,000 undocumented immigrants," the Texas Tribune reported. in an article about Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. The article expressed concerns that illegal immigrants seeking shelter might be rounded up by immigration officials. The news outlet cited a Pew Research report from earlier this year that detailed the top 20 cities in terms of illegal immigrant population. Houston ranked number 3 with 575,000 based on 2014 estimates. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Unit Aliens streamed across the Texas border with Mexico mostly from Central America.

In the fall semester of 2014, Houston Independent School District officials reported that 3,000 "undocumented minors" enrolled in the district’s schools in the months following the surge of migrant children first reported by Breitbart Texas’ Editor in Chief Brandon Darby in June.

In 2014, Harris County boasted a population of 4.448 million people. This means that the illegal immigrant population represented nearly 13 percent of the county’s population.

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DACA is damaging and anti-American

Following the Trump administration’s announcement of the wind-down of the unconstitutional Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, there has been a disappointing lack of information presented by the national news media regarding just how damaging and anti-American the program was. Listed below are some of DACA’s worst characteristics and effects, all of which should be common knowledge for patriotic Americans who want enforcement of our immigration laws and security of our borders.

After DACA was announced in June of 2012, the Obama DHS made one crucial mistake: it forgot to promise DACA aliens that the agency wouldn’t consider their long history of social security fraud. After the open-borders lobby raised concerns about this issue, the White House stated that they were "not interested in using [DACA] as a way to identify one-off cases where some individual may have violated some federal law in an employment relationship." After official guidance was released from DHS’s Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Soros-funded open-borders law firm, the National Immigration Law Center, stated in a notice to clients:
Are you (or your clients) waiting to apply for DACA because you’ve used a Social Security Number (SSN) that was not yours?… Helpful new guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may answer your questions!
Since illegal aliens can’t have social security numbers under the law, any number they use is by definition "not theirs." Still, the Social Security Administration has estimated that 3 out of 4 illegal aliens possess a SSN that’s been either stolen from an American or simply made up. According to estimates from a few years ago, American victims have to spend $1,400 and 1.5 years on average restoring their identity. What’s worse, sellers of stolen documents actually prefer children’s numbers because children don’t need them for credit or employment applications and the crime can go unnoticed for years. As a result, researchers have found children to be 51 times more likely to be victims of identity fraud.

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Abusive wives

A battered husband installed a hidden camera in his home to film his wife attacking him as he feared police wouldn’t believe him, a court has heard.

Neil Tweedy, 45, had endured violence from wife Helen since 2005, including an assault on their wedding night in 2008 where she kicked, punched and smothered him with a duvet, before making him sleep on the sofa.

Defence lawyer James Street told the court that school teacher Mrs Tweedy had "significant mental health problems" caused by binge drinking.

Mr Tweedy eventually reported the crimes after Mrs Tweedy continued the abuse after the birth of their daughter, now four.

The victim secretly recorded the assaults at the couple's £200,000 semi-detached home in Greater Manchester because he was afraid that police would not believe him without evidence. Over a two-month period three incidents of Mrs Tweedy slapping her husband over the head and swearing at him were caught on camera, once in front of their daughter.

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Pay equal share of military costs?

Government employees and their apologists like to lecture Americans about how "freedom isn't free." And indeed it isn't. In recent years, the US military establishment has cost the American taxpayer around $700 billion per year. Thanks to the hard work of the American taxpayer, the US military - and other "defense" agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security - the US government is the most well-funded in the world. In spite of numerous ongoing interventions worldwide, casualties in the US military are low thanks to highly-advanced technology funded by - you guessed it - the American taxpayer.

Now, for the sake of argument in this article, we'll just assume that the full $700 billion per year has something to do with actual defense. This is a highly debatable notion, of course. As more astute observers have noted in the past decade, it is not at all clear that the trillions of dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan have done anything at all to augment security in the United States.

We'll also conveniently ignore the catastrophic failures of our extremely-well-heeled American security states, such as those on September 11, 2001.

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Hillary says media helped Trump in election

A presidential election settled by 0.057 percent of the national vote in three states as the 2016 election was will necessarily lend itself to quite a bit of finger-pointing. Swinging 77,744 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin means changing the minds of 38,872 people, 0.01 percent of the American population. If Hillary Clinton’s campaign had changed those 40,000-odd minds, she’d be president today. But she didn’t.

Many of her supporters identify one culprit more than others in that outcome: the media. Clinton herself points a finger in that direction in her new book, "What Happened," according to an excerpt published at the Hill.

"Many in the political media don’t want to hear about how these things happened and how these things tipped the election in the final days," Clinton writes. "They say their beef is that I’m not taking responsibility for my mistakes but I have and I do again throughout this book. Their real problem is they can’t bear to face their own role in helping elect Trump, from providing him free airtime to giving my emails three times more coverage than all the issues affecting people’s lives combined."

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Bad to the bone

Your ancestors were bad people. You are a bad person. Your leaders are bad people. "The Three Bads" are the chief ideological weapons of the American political left. As the left controls the news media, entertainment, universities, schools, corporations, you experience steady doses.

The Three Bads propaganda ratchets up to a fever pitch following a racially charged event. A narrative is constructed and used to pummel the right. Woe to the narrative non-compliant. Typically, but not always, "narrative collapse" occurs over time. And the media moves on.

Charlottesville is different. Whatever the fate of the narrative, the Left won. It grabbed much more power. Large swaths of the sole remaining bastion of free speech, the Internet, are now under leftist control.

The left’s goal is to "de-platform" the right. Virtue-signaling tech titans many with near monopolies on the mechanics of the Internet embrace the left’s cause. They are manipulating searches, denying online payments, denying ad revenue, dropping web hosting services, banning Twitter accounts, etc. It’s the cyber version of mobs at universities shutting down conservative speakers.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

No, there is no voter fraud, say Democrats

One man’s mother, who was in a "memory care" ward of a nursing home and deemed too incapacitated to vote, somehow still managed to have a ballot cast in her name in Florida.

A man in New York said he got voter ID cards sent to his home for family members who moved away decades ago and now vote elsewhere. He said it would have been easy to go vote in New York in place of those people.

A Texas election judge said that when he asked one voter to show his ID, the man whipped out his green card, signaling he was a legal immigrant but not a citizen and shouldn’t have been voting at all.

For a problem that critics say doesn’t exist, Americans seem to have a lot of stories of voter fraud or the potential for it. They are sharing those stories with President Trump's voter integrity commission as it wades into one of the administration’s thorniest fights.

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Modern day Babel

Federal law enforcement began investigating California’s courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters.

Courts in other states also were examined and faulted. Along with California, they began working to comply with U.S civil rights law, which bars discrimination based on national origin. Failure to act meant the possible loss of federal money.

But nowhere has the task been so challenging as in California, the most linguistically diverse state in the nation.

At least 220 languages are spoken in California, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home. Seven million Californians say they cannot speak English well.

On top of that, California’s court system is considered the largest in the nation, surpassing in size the entire labyrinth of federal courts.

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We need more diversity in gangs

Portland police will no longer maintain a database of suspected gang members, due to concerns that the vast majority of people with the gang label are racial minorities.

Starting Oct. 15, the Portland Police Bureau will end the 20-year practice of issuing gang member designations, which police say can lead to "unintended consequences" and a lifelong stigma even for those who have given up the gang lifestyle. Officials intend to notify the approximately 300 people on the gang list that the bureau will purge all records related to the designations, The Oregonian reported.

"There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation," said Capt. Mike Krantz, according to The Oregonian. "We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away."

City officials and community activists had long urged the bureau to stop attaching the gang designation to criminal suspects, claiming the practice disproportionately impacted people of color. A review of police data by The Oregonian last year found that 81 percent of the "criminal gang affiliates" in Portland’s database were racial or ethnic minorities.

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Cognitive dissonance

By now, we’ve all heard about James Damore, the software engineer who authored a memo suggesting that the tendency of more men than women tend to pursue careers in technology may be explained at least in part by biological differences. Qualified scientists have confirmed that the scientific facts cited by Damore are accurate to the best of our knowledge at this time, but Google nonetheless fired Damore for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes," raising concerns from many that the company is inhospitable to those who do not conform to a very narrow, politically correct ideology. From my own experience as a software engineer who has worked at several companies and holds degrees from two universities, I can attest that this problem is not unique to Google but is widespread in both industry and academia.

In response to the Google memo, one company saw it necessary to lay down the law for its own employees, setting out a policy that is even more censorious than Google itself. That company is MongoDB, a New York-based database startup employing over 800 people. Those who do not work in technology have likely never heard of MongoDB, as their products are sold to other software developers rather than directly to consumers. Yet, the company’s influence is far-reaching; it boasts an impressive array of customers ranging from Google and Facebook to Verizon to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Oh, Canada!

Canada has deported hundreds of people to countries designated too dangerous for civilians, with more than half of those people being sent back to Iraq, according to government data obtained by Reuters.

The spike in deportations comes as Canada faces a record number of migrants and is on track to have the most refugee claims in more than a decade. That has left the country scrambling to cope with the influx of asylum seekers, many crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Between January 2014 and Sept. 6, 2017, Canada sent 249 people to 11 countries for which the government had suspended or deferred deportations because of dangers to civilians.

That includes 134 people to Iraq, 62 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan, the data shows.

The number of Iraq deportations increased from 22 in 2014 to 51 in 2016 and stands at 35 so far this year.

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