Thursday, June 30, 2016

Submarines in bubbles

As swimmers know, moving cleanly through the water can be a problem due to the huge amounts of drag created - and for submarines, this is even more of a problem.

However, US Navy funded researchers say they have a simple solution - a bubble.

Researchers at Penn State Applied Research Laboratory are developing a new system using a technique called supercavitation.

The new idea is based on Soviet technology developed during the cold war.

Called supercavitation, it envelopes a submerged vessel inside an air bubble to avoid problems caused by water drag.

A Soviet supercavitation torpedo called Shakval was able to reach a speed of 370km/h or more - much faster than any other conventional torpedoes.

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Guns

Former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, a self-proclaimed "pro-gun-control liberal who does not believe in the Second Amendment," posted an open letter last week on Medium, offering some counterintuitive advice to fellow liberals who are quick to lash out against gun rights advocates. Wong writes that "the first thing you need to do if you want meaningful gun control legislation to be passed in America" is "learn how to use a gun."

"I used to run a very popular internet forum. In that job, I witnessed a great diversity of opinions," he explains. "I learned one big thing: no matter how unreasonable you think your opponent is, he knows many important things that you do not, and you need to understand those things to have any hope of reaching an agreement."

He continues:
Almost every gun control advocate I know hates guns and wants nothing to do with them. They are vaguely (or very) afraid of them, and believe that if they fire a gun or buy one, they will suddenly become a gun nut or turn evil.

That is nonsense. You need to understand guns intimately if you want to regulate them. This kind of thinking is common sense when it comes to making laws about anything else, yet somehow it flies out the window when it comes to regulating something as simple and dangerous as guns.

In the post, Wong confesses that he personally owns five guns three handguns and two rifles, one of which he built himself from parts. "It was fairly easy and a lot of fun, as I am an engineer by training," he writes.

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Trolling the muslims

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has announced that he will be leading a gay pride march through one of Sweden's Muslim ghettos in Stockholm in a few weeks' time.

Yiannopoulos made the announcement in live conversation with The Rubin Report's Dave Rubin, after discussing Islam with Rubin and the risks it poses to homosexuals.

"When you start to enforce your political or social opinions through violence, that’s when there’s a problem. That is the moment when the whole world should be saying ‘you are the problem and we’re going to do what it takes to protect ourselves from you’, but the left doesn’t do that" said Yiannopoulos on the live stream.

"The left instead starts making excuses for them, saying ‘oh, well the West created this problem’. Look, this infantilizes Muslims to the status of children who lack free will. It infantilizes them into being mindless automaton products of American foreign policy. That’s fucking insane."
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42 - 40

Democrat Hillary Clinton has 42 percent to Republican Donald Trump's 40 percent - too close to call - as American voters say neither candidate would be a good president and that the campaign has increased hatred and prejudice in the nation, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

This compares to results of a June 1 national poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University, showing Clinton edging Trump 45 - 41 percent.

When third party candidates are added to today's survey, Clinton gets 39 percent with Trump at 37 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson gets 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 4 percent.

"The 2016 election has increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the U.S.," 61 percent of American voters say. Another 34 percent say it has had no impact. Of that 61 percent, 67 percent blame the Trump campaign and 16 percent blame the Clinton campaign.

"It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No one has ever attacked the Clintons like Trump has been doing

Before summer is over, we may see things now scarcely imagined that will make Brexit seem anticlimactic.

I think the following is an accurate statement: No major public figure has ever before attacked the Clintons in the manner that Donald Trump did last week. The details and tone of his charges can be endlessly analyzed, but their central theme resonates: The Clinton couple, broke when they left the White House in 2001, leveraged Hillary Clinton’s planned political trajectories to amass a personal fortune of between $100 and $200 million all in the form of quid pro quo investments by wealthy individuals and foreign governments in the likely continuance of Clinton political power. Government is not the jungle of Manhattan real estate, and should have demanded at least a veneer of honesty.

The scandals of the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton’s various get-rich and jet-set escapades, and much of Hillary Clinton’s paranoia over the audit of her e-mail communications all revolve around a Clinton circle that can never be squared even by liberal pieties: The wealthy do not make politicians fabulously rich unless they assume that they will receive something of much greater value in return.

The Clintons are unique like no other first couple in recent American history. Not the Carters, not the Reagans, not the two Bush couples, not any first family emeritus has so unapologetically charged banks, foreign governments, corporations, and universities so much money for overtly so little, but on the expectation of clandestinely offering so much.

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Hate crime by President of Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a blatantly anti-Semitic speech in front of the European Parliament on Thursday in which he made the unsubstantiated accusation that Jews were trying to poison Palestinians’ water. The New York Times reports:

"Just a week ago, a week, a group of rabbis in Israel announced, in a clear announcement, demanding their government, to poison, to poison, the water of the Palestinians," he said. "Is this not incitement? Is this not clear incitement, to the mass murder of the Palestinian people?"

Mr. Abbas was repeating a claim initially made on the website of an office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Anadolu, the Turkish state-run news agency, repeated the claim on Sunday. It was echoed in The Gulf News, a daily newspaper in Dubai. The Anadolu article said that a Rabbi Shlomo Mlma, whom it called the "chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements," had issued an "advisory opinion in which he allowed Jewish settlers to poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank."

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that news outlets had not been able to find a Rabbi Mlma or any listing for the council mentioned in the article.

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Trump closing the gap on Hillary's lead

Despite an increasing lead over businessman Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is struggling to connect in some reliably blue states.

Washington Post authors Philip Rucker and John Wagner report that there's concern among Clinton supporters who believe Trump might do well in three Rust Belt states: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

"In Michigan, Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, Wisconsin, an affinity for Trump's message of economic populism and nationalism has surprised many Democrats," Rucker and Wagner wrote. "These are big, industrial states they have carried for the past three decades and where Clinton, so far, has not fully focused."

In Pennsylvania, Clinton and Trump are in a statistical tie, according to RealClearPolitics polling averages. In Michigan, Trump closed the gap between the two candidates considerably once he became the GOP nominee, and now trails Clinton by just 4 points (though the last poll was taken at the end of May).

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A Bonfire of Green Regulations

Brexit: Environmentalists fear ‘bonfire’ of regulations designed to fight climate change and protect wildlife

Remain campaigners have argued that EU legislation has helped towards tackling water and air pollution, protect endangered species and imposed tough safeguards on the use of genetically modified crops and potentially dangerous chemicals.

Regulations set in place to help fight climate change and protect Britain’s wildlife may be destroyed following the Brexit result, top environmentalists have warned.

Reacting to the vote to leave the European Union, charity groups and climate change campaigners said the result could have a "devastating" effect on the UK environment, since more than 70 per cent of environmental safeguarding comes from European legislation.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

China's Chocolate City

The heart of Little Africa - or Chocolate City, as it has been dubbed by some - is not easy to locate without a tip-off.

At the foot of an unremarkable tunnel, peeling off the busy Little North Road, in Guangzhou, stands a place that just two years ago was totally unlike the rest of China.

Angolan women carried bin bags of shopping on their heads, Somali men in long robes peddled currency exchange, Uygur restaurateurs slaughtered lamb on the street, Congolese merchants ordered wholesale underwear from Chinese-run shops, Nigerian men hit the Africa Bar for a Tsingtao and plate of jollof rice.

Dengfeng -- a previously quiet urban village, or chengzhongcun, in central Guangzhou -- had been electrified by migration, both from internal Chinese migrants and those from Africa.

By 2012, as many as 100,000 Sub-Saharan Africans had flocked to Guangzhou, according to Professor Adams Bodomo's book "Africans in China" -- if true, it would have been the largest African expat community in Asia -- all chasing the same dream of getting rich in China.

Today, that dream is fading -- if not finished.

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Suits and countersuits

A group of Muslim women who claim in a lawsuit they were kicked out of a California restaurant for wearing headscarfs have been accused of "civilizational jihad" by a lawyer for the restaurant, which has launched a countersuit.

The seven women, six of whom were wearing hijabs, were kicked out of Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach in April.

They claim that they were targeted for ejection because of their hijabs, though the cafe denies that, claiming that they were violating a policy which limited seating time to 45 minutes, and have also claimed that there were other women wearing headscarves present who were not thrown out.

David Yerushalmi, the lawyer representing Urth Caffe, said that one of the owners of the cafe, Jilla Berkman, is also a Muslim.

He said that the discrimination suit was "an extortion", called the women’s lawyers "ambulance-chasers", and said that he planned to bring a suit against both the plaintiffs and their legal team for malicious prosecution. The countersuit that he has brought in this case, however, is for trespassing.

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Fair housing policies in your hometown

A divisive issue has arisen in Hillary Clinton’s tony adopted hometown of Chappaqua (population 1,400), in New York’s Westchester County: affordable housingspecifically, whether to permit the construction of subsidized apartments for low-income families near the train station. In 2009, the county reached a settlement with the federal government of a lawsuit alleging that it had failed to remove racial and income-related barriers for poor residents seeking better housingin effect, that it had discriminated. Since then, HUD has doggedly pushed Westchester, including its wealthy localities, to finance hundreds of new units of subsidized housing and to market them aggressively, particularly to minorities.

What’s at stake goes beyond Westchester County. Through its expansive "fair housing" policies, the Obama administration wants to ensure that poor minorities, who have historically clustered in low-income urban neighborhoods, can avail themselves of the better schools and greater safety of high-income suburban locales. As HUD puts it: "No child’s ZIP code should determine her opportunity to achieve." Support for "deconcentrating poverty"that is, reducing the percentage of poor people within specific localities by relocating them elsewherehas gained additional momentum from a recent Supreme Court decision and new social-science research.

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Black incarceration rates

The spurious claim that blacks are disproportionately imprisoned because of the war on drugs is by now a familiar one. It is sometimes accompanied by an even more audacious argument: namely, that incarceration itself causes crime in black neighborhoods, and therefore constitutes an unjust and disproportionate burden on them because blacks have the highest prison rate. This idea has gained wide currency in the academic world and in anti-incarceration think tanks. Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia Law School offered a representative version of the theory in a 2003 law review article coauthored with two public-health researchers. Sending black males to prison "weakens the general social control of children and especially adolescents," Fagan writes. Incarceration increases the number of single-parent households. With adult males missing from their neighborhoods, boys will be more likely to get involved in crime, since they lack proper supervision. The net result: "Incarceration begets more incarceration [in] a vicious cycle."

A few questions present themselves. How many convicts were living in a stable relationship with the mother (or one of the mothers) of their children before being sent upstate? (Forget even asking about their marriage rate.) What kind of positive guidance for young people comes from men who are committing enough crimes to end up in prison, rather than on probation (an exceedingly high threshold)? Further, if Fagan is right that keeping criminals out of prison and on the streets preserves a community’s social capital, inner cities should have thrived during the 1960s and early 1970s, when prison resources contracted sharply. In fact, New York’s poorest neighborhoodsthe subject of Fagan’s analysisturned around only in the 1990s, when the prison population reached its zenith.

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Flawed data from the feds

Nearly two decades and $108 million worth of "disturbing" data manipulation with "serious and far ranging" effects forced a federal lab to close, a congressman revealed Thursday.

The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated data on a variety of topics including many related to the environment from 1996 to 2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six years.

"It’s astounding that we spend $108 million on manipulated research and then the far-reaching effects that that would have," Rep. Bruce Westerman said at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing. "We know how research multiples and affects different parts of our society and our economy and … if you’re working off of flawed data it definitely could be in a bad way."

"The problems were so severe, in fact, that the USGS has already closed the inorganic lab in question permanently," the Arkansas Republican said. The lab was terminated in January.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Democracy, democracy, and democracy

For my final broadcast to the nation on the eve of Britain’s Independence Day, the BBC asked me to imagine myself as one of the courtiers to whom Her Majesty had recently asked the question, "In one minute, give three reasons for your opinion on whether my United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union."

My three reasons for departure, in strict order of precedence, were Democracy, Democracy, and Democracy. For the so-called "European Parliament" is no Parliament. It is a mere duma. It lacks even the power to bring forward a bill, and the 28 faceless, unelected, omnipotent Kommissars the official German name for the shadowy Commissioners who exercise the supreme lawmaking power that was once vested in our elected Parliament have the power, under the Treaty of Maastricht, to meet behind closed doors to override in secret any decision of that "Parliament" at will, and even to issue "Commission Regulations" that bypass it altogether.

Worse, the treaty that established the European Stability Pact gives its governing body of absolute bankers the power, at will and without consultation, to demand any sum of money, however large, from any member state, and every member of that governing body, personally as well as collectively, is held entirely immune not only from any civil suit but also from any criminal prosecution.

That is dictatorship in the formal sense. Good riddance to it.

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George Will comes unhinged

George Will has thrown down his pacifier and stomped off in a huff, breaking with the Republican Party and officially becoming un-enrolled. Of course, Will lives in Washington DC so being a Republican was pointless in the extreme. The GOP rarely fields local candidates in the District and they don’t get to vote in national elections, except for President. The last Republican to hold office in DC was Mathew Emory in 1870. His office was abolished the following year. Being a Republican in Washington DC is an entirely symbolic act.

It’s also in keeping with Will’s long-time role as a conservative on television. The bow-tie, the wig, the round spectacles and the elaborate speaking style were all in furtherance of his job as a domesticated conservative, who would not scare the horses. All of it was a pose, a gesture, carefully choreographed so he could set the right tone for conservatives at home, by endorsing the terms of the debate as set forth by the Left. He was the candy coating for the liberal nut inside every ABC chat show.

Like so many of the Official Right, Will earned his spot in the mainstream media by attacking his own side. In his case, he was a rabid Nixon hater. That made him useful to the Left and got him a job in the Washington Post Writer’s Group and eventually a TV gig. He was also no fan of Reagan, but once it became clear that Reagan was going to be successful, Will shifted gears and became a Reaganite. Unlike Charles Krapphammer, Will saw which way the wind was blowing before the ’84 election.

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Quote of the day


Is diversity working?

Businesses started caring a lot more about diversity after a series of high-profile lawsuits rocked the financial industry. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan Stanley shelled out $54 millionand Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch more than $100 million eachto settle sex discrimination claims. In 2007, Morgan was back at the table, facing a new class action, which cost the company $46 million. In 2013, Bank of America Merrill Lynch settled a race discrimination suit for $160 million. Cases like these brought Merrill’s total 15-year payout to nearly half a billion dollars.

It’s no wonder that Wall Street firms now require new hires to sign arbitration contracts agreeing not to join class actions. They have also expanded training and other diversity programs. But on balance, equality isn’t improving in financial services or elsewhere. Although the proportion of managers at U.S. commercial banks who were Hispanic rose from 4.7% in 2003 to 5.7% in 2014, white women’s representation dropped from 39% to 35%, and black men’s from 2.5% to 2.3%. The numbers were even worse in investment banks (though that industry is shrinking, which complicates the analysis). Among all U.S. companies with 100 or more employees, the proportion of black men in management increased just slightlyfrom 3% to 3.3%from 1985 to 2014. White women saw bigger gains from 1985 to 2000rising from 22% to 29% of managersbut their numbers haven’t budged since then. Even in Silicon Valley, where many leaders tout the need to increase diversity for both business and social justice reasons, bread-and-butter tech jobs remain dominated by white men.

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Stopping mass shootings

If strict gun laws can stop mass shootings in Australia, why not in the US?

New research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that there have been no mass shootings "mass" defined as five or more victims, not including the perpetrator in Australia in the two decades since the country enacted stricter gun control measures.

These measures were introduced in 1996, following a mass shooting in Tasmania that claimed the lives of 35 people and injured 23 more. Within 12 days, Australian lawmakers agreed to ban certain semi-automatic and pump-action weapons, and forced residents who already owned high-powered rifles to sell them back to the government.

In the years prior to the ban, between 1979 and 1996, there had been 13 mass shootings, researchers noted.

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Shorting Tesla

"This deal feels like (Musk) has lost his Midas touch. I also feel like Musk is trying to do too much," said well-known investor Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive at DoubleLine Capital, which does not hold Tesla shares.

Investors who short Tesla, betting that shares will fall, pointed to the conflict of interest and raised financial concerns about uniting two money-losing companies which both regularly raise cash to support their expansion.

"When a company's executives misunderstand modern corporate finance and technology strategy, they can make profound miscalculations and errors of judgment," Salome Gvaramia, chief operating officer of Devonshire Capital, which has a short position in Tesla, said in a statement.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Odds and ends

Headline....After #PulseIslamistMassacre Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism

News flash....Bikers to protect Trump supporters at Phoenix rally from violent Leftists

Plenty of wives have tried to poison their husbands over the years, but when Mrs. Zhang decided to take care of her matrimonial problem, she didn't want to go the traditional method of poisoning her husband's food. Instead she soaked her husband's underwear in herbicide before he wore the briefs to his daughter's wedding.

Tucker Carlson says....Paul Ryan is working for the Hillary campaign.

Up to 70% of child migrants in Sweden are actually adults.

Fake hate crime of the week....A University student received a 90-day county jail sentence, along with five years’ probation, and must pay over $82,000 in restitution for making threats against black students at protests she attended, with the aim of stoking racial tensions.

So who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela these days? Hint, she's a daughter of Hugo Chavez.

China has spent billions on building some of the largest and most modern airports in the world but its planes seem unable to run on schedule. In 2013, only 18 per cent of the 22,000 flights out of Beijing's Capital airport departed on time, according to the aviation research company FlightStats, making it the worst major airport in the world in terms of punctuality.

Lou Dobbs says Paul Ryan is a tool for the Democrats. (and he's not the only one)

Trump says...."I do regret calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas. It was a tremendous insult to Pocahontas."

US military personnel have committed over 5,800 crimes on Japan's Okinawa Islands since the territory was returned to Japan in 1972, according to police figures cited by protesters rallying against US presence in Japan's southernmost prefecture.

More than a week after the Orlando shooting Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the investigation is still ongoing and that a motive has yet to be established. (Most of us knew the motive last week)

At least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges in the U.S. since September 11, 2001 are foreign-born, according to an analysis of Justice Department data conducted by the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

Trump spent $64,729,675 to vanquish 16 opponents who spent a combined $701,293,230.

Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) refers to mainstream media reporters as Democrats with bylines.

Headline on Brexit....The Rebellion is Real.

It doesn't seem possible but in 2008 Obama was supporting reduction of the national debt as well as opposition to gay marriage and opposition for amnesty for illegals.

Hillary's IT guy took the 5th Amendment 125 times during his deposition.

Germany says the Brexit vote may prompt the exit of at least 5 or 6 more member states from the EU.

Someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings. The violence is spilling from the Chicago’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the business district downtown.
 

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Bass ackwards

A House Democrat said Wednesday that it "really bothers me" when people claim the U.S. Constitution was designed to limit the federal government's power.

At a Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing focusing on whether Congress should consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the founding document of the U.S. was designed for the "opposite" purpose.

Koskinen is being accused of making misleading statements and failing to produce essential evidence for the committee's investigation into the targeting of politically conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

"The Constitution was enacted to strengthen government power to enable central government to lay taxes and to function effectively. We put limits on that through the Bill of Rights, but the Constitution was enacted for the opposite purpose," said Nadler.

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Vice President Julian Castro? A wise Latino?

Julián Castro is potentially on the verge of the biggest moment of his life: being tapped to serve as the running mate for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

One hang up, according to reports, may be his experience, or lack of it. The 41-year-old Castro, long regarded as a rising star in Democratic politics, has a relatively thin resume for a vice presidential prospect, serving five years as mayor of San Antonio before being plucked out of the job by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Now Castro is on the vice presidential short list for a nominee who has called her running mate's ability to fill her shoes the "most important qualification."

Fiercely protective of his legacy, Castro's supporters chafe at the suggestion he is not qualified to be vice president. They acknowledge the obvious he has little to no foreign policy experience but argue he is the living, breathing embodiment of an American Dream that transcends mere lines on a resume.

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Obama's convoluted rules of engagement

U.S. spy drones had no trouble spotting the Taliban fighters. There were more than 20 figures snaking through sparsely wooded hills, trying to outflank the Afghan government commandos in the village below.

In the starry darkness overhead, American helicopters loitered armed with precision-guided missiles, along with a flying gunship capable of drenching the area with cannon-fire. It would have been a hard shot to miss.

But before they could fire, the Americans knew they would have to get past the lawyers.

In the amorphous twilight of the Afghan war, it isn’t enough to draw a bead on the enemy. Before they shoot, U.S. troops have to navigate a tricky legal and political question: When is it OK for them to kill Taliban?

The operation late last month in Elbak, a flyspeck village in Kandahar province, exposed the complexity of implementing President Barack Obama's Afghan strategy in the mud-brick villages, steep mountains and vast poppy fields where the combat takes place. With their Afghan allies walking into a possible ambush that night, U.S. commanders, monitoring video feeds and radio traffic miles from the front, had to judge whether enemy fighters who weren’t actually fighting constituted an imminent threat.

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Killing the Donald

A British man accused of telling authorities that he wanted to kill Donald Trump at a rally was unemployed, living out of his car and had been treated in the past for obsessive compulsive disorder and anorexia, authorities and others say.

Court statements and accounts Tuesday from a family friend in England offered a complex picture of 20-year-old suspect Michael Steven Sandford, who was arrested Saturday in a Las Vegas casino where the Republican candidate was speaking.

People who knew Sandford told The Associated Press he was intelligent and said signs of his Asperger's syndrome became more obvious as he got older.

"I just didn't imagine that he would do what he was doing," said Julie Debnam, 59, whose son attended primary school with Sandford and often spent time with him. "I still think he has a lot of low esteem. He needs help rather than going to prison, basically."

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Australian military has some odd initiation rites

Teenage recruits were raped by staff and forced to rape each other as part of initiation practices in the Australian military going back to 1960, a public inquiry heard on Tuesday.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse is hearing evidence from men and women who say they were sexually abused when they were as young as 15, in certain divisions of the Australian defense force.

This commission is focusing on alleged abuse at the naval training center HMAS Leeuwin in Western Australia and the army apprentice school Balcombe in Victoria during the 1960s, '70s and '80s and also among cadets with the Australian defense force since 2000.

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Trump on a shoestring budget

When Donald Trump released campaign finance numbers on Monday revealing he had just $1.3 million in the bank at the end of May, collective jaws dropped. His presumptive opponent in the general presidential election, Hillary Clinton, reported having $42 million cash on hand.

But while Trump's numbers are certainly low for a presidential candidate, they'd even be disappointing for some Texas candidates: 14 current Texas elected officials and three former or outgoing officials have more money in their campaign coffers than Trump.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Gun control and murder rates

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate?

That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available. Think about it. We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years. There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened.

But have you ever heard any gun control advocate cite any such data? Tragically, gun control has become one of those fact-free issues that spawn outbursts of emotional rhetoric and mutual recriminations about the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment.

If restrictions on gun ownership do reduce murders, we can repeal the Second Amendment, as other Constitutional Amendments have been repealed. Laws exist to protect people. People do not exist to perpetuate laws.

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Orlando shooting a false flag?

Religious fanaticism, homophobia, domestic violence and male rage, mental illness and self-hatred, impassioned demands for gun control, dire warnings about the Internet’s role in creating terrorists, alarms raised about immigrants, and questions about how law enforcement could have let a future killer they were watching slip through their fingers. How many of these elements are real and how many implanted in a contrived official version of events is the big question.

The June 12 shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida that apparently left 49 dead and 53 injured is full of oddities, anomalies, and elements that are disturbingly reminiscent of past false flag deceptions. Did the suspect do what he is accused of doing? If he did, did he have accomplices? Did others know this was going to happen and even encourage it to happen? Why did there seem to be no ambulances at the scene or even arriving with injured people at the hospital (a nurse interviewed in one report said injured people were brought in private vehicles)? Why were injured club patrons being carried by other club-goers past cameras towards the club rather than away from it? And why did they set that person down and stop walking as soon as they appeared to be out of camera range?

Important aspects of the story as we have it now don’t make sense, and people connected to the event have some very intriguing associations.

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Increasing diversity without affirmative action

In the minds of many Texans, the Lone Star State’s two flagship universities are polar opposites: The University of Texas at Austin is perceived as diverse, urban and liberal. Texas A&M University is viewed as white, rural and conservative.

On the surface, the two universities’ admissions policies reflect that view. UT-Austin proudly practices affirmative action to bolster its minority student ranks and has spent years defending the policy in federal court. A&M eschews giving minority applicants any kind of advantage. If you get into A&M, its administrators say, you are doing it solely on your merits.

But a surprising shift has occurred at A&M over the last decade. Despite its reluctance to formally consider the race of its applicants, the university has worked hard to convince black and Hispanic students to apply and enroll. Since 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the legality of affirmative action in college admissions, A&M has continued not using it, yet the share of black and Hispanic students has more than doubled at its College Station campus from 10.8 percent to 23.1 percent.

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Free fall?

Before the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC), where Philip II of Macedon prevailed over a common Greek alliance, the city-states had been weakened by years of social and economic turmoil. To read the classical speeches in the Athenian assembly is to learn of the democracy’s constant struggles with declining revenues, insolvency, and expanding entitlements. Rome between the First Triumvirate (59 BC) and the ascension of Caesar Augustus’s autocracy (27 BC) was mostly defined by gang violence, chaos, and civil war, the common theme being a loss of trust in republican values. Russia was in a revolutionary spiral for nearly twenty years between 1905 and the final victory of the Bolsheviks in 1922, ending up with a cure worse than the disease. And Europe between 1930 and 1939 saw most of its democracies erode as fascists and communists gained powereventually leading to the greater disaster of the outbreak of World War II.

The United States has seen periods of near fatal internal chaosin the late 1850s leading up to the carnage of the Civil War, during the decade of the Great Depression between 1929 and 1939, and in the chaotic 1960s. Something similar is starting to plague America today on a variety of political, economic, social, and cultural fronts.

The contenders for president reflect the loss of confidence of the times. Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist. Yet scan the record of big government redistributionism here and abroadfrom Chicago and Detroit to the insolvent Mediterranean nations of the European Union and failed states like Venezuelaand there is no encouraging model of socialist success. Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nominationif she is not the first nominee in American history to be indicted, on possible charges of violating federal intelligence laws, and perhaps perjury and obstruction of justice. Donald Trump has neither political experience nor a detailed agenda, but has charged ahead on the basis of his vague promise to "make America great again"a Jacksonian version of Obama’s equally vacuous 2008 promise of "hope and change."

President Obama, in response to attacks on his record by Trumpand by Bill Clinton, who has spoken of "the awful legacy of the last eight years"is entering the campaign to brag about the current economy.

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Bananagate

‘Our own administration has allowed the reputation of a majority of the student body to be torn to shreds’

One Clemson University student says he is very upset at campus leaders for their decision to allow the student body and the nation to wrongly believe that bananas hung from a pole on campus was a hate crime.

The incident took place in mid-April, but emails released a few weeks ago by the school show officials knew the same day the bananaing occurred that it was not racially motivated.

But "Bananagate," as some now call it, had thrust South Carolina’s second largest university into the national spotlight because the day after the pictures of the hanging bananas spread like wildfire on social media students launched an eight-day sit in over claims of campus racism.

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Banning muslims has been done in the past

Citing authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the president moves to ban certain foreigners from entering the United States in order to counter human rights abuses in Syria and Iran.

A first 100 days action taken by a future President Trump?

Try President Obama, who issued the proclamation on April 23, 2012. He cited his authority under Section 212(f) of the immigration law to prohibit entry of people from Iran and Syria using computer technology to commit human rights abuses or threaten U.S. national security interests.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weapons in mosques

According to information from the Hessian CDU delegate Ismail Tipi, a "top secret assignment" of the SEK (Spezialeinsatzkommandos, special operations commandos) in North Rhine Westphalia was carried out. In the cooler room of a vegetable vendor near a mosque, weapons were found and seized. "According to my information on this particular operation, an arsenal with heavy war weaponry was found. The danger of arming of the fundamentalists and Salafists willing to resort to violence is very high in Germany. This was shown clearly by this secret operation," said Tipi on Friday at a press conference.

The expert on extremism also assumes that weapons are have been stockpiled in other cities. For instance, the Hamburg intelligence service for the protection of the constitution also speaks of an increased number of supporters of armed jihad.

In the meantime more than 300 people in Hamburg have been identified as supporters of armed jihad. "Information about this is increasing. The fear is that Salafist sleepers, jihadists and IS terrorists in Germany may find support through foreign intelligence services that aren’t friendly to German interests. Through these weapons arsenals, militant jihadists and sleepers will be equipped with weapons in their preparations for attacks," the Turkish-born delegate says.

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Trump says profiling isn't so bad after Orlando shooting

Donald Trump said Sunday that in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, it’s time for the United States to start looking at racial profiling as a preventative tactic.

"Well I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country," the presumptive GOP nominee said in a phone interview with CBS’ "Face the Nation. "Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads."

"It’s not the worst thing to do," he added.

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Making money with migrants in Sweden

Hardened criminals are reported to work at or even run asylum accommodations through front men around Sweden. Four of Sweden's seven police regions admit that organized crime in asylum accommodations is present in their area of responsibility, a new survey by Swedish Radio showed.

"There is a rather scary development with many cases of professional criminals and other unscrupulous people breaking into this line of business, obviously thinking that it is possible to earn big money and to do it fast," police press spokesperson Christer Nordström told the radio program Ekot.

"I cannot disclose any exact figure, but a serious increase has been noticed. At present, we are concerned about how many criminals in different ways gets into this business and earn big money," Nordström added.

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Feasting on dogs

The celebrities get emotional over the Yulin Meat Festival, an annual Chinese event in which 10,000 dogs are tortured and killed for feasting.

It begins with Joaquin Phoenix peering into the camera, his sea-green eyes filled with tears. A similarly distressed Matt Damon appears next, followed by Rooney Mara, looking even more ashen than usual. What has rendered Hollywood's biggest stars so distraught? In a season fraught with senseless gun massacres and racially charged political upheaval, the source of their torment, believe it or not, is a food festival held halfway around the world.

But this is no ordinary food festival. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an event held annually in the southern Chinese city of Yulin. Timed to the summer solstice which begins this year on June 21 the fest involves the slaughter of approximately 10,000 dogs. The animals are cooked and served as stews, typically accompanied by lychee fruit, in hundreds of restaurants throughout the region.

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Protests by Mexican teachers union getting violent

Violent clashes between police and members of a radical teachers’ union on Sunday left six people dead and more than 100 injured, officials said.

The violence erupted as anti-riot police moved in to dislodge protesters blocking a highway in the southern state of Oaxaca.

The teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are opposed to the mandatory testing of teachers as part of Mexico’s sweeping education reform and are also protesting the arrest of union leaders on money laundering and other charges.

In Sunday’s clashes, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and burned vehicles, while Associated Press journalists saw riot police firing on protesters. Clashes took place in several municipalities in Oaxaca, but the most violent were in Nochixtlan, north of the state capital also called Oaxaca.

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Plain-meaning American English

A new Department of Homeland Security report urges rejecting use of Islamic terms such as "jihad" and "sharia" in programs aimed at countering terrorist radicalization among American youth.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council report recommends that the department focus on American milliennials by allocating up to $100 million in new funding. It also urges greater private sector cooperation, including with Muslim communities, to counter what is described as a "new generation of threats to the Homeland related to the threat of violent extremism."…

Under a section on recommended actions on terminology, the report says DHS should "reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English."

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Texas Ranger


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More condoms led to more teen births

In the early 1990s, with panic over the AIDS epidemic rising, hundreds of school districts began making condoms more accessible to students. The hope was to encourage students to practice safe sex and better protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.

A new research paper suggests that decision may have backfired. It finds that access to condoms in school led to a 10 percent increase in teen births. The effects were concentrated in schools that offered condoms with no required counseling. Those schools also saw that gonorrhea rates for women rose following the condom programs.

It's possible that teens did engage in riskier behavior with the condoms available. Or teenage girls might have decided to use the condoms which have an especially high failure rate instead of birth control pills, which are more effective at preventing pregnancy. The research paper isn’t able to answer why teen births went up in the areas where schools gave out free condoms. But it does call into question some of the unintentional side effects of making the contraceptive more freely available.

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Best explanation for 2008 meltdown

Using the Community Reinvestment Act of 1997 Clinton officials urged Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into financing homes for tens of millions of people who simply could not pay for them.

When millions of homeowners defaulted on their mortgages in 2008, Wall Street firms made billions on "reverse credit swap mortgage derivatives."
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Time for pitchforks and torches yet?

Islamic terrorists sometimes wave large red flags prior to their killing sprees (e.g., Omar Mateen, Nidal Hassan). Why aren’t they stopped in advance? Possibly because at the top of the security chain sits an anti-American Islamophile who appoints people like Laila Alawa:

One of the sitting members on the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism [the Obama Regime won’t even use the words "Islamic terrorism"] is a 25-year-old immigrant of Syrian heritage who said that the 9/11 attacks "changed the world for good" and has consistently disparaged America, free speech and white people on social media.

Laila Alawa was one of just 15 people tapped to serve on the newly-formed HSAC Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism in 2015 the same year she became an American citizen.

Despite her new citizenship, assimilation into a society she openly hates is not on Laila’s agenda:

"I will always be Syrian. I will always be from Syria. I will always be of Syria," she wrote in November 2015, calling the country her "homeland."

In 2014, Alawa commemorated the September 11 attacks by tweeting that "9/11 changed the world for good, and there’s no other way to say it."

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Turks living in Germany don't want to assimilate

Almost half the ethnic Turks living in Germany consider following Islamic teaching more important than abiding by the law, a new survey claims. They also view Islam as the "only true religion" with about one in five justifying violence if it is provoked by the West.

The study by the University of Münster titled "Integration and Religion from the viewpoint of the Turkish Germans in Germany" outline some deep divisions within the German society as 47 percent of ethnic Turks living in the country said that following religious dogmas was "more important" to them than obeying "the laws of the land in which I live," particularly if the two were incompatible. Moreover, 32 percent from those questioned said they yearn to live in the society of the times of the Prophet Mohammed.

The results, gathered by surveying over 1,200 people, came as a surprise for the researchers from one of the biggest German universities. Detlef Pollack, spokesman for the "Religion and Politics" Excellence Cluster said that the authors "didn’t expect that," Deutsche Welle reported.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

They're still coming

The number of illegal immigrant families jumping the border so far this fiscal year has already topped all of 2015, according to Homeland Security statistics released Friday that show the administration’s border problems continue to grow.

Some 6,788 people traveling as families were caught on the southwest border in May a leap of more than 20 percent over April, and putting the total for the first eight months of the fiscal year at nearly 45,000.

That’s already well above the 2015 yearlong total of fewer than 40,000, though it’s short of the record pace set in 2014, when a massive surge exposed massive holes in the U.S. immigration system.

Federal and local authorities have struggled to explain the latest surge in families, but a government lawyer gave one explanation to a federal judge earlier this month, saying that the Obama administration’s own lax enforcement policies, set in part by the courts, have enticed ever more people to make the harrowing journey.

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Report students who question government

New federal guidelines have just been introduced across the country, and what they mandate is quite disturbing to civil libertarians. The FBI has now instructed high schools across the nation to report students who in any way criticize government policies and what the report phrases as "western corruption."

The FBI is interested in determining as part of some warped "pre-crime" program who might become potential future terrorists.

The FBI warns in the report that that "anarchist extremists" are no different that ISIS terrorists.

They further caution teachers against young people who are poor, as well as immigrants and others who travel to "suspicious" countries. These, they explain, are teens who are more likely to commit terrorism.

Sarah Lazare, writing for AlterNet, notes that "based on the widely unpopular British ‘anti-terror’ mass surveillance program, the FBI’s ‘Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools’ guidelines, released in January, are almost certainly designed to single out and target Muslim-American communities."

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Trump's supporters are driven by rage

Author and activist Michael Eric Dyson is calling on blacks to march on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with "revolutionary intentions" and preparedness for violence.

Mr. Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, said it’s imperative for black people to rise up against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, as well as his supporters who are "driven by rage" that a black man is president.

"I know that these words can be read as a call to violence unseen at a national political convention since Chicago in 1968. So be it," Mr. Dyson wrote Wednesday in an op-ed for The New Republic. "As Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, it is a risk we must take. We have a positive moral obligation to protest the nomination of this racist demagogue for president.

"It is not simply a matter of voicing disapprobation for Trump; his supporters, too, must be answered. They are driven by rage that a black man today still represents a nation that once held black folk in chains, and which still depends on the law to check their social and political aspirations," he continued. "Barack Obama so spooked the bigoted whites of this country that we are now faced with a racist explicitness that hasn’t emerged since the height of the civil rights movement.

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Quote of the day

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, 1934......

"Feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable disease, and others found biologically unfit by authorities qualified judge should be sterilized or, in cases of doubt, should be so isolated as to prevent the perpetuation of their afflictions by breeding."

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Orlando shooter was gay?

On Tuesday, Marco Diaz, the current fiancé of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s former wife Sitora Yusufiy, told Brazilian television station SBT Brazil that Yusufiy believed Mateen was gay and that she had witnessed Mateen’s father call him gay several times, but that "the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media."

The FBI and law enforcement in the United States have steadfastly stuck to a narrative of "Islamist terrorism," with their alleged demand from Mateen’s ex-wife to remain silent about his homosexual proclivities suggesting they want to downplay the glaring personal and self-hating nature of the attack in favor of the Islamic terrorism-related one that helps increase governmental power and control.

Following the Orlando massacre, Mateen’s action had been labeled as an act of "Islamic terrorism" by a wide spectrum of talking heads and politicians after widespread reports of his pledging support to the Islamic State (ISIS), but there’s much more to this story than what is being generally reported in the mainstream media.

Yusufiy says that just months into their marriage, Mateen started emotionally and physically abusing her exploding in anger and often beating her. She claims her family "literally rescued" her from the abusive relationship and his mental instability.

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Immigration problems

The aftermath of Islamist Afghan-American Omar Mateen’s murderous rampage against American gays seems disturbingly familiar, an echo of past themes that never stop playingand lessons that never get learned. The post-911 debate over "why do they hate us" should have been settled long ago with a resounding "because of who we are," rather than the refrain from the blame-America crowdvoiced from the Ron Paul libertarian Right to the Michael Moore Leftthat the answer is "because of what we do." Mateen did not cite the usual ISIS foreign policy boilerplate so much as reportedly express his furor over gay men kissingsuggesting that, like Mohammed Atta et al., he despised the essence of Western liberality and popular culture, yet, like a moth to a flame, was both repelled by it and attracted to it.

Once again, as in the case of the Tsarnaevs and San Bernardino murderers, the shooter and his associations were on federal authorities’ radarand again to no avail. Apparently, dozens of Americans must be massacred every so often so that the rest of us can avoid the politically incorrect charge of being "Islamophobic." At some point, intelligence authorities will have to take seriously American-born Muslims who consume ISIS propaganda and espouse radical Islamic hatred.

Still more monotonous themes: as in the case of Major Hasan (the Fort Hood jihadist), the Tsarnaev clan (Boston Marathon), and Syed Rizwan Farook (San Bernardino), there is something deeply wrong with American immigration policy and the attitude of us, the lax host, to newcomers. In too many deadly cases, a generation of Muslims goes to great lengths to reach the United States only to raise an American-born or naturalized ungracious and unappreciative generation that apparently grows to hate the bounty and freedom of America to such a degree as to blow up, shoot, and maim innocent Americans. Immigration to the U.S., and citizenship itself, should be seen, again, as a privilege, not a rightand assimilation and integration, not multicultural separatism and ethnic and religious chauvinism, should be the goal of the host. We need not single out Muslims in terms of restricting immigration, but we should take a six-month timeout on all would-be immigrants from countries in the Middle East deemed war zonesAfghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemennot only for our own immediate security but also to send a general message that entrance into the U.S. is a rare and prized opportunity, not simply a cheap and pro forma entitlement.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Odds and ends

Sunday's shooting in Orlando is up to 50 dead and 53 injured. The shootings keep getting bigger and shootings seem to be getting more common. Meanwhile the father of the shooter who is pro-Taliban says it had nothing to do with religion. And the shooter is registered as a Democrat. And it turns out that the shooter was a frequent patron of the gay bar he attacked.

Paul Ryan claims to be a conservative but his wife, Janna Little Ryan, is definitely not a conservative.

"America has become a three-ring circus run equally by Goebbels, Barnum and Bailey, and Caligula."

Headline....London's Muslim Mayor bans sexy women in advertisements. (It didn't take him very long to get with the Islamic program)

Latest hysterical global warming claim....In 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any summer experienced by people to date, according to a study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo.

Okay, you can remember many shootings in the past, you know the drill....Candlelight vigils, weeping, tearful pleas for mercy, and plaintive versions of John Lennon's Imagine.

Russia's Su-34 Fullback fighter/bomber jet is in many ways a reworking of the older Su-27 model, but it includes some shockingly homey features, like a "toilet and a kitchenette."

Headline....Islam is the world's largest hate group.

Trump pulled the Washington Post's press credentials after it ran the bizarre headline: Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting

At present there are approximately 22 million Americans with student loans, and according to the Department of Education only 12.5 million of them are current with their loan payments.

Is CIA director John Brennan a Muslim convert?

A radio talk show in Texas host posted a rebuttal to President Obama's remarks including one in which he said the victims gathered at the nightclub in Orlando to "advocate for their civil rights," before being killed by a gunman. "Hello goofy Obama, it's a hook up bar. No one was 'sharing' ideas or talking about 'civil rights.' They were getting lit, using illegal drugs and spreading STDs."

The British Royal Navy is down to 17 frigates and destroyers.

"Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No ... I think that's great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida's a little safer tonight."

Since Trump criticized free trade agreements there has been a big chilling silence on the subject even by Hillary.

Headline of the day....Rep. Alan Grayson: An AR-15 Rifle Can Fire ‘700 Rounds In A Minute

A nine-year old boy swims from San Francisco to Alcatraz, and back.

Africa says it will need $60 to $90 billion (from Western countries) to participate in the Green revolution.

John McCain says Obama is responsible for the Orlando massacre because he allowed the rise of ISIS.

No team that has lost the Super Bowl has made it back the following season since the Buffalo Bills did it in 1994.

Bulgaria is working on legislation that bans the Muslim face veil.

A recent Reuters poll found that a little more than 50% support a ban on Muslim immigration. 42% disagree.

GOP Attorneys General warn Democrats that if climate sceptics can be prosecuted for "fraud" then so can the warmist alarmists.
 
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To leave the EU or not

The clutch of England fans in Marseille were unequivocal. "Fuck off Europe, we’re all voting out," they chanted. I’ve spent the week listening to much the same, politer, but just as fingers-in-the-ears adamant. No fact, no persuader penetrates their certaintyand these were Labour voters. Will Labour’s campaign week, kicked off by Gordon Brown in the face of a dire new Guardian poll, shift many outers?

Inside Labour’s London HQ, I joined young volunteers manning the "Labour In" phones with every fact at the ready. We had sheets of Labour-supporting names to call in Nottinghamshireand the results were grim. "Out", "Out" and "Out" in call after call, only a couple for remain. "I’ve been Labour all my life, but I’m for leave," they said. Why? Always the sameimmigrants first; that mythical £350m saving on money sent to Brussels second; "I want my country back" third. And then there is, "I don’t know ANYONE voting in."

Try arguing with facts and you get nowhere. Warn these Labour people what a Johnson/Gove government would do and they don’t care. Warn about the loss of workers’ rights and they don’t listenmaybe that’s already irrelevant to millions in crap jobs such as at Uber or Sports Direct. "We’re full up. Sorry, there’s no room for more. Can’t get GP appointments, can’t get into our schools, no housing." If you tell these Labour voters that’s because of Tory austerity cuts, still they blame "immigrants getting everything first". Warn about a Brexit recession leading to far worse cuts and they just say, "Stop them coming, make room for our own first."

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Gays and Lesbians buying guns

Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms.

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

George Horne, the owner of The Gun Room, Denver’s oldest firearms dealer, said Tuesday business is booming at his store.

"For this time of year I’d say its three to four times what we normally have," he said.

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The quality of Chinese students

Nearly 600,000 foreign undergraduate students now study at US colleges and universities, some 165,000 of them from China, the total from China grew by nearly 30 percent in 2009/2010, with a percentage rise in double digits every year since, according to the Institute of International Education’s "Open Doors" report, funded by the U.S. Department of State.

UC Berkeley’s 2015 international students’ GPA’s, and SAT and ACT test scores were competitive with those of California and out-of-state residents, according to a spokeswoman from the Student Affairs Communication office. Average admission SAT scores were 2124 for California and international students, 2171 for out-of-state residents.

But colleagues of mine still teaching say that the quality of Chinese students is deteriorating. Schlafly reports that about 8,000 Chinese students were expelled last year for poor academic performance or for cheating. An executive from the WholeRen company that caters to such students admits that the students used Jo be considered "top-notch"; but over the past five years they have gained a reputation as wealthy kids who cheat.

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There clearly is a problem here

Sen. Jeff Sessions warned Sunday that more attacks like the one on an Orlando nightclub were likely, and disclosed that more than 570 people have been "convicted or charged or connected to terrorism" since 9/11.

The Alabama Republican, who chairs the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration and the national interest, told Fox News Sunday that data it had obtained so far indicated that "about two-thirds of those people that were charged were foreign born, almost all Islamic individuals."

"We see apparently today more of these attacks are coming," Sessions said in reference to the killing early Sunday of 50 people at the Pulse nightclub. In a 911 call shortly beforehand the Muslim shooter pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL). Omar Mateen was reported to be a New York-born U.S. citizen, the son of Afghan parents.

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Connecting dots, and erasing dots

Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.

Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to "connect the dots." He said, "this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had."

Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw materialthe actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.

After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctnessand, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Looking for a new Fuhrer

A new academic study has rocked the government in Berlin as people call for a ‘dictatorship in the national interest’ with one in ten wanting a new Führer to lead them to glory.

The University of Leipzig’s research team found that nearly 34 per cent of people quizzed thought Germany is ‘dangerously overpopulated by foreigners.’

A total of 21.9 per cent agreed that Germany needs ‘a single strong party that embodies the national community as a whole’.

One in every ten Germans wants their country to be led by a ‘Führer’ applying ‘a firm hand for the common good.’

And 71 years after Nazism was vanquished and the horror of the death camps revealed to a stunned world, 11 per cent of people questioned by the university researchers said Jews have too much influence in society.

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Pure harassment

Harvey Silverglate, a renowned civil rights attorney and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts, called investigations of global warming skeptics by state attorneys general "pure harassment."

"It is outrageous for any law enforcement official to be seeking to win this battle for minds by flexing law enforcement muscle and trying to shut up the other side," Silverglate told the Boston Herald Thursday.

Silverglate, a veteran civil rights lawyer, was reacting to a subpoena issued Wednesday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, demanding ExxonMobil turn over 40 years of records, including records regarding prominent conservative think tanks.

Healey claims the investigation is to determine if Exxon misled the public and shareholders about the risks of global warming. Healey is the latest state prosecutor to demand records from groups that disagree with her on global warming. New York AG Eric Schneiderman became the first law enforcer to investigate Exxon in November.

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It's getting hard not to notice how violent and intolerant Islam is

Islamism is the great evil of our age, and the great question of our age is whether this foulness is the natural child of Islam itself or a cancer on its body. This is not a question that can be decided by comparing the number of "good" Muslims to the number of "bad" ones. A religion is a form of philosophy, and a philosophy shapes not just individuals but whole cultures and nations into its own image over time. Any individual may do right or wrong in the name of any given idea. You have to see a much bigger picture before you can judge the moral quality of the idea itself.

The West, over the centuries, has become increasingly tolerant and diversified. This did not happen in spite of our dominant religion but because of it. If you look at a map of the nations that accept the concept of gay rights, for example, you will find that they are almost without exception nations formed by Christianity. Indeed, when one Westerner argues for gay rights and another argues against them, they are both arguing on Christian principlesthe Judge-Not versus the Shall-Not. Though it infuriates both sides to hear it, it is nonetheless true: this is an internecine quarrel, a family feud. Our very ability to disagree on such basic issues without murdering one another is what makes all of us, believers or not, helplessly Christian in the end.

When I look at the nations of Islam, I do not see the same sort of development toward tolerance and multiplicity. Almost everywhere Islam is dominant, there is oppression, ignorance, and violence at levels the West does not experience. Almost every act of terrorism worldwide is associated with Islamso much so that those wishing to defend the creed have to seize on the occasional outlying act of non-Islamic terrorism, or descend into childish moral equivalencies or try to spin the issue as one of "guns" or "hate" or "religion" in order to distract us from the painfully obvious.

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Should women register for the draft?

In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties.

The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But the impact of such a shift, reflecting the evolving role of women in the armed services, would likely be profound.

Under the Senate bill passed on Tuesday, women turning 18 on or after Jan. 1, 2018, would be forced to register for Selective Service, as men must do now. Failure to register could result in the loss of various forms of federal aid, including Pell grants, a penalty that men already face. Because the policy would not apply to women who turned 18 before 2018, it would not affect current aid arrangements.

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Orlando shooter visited Saudi Arabia

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s two trips to Saudi Arabia, one of which was a pricey package that included four-star accommodations and fancy meals, were highly unusual and may have been cover for terror training, according to experts.

The FBI is piecing together Mateen’s radical Islam roots, and the trips to Saudi Arabia could be a sign of his growing religious devotion. His stated reason for both the 2011 and 2012 trips was umrah, a Muslim pilgrimage to the Kingdom that is not as significant as the hajj, a trip all Muslims must make to Mecca at least once in their lives. Either or both of the trips could also have included a side trip.

"It's very possible for someone to take a trip to a country like Saudi Arabia and declare it as their destination when it is in actuality just a pit stop to a different country like Yemen," said Ryan Mauro, national security analyst for Clarion Project, a New York-based research institute that tracks global terrorism. "Based on his blatant extremism and ties to a convicted Orlando imam known for facilitating international jihadists traveling, the strong likelihood is that these trips were not benign."

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Fatwa against honor killings?

An influential group of Pakistani clerics have issued a fatwa against "honour" killings, with a spokesman calling them "unethical and unjustifiable" following a series of attacks on women that have caused national outrage.

The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) said on Monday that killings such as last week’s murder of teenager Zeenat Bibi in Lahore after she married the man of her choice were a "great sin".

The edict was backed by up to 40 clerics in the council, a group of Sunni organisations that wields considerable influence in Pakistan’s powerful Punjab province.

Allah has decreed that women should be free to marry whomever they choose so long as both parties are agreed, the SIC’s Punjab general secretary Mufti Saeed Rizvi said.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mainstream Muslim Society

In the wake of the tragic shooting at a club in Orlando this weekend, Milo Yiannopoulos says Islam, not just extremists groups and terrorists, but the entire religion is responsible for violence against gay people and women.

Yiannopoulos, a writer for Breitbart, told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that he believes all of Islam propagates this type of hate and brutality.

"I’m not talking about Islamists. I’m not talking about terrorists. I’m not talking about radical Islam. I’m talking about mainstream Muslim culture. There are eleven Muslim countries in which I could be killed for being a homosexual. The state penalty is death. One hundred million people live in country where the penalty for homosexuality is death. This is not radical Islam. This is mainstream Muslim society. Look what’s happening in Sweden. Look what’s happening anywhere in Germany, anywhere there are large influxes of a Muslim population. Things don’t end well for women and gays. The left has got to make a decision. Either they want female emancipation and it wants gay rights or it wants Islam. It’s got to pick."

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Cultural competency training, yeah that's the ticket

Is the University of Wisconsin-Madison running the risk of having minority students viewed as being coddled and overprotected from "seemingly minor or unintentional" slights?

Is it creating an environment where the slightest statement or action could provoke a finger-pointing witch hunt for students who are accused of insensitivity?

Is it encouraging minority students to become hyper-sensitive to the point where people of different skin colors are afraid to associate openly and freely, without having their speech constantly monitored for words that might upset someone?

The university has announced that it will require about 1,000 incoming students to participate in "cultural competency training" this fall, at a cost ranging between $150,000 and $200,000, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The announcement follows a semester of student protests over "racially charged incidents at UW-Madison that officials say may have been driven by ignorance rather than malice," according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Money talks

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted Thursday Saudi Arabia had been removed from a blacklist for maiming and killing children as a result of unnamed sources’ threats to defund United Nations programs. In plain language, an unknown entity used extortion to force the U.N. to reverse an important move toward ensuring the safety of children.

According to an as-yet unsubstantiated report from Foreign Policy, that threat came directly from the Saudi government though immediately after the report blacklisting the Saudi-led coalition went public, the kingdom vociferously denounced its placement, and was removed within 72 hours perhaps lending an air of credibility to the allegation.

Ban came under sharp criticism for the abrupt backtracking; but on Thursday, his reasoning for the move became all-too apparent.

"The report describes horrors no child should have to face," Ban told a press conference, as the Intercept reported. "At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many UN programs. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair."

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Chick Fil A surprises its critics

Chick Fil A has made national news for its owner’s stance on gay marriage. Anytime they do something even remotely non-PC, their supposed slip up goes viral. Hash tags pop up all over the place.

So why is that what they have done in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, hasn’t received a single mention on the mainstream news channels?

It’s probably because people like New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio, might have to eat crow instead of chicken. DeBlasio has said that Chick Fil A spreads a message of hate.

Not so yesterday. In a shocking move the Orlando location, at University and Rouse Road, fired up its grills on Sunday. The chain is notorious for not being open—everon the first day of the week. Employees cooked up hundreds of their famous chicken sandwiches. They brewed dozens of gallons of sweet tea.

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No more special treatmet for migrants in Germany

Germany will no longer allow migrants to have multiple wives or child brides, the justice minister has said.

Heiko Maas told German newspaper Bild that no one has the 'right to place their cultural values or religious beliefs above our laws'.

There has been increased concern over polygamous marriages in the wake of a rise in the number of migrants arriving in Germany, many from Muslim countries.

While polygamy is already banned in Germany, many officials 'turn a blind eye' to migrants who arrive in the country with more than one wife, the newspaper reports.

This is also true of forced and underage marriages.

Mr Maas told the tabloid: 'We need to look very carefully. Forced marriages, we can not tolerate, and certainly not when underage girls are involved.

He added: 'Everyone must abide by rules and laws, whether they grew up here or are new. The law is equal for all.'

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Something's going on

Donald Trump on Monday cast doubt on President Obama's commitment to fighting radical Islamic terrorism, saying "there’s something going on."

"We're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said during a phone interview on "Fox and Friends."

"And the something else in mind, you know, people can't believe it, people cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism,' " he said. "There's something going on it's inconceivable. There's something going on."

"He doesn't get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It's one or the other, and either one is unacceptable."

The businessman has in the past raised questions about Obama's birthplace and suggested he is not a Christian. The White House responded to Trump’s "birther" claims in 2011 by releasing the president's long-form birth certificate.

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Killing gay people

The killing of fifty-plus gay people in an Orlando nightclub by an evil Muslim has put The Anti-American President in a quandary where he must decide which is more important to him: his support for Islam ... or his homosexuality.

Through all the years in which he has pursued his pro-Muslim agenda in the White Housebanning the term "Islamic terrorism"; renaming the War on Terror an "Overseas Contingency Operation"; insisting that domestic Islamoterrorism outbreaks were instances of "workplace violence"; instituting a policy of harassing elderly women in wheelchairs at airports while ignoring bearded Arabs behind them so as not to be guilty of "profiling"; making his "apology tour" of Islamofascist states where Sharia Law is in place; releasing Islamoterrorists from Guantanamo in exchange for an American deserter; telling those who would have rescued Ambassador Stevens and other Americans in Libya to stand down and lying to the American people that the attack in which Stevens was killed was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video on YouTube; dismissing ISIS as a "JV team"; expediting Iran's path to nuclear status; empowering Political Correctness to the point where the First Amendment has been shredded and free speech is a thing of the glorious pastthrough all of this, it seems to have eluded Obama that his precious Islam specifies that gays should be put to death (Koran, 7:80-84: "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds ... And we rained down on them a shower of brimstone." Of course, Christianity teaches the same thing, but Christians no longer advocate or practise it, their religion having been rendered largely non-malignant by decent, rational secular philosophers over several centuries in an Enlightenment that Islam has never had and can by its nature never have. Islam continues to hang, stone or throw gays off tall buildings with grisly alacrity).

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