Saturday, December 31, 2016

Odds and ends

Canada says only 28 Americans have applied for Trump-related refugee status.

Top Ex-White House Economist admits 94% of all new jobs under Obama were part-time.

At least 61 people were shot, 12 dead, over the Christmas weekend in Chicago.

Trump's new communications director quits after 2 days. Seems he has a little problem with fidelity to his wife.

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, "President Obama has been the most transparent president in American history" and has "not gotten much, if any, credit for that." LOL

USS Gabrielle Giffords will be commissioned in mid-2017. She is the ninth LCS ship to be delivered to the Navy.

Some muslims believe that "if you talk during sex your child will stutter" and "one or two beatings can be very useful for the wife."

"All news is lies, and all propaganda is disguised as news." ---Willi Munzenberg, father of Communist propaganda

Ever notice how there are no calls for gender quotas and an end to Patriarchy when jobs like mining, plumbing, and garbage collection are discussed?

True or False? The Left spent years creating identity politics to the extent that the only group left without protection or a celebrity sponsor was the white American male.

Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with the United States.

Gen. "Chesty" Puller...."Men, they have us surrounded. Don't let any of them get away."

This year Indonesia has faced more than double the number of Islamic terrorists in 2015. They've killed 33 of them so far in 2016.

The Obama administration is using a taxpayer-funded program to award business grants to Salvadoran migrants deported from the United States.

Maybe the science is not so settled after all....The Wisconsin state Department of Natural Resources recently scrubbed language from an agency web page on the Great Lakes that said humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change. (thanks to Trump?)

Three out of every seven marriages in Texas end in divorce.

Headline....Snopes Co-Founder embezzles $98,000, drops weight, leaves fat wife, and marries actual whore.

U.S. history is no longer a requirement for history majors at George Washington University.

A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

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Forgotten history

The Hartford Convention was a series of meetings from December 15, 1814 January 5, 1815 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, in which the New England Federalist Party met to discuss their grievances concerning the ongoing War of 1812 and the political problems arising from the federal government's increasing power. Despite radical outcries among Federalists for New England secession and a separate peace with Great Britain, moderates outnumbered them and extreme proposals were not a major focus of the debate.

The convention discussed removing the three-fifths compromise which gave slave states more power in Congress and requiring a two-thirds super majority in Congress for the admission of new states, declarations of war, and laws restricting trade. The Federalists also discussed their grievances with the Louisiana Purchase and the Embargo of 1807. However, weeks after the convention's end, news of Major General Andrew Jackson's overwhelming victory in New Orleans swept over the Northeast, discrediting and disgracing the Federalists, resulting in their elimination as a major national political force.

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Quote of the day

"[S]ince the inception of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar has lost 97 per cent of its purchasing power, and there have been 19 recessions, the great depression of the 1930s and the current great depression which started in 2008, and notwithstanding mainstream media propaganda, appears to have all the symptoms of a depression. Since 1910, the National Debt has increased from $2.65 billion to $17.5 trillion in 2014, while unfunded liabilities exceed $240 trillion."

Stephen Mitford Goodson, A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind [Blackhouse Publishing, 2014]
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Stopping illegal immigration

Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers.

Yet many powerful industries benefit from such immigration. They’re arguing that immigration controls are creating a low-skilled labor shortage.

"We’re pretty much begging for workers," Tom Nassif, the chief executive of Western Growers, a trade organization that represents farmers, said on CNN. A fast-food chain founder warned, "Our industry can’t survive without Mexican workers."

These same industries contend that stricter immigration enforcement will further shrink the pool of workers and raise their wages. They argue that closing our borders to inexpensive foreign labor will force employers to add benefits and improve workplace conditions to attract and keep workers already here.

I have an answer to these charges: Exactly.

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Rasputin

The murder of Rasputin, Russia’s infamous "Mad Monk," is the fodder for a great historical tale that blends fact and legend. But the death of the controversial holy man and faith healer had a combustible effect on the tense state of affairs in pre-revolution Russia. Rasputin was killed on December 30, 1916 (December 17 in the Russian calendar in use at the time), in the basement of the Moika Palace, the Saint Petersburg residence of Prince Felix Yussupov, the richest man in Russia and the husband of the Czar’s only niece, Irina. His battered body was discovered in the Neva River a few days later.

In the decade prior, Rasputin had risen rapidly through Russian society, starting as an obscure Siberian peasant-turned-wandering-holy-man and then becoming one of the most prominent figures in the Czar’s inner circle. Born in 1869 in the village of Pokrovskoye, on the Tura river that flows eastward from the Ural Mountains, where Europe meets Asia in Siberia. He seemed destined for an ordinary life, despite a few conflicts in his youth with local authorities for unruly behavior. He married a local woman, Praskovya Dubrovina, became the father of three surviving children, Maria, Dmitri and Varvara, and worked on his family’s farm.

Rasputin’s life changed in 1892, when he spent months at a monastery, putting him on the path to international renown. Despite his later nickname, "The Mad Monk," Rasputin never took Holy Orders. Men in Rasputin’s position usually gave up their past lives and relationships but Rasputin continued to see his family his daughters later lived with him in Saint Petersburg and support his wife financially.

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Agents of a new global revolution?

This is a subject on which confusion, malice and panic continue to dominate discussion. At the end of a year in which migration has featured as an important theme of two depressingly irrational political campaigns, it might feel as though populist emotion had won the day for the time being. But both of these books in drastically different ways alert us to questions we cannot avoid indefinitely if we want a reasonable and humane approach to how comparatively prosperous nations should respond to rising levels of migration, including the unprecedented numbers of people displaced by war, persecution or extreme climate conditions.

Reece Jones’s practical suggestions are wildly ambitious and somewhat disconnected from anything that looks like political reality, but his book focuses helpfully on an uncomfortable and generally overlooked fact that in recent years border control regimes have become increasingly and often horrifically militarised in many parts of the world. Physical restraints in the shape of walls and security fences have multiplied; the body count is appallingly high. For Jones, this shows that the institutions of the modern state are essentially violent: they are the means of controlling territory and population in the interests of a dominant elite, financial or political, or both.

Migrants are the agents of a new global revolution, resisting the tyranny of the state’s practices of exclusion. What we should do is lift all border restrictions, implement an internationally agreed set of rules on working conditions and somehow "rethink" property owners’ unlimited rights to exploit what they believe belongs to them (so as to limit environmental degradation, thus reducing poverty and instability worldwide). Consequently, the migrant who defies existing borders and limitations on movement is part of a gradual unsettling of conventional politics and economics.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

How's your pension doing?

James Mussenden doesn’t bring up his pension in casual conversation. No point getting his golf partners’ blood boiling.

The retired city manager of El Monte collects more than $216,000 a year, plus cost-of-living increases and fully paid health insurance.

"It’s giving me an opportunity to do a number of things I didn’t get to do when I was younger, like travel to Europe, take some things off my bucket list," Mussenden, 66, said recently. He even flew to Scotland to play the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, a mecca for golf enthusiasts.

Mussenden recognizes that few Americans have pensions anymore least of all the El Monte taxpayers who are funding his retirement. So while he enjoys his monthly retirement check, he’s discreet about it.

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Fight terror with openness

The European Commission’s chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in the aftermath of the terror attack in Berlin that the best way to fight terror is with "openness", emphasizing that the old continent must continue to receive migrants. It "would be wrong to put all refugees under suspicion," he said and added that "hate and terror have no religion, no sex, no country of origin." The President of the European Commission warned that the "rhetoric of exclusion" gives strength to terrorists. "Terror only takes us if we allow it", he said of the Berlin attack at a Christmas market, in which 12 people died and many more were injured.

Mr. Juncker also declared that "the basic values for which the European Union stands remain unchanged "and insisted that Europe "must continue to offer refuge to people who flee from war zones and from terror." Addressing the apparent sweep at populists across Europe, Mr. Juncker stressed that "anyone who pounces on the rhetoric of exclusion is helping the extremists’ way of thinking, which strengthens their spiral of hate." He also said that the populists’ idea to restrict migration from the Middle and Africa "neither creates solutions nor helps the victims and their relatives."

Commission’s chief was firm on the idea that liberalism is the best response to repeated attacks on Europeans: "Our values, our way of living together in freedom, coexistence, and openness are the best weapons against terror." Mr. Juncker admitted that freedom of movement across the Schengen area is indeed helpful to terrorists, but also said the solution to this is an emphasis on pan-European security, asserting that "national domestic policy alone is no longer sufficient." Finally, he also emphasized that "We must counter the terrorists’ hatred with the values of the population who want to live freely, openly and peacefully with each other. The people with whom I spoke after the attacks in Berlin, Paris, Nice, and Brussels stand for exactly this attitude. They react in a prudent way and expect to see this reflected in our politics as well."

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Spotting a hoax

These days it’s no easy life for perpetrators of fake hate crimes and hoaxes generally: every time somebody comes up with a really good fake scandal, the whole thing seems to unravel within a short while. Time was, a man could go through all the trouble to arrange a hoax and could expect to reap the rewards of his hard work. Not anymore.

What’s changed? Part of it is technological: there are more security cameras, more digital paper trails, more text message records. These present opportunities for hoaxes to be exposed: there are simply more chances for people to give something away, either idiosyncratically (by, say, sending an incriminating e-mail or text message) or extraneously (by being caught on a closed-circuit camera, for instance).

Perhaps more importantly, with the multiple sensational hoaxes taking place over the past decade or so (Breitbart has catalogued more than 100 of them), much of the publicat least among those of us who work in mediahas become vigilant in spotting such chicanery and exposing it. Just the same, plenty of hoaxes still get widespread attention before they’re exposed; sometimes they cause lots of damage before they’re revealed as fake.

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The problem of whiteness

Every Wednesday next semester, the students in Damon Sajnani’s class will meet to discuss, in depth, "The Problem of Whiteness."

But the title of the course and its description has the University of Wisconsin at Madison mired in controversy before students have cracked open a book or peeked at a syllabus.

"Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘no.’ But here is your chance!" the description reads.

"Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy."

The course explores "how race is experienced by white people." But it also looks at how white people "consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism."

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Face of evil

"You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you," recalled former CIA interrogator James Mitchell the views of al-Qaeda (AQ) mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM). Interviewed on December 6 at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) before an audience of about 70, Mitchell provided chilling, essential insight into the jihadist worldview currently threatening the globe.

AEI Resident Fellow Marc A. Thiessen introduced Mitchell as someone who "has spent thousands of hours with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and other senior al-Qaeda operatives" and "looked directly into the face of evil." Mitchell concurred that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, considered the leading technical genius behind AQ’s devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was "devil and diva," whom Mitchell and other interrogators called "muq" after the Arabic word for brain, muqtar. Comparing him to a Star Wars "Jedi master" recruiting jihadist "Jedi warriors," Mitchell found him "immensely charming. He reminded me of Yoda," yet "that is often how evil looks."

Mitchell recalled that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad "thought he was a Sufi" and "likes to sit there and talk…to tell you about his religion," yet he appeared to Mitchell as no mere blusterer. Mitchell compared his AEI audience to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, stating "I haven’t seen this much raw brain power in one place since the last time I sat in his cell with just him." He "is probably the brightest person I have ever seen in my life, and I have seen some pretty bright people."

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Save the Snowflakes

Our nation’s snowflakes are being cared for by colleges and universities across the country. These schools no, HEROES are financially supporting cry-ins, hot chocolate, bubbles, kittens, puppies and ponies, crayons, and Play-Doh to comfort these wounded snowflakes. Some schools even canceled exams and classes to ensure that America’s youth are treated with extra care and understanding during these difficult times.

But clearly, state funding tax-payer dollars are simply not enough.

State budgets cannot be expected to bear this burden alone. It’s going to take a far more sustainable funding source to ensure special snowflakes have the emotional support they need. In response, we here at the Media Research Center have launched the Save the Snowflakes project to respond to this emergency and bring crucial attention to this devastating human crisis.

The media may not choose to expose this atrocity, but the Media Research Center, through our Save the Snowflakes initiative, is doing much more we’re taking action! We won’t rest until we save each and every special snowflake from the horrors of exposure to … things they simply do not agree with.

This is only the beginning! Please make sure to check this site often for vital MRC updates of how our country is coddling the melting snowflakes of American youth!

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Quote of the day


Do you warm up your car?

On cold winter mornings, some folks will fire up their cars and leave them running for 10, 20, maybe even 30 minutes, thinking they're reducing wear and tear by letting their cars warm up gently. But Jason from Engineering Explained is here to explain why that's a bad idea for your car.

The conventional wisdom that you should idle your car up to operating temperature comes from the days of carburetors, which needed several minutes of idling to get to an operating temperature where they'd run smoothly. With fuel-injected engines, the ECU can adjust itself to idle perfectly even in sub-zero weather. And as Jason explains, idling an engine doesn't really build up much heat at all, compared to driving it.

Jason goes through the details of what happens in a cold engine, and points out the hidden damage of letting your car idle for a long time on a cold day: Engine oil dilution. It turns out, while you might have thought that letting your car slowly warm up was reducing wear and tear, all that idling time leads to raw gasoline seeping into the oil, breaking down the oil's lubrication properties and increasing the wear.

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Book of Enoch

In the year 1581, occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley, claimed to have received communications from angels, who provided them with the foundations of a language with which to communicate with ‘the other side’. This ‘angelic’ language contained its own alphabet, grammar and syntax, which they wrote down in journals. The new language was called "Enochian" and comes from John Dee's assertion that the Biblical Patriarch Enoch had been the last human to know the language.

Dr. John Dee, 1527-1609, was an occultist, mathematician, astronomer and astrologer who lived in Mort Lake, West London for most of his life. An educated man who studied at St. John’s College in Cambridge, was eventually accepted into influential circles of the ruling elite and acted as scientific advisor and confidant to Queen Elizabeth I. He is associated with coining the phrase ‘British Empire’. During the early part of his life, Dee had little interest in the supernatural. Later on, he became disillusioned with science and began experimenting with the occult. Dee was looking to discover lost spiritual knowledge and recover the wisdom he believed was hidden in books of antiquity. Among these books was the then-fabled Book of Enoch , which he conceived as being a book describing the magic system used by the Patriarch in the Bible.

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Muslims driven crazy by Islamophobia

Here’s a new twist: the establishment propaganda media’s narrative that Muslims are always victims is breaking down with the continuing revelations that Muslims have faked "anti-Muslim hate crimes," and so now ABC doubles down: Muslims are victims, you see, because they fake anti-Muslim hate crimes. They’re driven crazy by "Islamophobia," doncha know.

"These false reports unfortunately give ammunition to the industry of Islamophobes who promote the demonization and dehumanization of Islamic Muslims," says Hamas-linked CAIR’s Ibrahim "Honest Ibe" Hooper. "Islamic Muslims," Ibe? Are there non-Islamic Muslims now? Anyway, note how deftly Hooper plays the victim card even in the process of being exposed for falsely playing the victim card: the fake hate crimes are not a challenge to the veracity or trustworthiness of Muslims; rather, they’re tools in the hands of the alleged "Islamophobes" who supposedly "promote the demonization and dehumanization of Islamic Muslims" as if its demonizing and dehumanizing someone to ask him to be honest.

Hooper added that the Muslim community "is under great psychological stress and tension right now, and that that in itself can cause mental health issues that lead to these types of incidents."

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Drain the swamp, start with the EPA

With reform-minded folks in charge of the Executive and Legislative Branches, unelected, unaccountable, un-removable bureaucrats may soon be exerting far less power over our policies, regulations, lives and livelihoods. Energy and climate are high on the fix-it list. Another important topic is insecticides.

The European Union and Canada have provided object lessons in how not to regulate these important chemicals. Scott Pruitt and his new team over at EPA will certainly want to avoid their malpractice.

For nearly a decade, manufactured controversies have raged around a relatively new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. These advanced systemic crop protectors are absorbed into the plant itself and thus target only pests that suck or chew on crops, particularly during the plants’ early growth phases.

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Vacuous hyperbole

In 2016, it became clear just how debased the language of public life has become. This year, language was rarely used to communicate ideas or mount a serious argument. Rather, in the run-up to the EU referendum in Britain, both sides used vacuous hyperbole that they didn’t really take seriously. And in the American presidential debates, politics became a pantomime, with both of the main protagonists making little effort to rise above the levels of insults and invective.

Even George Orwell, who wrote at length about the degradation and manipulation of public language, would have been shocked by the terms and tone of political debate in America and Britain this year. In his famous 1946 essay ‘Politics and the English language’, Orwell observed that, ‘in our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible’. He was particularly perturbed by the way political rhetoric was deployed to obscure reality.

The degradation of public discourse, and the use of words to mystify, distract from and evade certain issues, has been a feature of political life for some time. Today, terms like ‘evidence-based policy’ and ‘best practice’ are used to depoliticise decision-making. Technocratic management-speak means politicians don’t really have to take responsibility for their actions. Words like ‘empowerment’ and ‘support’ invariably signal their opposite: yet more bureaucratic intrusion into people’s lives. The poor have been rebranded ‘the vulnerable’, meaning that social policy has been displaced by a more medicalised form of therapeutic governance into the lives of less well-off.

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Low-level drought conditions in Texas

Texas is finishing the wettest two years on record. But that glut of rainfall might have reached its end for a while.

A weak La Nina pattern was confirmed in the Pacific Ocean, which increases the odds of a warmer and drier winter here. And low-level drought conditions are creeping into parts of northeast Texas and the Panhandle.

"It's not at all surprising that we're ending up on a relatively dry note, although it's not all that dry at this point," said John Nielsen-Gammon, the official state climatologist.

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When good things begin to fail

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care at the ancestral Mead mansion; and as I settle down for a long winter’s rest I am taking a break from politics and war, sort of, to yet another run of our good old fashioned Yuletide blog.

In particular, I want to blog about Christmas itself and what it means. Somehow my generation decided to leave this part out when we passed down the traditions and the lore we were taught to the next generation: We’ve bought a lot of Christmas presents, but we were too busy to think much about the meaning of the story or to teach the next generation much about this holiday and the religion that it defines. We did a great job teaching about Santa Claus and presents; nine in ten millennials celebrate Christmas. But, according to this 2015 Pew Poll, less than half of them think of it as, primarily, a religious festival.

That is where we went wrong. My generation and the generation before us inherited an enormous wealth of spiritual capital from a society shaped by hundreds of years of deep religious faith and engagement. Our environment was shaped by that wealth in ways that many of us did not understand; we took it for granted and, in too many cases, we neither looked deeply into these matters for ourselves or passed our grounding in the culture and faith of Christianity on down to our heirs.

That was a terrible and costly error; Christianity was and is the foundation of American liberty and democracy. Without the spiritual wealth that a deep engagement with the God of Abraham and the Son in whom he was fully revealed, our society will not long retain the trust, the honesty and the spiritual depth without which democracy and many other good things must fail.

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Food stamp fraud

What do an Iranian millionaire, a state senator, a drug dealer and a polygamist have in common? They all face charges of misusing food stamps this year.

Around 44 million people received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called food stamps, in 2016. The whole program cost about $70 billion.

Only one cent of each dollar is spent fraudulently, according to the most recent available data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program. Still, that’s about $700 million dollars of federal taxpayer money that was likely wasted this past year.

Here are few of the strangest cases of food stamp fraud in 2016....

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Will California secede?

 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fake news defeated Hillary

The explosion of online and social media platforms has brought tremendous benefits. Open, honest and timely sharing of information can break down barriers, subvert government oppression, and lead to more free and liberated societies around the globe. Social media has provided us with a personal look at the tragedy in Aleppo while giving hope to long lost relatives and parents a thousand gingerbread house ideas.

The power each person holds in the palm of his or her hand has tremendous possibilities; but with that, also tremendous responsibility. Online and social media have given new life to "fake news." Once isolated among tabloids in the supermarket check-out, online fake news is so prevalent and so influential that PolitiFact named it the "Lie of the Year."

Following her defeat to President-elect Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed her loss, partially, on the prevalence of fake stories. President Obama echoed similar concerns, saying recently, "if we can't discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems."

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Nightmare before Christmas

The European Court of Justice just delivered a landmark ruling that could cost Spanish banks or Spanish taxpayers, in case of another bailout billions of euros: 40 out of Spain’s 42 banks will have to refund all the money they surreptitiously overcharged borrowers as a result of the so-called "mortgage floor-clauses" that were unleashed across the whole home mortgage sector in 2009.

These floor clauses set a minimum interest rate, typically of between 3% and 4.5%, for variable-rate mortgages, which are a very common mortgage in Spain, even if the Euribor dropped far below that figure. In other words, the mortgages were only really variable in one direction: upwards!

This, in and of itself, was not illegal. The problem is that most banks failed to properly inform their customers that the mortgage contract included such a clause. Those that did, often told their customers that the clause was an extreme precautionary measure and would almost certainly never be activated. After all, they argued, what are the chances of the Euribor ever dropping below 3.5% for any length of time?

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Clinton's donors want to know where the money went

Clinton’s fallout is interestingly causing an internal revolution among Hillary’s big donors. At her New York bash to "thank" her big donors of $1 million or more, she took no blame and pointed the finger at Comey and Putin. Her spin did not work and she has lost a lot of credibility according to confidential sources. They were smart enough to realize that even if Russia "hacked" the DNC and Podesta emails, there would be no release if there had been no wrongdoing to begin with.

Now Clinton’s biggest backers want a "campaign autopsy," which could expose Clinton’s entire operation. The donors are demanding to know where Clinton spent the near $1.5 billion in campaign resources she collected in the closing months. They want the receipts. They are demanding an honest investigation of how Clinton failed to read the mood in swing states and how her Brooklyn operation misread polling data.

The donors are not buying the Russian hack story. Putin isn’t the only explanation for her failure and they are now pointing the finger at Hillary. She never bothered to go to Wisconsin. The story running behind the curtain is that fundraisers are cutting off all donations to the Democratic Party until this honest review is carried out. They do not want to hear about Comey and Putin.

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So what happened to Virginia?

Virginia O’Hanlon was 8-years-old when she gained a measure of fame that would last her lifetime.

Shortly after her birthday in July 1897, young Virginia wrote to the New York Sun, posing the timeless question: "Is there a Santa Claus?"

It took several weeks, but her innocent letter gave rise to the most famous editorial in American journalism. The Sun answered Virginia’s query on September 21, 1897, in an essay destined to become a classic.

The essay was assigned an inconspicuous place in the Sun, appearing in the third of three columns of editorials beneath the headline, "Is There a Santa Claus?"

Its most memorable passage sought to reassure Virginiaand, as it turned out, generations of youngsters since then.

"Yes, Virginia," it declared, "there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias."

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Evil cops picking on minorities

CNN is making a desperate pitch to further enflame the ideological war on cops while it still has a sympathetic ear in the White House. The CNN website is promoting a laughably incomplete study of police use of fatal force under the headline "Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force, study says." Utterly ignored in the study and in CNN’s write-up is any mention of violent-crime rates, which vary enormously by race and which predict officer use of force. Absent such a crime benchmark, analysis of police actions using population data alone, as this latest study has done, is worse than useless; wielded as a bludgeon in the current anti-cop crusade, it is dangerously irresponsible.

James Buehler, a public-health professor at Drexel University, found documentation in public records for 2,285 civilian deaths at the hands of the police from 2010 and 2014. Of those deaths, 96 percent were among males. This gender disparity is magnitudes greater than any racial disparities in officer use of force, but no cop-hater ever complains that males are massively overrepresented in police-civilian interactions. The reason for this double standard is that when it comes to males, it is acceptable to acknowledge, however implicitly, the vast gender disparities in criminal offending; it is not acceptable, however, to acknowledge racial disparities in criminal offending. {snip}

Buehler’s public-health-data sources presumably contain no information on the circumstances around the deathswhether the decedents had been attacking the officer, for example, or threatening another civilian. Nor does he suggest that such information would be relevant. He simply reports that even though non-Hispanic white males account for the largest number of deaths at the hands of the police, the number of deaths per million of population was "2.8 times higher among black men and 1.7 times higher among Hispanic men, respectively."

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Cutting funding that accomodates illegals

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher today warned University of California president Janet Napolitano that continuing to accommodate illegal immigrants in the state university system could lead to a cut in federal research funds.

In a letter to Napolitano, the California Republican cited her Nov. 30 statement pertaining to "Undocumented Members of the UC Community," in which she affirmed that the system admits students "without regard to immigration status." In his letter, Rohrabacher wrote: "Your commitment to spending scarce resources to finance people illegally present in the United States is unacceptable and a flagrant misuse of taxpayer money. This is an insult to Americans and legal immigrants who pay your salary."

The lawmaker noted that the newly elected Congress will adversely view those who harbor "people illegally present in our country" when allocating federal funds.

"It may be prudent for you to consider that approximately 50% of the University of California’s research funding is supported by federal taxpayers’ dollars before pledging non-compliance with federal law," he said.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Hamilton, not a fan of open borders

Not too long ago, the cast of the hit musical "Hamilton" ostentatiously lectured Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in attendance, about "diversity" and "American values." Implicit in these remarks was criticism of the incoming administration's position on immigration.

But the comments by the "Hamilton" cast miss an important point. Although Alexander Hamilton was himself an immigrant, he was adamantly opposed to the open immigration policies that President Thomas Jefferson proposed in his first annual message to Congress in 1801. Although the incoming president had once opposed unlimited immigration, Jefferson now saw it as a way to secure the future political dominance of his own party over Hamilton's Federalists.

Hamilton, like most Federalists, was concerned about French influence on American politics. Although the French Revolution had descended into terror and led to the rise of Napoleon, Jefferson and his Democratic-Republican Party persisted in their attachment to the French. Hamilton feared that Jefferson's proposal for unlimited immigration would lead to the triumph of the radical principles of the French Revolution over those of the more moderate American Revolution.

Writing as "Lucius Crassus," Hamilton argued: "The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family."

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Farrakhan sees the positives of Trump's election

Minister Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, spoke from a podium draped in the red, black and green of the Pan-African flag, a symbol of black pride.

It was the week after Donald Trump won the presidency. The result had delighted a new generation of white supremacists, and Farrakhan was analyzing the political landscape.

In a speech before the State of the Black World Conference in New Jersey, he warned, "The white man is going to push. He’s putting in place the very thing that will limit the freedom of others." Then he pointed to the crowd, smiled and said, "That’s what you needed," as motivation to finally separate from whites.

"My message to Mr. Trump: Push it real good," Farrakhan said, building to a roar that drew applause and cheers. "Push it so good that black people say, ‘I’m outta here. I can’t take it no more.’"

After a presidential campaign that emboldened white identity politics, the Nation of Islam, a black separatist religious movement, is positioning itself as newly relevant.

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Muslim demands

Muslim students at the University of Maryland are asking for prayer rooms to be built in every major campus building as part of a lengthy list of demands to staff.

They also want bus shuttle services to local mosques to be laid on by the university and are asking for their names to be kept from President-elect Donald Trump if he creates a nationwide Muslim registry.

Their requests were among dozens issued by ‘marginalized’ students to the university’s president last month.

In their request for prayer rooms, the students said it was difficult to access the current space provided and often resorted to praying in stairwells as a result.

Another request demands that the university does not include their names in any form of Muslim registry orchestrated by the government.

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Getting tough on students

On January 1, 2017, the state of Missouri will implement a public school policy sure to accelerate the descent into police state dystopia.

The Hazelwood School District put out a memo to parents and guardians stating that, according to Missouri statute, fights at school or on buses will be treated as felonies which can result in up to four years of prison, fines or probation.

Gone are the days when teachers broke up fights and sent the kids home, calling the parents and perhaps suspending the kid if it was a serious incident. "School Resource Officers" or local cops now arrest the kids and, if there is any perceived injury (an arbitrary judgment), will charge them with third-degree assault treating children cooped up in school as if they are violent adults on the streets.

It doesn’t stop there. Even attempts or threats to cause harm will be treated as a Class A misdemeanor, which can bring up to a year of prison time. If the assaulted person is considered a "special victim," a Class D felony can be imposed which can mean up to seven years in prison.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Odds and ends

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says...."2017 will be the year of revolts."

Oopsie....New York Governor Cuomo booked 200 Washington, D.C. hotel rooms for Hillary's inauguration.

Best advice I've seen for dealing with China...."China is wholly dependent on Americans buying their shit. The moment that stops, China crumbles."

Whoopi Goldberg compares celebrating Christmas to getting an abortion.

Headline from the Daily Mail....How many MORE atrocities before our leaders stop lying to us and admit that, thanks to their immigration policies, being mowed down why doing your Christmas shopping is simply the new normal?

Government employee salaries in Saudi Arabia were cut by 20% in October.

Only 2.8% of over 1.2 million recent migrants to Germany has found a job.

There's very little diversity at the New York Times.

Obama issues executive order banning drilling in large areas offshore. Obama just can't resist throwing more wrenches into the machinery. Hopefully Trump will nullify the order.

In 1769 Johann Gottfried Herder predicted that Slavic nations would one day be the real power in Europe, as the western Europeans would reject Christianity and rot away, while the eastern European nations would stick to their religion and their idealism, and would become the power in Europe.

Snow falls in Sahara Desert, first time in 37 years. Warmists are silent.

No, the Russians did not hack the DNC. An employee of the DNC did the leaking. His name was Seth Rich. He was murdered on July 10, 2016.

With 671 homicides on record during the first 10 months of this year, Tijuana is experiencing the worst murder rates in the last 10 years. Things are not good in Ciudad Juárez either, where homicides are at their highest in four years.

"Green bean casserole is a crime against nature and should be outlawed."

Angela Merkel was attending an event to promote her migrant policy as 12 people were being killed by a hijacked truck just 3 miles away.

Female Israeli captain wounded while helping to repulse a terrorist attack.
 


Merry Christmas
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Useful idiots

The campaign didn’t end on election night. That’s the message for America from the bipartisan uniparty headquartered in Washington, D.C.the one that Trump supporters voted to evict on November 8. Having lost the election they’re back with a new narrative, the sole goal of which is to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency before he even takes office. ...

Shortly after the election the Clintons and their friends on the Left allied themselves with Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s absurd effort to recount ballots in a handful of states that Clinton lost (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan). ...

When the recount strategy fell apart for lack of evidence the narrative morphed from hacked voting machines to "Russian hackers" and a "hacked election." It’s a claim that’s meant to sound terrible while remaining vague enough to avoid refutation. It’s also a phrase that doesn’t really mean anything and that’s the point. Because it’s real purpose is to stoke despondent Clinton voters’ resentments and leave them with the impression that Donald Trump’s presidency is somehow illegitimate. The claims are a savvy way of preparing the political battlefield and give Democrats some leverage in their uphill battle to stop Trump from enacting his agenda.

Still, on the eve of Donald Trump’s presidency, a presidency that is paired with a Republican controlled Congress and can accomplish so much good, it is frustrating to watch stubborn NeverTrump conservative intellectuals and pundits play the part of useful idiots.

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It's only money

A migrant home in a small German town is costing taxpayers more than €500,000 per month to house just 21 migrants, and other facilities are facing similarly disproportionate costs.

The German town of Bad Berleburg has a population of some 19,000 people 21 of which are asylum seekers residing in the facility. The housing complex has room for 500 asylum seekers, and while it presently holds less than five per cent of its capacity the facility costs €514,697.47 a month to operate, reports local paper Westfalenpost.

The facility runs at such a massive cost because, despite the small number of inhabitants, many expenses must be accounted for. They include rent of the property, costs for a full staff of security guards, interpreters, and supervisors, who are all under contract in the expectation that the migrant home would be housing a full 500 migrants.

Other operating costs for food, sewage disposal, consumable goods, and other optional items are also included in the massive half-million euro monthly budget.

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Snopes getting some bad press

The founder of mythbusting website Snopes, which was recently tapped by Facebook as one of four "fact-check" organizations patrolling the site for "fake news," embezzled $98,000 in company funds before spending it on "himself and the prostitutes he hired," according to legal documents filed by his ex-wife reviewed by the Daily Mail.

After divorcing from his first wife, Barbara Mikkelson, David Mikkelson married Elyssa Young, a former porn star and current escort who now works for Snopes as an administrator, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail also revealed that top Snopes "fact-checker" Kim LaCapria claimed on her personal blog that she has "posted to Snopes" after smoking marijuana. As TheDC previously revealed, LaCapria describes herself as "openly left-leaning" and once claimed that Republicans fear "female agency."

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Push back

This warning comes from James Rawles at Survival Blog....

I predict that there will be a directly proportional relationship between the rapidity with which President-elect Trump implements his planned reduction of government policies and the rapidity of the Federal Reserve banking cartel's interest rate hikes. The harder that Trump pushes, the harder that The Powers That Be will push back.

In the end I believe that they are willing to collapse the credit market, crash the stock markets and collapse the value of the U.S. Dollar on the Forex rather than see Trump make any substantive change. Be ready for the events that will follow January 20th, 2017. There could be some Deep Drama, rather quickly. So go ahead and hedge into tangibles and keep your powder dry.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

You've been naughty, Michael

A local propane dealer who said in a recent message that he won’t sell to anyone who voted for President-elect Donald Trump has been delivering and dispensing gas without a state license for at least two years, state officials said this week.

Michael Turner, who operates of Turner LP Gas Service on Canaan Road, left a message for would-be customers on his company’s voice mail, saying "If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas. Please find someone else." That message was left on a Friday, when the weather was bitterly cold. The message goes on to say that the cost of gas remains $110 a bottle, with payment due on delivery.

However, Turner is not licensed to sell gas. According to the Maine Fuel Board, Turner’s propane license expired in 2012. Turner had two licenses, one for delivery and the other for dispensing, which expired in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The board became aware of the issue after the news of Turner’s message was reported by the Portland Press Herald late last week.

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Happy Kwanzaa, y'all

Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by black radical/FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. In the annals of the American '60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, stooge of the czarist police.

In what was ultimately a foolish gambit, during the madness of the '60s, the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left. The more preposterous the group, the better. (It's the same function Madonna and Martin Sheen serve today.)

By that criterion, Karenga's United Slaves was perfect.

Despite modern perceptions that blend all the black activists of the '60s, the Black Panthers did not hate whites. Although some of their most high-profile leaders were drug dealers and murderers, they did not seek armed revolution.

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Made in America tax

Our bold Blueprint for tax reform takes historic action to unleash job creation and economic growth in America. One of the most pro-growth features is that we’re finally going to end the self-imposed "Made in America" tax on U.S. exports a backwards feature of our nation’s current tax code that gives foreign-made products an advantage over American-made goods, services, and intellectual property.

Here’s a simple example of how today’s "Made in America" tax helps our foreign competitors at the expense of American businesses and workers:

Consider two global companies: an American company that manufactures tractors in Ohio, and its European rival that manufactures tractors in Germany. With the "Made in America" tax imposed by the current U.S. tax code, the Ohio-based company is subject to U.S. tax on every tractor they make here and sell in Europe. Meanwhile, the European rival pays no U.S. tax on the tractors they make in Germany and sell in America. Imports are not taxed under the current U.S. system but American exports are.

Basically, the "Made in America" tax on U.S. exports works exactly like it sounds if you make products in America, you’re taxed when you sell them abroad. But if you make products abroad, you’re not taxed when selling them here. In this way, our nation’s current tax code provides a direct incentive for businesses to move operations and jobs overseas. After all, if it’s not "Made in America," it’s not subject to the "Made in America" tax.

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Case fixing schemes

"The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline ruled on Friday that Municipal Court Judge Dawn Segal and Common Pleas Court Judge Angeles Roca be removed from office for their involvement in separate case-fixing schemes.

Lawyers for both judges say they are appealing the decisions to the state Supreme Court.

In October, the disciplinary court found that Roca had unethically intervened in a tax case involving her son by calling then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph Waters Jr., who reached out to Segal, who then reversed herself and issued a ruling favorable to Roca’s son."

Later in the piece, their political affiliation comes out.

In fact, it’s not mentioned until the 12th paragraph:


"Roca and Segal, both Democrats, had been on unpaid suspension. If the rulings stand, they would be ineligible to hold judicial office in the future."

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Russian website not impressed with the Zumwalt

The US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer is yet another military project suffering from cost ballooning and performance issues created by a flawed procurement system that encourages such creations, the conservative National Review magazine wrote.

The Zumwalt project, or DDG-1000, was touted as an advanced stealth warship for the 21st century, capable of dominating the world’s maritime zones for decades to come. Of the planned 32 ships, 29 have been canceled due to ever-increasing cost blowouts.

The flagship, the USS Zumwalt, has experienced a series of embarrassing breakdowns both before and after its commission in October. As she was making its first voyage to San Diego, the destroyer had to stop engines in the Panama Canal and be towed on.

In an online publication on Monday, the popular National Review branded the project an "unmitigated disaster." The article harshly criticized the rationale behind the Zumwalt design and its skyrocketing price, which was a result of procurement system that lacks accountability for waste and doesn’t prevent ties between military commanders and defense contractors.

The Zumwalt is an oversized destroyer built around stealth capabilities, which was meant to use advanced automation to reduce crew size along with operating costs. The initial estimate was that it would cost $1.34 billion per ship and have a crew of 95 instead of 400 to 600 sailors, which a regular ship of this size would require.

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Shame, shame, shame

After the Wisconsin electors read out what most of us saw as a fairly predictable vote tally, 10 electoral votes for Donald Trump, one Wisconsin citizen completely lost her mind. Apparently the finality of actually hearing the votes certified was just too much for this snowflake to handle as she launched into a tirade accusing the electors of selling out their country. You know, because ignoring the will of the majority of the voters in your state would not be considered selling out.
"You sold out our country. Everyone of you, you’re pathetic. You don’t deserve to be in America."
"This is my America."

Of course, the majority of the people in the room sat while calmly chanting: "Shame, shame, shame."

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Why isn't the Justice Department investigating threats to Electors?

The age of Obama will be remembered for the grotesque perversion of law. The latest example is Justice Department and FBI inaction when it comes to death threats to members of the Electoral College who were voting for Donald Trump.

I was on Fox and Friends this week to discuss the failure to respond to these efforts to undermine the constitutional order:

Prior to their vote this week, member of the Electoral College received death threats by phone and email. Transmitting death threats via interstate communications is a federal felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

You can read 18 U.S.C. 875(c) yourself:
Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Hans von Spakovsky has also argued convincingly that the Voting Rights Act, Section 11, makes it a crime to threaten to kill members of the Electoral College. Recall that Section 11 was the same statute that we used to bring a case against the New Black Panther Party for intimidation when they stalked a polling place with a weapon in Philadelphia.

Obviously the Obama administration's approach to Section 11 enforcement is determined by who the accused are and how they view the protected class.

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Japan wants to be Japanese

Cultural Marxists continue to target Japan for being Japanese. One of their methods is shameless baby waving; sob stories designed to evoke sympathy for sad sack refugee claimants, but their interest is not one particular refugee or family, their interest is making Japan less Japanese. And the English language press in Japan is relentless. The current craze in the CultMarx press is the children of failed refugees.

The latest is Gursewak Singh. He thinks he is Japanese. He is not Japanese. Being born in Japan was a matter of happenstance, or more accurately, a deliberate act by his illegal alien parents.

Just as India is an expression of her peoples and religions, Japan is a reflection of her one people and unique culture; Japan is an ethnostate. It is a nation, a people, a polity, and a culture. Japan wants to remain Japanese, but Gursewak Singh wants to change that. He is Indian, a Sikh, and a South Asian. He does not look Japanese, he does not practice Japanese culture, he does not dress Japanese, he does not practice a Japanese religion, and despite speaking Japanese, he is not Japanese.

Japan deals with immigration in the best interests of the Japanese people, culture, and nation. But many want to impose multiculturalism and anarchy on Japan and the Japanese, just as those same people want to destroy the white West and Christendom with immigration, multiculturalism, and diversity....

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Molestation

The media is flooded with advocates, crusading for the rights of the LGBT community, physically disabled, children with learning disabilities, the elderly, and animals.

You rarely hear anything about African Americans, but that’s a different article.

However, there is an unnoticed group of millions of children with no spokesperson and no media attention. These children have been victimized not by the system, but by someone they know, or even someone they thought loved them. These children have been used as sexual tools for adults who use manipulation and violence to feed their sadistic need for power and sexual pleasure.

These children are victims of molestation.

People always argue about the number of lives that America’s system of mass incarceration destroys, but they neglect the lives destroyed by molestation. Molestation is the most common Black-on-Black crime, leaving its victims broken emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes physically.

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That's not who we are

Europe is very, very, ill, a victim of a weak but highly opportunistic pathogen, and if it cannot soon mount a robust immune response it will die. Even if it can manage such a response, at this late hour it will be a close-run thing and we have already passed the point, I think, where it can recover without some very serious "unpleasantness". But the choice is now very plain: awaken or die.

Most likely it will die, I think. (Already there are calls to close down the traditional Christmas-markets for the sake of security. This is what late-stage cultural immunodeficiency looks like.)
When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.
John Howard

I wonder: when the last native Europeans have dwindled to a final few, and they are forced to watch one another put to the sword, will they worry, most of all, about an anti-Muslim "backlash"? Will they wonder, in that moment, how things might have been if they had stood for themselves and then say, just as they are annihilated, "But that’s not who we are"?

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Trump's instinct and cunning

The American middle classes, the Chinese, and Vladimir Putin have never been convinced that Ivy League degrees, vast Washington experience, and cultural sophistication necessarily translate into national wisdom. Trump instead relies more on instinct and operates from cunning and we will soon see whether we should redefine "wisdom."

But for now, for example, we have never heard a presidential candidate say such a thing as "We love our miners" not "we like" miners, but "we love" them. And not just any miners, but "our" miners, as if, like "our vets," the working people of our moribund economic regions were unique and exceptional people, neither clingers nor irredeemables. In Trump’s gut formulation, miners certainly did not deserve "to be put out of business" by Hillary Clinton, as if they were little more than the necessary casualties of the war against global warming. For Trump, miners were not the human equivalent of the 4,200 bald eagles that the Obama administration recently assured the wind turbine industry can be shredded for the greater good of alternate energy and green profiteering.

In other words, Trump instinctively saw the miners of West Virginia and by extension the working-class populations of states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio as emblematic of the forgotten man, in a way few of his Republican rivals, much less Hilary Clinton, grasped.

No other candidate talked as constantly about jobs, "fair" trade, illegal immigration, and political correctness dead issues to most other pollsters and politicos. Rivals, Democratic and Republican alike, had bought into the electoral matrix of Barack Obama: slicing the electorate into identity-politics groups and arousing them to register and vote in record numbers against "them" a fossilized, supposedly crude, illiberal, and soon-to-be-displaced white working class.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Everywhere you look

Donald Trump’s victory in November was not only the most important election result of our lifetimes, but ranks as one of the most significant events in recorded history, on par with the French Revolution or the fall of the Berlin Wall. And I’ll tell you why.

Western society is super-saturated with leftist propaganda. Politically astute non-leftists see it everywhere and complain about it incessantly because it is ubiquitous. In fact, most of our waking hours are spent noticing, commenting upon, getting outraged by and then futilely combatting the endless, relentless leftist slant to everything in modern culture.

Every news broadcast. Every movie. Every lesson in every classroom. Every social signifier in public. Every poll. Every TV show. Every tribal shibboleth. In ways large and small, overt and covert, subtle and blatant, the society around us is infused with progressive ideals and agendas, whether you realize it or not.

And it’s not just the entire preschool-through-PhD educational system, the entire media/entertainment complex, and most interpersonal environments; increasingly, under Obama especially, the federal government itself has become an inescapable agent of coercive progressive propaganda imposed on us with the full force of the state.

But what is the purpose of all this propaganda?

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Nobody seems to want black workers

A discrimination suit against a nationwide temp staffing agency marks the second such complaint launched by a Chicago plaintiffs’ employment law firm in recent weeks alleging staffing companies have discriminated against African-American workers in favor of Hispanic laborers.

On Dec. 6, five plaintiffs, identified as Antwoin Hunt, James Zollicoffer, Norman Green, James Lewis and Kevin James, filed suit in Chicago federal court against MVP Staffing, formally known as Personnel Staffing Group LLC, alleging discriminatory hiring practices.

The lawsuit also named as defendants a group of businesses for which Deerfield-based Most Valuable Personnel provided temporary workers. These included Wheeling-based commercial printer Segerdahl Corporation; Mercury Plastics, of Chicago; printer MPS Chicago Inc., which does business as Jet Litho, of Downers Grove; Ari Packaging, of Alsip; Lawrence Foods, of Elk Grove Village; and Chicago-based Blommer Chocolate.

MVP operates staffing offices in 38 states, according to its website, including four offices in Illinois.

According to the lawsuit, the named plaintiffs had all sought employment through MVP’s Cicero office for at least the last four years, but were on several occasions passed over for job assignments in favor of Hispanic workers, because MVP went along with employer requests to send them Hispanic workers, rather than African Americans.

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Learning to love homeschool students

College professor Ali Gordon wasn’t always a fan of homeschool students. Like many others, he believed that homeschoolers were sheltered individuals, unable to fend for themselves once they left the comfort of their own home.

But Dr. Gordon’s mind began to change as he encountered homeschool students in his courses in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of the University of Central Florida. In a recent op-ed penned for The Huffington Post, Dr. Gordon explained several reasons why he has become a proponent of homeschooling.

1. Homeschoolers are Problem-Solvers ...

2. Homeschoolers are Self-Directed ...

3. Homeschoolers are High Achievers ...

4. Homeschoolers Bring Diversity ...

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Incarcerated parent contributes to racial achievement gap, so don't get incarcerated

As many as one in ten African American students has an incarcerated parent. One in four has a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The discriminatory incarceration of African American parents is an important cause of their children’s lowered performance, especially in schools where the trauma of parental incarceration is concentrated. In this report, we review studies from many disciplines showing that parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children’s performance in school, and we conclude that our criminal justice system makes an important contribution to the racial achievement gap.

Educators have paid too little heed to this criminal justice crisis. Criminal justice reform should be a policy priority for educators who are committed to improving the achievement of African American children. While reform of federal policy may seem implausible in a Trump administration, educators can seize opportunities for such advocacy at state and local levels because many more parents are incarcerated in state than in federal prisons. In 2014, over 700,000 prisoners nationwide were serving sentences of a year or longer for nonviolent crimes. Over 600,000 of these were in state, not federal, prisons.

Research in criminal justice, health, sociology, epidemiology, and economics demonstrates that when parents are incarcerated, children do worse across cognitive and noncognitive outcome measures.

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Is John Brennan a Muslim?

Allegations that Brennan is a convert to Islam are based upon firsthand reports of those who served with him in Saudi Arabia.

Those allegations include that Brennan was the target of a Saudi intelligence influence operation, one outcome of which was Brennan’s conversion to Islam.

At that time, Brennan was chief of station, a billet that is designed for an operationally trained officer with experience in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, which Brennan was not. Brennan’s background is that of an analyst, which may explain why he lacked the sophistication and experience to understand that he was being played by the Saudis in an influence operation.

Anyone so inept as to be oblivious to basic hostile intelligence tactics such as this influence operation is unqualified to be DCI.

Furthermore, Brennan’s definition of jihad, "meaning to purify oneself or one’s community," is incorrect as a matter of fact, since all four schools of Sunni jurisprudence say that the primary and paramount definition of jihad is kinetic war against non-Muslims to forcibly establish submission to Islamic law globally.

If Brennan truly believes his fictitious definition of jihad, he is unqualified to be DCI, since he obviously is unaware of or indifferent to the fact that he is directly contradicting all published Sunni jurisprudence. Al-Qaeda’s bin Laden, ISIS’s al-Baghdadi (who has a doctorate in Islamic law), Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and all the other numerous violent jihadi terrorist groups all say that they are at war with us because Islamic law makes such war jihad obligatory for all Muslims. They also point out that Islamic law makes the funding of jihad obligatory, as well as lying to further jihad. That 15 years after 9/11, Brennan has yet to drop $40 on Amazon.com to purchase a certified English translation of an authoritative textbook on Islamic law, such as Reliance of the Traveller, is professional malpractice of the highest order for someone who has held the senior counter-terrorism and intelligence positions he has.

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Investigate CIA's John Brennan?

It is remarkable how disingenuous, and hypocritical, partisan democrats (and media) become with the issue of manipulation and intents of CIA Chief John Brennan…

Everyone reading here is old enough to remember Democrat Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Diane Feinstein, accusing Brennan of lying to her and congress; and worse yet, accusing Brennan of illegally hacking into, and spying on, her staff and congressional oversight personnel.

Now, however, all of a sudden, John Brennan is the bastion of intelligence integrity…. Ridiculous.

Thankfully, not everyone has forgotten. Representative Peter King again calls out CIA Head Brennan, and better still says Brennan should be investigated.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Washington Post and the CIA

A petition that has gained more than 15,000 signers so far this week is urging the Washington Post to provide readers with "full disclosure" about a conflict of interest involving the Post’s sole owner Jeff Bezos and his newspaper’s coverage of the CIA.

Noting that "a basic principle of journalism is to acknowledge when the owner of a media outlet has a major financial relationship with the subject of coverage," the petition calls on the Washington Post to be "fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA."

Currently, the Post’s coverage of the CIA does not disclose that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

RootsAction.org, which launched the petition, said that "the Amazon-CIA deal is apt to be just the start." The group added: "Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech ‘cloud’ infrastructure. … Bezos is personally and publicly touting Amazon Web Services and Amazon will be seeking future CIA contracts."

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Hillary's election-night bash

As the botched chances and bitter disappointments stacked up late into the fateful night of November 8, 2016, the ceiling at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan was a soaring collateral casualty. Made of steel-reinforced transparent glass and pitched 150 feet above an expansive atrium, the ceiling had been promised a starring role in Hillary Clinton’s victory speech. It was the reason Clinton’s staff had chosen the Javits Center, a hulking, I. M. Pei & Partnersdesigned convention cavern, for her blowout election-night bash. The first female president-elect of the United States was to sail into the atrium at some reasonable hour, preferably before midnight EST. She would then mount the stage, gesture triumphantly above her, and declare the glass ceiling figuratively shattered. Instead, as midnight came and went, Clinton huddled with advisers in a nearby hotel room, watching results roll in that, over at CNN, had Wolf Blitzer and his gobsmacked band of pundits picking their jaws up off the floor. Clinton never made it to her party, and the ceiling never got its cameo. Her supporters, some sporting gender-proud slogans on their T-shirts ("Nasty women vote"; "It’s a man’s world, but a woman should run it") milled dejectedly around the atrium, looking not up at the ceiling, but down at their phones.

How, exactly, had this carefully choreographed moment of executive feminist triumph come so disastrously undone, after so much concerted mobilization of Democratic clout and expert planning and largesse over the past two years? To get to the bottom of this catastrophe, we must begin with the many elite-engineered catastrophes that have gone into Hillary Clinton’s storied résumé.

And this requires some careful acts of historical reconstruction, since there is so much Hillary Clinton wanted us to forget. There was her role in helping to bring about the "end of welfare as we know it," and the disastrous effects of that policy reversal on the lives of the poor. There was the 1994 Crime Bill, which she promoted from the bully pulpit of her historic mid-nineties "co-presidency," and which coincided with an equally historic rise in mass incarcerationtogether with that now-infamous clip of her maligning black youth as "superpredators." There was that ridiculous lie about sniper fire in Bosnia. And there were, of course, the entirely uncontrollable stories about her husband’s multiple dalliances.

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Lockdown

It's a gun! No, it's a sword!

Whatever it was, two different people spotted a man carrying it near Poly High in Riverside, California. They saw something, and said something. As a result four local schools went into lockdown mode yesterday.

Police hunted for the menacing maniac and finally, according to The Press Enterprise, "a campus supervisor at Poly spotted a man who matched the description given by both callers."

The weapon he was carrying?

An umbrella.

The lockdowns were lifted, but the threat continues: Rain is in the forecast.

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Quote of the day

"Wouldn't it just be the most delicious irony of all if it was, in fact, Democrat whistleblowers who had no desire for Hillary Clinton to get anywhere near the Oval Office who were doing the leaking and the, quote/unquote, "sabotage"? Wouldn't that just be delicious, folks? And I wouldn't discount the possibility."

---Rush Limbaugh

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Liberal logic

If a man says he’s Napoleon Bonaparte, he needs help, but if he says he’s a woman he’s perfectly sane and if anyone refuses to go along with him he’s being oppressed.

If 97% of scientists say that man made global warming is real anyone who disagrees should be put in prison. When 100% of scientists say that human life begins at conception it has nothing to do with abortion.

If Russia publishes true facts about Hillary it’s foreign interference in our election. If illegals, i.e. foreigners, vote in our election it’s a good thing.

Clubbing a baby seal to death is evil. Dismembering an unborn human girl without anesthetic is a societal good.

Getting water to California’s central valley farmers isn’t as important as protecting the delta smelt. It’s okay if wind turbines kill 4200 bald eagles each year.

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Amazon Go

Everyone is gaga over the idea of frictionless grocery shopping: tap your phone on a turnstile device upon entry, retrieve food from the shelves, and walk out; your bill is charged to the credit card connected to your device. No waiting in line; no chit chat as your groceries are rung up.

In other words, say hello to Amazon Go, which will be tested in Seattle starting next year. I am not as enthusiastic about this idea as most others, and do not see it as an improvement over anything. Will it save me time? Of course, it will or should. But I'm not a fan of self check-out lanes, the systems for which, especially look-up screens for fruits and vegetable, are annoying to use.

Half the time, there is some glitch that needs the attention of the guy watching the self-service system. A completely automated scheme, as proposed by Amazon, will be worse. Let's look at some of the obstacles.

1. No hand holding. Stubborn folks who always want personal attention will struggle with the system the whole time.

2. Tag Mania. Every single item has to have an RFID tag. We are years away from mass market vendors adding these tags. It won't happen unless the stores are everywhere and demand it. That means the selection in these stores will be lame unless employees add RFID tags themselves, which is costly.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Keep it private

Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi (Mohammad Iqbal Masood Al-Nadvi) is the Muslim Chaplain of the Canadian army, the Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams (Canada’s top imam) and the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada, a nation-wide Islamic organization that is striving "to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community" by "total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam."

His previous positions include the following: Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.

On February 16, 2015, Iqbal Nadvi delivered a speech on "Family: The Building Blocks of Society" and "Family Life in Islam." Among other things, Nadvi explained the Quranic verse dealing with wife beating. Verse 34 of Surah (chapter) Al-Nisa’ in the Quran reads:

"Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance. [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them [lightly]. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand."

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No propane for Trump supporters

An owner of a propane dealership in Maine is refusing to deliver gas to anyone who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump.

Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas in Skowhegan, Maine, recorded a voicemail greeting that leaves little question as to his feelings for those in his community who supported Trump.

"Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas. If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas please find someone else," the message states.

Turner isn’t the first person to refuse to do business with Trump voters in late November, Mathew Blanchfield, CEO of an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based marketing firm, issued a statement saying he would no longer work with Trump supporters.

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More cyber-attacks linked to DHS

Atlanta - Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant has learned two more states’ election agencies have confirmed suspected cyberattacks linked to the same U.S. Department of Homeland Security IP address as last month’s massive attack in Georgia.

The two states reporting the suspected cyberattacks were West Virginia and Kentucky.

"We need somebody to dig down into this story and figure out exactly what happened," said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

In the past week, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed 10 separate cyberattacks on its network over the past 10 months that were traced back to DHS addresses.

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Quote of the day


Democrats need a facelift

After almost four decades of disregard for a decomposing cadaver, party progressives appear ready to cremate the Democratic Party’s corpse and give it a requiem mass doubtful that their minority status will allow them to revive the party. Not the majority, however, who seem hopeful for a Lazarus’ resuscitation without a Jesus in their midst; a legion of career politicians tending to their own personal needs. Little wonder that Democratic members in Congress quickly have declared the Revolution brought in by Bernie Sanders, and represented in the progressive platform enacted in the summer, as dead on arrival, allowing for the De-evolution to continue under the leadership of two old generals: Nancy Pelosi (House) and Charles Schumer (Senate).

A mummified party led first by Bill Clinton and later by Barack Obama did fool a lion’s share of the population into thinking the Democratic Ass was alive and kicking, but this 2016 tell-tale presidential election has finally unfolded to tell the truth in contemporary American politics. The myth of a diverse but united Democratic Party has held as truth up to and including Obama’s presidency; however, Hillary Clinton, lacking the manifest and cunning scoundrelism of husband Bill, just couldn’t keep the raggedy and diverse troops marching in step without a single unifying drummer.

Although the Democratic Party continued to present itself as a big tent accommodating and giving shelter to diversity, be it large racial/ethnic minorities, or myriad other single- issue contingents, it never superimposed a common goal for all, a single banner to take to battle. Unlike in other memorable time Bill Clinton’s presidential run in1992 when James Carville’s "The economy, stupid!" was coined as a campaign battle cry to defeat Bush Senior, Hillary Clinton seemed to think she could defeat Trump without one. And Sanders’ gift to her of a modified version of that same slogan was not adopted when it could have won the day; an effective version absent of criticism for Obama’s handling of the economy.

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Performance of U.S. students deteriorating

The U.S. Department of Education has just released it's latest ranking of international education systems (Program for International Student Assessment "PISA") and performance of U.S. students just continues to deteriorate on both absolute and relative terms.

Perhaps it’s time to have a real conversation about the complete failure of "Common Core" and the idiocy of allowing teachers’ unions to hold our children hostage while hiding behind ridiculous contracts that grant tenure after 6 months and make it impossible to fire underperformers. Just a thought for the incoming Trump administration.

The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss summed up the problems nicely:

There are many reasons children aren’t learning anything during the long hours they spend in government schools. Sometimes, their teachers don’t show up to work because they’re out on the teachers union picket line demanding taxpayers pick up the tab for their plastic surgery. Other times, students are forced to sit in classes led by totally unqualified teachers who will never leave because they’re protected by tenure.

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