Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Modernizing Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, officials say.

Families will be able to enter the stadiums in three major cities - Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

It is another move towards giving more freedom to Saudi women, who face strict gender segregation rules, and follows the historic lifting of a driving ban.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is leading a major drive to modernise Saudi society and boost the economy.

Saudi Arabia's sports authority said that preparations would start in the three stadiums so they can be "ready to accommodate families from early 2018".

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On the prowl, Jackpot justice

Legal and scientific ethics seem to have become irrelevant, as anti-chemical agitators, regulators and trial lawyers team up on numerous lawsuits against Monsanto. They’re seeking tens of billions of dollars in jackpot justice, by claiming a chemical in the company’s popular weed killer RoundUp causes cancer.

A key basis for the legal actions is a March 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer ruling that glyphosate is a "probable human carcinogen." A previously little known agency in the World Health Organization (WHO), IARC has gained infamy in recent years as critics slammed it for manipulating data and altering or deleting scientific conclusions to advance extreme anti-chemical policy agendas.

Although it is funded by US and European taxpayers and is at the forefront of controversial policy, legal and regulatory actions IARC insists that its deliberations, emails, draft reports and all other materials are its private property. Therefore, the agency claims, they are exempt from FOIA requests and even US congressional inquiries. IARC stonewalls all inquiries and advises its staff to talk to no one.

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China, growth dynamo?

It is hardly a secret that thanks to nearly $4 trillion (at least) in credit creation in 2017 - more than the rest of the developed world combined - China has been the proverbial (and debt-funded) "growth" dynamo behind the recent period of "coordinated global growth." Unfortunately, much if not all of this was window dressing for the just concluded 19th Communist Party Congress, which in not so many words, made Xi Jinping into a de facto emperor with no apparent or otherwise heirs.

The problem is that with the Congress now over, so is the period of coordinated global growth. Here's why.

As Citi writes, "China’s Party Congress has concluded and Xi Jinping’s position as President has been consolidated. Given there are no standing committee members in their 50s, it suggests there are no apparent heirs for Mr. Xi, opening the door for him to stay on beyond 2022. One of the key questions in the run up to the congress was that once power was consolidated, would China accelerate its economic reforms. We think this is unlikely but do expect a moderation of growth, with data momentum perhaps set to continue to slow at its current pace. Note how China’s MCI tends to lead Citi’s macro data index for China and our MCI is still tightening."

It gets worse.

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Spiraling out of control

As our elected officials in Washington D.C. continue to debate whether or not Trump's proposed border wall would be an effective deterrent to those looking to come to the U.S. illegally, the one thing that is becoming increasingly clear is that Mexico's drug wars are spiraling out of control...a fact that the Trump administration will almost certainly leverage as it seeks additional funding for border security. As PanAmPost notes, Mexico has recorded a staggering 24,000 homicides in 2017 through September with 73% of those murders being tied to organized crime.

2017 might be the most violent year in Mexican history, one NGO claims. Semáforo Delictivo said that, due to the 24,000 homicides between January and September, the year is proving even worse than 2011, when President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs led to 22,000 homicides.

President of the organization, Santiago Roel, said that 73 percent of murders committed in the first eight months of the year were related to organized crime. He said that in 2007, there were 2,828 executions. Now, a decade later, 18,017 have been reported.

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Leftist panties in a twist

The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the largest publishing trade fairs in the world. It routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and has a history stretching back several hundred years. Usually, such events are prosaic affairs between publishers, authors, readers, and an interested public, but this year was different.

The past year has been the year of "nationalism", or the year of the Right more generally. Nationalist movements have been on the upswing from America to Europe and it is frightening the establishment. Nowhere has this shock been more pronounced than in Germany, where leftist hysteria to nationalism resulted in open violence at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

The rise of the AfD has been an international story, but a corollary to this has been the explosion of identitarian ideas on the German intellectual scene. One could trace this revival back to works like Thilo Sarrazin’s Germany Abolishes Itself in 2010, but things reached a whole new level this year with the publication of a slim volume called Finis Germania by identitarian publishing house Verlag Antaios in 2017.

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Much ado about nothing

The Paul Manafort indictment is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective as we have been arguing for three months (see here, here, and here).

Do not be fooled by the "Conspiracy against the United States" heading on Count One (page 23 of the indictment). This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call "the attack on our democracy" (i.e., the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, supposedly in "collusion" with the Trump campaign). Essentially, Manafort and his associate, Richard W. Gates, are charged with (a) conspiring to conceal from the U.S. government about $75 million they made as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine, years before the 2016 election (mainly, from 2006 through 2014), and (b) a money-laundering conspiracy.

There are twelve counts in all, but those are the two major allegations.

The so-called conspiracy against the United States mainly involves Manafort’s and Gates’s alleged failure to file Treasury Department forms required by the Bank Secrecy Act. Specifically, Americans who hold a stake in foreign bank accounts must file what’s known as an "FBAR" (foreign bank account report) in any year in which, at any point, the balance in the account exceeds $10,000. Federal law also requires disclosure of foreign accounts on annual income-tax returns. Manafort and Gates are said to have controlled foreign accounts through which their Ukrainian political-consulting income sluiced, and to have failed to file accurate FBARs and tax returns. In addition, they allegedly failed to register as foreign agents from 2008 through 2014 and made false statements when they belatedly registered.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

U.S. and mass immigration

Sometimes it seems Latin America is on the brink of Mad Max apocalypse. Mexico is nearing state collapse. Oil-rich Venezuela is out of gas, its people reduced to cooking with firewood. Over indoor campfires the starving are roasting rabbits and maybe other pets. Armed motorcycle gangs police the streetshunting rabbit and bushmeat these days in Caracas can be tricky.

Why does our elite think a United States demographically similar to Latin America will be spared the dysfunctions of Mexico and Venezuela? Many, conservatives and liberals alike, believe in the power of the Constitution to transform anyone into an American. Recently Nebraska senator and True Conservative Ben Sasse picked a fight on Twitter to display his anti-racist credentials. He claimed that America’s success is only a result of what he believes to be its Christian "values," and its Constitution. One doesn’t need to be a white nationalist or agree with the aims of Sasse’s opponent Richard Spencer to see this is complete nonsense.

In the United States, third and fourth generation Mexican immigrants today exhibit less desire or ability to assimilate than first generation immigrants, not more. The Hispanic community, as Heather MacDonald has long documented, exhibits abnormally high school dropout rates, illegitimacy, and criminality. The Hispanic "social conservative" is a fantasy of establishment Republican strategists. America’s institutions, values, and Constitution are not enough to fix the social problems of Latin American populations who are here right now, let alone in the future when they will be far greater in number.

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Quote of the day


Who is worse, Marx or Hitler?

Although Karl Marx, not Adolf Hitler, was arguably the most destructive German ever born, Bret Stephens writes in the New York Times that Western intellectuals will go to extreme lengths to deny it.

Why is Marxism still taken seriously on college campuses and in the progressive press? ... These aren’t original questions. But they’re worth asking because so many of today’s progressives remain in a permanent and dangerous state of semi-denial ...

They will insist that there is an essential difference between Nazism and Communism ... balance acknowledgment of the repression and mass murder of Communism with references to its "real advances and achievements."

"They will write about Stalinist playwright Lillian Hellman in tones of sympathy and understanding they never extend to film director Elia Kazan" because Marxism is ostensibly a moral enterprise. However many millions it killed it meant well. The irony of this defense is that the Communist Manifesto argued morality doesn't exist. It was simply a construct of the Party. ...

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Russia conspiracy started by Hillary

Hillary Clinton’s campaign didn’t just pay for the Kremlin-aided smear job on Donald Trump before the election; she continued to use the dirt after the election to frame her humiliating loss as a Russian conspiracy to steal the election.

Bitter to the core, she and her campaign aides hatched a scheme, just 24 hours after conceding the race, to spoon-feed the dirty rumors to an eager liberal media and manufacture the narrative that Russia secretly colluded with her neophyte foe to sabotage her coronation.

But it was Hillary who was trying to kneecap Trump, even after he licked her, fair and square, in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and other blue states.

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Virginia governor's race

With only one exception, the party that holds the presidency has lost the Virginia governor's race since 1977. That exception happened in 2013, leading to all five statewide offices being held by Democrats; it seemed to many that Virginia's growing blue population had stopped the historical trend. In 2017, both history and demographics would point to a Democratic victory in the three statewide offices and in House of Delegates races, but something strange is happening in Virginia.

The Virginia Democratic Party is blowing their shot in spectacular fashion culminating in printing literature which excluded their black lieutenant governor nominee, sending mail comparing Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie to white supremacists in Charlottesville, and even comparing a Latina Republican House of Delegates candidate to a ravenous dog and the Halloween character Jason. Now, a Hampton University poll has Republican nominee Ed Gillespie winning by 8 percent going into the last two weeks.

But things were unraveling, even before this.

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Most likely to be indicted...

The FBI's investigation of Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, includes a keen focus on a series of suspicious wire transfers in which offshore companies linked to Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013.

Much of the money came into the United States.

These transactions which have not been previously reported drew the attention of federal law enforcement officials as far back as 2012, when they began to examine wire transfers to determine if Manafort hid money from tax authorities or helped the Ukrainian regime close to Russian President Vladimir Putin launder some of the millions it plundered through corrupt dealings.

The new revelations come as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is tightening, with reports that an indictment may already have been issued. It is not known if Manafort has been charged, or if he ever will be. Manafort has been the subject of multiple law enforcement and congressional inquiries. A spokesperson for Manafort would not comment for this story about the investigation or any of the specific transactions, but Manafort has previously denied wrongdoing.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Odds and ends

Remember when Obama called ISIS a Junior Varsity organization? Yet he spent several years trying to stamp them out and failed. Trump did the job in about ten months.

Headline....Dow closes over 23,000 but Mark Cuban swore to me the Market would tank if Trump won.

Number of U.S. diplomats who have suffered from sonic attacks in Cuba rises to 24.

Steve Bannon attacks George W. Bush.

Fusion GPS the firm behind the Trump dossier filed for an injunction in a D.C. court on Friday to quash a subpoena for its financial records, according to a source familiar with the investigation. What are they hiding?

Because of the oppressive nature of the Chinese compliant culture, the citizens within China do not innovate or create. The Compliance Mindset is part of the intellectual DNA strain of a Chinese citizen. Broadly speaking, the modern era Chinese are not able to think outside the box per se because the reference of all civil activity has been a history of box control by government, and compliance to stay (think) only within the approved box. The lack of intellectual independent thought-mapping needed for innovation is why China relies on intellectual theft of innovation created by others.

Of all the residential floor space sold in China last year, 18% was purchased by the government. The share could reach 24% this year - an unprecedented government bailout scheme - which is taking place even as Chinese property sales posted their first decline since March 2015.

Headline....Is real purpose of Mueller investigation for Mueller to destroy evidence of Hillary-Obama criminal activity?

Former President Jimmy Carter...."Russians didn't alter election, Obama didn't deliver, We didn't vote for Hillary."

Stephanie McKellop, a graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania who describes herself as a "queer disabled feminist," recently tweeted, "I will always call on my Black women students first. Other persons of color get second tier priority. WW [white women] come next. And, if I have to, white men." McKellop eventually deleted the tweet.

NFL....Several stadiums nearly empty as anthem protest backlash rolls into week 7.

As the Russian interference probe drags on, a new report places Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investments under a microscope. According to 2017 SEC Fillings, Mueller is invested in a hedge fund betting against Gazprom, the state-owned energy giant in Russia.

Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post has called for impeaching President Trump at least 18 times in 10 months, but never called for impeaching Obama in eight years.

Former President Jimmy Carter says the press treats Trump worse than any chief executive in living memory.

The latest subject of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is a Democratic lobbyist and the brother of the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, John Podesta.

Trump haters in liberal cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia will mark the one year anniversary of the president's election day win by 'screaming helplessly at the sky.'

Washington Post says the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for the Trump dossier! This is outrageous! CIA, FBI, DNI all treated it as genuine and legitimate intelligence. The CIA director, John Brennan, admitted it formed the basis of his entire collusion investigation!! And all it turned out to be was opposition research that the Obama administration tried to tell everybody was legitimate intelligence.

Headline....The Global Warming Thought Police Want Climate Skeptics In Jail.

Question of the day....So Hillary spends millions of dollars on political ads, trying to entice you to vote for her. But all the Russians had to do was spend 100 grand on Facebook to "interfere" with the election, and that was enough to convince Americans not to vote for her?

More than 800 people have been shot to death since the Las Vegas Massacre.

Newly released official statistics in Egypt indicate that some 6,000 cases of marriage involving children under 15 years of age, most of them girls, have occurred in the last few years.

The NAACP is warning members of the African-American community about flying with American Airlines following a string of ‘disturbing incidents.’ Issuing an advisory on Tuesday, the civil rights organization suggests a ‘corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias’ is being fostered at the airline...

Headline....Collusion discovered - DNC, Hillary, Comey, and FBI all financed anti-Trump Fusion GPS Dossier Group

Headline....Debbie Wasserman Schultz panics, claims she was unaware DNC funded Russia Dossier

Headline....Obama administration and Democrats created fake Fusion Dossier and then used it to spy on President Trump

Headline....Hillary Paid For It, McCain Delivered It, and Comey Used It To Get A FISA Warrant

Mark Steyn...."Everyone was colluding with Russia except Trump."

The security guard at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas who got shot in the leg by the mass murderer was not a licensed security guard.

The government has agreed to a "very substantial" payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election. However, no IRS employee will face criminal charges.

Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress after stonewalling their attempts to investigate Operation Fast and Furious, when the half-hearted investigation was leading directly to his office. None of the principals behind this murderous plan have ever been held accountable.

Three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn't need any more people and almost half support a ban on Muslim immigration. A survey of more than 2,000 people, by the Australian Population Research Institute, also found 54 per cent want a reduction in the annual migrant intake.

Hillary claims she didn't know about the Dossier, but posted eight tweets related to the Dossier before election.

Headline....Elon Musk is building his $20 billion fortune the old fashioned way, by ripping off taxpayers.

Sex, cocaine, and submarines.

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Sen. McConnell, loser

Andrew Surabian, senior adviser to the Great America Alliance spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Monday regarding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that Steve Bannon and others are "specialists in nominating people that lose."

Surabian blasted McConnell as "the opposite of a fighter," adding, "that’s why he hasn’t been able to pass any of the Trump agenda through the Senate. So, that’s number one."

He continued, "No Senate candidate across the country wants to be associated with Mitch McConnell. Then you have to ask the question, why do these candidates not want to be publicly associated with Mitch McConnell and the reason is because they all know Mitch McConnell is an albatross on their campaigns in the primaries and in the general election."

Mitch McConnell is the most disliked national political figure in the country," said Surabian. He then went on to point out a number of McConnell’s handpicked candidates who have lost elections in recent years.

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Students don't plan on paying loans

The majority of college students ignore the costs of their student loans and more than a third expect taxpayers to cover the tab, according to a new poll.

A poll of college students and recent graduates found that 56 percent of borrowers did not know the interest rates on the loans enabling them to attend college, according to Millennial Personal Finance. Additionally, 21 percent of borrowers believe their grade point average influences how much they will pay for their education and 34 percent of respondents said "the federal government was going to forgive their loans" if they were unable to make payments.

Only 14 percent of those who took out loans are confident they will be able to repay them, according to the survey.

"Many student borrowers struggled to answer basic questions about student loan repayment," the group said. "Expectations are not clear when it comes to student loan repayment."

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Trump Dossier

In what will probably be remembered as a footnote in the Congressional inquiries into the credibility of the infamous "Trump dossier", the mysterious Republican anti-Trump group that retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS during the Republican primary has finally been revealed.

And surprisingly, it wasn't John McCain, the RNC or the Cruz campaign. It was...the Washington Free Beacon? The conservative website reportedly told a Congressional panel that it paid Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump during the primary, but asked it to stop in May 2016 when it became apparent that Trump would be the nominee. The DNC and Clinton campaigns, through lawyer Marc Elias, contracted Fusion to dig into Trump's background in April 2016, which is when the real work that led to the dossier's creation began.

The Free Beacon famously is funded in large part by New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer of Elliott Management Corp. Singer strongly opposed Trump during the primary. The conservative-leaning news website confirmed its relationship with Fusion in a post published Friday night. In the post, the Free Beacon explained that it had withdrawn its financial support before former British spy Christopher Steele was brought on to begin the research that led to the dossier. The Free Beacon also paid to fund opposition research into other candidates besides Trump.

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Indonesia and the U.S.

A trove of newly declassified diplomatic cables reveals a surprising degree of American involvement in a brutal anti-communist purge in Indonesia half-a-century ago.

In Indonesia in October 1965, Suharto, a powerful Indonesian military leader, accused the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) of organizing a brutal coup attempt, following the kidnapping and murder of six high-ranking army officers. Over the months that followed, he oversaw the systematic extermination of up to a million Indonesians for affiliation with the party, or simply for being accused of harboring leftist sympathies. He then took power and ruled as dictator, with U.S. support, until 1998.

This week, the non-profit National Security Archive, along with the National Declassification Center, published a batch of U.S. diplomatic cables covering that dark period. ...

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Friday, October 27, 2017

DNC chairman says Electoral College not part of Constitution

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez incorrectly stated "the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution" during a Tuesday night speech.

"The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution," Perez said during a lecture at Indiana University Law School. "It doesn’t have to be there."

The Electoral College, a mechanism for indirect election of the president created by the Founding Fathers as a compromise between smaller states and larger states, is clearly laid out in Article II of the Constitution: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress."

Perez has previously stated that President Donald Trump "didn't win" last November’s election because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but he has never denied the fact that it is part of the Constitution.

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California statistics

(Califrutopia) Sure, the liberals like to claim California socialism is working by pointing to the much heralded statistic that "California’s economy is the 6th largest in the world" as calculated by the state’s Department of Finance. Indeed, California’s $2.62 trillion economy is larger than that of France, Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Italy. However, that GDP stat does not factor in California’s cost of living, which is 36.2% higher than the national cost of living. As Carson Bruno writes in Real Clear Markets, "using the cost of living adjusted data from the International Monetary Fund and adjusting California’s GDP data provides a better snapshot of California’s economic standing in the world. Doing so shows that California is actually the 12th largest economy - a drop of 6 spots - and actually puts the state below Mexico.

Moreover, as Bruno points out, Silicon Valley "accounted for 50% of California’s private industry real GDP growth." In other words, without a few dozen mega profitable high-tech Silicon Valley firms such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, California’s GDP would be significantly smaller.

However, as economic blogger Richard Rider points out, the aggregate GDP statistic is really not a good indicator of a state’s economic health, especially since one industry appears to be propping up the "6th largest economy" myth. California has over 39 million people, more than any other state, so a far more accurate assessment of its economy, Rider writes, would be per capita GDP as compared to the rest of the country. After adjusting the GDP figures to account for the cost of living (COL), the Golden State ends up with a paltry 37th place ranking within the U.S.A., with a $45,696 per capital GDP. Even rustbelt states, such as Michigan and Ohio, have a higher adjusted per capita GDP. Despite Silicon Valley’s high-tech giants, California barely squeezes past impoverished New Mexico. Rider also reports that when one looks at per capita GDP stats for the rest of the world, California ranks 19th, but those stats don’t factor in the COL data; if they did, California would be even further down the rankings internationally.

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Washed up quarterback gets book deal

Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the US anthem kneel protest move that has become a major controversy, has signed a book deal with Random House worth more than $1 million, according to multiple reports.

The New York Post’s Page Six and NBC Sports Pro Football Talk reported the book deal Tuesday, the Post saying the contract with Random House imprint One World was worth just over $1 million.

Kaepernick was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers last year when he started kneeling during the pre-game playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a way to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice in the wake of several police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March but no team has been willing to sign him, even those in need of quarterbacks due to injury.

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Whites feel discriminated against

A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it," said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, "and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you're white, you don't get it. If you're black, you get it."

More than half of whites 55 percent surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today. Hershman's view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.

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Women should sign up for draft

The Pentagon says the country should stick with mandatory registration for a military draft, and it advocates a requirement for women to sign up for the first time in the nation’s history.

The recommendations are contained in a Defense Department report to Congress that serves as a starting point for a commission examining military, national and public service.

Congress ordered the Pentagon report, and the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness completed it in the early months of the Trump administration.

Currently, only male citizens and residents age 18-25 are required to register, for a pace of about 2 million each year.

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Illegal behind bars for robbing woman in wheelchair

The illegal immigrant whose case turned Massachusetts into a "sanctuary" state is behind bars yet again.
Police say he committed a stunning daylight robbery by taking a wheelchair-bound woman, slapping her and stealing the $2,000 she had just carried out of the bank.

Sreynuon Lunn had been free on the streets of Boston because his home country won’t take him back, leaving immigration officers no choice but to release him under a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

His case gained headlines over the summer when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that state and local authorities could no longer legally hold immigrants for pickup by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Now ICE is trying to decide whether to try again to pick up and deport Lunn, even as he faces local charges from the latest robbery.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Non-muslims have to support Muslims

Rebecca Khodragha no doubt considered these welfare benefits to be her due, in lieu of the jizya that the Qur’an says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is the place of non-Muslims to turn over their funds to the Muslims.

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Qur’an 9:29).

The caliph Umar said the jizya payments from the dhimmis were the source of the Muslims’ livelihood:

"Narrated Juwairiya bin Qudama at-Tamimi: We said to `Umar bin Al-Khattab, ‘O Chief of the believers! Advise us.’ He said, ‘I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Convention (made with the Dhimmis) as it is the convention of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmis.)’" (Bukhari 4.53.388)

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Trainwreck in the making

The U.S. Deepwater Offshore Oil Industry is a trainwreck in the making. The low oil price continues to sack an industry which was booming just a few short years ago. The days of spending billions of dollars to find and produce some of the most technically challenging deep-water oil deposits may be coming to an end sooner then the market realizes.

Drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico hit a peak in 2013 when the price of oil was over $100 a barrel. However, the current number of rigs drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen to only 37% of what it was in 2013. This is undoubtedly bad news for an industry that fetches upward of $600,000 a day for leasing these massive ultra-deepwater rigs.

One of the largest offshore drilling rig companies in the world is Transocean, headquartered in Switzerland. They lease ultra-deepwater rigs all over the globe. When the industry was still strong in 2014, nearly half of Transocean's fleet of 27 ultra-deepwater rigs were leased in the Gulf of Mexico. Even though Transocean was quite busy that year, its ultra-deepwater rig utilization was 89% during the first half of 2014, down from an impressive 95% in 1H 2013.

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Sanctuary cities help criminals

After filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the government watchdog group Judicial Watch was able to obtain documents showing that sanctuary cities (and counties) all across the nation refused to help with 248 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainers on criminal illegal aliens in the first three months of 2017.

"These new documents confirm that sanctuary policies are dangerous and help the worst of the worst criminal element," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.

"The complaints of sanctuary politicians aside," said Fitton, "the Trump administration must catalogue the continued threat to the public safety caused by lawless sanctuary policies."

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in May because the DHS did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act request by the group in April. A court order forced the release of the documents this month.

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Math and unearned privilege

A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate "unearned privilege" among whites.

Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, made the claim in a new anthology for math teachers, arguing that teachers must be aware of the "politics that mathematics brings" in society.

"On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White," Gutierrez argued.

Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that "curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans."

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White nationalism in the military ranks

Nearly one in four troops polled say they have seen examples of white nationalism among their fellow service members, and troops rate it as a larger national security threat than Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new Military Times poll.

The troops were surveyed about one month after white supremacist groups and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Critics of Trump have accused him of emboldening groups who wish to discriminate against minorities, through both his public comments and policies.

Trump has said he opposes racism in all forms.

In the wake of the Charlottesville riot, senior military leaders repeatedly emphasized that threats or discrimination against minorities is against service values. The Military Times poll findings show that the armed forces aren’t exempt from the debate.

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White fragility

Proving once again that leftists who undermine protections for free expression on campus are planting the seeds of their own destruction, an Islamic student at a Canadian university will be investigated for making a remark about "white fragility" that a white male student found insulting.

Masuma Khan is an activist and student government leader at Dalhousie University. Recently, the student government declined to endorse Canada Day due to the country's legacy of colonialismsomething no Canadian should be proud of, according to Khan.

"Be proud of this country? For what, over 400 years of genocide?" she wrote in a social media post, according to CTV News. "I stand by the motion I put forward. I stand by Indigenous students."

She also criticized the "white fragility" of conservative students who wanted Canada Day to be celebrated.

In response, Michael Smith, a graduate student at Dalhousie, "lodged an official complaint with the university." Since Khan sits on the committee that would normally hear such complaints, she has been temporarily removed pending a review of her offensive remark. The review should be completed in a couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Habla ingles?

In California--which with a July 2016 population of 39,250,017 is the nation’s most populous state--44.6 percent of the people five years of age and older do not speak English at home, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau.

At the same time, according to the Census Bureau, 18.6 percent of California residents 5 and older do not speak English "very well."

That ranks California No.1 among the states for the percentage of people in both of these categories.

Nationwide, 21.6 percent speak a language other than English at home and 8.6 percent speak English less than very well.

Texas ranked second for the percentage of residents five and older who do not speak English at home (35.6 percent). New Mexico ranked third (34.5 percent); New Jersey ranked fourth (31.7 percent) and New York ranked fifth (31.0 percent).

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Mark Twain, cocaine kingpin?

Like many boys full of spirit and imagination, Mark Twain was never comfortable in the classroom. Albert Bigelow Paine, his authorized biographer, said Twain "detested school as he detested nothing else on earth," and scholars seem to agree that his formal education ended when he was 12. Upon his father’s death in 1847, Twain’s mother took their mischievous son into the room where the body lay and implored him to be a better boy. "I will promise anything," he said, "if you won’t make me go to school." Twain assured her he would hereafter be industrious and responsible, and forswear alcohol (but not tobacco). Twain’s mother consented. He never darkened a schoolhouse door again, except in later life when he took a daughter off to college or agreed to make an appearance or give a lecture.

But Twain was an avid reader. In 1856, when he was not yet 20, he was working as a typesetter in his older brother Orion Clemens’s new print shop, the Ben Franklin Book and Job Office. This was in Keokuk, Iowa, where there wasn’t much to do but read. Biographer Ron Powers describes Keokuk as a "hotbed of rest." It was there that Twain happened onto William Herndon’s Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon: 1851 1852.

This book made a slam-bang impression. Lieutenant Herndon was a great explorer who, while serving in the U.S. Navy, led an expedition from the headwaters of the Amazon to its mouth, over mountains and through jungles as yet unknown except to the tribes that lived there. Herndon’s 4,000-mile trek was a magnificent adventure, Twain recalled years later, "through the heart of an enchanted land, a land wastefully rich in tropical wonders, a romantic land where all the birds and flowers and animals were of the museum varieties, and where the alligator and the crocodile and the monkey seemed as much at home as if they were in the Zoo."

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Willing participants

With the world's focus falling on Beijing this week, where president Xi Jinping give a glowing account of China's future during the 19th Party Congress, boasting that "the banner of scientific socialism with Chinese characteristics is now flying high and proud for all to see," not all are impressed by China's vision of the world in which China sees itself as increasingly taking over from the US as the world's superpower. And it's not just stories about China's neverending behind the scenes bailouts of anything that may telegraph a hard landing for the economy (as described in "China's Government Is Expected To Buy 24% Of All Residential Real Estate For Sale In 2017"); it's the country's entire financial system, which Kyle Bass has been shorting for nearly two years now but which he has failed to recognize now holds the entire world hostage: if it goes, so does the global financial system, unleashing a worldwide depression the likes of which have not been seen.

Here is Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Mgmt, explaining why everyone is wrong about the $35 trillion Chinese financial system, and yet how Beijing has figured out a way to become a parasite on the global financial system, resulting in an outcome in which "we’re willing participants in our own demise."

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Men who haven't learned

From hard-lefties like Black Panthers and the ‘Dirtbag Left’ to liberals named Clinton and Kennedy and Weinstein, the long line of men who talk one way but behave another.

Thankfully, Harvey Weinstein’s political allies aren’t falling for his shtick of promising to repent and to "channel [his] anger" toward Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. Over the past two weeks, he has been ritually denounced by practically every entertainment industry collaborator and political beneficiary he collected over a remarkable three-decade career in pictures and politics.

Yet Weinstein is just the latest in a long line of men whose left-wing politics coexisted harmoniously with retrograde attitudes about women. In his statement, Weinstein said that he "came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different." Many people scoffed at this explanation, as this was precisely the time when women’s liberation brought workplace sexism to the societal forefront. But Weinstein was right in a way he didn’t comprehend. Ever since second-wave feminism became part of the political left, there have been men who, ostensibly enlightened in the realm of gender relations, are in fact deeply misogynist and believe that their progressive street cred somehow obviates their attitudes about women, attitudes as regressive as those held by the Mad Men-era males who ruled the earth just before the sexual revolution.

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Gender benders

To change one’s gender currently, you need a medical diagnosis and to have lived as your preferred gender for two years. Under new laws, you will simply declare yourself whatever you like. No surgical reassignment. No medical certificate. No hormones. You can live as a man but be recognised as a woman, with access to women’s toilets, changing rooms and refuges.

This is not surprising to anyone who has been paying attention. Last year the BMA advised doctors to call expectant mothers "pregnant people". Refuges have been under pressure to let in male-bodied people. Males claiming to be "non-binary" are showing up at women-only groups. A convicted double rapist was moved to a women’s prison, then segregated for harassment, and sex offender Ian Huntley plans to do the same.

New legislation will make all this easier. It will also undermine the monitoring of sex-based discrimination by obscuring the categories "male" and "female". Sporting bodies will come under more pressure to allow male-bodied "women" into women’s sports.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Confederate statues showing up on private land

New Confederate statues and plaques are appearing across the country, and authorities are powerless to act because many are being built on private land.

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August inspired a wave of revulsion toward monuments honoring the slave-owning Confederacy.

After racist groups gathered in the Virginia college town to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, demonstrators in Durham, North Carolina, reacted by taking down Confederate soldiers' monuments, while authorities in towns and universities across the country removed statues from public land.

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Diversity is a joke

The manufactured and architected call for diversity that rides the western hemisphere like a madman on performance enhancing drugs is a self-contradictive mind game, of which the purpose is nothing but to divide and conquer. They do not want diversity they want us all to think alike.

The focus seems to be on skin color and sex, and that in itself shows how shallow the call is. We are so much more than the bloody color of our skin and what we have under the belt.

They tolerate no diversity of thought, no diversity of feeling, no diversity in free speech and no diversity in understanding and deciphering collective events.

That is what makes this call for diversity a dangerous, misplaced joke that’s tired of laughing; since the promotors of the Diversity War want a single-minded society that pushes people to feel guilty about themselves for being white, for being hetero, for being Christian, and what have we, into a state of: Repressive Tolerance. We see good people now excusing their skin color in public (white), their gender (men), and their spirituality (Christian), since the Diversity War Party has none.

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Swedish no-go zones

Twenty members of the Moderate Party in Sweden have proposed the government deploys the armed forces in some of the country’s most dangerous no-go zones to combat "gang violence".

Sweden is being overtaken by Islamic no-go zones. Moderate Party politician Mikael Cederbratt declared:

"It is absolutely necessary to do something, because these gangs are like cancerous tumours in our country, and it is urgent. My absolute belief is that we, the nation of Sweden, must declare war on criminal gangs.

Jihad Watch reported in June that authorities in Sweden have also admitted that large areas in the country are under Islamic rule and that 150,000 women there undergo FGM.

Sweden is reportedly on the verge of civil war due to its migrant crisis. Its National Police Commissioner, Dan Eliasson, spoke on national television and pleaded for assistance back in June, when he warned that Swedish police (80 percent of which want to quit their jobs) no longer could keep order. He pleaded for help from the military and from any "good force" that could help. Eliasson exclaimed: "Help us, help us!"

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Asians for Black Lives

A student group called "Asians for Black Lives" is turning heads in Texas. The group, which seems to follow the standard principles of the Black Lives Matter movement, breaks the mold in one way their membership.

According to the Asians for Black Lives Facebook account, the group describes themselves as "a space for Asian Americans* as a diverse and pan-ethnic group to gather and navigate issues in our community and beyond, with a special emphasis on solidarity with other communities of color."

Despite the group’s ethnic makeup, the group pushes standard Black Lives Matter talking points and recently held an event on affirmative action.

Asians for Black Lives hosted University of Texas-Austin Associate Professor Eric Tang of the African and African Diaspora Studies department to speak. According to Tang’s faculty profile, his interests include "Racism & Anti-racism; The Poetics of Displacement; Urban unrest; Activist research."

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Trump is unlikely to be implicated in Russia probe

Over the past several weeks, the Russia-related talking points of Democrats and their mainstream media echo chambers have shifted from constantly insisting that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election to focus on a seemingly irrelevant amount of advertising dollars that may have been spent on various social media platforms by people that "may have been connected" to the Kremlin...which, to our understanding, is defined as anyone with their browser language set to Russian.

Alas, as the Washington Examiner points out today, this shift in talking points could finally indicate that Democrats are admitting that there is no 'there' there when it comes to the 'Trump collusion' narrative.

Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with those efforts.

Why the change?

"Because that's where the evidence is going," one lawmaker who follows the matter closely told me in a text exchange. "I mean, things could always change, but that observation is just the reality of the situation right now, as I see it."

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McCain is filthy dirty

New evidence from court documents and intelligence sources combine to show the unthinkable: U.S. Senator John McCain colluded with the FBI and possibly the DNC to sandbag President Donald Trump, before and after the 2016 election.

And McCain is from the same political party as President Trump. Allegedly.

True Pundit broke a story weeks ago that ex-FBI chief James Comey's FBI funded the bogus Trump dossier to the tune of $100K+ with the help of McCain who brokered the deal. The revelations the FBI paid for the dossier were also confirmed by Judicial Watch.

But now court documents and new source Intel raise suspicions that McCain may have chipped in financially with the FBI or privately funded the counterfeit research, either himself or through his shady foundation.

Regardless, the research firm of former spooks Fusion GPS who commissioned the problematic report could have been paid for the same report by the multiple entities....

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Beware of Robert Mueller

The fabricated "Russian collusion" meme, cooked up by a bitter and vindictive Hillary Clinton after her stunning and thoroughly deserved loss in last fall's presidential election, is likely to have no end other than soiling many, many reputations:

Is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appointed in mid-May to lead the investigation into suspected ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and various shady (aren’t they all?) Russian officials, the choirboy that he’s being touted to be, or is he more akin to a modern-day Tomas de Torquemada, the Castilian Dominican friar who was the first Grand Inquisitor in the 15th Century Spanish Inquisition?

Given the rampant media partisanship since the election, one would think that Mueller’s appointment would lend credibility to the hunt for violations of law by candidate, now President Trump and his minions. But I have known Mueller during key moments of his career as a federal prosecutor. My experience has taught me to approach whatever he does in the Trump investigation with a requisite degree of skepticism or, at the very least, extreme caution.

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Straw that's breaking the back

The issue of immigration has become the occasion for deciding the most practical and perennial of issues: who rules? Americans know that Europe’s un-sustainable socio-economic modelbureaucratized economies, social welfare, and demographic declineis a warning to us.

Increasingly, we have imitated that model, assuming that the decline would be slow and graceful. But Europe’s crisis, and ours, has always been far less socio-economic than civilizational. That is why mass migration into Euro-American civilizationespecially people from the Muslim world who neither share in nor sympathize with that civilizationis accelerating the crisis. Confidence in the future is being replaced by the sense that living as before will be impossible.

More and more, people have reacted by voting against the elites responsible for socio-economic management and for migration. But elites on both sides of the Atlantic have not changed course. They justify their resistance to popular sentiment by applying invidious labels to the voters who reject them. Each side’s denial of the other’s legitimacy is collapsing the socio-political legitimacy of modern democracy. This ensures that whatever changes in Euro-American civilization may take hold will include revolutionary political events.

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So who's calling for censorship?

Matt Ridley’s fine recent Times column was hardly the first to raise the alarm about the pseudo-Soviet intolerance of the left emerging from university campuses. Yet he began with arresting statistics: ‘38 per cent of Britons and 70 per cent of Germans think the government should be able to prevent speech that is offensive to minorities.’ Given that any populace can be subdivided into a veritably infinite number of minorities, with equally infinite sensitivities, the perceived bruising of which we only encourage, pretty soon none of us may be allowed to say an ever-loving thing.

We won’t rehash the whole trigger warning/safe spaces nonsense. But I am baffled by what seems a broad millennial distrust in, if not militant opposition to, freedom of speech now disastrously disparaged as a dastardly ploy of the far right, which has happily co-opted the battle cry. Let’s not let Milo Yiannopoulos own it.

I grew up in America in the 1960s when, sure, we had our own nonsense. But back then, defending the First Amendment was a left-wing cause, and we mutinous youth exercised our freedom of speech like a motherfucker. We marched against the war, dared to use profanity in the days it still sounded dirty, burned the flag, refused to get married just to have sex, and lobbied against prudish censorship laws. We danced naked on stage and sneaked into Deep Throat under-age. We wanted to do and say whatever we bloody well wanted. For the young, struggling from cultural straitjackets seems normal to me. Struggling into one doesn’t.

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Big spending GOP

Real federal spending in fiscal 2017, which ended on Sept. 30, was higher than in any year in the history of the United States other than fiscal 2009, which was the year that President Barack Obama’s $840 billion stimulus law was enacted.

Fiscal 2017 also saw the second highest real federal individual income tax totals of any year in U.S. history, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Total federal tax revenues were the third highest in U.S. history.

While it was collecting the third highest total tax revenues in U.S. history, the federal government ran a deficit $665,712,000,000 because of its high total spending.

Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives since 2011, after winning a majority of seats in the 2010 election. They have controlled the Senate since 2015, after winning a majority in the 2014 election. In fiscal years 2016 and 2017, a Congress in which the Republican Party controls both houses was responsible for enacting all federal spending legislation.

Total federal spending in fiscal 2017, according to the Treasury, was $3,980,605,000,000.

Total federal tax revenue was $3,314,893,000,000.

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Tesla moving to cheap, temporary contract labor

Just last week, amid their Model 3 "production hell," Tesla shocked the auto world with news that they would be firing hundreds of workers. Of course, firing seasoned production staff is somewhat atypical for a 'growing' company (shrinking cash flow aside) that was already having difficulty meeting their own production schedule. Of course, the irony was apparently 'lost' on Tesla who tried to dismiss the mass firings as "performance-based terminations." Per Capital and Main:
Tesla announced the firings, which are reportedly still continuing, last week. Though no official number of terminations would be given, estimates range from 400 to 1,200. The company did not give advance notice under the WARN Act because, it insisted, they were performance-based terminations, not layoffs. "Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved during the performance period," said a Tesla spokesperson in an emailed statement. "As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures."
As it turns out, we're not the only ones who were surprised by Tesla's mass termination event as laid off workers are now coming forward to say the decision was nothing more than an attempt to break up unionization efforts at the company's Fremont, CA plant and replace seasoned employees with cheap, temporary contract labor.

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The Jon Stewart of Egypt

Bassem Youssef, known as the Jon Stewart of Egypt, hosted the most popular television show in the history of the Arab world. A heart surgeon by training, he was inspired by the Daily Show frontman to start a weekly YouTube series in 2011, just as the Arab Spring was getting underway. He taped it from his laundry room.

Called Al-Bernameg, which means The Show, its audience grew to 30 million per episode. The "value of satire," Youssef says, "is that it humanizes people in power"those "considered holy."

Youssef's downfall began with a viral segment mocking President Mohamed Morsi's hat in 2013. In March, a warrant was issued for his arrest for insulting the president and Islam. So Youssef offered to turn himself inwearing his Morsi hat. Though he was released on bail, it was the beginning of the end. Three months later, the military deposed and jailed Morsi, dissolved the constitution, and silenced the critical press. General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi became the new ruler of Egypt, and his regime didn't take kindly to mockery.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Odds and ends

Today, one out of six people on Earth live in Africa. Projections predict that the proportion will be one in four in 2050 and more than one in three by 2100.

During the apartheid era, black activists used to kill traitors and enemies by "necklacing" them. An old tire was put around the victim’s neck, filled with gasoline, andbut it is best to let an eye-witness describe what happened next: The petrol-filled tyre is jammed on your shoulders and a lighter is placed within reach . . . . Your fingers are broken, needles are pushed up your nose and you are tortured until you put the lighter to the petrol yourself.

Over the past 40 years, while the number of guns in private hands has doubled, the murder rate has dropped by half.

Karma? Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone two weeks after telling fans to protest during National Anthem.

Larry Flynt, the founder and publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of President Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported last Friday that Tesla has recently been building major portions of the Model 3 by hand. This comes less than a week after Tesla announced it fell short of its 3rd quarter production guidance of 1,500 cars by more than 80%.

Unbelievable fact....Some 60 million people died in World War II.

Yawn. It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of US atomic resources yet still OK’d that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium.

The man poised to lead the Czech Republic following elections this week, Andrej Babis, is a polarizing billionaire who vows to drain the swamp of this capital city’s politics, run his country like a business and keep out Muslim immigrants.

The tables have turned and what was once the media’s favorite message President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election has now grown silent. Apparently, it’s Bill and Hillary Clinton who’ve been doing the behind-scenes and suspicious dealings with Russia all along. Oh, and perhaps others in the Barack Obama administration, too. You think special counsel Robert Mueller might switch the target of his investigation any time soon?

Samantha Power claims other Obama minions pretending to be her made unmasking requests in her name.

Ayatollah Khomeini...."There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."

Headline....Trump defeats ISIS in months, after years of excuses from Obama.

George Soros has transferred $18 billion to his Open Society Foundation.

Marilyn Manson hates Justin Bieber, calls him a "girl" with the mind of a squirrel.

Headline....School replaces Halloween parade with 'Black and Orange Day'

Poll....Half the country believes the media makes up stories to hurt Trump.

Remember the Gulf of Mexico blowout? From April through July 2010 the blowout spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels (barrel = 42 gallons) of oil into the Gulf. By August most of the oil was gone...either recovered by clean up procedures, evaporation, burning, and/or consumed by microbes.

Truism....When dangerous jobs become routine, corners get cut, people become complacent and a sense of impunity sets in.

Rush Limbaugh....A political opposition research firm based in Washington hired by the Democrats was instrumental in creating this phony, totally made up dossier. Now, it turns out they've used this to go get a FISA warrant...to spy on Trump.

Headline....Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a "kind of paganism."

Wouldn't it be cool if someone devoted a website to crime by NFL players?

The entire Clinton donor list from all years of campaigning by Bill and Hillary was 2.3 million donors. Donald Trump gained 2.1 million donors in just 90 days during 2016.

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Why do the powers-that-be love open borders?

One of the great unanswered question of our age is why Western rulers are obsessed with importing tens of millions of unassimilable foreigners into their lands. In the US, the conventional wisdom among immigration patriots is that one side of the political class wants cheap votes, while the other side wants cheap labor. In Europe, the theories range from female hysteria to poorly conceived economics. The one common thread is that across the West, the ruling elites appear to be trying to crash their cultures.

The trouble with these reductionist theories is they don’t make much sense at the individual level, so they can’t very well scale up. For example, the cheap labor argument does not hold up very well when you examine it. Helot labor is great for the business owner, just as long as he is the only guy doing it. When every landscaper is using Aztec workers, there’s little benefit to the landscaping companies. That’s not to say there is no benefit, but does it warrant the suicidal drive to import Mexico into the US?

In Europe, the cheap labor argument makes less sense. Depending upon who is counting, between 80% and 90% of migrants are on public assistance. Even if these migrants wanted to work, there is little demand for low-IQ unskilled workers. Even if there was some demand, the labor laws in Europe would make it impossible to hire them. One of the vexing problems the Euros have are restricted labor markets, that prevent the sort of labor mobility we have in the US. There’s just little demand for cheap foreign labor.

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Zoomies are the most politically correct

For almost thirty years I called on military installations all over the United States as a health care marketer. Something I learned in that time is that each of the services has its own culture, with the Army being the most relaxed and receptive to new ideas, the Navy being somewhere in the middle, and the United States Air Force acting as if it had a permanent stick up its derrière. These last were sticklers for operating strictly by the rules and regs and resistant to change, even though such change might benefit their troops. I remember asking an older rep who'd called on them for decades about this and being told, "Who knows, son? It's just the way they've always been."

That is precisely why I have been amazed to see how rapidly and thoroughly the Air Force has seemingly succumbed to the leftist groupthink processes of political correctness. I was reminded of this by an article at Townhall by Todd Starnes relating just how thoroughly the zoomies have been infected with all the liberal leftist nonsense about race, gender, and sexual orientation. It seems that a very high-performing officer, Colonel Leland Bohannon, a pilot with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan and enough of the right stuff to be a candidate for a general's star, has run afoul of the P.C. rules and now faces disgrace and dishonor.

So just what ghastly thing did Col. Bohannon do that merits the total destruction of his honorable and admirable career?

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78 is cold for some people

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a detainer request on the Sonoma County Jail for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Wine Country fires that have killed at least 40 residents.

Breitbart News reported earlier this week that Sonoma County Sheriffs had arrested Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, 29, at Maxwell Regional Park in Sonoma County after a series of reports of ongoing fires in the region. Mr. Gonzalez was observed around 3:00 p.m. PDT wearing a jacket and walking "out of the creek area and a plume of smoke behind him," according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Mr. Gonzalez, who is homeless and reportedly known by law enforcement to have been living under a nearby bridge, claimed he was cold and had lit the fire to stay warm. But it was a balmy 78 degrees when he and the plume of smoke were first observed.

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Ireland honors Che

Among the many things the Irish (especially in the U.S.) are NOT infamous for is their dim-wittedness, party-poopery and cowardice.

Yet Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ernest "Che" Guevara’s death last week by issuing a commemorative postage stamp bearing the terrorist mass-murderer’s famous picture.

Che Guevara’s first decree when his "rebels" captured the town of Sancti Spiritus in central Cuba during the last days of the skirmishing against Batista’s army outlawed alcohol, gambling and regulated relations between the sexesconditions not exactly conducive to a festive St Paddy’s Day. Popular outcry and Fidel’s sharp political sense made Ireland’s new hero grudgingly rescind his order.

"I have no home, no woman, no parents, no brothers and no friends," wrote this new hero of Ireland in his diaries. "My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically." Luckily Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan’s joint St Paddy’s Day festivities did not fall under Che Guevara’s jurisdiction.

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Violence on cops

The FBI has released some sobering numbers on violence experienced by law enforcement officers. In 2016, over 57,000 officers were assaulted while on duty and 118 died. That’s up 37% from 2015 when 86 officers died in the line of duty.

In total, 66 police officers were murdered last year. Here's the breakdown:
17 officers were killed in ambush situations, a macabre byproduct of the Black Lives Matter movement.
13 officers who died had responded to disturbance calls.
9 officers died as a result of investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
9 officers died as a result of arrest situations.
6 officers were killed as a result of tactical situations (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.).
5 officers were conducting investigative activities (surveillance, search, interview, etc.).
4 officers were fatally injured during traffic pursuits/stops.
3 officers were killed in unprovoked attacks.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Rant seen in a San Francisco newspaper

W is a worthless piece of crap.

Long time Repub P. Buchanan left the party in 2000 because of W and his wars, open borders and loss of jobs for Americans--citizens and legal immigrants

Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) walked into the Pentagon a few weeks after 9/11, where he was told that W and his neo-con criminals had plans for US forces to go into 7 countries in 5 years.

W did not prosecute and incarcerate any of the thousands of criminals in the Subprime Mortgage Scandals (2007 to 2013); in fact, his criminal Repugs in the House and Senate prevented states' attorneys general in 2007 and 2008 from going after them. His father HW sent to federal slammers from nearly 900 (Sen. Warren, Apr 7, 2014) to more than 1,700 ( WAPO, Sep 11, 2015) criminals to the federal slammers between 1988 and 1992 during the Savings and Loan Scandals. W is a conniving criminal.

W and Weak, Sorry Jeb are integral, self-serving alligators of the Wash. DC swamp. They will say and do anything to protect and preserve the rotten, swamp Repugs that Trump and Bannon want to drown or get 'em outta there ! ! !

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Defaulting on student loans

Black students who started college in 2003 had a 50-50 chance of defaulting on their federal student loans, according to a new analysis of government data a virtual coin-flip of default that stands in stark contrast with a 21% default rate for white borrowers.

A staggering 75% of black students who attended for-profit colleges had defaulted on their student loans by 2015, according to the analysis by the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The analysis is based on first-of-its-kind data from the government, released earlier this month, that breaks down long-term student loan defaults and repayment by race.

"I don't think there's an overall student loan crisis," said Ben Miller, the director of postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress. "But when you look at this data, that's a crisis for African-American borrowers."

Twelve years after entering college, the analysis found, the median black borrower had not paid down a single dollar of their student loan balance. In fact, because of swelling interest, they owed 113% of what they'd originally borrowed a number that was just 65% among white borrowers.

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Beat your wife without leaving marks, as a last resort, of course

Islamic apologists in the West routinely claim that Islam doesn’t condone wife-beating. Yet here is a Muslim cleric who didn’t get the memo.

"‘Beat her in a way that doesn’t turn her skin red’: Visiting Islamic preacher from Iran tells Sydney mosque audience it’s OK for a husband to bash his wife," by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, October 17, 2017:

A visiting Islamic preacher from Iran told a Sydney mosque it is okay for a husband to beat his wife as long as he doesn’t leave any red marks.

Sheikh Taleb al-Khozaei, a Shia cleric aligned with the Iranian theocracy, was a guest lecturer at the Hussainayet Ale Yassin Mosque at Sefton, in Sydney’s west.

In an Arabic language sermon, he said it was permissible for husbands to lightly beat their wives ‘as a last resort’ if they had been disobedient.

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Ex-slave became Chief of Crow Nation

Venturing into the vastness of the Rocky Mountains was a dangerous thing to do when the fur trade began to flourish. Although the number of those who dared to accept the risky challenge and became fur trappers, better known as "mountain men," was quite small, over the decades quite a few have become the stuff of American legend.

Stories of the adventures and bravery of these unrivaled outdoorsmen who left their mark on the frontier have become an essential part of American folklore, literature, and history, serving as an inspiration for numerous novels, movies, and documentaries.

We have all heard stories about Hugh Glass, whose life as a frontiersman, fur trapper, trader, and explorer inspired Iñárritu’s The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He is perhaps the most famous mountain man, but there were many others who spent years of their lives face to face with death while working as fur trappers on the American frontier.

One such individual was James Pierson Beckwourth, who was among the first African-American explorers and frontiersmen of the West.Beckwourth’s story certainly does not lack for adventure and it is thanks to the fact that he narrated it to Thomas D. Bonner, who then wrote The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth: Mountaineer, Scout and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians, that he distinguished himself as an icon of his era, inspiring countless other wilderness explorers and adventurers.

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Who is integrating whom?

Late this summer, Nadine Langer took her six-year old to her first day at school. The girl was one of two German children in her class, she said, amid 20, mostly Syrian, refugees.

"I am not against foreigners," said Ms. Langer, 41. "But there is a point where we have to wonder who is integrating whom."

Germany's 2015 refugee crisis has largely disappeared from the headlines. But in this and other midsize towns, it is continuing to unfold, putting communities under stress, pressuring local coffers and feeding concerns about safety, jobs and the quality of education.

Some 140,000 asylum seekers have entered Germany so far this yeara sharp drop from the 1.2 million who arrived in the past two years. But in places such as Salzgitter there is a sense that the government, having housed and fed the newcomers, is failing in the longer-term effort to integrate them in German society.

This unease, pollsters say, boosted the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany at last month’s election, making it the first far-right party to enter parliament in half a century. This shock means immigration will loom large when Chancellor Angela Merkel kicks off negotiations on Wednesday to form a three-party ruling coalition.

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Flamethrower guy arrested

Corey Long, the black man who wielded an improvised flamethrower against white nationalists two months ago at a violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va.an incident captured in a photo that went viralhas become the second black counterprotester in two days to be arrested in relation to the rally.

Charlottesville police investigators arrested Long, 23, of Culpeper, Va., Friday on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct a move that is likely to draw strong criticism from anti-racism advocates who have accused law enforcement of not acting swiftly enough to quell the violence that broke out during the August rally or to arrest a group of white men who were videotaped beating another black counterprotester, DeAndre Harris.

Lt. Stephen Upman, a Charlottesville police spokesman, said the disorderly conduct charge is related to the makeshift flamethrower and the assault and battery charge is related to a separate skirmish during the rally.

A series of confrontations took place in Charlottesville Aug. 12 when hundreds of white supremacists gathered for a Unite the Right rally to protest the city’s plan to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FBI finds tarmac documents it couldn't find before

In the wake of new discoveries made by Judicial Watch, the level of deceit and outright pretense displayed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is almost too extensive to believe. Apparently, after being caught in a lie concerning documents about the shady tarmac meeting last year, the agency has now "fessed up" and said that there are at least 30 records. The disclosure points to clear evidence that the government agency is highly corrupt.

After making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests back in July concerning Benghazi, Hillary’s private email server, and a strange meeting on the Tarmac by Slick Willie and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Judicial Watch was originally told there were no such documents. The FBI said they looked, but couldn’t find a single record related to the tarmac meeting.

However, JW didn’t give up. A separate Justice Department investigation into a related case located emails concerning the tarmac meeting. The Department wrote that they had communicated with the FBI, so on August 10, the FBI retracted the original denial, writing, "Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist. As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened …"

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Black separatism

American Renaissance, the self-styled "race realists" that count Richard Spencer among their ranks, on Friday re-tweeted Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan in support.

Farrakhan’s tweet advised black people to "be more convinced that it is time for us to separate and build a nation of our own."

Retweeting Farrakhan, the white supremacist foundation said his sentiment is an example of "the sort of self-determination we and the broader Alt-Right support."

"Would you like to discuss this in a public forum?" American Renaissance asked of the controversial Nation of Islam founder.

Shortly after American Renaissance offered their support, Spencer joined in, saying he too is "open to a real dialogue."

Right-wingers have a history of support for Farrakhan’s message of black separatism and many share his virulent anti-Semitism as well. Farrakhan has been on Alex Jones' InfoWars show, where he praised then-candidate Donald Trump’s plans for a "Muslim ban" because it united Muslims around a common enemy. Jones, at the time, called Farrakhan "the second most influential black man in the world."

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Lots of coincidences here

When Amanda Riley arrived at Minute Maid Park for Game 1 of the Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series, she couldn't contain her tears.

"We walk in, and all I'm seeing are families and dads holding their sons up," Riley said. "The whole time all I could think about was that we're there as a family, too, but we're missing one."

Four weeks earlier, 15-year-old Cade Riley - Amanda and Mike Riley's oldest son - died in an all-terrain vehicle accident on a trail near the family's home in Liberty Hill.

Since then, Amanda, Mike and their son Carson had trouble finding the motivation to leave the house as a family.

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Fake hate crime of the week

Court records show the man accused of spray-painting a swastika inside a residence hall at the University of Maryland in September is African American.

Students were surprised to learn someone who is a member of a race which has been historically oppressed is accused of the hate-related incident.

"I guess it proves that you don't have to be a certain race to hate people, but I mean, it's just you would think that someone, especially from a race that has been subjected to hate before, you would think why would you want to reciprocate that to somebody else," said student Abby Gorun.

University of Maryland police say 52-year-old Ronald Alford Sr. was served a criminal summons on Thursday and faces several charges including destruction of property and disturbing the operations of a school. Alford will not be allowed back on campus.

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Sea levels are FALLING

Al Gore said in 2006 that the sea levels would rise by as much as 20 feet in the near future. The man who made hundreds of millions of dollars pushing the most extreme form of climate hysteria, was wrong again. It is a fact sea levels fell in 2016 and from January to now, they fell.

Despite the claims of global warming alarmists that sea level rise will put major coastal cities under water in a few short years, NASA put up a chart confirming sea levels are actually falling around the globe.

Posted at NASA’s Global Climate Change page in it’s "Vital Signs" section on sea level, the charts show the falling sea levels.

On a NASA page intended to spread climate alarmism, NASA’s own data reveals that worldwide ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years, dropping from a variation of roughly 87.5mm to below 85mm.

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California, the sanctuary state

Citizenship matters. Throughout American history, tens of millions of immigrants have set out for our country seeking to become Americans.

By enacting Senate Bill 54 and declaring California a "sanctuary state," Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and liberal Sacramento politicians are draining citizenship of meaning and making a mockery of that history and those aspirations. They have taken a knee to the demands of identity politics declaring illegal immigrants a protected class and ordering state and local law enforcement to provide them with special protection.

SB 54 exposes the massive disconnect between the radical priorities of the liberal political elites and the everyday concerns of average Californians. Californians want better schools, safer neighborhoods, less traffic, more affordable housing, and more jobs. The liberal politicians running the state and supporting SB 54 want to appease their radical base.

This is a public safety issue. There are an estimated 1-2 million criminal illegal immigrants in the United States. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, undocumented immigrants are just 3.5 percent of the U.S. population but account for 37.6 percent of federal sentences and 13.6 percent of all criminal offenders nationwide. Illegal immigrants comprise 12 percent of murder sentences, 20 percent of kidnapping sentences, and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NSA giving away its secrets

The Wall Street Journal just published an incendiary article that says hackers working for the Russian government stole confidential material from a National Security Agency contractor's home computer after identifying files though the contractor's use of antivirus software from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

The report may well be true, but, for now, there's no way to independently confirm it. The report is based on unnamed people the publication says had knowledge of the matter, and it provides no evidence to support its claim. What's more, the lack of detail leaves open the possibility that, even if Kaspersky's AV did help Russia home in on the highly sensitive code and documents, the disclosure was the inadvertent result of a software bug, and no one from Kaspersky Lab cooperated with the attackers in any way. Also lost in the focus on Kaspersky Lab is the startling revelation that yet another NSA insider managed to sneak classified material outside of the NSA's network and put it on an unsecured computer. More of this analysis will follow.

First, here's a summary of what the WSJ reported.

The unnamed contractor removed the material from the NSA and stored it on a home computer that ran a version of Kaspersky AV. The material, according to the unnamed sources, included "details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying, and how it defends networks inside the US." Sometime in 2015, the material was stolen by Russia-sponsored hackers who "appear to have targeted the contractor after identifying the files through the contractor's use" of the Kaspersky AV. The breach was discovered in the first three months of 2016.

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