Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rural Americans are threat to democracy

Joy Reid has the nerve to be arrogant and stupid simultaneously. But, like a lot of Libs, she lives in a delusion that she's actually an intelligent person.

Fox News reports MSNBC host Joy Reid thinks that rural Americans are "the core threat to our democracy" and pointed to a series of tweets by liberal author Jared Yates Sexton that claimed Trump supporters "do not believe in the Constitution or any founding principles unless they're advantageous" as proof of her far-left theory.

"By 2040, about 70% of Americans are expected to live in the 15 largest states. They will have only 30 senators representing them, while the remaining 30% of Americans will have 70 senators representing them," MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted over the weekend.

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Big Sugar

Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends.

More than four decades ago, a study in rats funded by the sugar industry found evidence linking the sweetener to heart disease and bladder cancer, the paper trail investigation reports.

The results of that study were never made public.

Instead, the sugar industry pulled the plug on the study and buried the evidence, said senior researcher Stanton Glantz. He is a professor of medicine and director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Glantz likened this to suppressed Big Tobacco internal research linking smoking with heart disease and cancer.

"This was an experiment that produced evidence that contradicted the scientific position of the sugar industry," Glantz said. "It certainly would have contributed to increasing our understanding of the cardiovascular risk associated with eating a lot of sugar, and they didn't want that."

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Quote of the day

Nuisances to society

What gives Gene Dattel’s Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure its special power is that, even after its bracingly original and thoroughly researched account of the racism of the abolitionist North from the late 18th century until long after the Civil War, the book nevertheless does not shrink from laying the ills of today’s black American underclass not at the door of a painful history, with ample blame for northern as well as southern whites, but squarely at the feet of black Americans themselves. Yes, shameful, deeply shameful, were slavery, Jim Crow, and northern racism, and who can doubt that they left grievous scars? Still, America fought a war to end the evil institution, had a civil-rights movement to try to erase its malign remnants, and spent decades on affirmative action and other nostrums to expunge even the faintest remaining traces. Whatever white Americans could do to atone for and repair the damage they caused, they have done, as much as imperfect humans in an imperfect world can do. Now, Dattel argues, it’s up to black Americans to save themselves.

The most surprising part of the book is Dattel’s documentation of the racism of northern abolitionists. As early as the 1790s, about a decade after Massachusetts had abolished slavery and while Connecticut was in the midst of its gradual abolition, the white townspeople of Salem and New Haven fretted that the movement of blacks into their neighborhoods would crash property values by up to 50 percent. Nor did Yankees make any distinction between free-born blacks and freed slaves, as an 1800 survey by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences found. Yale president Timothy Dwight, who sponsored the survey with lexicographer Noah Webster, summed up its consensus on the state’s blacks: "Uneducated to principles of morality, or to habits of industry . . . they labor only to gratify gross and vulgar appetites. Accordingly, many of them are thieves, liars, profane drunkards, Sabbath-breakers, quarrelsome, idle." New Haven’s freedmen, Dwight expanded a decade later, "are, generally, neither able, nor inclined to make their freedom a blessing to themselves" and end up as "nuisances to society." Little wonder, given such attitudes, that as white immigrants crowded into the new nation, employers preferred them to native blacks, left with mostly menial jobs as domestic servants, chimney sweeps, washerwomen, and outhouse cleaners.

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Some people are never happy

This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featured the most diverse range of models ever seen on its fabled catwalk.

But it still wasn’t enough for South Sudanese-born Australian beauty Ajak Deng, who believes the brand should do better.

The 27-year-old said the famous fashion show is ‘on the right track’ but could do more to recruit people of different cultural backgrounds, as well as different body types.

‘I think it can be better,’ Ajak told Yahoo7 Be.

‘It would’ve been nice to see Ashley Graham in there, that’s my kind of diversity,’ she added, referring to the American plus-size model.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Black business owners want your business

As consumers invest hours and hours of searching for the best deals on holiday gifts for their loved ones, black business owners are asking consumers to invest that same time and money with them.

‘Buying black,’ said black business owners, is an investment not just for the businesses, but the entire black community.

"Black business owners have their ear to the street. They pour into the communities in which they reside," Eldredge E. Washington, co-founder of Spendefy, told NBC News. "They play a role in building the communities in which they reside. By supporting them the way we do, we help to empower them."

Washington and his friend Antwon Davis, created Spendefy two years ago to help small black businesses achieve success by providing them with resources needed to be successful.

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Battle of the Wabash

When Americans read or hear about the Indian Wars, they are exposed to the familiar names like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and George Armstrong Custer and his demise at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. Little is known of the worst disaster experienced by the U.S. Army at the hands of Native Americans, which occurred eighty-five years prior to Custer’s last stand. It was a defeat that greatly overshadowed Little Big Horn not only in terms of casualties and brutality, but also in the consequences that resulted from the debacle. The Battle of the Wabash, also known as St. Clair’s Defeat, named after the expedition’s leader, Major General Arthur St. Clair, occurred on 4 November 1791, and was one of the first tests of the fledgling U.S. Army of the Early Republic.

Only two years after the ratification of the Constitution, the United States faced a challenge to its authority by the tribes of the Old Northwest Territory, an area which included present-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota. Indian tribes were attacking American settlers at the encouragement of British agents from Canada and British troops still occupying various installationsa direct violation of the peace treaty that ended the Revolutionary War.

Prior to the Battle of Wabash, President George Washington had dispatched another expedition led by Brigadier General Josiah Harmar to quell the Miami raids, which were led by the Miami chief, Little Turtle. Faced with supply shortages and poor military planning, Harmar was soundly defeated by the Miamis and forced to withdraw.

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Western Europe surrendering to Islam

Next month, I will be visiting Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. I have been invited to speak to a group of Czech patriots. The Czechs are a freedom loving people. In 2011, on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, they named a street in Prague after this great American president and freedom fighter.

This fact reminded me of a shameful event in my home town of The Hague, the seat of the Dutch Parliament and the government of the Netherlands. Look for a Ronald Reagan Street in The Hague and you will find none. A proposal in 2011 to name a street in The Hague after Reagan ran into fierce political opposition. Leftist parties, such as Labor, the Greens and the liberal D66 party, argued that naming a street in honor of Reagan would "do the image of the city no good." The whole affair ended in a disgraceful political compromise. Last year, a short stretch of a local bicycle path was named the "Reagan and Gorbachev Lane".

This anecdote is indicative of the difference between East and West in Europe. We can see the same difference in the attitude of their ruling elites towards Islam, the new totalitarianism that is threatening Europe today. In the East, political leaders oppose Islam; in the West, they surrender.

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Tarmac documents found after being "overlooked" the first time

Back on June 29, 2016, Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, tried to convince us that the following 'impromptu' meeting between herself and Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport, a private meeting which lasted 30 minutes on Lynch's private plane, was mostly a "social meeting" in which Bill talked about his grandchildren and golf game. It was not, under any circumstances, related to the statement that former FBI Director James Comey made just 6 days later clearing Hillary Clinton of any alleged crimes related to his agency's investigation.

Not surprisingly, following the above media clip several concerned watchdog groups filed FOIA requests seeking any and all DOJ and/or FBI documents related to what was either (i) a really poorly timed meeting, in the best case, or (ii) a clear attempt by a former President of the United States to apply leverage over the current Attorney General to obstruct justice and get his wife elected President, in the worst case.

After originally being told by the FBI there were no documents to produce in response to their July 2016 FOIA request, Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton was subsequently told in October 2017 that the FBI had simply overlooked 30 pages worth of relevant docs...30 pages which Fitton now says will mark the "beginning of the end" of the DOJ's "cover-up" when they're released this Thursday.

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Taxes could trigger mass exodus from New York City

New York's billionaire hedge fund managers have blazed the trail south in recent years with the likes of David Tepper, Paul Tudor Jones and Eddie Lampert all ditching the Empire State for Florida...a state which brings not only pristine beaches and year-round golf weather but also the added benefit of a 0% personal income tax rate.

Meanwhile, as Bloomberg once again points out this morning, the decision to ditch the over-taxed states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be even easier if Trump's tax plan succeeds in eliminating the state and local income tax deduction...a deduction which could cost a New Yorker making $1,000,000 a year a cool $21,000 in extra taxes.

The problem for the Connecticut hedge-fund set -- and, more broadly, for a lot of the Wall Street crowd -- is that Republican proposals in both the House and Senate would drive up taxes for many high-earners in the New York City area. By eliminating the deduction for most state and local taxes, an individual making a yearly salary of $1,000,000 -- a figure not uncommon in the financial industry -- would owe the Internal Revenue Service an additional $21,000, according to a preliminary analysis by accounting firm Marcum LLP.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Flynn indictment coming?

The mainstream narrative is that squeaky-clean special prosecutor Robert Mueller is going to indict Trump’s one-time foreign policy advisor Michael Flynn because Flynn is in the pocket of the Russians and the Turks.

But the truth might be totally different …

After all, Flynn’s meeting with Russian diplomats was completely normal, according to a prominent U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

So why is Mueller really going after Flynn?

When Flynn was head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and afterwards, he blew the whistle on the U.S. and its allies willfully allowing Islamic terrorists to flourish in Syria.

That didn’t ingratiate him with the Deep State …

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Renewable energy, fail

We have spent the last two centuries getting off renewables because they were mostly weak, costly and unreliable. Half a century ago, in 1966, the world got 15.6% of its energy from renewables. Today (2016) we still get less of our energy at 13.8%.

With our concern for global warming, we are ramping up the use of renewables. The mainstream reporting lets you believe that renewables are just about to power the entire world. But this is flatly wrong.

The new World Energy Outlook report from the International Energy Agency shows how much renewables will increase over the next quarter century, to 2040. In its New Policies Scenario, which rather optimistically expects all nations to live up to their Paris climate promise, it sees the percentage increase less than 6 percentage points from 13.8% to 19.4%. More realistically, the increase will be 2 percentage points to 15.8%.

Most of the renewables are not solar PV and wind. Today, almost 10 percentage points come from the world’s oldest fuel: wood. Hydropower provides another 2.5 percentage points and all other renewables provide just 1.6 percentage points, of which solar PV and wind provide 0.8 percentage points.

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Teachers quitting in droves

Teachers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have had enough with the abuse they are receiving from the students and are now quitting in droves. Several violent eruptions have occurred at Harrisburg public schools and teachers no longer feel safe at their job. Hostile work environment indeed.

The Harrisburg Education Association reported that at least 45 teachers have resigned between July and October of this year. Jody Barksdale, the Association President, mentioned that some more have quit since the end of October.

Teachers have reported being kicked and hit by students as young as seven years old. Amanda Sheaffer said the first graders are out of control in her classroom.

"I have been hit, I have been kicked, I have been restrained from behind where I’ve been unable to move my arms," she said. "It really throws off the whole day. I mean, you have an incident happen and you have to do a room clear, get all the students out, and then after that you have to take the time to do the write-up, and you have to make sure security comes and gets the kids."

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Political crisis in Germany, reality trying to intrude

Germany -- that's the place where there really is a 100% consensus on the need for immediate action to solve the supposed "climate crisis." It's the land of the "Energiewende" -- the forced transition to the use of intermittent renewables like wind and solar to generate electricity. It's the place where -- as I noted in this post back in September -- no major political party has dissented on the need to act on the "climate" issue. It's the place that has happily driven its usage of renewables to generate electricity up to about 30% of the supply, and therefore its cost of residential electricity up to more than triple the average U.S. price. It's a place where anyone questioning the so-called "science" underlying the warming scare can expect to be greeted with derision and scorn. And yet, somehow reality still seems to be intruding.

Over the weekend, the talks among political parties in Germany to form a coalition government collapsed. As of now, nobody seems to know what is going to happen next. And -- even though there is little overt dissent on the virtue of reducing carbon emissions -- it seems like the ever-more-evident costs of this "climate" program are starting to drive events.

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Muslims in Australia

He no doubt considered the disability pension his due as a Muslim, whether or not he was really so disabled as to be unable to work. For it is the Infidels’ duty to pay for the upkeep of 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).

UK jihad preacher Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:

"We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance."

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The flawed past of special counsel Mueller

When he was named special counsel in May, Robert S. Mueller III was hailed as the ideal lawman - deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan - to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign had helped with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But, in a surprisingly 'fair and balanced' LA Times story, David Willmann exposes the truth that, at 73, Mueller’s record also shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course. At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates. And his tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U.S. terrorism investigation since 9/11.

Willmann points out the accolades squared with Mueller’s valor as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam and his integrity as a federal prosecutor, a senior Justice Department official and FBI director from 2001 to 2013, the longest tenure since J. Edgar Hoover.

He was praised by former courtroom allies and opponents, and by Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

But, as Willmann details, Mueller also is remembered for a headline-grabbing case that ended in failure.

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Mexico's murder rate is growing

There were more murders in October in Mexico than in any month over at least 20 years, according to official data, in the latest grim milestone in 2017, a year on course to register the highest homicide tally since modern records began.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s failure to tackle growing drug violence is seen as a major weakness ahead of next July’s presidential election, where he faces an uphill battle to keep his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in power.

The data, published by Mexico’s interior ministry on Monday, showed there were 2,371 murder investigations opened in October.

With 20,878 murders nationwide in the first 10 months of 2017, this year is on track to overtake 2011 as the most violent since the government began publishing such data in 1997.

There were an average of 69 murders a day so far this year, putting Mexico on track to overtake the 2011 homicide tally before the end of November. In 2011, there were an average of 63 murders per day, according to Reuters calculations.

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Jihad coming soon to your hometown

Groups of Sunni Muslim extremists gathered in a Holiday Inn in northern Virginia over the weekend and called for followers to wage jihador holy waragainst infidels.

The radical extremists didn’t call for violence against Jews or Christians, but instead used the so-called Final Prophet Conference to rage against another group of Muslims that, like most American Muslims, doesn’t support violent jihad.

The Pakistani-American imams who led the event bashed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a religious movement founded in 19th-century India, according to one participant who attended the event. Among the main complaints was that Ahmadi Muslims criticize violence and forbid waging jihad against non-Muslim governments.

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Woody Harrelson's father was a hitman

Minutes after the fatal shooting of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas police found a trio of unusually well-dressed tramps in a boxcar behind the "grassy knoll" and marched them single-file through Dealey Plaza.

Photographers snapped several pictures of the passing parade. In the ensuing years, the youngest and tallest of the three was identified by assorted laymen and at least one forensic expert as Charles Voyde Harrelson, a notorious killer-for-hire and father of popular actor Woody Harrelson.

Born in the East Texas community of Lovelady in 1938, Harrelson went to California in his early twenties where he sold encyclopedias door-to-door in the daytime and gambled all night. It was in The Golden State in 1960 that he was convicted of his first felony armed robbery.

Later that decade, Harrelson became a hit-man for the Mafia in order to pay off his gambling debts. The body count was said to have totaled in the neighborhood of 50 according to informed sources and Harrelson's own boasts, but a Mafioso speaking from the safety of the "witness protection program" has disputed that number.

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Refugees and migrants cost a lot of money

Recently Austria’s finance minister, Hans Jörg Schelling, admitted that refugees or migrants are costing the nation about €1.8 billion on a yearly basis. That’s almost the same budget than that of the country’s national army.

To check Austria’s migrant costs, we did some calculations. Since 2015, Austria has taken about 150,000 migrants. Each one receives about between €500-€900 each month for basic care (the amount varies in every region).

Taking €600 as an average on the lower side, this leads to a minimum of about €7,000 a year. Multiplying the number of migrants with the previous amount makes that basic care alone costs the country’s taxpayer €1 billion annually.

On top of this, add the costs for housing, education, and healthcare; which brings the amount close to the sum mentioned by Mr. Schelling. But this sum is surely going to increase in the future and here’s why.

At the moment that some of Austria’s states slashed the cash payments for refugees, they flocked to the state of Vienna where the payments were not reduced.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Odds and ends

Maxine Waters...."Impeach Trump for name-calling."

Not a single EU member country has a birthrate above replacement. (2.1)

Youth unemployment in the eurozone has been stuck between 19% to 25% for the past eight years. In Spain and Greece, it's north of 40%.

Lots of empty seats again for NFL week #11.

Report Says 90% Of Rapes In Sweden Committed By Muslim Migrants…

From Twitter....Karma is DELICIOUS! It’s so yummy to see smug Trump haters turn to toast! This morning NYTimes Glenn Thrush now CBS Charlie Rose. It’s like a grand buffet of liberal media pervs!

Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate. "Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment," attorneys for the two women argued.

The U.S. has about 57,000 miles of crude oil pipelines.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is highly regarded today but Democrats at the time quickly criticized the speech, since they were Lincoln's avowed opponents north of the Mason-Dixon line. And a correspondent for the Times of London called the speech dull and commonplace. The Chicago Times claimed Lincoln insulted the fallen soldiers the ceremony was supposed to honor.

Remember Gloria Steinem’s One Free Grope Rule? Feminists are lying awake at night trying to justify all the Democrats who have been shown to be gropers and molesters.

Socialism always promises heaven but gives you hell.

Although Venezuela has the largest reserves of crude oil in the world 296 billion barrels the country began importing oil last year. Its production is less than 2.7 million barrels per day, a drop of 20% in less than two decades, while the Chavez.Maduro regime multiplied its workforce by five, to 175,000 "workers".

Rush Limbaugh...."By my count, Roy Moore has only three allegations of sexual misconduct against him, and none from this century. Al Franken has two allegations against him, and both are from this century. Roy Moore's are from 38, 39, 40 years."

Non-whites in Brazil account for 54% of the population but hold only 5% of management jobs.

Almost every country in the world is named after one of four things: 1) a tribe; 2) a feature of the land; 3) a directional description; or 4) an important person. That's according to Quartz, which analysed 195 countries listed in the Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names.

Construction of new mosques in France is financed by the state, i.e. the taxpayers.

President Trump wants the names of Congressmen who have settled sexual harassment cases to be released to the public.

Dow is now up 29% since last November's election.

If Trump cured cancer, the mainstream media would headline something like this..."Oncologists will lose jobs under Trump plan"

Kurt Schlichter...."In short, basically the Democrat Party is a Duke lacrosse team that actually did it."

Headline....Democrat who accused Trump of harassment now resigning over sexual harassment charges.

Bumper sticker seen in Chicago....Deport Trump, Keep the Immigrants

Six Syrian immigrants were arrested in Essen, Germany for plotting to bomb malls and a city square where Christmas Markets are held every year.

In an interview this week, controversial and outspoken pop star Morrissey topped himself. Among other things, he defended Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, said he would opt to kill President Donald Trump and compared the slaughter of animals for food to The Holocaust.

The U.S. State Department is going to give $700,000 to the Hungarian media which is pro-globalist and supports open borders.

The Church of Sweden has adopted gender-neutral rules and will no longer refer to God as He or Lord. (Yes, the Church of Sweden is run by Lesbians)

Headline....Charles Manson was a loving, compassionate man who cared about the environment, says his grandson.

France will soon surpass the UK as the 4th largest economy. And India is poised to surpass both France and the UK in the near future.

By some estimates, China’s overall debt is now as much as three times the size of its economy.

Albert Einstein...."Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble."


Hating Whitey

Even though white students are an absolute minority of the student population in New Jersey, "segregation" and "Apartheid" are being blamed for the fact that the public schools in that state are majority nonwhiteyet more evidence of the institutional anti-white nature of the current establishment.

The astonishing claim that "Apartheid" is to blame for the majority nonwhite school make-up of New Jersey is contained in a new article in the NJ Spotlight news service, titled "New Jersey's Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation."

Drawing its statistics from something called the "Civil Rights Project at UCLA," (which is described as an "organization that has tracked school segregation nationwide for decades"), the article says that "almost 10 percent of all students attend ‘apartheid schools,’ where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite"

According to the article, the percentage of New Jersey schools that are 90 percent nonwhite has doubled since 1990 to one-in-five.

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Be Thankful Hillary is Not Our President, from American Digest....

"Every day, it is a joy to awaken, unlike Hillary Clinton, without a hangover. Oh yes, and also to awaken knowing that Felonia von Pantsuit is not, and will never be, our president.

"Can you imagine if she were? She is as vindictive as she is stupid, which means instead of ripping apart the regulatory state, she and her nanny-gestapo army of obedient aspiring liberal fascists would be sliding their slimy tentacles into every aspect of our lives. Do you think the GOPe would even resist? The weenies in Congress would jump at the chance for WaPo glory by embracing "bipartisanship," which means giving that corrupt harpy everything she wants in the name of "cooperation" and "reaching across the aisle." Amnesty, tax hikes, gun grabs, speech bans it would all be on the table. Freedom, not so much.

"But because of Donald Trump, with the support of normal Americans, winning the election against all odds, none of that is happening. Savor our victory. And give thanks for Hillary’s pain.


Kentucky voter registration lists are inflated

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky over its failure to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voter registration lists. The lawsuit alleges that 48 Kentucky counties have more registered voters than citizens over the age of 18. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Central Division (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Alison Lundergan Grimes et al. (No. 3:17-cv-00094)).

Kentucky was one of 12 states to which Judicial Watch sent notice-of-violation letters this year threatening to sue because they have counties in which the number of registered voters exceeds the number of citizens of voting age. Both the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the Help America Vote Act require states to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voting rolls.

Judicial Watch analyzed registration data and compared it to the most recent census data to determine the registration rates of United States counties. In its complaint, Judicial Watch notes that Kentucky’s registration rates are sky high, and are national outliers....

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Hungary is one of safest countries in the world

It is no secret that Hungary has become one of the safest countries in the world. While Western Europe opened its borders and accelerated its Islamisation during the migrant crisis, Eastern Europe did the opposite.

Western Europe’s governments actively try to cover-up migrant crimes but there’s no denying reality: in a lot of countries it’s a big problem and countries like Germany, Belgium and Sweden are even losing control over it.

Viktor Orbán puts Hungarians first and Hungary’s excellent border controls make our fear of terror almost absent

What a lot of people wouldn’t have dreamed of predicting for decades is now happening: An increasing number of people are not moving from Eastern Europe to Western Europe, but in the opposite direction.

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Roy Moore, and power

The argument has little to do with Roy Moore, and even less with what is acceptable behavior. It is about what Lenin succinctly called "who, whom?" who can do what to whom or, as Amos ’n Andy used to say, who’s gonna be the "do-er" and who the "do-ee," neither more nor less. The reason why the bipartisan ruling class of officials, corporate executives, educators, the media, entertainment, etc. demand Roy Moore’s political scalp is that it fell on Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from that ruling class. It has nothing to do with what he may have done four decades ago, and everything with the threat that his election now poses to their power to run the country while de-legitimizing the rest of Americans and their culture. Had it been anyone else, the degree of hostility would have been the same, the charges possibly different but just as fiery and equally beside the point: which sector of the population shall have its power enhanced, and which diminished?

By precisely the same token, crediting the 2016 election’s outcome to Russia or/and "the resistance" thereto to concerns with Donald Trump’s personal proclivities bespeaks willful detachment from reality.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Mueller going beyond his mandate

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged connections to Russia, is "going well beyond his authority as a prosecutor," Alan Dershowitz (shown), highly-regarded retired Harvard Law professor, told Fox News during the Outnumbered Overtime program on Monday.

Dershowitz is a well-known Democrat, so his comments cannot be seen as a mere partisan defense of Republican President Donald Trump.

Mueller is turning constitutional actions by the Trump White House into crimes, Dershowitz lamented. Dershowitz’s remarks were in response to Mueller’s request of documents from the Justice Department that concern Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Russia probe.

"The president is entitled to fire the head of the FBI. The president is entitled to direct his attorney general to investigate, who not to," Dershowitz asserted. "That’s what the law has been since Thomas Jefferson," he added, alluding to the famous case in which President Jefferson made a strong effort to get his former vice president, Aaron Burr, convicted of treason.

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Fusion GPS bank records

A federal court unsealed documents in a lawsuit over Fusion GPS’s bank records on Tuesday, revealing new details of payments made last year to the opposition research firm that commissioned the infamous Trump dossier.

The documents also shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about payments that Fusion GPS made to journalists.

The records were unsealed in response to a ruling made last week by Richard Leon, a federal judge in the district court in Washington, D.C.

The bank documents list 112 transactions involving Fusion GPS.

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Afraid to leave their homes

Sweden was reportedly on the verge of civil war this past summer; its national police chief cried out "help us, help us," but nothing has been done to control the problem with Muslim migrants. At least 80 percent of Swedish police want to quit their jobs, and now:

Almost half the residents in many troubled no-go zones in Sweden say they are too afraid to leave their homes in the evening and at night due to rampant violence and criminality.

The former deputy chief of the serious crimes division stated months ago: "I’m so f***** tired….Our pensioners are on their knees, the schools are a mess, healthcare is an inferno, the police is completely destroyed."

The Moderate Party said the military should be deployed to aid police in no-go zones because police face danger when answering calls in the areas. In some cases, "youths" have purposely called emergency services to a certain area to attack them.

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Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asians

The Justice Department is investigating complaints that formed the basis of a federal civil lawsuit filed in 2014 in Boston, according to the documents. That suit alleges Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asian-Americans by limiting the number of Asian students who are admitted.

The lawsuit, brought by a nonprofit called Students for Fair Admissions, said the practices violate federal civil-rights law and asks a federal judge to prohibit Harvard from using race as a factor in future undergraduate admissions decisions. The suit is pending.

The Justice Department, whose Civil Rights Division is conducting the investigation into similar allegations, said in a letter to Harvard’s lawyers, dated Nov. 17 and reviewed by the Journal, that the school was being investigated under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin for organizations that receive federal funding. The letter also said the school had failed to comply with a Nov. 2 deadline to provide documents related to the university’s admissions policies and practices.

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Take the money and shut up

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances."

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

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Leftist lecturer fired by Univ. of Nebraska

University of Nebraska officials announced Friday that new steps are being taken in relation to an incident involving a conservative student Aug. 25.

NU President Hank Bounds said the graduate student-lecturer who called a conservative student a "neo-fascist" for recruiting for Turning Point USA would no longer teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The World-Herald further learned that the lecturer, Courtney Lawton, will be released from employment completely when her contract expires at the end of the school year.

Bounds also sent Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska's state senators a letter that cites various actions that reflect "the importance of open conversation that respects each other’s differences" on campus.

One of those is to have Gallup do a survey to assess the campus environment for people of diverse political backgrounds on NU’s campuses in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Marshawn Lynch, fail

In perhaps the most crystallized example of uninformed activism, Marshawn Lynch actually protested police brutality by standing for the Mexican national anthem and sitting for The Star Spangled Banner.

Apparently, Mr. Lynch hasn’t heard much about Mexican police.

His dissonant display was the moral equivalent of an everyday liberal protesting fascism while wearing a Che Guevara shirt. Newsflash: Guevara was a totalitarian, mass murderer. Breaking: Lynch is about as privileged as they get in America. Reminder: Mexico is the Afghanistan of North America.

I think, like the liberal activists sporting the Che shirt, Lynch and pretty much everyone on the political left need a reminder just what they stand for when they stand for Mexico.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s party, Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is best known for setting up the "Federal Security Directorate," a modern day Gestapo, meant to internally suppress militant revolutionaries. Instead, they terrorized Mexican citizens. Later iterations of the group, called "white guards," were found to have detained, tortured, and executed hundreds of "students, laborers, peasant farmers or teachers," The New York Times reports.

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Out of Africa or Out of China?

A skull found in China could re-write our entire understanding of human evolution.

That’s according to scientists who have examined the important, ancient head and say that it proves the existing theory of how humans came to be is wrong.

Most anthropologists believe that our species came about in Africa around 200,000 years ago and that one group left around 80,000 years later before spreading across the world. But instead of humans purely coming out of Africa, the new research suggests that important characteristics of humans actually developed in east Asia.

In fact there might have been times of intense intermingling as those early humans in Asia moved out of and back into Africa, with no single event when modern humans came into being. That means that modern humans are made up of the DNA of ancestors from both Asia and Africa, if the researchers are correct.

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Race and rape

The archetypal image of the campus rapist is a rich, white fraternity athlete. The case of Brock Turnerthe freshman swimmer at Stanford University convicted last year of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after meeting her at a party, but sentenced to only six months in jailreinforced this. Petula Dvorak, a Washington Post columnist, wrote, "The brilliant smile of a Stanford swimmer with Olympic dreams, the happy privileged face of a white college kid named Brock Turner … This is what a campus sexual predator looks like."

Amy Ziering, the producer of The Hunting Ground, a 2015 campus-sexual-assault documentary, has said much the same thing. In a radio interview, she asserted that her movie exposed "privileged" well-off white men and challenged "dominant white male power." But a close viewing of her film reveals a different reality. Her movie tells four main stories that are primarily focused on assault allegations. In at least three of the cases, the accused is black.

How race plays into the issue of campus sexual assault is almost completely unacknowledged by the government. While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which regulates how colleges respond to sexual assault, collects a lot of data on race, it does not require colleges and universities to document the race of the accused and accuser in sexual-assault complaints. An OCR investigator told me last year that people at the agency were aware of race as an issue in Title IX cases, but was concerned that it’s "not more of a concern. No one’s tracking it."

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Trump's critics ignore his successful Asian trip

Bad news travels fast. Good news, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to travel at all.

Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion memorandum of understanding to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.

If the agreement holds tight, it is an economic game changer for the state.

And yet, speaking to the locals here, you wouldn’t even know it had happened.

"I am surprised I heard nothing about it on the national news, nor in my local paper and newscasts," said Jerald Stephens, 67, a West Virginia native and union rep, who has been a keen observer of local politics for as long as he can remember.

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So who peopled the Americas?

Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. The focus of the majority of high profile ancient DNA papers in recent years has been on addressing early events in the initial peopling of the Americas. This research has provided details of this early history that we couldn’t access though the archeological record.

Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged from its Siberian ancestors beginning sometime around 23,000 years before present and remained isolated in Beringia (the region of land that once connected Siberia and North America) for an extended period of time. When the glaciers covering North America melted enough to make the Pacific coast navigable, southward travel became possible, and patterned genetic diversity across North and South America reflects these early movements.

Recent ancient DNA studies indicate that approximately 13,000 years ago, two clades (genetic groups) of peoples emerged; one exclusively consisting of northern Native Americans, and one consisting of peoples from North, Central, and South America, including the 12,800 year old Anzick child from a Clovis burial site in Montana. All genetics research to date has affirmed the shared ancestry of all ancient and contemporary indigenous peoples of the Americas, and refuted stories about the presence of "lost tribes", ancient Europeans, and (I can’t believe that I actually have to say this) ancient aliens.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bodycams pose a threat to civil rights?

Remember when civil rights advocates demanded accountability from police and wanted them to wear bodycams? Those bodycams cost police departments a good chunk of money.

But now, a group called The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights avers that bodycams pose a "threat to civil rights." They released a report titled, "The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence," in which they decry bodycams because the officers can view the footage before they write incident reports.

In the report, Vanita Gupta, the leader of the Leadership Conference, who is a former ACLU director and former acting assistant attorney general of the civil rights division under former President Obama, writes, "The vast majority of the nation’s leading police departments with body-worn camera programs allow unrestricted footage review meaning, officers are permitted to review footage from body-worn cameras whenever they’d like, including before writing their incident reports or making statements."

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Fastest growing hate crimes

A new FBI report indicates that hate crimes committed against white Americans are the fastest growing racial hate crimes in the United States.

The FBI report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics shows that in 2016, there were 876 reported anti-white hate crime offenses in the United States. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase.

There were more racial hate crime offenses altogether in 2016 compared to 2015 - the total tally of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared to 5,850 in 2015. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim's race.

There were 4,029 single-bias incidents that targeted "Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry" in 2015, compared to 4,229 in 2016.

Anti-Hispanic or Latino hate crimes also increased in 2016. In 2015, the number of offenses targeting Hispanic/Latino Americans was 379. In 2016, that increased to 449, an increase of 18.46 percent. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

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In defense of Roy Moore

A dozen women who know Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore personally have come forward to express their support and speak out about his good character.

Over the past week, several women have claimed that Moore made sexual advances when they were teenagers. Another woman said she was in her twenties when Moore groped her in his office. ...

All of the women live in Alabama and some in the same county where Moore and his wife, Kayla, live.

The women range from Moore’s sister-in-law to a former receptionist, from women he once dated to women who have known him since childhood.

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Anti-semitism in the UK

Anti-Semitism is so entrenched in many of Britain's universities that the swastika is now seen on campus as a 'casual symbol of fun', MPs heard last night.

Parliament heard a litany of 'horrifying' examples of anti-Jewish hatred at universities, including the distribution of Holocaust denial literature.

At one university, police had to be called to protect Jewish students from the 'animalistic behaviour' of anti-Israel activists.

Student officers have also used the Twitter hashtag #Jew while discussing wealth, while swastikas have been drawn on people's cars, on the walls of student halls and even at student parties.

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California v. Trump

When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California's ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration.

The episode proved humbling.

Heeding the calls of big agriculture interests and area congressional Republicans, the administration pumped federally controlled water to Central Valley farms despite protest from the state that the move imperiled the endangered delta smelt. All California could do was temporarily shut its own pumps, which came at the expense of the state's mostly urban water customers.

It was perceived by some in California as the kind of big agriculture water grab that the state had not seen in years. And it flouted a long-standing water-management partnership between California and Washington, D.C.

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Saudi-Israeli agreement is unprecedented

A Saudi newspaper published an unprecedented interview on Thursday with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. It marks the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, has been interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

In the interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, Eisenkot called Iran the "real and largest threat to the region." He said Israel and Saudi Arabia are in complete agreement about Iran's intentions.

He also noted that Israel and Saudi Arabia have never fought each other.

Eisenkot said that Israel's military situation has never been better. He said that was why it is "highly regarded by the moderate countries in the region."

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Damn your legislation...

Rehab Dughmosh, a Muslim woman who tried to murder people with a golf club and a knife in a Canadian Tire store last June, appeared in court Friday and was furiously defiant:
Damn your legislation, damn your nationality, go to hell. Hey you infidels, I do not worship what you worship.
In saying this, she inadvertently provided us infidels with some useful information about Islam’s legendary tolerance. Dughmosh was quoting chapter 109 of the Qur’an.

Chapter 109 is an early Meccan sura -- that is, a section of the Qur’an that Muslims believe dates from the early portion of Muhammad’s prophetic career. In Mecca, he was solely a preacher of religious ideas, not a military or political leader, as he became later in Medina.

Indeed, this chapter of the Qur’an is usually presented as an example of the tolerance of Islam.

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We need a new sexual revolution

Matt Walsh said it correctly: "America Is Full Of Deviants. Maybe We Really Shouldn't Have Tossed Out Sexual Morality." He’s right, we shouldn’t have. The Sexual Revolution is a war everyone lost. Maybe it’s time for a new one.

It’s not like the sexual depravity rolling out of Hollywood and across America is something new. It’s not. It’s at least as old as Lot and just as pervasive. But unlike during Lot’s time, the rapacious appetites of deviants don’t have to be fulfilled by knocking on the neighbor’s door. These days, anyone can fire up his phone or computer and invite the deviants in and everyone does. There’s a coarsening of relationships between men and women, parents and children, and people with each other.

Women didn’t help themselves here. Deluded into believing that the pill and legalized abortion spared women the consequences of sexual license, women equated freedom with acting like the hound doggiest of men. Who were men to complain? A generation later, women are bewildered and unhappy. Suffering with STDs resulting in infertility and deciding alone whether to keep or murder a baby is liberation? Women, the gatekeepers of sex, opened the gates indiscriminately. They wrongly equated male predatory behavior with liberty. They devalued sex and, by extension, devalued themselves.

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Hillary will get sick as her scandals increase

Fire up the black EMT van. The buzz in the Beltway is that Hillary Clinton is about to get sick again. How sick? Sick enough to NOT answer questions about the growing scandals enveloping her.

These include: Uranium One, Fusion GPS, tainted Trump dossier, Clinton Foundation money laundering, Awan Bros, classified emails and the list goes on and on.

But perhaps not as long as the list of Hillary’s mystery medical ailments. Jason Goodman, editor of CrowdSource the Truth confirmed on his broadcast Thursday that Hillary is planning another medical episode. The buzz has been building for a week or more, per other plugged in insiders in D.C.

This is the time of year when Hillary Clinton pretends she is sick. Or that she can’t remember events which could land her in prison because she is, again, so very frail and ill.

As all her scandals heat up which places Clinton on the legal hot seat once again don’t be surprised if Hillary goes underground yet again, allegedly suffering from another undocumented mystery ailment.

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Chicago crime

Budding Hollywood actresses do not have to rely on semi-naked fat dudes in expensive hotels for acting tips. Not anymore.

Real-life examples of real-life emotions such as despair, abandonment, anguish, and betrayal are easy to find if you know where to look e.g., local stories of black-on-white violence.

Let's start with some backstory in Chicago. During last year's election for the Chicago version of states attorney, Kim Foxx was not hiding anything. With loads of cash from George Soros and lots of support from Black Lives Matter, she bragged about how, under her watch, she was going to stop over-policing, halt mass incarceration, and begin a new era of arresting fewer black people in Chicago.

Because everyone knows that cops are always picking on black people for no reason whatsoever.

The new D.A. is as good as her word. In the latest example, Chicago has seen over 700 carjackings this year almost all of them done by the fellas.

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It's dangerous to be homosexual in China

In many countries, it's religious constraints that make life difficult for homosexuals, but in China, it’s mostly family expectations. Parents force their gay children to take medication and undergo electric shock therapy.

The human rights Watch (HRW) organization recently issued a report that paints a worrying picture of LBGT rights in China. Homosexuality hasn't been considered a criminal offense since 1997. In 2001 it was removed from an official list of mental illnesses.

But, despite the legal framework, homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals in the People's Republic are still far from accepted. Families force homosexual relatives into hospitals -- sometimes without their consent. Parents drag their children to the doctor for electroconvulsive therapy.

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Trump's strategy

President Trump's Middle East policy is simple: Back our friends and scare the hell out of our enemies, and negotiate where possible with our competitors like Russia and China. By and large it's working, unlike the catastrophically failed polices of the previous two administrations. Trump did what he said he would do and succeeded. You wouldn't know that from the #fakenews media.

Start with Israel: The Muslim strategy to destroy Israel hasn't envisioned war--not at least since 1973--because Israel in all cases would win. Instead, the objective is to ring Israel with missiles and force Israel to retaliate against missile attacks in such a way that the "international community" would respond by imposing a "settlement" on Israel that would leave Israel vulnerable to further missiles attacks, and so forth. This is stated explicitly by Palestinian strategists cited by Haviv Rettig Gur in The Times of Israel.

George W. Bush and Obama gave aid and comfort to the encircle-and-strangle strategy by tying Israel's hands. Then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wouldn't let Olmert attack Hezbollah with full force in 2006. Rice thinks the Palestinian movement is a branch of the U.S. civil rights movement (if you don't believe that characterization, read her book "Democracy," which I will review for Claremont Review of Books).

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Odds and ends

Headline....Boob jobs gone. Surgeons are now spending more time taking out boob implants than putting them in.

Donald Trump's granddaughter in China singing in Mandarin.

Headline..July, 2015....Joe Biden likes to swim nude in front of female Secret Service agents.

Did India allow the U.S. to visit a Russian submarine leased to the Indian Navy?

Mark Steyn....‘I’d rather go fishing with Donna Brazile than go fishing with Hillary Clinton because you get the feeling you’ll be sleeping with the fishes by the end of the afternoon if you go fishing with Hillary.’

Ticket prices on the Titanic was $4,350 for first class, $1,750 for second class, and $300 for third class.

In 2009 ExxonMobil was fined $600,000 after 85 migratory birds (ducks, grebes, ibis, passernines, owls, martins and one hawk) died of exposure to hydrocarbons at a natural gas facility they owned. None of the birds were endangered. Yet, the wind industry has killed 888,000 bats/year, 573,000 birds/year, including 83,000 raptors and has paid little in compensation.

People with a history of mental illness, drug abuse and self-mutilation can now apply to serve in the U.S. Army, according to a report on Sunday, which emerged as a former Air Force recruit’s mass shooting at a Texas church continues raising questions about the military’s handling of mental health problems.

Gentleman's Quarterly named Colin Kaepernick as their Citizen of the Year. (haha)

China and Russia own 49% of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA.

Dr. Paul Ehrlich in 1970....The oceans will be as dead as Lake Erie in less than a decade. The DDT in our fatty tissues has reached levels high enough to cause brain damage and cirrhosis of the liver. America will be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980.

Headline....Every Democrat Presidential Candidate for Past 25 Years Has Ties to Pedophiles.

Poll....77% of college-educated Democrats say gender not determined at birth.

Headline....Germany..Muslim rapes pony at kid's petting zoo.

Karl Lagerfeld to Germany....You can’t, even if there are decades in between, kill millions of Jews, and then later bring millions of their worst enemies into the country.

Headline....Luther Strange's campaign "tried and tried and tried" yet failed to confirm Roy Moore allegations.

Headline....Alabama woman who worked with Roy Moore as teen speaks out.."I never once felt uncomfortable."

Sen. Fred Thompson...."Politics is show business for ugly people."

A new flag for Sweden?

"Increasingly, Western society is an open-air mental asylum run by psychopaths."

Headline....Mark Steyn to Maxine Waters.."Tweeting isn't grounds for impeachment."

General Mattis...."95% of the territory once held by ISIS is now liberated and our partners continue to secure more each day."

7 of 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats.

An 11-month-old Colorado boy’s death from a heart condition was likely related to ingestion of marijuana, two Denver doctors have concluded, but the precise link remains unclear.

C.S. Lewis...."We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

Headline....The Republican tax plan is very swampy.


Shoddy construction in Iran

The opening of the new wing of the Imam Khomeini hospital last year was a big deal in this provincial Iranian town. The health minister cut a red ribbon, and V.I.P. guests smiled as state television recorded the entire event.

More than 100 beds were added in a $15 million construction project that had taken more than eight years to complete and had made the hospital the largest in the region. "We were so proud," said Reza Naderi, one of the managers.

But during the 30-second earthquake on Sunday, the new wing partly crumpled like an empty soft-drink can in the hands of a child. The original hospital building, 40 years old, stood beside the wreckage, barely damaged.

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 500 people in Iran and eight in neighboring Iraq. More than 40,000 properties became uninhabitable, officials say, including many newly built state hospitals, schools, apartment complexes and even army barracks. It is unclear how many people died in collapsed government buildings.

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Quote of the day

The socialists always love the redistribution of wealth. However, once you redistribute the wealth it's gone and then the problem is to create more wealth. Creating more wealth is always beyond the socialists ability. (see Venezuela) The reason is very simple. As Frederic Bastiat pointed out socialism is theft, it is based on plunder your neighbor. When people discover they are going to be plundered, they work as little as possible. In the late great USSR they had a joke, we pretend to work and they (the government) pretend to pay us.


Special status

Shortly before last year’s election, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given "special" status, according to documents released Wednesday.

McCabe’s Oct. 23, 2016, email to press officials in the FBI said the probe was under the control of a small group of high-ranking people at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington.

"As I now know the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team," McCabe wrote in the email. He said he had no input when the Clinton email investigation started in summer 2015, while he was serving as assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington office.

"[The Washington office] provided some personnel for the effort but it was referred to as a ‘special’ and I was not given any details about it," he wrote.

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Mithraic mysteries

A faded painting, still showing hints of its once-vivid hues, fills the entire back wall of an otherwise grim underground cavern in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy. Sculptures and frescoes of ancient gods and cryptic celestial symbols are scattered throughout the interior. A stagnant darkness lurks within the corridor, as the lack of windows forbids any stray sunlight to penetrate the ancient cave.

This subterranean temple is just one of more than 400 such structures that have been uncovered within the vast territory once overseen by the Roman Empire. It, like the others, is a relic from a mysterious ancient religion that continues to pose a challenge to most modern scholars.

Mithraism was an underground Roman religious group that worshipped a pagan deity called Mithras. All Mithraea featured a tauroctony, an image of the god Mithras slaying a sacred bull, as its centerpiece. Though the covert religion was once so widespread some historians considered it an early rival and "sister religion" to Christianity, little is actually known for certain about it.

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Queen of Double Standards

Women speaking courageously about sexual harassment is highly rewarded in media circles right now. Roy Moore's accusers in The Washington Post have been hailed as brave and credible....especially by The Washington Post. Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote another Team Player column on Tuesday about how her newspaper's sources should be honored.

Somehow, Sullivan can't remember that last year, she smeared Bill Clinton's accusers when Donald Trump brought them to an event before the second presidential debate. She called them participants in a "truth-averse" Steve Bannon exercise, a "surreal gathering," a "twisted version of the Last Supper."

The Sullivan column carried the headline "For Moore's accusers, a new kind of harassment." (It reminds us of Bryant Gumbel saying of Paula Jones in 1994 "it’s a little tough to figure out who’s really being harassed.") Online, the Sullivan column was headlined "The ugly echo chamber of Hannity and Breitbart is why women wait so long to report abuse." Earth to Margaret: You were the "ugly echo chamber" last October. Here's this week's version of Sullivan....

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Friday, November 17, 2017


Just days after Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), became the third House Dem to file articles of impeachment, joining Trump antagonists Brad Sherman (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas) who both filed similar articles earlier this year, on Wednesday morning several House Democrats introduced five articles of impeachment targeting President Trump, claiming that Trump has violated the Constitution.

Following through on their threats, Democratic representatives Steve Cohen, Luis Gutierrez, Brad Sherman and Al Green were among those at a press conference, saying the five articles of impeachment come out of concern for the country's national security. The articles focus on Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, perceived violations of the Emoluments Clause, as well as actions "undermining" the judiciary and freedom of the press.

"We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and we've introduced five articles of impeachment," Cohen said at a press conference.

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Why didn't the watchdog bark?

After failing to detect and stop Al Qaeda’s 9/11 attack sixteen years ago, Congress more than doubled the budget of American intelligence agencies and gave them unprecedented secret authorities. ...

And yet, last year, these vastly larger agencies failed to defend, or even warn, the American public against the most audacious Russian covert operation toward the United States since the end of the Cold War. Only after the fact, when a Russian disinformation campaign had already tainted the 2016 Presidential election, did the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, another vast post-9/11 creation, disclose the Kremlin’s interference. The unclassified January, 2017, report, made public by the O.D.N.I., included only the thinnest of evidence, leaving many people wondering if it were true. Whether the Russian campaign actually changed the outcome of the election is impossible to know, but it clearly succeeded at exacerbating political divisions in the United States and undermining the credibility of the results.

Unlike 9/11, the Russian campaign did not occur without warning on a quiet fall day. Rather, it unfolded over at least six months on Americans’ social-media accountshardly the stuff of spy novels. Kremlin leaders had signalled their plans years in advance. The Russian playbook wasn’t a secret, either. It had been well documented by European governments, researchers, and journalists after the Kremlin’s information operations to destabilize Estonia, in 2007; Georgia, in 2008; Ukraine, in 2014; and Britain, in the leadup to the 2016 Brexit vote.

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Spiraling out of control?

I was talking with someone the other day, who I know well enough to talk about current events. I don’t talk about my politics with anyone in real life, but I will chat about current events in the cable chat show sort of way, always careful not to take the wrong side. If I’m around a gang of Progs, for example, I make sure to sound like an NPR listener, if I’m forced to speak about current events. The person I was with is what you people would call a Boomer normie. He watches Fox News and voted for Trump, over Hillary.

I forget what we were discussing, but he said, "Do you ever get the feeling that things are spiraling out of control?" He went on to point out that his parents thought the world was going to hell when his generation was going crazy, but he did not think they ever lost confidence in the country. They were just sick of the kids and communists. His last thought on it was "It just feels like no one is in control anymore. All it is going to take is someone to pull on the right thread and the whole thing comes unraveled."

I did not have a response, as that’s the sort of topic that leads to saying banned things in public and you cannot be too careful. Even when around people I’m pretty sure think the bad thoughts, I’ve made a habit of keeping my mouth shut. I figure it is good practice for when they start coming door-to-door like they are doing in Europe, looking for people who post truthful things on social media. It will probably never happen in America, but you can never be sure, so I only speak freely around certified hate thinkers at hate conferences.

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Seeking sugar

As the storm clouds of peak stupidity gather over the heads of the millennial generation who were conned by banks, government, and universities to take out excessive amounts of leverage in auto loans, credit cards, and student debt; millions have flocked to a new website seeking ‘Sugar Daddies’ and or even ‘Sugar Mommies’ to pay off their debt amid an economic environment where wage growth remains non-existent.

Today’s real simple get-out-of-debt option for the broke college/post college millennial is through an unconventional dating website called

In 2016, the website identified some 2.5 million college students who turned to the site in an act of desperation to find a ‘Sugar Daddy’ or even a ‘Sugar Mommy’ in exchange of personal time for straight cash.

The website’s mission is to "delivers a new way for relationships to form and grow. Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies or Mommas both get what they want, when they want it".

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Failure of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that the United States filed civil complaints in the District of Minnesota against four individuals who allegedly fraudulently obtained their naturalized U.S. citizenship. The complaints allege that the individualsa purported husband, wife, and two sonsunlawfully, knowingly, and fraudulently represented to immigration officials that they were a family to gain admission to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Each individual, the complaints allege, ultimately naturalized due to his or her fraudulent representations.

"For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded with their government for a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interesta system that has as its foremost priorities their safety, their jobs, and their well-being," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. "The current immigration system is easily abused by fraudsters and nefarious actors, and that’s certainly true of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. If the fraud is not detected and swift enforcement actions are not taken, chain migration only multiplies the consequences of this abuse. Unfortunately, there are many instances of fraud across our immigration system. The American people deserve a better system that works for them, and the Department of Justice will continue its efforts to deliver one to them."

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The Dreadful Night

223 years ago today, "The Dreadful Night" occurred in Western Pennsylvania, after an uprising called The Whiskey Rebellion.

The United States was brand new. Soldiers who had fought for independence from Great Britain found themselves on opposite sides of a skirmish. Some were having their rights violated practically before the ink was dry on the Bill of Rights. Other Veterans of the Revolution were doing the oppressing at Alexander Hamilton’s behest.

The Whiskey Rebellion saw farmers stand up to an unfair tax handed down by the federal government, and the government responded with the force of a monarchy. It may have all sprung from Alexander Hamilton’s desire for glory. Or Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, may have had other motives for setting the precedent of force which still lives on today.

It all started after the Revolution, in 1791, when the federal government was in debt, and had no official money. The notes they paid to soldiers were worth fractions of what was promised, but many had no choice but to accept the funds and go home in order to try to survive.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Humans for sale in Libya

"Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …" Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars the equivalent of $800.

Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.

One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.

He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of "big strong boys for farm work," according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand resting proprietorially on the man’s shoulder is visible in the brief clip.

After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further.

Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, we witness a dozen people go "under the hammer" in the space of six or seven minutes.

"Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig," the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. "What am I bid, what am I bid?"

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Obama holdovers still in ICE

The country’s immigration enforcement officers launched a website Tuesday demanding that President Trump do more to clean up their agency, saying he has left the Obama team in place and it’s stymying his goal of enforcing laws on the books.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisors in Philadelphia banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during an operation in the dangerous "badlands" section in the city’s north for fear of offending the immigrant community, according to a new website,

Meanwhile, officers in one Utah city are required to give city officials seven days’ heads-up before arresting anyone and by the time they go to make the arrest, the immigrants they are targeting have taken off, the website says.

Compiled by the National ICE Council, which represents ICE officers, the website is part whistleblower and part primal scream for Mr. Trump to pay attention to a group of people who were among his staunchest backers during the presidential campaign.

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No more free passes

President Donald Trump on Tuesday named immigration hardliner Tom Homan, who has served nearly 10 months as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to run ICE on a permanent basis.

Homan has run the agency since Obama appointee Sarah Saldaña the former U.S. attorney in Dallas stepped down when Trump took office in January. He has been a public face of the administration’s crackdowns on immigrants and border security, a tough-talking law enforcement careerist who is unapologetic about being "heartless" when it comes to deporting even the most sympathetic longtime U.S. residents.

"I get asked all the time, ‘Why do you arrest somebody that has been here for 10 years, for 15 years in the USA and has kids?'" he said a month ago at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "If we keep sending this message, ‘It’s OK to violate the laws of this country and … not be worried about enforcement,’ then we’re never going to solve the border crisis. … It’s never going to be solved as long as people think they get a free pass."

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Quote of the day

Referrals for investigations

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed it has received multiple congressional referrals for investigations over the past year regarding the sale of twenty percent of the American uranium supply to Russia's nuclear arm, as well as calls for investigations into allegations of pay-for-play regarding the Clinton Foundation, Circa has learned.

Multiple sources, including congressional officials, tell Circa that the requests sent to the Department of Justice over the past year have led to ongoing investigations, which they say also include investigations into the alleged leaking of classified information to the media and the improper unmasking of Americans.

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Circa, "the department takes seriously all allegations from Congress of criminal conduct in determining whether to open an investigation." She said, "requests to open an investigation would be referred to the appropriate investigative agency, such as the FBI, for review."

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There are a limited number of ways to peacefully govern a multi-racial or multi-ethnic society. There’s the hard separation that existed in the North before the Civil Rights Movement. The South had a soft segregation. The old way of stating the difference was that whites in the North were willing to treat blacks as equals as long as they did not have to live near them. In the South, whites were willing to live near blacks, as long as they did not have to treat them as equals. Both are now forbidden to mention in public now.

America has settled on Proportionalism for the last half century, as a way to navigate through the impossible task of keeping the peace between blacks and whites. Now that tens of millions of foreigners have been added to the mix, what was a pretty good situation in the 1980’s has become increasingly untenable. Thirty years ago, most people, black or white, were optimistic about race relations. That’s clearly not the case today and people are starting to wonder if it is even possible to make it work.

That's what makes this New York Times op-ed so interesting. The conventional way to read it is as more of the same blame and shame the Left has done for decades. The writer is supposed to be the sympathetic character and the whites are the bad guys in the never ending drama. The writer spends a lot of time listing the sins of white people and how that makes him feel. The thing is though, the way it is written leaves the impression that race relations are hopeless. This bit at the end strikes a dark note.

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They twist the rules....

A former UCLA communications professor known for his staunch defense of free speech who was recently fired by the university offered a sobering message to a room full of conservative- and libertarian-leaning students enrolled there.

"If they can get rid of a professor like me for speaking his mind, what is stopping them from doing the same thing to all of you," Keith Fink asked the Bruin Republicans.

"We are in the middle of another Red Scare," said Fink, an attorney and longtime lecturer who was terminated by the university earlier this year despite his popularity among students. His classes, which focused on free speech rights, often garnered waiting lists with 200-plus students.

He made the comments during his speech Wednesday for the GOP campus club. During his talk, called "UCLA’s Dirty Tricks Against Conservatives," Fink said of UCLA’s leadership: "They twist the rules, they distort the rules, they ignore the rules."

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trump forcing immigration attorneys to change

Government data shows the Trump administration has already shifted the "culture" of immigration attorneys, who used to have more tools under the Obama administration to delay court decisions on whether to remove illegal immigrants, but are now being forced to push for a final verdict more quickly.

Under Obama, immigration attorneys were more likely to leave cases for illegal immigrants in limbo, thus preventing them from ever ruling on whether they needed to be removed from the U.S. An official from the Executive Office for Immigration Review explained to the Washington Examiner that attorneys would push for an administrative closure, or a pause in the proceedings before an administrative judge.

That pause could be achieved by seeking continuance in the case, which might then make it easier to justify a decision not to prosecute.

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Sexual harassment

In the panic about lecherous MPs and sleazy film producers, everything from knee-touching to rape has been lumped together under the heading ‘sexual harassment’. The only purpose this term now serves is to label all men as abusers and all women as victims. A faceless but omnipotent patriarchy, feminists tell us, holds sway over women and girls. Apparently, it is men’s bad behaviour, a male sense of entitlement garnered from covert networks of privilege, even men’s stature and strength, that causes problems for women.

Feminism has long pitched men against women. But increasingly it pitches women against women, too. Women who don’t see men as problematic, who refuse to accept that ‘the patriarchy’ lies at the root of all their difficulties, are alternately pitied for suffering from internalised misogyny and loathed for betrayal. The sexual-harassment panic makes clear that there are some types of women feminists approve of women who bravely detail their knee-touching allegations in newspaper columns, for example while other women who refuse to join in with the pity-me stories are shamed for victim-blaming.

Earlier this week I took part in a debate about sexual harassment on Channel 4 News. Sitting alongside me was Dame Ann Leslie, one of the great reporters of the 20th century and a foreign correspondent at a time when such jobs were considered unsuitable for women. Leslie travelled the world, often alone, reporting from Moscow to Zimbabwe, from Berlin when the wall came down to South Africa when Mandela was released. Despite her age and physical frailty, her sense of humour and feistiness brought badly needed perspective to the discussion. Yes, she acknowledged, sexual harassment takes place. But she dealt with it through being fearless and fearful, once stubbing out a cigarette on someone, and shouting loudly at others.

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