Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Schiff Memo is full of Schiff

The Schiff memo is out, and as could have been expected it's a complete joke from a strictly legal standpoint.

It's first point is that the Steele "dossier" wasn't the catalyst for the FBI counterintelligence (CI) investigation of--in effect--the Trump campaign. Well, duh! I think all sentient humans already knew that the real catalyst was Trump becoming the odds on favorite to win the Republican nomination. Can we agree to agree on that?

But as regards this business of the FISA warrant against Carter Page there's more to be said, and it's worth our while to take a closer look at Schiff's attempt to defend the way the FISA process worked in this case.

Schiff begins his discussion of the actual application for a FISA warrant on Page with a fib: "DOJ's warrant request was based on compelling evidence and probable cause to believe Page was knowingly assisting clandestine Russian intelligence activities in the US." Close, but no cigar.

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Illegals registering and voting in Pennsylvania

More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state "for decades."

But state officials have stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem, the group says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Harrisburg.

"For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting that ends today," PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

He said Pennsylvania had already admitted to a "glitch" dating back to the 1990s that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driver’s licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote. Mr. Adams said he now wants to find out how bad the problem is overall.

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Improper donations to the Clinton Foundation

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.
"I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Smith told LifeZette.
Of note, the Clinton Foundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 - which was coincidentally (we're sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's last year in office.

Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials - including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course).

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Clinton Foundation, fail

When objective accounts of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation are written, important truths will finally emerge.

Escalation of a small, sloppy misadventure with an Arkansas-based records repository into the largest unprosecuted set of charity frauds in history will not be seen as an accident, but writers and readers will understand its growth arose through "the weakness of others."

While Bill Clinton was president, no one dared regulate the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. Similarly, as long as Hillary Clinton had a chance of becoming the first female president of the United States, no one marshaled the resources necessary to bring obvious and massive charity frauds to justice here and around the world. The regulatory system manifestly failed from 1997 through 2016.

Then, President Donald J. Trump happened. And now Americans, disenchanted with two-party bungling and globalist cronyism, stoke demands for real investigations into the long, sordid history of the Clinton Foundation, to explain why so much money has gone missing that was intended for desperately poor victims around the world.

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Violence by the suffragettes

Historians have a unique opportunity in 2018 the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote to re-examine a pervasive silence at the heart of the story: that of the nationwide bombing and arson campaign carried out by the Pankhursts’ Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).

Previous attempts to examine this phenomenon have been met with criticism and personal attacks, as traditional idealists refused to allow an in-depth critique of the leadership of the suffragettes. But the evidence is clear. Between 1912 and 1915, hundreds of bombs were left on trains, in theatres, post offices, churches, even outside the Bank of England; while arson attacks on timber yards, railway stations and private houses inflicted an untold amount of damage. Yet the lives of the women who did this have been largely forgotten and erased from history, as a long-standing desire to sanitise the actions of suffragettes and portray them as perfect activists, or perfect martyrs, has altered our perception of even those whose names we know. While some historians have begun to acknowledge the violence and extremism of the WSPU, there remains a dominant belief that its violence amounted to little more than firecrackers in tins, or a few well aimed stones. This long-running historical myth has its roots among the suffragettes themselves.

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Trump more conservative than the Bushes

Radio talk show host Mark Levin says that although not everything President Trump has done in his first 13 months in office has pleased him, Trump has been more conservative than "either of his two GOP predecessors" - former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

"Obviously, there are those areas of disagreement as well - proposed amnesty, domestic spending, and coming trade protectionism come to mind," the conservative host told The Hill. "Nonetheless, thus far President Trump has been more conservative than either of his two GOP predecessors, Bush 41 and 43."

Levin echoed the concerns of many Americans, including some conservatives, however, about the way in which Trump goes about his presidency, specifically his use of Twitter.

"I suppose I should say be careful about what you tweet," Levin said. "But the fact is he won the nomination and presidency doing what he's doing, and he's governing pretty effectively, so who am I to tell him to change himself?"

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Just below the surface....

Running just below the surface of America is a disaster. Everyone feels it, you can see it in their eyes. The news is rigged, so nothing disastrous will ever hit the cable to your television unless it advances the collectivist cause. But, that doesn't stop the socialist disasters from happening. The Parkland shooting is a prime example. When the narrative can be aimed at guns and the NRA, it explodes on the television screens, when it turns out that four socialist deputies stood outside, hiding in the bushes while a person known to local law enforcement and the FBI as a serious threat to schools goes on a rampage killing 17 students, it cannot be found.

It is this manipulation that strikes the subconscious, even when it is defended by those with a political agenda. The collectivists know they are sublimating the truth and their eyes show it. The more rabid they are, the harder they are trying to deceive the rest of us and themselves.

All of America at this stage is divided between collectivists and individualists. A great many of those in the government are the staunchest defenders of collectivism, it is how they make their money and fund their retirements and everything an individualist does, except they must take their sustenance from the individualists.

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Darwin's polar bears

As any good high school student should know, the beaks of Galápagos "finches" (in fact the islands’ mockingbirds) helped Darwin to develop his ideas about evolution. But few people realize that the polar bear, too, informed his grand theory.

Letting his fancy run wild in On the Origin of Species, the man accustomed to thinking in eons hypothesized "a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale." Darwin based this speculation on a black bear the fur trader-explorer Samuel Hearne had observed swimming for hours, its mouth wide open, catching insects in the water. If the supply of insects were constant, Darwin thought, and no better-adapted competitors present, such a species could well take shape over time.

Systematic approaches to animals and their respective niches had long fertilized the intellectual landscape. Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, in his Histoire Naturelle (published serially between 1749 and 1788) clearly distinguished a "land-bear" from a "sea-bear". But his land-bear category was still muddled: it included a "white bear of the forest" as well as a brown bear. The count would have likely heard of polar bears in the boreal zone of southern Hudson Bay and he thought them a separate species: his "white bear of the forest". In a 1754 publication of coloured plates used in Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, his white land-bear looks different from his sea-bear, clearly showing the shorter neck and snout characteristic of brown bears and black bears. Perhaps the count knew about British Columbia’s white black bears or "spirit bears," which could have confused him. (Other contributions by Buffon were significant. He discovered the first principle of biogeography, noticing that despite similar environments, different regions have distinct plants and animals.)

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Tax credits for Teslas to begin phasing out

A $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla buyers will begin to phase out as early as this year.

Electric car buyers can use the full tax credit if the manufacturer has sold less than 200,000 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. Tesla is nearing that threshold, effectively increasing the purchase price for customers and giving an edge to competitors. Shoppers who buy electric cars from General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota and other automakers will continue to benefit from the tax break for the time being.

In a filing with the SEC, Tesla said Friday it expects to complete 200,000 deliveries at "some point during 2018." Once Tesla reaches that milestone, the tax credit remains available through the following quarter, after which it phases out over the next 12 months. Buyers can use a $3,750 tax credit for the first six months, and a $1,875 credit is available for the remaining period.

The Palo Alto, California-based company also noted that California has phased out a $2,500 cash rebate for high-income customers. Tesla placed blame on the "oil and gas lobby," saying special interest groups have argued for ending tax benefits on electric vehicles.

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The muslim paradise of Sweden

Sweden is blessed with economic prosperity, political stability, and the physical beauty of a lacustrine landscape, with forests of fir, and spruce, and pine. For at least the last two hundred years, the country has been unravaged by war. But instead of gratefully accepting their lucky lot, the Swedes, or at least those in the political, religious, and media elite, seem determined to make things worse for themselves. For the Swedes have in recent years allowed in hundreds of thousands of Muslims. The population of Sweden is about 10 million, and the latest estimate is that there are already at least one million Muslims in Sweden a figure that has been calculated by Tobias Hubinette (in Sweden, a unique far-left figure who is alarmed by Islam) on the basis of counting immigrants and factoring in the much higher fertility rates for Muslim as compared with non-Muslim women.

Sweden, like Germany, is a highly desirable place for Muslim migrants, for they can live quite comfortably on the many benefits offered by the most generous of Europe’s welfare states: free or highly subsidized housing, free education, free medical care, family allowances (the bigger the family, the greater the allowances) and support for the unemployed. That last benefit has certainly discouraged Muslims from trying to find work. In 2015, only 494 of 163,000 asylum seekers almost all of them Muslims were employed within a year of arriving in Sweden. That may have been an unusual year, with a sudden jump in the numbers of asylum seekers, but since then, the unemployment rate for foreign-born migrants has always been between three and four times that of native Swedes. Clearly, Muslim migrants are in no hurry to find work.

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Strike their necks

The letter is entitled "Strike Their Necks and Strike Each One of Their Sons." It says: "Let every Muslim know that the blood of those combatant Christians and their money is permissible and that taking any of them as hostages for ransom or to swap with a Muslim prisoner is also permissible."

Strike their necks? Kill them or take hostages for ransom? Where did the Islamic State get these ideas? Could it be from this? "So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either favor afterwards or ransom until the war lays down its burdens." (Qur’an 47:4)

In what way is ISIS hijacking or misinterpreting that passage? Could some moderate Muslim spokesman in the U.S. explain it for us? Or maybe Pope Francis or H.R. McMaster or some other learned imam? No?

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Ethnic studies for everyone

As public debates swirl around "Dreamers," President Trump's border wall and Black Lives Matter, the study of race and ethnicity is booming in public schools.

Nationwide, states and school systems are refining, expanding or adopting courses that explore history, literature and politics through the eyes of people who aren't white. The programs, which until recently were banned in Arizona and derided as anti-American, are thriving in unexpected places. Some districts are making ethnic studies compulsory -- for whites as well as minorities.

"In our current political context, especially with the president, there has been a huge gain in the critical study of race and ethnicity, and the desire for students to see themselves reflected in what they are learning," said Julia Jordan-Zachery, a professor at Providence College in Rhode Island and president of the National Assn. for Ethnic Studies. "The interest predates Trump, but it's only growing now. It's a way of flipping the script on what teaching is traditionally supposed to be."

It's a profound shift from just seven years ago, when the closing of a Mexican American studies program in Tucson caused national uproar.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sociopaths are running everything

In the modern vernacular, the sociopath is someone who lacks empathy, remorse and an understanding of right and wrong. The sociopath sees no difference between the truth and a lie, only their utility. Additionally, they never think about the consequences of their actions. A sociopath sees no harm in telling people that his brain juice will prevent concussions. The veracity of his statements are meaningless. What matters is how well it moves product. People ending up with brain damage as a result is never considered.

The key thing about the modern sociopath is the ambivalence toward the truth. They think saying something is the same as doing something. What matters is if the words get the listener to do what the sociopath wants them to do. Standing in front of crowd, making false claims, is fine if it causes people to buy product. If the truth sells more product, then the truth is better. From the perspective of the modern sociopath, the difference is about the results, not the accuracy of the statements. The truth or a lie, whichever works.

Now replace "sociopath" with "politician" and "product" with "votes" and you have the modern managerial democracy. It’s not that our politicians lie. It’s that for them, a lie is indistinguishable from the truth. That’s why they seem so utterly shameless. Shame requires a sense of right and wrong, a knowledge that what you said or did is intrinsically wrong. For the people who rule over us, right and wrong only exist in the context of their own ambitions. Something is "right" if it benefits the person in the moment.

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Tesla sells faulty cars

A new lawsuit filed by a former Tesla employee alleges that the company knowingly sold buyers cars which were known to have significant defects, otherwise known as "lemons."

The suit was filed late last month by Adam Williams, a long-time Tesla employee who, most recently, was a mobile manager within the company. As to the specifics of the case, Williams claims that when a customer returned a car because it was essentially a lemon, the company would go on to sell the vehicle to buyers without mentioning any of the car’s deficiencies, even if they were fixed.

Instead, the suit claims that Tesla categorized such vehicles as "used" or a "demo/loaner." In effect, Williams argues that Tesla lied to buyers about what they were getting, a practice he believed to be illegal.

The complaint notes that Tesla routinely failed "to disclose to consumers high-dollar, pre-delivery damage repairs prior to any transaction with consumers."

According to the complaint, Williams brought his concerns to his superiors at Tesla, only to see nothing done. Moreover, Williams claims that he was ultimately demoted not once, but twice for bringing his objections to the surface.

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California...poverty capital

California used to be home to America's largest and most affluent middle class. Today, it is America's poverty capital. What went wrong? In a word: immigration.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Official Poverty Measure, California's poverty rate hovers around 15 percent. But this figure is misleading: the Census Bureau measures poverty relative to a uniform national standard, which doesn't account for differences in living costs between states the cost of taxes, housing, and health care are higher in California than in Oklahoma, for example. Accounting for these differences reveals that California's real poverty rate is 20.6 percent the highest in America, and nearly twice the national average of 12.7 percent.

Likewise, income inequality in California is the second-highest in America, behind only New York. In fact, if California were an independent country, it would be the 17th most unequal country on Earth, nestled comfortably between Honduras and Guatemala. Mexico is slightly more egalitarian. California is far more unequal than the "social democracies" it emulates: Canada is the 111th most unequal nation, while Norway is far down the list at number 153 (out of 176 countries). In terms of income inequality, California has more in common with banana republics than other "social democracies."

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New ID for illegals

A new municipal ID designed primarily for illegal immigrants will be accepted in Chicago as a valid form of identification to register to vote.

The CityKey will be a government-issued photo identification card available to all Chicago residents regardless of immigration status, criminal record, housing status, or gender identity, according to the city clerk’s website.

State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich says the final call on what documents to accept rests with local officials.

"There are 109 local election authorities in Illinois," Dietrich said. "They’re the ones who actually handle the registration, the checking of IDs, and keeping the documentation. We maintain an electronic database of voter registrations that we get from them."

Dietrich says there is no state requirement to prove citizenship while registering to vote. He’s not expecting a surge in potential voter fraud cases because the process will remain the same.

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Obama's CIA

From 12/12/2016....

I’m glad someone as distinguished as former U.N Ambassador John Bolton said it first and not me.

On Fox News Sunday, he said he doesn’t trust Barack Obama’s heavily politicized intelligence agencies to make a clear, objective conclusion that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee and released tens of thousands of emails to WikiLeaks to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton for the presidency last month.

"It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC was not a false flag operation," he said. "We just don’t know. But I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree."

Exactly I was thinking the same thought.

Look who runs the CIA John Brennan. Do I really need to say more?

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Odds and ends

Question of the day....Will Deep State now indict Obama for interference in Egyptian, Israeli, Kenyan, and British elections?

Lindsey Vonn trashes Trump. Does not medal at Olympics. Trump is winning.

Former CIA Director Brennan is reported to have voted for Gus Hall, the American Communist Party candidate, in the 1976 presidential election.

Seen on the web....If you want someone to shoot women holding babies, you call the FBI. If you want to stop a terrorist attack or school shooting, well you’re shit out of luck.

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana...."We need idiot control, not gun control."

The Army revealed that it is nixing the grenade throwing requirement, where recruits had to show that they could hurl the explosive a minimum of 25 meters, because "a large number of trainees" can’t meet the distance, even lacking the physical ability "to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters." Some have questioned whether the removal of the grenade requirement was an accommodation for female recruits, though the Army has denied those allegations ...

25 disturbing facts about refugee resettlements from Somalia.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka gives advice to Mueller...."If You Want To Actually Put People in Prison, Start With Hillary."

Hillary outspent the Russians by 53 to 1, and lost.

An indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller shows Russian agents supported Bernie Sanders and eventually Jill Stein, as well as Donald Trump.

Russian girls, some half naked.

One of the oddest phenomena in the academic world is the nostalgia so many professors display for communism. The human costs of that ideology, we now know, run upwards of 100 million dead in the former Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Eastern Europe and North Korea. In light of archival evidence that during the Great Purges of the 1930s, the USSR was executing almost 1000 political prisoners a day...

Samantha Power reportedly unmasked 260 Americans in her last year at the State Department with zero explanation. Why would a UN Ambassador need to unmask hundreds of American citizens?

Headline....Everything the media accuses Trump of doing with Russia, Obama actually did.

Comment seen on the web....Treason runs deep and wide in "Mordor on the Potomac".

Julian Assange...."The Russians Also Ran Kitten Appreciation Groups Was That Also a Plot to Divide America?"

Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire investor George Soros, gave $650,000 to Democratic candidates and committees in 2017, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The young financier, much like his father, is on his way to becoming one of the large power players in the Democratic Party.

Boiling a live lobster in Switzerland now carries a sentence of up to 3 years in prison.

John F. Kennedy...."Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."

...there is absolutely no point in relying upon the conservatives to accomplish anything except your surrender. Conservatives have COMPLETELY failed in literally every possible way. It was a movement that was always destined to fail, since it was never anything more than a posture and a pose. About the only progressive objective that conservatives haven't embraced is your disarmament. And I wouldn't count that out in the aftermath of the next school shooting, considering the way in which their donors are threatening to stop writing checks if they don't cave on gun control too.

When Mueller was the Director of the FBI, "He led the investigation into the deadly anthrax attacks in the years after 9/11 for nearly seven years, ultimately leading in the prosecution of the wrong suspect, who later successfully sued the government for $5.8 million."

Five states in the U.S. Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Delaware run their elections using direct recording electronic machines (DREs), which provide no paper trail of the votes. That means if there’s a contested election or a suspected breach or tampering attempt in those states, there is no way to verify the election result.

72 degree swing....Denver had a high of 69 deg. on Sunday afternoon and on Tuesday morning had a low of -3 deg.

The use of the word Slaves is being discouraged. Enslaved People is preferred. Or People of Captivity.

Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee is going after Comey, Clapper, and Brennan in Phase 2 of Trump Dossier probe.

Breitbart reports that the latest iPhone update has deliberately removed Good Friday and Easter Sunday from users' calendars.

Italy spends 57% of tax revenue on health care, pensions, and welfare.

The Australian Labor Party sent staffers to work against Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign. Will Mueller indict them?

There are 373 instances of violence including 163 shootings in the movie Black Panther. Meanwhile most hollywood celebrities are calling for gun control.

New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney said Democrats are more likely to be mass murderers in comparison to Republicans, in an interview Wednesday.

A woman in Seattle called a newspaper telling them she had seen a Confederate flag flying in her neighborhood. A reporter sent to investigate discovered that the flag was actually a Norwegian flag.

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that the hyper-violent MS-13 transnational criminal gang has spread to 22 U.S. states. The gang accounted for 207 murders, mostly in California, Maryland, New York, and Virginia since 2012.

Rasmussen Poll says Trump at 50% approval.

Although domestic crude oil production has reached heights not seen since the early-1970s, and will actually be setting new records this year, California’s oil output has plummeted nearly 60% since peaking in 1985 with no sign of reversing. In stark contrast, Texas has seen its crude production triple since 2010 alone to 3.6 million b/d.

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Australia's gun control

After each mass public shooting in the U.S. such as the horrific attack at a Florida high school last week that killed 17 people gun control advocates keep pointing to Australia as the role model America should follow to reduce gun deaths.

If only reducing crime and suicides was so easy. In reality, gun control efforts in Australia have not been as successful as we’ve been led to believe.

In fact, the only proven policy to stop gun attacks is deterrence by allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and others, as President Trump correctly pointed out Thursday on Twitter and in remarks at the White House.

The president tweeted: "If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school."

The president added: "Cowards won’t go there ... problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!"

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So who is Nellie Ohr?

Gotta hand it to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: He knows how to set off a stick of dynamite. I refer, of course, to his office’s recent indictment of thirteen Russians in Russia, which we are now to chase after, yelling "Pearl Harbor!" on the Left and "No collusion!" on the Right, forgetting all about the coalescing revelations of corruption and conspiracy and, yes, Russian influence, to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016, and, failing that, to destroy the Trump presidency.

The key is still in the "dossier" spying scandal.

Nellie Ohr is the "dossier" spying scandal’s woman in the middle.

To one side of Ohr, there is the Fusion GPS team, including fellow contractor Christopher Steele. To the other, there is husband Bruce Ohr, who, until his "dossier"-related demotion, was No. 4 man at the Department of Justice, and a key contact there for Steele.

As central as Nellie Ohr’s placement is, her role in the creation of the "dossier" remains undefined. For example, the House Intelligence Committee memo on related matters vaguely tells us that Nellie Ohr was "employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump"; the memo adds that Bruce Ohr "later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research." Senator Lindsey Graham more sensationally told Fox News that Nellie Ohr "did the research for Mr. Steele," but details remain scarce.

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California, the good and bad

Dude, I totally get California. The weather rocks, and I love the beaches and varied coastline. Heck, I’m even a San Jose Sharks fan and I live in New York! In fact, if several million dollars suddenly dropped in my lap, a home on the Monterey Peninsula one of the most beautiful locales I’ve ever visited would make me quite happy. That’s the California dream.

But then there’s the California I don’t get at all. Call it the California nightmare.

That nightmare is about politicians punishing entrepreneurs, investors, businesses and workers. And when it comes to dishing out such punishment, California serves up the most sadistic elected officials among the 50 states.

Each year, I author the "Small Business Policy Index" for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The index ranks the states according to assorted policy and policy-related indicators, including taxes, regulations, government spending and debt, as well as a few measures of governmental performance. But make no mistake, the big governmental burdens for entrepreneurs and businesses are taxes and regulations, and of the Index’s 55 measures, 27 are about taxes and 20 about rules and regulations.

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Nigerian migrant gangs

The largely abandoned former seaside resort town of Castel Volturno north of Naples has been taken over by Nigerian gangs who run drug and prostitution rings.

The town has a total population of around 30,000 people, of which an estimated 20,000 are migrants, French news magazine L’Obs reports.

Many of the Nigerian migrant women who walk the streets as prostitutes are underage, offering sexual favours for as little as 5 to 15 euros along the Via Domitiana by the sea.

The rampant petty crime and violence in the city has led to journalists wanting to write about the town requiring police escorts for their own safety.

The current Italian government, which is seeking re-election on March 4th, has signed a 21-million euro package to increase security in towns like Castel Volturno and offer integration programmes for migrants. ...

Even African residents of the town have started to complain about the mass migration of illegals into the town. A resident named Martin commented: "We live in an abandoned place, we cannot accept all these people because we do not have the strength or the means to educate them. We are not in Africa, but in a civilized country, and these people need to be educated."

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Coal

The War on Coal ended on November 8, 2016. I will give you a guess about which side won.

"The U.S. last year produced 773 million short tons of coal, 45 million more than 2016. That was the largest year-to-year increase in nearly two decades, government numbers show," the Washington Times reported.

It gets better. Europe imported a record amount of coal from the USA in 2017.

President Trump ended the Marx Madness about coal.

Joe Biden spilled the beans in 2008 when he told an eco-whacko on the campaign trail: "No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean. We’re not supporting clean coal."

And Obama said: "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad."

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Indict Christopher Steele

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin’s Russia is zero.

Some of the Russians’ Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). Yet Mueller’s team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election’s outcome.

But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes, and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does.

Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election? If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians.

Steele is not a U.S. citizen. Steele colluded with Russian interests in compiling his lurid dossier about Donald Trump. Steele did not register as a foreign agent. And Steele was paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to find dirt on political rival Trump and his campaign.

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When someone is hungry

Three men have been arrested in the heavily migrant-populated Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois for attacking a man by biting at his face and then eating the pieces of flesh they had bitten off.

The men, who all originally came from the African island nation of Cape Verde, were arrested on Sunday after they attacked a man who was walking in the Hector-Berlioz alley at around 6 pm and bit off pieces his ear and lower lip, Le Parisien reports.

The victim was able to fight off the attackers, wounding one of them in the ankle, before police arrived a short time later and arrested the three Africans.

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Measles making comeback in Europe

Measles cases more than tripled in Europe last year, with outbreaks and epidemics fueled by low vaccination rates, the World Health Organization says.

More than 21,000 people caught the virus in 2017, and 35 people died of it, WHO said. The numbers stunned officials after a record low of 5,200 cases in 2016.

Advisers met Tuesday to talk about how to increase vaccination rates in Europe.

"Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated," Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said in a statement.

"Over 20,000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply cannot accept."

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Are banks racist, or only cautious about loans?

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to a mountain of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The yearlong analysis, based on 31 million records, relied on techniques used by leading academics, the Federal Reserve and Department of Justice to identify lending disparities.

It found a pattern of troubling denials for people of color across the country, including in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. African Americans faced the most resistance in Southern cities Mobile, Alabama; Greenville, North Carolina; and Gainesville, Florida and Latinos in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Psychological epidemics

All scientific evidence indicates that gender identity disorders result principally from cultural causes and moreover, modern society is facilitating them, according to an analysis published Friday.

Writing for the Catholic World Report, Anne Hendershott chronicles an exploding "transgender industry" illustrated by a massive surge in the number of referrals for gender-identity treatment, in some cases increasing by as much as 2800 percent in less than ten years.

Western societies such as the UK, Sweden, Australia, and the USA have seen a spectacular rise in the number of persons, especially young people, seeking treatment for gender identity issues, paralleling the attention given to gender theory in communications, medicine, and the entertainment media.

In the U.S., the percentage of adults who currently identify as transgender is double what is was in 2011, according to the best estimates.

None of this should come as a surprise, Hendershott notes. In the year 2000, bioethicist Carl Elliott published a ground-breaking article in the Atlantic Monthly titled "A New Way to be Mad," which foretold this rapid growth in gender-identity issues by comparing them to past psychological epidemics.

"Why do certain psychopathologies arise, seemingly out of nowhere, in certain societies and during certain historical periods, and then disappear just as suddenly?" he asked.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hiding government salaries from the curious

Over the past 11 years, our organization, OpenTheBooks.com, summed up and posted online the salaries and bonus information for nearly every person employed in federal government agencies a tally that mostly keeps growing and growing.

This year, our auditors filed our standard Freedom of Information Act request for the same information in Fiscal Year 2017 and we got a big surprise.

For the first time, the government’s response involved massive and targeted deletions of salary data. A total of 254,839 federal salaries were removed from the Civil Service payroll. That’s a huge increase from the 3,416 salaries redacted in total in Fiscal Year 2016.

Considering that there are 1.35 million people employed by executive agencies, about one out of every five salaries are now hidden from the public.

In military terms, that’s the headcount equivalent of 17 Army divisions. It’s about equal to the urban population of Buffalo, New York, or Madison, Wisconsin.


Worst of all, it’s an affront to taxpayers who have the right to know who makes how much and in what position in the federal bureaucracy. It’s our money, and we should be able to follow it.

What we can’t follow now is truly a mammoth sum. We calculated using median salaries for the departmental numbers the government did cough up that's about $20 billion in total federal payroll costs now lacks transparency. The number could be lower, of course but it could also be a lot higher.

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The Crack cleric

A church of England vicar inhales from a crack pipe and says: "I’m a very happy man."

The Rev Stennett Kirby, 64, smoked the highly-addictive Class A drug and snorted cocaine in shocking scenes at his church-owned home.

In the footage Reverend Kirby can be seen lighting up and then inhaling a crack pipe

The respected community figure also watched porn, and chatted about escorts and a trip to Soho to buy liquid chemical poppers, which gives users a head rush.

Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Mr Kirby spark up his crack pipe as he relaxes on a sofa with a pal.

His friend then says: "You’re happy now, innit?" The churchman replies: "I’m a very happy man. I love it."

He is seen staring at a TV, apparently watching porn, and adds: "It f***ing turns me on when I have this and I watch that."

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Damore's firing was justified

Former Google engineer James Damore has attempted to take civil and legal action against his former employer after being fired in August, but on Thursday, a federal memo revealed that one of Damore’s filings has been unequivocally denied.

The National Labor Relations Board published its memo this week, which was issued in January after Damore filed a charge against his former employer on August 8. In spite of Damore withdrawing his NLRB filing in September, the board proceeded to examine and issue its own ruling: Google "discharged [Damore] only for [his] unprotected conduct while it explicitly affirmed [his] right to engage in protected conduct." The NLRB emphasized that any charge filed by Damore on the matter should be "dismissed."

In explaining the board’s reasoning, NLRB member Jayme Sophir points to two specific parts of the controversial memo circulated by Damore in August: Damore’s claim that women are "more prone to ‘neuroticism,’ resulting in women experiencing higher anxiety and exhibiting lower tolerance for stress" and that "men demonstrate greater variance in IQ than women."

Sophir describes how these gender-specific claims resemble other cases decided by the NLRB that revolved around racist, sexist, and homophobic language in the workplace. She says that specific Damore statements were "discriminatory and constituted sexual harassment, notwithstanding [his] effort to cloak [his] comments with ‘scientific’ references and analysis, and notwithstanding [his] ‘not all women’ disclaimers. Moreover, those statements were likely to cause serious dissension and disruption in the workplace."

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We need zero immigration

Kent Ekeroth, politician of the Sweden Democrats, said migration is the greatest threat to Sweden and Western Europe, Hungary’s newspaper Magyar Hirlap reports.

Ekeroth told the newspaper there are already "small civil wars in certain areas of the country". Murder, rape and burglaries will undermine the lives of the Swedes, he said. In Ekeroth’s opinion, immigration must be stopped and deportations are needed.

The Sweden Democrats politician also heavily criticised Sweden’s left-liberal parties. He said "they have ‘blood on their hands’ because their policies have caused crime and terrorist attacks in Sweden".

On Wednesday, Ekeroth defended the Hungarian government in the Swedish parliament. He said Hungary "symbolises the protection and conservation of its people and culture."

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Monkey see, monkey do

The Houston Police Department has investigated seven threats of widespread violence at local schools since last week's on-campus shooting that left 17 people dead in Florida, Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday.

The most recent threat came Wednesday morning, when a 12-year-old threatened to use an AR-15-style rifle, similar to the one used in Parkland, at KIPP Sharpstown College Prep, Acevedo said.

Police agencies across Greater Houston are dealing with an above-average number of threats to schools and students following the Parkland, Fla., shooting, law enforcement officials said. Some threats and rumors proved unfounded, though police officials said they are taking each case seriously.

"Again, that is a terroristic threat and it's a crime," Acevedo said Wednesday during a press conference with Houston ISD officials and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. "It starts with parents at home. You've got to have conversations with your children (about) the do's and don'ts in a world of gun violence and active shooters. You cannot be joking about that."

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Muslim women

The average American might find this unfathomable it has been about a decade since I last saw one of my childhood friends whose family caught her dating a non-Muslim boy. The last I heard was that she was sent on "vacation" to visit family in the Middle East. I never saw her again after that. I was later informed that she was married off while visiting her home country in her parents’ attempt to control her behavior, which they deemed salacious and dishonorable.

Stories of Muslim-American women facing oppression are quite common. Nearly a decade ago in Texas, Sarah and Amina Said were gunned down by their father for having boyfriends and behaving "too westernized." In 2009, in Arizona, Noor Faleh Almaleki was run over by her father in his SUV and later died from complications of her injuries. Her father allegedly killed her because she adopted a lifestyle that was "too westernized." In 2016 in Ohio, Tahani Mansour was shot once in the back of the head and again in the side of her face as she slept in her bed. The shooter, her father, claims he felt "disrespected" because she arrived home late and dated a non-Muslim man. She later died during emergency brain surgery.

The cases above are often swept under the rug or reported on by small, local news outlets, if at all. When they are reported on, inevitably the reporting is done within the parameters of an incredibly biased lens. Rarely do the victims’ stories get the focus they deserve on the one hand, their story might be sugar-coated with politically correct language, a practice which actually distorts the issue at hand and misleads the reader, while on the other hand their story might be used opportunistically to promote anti-Muslim sentiment, with little regard for lives lost. Both methods of linguistic distortion disrupt the truth. No longer is free speech the only value under attack in the free world the right to truth itself is also subsequently barred. This era of political correctness continues to create and enable a generation of individuals who are essentially accessories to honor-based violence, happening right under our noses in the free world.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Victimhood culture

Since Jason Manning and I first started writing about victimhood culture, we’ve been interested in the culture’s spread beyond the campus left where it began and where it appears in its most extreme form. What’s especially interesting, as we discuss in our book, is that aspects of the new culture end up being adopted not just by mainstream liberals out of sympathy for the campus left, but also by those on the right who see themselves as staunch opponents of the emergent culture.

What social psychologists call competitive victimhood occurs when two sides of a conflict argue over who has been victimized the most. This occurs in a variety of contexts, and it is unsurprising, in a victimhood culture where victimhood acts as a kind of moral status and campus activists accuse their opponents of privilege, that those so accused would seek to point out their own status as victims. In 2014, for example, Tal Fortgang, a conservative student at Princeton, wrote an article documenting the hardships his family had endured. He framed this as a response to injunctions to "check your privilege," and after pointing to examples of family members who were shot, or who fled the Nazis, he sarcastically said, "Maybe that’s my privilege."

In this manner those on the right may end up mimicking campus activists in pointing to their own victimhood as conferring credibility and moral authority, even if their embrace of victimhood isn’t entirely serious. Fortgang did not display other aspects of victimhood culture, such as extreme sensitivity to slight or the demand that administrators and other authorities step in to do something. But other right-wing opponents of victimhood culture may do so.

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Marines lower requirements for women

Those of you who were following the efforts of then SECDEF Ash Carter to open up all combat roles to women during the Obama administration probably recall some of his comments at the time. In 2015, when the U.S. Marine Corps was told to integrate women into combat duty, Carter was very clear in stating that standards would not be lowered and the women would have to compete on even footing with the men. The New York Times covered his announcement at the time.
"There will be no exceptions," Mr. Carter said at a news conference. He added, "They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men."

The defense secretary sought to assuage those concerns on Thursday by saying that every service member would have to meet the standards of the jobs they wished to fill, and "there must be no quotas or perception thereof."

Unfortunately, one of the requirements to become a Marine combat officer is to pass the Combat Endurance Test (CET). One Marine I know who lived through the experience simply described it as "hell." Many of the details are not made available to the public at large, but the majority of men who attempt the feat fail. The number of women who passed the course can apparently be counted on one hand.

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Privacy? What's that?

By now it has been pretty well established that the security and privacy of most "internet of things" devices is decidedly half-assed. Companies are so eager to cash in on the IOT craze, nobody wants to take responsibility for their decision to forget basic security and privacy standards. As a result, we've now got millions of new attack vectors being introduced daily, including easily-hacked "smart" kettles, door locks, refrigerators, power outlets, Barbie dolls, and more. Security experts have warned the check for this dysfunction is coming due, and it could be disastrous.

Smart televisions have long been part of this conversation, where security standards and privacy have also taken a back seat to blind gee whizzery. Numerous set vendors have already been caught hoovering up private conversations or transmitting private user data unencrypted to the cloud. One study last year surmised that around 90% of smart televisions can be hacked remotely, something intelligence agencies, private contractors and other hackers are clearly eager to take full advantage of.

Consumer Reports this week released a study suggesting that things aren't really improving. The outfit, which is working to expand inclusion of privacy and security in product reviews, studied numerous streaming devices and smart TVs from numerous vendors. What they found is more of the same: companies that don't clearly disclose what consumer data is being collected and sold, aren't adequately encrypting the data they collect, and still don't seem to care that their devices are filled with security holes leaving their customers open to attack.

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Canada deporting North Koreans

Despite its reputation as a haven for refugees, Canada has been deporting North Korean asylum seekers who came to the country through South Korea.

Nearly 2,000 have been kicked out of the country since 2013 because the government says they lied on their asylum application forms. Another 150 Koreans are under imminent threat of deportation.

Eleven years ago, Taegun Kim came to Canada with his wife, daughter and son. Now they have two more children, both Canadian citizens. A deportation would be catastrophic for the family.

"That notice means death to me," Kim told Al Jazeera. "I came all the way here for a better life and my family is well adjusted to life in Canada. To think we're going to be separated, it breaks my heart."

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Parents lose custody of girl who wants to be a boy

Ohio government authorities forced parents to give up legal custody of their daughter after the mother and father said they opposed the girl’s decision to identify as a ‘boy’ and transition to being 'male.'

The Hamilton County Job and Family Services took legal custody of the teenage girl, 17, who, according to court records, suffers from gender dysphoria. The teen is currently living with her maternal grandparents. The girl’s name and the names of her parents are under court seal.

The minor was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria after being hospitalized in 2016. Doctors decided that because she wants to identify as a male, she should be given testosterone and sex "change" drugs.

But the girl’s parents objected, arguing that they did not think that such "treatment" was in their daughter’s best interest.

A juvenile court judge will determine if parental rights for the minor should be entirely stripped.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How Trump screwed up the Deep State's plans

Now the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein confirms what I told you in my previous post. Mueller found no evidence that Russia had any impact on the outcome of the 2016 election.

So what was Russiagate all about?

It was exactly, precisely what I told you it was about from the very begining. It was a conspiracy orchestrated by the military/security complex, CIA, FBI, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee against Donald Trump.

Trump’s emphasis during his presidential campaign on normalizing relations with Russia, which the neocon Obama regime had turned into "America’s most dangerous enemy," was a threat to the power and budgets of the military/security complex. Without a demonized enemy, what is the justification for a 1,000 billion annual budget and the laws passed in the 21st century that completely destroy the protections provided by the US Constitution?

From the Clinton/DNC standpoint, a Trump victory would halt the vast riches pouring into the Clinton/DNC pockets from "pay to play." The Clinton Foundation and the Clintons themselves were on their way to both being billionaires with the DNC collecting the registration fees. This was a model for one party rule. And along comes Donald Trump.

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Rape and the U.N.

An outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official reveals that United Nations employees have carried out over 60,000 rapes in just the last decade. What’s more, the dossier estimates that the organization currently employs at least 3,300 pedophiles.

In just ten years, under the guise of rendering aid, the United Nations has literally been raping and pillaging countries across the world. The problem has gotten so out of hand that it prompted the former UN insider, Andrew Macleod, to blow the whistle and hand over the evidence to Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) Secretary Priti Patel.

According to the exclusive report by the Sun, the dossier reveals that on top of the 3,300 pedophiles working for the organization, thousands more "predatory" sex abusers specifically target aid charity jobs to get close to vulnerable women and children.

According to Macleod, anyone who’s attempted to blow the whistle on the horrifyingly rampant abuse is silence and fired.

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Mueller's indictments

I have continued to puzzle over why Mueller chose not to indict the Russians for their most obvious offenses. I think the answer lies in this column by Robert Barnes, titled "Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele?"

Barnes’s column is off the mark, I think, because it is written as though Mueller did indict the Russians for improper meddling in a U.S. election:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission. By that theory, when will Mueller indict Christopher Steele, FusionGPS, PerkinsCoie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign?
Actually, Mueller indicted the Russians only for violating 18 U.S.C. §371 (conspiracy to defraud the United States), §§ 1343 and 1344 (wire fraud and bank fraud), and §1082(A) (identity theft). He did not indict them for violating 52 U.S.C. §30121 (contributions and donations by foreign nationals). The question is, why not? Here, I think Barnes supplies the answer, although again I do not think his explanation is technically accurate.

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A muslim imam wants to kill jews

Imagine the international uproar of a cleric of any other faith spoke from the pulpit about annihilating Muslims or any other group. But this will get no notice in the establishment media, unless it becomes necessary to explain Ahmad al-Rawashdeh’s words away and compel the Infidels to go back to sleep.

This recalls the notorious genocidal hadith: "Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews." (Sahih Muslim 6985)

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Meddling in elections

Russia isn't alone. Here's a brief selection of American meddling in elections of other nations since 1948...

2016: UK (verbal intervention against Brexit)
2014: Afghanistan (effectively re-writing Afghan constitution)
2014: UK (verbal intervention against Scottish independence)
2011: Libya (providing support to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi)
2009: Honduras (ousting President Zelaya)
2006: Palestine (providing support to oust Prime Minister Haniyeh)
2005: Syria (providing support against President al-Assad)
2003: Iran (providing support against President Khatami)-
2003: Iraq (ousting of President Hussein)
2002: Venezuela (providing support to attempt an overthrow of President Chavez)
1999: Yugoslavia (removing Yugoslav forces from Kosovo)
1994: Iraq (attempted overthrow of President Hussein)
1991: Haiti (ousting President Aristide)
1991: Kuwait (removing Iraqi forces from Kuwait)
1989: Panama (ousting General Noriega)
1983: Grenada (ousting General Austin's Marxist forces)
1982: Nicaragua (providing support
1971: Chile (ousting President Allende)
1967: Indonesia (ousting President Sukarno)
1964: Brazil (ousting President Goulart)
1964: Chile (providing support against Salvador Allende)
1961: Congo (assassination of leader Lumumba)
1958: Lebanon (providing support to Christian political parties)
1954: Guatemala (ousting President Arbenz)
1953: Iran (ousting Prime Minister Mossadegh)
1953: Philippines (providing support to the President Magsaysay campaign)
1948: Italy (providing support to the Christian Democrats campaign)

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Monday, February 19, 2018

When will Mueller indict Christopher Steele?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission. By that theory, when will Mueller indict Christopher Steele, FusionGPS, PerkinsCoie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign? Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian trolls claimed their social media political activity was criminal because: they were foreign citizens; they tried to influence an election; and they neither registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act nor reported their funding to the Federal Elections Commission.

First, if Mueller’s theory is correct, three things make Steele a criminal: first, he is a foreign citizen; second, he tried to influence an election, which he received payments to do (including from the FBI itself); and third, he neither registered as a foreign agent nor listed his receipts and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Also, according to the FBI, along the way, Steele lied…a lot, while the dossier he disseminated contained its own lies based on bought-and-paid for smears from foreign sources reliant on rumors and innuendo.

Second, if Mueller’s theory is correct, three things make FusionGPS a criminal co-conspirator: it knew Steele was a foreign citizen; it knew, and paid, Steele to influence an election; and it knew, and facilitated, Steele neither registering as a foreign agent nor reporting his funding from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign to the Federal Election Commission.

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Don't buy anything that is made in China

A nightmare became reality for Nikki Mael when her five dogs began acting strange minutes after digging into a can of Evanger’s pet food on New Year’s Eve 2016. The Washougal, Washington resident and her family raced to the vet’s office, where Talula the dog soon passed away.

"They were falling over. They were running into the walls. They were convulsing," Mael told ABC7 of the horrifying incident. "Nobody should have to go through what we went through. I would give anything to see Talula again."

Devastated, Mael sent the remainder of the Evanger’s food to a lab for testing, where it was discovered that the dog food contained traces of pentobarbital, a lethal drug most commonly used for the euthanisation of dogs, cats and horses, ABC7 reports.

Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans pentobarbital in animal meat for animal or human consumption, pet food consumer advocate Susan Thixton told the outlet that tragically, such substances often end up in pet food.

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Decline in enrollment at wacko college

The president of the embattled Evergreen State College where racial unrest last spring thrust the small Washington campus into the national spotlight is predicting that the public institution will see a nearly 20 percent drop in student enrollment come fall.

President George Bridges has told the campus community that the school’s 3,800 student population is predicted to hover at about 3,100 when the 2018-19 school year begins. This 700-student loss represents an 18.5 percent decrease.

This estimate sent shock waves among faculty, and some speculate it spurred an anonymous call for Bridges’ resignation by way of flyers recently inserted into faculty mailboxes declaring "Please Resign," among other disparaging comments.

The Olympia, Washington-based school already was hit with a 5 percent enrollment decrease when it started this current 2017-18 school year.

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Compulsory to wear the hijab in some schools in the UK

Around 150 schools have made it compulsory for children to wear the hijab and the government is too politically correct to step in and do anything about it, according to the former head of Ofsted.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "There’s something like 150 schools…. which in short make it compulsory for youngsters to wear a hijab so what’s happening about those schools?

"The country has enormously changed. When heads want to change things, they have now to take into account deep-seated and sincere feeling of communities, some of whom who have conservative views.

"The government needs to step in. It can no longer say it’s up to the headteachers. That head might be faced with an opposition which says, well hang on, you made this decision, but there’s a school half a mile away which does allow (wearing hijabs for primary aged children)."

Asked if the government is too politically correct to step in and sort it out, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a reticence, and it’s leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."

Earlier this month Westmonster reported on Ofsted’s chief inspector saying some faith schools were deliberately undermining British values, perverting young people’s minds and "indoctrinating impressionable minds with extremist ideology".

The government needs to step in and get a grip of this, the hijab is supposed to be a free choice.

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Mueller's assistant accused of corrupt legal practices

The top attorney in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s office was reported to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a lawyer representing whistleblowers for alleged "corrupt legal practices" more than a year before the 2016 presidential election and a decade before to the Senate Judiciary Committee , this reporter has learned.

Described by the New York Times as Mueller's pitbull, Andrew Weissmann, a former Eastern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney, rose through the ranks to eventually become Mueller’s general counsel at the F.B.I.

In 2015 Weissmann was selected to run the Department of Justice’s criminal fraud section and was later handpicked by Mueller to join the ongoing Special Counsel’s Office investigation into the alleged obstruction and alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

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First black lieutenant governor

Back in 1976, when Brian Mitchell was eight years old, a teacher in his Louisiana school system asked if anyone in the class was related to a famous figure from the state’s history. Mitchell, who had spent his childhood listening to family stories, said he was related to the legendary Oscar James Dunn. But according to Mitchell, his teacher had no idea who that was. "He’s the first black Lieutenant Governor, not just for Louisiana, but for the entire nation," Mitchell remembers saying. "There’s never been a black lieutenant governor of Louisiana," his teacher replied.

But there was, and he was Mitchell’s great great great-uncle. "As I child, I’d spend my days after school with my great-grandmother," Mitchell recalls. And her family stories "always sort of lead to important patriarchs or matriarchs," including Dunn. Now Mitchell is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and he’s spent much of his career studying Dunn so future teachers don’t make the same mistake his did some four decades ago.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Odds and ends

Headline....700,000 people attended the Eagles Super Bowl parade, only 2 people stabbed

Mallory Millet...."My thesis is this: when men ran the world and women ran society we had a chance to conduct our lives in some semblance of balance, but women have abdicated their running of society and thus, it has collapsed dramatically."

Sweden....Police are stepping up their anti-gang activity. Police patrols who enter the ghettos are routinely met by a hail of stones and bottles, but this may get deadly as the heavily armed gangs react to what they regard as police provocations. In the immigrant-dominated city of Malmö, all police stations have been put under round the clock guard by heavily armed police.

Headline....Conservatives who vowed to cut spending keep spending.

Wikileaks....Conservative Pope Benedict was forced to resign by Deep State.

Headline....Energy taxes too low to fight climate change.

Despite warming temperatures in much of the world, winters in the Southeast U.S. have grown colder in recent decades, an anomaly that scientists are calling a "hole" in global warming, or a "warming hole." (my B.S. detector is moving up on this)

Of the estimated 12,000,000 blacks who were brought to the Western Hemisphere, only some 500,000 were brought to what became the United Statesabout 5 percent. It was not necessary to import more than that because slave population grew naturally.

Muslims imported more black slaves to the Middle East and over a longer period than North Americans did, but there are few blacks in the region today. That is because Muslims frequently castrated slaves, and when Muslim owners impregnated black concubines, they often killed the babies.

Only 6 percent of Southerners owned slaves, and half of the owners had five or fewer. Only a small number of Southerners were slaveholders because, just prior to the Civil War, the purchase price of a slave was about $23,000 in today’s dollars. A slave with artisan skills could cost up to the equivalent of $56,700. Whites had an incentive to keep their expensive "property" healthy.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn....Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either but right through every human heart and through all human hearts.

None of the individuals and groups that Mueller has indicted can be extradited to the U.S. Nothing about collusion with Trump in the indictment. Nothing to do with the outcome of the election. No Americans named. And why does Mueller refuse to indict Christopher Steele, the author of the FISA memo?

Police were called to the Florida school shooter's house more than 35 times over the last six years. Once for fighting with his mother.

A major bakery on the Northwest Side of Chicago once known for making Little Debbie snack cakes was sold earlier this month after an immigration audit cost the company about a third of its workers.

Headline....Goldman Sachs CEO gives Trump credit for economy, says better than if Hillary won

Ronald Reagan...."The Democrats belief system: If it moves, tax it. If it continues to move, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."

Animal-rights activists are outraged by the efforts made by inmates to barbecue a dog at an immigrant "welcome center" in southern Italy.

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Air pollution caused by some common items

Shampoo, oven cleaner, deodorant and other household products are as significant a source of the most dangerous form of air pollution as cars, research has found.

Scientists studying air pollution in Los Angeles found that up to half of particles known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) came from domestic products, which also include paint, pesticides, bleach and perfumes.

These compounds degrade into particles known as PM2.5, which cause respiratory problems and are implicated in 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. Traffic had been assumed to be the biggest source of air pollution. The new findings, published in the journal Science, led to warnings that countries may struggle to hit pollution targets, with most tackling vehicle emissions.

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Hungary is targeting George Soros

Hungary’s nationalist government introduced legislation that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a "national security risk".

The bill, submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, is a key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign targeting U.S. financier George Soros whose philanthropy aims to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe.

The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros.

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Stubborn facts

Many academics in the modern world seem obsessed with the sex difference in engagement with science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. Or rather they are obsessed with the fact that there are more men than women in some of these fields. There is particular concern about the lack of women in prestigious STEM fields, such as Ph.D.-level faculty positions, but surprisingly there is no concern about the under-representation of women in lower-level technical jobs, such as car mechanics or plumbing.

The concerned academics have been especially effective in convincing others, or at least intimidating them, into accepting their preferred interpretations regarding the source of these sex differences. These interpretations are not surprising and they include sexism, stereotype threat, and more recently implicit bias and microaggression. Each of these ideas has gained traction in the mainstream media and in many academic circles but their scientific foundations are shaky. In this essay, we’ll provide some background on the STEM controversy and consider multiple factors that might contribute to these sex differences.

The U.S. National Science Foundation reports that women are awarded 57 percent of undergraduate STEM degrees, but with substantial differences across fields. Women earn the majority of degrees in the life and social sciences but less than 20 percent of the degrees in computer science and engineering, sex differences that have held steady for several decades. The STEM debate is primarily about sex differences in educational and later occupational choices in inorganic fields, those focused on understanding non-living things. These differences are socially important because these tend to be prestigious occupations, and practically important because the different numbers of men and women in these fields contribute, in part, to the sex difference in earnings.

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Fake news origins

In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the "fake news" narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.

Attkisson pointed out that "fake news" in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.

But she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus America's attention on the idea of "fake news" in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called "First Draft," which, she said, "appears to be the about the first to use 'fake news' in its modern context."

"On September 13, 2016, First Draft announced a partnership to tackle malicious hoaxes and fake news reports," Attkisson explained. "The goal was supposedly to separate wheat from chaff, to prevent unproven conspiracy talk from figuring prominently in internet searches. To relegate today's version of the alien baby story to a special internet oblivion."

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Leaking is more preferable to the CIA

Intelligence officials can selectively release classified information to trusted journalists while withholding the same information from other citizens who request it through open records laws, CIA lawyers argued Wednesday.

In a motion filed in New York federal court, the CIA claimed that limited disclosures to reporters do not waive national security exemptions to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies frequently deny records requests on the basis of protecting sensitive national security information, one of nine exemptions written into the federal FOIA law.

The case stems from lawsuit against the CIA by New York-based independent journalist Adam Johnson, who had used FOIA to obtain emails between the agency’s public information office and selected reporters from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The New York Times. The emails the CIA provided to Johnson were redacted, leading him to question why he was not allowed to see the same information that had been given to uncleared reporters.

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California makes it hard for ICE

After reports recently rippled across California’s agricultural heartland that immigration agents might audit farms, Bryan Little of the California Farm Bureau Federation sent an email alert to thousands of farmers warning them not to run afoul of a new state law governing their interactions with federal immigration officials.

The law requires California employers to ask immigration agents for warrants or subpoenas before allowing them access to private areas of the workplace or confidential employee records. Employers who break the law, which took effect in January, face fines of up to $10,000.

Businesses are increasingly caught between California and Washington as the state seeks to shield illegal immigrants from deportation, and the Trump administration intensifies enforcement. As the state works out how to enforce the law, employers say the new requirements are confusing.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Farrakhan's friend in Congress

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, has attended multiple meetings with Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan while in Congress, The Daily Caller has learned.

Ellison’s past ties to Farrakhan are well known: he admitted to The Washington Post during his first congressional campaign in 2006 that he worked with the Nation of Islam for approximately 18 months ahead of Farrakhan’s 1995 Million Man March. Since he ran for Congress, Ellison has repeatedly promised the public that he left Farrakhan in the past.

But Ellison’s associations with Farrakhan continued even as he served in Congress, TheDC has found.

Ellison attended at least three meetings where Farrakhan was present including a private visit to Farrakhan’s hotel room according to photos and videos reviewed by TheDC and Farrakhan’s own statements.

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Having sex with someone you arrest

In 35 states, it’s legal for cops to detain and have sex with someone in their custody. Is your state one of them?

Yesterday, Buzzfeed News published an investigative piece about Anna Chambers, a New York teenager pressing rape charges against Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, two members of the New York Police Department. Last fall, Anna was picked up by the two cops who told her two male friends to leave, handcuffed her, and led her into their van. According to Anna’s lawyer, the policemen ordered her to undress and when they didn’t find drugs, they raped her.

It’s a stunning story of state violence of cops using their guns, their badges, and their impunity to attack vulnerable women. Anna’s far from alone: sexual assault is the second most commonly reported form of police misconduct and brutality (after excessive force). A 2015 investigation found that over 1,000 officers across America have lost their badges because of sexual assault and their report noted that number is "unquestionably an undercount" because many states, including New York, don’t keep state records of decertified cops. Further, sexual violence and police violence are highly underreported meaning these number represent a mere fraction of the actual prevalence of police-perpetrated sexual violence.

You’d think this would have been an open-and-shut case. Anna’s forensic exam (commonly known as a ‘rape kit’) matched Martins’ and Hall’s DNA, and a security camera shows the detectives leaving her on the side of a street a quarter-mile from a police station. Anna says she repeatedly told the detectives no; the detectives say it was consensual.

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The high cost of migrants

The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly half of these so-called children are actually adults.

According to federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately €50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000 per case.

"A total of 105.2 million euros were spent on housing and providing for unaccompanied minor refugees," announced the Social Ministry in Kiel, capital of the Germany state of Schleswig-Holstein.

"1795 unaccompanied minor foreigners were cared for, of which 775 are now adults," Marcel Leubecher of Welt explains. "This resulted in an average of around 58,600 euros to book an unaccompanied minor in the northernmost province."

It should be noted that the federal government, which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities to come up with the lion's share.

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Worst colleges for free speech

Each year, colleges across the country find dubious ways to silence student and faculty expression. In the last year, administrators became embroiled in litigation for telling a student he couldn’t hand out Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a free speech zone, continued a years-long effort to ban a group from campus due to its political viewpoint, and even investigated a professor for a satirical tweet eventually driving him to resign.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has identified America’s 10 worst colleges for free speech, published today with detailed descriptions on FIRE's website.

This year’s list includes the following institutions, in no particular order:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.)
Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)
Los Angeles Community College District (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fordham University (New York, N.Y.)
Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
Albion College (Albion, Mich.)
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)
Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas)

The institutions on FIRE's annual list of worst colleges include one university that threatened the funding and editorial process of its independent student newspaper, another that erected fences around campus to keep peaceful student demonstrators out of sight of donors, and yet another that put a student through a months-long investigation and a four-hour hearing for a joke. (That student is still waiting to learn his fate!)

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Trending, School suspensions

A quarter of black students in the Racine Unified School District received at least one out-of-school suspension during the 2015-16 school year.

During the same time frame, 7.2 percent of Hispanic students and 5 percent of white students were suspended. These three ethnic groups made up the majority of the student population in 2015-16, when 26.4 percent of students were black, 27 percent were Hispanic and 41 percent were white.

The percentage of black students suspended or prohibited from going to school for up to five days in 2015-16 was higher at Racine Unified than at either in the Kenosha Unified district or in Milwaukee Public Schools.

In that year the most recent year for which data is available from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 21 percent of black Kenosha Unified students were suspended and 20 percent of black MPS students were suspended.

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