Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.

Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written on the harness strap, which features a mount for an action camera.

He said Monday fishermen in Arctic Norway last week reported the tame white cetacean with a tight harness swimming around. On Friday, fisherman Joar Hesten, aided by the Ree Wiig, jumped into the frigid water to remove the harness.

Ree Wiig said "people in Norway’s military have shown great interest" in the harness.

Audun Rikardsen, a professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe, northern Norway, believes "it is most likely that Russian Navy in Murmansk" is involved. Russia has major military facilities in and around Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula, in the far northwest of Russia.

Rikardsen said he had checked with scholars in Russia and Norway and said they have not reported any program or experiments using beluga whales.

"This is a tame animal that is used to get food served so that is why it has made contacts with the fishermen," he said. "The question is now whether it can survive by finding food by itself. We have seen cases where other whales that have been in Russian captivity doing fine."

Hesten told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the whale began to rub itself again his boat when he first spotted it.


Biting the hand

I’ve noticed a trend: The more that white people apologize, the more they get mocked. The more they concede, the more that is demanded of them. The more frequently they make gestures of goodwill, the more they get emotionally sandblasted with malicious rhetoric about how "whiteness" is a poison that needs to be uprooted and eradicated. And what’s bitterly funny is that these well-meaning but fatally clueless Caucasoids can’t seem to figure out why this is happening.

The reason is simple: Self-hatred is never attractive, neither individually nor collectively, no matter who’s expressing it. It didn’t reflect well on blacks when movie clowns such as Mantan Moreland was bugging his eyes out and saying "Feets don’t fail me now!," nor was it appealing when the heavy-lidded Stepin Fetchit played a shuffling, servile black idiot in every appearance.

Yet the default Virtue Mode these days for any white person who doesn’t want to be forever banished beyond the Pale (should that be into the Pale?) is to bend over, grab their ankles, wince, and scream, "Pleeze, Massa, don’t hurt me!" They are sheltered and stupid enough to see such behavior as a virtue rather than a weakness. They appear to view it as a survival strategy rather than an invitation to murder.

The groups they’re trying to appease, though, aren’t nearly so naive. Since people are animals especially ones who’ve been encouraged their entire lives to view you as a natural predator who’s constantly seeking to kill, maim, defame, and oppress you they tend to smell blood with every escalating gesture of compassion. It emboldens them to bite the hand that meekly holds out the olive branch.

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Antibiotics will soon get scarce

Last week, the biotech company Achaogen announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. That might not seem like much news: businesses crash and burn all the time. But Achaogen, founded in 2002, was an antibiotics company. Its first drug, Zemdri (plazomicin), was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last June.

The world is running out of useful antibiotics because the rise of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is undermining them, and big firms are disinclined to make more. In 2018 alone, three large legacy pharma firms closed their antibiotic research programs. So the collapse of even a small business that stepped up to make a new antibiotic is a blow.

Achaogen hit all the marks that should have signaled success. It recruited experienced developers, targeted an infection that the World Health Organization considers a critical unmet need, stuck with its compound through 15 years of testing, scored several rounds of public investment and private philanthropy, and got its drug approved. Yet the market didn’t reward the company for producing a new antibiotic: on the day the FDA announced its decision, its stock price actually dropped by 20 percent. Almost a year later, it has earned less than $1 million on the drug, not enough to stay alive.

The larger story of the Achaogen bankruptcy is that the financial structures that sustained antibiotic development for decades are broken. If we want new antibiotics, we’re going to have to find new ways to pay for them. And that will involve hard choices with big dollar signs attached.

Successful drug development relies on an extremely simple assumption. If you spend the industry-standard amounts of time and money to achieve a new druggenerally accepted to be 10 to 15 years and at least $1 billionyou will end up with a product to which you can assign a high enough price, or sell in enough volume, to earn back that R&D budget, reward investors, and turn a profit.

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FISA Court says the FBI lied

On Wednesday night’s Ingraham Angle, there was a magnificent discussion about the sham Trump investigation with Rudy Giuliani, Joe diGenova and former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray that absolutely must not be missed. And I say that not because I was subbing for Laura Ingraham at the time.

After being on defense with his hands legally tied for the first two years of his Presidency, President Trump is finally able to go on offense, as he can no longer be accused of "interfering with the Russia investigation."

But something else is afoot as well. According to diGenova, and here is the tremendous breaking news: The FISA court has been looking into abuses of the FISA system and has communicated with the Justice Department about its findings. Their chief judge has already determined that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation (yes, spying and, yes, illegal) going on by four FBI contractors to break the law to steal personal electronic information about American citizens and to use it against the Republican Party.

It might be good to go back and read that last sentence again, slowly, and let it sink in.

The people heading up the Justice Department at that time including Attorney General (AG) Sally Yates and Assistant AG John Carlin apparently knew about it and lied to the FISA court. It seems that by the time they withheld the political origins of Christopher Steele’s Trump "dossier" to the court, it was already business as usual to deceive those judges, who no doubt have steam coming out of their ears.

There will be grand juries and indictments, according to diGenova, who knows how this works because he happens to have been one of the original lawyers on the FISA court. He said, "John Brennan isn’t going to need one lawyer he’s going to need five."

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No, he wasn't a Christian

The media may have given the impression that Brenton Tarrant, the New Zealand mosque murderer, was a Christian or accidentally conveyed that sense by spotty coverage. The Evening Standard headline reads, "Mosque shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant 'travelled to Europe to investigate historic battles between Christians and Muslims.'" Heavy.com writes that "in his disturbing manifesto, white nationalist terrorist Brenton Tarrant says that he received a blessing in support of the attack from a group called the 'reborn Knights Templar.'"

So he was a Christian bigot, right? The better to disarm others like him. But, unfortunately, the "reborn Knights Templar" don't exist. It's a fantasy organization imagined by Anders Breivik, inspired by the World of Warcraft.

What is the "reborn Knights Templar?" Does it really exist? It appears to be a reference to far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who insisted that he belonged to such a group to combat Islamic migration. Prosecutors at Breivik’s trial thought he made it all up.

In the manifesto, Tarrant the accused killer of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques wrote that he supported Breivik and racist Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, among others, and added, "I have only had brief contact with Knight Justiciar Breivik, receiving a blessing for my mission after contacting his brother knights." He said he had read Roof’s writings. However, he wrote that he "only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik." ...

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Ban sanctuary cities?

The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would ban "sanctuary cities" from existing in the state.

The high-profile bill sponsored by state Rep. Cord Byrd (R), if signed into law, would require local law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration authorities in identifying immigrants without legal status, according to CBS 4 Miami.

While Florida does not currently have any sanctuary cities, several states have sanctuary policies in place to help protect immigrants from being arrested by federal authorities.

The GOP-led House voted 69-47 nearly along party lines to pass the measure Wednesday. A similar bill is currently in the state Senate as well.

The bill would also punish local governments for not complying with the ban with a fine of $5,000 for each day a sanctuary city policy is in place.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) already issued a statement telling people not to travel to Florida if the legislation becomes law, according to the Miami Herald.

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Joe Biden

Monday, April 29, 2019

Yes, we have no collusion

Mueller’s team went down every blind alley relating to its investigation -- except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime.

One, there was never a crime of collusion. Mueller early on in his endeavors must have realized that truth, but he pressed ahead anyway. It is almost impossible to prove obstruction of nothing.

Two, Trump cooperated with the investigation. He waived executive privilege. He turned over more than 1 million pages of administrative documents. He allowed thenWhite House counsel Don McGahn to submit to over 30 hours of questioning by Mueller’s lawyers.

Three, anyone targeted by a massive investigation who knows he is innocent of an alleged crime is bound to become frustrated over a seemingly never-ending inquisition.

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It isn't safe to be a teacher

A record 220,300 public school teachers reported that they were physically attacked by a student during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a report jointly published this month by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The 220,300 public school teachers who said they were physically attacked by a student in 2015-2016 is up from the 197,400 who said they were attacked by a student in 2011-2012 (which is the last school year before 2015-2016 for which teachers were surveyed on the question).

In 1993-94, the first year that public school teachers were surveyed on the question, 112,400 said they were physically attacked by a student.

The 220,300 public school teachers who said they were physically attacked by a student in 2015-16 equaled approximately 5.8 percent of the 3,827,100 public school teachers the NCES estimates there were during that year.

The NCES also estimated that the 197,400 teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student in 2011-12 also equaled 5.8 percent of the total public school teachers working that year.

Prior to that, in the years going back to the 1993-94 survey, the highest percentage of public school teachers who reported they had been physically attacked by a student was 4.4 percent in 1993-94.

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Collapse of public education

There could be no better example of how Democrats destroy everything they touch than the nation’s public education system.

For decades, Left-wing political thought has dominated in our public schools. But even as public education lapsed into mediocrity while other industrialized nations produce world-class, highly educated citizens capable of competing in a global environment, Americans have doubled and tripled down on Democrat-led education policy failures.

The result: Our schools are increasingly becoming learning-free zones of violence.

As reported by CNS News:

A record 220,300 public school teachers reported that they were physically attacked by a student during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a report jointly published this month by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The 220,300 public school teachers who said they were physically attacked by a student in 2015-2016 is up from the 197,400 who said they were attacked by a student in 2011-2012 (which is the last school year before 2015-2016 for which teachers were surveyed on the question).

According to stats, incidents of violence against teachers have been rising steadily for years as Left-wing policies against holding kids (and their parents) accountable have also risen....

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Quote of the day

Wall Street and major Corporations want to kowtow to China

Perhaps out of concern that his former boss might be pushing Robert Lighthizer and Steve Mnuchin to cave on enforcement, technology transfers and market access for the sake of securing a deal with Beijing, former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared alongside hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, Wall Street’s most visible China bear, to try and explain why Washington needs to stick to its guns and make sure Beijing is held to account for its decades of trade abuses.

Bass, who just the other day distributed his first investor letter in three years warning about a coming blowup in Hong Kong’s balance of payments, argued that the immense pressure for Trump to strike a deal isn’t coming from voters, but from Wall Street and corporate America, who have abetted Beijing in its efforts to maintain the status quo on trade selling out their country in the process.

Drawing attention to something that few political analysts have been willing to discuss since the US-China trade spat erupted early last year, Bass broke down China’s lobbying strategy, which we highlighted here.

For years, Beijing has sought to curry favor with individual companies and industries by granting them piecemeal concessions, mostly in the form of market access. And since the start of the trade war, Beijing hasn’t been shy about calling in favors, which is why most of the American business and financial community just wants Trump to end the trade war, even if it means settling for a deal that achieves none of Washington’s objectives on ‘structural reform’, kicks the can on enforcement to Trump’s successor, and touts promises for purchases of billions of dollars of agricultural goods instead of meaningful changes.

"All the pressure on Trump to strike a trade deal is coming from Wall Street and corporate America," Bass argued. "Look who fought CFIUS reform…some of the biggest companies in the US and Wall Street came together to fight it. Steve is right about who’s fighting…it’s corporate America fighting to get Trump to do a deal…and China plays that card and they play it better than anyone else…they open a market to very specific people to court influence."
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I prefer apartheid

"It is all about the blacks. The 'Rainbow Nation' is a big lie!" complained Dalene Raiters, a South African mother from the "Coloured" community.

"We are not black enough," added her sister who has also been unemployed for years.

"We are not part of this country. We were marginalised during the apartheid and even now," lamented Dalene, getting into her stride about the discrimination of which she insists she is a victim.

"Our people live like mushrooms. Four generations under the same roof," said Elizabeth Raiters, seated in the living room of the family home in the majority "Coloured" township of Eldorado Park, an outlying suburb of Johannesburg.

In total, nine people -- soon to be 10 with a baby due -- live in the property, which has a small bedroom and a hut in the yard.

Elizabeth applied for social housing to ease the squeeze -- but that was 17 years ago, and failed. She is convinced it is because of the colour of her skin.

Apartheid legally divided South Africans into groups of whites, blacks, Indians and "Coloured," a term meaning people deemed to be of mixed race.

The remnants of system were swept away a quarter-century ago, and today the notion of race remains as discredited as is segregation.

Yet the term "Coloured" is still widely used today -- and complaints of exclusion are common.

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Thousands of migrants from terrorist nations are in the U.S.

Months after Judicial Watch reported that migrants from terrorist nations try to enter the U.S. via Mexico at record rates, government figures show that more than 10,000 illegal aliens from countries that sponsor terrorism currently live here. It’s not clear how they entered the country but federal authorities know about them because they have either been deported or have final removal orders pending. Nevertheless, they are not in custody and roam freely in unsuspecting communities throughout America.

The distressing statistics were obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by a public interest group that favors secure borders and exposes the harms of mass migration. The Washington D.C. nonprofit filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and made the figures public this month. They show 10,340 non-detained illegal immigrants from Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea on ICE’s national docket as of June 2018. Iran tops the list with 6,331, followed by Syria (2,128), Sudan (1,860) and North Korea (21). All four countries have been designated as sponsors of terrorism by the State Department.

The U.S. government has determined that Iran is the "foremost state sponsor of terrorism" because it provides a range of support, including financial, training and equipment, to groups worldwide, particularly Hezbollah. Syria is also a hotbed of Hezbollah militants and Al Qaeda-linked jihadists. A recent RAND Corporation study concluded that the most significant threat to the United States comes from terrorist groups operating in a handful of Middle Eastern countries that include Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The State Department also classifies Syria as a dangerous country plagued by terrorism. "There is a terrorist threat from violent extremist groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL), formerly known as al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQ), the al-Nusrah Front, and others," according to the State Department assessment. "Tactics for these groups include the use of suicide bombers, kidnapping, use of small and heavy arms, and improvised explosive devices in major city centers, including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr."

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Odds and ends

Former director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam lamented the change in comedy culture in a new interview, saying he’s tired of being "blamed for everything" because he’s a white male.

Dan Bongino....There will be no "let’s move on." Forget it. It’s now time to expose the Obama administration’s role in the biggest political spying scandal in US history. There’s nowhere to hide, Justice is coming.

Headline....Mysterious Maltese Professor Mifsud hid out for months in Rome, helped by shady university.

From the Spectator....The Mueller Report is a 448 page-long primal scream of rage by the frustrated Hillary Clinton acolytes who wrote it and who utterly failed in their anointed mission to (a) lure President Trump into a General Flynn-style perjury trap and/or (b) goad him into obstructing their faux investigation of non-existent Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

John Bierdeman....Mitt (Romney) is another Jeff Flake. Sanctimonious millionaire preaching to Americans. Resign, go home. You are NOT representing America.

Trump...."Time to turn the tables."

Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren became the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, citing the "severity" of "misconduct" detailed in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Tom Fitton....Mueller Report is a political document designed to smear President Trump.

As the Beto O’Rourke campaign struggles to gain momentum in the crowded Democratic presidential primary, two top campaign staffers have left the operation.

The New York Times reported that the "body of Christ" saved from the flaming Notre Dame cathedral earlier this week was a statue.

Muslim councillor in the Netherlands demands ‘Muslim-only’ beach because "Muslims feel uncomfortable with scantily clad, ugly people"

Hypocrite Emma Thompson flew 5400 miles from Los Angeles to join London eco-warrior protest who believe that planes should only be used in emergencies.

French architects are answering President Macron’s call and proposing modernist designs for a rebuilt Notre Dame cathedral, including a glass roof, a steel spire, and possibly a minaret.

Rush Limbaugh says special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report would have been more accurate if he had openly lamented President Trump's attempt to obstruct a silent coup. He said the lengthy report was written primarily to fuel biased media attacks.

The Russian embassy in the US issued its own scathing report, calling the collusion conspiracy which Mueller's team sought to uncover "hollow and laughable".

Rush Limbaugh...."The Mueller Report is 488 pages of gossip."

Al-Jazeera reporter Saif Khalid declared on Twitter that reporting the facts about the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka is "Islamophobic."

Illinois has 102 counties 86 of them lost population last year. Illinois has lost population for five straight years. They will probably lose two congressional seats in the 2020 census.

Deep-pocketed Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump in 2016 are going all in for him in 2020, throwing their weight behind a newly created fundraising drive that’s expected to dump tens of millions into his reelection coffers.

Hillary just can't say "Christians." In a tweet she refers to "Easter Worshippers."

Obama can't say "Christians" either. In a tweet he also refers to "Easter Worshippers."

Headline....New census numbers reveal Americans migrating west and south, and away from high-tax blue states.

Bob Woodward...."The FBI and CIA's reliance on the Steele dossier needs to be investigated."

A wealthy donor "worth over $200 million" wants to make sure Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loses her next election, according to the New York Post.

Headline....Trump guilty of obstructing a coup d'etat.

Nancy Pelosi, a few months ago..."Republicans need to accept the Mueller Report." Earlier this week...."We do not accept the Mueller Report."

China....Wants to double its coal power capacity by 2030.

No Islamic state has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlaws slavery.

Jesus’ existence is better attested in ancient sources than that of Julius Caesar but no one claims Julius was not a real person. Also, the earliest written reference to Alexander the Great dates 400 years after Alexander is said to have lived. Yet no one says Alexander was not real.

Tom Stiglich....Trump is guilty of obstructing an attempted coup.

Woman to reporter...."If you became Muslim and cover like us and became a member of our religion, you would not be killed" in the ISIS caliphate.

Caption....Almost 300 Easter worshippers killed by a religion of floor worshippers.

Headline....Italian town to cover crosses at cemeteries so as not to offend Muslims.

A recently published American History textbook says Trump is mentally ill and that he and his supporters are racists.

Strangely enough, it is not illegal to escape prison in Austria.

Headline....Brunei Cites ‘Cultural Diversity’ as Reason it Should Be Allowed to Stone Gay People to Death

Tucker Carlson....Our leaders ignore Christian persecution because they believe Christians are the problem.

Kate Smith was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 235 pounds at the age of 30.

Headline....Feminist Vegan Cafe that charged 18% Man Tax shuts down after 24 months.

Lara Trump...."Joe Biden would be the most sane Democrat running for president."

Joe Biden says he believes that illegal aliens in the U.S. are already American citizens.

Former vice president Joe Biden says his 2020 presidential bid was inspired by calls from politicians across the globe who want him to "save the world." (haha)

India's population is 1369 million.

Former U.S. prosecutor Joe diGenova says indictments are coming. The question then is if someone like John Brennan will take all the heat or if he will choose to point at those who approved his actionsnamely figures like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Valerie Jarrett.

Judge Andrew Napolitano says Trump's behavior is immoral, criminal, and condemnable.

Ukrainian lawmaker admits that government agency linked to George Soros was helping Hillary Clinton in 2016 election.

Economy "unexpectedly" grew at 3.2% rate in First Quarter boosted by shrinking trade gap. (aren't we supposed to be in a recession by now?)

Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are "inconspicuous" and "cheerful", as these warning signs indicate they are right wing and thus "dangerous". (haha)

"America’s coming back like we used to be: ethical, straight, tell ’em the truth… supporting our allies, all those good things," Biden said when asked if he has a message for the world following his campaign kickoff.

Ain't it the truth?....In the 1970’s endless ink was spilled about running out of landfill space and paving North America. Then the globalists bought off the Sierra Club and suddenly America’s 200 million people needed to swell to 335 million and "who gives a shit about landfills?"

Headline....Illegal alien arrested, charged with kicking baby to death. Had already been deported 5 times.

Trump....‘I didn’t need a gun to stop the coup against my presidency’

Vietnamese veteran...."Sometimes I think the dead are lucky. They rest in peace. We have to struggle every day. Our lives continue."

Trump...."I'm guilty of being a great president, and the Democrats don't like it." (haha)

Headline....Chamber of Commerce demands more immigration, says U.S. is out of people.

Left-wing website Slate, which said "all white Australians" were implicated in the New Zealand mosque massacre, isn’t sure whether to blame ISIS for the Sri Lanka terror attacks.

Rush Limbaugh says that if Biden had a statue the Democrats would be tearing it down and covering it up.

Guardian contributor George Monbiot insists we must ditch Capitalism to save the world from climate change, but he doesn’t like any of the alternative economic systems.


Whiteness is terrorism

A Trinity College professor whose racially charged social media posts created an uproar in 2017 is once again facing a firestorm from alumni of the Hartford liberal arts school for tweeting "Whiteness is terrorism" on Easter and referring to Barack and Michelle Obama as "white kneegrows."

In a second tweet Sunday, Johnny Eric Williams, who is black, wrote: "All self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and collude with systemic white racism/white supremacy."

Earlier this month, the tenured sociology professor wrote "‘White’ kneegrows really need a lot of therapy and a good ‘ol ass kicking," in a Facebook post. When asked whether he was referring to Candace Owens, the black conservative commentator and political activist, who is from Connecticut, Williams said it wasn’t just her.

"I’m referring to her other and less brazen but more insidious dangerous ‘white’ kneegrows like Barry and Michelle Obama and many other white kneegrows you encounter daily," Williams posted.

In an emailed response, Williams said "there are many socially defined black folks who have internalized whiteness as a way and knowing and being in the world. They like others who believe themselves to be ‘white,’ act on these ideas in ways that create and sustain systemic white racism."

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Disruption and Willful Defiance

The California State Senate voted to ban schools and principals from suspending students for "willful defiance" of teachers, staff, and administrators.

The Senate approved SB 419 Monday by a vote of 30-8. It moves to the Assembly next.

A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last legislative session.

Under the new version (Senate Bill 419), students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing until January 1, 2025. The law would apply to both public and charter schools.

Existing law already prohibits schools from suspending children in grades K-3 for disrupting or willful defiance. Existing law also prevents schools from recommending the expulsion of students in all grades for disrupting or willful defiance.

Students could still be suspended or expelled for other acts, including threatening violence, bringing a weapon or drugs to school, or damaging school property. Teachers could also still be allowed to "suspend pupils from class for the day and the following day who disrupt school activities or otherwise willfully defied valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties."

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Marxism and Globalists

Marxist theory rests on a trifecta of foundations, though only two get the attention they deserve. Everybody knows about the Marxist principles of collective ownership of the means of production and the rejection of religion as "opium for the people", but what is less visible today is the Marxist rejection of the concepts of nationhood and patriotism. That is too bad, because of the three foundational principles of Marxism it is that last one that is the most pernicious. Without it, the rest of the theory immediately loses logical cohesion and makes no sense.

Marxism seeks to shift the paradigm of human conflict away from that between nation states, empires, republics, or any other political groupings and redefine it solely in terms of class. Marx and his followers sought to break the bonds that exited in every society between its working, middle, and upper classes. In the post-feudal European nation states and empires, these bonds were many centuries old and were based on a long common history, the origins of which were shrouded in shared myths. Workers, engineers, and factory owners may have not lived in the same neighborhoods or shopped in the same stores, but they went to the same churches and shared a love for their motherland. In America, with its short history, but strong upward mobility, the classes were tied together by the hope that they or their children, through hard work and sacrifice, can always do better.

The goal of Marxism was to break the bonds of brotherly love between the classes in a given society and replace them with burning hatred, a hatred that is based on envious, impotent rage. Marxism preached that the English coal miners were one not with their own supervisors, but with other coal miners, in places like France, and Germany, and Poland, people with whom they shared nothing except for their "class". The Marxist attack on religion was designed first and foremost to eliminate the one place where all classes came together and where they were all equal in the eyes of God: the Church. The Marxist slogan, the first official slogan of the first Marxist state the Soviet Union, was "Workers of All Nations Unite!" After the Bolshevik coup, the first act they undertook was order the Russian troops fighting on the Eastern Front of WWI to cross the lines and embrace the Austro-Hungarian or German soldiers they were facing and then leave the battlefield and head for home. In this, they were following the Marxist dogma that wars were profit-making enterprises designed by the owner class, the bourgeoisie, to cull and keep in check their own lower and working classes. In the Marxists’ view, there were no "national interests", only the interests of the international cabal of greedy capitalists.

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China using American technology for surveillance

The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities using American technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

At the center of the Journal’s reporting is a company called Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat). It’s a satellite operating company acquired back in 2015 by U.S. private equity firm The Carlyle Group and Chinese private equity firm CITIC Group. Both Carlyle and CITIC are known for their ties to government in their respective home nations.

While the U.S. government basically bans American companies from exporting satellite technology to foreign governments like China, there have been no controls put in place on how bandwidth from launched satellites is used once those satellites are in orbit.

Based in Hong Kong, AsiaSat isn’t subject to the same sort of export controls and regulations that the U.S. places on companies headquartered in mainland China, which has allowed the company to acquire U.S. satellites.

The Chinese government, through its connections with CITIC, has leveraged that loophole to bolster its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities for security activities, the Journal reports.

At issue are satellites bought by AsiaSat from Boeing and Maxar Technologies subsidiary SSL, of Palo Alto, Calif. We’ve reached out to Maxar and AsiaSat for comment.

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The end of Catch and Release

The Attorney General issued an important decision on Tuesday that closes a Bush-era catch-and-release loophole in our immigration laws. The loophole allowed thousands of illegal aliens caught entering the U.S. without papers near the Mexican border to post bond and disappear into the interior of the United States. The AG decision closely tracks a friend-of-the-court brief submitted by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) in November 2018.

Since 1996, a federal statute has required that most aliens caught illegally entering the U.S. be detained while their removal cases are processed. Among the aliens subject to mandatory detention are those in so-called expedited removal proceedings. They can be immediately removed, with no appeal allowed.

But if those illegal aliens "express a fear of persecution," they are diverted to the so-called "credible fear" process, where they are interviewed by an asylum officer. If the asylum officer thinks an alien’s story is "credible," his case is transferred into the massively backlogged full removal hearing process, and the alien is no longer subject to immediate removal.

In 2005, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that an illegal alien whose case was transferred to the regular removal docket should be reclassified as part of a smaller group of illegal aliens the federal statute explicitly makes eligible for release on bond.

Thirteen years and thousands of releases later, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed. In the 2018 Jennings v. Rodriguez case, the Supreme Court held that illegal entrants with transferred cases, along with beneficiaries of several other removal loopholes, are definitely among the illegal aliens for whom detention pending a final decision in their removal case is mandatory.

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Catastrophic sea level rise

The world is drowning in articles about catastrophic sea level rise (SLR), reminding us that if the ice sheets melt, 260 feet of water will flood our coastal cities. We know that sea level today is 20-30 feet lower than it was at the end of the last interglacial period 120,000 years ago. We also know that sea level has risen 430 feet since the end of the last glacial maximum 22,000 years ago. Research shows this rise was not monotonic but oscillatory, and during periods over the past 10,000 years, sea level has been several meters higher than today. So, evidence supports the possibility of higher sea levels, but does the evidence support the possibility of catastrophic sea level rise from rapidly melting ice?

In this paper, basic science is used to show that catastrophic SLR from melting ice cannot happen naturally over a short period. Additionally, humankind does not possess the capability to melt a large amount of ice quickly even through our most advanced technology. This news should relieve the public, which is routinely deceived by reporting that misrepresents the facts. The public is susceptible to unnecessary alarmism when melt rates and ice-melt masses are presented without perspective and juxtaposed against claims that scientists are worried. This paper uses the same facts but places them in perspective to show that catastrophic risks do not exist.

The growing alarm over melting ice sheets is directly attributable to deceptive reporting. The sheer number of reports inundates the public with an incessant message of angst. A single scientific study can be the source for headlines in hundreds of news articles. With social media repeating the news and the subsequent chorus of lectures from celebrities and politicians, we find ourselves in the deafening echo chamber of Climate Alarmism. However, it is a mistake to assume the real risks are proportional to the frequency or intensity of the message.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Special banking rules for illegals

The remittance payments that illegal aliens send back home to Mexico, after stealing jobs meant for Americans and paying no taxes on their wages, seem a bit… unfair. A lot of Americans would probably like to sign up for that.

All the money that you make at your job, for example, may be intended to benefit members of your immediate family. Therefore, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pay no taxes on your salary, simply by claiming, "But the money is for my family!"

Alas, you can’t get a sweet deal like that in America. That’s only a benefit that illegal aliens in our country get to enjoy.

If you’re an American and you do happen to have family overseas, you’ve probably noticed that it’s a bit expensive to wire money to them. According to Lending Tree, here are the international wire transfer fees that Americans must pay at their banks to send money to a foreign country.

Bank of America, Citi, PNC and Wells Fargo all charge $45 per transfer. Chase, SunTrust and US Bank each charge $50 per transfer. BB&T charges $65 per transfer. The average cost for Americans to send an international wire transfer from these banks is a little over $48 per transfer. That will buy you a tank of gas and some biscuits & gravy in most places.

Oh, but there is one banking program administered through the Federal Reserve which allows you to send foreign wire transfers for just $0.67 per transaction. Unfortunately, you must be an illegal alien sending untaxed remittance payments home to Mexico in order to participate in this special, exclusive program. Crossing the border illegally has so many benefits!

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Twist and shout

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the sewagestream media had a record of over 80% negative reporting on candidate Donald Trump. No matter what Trump did or said, the media instantly twisted and distorted as much of what he did and said, as possible. I’m sure that if Trump had helped a little old lady load her groceries in her car, the media would somehow have twisted it into Trump trying to sexually assault her or some other kind of deviant act, instead of just being kind and helpful.

The media treatment of Trump since he was sworn into office has been even worse. Over the past two years, many of us have lost count of the number of fake news stories that have been spewed out all over the news.

Do you remember August 12, 2017? A group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis were holding their Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. They had a permit and the rally was going along very peaceful, until a group of leftist activists intentionally attacked the peaceful rally. Violence broke out and resulted in the death of a girl from one of the white supremacists. The media went wild, blaming 100% of the violence on the white supremacists, even though the violence was started by the leftist activists.

The next day, President Trump denounced all of the violence and mentioned that part of the blame lay on the leftist activists as they were the ones who actually started the violent confrontation. When Trump spoke the obvious truth, the media went ballistic. They accused Trump of being a white supremacist, a racist, a bigot, a hater and worse. The media was not about to report that President Trump spoke the truth.

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The time for accounting is now

The time for an accounting has arrived for former senior members of the FBI and Intelligence Community. They aided and abetted in propagating a false narrative about the Trump campaign colluding with Russians, accused the President of the United States of being a "traitor," and misled the American people. They made Donald J. Trump the Alfred Dreyfus of the 21st century: a completely innocent man, framed by his own government because of who he was (Dreyfus, a Jew, was the victim of French anti-Semitism) and not what he did.

Dreyfus was framed of spying for the Germans based on a forged document. Trump was framed by a fraudulent dossier.

Worse, the framing was done as a distraction to cover up for those who weaponized our law enforcement and intelligence tools against a political opponent. President Trump deserves an apology from them all.

Punishment for the former FBI and intel officials should include removal from boards, sinecures, speaking gigs, and TV. They denied this country a president-in-full for two years, not just as a political vendetta but also to conceal what some of them had done. Their offense was compounded by the fact that they used the uniqueness of their law enforcement and intelligence community former high-level positions to make it appear they knew more than they did. They besmirched themselves as well as their agencies’ decent, dedicated personnel. ...

These people led the charge to misinform the American people and sew discord in our country. It is not President Trump who has acted treacherously, it is they.


Angel's Glow

Imagine you are a Civil War soldier with a mid-19th-century layman's understanding of medicine. Good news: you helped drive the Confederates back and survived the Battle of Shiloh. Bad news: you're wounded, and you've been waiting for a medic for two days on a rainy battlefield. Worse news: to your horror, that wound has started to ... glow. Never mind that archaic understanding of medicine we're still freaked out 156 years later.

The Battle of Shiloh was one of the first major battles of the American Civil War, and one of the first bloodbaths as well. Although the Union was victorious, both sides suffered heavy losses, and neither was truly prepared for the scope of the conflict. All told, the Battle of Shiloh left more than 3,000 dead and 16,000 wounded, and like many Civil War battles, the deadliest risk came after the bullets stopped flying and the wounds started festering. To make matters worse, the wounded that were unable to carry themselves from the fray were left to suffer for two days in the mud and the rain before medical help (such as it was at the time) arrived. That can't be good for preventing an infection. Fortunately, those soldiers had angels looking out for them.

At least, that's what it looked like. In an astonishing, and frankly spooky, turn of events, as night fell, many of those wounded soldiers began to see a strange glow emanating from their wounds. They called it "Angel's Glow" and it lived up to its nickname. When they were eventually recovered and moved to the field hospital, the soldiers whose wounds had been so blessed ended up recovering better and faster, with cleaner wounds and a better survival rate than the un-glowing. This really would sound downright impossible if it weren't for the fact that it's so well documented.

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Black women's hair

Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down.

"It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless," said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. "At this point in my life I have come to expect it, but that doesn’t make it any less invasive and frustrating."

Wanzer, who had her hair patted down by Transportation Security Administration officers two weeks ago while she flew home from Raleigh, North Carolina, said she feels singled out when she is asked to step aside.

"When you find yourself in that kind of situation, it makes you wonder," Wanzer said. "Is this for security, or am I being profiled for my race?"

Black women have been raising alarms for years about being forced to undergo intrusive, degrading searches of their hair at airport security checkpoints. After a complaint five years ago, the TSA pledged to improve oversight and training for its workers on hair pat-downs.

But it turns out there’s an issue beyond the screeners: the machines themselves.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

The War on Squirrels

In April 1918, as American doughboys faced down the Germans in France, California’s schoolchildren were enlisted to open a new Western Front. "We have enemies here at home more destructive, perhaps, than some of the enemies our boys are fighting in the trenches," state horticulture commissioner George H. Hecke warned in an impassioned call-up for "School Soldiers." He exhorted children to do their part for Uncle Sam by organizing "a company of soldiers in your class or in your school" and marching out to destroy their foe: "the squirrel army."

This children’s crusade was part of Squirrel Week, a seven-day frenzy in which California tried to kill off its ground squirrels. The state’s farmers and ranchers had long struggled to decimate the critters (also known as Otospermophilus beecheyi), which were seen as pests and a source of pestilence, particularly the bubonic plague. The burrowing foragersnot to be confused with tree squirrelsdevoured an estimated $30 million worth of crops annually, about $480 million in current dollars.

Squirrel Week was the state’s first attempt at mass eradication. The anti-rodent campaign was announced in March 1918 at a meeting of the state’s horticultural commissioners as they lunched on grain-fed gophers. ("Liberal portions of beef were served to those who did not like gopher meat," reported the San Francisco Chronicle.)

California set aside $40,000 from its emergency wartime funds for the campaign, which included an anti-squirrel publicity blitz: the state printed up 34,000 posters and distributed 500,000 leaflets.

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Only in Trump-deranged America

"Are you a U.S. citizen?"

Only in self-defeating, sovereignty-eroding America is the idea of asking whether people living in America are American citizens for the American census a matter of controversy.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump administration may include a citizenship question on the high-stakes 2020 census questionnaire. Thank goodness, the conservative majority indicated support for allowing it. There’s already such a question on the annual American Community Survey administered by the Census Bureau. It was asked in long-form questionnaires sent to a sample of households in 2000. And it was regularly asked in historical census forms from 1820 to 1950.

But we live in a Trump-deranged age, so now it’s tantamount to an international human-rights crime to ask anyone about citizenship status at any time for any reason. Heaven forbid we inconvenience or discomfit legal noncitizens or illegal immigrants with a question!

Open-borders activists, left-wing immigration lawyers, and identity-politics radicals exploded on cue:

Former Obama attorney general Eric Holder decried the "unconstitutional and irresponsible action" to "suppress the count in minority communities."

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Saudi Arabia is tough on terrorism

Saudi Arabia executed 37 of its citizens on Tuesday after they were convicted of 'terrorism' in the kingdom.

The sentences were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, home to the country's Shiite minority.

Saudi authorities said that one person was crucified after his execution, a punishment reserved for particularly serious crimes.

The men were executed 'for adopting terrorist and extremist thinking and for forming terrorist cells to corrupt and destabilise security', a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom are usually carried out by beheading.

It comes just days after security services in Saudi Arabia foiled an ISIS attack on state security unit in Riyadh.

Authorities in the country arrested 13 ISIS fighters in connection with the attack on a state security building north of the capital.

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Fate of the West

In an April 2019 letter, Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote an article describing how the church lost the ability to govern itself and found many of its formation centers turned into hatcheries for sexual abusers. It was a two-step process. First, the popes lost the culture war within the Church. "In the 20 years from 1960 to 1980, the previously normative standards regarding sexuality collapsed entirely." Efforts to reverse the trend were dismissed as conservative claptrap.
Pope John Paul II, who knew very well the situation of moral theology and followed it closely, commissioned ... an encyclical that would set these things right again ... Veritatis splendor on August 6, 1993, and it triggered vehement backlashes on the part of moral theologians ...

I shall never forget how then-leading German moral theologian Franz Böckle ... announced in view of the possible decisions of the encyclical "Veritatis splendor" that if the encyclical should determine that there were actions which were always and under all circumstances to be classified as evil, he would challenge it with all the resources at his disposal ...

There were not only in the United States of America individual bishops who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole and sought to bring about a kind of new, modern "Catholicity" ... in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my [Benedict's] books were considered unsuitable for the priesthood.

Then the popes found that, having lost the culture wars, the victorious memes started flying their flags from the seminaries. Benedict recalls that "in various seminaries homosexual cliques were established," which brought not just new sexual mores but a deliberate new form of transgressive behavior. To Benedict, it seemed as if his Church was under deliberate attack.

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Women who do as they please

Journalist, novelist and polemicist Rose Wilder Lane may be the most controversial woman nobody's ever heard of. Today she's known primarily for her turbulent collaboration with her famous mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, on the Little House on the Prairie books. But Lane's story doesn't end there far from it. A fire-breathing libertarian, she denounced Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme" and grew her own food to protest World War II rationing. From the 1920s through the 1960s she wrote one of the first libertarian manifestos (1943's The Discovery of Freedom), hobnobbed with Ayn Rand, penned six novels and amassed a 100-plus-page FBI file. In Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story, cartoonist Peter Bagge illustrates Lane's hurly-burly life in his own inimitable way.

Lane isn't the first controversial woman Bagge has chosen to write (and draw) about he published books on Margaret Sanger in 2013 and Zora Neale Hurston in 2017. In an email conversation, he told me why he decided to focus on these particular women.

"I was ready to do a book-length comic-book biography, and while reading about people's life stories I noticed there were women during the years around the world wars who pretty much did exactly what they wanted," he says. "It struck a note in me just because there's been and it isn't just with women, it's with everybody these days this obsession with safety. You know, 'I don't feel safe,' or, 'Because of how I identify myself, there are people trying to hold me back.' These women never, ever stopped for a single second in doing what they wanted to do. In the back of my mind I thought this would be something of a demonstration of how people could be and I would argue should be."

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Afghanistan's first female conductor

Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen.

At just 22, Negin Khpelwak has already stared down threats and intimidation from her conservative relatives, who wished she would take on any career but music. Now, like many of her fellow citizens, she is watching peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban with growing alarm.

"We can bring freedom, peace and honor to Afghanistan," said Khpelwak, who leads the country’s the first all-female Zohra Orchestra who’ve played classical Western and Afghan music at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "Women can’t go back to the dark days -- they can break our instruments, they can ban the music, but they never take it from our hearts."

The Taliban, who control or contest half the country, banned all forms of music during their brutal regime that ran from 1996 to 2001. Even now, when the orchestra played its last concert in Kabul in February, most of the 700 guests had to pass through as many as 10 security check points protected by armed guards and dogs.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones

When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix - in which coal still plays an important role - are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich.

Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2. Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study.

The CO2 given off to produce the electricity that powers such vehicles also needs to be factored in, they say.

When all these factors are considered, each Tesla emits 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is more than a comparable diesel vehicle produced by the German company Mercedes, for example.

The German researchers therefore take issue with the fact that European officials view electric vehicles as zero-emission ones. They note further that the EU target of 59 grams of CO2 per km by 2030 corresponds to a "technically unrealistic" consumption of 2.2 litres of diesel or 2.6 litres of gas per 100 kms.

These new limits pressure German and other European car manufacturers into switching massively to electric vehicles whereas, the researchers feel, it would have been preferable to opt for methane engines, "whose emissions are one-third less than those of diesel motors."

Oscar Schneider
The Brussels Times


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Notre Dame Cathedral in poor condition

The fire that destroyed much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is a tragedy that is irreparable. Even if the cathedral is rebuilt, it will never be what it was before. Stained glass windows and major architectural elements have been severely damaged and the oak frame totally destroyed. The spire that rose from the cathedral was a unique piece of art. It was drawn by the architect who restored the edifice in the nineteenth century, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who had based his work on 12th century documents.

In addition to the fire, the water needed to extinguish the flames penetrated the limestone of the walls and façade, and weakened them, making them brittle. The roof is non-existent: the nave, the transept and the choir now lie in open air, vulnerable to bad weather. They cannot even be protected until the structure has been examined thoroughly, a task that will take weeks. Three major elements of the structure (the north transept pinion, the pinion located between the two towers and the vault) are also on the verge of collapse.

Notre Dame is more than 800 years old. It survived the turbulence of the Middle Ages, the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, two World Wars and the Nazi occupation of Paris. It did not survive what France is becoming in the 21st century.

The cause of the fire has so far been attributed to "an accident," "a short circuit," and most recently "a computer glitch."

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Mexican troops detained U.S. soldiers

The Mexican government is powerless to control the cartels at our border. But somehow when it comes to belligerently confronting our own soldiers on our own soil, the Mexicans seem to muster the personnel and temerity to defend their side of the border. Moreover, they apparently have the unbridled impudence to complain about armed American citizens defending our border, while they have permanently transformed our country in the worst way imaginable through their disrespect of our sovereignty. This is clearly no longer about immigration, but about a pure invasion that requires a military buildup.

On April 13, at around 2 p.m. Central Time, a group of five or six suspected Mexican soldiers approached an unmarked vehicle of two U.S. soldiers stationed at the border in El Paso County, Texas, and ordered them out of the vehicle. According to Newsweek, which obtained the "serious incident report," the soldiers were in fact active duty members of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, not from a National Guard unit. The Mexican soldiers disarmed one of the U.S. soldiers and placed his sideaerm in the U.S. vehicle.

While the soldiers were parked south of the border fence near Clint, Texas, they were north of the Rio Grande riverbed, which placed them "appropriately in U.S. territory," according to Maj. Mark Lazane, a spokesman for NORTHCOM. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Defense (DOD), after inquiring of the Mexican government, were informed that the Mexican soldiers thought that the Americans were south of the border. "Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols," according to NORTHCOM.

NORTHCOM confirmed that there are approximately 2,800 service members assigned to the border mission. "This includes approximately 1,200 on the Mobile Surveillance Camera mission, plus about 1,000 service members hardening ports of entry in Texas and New Mexico. There are approximately 200 personnel as part of a crisis response force, with the remainder being headquarters and logistics personnel supporting the mission."

When I asked both NORTHCOM and the State Department if our government had conveyed our concerns to Mexico and asked for an apology, both departments declined to comment.

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Court says sanctuary cities are okay

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court decision that ruled said sanctuary cities do not conflict with federal immigration laws. The decision comes after the Trump administration challenged multiple aspects of California's sanctuary city designation, which protects illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

From the Times of San Diego:
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Senate Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act, overriding the federal government’s assertion that it violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause that states federal law preempts state law when the two are at odds.

The court also upheld two other laws named in the suit, AB 103 and AB 450, which allow the state attorney general to limit expansion of immigration detention facilities and require employers within the state to tell workers when their citizenship may be inspected by federal officials, respectively.

"SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," the court said. "However, whatever the wisdom of the underlying policy adopted by California, that frustration is permissible, because California has the right, pursuant to the anticommandeering rule, to refrain from assisting with federal efforts."

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Crackdown on Christianity

It’s been building for decades, but never has the anti-Christian bigotry of the global elites who run the world’s major media outlets been more obvious than it is today.

At least 290 Christians, including four Americans, were massacred at three churches and several hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, many of them as they were worshiping their Risen Savior. A team of Islamic suicide bombers carried out the atrocities in what was described by authorities as a "well coordinated attack."

Compare the world’s response to this attack on Christians to that of the attack on two mosques in New Zealand last month, when a lone madman shot and killed 50 Muslims. Coverage of the mosque attack consumed the media for more than a week. They sent reporters to interview the survivors and communicate in great detail the agony suffered by the victims, who were clearly and repeatedly identified as Muslims.

There were calls for prayer and solidarity with Muslims in cities across the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The Council on American Islamic Relations, also called CAIR, called on state and local police to provide extra protection for mosques across the U.S. Donations were gathered up for the families of the 50 Muslims who were murdered.

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A case of passive collution

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report by Attorney General William Barr, an unusual television interview was held by former President Obama’s director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. A fantastic phrase came from his mouth: "If there was no active collusion proven, then I think what we have here is a case of passive collusion."

In addition to the significant contribution to Orwellian left-wing Newspeak, the terms "active collusion" and "passive collusion" suggest that there is another side to the "collusion." Which one? The answer is provided by the Mueller Report (there is also a convenient searchable WikiLeaks version). Starting on page 144, the Mueller Report begins to resemble a good comedy script. It turns out that immediately after Trump’s victory in the November 8, 2016 elections, the Putin administration was trying to establish contact with the newly elected president by hook or by crook.

Mueller’s report tells us that on election night (at 3 A.M.!), Trump’s press secretary, Hope Hicks, received a call from an unknown person. Her correspondent, in very bad English, said something to her, but she understood only the word "Putin." She asked him to send all of what he told her by e-mail. The next day, she received an email from Sergei Kuznetsov, who turned out to be an employee of the Russian embassy in Washington. The letter was sent from his private (!) Google Mail account. The letter was congratulations to Trump from Putin.

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Global warming hysteria

Recently, NASA released its annual report on global temperatures and reported that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, surpassed only by three recent years. This claim was accompanied by dire predictions of climate change and for immediate action to dramatically curtail CO2 emissions around the globe. Like every concerned citizen read this report with interest. I also read it as an informed and trained climate analyst and I can tell that there are some serious problems with the report and its conclusions.

For starters, I can assure my readers that I am not a climate change "denier." No one doubts the climate changed when it experienced the Ice Age that ended 12,000 years ago. I have read enough scientific literature to believe the well documented view that the planet experienced the Medieval Warm Period (950 1250 AD) and Little Ice Age (1550 1850 AD) when global temperatures changed materially. I have also read enough scientific literature to understand that solar and ocean cycles affect global climate.

NASA is now reporting significant changes to the global temperature. According to NASA (and others) the entire globe experienced a persistent warming trend in the early part of the 20th century (1911 1940). Then, this trend reversed, and the globe cooled until the 1970’s. Now, NASA is reporting that the global temperature increased .31° C in the last 10 years and that this trend is different than the .31° C increase NASA reports for the 1930’s. But, a closer look at the data and methods used by NASA should make any reader skeptical of their results.

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Baltimore losing citizens

Earlier this month, we reported that Baltimore was dubbed the "most robbed" city in America, and also mentioned its population continues to collapse.
"Thousands of people are fleeing the city each year as total population plummets to 100-year lows. There are about 46,000 vacant rowhomes scattered throughout the area, or roughly 15% of the housing stock is dormant. On a per capita basis, the city has the highest rate of homicides per 100,000 in the country. Opioids from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center continue to flood the poorest of neighborhoods, leaving the African American communities in a perpetual state of addiction, along with the need for constant government assistance programs. With the local economy basically a black market, gangs roam the streets like a third world country."
Now there is new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population that has confirmed our thoughts: Baltimore is descending into chaos as a mass exodus of its residents is currently underway.

Government data showed the city lost 7,346 people, or 1.2% of its population, during the 12 months that ended July 1, 2018, reported The Baltimore Sun.

The exodus, which puts Baltimore's population at 602,495 as of July 1, 2018, is one of the biggest losses the city has seen since 2001.

Census data showed domestic migration was the primary reason behind Baltimore’s annual population decline. Between July 2017 and July 2018, the city lost 10,000 residents who fled to surrounding counties or other states.

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Polar bears are thriving

In 2010 Nunavut’s Minister of Environment Daniel Shewchuk wrote, "Inuit hunters have a close relationship with the land and wildlife. They have observed that the overall population of polar bears in Nunavut is not declining as some suggest, but rather is thriving. No known environmental or other factors are currently posing a significant or immediate threat to polar bears overall. Furthermore, Inuit knowledge and science corroborate that the species can and will adapt to changing and severe climatic conditions, as it has done for centuries."

The Inuit truly practice the concept of "it takes a village". Hunters sit down in kappiananngittuq and respectfully share their observations of wildlife and their movements. Kappiananngittuq is the Inuit word for a "safe place to discuss". Based on community discussions, Inuit have steadfastly claimed it is "The Time of the Most Polar Bears". Overhunting has been one of the world’s greatest threats to wildlife. And the growing number of polar bears is testimony to wise hunting regulations now honored by the Inuit.

In contrast, based on questionable computer models, some western scientists have argued two-thirds of all polar bears will be extinct by the year 2030. Climate scientists like Gavin Schmidt sitting in his New York office, suggested the Inuit are in total denial. Sadly, in climate politics there is no kappiananngittuq where people safely discuss divergent knowledge. If you dare disagree with models of gloom and doom, you are attacked as an ignorant denier.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Media is hesitant to refer to Islamic terrorists

The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word "Christian" in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

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Russians liked Bernie Sanders

I decided to actually carefully read the Mueller Report and write about it here, and one of the most relevant and non-reported fact findings of the official Russian election meddling report is the fact that the Russians didn’t just take independent, illicit but non-collusive steps to support Donald Trump. They also supported Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton. And here is the proof at Mueller Report, page 23, in the midst of some of the heaviest redaction of the Report, quoting an intercepted directive given to Russian agents attempting to intervene in our presidential election: "Main idea: Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary (Clinton) and the rest (except Sanders and Trump we support them)."

Why has there been no media attention to the Russians support for Bernie Sanders? Other parts of the Mueller report show the Russians supporting "Black Lives Matters" protests. Where has been the reporting on that?

The fact is, the liberal main-stream media has long given up any pretense to fair and complete reporting, and their handling of the Mueller Report is emblematic of the current era of "new journalism" that is not really reporting, but rather, abusing facts based on "wishful thinking." The wishful thinking here is to do everything possible to undermine President Trump and, damn the facts get him kicked out of office. The fact that the Russians tried to help Bernie Sanders too is just swept under the rug in the reporting and commentary because it does not help the Democrats. Pure politics.

I was what you could call a "Federal prosecutor" once in my life, when I served as General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during the Reagan administration, from 1987-1989. I managed a legal team and took violators of our nation’s product safety laws to court, and I worked with the Department of Justice in co-prosecuting cases as well. I know something about the various Federal Rules of Procedure. And I also understand the laws on which the Special Counsel’s charter is based.

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Male victims of domestic violence

Three Canadian sociologists have released a ground-breaking report in the journal Partner Abuse that fundamentally contradicts conventional wisdom on domestic violence.

These researchers accessed raw data from the 2014 General Social Survey, a massive population survey regularly conducted by Statistics Canada to assess the extent of social problems in the country. What they found undermines the gender paradigm that portrays domestic violence as exclusively a manifestation of male domination over women.

On the contrary, men were found to be as likely as women to experience domestic abuse. Even more surprising, men were just as likely to suffer severe forms of violence like being hit or kicked. And most significant of all, men and women were found to suffer similar long-term mental health effects, including PTSD.

Consistent with expectations, women were more likely to be physically injured when severe violence did occur. Yet men are not immune to harm, with men accounting for one third of those suffering injury.

Domestic abuse is a serious issue for women and comprehensive intervention programs must continue to expand to guarantee women live lives free of violence. But it’s not a zero sum game. Men also suffer severe abuse with serious consequences for them and their children. The difference is that men have virtually no support.

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Obama was soft on Russia

The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied: Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad. On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.

The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing. In 2016, Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to "stand down" and "knock it off" as they drew up plans to "strike back" against the Russians, according to an account from Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump".

Why did Obama go soft on Russia? My opinion is that it was because he was singularly focused on the nuclear deal with Iran. Obama wanted Putin in the deal, and to stand up to him on election interference would have, in Obama's estimation, upset that negotiation. This turned out to be a disastrous policy decision.

Obama's supporters claim he did stand up to Russia by deploying sanctions after the election to punish them for their actions. But, Obama, according to the Washington Post, "approved a modest package... with economic sanctions so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic." In other words, a toothless response to a serious incursion.

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The creator of "cyberspace"

To re-read Neuromancer is to experience a series of shocks. The first shock is about the passage of time. William Gibson’s novel was first published 35 years ago this July; I read it a few years later. Since then, I’ve aged but the book hasn’t; neither story nor setting have dated at all a testament to Gibson’s almost eerie prescience.

If you’ve heard of Neuromancer, it’s probably as the book that imagined and named "cyberspace"; the book that described the connected world a generation before we moved our culture, commerce and conversation online. Gibson described, "A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts" at a time when few people had even a rudimentary computer in their home.

Case, his protagonist, is a hacker employed to steal secrets from corporations and governments, navigating a world made up of limitless data:
"Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen. Manhattan and Atlanta burn solid white. Then they start to pulse, the rate of traffic threatening to overload your simulation. Your map is about to go nova. Cool it down. Up your scale. Each pixel a million megabytes. At a hundred million megabytes per second, you begin to make out certain blocks in midtown Manhattan…"
Again, remember that Neuromancer was published in 1984. While the projected numbers are out by several orders of magnitude, it is still a striking description of the big data world that would not come to pass for another three decades.

Yet re-reading the novel, I found that predicting the internet age and the dawn of big data was one of the less interesting feats Gibson pulls off. Neuromancer and its sequels, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Burning Chrome do so much more than that. It’s not really about technology, it’s about the way technology changes the way we live, the way we think and the way we feel when we inhabit two worlds the real and the virtual. The real shock is how horribly familiar a world imagined in the early 1980s by an author listening to Joy Division on his Sony Walkman feels today.

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Mitt Romney, fail

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Odds and ends

James Comey....Says he never thought of electronic surveillance as spying.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wants Rep. Adam Schiff removed from the House Intelligence Committee and his security clearance to be revoked.

"For two years, Rep. Schiff falsely claimed there was ‘clear evidence on the issue of collusion,’ and falsely claimed the Trump campaign accepted help from the Russian government to win the presidency.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Julian Assange's real crime was embarrassing the powerful in Washington, DC.

To this day, the FBI refuses to say that the Steele dossier is credible or not.

CNN, the chief co-conspirators behind the Russia Collusion Hoax, has fallen to 15th place in primetime with fewer than 750,000 average viewers.

The new director of Georgia’s state ethics commission said he plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams’ nationally watched but unsuccessful 2018 campaign for governor.

Ilhan Omar...."I'm as American as everyone else."

Julian Castro...."We need migrants more than ever before."

Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan says Trump is cowardly and unfit for office.

Prior to 1957, hot weather was very common in the Midwestern US but over the past 62 years the likelihood of hot weather has plummeted. In 1936, the Midwest had 86 days with at least one station reporting 100F. In 1934 they had 78 days over 100F. By contrast, recent years have had almost no days over 100F. And 90 degree days show the same declining trend. This is of course the exact opposite of what professional climate fraudsters report.

Steve Bannon...."Pope Francis is the enemy."

After Trump threatened to send illegals to all the sanctuary cities, Cher suddenly found sympathy for all the homeless and destitute in Los Angeles. "Help them first," she whined.

Headline....Men with beards carry more germs than dogs including deadly bacteria in facial fuzz, study claims.

President Trump raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019 - roughly equal to combined sum raised by Democrats Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.

Nigel Farage...."British are lions led by donkeys."

A New Hampshire high school principal has apologized for telling a freshman student at Epping High School that she had to remove a "Trump Make America Great Again" tee shirt on "American Pride" day last week.

Headline....Mexico deports 204 migrants back to Honduras.

Headline....Migrants break border gate, force their way into Mexico.

A spokesman for Sharia4Belgium said recently...."We Muslims have not even a gram of respect for you infidels."

New York Times....Immigrants are fleeing Central America because of global warming, not U.S. open borders.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez....Chiquita Khrushchev.

Pat Buchanan...."Neither Beltway party is going to drain this swamp: it’s a protected wetland; they breed in it, they spawn in it." Many "swamp creatures" will lie, cheat and steal to protect bastions of power. They do this by procuring government jobs for cronies and members of their immediate and extended family. They believe in the rule-of-law, only if it doesn’t threaten their jobs, their bonuses and their retirements.

Pueblo, Colorado is the hometown of four Medal of Honor recipients (more than any other municipality in the United States).

Conservatives wear MAGA hats. Liberals wear Pussy hats.

According to a group that studies hate crime attacks against Christians in France, February was the worst month for attacks on Christian churches since they began collecting data. (Are Muslims declaring war on Christians?)

Newsweek....Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday, Le Parisien reported, although no one was injured. Police are still investigating the attack, which firefighters have confidently attributed to arson.

Newsweek....Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.

875 French churches were vandalized in 2018. Blame is placed on "militant secularism" by spineless French officials.

Of the 150,272,157 tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 50,219,667or 33.4 percent--were classified by the Internal Revenue Service as "nontaxable returns," meaning the people who filed them paid $0 or less in income taxes.

Headline....It's time for elite northern cities to share burden of illegal immigration.

Forgotten history....John Kerry said the Arctic will be ice-free by 2014.

India is working on deporting an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar. New Delhi considers them a security threat.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a 2020 presidential contender, said people who refuse to turn in their military-style assault weapons after his proposed ban would go to jail.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted Monday that he estimates more than 900,000 undocumented immigrants voted in the most recent midterm elections.

Glenn Beck...."If this (Notre Dame Cathedral) was started by Islamists, I don't think you'll find out about it."

Iran’s lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

Comey....We did not spy. We just observed and reported secretly without the subject's knowledge or consent. (haha)

Matt Walsh...."The LGBT Lobby has been trying to exact revenge on a chicken restaurant for seven years. This is not normal."

Trump predicts that his opponent in 2020 will be "Crazy Bernie Sanders" or "Sleepy Joe Biden."

Under Trump’s new tax law, 60 of America’s biggest corporations paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018, despite earning billions of dollars in profits. Chevron, JetBlue, IBM and U.S. Steel were all among the companies that avoided taxes last year using a diverse array of loopholes and tax breaks.

Karl Rove....Months of Democrats demanding redacted Mueller report ahead.

Headline....Democrats fighting hard for illegal aliens, Mexican unions, but not U.S. workers.

Kasich hints he's open to challenging Trump in 2020. (Haha)

Jim Jordan....Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and radical Democrat Maxine Waters have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the intent of "targeting" President Trump by starting investigations into the President’s finances.

CNN has lost nearly 50% of its primetime audience. MSNBC is down nearly 30%.

So you want to drill a well out in the Gulf of Mexico, do you? Well the going rate for a deep water drilling rig is about $525,000 per day.

Headline....Where are the investigations into Hillary emails, Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, AGT International, Obama FBI, and DOJ crimes?

Eric Trump....They (Democrats) would rather see our country fail than see my father succeed.

Comment....The redacted Mueller report reveals that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wanted Donald Trump to win the presidency because he thought Hillary Clinton was a sociopath who would start more wars.

Former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder said he believes Stacey Abrams (D.) won the Georgia governor's race in 2018, where the final certified election results showed Republican Brian Kemp winning with 55,000 more votes.

Houses in the exclusive Connecticut suburb of Greenwich, long known as an enclave for hedge fund managers, are now selling for significantly less lately, with one recent colonial house forced to the auction block. The property, located on the iconic Round Hill Road, is being sold in what would normally be unthinkable fashion for Greenwich: it’s being auctioned. It’s price tag used to be $3.795 million, but now the four-bedroom property will be sold for its reserve price of just $1.8 million. (the owner is moving to Florida)

White people are oppressing PoCs because they write a lot of books which "physically" take up too much "space" in our nation's libraries and "promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence," according to academic librarian Sofia Leung of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About four women per day are murdered in "stove bursts" in Pakistan, by husbands or in-laws who claim the wives’ scarves caught fire while they were cooking.

More than 200,000 Nepalis live in the United States.

Kimberley Strassel....The (Mueller) report mostly reads as a lengthy defense of the FBI of its shaky claims about how its investigation began, of its far-fetched theories, of its procedures, even of its leadership. One of the more telling sections concerns Mr. Comey's firing. Mr. Mueller's team finds it generally beyond the realm of possibility that the FBI director was canned for incompetence or insubordination. It treats everything the FBI or Mr. Comey did as legitimate, even as it treats everything the president did as suspect."

Some French lefties say the Notre Dame rebuild shouldn't be "overburdened" with Christian meaning.

Michael Snyder....The fabric of our society is literally coming apart right in front of our eyes, and if we continue down this path it is hard to imagine any sort of a positive future for our nation.

Be worried....China, like the US, is getting progressively less bang for each newly-borrowed buck. There’s a point at which new borrowing doesn’t just produce less wealth but actually destroys it. The US and China are heading that way fast, while Europe might be there already.

Mark Levin on the Mueller Report...."It’s not based on serious prosecutorial examination and investigation, it’s one long New York Times op-ed."