Tuesday, August 20, 2019
just forfeited $60 million in federal funding for refusing to comply with a regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services that will prohibit family planning clinics that receive funding under Title X from providing privately funded abortions or referring patients to abortion services.Read more here.
As The New York Times noted, however, they still receive about $500 million from Medicaid, the federal program that helps provide healthcare for low-income individuals.
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Another ludicrous “woke” policy used to suppress conservative content: Facebook has removed President Trump’s pro-women re-election advertisements, according to reports from tech site Gizmodo, as well as the left-wing Popular Information blog that reported a “violation” of Facebook’s terms and conditions.Read more here.
Facebook policy states advertisers may not have “direct or indirect assertions or implications” about race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, religion, or financial standing. So the Women For Trump advert was banned… for referring to women.
...Facebook wants to privately know everything about you, and sell that data. But it doesn’t want you to know that advertisers can see all that when targeting you.
Remember when advertisers were open about the demographics they were targeting? Not in digital media. Wokeness plus data mining individuals is leading to secrecy surrounding algorithms, targeting, and more.
Remember the #DemocraticSocialist convention that devolved into a caricature of PC culture gone mad w/ a snowflake-triggered circular firing squad?— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) August 20, 2019
Enter South Park
Who simply animated their insanity
It’s truly shocking. It’s not just your run-of-the-mill cronyism and a guy getting rich because of who his dad is. These are very serious national security issues and the Bidens just, frankly looked the other way and were glad to take the money.”Read more here.
...China politically sanitizes its foreign acquisitions by involving family members of American politicians in its deals, explained Schweizer.
...Schweizer continued, “Hunter Biden got this deal with the Chinese government to set up this investment fund. They didn’t give it to Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan or anyone else that had far more experience. it’s because they didn’t need experience. What they needed was political cover, and Hunter Biden was apparently prepared to give them that cover. … This is a bipartisan problem, and you’re going to have political figures and their family members who are going to be all too glad to essentially sell out the national security interests to the United States if they can make a killing with an investment.”
...Schweizer concluded, “A guy like Joe Biden who’s been in public life for more than 30 years in government office … has to disclose a $500 campaign contribution. He has to disclose a $200 campaign contribution. He has to disclose that he owns like a $1000 in GE stock, and we have these rules because we need to know what entanglements or what relationships or connections there are between a politician like Joe Biden and his donors, so he needs to disclose that. And isn’t this good that we have this transparency? But a billion-dollar-plus deal that his adult son does with a foreign government — the Chinese government, that is our chief rival — there’s no disclosure requirement for that. None. Zip. Nada. That shows you how crazy the situation has become.”
Monday, August 19, 2019
According to Earthquake Track, there have been 2,801 earthquakes of at least magnitude 1.5 in the state of California within the past 30 days.Read more here.
...only 13 percent of all California homeowners actually have earthquake insurance.
So when they lose their homes, they are really going to lose their homes.
Note a recent inexplicable Zogby poll that indicated 51 percent of blacks and Hispanics might support Donald Trump. How would such a supposedly counterintuitive result even be possible?Read more here.
I have a suggestion: minority communities live first-hand with the violence and dangers of the gang gun culture. More policing and incarceration of guilty felons improve their lives. Secure borders mean fewer drug dealers and cartel smugglers in local communities, fewer schools swamped with non-English speakers, and social services not overwhelmed with impoverished non-Americans.
These can all be real concerns for beleaguered minorities. Yet they are virtue-signaled away by progressive elites whose own power and money allow them to navigate around the consequences of their own liberal fantasies that fall on distant others.
Add in a booming economy, rising incomes, and low unemployment for minorities, and the world of shrill yelling on the debate stage about “white privilege” seems some sort of an irrelevant fixation of the elite and privileged, akin to showing off a Gucci bag or Porsche Cayenne—but otherwise nothing to do with dangerous streets, wrecked schools, whizzing bullets, and social services that are becoming inoperative.
The next time a legislator, mayor, or governor rails about plastic straws or the Paris Climate Accord, be assured that his state’s roads are clogged, his public schools failing—and he is clueless or indifferent about it.
It’s Not Just Google—Microsoft Is Also Up To No Good In ChinaRead more here.
Microsoft touted its close relationship with the Chinese government at a 2018 conference in Beijing. “We’re the first global cloud partner to provide a fantastic, compliant, and legal cloud with Azure and Office365 in China. With Windows 10 Government Edition we are designing the first ever Windows 10 for government and [state-owned enterprises],” said Microsoft Greater China Region Chairman Alan Crozier.
Being “compliant” means following China’s strict rules governing internet and tech policy. These rules require companies to prohibit speech critical of the Chinese Communist Party, provide state surveillance of users, and allow the government to interfere in company policies. This is the standard cost of doing business in China.
The tech giant is a leader in artificial intelligence products for China. Microsoft has partnered with several Chinese universities to create an open AI platform and several of its employees train government bureaucrats on how to use its advanced technology. These universities are well-connected to the Chinese military, which effectively makes Microsoft a collaborator. The tech giant has denied this assertion, claiming it only works with benign academic researchers. That claim is only believable if you ignore who uses the technology developed by these humble academics.
At least three AI projects have been developed with China’s National University of Defense Technology, an institution directly overseen by the nation’s military. American politicians accused Microsoft of providing tech to persecute ethnic minorities and political dissidents.
“It is deeply disturbing that an American company would be actively working with the Chinese military to further build up the government’s surveillance network against its own people—an act that makes them complicit in aiding the Communist Chinese government’s totalitarian censorship apparatus and egregious human rights abuses,” Marco Rubio said in April.
Other tech Microsoft is tailoring to the Chinese market includes drone software and voice recognition systems. In July, Microsoft announced it would be marketing its Kinect sensor to the Chinese market. The AI business tool allows developers to experiment with depth sensing and machine learning.
Peter Thiel has emerged as one of the strongest voices opposed to Big Tech’s cozy relationship with China. In a New York Times op-ed published earlier this month, Thiel cited Ash Carter, Barack Obama’s defense secretary, who said, “If you’re working in China, you don’t know whether you’re working on a project for the military or not.”
“No intensive investigation is required to confirm this,” Thiel wrote. “All one need do is glance at the Communist Party of China’s own constitution: Xi Jinping added the principle of ‘civil-military fusion,’ which mandates that all research done in China be shared with the People’s Liberation Army, in 2017.”
...We cannot ignore Microsoft’s work in China. The tech giant needs to explain its relationship with the Chinese government and how it affects America’s national security. Our corporations should not serve America’s enemies. It’s time for them to put their homeland first—not China.
...The question then will be how far the Left is prepared to go to usher in the next fascist socialist utopia. They know how much easier this will all be if the guns are taken first.Read more here.
Authoritarians have always understood that gun control is political control, which is why they don’t practice it against their own supporters. Gun control is for political enemies, and both precedes and hastens the eventual purge necessary to dictatorship. It really is that simple.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
"our press, which should by now have lost all credibility, continues to destroy itself with propagandizing foolishness to assist the failing Democrats"
...It’s curious that our universities are chocked to the brim with brainwashed students and fourth-rate professors and administrators who hate the U.S. and its Constitution while in Hong Kong people their age are risking their lives for freedom, waving American flags, and wishing they had a Second Amendment right to defend themselves against brutal tyranny.Read more here.
As curious as that is the fact that our press, which should by now have lost all credibility, continues to destroy itself with propagandizing foolishness to assist the failing Democrats. Take the gaslighters at the New York Times, where this week a leaked transcript of its editor and his staff shows that despite having earned two Pulitzer prizes for promoting the Russian Collusion hoax, the paper is throwing in the towel on that one and is now promoting a new fairy tale, that the President is a “racist.”
...But suppose an American president was interested in helping out the people who live in this part of China. What should he do? Threaten the president of China? (Threaten what, by the way? War?) Or should he make soothing noises, saying that he is sure that the Chinese leader will step up and do the right thing all the while, nota bene, continuing U.S. tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods?Read more here.
Some of my friends have said Donald Trump should be acting more as Ronald Reagan acted in his interactions with Mikhail Gorbachev. Maybe. But it is worth noting that Reagan’s relations with the leader of the Soviet Union were not all “tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev.” They also involved a lot of blandishments, including visits to Moscow and Washington. Was all that noise? Or part of the signal that brought the Cold War to a bloodless end? Just a day or two ago, Trump suggested that President Xi go to talk to the protestors in Hong Kong. This happened even as Xi had scores of Chinese troop-carrying trucks massing on the border. Some people thought that Trump was wrong to take so mild an approach. Maybe. But maybe his combination of strong actions in the form of tariffs and, more generally, a demand for fair trade, coupled with emollient, face-saving rhetoric will be effective.
At any rate, the situation in China reminds me of one of the political philosopher James Burnham’s famous political laws: Where there is no alternative there is no problem. What’s the alternative to Donald Trump on any of these issues? Joe Biden? Elizabeth Warren? Bernie Sanders? To ask the question is to answer it.
...In the last 25 years, more books have come out on the Manson case, some taking new angles, such as Tom O’Neil’s just-published Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Yet the fundamental physical realities of the case, of who did the killing and who got killed, remain unchallenged, as does the premise that the killers were operating under Manson’s influence, in some degree or another. The rest of it depends on how deep you want to go.Read more here.
...Over the last half century, enough people have wanted to go deeper, resulting not only in more Manson books but also in seemingly endless documentaries and specials, as well as—disturbingly—a cultish sort of fan base. The Manson murders have long been regarded as a 1960s touchstone, and like other major events of that most-analyzed decade, it has been assigned a definitional significance: the murders, we’re told, symbolized the end of the countercultural dream of peace and love.
Fifty years on, though, they might be better seen as an early, bloody shot in a culture war between rationality and irrationality, unity and tribalism, and between incremental, liberal progress and visions of apocalypse. Demythologized at last in Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as weak-minded losers, Manson’s followers stand as the opposite number, in every sense, to the Apollo astronauts, who, just weeks earlier, had pulled off the feat that might stand as the last great testament of an older, greater America: the moon landing.
...Manson was a gifted conspiracist, regardless of whether he believed what he was peddling. And Manson was an unfulfilled artist (a singer/songwriter manqué), whose outrage at failure would eventually lead him to demand—as our mass shooters today demand—that the world pay heed to his importance. When insistence fell on deaf ears, only one solution remained. Then, as now, all was chop.
...But just as another milestone anniversary resurfaces this foul and dreary story, Quentin Tarantino, of all people, comes along to remind us that old virtues remain stout enough to stand down monsters. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a Tarantino opus that contains all his hallmarks, good and bad, along with what seems a new sense of humanity and justice. The movie is being criticized for many reasons, some familiar, some specific to our perpetually aggrieved, bean-counting political tempers. In their myopia, the bean-counters cannot see that Tarantino has allowed us to imagine a way out of at least one old American nightmare. After 50 years, someone finally told the Manson Family to get lost.
A man wants to rob a young woman, but a dog feels the wrong movement and intervenes!pic.twitter.com/DVdloABxWY— Compact News (@NewsCompact) August 18, 2019
The camera person must have had a premonition that the guy was up to no good. What a wonderful dog!
“Into the underland we have long placed that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.”
Macfarlane writes, ...The same three tasks recur across cultures and epochs: to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful.Read more here.
Shelter (memories, precious matter, messages, fragile lives).
Yield (information, wealth, metaphors, minerals, visions).
Dispose (waste, trauma, poison, secrets).
Into the underland we have long placed that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.
...We are part mineral beings too — our teeth are reefs, our bones are stones — and there is a geology of the body as well as of the land. It is mineralization — the ability to convert calcium into bone — that allows us to walk upright, to be vertebrate, to fashion the skulls that shield our brains.
Trump is keeping his comments low key, while some of the U.S. congresspeople and senators have been firing away against the Chinese government who they have been supporting all these years!
Read more here.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Something took a wrong turn in the 70s and seemingly never looked back. After the Summer of Love innocent young love never quite seemed the same.Read more here.
The third Saturday of August marks the world’s largest celebration of car culture in Metro Detroit and today marks the 25th anniversary of that celebration, the Woodward Dream Cruise.
"after the election of November 2016, that DOJ/FBI, State Department and Senate effort then became an actual coup-plot against a sitting president."
In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes, Political opposition research was paid for by Hillary Clinton and created by Fusion-GPS (Glenn Simpson and Nellie Ohr). That oppo-research was then sent to Chrisopher Steele in the U.K. so he could launder the information and return it to the DOJ and FBI, through Bruce Ohr, as a semi-official “intelligence” product.Read more here.
Within the released documents provided to Judicial Watch the last FBI interview of Bruce Ohr (May 15th, 2017) took place two days prior to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller; and one day before Rod Rosenstein took Mueller to the White House.
Throughout the interviews (full pdf below) Bruce Ohr was acting as the go-between delivering information from his wife Nellie Ohr at Fusion GPS and one of Fusion’s contract investigators, Christopher Steele.
The 302 reports are heavily redacted (sources and methods); however, we already know the majority of names underneath the redactions.
Keep in mind, as you review SSCI Mark Warner attempting covert contact, for the expressed political purpose of conducting a ‘soft coup’….. the Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mark Warner, is also a member of a very specific group known as the oversight “Gang-of-Eight”; and has contact with the most sensitive and secret covert government operations.
When you realize that senate members of the Gang-of-Eight in 2016 (Feinstein and Reid) were participating in the targeting…. and that continued into 2017 (Warner, Schumer, Burr, Ryan) with the soft coup effort against a sitting President; you begin to realize the scale of this.
The effort extends outside the Intelligence Apparatus into the halls of the most powerful politicians in DC. That’s where SSCI Security Director James Wolfe comes in; and is directly the reason why corrupt DOJ officials dropped charges against Wolfe in 2018 to control damage and mitigate risk. The truth of Wolfe leaking classified documents at the behest of Senators Warner and Burr was just too devastating.
A branch of the United States government (legislative) was attempting a coup against the elected leader of another branch of government (executive); by using planted and designated corrupt agents within the cabinet.
In 2015 and 2016 the dossier is connected to political opposition research laundered into weaponized intelligence to target a political campaign. However, after the election of November 2016, that DOJ/FBI, State Department and Senate effort then became an actual coup-plot against a sitting president.
...No one knows exactly all the factors that trigger the unhinged to shoot the innocent. And in that void of knowledge, it makes no sense either to level charges that will lead to more violence or to damn as culpable those who have not called for violence.Read more here.
...(Tucker) Carlson, over the past few months and especially the past few days, has voiced some inconvenient truths that earn outrage but not refutation:
• One, while white supremacy ideology always must be monitored and can trigger the unhinged — as the El Paso shooting may turn out to suggest — it is no longer a ubiquitous movement as it once was in the 20th century.
The days of the Klan and the American Nazi Party are mostly over. They are now fringe organizations. They and others like them are derided by the public, and uniformly condemned by conservatives. To suggest that white supremacy is some all-encompassing, 21st-century existential threat to our collective security, rather than fringe extremism to be carefully monitored, is simply untrue.
• Two, Carlson emphasized that in comparison to America’s real existential challenges — homelessness, drug epidemics, the threat of Chinese mercantilism, keeping a vibrant economy going — white supremacy simply does not register with the general public as a major threat. Certainly, in terms of annual fatal shootings, the staggering death tolls in Chicago and Baltimore suggest a national crisis that is ignored for largely political reasons.
Nonwhite immigrants still sense that reality when they risk their lives to immigrate to a white-majority America. The public knows that the media’s reporting of near-daily anti-Semitic bias is far more likely to emanate from the so-called squad in the House or an unhinged speech of Louis Farrakhan than from the old suspects of the past in bed sheets and swastika armbands. Yet, left-wing anti-Semites are still welcomed or at least tolerated by many in the progressive movement.
• Three, Carlson argued that the United States, while not perfect, is a good nation of good people who daily go about their business judging others by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Its Constitution and popular ethos have always been self-critical, and saw moral and ethical improvement as inevitable as the nation’s stunning technological and material advances. Compared to the alternatives abroad, a multiracial and multiethnic America works and constantly seeks to improve. And Carlson often points out that widening class differences have superseded race as the more worrisome divides in American society.
• Four, and most controversially, Carlson repeatedly has cited political opportunism as the fuel that powers these untruths. He has been unapologetic that those who falsely charge that white supremacy defines America, past and present, have clear agendas. Without such venomous charges, they cannot win popular support: “They promise some Americans reparations, they denounce others for their skin color. They call it ‘privilege.’ The entire country, they’ll tell you, is fundamentally racist and therefore, evil.”
The charge of “white supremacy” has now become the natural heir to the failed narratives of the past three years that Trump should be removed under the 25th Amendment, or that Robert Mueller would find him indictable on charges of collusion and obstruction, or that he is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and, thus, impeachable. All reflect a lack of progressive confidence that they can vote Trump out of office in the next election, and instead seek to use extraordinary means to abort his presidency.
• Fifth, and finally, Carlson has emphasized that the outrage machine is asymmetrical and there is no disinterested standard by which to adjudicate extremist speech and conduct.
Americans are confused over which standards suddenly are applied to whom. Do the racialist past smears of former Vice President Joe Biden or former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) illustrate widespread hate speech? What did then-candidate Barack Obama mean when he talked of a “typical white person,” or former attorney general Eric Holder infer when he referred to “my people”? When Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compares Israelis residing on the West Bank to “termites,” or Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) cites Jewish money and Israeli politicians as running U.S. foreign policy, are there commensurate condemnations?
Why is Carlson then targeted and especially singled out among conservative commentators?
His show enjoys spectacular ratings. Once signature anchorman Bill O’Reilly left Fox, few imagined that Carlson or anyone else could resurrect O’Reilly’s time-slot audience. Carlson did. And it bothers the left that his MSNBC and CNN competitors do not resonate with the public to the same degree. That he brings in guests with opposite opinions and debates them is not seen in progressive circles as anything to be emulated — especially when leftist guests are not shy in expressing often extreme views.
Second, Tucker is an idiosyncratic, not an orthodox, conservative. He has voiced concern over the role of the Koch brothers and support for the use of tariffs to force China to trade reciprocally and fairly. The Never Trump movement especially dislikes Carlson’s views.
Lots of other Republicans do not appreciate his criticism of optional military engagements or the ubiquitous role of the U.S. military abroad. Often, his on-air conservative guests are as critical and as criticized as liberal ones.
Nor is his support for much of Trump’s populist economic agenda consistent with doctrinaire free-market economics. And the net result is that Carlson’s leftist opponents rightly believe he is not always supported by conservatives and thus can be isolated as a heretic and outlander.
Passions certainly are cresting, but the hatred is still not really proportional.
Conservatives are not swarming the homes of liberal anchors or congressional leaders.
Republicans in the House are not tweeting out the names and employers of those who donate to Biden or Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Conservatives are not organizing boycotts of companies whose board members support Warren.
Hollywood is not releasing new movies that portray conservatives hunting down and killing liberal elites, and conservative celebrities are not voicing creative ways of shooting, stabbing or decapitating liberal political figures.
Republican leaders are not alleging that the 2017 shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the recent tragedy in Dayton are the direct results of the polarizing and often shrill rhetoric of Sanders and Warren.
And progressive hosts on the major networks and cable news channels are not targeted for boycotts and firings for their often blunt views, as is now once again the case with Tucker Carlson.
From the Conservative Treehouse:
According to the Manchester Fire Marshal there were over 11,500 people inside the arena (pictured above), and around 8,000 to 9,000 outside watching jumbo screens (pic below). The total exceeds 20,000. The previous record was 11,300 for an Elton John concert.
‘The Trump people wanted the fire marshal to let more people in, and at some point they say no,’ the official said. But there were tons and tons more outside. It’s not like they couldn’t fill the place.’ (via Daily Mail)
Unemployment rates were lower in July in 6 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 42 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.Read more here.
[…] Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 5 states in July 2019 and was essentially unchanged in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
[…] Nonfarm payroll employment increased in five states in July 2019. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+35,200), Florida (+22,900), and Washington (+13,400). The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (+0.7 percent), Idaho (+0.5 percent), and Washington (+0.4 percent).
Dismantling globalization, creating new alliances based on reciprocity, repatriating wealth, and blocking exfiltration
Trump at NATO
Sundance in the Conservative Treehouse brings us news from Germany today, starting with this headline. Germany Promises Lengthy Duration of Low Interest Rates – Laments Lack of Private Investment…
For all intents and purposes Germany is the EU, because German economic policy dictates the outcomes of all EU economic policy. So as the EU promises to engage in more central bank monetary printing (quantitative easing) simultaneously Germany promises to keep negative interest rates floating as long as possible.Read more here.
Yes, the EU is in serious structural economic trouble; and that is likely the real reason why quivering Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to exit the political stage before the larger communal catches on.
...the reality of President Trump’s trade policy demanding reciprocity is the wrench in the EU machine. The EU is a protectionist trade system with one-way tariffs and carefully crafted non-trade barriers designed to keep position as an exporter, and limit access to their market.
The historic cornerstone of this trade system to benefit the EU was the Marshall Plan; to apply tariffs on U.S. manufactured goods as a way to finance the EU rebuilding after World War II. Seventy-five years later that same unidirectional benefit still exists. This parasitic trade policy is what President Trump is changing.
Second, it is silly to watch the German finance minister lament the lack of investment into their economic system when these same politicians advance policies like: The Paris Climate Treaty, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; in combination with high domestic tax policies against corporations and ultra-left-wing social benefits that necessitate the need for those high tax policies.
Gee, no-one wants to invest in Germany?… Go figure!
There is nothing the EU and China can do to stop the de-globalization process; and efforts to stimulate their economy, more quantitative easing (pumping money) while the global supply chains are being shifted, are futile.
The more a nations’ economy is dependent on exports, the more exposure they have to the inherent downsides of de-globalization. U.S. multinational companies that are invested in these nations will lose their investment over time; some rapidly. This will keep the stock market volatile, yet on Main Street USA the economy is thriving.
President Donald Trump has purposefully stalled the process of globalization, and is resetting global supply chains. This is bringing massive amounts of wealth back into the United States.
In essence President Trump is engaged in a process of: (a) repatriating wealth (trade policy); (b) blocking exfiltration (main street policy); (c) creating new and modern economic alliances based on reciprocity (bilateral deals); and (d) dismantling the post WWII Marshall plan of global trade and one-way tariffs (de-globalization).
I don’t know what life has been like for all y’all, but it is a little intense here from time to time. Okay, seemingly almost all the time. Not only have we been on Pete’s cancer journey for more than a year, but there was the loss of our beloved Blue just last month. However, even amidst the trials, there are joys. I decided today’s WoolyMammoth should be about the happy and let the tribulation sit this one out!
At the top of my celebration list for today is that Pete is nearly finished with his final course of cancer treatment. He has only eight treatments days left! He will be through with radiation and chemo on 28 August. Just one year and 18 days since we started along this path with his first hospital stay in 2018. It is also nice for us today that he is on his “off” days for the weekend and does not resume treatment until Monday.
Next on my list of what is good in life is our new puppy! We have finally got it all finalized and We will get to pick Jake up on 29 August. There is a bonus to the puppy happy since we will also be picking up a puppy for our daughter, Charly, and her family. Their puppy’s name is Blaze. There is a lot of good feelings to be had with the addition of two Great Dane puppies to the extended family!
Charly, and her husband, Casey, are going to come spend part of the day with us to prep for the incoming puppies. We need to clean and prepare crates. One huge crate for travel and an even larger one for my puppy to use during his “nursery” age stage. I really am almost as excited as when I was prepping baby nurseries for kids or grandkids. I do love little ones. Be it baby, puppy, or kitty. And, the bonus is getting to visit with Charly and Casey over work and lunch.
Pete and I end each day with a little bedtime ritual. We read a happy scripture verse. We say a good night prayer. There is, of course, a good night kiss (sometimes outside under the full moon), Plus, we share our “happy for the day”.
A “happy for the day” is one thing in our day that was good. It allows us to sorta kinda count our blessings. Allows us to end the day on a positive note. To look through what might have been a tough day and find at least one good happening. Or, even better, it might have us searching through a list of happy times to select our favorite. But, whether one or many, sharing our happy with each other makes us realize that life is really better than we sometimes think. We have to acknowledge that we really are usually much
more blessed than we are stressed.
Sometimes it is so hard to select just one happy that we will “cheat” and have two or even three happys in our list. But, I think that is a totally allowable cheat. After all, the more the merrier if it is counting blessings, right?
I hope for all y’all a blessed weekend. May you look back on your days and count your blessings, even if it is to only think of the one that really stood out. Go ahead and share it with a loved one, in your journal, or even on social media. Also make sure to send a lil thank you to the Man Upstairs for another day of goodness. Life truly is good. Thank you, Jesus!
An interesting article in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) highlights how China is shifting their procurement priority from minerals used in manufacturing (cobalt, copper) to the acquisition of food and agriculture products.Read more here.
The impact is being felt throughout Africa, where mining companies are shutting down operations because Chinese demand no longer exists.
Articles like this highlight the ancillary impacts of a weakened Chinese economy.
Despite the proclamations by Beijing about their ability to withstand the withdrawal of the U.S. as a primary customer for manufactured goods, reality shows they cannot.
There is a confluence of events all leading to radical changes just below the surface. China has been burning cash to subsidize industries impacted by U.S. tariffs. Simultaneously Beijing has lowered the value of their currency in an effort to eliminate the tariff impact in the cost of their finished goods. However, as the ideological economic conflict between the U.S. and China continues, Beijing cannot hold their position indefinitely.
...Countries that attached their economy to purchase agreements with China over the last 20 years became dependent on those exports. As China slows or stops their purchases those dependent economies are now at risk.
...And now China’s biggest weakness starts to surface. A country that cannot feed its own population even during the best of times, is now facing a downturn in economic and employment activity while the need to import food remains.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Congressional representative Rashida Tlaib and congressional representative Ilhan Omar are ineligible to serve as congressional representatives, according to American law. But they enjoy the support of every member of Congress, from both sides of the aisle.Read more here.
No one may hold any public office in America who does not honestly and without reservation swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That is the law, which is being ignored by virtually everyone in authority in every branch of government.
Tlaib and Omar openly oppose the Constitution. The evidence of their opposition is made clear by their support and defense of sharia, which is Islamic law that in almost every aspect is diametrically opposed to constitutional law. It is simply not possible simultaneously to support and defend both the Constitution and sharia, since the two are so completely opposed one to the other.
Tlaib and Omar did swear to support and defend the Constitution, but they committed perjury on doing so, as their allegiance is to sharia. They also both support Islamic groups aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has declared war against America, and declared the United States to be an enemy state.
...In sophisticated times, we sometimes forget that time-honored concepts like the balance of power and military deterrence -- not good intentions and international peace organizations -- alone keep the peace.Read more here.
...The final ironies? The Soviet double-cross of the Western democracies eventually ended up almost destroying Russia, which bore the brunt of an empowered Germany.
The redirection of Japanese war strategy to target America finally brought the United States into World War II, which ensured the destruction of Japan and Germany.
Add this all up, and in some sense World War II really started on Aug. 23, 1939, 80 years ago this summer.
"the overall strategy of the left to destroy national sovereignty for the sake of creating a globalist enterprise"
America Offers To Trade All Of Its Communists For Democratic Protesters In Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American state department has come up with an ingenious plan to solve China's democratic protest problems and make our nation great again in one fell swoop.
Through some great negotiating on the part of Donald Trump, we've struck a deal to trade all of our country's Communists for Hong Kong's democratic protesters.
After the deal was made, the military began rounding up the Communists---who didn't complain, as they're all for an authoritarian state---and putting them in cargo planes. They were then flown across the Pacific Ocean and dropped off in Hong Kong before the democratic protesters in China were loaded up into the now-empty planes and flown back to America.
"This is the best deal, maybe ever," said Trump. "We'll get rid of some wackos on the left, my buddy Xi will be happy with his new commie followers, and we'll gain some great new citizens who will be really appreciative to me and never complain about anything. Greatest deal in the history of deals."
The president started to rethink his decision when the democratic protesters began to criticize his anti-Second Amendment views, and he quickly tried to put them under a "Red Flag" provision.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
As for whether what I describe above constitutes a coup attempt, I’m reasonably confident that it does. The documents available to the public reveal that the FBI and the DOJ deliberately and consistently lied by omission to the FISA Court. This is worse than lying to an ordinary court in which the opposing party is present and can fight back against the government claims. The FISA Court is an utterly secret proceeding that is kept from tyranny only because of the requirement that the government must make available to the judge, not only information supporting the government’s petition, but also weaknesses in the government’s petition. When the government manifestly and purposefully violates those rules, it is committing a criminal act – and in this case, it committed the criminal act in an effort to destroy, first, an opposition presidential candidate, second, a president-elect, and third, an actual president. I think that there is more than sufficient probable cause to investigate all of that.
Bookworm concludes her diligent and brilliant piece by giving a timeline of important events that took place between March 2016 and October 24 2017.
Read it all here.
...While the nation continues its intense debate over abortion, perhaps we can all shine a bit of light on the stigma about adoption, and recall that the placement of a child is an act of purest love and bravery. If we can focus on removing the barriers that make adoption difficult, and on changing the cultural stigma against those who place children for adoption, then instead of more women shouting their abortions, perhaps we can have more amazing strong, resilient, loving women shouting their adoptions.Read much more here.
Grosse Point High School
Read about it here.
...The fact is you cannot trust our institutions. They are not, and have not been, operating in the interests of Normal Americans for quite some time. They have degenerated into seedy scams run by, and for the benefit of, a garbage ruling caste that inherited the most powerful society in human history and seems determined to do in a couple generations what the Romans took a few hundred years to do – squander it.Read more here.
Look at our useless Department of Justice. It gave Hillary a pass and basically rubbed it in our faces. If you or I pulled the classified material shenanigans she did, we’d could have been Epstein’s federal pokey pals. But James Comey – who we were duly informed by the smart set was a paragon of integrity – let her walk. Later, that Looming Doofus distributed classified material to his media pals to undermine the president we rubes elected and who he did not approve of, and so far he’s walking too. There are rules for them, and rules for us, and that’s not exactly going to reinforce our faith in our DOJ’s commitment to justice without an agenda, is it?
How about the media? Why, they are brave truthtellers who perform the vital function of informing us, fairly and objectively, of the facts. And my unicorn, Chet, believes that. But none of us hornless headed humans do, not anymore. We’ve watched the liberal media go all in on the narrative and we’ve had it lying to our faces over and over again until it’s all background noise, just Fredo Cuomo yammering on endlessly in our ears as we wait for our delayed flight at the airport lounge. Yet these hacks, despite their commitment to a partisan position far to our left, demand to be treated as if they were neutral truthtellers, with all the respect and admiration due a guild of objective news-monks. Good luck with that, journaljerks. Democracy doesn’t die in darkness; it dies when our institutions shred their mandate to serve us and start serving themselves.
And that’s all they do – serve themselves.
Are you proud of academia? Are you impressed by the quality of the young people the universities are graduating? Do you often say, “Wow, what an excellent writer and clear thinker”? Me neither. I hire young people, and many of the ones I interview are terrible, totally unfit. You find good ones, ones who managed to get through the college assembly line without being ruined, and they are hobbled by a couple hundred grand in debt. That’s the system our elite built – one that rips off the futures of the young to fund its elite members’ lush sinecures in the present in return for meaningless diplomas in Intersectional Dance and Mongolian Transgender Poetry. And we’re supposed to pretend that our ruling class isn’t terrible, that it’s not capable of not merely gross incompetence but venal self-dealing and possibly worse?
n the wake of recent horrific shooting sprees, Donald Trump and other Republicans wishing to appear to “do something” have seized the purported “middle ground”: red flag laws. These laws would permit law enforcement or concerned family members to petition a court to remove firearms from individuals deemed dangerous after a summary judicial procedure.Roach goes on to cover other areas where red flag laws might be detrimental. Read more here.
Laws such as these enjoy popular support and a general perception of plausibility upon first glance. After all, there is a broad public consensus in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons and other dangerous people. Recent mass shootings where the shooter made pre-incident threats, or otherwise instilled fear among those in his circle, appear to have offered several missed opportunities to prevent deadly violence.
...Psychologists and psychiatrists tend to be overwhelmingly people of the Left. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders changes every few years, removing old diagnoses like homosexuality and gender dysphoria, mostly because of political pressure from interest groups. A move is afoot to add conspiracy thinking to the manual. While conspiracy thinking can be an intellectual dead end, sometimes “they” really are out to get you. Ask Carter Page. It should be obvious how changing and amorphous diagnoses will be used against those on the right.
...Trump and other Republicans’ embrace of red-flag laws is especially shocking in light of our own very recent history: the attempt to declare President Trump incompetent under the 25th Amendment.
In support of this effort, prominent psychologists opined contrary to their ethical rules about the president’s mental health. The FBI deemed him unworthy of the normal deference and respect due to a president, treating him instead as a target in his first days in office. Prominent law professors explained how his removal would be entirely lawful and reasonable. In a shocking departure from the norm, a rogue Department of Justice official, Rod Rosenstein, offered to wear a wire to entrap the president. If the president, with the power and platform he possesses, could be so harried by weaponized psychiatry, a run-of-the-mill gun owner stands little chance.
Even in the absence of intentional abuse, biases of various kinds can infect a psychological assessment. After all, for many in the mental health establishment, the mere fact of wanting to own guns may be seen as a type of red flag. Should we entrust a treasured American liberty to this group of political leftists practicing an uncertain and malleable science employing pro forma judicial processes? The question answers itself.
"The financial media would have you believe that customers lined-up around the building to purchase your products means your business is about to close because of a lack of customers."
A “negative yield curve“; a pending “economic recession“. These are the obtuse and ridiculous proclamations of the Mainstream Corporate Media today. So let’s take a moment to discuss how stunningly -intentionally- disconnected they are.Read more here.
Always remember, there are trillions of dollars at stake; and these media entities have a vested interest in maintaining the Wall Street position, adverse to Main Street USA.
First the “negative yield curve” aspect; where long-term bond rates (returns on investment) are lower than short-term rates (returns). As Reuters proclaims:
“A key bond market metric turned negative for the first time since 2007 on Wednesday, sending stocks tumbling”…
I must admit, I actually started laughing out loud when I first read that proclamation. Allow me to introduce a radical concept in economics: “supply and demand” !
The long-term borrowing rate for return on investment dropped momentarily lower than the short-term borrowing rate of return on investment because massive numbers of foreign investors were rushing to buy long-term U.S. bonds. Wait… what? Yes, a ‘negative yield curve’ is what happens when everyone wants to buy bonds in your long-term economy.
There weren’t enough long-term bonds to fill the demand of those who wanted to purchase them. Ergo, the return rate of interest dropped because there was no need to have an incentive to sell them…. everyone wants them.
So the yield drops, because the U.S. doesn’t need to incentivize the sale… because everyone is lined up to buy them. See how that works?
Do lines of people wrapping all around the world trying to get to the U.S.A Bank and buy U.S. treasury bonds sound like the USA economy (underlying the bond) is weak or in trouble?
It’s OK to laugh out loud.
No, really, it’s ok.
Yes, Alice, it’s true. The financial media would have you believe that customers lined-up around the building to purchase your products means your business is about to close because of a lack of customers. THAT my friends is the stupidity of it.
The U.S.A economy is so strong, so healthy, and forecast to remain so with such intensity, that everyone wants to purchase dollars because it is the world’s highest predicted rate of return for investment….. And somehow the media can spin that into a bad thing.
No, really. That’s the narrative of today.
Now let’s look at the second stupid “A looming recession“
First, a “recession” is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. That’s how you define a recession. So to start a recession you need need one quarter of negative GDP growth right? Well, duh, it hasn’t happened, and there is not a single economist who is predicting a negative Third Quarter growth rate (July, Aug, Sept., ’19).
First Quarter GDP growth was 3.1%. [Beating all expectations] Second Quarter GDP growth was 2.1%. [Again, beating all expectations]… and somehow the Third Quarter is suddenly going to be negative growth? It’s OK to laugh again.
So how does CNN et al “warn of a looming recession” when there’s not a single economist forecasting a negative GDP for the third quarter? Well, they make shit up that’s how.
Think about it…. if the economy was contracting, people would not be getting hired right? Employers would be laying people off right? Businesses would be selling off assets right? Wages would be dropping right?
Do you see any of these things happening?
No? Why not?
Because it ain’t happening, that’s what !!!
The U.S. economy is not shrinking. Main Street is strong, and getting stronger.
Go back to point #1, would the world be rushing to buy dollars if the U.S. economy was on the precipice of collapse? Think about it.
Now, that said, there are some economies that are shrinking; and they all have something in common. The manufacturing export dependent nations are in trouble because President Trump is starting to limit their access to their most desired customers, the USA. And President Trump is telling companies that operate in those export nations that it would be in their best interests to come to the United States to make their goods.
Germany, the economic engine for the EU, is a manufacturing export dependent nation, and it is contracting. China is a manufacturing export dependent nation and their manufacturing is contracting. But the U.S. is strong, because we are not dependent on exports. In fact the U.S. consumes more than 80 percent of what we produce; we are a self-sustaining economy.
Our U.S. economic strength is why Asian and European investors are rushing to buy dollars (US Bonds); and why the U.S. treasury doesn’t need to provide high yield rates as incentives to buy them (hence the negative yield curve).
Stop me when any of the U.S. economic data has even the slightest implication of a slowdown, or “looming recession”.
Our last jobs report showed 164,000 new jobs created in July (yeah, like two weeks ago). In addition 363,000 people moved from part-time to full-time employment… does that sound like a weak economic outcome? Current blue-collar wage growth is in excess of 3.4%, and current overall U.S. worker income is growing at a rate exceeding 5.4%.
Does any of that sound like what you see just before a “looming recession”?
The same year that Emma Lazarus‘ poem welcoming the world’s “poor” and “huddled masses” was added to the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. government rejected 5,812 of those same new arrivals for being poor.Read more here.
In his annual report to Congress in 1903, U.S. Immigration Commissioner William Williams warned that too many immigrants were “entering this country with inadequate sums of money,” leaving the system with thousands of charity cases and sinking the country’s standard of living.
More than a century later, the debate between those who subscribe to Lazarus‘ optimistic view and those who take Williams‘ more cautious approach to immigration is playing out again — this time over the Trump administration’s rules looking to discourage immigrants who are likely to end up on the public dole.
Oh: Intelligence Community Inspector General Tells Congress That All of Hillary Clinton's Emails Were Sent to a "Live Dropbox" Account Maintained by a Chinese Front CompanyRead more here.
—Ace of Spades
You may remember that the original report on Hillary's emails said something like "they were almost certainly captured by a hostile foreign nation or hostile foreign nations," but then Comey and Strzok worked that language out to say the emails "may" have been accessed by another country.
And now: Oh no big deal, her system seems to have had a virus implanted into it that sent each and every email, including the top secret classified ones, to a drop box controlled by a Chinese company.
The system had been infected so that every email was sent to this address of a Chinese company, no matter who you actually intended to send it to, or not send it to.
And she did all of this because she didn't want to turn over any records to anyone -- no watchdogs with legitimate FOIA requests, no disclosure in response to a subpoena.
She decided she didn't want any Americans to have her emails.
But a Chinese front company? Sure, let's roll the dice on that one.
No intent. No intent no intent no intent no intent.
Soros finds a way to save money and get better results in his drive to put communists in power in America
Trump-Appointed US Attorney Slams "Culture of Disrespect" for Police That Led to the Philly ShootoutRead it here.
—Ace of Spades
If you needed any empirical evidence to prove the doomsday proclamations by the financial pundits are false claims, just look at the July consumer spending results. July spending more than doubled expectations.Read more here.
July results were +0.7 percent, against the economic forecast of +.03 percent. Consumer spending makes up over two-thirds of the U.S. GDP and overall economy. Doesn’t exactly sound like Main Street is on the precipice of a recession. Oh my.
Average wage growth remains +3.5% year-over-year. The growth of overall income for American workers exceeds +5.4 percent year-over-year. Unemployment is a low 3.6% and U.S. consumer inflation remains low at 1.4 percent. Meaning: the middle-class has more disposable income to save or SPEND; and that’s what is happening….
Reminder #1: Consumer spending is two-thirds of the U.S. economy.
Reminder #2: We consume more than 80 percent of our own production (products created in USA). We do not rely on exports.
Reminder #3: Because of #1 and #2, the “Main Street” U.S. economy is self sustaining -much stronger- and more protected from the negative impacts on the global economy.
Reminder #4: Who/What is at risk from global contraction? The Wall Street economy (compromised primarily of multinationals). What is not at risk, the Main St economy.
Reminder #5: Because of #3 and #4, Wall Street can drop while Main Street thrives.
This is the fundamental disconnect. These Main Street results, this dynamic, is the space between two economic engines that CTH has been describing for three years. The investment class on Wall Street can go through pain, while the middle-class on Main Street thrive. We are in the space between.
Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON—American shoppers gave the U.S. economy a solid boost in July, a counter to weakness in the manufacturing sector and Wall Street jitters about faltering growth.
Retail sales, a measure of purchases at stores, restaurants and online, climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in July from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
The robust report—the strongest reading since March and a sign that American consumers remain a source of fuel for the economy—is a positive signal for the U.S. amid warning signs of a global economic slowdown. (link)
Oh noes, the Deplorables are shopping:
Walmart (WMT) beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines for its second quarter. The world’s largest retailer also boosted its fiscal 2020 adjusted EPS and same-store sales forecast. Walmart shares soared 5% as of market open Thursday.
... To Obama-era Democrats, arguing that Russia was a real threat, that it longed for a return to Soviet hegemony, was akin to calling for the return of Jim Crow and the adoption of protectionist practices that helped ignite the Great Depression.
But then Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, and Democrats decided they’d best return that call from the 1980s after all. It turns out Russia — the Russia against whose serial aggressions Obama took little meaningful action throughout his eight years in office — really is our Numero Uno geopolitical foe. Turns out the Cold War isn’t “so last century.” Since November 8, 2016, in ever-evolving Democratic dogma, Russia has gone from a quaint obsession of neocon warmongers to an existential threat on the order of Climate Change!
McCarthy goes on to give a brief history of election meddling, including meddling by the United States! Read it here.
In Universe Today, Evan Gough reports,
Even though the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a monster, it’s still rather quiet. Called Sagittarius A*, it’s about 4.6 million times more massive than our Sun. Usually, it’s a brooding behemoth. But scientists observing Sgr. A* with the Keck Telescope just watched as its brightness bloomed to over 75 times normal for a few hours.Read more here.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. What we have here is the biggest political scandal in American political history.Read more here.
...McCarthy mostly lets the facts speak for themselves and allows the reader to draw his own conclusions, although he states upfront: “[I]n 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic Party, and the progressive Beltway establishment.”
A few pages later McCarthy puts it this way: “This book contends that the Obama administration, abetted by Washington’s politically progressive order, exploited its control of law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to help Clinton and undermine Trump. This was a scandalous abuse of power.”
...In addition, when Trump improbably won the election, Obama and his men turned the investigation into an ongoing effort to undo it. McCarthy shows how, after Trump’s inauguration, the effort continued secretly under Trump’s nose. It represents, you might say, the audacity of nope.
In this book, McCarthy provides the evidence and a host of lucidly developed arguments. The exposition is masterful. Although the style is breezy, almost conversational, and the book is easy reading, McCarthy hands up a stinging indictment that calls for a day of reckoning.
Reasons unknown ought to be Epstein’s epitaph. He wasn’t prosecuted by Florida or the Feds for raping numerous girls for reasons unknown. Three states failed to register him as a level 3 sex offender for reasons unknown.Read more here.
Epstein had been able to evade procedures all his life. It is hard to believe that the pass he got from the justice systems of three states, and the federal government, were procedural happenstance.
...The truth died on the top of a prison skyscraper whose administration and guards flagrantly violated their own rules, removing Epstein from suicide watch six days after a supposed suicide attempt, leaving him alone in his cell, and failing to check on him until it was too late. Blame will be passed around. Conspiracy theorists will cash in on it for years. And the questions will remain unanswered
Who could possibly penetrate Manhattan’s most secure detention facility? Who had the political influence to manipulate events within MCC’s walls? Who could do what Chapo’s confederates couldn’t?
These questions join others, such as who in the DOJ had allegedly told Alexander Acosta that Epstein was protected by intelligence figures, and who had corrupted the justice systems of three states?
The answers are gone, but the damage to our political system will linger.
Anyone can come up with conspiracy theories. But there is no escaping the fact that Epstein’s career was one long conspiracy of mysterious money, a private island, the subversion of justice systems in three states, and the federal system, followed by a death that should have been impossible.
"people involved with justice spend too much time around politicians, media and all the rest of the Beltway players. They are subject to influences they should be far away from. They have friends they shouldn't have."
The behavior of the federal government in the Epstein matter from its inception to the tycoon/pedophile's death has been nothing short of execrable. The attorney general was "appalled." He should have been, although it's likely little of this happened directly on his watch. But it besmirches the entire organization.Read more here.
That people were hidden from exposure in this most heinous of crimes — they call it "short eyes" in prison for a reason — because they were important or powerful in some way is nauseating. Once the facts are known, everyone involved (adults only, of course) should be incarcerated or, failing that, subject to the public, career-destroying, opprobrium they so richly deserve. This should happen no matter whose ox is gored. (The repellent celebrities that continued to pal around with Epstein after his initial incarceration deserve their own special ring of Dante's Hell.)
But bad as it is, the Epstein affair is far from the worst malfeasance of the FBI/DOJ in recent years. That honor belongs to the Russia probe. Epstein, horrible as it is, is largely about the private lives of a certain number of despicable individuals. The Russia madness affected all of us, dominating the public attention since Trump was elected and weakening America before the world for absolutely no reason but to reverse the results of an otherwise legal election.
It was a treasonous farce with FBI and the DOJ up to their necks in all of it, as well as numerous other government agencies and officials, but let's restrict ourselves to these two culprits.
The real question before us is can these organizations — two of the most crucial arms of any democracy — correct themselves?
We don't know. This is supposedly underway. But you'll have to excuse me for being a little bit skeptical that enough of the guilty heads will roll or that the house will thoroughly be cleaned. These organizations are too incestuous and, as my headline indicates, are headquartered too close to the rest of the government in Washington. That means that people involved with justice spend too much time around politicians, media and all the rest of the Beltway players. They are subject to influences they should be far away from. They have friends they shouldn't have.
The solution — part of it anyway — is to move the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of D.C. Yes, I know they all have branches everywhere, but I'm talking about their headquarters.
Border security and restored sovereignty start with defunding the funders of America's destruction, and then prosecuting them as criminal open borders racketeers. Follow the money; find the truth.Read more here.
Also, in Politico, Josh Gerstein reports that the 96-year-old judge who was overseeing an Epstein-related lawsuit has died.
"I had every incentive to just collect the paycheck." "To have that burden lifted off of my soul...I have never felt happier or more at peace with myself!"
LGBTQ organizations care about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders as much as communists cared about workers. They use them as a cover for their real agenda: dismantling civilization as we know it.Read more here.
Good morning, kids. Midweek and the big story that's getting short shrift is the unrest in China. It has implications beyond the geopolitical and economic that hit very close to home, as you'll see. Despite Chi-Com police and security forces predictably responding to the demonstrators over the weekend with teargas, rubber bullets and clubs, upwards of 40,000 took over the Hong Kong airport and shut it down. Latest reports have riot police storming the terminal while anti-terrorism forces have massed outside the city.
Before continuing, here's a public service announcement for the Democrat-Left-Media Complex and the GOP-e: This is why we have the Second Amendment. I'm not saying that even if a good portion of the citizens of HK were armed to even a fraction of the extent as most Americans, the Chi-Com regime wouldn't respond with force to crush these protests. But it might have caused them to think twice about enacting wildly unpopular laws that are in complete contravention to the city's semi-autonomy that would have led to the situation they now face (meh, what am I saying? We're armed to the teeth and look what our government has done for the past 50 to 100 years).
Despite Beijing's innate bellicosity and imperialist dreams, aided and abetted by American stupidity in the form of granting them most favored nation trading status (Carter), handing over extremely sensitive defense technology that boosted their military capabilities by decades (Clinton) and lebensraum to illegally claim all of the South China Sea as territorial waters and a free hand in Africa and elsewhere (Obama), China today has serious internal problems that could present a mortal threat to 70 years of total Communist control. Even with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, thanks to the hideous one-child policy and the cultural imperative for male offspring, China's replacement birth rate is now in negative territory. Their real estate market, which the government sank a tremendous amount of money into, is wildly overinflated and headed for a correction. The post-Cultural Revolution and post-Tiananmen Square generations have become exposed to and fully embrace western consumerism, and thanks to the internet and the opening of travel to the west and study abroad, a growing disdain for authoritarianism. There's also the threat of jihadist terrorism from Uighur Muslims and the even greater threat from a growing population of practicing Christians that worship something other than the all-powerful State. There are also reports of serious labor unrest and protests in places like Shenzhen and Guangdong that are getting almost zero coverage from the media.
And to top it all off, you have Donald Trump who has thrown a wrench into the Globalist plan of decapitating the United States as the world's economic and security superpower and delivering its head on a platter to the Chinese dragon. Despite the headlines about the American economy set to take a dive because of Trump, it's the Chinese that blinked on tariffs and just last week devalued their currency, which will only have the effect of making their own people suffer.
So Hong Kong is a flashpoint that has the potential to touch off all of the aforementioned and cause serious damage to the regime, if not bring it down entirely. That said, when totalitarian regimes are threatened, they usually lash out elsewhere to distract the people from their misery. Taiwan? South Korea? Some covert meshugas that they could deny being involved in that would cause us pain? Remember that Google is in their back pocket and the OPM hack a few years ago. Plus we have Google openly boasting its goal of preventing the re-election of Trump and even Democrat presidential candidates telling the Chinese to hang tough against our President in trade/tariff talks until he's defeated in 2020. Normally, I'd call that treason, but this is the Democrat Party, which is now a de facto seditious/treasonous entity. Just like the Chi-Coms devaluing their own currency these fools and saboteurs would rather see Americans suffer if it meant furthering their own political advantage (hello Bill Maher and Richard Engel).
It will be interesting to see what the Democrats have to say about Hong Kong, as well as their reaction to whatever policy position comes from the administration regarding the crisis. No doubt, it will be to blast it. Interesting to note that the protestors have chosen as their talisman the Stars and Stripes, just as the protestors in Tiananmen Square had a replica of the Statue of Liberty 25 years ago. If that's any indicator, you can predict just who and what the Democrats will support.
"You know, we (meaning the federal government) has given a lot of money over the years to fix problems that never seem to get fixed. Like education, for example. Think of the billions of dollars being spent on public schools compared with the functional illiterates our schools produce regularly and yet money continues to be spent.
"Or, what about our blighted urban centers? Like Baltimore. Once again, literally *billions* of dollars in aid has been given, year after year, to the city of Baltimore, but it's still a corrupt, crime-ridden sh*thole. And nobody seems to be asking the obvious questions, why is this happening? Why do we keep spending money and nothing improves?
"This sounds to me like a good project for a journalist to work on. That is, follow the money. Start with whatever appropriations committee makes the decision, find out how much money was allocated, how and where the funds were delivered to the city, what Baltimore city official(s) were authorized to disburse the funds, what departments or individuals received the funds, and how were the funds spent.
"I'm curious because we used to do the same thing with corrupt, Third World sh*tholes, i.e. give them billions of dollars in aid year after year and no matter how much we gave them, they would still remain corrupt sh*tholes. Somebody finally figured out that the money was not being spent on the alleviation of poverty, but was being diverted to the bank account of whatever corrupt kleptocrat was in charge.
"So I wonder about Baltimore. Elijah Cummings is supposedly a rich man, so how did he get so rich on a Congressman's salary? Did he do anything other than the usual "insider trading" type stuff that our elected officials can do but we can't because it's illegal? I don't know, but maybe it's one of those things a journalist should be looking into. That is, when they're not too busy looking for white supremacists under every bed and vilifying a high school kid for wearing the wrong hat."
"fell asleep, failed to check on him for about three hours and falsified records to cover up their mistake"
The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep, failed to check on him for about three hours and falsified records to cover up their mistake, according to several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter.Read more here.
Those disclosures came on Tuesday as the two employees were placed on administrative leave and the warden of the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, was temporarily reassigned, pending the outcome of the investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death, the Justice Department announced.
The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, two of the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.
In fact, the two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, three of the officials said.
...For better or worse, making decisions is a lifelong practice. It’s one we can’t delegate, graduate from, or grow out of.Read more here.
...Sometimes we do this in productive ways with whiteboards and healthy conversation and lists. Other times we imagine scenarios in more unproductive ways with tossing and turning in the middle of the night.
If we don’t give ourselves a bit of time and space to consider possibilities, to sit with potential, to let ideas form slowly, then our imagination will just do its knee-jerk thing. We’ll make our decisions not based on our gifting, our calling or what matters most, we’ll just make them to avoid pain, discomfort, disappointing others or sometimes just to get the decision out of the way.
The bigger the decision, the greater the need for silence, solitude, and creativity.
Whether you plan to take some time off in the future, have had some time off and are now planning your return, or if you simply struggle to transition from the weekend into Monday morning chaos in a way that feels life-giving, coming back with peace doesn’t mean all goes well. It means your faith is in the one who holds all things together, even when it feels like things are falling apart.
...May the love of the Father, the courage of the Son and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you as you continue to do your next right thing in love.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — And Authorities Had To Look Into It
Read more here.
After three years of negotiations, CBS and Viacom are coming together to form a $30 billion company, controlled by Shari Redstone and cementing her status as possibly the most influential woman in media.Read more here.
The merger comes at a time when upheaval in the traditional pay-TV market and the rise of digital streaming services have changed the economics of the entertainment industry and pressured media companies to either grow or sell themselves off. With streaming video companies like Netflix now the leading story, CBS and Viacom are fusing their war chests to better compete in the rapidly morphing world of TV and film watching.
But the combined company will still be far smaller than many of the media titans that it will need to compete with.
"Will they be big enough?" said Jessica Reif Ehrlich, senior media and entertainment analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "It may enhance the strategic positioning of CBS-Viacom, but will it be enough? Scale matters.”
...The newly merged company will house a host of valuable media assets. Under CBS Corporation, the larger of the two companies, are the CBS broadcast network, local TV stations, the premium pay-TV channel Showtime, Network Ten in Australia, 50 percent of the CW Network with WarnerMedia, and the book publisher Simon & Schuster. Viacom owns Paramount Pictures, a variety of cable TV channels including as MTV and Comedy Central, Channel Five TV in the U.K., and Argentina's Telefe TV network.
"How can Google’s billions of users be assured that the tech giant will protect their free speech, when it has been taken away from the company’s own employees?"
Monday, August 12, 2019
...more than 243 years after its independence, the current longest-lived democracy arguably is also the world’s most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse nation and unmatched in its efforts to promote equality.Read more here.
More exceptionally, the United States did not resort to a coercive political ideology such as Stalinist Communism to unite the diverse, or embrace an all-encompassing religious orthodoxy in the manner of the dramatic spread of Islam between the 8th and 16th centuries among widely disparate peoples.
...In terms of politics, there is little evidence that white people vote primarily for white people. Barack Obama, for example, exceeded the white voter support of almost any prior Democratic candidate in the three decades leading up to his 2008 victory. His margin of support from white voters (43 percent) exceeded that of a white John Kerry (41 percent) four years prior. And he topped the totals of the white vote won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 (39 percent). In turn, currently, Joe Biden polls higher among black Democratic voters than does either Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) or Corey Booker (D-N.J.), suggesting that aside from elite racial pyrotechnics, most Americans want to transcend race.
...ubiquitous white supremacy has largely become a thing of the past.