Friday, May 26, 2017

Learning about the Manchester terrorist

Four reporters for the Guardian write about the Manchester terrorist, Salman Abedi.
...Abedi was not very bright, according to former schoolmates and teachers, and was a victim of bullying who struggled to control his aggression and frequently got into fights, sometimes because he objected to the morals of others, sometimes for no discernible reason at all.

He hung out with a criminal gang in his neighbourhood in south Manchester, a tiny geographical area where there was recruitment to Islamic terrorist groups. His family, active in the local mosque and community, had concerning connections to a militia in his parents’ home country of Libya that has been linked to al-Qaida and is banned in the UK. His father left Abedi in Manchester on his own when he was 17, an age at which he was vulnerable, perhaps, to falling under other influences.

Most troubling of all is the fact that Abedi’s extremism was not a secret. He was still a teenager when friends rang a police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago to express concerns about his behaviour. On at least four other occasions, community leaders and members of his family were reported to have warned of his dangerous tendencies.

...Friends recalled that he was not very devout as a younger teenager, and was teased about his prominent ears and given the nickname Dumbo. “He would drink, it was mainly vodka, and smoke weed,” said one school friend who knew him for seven years. “He was always clubbing or at house parties. He was always popular with women at the parties.”

...One friend said Abedi started fights in the street for no reason, while another told of an incident in which he punched a female classmate in the head, saying “he could have killed her”, because he didn’t approve of what she was wearing.

...according to a neighbour, the departure of Ramadan Abedi to Libya was the trigger for his second son to go “off the rails ... He suddenly had all this freedom and started partying loads”. But after one trip to see his parents, which some said occurred 18 months ago, Abedi became increasingly devout and judgmental.

He fell in with a new crowd of “Libyan and Arab guys”, according to a friend, who said: “He started university, but started shutting himself off and no longer hung around big rowdy groups, he was always by himself.

“He started ignoring old friends and wouldn’t look them in the eye. He lowered his gaze and looked at the ground when he walked past people. He became more studious, more religious.”
Read more here.

On a watch list flying back and forth to Libya and Syria, the beginning of Ramadan, Rove destroys the Dems' latest meme, time for street fighters

At The Story, Martha MacCallum informs us that the Manchester terrorist was on a watch list, but was still allowed to fly back and forth to Syria and Libya and the UK! There have been 500 terror attacks by radical Islamists so far this year! Averaging 28000 fatalities per year! This is the beginning of Ramadan. General Keane points out that there is always an increase of terror during Ramadan.

Karl Rove destroyed the latest desperate meme of the Democrats, who say that under the Republican health care plan 23 million will lose benefits. There are only 11 million receiving those benefits today! The CBO overestimated by over 200% in 2014 and 2015, and again by 150% in 2016.

Governor Huckabee is a great fan of Steve Bannon, the Navy vet whom Huckabee called a "wartime consigliere." Bannon invested in Seinfeld! Huckabee says it is time the Trump administration play both ends of the court: offense and defense! Huckabee ridiculed the constant attacks on Trump by the media and Democrats (but I repeat myself). The anonymous allegations are all coming from Casper the Unfriendly Ghost!


Jesus forgave, "principled realism," we have a 64 billion dollar trade deficit with Germany, Germany has not paid its NATO obligations, murderous attack on Christian children and their mothers in Egypt

A pregnant girl who is a straight A student at the Heritage Academy in Maryland is not being allowed to graduate. She is choosing life for her baby. Jesus forgave. Heritage Academy: not so much!

For 70 years American taxpayers have been footing the bill for the defense of 23 out of the 28 NATO countries. Trump's foreign policy of "principled realism" is saying this injustice must end! He also told the 54 Sunni nations gathered in Saudi Arabia that they need to save their own countries from the radical Islam being taught in their madrassas.

Laura is excited about what Trump has done on this trip.

We have a 64 billion dollar trade deficit with Germany!

Today there was a murderous attack on a busload of Christian children and their mothers in Egypt. The jihadists forced everyone out of the bus, then shot them dead.

Before Rex Tillerson was confirmed as Secretary of State, Trump utilized Jared Kushner to deal with foreign countries. So now he is being called "a person of interest" by the investigators. He has said he will gladly cooperate with any investigation.

Jeff Sessions has vowed to prosecute leakers.

Former CIA chief Jim Woolsey believes holdover Obama political appointees in intel agencies are the ones leaking.




The Left has gone insane, Chelsea Clinton is interconnected, atheists are proud to save 1st and 2nd-graders from Bible studies, 65% of drug dealers in Boston are foreign-born, and ESPN losing viewers because they are injecting progressive victimology into sports

Tucker made the case that the Left has gone insane. Dana Loesch agrees. Many examples were given.

Then there is Chelsea Clinton, who states that climate change and child marriages are interconnected. Luckily, she'll have time to hone her message between now and 2020.

An atheist group is proud that it saved (bullied) 1st and 2nd graders from being taught the Bible by school teachers before the beginning of regular school day classes.

The Boston Police Department released a report that shows that 65% of drug dealers there are foreign born.

ESPN is losing millions of viewers. Jason Whitlock says the sports media people there are injecting progressive victimology into sports. Jason attributes this to the power of Silicon Valley. Google, Facebook, and Instagram, who are attempting to define political correct points of view on the whole country.

Montana votes, Richard Fowler does his best Juan Williams imitation, leaked intel irks Brits

Montana Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was one of the subjects of the discussion last night on The Five. After he body-slammed a reporter from the Guardian named Ben Jacobs, Montana voters went to the polls and elected him. Does that give you an idea of how weak the Democrat candidate was?

Juan Williams, who just won an award from the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner as Broadcast Journalist of the Year, was not present during tonight's The Five Show. However, Richard Fowler did his best imitation of whiny Juan, interrupting other speakers with his superior opinions.

Britain law enforcement (you know, the guys who don't wear guns) is angry that some of the information they shared with American intel officials about the Manchester terrorist attack got leaked! Our leaks may have thwarted their investigation and enabled accomplices to cover their tracks. Maybe the UK investigators should also be concerned about what they missed before the attack.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Melania speaks Italian in hospital visit in Italy


The Truth Division reports on Melania Trup's visit to an Italian hospital.
On Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump surprised several kids at Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome with the “gift of tongue.”

According to Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady spoke to these children directly in their native language — Italian.

“She went in the children’s [intensive care unit], which was very emotional,” Grisham said.

No other First Lady in American history has travelled abroad and used a secondary language to speak to locals — this is a first.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Melania Trump “personally” wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking if she could make a visit to the hospital.

“She spoke to them in Italian, she signed bandages and she took lots of selfies,” Grisham added.

Trump speaks several other languages besides English and her native Slovenian. It’s been reported that she also speaks German, French, Italian and Serbo-Croatian.

One of my favorite songs from my childhood

V the K captions this "Back in the Saddle Again"

Venezuelans burn Hugo Chavez's house to the ground

The Chicago Tribune reports that in Venezuela
While demonstrators are decrying current President Nicolas Maduro for the country’s triple-digit inflation, rising crime and shortages of food and medicine, they have also destroyed at least five statues commemorating Chavez, Maduro’s mentor and the founder of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian revolution.”

Demonstrators lit the house in the city of Barinas where Chavez spent his early years aflame Monday afternoon along with several government buildings, including the regional office of the National Electoral Council, said Pedro Luis Castillo, a legislator who represents the area.

Fausta's Blog has this photo of the burning buildings.

"To err is human, but these people are idiots!"

Andrew Klavan notices that the people who are supposedly smart are dumb, and the people who are supposedly dumb (Trump team) are actually doing quite well! Trump goes over to Saudia Arabia and tells the leaders of 54 Sunni Muslim nations to stop radicalizing young people in their madrasas. He tells them that weeding out the evil loser terrorists is their responsibility, and we will help by selling them weapons and sharing intel.

Andrew cites the website Circa, which he says has a bombshell story about the FICA Court being critical of the NSA for leaking information on American citizens to the press, which is a felony.

Rod Dreher was a guest. He believes we are near the end of America. He notes that Millennials worship the autonomous self. They believe they are owed. They believe they have "rights," not duties. Because of their parents' uncritical acceptance of technology, Millennials are viewing pornography to the point where many are addicted.

All you need is guts!

All you need is love? Greg Gutfeld suggests all you need is guts! The Five praised Bono for speaking out.

Libya has taken into custody the Manchester bomber's father and brother. Did the terrorist's father send his son to die? The terrorist who made the bomb is still at large!

Is it time for all police in the UK to carry guns?

Do you know who pays their fair share in NATO? Only the US, UK, Poland, Greece and Estonia!

"Putinheads," Utopia University, a leader who has moral courage, and several leaders who don't

Nigel Farage and Mark Steyn lead off the program with a discussion of terrorism. It has been announced that there are 3500 people in Britain being watched as potential terrorists. Belgium is even worse: 12,000 suspected terrorists! Over 400 have returned to Britain after being trained by ISIS in Syria! Britain has only taken action on 40! 850 have gone off to Iraq or Syria to fight for ISIS! Angela Merkel claims that it takes 60 people to monitor each terrorist suspect in Germany. This has been allowed to happen because of fear of being called Islamophobic,

Nigel Farage praised President Trump as a leader who has the moral courage to deal with terrorism, but the same cannot be said about Theresa May in the UK. Trump said in his Saudi Arabia speech, "drive them out from your places of worship!"

30% of UK college students told a survey they are willing to engage in prostitution to pay college loan debt! In the US one porn website claims to have over one thousand college students as members.

Tucker tries to have a conversation with a former DNC adviser named Zach. Three times Zach boasts that Dems can walk and chew gum at the same time." He was trying to make a point, but I have no clue what it might have been. I did detect what I am sure will be the new Dem talking point, maybe even replacing "impeachment!" It is that someone has claimed that 23 million people will no longer be eligible for government health care under the new American Health Care Act. Check it out and see if you don't start hearing this repeated over and over.

Corey Lewandowski was a guest. He talked about the need to charge Obama holdovers with felonies when they leak to the press intel.

In two weeks New York will have a Puerto Rican Day parade. Oscar Lopez Rivera is a terrorist who was quietly pardoned by Obama in his final days as president. He pled guilty to armed robbery and bomb-making. Tucker has a guest who is a New York City Councilman who defended Rivera's violence.

Adam Corolla and Dennis Prager are making a documentary entitled No Safe Spaces! One of the actresses says, "Welcome to Utopia University, where you learn that everything your parents taught you is wrong!"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Taken out?



hat tip Mike Miles

Different results

Mike Miles brings us something "worth remembering."

What good is a Constitution when it is being ignored? We must stop social engineering in our schools...Trump has to fight both political parties

Mark Steyn points out that we have the absurdity of District Court judges legislating immigration policy. At the same time, we have the legislative body explaining why it can't actually do any legislating, but it has a lot of time for pseudo-judicial courtroom hearings.

Trump faces the weird circumstance of having to fight against both political parties. The process is the punishment, as Mark well knows, having to endure endless court battles with Michael Mann, the hockey stick man. Republicans are in office, but not in power. Republicans should be there to assist Trump in governing, not tepidly allowing Democrats to destroy him.

Most countries have both a private and public health care system. At the moment we have neither. We have all the worst aspects of both.

Mark urges us, parents, to push back against the social engineering in our kids' schools. The right was stupid to abandon this field! This is the biggest structural deformity in the American life right now. It has taught two generations to have complete contempt for the most glorious inheritance in the history of the planet."

Critical thinking, terrorists may be misogynists, Obama's CIA Director voted for the Communist Party candidate, Trump and the Saudis

Rush opened the show with a discussion of critical thinking. Rather than teach our students critical thinking, Rush believes our educational institutions are mainly indoctrination centers. The more you know, the more you want to know. If you are thinking critically, you want to see the evidence before you accept what someone is trying to tell you to believe. If not, the critical thinker will be able to refute the argument based on what the thinker already knows to be true. Critical thinkers are curious. They do not blindly accept something they see written down.

Rush brings our attention to the Washington Post, which, because the terrorist in Manchester targeted women and girls, the WaPo believes there might be some misogyny going on with some of these terrorists. No, really!

Did you know that Obama's CIA Director voted for a Communist Party candidate for US President? Check it out!+

Remember when Trump joked, "I hope Russia has those emails Hillary deleted, so we can find out what's in them!" The Left took him seriously. That's how this whole collusion investigation may have begun!

Rush admits that he spends most of his time attacking Leftists, but he also has reservations about some of the things Trump has been doing that are different from his stance during the campaign, especially his close working relationship with the Saudis.

End madrasas, stop Iran, will Fox continue the conservative fight? Truth is worth fighting for, some recommendations for Memorial Day movie-watching

Andrew Klavan opens with a monolog mocking CNN and Andrew Cuomo in particular. Andrew likes what Trump has been saying abroad. End the madrasas, stop Iran.

Andrew makes a controversial assertion: "Fox News is dead!" He is referring to the fact that the Murdoch sons are now running Fox, and they do not seem to want to continue the conservative fight. I hope he is wrong. I think Fox has some real conservative fighters, and I excerpt their shows regularly here.

Andrew does a great job answering listeners emails. He frequently says we are created to be joyful, creative, and courageous. The truth does not die. Freedom and liberty are absolute goods. We were "endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights." That is true. Andrew says "the things I am fighting for never die. They kill them, they bury them, they roll the stone over it. You come back in the morning, and the tomb is empty. The stone has been rolled back. The truth of what is good does not die. It is worth fighting for and standing for. When we do, we are connecting to the eternal!

Andrew ends with a couple of movie recommendations for Memorial Day. Both give different views of PTSD. One is a 1946 movie entitled The Best Years of our Lives. The other is American Sniper. Andrew makes the point that PTSD can also occur when vets return to live "normal lives." When they were fighting, there was camaraderie, intensity, deep meaning. They come back and live "ordinary" lives missing in that intense meaning.

ISIS picking the low-hanging fruit, Obama administration spread MS-13 gang members across the US, media malfeasance

Tucker once again last night devoted most of his show to the terror attack in Manchester. One of his guests was "former Islamist extremist" Maajid Nawaz, who asked, "What kind of world is it in which I have to accept the slaughter of my children at a concert? It is a world of apathy and appeasement." Nawaz also pointed out that there are very few lone wolf terrorists. Up to 80% of terrorists are connected to someone who knew of their radicalization. They have been radicalized for decades because of a spread of an ideology. ISIS just plucked the low-hanging fruit. Nawaz calls it Islamist theocratic extremism.

So should we just carry on as normal? I don't think so!

A new segment of the Tucker Carlson Show is an investigation into how the Obama administration purposely spread MS-13 gang members across the United States.

Joe Concha from The Hill reports on the media. He said last night's reporting was atrocious. Still stuck on trying to find an example of collusion with Russia, outlets like CNN and MSNBC were very late reporting on the terrorism in Manchester. Concha calls it media malfeasance.

Kim DotCom admitted on Saturday that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich to get stolen DNC emails to Wikileaks.

Jim Hoft reports at Gateway Pundit,
Internet entrepreneur and hacker, Kim DotCom, admitted on Saturday that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich to get stolen DNC emails to Wikileaks.
Set Rich was shot in the back and killed. He was a DNC staffer.

Read more here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Soccer season gets under way



The teams line up for the opening kickoff. Being goalie is not easy. These chicks are known to come from behind with beaks ready to peck!

Might it be time for Islam to have a reformation?

Martha MacCallum's The Story is another good new Fox News show. Brad Thor was one of the guests. He pointed out that Christianity has had a reformation. Judaism has had a reformation. Islam has not, and it's long overdue!

Theresa May is no Winston Churchill!

The State Department has over 300,000 employees.
The Agriculture Department has 110,000 employees.

Europe's mistake, the FBI's failure

Fox News has a new show called The Fox News Specialists, who take a look at the items capturing the attention of the news media. Eric Bolling, Katherine Timpf and Eboni K. Williams are the show's mainstays, and two special guests come on each night. Tonight's special guests were Herman Cain (remember him?) and Elvira Salazar.

Herman made the important point that Europe has allowed migrants to avoid assimilation, saying "We don't want the cops in our neighborhoods!" Big, big mistake, Europe. Some communities in America have made the same mistake (Chicago and Baltimore come to mind).

Elvira reports in Florida for Telemundo, I believe. Did you know that the Orlando terrorist went to a gun shop to buy his weapons, but that same shop refused to sell him the body armor he wanted? The shop owner called the FBI to report the incident, but the FBI did not do anything. That would be Jim Comey's FBI?

Who are we? What do we stand for?

Okay, now I am caught up-to-date with Andrew Klavan episodes. He starts out by talking about a group of Islamist men who "can't even look at a woman without becoming disgusted with themselves and their own natural yearnings." Andrew suggests that they should just decree that they themselves are not allowed to go outside without wearing a blindfold, instead of forcing women to hide their beauty under black sacks.

Who are we? What do we stand for? What is it you are trying to express? Why are thrillers almost always about bad guys? Can't good guys be portrayed as flawed, but good, because of what they stand for?

Andrew thinks Trump's response to last night's Manchester terror was right on the money. Trump described terrorist killers as "evil losers!"

Islamists and Leftists have something in common. They have the same enemy. Freedom! Only in freedom can we have a conversation and argue about what we believe. Love is not love unless you choose it. Faith is not faith unless you choose it. Both the Islamists and the Leftists are trying to do the same thing - destroy our freedom to find our way and work our will.

Go here to see and/or hear Episode 318 produced today.

Trump's trip, college commencements and some war movies

Klavan has a lot to say about Trump's trip. He compares it with Obama's 2009 trip to Egypt. Obama's fawning servility: "I'm so, so sorry we built our World Trade Center in the exact spot where devout Muslims were trying to fly their hijacked jets!" The media congratulated Obama for extending the open hand of friendship by saying the Muslims were only trying to live in peace with all mankind, after first slaughtering the parts of mankind they can't live in peace with.

Oh, and one more Klavan observation: we elected the wrong Trump!

Manchester bomber named Salman Abedi. ISIS takes "credit"

Sundance reports at The Conservative Treehouse,
The suicide bomber who detonated a bomb at a Manchester pop concert killing 22 people including young children has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

According to the UK Daily Mail the bomber was previously known to authorities. He died at the scene and police carried out a controlled explosion at what is believed to be his home during raids around the city today.

(UK Daily Mail) […] Abedi is understood to have been born in Britain but is from a Libyan family. A school friend told MailOnline had grown a beard when he last saw him and neighbours claimed he had been ‘acting strangely’ recently.

A 23-year-old man, believed to be Abedi’s brother, was also arrested by anti-terror officers as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell.

Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.

ISIS have claimed responsibility after the terrorist set off a ball bearing bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 119 in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.
Read more here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kindness


Joel Pollak reports for Breitbart,
First Lady Melania Trump has won rave reviews from the foreign press — and even the American press — as she accompanies President Donald Trump on his first foreign trip.

More than her sartorial savvy, however, what was most impressive was the First Lady’s gesture of holding the hand of Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, who carries an oxygen tank due to a respiratory illness. The image of the tall Mrs. Trump guiding the congenial but frail Mrs. Rivlin (above) went beyond normal diplomatic protocol and presented an image of kindness.

She also visited the Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem later in the day with Sara Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s wife. The hospital treats both Jews and Arabs, and features both Jewish and Arab staff.

The First Lady will be moving from New York to Washington, D.C. shortly, after the president’s youngest son, Barron Trump, completes his school year.
Read more here.

Terrorist attack aimed at teenage girls in UK

Sundance reports at The Conservative Treehouse,
♦ Massive explosion at the conclusion of singer Ariana Grade concert in Manchester England. ♦ At least two ‘explosions’. ♦ US officials briefed on the incident say UK officials suspect it was caused by a suicide bomber, NBC News reported. ♦ Police confirm 19 people were killed and at least 50 more were wounded. ♦ Mostly teen girls. ♦
Read more here.

"America is back!"

That was the announcement of the president of Israel.

Nevertheless, we still have people like John McCain, Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake, Democrats, and members of the media rooting for failure on this historic trip by our president.

Trump also reminded the leaders of 54 nations in Riyadh, "We'll be back!"

Eli Lake pointed out to Laura that we now have a leader who does not suffer from Obama's delusions about Iran.

Yes, the Saudis got a lot of military equipment, but Americans got a lot of jobs!

Let us not forget the mass exodus from the Middle East of Christians during the Obama/Kerry years of fecklessness.

Laura paid tribute to Melania Trump, who Laura believes has been a "shining example of grace and graciousness and poise." She has paid a visit to a hospital, a women's forum, and something to do with children, that I have not seen in our media. Where are feminists?

New facts uncovered in Weiner sexting case

At the WhoWhatWhy website today, Matthew Harvey, Michael Dwyer, Jonathan Z. Larsen, and Russ Baker report,
On Friday, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) accepted a plea deal in a Manhattan courtroom to a charge of “transfer of obscene material to a minor.” WhoWhatWhy has learned that much of what we know about this crime — which played a major role in the outcome of the election — is a lie.

...A WhoWhatWhy investigation has uncovered numerous substantive falsehoods and mischaracterizations — raising doubts about a case that changed the 2016 election and American history:

• The girl was presented in news accounts — and Weiner’s plea deal — as being 15 at the time, that is, under the age of consent in her state. She was not.

• Weiner’s victim and her family were not, as represented, Clinton fans — they actually were strong Trump enthusiasts. Her story was trusted in part because she was characterized as having no axe to grind with Clinton or the Democrats.

• Weiner’s “sexting” partner was not simply a victim. Contrary to tabloid accounts, she initiated the contact with Weiner. And she went out of her way to seek advice from a GOP-associated figure behind prior efforts to harm Weiner and other Democrats.

...Since then, WhoWhatWhy has uncovered new information that shatters the commonly accepted narrative, which was first laid out by the pro-Trump, widely read British tabloid Daily Mail on September 21.

A key break came when, utilizing an array of sophisticated forensic techniques, we uncovered the girl’s true identity. We verified that we had the right person with four individuals close to or connected to her — including her former teacher and her own mother. By identifying the girl, we were then able to learn a great deal about her and her family. And that in turn led to the discovery of the lies.

The young woman has since turned 18, but because she was a minor at the time, we have decided not to publicly identify her.

According to the media accounts of this story and Weiner’s plea deal, the girl “had not attained the age of 16 years.”

However, our research shows that the girl was in fact not “15 and a sophomore” as the Daily Mail reported, when she initiated contact with Weiner. A court record shows that she was just shy of her 17th birthday at the time she approached him.

In addition, her extensive social media footprint provides further evidence. For example, she posted a picture in 2014 on her 15th birthday after having been given a North Carolina learner’s permit.

The lie that she was 15 years old when Weiner sent her obscene material seems clearly designed to produce the maximum public outrage and put Weiner in greater legal jeopardy — and the media-generated uproar may well have compelled the authorities to become involved and seize the computer with Clinton’s emails.

It should be noted that prosecutors, judges and juries view interactions with minors differently, based on the precise age of the minor: 15 is worse than 16, which is worse than 17, the real age of the girl for much of the period during which she interacted with Weiner, and her age when she approached the media.

Under North Carolina law, at 16, she was in fact above the age of consent. Ultimately, this would not matter because Weiner pled guilty to being under the impression that she was only 15, and she was still below the federal age of consent — the standard applicable in the case. Regardless of what he stipulated as part of his plea agreement, among the trove of incriminating messages it published, the Daily Mail provided no evidence that the girl actually told Weiner she was 15, only that she was in high school.

To those primarily focused on Weiner’s illicit behavior with a teenager, these legal definitions may be beside the point. But any lies at all in a matter so crucial — especially ones that have gone unchecked for so long — must be treated as indicative of a larger, politically motivated deception.

Plus, if this “lie,” misrepresentation of fact, or material inaccuracy found its way into a government pleading in what became the United States v. Weiner case, it would have legal consequences. But we may never know, because the way Anthony Weiner’s plea deal is structured inhibits further inquiry by dispensing with the matter while revealing no details about the underlying history.

Issue #2: The victim lied about political loyalties
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She described herself as a “big fan” of the Clintons. She further stated that she so disliked Trump that if he were elected, she would move to Germany. Thus, she seemed to have no political agenda at all in “outing” Weiner.

However, the girl actually celebrated Trump’s victory on social media. (It should be noted that her various accounts, such as Twitter and Instagram, were set to private after news of Weiner’s plea deal broke. WhoWhatWhy has preserved screenshots of the tweets and Instagram posts in question.)

Her father is a registered Republican. She and her mother tweeted derisively about the Black Lives Matter movement. Her late grandmother was a Tea Party activist. These are not Hillary Clinton fans.

...Incidentally, another falsehood that emanated directly from the original Daily Mail article — that her father is an attorney — found its way into a May 9, 2017, New Yorker piece.

...Beyond the fact that the father is not a lawyer, it may be relevant that he has been arrested numerous times for crimes, including assault by strangulation — according to court records.
Read more here.

Trump at the Western Wall

Trump's speech in Riyadh

Fox News has the full transcript of Trump's speech to Sunni Muslim leaders here.

The Trumps are in Israel

President Trump has become the first president to visit Israel's Western Wall.





The president's flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv also made history — as it's considered one of the first direct flights between the two cities.
Read more here.

Trump in Saudia Arabia

Mail Online has many pictures and videos of the Trump delegation in Saudia Arabia and his speech. Melania looked very serious, maybe a little fearful?

Who killed Seth Rich, and why?

Newt Gingrich asks if anyone is going to investigate the "assassination" of Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was shot in the back. Gingrich says it was Rich, not Russians, who leaked the DNC documents to Wikileaks.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"The stem cells that produce our blood have been created in the lab for the first time."

Jessica Hamzelou reports in New Scientist,
These could one day be used to treat people who have blood diseases and leukemia with their own cells, rather than bone marrow transplants from a donor. They could also be used to create blood for transfusions.

“This is a very big deal,” says Carolina Guibentif at the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the research. “If you can develop [these cells] in the lab in a safe way and in high enough numbers, you wouldn’t be dependent on donors.”

In a healthy adult, blood stem cells are found in bone marrow, where they replenish the supply of red and white blood cells and platelets. “They are sort of master cells,” says George Daley at Harvard Medical School.

When these cells don’t work properly, they fail to maintain an adequate supply of blood cells. As a result, not enough oxygen reaches the body’s tissues. This can cause serious disease if organs such as the heart are affected. Blood stem cells can also be wiped out by chemotherapy for leukemia and other cancers.

People with these disorders tend to be treated with bone marrow – complete with blood stem cells – from a healthy donor. The difficulty is finding a match. There is a one in four chance of achieving this from a healthy sibling, but the odds are slashed to one in a million if a stranger needs to be found, says Daley.
Read more here.

hat tip Glenn Reynolds

The opioid epidemic


Salena Zito writes in the New York Post about the opioid epidemic. The photo above is of a grandmother and her friend, with her grandson in the back seat.
Read Salena's report here.

Helping the body tolerate infections

Usha Lee McFarling writes at Scientific American about one physiologist who wants us to stop worrying so much about fighting infections and instead help the body tolerate them. Her name is Janelle Ayres.
An associate professor at the Salk Institute in the heart of San Diego’s booming biotech beach, Ayres is harnessing all manner of high-tech tools from the fields of microbiomics, genetics, and immunology—and looking to a menagerie of animals—to sort out why some individuals tolerate infection so much better than others....They went on to propose that the immune response to pathogens wasn’t the whole story, and that tolerance—a body’s ability to minimize damage while infected—may play a key role as well. Ayres has since gone on to call what she studies the “tolerance defense system.”

...In fact, it was a 19th-century paper on plants that remained healthy despite being infected with leaf rust that helped inform Ayre’s thinking on tolerance. “It had never been looked at in animals, never described in animals,” she said, speaking with her characteristic rapid-fire enthusiasm. “That’s why you should always read papers outside your bubble.”
(She’s also fascinated with Typhoid Mary, the chef who sickened dozens and killed three in the early 1900s in New York, but somehow tolerated her own infection.)

...Society needs drugs that don’t target bacteria, which can so quickly evolve to evade our best medicines, she argues.

Instead, she thinks we can harness those bacteria—even the ones normally classified as pathogens— to make new drugs that save lives by targeting an infected person’s tissues and organs. That would be an entirely new class of therapeutics, which could lessen our dependence on antibiotics and help save lives in cases, like her father’s, where antibiotics fail.
Read more here.

We have come to think of the brain as a computer. And it’s not. It’s a living organ.”

David Kohn reports in the Washington Post,
...every once in a while in science, you stumble on something really unexpected. You open a new door, to a whole new world.”

...The discovery is much more than a historical footnote. It has major implications for a wide variety of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

...Researchers have identified two networks: the vessels that lead into and surround the brain, and those within the brain itself. The first is known as the lymphatic system for the brain, while the latter is called the glymphatic system. The “g” added to “lymphatic” refers to glia, the kind of neuron that makes up the lymphatic vessels in the brain. The glymphatic vessels carry cerebrospinal fluid and immune cells into the brain and remove cellular trash from it.

Alitalo, Nedergaard, Kipnis and others have found evidence that when the systems malfunction, the brain can become clogged with toxins and suffused with inflammatory immune cells. Over decades, this process may play a key rolein Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses, research suggests. “This is a revolutionary finding,” Nedergaard says. “This system plays a huge role in the health of the brain.”

Nedergaard describes the glymphatic system as like a dishwasher for the brain. “The brain is very active,” she says, “and so it produces a lot of junk that needs to be cleaned out.”

In hindsight, she says, the system should have been noticed long ago. When the skull and head are dissected, the vessels are visible to the naked eye. But no one bothered to really look: “Usually the brain is seen only as a bunch of nerve cells. We have come to think of the brain as a computer. And it’s not. It’s a living organ.”

Nedergaard and Helene Benveniste, a scientist at Yale University, have found evidence linking problems in the lymphatic and glymphatic systems to Alzheimer’s. In a study on mice, they showed that glymphatic dysfunction contributes to the buildup in the brain of amyloid beta, a protein that plays a key role in the disease.

Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. They focused on aquaporin-4, a key protein in glymphatic vessels. In the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, this protein was jumbled; in those without the disease, the protein was well organized. This suggests that glymphatic breakdowns may play a role in the disease, Iliff says.

...One key to glymphatic performance seems to be sleep. Nedergaard has shown that at least in mice, the system processes twice as much fluid during sleep as it does during wakefulness. She and her colleagues focused on amyloid beta; they found that the lymphatic system removed much more of the protein when the animals were asleep than when they were awake. She suggests that over time, sleep dysfunction may contribute to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other brain illnesses. “You only clean your brain when you’re sleeping,” she says. “This is probably an important reason that we sleep. You need time off from consciousness to do the housekeeping.”

...Nedergaard and Benveniste have also found that sleep position is crucial. In an upright position — someone who is sitting or standing — waste is removed much less efficiently. Sleeping on your stomach is also not very effective; sleeping on your back is somewhat better, while lying on your side appears to produce the best results. The reason for these differences remains unclear, but Nedergaard suspects that it is probably related to the mechanical engineering of the lymphatic vessels and valves; she suggests that the healthiest approach may be to move periodically while you sleep.
Read more here.

"There is fake news, and there is very fake news!"

Here is Dr. Sebastian Gorka speaking on May 7 at the same conference as Carolyn Glick. "We wish to be a leader in the world. We wish to help our friends."

Sebastian Gorka good, Linda Sarsour bad

One of my favorite writers is Carolyn Glick of the Jerusalem Post. Here in this video, she speaks out against someone and she speaks up for someone.

She tells us that Linda Sarsour is a bigoted antisemite supported by the Democrat Party.

She tells us that Sebastian Gorka is a long time friend of Israel, who is being attacked by the Democrat Party. Gorka is a close adviser to Donald Trump. 51 Democrat members of Congress have demanded that Trump get rid of him.

"You have to stand with your friends, and you have to stand against your enemies, because then people will want to be your friends, and won't want to be your enemies."

Swamp hypocrisy, Russian influence, hacked emails, media bias, and a walk in the woods

In yesterday's Watter's World, Jesse Waters notes the hypocrisy of the swamp. There are multiple investigations going on to find out if Russia influenced the election. Before the Democrats hated Russia, they loved Russia. Victor Davis Hanson told Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump didn't dismantle Eastern Europe missile defense, he didn't go to Geneva and press a plastic red button, he didn't make fun of Romney for saying Russia was an existential enemy. The entire reset of Russian/American relations came from the Clinton/Obama team, not Donald Trump.

John Podesta, Hillary's Campaign Manager stupidly gave his password to a hacker. By the way, his password was "password." His entire email portfolio ended up on Wikileaks.

There is more evidence that the Democrats colluded with the media during the election than there is that Trump colluded with Russia. CNN's Donna Brazile passed the debate questions to Hillary Clinton. Politico allowed the Clinton campaign to edit their stories before publication.

At about the 26-minute mark, Jesse delivers a profound monolog on the Comey firing and all that is going on in the media.

Don't miss Jesse's walk in the New York woods looking for Hillary.

"The media cannot accept that we elected a cat, not a dog. They scream when he refuses to fetch!"

The Greg Gutfeld Show is just getting better and better. Greg opens with a politician who says, "It's gonna take a long time." That is followed by a human, who says terrorists are "sneaky, dirty rats."

Greg says the media cannot accept that we elected a cat, not a dog. They scream when he refuses to fetch!

Greg says, behind closed doors maybe Trump leaned on Comey. In other countries behind closed doors, they strangle you with dental floss!

So it's war, Mean Girls style! Day after day the media invents new petty outrages. Trump is combative, but the media prefers fighting anonymously.

Former pro wrestler and Snoop Dog bodyguard Tyrus does a very funny skit in which he pretends to be the White House Press Secretary.

Much more below.

"This is not my first sword dance!"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calmly answers Chris Wallace's questions. Wallace asks in his whiny voice, "Why isn't President Trump mentioning human rights or women's rights?" Tillerson says his contacts with foreign leaders indicate that their concerns are security and economic. We must improve conditions in the region so that terrorism is less of a threat.

Tillerson called the Turkish Ambassador over to the State Department to "express our dismay" about Erdogan's security thugs beating up protesters on American soil.

North Korea's on-going testing is disturbing. It is "early in the game" of putting pressure on North Korea. Yeah, it's early, after 8 years of neglect under Obama!

Why the bitterness, the hate?

Joel D. Hirst writes,
...things are going pretty well these days. The Supreme Court is whole – and with a remarkable, honest and gentle addition; Assad will think twice about using chemicals again; the economy is booming (yes, it has everything to do with confidence and deregulation); jobs are up, jobless claims are down; companies are reinvesting in the United States (it’s about encouragement); the healthcare challenges of a hastily passed and un-debated law are on the way to being addressed; illegal immigration is way down (no, nothing to do with a wall. Yes, everything to do with application of the rule of law). ISIS is being pushed out of Mosul. And the federal government’s thought war against half of its citizens is over.
Read more here.

Going against the grain



Now do you see why ABC has canceled this popular show?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bob Beckel out at Fox for making "insensitive" remark to a black co-worker

Just sayin'

Benjamin Wittes talks about his friend James Comey

Here is what James Comey's friend Benjamin Wittes has to say.

Comey and Mueller are close friends, role of the internet in the non-stop leaks, Lou Dobbs is angry.

This is the first time I have watched the Lou Dobbs Show. Lou is convinced that there are #Never Trumpers on the White House staff. That seems a bit paranoid to me.

Veteran Fox News reporter Gregg Jarrett was more persuasive to me than Dobbs. Gregg said he had always thought of James Comey as someone who would walk a mile to be on camera.

Comey and Mueller are close friends. Is that not a conflict of interest?

Gregg Jarrett also pointed out that Bill Clinton faced leaks at the beginning of his presidency, but that was before the internet was as pervasive as it is today. Now the internet brings new allegations hourly!

Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Intel Committee sometime after Memorial Day.

Dobbs is convinced that Trump needs junkyard dogs, but he has a lot of establishment poodles around him. (Dobbs obviously has never encountered our poodle, who alerts us to anything fishy at all times of the day or night!

Warning: Lou has Ann Coulter on, but there is an audio problem. Ann recognized it, but Lou did not. That was disappointing to me.

General Keane tells us that his contacts tell him that the leaks of the Lavrov meeting came from the NSA and Obama holdovers at the NSC.

Surround ISIS and annihilate them

General Mattis announces a new plan to defeat ISIS. Instead of a war of attrition, we are now going to surround ISIS and annihilate them. We will prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters.

"Terrorists are the termites of planet Earth. They must be exterminated regularly and never forgotten about!"

That is a quote from Greg Gutfeld, whom Juan Williams constantly tried to drown out by shouting over him whenever he talked. To be fair, Juan does that to Jesse Waters, too. He yelled at Jesse, "Let's tell the truth!" To which Jesse responded immediately, "I just did!"

Gutfeld pointed out that Trump does not conflate radical Islam with Islam, so he is less handicapped by political correctness than Obama was. He does not have Islamophobia phobia!

Again Juan pumped sarcasm when someone brought up the Harvard study showing how negative the media has been toward President Trump. Watergate star Bob Woodward summarized, "The media has been binge drinking the anti-Trump Koolaid."

Joe Biden is armchair quarterbacking the election, saying he never thought Hillary was the best candidate the Dems could have put forward. Greg pointed out that one is more effective in armchair quarterbacking if one does it on Monday, not waiting until Thursday.

UN scandals, refugees, G7 meeting with borders closed, the hypocrisy of Pope Francis

Last night's Tucker Carlson Show was as good as usual. For me, the highlight was Katie Hopkins from Daily Mail. She reported that the UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) is demanding that the UK take an additional 10,000 more refugees each year. The UK sends 3.5 billion pounds each year to Syrian Refugee camps. Seventy years ago when the UNHCR was initiated, their budget was $300,00 annually. It is now $7.5 billion dollars annually. They now have a staff of 10,000 bureaucrats, and they are rife with scandals of all kinds. Why are Muslim countries not being asked to take Muslim refugees?

Trump will be coming to Europe soon for the G7 meeting. The G7 has announced that the borders will be shut down for the safety of the G7 attendees.

Trump will also be meeting with Pope Francis, who says anyone wanting to build walls instead of bridges is not being Christian. He says that behind the walls of the Vatican, which were built in 840 to keep out marauding Muslims.

Watch more here:

No hijab, no kow tow



hat tip realvinniejames

Insanity and Inhumanity

Guest post
2017-05-19
by Suzann Darnall

I really feel right now that some in the population of this country (and possibly the entire world) are suffering from a kind of insanity that causes them to behave with depraved inhumanity towards others. I truly cannot see another reason for the kinds of stupidity and cupidity they are perpetrating in their supposed beliefs. There are some truly mean and evil happenings going on right now in the name of politics, religion, environment, society, or whatever is at the top of someone’s priorities. The sad thing is that people seem to be way down on the list of so many special interest groups. In many areas even animals rate higher than humans.

There are numerous organizations that seem to be geared for doing nothing more than denying freedom to those with whom they disagree. Usually the freedom they are denying others is pretty much the same freedom they are demanding for themselves. Kinda weird and sorta scary.

One thing that I find especially distressing in all of this is the resurgence of racism. A particularly hateful kind of racism that is requiring segregation. Even more frightening is that this segregation is being demanded on college campuses. By students. And, it is seemingly being allowed by some administrations.

Gender bias is also becoming more prevalent and again the rebirth place seems to be centered around universities. But, this seems to be more widespread with their being both groups of students and educators indulging in this hateful practice. While some administrations are standing up against the bias, others are acquiescing to the demands of those who would be intolerant.
I lived in Alabama in the 1960s. I know about the rules that blacks lived under during that time. I also lived in Alabama in the 1970s and again in 1980. I saw the changes that happened in less than 20 years. My husband and I ate dinner in a private restaurant in 1980 with about two dozen people, including a mixed race couple and a black couple. What made this astonishing is that back in the 1960s this establishment would not have allowed any black people to enter as guests.

I also experienced gender bias when applying to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in the mid-1970s. In 1974 and early 1975 they pretty much would not even speak to female high school students ‘cause they were still not decided about allowing female cadets. In 1976, even after they had decided to allow females in, they still jury-rigged it so females wanting to fly were essentially penalized and kept out. Now, in 2017, not only is USAFA getting its SECOND female commandant, she is married and will be joined by her wife and their two children in Colorado Springs. Also, she is a USAFA graduate and an Air Force pilot. Two things denied to some of us just over 40 years earlier.


So, when I see some of the prejudices that had faded somewhat being brought again to life, I have to ask myself why anyone would want to resurrect such hate? No matter that much of it is reversed from the earlier times. No matter that it is now whites being denied entrance or men being discriminated against. Bigotry is wrong. Equality is not gained by one group denying freedom or rights to another group.

Segregation never was equality. Inequality never will be true freedom. A wise man, Martin Luther King, Jr., knew this and told it to all of us back in 1963. He was very inclusive. Inclusive of others. Despite race, gender, and religion. Maybe not in spite of those differences. Perhaps even because of the differences.

Do we really want to set back the clock to a time when such a man as MLK, Jr. was denied equality based on the color of his skin and not the content of his character? If we are now allowing those who preach such hate as gender bias and racial segregation, that is exactly the time we are heading towards at breakneck speed. How can such backwards thinking be anything except insane and inhumane???


Sayonara,
Suzann
http://www.suziezoo.com
http://www.woolymammoth.org

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sessions wasn't kidding

Daily Mail reports,
At least 44 high-ranking members of the notorious MS-13 gang face federal charges after they were rounded up and arrested in Los Angeles pre-dawn police raids.

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement officers fanned out across the city early Wednesday morning and stormed homes and storefronts to nab leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

The operation, which was part of a three-year investigation into the violent gang, is the latest step in a multi-agency anti-racketeering case.

Authorities - headed by the FBI - arrested 21 people at more than 40 locations on various charges, including narcotics trafficking and other violent crimes. Many of them were illegal immigrants.
Jesse Perez (pictured) is also one of at least three people who remain at large after the police raids
Read more here.

Foreign influences

CBD writes,
But if we are going to talk about foreign influences, by all means let us open the investigation into foreign campaign donations (Obama), foreign donations to government officials' charities (Clinton), and worst of all, foreign influence over NGOs (Soros).
Read more here.

7 million voter registrations duplicated in multiple states

The Washington Free Beacon reports that more than 7 million voter registrations are duplicated in multiple states. Read the report here.

Swedish prosecutors drop charges against Assange

The Guardian reports that
Swedish prosecutors have dropped their preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, bringing an end to a seven-year legal standoff.
Read more here.

"We are watching a silent coup to oust a democratically elected president!"

Rush Limbaugh reminds us that what Wikileaks (Russians?) exposed was the cheating on the Democrat side to keep Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination.

Rush predicts that just like global warming became climate change, Russian collusion will become Russian hacking.

All the Democrats need is allegations, not evidence or facts, in order to keep the story going. They have created a large lunatic fringe army of insane people. Rush bets that secretly the Dems/media are worried about having to explain to that army that the only actual evidence is that the DNC colluded with Hillary to keep Bernie from winning the nomination! They still have no evidence of the thing they claim lost them the election! Rush believes that is a potentially explosive circumstance over which the Dems/media will have no control.

Rush gave the results of a Harvard study that showed how the media is presenting Trump in the stories it chooses. The two most biased are CNN and NBC (no surprise), each presenting Trump negatively 93% of the time. CBS follows closely with 91% negative coverage. The New York Times 85% negative, Washington Post 83% negative, Wall Street Journal 62% negative, and Fox 52% negative.

Rush: "We are watching a silent coup to oust a democratically elected president!"

Okay now, tell me again, who is the good guy and who is the bad guy?

Colbert's audience is confused. They thought Comey was the bad guy who kept beloved Hillary from winning the election. That was then, this is now. Colbert mocks Trump, so then the audience understands that Comey must have been the good guy. It must all be very confusing to those who get their news from Stephen Colbert.
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Loyalty, blending in with the curtains, shaking hands instead of hugging, bayonets in the back, an investigation in search of a problem

Laura is disgusted with Republicans like McCain who cannot stand up to the media and Support Trump. They are frozen scaredy cats intimidated by the media. Laura hinted that next they will come after Pence. Whose number three in line to power? Paul Ryan!

Laura sees Comey as a drama queen who always wants to be the center of attention. Except that one meeting right after the inauguration when Trump had in the west wing all the law enforcement people to thank them for protecting him during the inauguration.

Then, when Trump called his name to come forward Comey was determined not to hug Trump. So he reached out to shake hands, but Trump is a hugger, so he still pulled Comey in for the handshake!

By the way, how do you blend in when you are 6'7" like Comey?

Laura points out that Rosenstein worked for Obama, and has no loyalty to Trump. Trump asking for loyalty does not equal obstruction of justice!

What we have here is an investigation in search of a problem! Pat Buchanan believes Trump needs to ask the FBI for a parallel investigation into the unmasking and leaking. Laura says this is a political war. She says to the Republicans, "If you want to support the Democrats, go over to their side!" If she were in a foxhole with these Republicans, she would worry about getting a bayonet in her back!

Laura points out that you can be loyal to your boss and still follow the rule of law. Sessions should also have had loyalty from Rosenstein. The way these special counsels work is you have to prove yourself innocent! They have unlimited money and lawyers trying to find something on the skunk at the establishment's picnic (Trump).

Trump 15,000 mile foreign tour begins today.

Trump team talked with Russians! Democrats are in disarray! Roger Ailes was a great guy!

Juan Williams excitedly tells us that the Trump administration has had 18 undisclosed contacts with the Russians in the last seven months. Tell me why Trump has to disclose every conversation he has with the Russians, or with anyone else! Then, when anyone responds to Juan, he shouts over them so we can't hear what the other person is saying.

Dana Perino says the Democrats are in complete disarray. Rahm Emmanuel says the Democrat party is disdainful of the middle class. Greg Gutfeld says Rahm is a little late to the party; he wouldn't know the middle class if it sat in his lap!.

The cast ended the show with individual tributes to Roger Ailes.

The Left, violence, identity politics

Tucker Carlson points out that the Democrat party is now an organized movement around identity politics.
That is the idea that every American is a member of a subgroup, usually a racial category, and that the point of achieving power is to win spoils for that group. Another word for this is tribalism, and it is the most divisive possible way to run the country. There are no ideas or arguments. There is only victory or defeat for the group you belong to. In the end, every group finds itself at war with every other group. It is the story of much of the rest of the world, and the Left has brought it here to America. ...Anything old must be destroyed! That would include the basic institutions going back to colonial times: the nuclear family, freedom of speech, traditional religious faith, the rule of law.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Recognize these fellows?



I found this picture at The Federalist but was unable to read the article when I clicked on it. I hope they have not been hit with a cyber attack.

Another large-scale cyberattack is underway.

Yahoo Tech reports that another large-scale cyberattack is underway.

"Collusion"

Ace of Spades on the "collusion" allegations:
...One question I keep asking -- and which I encourage people to ask of these assholes -- is this: "What specific crime, including what specific acts, are you accusing Trump of?"

Note that in Hillary's case, critics were quite specific about what crimes she had committed: She violated the Espionage Act by transferring classified information to non-authorized users. She also set up this system precisely to avoid her FOIA obligations -- repeatedly telling people there were no responsive documents, when she was deliberately not searching for such documents on the secret serve she knew they were on.

I don't know if that last one is a crime, but I can definitely make that specific description of the bad conduct I'm alleging.

What similar specifics can these assholes offer re: Trump? They keep citing "contacts" -- but it's not a crime to have a "contact" with anybody. Literally, there is no person in the world, not even Osama bin Ladin's Satan-raped ghost, that it's illegal to have a "contact" with.

They also use the very vague word "collusion" to mask the fact they have no idea what Trump and Putin "colluded" about, or how. What quid pro quo are they alleging? How was this contract formed? Who negotiated this contract?

They have no idea, because they don't even really believe such a thing happened.

If they really believed such things happened, they would specifically say "Trump Aide X, with Trump's knowledge and permission, negotiated to trade American policy Y to Russia in exchange for Russian act Z."

They don't ever say that, because this is all bullshit. They just keep talking about the non-crime "contacts" and the deliberately vague, purposefully elusive word "collusion."
Read more here.

Comey under oath, "#Resistance is a two-way street"


hat tip Ace, who writes,
Once you've formally announced to the public that their decisions simply do not matter, and that a niche subculture of the country gets to exercise an extra-constitutional veto on any decision they don't approve of -- once you've made it plain that America is a government with a nation, not a nation with a government -- what exactly is it that binds the people to a government that cannot in any way be described as "their" government?

The old bromide was that we have to respect the will of the people when we lose, if for no other reason that we count on others respecting the will of the people when they lose.

But now that that social contract has been entirely disavowed by a large minority of the country -- now that they've made it plain that they will have no government except one they control at the expense of their enemies -- what possible reason could they suggest to citizens why they must respect the next president, or the one after that?

#Resistance is a two-way street, fellers.
Read more here.

Roger Ailes, appointment of special counsel, Rosenstein, Sessions, Trump agenda, the political swamp

Laura Ingraham gave a passionate tribute to Roger Ailes today. So did Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee.

Laura was not happy about the news of a special counsel being appointed. Furthermore, she was critical of Jeff Sessions for recusing himself and for picking Rosenstein as Assistant Attorney General. She wants Trump to be able to accomplish his agenda. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, will have a huge staff and wide latitude about what he decides to investigate. Rosenstein didn't even tell Sessions in person. One of his staff told one of Sessions' staff! Trump was given only 30 minutes notice before the pick was released to the press! And, guess what? Laura says Comey and Mueller are pals!

Pete Hoekstra was a guest on Laura's show today. He was a former head of the House Intel Committee, and he agreed completely with Laura. Laura said it is now Patriots vs. Giants NFL football, and you don't send in a pee wee football player.

Another thing Laura was incredulous about: Trump met with all the network anchors today! Why?

The political swamp is not the same as the real estate swamp!

Trump's reaction: "appointment of special counsel hurts our country terribly"

Sundance reports at The Conservative Treehouse that
President Donald Trump held an informal luncheon with news reporters and TV anchors today in advance of the upcoming international visit. Brett Baier reports President Trump was relaxed, warm and comfortable and showing no change in disposition from all prior encounters. Most of the discussion was off the record, however the president did release the following response to a question from one of the participants at the meeting: Reporter Question: “You made a point about the special counselor and and you believe it hurts this country” —

President Trump: “I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country. And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear… all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country.

It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That’s all this is. I think it shows division, and it shows that we’re not together as a country. And I think it’s a very, very negative thing. And hopefully, this can go quickly, because we have to show unity if we’re going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world.”

~ President Donald J Trump
Read more here.

Special counsel, impeachment, Afghanistan, Turkish thugs, sologamy, and, of course, Comey

Tucker Carlson said that Robert Mueller has a reputation for rectitude, but Tucker asked, is the appointment of a Special Counsel a good idea? When done in Reagan and Clinton administrations it consumed entire presidencies.

Crystal Ball is a former candidate for Congress who now works for a "progressive" organization called the Leadership Council. She wants Trump to be impeached.

Erik Prince is a former Navy Seal who started Blackwater. He points out that Russians also suffer from Islamic terrorism. He remembers when the Left loved the USSR, but now not so much, because Russia is no longer communist, and are not embracing Leftism enough to please American Leftists.

Erik pointed out that we are spending $42 billion dollars a year in Afghanistan. We have 8000 troops there, most of whom never leave the base! There is now a 300,000 man Afghan security force that is corrupt. We have had 17 different Afghan commanders in 15 years. Afghanistan is rich in oil and gas (1 trillion dollars worth), and in minerals and crops (another 1 trillion dollars worth), yet they have no mining laws! The Taliban enemy exploits opioids, hashish, and minerals.

In Tucker's "Can you top that?" segment, someone reported on the brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC, in which Erdogan's armed guards beat up American protesters. The other segment was on "sologamy," the newest thing among progressives. Just go to Imarriedme.com website to see how you can marry yourself!

Finally, we must talk once more about James Comey. Greg Jarret explained that if Comey thought Trump was trying to obstruct justice, Comey faces prison time for not reporting it immediately.

Tillerson and Kelly meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss combating drug cartels

Sundance reports at The Conservative Treehouse,
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly hold a press conference with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and Mexico’s Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

President Trump has instructed the State Department and DHS to initiate a new -more aggressive- posture toward the elimination of drugs. The United States is now developing new strategies to directly combat Mexican drug cartels, including cash flow, banks, cross-border incursions, and political corruption.

This press conference happens on the same day that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross jointly travel to the U.S. Senate to initiate starting the clock (intent notification to senate) for the 90-period prior to reopening NAFTA.

"We are patronized by our inferiors!"

At The Critique, Daniel Bonevac wrote in January,
In the heat of the Presidential election campaign, Peggy Noonan wrote about the Wikileaks revelations and thereby captured a central theme of the election:

“Here’s what you see in the emails: the writers are the worst kind of snobs, snobs with nothing to recommend them. In their expression and thoughts they are common, banal, dumb, uninformed, parochial….It’s the big fact of American life now, isn’t it? That we are patronized by our inferiors”

Donald Trump
...favors freedom of speech; his flouting of political correctness and, sometimes, outright incivility underscores that.[39] He respects freedom of religion.[40] He believes in the right to self-defense.[41] He rejects the culture of perpetual offense that makes life on campus and, increasingly, off campus a minefield of arbitrary and often ridiculous rules. His positions on these issues are in accordance with common sense. They also accord with the Lockean vision that constituted the common ground of American political life until Woodrow Wilson.

...Perhaps the central issue of Trump’s campaign was something also found in the campaign for Brexit, to return decision-making authority to the people and their elected representatives.[42] He described the administrative state and the regulatory burden it imposes as “the anchor dragging us down,” pointing out that its growth since 1980 has cost us as much as one-fourth of our Gross National Product.[43] He pledged to issue a moratorium on new regulations and, in the longer term, to insist that any proposed regulation accompany a proposal to eliminate two existing regulations.

The Obama recovery is the slowest since 1949.[48] Young African-Americans face an unemployment rate of over 20 percent.[49] The national debt has almost doubled; an American born today already owes more than $60,000 in debt.[50] Business profits and durable goods orders are down.[51] So are incomes.[52] Productivity growth is slow.[53] The “new normal,” at most two-percent economic growth, is disappointing by traditional measures. Obama’s policies, driven by a concern for economic inequality, have in fact increased inequality.[54]

The president’s signature “accomplishment,” Obamacare, is in a death spiral of falling enrollments and soaring costs.[55] Racial tensions are leading to riots and attacks on police officers. Violent crime is up sharply.[56] Life expectancy is falling, especially for white males.[57] The IRS, the FBI and the Justice Department are protecting political allies, punishing opponents, and defying court orders, all without anyone being held accountable.[58] The State of the Union is not particularly good. And that is in addition to the international situation, where the United States appears weak, tyrants appear to be emboldened, and the Middle East is in flames.[59] The resulting humanitarian disaster is producing a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions that threatens the stability of Europe. The list could go on and on.[60]

...Why was Trump being called a racist, a xenophobe, an Islamophobe? In the end, it came down to this: he wants to slow the rate of immigration and to enforce immigration law. He wants to keep criminals and terrorists out of the country. So do most of his supporters—not because they hate foreigners, Mexicans, Muslims, or some other collection of groups, but for a variety of perfectly legitimate reasons:

[1] They dislike crime. They are unhappy about drug gangs crossing the border with impunity.[84] They are not willing to put up with increased rates of theft, murder, and sexual offenses for the sake of greater diversity.

[2] They dislike acts of terror. They recognize that we have no way to screen newcomers to prevent terrorists from entering the country.[85] They realize that many terrorists are homegrown in the sense that they are second- or third-generation Americans but become radicalized in Muslim communities. They see events in Europe and the United States and conclude that terror attacks are likely to become more common and more deadly if rates of Muslim immigration are not reduced.

[3] They worry about the availability of jobs. They recognize that immigrants compete with Americans already here for jobs at various skill levels, driving down rates of employment and wages for the native-born.[86] They see that the consequences are worst for those who are most vulnerable.

[4] They worry about the social costs of immigration. Their ancestors generally came to this country at times when there was no welfare system; newcomers had to make it on their own. Now, a large majority of immigrants rely on social services of one kind or another. And dealing with large numbers of immigrants imposes burdens on schools, health care facilities, and other institutions. Only the most skilled are likely to contribute as much as they cost. As Milton Friedman once said, “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.”[87] The costs are potentially infinite.

[5] They worry about the effects of high levels of immigration on social capital. Robert Putnam’s research shows that areas with high degrees of ethnic diversity have reduced social capital; diversity damages the networks of trust and cooperation on which productive social interaction depends.[88] There are huge costs to being a low-trust society, and huge benefits to being a high-trust one. The reduction in trust is moreover quite general. People not only trust people in other groups less; they trust people in their own group less. They become less willing to participate in various kinds of activities and associations, preferring to “turtle” in their own homes. The life and vibrancy of the community suffers.

[6] They worry about our political culture. They sense that the Democrats are eager to increase immigration from certain areas of the world not to benefit the United States but to benefit the Democratic Party by importing large numbers of voters without much exposure to the political culture of the United States or other English-speaking countries.[89] The Democrats want voters with no attachment to the Magna Carta, the doctrine of natural rights, an ideal of individual liberty, or representative government.[90] Trump supporters see little reason why Americans should assist in the destruction of their own political system and thus their own rights and liberties.

Trump supporters realize that there are many benefits to immigration, at certain levels, of certain types of people, under certain circumstances. They recoil from Hillary Clinton’s vision of open borders, but are not hostile to immigration as such. The issue, in their view, is the kind, extent, and pace of immigration, a topic they think deserves careful consideration and debate. The Democrats and the media do not respond to any of the above concerns. They instead retort by calling anyone raising them deplorable. That sounds intemperate, even desperate. To Trump supporters, it also sounds foolish.

...In conclusion, let me summarize the case for Trump in three simple propositions:

[1] He says what he thinks.

[2] He’s on our side.

[3] He fights.

The first includes Trump’s resistance to the narrative and his refusal to live the lie. If he sometimes says extreme things, that only increases his supporters’ resolve. The second proposition includes Trump’s concern for ordinary people—people who do not talk and write for a living—and for the nation as a whole. Obama’s last-minute pardons of spies and terrorists fits a pattern of actions that appear to be anti-American, hostile to the United States and its inhabitants.[121] Clinton’s vision seemed internationalist. Trump sees that a government’s primary obligation is to its citizens. The third proposition gives his supporters hope that he will finally do what they have been sending people to Washington to do for decades: shrink the unelected, unaccountable deep state, return control of their country and their lives to them, and thereby make America great again.
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Information sharing? Ask Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Leon Panetta!

Daniel John Sobieski informs us at American Thinker,
As National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster pointed out Tuesday, nothing President Trump told Lazrov was classified or endangered sources and methods. Of course, this matters not to those who thinks it wrong to share information with the Russians but okay to share that same information to the Washington Post.

It was the kind of general information and concerns that the Russians tried to share with President Obama about the Tsarnaev brothers before the Boston Marathon bombings. If President Obama had “colluded” with the Russians the way Trump is said to have done, the Boston Marathon bombing would never have happened. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized:

It boggles the mind that we didn't listen to the Russians when they warned about the Tsarnaev brothers in part because, well, they're the Russians. But we want to preserve the records of every housewife in Des Moines because data mining that arguably invades the privacy rights of innocent Americans might reveal something.

One person whose privacy was not invaded by U.S. intelligence was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as he repeatedly visited the al-Qaida online magazine Inspire for its recipe "Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

The NSA's blanket surveillance did not detect Tsarnaev's interest in building the pressure cooker bombs he would use to devastating effect at the Boston Marathon. The massive databases that we are building a massive facility in Utah to store also failed to uncover the online communications that Tsarnaev had with a known Muslim extremist in Dagestan.

Collusion with the Russians in this case would have saved American lives, but Obama refused Russian assistance in fighting these terrorists. Is Trump “colluding” with the Russians to save lives from ISIS terrorists a bad thing? Did we forget that the Russians had a plane blown out of the sky over the Sinai by terrorists?

Panetta himself, it would seem, is the one who needs to be surrounded by adults to keep his loose lips in check, having put the lives of those who took out Osama bin Laden at risk. As Breitbart reported:

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta, for example, told CNN on Tuesday that Trump “cannot just say whatever the hell he wants and expect it doesn’t carry consequences.”

Panetta should know, because it was his loose talk after the Osama bin Laden raid that exposed a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who helped locate the Al Qaeda leader. As a result, Afridi was imprisoned on fabricated charges and will live under fear of assassination for the rest of his life.

As Breitbart News noted in 2013, a Pakistani report on Dr. Afridi reportedly concluded “Dr. Afridi was implicated by a ‘statement by the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was the CIA Director when May 2 happened, confirming the role of Dr. Afridi in making the U.S. assassination mission a success.'”

Panetta did not reveal that critical intelligence in a private meeting with a foreign emissary, but to the entire world, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

Then there is Joe Biden, whose loose lips got members of Seal Team 6 targeted for revenge in an Afghan mission known as Extortion 17. As Investor’s Business Daily recounted on May 28, 2013:

Extortion 17 was the call sign of a special operations mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, that responded to an Army Ranger unit engaged in a firefight with the Taliban and in need of backup.

The Chinook helicopter carrying the rescue team was shot down by a Taliban-owned rocket-propelled grenade over the Wardak Province on Aug. 6, 2011, killing 38, including 30 Americans and 15 members of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden just three months prior.

The shoot-down was described at the time as a "lucky shot," but the families of the dead SEALs believe that, like Benghazi, it was a pre-planned operation of revenge facilitated by a government that put them in harm's way without adequate support and with a bull's-eye painted on their backs.

At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, May 2, 2011, a senior defense official was asked if it was a Navy SEAL team that found and killed the world's most wanted man. The terse and proper response was: "Not going to comment on units or numbers."

Then on May 3, Vice President Joe Biden got up to speak at a dinner at Washington's Ritz Carlton Hotel marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council to spill the beans about Adm. James Stavridis and "the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday."

From that moment, the families believe, the Taliban looked for an opportunity for revenge, and a government more concerned with politically correct rules of engagement than victory helped them get it.

Biden skated on the leak that got SEAL Team 6 targeted for revenge. Those who now condemn Trump for trying to save American and, yes, Russia lives, were silent, especially Leon “loose lips” Panetta. Panetta and Biden, like Hillary Clinton at Benghazi, put lives in jeopardy and got men killed.
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