Friday, November 16, 2018

"Believe all women!"

The satirical Babylon Bee reports,
LOS ANGELES, CA—Citing his deeply held conviction that we should "believe all women," lawyer and advocate for oppressed females Michael Avenatti immediately plead guilty to domestic violence charges after being arrested by the LAPD Wednesday evening.

"We should believe all women, and not just when it's politically expedient," he said in a somber statement outside an LAPD station. "I would like to deny these charges and call them a vicious attack on my political career, but I can't in good conscience do that. That would be totally inconsistent with my rhetoric over the past year. Instead, I will immediately plead guilty."

Avenatti also requested that the judge grant him the maximum possible sentence. He even asked for the death penalty, but was disappointed to discover that such a punishment is not typically administered for domestic violence crimes. He vowed to change that, however: "I will spend all of my hopefully lengthy sentence behind bars fighting to get the death penalty approved for my case and countless other people who have abused women."

"I am an advocate for women, after all," he concluded to applause.


Representative Swalwell threatens a gun owner with nukes!

“The right to live is supreme over any other.”

A U.S. congressman is proposing an Australia-style gun buyback program.David Gray / Reuters file

Benjy Sarlin reports in NBC,
WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman has proposed outlawing “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution, a major departure from prior gun control proposals that typically exempt existing firearms.

In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”

Swalwell proposes that the government should offer up to $1,000 for every weapon covered by a new ban, estimating that it would take $15 billion to buy back roughly 15 million weapons — and “criminally prosecute any who choose to defy [the buyback] by keeping their weapons.”

In the past, Democrats and gun safety groups have carefully resisted proposals that could be interpreted as “gun confiscation,” a concept gun rights groups have often invoked as part of a slippery slope argument against more modest proposals like universal background checks.

Swalwell addressed these arguments directly, saying he and other Democrats had been too deferential to Second Amendment activists and should follow the lead of teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who have been more strident.

“There's something new and different about the surviving Parkland high schoolers’ demands,” he wrote. “They dismiss the moral equivalence we’ve made for far too long regarding the Second Amendment. I've been guilty of it myself, telling constituents and reporters that 'we can protect the Second Amendment and protect lives.’”

Instead, he writes, “the right to live is supreme over any other.”
I presume that means he now against aborting unborn humans!

Shut down the CIA and start a new secret intelligence service?

Michael Ledeen reports in FrontPage Magazine, "You wouldn’t know it from the “news coverage,” but the CIA’s global secret internet communications network was uncovered by Iranian spooks between 2009 and 2013 (that would be the first Obama term), thanks in part to Iran’s enlisting an American double agent who knew all about the system. A very big deal, as Yahoo reported and Breitbart summarized:"

According to Yahoo News, CIA officials were stunned at how quickly and thoroughly the Iranians penetrated the system, which relied on phony corporate websites. One of the report’s cringe-inducing details is that once the Iranian double agent pointed out a disguised CIA website, Iranian intelligence unraveled the rest of the CIA network using Google searches for similar sites and monitoring traffic to those websites.

This was quickly followed by China’s catastrophic compromise of America’s spy network in 2011 and 2012, which culminated in the arrest and execution of about 30 U.S. agents and sources, essentially destroying the American network in China.

"It seems the Iranians were in cahoots with the Chinese, and you should not be surprised to learn that the Russians were part of the anti-American operation. Indeed, there seems to be no known limit on the global catastrophe, from the dozens of men and women who risked—and often lost—their lives for American security, to the knowledge our enemies gained about our sources and methods. All over the world."

With dawning horror, U.S. officials realized that once Iranian or Chinese intelligence officials were able to pinpoint CIA assets within their own borders, they were almost certainly capable of zeroing in on similar digital signatures in other countries, former officials said.

Former officials said the fallout from the compromises was likely global in scope — potentially endangering all CIA sources that used some version of this internet-based system worldwide.

"It would not be surprising if there were a lot more to this story. That “double agent,” for example, probably means that several CIA operations were penetrated. The agent may have had friends working on other projects. Such cases help explain why the CIA has an unenviably consistent record of almost always getting Iran wrong, from the revolution that removed the Shah in 1979, right up to the dreadful deal Obama cut with the mullahs, and to the current European campaign against the latest round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. We are now learning, for example, that the Iranian nuclear weapons program was bigger than we (the CIA, mainly) had believed.

What is to be done? Putting terrific leaders at the top of CIA obviously won’t do the trick. Pompeo, a good man, was director for nearly two years, and there is still no sign that the Intelligence Community is significantly improved. I’m afraid we have to go back to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s prescription: shut it down and start a new secret intelligence service. It’s a big country, full of talented people. The analyses can be farmed out to think tanks and research centers, where much of the good work is done anyway. As for operations, much of the work should be done by the military, as General Flynn intended (this is one of the reasons CIA went after him, first at DIA and then again at the National Security Council.

And I have a scheme. Recruit young scholars and business people. Pay them to live abroad, and to befriend the next generation of leaders. That way, some years down the road, we will have agents in place who are on first-name terms with the top people. My own experiences testify to the effectiveness of this stratagem. I went off to Italy as a graduate student, and assimilated into the Roman political and intellectual worlds. One of the people I befriended was Bettino Craxi, then an unknown Socialist, who went on to become prime minister. One night it was urgent for President Reagan to talk to Craxi, who wouldn’t take a call from our Embassy late at night. But he did take a call from me, his old friend. It worked out. We need these informal avenues. CIA at its best has them, but not nearly on the necessary scale."
Read more here.

Kellyanne's husband shoots his mouth off again

George Conway, the husband of Trump loyalist Kellyanne Conway, continues to shoot off his mouth with criticisms of the president. Today he is quoted by Daily Mail's David Martosko as saying, "...the administration is like a sh*tshow in a dumpster fire." He admits that he was trying to get hired at the Justice Department. 'If I got this door prize, I’m going to be in the middle of a department he’s at war with. Why would anybody want to do this?'
His comments came on the 'Skullduggery' podcast, produced by Yahoo News
Read more here.

Ace's take

Ace of Spades weighs in on the judge's decision on Accoster:
It's Official: Federal Judges Have Decided That There Are Special Rules In the Constitution That Say Trump Doesn't Have the Basic Powers All Other Presidents Have
—Ace of Spades
A judge -- appointed by Trump, actually -- decides the president can not deny a press pass to a non-reporter who physically pushes away an intern and declares that Jim Acosta now has his press pass back.

Ace commenter Pep has a great idea: require all questions be submitted in writing.

Another commenter, Laughing in Texas, said, "Someone on Gab asked if a person, who self-identifies as a reporter, can go into a courtroom, interrupt and disrespect, brush off the bailiff and expect no punishment? Because that seems like a due process issue to me."

Andycanuck says, "Alex Jones should apply for a WH Press Pass right now; and he should be seated right next to Acoster.

How many dead people voted?

Please don't appoint any more blind judges, Mr. President!

Accoster is back in the White House! A federal judge appointed by President Trump ruled that the White House claim that Accoster put his hand on the female intern who was trying to take away the mic was of "questionable accuracy!" Did Trump's lawyers even show the judge the videotape? Now I am really worried that the White House lawyers will not be a match for the Mueller lawyers!

Once again, here is Accoster chopping the intern's left bicep.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

PalPay bans Tommy Robinson

This is the second negative story I have posted today about PayPal. The Leftist site The Guardian reports,
English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been banned from using PayPal.

The online payments system told him he did not fit within its user guidelines and would never be able to use the platform again, the 35-year-old said.

The company said it does not comment on individual accounts but added in a statement: “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.

...The move comes after online petitions demanding the firm stop processing payments for the activist gathered thousands of signatures. But Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who said he had been using the platform to collect donations to fight his legal battles, branded the ban as “fascism”.

“They just don’t like my opinion and want to silence me,” he told the Press Association. “The government and establishment can see I have public support, they can see I have the ability to fight back.”

Robinson said PayPal has also frozen “a lot” of money that was in the account for 180 days.
Read more here.

Put down that iPhone!

In The Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang reports that Mark Zuckerberg was so angry at Apple CEO Tim Cook over Cook's comments about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica that Zuckerberg required all of his employees to stop using iPhones and use Android instead.

Is "El Chapo" going down?

In The Daily Mail, Chris Dyer reports on the New York trial of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, who
trafficked so much cocaine in just four shipments he supplied 'more than a line of cocaine for every single person in the United States', a court heard.

...The 61-year-old, who is considered the world's largest drug trafficker since the death of Colombia's Pablo Escobar, is on trial in New York under draconian security arrangements after escaping from prison in Mexico on two separate occasions.

As a result, he is currently being kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day.

During the opening of his trial in Brooklyn, New York, prosecutors said the Mexican drug lord was so ruthless he would order the killings of his own family to ensure he rose to power.
Read more and view photos of his escape tunnel here.

What is this squirrel saying?

Photo by Mary McGowan was one of the winners in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
See more winners here.

Careless driving

J.D. Capelouto reports in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the man in the photo above was arrested for going 118 mph in a 45 mph zone. He told police he “just fixed a part on the car and we just wanted to make sure it was good.”

I experienced something similar today in a 35 mph zone. One block ahead were swarms of cops investigating something. The two racing cars that passed me at high speeds quickly hit their brakes and pulled off making right turns after hitting their brakes.

Federal judge orders Hillary to answer questions about her email system.

Mark Tapscott reports at LifeZette,
A federal judge ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to answer five questions she has avoided for years about her use of a private email server to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan on Wednesday gave Clinton 30 days to respond under oath to five questions.

These questions were all put to her nearly four years ago in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.

The five questions are:

1.) Who decided to create the system?

2.) When was it created?

3.) Why was it created?

4.) Who set it up?

5.) When did it become operational?

The Democratic nominee who lost the 2016 election to Republican President Donald Trump — and who has begun to tease a possible new run for the presidency — has steadfastly refused to answer those and many more questions about why she used a secret email server, instead of the legally required government system during her tenure as the chief U.S. diplomat.

Clinton could be subject to contempt of court charges if she refuses to comply with Sullivan’s order or felony charges if she answers the questions but then provides false information on those matters.

...The email system became the subject of a sensational investigation that culminated in July 2016. That’s when then-FBI Director James Comey told the nation that Clinton and her key aides acted “extremely carelessly” but did not intend to break the law.

As a result, Comey said he was not recommending that charges be filed against her.

Comey’s decision caused an uproar in Congress, as it flew in the face of evidence that dozens of highly sensitive national security documents were transmitted over Clinton’s secret email system.

He also acknowledged that foreign powers may have hacked her email. Federal law makes an individual’s intent irrelevant — only that the person acted carelessly.

...Sullivan also ordered Clinton to explain why, on Oct. 22, 2015, she told the House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi that virtually all of her emails “were in the State Department’s system” and “if they want to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.”

The judge ordered Clinton to “identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.”

Every individual Clinton names as having assisted her in creating her secret email system and in responding to the committee will then be subject to further FOIA discovery by Judicial Watch.

That, in turn, could lead to new revelations and prompt reopening of the FBI investigation but under a new attorney general.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker reportedly advised Trump last year that a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Clinton’s role in the Uranium One scandal.
Read more here.

Judicial Watch does a wonderful job watch-dogging crooks in the government!

"The Democrats are all-in on censorship and harassing conservatives out of public life (including their jobs), and too many Republicans are simply paid off by Big Tech."

On the subject of Big Tech Monopoly, Ace of Spades links to this video today.

Then Ace writes,
Is this all just a coincidence or are tech giants acting in concert to destroy all possible competitors? Bitchute was terminated by PayPal, one assumes, for failing to be heavy-handed with censorship like YouTube is now; but when YouTube itself was less heavy-handed, PayPal didn't attempt to deplatform YouTube. Twitter, too, used to be less heavy-handed, and yet there were no companies working to deplatform them.

One begins to see a pattern that goes like this: the established tech giants establish a censorship guideline, which is taken by other companies, for no good reason, to be the requiredcensorship guideline. Then anyone not conforming to the established tech giants' current censorship policies (and remember, these change all the time) are deplatformed by other tech giants.

You can't say you're not acting in concert when you take Twitter's or YouTube's rules of the day (which can and do change) and then use that as your justification to exclude all competitors to YouTube and Twitter. You're just using their censorship-policies-of-the-month to justify always acting in YouTube's and Twitter's interest. You're just using their censorship policies as cover for eliminating their competitors.
When YouTube and Twitter decide "No conservative speakers at all," will PayPal, MasterCard, and the rest then begin denying services to a conservative competitor start-up?

We need congressional investigations into this, but it won't happen: The Democrats are all-in on censorship and harassing conservatives out of public life (including their jobs), and too many Republicans are simply paid off by Big Tech.

Did we just not notice it before?

Bookworm asks a serious question:
Were people with Trump Derangement Syndrome always intellectually deficient? Was it just that we didn’t really notice it before or has Trump Derangement Syndrome actually affected their intellectual capacity at a profound biological level?

I no longer refer to college grads as “educated.” I simply call them “credentialed.” They are very seldom educated, if that term refers to someone with a significant breadth and depth of knowledge, a familiarity with the Western canon that shaped our modern world, and the ability to analyze information in a rigorous, logical way.

College grads from the last 30 years are, instead, indoctrinated into all of the usual Leftist shibboleths: Race obsessions, an abiding commitment to increasingly discredited anthropogenic climate change theories, and magical thinking about biological sex. (My current shtick, when I hear people insisting that surgery and hormones will “change” a person’s sex is to say that’s like treating anorexia with diet pills and liposuction. Conservatives laugh; Progressives are offended.)
Read more here.

A sex recession

Did you know that
in Japan, in 2015, 43% of people aged 18 to 34 were virgins?

... an Economist/YouGov poll in November last year found that 17% of Americans aged 18 to 29 believed that a man asking a woman out for a drink “always” or “usually” constituted sexual harassment.

This information comes from The Guardian which noticed that a recent Atlantic article asserted we are in a sex recession.
Read more here.

The case for anti-trust regulation of big tech

Tim Wu writes in Wired about how the tech giants got away with not being regulated.
...In total, Facebook managed to string together 67 unchallenged acquisitions, which seems impressive, unless you consider that Amazon undertook 91 and Google got away with 214 (a few of which were conditioned). In this way, the tech industry became essentially composed of just a few giant trusts: Google for search and related industries, Facebook for social media, Amazon for online commerce. While competitors remained in the wings, their positions became marginalized with every passing day.

...Facebook, supposedly, is not building a global empire of influence so much as “bringing the world closer together.” It's a “different kind of company that connects billions of people.” To do that right, however, requires a global monopoly. Meanwhile, Google wants to organize the world’s information, but to do so it needs to get its hands on all the information in the world. Amazon, meanwhile, wants nothing more than to serve the consumer, which is great, and you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

If there is a sector more ripe for the reinvigoration of antitrust regulation, I do not know it.
Read more here.

This world is getting better and better!

Where does water come from?

Evan Gough reports in Science alert,
We have comets and asteroids to thank for Earth's water, according to the most widely-held theory among scientists. ...As asteroids and comets struck this hot Earth, the water and the hydrogen in it were boiled off into space. As Earth cooled over time, water from comet and asteroid collisions was allowed to condense on Earth, and not be boiled off into space. The water stuck around.

The evidence for this lies in isotope ratios. The ratio of the heavy hydrogen isotope deuterium to normal hydrogen is a chemical signature.

Two bodies of water with the same ratio must have the same origin, the thinking goes. And Earth's oceans have the same ratio as water on asteroids. That's a very simplified version of the widely-held theory of how water got to Earth.

But scientists are malcontents, always trying to have a better, more thorough understanding of things. They were questioning the "water from comets" theory before this newest study came out.

Back in 2014, some scientists studied the issue by looking at meteorites of different ages. (Meteorites are just asteroids that have struck Earth.) First they looked at what are known as 'carbonaceous chondrite meteorites'.

They're the oldest ones we know of, and they formed about the same time as the Sun did. They're the primary building blocks of Earth.
Go here to read what the new model is suggesting.

Dennis Miller on Ryan and Pelosi

On Twitter, Dennis Miller offers some thoughts on Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi.
Paul Ryan is ostensibly a friend who can only make Trump look bad. Pelosi is an enemy who can only make Trump look good.

Watching Pelosi now. Nobody represents modern Liberalism more accurately. "Let's hear it more for pre-existing conditions!" Perfect!

I'd rather Pelosi than Paul Ryan.

Congrats Dems on just taking the House and congrats President Trump on just winning re-election in 2020.

The selfie showed he was not at the scene of the crime!

Do you take selfies? A man in Texas was saved by a selfie from having to spend a long time in prison. Read about it here and watch a video by an investigative reporter.

How exercise reprograms our brains

The Scientist has another article about the importance of exercise. This one explains how exercise reprograms our brains! Ashley Yeager reports that
Physical activity increases the volume of the brain’s hippocampus and improves learning and memory in mice and humans. Mouse studies have linked these effects to the growth and maturation of new neurons. Now, researchers are beginning to unravel the molecular mechanisms that connect exercise to these cognitive benefits.

Exercise leads to the secretion of molecules by muscle and fat cells that affect levels of growth factors in the brain, influencing the shape and function of the hippocampus by accelerating new neuron growth and increasing the volume of the brain region.

Paying it forward

As early as the 1990s, studies started to show indirect links between pregnant women’s physical activity and the brains of their gestating babies. For example, a 1996 study showed that at age five, children of moms who exercised regularly during pregnancy performed better on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills than children whose mothers had not exercised much (J Pediatrics, 129:856–63). And research backing this association continues to accumulate. In 2016, for instance, one study showed that boys born to physically active mothers had higher scores on math and language tests than boys from sedentary moms (J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, 29:1414–20).
Read more here.


Do you want to remain healthy for your entire lifespan? Then, commit to a regular program of exercise! That's the best recommendation four scientists can come up with in an article in The Scientist. This isn't a shallow article. Lots of big words are used to explain the latest research. In the end, the conclusion is exercise! Each of these scientists have a specialty. One studies neuromuscular diseases and gene therapy. Another studies muscle regeneration in health and disease. Another studies muscle aging. The fourth studies age-related muscle disease and gene therapy. Read it here and then go exercise!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

They're here!

Gateway Pundit is reporting that the first wave of migrants from the caravan has reached the U.S. border at San Diego. Read more here and see pictures of fence climbing activities.

Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charge in L.A. today

Joe Tacopino reports in the New York Post that creepy porn lawyer Michael Avanetti was reportedly arrested today for domestic violence in L.A.
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and fierce President Trump critic Michael Avenatti was busted in Los Angeles for allegedly attacking a woman at an apartment complex and leaving her face “swollen and bruised.”

Avenatti was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence for the incident, which took place a day earlier, according to the LAPD.

The victim was not identified, but she is not his estranged wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti.

When the LAPD first responded to the call on Wednesday, Avenatti could be heard saying “She hit me first, This is bulls–t,” according to TMZ, which first reported the story.

The victim ran out of the apartment building wearing sunglasses and saying on the phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me,” according to the site. “I’m going to get a restraining order against you.”

A source told the website the domestic incident began on Tuesday when Avenatti “kicked her out of the apartment.”

The LAPD confirmed the arrest on Wednesday night but stressed that the investigation has not concluded.

“Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement on Twitter. “This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available.”

Avenatti released a statement Wednesday night calling the allegations “completely bogus.”
Read more here.

"What every middle-American would say in the same or similar circumstances"

President Trump tweeted today,

Sundance adds at The Conservative Treehouse,
This is what I call representing the red-blooded patriotic American. Plain-speak, direct truth; what every middle-American would say to in the same or similar circumstance.

Go here to read more, including why Sundance jumped on the Trump train in 2015.

The Big Club

Very disappointing news today coming from the House of Representatives, according to Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse.

California Republican Kevin McCarthy was challenged by Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, but overwhelmingly McCarthy was seen by House republicans as the more moderate, less controversial, representative. The House is now positioned to play the preferred role of loyal opposition when the flags change color amid the spire of the UniParty House.

...Biggest Winners: Tom Donohue, Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers.

Sundance provides this clip from George Carlin to help us understand this bad news.

Let's have a lottery for White House briefings!

Headline at Ace of Spades:
Fox Files Briefing In Support of CNN's Curious Claim That Jim Acosta Is the One Citizen In the Whole of the US with a Constitutional Right to a WH Pass
Read the story and a very good idea from one of Ace's commenters here.

What he found when he embedded with the caravan

Ami Horowitz decided to embed with the caravan. He found that 90-95% of the migrants are young male adults. Go here to see his video.

Getting off on the right (Left?) foot

In The Daily Wire, Emily Zanotti reports that
Newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her first appearance in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, but the first item on her agenda has fellow Democrats seeing red.

Ocasio-Cortez joined a group of young activists called the "Sunrise Movement" in staging a sit-in protest outside the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Minority Leader and, come January, the likely Speaker of the House — and Ocasio-Cortez's new boss.

Ocasio-Cortez addressed the protesters, who were holding signs asking for a "Green New Deal" from Democrats in charge, and demanding "Green Jobs for All," shook hands, and gave high-fives to the 50 or so protesters who blocked the entrance to Pelosi's office.

The event marked Ocasio-Cortez's first visit to the soon-to-be Speaker's office, and leftists were pretty miffed that she introduced herself to her Democratic colleagues not by embracing inter-party collegiality, but by openly disagreeing with her party's long-time leadership.
Read more here.

We'll show that Trump!

Now Angela Merkel has joined France's Macron in calling for a European army. Amazing how Trump gets people to take responsibility for themselves even if they do it to insult Trump! Read Jazz Shaw's reporting in Hot Air here.

A pro-life feminist!

Andrew says Macron wants to be able to surrender all of Europe, not just little ole France.

Andrew's guest is Fiorella Nash. I am not sure if that is how to spell her name. She has written a book entitled The Abolition of Women...How Radical Feminism is Betraying Women. Women who do not believe the positions put forth by radical feminists are being squeezed out of the feminist movement. A new patriarchy is being formed by the radical feminists in which women are told what they must believe about themselves. Who is being squeezed out? The millions of women who oppose abortion!

When new dissident movements are formed, an odd thing happens. You quickly get a sense that everyone must be expected to think the same way! Colonization of women!

Andrew asks why the feminists fall silent when it comes to the status of women in the middle east and China. The ruling Communists in China have forced women to abort babies to make sure that the one-child policy is enforced. China is the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide and the majority of those are women of child-bearing age!

Then, of course, there is the sexualization of society, and young girls are at more risk than they have ever been before, especially in societies where Islamists rule.

She says there is a need for a new feminism, where men and women work together, not pitted against one another. Andrew thinks there should be a new movement called Chivalry! Freedom and classical liberalism extending itself to women. Women acting like ladies and men acting as gentlemen toward ladies!

A final thought from Andrew: the only path to reality we have is other people!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"I have a duty to protect society from everybody but me!"


Ace of Spades brings us the latest regarding CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration for barring Jim Accoster and Sarah Huckabee Sanders' response here.

"Not so bad at all to live with an active and sharp and sardonic and sweet mother as she enters her 104th year."

The fire that destroyed Paradise, California has caused Gerard Vanderleun to move in with his 104-years-old mother in her small apartment in Chico, California. He tells us about her here.

Is our world female dominated or male dominated?

In his blog BRASS PILLS, John Hawkins tells us he is a fan of a writer named Rollo Tomassi. John gives us twenty concepts from Tomassi's books here.

Monday, November 12, 2018

"They are showing one of the most beautiful children on earth to get your support for the killing of children!"

In this episode of Andrew Klavan's podcast Andrew laments the inability of Americans to come together to solve problems. He mentioned the latest attack on members of Tucker Carlson's family in which a gay Latino man who may soon be represented by creepy porn lawyer Michael Avanetti calls Tucker's daughter a whore. Tucker's son throws red wine at him and Tucker tells him to get the "f" out of the country club bar where the incident happened.

Meanwhile, the Democrats and their media are saying everything has to change because they lost in 2016.

Our veterans fight to preserve our unique way of life wherein we make decisions together according to the Constitution.

8% of the country dominate our huge communications industry (social media, Hollywood, the media, academia). Without violating the First Amendment we need to find a way to tear down that wall that is dividing us.

Have you seen the Planned Parenthood ad featuring a beautiful baby? "She deserves to be loved. She deserves to be wanted. She deserves to be a choice. #Stand with Planned Parenthood!" Andrew says, "They are showing one of the most beautiful children on earth to get your support for the killing of children! A baby in the womb is a baby! Once you take away his or her sacred identity, you take away everything of value."

"you don’t have a constitutionally guided democratic republic; you simply have a banana republic with nice cars and XBoxes."

Bookworm writes,
You can kid yourself as much as you want about living in a constitutionally guided democratic republic, but if 27 of the last post-election counts and recounts miraculously favored the Democrats, if Democrats are openly registering illegal aliens, if Democrats coincidentally win in regions with more voters than residents, if the dead are walking and voting, and if many “voters” were alive during the Spanish-American War, you don’t have a constitutionally guided democratic republic; you simply have a banana republic with nice cars and XBoxes.
Read more here.


Have you ever wondered
why the loudest most persistent cries in public and private life are anti-Trump?
Yaacov ben Moshe writes at a blog called Breath of the Beast about an essay Mark Twain wrote but never published because he did not want himself or his family to have to deal with the fallout. In it Twain
sheepishly admits that thirty years before the Civil War, he and most other Americans actually accepted the existence of slavery. It was, “… not because we wanted to, for we did not, but we wanted to be in the swim.

In Twain’s time, political feelings were personal and ambient. The only media were newspapers, flyers and the occasional speech. These days, we have television, radio and social media all of which leverage “the mainstream” into a flood tide. In place of Twain’s neighbors, co-workers and townspeople, we are beset by the almost unanimous howling, bleating, and self-aggrandizement of preening Mass Media Personalities. They are the avatars of the elite establishment. They are telling you what to think and feel and how to think and feel it 24/7. They mean to make you understand that if you do not do it precisely as they say, you are NOT IN THE SWIM!
Read more here.

But, but, but, Hillary said that women on the right vote as their husbands do!

In BizPac Review, Tom Tillison brings us the story about how ABC's George Stephanapolous tries to drive a wedge between Kellyanne Conway and her husband who wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he believes Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General is illegal.
“I’m sure the feminists are very proud of me that I’m an independent thinker who has a strong, powerful position in the United States government,” she sarcastically told the ABC anchor.
Read more here.

"So although he technically had the freedom to speak his true convictions, he could really only do that once he’d died."

Michael Ledeen writes in PJ Media about
two big issues that will become more urgently important in Trump’s second two years: freedom of speech, and the behavior of crowds.

When two migrants met in Australia

Mark Steyn writes about two migrants to Australia, what happened when they met, what he thinks of the refugee policies there,
and, of course, the dishonesty and evasions of the media.

Asking "what" questions

Tasha Eurich writes at TED,
When I feel anything other than peace, I say ‘What’s going on?’; ‘What am I feeling?’; ‘What is the dialogue inside my head?’; ‘What’s another way to see this situation?’ or ‘What can I do to respond better?’”

“Why” questions trap us in our past; “what” questions help us create a better future.
Read more here.

Better hurry, Al!

The satirical Babylon Bee has a breaking story from Florida.

FLORIDA—As Florida finally wrapped up its contentious recount of the votes tallied in the recent midterm elections, a winner was finally declared: Al Gore is now the president of the United States.

The recount process at long last found the "missing votes" that would have handed Gore the presidency back in 2000, making him the official president of the country.

"Well, it's about time," Gore said in his acceptance speech. "Thanks to all the fine people that made this happen. It really is too bad that the earth is going to be destroyed by fire by 2015--err, I mean, 2019, or else I could really savor my presidency."

Gore will be granted two terms as US president, ousting President Trump and canceling the 2020 election. "We just assume he would have won again and ushered in a liberal golden age," said an election official. "So he's got 8 years to reclaim his lost time. Make the most of it, Al, and great job. You deserve it!"

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

CDC: People With Dirt On Clintons Have 843% Greater Risk Of Suicide

According to the satirical blog The Babylon Bee,
ATLANTA, GA – According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released on Thursday, people with inside, compromising knowledge of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s financial and political dealings are 843% more likely to commit suicide.

“We’ve never seen a single risk factor cause a spike of this magnitude,” a CDC spokesperson told reporters. “Interestingly, in spite of their increased suicide risk, people with dirt on the Clintons rarely show any warning signs of suicide, and they never leave a suicide note.”

Remarking about how abnormal it is, the spokesman again stressed the significance of the data.

“Therefore, we advise any American with detrimental information about Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or the Clinton Foundation to forget about it as quickly as possible to avoid a greatly increased probability of taking your own life,” he cautioned.

“And—I swear—that’s all we know.”

"Hillary 4.0 is on the way."

In today's Wall Street Journal, Mark Penn and Andrew Stein assert that Hillary Clinton will run again in 2020! Mr. Penn was a pollster and senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995-2008. Mr. Stein is a former Democratic Manhattan borough "president and president of the New York City Council.
She will hope to emerge as an unstoppable force to undo Mr. Trump, running on the #MeToo movement, universal health care and gun control.

...The generation of Democrats who have been waiting to take over the party from the Clintons will be fuming that she is back and stealing their show. But they revealed themselves to be bungling amateurs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight, with their laughable Spartacus moments. She will trounce them. Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.

Don’t pay much attention to the “I won’t run” declarations. Mrs. Clinton knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran. She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.
Read more here.

He is feeling adrift

Ambisinistral is feeling sad over at Flares of Darkness.

Anybody else feeling depressed and disoriented after the election? I mean, how will I ever survive without a deluge of campaign ads.

Man, no jazzy campaign commercials with smiling heroes to cheer me up, no voice messages on my answering machine telling me to vote 'yes' on proposition 3, my mailbox barren of slick flyers educating me as to what a criminal and cad the other fellow is sure to be. Nothing -- just campaigning silence.

I feel adrift. Whatever will I do with all my time now?
Read more here.

What can we do to give consequences to mental health professionals who lack the courage do the right thing and recommend to courts that crazy people be confined in treatment centers?

In Flopping Aces, DrJohn notes that mental illness is the common denominator in virtually all mass shooting murders.

It’s all too familiar. It’s all too tragic. And it keeps on happening. A few days ago an ex-Marine shot up a club and killed 12 people before taking his own life.

Ian Long suffered from PTSD.

He had a history of being troubled and yet he was allowed to retain his weapon.

The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in California fired a bullet through the wall of his mother’s home during a volatile row in April and spent hours holed up inside until police coaxed him out but he was cleared by mental health officials and was somehow still allowed to own the Glock 45. used in Wednesday’s attack.

And that makes him like pretty much every other mass murderer. Mentally ill. The signs are almost always there and no one takes them seriously enough.
Read more here.

What can we do to give consequences to mental health professionals who lack the courage do the right thing and recommend to courts that crazy people be confined in treatment centers?

"But their uniforms will be well-tailored!"

French President Macron says Europe needs their own army to defend against China, Russia, and the United States! In front of Trump he says nationalism is the exact opposite of patriotism. You don't get to vote here in the United States, Macron. We get to decide who we want as our president!

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

In Fungle Jungle, Mushroom writes,
Christianity is a lot easier to grasp than some would have us think, especially those who profit from keeping us confused and warring with and among ourselves. The kingdom of God is within you, Jesus said. Treat others as you would have them treat you. Don’t start trouble you can’t finish.

OK, that last one is my interpretation of “turn the other cheek” and “go the extra mile”. I cannot bring myself to accept pacifism. I have no desire to be an aggressor or to bully and intimidate other people. My natural man’s non-aggression view is summarized well by a quote from The Shootist – “I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

Yet, I believe Jesus does expect and even require me to accept wrongs and insults. He certainly accepted and endured undeserved abuse and suffering for my sake. We have all treated someone unfairly at some point so it behooves us to endure, overlook, and forgive wrongs done to us when it is a matter of personal loss or humiliation.

Conversely, I am certain the virtue of longsuffering does not mean refusing to resist those who would harm your family or deprive others of the right to life or liberty. I come back to Romans 12, where Paul tells us to detest evil but not to repay evil for evil or seek our own vengeance. He says, though, we are not to be overcome or conquered by evil. Instead, we are to conquer evil with good. To me, that means protecting those for whom I am responsible, stopping those who would do wrong, and resisting those who would intimidate, manipulate, and dominate.
Read more here.

On being risk-friendly rather than risk-averse

David Goldman writes in PJ Media,
As the hundredth anniversary of World War I approaches, we will hear endless variations on a lament for Western Civilization. All of them go more or less as follows: At the height of its prosperity, scientific discovery, and artistic achievement the nations of Europe inexplicably plunged into a mutual slaughter that prepared the ground for the greater slaughter of 1939-1945. That is simply wrong. Europe had done this sort of thing twice before, first in the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648 and again in the Napoleonic Wars of 1797-1814.

...The Europeans fought the Great War of 1914 to avoid becoming what they are today.

As I argued in a 2010 essay, that helps explain why Israelis so often play classical music better than anyone else. Not only did they inherit many of the best Central European teachers, but as a nation they are risk-friendly rather than risk-averse, and it is a sense of risk that informs great interpretations.

...We despise the culture because we abominate authority, tradition and loyalty, that is, virtues that Asians still cultivate. We abhor art that demands of us the recognition of higher authority - of genius subordinated to tradition and precedent - and prefer a levelling popular culture with which we can identify as supposed equals (see American Idolatry, Asia Times Online, August 29, 2006). But there is a dimension to Western art - its risk-friendliness, as it were - that most Asians will have difficulty understanding.

The childless, hedonistic Europeans of today are the same people who fought and died in their millions for king and country in 1618 or 1814. Anything worth living for is worth dying for; if we can think of nothing we would die for, it means that we have nothing to live for, either - like today's Europeans. Europe learned at length that blood and soil, Kultur and Grandeur, were not worth fighting for. But Europe could find nothing to live for after it forswore the national gods of its violent past. It is dying of enervation and ennui, disgusted with its past and unconcerned for its future, unwilling to bring sufficient numbers of children into the world to ensure its survival for another century.
Read more here.

"A country that put a man on the moon nearly fifty years ago can't invent a foolproof voting machine?"

Roger L. Simon writes in PJ Media,
It's not just Florida. Voting in this supposedly great democratic republic of ours is a national disgrace. A country that put a man on the moon nearly fifty years ago can't invent a foolproof voting machine? Something's wrong here -- and it's most likely deliberately wrong.

Too many people don't want to get it right. It may be the old story of the Evil Party and the Stupid Party.
Read more here.

"people who feel isolated, inadequate, insignificant — and resentful of being made to feel that way."

Kevin Williamson writes in National Review,
The age of easy and instantaneous connectivity, globalization, and related phenomena have created a new kind of “lonely crowd,” full of people who feel isolated, inadequate, insignificant — and resentful of being made to feel that way. There are many ways to assuage that loneliness, but many of them — family life, religion — have fallen out of fashion. Ordinary politics provides insufficient drama, as anybody who has observed the real business of government in action knows. Fantasy politics — I’m fighting the Nazis! — offers a lot more emotional oomph.
Read more here.

Hayward, Hanson and Steyn all together in one evening!

Bookworm had the privilege of attending an event in San Francisco where the speakers were Steven Hayward, Victor Davis Hanson, and Mark Steyn! Steyn poked fun at California.
Silly, yes, but no sillier than the coercive regulations that . . . I was going to say “drive California,” but that’s wrong. These regulations drive nothing. Instead, they bring California to a grinding halt. No wonder that Californians are fleeing the state. Of course, those who flee are too . . . dare I say stupid? . . . yes, stupid to realize that California is failing because of the Leftist politics that control the state. That’s why, when they move to Colorado or Texas, both of which were/are prosperous because government kept its grubby, greedy, all-powerful hands mostly to itself, they bring their damn, locust-like California politics with them. The result is a blue Colorado and a Texas election in which hard Left O’Beto managed to make a decent showing against Ted Cruz.

...After reminding us that California’s policies and instincts, when seen from 30,000 feet, are risible at best, Steyn got serious. He told us that VDH is correct that California’s real problem is that it is indeed a bifurcated society. This bifurcation shows up in the fact that the rule of law is gone. Instead, there is a class of people to whom the law does not apply, while everyone else in the state is hyper-regulated.

...But even as TSA workers are stopping granny’s pie, our government cannot stop 70,000 Latin American caravanners from storming our border. Heck, the latter are so confident of their welcome they’re suing us before they’ve even arrived, causing Steyn to say, “You can’t tell me they’re not eager to assimilate!”

...Meanwhile, even as our bureaucracy has abandoned the southern border, over which millions of illegals are flowing, it’s spending crazy sums of money and putting huge effort into policing the northern border, which has an average crossing rate in New Hampshire of about two people per hour. Steyn described crossing the border with his children around Easter, when his son was in happy possession of a Kinder Egg, a European treat that has chocolate on the outside and a toy in the middle. It turns out that, when you cross the border from Canada to the U.S. it’s no longer a toy. It is, instead, a “non-nutritive embed.” I won’t butcher Steyn’s funny, depressing story by trying to narrate it myself. Here’s how he told it at his blog:

I’d smuggle in a dirty nuke before I’d risk another Kinder egg in the car. Three Easters ago, the United States Government gave me a delightful seasonal gift of a Department of Homeland Security “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence”. Late the previous night, crossing the self-same Quebec/Vermont border post, my children had had two boxes of “Kinder Eggs” (“Est. Dom. Value $7.50″) confiscated by Customs & Border Protection.

Don’t worry, it’s for their own safety. Hitherto, I had had no idea that the United States is the only nation on the planet (well, okay, excepting North Korea and Saudi Arabia and one or two others) to ban Kinder Eggs.

What’s not in the above blog post is the fact that, when Steyn’s son suggested letting the Customs agent have the chocolate, while the boy took the toy, the Customs agent got quite huffy about the son “disrespecting the process.” Steyn suddenly worried that his son was two answers away from Gitmo.

...In 1939, said Steyn, the average American had an 8th grade education. Those marginally-educated Americans — by modern standards — weathered the Depression, won WWII, and then drove America to become the greatest, richest country in the history of the world. Now, the average American goes through to “the 28th grade” but knows, and can do, less and less. The problem, of course, is that in those 1st eight years of our endless education, and extended adolescence process, they learned nothing. That addition 20 years don’t change that.

The ignorance that results from American education means we’re perpetually living in the Year Zero. Nobody knows history. It is, instead, a series of catch phrases that Leftists use to demonize people. As Steyn reminded us, just a couple of weeks ago, astronaut Scott Kelly, a man of great accomplishment, quoted Churchill’s “in victory, magnanimity” saying. Kelly was immediately lambasted because Churchill is now the avatar for racism and imperialism. Said Steyn, “In an age when everyone is literally Hitler, even Churchill is literally Hitler.” Thank goodness we laughed, because crying was the only alternative.

...Regarding post-election counts and recounts that, in the past 18 years at least, invariably result in surprise Democrat victories, Hanson said that the philosophy behind these late counts is that the all-knowing states know what good voters meant to do. It’s inconceivable that voters could have meant to support the -isms that so offend the Left: racism, sexism, homophobia, transgenderism, etc. This situation — in which the government kindly interprets your vote for you — puts us squarely in a post-bureaucratic world (which, after a night’s sleep, I would call a “post-bureaucratic dystopia”). A noble government, divining the true intent behind voters -isms, ensures that social justice carries the day for the good of all. Hanson added the sad truth that making the preceding argument at any American university today would get him fired.

Hanson also reiterated Steyn’s point that conservatives always lose the argument before they begin because they believe that they first must defend against the name-calling before reaching the main point. And because the Left defines terms, it’s impossible to defend against the assertion that you, as a conservative, are a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, white supremacist.

...The three men looked at whether America’s education system can or will change. One thing that hints at a possible systemic collapse is student loan debt, which now totals $1,500,000,000, with tuition ascending at a rate that exceeds inflation. Young Americans are destroying their financial futures so that they can spend six years getting degrees that will not lead to financially remunerative jobs. Aside from their innate Leftism, academics can keep students on this disastrous trajectory only by teaching them that it’s bad to get married, have babies, start businesses, or hold jobs that generate useful goods and services.

Hanson noted that, when he began his academic career, his local state college had no classes with the word “studies” in their name. Now, there are over 70. He characterizes “studies” classes as therapeutic exercises that neither teaching students facts nor critical thinking. Were it up to him, he would cut in half the number of students going to college. Steyn said he would cut the number by 80%. He also suggested that we should put Mrs. Bernie Sanders in charge of America’s colleges, because she managed within three years to wipe out completely the one college that she headed in Vermont.

Finally, all three men stated that our new hard Left social media technological overlords are dangerous. Trust busting seemed to be something of which they approved, with one of them (Hanson?) saying that Google is far more dangerous than big oil was more than 100 years ago, because big oil controlled only a product, while Google controls human knowledge.

One of the men pointed out that the tech companies have become more powerful than many governments. At which point someone (Steyn? Hayward?) said that he can imagine a poker game in Hell, with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot gathered around the table, when one of them exclaims, “We could have had true world domination if only we’d figured out that you just need to publish other people’s cat pictures.”
Read more here.

Why carrying a gun is a civilized act

In the Ace of Spades blog, co-blogger CBD introduces us to a post by Marko Kloos in the munchkin wrangler blog. It is entitled "why the gun is civilization."
Most of us have seen this post and nod vigorously in agreement. Hell, I posted it a few years ago, but it is always worth rereading, if for no other reason than to remind ourselves that guns are not evil, that the evil in this world comes not from objects (how can an inanimate object be evil?), but from people.
Kloos writes,
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

...When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
Read more here.

“So, Jerry, would you like some more creamed onions?”

Gerard Vanderleun writes here about one of America's heroes, his uncle.

The long shadows of the Great War

Mark Steyn writes about the importance of this day in history.
...Edward Grey was Britain's longest-serving Foreign Secretary, although, in contrast to contemporary foreign ministers, he had a modest appetite for foreigners: For his first eight years in the job, he never set foot abroad, and then only did so because he was obliged to accompany King George V on a State Visit to Paris in 1914. He served a prime minister, Asquith, who had little interest in foreign affairs and was unengaged by distant events in faraway places until late July of 1914 - by which time it was too late, and the great unraveling of world order had begun. Five years later, the German, Russian, Austrian and Turkish empires lay shattered, and in their ruins incubated Communism, Fascism and a hardcore post-Ottoman Islam. And in a more oblique sense the horrors of the trenches caused the ruling classes of the Great Powers to lose their civilizational confidence - and across a century they have never recovered it.
Read more here and watch a video Mark produced in April.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

"if Carlson didn't want to get mobbed, then he shouldn't have disagreed with them in the first place."

John Hinderaker notes that the satirical Babylon Bee gets the last word on the "Smash Racism" invasion of Tucker Carlson's home.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—After an antifa group was widely criticized for mobbing Tucker Carlson's home and chanting "We know where you sleep at night!" the group defended itself, pointing out that if Carlson didn't want to get mobbed, then he shouldn't have disagreed with them in the first place.

As critics denounced the frightening actions of the mob, the group stood firm, claiming it was Carlson's own fault for not parroting leftist talking points on his program.

"There's a really easy way not to get mobbed in public places or your own home: march in lockstep with the leftist agenda," said a Smash Racism D.C. spokesperson. "It's really simple."

"What'd you think we were gonna do, disagree civilly? Yeah, right!" he added.

The group also warned other people that if angry, violent protesters show up at their homes or places of business and threaten or assault them, it's their own fault. "You're really asking for it if you can't take the easy step of nodding your agreement to every position of the far left. We can't help ourselves, you know. Unhinged leftists will be unhinged leftists, after all."

"the Florida chadlands have been lovingly preserved as a wacky Recount theme park."

Mark Steyn has some thoughts about the recounts going on in Florida.
As I have said lo, these many years, when Republicans win elections, they have to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer. Otherwise, regardless of who won on Election Day, the Democrat always wins on Post-Election Day, because mysteriously all the missing ballot boxes found in dumpsters and recycling bins and the trunks of Democrat cars contain virtually no Republican votes. Alas, in the Sunshine State of Florida, the GOP's gubernatorial and senatorial candidates failed to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer, and as a result we're all discovering, two decades on, that the same institutional corruption that put US electoral integrity on a par with the Congo is still there, entirely unspoiled by progress. Everything else in the world has been transformed beyond recognition - newspapers, telephones, Bruce Jenner - but the Florida chadlands have been lovingly preserved as a wacky Recount theme park.'s time for the lawyers. Democracy in action: One man, one vote, one recount, one suit, one ex parte motion, one interlocutory appeal...

It was eighteen years ago that Florida's election systems were revealed to the world as both farcical and corrupt. But here we again, with nothing changed. Because apparently Floridians - or, at any rate, their political class, like it that way.
Go here to read much more about the 2000 election in Florida.

Why California is unsustainable

In Forbes, Thomas Del Beccaro writes about four reasons California is unsustainable as currently governed. 1. Infrastructure deficit
the Bay Area Council Economic Institute “pegs the cost of California’s unfunded infrastructure needs at up to $737 billion and possibly as much as $765 billion.”
2. Government debt
According to a January 2017 study, “California state and local governments owe $1.3 trillion as of June 30, 2015.”
3. California’s Taxes and Regulations.
When you consider the California legal system and its regulatory system, inclusive of the world’s most comprehensive global warming law, California is likely the most regulated state in the Country, if not the World.

California also is among the highest taxed states in the nation. California has the highest income tax rates. The top rate is 13.3%. The next closest top tax rate is in Oregon at 9.9%. However, Oregon does not have a sales tax. California has the 10th highest sales tax.

What is remarkable about the California income tax isn’t just that it has the highest rate, it is how little income it takes, just above $52,000, to qualify for California rate of 9.3%. Given the high cost of living in California, that means many Californians are subject to that rate.

...Also, California’s middle class has been hollowed. A recent CNBC headline read: "Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers." Where are they going? Many have left for low tax states offering more jobs than California.

They have been replaced by those taking advantage of California’s magnet government policies, which increase California’s long-term spending needs. For those that remain, according to "California has the highest debt-to-income ratio in the country.”

Little wonder, the demographer Joel Kotkin concluded that “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.” It is also how California found itself with the worst poverty problem and why “California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News.”
4. The California governments: This is actually the number one reason for California's unsustainability!
Read more here.

"Today's psychiatric hospitals house less than a tenth of the people that they housed in 1950!"

People are afraid they might be violating someone else's rights, says Greg Gutfeld in his opening monolog on The Five on the mass murders in Thousand Oaks, California.

Yet, Dana Perino points out that the shooters mother was worried he might hurt someone, so police called in a psychiatrist who evaluated him and announced, "He is not a harm to himself or to others at this time."

Dana adds, "There is also the issue of liberty!"

Speaking as a retired social worker, I can tell you that the professions of psychology, psychiatry and social work are as much caught up in the Leftist ideologies as are the campuses producing snowflakes who don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. To ask anyone in these professions to have the courage to protect communities from nutcases is mostly folly.

Then, of course, there is Juan Williams who says, there are too many guns in this country! That was the final straw for me, so I don't know what other subjects they covered in this program which was aired November 8.

Macron insults America and Trump calls Macron's comments "Very insulting!"

White House correspondent for the Daily Mail, Francesca Chambers, writes a lengthy report taking every opportunity to jab at President Trump. She says he arrived in Paris at 10:07 p.m. and at 10:10 p.m. he was already blasting French President Macron on Twitter. Why? Because Trump apparently just learned that on November 6, Macron called for an EU army:
'We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America'.

Well, what does this White House correspondent expect? Does she still not know that President Trump will react negatively to anyone who insults America? This ain't Obama, sweetheart.
Read her biased but lengthy report here.


I discovered a new website for men. John Hawkins is the proprietor of a website called BRASSPILLS. Take a look here.

An effort to be optimistic about the power of our votes

His grandfather's thoughts

At the Ace of Spades blog, co-blogger KT writes about his grandfather who served in World War I.
I know I have shared the excerpt below before, but it seems fitting on this special anniversary year. These were some of my grandfather's thoughts as he prepared to return home from Europe at the end of World War I. He received more injuries than he let on in this letter to his father. He carried shrapnel in his back the rest of his life, and his life was saved by a small frying pan holding corned beef ("bully beef") which had been strapped to his back when a bullet hit. He buried a lot of men. Don't know how much that changed him, but when I was a child he was not very demonstrative. He struck me as living in an adult world where the concerns of children were left to other people.

After the war, he expressed willingness to serve again if he were needed.

"I am happy to say that peace seems to have come. I was slightly wounded in the right arm in the offensive we took part in on the Belgian front. I felt happy to be alive and safe and I look forward to coming home.
My sympathy goes out to those who will never go home and for those who expect to see friends and relatives who will never come back. I have come to the conclusion that life is a precious gift and is worth living, no matter what the difficulty, but we are so helpless to save it or preserve it that it is not worth while to consider our health and happiness and comfort above that of others. It is worth while sometimes to die, if death will serve to help others. When we think too much of our comfort we expose ourselves to more danger by disintegration than we do when we make a brave fight and face every danger and exposure.

I hope I come home from this war more of a man then I went into it. If I don't I'll feel that I have not played my part."
See the photo of his grandfather and read more here.

Tuesday's Results

Guest post
by Suzann Darnall

I am thrilled that the Republicans held the Senate and grateful that Texas kept Cruz while rejecting Beto. I am saddened about the House going Democrat and hate that some real Leftist nutcases got elected around the country. But, really and truly there was only one result on Tuesday that mattered to me. The results from my husband’s Whipple Procedure surgery.

He was in surgery for more than eight hours. They removed his gallbladder, part of his bile duct, part of his stomach, part of his pancreas, and part of his small intestine. But, the only truly important thing is that he lived! He made it through and he is now recovering. Even now I cannot get too excited or distraught about the midterm results, ‘cause I am only particularly worried about my husband and his progress. He may be in the hospital as long as two weeks and then will be unable to return to work until after the New Year.

This is a prime example of having an election and then life goes on. My life will be forever changed by what happened on Tuesday, but it will have nothing to do with politics. It will be all about the changes that my husband and I are undergoing due to the changes to his body. We will be awaiting test results, learning new eating habits, trying to figure how he can exercise without pain, praying he doesn’t develop diabetes, and so many other things that come about after a surgery of this magnitude. In the face of an event like this, what matters a few political changes here and there around the country?

My husband lived. He is recovering. He will be coming home. Thus, for me, Tuesday’s results were beyond amazing and I feel we most definitely won the day! Also, believe me, I have thanked my Lord for His mercy and kindness in preserving my eternal sweetheart.

I am sure a bit down the road I will feel more concern, once again, about politics. But, for now, I just want to celebrate that I won on Tuesday. My husband lived! What greater prize could I ever want???

Friday, November 09, 2018

"Smash Racism" fascist

This is the leader of "Smash Racism," the group that harassed Tucker Carlson's wife at the Carlson home last night. Dude's got quite a neck! Apparently, he has been on Tucker's program!

How the Chinese and Iranians caused devastating damage to our CIA communications system

In PJ Media, Michael Walsh writes about how our CIA communication system in the Obama administration suffered a catastrophic disaster.
...As I've been saying since the whole silly "Russian collusion" fantasy was concocted to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, Russia is our adversary, but China is our enemy. (So is Iran, and has been since the Carter administration.) The Chinese have repeatedly hacked their way into government networks, planted spies in the agencies and on the staffs of prominent Democrats, and have generally used their money and influence to gain access to American officials (beginning with the Clintons) and educational institutions. The American media is obsessed with the Russians' piddling efforts to interfere with the electoral process; meanwhile, the Chinese and the Iranians are stealing us blind.

This story now provides us a framework for looking at the high rate of turnover at CIA during this critical period during the first Obama administration, and perhaps offers some clues for the frantic nature of Iran nuclear deal, and the desperation with which some former administration officials still cling to it. Besides Obama himself, the guy with the clearest view of the whole mess is Brennan, and wouldn't it be interesting to get him before Congress to testify exactly just how and why things went so horribly wrong?

But that's a can of worms almost nobody wants to open -- not Brennan, nor the Agency, nor former Obama national-security types, and certainly not the media. And so the CIA no doubt has put a few more anonymous stars on the wall, honoring those agents who died in the bloodbath, and will have no public comment. Like doctors, intelligence agencies bury their mistakes. But when and if the true history of the Iran deal is written, it's going to be even worse than we ever suspected.
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What happened 80 years ago today in Germany?

In The American Thinker, Gerry Gindler explains
what happened 80 years ago, November 9-10, 1938 in Germany. The unprecedented pogrom of the Jews got the name Kristallnacht – "Night of Broken Glass." Today, we are well aware of the approximate number of murdered Jews, destroyed businesses, and burned synagogues. The formal reason for the pogrom was the murder of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris by the Jewish teenager Herschel Grynszpan on November 7.

Unfortunately, few people know about the true causes of the pogrom.

Who created the conditions under which a mass pogrom of Jews in the Third Reich could even take place?

After the murder of the German diplomat, the propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, announced that neither the German government nor the ruling National Socialist Workers Party (NSDAP, AKA Nazi) would organize any protests in this regard. Goebbels knew what was going to happen. The government of Nazi Germany, although not formally involved in the detailed organization of the Kristallnacht, for several years was doing everything possible to make such a pogrom.

Since taking power in 1933, the Nazis had tightened the existing gun control laws. All German citizens, including Jews, were required to register their weapons, and for every firearm purchase, they must obtain a special permit from the authorities. In September 1935, all Jews were stripped of German citizenship. All Jews, without exception, were declared "untrustworthy" and deprived of most civil rights. Then, starting in December 1935, the Jews of Germany lost the opportunity to buy firearms and ammunition, but the Nazis had not yet executed a widespread confiscation of the existing weapons and ammunition.

Finally, in March 1938, a new gun control law was passed in Germany. In this law, the only mention of Jews was in the part that declared a total ban on Jews from participating in the production and trade of firearms and ammunition. However, this law, on the one hand, lifted restrictions of the possession of firearms by members of all Nazi-connected organizations (such as the NSDAP, the SA, and the Hitler Youth) and on the other hand prohibited the possession of firearms by all "untrustworthy" and those persons "relieved of their civil rights." By the law of 1935, not only Jews, but also all political opponents of the Nazi regime, as well as Gypsies and the homeless, were treated as "untrustworthy."

Due to the combined application of the laws of the Third Reich of 1935 and 1938, the confiscation of all firearms from German Jews was categorically legalized.
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Late-arriving ballots in Florida Democratic strongholds

Brooke Singman reports in Fox News,
Post-election fight gains steam in Florida
Lawyers are descending on Florida as the state braces once again to become ground zero in a national election fight, and the epicenter appears to be Broward County where late-arriving ballots in Democratic strongholds are fueling accusations of political shenanigans.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has highlighted a range of possible problems in the county—including a suspected mystery truck delivery of ballots—and has criticized local officials for their molasses-like process of counting ballots in the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott, Florida’s outgoing Republican governor, warned of possibly “rampant fraud,” and filed lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties as they continue to report new votes.

“Under #Florida law, county must upload by 7 p.m. day BEFORE election ALL early votes canvassed & tabulated by end of early voting & report results within 30 minutes of polls close. 60 hours after that deadline only 1 of 67 counties is still counting early votes, #BrowardCounty,” Rubio tweeted Friday morning.
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Where is the President today?

Where is the President and First Lady today? En route to Paris, where
Trump will join fellow world leaders at a ceremony on Sunday commemorating the centennial of the agreement that ended World War I.
The president is also planning to visit several memorial sites dedicated to American service members in honor of Veterans Day
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20,000? A well-kept secret!

Chris Perez reports in the New York Post,
Colorado residents will soon be able to choose “Gender X” on their driver’s licenses if they do not identify as male or female.

“This is an important step,” said Michael Hartman, executive director of the state’s Department of Revenue.

“People are people no matter their sex identification,” he told The Denver Post.

The change will reportedly go into effect on Nov. 30. It stems from two different court decisions, in which Coloradans were found in favor of switching the sex on their licenses.

...More than 20,000 people in the Centennial State identify as transgender, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
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Who did the counting?

Manufactured outrage, Attempts to steal elections

JJ Sefton writes in the Ace of Spades blog,
Good morning kids. Friday at last and there are a number of things jumping all at once and as usual, they are all interrelated into the overarching theme of America at a crossroads. And frankly, all things considered - even with the miracle that is the first two years of the Trump era - the situation is very much in doubt.

First, absolute silence in the wake of Democrat-Left sponsored and sanctioned Antifa thugs harassing the home of Tucker Carlson (with the exceptions of Alyssa Milano and Stephen Colbert, believe it or not) which is being investigated by DC cops as a potential "hate crime." This is only the latest in a long list of acts of violence and intimidation agains the political opponents of the Democrat-Left and, as stated, fully sanctioned, encouraged and applauded at the highest levels of the Democrat Party and those in the legacy media.

Second, we have the naked and shameless attempt by officials in Florida and Arizona to actually steal the gubernatorial and senatorial elections away from the GOP and put them in the win column for the Democrats. And in Georgia, the same thing though seemingly that is going to be a tougher one to steal. Is it a sick coincidence or something else that the epicenter of this insanity is Broward County? So now a recount has been ordered, despite lawsuits justifiably flying from Rick Scott, and Bill Nelson has brought in none other than a lawyer from Perkins/Coie of fraudulent Russia Pee-Pee dossier infamy. While that's happening, 2,000 miles away in Arizona, the Democrats have got the forgers burning the midnight oil to manufacture the requisite number of ballots to declare victory without forcing a runoff. And "Tank" Abrams is now withdrawing her concession so she too can somehow overthrow the will of the people, though that one might be safe, for now.

Third, we have the manufactured outrage over the President legally and with cause firing Jeff Sessionszzz and hiring Matthew Whitaker as some sort of treasonous act that must be stopped. How, pray tell (see the first section about Tucker Carlson, I guess)? It's all intended to obfuscate and create an impression of guilt surrounding the President when in fact it's the very same people accusing him of treason that have committed acts that would, in olden days, required the replacing of the guillotine blades on a daily basis because of the number of heads that would roll.

Fourth, we have hack-in-black judges blocking two Trump items, the Keystone XL Pipeline and his ending of protections for the dreamy DREAMrs. No need to expand on this. The hackery and shameless unconstitutional power-grabbing speaks for itself.

Fifth, we have an item that all things considered would have been lost in the sauce with all of this crap but is nevertheless completely indicative of the rot that has infected our politics, government and justice system. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the petty little tinplate tyrant who was a rising star in Lefty circles but was forced out because he had a penchant for slamming his warhead at helpless women (remember, there's supposedly a war on them) will face absolutely no charges for his sick misdeeds and crimes. But of course he's really sorry, mostly for getting caught. But when you're a Democrat you get a pass. Even for murder or manslaughter (see: Kennedy, Edward M.).
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