Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Democrats' narrative fails again this week


In the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra reports,
Border Patrols agents seized hundreds of pounds of cocaine at an unsecured area of the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

"Customs and Border Protection said the suspects were seen loading 'bundles of narcotics' into an off-road-style utility vehicle outside of Garciasville, a city in Texas up against the river," the Washington Examiner reported. "The suspects, apparently aware they had been seen, were able to 'abruptly' drive the vehicle into the river and escape into Mexico."

"705 lbs. of cocaine, caltrops, evidence of sophisticated counter surveillance and a splashdown in one encounter are an obvious reminder of the need for more personnel, technology, and infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley," acting Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said in a statement. "Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to exploit areas along our western corridor that accounts for more than 90 percent of our traffic."

The incident comes as the Democratic Party has tried to claim in recent weeks that drugs do not come across the border, and only enter through ports of entry.
Read more here.

Is Trump political chemotherapy?

Does Trump have a good chance to be reelected in 2020? Victor Davis Hanson reminds us in National Review that
People, not polls, elect presidents.

Presidents run for reelection against real opponents, not public perceptions. For all the media hype, voters often pick the lesser of two evils, not their ideals of a perfect candidate.

...The public has been hearing a lot from radical new House representatives such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.). Their pledges to deliver “Medicare for All,” to phase out fossil fuels, and to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service are occasionally delivered with snark. Tlaib recently used profanity to punctuate her desire to see Trump impeached.

But much of the public supports Trump’s agenda of deregulation, increased oil and gas production, getting tough with China on trade, and stopping illegal immigration.

What if the Democrats impeach Trump, even knowing that a Republican Senate would never convict him?

When Republicans did that to Bill Clinton, his approval rating went up. Some Republican senators even joined the Democrats in the effort to acquit Clinton. As a reward for the drawn-out drama around the impeachment, Republicans lost seats in both the 1998 and 2000 House elections.
Read more here.

Does the government have a right to compel speech?

Please don't try the ones with bikes!

Friday, January 18, 2019

It is wrong to link families to children?

Please help me understand this. Peter Hasson reports in the Daily Caller,
A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.

TheDCNF received the documents from a source who insisted upon anonymity in order to share them. (RELATED: Google Employees Debated Burying Conservative Media In Search)

One employee stormed out of the March 2017 presentation after a presenter “continued to show (awesome) Unicorn product features which continually use the word ‘family’ as a synonym for ‘household with children,'” he explained in an internal thread. That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.”

He wrote:

This is a diminishing and disrespectful way to speak. If you mean “children”, say “children”; we have a perfectly good word for it. “Family friendly” used as a synonym for “kid friendly” means, to me, “you and yours don’t count as a family unless you have children”. And while kids may often be less aware of it, there are kids without families too, you know.

The use of “family” as a synonym for “with children” has a long-standing association with deeply homophobic organizations. This does not mean we should not use the word “family” to refer to families, but it means we must doggedly insist that family does not imply children.

Even the sense, “suitable for the whole family”, which you might think is unobjectionable, is totally wrong too. It only works if we have advance shared conception of what “the whole family” is, and that is almost always used to mean a household with two adults, of opposite sex, in a romantic/sexual relationship, with two or more of their own children. If you mean that as a synonym for “suitable for all people” stop and notice the extraordinary unlikelihood of such a thought! So “suitable for the whole family” doesn’t mean “all people”, it means “all people in families”, which either means that all those other people aren’t in families, or something even worse. Use the word “family” to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean “children”. It’s offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.
Read more here.

You Tube meddled with research results on abortion. Did their CEO lie to Congress?

In Breitbart, Allum Bokhari reports,
Breitbart News reported earlier this week on internal discussions at Google showing that YouTube added the search terms “abortion” and “abortions” to an internal “blacklist” file inside the company. The change came after a left-wing Slate writer complained about the prominence of pro-life content in the top ten search results.

Among the videos identified by the Slate writer were of congressional testimony from former abortion doctor turned pro-life activist Dr. Antony Levatino, an unidentified Ben Shapiro video, a video called “LIVE Abortion Video on Display,” and a personal story about abortion called “Abortion: My Experience” with a thumbnail adding “my biggest mistake.”
Read more here.

Also in Breitbart, Dr. Susan Berry reports,
Pro-life leaders are reacting to information revealed to Breitbart News that Google has “huge teams” manually preventing anti-abortion YouTube videos from appearing at the top of search results.

The leaked information appeared to contradict Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s sworn testimony to Congress that his company does not “manually intervene on any particular search result.”
Read moree here.

Also in Breitbart, Penny Starr reports,
Thousands of pro-life activists will gather on the National Mall on Friday for the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion on demand the law of the land in 1973.

The annual rally attracts individuals from across the country who gather despite frigid winter weather to express their support for overturning the law and advocate for national policy that honors life from conception to natural death.
Read more here.

One more today from Breitbart: Charlie Spiering reports,
President Donald Trump addressed March for Life activists on Friday, vowing to continue protecting the unborn despite Democrats taking a majority in the House of Representatives.

“Today I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto,” Trump said. “And we have the support to uphold those vetos.”

The president addressed the crowds gathering for the March for Life in Washington, D.C., via a pre-recorded video address.
Read more here.

“Today, we reaffirm that a strong America remains the best way to prevent conflict, promote peace, preserve freedom, and protect our great people."

In Breitbart, Kristina Wong reports,
President Donald Trump at the Pentagon on Thursday unveiled the administration’s Missile Defense Review, a blueprint that will guide the nation’s missile defense policies, strategies, and capabilities for the next decade.

“Our goal is simple: to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States — anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” he said. “As we all know, the best way to keep America safe is to keep America strong. And that’s what we’re doing. Stronger than ever.”

He said foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue regimes are steadily enhancing their missile arsenals, increasing their lethal strike capabilities and focusing on developing long-range missiles that can reach targets within the U.S.

...He said the new plan calls for six major changes in missile defense policy.

First, it calls for 20 new ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, and new radars and sensors to immediately detect foreign missiles launched at the U.S.

...Second, the U.S. will focus on developing new technology versus investing more money into existing systems, he said.

...Third, the U.S. will “adjust its posture” to defend against “any” missile strikes, including cruise missiles and hypersonic missiles.

...Fourth, the U.S. will recognize space as a new warfighting domain, with a “Space Force” leading the way, he said.

Fifth, the U.S. will remove bureaucratic obstacles to “dramatically speed up the acquisition and deployment of the new technology,” he said.

Lastly, he said, the U.S. will insist on “fair burden sharing” with allies.
Read more here.

Fact-free politics and demonizing the opposition with catchwords

In the American Spectator, Thomas Sowell writes about fact-free politics and empty catchwords.
Among the most popular current catchwords are “climate change deniers.” Stop and think. Have you ever — even once in your entire life — seen, heard or read even one human being who denied that climates change?

It is hard even to imagine how any minimally knowledgeable person could deny that climates change, when there are fossils of marine creatures in the Sahara Desert. Obviously, there has been quite a climate change there.

The next time someone talks about “climate change deniers,” ask them to name one — and tell you just where specifically you can find their words, declaring that climates do not change. You can bet the rent money that they cannot tell you.

...There are scientists on both sides of that issue. Presumably, the issue could be debated on the basis of evidence and analysis. But this has become a political crusade, and political issues tend to be settled by political means, of which demonizing the opposition with catchwords is one.
Read more here.

Cancelled!

In the Ace of Spades blog, Oregon Muse writes,
"After she threatened to cancel the SOTU, Trump told Pelosi her upcoming trip overseas was cancelled. Boom. Because of the shutdown. He also canceled a planned trip by several of his Cabinet members to the annual economic forum and schmooze-fest in Davos, Switzerland. So where is the downside to *any* of this? I'm telling you, this government shutdown is getting better and better each day."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The virtues of nationalism

Big drug bust in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Possibly the biggest drug bust in state history -- and it happened right here in southern Colorado.

Pueblo police announced Thursday the seizure of $8 million in heroin, 50 grams of cocaine, 2.5 pounds of meth, 35 firearms and $540,000 in cash.

"The one thing we don't tolerate in communities like this is the poison of heroin and the violence of illegal gun use and possession," said Acting United States Attorney for the District of Colorado Robert Troyer.

The police department called the heroin seizure "historic," and with good reason -- it could be the largest bust in Colorado history.

Police, flanked by the Colorado U.S. Attorney General's Office and the FBI Denver Division, announced the massive drug recovery and the five arrests that came along with it in a news conference late Thursday morning.

According to police, the heroin alone could be cut for 40,000 users, and the intent wasn't to sell to other cities but instead plague the streets of Pueblo with the drug.
Read more here.

Exposing academia's idiocy

Roger Kimball writes in the New York Post,
Do you remember when Kim Jong-un banned sarcasm ­because he worried that people were only agreeing with him “ironically”?

Portland State University is taking a page from Kim’s book, ­attempting to fire philosophy prof Peter Boghossian for making PC academe look ridiculous.

Boghossian and two colleagues confected some 20 preposterous hoax essays calculated to appeal to the thriving field of identity studies that focus on the grievances of ever narrower slices of the population.

Seven of these fake papers — including a rewrite of a passage from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” from a “feminist” perspective — were accepted for publication before Boghossian’s prank was revealed.

...So-called “higher” education in America circa 2019 is anything but higher. The question is: How long will a credulous public go on supporting an enterprise that is not only irrelevant to the better ­aspirations of our culture but is positively opposed to them?

The only hope lies in more scholars following Boghossian’s footsteps, by calling out corrupt scholarship in the humanities and giving grievance studies the mockery they deserve. But don’t bet on it: The petty bureaucrats who run the quad are as vengeful and ­vicious as any Korean tyrant.
Read more here.

What can we learn from Sears and G.E.?

Robert Samuelson writes in Investors Business Daily,
For both companies, economic pressures changed the terms of competition. Sears ultimately could not adapt to a world that included Walmart, other "big box" stores, and the internet. GE tried to diversify from its traditional industrial base of appliances, lighting, electric generators and jet engines.

...Last year, GE was removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was the last of the original 12 firms to go. The others included enterprises making shoes, refining sugar and producing lead — all mature industries. Would we be better off if they were still our leading firms? Hardly.

Capitalism's vices are also its virtues. We pay a high price for economic flexibility but benefit enormously from the rising living standards it produces.
Read more here.

"Let’s make this the climax that reforms criminal justice, ends the criminalization of politics, and pushes the nose of government on to the grindstone of dealing with the country’s problems."

Conrad Black writes in American Greatness,
...illegal immigration has become the greatest failure of American public policy since slavery.

...The president has broken no laws and has delivered on his promises; he will win, and then the many officials of the Clinton campaign and the Obama Justice Department who have lied under oath or misled officials should go before the grand jury, which in America today means conviction, and usually imprisonment. Let’s make this the climax that reforms criminal justice, ends the criminalization of politics, and pushes the nose of government on to the grindstone of dealing with the country’s problems.
Read more here.

"fish begin to rot from the head."

In American Greatness, Angelo Codevilla writes that America's Catholic bishops are considering
how better to identify and punish some of their colleagues and the priests they supervise who have been sexually abusing adolescents, 80 percent of them boys and young men.

On November 11, 2018 under pressure from enraged parishioners, and internal resistance notwithstanding, the U.S. bishops were about to vote on some proposals better to identify and expel what, by definition, is homosexual predation. But homosexuality ranks high among the icons of progressives, robed and not. Pope Francis demanded they reconsider and wait for his guidance.

...That guidance arrived this month in the form of 3,800 words of coded generalities the point of which is: take no votes, condemn no one, especially homosexuals in the Church. Place responsibility upon the whole body of bishops, united in prayerful penance, and practice mutual forgiveness. To do otherwise, to “point fingers” at malefactors, is to define the Church as the “idol” of one of humanity’s tribes and as the servant of its mores. This would divert the Church from the overriding need to align itself with greater humanity’s greater causes—protecting the environment as well as incoming Third World migrants.

President of the U.S. bishops’ conference Archbishop Daniel Di Nardo pronounced (most of) his colleagues “not happy” with the pope’s November demand. Presumably, they were even less happy with his guidance. For them to dodge personal accountability by trying to bury the sex abuse scandal in a cloud of operationally meaningless words is to alienate themselves from their flock—which, in America, is also the Church’s sole pecuniary source. But the pope is the pope. As Mao Zedong used to say, fish begin to rot from the head.

...This points to the overriding issue: whether or not the Catholic Church will henceforth purvey a god of their own making that reflects the ruling class’s priorities.

...A god of their own making? Yes, no less. We may see the size of the prize at which this party is grasping in Francis’s change in the words of the “Our Father,” the principal prayer that has defined billions of Christian lives over 2,000 years. The change, from “lead us not into temptation” to “abandon us not when in temptation” is far, far less significant than the attempt to substitute the pope’ own words for Christ’s.
Read more here.

Do we know what Iran is up to?

Michael Ledeen writes in PJ Media,
...It sounds as if Israeli military intelligence has failed to understand what’s going on within the Islamic Republic. It isn’t a power struggle between a radical and a moderate faction. It’s a rejection of regime strategy by the bulk of the Iranian people.

The great accomplishment of Israeli intelligence—the raid on the Iranian nuclear archives—overcame years of intelligence failure. The great accomplishment of the Israeli Defense Forces—the defeat of Iranian military installations in Syria—was carried out despite the failure of Israeli intelligence to comprehend the internal dynamics of Iran. It all goes to show you that bad intelligence doesn’t automatically lead to bad policy. A valuable lesson indeed.
Read more here.

"What we have been witnessing is a blatant and nefarious effort to repeal the results of a lawful election and undermine the integrity of our democratic institutions."

In PJ Media, Roger Kimball writes,
...we are staring into the bowels of the biggest political scandal in the history of the United States. Americans pride themselves on living in a republic in which the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our political life. But what we have here is an effort by one administration to thwart that process. Remember: there was no crime. There was always only the Steele Dossier, that rancid pile of slander that was paid for by Trump’s political opponents. That was the stated basis for the FISA warrants: uncorroborated rumor instigated and circulated by the Clinton campaign.

...Donald Trump piles up victory after victory for the America people: jobs, economic growth, a revitalized military, constitutionalist judicial appointments, a more rational regulatory environment, border security and immigration reform -- the list is long and astonishingly impressive. He has also, by the way, stymied his suppose best-buddy Vladimir Putin by aggressively pursuing an energy policy that has made America the world’s largest producer of energy, sending lethal weapons to Putin opponents in the Ukraine, thwarting the Russians in Syria, and many other initiatives.

...What we have been witnessing is a blatant and nefarious effort to repeal the results of a lawful election and undermine the integrity of our democratic institutions. The fact that this attempted coup is being undertaken not by wild-eyed revolutionaries but well-accoutered bureaucrats high up the feeding trough of the deep state makes the assault on our freedoms more, not less, frightening.
Read more here.

"the media are hopelessly biased, and there really is a “deep state” out to to overturn the 2016 election.'

Mollie Hemingway reports in the Federalist,
...Just last month, CNN reported that top FBI officials opened an investigation into Trump after the lawful firing of Comey because Trump “needed to be reined in,” a shocking admission of abuse of power by our nation’s top law enforcement agency.

...The latest Times report does provide more detail than these earlier reports, however, and none of it makes the FBI look good. In fact, it provides evidence of a usurpation of constitutional authority to determine foreign policy that belongs not with a politically unaccountable FBI but with the citizens’ elected president. More on that in a bit.

Criminalizing Foreign Policy Differences
...The Saturday New York Times article appeared on page one, above the fold, with the almost laughable headline “F.B.I. Investigated if Trump Worked for the Russians.” The online version of the story was headlined “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.” Nine paragraphs into the story, the reporters admit that there is and was literally “no evidence” to support the idea Trump worked for Russia.

The top of the article, however, immediately presented the FBI-friendly interpretation of the agency’s motivations as fact — without evidence and despite strong evidence to the contrary — saying the FBI began its investigation because they were “so concerned by the president’s behavior” rather than saying it was because they were “so concerned he’d continue to expose their behavior” or “so concerned he’d hold them accountable for their political investigations.”

The American people get to determine who sets foreign policy, and they do so through elections. The FBI does not get to set foreign policy by running criminal and counterintelligence investigations to punish those who step outside their preferred approach. They have no constitutional authority to do that.

...In sum, the framing of this New York Times article is either poorly conceived or outright disingenuous at every turn. Using the completely lawful and constitutional firing of the bumbling Comey as pretext for opening a criminal investigation into the president is a grand abuse of power by the FBI. Attempting to overtake the authority to determine U.S. foreign policy from the lawfully determined president of the United States is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

For one of the nation’s largest newspapers to suggest that this makes the president — and not the FBI — look bad actually validates two of Trump’s biggest complaints: the media are hopelessly biased, and there really is a “deep state” out to to overturn the 2016 election.
Read more here.

New Governor wants Californians to stop eating paper receipts

Oh, and he also wants to tax drinking water.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Another Manhattan Infidel exclusive: the Bezos texts!


Satirical blogger Manhattan Infidel has another exclusive, or at least he is the only one brave enough to publish texts between Jeff Bezos and his lover. Read them here, including exclusive photos of his junk!

"The Democrats have become a party of the elites, and journalism has become a practice of the elite!"

"The FBI, taking the government of America into its own hands, while the New York Times cheers them on! Preparing for the release of the Mueller investigation report, the FBI people are framing their deep state coup attempt as an heroic investigation. They were getting back at him for his firing of Comey. They saw Trump coming on strong and he was not one of them! We have to protect the public! They panicked when Trump won the election and fired Comey.

The New York Times is printing the story as if it were a good thing that the FBI was engaging in a coverup. It's a duel scandal; one, that the FBI took this power unto itself and second, that the New York Times abetted the coverup scandal.

The Democrats have become a party of the elites, and journalism has become a practice of the elite!

Diversity

Someone on Twitter posted this photo of the Washington Post newsroom. What do you see? What don't you see?

Are you eager to become the next victim?

"They have cried “Wolf!” too often, and they are poised to be out-foxed."

In the American Spectator, Dov Fischer writes,
...nearly three years of Left media and Democrat non-stop calumniating against President Trump has overreached. It is the daily grind, the same-old same-old. As the President now wages his anticipated first great political battle of these next two insane years, during which he will face an implacable Democrat House that will race after his taxes like lemmings to a cliff and that hopefully will try impeaching him thereafter, realities will dawn on 2020 voters. President Trump never really did launch nuclear war with North Korea. He actually is a stone wall confronting Putin. Air and water pollution actually are being controlled even as the economy has boomed. We ultimately will get a better deal with China, even as we now have one with Mexico. The tax cuts and agency deregulations really launched an economic boom that has caused unemployment to plummet and salaries to rise. We got real judges who came not to rape Michael Avenatti’s clients nor to ban abortion rights in the fifty states but to interpret the law as the Constitution defines it.

Every day the Pelosi-Schumer insult factory will continue heaping invective his way, amplified by the Don Lemons, Chris Cuomos, Anderson Coopers, George Stephanopouli, Chuck Todds, Todd Chucks, and all the other such fungible characters of TV Land. However, those whom they most seek to influence — fair-minded people in the center — long ago have learned to tune them out. They have cried “Wolf!” too often, and they are poised to be out-foxed.
Read more here.

Our epidemic of constructed identities

Victor Davis Hanson writes in American Greatness,
...Robert Francis O’Rourke, from a wealthy and well-connected Texas family of Irish descent, was a more or less a nondescript Democrat, three-term congressman backbencher—at least until he ran for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat. But in the midst of the national anti-Trump “Resistance,” “Beto” (Robert = Roberto = “Beto”) became a sort of veritable Latino identity politics and hard-left progressive sensation. O’Rourke’s Latinate emphasis too was a wise move, in that mpsuedo-authenticityost longtime obscure congressional white male representatives do not become national figures and would-be presidential candidates in less than a year.

The oddity of Beto’s efforts at social construction was that Senator Rafael Cruz ran as “Ted.” In other words, he campaigned as what he really was: an assimilated Latino of half-Cuban heritage. In contrast, an Irishman without any Latino ancestry reinvented himself as a veritable Latino. And note that while most so-called white Texans voted for the authentic “Latino” Ted, most Latinos voted for the fake Latino Beto.

Barack Obama grew up as a middle to upper-middle-class student in prep school in Honolulu, the child of a visiting Kenyan student and a white middle-class mother. His sometimes privileged childhood was due largely to the talent and hard-work of his white grandmother from the Midwest who rose through the ranks to become a successful banking executive.

At various times in school Obama was known as Barry Obama or Barry Soetoro before returning to his given name as Barack Obama as a college student. Part of the reason why the later so-called unhinged “birther” conspiracy theory took hold (i.e., that yarn that Barack Obama allegedly was not born in the United States) was that Barack Obama’s own literary agency Acton & Dystel, in one of its own promotional pamphlets produced in 1991, identified Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

His publicist likely created that myth—and Obama himself either did not correct the mistake or was not consulted about the attribution—not because Obama was a native of Kenya but because such a false claim was seen as useful in offering greater authenticity of the author’s “otherness.” The editor later confessed error on her part.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congressional representative in history, grew up in a mostly upper middle-class family in Yorktown Heights, an affluent suburb in Westchester County, New York. Her parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, her father an architect. Alexandria herself graduated from the upscale Yorktown Heights High School. The suburb was 90 percent white and the average median household income was nearly $110,000, placing it among the most affluent communities in the nation. Ocasio-Cortez graduated from the private Boston University.

In other words, Ocasio-Cortez’s family’s story is one of higher education, upward mobility, and integration into the majority population (somewhat similar to Kamala Harris’s upbringing in Berkeley and Montreal, the daughter of a cancer research scientist, and a Stanford economics professor).

While Ocasio-Cortez described herself as working-class and brought up in the Bronx, her family in fact moved to Yorktown when she was 5 years old. In her meteoric political career, she has presented herself as a Bronx barista (where she moved after graduation), and an often impoverished activist, who seeks social justice on behalf of the poor. While her message is certainly mainstream socialist (abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service, ban internal combustion engines by 2030, Medicare for all, etc.), it gains credence by the working-class patina that Ocasio-Cortez wears.

...In the past, immigrants of all classes and backgrounds sought to identify as Americans and did so authentically, on the premise that one left one’s old country for a reason and had no wish to replicate its failures in a new and preferred homeland.
Read more here.

Outrageous to put this at Ground Zero!

If this isn't stupid, I don't know what is! Davis Richardson reports in Observer,
A sculpture celebrating Saudi Arabia’s place in the G20 Summit was erected on the World Trade Center grounds last week, a stone’s throw away from the 9/11 memorial.
Read more here.

How is this not a crime?

It is not a crime to say, "Can someone shoot the fool between the eyes?" That is what this San Antonio woman said about President Trump on Facebook. How is that not a crime? Read the story here and watch the video. I wonder how much the nephew got paid for selling this video to the Daily Mail.

"A Minneapolis Man"

The Creeping Sharia blog reports,
A 34-year-old Muslim immigrant has been arrested and charged with brutally raping a 10-year-old girl in Minnesota and the local media in Minneapolis has refused to identify the man as a refugee from Somalia.

KSTP 5, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, referred to the suspect, Ahmed Hersi Abdi as “A Minneapolis man.” CBS affiliate WCCO 4 used the same description, giving no mention of the man’s background or how he arrived in the U.S.

The attack occurred Sunday evening in an apartment complex in the city’s Cedar Riverside neighborhood, also known as “Little Mogadishu” for its high concentration of Somali refugees imported from United Nations refugee camps in Africa.

Abdi allegedly followed the girl out of an elevator. He asked for her name and offered his hand to her. She shook his hand and Abdi refused to let go. Police said he proceeded to rape the girl in the hallway of the apartment building.

Authorities used video surveillance footage to help track down the suspect, who was arrested about 24 hours later on Monday in St. Paul.

The U.S. government has resettled more than 110,000 Somali refugees since the early 1990s and shipped in another 8,858 during the most recent fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, according to U.S. State Department data.

Witnesses said they heard screaming in the hall and saw a young girl crying, so they flagged down an off-duty police officer.

The girl was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s John Elder said the officers knew who the suspect was after seeing the video because they’d had frequent encounters with him.

Abdi has a long rap sheet. According to court records, he was convicted of trespassing in 2003, disorderly conduct in 2003 and public urination in 2012.

Several other previous charges against Abdi have been dismissed. In 2011, he was charged with two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of disorderly conduct, which were all dismissed after he was found incompetent to stand trial, according to court records.

The court dismissed another fifth-degree assault charge in 2010 citing “mental deficiency.”

In 2002, a fifth-degree assault charge against Abdi was dismissed. And, last year, a lurking charge against him was also tossed out of court.

Refugee resettlement watchdog Ann Corcoran, who has followed the refugee program closely since 2007, said in a case like this it is “pretty easy to figure out” that Abdi is an immigrant and yet no one in Minnesota is asking how he has managed to evade deportation with such a lengthy criminal record.

“Ahmed Hersi Abdi has a long criminal record. So, why wasn’t he deported?” she asks in her latest blog.

"What would happen if you treated everyone you met today as if they only had 12 hours left to live?"

Ann Voskamp writes in A Holy Experience,
...You’re going to have to figure out how to live without knowing when you die.

You’re going to have to get it: Death may be certain, but when it comes is uncertain, which is what makes the living gloriously uncertain — a choice.

...You already know: You will die.

So the only question that remains is: Will you live?

...What would happen if you treated everyone you met today as if they only had 12 hours left to live?
Read more here.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

Falling short? Those closest to you condemn you (behind your back)? Sam Allberry writes about this at The Gospel Coalition.

Dems party in Puerto Rico with lobbyists and corporate executives (and who knows who else?)


Who is the lady in the bikini with Congressman Bob Menendez?

Andrew O'Reilly reports at Fox News,
“Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they’re partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Sunday morning.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also lambasted the Democrats in Puerto Rico for “hitting the beach and partying with lobbyists” in a tweet on Sunday.

“While [President Trump] is in DC working to resolve the government shutdown and secure our border, Democrats are hitting the beach and partying with lobbyists,” McDaniel tweeted.

Around 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in a memo welcoming the guests to the seaside resort in Puerto Rico. Among those attending are members of some from prominent Washington firms as well as representatives from R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.

“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” a planning memo said.
Read more here.

Tough? No doubt!

"He wants to get to yes. They want to stay at no!"

"Collusion:" "between the American media and the open borders Democratic Party!"

A father, a daughter, and a promise kept

Do you know why this woman has a smile on her face?

Can we give in to giving?

Goose feeds fish



via Ann Voskamp

Agnotology

Via Oregon Muse:
Word of the day: "Agnotology" (study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt). Posted by: xnycpeasant at January 04, 2019 11:57 AM (koNhm)
Usage: Universities could save themselves a lot of money if they took all of the "Studies" departments (Women, Gay, Gender, Intersectional, etc.) and combined them all into one big Department of Agnotology.

Mattis duped by Theranos; The swamp's revolving door at the Pentagon


In The American Conservative, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos reports,
Before he became lionized as the “only adult in the room” capable of standing up to President Trump, General James Mattis was quite like any other brass scoping out a lucrative second career in the defense industry. And as with other military giants parlaying their four stars into a cushy boardroom chair or executive suite, he pushed and defended a sub-par product while on both sides of the revolving door. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that contract turned out to be an expensive fraud and a potential health hazard to the troops.

In 2012, while he was head of Central Command, the Marine General pressed the Army to procure and deploy blood testing equipment from a Silicon Valley company called Theranos. He communicated that he was having success with this effort directly to Theranos’s chief executive officer. Even though an Army health unit tried to terminate the contract due to its not meeting requirements, according to POGO, Mattis kept the pressure up. Luckily, it was never used on the battlefield.

Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise but upon retirement in 2013, Mattis asked a DoD counsel about the ethics guiding future employment with Theranos. They advised against it. So Mattis went to serve on its board instead for a $100,000 salary. Two years after Mattis quit to serve as Trump’s Pentagon chief in 2016, the two Theranos executives he worked with were indicted for “massive” fraud, perpetuating a “multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients,” and misrepresenting their product entirely. It was a fake.

But assuming this was Mattis’s only foray into the private sector would be naive. When he was tapped for defense secretary—just three years after he left the military—he was worth upwards of $10 million. In addition to his retirement pay, which was close to $15,000 a month at the time, he received $242,000 as a board member, plus as much as $1.2 million in stock options in General Dynamics, the Pentagon’s fourth largest contractor. He also disclosed payments from other corporate boards, speech honorariums—including $20,000 from defense heavyweight Northrop Grumman—and a whopping $410,000 from Stanford University’s public policy think tank the Hoover Institution for serving as a “distinguished visiting fellow.”

Never for a moment think that Mattis won’t land softly after he leaves Washington—if he leaves at all. Given his past record, he will likely follow a very long line, as illustrated by POGO’s explosive report, of DoD officials who have used their positions while inside the government to represent the biggest recipients of federal funding on the outside. They then join ex-congressional staffers and lawmakers on powerful committees who grease the skids on Capitol Hill. And then they go to work for the very companies they’ve helped, fleshing out a small army of executives, lobbyists, and board members with direct access to the power brokers with the purse strings back on the inside.

Welcome to the Swamp.

...To get a sense of the demand, according to POGO (Project on Government Oversight), which had to compile all of this information through Freedom of Information requests, there were 625 instances in 2018 alone in which the top 20 defense contractors (think Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin) hired senior DoD officials for high-paying jobs—90 percent of which could be described as “influence peddling.”

...If a system is so motivated by personal gain (civil servants always mindful of campaign contributions and private sector job prospects) on one hand, and big business profits on the other, is there room for merit or innovation? One need only look at Lockheed’s F-35 joint strike fighter, the most expensive weapon system in history, which was relentlessly promoted over other programs by members of Congress and within the Pentagon despite years of test failures and cost overruns, to see what this gets you: planes that don’t fly, weapons that don’t work, and shortfalls in other parts of the budget that don’t matter to contractors like pilot training and maintenance of existing systems.

...“Are we approving weapons systems that are safe or not? And are we putting [servicemembers’] lives on the line” to benefit the interests of industry?

...current acting DoD Secretary Patrick Shanahan spent 31 years working for Boeing, which gets about $24 billion a year as the Pentagon’s second largest contractor. He was Boeing’s senior vice president in 2016 just before he was confirmed as Trump’s deputy secretary of defense in 2017. Last week he recused himself from all matters Boeing, but he wasn’t always so hands off. At one point, he “prodded” for the purchase of 12 $1.2 billion Boeing F-15X fighter planes, according to Bloomberg.

But the revolving door is so much more pervasive and insidious than POGO could possibly catalogue. So says Franklin “Chuck” Spinney, who worked as a civilian and military officer in the Pentagon for 31 years, beginning in 1968. He calls the military industrial complex a “quasi-isolated political economy” that is in many ways independent from the larger domestic economy. It has its own rules, norms, and culture, and unlike the real world, it is self-sustaining—not by healthy competition and efficiency, but by keeping the system on a permanent war footing, with money always pumping from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon to the private sector and then back again. Left out are basic laws of supply and demand, geopolitical realities, and the greater interest of society.

...Unfortunately, there is little incentive in Capitol Hill or at the Pentagon to do the very least: pull the purse strings, close loopholes, encourage real competition, and end cost-plus practices.
Read more here.

Let’s Hear It For The Boy!

Guest post by Suzann Darnall

Maybe I am just a hopeless, out-of-touch, old-fashioned woman, but I like men. Men who are masculine. Men who enjoy sports. Men who like guns. Men who collect tools. Men who make me feel protected and cherished. Men who treat me like I am a treasure. Men who are like my grandfathers, my father, and my husband.

As a woman who likes men, I am saddened by the current attacks on men and boys. Men are being attacked on all fronts. Boys are being treated like they are defective. Such boys will never learn that they are truly special. Boys who do not fit the beta-mold of political correctness are being punished for being what used to be considered healthy, active, and normal.

Feminism, de-masculation, childhood-drag-queens, and other such attendant "movements" are about destroying men and boys as we know them. It is as if the Progressives want to eliminate the human race by making it impossible for procreation. Divide the sexes and there can be no more babies. Oh, and, if some babies happen to come about, Planned Parenthood will just offer abortions and get those taken care of right away.

This ultimately becomes attacks on families. Family is the basis for God's plan of happiness and the building block to a functioning society. Healthy families make good communities. Good communities make strong nations. And, Satan does not want strong nations. He wants humanity in disarray and vulnerable. Hence his use of minions to push for globalism to destroy nations and his use of the war on gender, particularly against males, to destroy families.

Well, I hope and pray we can curb this all-out-assault on our boys and men. We must cherish and support the men in our families and communities. Especially those considered dangerous by the Progressives. You know, those with the “toxic masculinity”. The guys who don’t dress like girls or wannabe girls. The boys who are athletes and mow lawns. The men who work as military or first responders.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with the boys and men who make alternate lifestyle choices. I am just saying the other guys deserve the same tolerance. Let’s hear it for the men and boys that are masculine. The guys that make us think of John Wayne and football, while we dream of prom nights and weddings.

“What are little boys made of? Snips and snails And puppy-dogs' tails That's what little boys are made of.”
There is nothing wrong with little boys getting dirty and playing outside. Building forts and fighting imaginary foes. These boys become the farmers and soldiers and architects that move our society forward. So, let’s hear it for the boys who will be boys!!! Let’s celebrate the men they become. Let’s decriminalize being male and masculine. Let’s be tolerant.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Financial blacklisting

In Spectator USA, James Delingpole writes about the rise of financial blacklisting
...Visa, Discover, PayPal, especially Mastercard – which have taken to using financial blacklisting as a way of enforcing progressive ideology.

There isn’t space here to discuss why they are doing it. It is simply an observable fact that, as Breitbart writer Allum Bokhari puts it, ‘it has become increasingly difficult for individuals engaged in controversial yet lawful speech to fund their activities online.’ Even liberals are starting to worry. Banks and credit card companies, says the left-leaning Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), have become ‘de facto internet censors.’

...So the battle lines for free speech in 2019 have been drawn: on the one side Silicon Valley and its authoritarian ‘progressive’ sympathizers everywhere from academe to the card payment processing industry; on the other, all those people who’d prefer the internet to be a place where they are free to make whatever jokes they like, express whatever viewpoint they like and fund whichever creatives they like, uncensored by the tech and finance worlds’ self-appointed Witchfinders General.
Read more here.

While you are waiting for the cashier to ring up your purchases at Walmart...

So Jeff Bezos is soon going to lose the title of world's richest man, and his wife MacKenzie is going to soon have the title of world's richest woman! The New York Post has the story here, including the woman named Lauren Sanchez who got in between Jeff and MacKenzie.

Who broke the story? Who else: The National Enquirer!

What? A Democrat who is not a far Left kook announces that she will run for President?

Hawaii's Representative Tulsi Gabbard threw her hat in the ring today. Read and view more here.

How it works

ABC reports,
Three of the lawmakers who will lead the House next year as Congress focuses on skyrocketing drug costs are among the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, a new KHN analysis shows.

On Wednesday, House Democrats selected Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland to serve as the next majority leader and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina as majority whip, making them the No. 2 and No. 3 most powerful Democrats as their party regains control of the House in January.

Both lawmakers have received more than $1 million from pharmaceutical company political action committees in the past decade. Just four members of Congress hold that distinction, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whom Republicans chose as the next House minority leader earlier this month.

Adding Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat expected to be the next speaker, the three-person House Democratic leadership team has collected more than $2.3 million total in campaign contributions from drugmakers since the 2007-08 election cycle, according to KHN’s database.
Read more here.

Whom does this remind you of?





thanks to Ace of Spades

As you can see...



via Bookworm

We only raised $20 million, so you can have your money back!

Jack Phillips reports at Epoch Times that
A GoFundMe campaign to fund the southern border wall will refund all money to donors because it didn’t meet its $1 billion goal, said Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe, CBS News reported.

Donors will get their money back on April 11, unless they choose to donate their contribution to campaign creator Brian Kolfage’s new venture.

Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, raised more than $20 million via the crowd-funding website to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors. I am honoring that commitment today. We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action,” he said via GoFundMe in a Jan. 11 update.
Go here to read Kolfage's new plan.

Good job, Florida voters!

CBS News is reporting that newly elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel
whose deputies were assigned to protect the Parkland school where 17 people died in a massacre last February.
Read more here.

Alleviating heartburn without the use of drugs

Michael Downey writes in Life Extension magazine,
Heartburn afflicts more than 40% of adult Americans.

When someone suffers frequent or painful heartburn bouts, they are often diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

There remain widespread misconceptions about the underlying cause of heartburn.

Mass-advertising of drugs such as Nexium®, Prilosec®, and Prevacid® has convinced GERD sufferers that to relieve symptoms, they need to block production of acid in the stomach.

But the human stomach must operate in acidic conditions to digest food properly. And long-term use of GERD drugs (proton pump inhibitors) involves serious health risks—ranging from kidney1,2 and cardiovascular disease3,4 to increased mortality.5,6

A common cause of GERD is a weakened sphincter muscle at the end of the esophagus that functions to keep food and acid in the stomach. When the sphincter fails to close properly, stomach contents back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and increasing esophageal cancer risk.7,8

...Mainstream medicine has long targeted the wrong body organ to prevent and treat GERD, focusing on the stomach and the high level of acid it produces. As a result, pharmaceutical companies have taken advantage of the huge market stemming from this perceived “need” to reduce stomach-acid production. They have flooded consumers with advertising for a wide array of drugs designed to alter the pH balance of the stomach, which can have long-term adverse impacts on one’s health.

In 2013, more than 15 million Americans were prescribed GERD-relieving medication and many more bought this class of drug over-the-counter.1,15 These drugs include omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, and rabeprazole, sold under a variety of trade names such as Nexium®, Prilosec®, and Prevacid®.

Targeting stomach-acid production with these drugs does indirectly reduce reflux symptoms in the esophagus. The hidden side effects, however, constitute massive overkill and cause serious—and potentially fatal—health consequences.

Reducing the stomach’s acidity weakens its ability to serve as a barrier to infection. It can also contribute to nutrient malabsorption. More critically, the drugs used to reduce stomach acidity—known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs—have serious risks.

Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors increases the risk of kidney disease,1,2 blood vessel calcification,16 nutritional deficiencies,17-19 cardiovascular disease,3,4 infection (including pneumonia),20-24 diarrhea,25-27 microbial disruption (dysbiosis),28-30 and bone fracture.19,31-33 And taking these drugs in high doses is associated with a 2.6-fold higher risk of death.5

So the challenge has been to neutralize acid and other stomach contents specifically in the esophagus without reducing stomach pH balance. This would enable GERD sufferers to reduce their dose of PPI drugs or steer clear of them altogether
Go here to read about some chewable tablets that confer symptomatic relief from heartburn and dyspepsia without the risks associated with drugs used to reduce stomach acidity.

Are we Happy Warriors?

Christina Cook recently linked to this article by Joe Cunningham in Red State. Although it was published in April 2018, he has many good points for us to consider.
Remember the metaphor of the happy warrior? It was an Andrew Breitbart favorite. He advocated going out and fighting your political battles with a smile on your face, and he was right in doing so. Politics is a draining hobby, and it will totally sap your humor if you let it.

...Bring back conversation, not just discourse. Go out there and talk about it with a smile on your face. Prove to me there’s no rust on our happy warrior army.
Read more here.

"they're all taking money from hostile foreign governments to push hostile foreign propaganda themselves."

Ace of Spades writes,
This is not America, not any more. Our entire politics is bought and paid for by foreign interests. They're attacking Trump for what they know they themselves are guilty of. I suppose that's why they find all this RUSSIAN PAYOFF business so plausible -- they're all taking money from hostile foreign governments to push hostile foreign propaganda themselves.

...the American media is now like the Middle Eastern media, simply propaganda outlets fighting for one faction or another, and usually paid by Middle Eastern potentates too.
Read more here.

Short-term memory decline


Harry Fulton reports in Life Extension Magazine,
Starting around age 30, we begin to notice short-term memory deficits.

...Short-term memory decline is a troubling aspect of brain aging.

A clinical study evaluated a standardized sage extract compared to placebo in adults over age 64.1

Within hours of ingesting this sage extract, memory performance increased nearly 60%, along with an approximate 2.5-fold improvement in attention.
Read more here.

I know some people who can do this!


Why does the moon appear larger near the horizon than it does higher up in the sky?


For a change: Some actual useful information!



via Weird Dave

You've got to be kidding me: Humanized Mice?

Terence P. Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com,
The National Institutes of Health will not decide whether to continue its long-term multimillion-dollar contract with the University of California, San Francisco to make “humanized mice” with organs taken from aborted babies until after it has completed its ongoing audit of all HHS-funded fetal tissue acquisitions and a comprehensive review of HHS-funded fetal tissue research.

...“During the 90-day extension,” the NIH said, “the NIH Contracting Officer Representative can instruct UCSF to produce new mouse cohorts, obtain or engraft new fetal tissue, and/or start new in vitro or humanized mouse studies that are not already planned if deemed scientifically necessary.”

...A record posted on the Federal Procurement Data System says that on Dec. 4, 2018 the NIH obligated $521,082 to UCSF for the contract for a period that runs through March 5, 2009.

In October, the NIH told CNSNews.com that if it exercised all of the contract’s options through Dec. 5, 2020, it would pay UCSF a total of $13,799,501. “We have obligated $9,554,796 to date,” NIH said then. The new record posted on the FPDS indicates that with the $521,082 payment for the current 90-day extension, the NIH has now paid UCSF a total of $10,075,878 on the contract.

...The NIH estimates that it spent $103 million on research using human fetal tissue in fiscal 2018 and that it will spend $95 million in fiscal 2019.

The Labor-HHS-Education bill that the House Appropriations Committee approved last July—when the Republicans still controlled the chamber—specifically prohibited federal funding of research using tissue from aborted babies.

However, the “minibus” appropriation that married the Defense and HHS funding bills that the full Congress enacted--and President Trump signed--in September did not include that prohibition.

Whether or not the federal government continues to fund human fetal tissue research that creates a demand for tissue taken from aborted babies is now an internal policy decision in the hands of the Trump Administration.
Read more here.

Will Barr restore the integrity and credibility of the Justice Department?

In Fox News, Gregg Jarrett explains how Rosenstein
acted improperly and without justification to create the special counsel position filled by Mueller.

First, since Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation, there was no conflict of interest. A special counsel can only be created when such a conflict exists.

Second, at the time Mueller was appointed to lead the Russia investigation, it was a counterintelligence probe – not a criminal investigation. There is no provision in the law to appoint special counsels to investigate counterintelligence matters.

Third, when Mueller was appointed there was no evidence of a suspected crime, as required in order to appoint a special counsel.

...Having authored the memo advocating the termination of Comey, Rosenstein became a “fact witness” in any potential, albeit specious, obstruction of justice case against President Trump. Indeed, he was interviewed as such by the special counsel.

Yet, unbelievably, Rosenstein continued to preside over the very case in which he is a witness. This violates federal regulations and the Code of Professional Responsibility that dictates the conduct of lawyers. It also violates plain commonsense.

...Once Barr becomes attorney general, politically motivated decision-making will be banished. Corrupt tactics will be halted. Restoring the integrity and credibility of the Justice Department – once a great law enforcement institution – will not happen overnight, but it will be Barr’s enduring challenge in the months ahead.
Read more here.

Political theater

JJ Sefton introduces his links today with these thoughts:
Good morning kids. The weekend is here at last and President Trump's 100% justified, legal and determined stand against the Democrat-Left-Media Complex's refusal to secure our borders and ensure our safety for short term political gain and long term political domination (and other evil ideological goals), with the concomitant political theater of the government "shutdown" continues. The media's horrible performances from everyone from failed manicurist Anna Navarro to failed man Jm J Acosta and most disastrously from that hostage video of Cuck Schemer and Nancy Palsi serve not as cogent counterargument to the President but as an underscore in double red lines with exclamation points as to how horribly, dangerously wrong they are. I think this past week has made me come to the realization that it's not necessarily that Trump is so brilliant (and that said, I think he does play at a level that is at lest two or three steps ahead of the Dems) it's just that the Dems are so obvious in their strategy and tactics that almost anyone can minimally beat them at their own game, and if you're someone like Trump, totally own them. The key to it is actually getting into the metaphorical sewer with them and holding their heads under the effluent spigot. We have never had anyone do it before. And Trump does it with ease, not because he's malicious or mean; for all his tough, no-nonsense businessman image, I get the strong sense that he's probably one of the nicest, most decent guys out there. Just look at how he treats our military and law enforcement people as an example. And for all the handwringing about Trump being a crude gavone from Queens, that is exactly what America needs at this time to beat these bastards. But I digress.
Read more here.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

‘When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country and its people. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.’

Roger Kimball writes at Spectator USA,
Some politicians — hello, Nancy! — have said that a wall is ‘immoral.’ But President Trump was 100 percent correct in observing that those same politicians have built formidable walls around their own homes. Not, he observed, because they dislike the people outside the walls but because ‘they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral,’ the President went on to say, ‘is the politicians who do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized.’

Amen to that.

Like the action of the snicker-snee in The Mikado, this speech delivered a ‘short, sharp, shock.’ There was no name-calling, no histrionics. This was the President of the United States calling attention to a national emergency and inviting his colleagues across the aisle to put aside partisan point-scoring for a moment in order to accomplish something important for the commonweal.

I believe that the American people, even that subset that supports the President, do not appreciate what this man is attempting to do for the country. In brief, he is attempting to roll back the forces of barbarism and dissolution.

...I particularly admired the last thing that President Trump said. ‘When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country and its people. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.’
Read more here.

Brother of California cop killed by illegal immigrant goes to the border with Trump

The President at the border today

"It is never easy to recognize truth, but when we see it, we must speak it!

Pompeo in Egypt: "Our leaders gravely misread our history and your historical moment! (Referring to Obama). In falsely seeing ourselves as a source for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times and our partners demanded it. We grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism, a debauched strain of the faith that seeks to upend every other form of worship or governance....

What did we learn? We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows. ...Now, comes the real "New Beginning." ...Our words mean something again. America has always been and always will be a liberating force, not an occupying power.

President Trump has reversed our willful blindness to the Iranian regime. ...America will not retreat until the terror fight is over. ...We ask every peace-loving nation to shoulder responsibilities for defeating Islamic extremism wherever we find it. We will not stop our campaign to stop Iran's malevalent actions.

It is never easy to recognize truth, but when we see it, we must speak it!

May the Lord bless each and every one of you!"

NPC

Have you seen the acronym NPC? It means a nonplayable character in video games. It is used by some right-leaning bloggers to refer to sheep who repeat empty phrases that have no real meaning.

Iran's American hostages

Jordan Schachtel reports in Conservative Review,
The terrorist regime that rules Iran has confirmed that it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White hostage.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told Iran’s state-run Tasnim News Agency Wednesday: “An American citizen was arrested in the city of Mashhad some time ago and his case was conveyed to the U.S administration on first days.”

The New York Times confirmed White’s capture on Monday after speaking to his mother.

“Iran has been holding an American Navy veteran in prison on unspecified charges since late July, when he was seized while visiting an Iranian girlfriend, his mother said Monday,” the Times reported.

Iranwire, a website for Iranian expatriates, also discussed White’s capture. In the piece, Irvar Farhadi, a former Iranian prisoner, said he met Mr. White at Iran’s Vakilabad Prison in the city of Mashhad.

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), Vakilabad authorities conduct secret mass executions inside of the prison.

“He was not in a good psychological condition and is not allowed visitors or access to the phone. He is virtually a hostage without any charges against him,” Farhadi told Iranwire.

He added, “Michael is kept among dangerous criminals including murderers and professional drug smugglers and his life is in danger. I promised to myself that if I got out of prison one of the first things that I would do would be to inform people about the situation of this American prisoner.”

At least four U.S. citizens and one U.S. permanent resident are currently being held by Iran. CBS reports, citing sources, that Tehran is “holding the Americans to try to extract concessions such as those received in a deal reached with President Obama.”

President Obama set a dangerous precedent in paying a total of $1.7 billion dollars (in what appeared to resemble a ransom payment) for the release of four American hostages.

This is believed to be the first time that the Iranian regime has taken an American citizen hostage during the Trump era. The last known American detained by Iran was Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University. He was detained while conducting research in Tehran on August 8, 2016. Wang was later sentenced for espionage charges.

President Trump has a decision to make. He can follow in Obama’s footsteps and negotiate with the terrorist regime in Iran. He may instead choose to demand the unconditional release of the growing number of Americans held hostage by Tehran. The White House has not yet commented on the matter. The State Department said it was aware of the reports but did not comment further.

What Mitch McConnell should be doing

What Mitch McConnell said about Chuck Schumer's scheme:
Today, my friend the Democratic leader is proposing to add a Senate shutdown to the partial federal government shutdown and block even more of the people’s business, all to avoid more of what he already voted for. The only things that have changed between then and now are the political winds and of course the occupant of the White House. So this is no newfound principled objection. It’s just political spite. A partisan tantrum being prioritized over the public interest.

Dov Fischer, writing in The American Spectator, tells us...
The current Senate term has two years to go. Even at the pace of a 24/7 full-court press, it will take more than three months to get the current six dozen judges and federal cabinet appointments through. By then, a whole new crop of judges will have been named, too, and they also will need time at 30 hours per. That is what the Republican response must be: not words, not threats, not vituperation. Just keep the darned Senate open and in session non-stop for the next several months, and get those judges and other Presidential appointments through. Thereafter, when the Democrats and the President finally figure out how or whether to resolve the standoff over the Wall, the Senate can return to regular order and do that thing they do best: white-out all other urgent matters of business and return to naming post offices — or as the intersectionalists might say, “white Mail privilege.”
Read more here.

Don't tell anybody: They like it here!

In American Greatness, Victor Davis Hanson writes,
...Mexico—unlike, say, Japan or Switzerland, which are far less naturally endowed and yet far wealthier—has never fully adopted Western paradigms of free-market economics, constitutionally protected free speech, due process, gender equity, private property rights, an autonomous press, government transparency, an independent judiciary, and religious diversity and tolerance.

To the degree that Mexico can make strides toward these goals, its population will stabilize and become more affluent—and also become less likely to emigrate.

More importantly, millions of Mexican citizens recognize (at least privately) that the United States is not the bogeyman of mostly elite critiques. Instead, it is one of the world’s rare multiracial, equal-opportunity societies. It is generous with its entitlements even to those who cross its border illegally, and far more meritocratic than most of the world’s highly tribal societies.

Maybe that is why millions of impoverished people from Mexico have left their homes in expectation that they will be treated far better as foreign, non-English speakers in a strange land than they will at home by their own government.

Indeed, if the United States treated immigrants in the fashion that Mexico does, then Mexican citizens would probably never come here.

After all, the Mexican government is quick to fault the United States, but it is rarely introspective. It does not explain publicly why its own citizens wish to flee the country where they were born—or why they are eager to enter a country that is so often ridiculed by the Mexican press and government.

Mexico apparently does not take care of its own citizens. But once they arrive inside the United States, Mexico suddenly becomes an advocate for their welfare. No wonder: Mexican expatriates send back an estimated $30 billion a year in remittances.
Read more here.

Walls work!

Seth Barron writes in City Journal,
...But what evidence is there that walls—for millennia the most basic unit of construction and defense—are ineffective? A wall, or fence, runs along much of the border near population centers like San Diego and El Paso, and these barriers appear to work, to the extent that a partial wall can be said to work. A 440-mile wall separates Israel from the West Bank; it has dramatically reduced terrorism. Saudi Arabia has a wall on its border with Yemen and has begun construction of a wall on its Iraq border, too. Hungary, Russia, Lithuania, and Slovenia have built border walls. Belfast and Derry have “peace lines” (walls) separating Catholic from Protestant neighborhoods. The 1,800-mile, impermeable India-Pakistan border is visible at night from space because 150,000 floodlights light it. The United States maintains 25,000 soldiers in South Korea to preserve the integrity of the fence dividing the Korean peninsula.
Read more here.

I understand it can be itchy



via JJ Sefton

"Their indifference to the use of women and children as human shields might even raise the suspicion that progressive moral exhibitionism is an ugly sham."

Mark Steyn writes,
But the nub of the issue is clear: what's been shut down, for many years, is the essential core responsibility of national government - the integrity of its borders.

To be sure, there were things the President did not say, or do - like announcing, say, a tax on so-called "remittances" to Mexico. Almost every itsy-bitsy thing is taxed in this country, or at least subject to the scrutiny of the tax regime, including any "remittances" by lawful US citizens to overseas banks. Which is why, thanks to the FATCA Act and other intrusions, foreign financial institutions increasingly forego American customers. And yet illegal aliens sluicing money out of the country on a scale that has made "remittances" the second-biggest contributor (after tourism) to the GDP of much of Latin America is entirely ignored by the US government.

"Re-opening" that cobwebbed corner of the revenue agency might be worth doing, don't you think? As it is, we continue to bifurcate into a society divided between the "undocumented" and the hyper-micro-documented.
Read more here.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Do we really want China to be the source of ingredients for prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, and vitamins?

In the American Thinker, Janet Levy writes,
Concern over China's territorial, military, and economic aggressiveness has been building over the past decade as the country is increasingly perceived as a threat to the United States, U.S. Asian allies, and the West. In China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine (Prometheus Books, 2018), authors Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh explore yet another peril: China as the largest global supplier of ingredients for many prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, and vitamins.
Read more here.

How will they catch this rapist?

Stephen Luntz reports in IFLScience about a woman in Arizona who has been comatose for fourteen years and has just given birth to a healthy baby. Read the story here.

Is it time to reform the Fed?

James Soriano thinks so as he writes in the American Thinker. He wants us to put a gold standard on Washington's agenda. He hopes President Trump will take a look at alternate ways to conduct monetary policy. Read more here.

Making it easy for cybercriminals

In American Greatness, Ned Ryun writes,
...Unfortunately, cyber criminals have found their equivalent of the easily found hide-a-key, and it’s the .US country domain code. While most websites that service users in the United States use the .com suffix, .US domains are growing in prominence and likely to increase as most popular .com domains are registered. The .US domain is administered by the Department of Commerce, which has clear rules designed to ensure that all addresses ending in .US are reserved for Americans.

But to say it’s being administered is a stretch: clearly someone inside the department has decided we will just have open borders—both online and offline.

Consider these facts: All .US internet domain addresses are required to be hosted in the United States, yet there are nearly 100,000 domain names ending in .US that are hosted outside our borders, with more than 30,000 hosted in China. What’s more, all .US internet domain addresses are required to be registered by U.S. businesses, organizations, or individuals. A survey of WHOIS indicates that at least 50,000 names belong to Chinese registrants, nearly 15,000 are registered to Russian registrants, and even some Iranians have been allowed to register .US names.

Either someone at the Department of Commerce is asleep at the wheel or this is intentional mismanagement. In addition to these facts, all internet web addresses ending in .US are required to be reviewed and cancelled if they have spam, phishing, or other abuses. But according to surbl.org, .US addresses are by far the most abused country code domain names in the world, with nearly 20,000 .US domain names associated with spam.

The safety and the well being of Americans should be the first and foremost priority of our government. Apparently the rules and regulations as laid out by the Department of Commerce are more a series of suggestions with little to no enforcement. It’s time for greater oversight and enforcement, not only to uphold the rule of law, but also to protect the American people who fund the various departments and agencies.
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China's weaknesses

J.R. Dunn writes in American Thinker,
Whatever strengths China may possess, it has three enormous weaknesses, all of them crippling, all self-inflicted to one degree or another, all apparent to anyone who cares to look. All have been misrepresented or go unmentioned in the current debate.

Blue China – That's the term China uses to describe the South China Sea, which, it claims, in defiance of international law, to be Chinese territory on the grounds that Chinese ships passed through centuries ago. (Using this logic, the Antarctic Ocean is part of Connecticut, since U.S. whalers scoured the region throughout the 19th century.)

...China could have approached neighboring nations as a friendly power interested in helping them exploit the region's resources, much the way the U.S. behaves in the Western Hemisphere. It could have set itself up as a second pole in competition with the U.S. in the Western Pacific, building up goodwill and establishing cooperative ventures. Instead, the countries of the region are outraged and frightened (Vietnam in particular – China murdered several hundred Vietnamese in seizing the area). It's a lost chance, one that will not return. China has unilaterally created one of the major flashpoints of the early 21st century. Its maritime "empire" is built on sand.

...Population imbalance – China's "single-child policy" is a world-class example of unintended consequences....The result was a wholesale massacre of females by both abortion and infanticide measuring in the millions. Today China has a surplus of males, officially acknowledged as being around 4% but probably much higher. This means that millions of Chinese men will never marry and, in many cases, will never have a girlfriend. This will inevitably lead to frustration, anger, and acting out. The Chinese version of Fight Club will be no joking matter.

...Another effect is legions of older people with not enough of a younger population to support them, a social security problem that dwarfs any such in the West.

The Chinese solution is likely to be simplicity itself: shoot the punks and let the geezers starve. Either way, it means social upheaval.

The most recent Chinese communist brainstorm involves the "Social Credit" (shehui xinyong) system, which has no connection whatsoever to the utopian early 20th-century economic proposal of that name. Under the Chinese system, citizens are issued 1,000 "credits" and then monitored cybernetically, electronically, and socially. Any "anti-social" or anti-party activity results in credits being taken away. It's impossible to add points. After points drop to a certain level (It's unclear exactly what this actually is. It's also unclear how many points each offense costs, along with other details.), penalties kick in. These range from being banned from airline travel and expelled from high-ranking schools to cutting down internet access and taking your dog away.

...Like it or not, progress of any sort – social, scientific, artistic – is propelled by the mavericks. Beethoven, Tesla, Einstein, Patton, Kubrick, Trump...all individualists – cantankerous, arrogant, belligerent – who pushed against social inertia, no matter what the consequences. Their story, from Socrates on, is the story of the West. With the "Social Credit" program, China is returning to its immemorial preference for stasis, which has led to disaster time and again. The end result will be a society that is stratified, ossified, and petrified. There is evidence that this is occurring right now.

To these failings we can add an entrenched system of intellectual theft on a worldwide scale that curtails any tradition of serious research and scholarship. Pollution on an order as yet unwitnessed elsewhere, ravaging public health to a degree unknown but doubtlessly horrendous. Central Asian provinces constantly on the verge of revolt. Open hostility from virtually all of China's neighbors, including such touch-me-not states as Japan, India, and Vietnam.

...Soviet weaknesses were obvious in retrospect, yet few saw them, and the consensus was fooled completely. Many are shared by China, along with novel failings we unimaginative Westerners would never have come up with. Whatever we do, we should not repeat the mistake of the Cold War.
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What are the issues that unite the Right and all Americans of good faith?

Christopher Buskirk is the Editor and Publisher of American Greatness. I link to that publication very often. He writes in the American Mind,
The issues of both principle and prudence that unite the Right and that can unite all kinds of Americans of good faith are:
Citizenship – This means solidarity and mutual trust supported by a pro-citizen immigration policy

Pro-worker economic policies that promote innovation and technological supremacy as the only path to prosperity and social mobility

America First foreign policy that protects the American homeland, our unique interests in our hemisphere, and eschews optional wars and moral imperialism

Returning power to the people by dismantling the Deep State and returning to the federal system that empowers state and local governments that are closer and more responsive to the citizenry.
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"Is there a consistency between Democrats saying, on the one hand, that they would pay for more guards and drones along the border… while, on the other hand, guaranteeing “sanctuary” for all criminals who sneak past those very guards and drones?"

Dov Fischer writes at the American Spectator,
...there is a much quicker alternative way to cut through the muck and prove Pelosi, Schumer, and their gang a bunch of liars on border security:

Just ask yourself: Side by side with their opposition to a wall, why do they also support Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary States? If they truly are so concerned about protecting the public against the infiltration of Illegals into our midst, why do they seek to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from receiving the information and tools ICE needs to remove illegal entrants safely and promptly from our land? Would that kind of helpful cooperation with ICE not be a logical part of any drone, hi-tech, and “everything-but-a-wall” approach to protecting the border?

...Is there a consistency between Democrats saying, on the one hand, that they would pay for more guards and drones along the border… while, on the other hand, guaranteeing “sanctuary” for all criminals who sneak past those very guards and drones?
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The president's speech

In Breitbart, Charlie Spiering provides us here with the full transcript of President Trump's address to the nation last night. There is also a video of the president giving the speech.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Please, just one more Susan Boyle song? Unchained Melody happens to be a song that I, as a teenager, sang to my girlfriend. Susan sings it better.


Susan Boyle had a big night in America last night.


Coming on January 20: a full, blood, wolf moon!



On January 20, which, of course, is the second anniversary of Trump's inauguration, there will be an eclipse of the moon. Doyle Rice explains in USA Today,
"Blood" moon. That is just the reddish color the moon will appear during the total lunar eclipse. The moon won't turn black or vanish from the sky; instead it will appear to be a "reddish copper color," Murphy said, hence the name blood moon.

Although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon. The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which causes our atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.

Some sunlight reaches the Earth's atmosphere, which envelops the moon and gives it the rich color.

"Wolf" moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, Native Americans called the January full moon the "wolf" moon because it appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.

The almanac said ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (vs. today’s solar calendar).

For millennia, people across the world, including Native Americans, named the months after nature’s cues.

Full moon: Nothing special here: A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, so there have been a few billion full moons in Earth's history. This is just the moment when the bright side of the moon entirely faces the Earth.

Though the moon will be full precisely at 12:16 a.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 21, according to space.com, it'll still be plenty big through the rest of the night and for the next night or two. Just as it has for billions of years, the full moon will be visible to everyone around the world, barring pesky clouds.

Speaking of clouds, here's the big question: Will they ruin the view? Unfortunately, since the big event is more than two weeks away, accurate weather forecasts are not possible yet.

If you miss this month's total lunar eclipse, you have to wait until May 26, 2021, for the next one in the USA. The next partial lunar eclipse will be this summer, on July 16, but will be visible only in Africa and portions of Asia.