Keep Christ in Christmas and Have Your Starbucks Red Cup "I'm Christian And I'm Not Offended By Starbucks Cups" because, well, I just want all of you to be aware that not all Christians spend their time concerned with reclaiming a holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ (instead of spending their time writing about it on The Huffington Post). "Topless Mermaids Have Nothing To Do With Jesus".
A Christmas Story of a different kind.
The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages and Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, and countless pundits, commentators, and operatives joining the party throughout the day.
Story & Videos
Katie Hopkins is a conservative English media personality and newspaper columnist known for her satire and wit, much of which often gets her in trouble. She first became noticed in 2007 as a columnist for British newspapers, initially for The Sun and later the Daily Mail. She was also a talk show host on LBC (Leading Britain's Conversation - talk radio for the UK,) until May 2017 when her program was terminated. Why, She supports Trump & dislikes the direction the UK is headed.
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Mueller, Justice and the FBI aren't helping the lawmakers' probe.
The news that senior FBI agent Peter Strzok exchanged anti-Trump, pro-Hillary text messages with another FBI official matters-though we've yet to see the content. The bigger scandal is that the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and The House Intelligence Committee sent document subpoenas and demanded an interview with Mr. Strzok. The Justice Department dodged, and then leaked. Kimberley Strassel's Story
Mueller's Credibility Questioned. The special counsel is stonewalling Congress and protecting the FBI. The Washington Post and the New York Times reported that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted after it was discovered he'd sent anti- Trump texts to an FBI lawyer mistress. Strzok played a lead role investigating alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails..... The Editorial Board - WSJ
Trump needs to send China a clear message about what's going on in the Bahamas. Americans should be concerned about China's economic and political influence on the Bahamas that we first wrote about in an Exclusive story of ours a year ago. Remember, the Bahamas are our closest off shore neighbor, only 50 miles from Florida. The Story in two parts. Strategic / Communist Perspective - Business Viewpoint
Fight on President Trump. Fight on. My leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I'm not bothered by Donald Trump's lack of decorum. My answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. We tried propriety and collegiality. And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by these rules, the left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
Read Evan Sayet's Essay + video.
Is This the End of the NFL? There was a time, not long ago, when the NFL was the most unifying public institution we had. No matter your political or demographic persuasion, the one thing you could find to talk about with someone was football. Now, suddenly, the league that was once for everyone seems to be in crisis.
Dumbfounding! George Will says it borders on Hilarity. We say it's really sad. It just shows how screwed up things are in this country due to its contrarian liberal left. For instance; Dr. Seuss books are now considered "steeped in racist propaganda." In New York's decrepit subway system, announcements must be gender-neutral and address ladies and gentlemen as "passengers",,,,,,
The Subway System in NY is a Microcosm of what ails so many cities, states and even Washington. This is How Politics', Liberal Policy and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways. Disruptions and delays have plagued the system this year. Not to mention rankled and infuriated commuters. But the crisis was long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors. The story thorough and lengthy, still NY'ers will appreciate it to the point of bordering on nostalgia.
The NY Times Story and the short version Subway War.
★★★Higher Education's Deeper Sickness Political imbalance causes intellectual degradation. Riots against free speech are only a symptom. What then is the disease? We are now close to the end of a half-century process by which the campuses have been emptied of centrist and right-of-center voices. Many scholars have studied the political allegiances of the faculty during this time. There have been some differences of opinion about methodology, but the main outline is not in doubt.
Veritas ? (Harvard)
★★★US Marines Test All-Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender Ones That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, in which 400 Marine - 100 of them female - trained for combat together and then undertook a simulated deployment, with every aspect of their experience measured and scrutinized.
★★There are still Snowflakes that haven't melted. Here is a report by a senior at long time, want-a-be Ivy League college . That be Williams College, nestled in the north west corner of Massachusetts south of the Green Mountains. A mob kept disrupting a speaker he invited to campus, yet Adam Falk, college president calls that a success.
An OpEd from the WSJ
★★★★Bonfire of the Prosecutors: Partisan animosities are pushing the U.S. toward a significant political crisis. So deep is the antipathy to the existence of a Trump presidency forget that someone has to deal with North Korea's nuclear-armed missiles, the Middle East or the U.S. economy that the opposition has spent nearly a year hoping just one more Russian collusion story would . . . do what? Make Mr. Trump evaporate? A fiction exists that Mr. Mueller represents the "rule of law." In truth, Mr. Mueller looks about as relevant ........
Daniel Henninger couldn't be more explicit.
★★What do you suppose is the real reason for Donna Brazile book? For sure it is to rid the Democrats of the Clintons. Not just Hillary, but Bill. They both have got to be relegated to the ash heap prior to the 2020 election. But for that actual reason why Ms. Brazile wrote the book read...
Rush Limbaugh's take on the subject.
★★Laura Ingraham lashes out at the Bush family for their lack of support for President Trump. After eight years of silence during the Obama administration, GW #43, bad mouths President Trump. "In recent years the Bush family has become pretty tight with the Clintons and the Obamas - They have found more in come with them that the grassroots members of their own family." Do you suppose it has something to do with Trump's disrespect of Jeb? Or are the Bushes' globalists?
Laura's Story & Video
★★★We are in a veritable war of competing visions. Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads the fight against it. We are no longer in the late 1950s era of liberal reform. It is now a postmodern world of intolerance and lockstep orthodoxy. Where are we going?
★★★★ James Comey and Robert Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law! Hillary Clinton's State Department approved a deal that transferred control of more than 20% of America's uranium supply to a Russian company. The FBI knew it yet kept that information from Congress and the public. The FBI director at the time was Robert Mueller.
The entanglement is here. Also Includes
★★★ "Democrats, Russians and the FBI" - Did someone say "collusion"?.
★★★ Don't Let Your Girls Become Boy Scouts. The BSA's new co-ed policy isn't an advance-it's an attempt at a hostile takeover. The BSA has no dedication to girls or girls' leadership. It has no deep commitment to creating "girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place" - their mission. What the BSA has is financial problems after losing hundreds of thousands of members in recent years having invited gay members. The BSA's plans are effectively a hostile takeover bid of a weaker organization, led by women.
One womans story.
★★★★ The Opioid crisis is fueled by drug industry and Congress! Joe Rannazzisi head DEA investigator was about to make arrests of our three largest Opioid distributers, when, with the help of house members PA Congressman Tom Marino & TN Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, introduced a bill effectively stripping the DEA of its most potent tool in fighting the spread of dangerous narcotics. The bill passed both houses without a vote! Oh, Congressman Marino, was nominated to be Donald Trump's new drug czar! Love Big Pharma don't you?
See 60 Minutes Video
★★★ And the Oscar for moral hypocrisy goes to ... Hollywood! Hollywood, the nuclear-fired power plant of virtue-signalling, where every good liberal cause comes with its own swag bag, and progressive posturing is a lifestyle honed to an art form, where greed wrestles daily with vanity. It's possibly the only place on Earth where Hypocrisy is occasionally ashamed of itself. For years Hollywood and its progressive mega-stars and mega-producers have done a mutual transplant with Washington Democrats. Politics and Celebrity have cohabitated to the advantage of both.
★★★★ NEWS FLASH TO MEDIA: Antifa Is COMMUNIST! No matter how many communist hammers & sickles or images of Marx, Mao, and other communists the violent Antifa radicals display, the Fake News media continue to present them as idealistic "anti-fascists." The Red Guards of Austin TX are just one Antifa group that proudly declares their communist lineage and written about here.... The Details
★★ President Trump from a British Perspective. Pipe down and go with Jeremy Clarkson on a tour of Trump's Britain..... Almost all my friends are bleeding-heart liberals. They weep when they see pictures of those poor Syrian children having their backs waxed to make them look younger. They host fundraising evenings to buy padded bras for people with transgender issues and they are utterly bewildered and devastated by the Brexit vote.
As only a Brit would put it.
★★★ This man is not a country singer. He is President Trumps behind the scenes secret weapon. Meet Brad Parscale in this 60 Minutes video deserving of our front page. The Trump presidential campaign spent most of its digital advertising budget on Facebook, testing more than 50,000 ad variations each day in an attempt to micro-target voters, Trump's digital director, Brad Parscale, told CBS's 60 Minutes ."Twitter is how [Trump] talked to the people, Facebook was going to be how he won,".
How he did it.
★★★ Our minds can be hijacked, say the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia* Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop's operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn't enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies.
The Reason's Why
★★★ Why do Americans own so many guns? Because they don't trust the protected elites to protect them. The webmaster here grew up with a .22 bolt action J.C. Higgins (Sears) bought by his dad when in 7th grade. It's been his only rifle until 2009, the year Obama took office. Prejudice towards an M14 the rifle of his days in the Army, he bought a Mini 14 and a couple pistols. He then applied for a cary permit using his Army discharge papers and he bought a couple pistols......
The Reason's Why
★★★ Hurricane Irma's Lawsuit Chasers As an Adolescent we called them ambulance chasers. My dad told me they were "shysters". What it boils down to is, those who pass the bar exam and can't get hired by a large firm or corporate America go into the suing profession. They operate under the guise of protecting the rights of individuals at a cost of 50 to 60% of any settlement. Wel, Hurricane Irma has brought then an unexpected windfall, which is not a play on words.
★★★ Gun Control is Still Not the Answer. In leu of events in Las Vegas here are Two Great Articles. One was published in the Washington Post no less. The other in the Wall Street Journal.
Both are here
Insipid, tasteless progressive hype surfaces after Vegas Shooting.
CBS legal executive said Vegas victims didn't deserve sympathy because country music fans "often are Republican" CBS has parted ways with Hayley Geftman-Gold, one of the company's top lawyers after she said she was "not even sympathetic" to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because "country music fans often are Republican," when discussing the Las Vegas mass shooting. More Here
Drexel University Prof Blames Las Vegas Shooting on 'Trumpism' and White Men. Drexel University is distancing itself from comments made online by Associate George Ciccariello-Maher when hetweeted just hours after the massacre "white people and men" will go on shooting sprees "when they don't get what they want." More Here
Vermont Newspaper ignites online furor with this offensive Las Vegas shooting cartoon. The Bennington Banner's syndicated cartoonist Randall Enos, included the legend "Whatever Happens In Vegas..." above a drawing of a haphazard pile of bodies, drawn in outline without features, scattered on the ground. The Vermont newspaper publisher has been excoriated on social media over this highly offensive and tasteless cartoon. More Here
★★★ The Welfare State's Legacy. Academics and the civil rights establishment have taught the problems of today's black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery. In fact the undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has. Add to that the fact Labor unions have a long history of discrimination against blacks too. Walter Williams explains all in his essay.
★★Taking a hard look at the Practices and Principles of Major Media.THE SMEAR, a new book by Sheryl Attkisson, shows how shady political operatives and fake news control what you see, what you think, and how you vote. One of the most prominent of these smear profiteers is David Brock who founding of Media Matters. Includes Video ........
★★★ Retired FBI Special Agent Blows the Whistle on the Real Robert MuellerShortly after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was announced as the special counsel for the Russia investigation, the screeching hordes of America's "always wrong about everything" punditry class cheered in near unison, lauding the man as some sort of second coming. This sort of thing should always be seen as a red flag, and thanks to an excellent article written by retired FBI special agent Coleen Rowley, everyone can now know exactly why.
★★★Sessions ends revenue stream for Obama's leftie Slush Funds. In the last 30 months before Donald Trump took office, the Justice Department had funneled about a billion dollars to outside third party groups. And who exactly received the money? Environmental groups, civil-rights groups, ACORN-type groups, even Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement which includes $2 Billion investment towards electric cars. And how about settlement for promiscuous members of congress. - The Story by Greg Corombos
★★Who's Divisive -- the President or the Players? Because the left dominates the news media, the entertainment media and academia, Americans are swimming -- actually, drowning -- in an ocean of lies.
By Dennis Prager The latest lie of the left is that, with regard to the conflict between the NFL and President Donald Trump, the president is the "divisive" party. All those lies, here are a few examples................
★★Healthcare is at a Fork in the Road - The Right Direction Should be Obvious. Now it is well known that the government sucks at running everything it runs, from the IRS to the VA to the post office. If the IRS can't keep track of its own important email files, I for one don't want them messing with my medical files. And if the recent VA scandals and corruption are any indication of how our government runs a nationalized medicine program, we should want none of it.
★★Amazon Takes Over the World. Four tech giants - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have added $2 trillion to their combined market capitalization since the 2007-09 recession, a sum that approaches the GDP of India. The concentrated wealth and power of these companies has alarmed many observers, who see their growth as a threat not just to consumers and other businesses but to American society itself. Today's fastest-growing sector in tech is cloud computing. The big players in the field, old and new tech: IBM , Microsoft , Google. The dominant player again is Amazon...
★★Regulatory Capture: The conversation of liberal "more regulation" vs conservative "less regulation" is a complete red herring. It matters not how much regulation there is if the people running the regulatory bodies are completely corrupted. Republicans assume corruption is the default, whereas Democrats assume the companies need more limitations so they're in favor of stronger regulations, without realizing the widespread existence of regulatory capture. Both are right in certain respects, but we should be looking at who is doing all this regulating? (Incl: broadcast & great graphic.)
You might be surprised.
★★★Higher Education folks Latest Taboo Is 'Bourgeois Norms'. An op-ed, praising 1950's values provokes another campus meltdown - from the deans on down. To the list of forbidden ideas on American college campuses, add "bourgeois norms" - hard work, self-discipline, marriage and respect for authority. Last month, two law professors published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for a revival of the "cultural script" that prevailed in the 1950's. The op-ed triggered an immediate uproar at the Ivy League's, University of Pennsylvania,
Give us a break.
★★A Confederacy of Dunces. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio goes hunting for 'hate' on New York City statuary and art property. What would you expect from ole Bill? In recent days Francis Scott Key, Joan of Arc and the Wall Street's Charging Bull joined a list of statuesque notables. The MTA was forced to embrace the full absurdity of the moment when it declared that a mosaic at a Times Square subway stop is not in fact a Confederate flag-but will be altered anyway because it too closely resembles one.
Again give us a break.
★★★A Former Democrat Rises in Trump Country. The Missouri governor, Eric Greitens, talks about his journey to the right, his fights with the unions, and his experience as a Navy SEAL and learining as a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Greitens has pursued an unexpectedly muscular conservative agenda, enacting free-market reforms and gleefully going toe-to-toe with unions. While the GOP in Washington seems bent on squandering its legislative and executive power, Mr. Greitens, 43, illustrates how Republicans in many states are intent on making the most of theirs.
Our kind of conserative.
★★Will North Korea attack the U.S.? And why does North Korea hate America? And what does Kim Jong-un want? The answers are complicated. And don't be fooled by his smiling face, whose aids dare not neglect to respond likewise. Also covered; What is the real potential of the "rocket Man's" nuclear rocketry. Article includes a Google Survey of Canadian Opinion.
The Rocket Man
★★Hillary's got FORTY-THREE reasons why she didn't win. No Joke? And in her own words, if you read her new book. Hillary Clinton's new book entitled "What Happened" has been officially released. If you are expecting the truth of "What Happened," in her mythical memoir, you will be left bereft. It bears no resemblance to the truth of what happened in her losing quest for the presidency. We know she has long had an aversion to the truth.
Here are 43 Reasons
★★★Give Texas what it needs. It has endured a disaster without precedent. Washington must move quickly, generously. There should be no "The relief bill must be offset by cuts in federal spending." There should be no larding it up or loading it down with extraneous measures. This is an emergency. This is no time to threaten government shutdowns. It's no time to be dilating on debt ceilings. This is the time to know as never before that everything that holds us together as a nation must be strengthened wherever possible, and whatever sinks us in rancor avoided and shunned.
Thoughts by Peggy Noonan
★★★Street Gang "Antifa" is pushing limits of Constitution. Antifa is like mercury, like quicksilver. It stands for anti-fascist. It has no headquarters, it has no agreed national leader. It has a sort of creed, and that is to "stand up" or "resist" whatever its participants see as the hard right, like the Nazis and KKK. But it is more than that, mostly functioning as a street gang. Antifa's "creed" is confrontation and street violence. We are not well-prepared for Antifa as our Constitution and our state laws, our traditions are not built for Antifa. They use thuggery at will. in the name of liberalism.
Buffalo News Editorial
★★Los Angeles lives up to the politics one might expect. The City Council has removed the Columbus Day holiday and in its place will be Indigenous Peoples Day! So will San Fransisco be next? And if Columbus was bad, what about Hernando deSoto, the badest bad ass of them all.
★★Steve Bannon's Revenge - The anti-Trump response seems bent on outdoing the president's excesses. On his way out [of the WhiteHouse] Mr. Bannon said something interesting. "The Democrats," he told Robert Kuttner, "the longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats."
★★★Ivy League Professors vs. 'The Tyranny of Public Opinion'. A few brave scholars urge students to think for themselves.... a hardy band of professors has joined together to commit a flagrant micro-aggression. Scholars from various academic disciplines have signed a declaration urging college students to declare their independence. Specifically, the participating scholars warn about "the vice of conformism" and offer to each student headed off to college advice that is both simple and clear: "Think for yourself."
The Good News is Here
★★★Globalist Strategy: Use Crazy Leftists And Provocateurs To Enrage/Demonize Conservatives.... Globalists do not carry any ideological love for any particular nation or culture. They are more than happy to sacrifice and sabotage a country if the action will gain them greater power or centralization in return. A globalist is only "Democrat" or "Republican," or American or Russian or Chinese or European, etc., insofar as the label gets them something that they want.
A Globalist's story
★★★Feds start talking about 'Black Sky' catastrophe. It's been called a matter of "when, not if." Some of the most powerful people in the world are meeting to discuss how the world will react to a "Black Sky" event, a large-scale catastrophe that would disrupt the functioning of critical national infrastructure such as power supplies and electrical grid.
Read the story
★★★Does Anybody Understand What These Never Trump Republicans Think They're Achieving? What's the end game for these preening, posturing doofuses who call themselves Republicans, but who can't pass a CNN camera without slamming their party's president? There is a lot of blue falconry going on in the GOP right now, and while it's pretty clear why, what's not so clear is what these fair weather frauds believe they're accomplishing.
The straight forward story is here by Kurt Schlichter
★★★The Clownish Commissars of the Culture. They hate Trump for the common sense they lack. Among the self-appointed commissars of the culture, the hatred for Trump assumes the dimensions of a psychiatric disorder. But like the Soviet commissars of old, they don't treat their own delusions. They instead rant and rant about the mental health of "dissenters," those deplorables who refuse to conform to the dogmas of the commissars.
★★★Trump's Tangle of Rhetorical Inadequacy. A gifted leader might make the case for building more statues rather than tearing down the ones we have. No one can express our sentiments more appropriately than Peggy Noonan.
Here is her OpEd.
★★★The death of reading is threatening the soul. I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a large degree, they have formed my professional and spiritual life. Books help define who I am. They have ushered me on a journey of faith, have introduced me to the wonders of science and the natural world, have informed me about...
Philip Yancy's story is here.
★★★Alt-Right, Alt-Left, Antifa: A Glossary of Extremist Language as defined by the NY Times. These phrases are part of a broad lexicon of far-right terminology that has become important to understanding American politics during the Trump administration. Many of these terms have their roots in movements that are racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist - Yikes.
The Story & Video are here.
★★★Charlottesville Is Biggest 'Fake News' Story of Summer.
Russia has been removed from the spotlight. In its place the media and the political left have turned this incident into the latest and biggest fake news story of the summer, transforming its real lessons into a morality play that justifies war against the political right, and against white people generally. The organizers of the "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville were repellent racists.
The Story by David Horowitz
★★Muslim Mafia joins war on Confederate Memorials.
Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR urges all governments to remove any symbols of Civil War South. CAIR, an Islamic organization founded in Washington, by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, is entering the controversy over Confederate monuments, urging all state and local governments to remove any symbols of the Civil War South. The story includes links to listing of endangered monuments and SRQPATS member's own Blog on the subject.
★★★A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year's DNC Hack.
Former NSA experts say it wasn't a hack at all, but a leak-an inside job by someone with access to the DNC's system. Forensic investigators, prominent among them people with decades' experience at high levels in our national-security institutions, have put a body of evidence on a table previously left empty. The story is by no less, Progressive author Patrick Lawrence! [TheNation]
★Freedom of Speech Is Not Enough.
Colleges should also teach students how to debate respectfully. North Carolina last week became the latest state to enact a law protecting free speech on college campuses. The Restore Campus Free Speech Act requires schools to discipline students and faculty who substantially disrupt or interfere "with the protected free expression rights of others."...After I invited conservative commentator John Derbyshire in 2016 to speak about race and national identity, one student angrily told me that.... and Mr. Derbyshire wouldn't make it through the door in one piece.
★Intolerant Democrats Devour Their Own.
Recently one of their own, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, announced while standing next to President Trump at a boisterous rally that he was switching to the Republican Party. So while the press has focused on the difficulties of Mr. Trump's first 200 days, the Democratic Party-out of power and far weaker than it has been in a century-faces its own set of life-threatening challenges. If Democrats were wise, they would stop obsessing about the president and instead focus on what their party must do to appeal to Middle America. Says Karl Rove, His Opinion
★Liberals gather in Atlanta to plot Trump resistance strategy.
Their focus is now squarely on beating back the president. Netroots Nation, the activist left's largest annual gathering, arrives in Atlanta with its clearest focus in years: how to resist President Donald Trump. Al Gore will speak along with Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Keith Ellison. It's a showcase for labor and civil rights movements. The AFT, The ACLU, Muslim activists and more will be in attendance. A line from the Orig. Star Wars comes to mind; "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Their Agenda
★Early feminists were opposed to abortion. The early feminists made a powerful statement by opposing abortion in the 1800's. At the time, abortion was safer than childbearing and single motherhood was nearly impossible due to women's forced dependency on men for income. Nonetheless, suffragists, staunchly condemned the procedure. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, a graduate of what is now Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, became the first American woman to earn a medical degree. She vehemently abhorred abortion,,
★★★Suddenly US Foreign Relations Remembers The Bahamas. NOW that the Republicans are back in power they have suddenly awakened to the fact that our sphere of influence is quietly being infiltrated by Beijing and our influence in Caribbean Basin is slowly slipping away. The US Embassy has been well represented by its Chargé d'Affaires, but the Bahamas has not had a resident US Ambassador since 2011. Now suddenly Florida Senator Marco Rubio, chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee, realizes that the Chinese made a $2.1 billion proposal for fishing rights
50 Mi. Away.
★Campus Declarations of War on Free Speech. The threat to free speech in the United States is by no means restricted to colleges and universities, but they have become breeding grounds, training camps, and launching pads in the campaign to curtail liberty of thought and discussion. It is on our campuses where the battle for free speech will be won or lost... Administrators and faculty have conspired to produce an intellectual environment hostile to free speech. The educational authorities teach students to demand trigger warnings for potentially disturbing subject matter...
Schools open soon
★First, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, is dismissed, the church's chief doctrinal watchdog... Then a Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Conserative U.S. Catholics. The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump's chief strategist, as a "supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics" that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims...." The story . While we wait for Pope Francis to "Speak for Venezuela" with its despot leader. That story is here.
★Some sort of strike is likely unavoidable unless China agrees to regime change in Pyongyang. North Korea recently test-launched its first ballistic missile potentially capable of hitting Mid America, thereby proved the failure of 25 years of U.S. nonproliferation policy. A single-minded rogue state can pocket diplomatic concessions and withstand sustained economic sanctions to build deliverable nuclear weapons. It is past time for Washington to bury its ineffective "carrots and sticks" approach. America's policy makers, especially those who still support the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, should take careful note and
★Trump can change a rule that exempts Members of Congress & the Judiciary from Obamacare and its replacement. In a Tweet - "If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?" Mr. Trump is alluding to a dispensation from ObamaCare for Members of Congress and their staff. This means Members and their staff would no longer enjoy coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which subsidizes up to 75% of the cost of a plan.
Others Agree too.
★Remember the Maine - 's two senators Who Let the Country Down. When it comes to providing affordable health care to the people of Maine, Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are worse than out of touch - they are downright dangerous. After Maine expanded Medicaid to childless adults in 2002 under then-Gov. King (left a $1 billion structural budget gap for the next governor to deal with), the program nearly bankrupted our state. But now Ms. Collins and Mr. King are pushing to do it again.
Read what Maine's Governor, Raul R. LePage has to say.
★John McCain seemed poised to be the savior of the GOP. Instead he turned out to be the executioner.
The longtime Arizona senator stunned pretty much everyone Friday by turning on his party and his president and joining two other GOP senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski in voting "no" on the Republicans' final effort to repeal "Obamacare. Why the reversal? Was he getting even for remarks made by Donald Trump early in the campaign. A better understanding of the man might help.
Some thoughts on McCain, some of his own.
★SESSIONS LESSIONS: Charles Krauthammer says it best. "Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him out. Donald Trump is penetrable, hourly. "Never more so than during his ongoing war on his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has engaged in a series of deliberate public humiliations.
Day by day, he taunts Sessions, attacking him for everything from......
" Mr. Krauthammers OpEd is here.
★Democrat Leadership is Involved in a Massive Criminal Cover-Up - Mainstream Media Silent. Former Democrat National Committee chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her former IT team has long been under suspicion for a series of very serious crimes. However, Schultz ran interference for her IT team for months and even fought to keep investigators from gathering evidence of their crimes. Imran Awan, the man who Schultz worked so hard to protect made one too many mistakes and was caught attempting to flee the country...... An intriguing story with video.
★Why Must Trump Do the Right Things the Wrong Way? The president's announcement on not allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military is the latest example of how he sabotages his own policies Take, for example, the first version of his so-called travel ban. While I agreed with the fundamental policy goals - a slight moderation on refugee admissions, general re-evaluation of security-screening procedures, and a pause on entries from specific jihadist nations.... As Davis French sees it.
What Does China Want From The Bahamas? At its closest point the Bahamas (Bimini) are only 50 miles from Florida! The Abaco Island group, where the Chinese are building a port is 180 miles. As one might be aware, the recent Chinese expansion of the Panama Canal, has opened the door to their expansion and "investment opportunities" in the lower Caribbean while working their way up to our door steps. This is not unlike their expansion in the South China Sea. You'll never read about it, except in our exclusive here
What a Weird, Wired World It Was. There used to be a cord. Bulky. Corkscrew-shaped. Tied to the machine that was hanging on the wall. There were holes in the receiver, wires inside.....There were roads with poles along them that carried these voices via wires to my friend across town and relatives across the country. remember as a teen talking to girls and first boyfriends. "He likes you." "Did you hear" "Oh my god." This was before acronyms and liquid crystal displays, ambient light sensors and touch-screens. There was only sound. Two Telephone Tales
★Liberals can't deal with a President who takes America's side. "Sansour symbolizes much of why liberalism is a total failure, rejected by all who are decent and normal". Leftists, especially liberal feminists, drool over her hatred of normal women who don't buy into her ideology. She is the perfect heroine for a progressive movement. The Story
As a counter you might want watch a short video from Pragar U. by Tammy Bruce, formally on the board of the National Organization for Women. She speaks to the fundamentals.
The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming! Freaked out Dems see collusion everywhere. "They wake up hysterical every day saying the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming, collusion everywhere, Americans are under attack, our way of life is coming to an end and Chicken Little and the sky are falling". Yet their hysteria has nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with their hatred for President Trump. A got to see Definitive Video
When Ted Kennedy's Russian Pal Wanted to Kill the Pope. The document, carried as, "Special Importance," read: "Regarding Senator Kennedy's request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Y. V. Andropov that he was "very troubled" by U.S.-Soviet relations", which Kennedy attributed to President Reagan's "belligerence and stubbornness, According to Kennedy, reported Chebrikov, "the current threat is due to the President's refusal to engage any modification to his politics." The story
★To the Conservative Right, Putin is no Archvillain. Mr. Putin is no arch-villain in his understanding of America-Russian relations. Rather, he personifies many of the qualities and attitudes that conservatives have desired in a president: a respect for traditional Christian values, and a swelling nationalist pride. In this view, the Russian president is a brilliant tactician, a slayer of murderous Islamic extremists - and not incidentally, a leader who outmaneuvered and emasculated President Barack Obama on the world stage. The rest of the story
Transgender Men in Women's Showers Must Get 'Dignity and Respect,' Says U.S. Army Female soldiers must show "dignity and respect" to transsexual men who join them in their shared showers, according to training manuals leaked by soldiers in a mandatory class.
Female soldiers in showers are supposed to ignore visible biology and act as as if nothing has happened when some male shares the shower room with them. They will not even be allowed to cover themselves because it could signal a lack of "respect". The story
Seems college kids of today, -----> millinials, or emotional over sensitive "snowflakes", as they have become to be known, have, when objecting to an idea especially in politics have vehemently raised a ruckus. This includes driving an objectionable guest lecturer off campus to protests and riots. They affect the attitude of a spoiled adolescent and can not tolerate criticism or even dialogue on their objection. British/American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant Simon Sinek has his take on this trend.
★The Obama administration and the 2016 primary season, once again created a rush to the left.
Identity politics, class warfare and big government make comebacks. Candidates inspired by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a host of well-funded groups have embraced sharply leftist ideas. Bigger government handouts won't win working-class voters back. It's the fallacy of the left, believing that voters just need to be shown how much they are getting in gov't benefits. In reality, these voters see themselves as being penalized for maintaining the values of hard work...OPINION
1) Headline:Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. from Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. As the F.B.I. investigated Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign, James B. Comey tried to keep the bureau out of politics but plunged it into the center of a bitter election. This supposedly the NYTimes' official record. The OpEd is here.
2) Headline:Trump Drops the Hammer on Comey. The following exposé was originally posted on authors facebook page and the new social media platform "steemit" and numerous other sources all rated excellent despite little is know of its author, Lisa Frank. You be the Judge. Her exposé is here
★Its new guard veers even further left against liberal values and toward progressive politics.
The ACLU was once a nonpartisan organization focused on liberty and equality before the law. In recent years it has chosen its battles with an increasingly left-wing sensibility. In doing so, it has become considerably more equivocal and sometimes even hostile toward core civil liberties concerns of free speech and due process. Who could say it better than Wendy Kaminer and Alan Dershowitz. You'll find their OpEd here.
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Nobody has a "right" to serve in the Military. Nobody.
What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.
The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.
Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn?
Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can't run the required course in the required time? Can't do the required number of pushups? Not really a "morning person" and refuse to get out of bed before noon?
All can be reasons for denial.
The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.
Did someone just scream "That isn't Fair"? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful. YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.
I say again: You don't change the Military... you must change yourself.
The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars. If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality... Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors. Who's next in line?
Ken Huber, Tawas City, Mi
Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?
Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black dislikes whites, it's their First Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and the Socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against a General Lee statue you're a terrorist but if you burned an American flag or Donald Trump in effigy it was your First Amendment right.
You can have pornography on TV or the Internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called justice involved; we can use a human fetus for medical research but it's wrong to use an animal.
We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of handouts; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.
And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their re-election campaign.
What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Ken Huber, the author of the editorial, has a lengthy background in local government. He was city manager of a number of municipalities in Michigan from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2006, according to PressPubs.com.
An analogy of nature and it's application to politicians.
You start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a ladder under the banana.
Before long a monkey will go to the ladder and climb toward the banana.
Then you then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.
After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the ladder, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.
Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the ladder. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the ladder he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with another new monkey. The newcomer goes to the ladder and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment - with enthusiasm - because he is now part of the "team."
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth and fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the ladder, he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the ladder. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the Banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!
This is how our congress operates, and this is why from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear".
--Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC
Members of Congress, Get Out of Town "Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good govern-ment. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would, like Esau, sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? That be an excerpt from Oliver Cromwell's 1653 speech, in which he described lawmakers as having "contempt of all virtue"..... The whole story