Saturday, June 24, 2017

What is the new way to be clever and virtuous?

I was only able to listen to 41 minutes of this Mark Steyn interview with author Douglas Murray, but I enjoyed it, and I plan to finish it ASAP.

Politicians in Europe are totally changing the societies they are supposed to be looking after!

Murray says Europe suffers from thought diseases. "It's about us! It is about Islam, but it could have been anything that is assertive." Europeans need to "shake off the guilt!" No one predicted any of this. No one asked any of the serious questions.

Europeans are indulging in masochism. "The great problem for masochists is what happens when they meet a real sadist! We are meeting our sadists. You're in the bondage section, and you suddenly realize there is no safe word!"

"On the minus side, we've got a bit more gang rape and beheading than we used to have, but on the plus side, we've got a wider range of cuisine!"

The way millennials are persuaded to look at the world, everything is about "I'm great, you're Hitler! I'm good, you're evil. Hear me roar!"

What happens when two things thought to be virtues are in competition? Take mercy and justice. In the search to be merciful, we've grown up on the idea that there should not be any justice for the people of Europe. You've inherited something that is not being passed on. You've destroyed the whole thing for your short-term misunderstanding gains.

Traditions? Our students are taught mainly how to war on traditions. That is the new way to be clever and virtuous.

American youth do not think free speech matters.

Once you recognize there is a hole inside you, you don't necessarily turn back to what you've lost!

Democrats now the party of the rich and those who take care of them, and nobody in between?

What would Tucker Carlson have to talk about if there were no Democrats? Elizabeth Warren talks about political differences as moral crimes. Hillary Clinton says Republicans are the "party of death."

Tammy Bruce points out that the Left is all about getting and maintaining power. In the 20th century, three regimes killed 70 million people who opposed them: the Soviet Union, Communist China, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The Left has been funding groups like #Black Lives Matter, setting the stage for violence.

Congress wants to call Loretta Lynch to testify again. In July 2016 she declined to answer questions about the Hillary Clinton email case more than 70 times. This time Congress wants to know if she blocked the FBI investigation.

John Moore has written an article in PJ Media about the catastrophic effects of an EMP attack. That would occur if there were a nuclear explosion above our atmosphere that would destroy our electrical grids. It would take civilization back to the 1800s. We have not stockpiled electric power, water, or gasoline, so we are not protected!

Seattle passed a $25 dollar gun tax in 2015. Murders have doubled since then. Shootings are way up. A guest says it is because of two criminal gangs operating there. Gun sellers fled to the suburbs, and the city is less safe.

Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Eric Holder memo to soften sentencing of persons convicted of drug crimes.

An obstetrician from Illinois talked about a law there that would require him to provide clients with a list of nearby abortion providers. He says as an obstetrician he has two clients, the mom and the baby. The law would require him to have one of his clients executed, and the other to be mortally wounded with regret for the rest of her life.

Hasbro no longer sells toys for boys and girls.

Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 50 women, is going to be offering free seminars beginning next month on how to avoid sexual assault charges!

Tucker concludes by saying that the Democratic Party is now for the rich and those who take care of them, and nobody in between!

'The Clintons are the acid reflux of the Democratic Party," Using speech to hide truth, the Hollywood left's assassination fetish, why North Korea did not keep Dennis Rodman.

Greg Gutfeld says the Clintons are the acid reflux of the Democratic Party. Hillary may lose her security clearance. Greg points out how Democrats use speech to hide the truth. Investigation? No, "matter." Terror? No, "man-caused disaster'" or "workplace violence."

Considerable discussion about Johnny Depp's remarks that "maybe it's time" for an actor to assassinate a president again. Greg pointed out that if Depp really wanted to say something dangerous in Hollywood, he could say something good about Trump! Kimberley points out that Depp does have a history of domestic violence, including throwing his phone at his wife. His threat should be taken seriously.

Dennis Rodman also got a lot of air time on last night's program. Greg wondered aloud why North Korea didn't keep him. Probably because it wouldn't have been possible to put him in a coma. Get it? You have to have a brain to be put in a coma.

Jesse Watters gets under Jesse Ventura's skin. That will be on tonight's Watter's World.

"the FBI has failed to cooperate with congressional investigators seeking documents."

Paul Sperry reports at the New York Post
...The Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether the FBI has wrongly relied on the anti-Trump dossier and its author, Christopher Steele — the old spy who was hired by Fusion GPS to build a Russia file on Trump — to aid its ongoing espionage investigation into the Trump campaign and its possible ties to Moscow.

The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democrat activist wife. Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele.

Like Fusion GPS, the FBI has failed to cooperate with congressional investigators seeking documents.

"The Secret Service should take this seriously"

Ace writes about actor Johnny Depp's threats to assassinate our president. Some excerpts:
The name "Johnny Depp" is synonymous for "late in age one-note formerly famous person who is broke and is now making even more awful movies than he used to.

So now he's musing about the last time an actor killed a president, and wondering if it isn't time for another one to do the same.

The Secret Service should take this seriously -- Johnny Depp has been alleged to have a history of violence, though usually against women even smaller than himself.

...Depp accidentally severed the tip of his finger when raging about his suspicions that Heard was having an affair with much-more-manly actor Billy Bob Thornton. So he "dipped the stump" into blue ink and wrote "Billy Bob" and "Easy Amber" on a mirror.

Which isn't crazy or worrying at all, and the Secret Service should definitely not take a long look at this "volatile," drunk, financially distressed asshole.

We have nothing to fear from broken drunks with Nothing Left to Lose.
Read more here.

"mule-headed willful stupidity"

Ace has a piece up about the media being wrong again and again. Some excerpts:
Don Surber coincidentally has a piece demonstrating that they're literally always wrong about everything, noting that they have learned absolutely nothing since November.

That's not just laziness. Even a lazy person learns by osmosis.

To actively reject all information is a purposeful exertion. They're remaining proudly ignorant as a demonstration of mule-headed willful stupidity.

"Run in the opposite direction!"

Matthew Continetti writes at The Washington Free Beacon about media getting it wrong. Some excerpts,
Conjectures and guesswork continue to dog Trump in the form of "the Russia thing," the belief that the president, his "satellites," or his campaign worked with the Russians to influence the election in his favor. Months after the FBI opened its investigation into whether such collusion occurred, no evidence has been found. The charge itself is based on an unverified and gossipy and over-the-top memo prepared by a former British spy for Democrats.

Compounded by Trump's own mistakes, the Russia story has now traveled so far afield from the original suspicions that we in Washington are no longer all that interested in the underlying charges. What concerns us instead is the possible obstruction of justice in the investigation of a crime that seems not to have taken place. And yet Russia continues to dominate the headlines, command the attention of pundits, generate rumor and insinuations from people who ought to know better.

...So much more fun to pretend to be in the know, to assert with absolute confidence one's theory about the world, proclaim one's virtue, despite all evidence to the contrary.

"Like a bearded nut in robes on the sidewalk proclaiming the end of the world is near, the media is just doing what makes it feel good, not reporting hard facts," Michael Crichton once said. "We need to start seeing the media as a bearded nut on the sidewalk, shouting out false fears. It's not sensible to listen to it."

...But please, please, please be wary of the supposedly nonpartisan and objective experts who have looked at the DATA and determined which course history will take. In fact, be more than wary. Run in the opposite direction.
Read more here.

How public faith in our institutions collapses

At The Federalist, Ben Domenech writes about our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Here are some excerpts.
These institutions are as dysfunctional as all the others, with their own internal politics, defects, aspiring people, and conflicting forces that often cross the lines of law and ethics in pursuit of their goals. Not losing faith in them at that juncture is a difficult thing indeed.

...There’s no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind. Consider the number of accidents of circumstance you would have to believe were going on here to not have the shooter doing what seems obvious from every piece of evidence we have: researching and planning for an attack on Republicans of some kind, particularly looking for an opportunity when security will be low and vulnerability will be high. This was an attack, not an “anger management” problem.

Step back, though, and think on the institutional conclusions here. Considering how ludicrous the FBI’s conclusions are as it relates to an attack on the third-ranking member of the House of Representatives, you might reconsider whether to trust the FBI’s conclusions in other areas, as well. And this is how our faith in institutions is degraded: steadily, gradually, with incident after incident where men in suits stand in front of microphones and make claims we know are not the whole truth.

At Ace of Spades, CDR M adds,
If CIA contractors are willing to hack vending machines, what else do you think they're willing to do with capabilities they have access to in their official capacity? No one has really been punished at the IRS for their political shenanigans and the DOJ obviously interfered with the Hillary private server investigation. Until big name folks are held accountable for their violations, public faith in these institutions will continue to crater.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The problems with Islam, Leftists hate racism almost as much as they hate Jews! Is someone trying to prepare us for a post-human world?

Here are the last two Andrew Klavan Shows (Wednesday and Thursday). Here are some of the ideas I thought were highlights. You will just have to listen to both to find out which one I am remembering!

The problems with Islam boil down to two, in Andrew's estimation. One, the words in the Koran are supposedly written by God (Allah), so change will not be easily forthcoming. And secondly, the Islam is a state religion. Jesus told us never to have a theocracy ("My kingdom is not of this world!") During the time of Constantine, Christianity had become very popular, so Constantine made it the state religion. that did not work out well. Saudia Arabia is planning to modernize under their new Crown Prince, but Islam will still be the state religion.

Andrew played a clip of a recent interview Sean Hannity conducted with Camille Paglia. Though she is and intends to remain a Democrat, she is very critical of the Democratic Party and the press. Democrats nowadays believe in nothing but fantasy, words, hallucinations, and Hollywood. Then she asks, what has happened to journalism? "My party has destroyed journalism. Journalists have turned themselves over to their childish fraternity and buffoonish behavior! It will take decades to recover! Camille is a professor of media studies, as well as being a professor of humanities.

Ted Cruz is trying to help get a good healthcare bill. Although Trump treated him badly in the primaries, he praises many things Trump has done, especially the appointment of Gorsuch and a conservative Cabinet. Trump, too, has been a better person in office than he was as a candidate. Let him learn! Give him a chance!

Every summer the blockbuster movies are either Marvel or DC Comicbook characters. When do we put aside childish things? Are we being prepared for a post-human world? Must you insist that I lie when you tell me you are a woman but your DNA says you are a man?

Andrew notices that Leftists hate racism almost as much as they hate Jews! Leftists hate racism almost as much as they hate Jews


"There might be tapes," Nancy Pelosi is not going to go silently into the night, the big issue with healthcare is cost

Laura Ingraham loves how Trump outfoxed Comey by saying, "There might be tapes."

Was Mother Theresa right when she said, "Americans have too many things?" Do we all need to set aside quiet time every day for prayer and meditation?

A judge stopped the deportation of some Iraqi Christians.

Nancy Pelosi, "I'm an ardent Catholic," is not going to go silently into the night. The Dems don't have enough votes to get rid of her as party leader. She is very good at fundraising, and what is more important to politicians? Trump is having fun saying, "let her stay!" He also wants "Cryin Chuck" Schumer to stay.

We the people want good jobs, rule of law, secure borders, the pursuit of happiness!

Senators Ron Johnson of Wis., Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul are holding back on endorsing the health care "reform and replace." Laura had as a guest a Cardiologist who writes for Lifezette. He says the big issue is with cost. If you own stock in health insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, or hospitals, then you are happy with this bill. It is just one indication of how corrupt our government has become.

Obamacare did absolutely nothing to address the cost of healthcare, and neither does this repeal and replace bill.

Larry Sabato was Laura's last guest. He notes that at age 77 Nancy Pelosi is actually middle age when comparing her with her peers in Congress! He also notes that between the time when they are elected and being sworn in, Congress people have already had to do lots of fundraisers!

Sabato also thinks there will be a third party candidate who will be a force in 2020.

"She led with a controversial, hard-to-defend statement, and then, when pressed, retreated to a safe, no-sane-person-can-be-against-this platitude. And then pretended the two are the same."

Oregon Muse reports at Ace of Spades,
I Never Knew This Had A Name
—OregonMuse

Feminist: All men are rapists.

OregonMuse: What, are you high? You know that's complete bullshit.

Feminist: No, it's not, it's why we need feminism -- to smash the patriarchy.

OregonMuse: Feminism is bullshit.

Feminist: You're obviously a h8r. "Feminism is the radical proposition that women are people, too." How could you be against that?

-----

Do you see what the feminist did there? She led with a controversial, hard-to-defend statement, and then, when pressed, retreated to a safe, no-sane-person-can-be-against-this platitude. And then pretended the two are the same. I've seen this in one form or another for years and it's just infuriating. But I never knew until about an hour ago that it has a name.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold, the Motte and Bailey trick:


Motte and Bailey (MAB) is a combination of bait-and-switch and equivocation in which someone switches at will between a "motte" (an easy-to-defend and often common-sense statement, such as "culture shapes our experiences") and a "bailey" (a hard-to-defend and more controversial statement, such as "cultural knowledge is just as valid as scientific knowledge") in order to defend their viewpoint. Someone will "support" the easy-to-defend (motte) temporarily, to ward off critics, but does not actually believe what they're saying. The "difficult" (bailey) version always remains the desired belief, but is never actually defended. For all intents and purposes, the MAB'er is defending a "ghost" belief.
So MAB is a specie of the genus "bait and switch."

"a politically motivated exercise in weaponized government."

Ace of Spades reports,
Court Dismisses 14 of 15 Charges in the Persecution of Those Who Exposed the Trade in Organs of Aborted Babies
—Ace

When you charge someone with 15 counts, and 14 of them are so obviously without merit a judge dismisses them pre-trial, it shows the prosecution to be a politically motivated exercise in weaponized government.
Read more here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Kill, Rape, Control"

Edwin Mora writes at Breitbart about how sanctuary cities block ICE from deporting members of the MS13 gang back to El Salvador after they commit violent crimes in the US.
Currently, there are “more than” 10,000 MS-13 gang members — accused of extortion, murder, and rape, among other crimes — operating in “at least” 46 states and the nation’s capital, according to the federal government.

“The MS-13 threat is everywhere in the U.S.,” warned Kenneth Blanco, the acting assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ), while testifying alongside Albence.

Asked by Sen. Kennedy, “I want to make sure I understand. These are evil people…If they’re arrested and they’re in a local jail, there are some cities in the United States that would prevent you from coming in and talking to them, interviewing them?”

“Correct,” responded ICE’s Albence.

The gang’s motto is known as “kill, rape, control.”

MS-13, primarily based in El Salvador, has taken advantage of the flow of illegal immigrants in the last few years, particularly unaccompanied alien children (UACs), to bolster their ranks within the United States.

UACs refer to illegal aliens under the age of 18.
Read more here.

Liberal boycotts backfire

Don Surber writes,
On Wednesday night, President Trump held a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

CNN and MSNBC boycotted the news.

Only Fox News carried it live.

Guess who viewers watched.

From TV Newser, the results:
8 PM Fox News 3,298,000, CNN 821,000, MSNBC 1,534,000
9 PM Fox News 3,362,000, CNN 963,000, MSNBC 2,337,000
For two hours, it was like the old days, with Fox News gathering as many eyeballs as CNN and MSNBC combined.

Oh, and in the demo -- those 25-54 -- Fox News was No. 1 in both hours.

What have I been saying? From Chick-Fil-A to Ivanka, liberal boycotts backfire.

Conservative boycotts hurt. Ask the Susan Komen breast cancer foundation. Revenues down 40 percent since conservatives discovered six years ago it helped fund Planned Parenthood.

Federal government lawyer getting paid six figures to fight against the elected president's policies

J. Christian Adams knows the Justice Department. Today he reports at PJ Media about one DoJ lawyer who is doing his best to thwart President Trump on voter I.D. laws. Here are some excerpts:
we have a total of five pieces of confidential information leaked by a lawyer on the Texas voter ID case at the Justice Department.

That’s five pieces of confidential information that a Justice Department attorney revealed to Pro Publica, or to a third party who revealed it to Pro Publica.

That’s five different reasons for that attorney to be disbarred.

It’s also five different reasons for Trump administration officials to take action against the leaker.

The DOJ ethics office must open an ethics investigation and put the possible leaker under oath, and then report the leaker for disbarment.

Remember, the State of Texas itself was also an intended target of these leaks. The leaks were designed to undermine the Trump administration's new approach towards the Texas voter ID law and similar laws in other states.

It was designed to hamper and scare Trump administration officials away from action.

Leaks from the swamp designed to sabotage the president will either be taken seriously, or they will not. If they are not, there will be more leaks. If there are consequences, like even a single termination or disbarment, they will stop.


Avner Shapiro
For years, Shapiro’s wife Julie Fernandes has worked for the Soros Open Society Foundations as the advocacy director for voting rights. Remember, the Open Society Foundations funds Pro Publica. Meanwhile, Shapiro’s federal lawyer salary is in excess of $155,000 per year.


Avner Shapiro salary in 2015. It is higher now.
The Obama administration reflexively opposed voter ID laws despite the fact they are supported by the vast majority of Americans, including racial minorities. Trump made voter ID an issue in the 2016 election, and Trump won.

That’s what Justice Department lawyer Avner Shaprio cannot stand.

The Pro Publica article spins the golden-oldie from a decade ago that the civil rights lawyers at DOJ making $150,000 or more per year are uncomfortable and unsettled about the future because a Republican is in the White House:

All of the internal changes at the DOJ have left attorneys and staff with “ a great deal of fear and uncertainty,” said [Bill] Yeomans. While he says the lawyers there would like to stay at the department, they fear Sessions’ priorities will have devastating impact on their work.
Meow.

Memo to Bill Yeomans: Nobody cares except your close pals. In fact, stories about left-wing federal employees making 160 large living with "fear and uncertainty" delight the people who elected the president.

It’s what they expected with their vote. They paid for the ticket to the demolition derby, now the voters want to see the carnage and steaming radiators.

Everybody knows that virtually no work is taking place inside the Voting Section at DOJ, and hasn't for years. Most of the lawyers in the country would trade places in a heartbeat with the woe-is-me $160,000-a-year lawyers leaking to Bill Yeomans and Pro Publica.

Some will bristle at the notion of hauling a lawyer suspected of leaking to Pro Publica before the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), putting the lawyer under oath, and asking about leaking to Bill Yeomans, Jessica Huseman, or Annie Waldman. These would be the the sorts of insiders who flinch from any controversy. Good luck, because the Civil Rights Division is a cauldron of controversy. That won’t change.

Caution isn’t what got these officials a job, anyhow. This president won the White House because he was a disruptor. Perhaps more importantly, Americans supporting the president expect the swamp to be drained. People who put Trump in the White House expect disruption, not caution. People working for the president in federal agencies should let that soak in a bit.

When the swamp leaks and sabotages the president, everyone working for the president has an obligation to enforce the rules and follow the law.

Thankfully, if nobody has the will to do what the president promised, the public can make their own complaints about these leaks to OPR.

Let’s see if the head of OPR, Robin Ashton -- a well-known Democratic loyalist, incidentally -- takes seriously the fact that Voting Section lawyers are unethically leaking to sabotage the president.

Let’s also watch to see if immediate supervisors inside the Voting Section also take the leaks seriously and act.

If not, we can add a few more names to the list of the swamp creatures to drain out shortly.
Read more here.

“We’re coming to get every g**amn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter. Huh? Or your wife. Or even you.”

Paula Bolyard reports at PJ Media,
Let members of Congress concealed carry. NOW.

Via the Columbus Dispatch:

A voice mail that threatened U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers and his family landed a Westerville [Ohio] man in federal court Wednesday, charged with a crime that carries a 10-year prison term if he is convicted.
In the voice mail that authorities said was left with the Upper Arlington Republican’s Hilliard district office on Sunday, the caller mentioned the June 14 baseball practice during which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded or injured in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I’ve seen the prayer ya’ll were saying at the baseball diamond ... I think ya’ll better hit your knees and pray for the people that you’re screwin’ up their lives,” the message stated, according to a criminal complaint filed by Capitol Police in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

“We’re coming to get every g**amn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter. Huh? Or your wife. Or even you.”

E. Stanley Hoff, 68, is charged with threatening to “assault, kidnap, or murder a United States official.” He appeared in federal court wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt, jeans and sandals in addition to ankle and wrist chains. [Emphasis added]

According to the complaint, Hoff has left at least five threatening voice mails at Stivers' Hillyard office since February. The voice mails continued even after Capitol Police warned him to knock it off.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley told Chief Magistrate Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers that Hoff "is a significant danger to the community."

“We had to take it seriously, especially when he mentioned the baseball game,” Kelley said of the latest message.

Preston Deavers ordered Hoff held without bail.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R, Ky.) introduced a bill after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot at the Congressional baseball game last week that would "require reciprocity between the District of Columbia and other States and jurisdictions with respect to the ability of individuals to carry certain concealed firearms, and for other purposes." It currently has 40 co-sponsors in the House.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R, Ala.), a member of the Republican baseball team that was attacked on June 14, introduced legislation that would allow members of Congress carry concealed weapons anywhere in the U.S. except the Capitol or when in the presence of the president or vice president.

Democrats, of course, want a kinder and gentler approach to protecting themselves from enraged murderers. Cleveland.com reports:

A subcommittee where Niles-area Rep. Tim Ryan is top Democrat is about to consider a number of funding proposals to increase congressional security, said Ryan's spokesman Michael Zetts.
"Congressman Ryan is determined to give the Sergeant at Arms and Capitol Police the funding and tools they need to ensure there will never be another tragedy like the one we saw last week," Zetts said.

Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur said Capitol Police have the primary responsibility to protect visitors, Congress members, and staffers at the U.S. Capitol.

"I would prefer to leave the task of maintaining order to the professionals," she said.

When asked whether it would be a good idea for members of Congress to carry concealed weapons in Washington, D.C., Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge replied: "No. More guns are not the answer."

So their basic plan is to let the bad guys and a handful of Capitol Police have guns, while everyone else has to "shelter in place" and hope for the best. If you were getting the calls Stivers was getting threatening you and your family, would you be comfortable with that arrangement? It's unfair to ask these men and women to be essentially sitting ducks with no way to protect themselves. If they've passed a firearms course and have obtained their gun legally, they should be permitted to carry, even in that safe, gun-free utopia they call Washington, D.C.

"the left-wing campaign to portray the President as a Russian collaborator is being heard loud and clear in Illinois."

John Sexton reports at Hot Air,
Given the attack which took place in Alexandria last week, I’m sure the Secret Service is not taking threats like this lightly. An Illinois man named Joseph Lynn Pickett was indicted Wednesday for making assassination threats against President Trump on Facebook. From the Belleville News-Democrat:

“Before I die I want our president and Congress to sign a treaty to never side with Russia or any enemy of the United States of America! If one will then that person deserves to be shot,” his post read. “Guess what Trump? I’m waiting for the right time…and I KNOW your (sic) Putin’s (expletive)! The secret service now has a heads up as to my plan to assassinate Trump…let’s see if they act.”…

“Honestly am I really going to have to kill Trump before our fine Government (the jack-booted thugs they are) actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?” Pickett wrote. “I mean he sold our country to The Russians. He is a Benedict Arnold but hey the (expletive) is our President even though he needs a blade in his neck. And you dumb, asses who stick up for him…who’s gonna protect you when someone like me comes t (sic) take you out.”

The story adds that Pickett lost his job at Lowes about “six to eight months ago” after he allegedly made a threat against a co-worker. It’s not clear from the story what the threat was about or whether the timing had anything to do with the election. However, it was two former co-workers from Lowes who contacted the Secret Service about Pickett’s online threats.

Pickett is being held without bail until his trial. The Associated Press reports his public defender has not responded to questions so we haven’t heard another side of this story yet (if there is one). But one thing seems clear, the left-wing campaign to portray the President as a Russian collaborator is being heard loud and clear in Illinois.

30 Republican members of Congress have either been attacked or revealed that they were the victim of a death threat since the beginning of May.

At The Washington Free Beacon, Alex Griswold reports,
A total of 30 Republican members of Congress have either been attacked or revealed that they were the victim of a death threat since the beginning of May.

May 8: Wendi Wright, 35, was arrested after stalking Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.) and trying to run him off the road. After pulling over, Wright "began to scream and strike the windows on Kustoff's car and even reached inside the vehicle."

May 9: Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett needed heavy security at a town hall after receiving a series of death threats in May that police "deemed to be credible and real."

"This is how we're going to kill your wife," one message said. Others detailed how they would kill his children, and even his dog.

May 12: A town hall participant accosted North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, shoving fake dollar bills into his suit jacket. A Kramer supporter grabbed the same man by the neck. Both men were ejected by law enforcement, but neither were charged.

May 12: A Tucson, Ariz. school district employee was arrested by the FBI for sending several death threats to Arizona Rep. Martha McSally. The man threatened to shoot McSally and told her to "be careful" because her days "were numbered."

May 21: Florida Rep. Ted Yoho described his office getting vandalized by protesters. One female constituent left a voicemail on an office answering machine, promising, "Next time I see you, I'm going to beat your f**king ass."

June 14: Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and Reps. Steve Scalise (La.), Kevin Brady (Texas), Jack Bergman (Mich.), Mike Bishop (Mich.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Roger Williams (Texas), John Moolenaar (Mich.), Gary Palmer (Ala.), Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Barry Loudermilk (Ga.), Mark Walker (N.C.), Steve Pearce (N.M.), Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Trent Kelly (Miss.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), and Joe Barton (Texas) were attacked by a gunman during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot in the hip, and remains in the hospital. Four others were injured, including a staffer for Williams and two Capitol Police officers assigned to Scalise.

The same day, New York Rep. Claudia Tenney received an email reading, "One down, 216 to go."

June 17: Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner revealed that she had gotten five death threats in the weeks leading up to the Scalise shooting. Wagner said that protesters had been "vandalizing my home, showing up with masks and gravestones, and laying down on my driveway and drawing chalk outlines of dead bodies. Picketing my church at 8 and 10 o'clock Mass."

June 22: An Ohio man was arrested for leaving a voicemail threatening the life and family of Rep. Steve Stivers (Ohio).

"We're coming to get every goddamn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter. Huh? Or your wife. Or even you," the man said.

The same day, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz played a threatening voicemail he had received on "Fox & Friends."

"I suggest you prepare for the battle motherf**ker, and the apocalypse," the caller yelled. "Because we are going to hunt your ass down, wrap a rope around your neck, and hang you from a lamppost."

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"Revenge of the Swamp!"

Another jam-packed Laura Ingraham Show. Trump left D.C.'s sound and fury (signifying nothing) last night, and went to the heartland, where it all started! Laura thinks he should get out of D.C. at least a couple times a week. Not just for big rallies, but to have direct contact with Americans of all walks of life.

An historian compared Trump with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Il, which, a caller points out, if true, the historian would now be in jail doing hard labor!

Trump is criticized for joking that he does not want to put a poor person in charge of the economy. Roger Stone reminded us that Obama sent a social worker to do the deal with Iran!

How can we know when Trump did well? By the ferocity of the media response!

Stone points out that people like Zuckerberg and Bezos, when they cannot argue on the merits, fall back to censorship!

Stone refers to Comey, Mueller, and Rosenstein as the three amigos, who have worked together through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years. Where is the crime? There is no reason for a prosecutor if there is not a crime! Mueller met with Comey to prepare him for his Senate testimony, in which he admitted that he leaked in order to get a special counsel appointed! The Mueller investigation is the "Revenge of the Swamp!"

Establishment Republicans have been appointed to high positions. Elaine Chow is McConnell's wife. Dina Powell is a close friend of Valerie Jarret and Huma Abedin! Powell is now Deputy National Security Advisor!

Laura takes a close look at the Muslim girl in Virginia who was killed by an illegal immigrant from El Salvador with a baseball bat. The media is downplaying the fact that he was here illegally.

Mueller was head of the FBI when they investigated Fox News's James Rosen and his parents! Mueller also tried to coordinate with Lois Lerner in prosecuting conservative groups Lerner was targeting at the IRS.

Tom Fitton is a guest on today's program. Russia collusion? How about when Hillary was Secretary of State and her husband was paid huge sums of money for a speech, money which was deposited in Bill and Hillary's joint bank account.

Where was the FBI held accountable after 9-11? The circumstances of Mueller's appointment were corrupted by Comey's testimony.


Increase in collisions in states with legal recreational marijuana


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Who inflicted Obama on our nation?

Rowan Scarborough reports at The Washington Times,
As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.

The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.
Read more here.

The Venezuela of the midwest!

John Kass offers a suggestion for solving Illinois's financial problems. Let friendly neighboring states carve out the pieces they want to annex.

A few excerpts from the Kass Chicago Tribune Column:
Wisconsin can have Chicago and begin calling it "South Milwaukee."

Naturally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will fight this. He needs a job. And he'll most likely beg his friends at The New York Times and the Washington Post to write angry editorials to save him. And these will be full of concern for the republic and those dispossessed Midwestern salt-of-the-earth taxpaying Americans, as if.

Sadly, Wisconsin probably won't want Rahm, either. So to spare hurt feelings, I propose carving out 40 acres around the mayor's home so Rahm might be prince of his own country:

Rahmonia.
Read the whole thing here.

Quickly changing the subject

It didn't take long for the Zuckerberg, Soros, Bezos, Slim media to forget the Georgia voting. Now they are saying the mean GOP wants to hurt people on Medicaid with their top secret health care bill.

Have we lost one of our most important institutions?

At the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway analyzes the bizarre FBI report on the shooting of Congressional Republicans. Here is her final paragraph:
The FBI’s briefing appears so contrary to the facts as to be insulting. When a man with a history of hating Republicans cases a location, takes pictures, verifies the targets are Republicans before opening fire, has a list of Republican politicians in his pocket, and shoots and nearly kills Republicans, it’s hard to swallow the FBI’s contention that the shooting was “spontaneous” with “no target.” The agency should reconsider whether it wants to troll Americans about something this serious.
Read more here.

Politicized

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What is really happening in D.C.?

At The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance explains clearly and succinctly why not much is happening in Congress. It is a must read here.

Let's produce results!

The terrorist who stabbed a security guard in Flynt Michigan is from Canada. Where? Outside the security area of the local airport. Sound familiar?

A new Saudi Crown Prince has been named. He is friendly to President Trump and to Israel.

Seth Rich killed by a "hired killer?"

Greg P. writes at Twitchy,
Breaking news out of Washington, D.C. where The Profiling Project — an “all-volunteer group of current and former George Washington University forensic psychology graduate students and instructors” has just released a report on the murder of Seth Rich. Here’s the executive summary with the bombshell suggestion that a “hired killer” was possibly behind the crime:

What we found
– After a three-month review and investigation into the death of Seth Rich, The Profiling Project notes the following: 1. Seth’s death does not appear to be a random homicide 2. Seth’s death does not appear to be a robbery gone bad 3. Seth death was more likely committed by a hired killer or serial murderer 4. There may be additional video surveillance of the crime and crime scene 5. The resolution of prosecuting the individual(s) responsible appears to be hindered both actively and passively 6. Seth’s killer(s) most likely remains free within the community

Seth Rich was the DNC staffer who may have leaked to Wikileaks.
Read more here.

Feminists crying over the fact that a woman defeated a rich white guy in Georgia



hat tip The Maverick

God doesn't need you to lie!

Camile Paglia bemoans the fact that there is so little journalism anymore.

Trump is under constant assault. He's learning. He is a better person now than what he showed us on the campaign trail.

Let us not make the mistake of taking the strategy of the losers!

Andrew bemoans the fact that comics dominate our movies. Are they preparing us for a nonhuman world? Will we in the future have brain implants, transgender transplants? "You can have a perfect world or you can have a world with human beings in it. You can't have both!"

Is it better to be an honest non-believer or a dishonest believer? God doesn't need you to lie! You cannot get closer to the Truth through lies!

Time for the GOP Congress to produce

Democrats spent $30 million dollars on their losing effort in Georgia's Sixth District yesterday. Their candidate mouthed platitudes about how government needs to become more compassionate. He blamed his girlfriend for why he didn't live in the District he ran to represent.

Now it is Ryan and Mcconnell's turn to produce! Trump needs to barnstorm the country. Today he goes to Iowa to talk about the great deal he just reached with China, which has had a monopoly on beef, but Trump has now broken that monopoly and opened up the Chinese market to American ranchers.

Today Tillerson and Mattis are meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Washington DC.

Hothead Eric Holder wants to get in politics and shame us all about race.

Mike Lee and Mitch Mcconnell are not on the same page on health care.

What do we need? We need economic prosperity. We need a happy country. Wage increases!

What do we have in Congress? A lot of speech-givers!

Democrats have lost all special elections since the resistance began

Keep up the good work, CNN!

Why Ossoff lost

Wondering why Ossoff lost in Georgia despite oodles of cash financing his campaign? Ace suggests,
People are sick as hell of the riots, the bullying, the temper tantrums, and the constant caterwauling banshee-wailing from the Monster Babies, or the Garbage Babies as Iowahawk calls them.

They're sick of the constant agitation towards violence from the left, and the media's covering that up, at least, when it's not openly justifying it.

They're sick of the left making them second-class citizens and imposing that status through both vigilante violence as well as the official actions of the corrupt and weaponized state.

They're sick of the institutions of what used to be called "America" issuing get-out-of-jail-free cards to those who threaten American citizens, thereby giving the left a hunting license to kill people on the right.

They're sick of Fake News CNN, where an anchor, shortly after a Black Lives Matter assassin shot a bunch of cops in Dallas, praised that leftwing assassin as "courageous and brave." (Skip to 2:04.)

In short, they're starting to realize the left has declared solemn war on them, and they're waking up to that awful reality, and the inescapable consequences of it.
Read more here.

"Deciding what speech is permissible and what speech isn't"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suicidal migration policies of Europe

Douglas Murray writes in theWall Street Journal,
From the 2000s legal and illegal immigration picked up. Boats regularly set out from Turkey and North Africa to enter Europe illegally. Syrians fleeing civil war pushed into the Continent, soon joined by people from across sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East.

Today the great migration is off the front pages. Yet it goes on. On an average weekend nearly 10,000 people arrive on Italian reception islands alone. Where do they go? What do they expect? And what do we expect of them?

To find the answer to these and other questions it is necessary to ask deeper questions. Why did Europe decide it could take in the poor and dispossessed of the world? Why did we decide that anybody in the world fleeing war, or just seeking a better life, could come to Europe and call it home?

The reasons lie partly in our history, not least in the overwhelming German guilt, which has spread across the Continent and affected even our cultural cousins in America and Australia. Egged on by those who wish us ill, we have fallen for the idea that we are uniquely guilty, uniquely to be punished, and uniquely in need of having our societies changed as a result.

...It is often argued that our societies are old, with a graying population, and so we need immigrants. When these theories are challenged—by asking, for instance, why the next generation of Germany’s workforce might not come from unemployed Greece rather than Eritrea—we are told that we need low-skilled workers who do not speak our languages because it makes Europe more culturally interesting. It is as though some great hole lies at the heart of the culture of Dante, Bach and Wren.

When people point out the downsides of this approach—not least that more immigration from Muslim countries produces many problems, including terrorism—we get the final explanation. It doesn’t matter, we are told: Because of globalization this is inevitable and we can’t stop it anyway.

...Yet still it is possible that the publics will not go along with the instincts of their leaders. Earlier this year, a poll of European attitudes was published in which citizens of 10 countries were asked a tough question: whether they agreed that there should be no more Muslim migration into their countries. Majorities in eight out of the 10 countries, including France and Germany, said they wanted no more Muslim immigrants.

...The migration policies of the political and other elites of Europe suggest that they are suicidal. The interesting thing to watch in the years ahead will be whether the publics join them in that pact. I wouldn’t bet on it.
Read more here.

What do these two have in common?

The end



hat tip Craig Schmuckatelli

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

Here is the New York Times site

Are you listening, Mueller?

Our values. Are they worth preserving and protecting?

Andrew Klavan believes we will have a religious revival. We made it through the Obama years, where we were supposed to feel guilty for who we are and who we have been as a western civilization. There is an article in the Wall Street Journal by someone named Murray that Andrew recommends. It is about the self-hatred that permeates Europe to the point where they have decided to allow hordes of people who do not respect western civilization to migrate into their countries and avoid assimilation.

Our values have brought us closer to the truth. They are worth preserving and protecting.

OUTRAGEOUS!

Ace reports,
NSC Refuses to Turn Over FOIA'd Docs on Unmasking to Judicial Watch; Says They've Been Turned Over to the Obama Library, Which Will Keep Them Secret for Five Years
—Ace

How very convenient.

Judicial Watch announced on June 19 that the National Security Council has revealed that documents regarding the unmasking by President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library.
Such documents, by law, cannot be released to the public for at least five years, and after that the library may still erect hurdles to access them. In effect, documents reportedly related to Congress’ investigation of Russia collusion in the 2016 election are now sealed, including materials gathered by the Obama administration in 2015-16 and perhaps earlier.

Impeachment, obstruction of justice and the "corrupt" motive?

Laura asks, if Ossoff comes close to winning in Georgia today, how will the media slant its coverage? "A massive Trump defeat?" Ossoff blames his girlfriend being enrolled in medical school for why he does not live in the 6th District, where today's election takes place. He says it is only ten minutes away. Why can't his girlfriend commute the ten minutes?

Gordon Chang is a guest on the program, talking about tomorrow's high-level meeting with China. After refusing one cargo ship of North Korean coal right after meeting with Trump in Florida, the Chicoms have been buying North Korean coal and other minerals. Chang says it is time for Trump to put some severe costs on China. Chinese banks money launder for North Korea in the US. Chang believes the Chinese economy is fragile. North Korea has at least three more Americans in custody. We have a 309 billion dollar trade deficit with China. Their economy is geared to trade with America, whereas our economy is not geared to trade with China.

Laura talks about the purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon. She prefers cashiers to machines. "There is nothing like an engaged cashier to help you enjoy your shopping experience." I completely agree! A caller brought up the issue of so many people not being able to pass drug and background checks as being a reason why so many stores are automating check outs.

Judge Napolitano came on to talk about impeachment and obstruction of justice. There must be a "corrupt" motive. Can someone please explain this to me? Napolitano did, but I still don't get it.

Illegal alien murders Muslim girl in Virginia

Jammie reports the story of a Muslim teenager being murdered, then dumped into a lake by this man from El Salvadore, who was in the US illegally. The media had a hard time reporting it factually.

"Within a day the countenance of his face changed – he was at peace."

Merrit Kennedy reports at NPR,
Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died. Doctors who examined him after his return to said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in all parts of his brain.

Warmbier, 22, had been in a coma since coming home to the United States last week.

His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement that their son died on Monday afternoon. "Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today," they said.

"When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable – almost anguished," the family said. "Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed – he was at peace."

They added: "He was home and we believe he could sense that."

...Warmbier's family described him as a "warm, engaging brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds."

President Trump offered condolences to the Warmbier family in a statement, saying that "Otto's fate deepens my Administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency."
Read more here.

Ossoff vs. Handel

Today is a Congressional election in District 6 in Georgia. If you don't live in District 6, you will not be allowed to vote. That's very unfair to Ossoff. One of the candidates is a female. More money has been poured into this race than any before in history, and they are dead even in the polls.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What can free Trump from the Alinskyite labyrinth?

Excerpts of Victor Davis Hanson writing at American Greatness,
Since January 2017, the Congress ceased being a legislative body. It is now a Star-chamber court determined to decapitate the presidency.

Never in the history of the republic have there been so many legislative and political simultaneous efforts to 1) sabotage the Electoral College, 2) sue to overturn the presidential vote in key swing states, 3) boycott the Inauguration, 4) systematically block presidential appointments, 5) surveille, unmask, and leak classified or privileged information about the elected president, 6) nullify federal law at the state and local level, 7) sue to remove the president by invoking the Emoluments Clause, 8) declare Trump unfit under the 25th Amendment, 9) demand recusals from his top aides, 10) cherry-pick sympathetic judges to block presidential executive orders, 11) have a prior administration’s residual appointees subvert their successor, and 12) promise impending impeachment.

And that is only the political effort to remove the president.

Simultaneously, the media, Hollywood, popular culture, street theater, and the universities hand-in-glove seek to remove Trump from office through the dissemination of fake news as well as deep state leaks—coarsening the culture to such a degree that Trump is reduced to an impotent pariah.

...In terms of losing state legislatures and governorships, the Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidency, the Obama progressive project has all but ruined the Democratic Party. And with such catastrophic losses of political power, the left grows less introspective and only more venomous—as if invective can do what appeals to voters have not.

...In sum, Trump can find his way out of the progressive maze, if he presses ahead with his legislative agenda, keeps hammering away on the economy, and establishes the precedent that the Obama administration and its supporters and appointees, between January 2016 and January 2017, were far more likely to have broken federal statutes than Donald Trump.

Only legislative momentum, economic growth, and political deterrence can free Trump from the always expanding Alinskyite labyrinth.
Read the whole thing here. Every paragraph is filled with wisdom.

Eleven foods not as healthy as you might think!

Here are eleven foods that are not as healthy as you might think!

More violence in France

CNN reports,
Paris (CNN)Tourists strolling along Paris' famous Champs-Elysees on Monday afternoon watched in horror as a car rammed into a police van -- and some witnessed the car burst into flames as police grabbed the man inside and put him on the ground.

The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle and later died, authorities said.
"We were waiting to cross the street and suddenly heard an explosion and the car was in flames," said Eugenio Morcilla, who captured video after the collision. "The police acted very quickly."
Read more here.

"Amazon is trying to become Walmart faster than Walmart can become Amazon!"

Derek Thompson reports at The Atlantic on why Amazon bought Whole Foods.
“Amazon did not just buy Whole Foods grocery stores. It bought 431 upper-income, prime-location distribution nodes for everything it does,” tweeted Dennis Berman, the Wall Street Journal’s financial editor. Amazon is trying to become Walmart—not just an online megalith, but also a physical retail powerhouse with dynamic pricing and stocking strategies—faster than Walmart can become Amazon.
Read more here.

Special Report 6-19-17

In addition to their usual highly professional presentation of today's news, there is a wonderful interview with Jack Nicklaus by Bret Baier.

Will Russia attack us? Should government decide how old one must be to own a smart phone? The GOP Congress is the resistance! What are the legal steps whistleblowers can take?

A Syrian plane that was attacking the "good" rebels was shot down by the US. Russia doesn't like it, and says it will shoot down a US plane.

Islamophobia? When have you heard the media talk about Christophobia?

Colorado is debating whether government should decide when someone is old enough to own a cell phone! 13 is the age being recommended. Younger than 13 would be prohibited.

Chaffetz says the Trump justice department has been worse than the Obama justice department in terms of providing Congress with requested documents.

Andrew McCarthy says we are now in the impeachment process, even though there is no corrupt underlying action. The president has a right to fire the FBI Director or anyone else in the executive branch. If it is legal, it cannot be corrupt!

Our destroyer was rammed by a cargo ship that made a u-turn to come back and ram the USS Fitzgerald.

Laura believes Marco Rubio would be much happier working with a President Pence. Rubio has "no reason" to question Mueller's integrity, even though Mueller's star witness is one of Mueller's closest friends! That friend, James Comey leaked information from a government document on a government computer. Comey violated his oath!

In short, the GOP Congress is not lifting a finger in support of Trump. They are the resistance!

Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA officer who tells us about the oath to protect and serve, and the proper whistleblowing procedures. Go to the Inspector General. If that doesn't work, go to the FBI. If that doesn't work, go to one of the congressional oversight committees. If that doesn't work, go to a member of Congress. Corey violated his oath by leaking it through a friend to the New York Times.

Anger is the devil's cocaine, do you need to be reminded that the Right is winning the debate with the Left?

Andrew Klavan expounds a bit on his theory that anger is the devil's cocaine. Are you addicted to anger? Many people seem to be.

Andrew reminds us that we on the right are actually winning the debate with the Left. Look at the election. Republicans now control the Congress and the White House, most state legislatures and governorships. In fact, since the election of Obama, over 1000 elections have been one by Republicans. The mainstream media is collapsing. Free speech is making a comeback, including at the Supreme Court.

The media treated George W. Bush almost as badly as they are treating Trump.

Andrew believes Bret Baier is the only straight arrow in the news business.

Sharyl Attkisson has a program entitled Full Measure. She interviews Jason Chaffetz, who says Trump's administration is no better than Obama's at releasing documents Congress wants to examine, like Hillary Clinton's emails, Fast and Furious, and the IRS. The DoJ and the State Department are just as bad under Trump as they were under Obama, in Chaffetz's opionion.

It is way past time for reform of the media.

China's victory over hackers and spooks

Nick Wigham reports at News.com,
China has scored a victory against hackers and spooks as it surges ahead of other world powers in a new kind of space race.

IN A bid to build an entirely new kind of internet — completely secure and impervious to hackers — China has pulled off a major feat in particle physics.

Chinese scientists have set a new distance record for beaming a pair of entangled particles: photons of light that behave like twins and experience the exact same things simultaneously, even though they’re separated by great distances.

The principle is called quantum entanglement and it’s one of the subatomic world’s weirdest phenomena. And China has smashed the distance record for quantum entanglement.

In a groundbreaking experiment led by Professor Jian-Wei Pan of Hefei University in China, a laser on a satellite orbiting 480 kilometres above the earth produced entangled photons.

They were then transmitted to two different ground-based stations 1200 kilometres apart, without breaking the link between the photons, the researchers said in a report published in the journal Science.

That distance achieved in the experiment is 10 times greater than the previous record for entanglement and is also the first time entangled photons have been generated in space.

“It’s a huge, major achievement,” Thomas Jennewein, physicist at the University of Waterloo in Canada, told Science. “They started with this bold idea and managed to do it.”

China launched its first quantum satellite in August and if all goes according to plan will send up plenty more to create a system of communication which relies on entanglement.

...China has not disclosed how much money it has spent on Quantum research, but funding for basic research which includes quantum physics was $US101 billion in 2015 — an absolutely massive increase from the $US1.9 billion the country spent in 2005.
Scientists in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan are also rushing to exploit the power of particle physics to create secure communication systems, but China’s latest experiment puts the country well ahead of the pack.

"The inescapable truth is that Islamists and the Left are at war with us. Organized or not, both of those totalitarian ideologies openly and directly inspire and demand our subjugation, surrender or death in their unending quest for absolute power and control."

J.J. Sefton writes at Ace of Spades,
late yesterday a man in a van plowed into a group of people outside the notorious Finsbury Park mosque in London. One person is dead (although it's unclear if the victim was struck by the vehicle as he evidently had collapsed from a heart attack) and at least 10 are reported injured. The attacker reportedly said "I want to kill all Muslims" and "I did my bit" as he was led away by the bobbies. And now, I have to be extremely careful in my commentary for reasons that sadly are apparent to all of us. First, there is absolutely ZERO justification for this individual's actions. Violence is to be condemned, and its perpetrators, enablers and cheerleaders shunned in the strongest possible way. Now, the potential land mine; I was going to write that I understand why this incident happened, but even that can be interpreted as an approval. What I suppose is more accurate is to say that what happened was inevitable.

We are all human beings and someone is going to take it upon himself to "retaliate" against threats, perceived or real. If one looks at what has happened to England, virtually all of Europe and what may yet happen here, the only thing that is shocking is that this sort of incident took so long to occur. And yet, despite all we have been through, this is an isolated incident and solely the actions of one person. The inescapable truth is that Islamists and the Left are at war with us. Organized or not, both of those totalitarian ideologies openly and directly inspire and demand our subjugation, surrender or death in their unending quest for absolute power and control.

Unfortunately, the reaction from the Left and organized Islam to last night's incident will be to use this as proof positive that there is a war on the followers of Mohammed and their allies by racists, bigots, haters, nationalists, and the forces of darkness, etc. etc. Sure as night follows day, this will be used as a pretext to not only crack down on free speech with even more odious censorship, but will incite acts of retribution which, in a twisted Orwellian manner, will be covered up and/or excused by the usual suspects in the MFM and elsewhere. And in this country, watch this incident bury the actual Democrat-inspired terrorist attack last week while hit jobs and smears against Steve Scalise, Republicans and others continue. Ironic, in a sickening way, that they openly boast how Scalise had it coming, yet G-d forbid anyone were to use the word "karma" to describe what happened last night in London. Brace yourselves.
Read more here.

"Self inflicted"

CBS News anchor Scott Pelly says the injuries suffered by Congressmen Saturday were to some degree self-inflicted.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A visual guide to the brain

Eliza Strickland reports at IEEE Spectrum how the brain’s 86 billion neurons do their work.

Image: USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging/Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging/Consortium of the Human Connectome Project
When neuroscientists trace the connections between brain regions, they focus on networks of electrically active brain cells called neurons. These neurons link up with one another, sending electrical signals through complicated circuits that span the brain. Each of the human brain’s 86 billion neurons can connect to thousands of others.
Read more here.

Leakers

James Comey and Bob Mueller are not the only ones leaking documents. Manhattan Infidel has learned how easy it is here.

The game winning three-pointer!

The Father's Day game to end all Father's day games ended with this three-pointer at sunset.


Don't take my word for it. Check out the ball. Trace it back up through the hoop!


Certified no fake news in this post.

Where are the GOP Congressmen and women in support of Trump?

Judge Jeanine joins the likes of Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse, Laura Ingraham, and others who lament the lack of support being shown to President Trump by members of the GOP Congress.

Congressman Ron DeSantos informs us that more subpoenas have been issued on the Russia collusion investigation than were issued on Benghazi or the various Clinton scandals!

Newt Gingrich reports that 97% of the people at the Justice Department who donated in the 2016 election donated to Hillary Clinton!

Under the Bush administration, Comey appointed the godfather of his children to be the special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame investigation, knowing going in who the leaker was! His purpose was to go after Dick Cheney, but he had to settle for Scooter Libby.


"See what happens when Hillary's not around?"

Greg Gutfeld had another wonderful show last night. Lots of good humor. For example, that congressional baseball game took place, and the Dems won 11-2. "See what happens when Hillary's not around?"

Walter Kirn said, "They won't allow smoking on t.v. because they're afraid kids will see it and smoke. But they will allow assassinations to take place in Central Park with no fear.

Kirn also said, "Trump is us!"

Hillary will never surrender her obsession with gender. She compared herself with Wonder Woman last week. Greg said, "If you think about it, she is like Wonder Woman. She is not real!"

Kat Timpf then added strong, powerful women don't blame all their problems on somebody else!

Have you signed Mark Ruffalo's petition to keep white conservatives off t.v.?

Wake up!

Dystopic writes at The Declination,
...stop assuming that your enemies have your best interest at heart. They don’t and never did. Don’t Keep Faith with them.
Read more here.

"They don't have any blood on their hands, no siree."

Commenting on an article by Frank Bruni in the New York times, Ann Althouse writes,
..."The point is that Hodgkinson's ideas — to the extent that we can learn them from his social media presence — tracked mainstream media. Hodgkinson's actions obviously go beyond what we find in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC."

To which a commenter named Bruce Hayden replies,
The MSM push, push, push, but then when someone actually goes where they have been pushing, and commits the violence that they keep pushing their side to do, they respond that they REALLY didn't mean for their audience to go that far. They don't have any blood on their hands, no siree.

Bruni and his MSM buddies are starting to reap what they have sown, and want to pretend that they are innocent bystanders, merely chronicling history as it is routinely made. But the Internet doesn't forget, so it isn't going to work. Pictures of Kathy Griffin will be forever available with the bloody Trump head in her hand. As will the articles by Bruni and other denizens of the NYT, WaPo, etc.

Is Hodgkinson our modern John Brown?

At the Ann Althouse blog, commenter poker1one writes,
Is Hodgkinson our modern John Brown? Violence in Virginia (at the time) in both cases with an older man, Brown was 59, Hodgkinson 66. Brown came to believe, like many abolitionists, that violence was the only way to solve the problem of slavery, "The crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood." And in case you didn't know, Brown was eulogized in the North, by no lesser a light than Henry David Thoreau, while his crime was pointed to in the South as proof of a Northern conspiracy to end slavery, which would have shattered the South's economy. Ralph Waldo Emerson and others suggested reimbursing slave owners for their loss before the war but that idea was ignored mostly, by abolitionists, who wanted the South to pay for its sin. At this point is it so far fetched to believe the neo-liberal Democrat Party and its press want the blood of conservatives to pay for its sin, which was to elect Donald Trump?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Just obeying her

"Systemic viciousness"

Under Whose banner will we align?

Excerpts from Mushroom, writing at Fungle Jungle:
...Secularism is supreme in the West -- for now, though it is threatened by the invading forces of Islam. Muslims succeed by playing the victim and demanding tolerance even as they demand submission to their intolerance. The secularist grasps neither the threat nor the appeal of Islamic fanaticism, having been trained to see Christianity as the great religious evil.

...Protestant Evangelicals have been embracing secularism for at least the last thirty years. When I became involved with fundamentalist Christians in the mid-80s, many still clung to their origins. I saw that attitude slip away as they became enamored of the mega-church, of having community influence, of attracting young families by means of musical styles, changes in format, and technology.

Now we have Pope Francis heading the Catholic Church while vangelicals are led by those who do not understand the threat of one-worlders and their antichrist, Tower of Babel religion.

Yet Hezekiah's declaration remains true. The enemy advances relentlessly against us. We are outnumbered and poorly prepared in a physical sense; nevertheless, God reigns. He will be victorious, and all we need to do is get on His side. The preparation we need is to pray and seek Him, asking not that He align Himself with us and our causes but that we be allowed to align with Him under the banner of Christ.
Read more here.

Let's try REAL!


The Babylon Bee reports,
After years of publishing distorted headlines, slanted news articles, and heavily biased news coverage, media giant CNN announced Friday that it has decided to launch a spinoff site that focuses on real news comprised of objective facts.

Dubbed “CNN: Real,” the site is designed to bring the news media empire into the arena of publishing real news, a step away from its roots as a channel that covers entirely fabricated stories and shamelessly spins all news into liberal talking points.

“We know this is going to get some push-back from our viewer base, but don’t worry: the original CNN site and cable channel are still a large part of our business,” company Vice President Michael Bass said during an announcement on the shift toward real news. “Anytime you want to have your biases confirmed, CNN will be there.”

“But with CNN: Real, we’re going to try our hand at reporting facts, and doing so in an unbiased manner.”

Painting the new site as an “experiment,” Bass admitted to reporters that he is not entirely confident the real news angle will resonate with the company’s regular viewership, but CNN executives decided it was worth a shot, saying, “If it doesn’t work out, we can always just go back to focusing all of our energy on making stuff up.”

Father Figures

Guest post by Suzann Darnall

It really does not matter the name we give them. It does not matter if they are biologically related to us or if they are connected by the heart. What matters is that these men help shape us and guide us from childhood to adulthood. They are patriarchs in our homes and protectors against the world. So, I revisit and update an essay of days past to honor those special men in my life who have been important to me and mine.

The holiday known as Father’s Day has been around for just over a century. As we prepare to celebrate it on Sunday, I want to tell you about some very special men: my great-grandfather, John Sayre; my grandfathers, Douglas Dale and Hazen Sayre; my father, Curtis Dale; my husband, Pete Darnall; and my sons-in-law, Casey Allred and Ray Gutierrez. While there are other good men in my family, I could not talk about all of them, so I selected those closest to me.

My great-grandfather, known as Grandpa Sayre, lived to be 102. Not only did he live into my adult years, my own daughters were blessed to meet him when they were old enough to have memories of visiting him.

Three generations of women in my family remember visiting Grandpa on his farm: my mother, me, and my girls. We all loved going there. To this day I cannot eat an ear of corn on the cob without thinking of family dinners there.

Grandpa was a church-going, God-fearing man. He and my great-grandmother were married for nearly 70 years. Much of what I believe about God and marriage come from things I learned from them.

His son, my mother's father, Papa Sayre, was a welder and worked at a chemical plant for most of the years I remember. Papa Sayre was not a church-goer, but was without doubt one of the most honest and compassionate men I ever knew.

From him I learned a love of learning, even if it was not formal education. He also taught me a lot about the importance of family and loving one's spouse better than one's self. He cared for my Mommac, his beloved wife, until her death and loved her until the day he died. I can never hear the song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today", without thinking of Papa Sayre and Mommac.

He also grew the most beautiful roses in his front yard. In addition, he gardened in his backyard and did home canning. Mostly peppers, pickles, and hot sauces. It is because of him that I have a rock garden outside my bedroom with numerous rosebushes!

Not only was I able to spend lots of time with Papa Sayre, both of my daughters got to know him well. Especially in the years we lived close to West Virginia, while in Ohio and later in Virginia. When I was little I got to find a York Peppermint Patty left in his lunch box after his day at work. Later for my daughters, this was finding his stash of York patties in the fridge or freezer. I still keep a jar of York patties on my counter, only now they are the sugar-free variety!

My paternal grandfather, Papa Dale, was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. He was also a church-going, God-fearing, bible-reading man. He liked hunting, too. A love of reading was passed from him to my father, and down to me. This love of books has now been passed along to my children and my grandchildren.

He gardened, as well, and was a recognized regional expert on wildflowers in West Virginia. I can never look at the lovely blooms on my place without remembering him telling me that if it had a blossom is was a wildflower, not a weed. He truly saw the beauty of the world around him.

I was blessed to also spend time with Papa Dale as a child and as an adult. Even more special is that my daughters also got to spend time with him and have memories of the home place on Brown's Creek that will last a lifetime.

My father was a career Air Force officer so military life is wrapped throughout my memories of life with him. Because of him I fell a little bit in love with The United States Air Force and have never quite recovered from the romance. It ultimately led to my marriage to another Air Force officer.

Dad loves words. Whether reading, writing, or talking. He passed this joy on to me. It is because of his direct influence that I write today.

He also infected me with a passion for politics. He thinks the presidential election is the Olympics, Super Bowl, and World Series all rolled into one. He watches the lesser contests with interest, but nothing warms his soul quite like the main event.

My father is kind of a Renaissance Man. There is almost nothing he cannot do. In addition to things already mentioned his talents cover (but are not limited to) oil painting, furniture building, jelly making, gardening, piano playing, music writing . . . and the list goes on and on. He also taught me how to make the perfect roasted turkey, a skill appreciated by my husband, my children, and now my grandchildren.

My father is also responsible in a great way for my family and me being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -Day Saints. His quest for the truth of the gospel has led most of us through the chapel doors and many to the temple.

My husband, Pete, is without a doubt the most important man in my life. Not only do I love him, I like him. He is my eternal sweetheart and my best friend. We have a never-ending romance and lots of fun. It has been a wonderful life for nearly 40 years.

On the Sunday before Father's Day, it will have been exactly 40 years since we met, in fact. We were married just over a month and a half later. I'd say our whirlwind romance turned into a perfect storm.

My dear Pete is not only a wonderful husband, he has proven to be a marvelous father and an incomparable grandfather. Our grandchildren certainly love their PawPaw.

From him I have learned to be less afraid to try new things, even if I might not be certain I will be able to do them well. Because of his willingness to just jump right in we have seen and done things from coast to coast here in the USA and all over Japan, as well as a little bit in Korea. We have also taken up camping, learned a love of guns and shooting, built a tree-house fort, and made improvements, repairs, additions, or beautifications all over our property. I am grateful to him for expanding my world, my experiences, and my talents.

It is because of my great love for this incredible man that I had to join the LDS Church. I knew a lifetime would not be enough, I needed him forever. Only the Mormon missionaries shared that aspect of the gospel with me. And, eventually, he heard it from them too. I will always be grateful to him for walking along this path to eternity with me.

Our daughter, Charly, brought the next amazing man into my life. She met Casey while attending the local university branch of our church here in town. To make a long story short: they became friends, fell in love, got married, and have given us four darling granddaughters: Logan, Mckayla, Tabitha, and Reese.

Casey is a fine man who loves his wife and family very much. He is also a firefighter/EMT. And, an excellent cook and amazing wood craftsman.

Having raised two girls it has been nice to have Casey step into my life and give me the love of a son. He has fit into our family so well. He welcomes Pete and me into their home and lives as easily as Charly does. I am grateful he has not cast me into the traditional adversarial role of mother-in-law, but just loves me as Charly's mom.


We were blessed a bit over a year ago to add another son when Ray married our daughter, Amanda, and also pledged his love for our grandchildren: Lorelle and Tyler. He has made an eternal commitment to all of us and we cherish him as one of our own.

Ray is a man who shares my passion for learning and books, plus a love of family. He has also embraced the gospel and I look forward to an eternity knowing this amazing spirit will be another son to my heart. Most importantly, though, is knowing he not only wants to be a good husband to my daughter, but he is striving to be “Super Dad” for my grandkids. He offers them peace and protection.

I cannot mention fatherhood, especially regarding Ray, without mentioning the loss our entire family suffered just over a year ago. Ray and Amanda had a beautiful daughter, Vivien Reyna, come into this world much too early to survive. But, she was born alive and lived long enough for us to meet her. Although Ray will not raise her on this side of the veil, I know his heart is filled with a father’s love for his child and I know he will greet her with great joy when all are united in the eternities!

For me this holiday is about celebrating the living and honoring the dead. It isn't just about buying a gift for my husband or making a phone call to my dad, it is about remembering all the fathers who have made my life better and who have had a part in making me who I am.

Take time this Sunday to let the special fathers in your life know you care. Grandfathers, fathers, husbands, fathers-in-law, and sons-in-law all impact our lives with their influences on our extended families. Remember to tell them today that they are loved and important, 'cause it might be too late tomorrow.

I also feel we need to pay tribute to fathers ‘cause they are certainly being treated as being insignificant and even disrespected by much of our society. It is painful for me to see television shows, commercials, and movies make fun of fathers. They are often presented as buffoons or worse. While I fully realize all men are not perfect, I do feel we should offer more support of the good guys, rather than give additional attention to the bad apples.

This also means we must stop vilifying traditional families. While not all families will look alike, there is nothing wrong with those people who have opted for the family plan of father, mother, and children. Too many in media today act as if it is nearly criminal to be traditional Mommy and Daddy. And, almost worse to honor the men in one’s life.

Children need good examples and heroes. Home and family are a good place to start. I know I was supremely blessed to have so many great men as mentors and caretakers in my life, as were my daughters. I am also blessed further that both of my girls have found good guys to bless their homes and families as their father blessed mine.

I would be remiss if I did not mention one more father figure that has blessed my life greatly: my Heavenly Father. He sends His love every day in so many ways. I am forever grateful for all He does in my life. I am especially thankful for the eternal plan He has put in place to allow me to spend all of eternity with my family. Families can be together forever. Forever and ever, Amen!

No empathy?

Kimberley Guilfoyle made quite a charge last night on The Five. She said the next generation of American adults has been raised on social media to have no empathy for others. They believe it is okay to bully others. Okay to encourage someone to kill himself. I like listening to her analyze events from a conservative perspective, but is she right about the next generation?

He has lost interest

Some excerpts from a post in which Fred Reed explains how he has come to
give up all interest in the problems of blacks.

...I was not always sick of the misbehavior of blacks. In the now infinitely remote early Sixties, when I was a student in the last all-white class in Virginia’s rural King George High–graduated ‘64–integration was just beginning. To the extent that I thought about race, the question was abstract, a matter of moral principles, of ideals and fairness, unrelated to an actual people with actual characteristics who might not integrate well. Blacks had been mistreated. If given the opportunity they would rise and join American civilization. That they might not occur only to those with experience, which did not include me.

When my parents, wiser than I–if it is possible to be wiser than a seventeen-year-old–said that integration would not work. I didn’t believe them.

Time went by, and it didn’t work. Trouble began. Blacks became hostile, .demanding this and demanding that. Neighborhoods became dangerous. Schools, newly mixed, encountered The Gap, intractable and immortal, that is the heart and cause of our racial disaster. The riots arrived. Racial attacks on whites became common, covered up by the media. This censorship possible in the days before the internet.

The country began, though I didn’t recognize it at the time, as n.either did the country, treating blacks as a different category of humanity who could not be expected to obey the laws and rules or the expectations of civility.

For a while my sympathy held. I was very young. Further, I had no experience of a school with a large black population. I justified the behavior of blacks as consequent to former privation. Surely it would change.

...For decades white America made a desperate attempt to raise blacks to the level of the First World. It didn’t work. Instead saw a dragging down of society to the culture of the ghetto. Blacks were behaving as usual as spoiled brats. Anything that upset them, as everything did, any expectation that they behave, led to cries of racism and depredations by such as Black Lives Matter.

...The culture of the ghetto opposes everything usually believed proper in an advanced society: high academic standards, equality of opportunity, good English, minimal obscenity, equality under the law, low rates of crime, reasonable self-reliance, freedom of speech. Black culture, intensely racist, encourages none of these and opposes most. It is tribal, based on identity, instead of principle.

For many, this is a difficult realization. Decades of unrelenting propaganda have trained us that blacks bear no responsibility for anything. Are they gunning each other down in city after city? It is because of guns, though whites have guns and do not kill each other. Do they perform abysmally in schools that they themselves control? It’s because of slavery, though there hasn’t been a slave in the country for 150 years. Are they irresponsible in their reproductive habits? It’s because of poverty, although they are not poor.

...Political correctness ensures that we cannot even talk about the problem. If you suggest that blacks stop shooting each other, you are a racist. If you suggest that they study, you are a racist. If you suggest they get married before reproducing, you are a racist. It will continue until either America slowly deflates or hell breaks loose.
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