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“Immigrants soon find their place in urban life, they soon adopt, externally, town manners and opinions, but for a long time they remain foreign to civic thought. One cannot make a social philosophy one’s own as easily as a new costume. . . More menacing than barbarians storming the walls from without are the seeming citizens within – those who are citizens in gesture, but not in thought.”
—Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, p. 38 (1922)
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“I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of
individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

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It's Evil to Focus on Gun Control as the
Solution to First Baptist Church Shooting

Donna Carol Voss
You can't solve a problem you don't define it accurately. Persisting in defining mass shootings as a gun control problem is its own kind of evil because it virtually guarantees more of them. While the self-appointed Do Gooders are patting themselves on the back that they're not conservatives, future mass shooters are passing background checks or obtaining firearms illegally. So what is the real problem? There are several, and they all reduce to a society in chaos.

How Brazile's Book Exposes Liberal Media's Hillary Health Coverup
Michael Goodwin
Silly, silly Donna Brazile. She's publishing a book detailing turmoil in the Democratic Party during the 2016 campaign, highlighted by her concern that Hillary Clinton was seriously ill and might need to be replaced by Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. What's the big deal? There's no news here because all this was well-known and covered at the time by the big national newspapers and networks, right? Wrong.


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Week ending 12 November 2017

Pentagon Has Known of Crime Reporting Lapses for 20 Years
The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn't report about the Texas church gunman who had assaulted his wife and stepson while an airman. 
The Fusion GPS Dossier Was One of the
Dirtiest Political Tricks in U.S. History

Kimberley Strassel
The Steele dossier has already become a thing of John le Carré-like intrigue – British spies, Kremlin agents, legal cutouts, hidden bank accounts. What all this obscures is the more immediate point: The dossier amounts to one of the dirtiest tricks in U.S. political history. It was perpetrated by Team Clinton and yielded a vast payoff for Hillary's campaign.
Turns Out Trump Didn’t Ruin America’s Economy
NY Post Editorial
Foreign tourism to New York City is set to rise 3.6 percent this year – defying yet another of the many doomsday predictions about Donald Trump’s presidency. Back in February, the city tourism agency said Trump’s “travel ban and related rhetoric” would mean a drop of 300,000 visitors this year. But the NYC & Co. prophecy proved false. Of course, other predictions were more dire – particularly those about the stock market.
Why the Left Has Been So Wrong About the Trump Boom
Stephen Moore
Time magazine's cover story for the week of Nov. 6 is a classic. It blares: "The Wrecking Crew: How Trump's Cabinet Is Dismantling Government  As We Know It." The New York Times ran a lead editorial complaining that Team Trump is shrinking the regulatory state at an "unprecedented" pace. Meanwhile, last week the stock market raced to new all-time highs; we had another blockbuster jobs report with another fall in the unemployment rate; and housing sales soared to their highest level in a decade.
How the Electoral College Helps Protect Against Voter Fraud
Tara Ross
Unfortunately, no election system can turn dishonest people into honest ones. Where people are vying for power, there will always be motivation for fraud. The best that an election system can do is to throw up as many hurdles as possible to dishonesty and to minimize its effects. The Electoral College accomplishes both of these goals far better than a direct national election can.
Obama Hid Nearly Half a Million Docs About Bin Laden Raid to
Ensure Election and Success of Iran Deal

Benjamin Arie
A new report is shining the spotlight on questionable actions that Barack Obama took to skew public opinion in his favor during the 2012 race against Mitt Romney. A key piece of Obama's re-election was the elimination of bin Laden and the claim that the administration had Al Qaeda on the run. Afghanistan was won, the incumbent president boasted, and Islamic terrorism was waning. The path forward was to lift sanctions on Iran and move forward. There was one big problem: The administration knew it wasn't true, but repeated it anyway.
New York Times' Rabid Defense of Mueller
Resembles the Debacle of Its 2016 Campaign Coverage

Michael Goodwin
A friend likens The New York Times to a 1960s adolescent who refuses to grow up. ?In a perpetual state of outrage, it is a newspaper of college snowflakes who embrace all forms of diversity except thought. It sees its liberal politics not as a point of view, but as received wisdom that cannot be legitimately disputed. The fixation on conformity reached a new low last week...
Trump Bodyguard Blows Dossier Story Out of Water: Trump was Offered Prostitutes In Moscow but Refused Them
A Russian involved in the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow offered to "send five women" to Donald Trump's hotel, an offer that was immediately rejected, the president's longtime bodyguard told a congressional panel investigating Moscow's meddling in the election, NBC News reported on Thursday. "We don't do that type of stuff," Keith Schiller told members of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, the report said, citing three sources.
Why This State Lawmaker Wants the
State and Local Tax Deduction Repealed

Rachel del Guidice
Repealing the state and local tax deduction on federal income taxes is critical to boosting the economy, a state lawmaker from Pennsylvania says. "I think if you look at the general principle of tax reform, it is not for more spending in government. It is actually to incentivize our economy and grow our economy," state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, said Monday at a tax reform discussion at The Heritage Foundation.
Rand Paul's Neighbors Blast Attacker: 'Absolutely No Justification for Dr. Boucher's Behavior' – Surprised by Weak Criminal Charge
Sen. Rand Paul's neighbors are coming out in droves to defend the Kentucky Republican, who sustained serious injuries after being attacked outside his house in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Friday. Paul, who suffered six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, was blindsided and tackled by his neighbor of 17 years, Dr. Rene Boucher, 59, while he was mowing his lawn, which sits inside a normally quiet gated community.
Federal Charges Expected for Rand Paul's Attacker,
Assault May Have Been Politically Motivated

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been told to expect federal charges against his socialist neighbor who attacked the Republican senator last week, Fox News' Shepard Smith reported on Thursday. That prosecutors are expected to bring federal charges in the attack indicates that they may believe it was politically motivated, Smith reported. Previous media reports that the attack was over a long-standing dispute are inaccurate, Paul's office has said.
The Ugly Truth About Sex Reassignment the
Transgender Lobby Doesn't Want You to Know

Bruce Ashford
Sex reassignment is as natural as being born, some in the media tell us. And many Americans are buying it. But a growing chorus of dissenters made up of physicians, researchers, and even transgender individuals is beginning to paint a far different picture of the truth. These dissenters are now coming forward to expose just how harmful gender transition and reassignment are – both medically and sociologically speaking.
41% of transgenders attempt suicide
Renewable Energy by Royal Decree
Paul Driessen
The St. Louis city council has unanimously passed a resolution decreeing that by 2035 the city will somehow, almost magically be powered by 100% "clean, renewable" electricity. This will be achieved, city aldermen believe, via tougher energy efficiency measures and a transition to wind and solar power. My article examines all of this – and finds the claims wanting … and the harmful impacts on poor families significant.
California Police Chief Could Lose Job for
Following Federal Immigration Law

IHTM – CO2Insanity
This is how warped California is. They really don't want the police doing their jobs in Oakland, SF, San Jose and other liberal run cities. We'd love to see the entire OPD go on strike for a week and watch the ensuing crime wave. Perhaps ... City Council would have a new outlook on life.
Former Asst. FBI Director:
Clinton Crimes 20 Times Bigger than Watergate

Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom unloaded on James Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama Thursday, charging that major crimes "20 times bigger than Watergate" are being swept under the rug while Attorney General Jeff Sessions "is in a coma." Appearing on Fox News' Varney & Co., Kallstrom told the host that it "was obvious to anybody that knows anything" that former President Barack Obama was not going to let James Comey indict Clinton.
Steve King Not Falling for Democrat,
RINO Set Up of Judge Roy Moore

Rick Wells
Rep Steve King is a staunch conservative and nobody's fool. He's not about to go along with the establishment crowd as they and the Democrats once again spring a last minute sex trap on their opposition. He still remembers a little over a year ago, when the same Democrats repeatedly pulled the same stunts on candidate Trump.
Delaware Could Let Students Decide Race, Gender
Without Parental Consent

Todd Starnes
White boys could soon self-identify as black girls in Delaware. The state Department of Education is considering sweeping regulations regarding discrimination that would allow children to determine their gender and their race. The proposed "Regulation 225 Prohibition of Discrimination" could set the stage for a gender-bending, cultural appropriation free-for-all in the nation's first state.
The California NAACP Wants 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Removed as the National Anthem

The California NAACP is seeking state lawmakers to support its campaign to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem, according to The Sacramento Bee. The Bee on Tuesday reported that the California NAACP passed a resolution at its state conference last month aimed at the song's removal. The resolution urges Congress to rescind "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon" in "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Week ending 5 November 2017

The Tyranny of the Oppressed and of Minorities
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
Half of the U.S. population believes that it is a good idea and high time that our country became socialist, on the way to communism. We are told ad nauseam by the highly organized Marxist left that the other communist countries that failed so miserably, oppressed their own people, and killed millions of them, failed because they did not do it the right way.
7 Questions the Justice Department Must Answer About Uranium One
and the Clinton Foundation

Hans von Spakovsky
While the media’s attention has shifted to the indictment of Paul Manafort, the Obama administration’s handling of the Uranium One “bribery plot” (as The Hill called it in a startling expose) raises serious, critical questions that must be answered about the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation. These questions can only be answered if Congress fulfills its oversight obligation by conducting an intense, serious investigation, and if the current leadership in the Justice Department cooperates by providing all of the information needed to fully explain what happened, and doesn’t try to obstruct the investigation.
Local Armed Citizen Stopped Texas Church Shooting by
Firing at Suspect

The hero who stopped the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas today is reportedly a local citizen – not a first responder or police officer – as he used his own firearm to engage and ultimately wound the gunman. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Freeman Martin reported this information at a presser on the incident, saying:
Analysis: GOP Tax Plan Would Revitalize U.S. Economy,
Give Significant Tax Relief

Romina Boccia, Rachel Greszler, Adam Michel, Lindsey Burke, David Burton,
Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb

House Republicans unveiled their plan to update the nation's tax code on Thursday. If they are successful at passing the plan – known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – it will mark the first time in more than three decades that Americans will have a chance to experience the benefits of comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform.
What you need to know
$23 Billion in Credits Claimed by Illegal Immigrants
Would be Canceled Under GOP Tax Bill

Illegal immigrants will no longer be able to claim billions of dollars in tax credits under the Republicans’ tax overhaul plan. Currently, an estimated $23.1 billion a year flows to the families of illegal immigrants through the child tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to The Washington Times. Illegal immigrants are able to claim the credits because the Internal Revenue Service allows them to use IRS-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers.
U.S. Economy Surges 3% Despite Hurricanes
The U.S. economy posted another solid quarter in the July-September period, defying expectations that the recent hurricanes might knock it off track. The nation's gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3% in the third quarter following a 3.1% gain in the previous quarter. It was the first time since 2014 that GDP growth has come in above 3% for two straight quarters and easily beat economists' forecast of a 2.5% increase.

U.S. Private Sector Added 235,000 Jobs in Oct, vs
200,000 New Jobs Expected

The ADP National Employment showed private-sector businesses added 235,000 jobs in the month. ADP was expected to show private employers added 200,000 jobs in October, up from 135,000 in September. Goods-producing companies benefited strongly with 85,000 new jobs, 62,000 of which came from construction. Manufacturing also saw 22,000 positions added.
Why Democrats Are Obsessed with Wealth Inequality
Dennis Prager
Material inequality is the predominant concern of the Democratic Party. Indeed, material inequality has been the predominant concern of the left since Karl Marx. This raises two questions: How important is material inequality? And if it is not that important, why does it preoccupy the left-wing mind?
What the H*** is Mueller Investigating? And Why?
John Hinderaker
This morning's Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, in a story that doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of national attention, that Robert Mueller's ever-widening investigation has ensnared Vin Weber, a former Minnesota Congressman and long-time Washington lobbyist... Mueller's operation is leaking on a more or less daily basis. Isn't that illegal? Aren't grand jury proceedings supposed to be secret?
Giuliani: There is Enough Evidence Now for a RICO Case Against
Clinton Foundation for "Racketeering"

Saturday evening on Fox News Channel's 'Justice with Jeanine Pirro' former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested that a grand jury already has enough evidence, from WikiLeaks and the FBI, to charge "Clinton Incorporated" with racketeering under the RICO laws that were originally designed to go after the mafia. "I was shocked, back in July," Giuliani said about FBI Director James Comey's recommendation against charges for Clinton. "He laid out almost a prosecutorial memo and then came to a conclusion that he shouldn't come to – that the Justice Department should – that she shouldn't be indicted."
Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC
Donna Brazile
The [Hillary] campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party's national committee.
Donna Brazile: I Found 'proof'
Poll: 70% Support Trump's Immigration Policies,
Want Americans Hired First

Despite charges from Democratic leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi that the "vast majority of Americans" decry Trump's America First focus, the new survey shows that many of the president's policies are supported by 70 percent to 80 percent of the public. And they reject the media's description that the new White House list of immigration reforms issued Sunday night is "hardline."
Insurers Make Billions off Medicaid in California
During Obamacare Expansion

Overall, Medicaid insurers in the Golden State made $5.4 billion in profits from 2014 to 2016, in part because the state paid higher rates during the inaugural years of the nation’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Last year, they made more money than all Medicaid insurers combined in 34 other states with managed care plans.
Communism's Bloody Century
Stephen Kotkin
A century of communism in power – with holdouts even now in Cuba, North Korea and China – has made clear the human cost of a political program bent on overthrowing capitalism. Again and again, the effort to eliminate markets and private property has brought about the deaths of an astounding number of people. Since 1917 – in the Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Indochina, Africa, Afghanistan and parts of Latin America – communism has claimed at least 65 million lives, according to the painstaking research of demographers.
Teacher Sues Public District to Stop it from Giving
Judicial Watch Antifa Activism Records

A Judicial Watch record request has fueled a tense legal drama between a middle school teacher who is a national organizer for a radical leftist group and the public district that employs her. The conflict ensued a few weeks ago when Judicial Watch filed a California Public Records Act request with the Berkeley Unified School District to obtain information about the controversial teacher’s violent Antifa activism.
AntiFa Terrorists in League with ISIS and Al Qaeda
Many Democrat Voters Have No Idea About the Relationship

Dr. Robert R. Owens
The violent left wing revolutionaries who identify themselves as AntiFa are announcing to the world that they plan on staging a major attack on American democracy beginning Saturday, November 4th. Now damning new evidence is being presented by veteran newsman Edward Klein... In this book Mr. Klein presents convincing evidence that the AntiFa domestic terrorists have held meeting with representatives of both ISIS and Al Qaeda.
"This Is A Big Problem" – North Korea Nuclear Test Site
Headed for a Devastating Collapse

A group of Chinese scientists have joined their North American peers in warning that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site could be on the verge of a dangerous collapse that could send a dangerous bloom of radiation floating over the border into Northern China. As … previously reported, China has stepped up its radiation monitoring on the border after detecting unsettling seismic activity surrounding the test site. Two weeks ago, a team of American scientists warned that the mountain above Pyungge-ri appeared to be suffering from "tired mountain syndrome" – a phenomenon commonly observed around Soviet Nuclear test sites.

Collapse at North Korea Mountain
Nuclear Test Site 'leaves 200 dead'

As many as 200 North Korean laborers have been killed after a mine shaft being dug at the regime's nuclear test site collapsed, according to Japan's Asahi TV. Sources in North Korea told the news channel that a tunnel being excavated by around 100 workers at the Punggye-ri test site collapsed earlier this month. An additional 100 laborers sent to rescue their colleagues were reportedly killed when the tunnel suffered a second collapse.
Planned Parenthood Hired Fusion GPS to Create Fake Report
Fusion GPS, the group hired by the Clinton campaign (Hillary) and the Democratic National Committee to prepare the so-called Trump dossier, was also hired by Planned Parenthood to create a false report about the undercover videos produced by Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress.
San Fran's New LED Streetlights Too Bright, Too Blue –
AMA Warns Lights Adversely Affect Creation of Necessary Melatonin

Some San Franciscans think the city's new LED-powered streetlights aren't such a bright idea. In June, city officials announced a major push to replace 12,500 outdated streetlights with brighter, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode fixtures, also known as LEDs. The lights are intended to increase visibility and curb electricity and maintenance costs.
Sen. Rand Paul Assaulted – Has Rib Fractures, Lung Contusions
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has five rib fractures and lung contusions as a result of an apparent assault Friday by a neighbor at Paul's home in Bowling Green, a spokesman for Kentucky's junior senator said Sunday. Senior adviser Doug Stafford said Paul's injuries cause pain that could persist for weeks, perhaps even months, but that the Republican plans to return to the U.S. Senate soon.
Man Used Ice Cream Truck to Lure,
Sexually Assault Children in North Carolina

A North Carolina man is accused of using an ice cream truck in October to lure and sexually assault at least two young boys, according to police. Isam Fathee Mohamed Rahmah, 51, of Durham, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child, Durham police said in a news release Friday. Rahmah surrendered to authorities late Friday and is being held on a $1 million bond, according to Durham County records.
The Next Big Hollywood Sex Scandal is Already Breaking ...
at Nickelodeon

Rumblings are growing louder and louder that one of Hollywood's biggest producers of children's entertainment is about to be outed as a major incubator for pedophile executives and their twisted manipulations. A former child actor over a week ago... told me that in her youth she worked on one of Dan Schneider's shows very briefly. She told me, "My friend was molested by that man... on set. Everyone knew it. No one said a word."
Venezuela: Teenage Girls Turn to Prostitution to Fight Starvation
The number of Venezuelans selling sex has risen exponentially in recent years, as people are forced into the industry as a means of survival. The growing levels of famine have also led to other extraordinary incidents of people searching for food, including cannibalism, eating stray dogs, and stealing zoo animals in order to feed themselves.
LA Times Male Columnist Slammed for Sarah Sanders Remarks
A political reporter for the Los Angeles Times is under fire for making sexist remarks about White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in his latest anti-Trump column. In the article ‘Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the right mouthpiece for a truth-twisting president’ published Wednesday morning, David Horsey compared Sanders to a ‘chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games.’

Week ending 29 October 2017

Is a Media Reckoning Looming for Hillary?
Thomas Lifson
Conservatives who despise the MSM often forget that journalists are human beings, too, and one thing that journalists hate is being played for patsies. People go into journalism in part to demonstrate their penetrating acumen, able to explain to others what really is happening. Being played in public threatens their self-concept.
DC Swamp Denizens Strike Back
Paul Driessen
Despite my well crafted, highly persuasive articles over the years, corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in U.S. law. As we have learned, once a government program is created, it becomes virtually impossible to eliminate, revise or even trim fat from it. This year, it looked like this "rule of perpetuity" might finally change.
FINALLY, A Definitive Timeline Showing When
Clinton, DNC Started the Russian Dossier

Chuck Ross
There has been much confusion in the media – and thereby, the public – about who funded the infamous Trump dossier. Some outlets have incorrectly reported that Republicans began financing the dossier before the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee took over last Spring. But that is incorrect. Democrats are solely responsible for the dossier, which was passed around by their research firm, Fusion GPS...

CNN’s Undisclosed Ties to Fusion GPS
CNN’s reporting on the Trump-Russia dossier has left out at least one crucial fact: the close ties between the network and the opposition research firm at the center of the dossier controversy. At no point in [Evan] Perez’s reporting did he disclose his close ties to the Fusion GPS operatives. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board sounded the alarm about its former reporters in a remarkable editorial earlier this month, accusing Beltway media of being complicit in a coverup with Fusion.
Republicans See Tables Turned as
Dems Face Fresh Russia Controversies

First came reports that the FBI knew about a Russian bribery plot tied to nuclear energy interests in the U.S. well before the Obama administration OK'd a mining company sale to a Russian firm, giving it partial control over American uranium reserves. Then came a report that Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is looking at the dealings of Tony Podesta, a powerful Democratic lobbyist and the brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
James Comey’s ‘Coordination’ Testimony Sheds New Context On
Clinton Campaign’s Dossier Funding

Mr. Comey told the House Intelligence Committed that his agents were investigating “whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.” That definition – “coordination” – would seem to make the Democrats ripe for special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate, ex-Trump aides say. “If there was enough Russia collusion evidence to warrant a special counsel for the president, there’s far more now on the Clinton campaign’s connection to a foreign spy ring that included Russians,” said Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign communications adviser. “That, coupled with the stymied investigation into the Russian bribery plot and donations directed to the Clinton Foundation, are grounds for a special counsel.”
Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 to Law Firm
That Secretly Paid Fusion GPS in 2016

Former president Barack Obama’s official campaign organization has directed nearly a million dollars to the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Since April of 2016, Obama For America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show.
Emails: Obama DOJ Officials Sought to Route
'Slush Fund' Cash to Organizations of Their 'Choosing'

The practice in question began in August 2014 when the Justice Department entered into a $17-billion settlement with Bank of America for selling residential mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial collapse. Similar arrangements were made with J.P Morgan Chase and Citigroup that brought the total amount to $36.65 billion. The DOJ settlement program has come under fire by a number of critics who refer to it as a "slush fund" that allows money to be funneled to third-party activist groups.
FBI Informant Claiming Uranium One Scoop
Cleared from Gag Order

The informant worked undercover to investigate bribery and intrigue in the Russian nuclear industry during the Obama administration and was, until Wednesday, bound by a gag order from speaking about what he knew. According to sources at the Department of Justice, the informant is now cleared to testify about a wide range of issues including, specifically, the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary’s Very Own Russian Collusion Connection
Wesley Pruden
The Clinton can is as full of worms as her harshest critics ever imagined it was, and now the worms are turning. Washington is agog, liberal and conservative alike, as the details of the spreading story of confusion, chicanery and crime in Hillary’s campaign for president emerge from the dark and fetid places so abundant in the capital. Hillary thought she had the presidency in the can, as her friends in Hollywood might have put it, but it turns out that there was no room in the can for a mere presidency. There were too many interesting worms.
The Clintons Started the So-Called Russian Collusion Scandal and
May Be Destroyed By It

Newt Gingrinch
The Left has been desperately working for months to find any shred of evidence that Donald Trump had even the slightest connection to Russia during the presidential campaign. Despite having the full support of their friends in the media, they have consistently failed to find anything substantive. At first, I assumed the liberal elites were simply driven by their inability to accept that the American people elected Donald Trump as their 45th president. Now, I have another theory:
How to Steele an Election
Mark Steyn
Mostly she was mad – mad that she´d lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency... Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. ´She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,´ this person said. That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.
WHO Lied About Dangers of Roundup
This is a Huge Scandal and One the Public Needs To Be Alerted To

Timothy Birdnow
According to Reuters the World Health Organization (WHO) purposefully distorted it's findings on the weedkiller glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup. The article [explains] how Reuters was unable to get anyone involved in the report to answer questions, and how the report not only falsified data and conclusions but altered previous reports to make them fit with the conclusions that the authors wanted. In short, this assessment is just like the Global Warming alarmism or other such dubious environmental scares as Alar, Dioxin, and DDT.

Agitators, Regulators and Predators Team Up
Coffee Is More Carcinogenic Than Glyphosate

Paul Driessen
A key basis for the legal actions is a March 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer ruling that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.” A previously little known agency in the World Health Organization (WHO), IARC has gained infamy in recent years – as critics slammed it for manipulating data and altering or deleting scientific conclusions to advance extreme anti-chemical policy agendas.
Gov't control of science leads to bad science
Scott Pruitt Ends the EPA's "Sue and Settle" Legacy
"The days of regulation through litigation are over," says Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. On October 16, Pruitt released a statement announcing that his agency is terminating the practice of accepting court-ordered consent decrees, a practice known as "sue and settle." The statement also listed several changes the Agency will make to increase its openness to the American people.
Climate Redux: Study – Cold Kills 20 Times More People Than Heat
Cold weather is 20 times as deadly as hot weather, and it's not the extreme low or high temperatures that cause the most deaths, according to a study published Wednesday. The study found the majority of deaths occurred on moderately hot and moderately cold days instead of during extreme temperatures.

Warmth is no Worry but Cold Kills
Viv Forbes
It was ice, not global warming, that killed and entombed millions of mammoths and woolly rhinos in Siberia and Alaska. It was unrelenting cold and then ice, not global warming, that forced the Vikings out of Greenland. It was bitter winters, not heat waves, that finally defeated the armies of Napoleon and Hitler in Russia.

Sea Levels Have Been Rising for 10,000 Years;
Global Warming Causing Rising Sea Levels Is Complete Nonsense

Robert W. Felix
During the last ice age almost all of Canada, along with parts of Europe and Asia, were buried beneath one to two miles of ice. At the same time, sea levels stood 350 to 400 feet lower than today. Sea levels were so low that the entire continental shelf, at least in eastern North America, was above water. Many states on the eastern seaboard were twice as big as today. New Jersey's shoreline, for example, stood 60 to 100 miles east of its present location.
Great Again: Third-Quarter GDP Up 3.0%, vs 2.5% Rise Expected
Gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. showed a larger-than-expected expansion in the third quarter, bolstering optimism over the state of the world's largest economy, according to official preliminary data released on Friday. In a report, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said that GDP registered a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.0% growth in the three month period from July to September, down just slightly from the 3.1% expansion registered in the second quarter of 2017.
DNC Chair Tom Perez Claims the 'Electoral College is
Not a Creation of the Constitution'

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez incorrectly stated "the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution" during a Tuesday night speech. "The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution," Perez said during a lecture at Indiana University Law School. "It doesn't have to be there." The Electoral College, a mechanism for indirect election of the president created by the Founding Fathers as a compromise between smaller states and larger states, is clearly laid out in Article II of the Constitution:
CNN Caught In Huge Clinton Lie
Last Thursday, CNN blasted President Donald Trump and told readers he was "peddling a conspiracy theory" when he suggested that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party were behind the debunked Trump-Russia dossier. Just six days later, the controversial news network is suddenly singing a totally different tune. In a story titled, "Clinton campaign, DNC helped fund dossier research," the network came forward with information that supported Trump's original tweet.
Blacks are Being Used to Bring Destruction
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Most black people on earth are being used to bring destruction.
You see it with the NFL, with the division in the country, with black "families," their tattered communities and their broken relationships with God. In recent weeks, I've asked people this question: Can you name one instance in the last 60 years in which most blacks have stood for something good? Most people cannot name one thing. It's as though, after MLK died, so too did black righteousness.
Bay Area PD Seeks Vandalism Suspect
Who Drew Offensive Images On BART Property

The BART Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find a suspect who was seen on video earlier this week writing on the floor at the Embarcadero Station.   He has drawn several swastikas and written racial slurs on BART property. Upon getting the initial report of the offensive image we immediately sent a maintenance crew to clean it up and BPD pulled platform video.
Black Former Student is Charged with Defacing
Eastern Michigan University by Scrawling Anti-Black Graffiti

A 29-year-old former EMU student was arraigned Monday on charges that he placed racist graffiti around the Ypsilanti campus on three separate occasions. Jaiquae Rodwell, an EMU student, told the Eastern Echo he was disappointed that the racial graffiti stemmed from an African-American. 'As a black student, to know that another black person is using the N-word in a negative way is embarrassing,' Rodwell said.
Left Wing Oakland Radicals, Antifa,
Worked with ISIS, New Book Reports

Former Editor in Chief of the New York Times Magazine Edward Klein has a new book that will be released tomorrow October 30th. In All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, Klein reveals an FBI investigation proving coordination between American college campus far left radicals and Islamic terrorists from groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Oxford University Worker Suspended Over
Alleged Islamist Terror Links

University bosses ordered the action after learning the 'non-academic' employee, whose identity has not been revealed, had been arrested for terrorism offences and detained in Italy five years ago. It was alleged at the time that the man was involved in spreading extremist material, and although he denied committing an offence, he spent two-and-a-half years in a number of prisons.
Due Process is Making a Comeback for College Students
Accused of Rape Reversing Obama Guidlines

Many times throughout history societies cast aside the idea of due process, such as during the Salem witch trials and the 1980s and '90s satanic day care scares. In each case, those accused were not given a proper chance to defend themselves, and society was told to "believe the victim." Such has been the case in recent years on college campuses. The recent hatred for due process grew after President Barack Obama's Education Department issued guidance in 2011 about how schools should handle accusations of sexual assault.
Police Refuse to Give Gender of Suspects in
Transgender Brawl – in Case They Get it Wrong

Police have refused to reveal the gender of two people suspected of punching a 60-year-old woman in the face during a brawl at a transgender event in case they get it wrong. Scotland Yard, apparently concerned about a potential backlash, said it was "a grey area" and dependant on how the suspects describe themselves. "We have to be very careful," she said. "We are not going to commit ourselves to something because I'm afraid it's not black and white."
Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill with
CHIP Coverage Restrictions for Sex Change Surgery

The state Senate has passed a bill renewing Pennsylvania's Children Health Insurance Program, but with a twist. The new legislation, which now moves to the state House for final consideration, contains language inserted Tuesday that would bar the coverage for gender reassignment, or sex change, surgeries.
‘Trump Before Trump’:
Laura Ingraham Brings Populist Fire to Fox News Lineup

Lucia Graves
At the ‘Breitbart Embassy’ on Capitol Hill last week, Steve Bannon , the ex-Chief Strategist at the White House now back at the alt-right Breitbart news website, threw a book party for Laura Ingraham, the conservative talk radio star who is poised to ascend to one of the premier spots in American cable TV. When she makes her Fox News debut on Monday evening, in primetime, the media and political establishment will be watching.
‘The View’ Chose to Censor a Name That Immediately
Sent Many in the Audience to Outrage

During Friday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show “The View,” a name was censored in a way that was far more offensive than if it had been allowed to be said. The hosts were discussing a British study that showed that many of the U.K.’s Christian citizens wanted to ignore four of The Ten Commandments, when co-host Paula Faris, a Christian, explained how things were in her house when she was a kid.
Chicago: Public Defenders Pushed to Breaking Point by
Masturbating Inmates

Masturbating inmates have become a common sight on the walk to and from holding cells where defense attorneys meet clients, and at the jail and in courthouse lockups. Last week, in a letter to Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Public Defender Amy Campanelli said her staff has reached a breaking point.
No other jails have similar problems

Week ending 22 October 2017

The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal
Andrew C. McCarthy
Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads – the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. The staggering $500,000 payday from a Kremlin-tied Russian bank for a single speech was part of a multi-million-dollar influence-peddling scheme to enrich the former president and his wife, then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton... Here’s the kicker: The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal.
Rich Lowry: The Cognitive Dissonant Pundit
Don Surber
Where is Carly Fiorina today? Where is Donald Trump? Where is Megyn Kelly? We know where Rich Lowry is. Still on TV. Still editing National Review. Still writing freelance pieces. Still getting President Trump wrong. No class of losers is paid better and has more job security than these experts on nothing. Lowry's latest piece is "The Cognitive Dissonance Presidency."
Sen. Grassley Probes Clinton 'conflicts of interest' Amid
New Questions in Russia Uranium Deal

A top Senate Republican is probing potential "conflicts of interest" for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration regarding the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company, amid new details about donations from "interested parties" and an FBI corruption probe involving employees of the same Russian firm. "This committee has an obligation to get to the bottom of this issue," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday.
Britain's Single Payer Health Service Provokes Fury with
Indefinite Surgery Ban for Smokers and Obese

The restrictions – thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services – immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons. "There is simply no justification for these policies, and we urge all clinical commissioning groups to urgently reverse these discriminatory measures."
Raises concern that rules were "tip of the iceberg"
Mueller Team Criticized by Fellow Attorneys for
History of Questionable Tactics

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team running the Russia collusion probe are being accused by fellow attorneys of employing aggressive and questionable tactics in past cases, potentially putting a dent in his straight-shooter image. Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece accusing Mueller of once trying to entrap him when Mueller was acting U.S. attorney in Boston.
State Department Reveals 2,800 Huma Abedin
Government Documents on Weiner's Laptop

Judicial Watch revealed that the U.S. Department of State [now] admits it received 2,800 Huma Abedin work-related documents from the FBI that were found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner's personal laptop. "This is a disturbing development. Our experience with Abedin's emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "When will the Justice Department do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's obvious violations of law?"
Did the Dog Really Eat Samantha Power's Homework?
Monica Showalter
Former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power is denying, emphatically, to Congress, that she ever requested 260 unmaskings of Americans caught up in intelligence surveillance dragnets during President Obama's last year in office. She says someone else did it.
FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Nuclear Deal and Millions Were Routed to the Clinton Charitable Foundation
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Emails Reveal Bill Clinton Met with Vladimir Putin
Just Before Uranium One Deal

If President Trump or anyone even remotely close to his presidency, including his best friend from 2nd grade that he hadn't seen in 40 years, sought to meet with key Russian nuclear officials, in Moscow, just months before the federal government approved a very controversial deal handing Vladimir Putin 20% of U.S. uranium reserves, despite an ongoing investigation into Russian fraud, bribery, extortion and money laundering, it would be the only story played on a 24 x 7 loop on CNN and MSNBC. Ironically, that is exactly what new emails dug up by The Hill show that Bill Clinton did in June 2010...

Team Obama's Stunning Cover-Up of Russian Crimes
NY Post Editorial
It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of U.S. atomic resources – yet still OK'd that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America's uranium. This reeks. Peter Schweizer got onto part of the scandal in his 2015 book, "Clinton Cash"... The New York Times confirmed and followed up on Schweizer's reporting – all of it denounced by Hillary as a partisan hit job.

Hillary Clinton's Russian Ghost Stories

J. Michael Waller
Russian intelligence targeted Hillary Clinton before she became secretary of state in 2009, FBI documents show. New FBI information about corruption in a Clinton-approved uranium deal with Russia raises questions about Clinton's actions after the FBI broke up a deep-cover Russian spy ring in 2010. For a decade, the FBI ran an operation called Ghost Stories to monitor and rip apart a deep-cover Russian agent network.
Chief of Staff Kelly Brings Unprecedented Silence to
White House Press Briefing

You could hear a pin drop during White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly’s press briefing today. Instead of the usual short statement followed by questions and answers, Kelly spent most of the 20 minute conference explaining the process that follows the death of a uniformed service member. Included were Kelly’s emotional description of condolences received from son Robert’s squad members following his combat death in Afghanistan.
Gold Star Widow Releases Trump's Call
After Husband was Killed in Afghanistan

Gold star widow Natasha De Alencar released the audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan. "I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he's an unbelievable hero," Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar... "Thank you. I really, really appreciated it," she said. "I really do, sir."
Rachel Maddow Called Out By Fellow Liberals for
Pushing Anti-Trump Conspiracy

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow's latest anti-Trump conspiracy theory was so outlandish that even the dependably liberal HuffPost criticized it as "so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map." On Thursday evening, "The Rachel Maddow Show" opened with a somber 25-minute diatribe that attempted to connect the tragic ambush attack that killed four American soldiers in Niger to the latest version of President Trump's proposed travel ban, which included the nation of Chad.
Media Ignored Obama Telling Police:
Risking Your Lives is Part of 'Job You Signed Up For'

The media predictably exploded this week after a Democratic congresswoman attacked President Donald Trump for allegedly making insensitive remarks to the family of a fallen U.S. soldier – accusing the President of saying callously that the soldier "knew what he signed up for." While other Gold Star families had come out and said that President Trump was respectful when he called them – suggesting the media and Democrats were taking his remarks out of context – the media instead focused on portraying the President as a heartless monster.
Activist Leaders Legislating an End to Christian Society
Judi McLeod
While drama queens (of both genders) keep the attention of readers, viewers and listeners on trash-tabloid-gone-fake news, sparrows keep falling in a much more disturbing trend, where callous Western ‘leaders’, goose-stepping  in a never-ending politically correct march, continue to drive Christianity into unreachable corners from which they hope there is no return: Because it stands in the shape of a cross, the Bladensburg Memorial has been ordered to be pulled down.
Paglia: The Dumbing Down of America Began in Public Schools
Annie Holmquist
In the last several years, Americans have been sensing that something is seriously wrong with the current crop of young people. True, they are likely to have the most education credentials any generation has ever received. They also are technically-savvy, and as such, have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. But in spite of these factors, today’s students seem to exhibit a character that is high in sensitivity and low in knowledge. What gives? Why are our students turning out like this?
Immigration in the National Interest
Tom Cotton
Last year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the American people elected as president someone with no high government experience – not a senator, not a congressman, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general. They did this, I believe, because they’ve lost faith in both the competence and the intentions of our governing class – of both parties! Government now takes nearly half of every dollar we earn and bosses us around in every aspect of life, yet can’t deliver basic services well.
Study: New York’s Clean Energy Mandates Could Cost $1 Trillion
The Clean Energy Standard, enacted by the state’s Public Service Commission in August 2016 without any legislative vote, requires at least 50 percent of all the electricity sold in New York by its utilities to come from renewable generation sources by 2030. “The primary reason for the CES – to reduce GHG emissions – will not lead to any measurable impacts on climate and thus no climate-related benefits,” writes Lesser. “However, CES will significantly raise electricity costs.”
Environmental Protection Agency Rescinds Clean Power Plan
The Energy Information Administration had projected CPP would result in $1.23 trillion in lost GDP (in 2014 dollars) between 2020 and 2030, with an average annual GDP loss of $112 billion. The Obama administration acknowledged in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on July 9, 2015, if the U.S. met CPP’s emission reductions targets it would prevent at best 1/100th of one degree C of temperature rise by 2100.
Trying to Perpetuate Alarmist Climate "science"
David Wojick, PhD
Making a detailed critique and rebuttal of the CSSR official would go a long way toward putting federal policy on the right track, which is that the scientific debate is very real and far from being resolved. Costly, draconian actions like hefty carbon taxes and forced lifestyle changes are simply not justified.
Environmentalist Policies are Exacerbating Wildfires.
It's Time to Rethink Forest Management.

Jarrett Stepman
As a Reason Foundation study noted, the U.S. Forest Service, which is tasked with managing public wildland, once had success in minimizing widespread fires in the early 20th century. But many of these successful methods were abandoned in large part because of efforts by environmental activists.
Outrage at New NRA 'murder insurance' Which Pays Up to $1.5Million
In Legal Fees for Gun Owners if They Shoot Someone

The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later. Some are calling it 'murder insurance,' and say that rather than promoting personal responsibility and protection, it encourages gun owners to take action and not worry about the consequences.
Maxine Waters Vows to 'go and take out Trump'
It's been only four months since Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a Bernie Sanders fan, but did one of his colleagues advocate violence against the president of the United States? The one-note impeachment minstrel Maxine Waters promised a group that benefits "homeless LGBTQ youth" that she will "take out" the president – and the liberal audience wildly applauded. Appearing recently at the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City, it only took Waters 27 seconds before she slammed Trump.
Planned Parenthood is Targeting Baby Girls in the Womb
Cathy Ruse
Planned Parenthood wants you to think it is the champion of women. But if it achieves its goals, there may not be very many women left to champion. Last year, Indiana passed a law that banned sex-selective abortion – the killing of unborn babies based on their sex. But last week, a federal district judge granted a permanent injunction against that law, at Planned Parenthood's request.
Michigan Abortionist Caught with 14 Containers of
Aborted Babies in His Car – Pleads No Contest

Michael Arthur Roth was criminally charged as the result of a car accident in 2015, when police discovered stolen drugs, abortion equipment, and aborted baby remains in his trunk. Roth had been secretly carrying out hazardous home abortions. He and an accomplice had stolen the instruments and drugs from an abortion facility owned by Angel Ojeda, who had employed Roth.
Melania Trump Cuts Bloated First Lady Payroll from
Michelle Obama Days

Melania Trump is embracing a more active and public schedule as first lady – but she still runs one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history. According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Melania Trump has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady's office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama.
U.S. Immigration Population Hits Record 60 Million, 1-of-5 in Nation
A huge boom in immigration, legal and illegal, over the past 16 years has jumped the immigrant population to over 43 million in the United States, according to a new report. And when their U.S.-born children are added, the number grows to over 60 million, making the immigrant community nearly one-fifth of the nation's population, according to federal statistics reviewed by the Center for Immigration Studies.
Afghan Immigrant Found Guilty of New York Terror Bombing Spree – Faces Life Sentence
A federal jury on Monday found Ahmad Rahimi guilty of a bomb attack that injured dozens of people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood last year. After deliberating for three hours, the Manhattan jury convicted Rahimi on multiple charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place and interstate transportation of explosives during a two-day bombing campaign in and around New York.
Challenge to California's Prostitution Ban May Proceed, Judges Rule
A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead Thursday to activists seeking to overturn California's 145-year ban on commercial sex. A three-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the plaintiffs' legal challenge against the ban may proceed. The plaintiffs say the current law violates the right to engage in consensual sex, as described in a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that revoked criminal laws against gay sexual acts, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Liberal Darling Singer Peter Yarrow Will Perform at Women for Peace Rally was Convicted of Taking 'indecent liberties' with 14-Year-Old Before Receiving Presidential Pardon
Yarrow went to prison after making sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl and her 17-year-old sister in 1970 when they went to his Washington, D.C. hotel room to ask for his autograph, according to the New York Post. Yarrow pleaded guilty to taking "indecent liberties" with the 14-year-old and spent only three months behind bars. The performer was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter on his last day in office in 1981.

Week ending 15 October 2017

Behind Trump's Latest Moves: A Return to Constitutional Government
F.H. Buckley
Do you remember how glum Barak Obama looked after last year's election? It wasn't because he liked Hillary Clinton. Instead, he was mourning for the last four years of his administration. He was looking at all his unconstitutional executive orders going down the tube... From 2013 to 2017 we experienced a period of monarchical government under good King Obama and his executive diktats. Under Trump we're seeing a return to constitutional government.
Scalias All the Way Down: While the Press Goes Wild Over Tweets,
Trump is Remaking the Federal Judiciary

Kimberly Strassel
The media remains so caught up with the president's tweets that it has missed Mr. Trump's project to transform the rest of the federal judiciary. The president is stocking the courts with a class of brilliant young textualists bearing little relation to even their Reagan or Bush predecessors. Mr. Trump's nastygrams to Bob Corker will be a distant memory next week.
Great Again – Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 43 Years, Despite Hurricanes
The total number of laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to 1.89 million at the end of September, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the lowest such mark in nearly 44 years. And new claims for unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to 243,000 in the first full week of October, according to the agency, as the job market bounces back from hurricane damage even faster than forecasters expected.
Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Unexpectedly Surges to 13-Year High
Americans' perceptions of the economy and their own finances rebounded following several major hurricanes, a University of Michigan survey showed Friday. The jump in sentiment, which was greater than any analyst had projected, may reflect several trends: falling gasoline prices following a hurricane-related spike; repeated record highs for the stock market; a 16-year low in unemployment; and post-storm recovery efforts driving a rebound in economic growth.
New Evidence Shows McCain Helped Fund FBI Plot to Frame Trump; Backed Bogus Russian Trump Dossier
New evidence from court documents and intelligence sources combine to show the unthinkable: U.S. Senator John McCain colluded with the FBI and possibly the DNC to sandbag President Donald Trump, before and after the 2016 election.
Obama's Climate Plan was a Failure on All Accounts
Clean Power Plan had Nothing to do with Hazardous Pollutants

Nicolas Loris
The Trump administration is dismantling President Barack Obama's climate legacy piece by piece, and this week it's taking an axe to arguably the biggest piece. In an expected move, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt officially began the process of rolling back the incorrectly named Clean Power Plan.
The Obama EPA's Crooked Prosecutors – The agency's carbon dioxide climate "endangerment finding" was a kangaroo court process
Paul Dreissen
Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society.
Why Energy-Rich Australia Suffers the World's Priciest Power
A bungled transition from coal to clean energy has left resource-rich Australia with an unwanted crown: the highest power prices in the world. New Yorkers pay half as much as Sydneysiders to keep the lights on, despite Australia boasting among the world's largest coal and natural gas reserves, as well as ideal conditions for clean power generation.
Congress Should Feel No Obligation to Honor Obama's Promises to Iran
Philip Klein
The Iran Deal does not have the weight of a treaty that was negotiated by the executive branch and ratified by two-thirds of the Congress, as required by the U.S. Constitution. Because Obama lacked the support to make it a treaty, he negotiated it as an executive agreement. The benefit was that it allowed him to secure the deal, but the drawback was it left it open for revision or termination. He was aware of all of this, and went ahead with his deal anyway.
Why There is No Peace in the Middle East;
“There is no honor in peace”

Philip Carl Salzman
Peace is not possible in the Middle East because values and goals other than peace are more important to Middle Easterners. Most important to Middle Easterners are loyalty to kin, clan, and cult, and the honor that is won by such loyalty. There was no group and no loyalty above the tribe or tribal confederation until the rise of Islam. With Islam, a new, higher, more encompassing level of loyalty was defined.
Once Promised Paradise, ISIS Fighters End Up In Mass Graves
The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses. Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS fighters killed in 2015.
Desert dogs are waiting
Ohio Muslim Migrant Runs Over Baby While Driving Illegally,
May Walk Free

While driving without a license, Somali Muslim migrant Muhuba Ali Mohamed, 31, swerved into the father and infant, running over the pair and killing baby Micah in what would be her second car crash in just 4 days. Although Mohamed has been charged and convicted of vehicular homicide, a county judge is actually mulling over allowing her to escape any jail time for the most bizarre reason.
Capital of Denial
Charles C.W. Cooke
In late July, the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the District of Columbia's requirement that citizens give a good reason to carry a handgun in public. It's the third court loss in nine years for Washington, D.C.: Heller struck down the District's handgun ban in 2008, and they lost again in 2014, when the ban on carrying firearms was also blocked. As D.C. considers whether or not to appeal, one has to ask: Why is the city that houses the Constitution so determined to deny constitutional rights?

Sighting Down On the Second Amendment
Dave Merrick
Before a people are enslaved, before any nation is taken over, they are first disarmed. That's just history and common sense. From the inside or out, a nation is always first compromised by the removal of its ability to defend itself. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et al., they all declawed whatever organism that stood in their way – most especially the people they intended to govern.

In Texas People Take Their Guns Everywhere with Them
The country adopted an "open carry bill" in 2015 that allows people to carry arms openly in public places. The law went into effect on January 1, 2016 and now it is common to see lots of people wearing guns on their person while shopping or eating out.
Cuomo to Keep Over $60,000 in Campaign Donations from
Harvey Weinstein

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) plans to keep more than half of the campaign donations he received from Democratic donor and Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein after it was revealed last week that he had settled sexual harassment claims with at least eight different women. Cuomo, who has positioned himself for a potential 2020 presidential run, has raised $110,400 from Weinstein or his film studio. He is now facing criticism for not donating all the funds received from Weinstein.
Is Hillary Really Giving Away Harvey's Tainted Donations? Confusion Mounts Over Clinton's Pledge – While Her Usual Charity is Her Own Foundation and She Could Get a Handy Tax Break Too
Clinton broke her silence on Weinstein's sex assault scandal this week, and joined a chorus of other Democratic politicians who said they would return Weinstein's contributions or re-gift them to charity. And on Thursday reps for the defeated presidential candidate said that she would return $13,000, which Weinstein personally donated to her.
And they called Willie "slick"!
Getting Them Young
Matthew Vadum
In places like Edina, Minnesota, the Left has transformed K-12 schools into indoctrination factories whose overarching purpose is to train students to be reflexively racist and anti-American. Educators in Edina, a wealthy Minneapolis suburb, don’t even try to conceal their sinister goals. Elementary school students there are subjected to an A-B-C book titled A is for Activist.
Teenage Illegal Immigrant Crosses Border to Get Abortion.
Now It's Up to a Judge if She Can.

A judge is deciding Wednesday whether the state of Texas must help a teenage illegal immigrant get an abortion – a case that could have serious ramifications. Illegal immigrants do not have a constitutional right to abortion, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on Tuesday. Ruling in the girl's favor "will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally," Paxton said.
Two 'Dreamers' Caught Smuggling Illegal Immigrants Into U.S.;
Are Dreamers Necessarily Victims of Circumstance?

Two young illegal immigrant "Dreamers" in the U.S. under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty were caught smuggling illegal immigrants in separate incidents in Texas, authorities announced Thursday. The arrests come at a time when Congress is debating what to do about Dreamers, and the arrests could complicate the picture painted of Dreamers as law-abiding standouts who are victims of circumstance.
Sebastian Kurz, an Anti-immigration Millennial,
Elected Austria's Next Chancellor

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz declared victory on Sunday in the race to become Austria’s chancellor, becoming the youngest head of state in the West. The 31-year-old Kurz and the center-right People's Party defeated the Social Democratic Party, which was the largest party in the Austrian parliament before Sunday.
AP: Christian Prayers Along Polish Border a
'Problematic Expression of Islamophobia'

On-the-ground sources said that over a million Poles turned out Saturday to pray the rosary along the country's 2,000-mile border for the salvation of their country. According to the spokesman for the Polish Bishops' Conference, Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, the event drew "millions of people" to pray the rosary together and was the second-largest prayer event ever held in Europe, after the 2016 World Youth Day.
Universal Coverage?
My Fourth Health Care Plan Just Died Thanks to Obamacare

Michelle Malkin
Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead. Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years.
Sex-Change Surgery Regrets on the Rise
Liberty Counsel
According to a report in The Telegraph, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic has seen a high number of “transgender” people who have undergone sex-change surgeries later express regrets and experience crippling depression and suicidal thoughts. Djordjevic cites two reasons: a lack of robust research on the topic and a lack of psychiatric evaluation and counseling before the surgeries.
Experts Warn Congress: North Korean EMP Would
Kill '90% of Americans' – Consider Nuclear First Strike

Chairman Dr. William R. Graham and Chief of Staff Dr. Peter Vincent Pry of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack told the Committee on Homeland Security that the U.S. is now facing a "doomsday scenario" as U.S. intelligence under the Obama administration grossly underestimated the capabilities of North Korea.
Insanity! Convicted Rapist Granted Joint Custody of
His 12-Year-Old Victim's Child

A judge has awarded a convicted rapist parenting time, and joint legal custody, of a child he conceived with a girl he raped when she was 12... He was also later convicted of another sexual assault on a child, according to media reports. The man, Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was awarded joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy, nine years after he was convicted of raping the child's mother, after a DNA test established paternity of the child, said the victim's attorney.
Bossier, LA Sheriff to Boycott NFL Sponsor, Ford,
Due to Anthem Protests – Urges Other Sheriffs to Do Likewise

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said his office will no longer purchase Ford products after the automaker expressed support for NFL players' right to kneel in protest during the national anthem. Whittington said in his letter to Hixson Ford the sheriff's office has had a "pleasurable business relationship with your company," and that he hopes the dealership will encourage Ford Motor Company to cease advertising with the NFL until NFL leaders demand that its players "show proper respect for our nation's colors."

Week ending 8 October 2017

The Media Doesn't Understand Guns – and Doesn't Want To
Stephen L. Miller
The American political left and mainstream media pundits at large do not understand guns. They are not educated about them and they refuse to learn about them. They could not tell you the difference between an automatic or semi-automatic firearm. They don't understand what a suppressor does or does not do. It's safe to say most of them have not heard the term "bump stock" until this week.
The True Secret of the NRA’s Success
Jonah Goldberg
In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists and commentators are insisting that the National Rifle Association has a “stranglehold” on the Republican Party... The New York Times listed total NRA donations to certain GOP politicians alongside their statements offering condolences and prayers for the victims in Las Vegas. And the op-ed pages have been suffused with claims that the NRA has bought Republicans with blood money, stifling the popular will and thwarting democracy in the process. There’s just one problem: It’s not true.
Common Threads in Mass Murders
Dr. Robert R. Owens
What is that common thread? Is it a political affiliation? Is it a nationality? Is it a certain type of weapon? No. Overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents and it is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes. It is the use of psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants that ties so many of these horrific events together. In case after case the perpetrators were either taking them or they had been taking them recently.
The Creation of Senseless Violence,
Psychiatric Drugs, and Kids Who Kill

Lora Mengucci
The rise in gratuitous and senseless violence is a disturbing recent addition to the community landscape. Psychiatrists have tried to sell us on all the wrong reasons for this – everything from a person's mental illness, poverty and broken families to genetic makeup; however, the fact missed by most is that psychiatric drugs, on an ever increasing rise in society and amongst school children, are actually creating acts of violence.
FBI's Shocking Report: The 'Ferguson effect' is Real
At first glance, the number seems like an error – as if an FBI statistician had accidentally transposed some digits in the bureau's annual report on crime released earlier this week. Alas, anyone who has been paying attention to violence in Chicago knows the FBI didn't make a mistake – the shocking number is accurate. Chicago's annual murder total jumped 86 percent in the space of two years, evoking memories of the early 1990s crack wars when annual homicide totals regularly approached 1,000.
California Has Quite an Interesting Take on “Progressivism”;
‘Sanctuary’ Will Lead to More Collateral Arrests

Ed Driscoll
ICE on Friday threatened more immigration raids in California’s neighborhoods and worksites one day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law new restrictions on how local police work with federal immigration authorities. “ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests.”
Why Did the Las Vegas Shooter Target a Country Music Festival?
Dr Helen Smith
Why did Paddock choose this particular venue for his mass murder? Did he alone choose it? Others have speculated that he had help or that he was given orders by someone else. Even ISIS has taken credit for the killings. What is going on? It's hard to say, but one thing is probably true: Paddock didn't choose this group randomly.

Diagnosed or Not, The Vegas Shooting is About Mental Illness
Andrea Ruth
The massacre in Las Vegas has rightly consumed an entire news cycle. But while the media, Democrats, and generic progressives go after gun control, mental illness is being completely sidelined once again. You might be thinking, "but we don't know if he was mentally ill or not." I would put to you this question in that case. Name one person who has killed innocent people who was not mentally ill in some way.
Psychiatrist: 'CNN's Gonna Have to Answer' for
Their Twisted Priorities on Mass Shootings

Psychiatrist Michael Welner told Fox News this morning that he thinks CNN's priorities, when it comes to mass shootings, are completely twisted. He said, "CNN's gonna have to answer for how they demonize gun enthusiasts and how CNN actually contributes to mass shooting."
Full segment [6 mins] It's worth it!
Tim Kaine Doubles Down On Clinton's Post-Vegas Silencer Claim,
Gets Fact-Checked

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is getting fact-checked for claiming the Las Vegas shooter was "only" stopped because he did not have a silencer on his guns. The Virginia senator made the comments to The Washington Post on Monday, as his 2016 running mate Hillary Clinton made similar remarks – taking to Twitter to imagine how much deadlier the massacre might have been if silencers had been used.
Interesting Change of Strategery for Democrats on Gun Control
Ed Driscoll
“Too often, the people who have been the spokesperson for gun control have been Michael Bloomberg and, frankly, Jimmy Kimmel,” ... “And I like Michael Bloomberg,” wrote David Brooks. Well gee, if you don’t like Bloomberg and Kimmel, how ‘bout Nancy Pelosi? This is an interesting turn for the Democrats going forward. Who will believe them if and when they utter the ‘we’re just everyday folks, we’re not coming for your guns lies that Kerry and Obama uttered during their campaigns?’
CBS Fires VP Who Said Vegas Victims Didn't Deserve Sympathy
Because Country Music Fans 'Often are Republican'

CBS has parted ways with 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 mass shooting that unfolded in Las Vegas late Sunday night.
Victory! Department of Defense
Purges SPLC Information from Its Training Material

Jacob Grandstaff
The Department of Defense (DOD) has recently removed all its material related to extremist groups that came from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The DOD infamously used the discredited SPLC's data, which led it compare Catholic and Protestant Christians to al Qaeda, as examples of religious extremism.
Robert Mueller's Tom Price Problem
Jeffrey Lord
Did Robert Mueller ... reimburse the government just for his own seat on what the GAO describes as "unclassified nonmission flights" – which is what Price did? Or did Mueller do what Price did not – pay for the full cost of the flights in question. Since the cost of these flights would undoubtedly run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars if not several millions, one can reasonably suspect Mueller did exactly what Price did – pay only for the cost of his seat. In which case? Why, if he did exactly what Price did, is he back in government at all?
Teacher Prays That Only 'Trumptards'
Were Killed in Las Vegas Terrorist Attack

Carmine Sabia
It never ceases to amaze how the political side of the aisle that professes "love" can be full of loathsome vitriol towards their fellow Americans. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Las Vegas on Sunday that killed more than 50 people and injured more than 500, a self-described teacher named Ann took to social media to pray. But she didn't pray for the dead and injured victims and their families. Her prayer was that the only people that were killed at the country music concert were, who she called, "Trumptards."
Antifa Group Plans Nationwide
'Deface Columbus Day' Actions for Monday

Violent left-wing anarchists have announced a nationwide campaign to deface Christopher Columbus statues this coming Monday. Five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, according to Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a "larger-than-life" statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, "Hate will not be tolerated" and "#SomethingsComing" on its pedestal.

West Point Knew the Commie Cadet was an Avowed Marxist –
and Graduated Him Anyway

Spenser Rapone, who goes by @punkproletarian on his now private Twitter account, has indicated in posts online that he is a "socialist organizer" for the Democratic Socialists of America, an antifa supporter, and a Che Guevara fan who has contempt for the United States military.
Politicized Sustainability Threatens Planet and People
Paul Driessen
Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions. The most common definition is that “we may meet the needs of current generations” only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
It's Official: Trump Breaks Reagan Record in
Cutting Regulations in Only 9 Months

During his campaign, Donald Trump made cutting the red tape in Washington a major focus. And he's been proving that wasn't just an empty promise. According to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the new administration has managed to slash more regulations in nine months than Ronald Reagan did in years.
Move on, Michelle, and Take Barack and Hillary With You
Judi McLeod
Within days of trying to lay it on the masses that many people “don’t trust politics” because the Republican Party is “all men, all white”, comes the revelation that former First Lady Michelle Obama placed trust aplenty in disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Obama’s “wonderful human being” and “good friend” Weinstein will reportedly be suspended from his international film company pending an internal probe into multiple sexual harassment claims after at least eight legal settlements were made with women over alleged harassment.
Federal Contractor Fined for Illegally Donating
$200,000 to pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC

FEC officials have fined a federal contractor on Thursday for donating $200,000 to a Hillary Clinton super PAC, setting a historic precedent. Federal contractors are prohibited from donating to political groups under the federal laws. A Massachusetts-based company, Suffolk Construction, was fined $34,000 for making two $100,000 donations in 2015 to a pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action group while having a million-dollar government contract.
NBC's Chuck Todd Suggests the Constitution
Excludes God-Given Rights

Jarrett Stepman
Todd not only fails to understand ideas that come straight from the Declaration of Independence – and placed at the cornerstone of our civilization – but describes those who believe in them to be dangerous and almost un-American. And it pretty succinctly explains why there is such a vast cultural chasm opening up in this country. Concepts that would have been universally understood in earlier times are lost.
Google Accused of Racketeering in Lawsuit
Claiming Pattern of Trade Secrets Theft

Architect Eli Attia spent 50 years developing what his lawsuit calls “game-changing new technology” for building construction. This week, a judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court approved the addition of racketeering claims to the lawsuit originally filed in 2014. Attia’s legal team uncovered six other incidents in which Google had engaged in a “substantially similar fact pattern of misappropriation of trade secrets” from other people or companies, according to a July 25 legal filing from Attia.
The Harvey Weinstein Scandal:
Why Are So-Called Feminists Defending This Creep?

Penny Young Nance
[T]his is Hollywood. This is Hugh Hefner’s world. This is the liberal paradise of promoting equal rights and justice for women, yet defending the men who use them for their own satisfaction, discarding them for younger versions every year, and then complaining about it years later when the women finally have the courage to say “enough!”
Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion,
Misbehavior Before the Enemy

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, The AP reported Friday. Bergdahl is accused of deserting his station in Afghanistan in 2009. He was held captive by armed Taliban militants until his release in 2014. President Trump has slammed Bergdahl as a "no-good traitor," saying he "should have been executed."
Puerto Rico Before the Hurricane: Trouble on Welfare Island
The Economist via Glenn Reynolds
“Puerto Rico has been a United States territory for more than a century, and its people have been citizens since 1917. They do not vote in national elections or pay federal income taxes, but those are not the biggest differences between Puerto Rican residents and their fellow American citizens. The island is distinguished by its poverty and joblessness, which are far worse than in any of the 50 states.”
Thick Ice
Craig Rucker
The Arctic is on thin ice.” Such is the cry of global warming apocalyptics who like to broadcast claims of doom-and-gloom surrounding the melting of the polar ice cap at the North Pole. Unfortunately for team warming, their ice narrative doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.
Ireland Honors Dead Commie Che Guevara
Matthew Vadum
He was an Argentinian revolutionary who served as Castro’s primary thug. He was especially infamous for presiding over summary executions at La Cabana, the fortress that was his abattoir. He liked to administer the coup de grace, the bullet to the back of the neck.
The postal service in the Republic of Ireland has decided to honor psychopathic mass-murdering communist Ernesto “Che” Guevara with a €1.00 (one euro) postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of his death. The decision was approved by Ireland’s cabinet, which didn’t bother to submit the matter to the Oireachtas, the country’s parliament.
Illegal Immigrant Breaks Into NJ Home, Rapes 6-Year-Old Girl
An illegal immigrant in New Jersey is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl then jumping out of a second-floor window after her father walked in during the assault, police said. When the father entered the bedroom, he found Edgar Mendoza, 32, on the young girl’s bed, police said. Mendoza leapt from the second-story window and ran off, police said. 
Welcome to the Dysfunction of Illinois Government
Diana Sroka Rickert
I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. And it’s all paid for by you, Illinois taxpayers. “Welcome to state government,” said a new colleague, as we boarded the elevator for the 16th floor.

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