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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Chicago gun violence has gotten so bad parents resort to 'hiding' their children
[Hot Air] Gang violence and crime in the Windy City have not gone away under Rahm Emanuel’s leadership, though some progress has been made in specific categories of crime. Still, the endemic problems are enough to have altered the lives of many of Chicago’s residents, seemingly in a permanent fashion. The local CBS outlet looked at the effect this has had on some families and discovered some truly heartbreaking stories. In Lawndale, on the City’s west side, some parents report that they’ve become so desperate that they’ve taken to "hiding their children" rather than risking their being injured or killed in the act of simply playing or enjoying a normal childhood.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2018 05:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A state that can not or will not provide security in one's person, one's family or one's property is not legitimate.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2018 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The answer, of course, is to crack down even harder on law abiding citizens who could defend themselves. /sarcasm

Or maybe they should ban plastic straws.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/01/2018 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Or maybe they should ban plastic straws.

I remember being shot with spitwads.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/01/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I think we have them beat on a per capita basis here in New Orleans.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Violence by other blacks for the most part.

Almost as if not all black Lives Matter?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/01/2018 15:50 Comments || Top||

#6  The ghetto. What's that? Pitter patter
Of little cats' feet as they scatter
From hip-hoppin' gunsels,
All sons of Rapunzels...
Cuz we've failed to tell 'em they matter.

Befogged, like.
Posted by: Eohippus Brown9840 || 08/01/2018 17:22 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Freeing People from Left-Wing Lies
The majority of Democratic voters are victims of a deliberate conspiracy by the leftist media, academia, and the Deep State to mislead them through lies of omission and commission.

A recent Pew survey shows that leftists are much more likely not to want to associate with people who don't share their political views than are conservatives. Furthermore, leftists are more likely not to know any conservatives.

Look at the electoral map from 2016 ‐ the blue areas are all tiny and tightly grouped.

Essentially, most leftist voters live in an intellectual bubble where the fake news media provide the propaganda, and their friends repeat, hence reinforce, the lies, making them seem credible. This even impacts the fake news reporters themselves.

On Twitter, for example, a leftist said the recently released FISA warrant application showed that the FBI had told the judge that Hillary was the one who paid for the Steele dossier, but that's not the case. The application for the warrant said:

Source #1 who now owns a foreign business/financial intelligence firm, was approached by an identified US. person, who indicated to Source #1 that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified US. person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1s ties to Russia (the identified U.S. person and Source #1 have a long-standing business relationship). The identified US. person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified US. person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation. behind the research into Candidate #1s ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified US. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1's campaign.

There are a number of problems with this, including:

The FBI knew that Hillary had funded the dossier but does not say so.
The FBI does not mention that Source #1 is a former spy and British national.
The FBI says the U.S. person was "likely" looking for dirt on Trump when the FBI knew for a fact that that was the intent.
The FBI relied on the word of the people involved that Source #1 wasn't told that the purpose of collecting dirt on Trump was to use that dirt against Trump.
The FBI failed to mention that Source #1 was highly biased against Trump.

For people who live in the left-wing bubble, the problems listed above are never mentioned. Instead, they're merely told that the application revealed that someone who was opposed to Trump funded the dossier.

What we're seeing is that neo-fascists on the left are channeling Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's chief propagandist, by using the Big Lie. Goebbels said:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Just replace "State" with leftist media-Democrat-Deep State alliance, and it becomes the clear mission statement of the left today. They know that the truth, ranging from the scientific fact that life begins at conception to the fact that the Iranian mullahs aren't trustworthy, must be concealed at all costs, because most Democratic voters won't vote Democratic when they learn the truth.

The Big Lie works because regular people are rarely willing to tell a big lie. Sure, we lie about little things, but few people will say they saw their neighbor using drugs when they didn't actually see that.

Because real people don't tell big lies, they assume that others won't, either. Hence, when Hitler, or the WaPo, repeats big lies over and over, people tend to end up believing them so long as they don't hear any contradictory voices.

That's why so many Americans think abortion is legal only in the first trimester or for the hard cases when in fact it's legal for any reason at any time during a pregnancy.

That's why so many Americans think Trump somehow colluded with Russia even though there is not a shred of evidence to indicate that.

That's why so few Americans know that Carter Page, the supposed Russian spy targeted by the FISA warrant, helped the FBI sting to capture Russian spies in 2013. Clearly, the media have to work hard to hide that from the bubble people they're trying to fool.

That's why few Democratic voters know that the NYT has armed guards to protect its newsroom even as it says making it harder for average citizens to have guns is a good thing.

If leftists were more uniformly distributed in America, they'd be exposed to nice people who have different information and hence different views. But as the Pew survey shows, they're not.

The problem, then, is how do we change this? We don't want, or need, a new civil war, but unless we can get the truth to Democratic voters, we are on a path to a very bad place.

Unless you're rich enough to buy a TV network, the answer is by talking truth to everyone you meet.

Don't be pushy, and don't bring up contentious topics out of nowhere, but when the issues come up, don't go silent because you'll be disparaged for supporting conservative perspectives.

For example, if someone asks how a Christian could support Trump because of his affairs, respond by wondering how anyone could trust Hillary, who openly attacked the women her husband sexually harassed.

If someone mentions Trump colluding with Russia, ask him what evidence there is of that. If he mentions the Steele dossier, point out that Steele himself said in a deposition to a British court that the contents are unverified.

If someone talks about the horror of Trump separating children from their families, point out that if the parents had legally applied for asylum at any point of entry or at any one of ten sites in Mexico instead of trying to sneak into America, they wouldn't have been separated from their children. Further, note that Trump has signed an order ending the practice. And mention that if an American citizen is arrested for a crime, he's separated from his children, too.

If someone talks about how conservatives don't care about the poor, point out to him that when Maine added work requirements to the food stamp program for healthy single childless individuals, 80% of them dropped out of the program. Clearly, they didn't need welfare. It's that sort of misuse of welfare that conservatives oppose. No one wants people starving or freezing; even Reagan talked about a necessary safety net. But Democrats want to ensnare people into welfare so that those people will be dependent on the government and hence will vote for Democrats.

It may not seem like much but the reality is that most Americans, even those who vote Democratic, are decent people. But they've never heard the truth on a wide spectrum of issues.

As the Bible says, the truth will set you free, so exposing basically good people to the truth has a good chance of starting them on the path to rejecting the Democratic party and its lies.

Posted by: 746 || 08/01/2018 13:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

The Origins of Our Second Civil War
How, when, and why has the United States now arrived at the brink of a veritable civil war?

Almost every cultural and social institution ‐ universities, the public schools, the NFL, the Oscars, the Tonys, the Grammys, late-night television, public restaurants, coffee shops, movies, TV, stand-up comedy ‐ has been not just politicized but also weaponized.

Donald Trump’s election was not so much a catalyst for the divide as a manifestation and amplification of the existing schism.
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Posted by: 746 || 08/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Left still believes the future is on its side and that there is no need to take a breath or compromise save on minor matters, and even then only temporarily.

I think we're in that twilight time of history where the reckoning hasn't fully manifested, but it is already too late to prevent it.
Posted by: charger || 08/01/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the ordinary man has been far too passive in not starving those mentally ill folk who believe they have the obligation to impose their beliefs on others and are special and thus worthy of living on others backs while they make their omelette.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/01/2018 6:48 Comments || Top||

#3  The fight for American independence involved a lot of nasty blood on blood violence to qualify as the first Civil War. The behaviors in places like the Carolinas were at times less civil than the troubles of 1861-65.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2018 7:05 Comments || Top||

#4  I saw how long this piece was, scanned the conclusion, and wondered - who wrote this long-winded sermon?

Ahhhh, Victor Davis Hanson. I will have to read it all.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/01/2018 8:56 Comments || Top||

#5  When I voted for Trump I was hopeful that after 8 years things would turn and our nation would find center again, hence no civil war. Now I'm not so sure. The divisiveness and the outright hate on the left will only grow stronger. GDP could be at 8%, the US debt could be at zero, and cancer could be cured and they will still hate the bible clutching flyovers... At the end of Trumps term, be it two or six years, the left will come for retribution. It will be visceral and unending. The industrial middle class will become the enemy of the state, persecuted, demonized in law, and taxed into poverty. I see no way out of this. There is no where for their hate to go, they will not be able to wind it down, they will come after us. protect your assets, your 401K will not survive, move your cash into some hard assets, because it will be relentless...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/01/2018 15:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Unless you take them down first, 49 Pan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2018 15:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Civil war has been going on for awhile now. Conservatives finally noticed and elected someone to fight back so it seems sudden when it has been a long time coming.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/01/2018 23:34 Comments || Top||

No, Single-Payer Reforms Won't Curb Hospital Costs
[National Review] Reforms that eliminate barriers to hospital competition are a much smarter option.

Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has just demonstrated the perils of making generous assumptions for the sake of proving a narrow point. In an attempt to quantify the rough fiscal impact associated with having the federal government take up all health-care costs currently borne by private insurers, employers, and individuals, Blahous accepted the assumption made by Senator Bernie Sanders and other single-payer proponents that the reform could save billions by purchasing services from hospitals at Medicare rates.

Although Blahous’s study estimated that Sanders’s "Medicare for All" proposal would impose a fiscal burden of $32 trillion (yes, trillion) over ten years and a likely annual tax increase of $26,000 per American household, single-payer advocates have been thrilled by its publication, seizing on its comparison between the estimated cost and expected private health-insurance spending over that ten-year period to argue that it would actually save Americans $2 trillion.

This "finding" is merely the result of a preposterous assumption: that because Medicare currently pays 40 percent less than private insurers for hospital services, the cost of delivering hospital services to the privately insured could be proportionately reduced simply by having the government rather than insurers pay hospitals for them.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2018 12:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two major issues drive the cost of health care in the US.

First are illegals and homeless using emergency rooms as primary care physicians. Because those costs are unrecoverable, the hospital smears them across the cost of other services.

Second, hospitals are expensive with their staff of specialists and hospital beds. If a hospital is only 50% occupied, those occupied rooms must bear the cost of the unoccupied beds with their associated staff working at reduced efficiency. Then you have the specialist who only sees three patients a day. His costs are added to the costs of more frequently used specialists.

The entire model of a hospital delivering health care is wrong. These large vertically integrated health care organizations have huge costs of under utilization that are smeared across the rest of the hospital.

A completely different subject is Big Pharma. Possibly the most corrupt, unethical bunch of scum sucking vermin on the planet, even worse than anyone in Congress or the Senate. Their price gouging and accounting games are used to charge huge sums of money for medications.

Of course you have the 80-20 rule in which 80% of the health care resources are consumed by 20% of the people...usually illegals who run their kids to the emergency room for the sniffles and soccer moms who think their kid has every ailment and allergy mentioned on the news.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/01/2018 13:58 Comments || Top||

Wall Street opens higher as Apple lifts tech stocks
(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday after Apple’s strong earnings boosted technology companies and helped ease concerns over future growth of the tech sector.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 46.44 points, or 0.18 percent, at the open to 25,461.63. The S&P 500 .SPX opened higher by 4.88 points, or 0.17 percent, at 2,821.17. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC gained 30.03 points, or 0.39 percent, to 7,701.82 at the opening bell.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2018 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Fifth Column
For the People - National Public Radio and "What You Need To Know About The Democratic Socialists Of America"
Editorial at link
Posted by: 3dc || 08/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  BLUF - In case you haven't gotten the message, the DSA is all about power. The power to take control of your life and the lives of all Americans and subvert them to the will of a small group of people who have the firm belief that they know what is best for all of us - despite what we may believe.

The power to show they know what's best for all of us.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/01/2018 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  What is being described regarding democratic socialism is not liberty but tyranny.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/01/2018 23:40 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Kimberley A. Strassel: 'Devin Nunes, Washington's Public Enemy No. 1'
[WSJ] It’s 105 degrees as I stand with Rep. Devin Nunes on his family’s dairy farm. Mr. Nunes has been feeling even more heat in Washington, where as chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence he has labored to unearth the truth about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s activities during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Thanks in large part to his work, we now know that the FBI used informants against Donald Trump’s campaign, that it obtained surveillance warrants based on opposition research conducted for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and that after the election Obama administration officials "unmasked" and monitored the incoming team.

Mr. Nunes’s efforts have provoked extraordinary partisan and institutional fury in Washington‐across the aisle, in the FBI and other law-enforcement and intelligence agencies, in the media. "On any given day there are dozens of attacks, each one wilder in its claims," he says. Why does he keep at it? "First of all, because it’s my job. This is a basic congressional investigation, and we follow the facts," he says. The "bigger picture," he adds, is that in "a lot of the bad and problematic countries" that Intelligence Committee members investigate, "this is what they do there. There is a political party that controls the intelligence agencies, controls the media, all to ensure that party stays in power. If we get to that here, we no longer have a functioning republic. We can’t let that happen."

Mr. Nunes, 44, was elected to Congress in 2002 from Central California. He joined the Intelligence Committee in 2011 and delved into the statutes, standards and norms that underpin U.S. spying. That taught him to look for "red flags," information or events that don’t feel right and indicate a deeper problem. He noticed some soon after the 2016 election.

The first: Immediately after joining the Trump transition team, Mr. Nunes faced an onslaught of left-wing claims that he might be in cahoots with Vladimir Putin. It started on social media, though within months outlets such as MSNBC were openly asking if he was a "Russian agent." "I’ve been a Russia hawk going way back," he says. "I was the one who only six months earlier had called the Obama administration’s failure to understand Putin’s plans and intentions the largest intelligence failure since 9/11. So these attacks, surreal‐big red flag."

Mr. Nunes would later come to believe the accusations marked the beginning of a deliberate campaign by Obama officials and the intelligence community to discredit him and sideline him from any oversight effort. "This was November. We, Republicans, still didn’t know about the FBI’s Trump investigation. But they did," he says. "There was concern I’d figure it out, so they had to get rid of me."

A second red flag: the sudden rush by a small group of Obama officials to produce a new intelligence assessment two weeks before President Trump’s inauguration, claiming the Russians had acted in 2016 specifically to elect Mr. Trump. "Nobody disagrees the Russians were trying to muddy up Hillary Clinton. Because everyone on the planet believed‐including the Russians‐she was going to win," Mr. Nunes says. So it "made no sense" that the Obama administration was "working so hard to make the flip argument‐to say ’Oh, no, no: This was all about electing Trump.’ " The effort began to make more sense once that rushed intelligence assessment grew into a central premise behind the theory that Mr. Trump’s campaign had colluded with the Russians.

January 2017 also brought then-FBI Director James Comey’s acknowledgment to Congress‐the public found out later‐that the bureau had been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign since the previous summer, and that Mr. Comey had actively concealed the probe from Congress. Months earlier, when Mr. Nunes had seen media stories alluding to a Trump investigation, he’d dismissed them. "We’re supposed to get briefed," he says. "Plus, I was thinking: ’Comey, FBI, they’re good people and would never do this in an election. Nah.’ "

When the facts came out, Mr. Nunes was stunned by the form the investigation took. For years he had been central in updating the laws governing surveillance, metadata collection and so forth. "I would never have conceived of FBI using our counterintelligence capabilities to target a political campaign. If it had crossed any of our minds, I can guarantee we’d have specifically written, ’Don’t do that,’ " when crafting legislation, he says. "Counterintelligence is looking at people trying to steal our nation’s secrets or working with terrorists. This if anything would be a criminal matter."

Then there was the Christopher Steele dossier, prepared for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign by the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS. Top congressional Republicans got a January 2017 briefing about the document, which Mr. Comey later described as "salacious and unverified." Mr. Nunes remembers Mr. Comey making one other claim. "He said Republicans paid for it. Not true." Mr. Nunes recalls. "If they had informed us Hillary Clinton and Democrats paid for that dossier, I can guarantee you that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan would have laughed and walked out of that meeting." The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by hedge-fund manager Paul Singer, had earlier hired Fusion GPS to do research on Mr. Trump, but the Beacon’s editors have said that assignment did not overlap with the dossier.

All these red flags were more than enough to justify a congressional investigation, yet Mr. Nunes says his sleuthing triggered a new effort to prevent one. He had been troubled in January 2017 when newspapers published leaked conversations between Mike Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, and the Russian ambassador. The leak, Mr. Nunes says, involved "very technical collection, nearly the exact readouts." It violated strict statutory rules against "unmasking"‐revealing the identities of Americans who are picked up talking to foreigners who are under U.S. intelligence surveillance.

Around the time of the Flynn leak, Mr. Nunes received tips that far more unmasking had taken place. His sources gave him specific document numbers to prove it. Viewing them required Mr. Nunes to travel in March to a secure reading room on White House grounds, a visit his critics would then spin into a false claim that he was secretly working with Mr. Trump’s inner circle. They also asserted that his unmasking revelations amounted to an unlawful disclosure of classified information.

That prompted a House Ethics Committee investigation. In April 2017, Mr. Nunes stepped aside temporarily from the Russia-collusion piece of his inquiry, conveniently for those who wished to forestall its progress. Not until December did the Ethics Committee clear Mr. Nunes. "We found out later," he says, "that four of the five Democrats on that committee had called for me to be removed before this even got rolling."

Meantime, the Intelligence Committee continued the Russia-collusion probe without Mr. Nunes. In October 2017 news finally became public that the Steele dossier had been paid for by the Clinton campaign. This raised the question of how much the FBI had relied on opposition research for its warrant applications, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Throughout the fall, the Justice Department refused to comply with Intel Committee subpoenas for key dossier and FISA documents.

By the end of the year, Mr. Nunes was facing off with the Justice Department, which was given a Jan. 3, 2018, deadline to comply with Congress’s demands for information. The New York Times quoted unnamed government officials who claimed the Russia investigation had hinged not on the dossier but on a conversation with another low-level Trump aide, George Papadopoulos. The next day, the Washington Post ran a story asserting‐falsely, Mr. Nunes insists‐that even his Republican colleagues had lost confidence in him. "So, a leak about how the dossier doesn’t matter after all, and another saying I’m out there alone," he says. "And right then DOJ and FBI suddenly demand a private meeting with the speaker, where they try to convince him to make me stand down. All this is not a coincidence."

But Mr. Ryan backed Mr. Nunes, and the Justice Department produced the documents. The result was the Nunes memo, released to the public in February, which reported that the Steele dossier had in fact "formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application"‐and that the FBI had failed to inform the FISA court of the document’s partisan provenance. "We kept the memo to four pages," Mr. Nunes says. "We wanted it clean. And we thought: That’s it, it’s over. The American public now knows that they were using dirt to investigate a political campaign, a U.S. citizen, and everyone will acknowledge the scandal." That isn’t what happened. Instead, "Democrats put out their own memo, the media attacked us more, and the FBI and DOJ continue to obfuscate."

It got worse. This spring Mr. Nunes obtained information showing the FBI had used informants to gather intelligence on the Trump camp. The Justice Department is still playing hide-and-seek with documents. "We still don’t know how many informants were run before July 31, 2016"‐the official open of the counterintelligence investigation‐"and how much they were paid. That’s the big outstanding question," he says. Mr. Nunes adds that the department and the FBI haven’t done anything about the unmaskings or taken action against the Flynn leakers‐because, in his view, "they are too busy working with Democrats to cover all this up."

He and his committee colleagues in June sent a letter asking Mr. Trump to declassify at least 20 pages of the FISA application. Mr. Nunes says they are critical: "If people think using the Clinton dirt to get a FISA is bad, what else that’s in that application is even worse."

Mr. Nunes has harsh words for his adversaries. How, he asks, can his committee’s Democrats, who spent years "worrying about privacy and civil liberties," be so blasé about unmaskings, surveillance of U.S. citizens, and intelligence leaks? On the FBI: "I’m not the one that used an unverified dossier to get a FISA warrant," Mr. Nunes says. "I’m not the one who obstructed a congressional investigation. I’m not the one who lied and said Republicans paid for the dossier. I’m just one of a few people in a position to get to the bottom of it." And on the press: "Today’s media is corrupt. It’s chosen a side. But it’s also making itself irrelevant. The sooner Republicans understand that, the better."

His big worry is that Republicans are running out of time before the midterm elections, yet there are dozens of witnesses still to interview. "But this was always the DOJ/FBI plan," he says. "They are slow-rolling, because they are wishing and betting the Republicans lose the House."

Still, he believes the probe has yielded enough information to chart a path for reform: "We need more restrictions on what you can use FISAs for, and more restrictions on unmaskings. And we need real penalties for those who violate the rules." He says his investigation has also illuminated "the flaws in the powers of oversight, which Congress need to reinstate for itself."

Mostly, Mr. Nunes feels it has been important to tell the story. "There are going to be two histories written here. The fiction version will come from an entire party, and former and even current intelligence heads, and the media, who will continue trying to cover up what they did," he says. "It’s our job, unfortunately, to write the nonfiction."
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#1  he has the Nads to call out the punks
Posted by: 746 || 08/01/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#2  We'll see if this is true or if he's Trey Gowdy 2.0.

Posted by: charger || 08/01/2018 20:38 Comments || Top||

Giuliani: No Trump Interview, Russia Probe Not Legit
[Conservative Alert] Former presidential candidate New York City mayor and now Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani announced on Monday that President Trump will not interview before Special Counsel Robert Mueller because the investigation is a sham. During the Fox News Hannity appearance, Giuliani argued the potential Trump-Mueller interview would amount to a perjury trap. Further, Giuliani pointed out that Trump’s legal team is in a stronger position against the still unsubstantiated collusion allegations. The point is obvious: if Mueller had anything solid on Trump, we’d know about by now because the FBI’s collusion with the DNC would have produced it. It’s the new Red Scare in which Mueller is the new McCarthy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2018 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can Mueller keep this clown show going after the Midterms? Especially if the Republicans hold the House...?
Posted by: magpie || 08/01/2018 19:24 Comments || Top||

#2  If he (Mueller) sustains the effort, he continues to look the desperate fool. If he retires the effort, history such as it is, will be rewritten to frame him as a legal genius and hero.

I'd rather he remain the desperate fool.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2018 19:46 Comments || Top||

Ann Coulter: Trump's ‘Poll Numbers Will Go Through the Roof' if He'd Just Build the Border Wall
[Breitbart] New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter says President Trump’s "poll numbers will go through the roof" if he would simply build the border wall he promised to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border.

During an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily, Coulter told Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow that if Trump finally followed through on his key campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border, his poll numbers would skyrocket.
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In the Army, the Delusion Keeps Rolling Along…
[Defense Watch] Meet the Army of 2018, where men are women, women are men, Mommies are Rangers and breast milk is served on tap in the First Sergeant’s lactation station.

In order for the complete and final unraveling of the Army’s fighting spirit and combat power to occur, the concept of gender neutrality has to be served up on a platter to the young, gullible Millennial masses and shoved down the throats of the last breed of hardass old school holdouts who are 60 days and wake up away from escaping from an organization they have seen go from the Dirty Dozen to Romper Room in just two decades.

In an Army, where we have witnessed cadets parading around in high heels, grunts from the Big Red One (a unit that landed on Omaha Beach) don pregnancy simulators, generals tell us that pregnancies don’t affect combat readiness, and the complete and utter erosion of all standards at the JKF Special Warfare Center and School, comes a new and brilliant idea from the minds of the politically correct martinets and feather merchants who call themselves generals ‐ the GENDER NEUTRAL ARMY COMBAT FITNESS TEST.

As part of the Army’s ongoing Maoist feminist revolution, the very idea that men and women are different has to be eradicated. The concept that men are stronger and faster than women has to be obliterated. The Army’s Bright Shining Lie must continue to move forward; that massive Pinocchio that one, women are meeting the same physical standards in the combat arms as men and two, that they are the same physically as men.

Allow me to let you in on a dirty little secret, the physical standards in the combat arms are disappearing faster than dust in the wind. To this date, the Army has now graduated a dozen women from Ranger School, yet refuses to release any of their records to enquiring members of Congress. The stories of special treatment for women at Benning range from pre, pre, pre Ranger training to dieticians, showers every three days for the ladies and endless chances to pass patrols and events. Then there’s Smoke Bomb Hill, down at Bragg, where the senior cadre in Special Forces are firing so much smoke that they can’t find the mirrors they’re using to distort the truth. And, the truth is that there are apparently no physical standards left at Bragg for those at the Special Forces Qualification or Q Course. In a nutshell, your 100 year old great grandma could earn a Green Beret now.
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#1  Criminal.
Posted by: newc || 08/01/2018 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Treason never doth prosper - for what reason?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2018 16:29 Comments || Top||

#3  And to think I believe that earning my Ranger Tab as a winter Ranger is a highlight of my youh.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/01/2018 22:35 Comments || Top||

#4  It is getting to be true tat "the last hard class etc" - I was hopeful that Mattis would slow the rot
Posted by: Blossom Hupager6063 || 08/01/2018 23:04 Comments || Top||

Who the hell is responsible for this shit. Why does Trump let this insult continue?
Posted by: Roger29 Palms || 08/01/2018 23:33 Comments || Top||

LeBron James is perpetuating the problem
[American Thinker] As he is wont to do, LeBron James once again took aim at President Trump, blaming him for using sports to divide the country.
[Trump is] dividing us and what I've noticed over the last few months, he's kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.

Set aside for a moment the poor grammar and the fact that Donald Trump did not start this fight. The hubbub over NFL players protesting the National Anthem began with Colin Kaepernick "kneeling" in 2016. Several other players and teams took on this protest, well before Donald Trump was elected president.

While many leftists want to claim now that it was never Colin Kaepernick's intention to disrespect the flag, and by extension our country, this line of reasoning is wholly without merit. Kaepernick's explanation of why he knelt;
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#1  The theory that I've formulated to explain the behavior of prominent "African-Americans" is that they're all agents - maybe unaware ones - of KKK.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2018 16:28 Comments || Top||

The Left Are the Locusts of Culture
h/t Instapundit
There is a scene in Independence Day where the character mind-melds with the alien, and receives a sudden understanding of the peril the Earth is in.

Quoting from memory, he says something like "They’re like locusts. They move from planet to planet, take everything it has to give and move on."

For some time now, I’ve thought this applies to the left. Certainly, entire fields of endeavor, entire expanses of human knowledge, science, and interest, seem to collapse in the wake of an infestation by the left.

I used to think this happened because of the left’s charming habit of hiring only on political conformity, and not on talent, intellectual ability or even interest in the field.

...Except that the left is like locusts. They can’t help destroying.

...And on the private side, where many of my friends are people of letters and deeply cloaked in their universities and departments, I get more reports of this sort of bad and infective craziness: departments in the hard sciences worrying about hiring "diverse" instead of the best people for the job; professors and employees who are out of control and say and do the most heinous things can’t be fired because they’re "protected minorities."

This is far worse than a simple bias in hiring. I don’t know if it’s possible for any field to stand in the face of such an onslaught. Perhaps an unskilled labor field, where it doesn’t matter which pair of hands is doing things, and the requirements are minimal.

Certainly not any field that requires expertise, specialized techniques or even ‐ like mere writing ‐ craftsmanship.
IMO, the explanation for the Left is inferiority complex. They, especially the ones in academia, know - though they'll never admit it even to themselves - they're second rate. And, if you're a second rater, that greater pleasure is there than humiliating and destroying one's betters?
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#1  A sociopath will employ those who are not fit for the job so they rely on the sociopath for employment, in return they protect the sociopath.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/01/2018 5:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Kinda like chain hard ware stores that hire idiots that don't know what a nail is so they can pay them minimum been going on for years and years!
Posted by: Jack Chaiter7913 || 08/01/2018 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Not necessarily the Left, rather this is a natural result when a single mono-culture feels that it is imperative to impose its world-view, its Gleichschaltung, on all facets of the culture. Consider the cultural stasis that was imposed in Imperial China -- they had everything they needed hundreds of years before the West to usher a Chunese Age of Expansion. But they didn't, they chose not to,
Posted by: magpie || 08/01/2018 12:12 Comments || Top||

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