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Great insight into what is happening in the political arena from C Thi Nguyen writing at Aeon:

Escape the echo chamber
Something has gone wrong with the flow of information. It’s not just that different people are drawing subtly different conclusions from the same evidence. It seems like different intellectual communities no longer share basic foundational beliefs. Maybe nobody cares about the truth anymore, as some have started to worry. Maybe political allegiance has replaced basic reasoning skills. Maybe we’ve all become trapped in echo chambers of our own making – wrapping ourselves in an intellectually impenetrable layer of likeminded friends and web pages and social media feeds.

But there are two very different phenomena at play here, each of which subvert the flow of information in very distinct ways. Let’s call them echo chambers and epistemic bubbles. Both are social structures that systematically exclude sources of information. Both exaggerate their members’ confidence in their beliefs. But they work in entirely different ways, and they require very different modes of intervention. An epistemic bubble is when you don’t hear people from the other side. An echo chamber is what happens when you don’t trust people from the other side.

Explains a lot and it is fun (as a conservative libertarian) to see the self-induced bubble that the author has placed themselves in - they only cite examples from the far right. Virtue signalling much?

There was a flap about ten days ago because Sinclair Broadcasting Company (which is a conservative company) wanted its on-air talent to toe the conservative line. They were not - they were doing the usual mainstream-media never-Trump fake news and Sinclair wanted to nudge them back on track. Needless to say, this had the liberals up in arms.

Segue to today - from Reason:

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want the FCC to Revoke Sinclair's Broadcast Licenses
How stupid is the panic over Sinclair Broadcast Group's hamfisted, "must-run" promotional video decrying "fake news"? This stupid: Yesterday 12 senators, including reported presidential aspirants Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), officially requested that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) "investigate Sinclair's news activities to determine if it conforms to the public interest." If such an inquiry were to uncover "distorted news reports," the senators reckoned, that "could disqualify Sinclair from holding its existing licenses" and put the kibosh to its proposed purchase of Tribune Co. television stations.

"Multiple news outlets report that Sinclair has been forcing local news anchors to read Sinclair-mandated scripts warning of the dangers of 'one-sided news stories plaguing our country,' over the protests from local news teams," states the letter, authored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). "As strong defenders of the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press, we are alarmed by such practices....Must-run dictates from Sinclair harm the freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment by turning local journalists into mouthpieces for a corporate and political agenda."

FCC chair Ajit Pai this afternoon responded with a curt thanks-but-no-thanks. "In light of my commitment to protecting the First Amendment and freedom of the press, I must respectfully decline," Pai wrote. "I have repeatedly made clear that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast. I understand that you disliked or disagreed with the content of particular broadcasts, but I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage or promotion of that coverage."

Talk about being out of touch and clueless as to the underlying laws of our Nation.

Another day in paradise

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Heading North for the afternoon - coffee and post office first though (some things never change)

As things unfold with the Mueller investigation, I am reminded of the old saying - give 'em enough rope. The moke is very dirty. I am looking forward to the bolt of lightning that blasts all of these people into plasma. Mueller? Just not that bright. Here, here, here, here, here

From October 5, 2016:

Most say race relations worsened under Obama, poll finds
A majority of Americans say relations between blacks and whites in the US have worsened under President Barack Obama, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

The survey results come as an increasing number say discrimination against blacks is a very serious problem and concerns about bias in the criminal justice system remain widespread.

Overall, 54% say relations between blacks and whites have gotten worse since Obama became president, including 57% of whites and 40% of blacks. That's up sharply compared with last June, when 43% said things had gotten worse shortly after a racially motivated shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

A constant diet of race baiting and divisiveness will do that to a citizenry. Very glad that we have an adult in the White House. He may be uncouth and a sexist pig but he is an effective leader and is doing what is best for the United States.

From the Associated Press:

Trump furious after FBI seizes documents from his lawyer
Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said from the White House that it was a “disgrace” that the FBI “broke into” his lawyer’s office. He called Mueller’s investigation “an attack on our country,” prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department’s special counsel.

The raid was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”

I am wondering who was fishing for whom? Trump is not stupid and these mokes committed political espionage. The next couple of weeks are going to be interesting to say the least.

Time for a big bowl of popcorn...

Heh - running on empty

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Empty ideas, empty standards and now empty bank account - from The Daily Caller:

DNC Quietly Adds Another 160K In Debt, Bringing Total Debt To $6.3 Million
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) reported more than $162,000 in additional debt in an amended FEC report filed this week.

The DNC originally reported $6.1 million in debt in its March 2018 FEC report filed on March 20 but amended that report on Monday to include an additional $162,368.64 in debt, bringing the DNC’s total debt to just under $6.3 million.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has zero debt, according to the committee’s most recent FEC filings.

They have nothing to offer anyone - this is why they are failing at fundraising and failing at the ballot box. The only way they can suceed is to cheat.

Enough already - from the Washington Examiner:

Hillary Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, sexism, NRA, Russia for 2016 loss
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday recited a list of several factors that contributed to her 2016 loss against Donald Trump, and said America is in a "really bad spot" with President Trump in the White House.

"[E]very day that goes by there’s more evidence and more proof of Russia and fake news and Cambridge Analytica and misogyny and sexism," she said. "I mean it’s hard, it’s very hard."

She said the "lock her up" chants that Trump led during the election and other protests around her were signs of misogyny.

Unnnh - Hillary? The "lock her up" chants were because you are crooked and corrupt. No misogyny there.

Heh - poor widdle snowflakes. From The Seattle Times:

Turmoil inside KOMO News as conservative owner Sinclair mandates talking points
Amid a national outcry over Sinclair Broadcasting and its mandate to insert conservative talking points on local TV news, several journalists at KOMO News — Sinclair’s Seattle-area station — describe a newsroom in turmoil. Some staffers have reached a breaking point and have discussed protesting their corporate bosses, or plan to leave as soon as they can.

Sinclair, the nation’s biggest owner of local TV news stations, has for several years required KOMO and many of its stations across the country to air “must-run” news stories and commentaries produced by Sinclair that tilt heavily to the right on the political spectrum.

But it recently required its local anchors in Seattle and elsewhere to deliver on air a Sinclair-provided script bashing “fake news” and accusing journalists of pushing their political agenda without checking their facts. To many, it looked like talking points from the Trump administration had been directly broadcast into living rooms across the country, filtered through their trusted local anchors.

Fake news is all over the place and major kudos to Sinclair for trying to dispell the fog. maybe it will sink in to people's minds finally. After all, from Don Surber: 77% believe that the media lies

Not surprising but this really needs to be looked at - turn over whatever rocks are necessary. From Lifezette:

The Uranium One Deal Is a Clear and Present Danger to America
Consider this nightmare scenario:

The Russian Uranium One deal is connected to the Clinton Foundation, former President Barack Obama, Russian intelligence, and Russia’s nuclear military industrial complex.

So is the secret “Project Pelican” Gulftainer deal with Florida’s Port Canaveral connected to the Clinton Foundation, former President Barack Obama, Russian intelligence, and Russia’s nuclear military industrial complex.

But this is not a bad dream, it’s reality and it begins where the Uranium One deal and the Port Canaveral Gulftainer deal intersect — at the Iraqi Jafar family.

The Jafars were deeply involved in Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s secret nuclear weapons and uranium enrichment programs. That involvement included decades of contact with Russian intelligence.

The Jafars and their company Gulftainer are quickly closing in on a second U.S. port. Gulftainer and the Jafars are in the final stages of taking over operational control of Delaware’s Port of Wilmington, near Philadelphia. Diamond State Port Corporation will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Wilmington’s Chase Center on the Riverfront to vote on the deal.

What follows is a scenario of Russian nuclear cruise missiles stashed in standard shipping containers being kept at these ports. Conspiracy theory? Not if it is true - very well researched and the associations between the chief players is well known. The Clintons are very very dirty.

From Don Surber (a daily read for me):

Now we're "misfits"
Racist didn't work. Xenophobic didn't work. Misogynist didn't work. Deplorables didn't work. The Marxist name-callers were in a panic.

Mike Allen, founder of such Fake News sites as Politico and Axios, which front Democratic talking points, threw out misfits this weekend.

"As President Trump increasingly tunes out formal advisers, there's a growing list of misfits and hangers-on that he just can’t seem to quit — and whose advice he seems to welcome and even adopt," Allen wrote.

Heh - doesn't fit the narrative so they have to change the narrative. President Trump is living inside their head rent-free 24/7 - I love it!

Bribery then and now

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Then - from the Chicago Tribune:

Clinton pardon of Rich a saga of power, money
President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich is a saga of secrecy, tenacity, sleight of hand and pressure from Rich's ex-wife and one of her friends, who together have steered millions of dollars to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's causes and those of fellow Democrats.

Whether it is a story of bribery as well or illegal gifts from abroad is the subject of congressional inquiries and a criminal investigation by the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in New York.

Now - from The Washington Post:

Why Robert Mueller could be considering bribery charges
President Trump’s now-former attorney John Dowd allegedly told lawyers representing Paul J. Manafort and Michael Flynn last year that the president would consider pardoning the two men if they got into legal trouble. (Dowd has denied the reports.) Much of the news coverage has focused on whether offering pardons to induce a witness not to cooperate in the special counsel’s investigation could constitute obstruction of justice. But there is another potential charge that could apply more directly and that prosecutors might have reason to favor: conspiracy to commit bribery.

Federal bribery requires that a public official agree to receive and accept something of value in exchange for being influenced in the performance of an official act. In this scenario, the official act would be granting a pardon. While the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in the case of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell dramatically narrowed the definition of “official act,” there’s no question that a president granting a pardon would be an exercise of government power under the McDonnell v. United States standard.

Anything goes if you belong to the Democratic party. Try to pull the same thing when you are a Republican, it's lights out. Nothing like a nice double-standard to make us smell the corrupt taint of the deep state.

Clean coal in Africa

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The enviros may be doing everything in their power to limit the use of energy in the USA but fortunately, other nations are not jumping on this bandwagon. From South Africa's Daily Maverick:

Op-Ed: Clean Coal is the way to power Africa – and SA academics know how
Professor Rosemary Falcon heads the Sustainable Coal Research Group at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, where the late Nelson Mandela studied law in the 1950s.

Falcon leads a team of nine academics along with 20 Mastersand doctoral students who, with their own laboratory at Wits, say they have proved conclusively that clean coal is not only possible, but among the cheapest ways to generate electricity on a continent where more than 600 million Africans live without power.

“It starts by understanding that coal varies enormously,” she said.

“Each region has a different recipe of minerals and fossil matter, and if you give me a lump of coal out of Kenya, the US, Europe, India or Colombia, I can probably tell you where it’s from.”

A bit more - Bada is another member of the team - Dr Samson Bada of Nigeria:

The use of coal to generate electricity in Africa is at a record high, with new plants under way in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa. Bada has little time for those who condemn this.

“I am tired of being lectured by people in rich countries who have never lived a day without electricity,” he said.

“Maybe they should just go home and turn off their fridge, geyser, their laptops and lights. Then live like that for a month and tell us, who have suffered for years, not to burn coal.”

Emphasis mine - exactly. The enviro-Marxists want to bring power to the people, just not enough to do useful work or to require a generating plant. A bit more - this from Dr Jacob Masiala from the Democratic Republic of Congo:

“Aid groups come to Africa and give out solar lamps the size of a pumpkin,” he said.

“But no one in London or Los Angeles would be willing to make do with that. Don’t tell me that China, Russia and the West should have electricity and black people in Mali or Mozambique should live in huts with light from a solar toy. We need power for cities, factories, mines and to run schools and hospitals.”

Back to Dr. Bada again:

Bada said he was a fan of wind and solar, but the technology was not yet there to industrialise a continent.

“Solar doesn’t work at night, and turbines stand idle when the wind doesn’t blow,” he said.

“How do you run an operating theatre with that? How do you power a city, a school, the lift in a gold mine taking workers more than two miles underground? There has to be a baseload power supply and this can be complemented with solar. The industrial revolution and the growth of China and India has all been powered by coal. The good news is we can now burn it cleanly.”

So true - we have over 500 years of known coal deposits in the USA alone. Why should we hamstring our development just to satisfy some half-baked ideas about our climate. Especially when these are founded on very bad science.

From Vox Day:

"several months prior"
The "March For Our Lives Demonstration", which was supposedly inspired by the so-called Parkland school shootings, was planned "several months prior" to the drama performed at the Florida school.

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Everything about that "school shooting" was fake. Everything. It is beyond reprehensible that no one in the mainstream media will do any investigatory reporting.

Either the gun grabbers apply for permits several times/year and let them lapse if nothing happens to fit their agenda or, the Parkland shooting was planned in advance as a false flag event. Regardless, that demonstration was well organised, well funded and the majority of the people in attendance were adults, not school children.

Something stinks to high heaven here...

About that Clinton money

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Seems that Hillary is not commanding the same speaking fees that she once did. From Legal Insurrection:

Hillary Earned Less For College Speech Than “Snooki” From Jersey Shore
Rutgers University paid twice-failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton $25,000 for her recent speech, and the relatively low speaking fee is causing quite the buzz.

After all, Rutgers paid Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of the reality show Jersey Shore more than that in 2011.

Fox News reports:

Clinton was paid $25,000 to speak at Rutgers University about being targeted as a woman in politics, the upcoming elections and the Trump administration, among other topics, NJ.com reported.

But the money she made seemed to be considerably less than some other high-profile guests who’ve spoken at the New Jersey school.

For example, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of “Jersey Shore” fame, was paid $32,000 for her Rutgers appearance in 2011. Students paid for her appearance using money from the student activity fees undergraduates pay at the school, according to NJ.com.

Quite the change from the $200-$300K fees she was getting just a couple of years ago. And Dr. Rice?

It’s not because she’s “just” a former Secretary of State.  The University of Minnesota paid Condoleezza Rice $150,000 for a 2014 speech.  She had left State in 2009.

Circling the drain. Wonderful to see.

Based out of San Francisco, this is probably the most progressive of all the Circuit Courts in the USA. Some of its decisions have really emphasized the need for term limits on judges.

I feel sorry for his friends, colleagues and family but - from The Hill:

9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge Stephen Reinhardt dies at 87
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a judge on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a champion of liberal causes on the court, died Thursday at the age of 87.

A court spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Reinhardt was at a dermatologist's office when he died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon.

Reinhardt, who was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter in 1980, served on one of the country's most notoriously liberal courts, issuing many prominent decisions during his tenure...

Looking forward to seeing who President Trump appoints as his successor.

A little bit of espionage - Seattle

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President Trump recently closed the Russian Embasy in Seattle. The Seattle Times has a nice article on why:

Russian spies in Seattle: Black ops, Soviet subs and counter intel in the Pacific Northwest
Wanted — FBI recruits for a career in surveillance. Must be comfortable tailing subjects by foot, vehicle or on public transportation, use electronic equipment, and work nights and weekends as necessary.

The online job post at fbijobs.gov gives a glimpse into the shadowy world of espionage that continues to unfold between the United States and Russia. The Trump administration cited the risk of such clandestine activities in its decision Monday to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle.

The Cold War spy craft that was the stuff of John le Carré thrillers may have taken a back seat in the popular imagination in the age of post-9/11 terrorism, but for FBI agents trying to identify Russian consular staff who are using their positions as cover for intelligence gathering, the work never stopped, and it may have intensified amid growing tensions between Moscow and the West.

“It’s no secret that consulates serve as a potential platform for covert activities,” said Charles Mandigo, a former special agent in charge of the FBI Seattle office, “just as consulate personnel and embassy staff provide the country with the opportunity to insert a spy onto U.S. soil.”

What are they looking for:

“Think about it. There’s Boeing, which runs all kinds of black operations,” said Mandigo, referring to the giant defense contractor’s secret work with the Pentagon. “There’s the University of Washington, which gets all kinds of government contracts. There’s Microsoft. There’s proximity from a military point of view, particularly Bangor.”

Naval Base Kitsap, near Bremerton, includes the submarine base at Bangor, home to the West Coast fleet of Trident submarines, part of America’s triad of land-, air- and sea-based nuclear arsenal. It’s estimated that within the past decade, up to a quarter of the country’s nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons have been stored there.

Quite a lot actually. Any proof? Any history? Actually yes:

In 1987, even amid the glasnost thaw, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer broke a story that Soviet submarines — using intelligence garnered from the spy ring formed by John Walker — had penetrated the Strait of Juan de Fuca through the 1980s. Walker served many years in the U.S. Navy, and the leaked information helped Russians slip past U.S. anti-sub defenses.

A decade later, in 1998, Jack Daly, then a Navy lieutenant and intelligence officer, was dispatched on a Canadian helicopter to take surveillance photographs of a Russian cargo ship in the Strait of Juan de Fuca that was suspected of spying on the Trident submarines. He says the ship fired a laser that singed his retinas. He sued in U.S. District Court over the laser attack and his injury, but in 2002, a jury rejected his claim.

More at The Times - an interesting article.

They caught this guy before he killed anyone but he was heading down that road - from The Seattle Times:

Everett man charged with sending suspicious packages to FBI, Washington, D.C.-area military bases
A 43-year-old Everett-area man was charged Tuesday with mailing packages containing explosive materials to FBI headquarters and to multiple U.S. military and government agencies in the Washington, D.C.-area.

A bit more:

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested Phan at his mobile home in South Everett on Monday evening after he called 911 “as he would frequently do,” the federal complaint states. Federal agents already were familiar with Phan, who was known to them for repeatedly sending rambling messages to government agencies, including the FBI.

More:

Each package contained a typed letter “with ramblings about neuropsychology, mind control, and other subjects including terrorism,” charging papers say. Each package also allegedly included a bottle or vial with black powder and a GPS device. All of the facilities were shut down and evacuated after receiving the packages, causing “considerable disruption to the operations of the government agencies that received them,” the complaint states.

More:

Deputies took Phan into protective custody under an involuntary mental-health commitment, and confiscated a loaded .357-caliber handgun from Phan’s backpack, the affidavit states.

“Deputies later learned that the defendant was convicted of Second Degree Assault in 1990 and is prohibited by law from possession (of) firearms,” the affidavit added.

A long history of brushes with the law (more cited at the Times article - this is just an excerpt) and nothing effective done. Mental health is something that we used to do but we stopped institutionalizing people in the early 1970's as a consequence of President John F Kennedy's 1963 Community Mental Health Act. We did not have a homeless problem before then. We do now - especially obvious in Seattle. More of my posts here, here, here and here.

This is a problem that will keep getting worse and worse and consume many more taxpayer dollars until we collectively grow a pair and do the right thing (and not the popular thing).

President Trump and prostitutes

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This one came in over the transom:

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And another headline catches my eye

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This one from Zero Hedge:

Tesla Bonds Crash After Moodys Downgrade Due To "Liquidity Pressures"

Ya think?

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The headline says it all - from Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Cuba's government admits to 'errors' in economic reforms

Another failed communist government.

President Trump signed the bloated omnibus budget allowing over $1Trillion of new spending and pork. He must have something up his sleeve - I wonder if it is this. From Infogalactic:

Gramm–Rudman–Hollings Balanced Budget Act
The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987 (both often known as Gramm-Rudman) were "the first binding spending constraints on the federal budget".

The Acts were named after Senators Phil Gramm (R-Texas), Warren Rudman (R-New Hampshire) and Ernest Hollings (D-South Carolina) who were their chief sponsors.

A bit more:

The Acts aimed to cut the United States federal budget deficit, which at the time, in dollar term, was the largest in history. The Acts provided for automatic spending cuts ("cancellation of budgetary resources", called "sequestration") if the total discretionary appropriations in various categories exceed in a fiscal year the budget spending thresholds. That is, if Congress enacts appropriation bills providing for discretionary outlays in each fiscal year that exceed the budget totals, unless Congress passes another budget resolution increasing the budget amount, an across-the-board spending cut in discretionary expenditure is automatically triggered on these categories, affecting all departments and programs by an equal percentage. The amount exceeding the limit is held back by the Treasury and not transferred to the agencies specified in the appropriation bills.

That would certainly take the wind out of their sails and be a perfectly legitimate action.

A Monday morning two-fer

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These caught my eye. First - our narcissist in chief just will not go away. From The Washington Examiner:

Obama envisions creating 'a million young Barack Obamas' during speech in Japan
Former President Barack Obama talked about his future plans for his post-presidency life at a conference Sunday in Japan, addressing how he might shape "a million" new, young leaders in his mold.

The wide-ranging discussion repeatedly touched on the Obama Foundation's efforts to engage the digital space to help young people in the U.S. and across the world get connected.

"If I could do that effectively, then -- you know -- I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas," Obama said. "Or, the next group of people who could take that baton in that relay race that is human progress."

Human progress? Good God - that insufferable egomaniac did more in his eight years to bring us back to the stone ages than any other president in history. The only thing that he did well was to make us look fondly on Jimmy Carter's administration.

Second - this is a wonderful start and it would be interesting to see if this happens here. From Reuters:

Malaysia proposes jail for up to 10 years, fines for 'fake news'
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news”, with hefty fines and up to 10 years in jail.

Heh - this is all about personal accountability. If you have the bully pulpit, you also have the responsibiility to actually do your job and make sure the information you give out is accurate. Indulge in wishful thinking and pay the price.

Time to write your congresscritters - this looks like a bloated pork-filled bill. From The Hill:

All eyes on Paul with shutdown looming
As the Senate barrels toward the third government funding deadline of the year, Republicans appear in the dark about one key question: What will Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) do?

The libertarian-minded senator caused an hours-long shutdown in February. He's yet to say if he'll give a repeat performance going into the midnight Friday deadline to avoid a partial closure.

"Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses — and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it," he tweeted on Thursday.

They are trying to rush this through as fast as possible. 2,200 pages and $1.3 Trillion dollars (PDF) of our tax money being spent on earmarks and pork. Let the government shut down - it has done so before with no harm. Hold them accountable.

Feeling the love - New York City

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Looks like decades of liberal policies are taking their toll. From the New York Post:

Nearly every NYPD cop hates Mayor de Blasio
The vast majority of NYPD cops hate Mayor de Blasio, according to a police-union survey.

An overwhelming 96 percent of the 6,000 cops who responded to the poll have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association survey found.

As for specific complaints against the mayor, 97 percent said de Blasio has created an environment where criminals feel emboldened, while 95 percent said he has established an environment that is combative to police.

When asked what they liked “most” about de Blasio, 66 percent responded, “nothing.”

Ouch! Maybe the good citizens of Gotham will start voting for someone who has a track record of good leadership instead of someone who speaks well and gives away free government cheese. Like the Russian proverb goes: "The only place you find free cheese is in a mousetrap."

Want access to our government? Donate some cash to one of the many foundations out there - the Clinton Foundation has fallen into disfavor but there are a lot of other institutions out there. Here is the story of one of them from the New York Post:

Inside the shady private equity firm run by Kerry and Biden’s kids
Joe Biden and John Kerry have been pillars of the Washington establishment for more than 30 years. Biden is one of the most popular politicians in our nation’s capital.

His demeanor, sense of humor, and even his friendly gaffes have allowed him to form close relationships with both Democrats and Republicans. His public image is built around his “Lunch Bucket Joe” persona. As he reminds the American people on regular occasions, he has little wealth to show for his career, despite having reached the vice presidency.

One of his closest political allies in Washington is former senator and former Secretary of State John Kerry. “Lunch Bucket Joe” he ain’t; Kerry is more patrician than earthy. But the two men became close while serving for several decades together in the US Senate. The two “often talked on matters of foreign policy,” says Jules Witcover in his Biden biography.

So their sons going into business together in June 2009 was not exactly a bolt out of the blue.

But with whom their sons cut lucrative deals while the elder two were steering the ship of state is more of a surprise.

Read the whole thing - the level of corruption is stunning. Got the book reserved at my local library - looks like a fascinating read.

Oopsie - a little retraction

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Seems that President Trump's new CIA Director did not run a secret prison in Thailand - from the original source of this fake news -  Pro Publica:

Correction: Trump’s Pick to Head CIA Did Not Oversee Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah
On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret “black site” in Thailand in 2002.

The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended.

And this retraction has been covered by all the major media outlets - NOT...

Looks like the "palestinians" are being snubbed - great news. They can sit at the adults table if they clean up their act and stop the terrorism. From Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Palestinian attendance unclear at White House Gaza conference
The White House will hold a conference on the humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will attend.

President Donald Trump's "administration believes that deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza require immediate attention," US special envoy Jason Greenblatt said in a statement announcing the conference.

A bit more from US special envoy Jason Greenblatt:

"The challenge will be determining which ideas can be realistically implemented in light of the fact that the Palestinians of Gaza continue to suffer under the authoritarian rule of Hamas."

Sadly, so true - they bet their livelihood on a terrorist organization and are now much worse for Arafat's decision.

Stick a fork in it

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From Reuters:

Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections
U.S. House Intelligence Committee Republicans said on Monday the panel had finished investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, and found no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow’s efforts to influence the vote.

The committee Republicans said they agreed that Russia sought to influence the election by spreading propaganda and false news reports via social media. However, they disputed the findings of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation that Moscow sought to aid Trump, who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

If anything, the Russians were in Hillary's thrall but we knew this from day one. I would love to know how much taxpayer money was spent on this boondoggle...

She will never do this - it would destroy her myth. From the New York Post:

Elizabeth Warren refuses DNA test to prove Native American heritage
Sen. Elizabeth Warren batted down calls for her to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said of her ancestry on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

She lied and used her "Indian" heritage to get minority admission to Harvard University Law School rather than doing it on her own scholastic merit. Pants on fire... I would love it if one of her staffers pulled a used Kleenex out of her wastebasket and send it in - expose the fraud once and for all.

Seems there is a link between a troubled Seattle coffee store and a porn star recently in the news.

First - from The Seattle Times:

Tully’s suspends store operations for lack of coffee
Tully’s Coffee is closing its retail stores temporarily because they lack the coffee to continue serving customers, according to a company memo sent to managers Thursday afternoon.

“At this time we have very minimal coffee left in stores. Our goal is to have Opus, Bostwick, Clyde Hill and New Main operational for (as) long as we can tomorrow, but by end of day today all other retail business is temporarily suspended until coffee deliveries resume,” said an email from Tully’s project director, Krystal Tonning.

A bit more:

Tully’s has shrunk steadily in the past couple years. Late last year, it permanently closed several stores including one on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue East, after lawsuits seeking back rent.

The latest setback at Tully’s comes as Michael J. Avenatti, who bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013.

How do you run out of coffee in Seattle???

Second - also from The Seattle Times:

Owner of Tully’s Coffee in Seattle is also Stormy Daniels’ legal counsel
The owner of Seattle’s shrinking Tully’s Coffee chain made the rounds of national TV shows Wednesday to discuss his porn-star client Stormy Daniels and her lawsuit to invalidate a $130,000 “hush agreement” about her alleged sexual relationship with President Donald Trump.

Yes, you read that right.

Michael J. Avenatti, who lambasted Trump and his aides Wednesday for trying to keep Daniels quiet, is the same pugnacious lawyer who in 2013 bought the Tully’s Coffee shops in bankruptcy court and has landed in disputes with Boeing, various local landlords, and the powerful Keurig Green Mountain coffee conglomerate that actually owns the Tully’s name.

You say pugnacious - I say a**hole. The guy has to be smart to achieve that level of power so I wonder what he is doing running a Seattle icon into the ground. Money laundering comes to mind. Fitting that he would be an actor in the latest celebrity attack on our President.

Got it backwards - California

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Governor Brown is an idiot of the highest order - from The Sacramento Bee:

Trump ‘basically going to war’ with California, Jerry Brown says
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday slammed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for "initiating a reign of terror" against immigrants in California.

Sessions on Tuesday filed suit against the state over three new laws, passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally, that he argues violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution and interfere with federal immigration enforcement.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy," Brown said. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand."

Hey Jerry:

#1) - you got it backwards, and
#2) - you started it.

End of story...

Didn't take a scientific paper to tell you this but here it is - from Science:

The spread of true and false news online
Lies spread faster than the truth
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.

Abstract
We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Emphasis mine - that is interesting but not unexpected. Classic cast of Cognitive Bias.

Taking care of mental illness

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I have mentioned before how the liberals set into motion the root cause of today's homelessness epidemic (here, here,  and here).  Walter Williams at Frontpage Magazine covers this story in detail with links to further information:

GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEINSTITUTIONALIZATION MOVEMENT
A liberal-created failure that goes entirely ignored is the left's harmful agenda for society's most vulnerable people — the mentally ill. Eastern State Hospital, built in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia, was the first public hospital in America for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. Many more followed. Much of the motivation to build more mental institutions was to provide a remedy for the maltreatment of mentally ill people in our prisons. According to professor William Gronfein at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, by 1955 there were nearly 560,000 patients housed in state mental institutions across the nation. By 1977, the population of mental institutions had dropped to about 160,000 patients.

Starting in the 1970s, advocates for closing mental hospitals argued that because of the availability of new psychotropic drugs, people with mental illness could live among the rest of the population in an unrestrained natural setting. According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, titled "Fifty Years of Failing America's Mentally Ill" (http://tinyurl.com/y9l8ujww), shutting down mental hospitals didn't turn out the way advocates promised. Several studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center show that untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10 percent of homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings). They are 20 percent of jail and prison inmates and more than 30 percent of the homeless.

Walter concludes with an observation that cuts to the heart of 99% of government problems:

Worst of all is the fact that the liberals who engineered the shutting down of mental institutions have never been held accountable for their folly.

Reminds me of this great quote:

Most of the problems of today are results of the solutions of yesterday.
Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired

Aaaand - it's the Clintons again

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From Paul Mirengoff writing at Powerline:

THE CLINTONS’ TENTACLES: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE
Remember Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat whose report on conversations at a London bar with George Papadopoulos is said to have triggered the FBI’s concern about links between the Trump campaign and Russia? The Hill reports that Downer was behind a big contribution to the Clinton Foundation.

According to the Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann, Downer played a key role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS. He and Bill Clinton signed the memorandum of understanding that made it happen.

The Clinton Foundation won praise for helping fight AIDS in South Asia, say Solomon and Spann. However, it also drew criticism from auditors about “management weaknesses” and inadequate budget oversight.

With Downer’s involvement in the Russia story, Clinton friends and supporters now comprise 100 percent of the sources whose information prompted and fed the counter-intelligence investigation in its early days. Christopher Steele, who played the lead role, was paid by the Clinton campaign (through cut-outs). Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time friend and associate of the Clintons, funneled information to Christopher Steele through the State Department. And, of course, their information was processed at the FBI by ardent Clinton supporters like Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe.

Here is another post that covers the timeline very well: Lionel Nation with Charles Ortel & latest on Clinton Foundation fraud investigation/prosecution

Heh - about that Blue Wave in Texas

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Sorry guys - from Legal Insurrection:

No Blue Wave In Texas Primaries, Media Shocked That Texas Is Not Just Their Austin Friends
Today is a rough day to be a Texas Democrat. That blue wave we’ve heard about for months was more of a ripple.

Months of wish casting, hoping, dreaming, pretending a blue wave was cresting in the Lone Star State, only to be clobbered by Republicans in voter turnout.

Piece after piece was written about record Democrat turnout in early voting. The predictions had Texas Republicans rattled and Governor Abbott encouraging Republicans to get to the polls.

But those numbers weren’t accurate for two reasons — those early voting tallies were taken from the 15 most populous counties which are coincidentally the bluest counties. Further, the calculations were based on a percentage of increase in turnout from previous years, which fails to factor in total number of votes cast for this election cycle. If an uptick in percentage is met with an increase in total voters, then no increase or surge exists.

When all the votes were cast, almost twice as many Republicans cast early ballots than Democrats. Bonus: this is a banner year for Democrat primary turnout.

Note to the Democrats: If you start offering ideas that benefit the general population instead of the 1% banksters, you might gain some traction. Until then, your deep state is being broken up and your power willl continue to slip away into the mud...

As it heats up - illegal immigration

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Governor Moonbeam can keep them all if he wants. From FOX News:

Trump DOJ sues California over 'interference' with immigration enforcement
The Trump Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday night against California, saying three recently-passed state laws were deliberately interfering with federal immigration policies.

It marked the latest legal and political confrontation with the nation's most populous state, which the federal government says has repeatedly stood in the way of its plans to step up enforcement actions in the workplace and against criminal aliens.

"The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies," Attorney General Jeff Sessions was expected to tell California law enforcement officers on Wednesday. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America."

The Tenth Amendment is short and sweet and gives states a lot of autonomy:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

But.... Citizenship is specifically mentioned in the United States Constitution in Article 1 Section 8 and it goes on from there: List of United States immigration laws. All of these are Federal laws and all of these trump the 10th Amendment. Case closed.

We do have agricultural visas on the books for people who want to come here to work.

Presented without comment - from the UK Sun:

Now Russia accuses US of election meddling as minister claims Washington is trying to sow chaos to bring down Vladimir Putin
Russia said today it has proof Washington has tried to interfere in the country’s upcoming presidential election.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told a leading Russian news agency the US has tried to destabilise his country ahead of this month's vote.

Ryabkov claims Moscow has evidence the US has been trying to interfere in the ballot.

Looks like the Soviet Ministry of Disinformation is alive and well in both nations...

Good news from our State capitol

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From The Seattle Times:

Gov. Inslee vetoes Legislature’s controversial public-records bill
After a week of fierce public outcry, Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday night vetoed a controversial public-records bill that Washington state lawmakers hurriedly approved last week.

Inslee’s veto came as part of a broader deal between lawmakers and the news organizations that in September brought a legal challenge to the Legislature’s longstanding claim that it’s exempt from Washington’s voter-approved Public Records Act.

But We The People found their voice and acted against the deep state:

The veto marks a stunning turnaround since last Friday, when legislators voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill that would have exempted the Legislature from the Public Records Act.

Between then and late Thursday afternoon, about 19,000 phone calls, emails and letters had poured into the governor’s office — almost all of them urging Inslee to oppose the bill.

And they knew that they were trying to get away with something sneaky:

Lawmakers approved the legislation 48 hours after announcing it, and without public hearings or floor debate.

But their swift action and lack of public comment on the bill drew blowback from state residents, open-government advocates and news organizations.

Time to vote those clowns out of office. They didn't want to have their actions brought to public light. That is not how government is supposed to work.

President Trump meeting Russian agents

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And we have proof:

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Hillary a Russian agent? Start here: Uranium One

An interesting look at liberalism

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Jeffrey Folks articulates a lot of what I have been thinking over the last 20 years or so:

Leftists versus the People
Do they really hate ordinary people that much?

Yes, they do. For liberals, the distinction between the "dumb masses" and their enlightened selves renders life meaningful. Disdain for ordinary folks is not just an ancillary trait of liberalism. It is fundamental to the its nature.

At its heart, liberalism is a gnostic religion, and the essence of that religion is the believer's faith that he possesses the means of changing the world for the better. The belief that the world must be changed requires there to be a mass of individuals whose lives are in need of change. Following this logic, it is the liberal, not those deplorables in need of change, who knows what must be changed. For liberals, there must be a mass of people in need of this knowledge for life to make sense.

Above all, liberalism is a hubristic faith. Its followers share the fatal flaw of pride in their own intellectual capacity. This is why liberalism appeals so strongly to those in the knowledge trades: teachers, journalists, writers, psychologists, and social workers. The sense of "knowing more than others" is its strongest attraction – particularly to the young, who otherwise know so little. Liberalism confers, or seems to confer, almost immediate power and authority to those who embrace it.

The left's obsession with superior knowledge runs through its entire history. As Woodrow Wilson remarked, the "instrument" of political science "is insight. A nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions." Lyndon B. Johnson thought "a president's hardest task" is "to know what is right." And the most hubristic of all is Obama's "We are the ones we've been waiting for." Yes, we are wonderfully bright, and we've been waiting eons for ourselves to appear.

A lot more at the site. I had always considered various "movements" to be religious in nature. Environmentalism. The whole Global Warming / One world governance thing. The European Union. Jeffrey goes a long way to explain the common underpinnings of each movement and why they appeal to so many people who should know better than to believe whatever codswallop is being marketed by these shysters.

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