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Generalissimo Francisco Franco 2.0

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Nice democracy you have there - it would be a shame if something happened to it... From The New York Times:

Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis
The escalating confrontation over Catalonia’s independence drive took its most serious turn on Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

It was the first time that Spain’s government had moved to strip the autonomy of one of its 17 regions, and the first time that a leader had invoked Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution — a broad tool intended to protect the “general interests” of the nation.

The unexpectedly forceful moves by Mr. Rajoy, made after an emergency cabinet meeting, thrust Spain into uncharted waters. The prime minister is trying to put down one of the gravest constitutional crises his country has faced since embracing democracy after the death of its dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975.

A lot more at the article - Spain is sliding towards tyranny. Catalonia is prosperous, has it's own language and customs. Spain bought into the whole socialist scam and is now running out of money - they want Catalonia to stay under their umbrella to fund the excesses of their state.

It is interesting to see this return of local autonomy and nationaism breaking out. First, we had the Brexit, now Catalonia and now in Italy:

European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should "fear" the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

Interesting times indeed!

The Clinton Russia deal - uranium

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More and more information is coming out about how Bill and Hillary made a lot of money by signing off 20% of our Uranium production to Russian companies. From The Hill:

Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision
As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president’s initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team.

The email went to two of Hillary Clinton’s most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.

If these were Republican people, the press would be trumpeting this story 24/7.  That it is the Clinton's?





A shift in Hollywood

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A very good observation of the whole Harvey Weinstein kerfuffle from The Z man


End of the Gatekeepers
The manufactured outrage over Harvey Weinstein has been entertaining, mostly because a lot of gaseous Hollywood blowhards have taken it in the shorts over it. Watching guys like Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel suffer is enjoyable because they are horrible people fond of self-righteously lecturing the rest of us. The schadenfreude is all good fun, but it misses a bigger story. The reason Hollywood is imploding in scandals, over what has been the norm for generations, is that the smart money has left the business.

As Steve Sailer noted, degenerates like Harvey Weinstein have always been a fixture in the movie business. Smart Jewish men were drawn to the business, because success meant they got to be gatekeepers in a high demand business. That meant they could charge very large tolls for the right to pass through the gates. Anyone who wanted to be in movies had to make it in Hollywood. Actresses and actors that wanted to be stars had to do what was required to make it past the gatekeeper. Everyone paid the toll.


An axiom of modern, life is that the arrival of social justice warriors is a sign that a business or industry has entered a death spiral. It may not be dead, but its days of making big money have come to a close. The smart-money men, interested only in making money, have left the scene, leaving the people with other agendas to take over and impose those agendas. That’s when the gals start running off the guys for being male and cook up schemes to help under-represented minorities realize their potential.

That’s what is happening with Hollywood. The girls are taking over, which means they will be producing content that no one watches, as they burn through the assets of the movies business infrastructure. Soon, the oppressed people of color will be accusing the remaining studio men of being insufficiently remorseful about their ancestors owning slaves. Unlike colleges and corporations that go through this, the film business has an ample supply of degenerates like Harvey Weinstein. This is just getting started.

A lot more at the site - good writing!
A good definition of the term of art: Social Justice Warriors

A change of wording

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A very large change in meaning - from Dr. Susan Berry writing at Breitbart:

Trump Administration Defines Life ‘Beginning at Conception’
The Trump administration has released a strategic plan for the years 2018-2022 that asserts clearly at several points that life begins at conception.

The document is located on the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception,” the document states initially.

In contrast, the Obama administration’s document read, “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.”

In explaining its “Strategic Goal 1: Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care,” the Trump administration document continues, “While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.”

That is going to get a lot of Planned Parenthood supports in a twist. Those people need to read their history a bit more - the founder was a real piece of work. Read the previous link if you do not know - you can also Google. These stories are told by so many different sources that it is the unvarnished truth, not some conspiracy to tarnish her work. There is even audio and video of her talking about this.

Or considering it was under Obama's watch, maybe not. From The Hill:

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

There is a lot more at the site and President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are right there in the thick of it. President Trump did a good job with firing Comey - now he nees to put Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama in jail for about 30 years each.

A lot of times, the EPA did not have any legal ground for pushing their policies but they had a lot of lawyers at their beck and call so they engaged in a practice known as Sue and Settle. They would overwhelm some poor farmer or land developer with a huge lawsuit and then proceed to settle out of court for a smaller sum of money - still huge but a lot smaller than their original lawsuit. The settlement was enough to cripple any development plans. Again, the EPA had no legal backing to dictate the terms of the development so they utalized this back-door to do it. This practice is evil and it has been stopped. From The Washington Times:

EPA to end Obama-era ‘sue and settle’ practice
The Trump administration on Monday took steps to end the highly controversial “sue and settle” practice that led directly to a host of environmental regulations throughout former President Obama’s tenure.

In an agency-wide directive, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said the process has “harmed the American public” and kept citizens in the dark about exactly how rules and regulations are made.

The days of regulation through litigation are over,” Mr. Pruitt said in a statement. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.”

Sue and settle, which became commonplace during Mr. Obama’s tenure as his EPA developed tight-knit relationships with top environmental groups, essentially is a way to circumvent the formal rulemaking procedures. Under the practice, sometimes called “friendly lawsuits,” an outside group would sue a department or agency — in this case, the EPA — and ask that certain regulatory steps be taken, or that entirely new regulations be put in place.

Emphases mine. Step by step, President Trump is undoing President Obama's "legacy"

Good - the sooner those harms are removed from our nation the better.

A curious case of Arkancide

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Not related to the Clintons but definitley connected to big money. From the UK Daily Mirror:

Car bomb kills journalist behind Panama Papers offshore tax evasion investigation 'days after she received threats to her safety'
A journalist who led the Panama Papers offshore tax evasion expose was killed today when a bomb blew up her car.

Investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia - dubbed a "one-woman WikiLeaks" - was killed as she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta.

She had filed a complaint to police a fortnight ago after receiving personal threats to her safety, local media said.

Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog relentlessly highlighting cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island nation.

In Malta, she had led the coverage of the Panama Papers, a leak of millions of legal documents last year detailing financial details of offshore entities used by the rich and powerful to avoid tax.

She blogged in English here: Running Commentary - Daphne Caruana Galizia' Notebook

Arkancide? From this website:

Arkancide is the unfortunate habit of potential witnesses to the Clintons' dirty dealings in Arkansas suddenly deciding to shoot themselves twice in the back of the head. Police and Coroners in Arkansas, notably Fahmy Malak who answered to Governor Bill Clinton, automatically described these shootings as "suicides."

After Bill Clinton became President the phenomenon spilled over to Washington D.C. when Hillary Clinton's ex-lover Vincent Foster was "Arkancided."

And these mokes will never ever be brought to justice.

Great news - USA leaves UNESCO

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About time - this organization is a haven for tyrants and sociopaths. One of the United Nations organizations that does no good work. From Yahoo/Associated press:

US, Israel to exit UNESCO over its alleged anti-Israel bias
The United States announced Thursday it is pulling out of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" in the agency. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to follow suit.

While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal from UNESCO for months, the timing of the State Department's statement was unexpected. The Paris-based agency's executive board is in the midst of choosing a new chief — with Qatar's Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari leading the heated election heading into Friday's final vote.

Outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova expressed "profound regret" at the U.S. decision and tried to defend UNESCO's reputation. The organization is best known for its World Heritage program to protect cultural sites and traditions, but also works to improve education for girls, promote understanding of the Holocaust's horrors, and to defend media freedom.

And a bit more:

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member state in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes. The U.S. now owes about $550 million in back payments.

In a statement, the State Department said the decision will take effect Dec. 31, 2018, and that the U.S. will seek a "permanent observer" status instead. It cited U.S. belief in "the need for fundamental reform in the organization."

We cut their funding for six years and that still was not enough to get them to reform. We are now giving them a nice long lead time (14 months) to come into compliance so they could turn this around if they were motivated enough. UNESCO was the organization that gave away the Temple Mount to the Hashamite Jordanians palestinians. The organization is profoundly corrupt. As for protecting cultural sites - do they mean like this or this or this. Shit like this happens, what does UNESCO do? Mutter a Tut Tut and draft a strong memmorandum of condemnation.

Didn't take them long to find out that their modest stream of revenue turned into a trickle as people started doing their shopping outside of Cook County. From The Chicago Tribune:

Cook County Board repeals pop tax
The Cook County Board finished the job on Wednesday and repealed the controversial pop tax, which means soda drinkers won’t have to pay it come Dec. 1.

The repeal was a foregone conclusion after the board’s Finance Committee voted 15-1 on Tuesday, signaling the pop tax would be scrapped after just four months.

The Wednesday voice vote — two commissioners voted no — came despite a defiant 2018 budget address last week by Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who maintained the $200 million a year she expected the pop tax to raise was needed to avoid 11 percent across-the-board cuts. She warned of reductions in critical public health and criminal justice programs.

The tax was one cent per ounce of pop - enough that people started shopping outside of Cook County and the projected $200 million revenue was actually a fraction of that. Besides, people do not like being "nudged" and the soda pop tax was a perfect example of a socal nudge trying to get people to consume less.

Political quote of the week

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So true - time to drain the swamp - both parties:

The wrath of country club Republicans never burns so hotly nor are they ever so energetic as when they have base Republican voters in their sights. Democrats they can deal with, but a peasant voter uprising within their own ranks? That deserves a pogrom.
Chris Buskirk, at  ‘Bama Blowout Signals the End of the McConnell Era

Tip 'o the hat to Maggie's Farm for the link.

The murders in Las Vegas

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A bit of perspective:


More information? Hey Jackass has the numbers for you.

It will be interesting to see if the billions of taxpayer dollars spent rebuilding and upgrading New Orlean's infrastructure were put to good use. Also interesting to see how well these systems were maintained - after all, it has been about ten years without a serious trial (Katrina happened in 2005 and I am assuming that it took a couple years for the stuff to be rebuilt/installed).

From Associated Press:

Nate aims at New Orleans: Will pumps to drain the city work?
When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?

“That’s now a thought in everybody who lives in New Orleans,” said Devin Shearman, a manager at Katie’s restaurant and lounge, which flooded during an unexpected rainstorm Aug. 5. It was one of two flash floods this past summer that led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the pumping system that drains the city.

Some pumps weren’t working. Some turbines that provide power to the pumps were down. There weren’t enough people on hand to man the system.

“Since early August, we have made substantial progress,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of work to upgrade the city drainage system. But he warned at a Thursday news conference that extremely heavy rain and storm surge from Nate still could pose flood dangers.

I would not live there if you paid me. The government is too corrupt and the big construction contracts go to friends and relatives, not to those qualified. The citizens get bailouts and free government stuff so they don't bother voting in anyone who will make a difference. They need to just let it sink under its own weight. Nice try, some fun times but bye bye...

George Soros is sticking his fingers where they should not be - from The Washington Times:

NFL players’ union teamed up with George Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups
Even before its feud over the national anthem with President Trump, the NFL Players Association wasn’t on the same political team as many of its fans, judging from its contributions to leftist advocacy groups.

Tax documents released by 2ndVote show the NFLPA donated $5,000 in 2015 to the Center for Community Change Action, a group active in the anti-Trump resistance and bankrolled by a host of liberal foundations, including top Democratic donor George Soros’s Foundation for Open Society.

A member of the AFL-CIO, the NFLPA also contributed in 2013 and 2015 to Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, which Open Secrets said spent $1 million in 2016 to defeat Mr. Trump.

Working America has since mobilized against the Republican tax-cut framework, denouncing it as the “Trump tax scam.”

The NFLPA contributed $5,000 in 2014 to Jobs with Justice, another pro-union group backed by Mr. Soros, and $5,000 in 2013 to the progressive Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

Soros is a sociopath who needs to stop meddling in politics. The left is not grass roots populism - it is a focused agenda by people who want to create a one world government. This is the swamp that needs to be drained - these power-hungry tyrants are everywhere in our government.

Puerto Rico - a two-fer

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There is a big difference between what the mainstream media are reporting and what is actually happening in that beautiful island.
First - from Roger L. Simon:

Puerto Rico Enters the 'Great American Victim Derby'
Seems like everyone's a victim in the USA these days, from college "snowflakes" who can't abide someone with views unlike theirs within miles of their campuses to allegedly assaulted women wearing sexually explicit hats to multi-millionaire football players who are sure there's something wrong but can't always remember what it is (other than Donald Trump).  The latest of the many entries in this "Great American Victim Derby" is Puerto Rico -- or at least a significant part of the island's leadership.

And the money shot:

If you visit a tropical island, the last thing on your mind is work. You want to kick back and enjoy neverneverland as long as you can. To some extent, it's the same for locals. Dolce far niente is a great lifestyle, if you can hack it -- seemingly stress free. I'm envious. But everything has a price. You look around and things are dissolving . No infrastructure. No nada. Calamity strikes. And there you are asking for a handout again.

I'm not saying we shouldn't help Puerto Rico. We must and should. The situation is dreadful. But this is a learning opportunity for the islanders. They should take it. Blaming Donald Trump is the most reactionary and self-destructive thing they can do. It's victimhood redux. Leave that to the rapacious ideologues at CNN, the New York Times, etc. They'd blame the eruption of the Indonesian volcanoes on Trump, if that were possible -- and even it it weren't.

Despite what global warming fanatics might say, hurricanes are nothing new in Puerto Rico. There were obviously plenty of them from time immemorial, long before the island was even inhabited. If you're living on the island you know that from childhood. Every year brings a hurricane season. For the last decade it was pretty inconsequential, then it went crazy. It's God's lottery.

Read the whole thing.
Second, this brief excerpt from Ace of Spades:

In other news, the major story is the hideous behavior of the hack mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz. First she praises FEMA for their response then, I guess after receiving her talking points from the Media Complex, blasts away at President Trump for letting people die in the streets; kind of an ironic statement from Cruz considering when she gave it, she was standing in front of a warehouse full of foodstuffs and supplies just brought in from the mainland. In fact, she was so utterly full of shit that even the grand wizard of being full of shit, Geraldo Rivera, called her on it. But unlike Dubya, who just silently sat by and allowed assholes like Spike Lee and Kanye West to accuse him of committing genocide against Chocolate City, the President and his team are having none of it. And the collective head of the Left is exploding because neither is a large majority of Americans having any of it either.

Good. You want to squander your budget on programs which "sound good" but don't "do good" - fine. And enjoy those extra votes from all of the low-information voters out there. Do not come crying to me when you run out of money. The major part of leadership is making hard decisions. President Trump did not win a popularity contest. He was not running as a popular candidate. He ran as someone who could fix things. He may be an a**hole but he is OUR a**hole and he is making America a better place for you and me. I am comfortable with that.

Four years under Hillary would have been a disaster - she was never fit for office - her tenure as Sec. State shows this loud and clear.

T and I were talking about Puerto Rico earlier today - just for reference, it is about the size of Connecticut which is about 1/20th the size of WA State. Population of P.R. is about 3.4 million people. WA State is 7.2M and Connecticut is 3.5M - we are a large state but we have a lot of wilderness and farm land.

Puerto Rico in the news again

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This time from a native son who went to the United States for an education and then returned to help build his country. From the New York Post:

‘Inept’ Puerto Rican government ‘riddled with corruption’: CEO
For the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one. Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.

The governor Ricardo Rossello has little experience. He’s 36 and never really held a job and never dealt with a budget. His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude.

A bit more:

I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island. Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the US response. When the hurricane hit we had experts from FEMA from all over the US on the ground and I was really proud of their quick response. The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.

I have 50 engineers that I have sent out pro bono to help local companies get back on their feet. This includes getting people gasoline and cash, and helping them connect to others that can assist with repairs without delays.

I won’t allow my people to work with the local government.

I have a message for the U.S. Congress: Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.

Hurricane Maria was a horrible disaster but maybe this is what was needed to shake the citizens out of their lethargy and get them to elect someone who can actually lead instead of dispense bread and circuses and mouth the progressive narrative. This also from FEMA Chief Brock Long - NBC News:

FEMA Chief Brock Long Says Puerto Rico Relief ‘Most Logistically Challenging Event’ U.S. Has Ever Seen
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Sunday that hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico are the "most logistically challenging event that the United States has ever seen" and defended the federal response.

"We're not going to be satisfied until the situation is stabilized and the bottom line is that this is the most logistically challenging event that the United States has ever seen," Long said on "Fox News Sunday. "And we have been moving and pushing as fast as the situation allows."

I will be looking forward to reading the after-action reports on this one. A classic case of endemic mismanagement.

From Zero Hedge:

The Results Are In: 89% Of Catalans Vote For Independence
In further proof that Spain's brutal crackdown on today's Catalan independence referendum only helped bolster the seccessionist cause, the regional government announced that voters had overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence, with 89% voting to separate from Spain.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull announced that 2,262,424 ballot papers had been counted. There were 2,020,144 "yes" votes, or just under 90% of the total, and just 176,565 "no" votes.

The regional government has promised to officially declare independence within 48 hours.

Even though Spanish authorities ruled that the vote was illegal, Dimitrij Rupel, head of the International Parliamentary delegation on Catalonia’s referendum, said at a news conference in Barcelona on Sunday that the referendum on independence was prepared in agreement with Spanish existing legislation, potentially setting up the regional government for a legal battle.

In a speech earlier this evening, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who tried to suppress the vote by jailing public officials, shutting down electronic voting systems, ordering police to manually destroy ballots and seal off polling places, declared that no referendum had taken place.

All eyes now turn to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont as tensions between Spain and its restive state are expected to come to a head, as the prospect of intensifying street violence looms.

Interesting times - that Spain went to such lengths to suppress the vote makes me wonder what they will do next. Catalonia is a rich state and they did not like paying for Spain's failed energy policies and social welfare programs. The sooner the fools in Brussels disband and the EU breaks up, the better for everyone. National sovereignty is the way to go.

Puerto Rico - the mayor

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President Trump criticized the San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Puerto Rico's infrastructure was alreay in tatters and Hurricane Marie just tipped it over the edge. Now other mayors are weigning in - from The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: Fellow Puerto Rico Mayor Rips San Juan Mayor — ‘She’s Not Participating In Any Meetings’
The mayor of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico cast serious doubt Saturday on the claims made by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly attacked President Trump and accused him of abandoning Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Guaynabo’s mayor, Angel Perez, said in an interview with The Daily Caller that his experience with the federal government has been different from Cruz’s, in part because — unlike Cruz — he has been participating in meetings with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies.

Of course, the reality does not mesh with the progressive narrative:

Mayor Perez told TheDC that the story Cruz is telling the media doesn’t mesh with what he has seen from the federal government.

“My experience is different. I have been participating in different meetings at the headquarters of FEMA and our government and the help is coming in and right now my experience is different from hers. I’m receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses. And we have here in Guaynabo, we have thousands of people that lost partially or totally their houses,” said Perez, who is a member of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party.

Perez’s comments echoed what FEMA administrator Brock Long said on Saturday. Long defended Trump’s tweets blasting Cruz and indicated that Cruz has failed to connect with the FEMA command center set up on the island to help with the relief effort.

Perez is showing what leadership looks like - Cruz is just sticking to the established narrative.

Colin Kaepernick - a two-fer

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First a bit of history from 'Puter writing at The Gormogons:

Shut Up and Play
Rule 1: Americans don’t like being lectured.

Rule 1 is the only hard and fast rule applicable to all Americans. Think about it. What other generalization can you make that covers the trailer park junkie in rural West Virginia, the inner city gang member dodging bullets in Chicago, smug, liberal, bubble-dwelling Ivy League professors, and richer-than-Croesus captains of industry?

‘Puter can almost hear his three loyal readers crying out, “So what, ‘Puter?”

Here’s what. Professional sports decided to violate Rule 1 and are paying the price.

It started innocently enough. Colin Kaepernick started dating a hard Left, socialist, “activist and radio DJ.” As one might imagine, her politics are a bit to the Left of America’s in general. Kaepernick fell under the seductive spell of politics and pussy (mostly the latter), grew out his hair, and decided to stick it to Whitey T. Mann at his place of employment by refusing to stand during our national anthem.

As with all things political now, a third of the country screamed “YEAH! STIK IT 2 DEM RAYCISS BASTIDS!!!,” a third of the country screamed “BUTT MUH FLAGS!!!,” and a third of the country screamed, “WOOD U ASSHATS LEEV UR POLITIX OUTTA MUH FUTBAL??!?”

More on Kaepernick's bae here and here - as they say, read the whole thing. 'Puter is a hoot.
Second, from The Washington Times:

Colin Kaepernick donated $25,000 to group honoring convicted cop-killer
Colin Kaepernick started out taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, but his activism has since expanded to encompass a wide range of leftist causes, including a group named after a convicted cop-killer.

The Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated in April $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago “direct action” resistance organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty in the 1973 murder of Officer Werner Foerster.

Taking bets on how fast Nessa dumps his sorry a** after #1) - his money runs out or #2) - he wises up and stops using athletics as a stage for someone else's political activism.

And the finger-pointing begins - Puerto Rico

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One of the reasons that Puerto Rico was so devastated by Hurricane Maria was that it had been poorly managed and the infrastructure was not well maintained. This has been noted before (here, here, here, here and here) but claims are now starting to come out.
From FOX News

Trump fires back at Puerto Rico mayor, accuses her of 'poor leadership'
President Trump on Saturday defended his administration’s hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico and cast blame on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz who is criticizing the president's effort to get supplies, electricity and other relief to the U.S. Island.

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,” Trump said in a series of tweets. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”

And it seems that the good Mayor's politics are to the left of progressive - from The Daily Caller:

San Juan Mayor Praised Convicted FALN Terrorist
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who attacked President Donald Trump for his response to last week’s hurricane in Puerto Rico, previously praised FALN terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Yulin Cruz is a member of Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party that wants the island to remain a U.S. territory. But she sounded more like a member of the island’s Independence Party in a video that surfaced back in January when President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Rivera Lopez.

Why is it always the progressive liberal nations/states/cities that have such poor infrastructure, massive corruption and grinding poverty? Venezuela, Cuba, California, Chicago - the list goes on...

Fun times in Cuba

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What are they thinking? From the New York Times:

U.S. to Pull More Diplomats Out of Cuba After Attacks
The State Department announced on Friday that it is pulling more than half of its staff out of the American embassy in Havana in the wake of mysterious attacks that have injured 21 people associated with the embassy.

Some of those attacked have suffered significant injuries, with symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance and visual problems, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping. But despite an intensive investigation by the F.B.I., the cause and perpetrators of the attacks remain a mystery, with some experts speculating that some kind of sonic weapon or faulty surveillance device may have been at fault.

The department will also issue an advisory warning to American citizens who travel to Cuba that they could face unusual risks. Some of the attacks occurred in hotels where State Department employees were temporarily staying, leading officials to worry that tourists and others could be affected. But there is no evidence so far that tourists or hotel employees have been affected, according to the State Department.

Guessing that this is some form of directed ultrasound - maybe two beams at slightly different frequencies. Odd in that a detecter would be very cheap and easy to make. Why would they be doing this?

Our National Disconnect

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Great point from Josh Kraushaar writing at National Journal:

Democrats Lose Touch With America
Hillary Clinton’s new book What Happened doesn’t live up to its title’s expectations. In her campaign tell-all, Clinton sounds like a full-fledged member of the progressive #resistance, content to blame all of her campaign’s woes on sexism, media bias, James Comey, and Russian interference. But she never fully grapples with the biggest problem that crippled her campaign, and which continues to dog her party: the Democrats’ growing cultural disconnect from the rest of the country.

Clinton’s decision to call Trump backers deplorable was one of her campaign’s low points. But the problem runs much deeper within her party. Progressives now instinctively label pro-Trump conservatives as “white supremacists,” a slur that paints nearly half the country with a racist brush. Legitimate anxieties over the country’s national security are frequently dismissed as anti-Muslim xenophobia. Politicized sportswriters assumed that the American public supports players protesting the national anthem, even when a swell of football fans across the country—including those in the most liberal . media markets—booed their own team’s players for disrespecting the flag.

I was at Costco today and it was interesting to see the book display. In Bellingham last week, there were four stacks of Hillary's book. Down here in Seattle, at a smaller Costco, there were twelve stacks. A deep blue outpost in an otherwise conservative state. It would be interesting to see the display in Walla-Walla or Boise, Idaho...

The wheels of justice - Anthony Weiner

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Good riddance - from the New York Post:

Anthony Weiner gets hard time
It’s hard time for Anthony Weiner.

The disgraced ex-congressman broke down crying as he was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday for convincing a high school student to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016.

“This was a serious crime. It’s a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Manhattan federal Judge Denise Cote said as the convicted sext fiend dropped his head into his hand and wept.

And Hillary's confidant?

His father and brother also joined him in the courtroom — but the serial sexter’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Huma Abedin, was nowhere to be seen.

I hope that this is the first in a long series of trials - the whole Clinton machine needs to spend some quality time behind bars for their activities.

Hurricane Maria - Puerto Rico Dam burst

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This is bad - from the London Daily Mail:

Terrifying torrent of water in Puerto Rico after dam fails, forcing 70,000 to evacuate as Hurricane Maria continues to ravage the island
A terrifying torrent of water swept through Puerto Rico after a dam failed at Lake Guajataca in the northwest region.

Water was seen sweeping through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria.

Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam.

Earlier, Puerto Rican authorities had scrambled to evacuate as many as 70,000 people after the National Weather Service warned that failure of the dam was 'imminent' and could lead to 'life-threatening' flash flooding.

Video at the link - 90 years old. Wonder how well it was maintained. At least Miami takes care of its infrastructure pretty well. Places like P.R. will build and then any monies set aside for maintenance are absorbed into the general budget and nothing is done until something hits crisis mode. Not a good way to run things. We have seen this in Bellingham with the catastrophic failure of its wastewater treatment plant in last May, the near miss at the Oroville Dam spillway and the general deterioration of our bridges and highways.

Time to put that crack pipe down Howard

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Just no - from The Washington Post

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sure sounds like a 2020 presidential candidate
Since announcing in December that he would step down as Starbucks chief executive, there has been speculation that Howard Schultz is eyeing a run for president in 2020. A couple weeks back, I pegged him as the businessperson most likely to win the Democratic nomination.

Well, Howard Schultz sure sounds like a candidate.

And not to forget that The Washington Post is Amazon owner Jeff Bezos' latest playtoy having purchased it in late 2013. Very much birds of a feather although Bezos has evolved a very complex business model whereas Schultz is a glorified barista.

Another great speech at the United Nations

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No transcript or video as yet but Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has the jist:

BOOM! Trump Slams Socialism At UN General Assembly — Faces Awkward Silence

President Donald Trump: The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (long pause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venuzela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

You could have heard a pin drop!

Delivering that kind of speech right in the heart of the most wretched hive of scum and villainy. Yesterday's speech was about reform and how the USA was contributing a disproportional amount of the UN's support. Maybe President Trump is eyeing the prime real estate that the United Nations building is currently occupying. After all, it would take eight years to pry them out of that location and to prepare a new site - in Venezuela or Zimbabwe.

What happened in two words

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Michael Ramirez tells the whole story in two words:


Great speech at the United Nations

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President Trump addressed the UN Security Council and had this to say - from The White House:

Remarks by President Trump at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.

I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.

And of course, this one line (refering to his Trump Tower) is what all of the mainstream media are leading with. Perfect trolling on his part and they rose to the occasion. Here is the rest of the speech - it is a short one so I am including it all. Notice what he said that is not being covered by the mainstream media:

So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage.

On behalf of the co-host countries, I would like to also thank Secretary General Guterres for -- and you have been fantastic -- for joining us, and we affirm our commitment to the United Nations reform. And reform is what we're talking about.

I applaud the Secretary General for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent. We support your efforts to look across the entire system and to find ways the United Nations can better, and be better at development, management, peace, and security.

The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals. These include affirming the dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace. The United Nations has helped advance toward these goals in so many ways: feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many societies all across the world.

Yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment. But I know that under the Secretary General, that's changing and it’s changing fast. And we've seen it.

That's why we commend the Secretary General and his call for the United Nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy. We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world. In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process.

To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially. We also ask that every peacekeeping mission have clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating success. They deserve to see the value in the United Nations, and it is our job to show it to them.

We encourage the Secretary General to fully use his authority to cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems, and make firm decisions to advance the U.N.’s core mission. Further, we encourage all member states to look at ways to take bold stands at the United Nations with an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to ways of the past which were not working.

Mr. Secretary General, the United States and the member states present today support this great reform vision. We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary General. And I look forward to advancing these shared goals in the years to come, and it is a great honor to be with you today.

Thank you. (Applause.)

Emphases mine - the first two highlighted paragraphs were about cutting the bureaucracy and red-tape. Holding people accountable and rooting out corruption. The third paragraph was about how the United States was shouldering a much larger percentage of UN operating costs than any of the other member nations. President Trump is putting them on notice that this will be looked at very closely and we will be seeing what bang we get for our buck.

If they do not like it, they can always move to Geneva or Brussels. Or Venezuela.

Follow the money - Climate Change

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Not surprised at all - corruption everywhere. Sweet deals for those who are connected to the deep state. From the Miami Herald:

Plan to spend $1.5B in climate money includes union boost
California lawmakers gave a boost to a union looking to organize Tesla workers Friday as they approved a plan to spend $1.5 billion on environmental initiatives using money from the state's recently renewed program that charges polluters to emit greenhouse gases.

The spending is outlined in two bills now heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after they were approved on the last day of the legislative year, which wrapped up about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Much of the environmental money will go toward pay for incentives and rebates to promote a cleaner vehicle fleet, including passenger cars, commercial trucks and port equipment.

Up to $140 million is earmarked for rebates for people who buy clean vehicles, but that money comes with a catch. Under a provision requested by a labor union, state officials will have to certify that participating automakers are "fair and responsible in the treatment of their workers."

And this is just business as usual - circumventing the established rules and laws by the unions for their own benefit. Not for the benefit of their workers. This is about political power and not about better working conditions or higher wages.

The provision comes as the United Auto Workers pursues an increasingly acrimonious drive to unionize thousands of workers who assemble high-end Tesla electric vehicles at a plant in Fremont. It directs the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to come up with criteria for certifying that an automaker treats its employees fairly and responsibly.

The Legislature shouldn't insert in a labor dispute that should be handled by the National Labor Relations Board, said Carl Guardino at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a business group that includes Tesla.

A number of lawmakers, including Democrats, agreed, arguing the last-minute language shouldn't have been added to the bill. Still, both bills easily passed.

"We shouldn't be holding our environmental projects hostage," Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer said.

Unions very much had their place in history. Back when people did not move from one city to another, there was always a captive pool of workers and if someone objected to their salary or working conditions, there were always 50 people lined up to take over their jobs. Business owners knew and exploited this. Now, people can move to where the jobs are and labor unions (which represent about 5% of the working force so they are a very vocal minority) are falling victim to the late Dr. Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

The Iron Law of Bureaucracy
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

So unfortunately true...

Chilling - from the Toronto Sun:

Canada now investigates 'climate denial'
It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984.

Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group.

A bit more - the complaint:

The complaint was filed by Ecojustice on behalf of six “prominent” Canadians, including former Ontario NDP leader and UN ambassador Stephen Lewis.

It accused three groups, Friends of Science, the International Climate Science Coalition, and the Heartland Institute of making false and misleading claims about climate change, including that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide, and that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.

When it launched its complaint in December, 2015, Ecojustice told the National Observer it would press the Commissioner of Competition to refer the matter to the Attorney-General of Canada for “criminal charges against the denier groups”.

Political groups and well connected politicians - not a scientist in the bunch. A perfect example of what happens when a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation (abbreviated as Quango) gains political power and is able to influence governmental operations. These mokes are not elected, have zero accountability for their actions and have no real scientific basis for fact.  Yet, they are able to block and persecute three organizations that operate on a science-based/data-based manner.

Want to know how to fix what is wrong with government? Getting rid of these groups would be an excellent start.

Even more on those Pakistani IT guys

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From The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server
A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.

Emphasis mine - this is a huge potential for bribery and espionage. That the government of Pakistan (and by default, Iran, Syria, etc...) would know the private communications of our congressmen is unreal. There should have been checks and balances. They should have seen the traffic going to DropBox's IP space. The 45 members of Congress are all of the Democrat persuasion.

Not just Seattle - from The Daily Caller:

At Least 11 Mayors Accused Of Child Sex-Related Crimes Since 2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after a fifth man publicly accused the Democrat of molesting him as a child.

But Murray isn’t alone. At least 11 then-current and former mayors have been accused of child sex abuse-related crimes since 2016. The allegations range from child porn to physical abuse. The alleged victims were as young as four years old.

Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson resigned earlier this month after being arrested on child porn charges. Nelson has a decades-long history of alleged sexual misconduct involving teenagers and children. The child porn charges marked the fifth such accusation against Nelson, the Times Union reported, including allegations of rape and sodomy.

Disgusting. When you run for office, you need to be held to higher standards than the average citizen. You are their representative and if you can't control your urges, you have no right to govern other people.

The Pakistani IT brothers

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An interesting development to the ongoing scandal - from Zero Hedge:

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For "Significant, Disturbing Story" About Wasserman Schultz
Last week the Washington Examiner reported that Hina Alvi, the wife of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now-infamous former IT staffer Imran Awan, had struck a deal with federal prosecutors to return to the U.S. where she currently faces charges of conspiracy and bank fraud.  The deal with prosecutors mandates a return to the U.S. during the "last week of September 2017" and is structured so that she will not be arrested in front of her children. 

Now, if you're the cynical type, then it might have struck you as somewhat odd that Alvi would agree to return from Pakistan, the place to which she successfully fled specifically to avoid the charges she now seems to be embracing.

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi's return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a "significant" and "pretty disturbing" story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

 As things start to get really interesting really fast... For more on the story, click here.

Media bias - CBS and antifa

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The group promoting violence and calling themselves antifa (anti-fascist) are actually an outgrowth of the european pro-fascist groups of the 1920's which are still active today. In psychology, this is known as transferrence and is common. See also Big Lie.

CBS reported on a riot in Portland, Oregon but they were careful as to the identities of the rioters - these are screen-caps of twitters. Be sure to note the times. From CBS:

Violence erupts at anti-white nationalist rally in Portland
Violence broke out between opposing groups at an anti-white nationalist rally in Portland that left at least one police officer injured, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports.

Police made several arrests in the city's downtown area as two groups faced off over different views on white nationalism.

The Portland Police Department tweeted that marchers and residents should clear the area for their own safety, adding that officers reported protesters attacking photographers and that projectiles were thrown at officers. They said several arrests were made and at least one officer was injured.

And the tweets in question as reported by CBS:


And this earlier tweet from the Portland Police:


Note the time difference - this tweet is from 15 minutes earlier. Why didn't CBS use it and identify antifa as the originators of the violence?

Pure schadenfreude from The Washington Free Beacon:

Clinton Was So Confident of Victory She Bought Second Home in Chappaqua to Accommodate White House Staff

From The Daily Caller:

Exclusive: Police Report Indicates Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Planted Computer For Investigators To Find
A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

Much more at the site. Awan was arrested at the airport trying to leave the USA - he had $300K on his person. More here.

Dreamers - DACA and immigration - a quote

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Regarding DACA and the Dreamers - a notable person had this to say in 2014:

But we have so to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.

Any idea who? You can watch Ms. Clinton here at YouTube

Tolerance - OK for me but not for thee

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Wonderful dystopian action by a farmer's market - from The Detroit News:

Jacques: Farmer gets boot for expressing his beliefs
When East Lansing officials told Steve Tennes he was no longer welcome to sell his apples and doughnuts at the city-run farmers market, he couldn’t believe it.

All it took to earn the government’s wrath was penning a social media post about his faith.

Last December, Tennes, who owns the Country Mill Orchard and Cider Mill in Charlotte, wrote a Facebook post explaining his family’s Catholic views on marriage, and how their deeply held beliefs are why his farm won’t host same-sex weddings.

The city’s response — banning him from its farmers market — reminded the former Marine of the time he spent near the border of North Korea. Tennes could see into the country, and it impacted him how people there live their entire lives in fear of the government.

That’s how he felt when he got the letter from East Lansing.

“I felt it in my gut. This isn’t real,” Tennes recalls.“We have freedom of speech in this country.”

Tennes felt especially betrayed that he was being denied rights he fought to defend while serving his country. His wife Bridget is a former Army nurse.

This is a perfect example of how activism has skewed people's concept of reality. The 2010 Census long-form shows that a bit over 3% of the US population self-identifies as being gay or other (here and here). How do they get to dictate how the rest of us should act and run our businesses. We certainly need to show tolerance towards everyone regardless of their beliefs or practices but bending over backward to overcompensate for a population of less than 4% is just plain crazy. We need to start some activism campaigns for us normal people - we are certainly being discriminated against...

About those refugees - Syria

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One of my primary concerns is that nobody is vetting the people coming in. Also, if these are supposed to be families being displaced by strife, then why are 95% of these refugees males between 16 and 25 years old? From Russia Today:

11,000+ blank Syrian passports in the hands of ISIS – media citing secret docs
German authorities believe that Islamic State terrorists have stolen over 11,000 blank Syrian passports, confidential documents seen by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reportedly reveal.

German Investigators have made a list of the serial numbers of the blank passports, the newspaper reported, citing confidential documents of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the interior ministry and the country's federal police (BPOL).

Just wonderful - 11K+ terrorist sleepers coming into the USA and Europe - they come in, get on welfare and public housing and wait until they are activated to commit terrorist acts against their "oppressors" Someone needs to wake up and smell the cappuccino.

Interesting news from Breitbart:

Conservative Publisher Cuts Ties With New York Times, Claims Titles Pushed Down ‘Bestseller’ List
Regnery Publishing, the largest conservative publisher in the United States, has announced it will sever all ties with the New York Times, alleging the Left-wing paper biases its ‘bestseller’ list in favour of liberal titles.

The company — which published Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam’s recent Amazon bestseller No Go Zones‘ — has revealed how the Times‘s list, once believed to be the gold standard in publishing, is stacking the decks against conservative authors.

“As a conservative publisher, we believe that the Times’ list does not represent national sales of conservative books as accurately as other widely-published bestseller lists,” commented Marji Ross, President and Publisher of Regnery, in an official press release.

Regnery notes that No Go Zones, in which Raheem Kassam tours areas transformed out of all recognition by mass immigration and state-sponsored multiculturalism, should have had the 10th highest sales of the 15 books on the New York Times list for the week of September 3rd, 2017, according to Nielsen BookScan data — but does not feature at all.

They switched to Publisher's Weekly which uses actual sales numbers whereas the NYT uses "polls of selected booksellers"

How to win hearts and minds

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Great wakeup call from The Wall Street Journal:

Democrats Have the Green Party Blues
The political commentariat has unleashed a torrent of words since the 2016 election analyzing what befell the Democrats. Donald Trump won because of his TV fame; he tweeted his way into the White House; the Russians did it; etc.

Why not spend a few more words on the current demeanor of the Democratic Party? It was losing badly in elections at all levels as early as 2010, well before Mr. Trump came along. Despite its deeply flawed candidate, Hillary of the indiscreet emails, it won the popular vote for the presidency and therefore still has to be taken seriously.

Its members and backers, particularly at influential media organizations like the New York Times , the Washington Post and MSNBC, have been heaping abuse on the new president, suggesting Mr. Trump’s victory was illegitimate. When they hurl the words “fascist” and “plutocrat” wildly, their anger begins to sound pathological.

And they get to the point:

But recent history reveals something else that may help explain the Democratic Party’s problems. Whereas it became the party of labor in the late 1930s and then snatched the civil-rights banner out of Republican hands in the 1960s, of late it has veered in a direction that does not particularly suit the interests of either working people or people of color with ambitions to climb the economic ladder. It has become, in essence, America’s Green Party, eclipsing the tiny party that bears that name.

Underlying the Green philosophy is a distrust of economic growth. That’s what distinguishes Greens from garden-variety environmentalists who simply want a safe and clean environment, as everyone does. Although the Greens operate under the flag of environmentalism, they have greater ambitions. They are a modern manifestation of a back-to-nature movement, feeding on the guilt and anxiety that accompany scientific advance.

Greens adopted the Democratic Party precisely because it is the party of government. They see government power as the way to suppress the animal spirits of private enterprise that produce innovation and new wealth.

Under Green influence, Democratic lawmakers, when they controlled Congress, designated large tracts of the American West as new “wilderness areas.” They fostered the Endangered Species Act, which has been an effective barrier to industrial or agricultural development in more than a few states, often on specious claims of endangerment. They vastly expanded the amount of private property officially designated as “wetlands,” thus restricting its use. Other examples abound.

A lot more at the site - this commentary is very well written. The Democrats would do well to read this if they want to get their party back on track again. I do not hate them, I more pity them as they have been pushed around by every activist-driven minority interest group for the last 40 years. Their ideas are so good that they must be mandatory - NOT!

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