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Fallout from the Mueller report

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Chris Matthews - excerpted from this transcript of his broadcast - Breitbart:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Why was there never an interrogation of this president? We were told for weeks by experts you cannot deal with an obstruction of justice charge or investigation without getting to motive. You don’t get to motive until you hear from the person himself who’s being targeted, a subject of the investigation. How can they let Trump off the hook? So far tonight, so far tonight, we have no reason to believe Trump is going to be charged by rhetoric in the document itself, in the Mueller report, he will not be charged with obstruction or of collusion, without ever having to sit down with the special counsel and answer his damn questions. How can that happen?

Good Lord...  What a whiny little bitch.

Look. I get it. Orange Man is bad. My problem is that you are clueless and out of touch so go back to your family and STFU for a while. Take a Chill Pill or something. Pandering to your elite buddies will only get you so far.

Makes my morning a much happier one to hear this. A couple of clickable headlines:

This could not be happening to a more deserving group of people.

From NBC News:

Mueller submits report on Trump investigation to AG Barr
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General William Barr.

No details of Mueller's findings have been released, but Barr said he may be able to brief congressional leaders on the report as soon as this weekend.

"I am reviewing this report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend," Barr wrote in a letter on Friday to a group of lawmakers on the House and Senate judiciary committees.

I wonder just how much money was spent on this nothingburger. If you want to look at collusion with the Russians, you need look no further than the Clinton Foundation.

Dumb and Dumber - Joe Biden

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This is downright silly - from Axios:

Scoop: Biden advisers debate Stacey Abrams as out-of-the-gate VP choice
Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.

Yeah - she is popular with the low-information voter but not exactly VP caliber. And then there is the taint of voter fraud: here, here, here, here - I could go on but you get the idea...

Culling the herd - the media

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Use 'em or lose them. A great idea - from the Washington Examiner:

White House diktat could revoke hundreds of reporters' press passes
Hundreds of journalists risk losing their White House press pass under a newly announced White House policy, though most would still be able to cover the West Wing.

The policy, included in a weekend email to reporters by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, would limit the number of people who can easily breeze past Secret Service to cover the White House in person on a moment's notice.

Sanders wrote that annual renewal processes for the badge, known as a "hard pass," would include reviewing of electronic records to ensure reporters visited the White House on 50 percent of days — something few do.

"A hard pass will not be renewed for any journalist whose badge-in records show that he or she was not present in the complex for at least 90 days in the 180-day window prior to expiration of the pass," Sanders said, claiming discretion to exempt "senior journalists serving as bureau chiefs or in a similar capacity" and "to review special circumstances, such as maternity leave."

Makes absolute sense to me - there is a work-around and they will allow for special cases. This is not shutting the media out, this is streamlining the security process and keeping things open for active media and dropping the inactive media.

Obamacare - the aftermath

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Why do progressives always screw things up? From National Public Radio:

Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled
A decade ago, the U.S. government claimed that ditching paper medical charts for electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper.

Ten years and $36 billion later, the digital revolution has gone awry, an investigation by Kaiser Health News and Fortune magazine has found.

Veteran reporters Fred Schulte of KHN and Erika Fry of Fortune spent months digging into what has happened as a result. (You can read the cover story here.)

Here are five takeaways from the investigation.

Progressives always go for the narrative and they never back up their stories with facts or accountability. When someone calls them on this, they deflect. Low-information voters don't bother fact checking and they get their "free" government stuff so they continue to vote for these policies.

There used to be a stiff bar to entry to be able to vote in this nation. Part of me wants to bring this back.

Excellent story from the Washington Examiner:

‘Damn socialism, why are you chasing me?’ Chinese-Americans see ghost of communism in Democrats’ leftward turn
When Saga Zhou first moved to the United States from China in 2009, she steered clear of politics. The Communist Party rules supreme in China, so most Chinese immigrants bring a built-in aversion to political involvement.

But Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.

And a bit more:

As Democrats embrace policies such as so-called "Medicare for all," “free” college, 70 percent tax rates, the "Green New Deal," and late-term abortion, Republicans see an opportunity to frame the 2020 election as a referendum on socialism.

President Trump now includes a riff on the “dangers of socialism” in most of his speeches, including in last month’s State of the Union. “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” he told Congress and the nation.

And this - people who have lived under socialism have zero desire to return to it:

The Republican Party’s anti-communism has long attracted many Cubans, Vietnamese, Eastern Europeans, and other immigrants who fled communist countries during the Cold War.

The pendulum will swing back but it is rough going for now and we will have a mountain of debt to deal with if the Democrats get their way. They are buying votes with our tax dollars.

What's another $100 Trillion more

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These people are downright crazy - from Grabien News:

SEN. WARREN PITCHES MORE THAN $100 TRILLION IN NEW SPENDING DURING BRIEF CNN TOWNHALL
Sen. Warren believes she knows the way into Americans’ hearts: Lots of government spending.

In her CNN townhall Monday night, Sen. Warren responded to almost every question with a proposed new government program.

Over the course of the 80 minute forum, Sen. Warren endorsed Medicare-for-All, slavery reparations, universal childcare, universal pre-K, “universal pre-pre-K,” the creation of 3 million new federal housing units, increasing infrastructure spending several times, forgiveness of student loan debt, and the Green New Deal.

Add it all up, and it’s more than $100 trillion.

Estimates range on Warren’s proposed spending plans, but the Green New Deal has alone been projected to cost at least $93 trillion; slavery reparations have previously been pegged at upward of $14 trillion; and Warren says her universal child care, universal pre-K, and universal pre-pre-K programs can be done for $3 trillion.

Despite the avalanche of proposed new spending, Warren was cautious about calling for new taxes. After describing her plans for greatly increasing the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure, she was asked whether a gas tax might be necessary to finance it. Warren responded that she opposes a gas tax because it’s regressive against the poor.

Instead, Sen. Warren said, a single tax on the very wealthy would be enough to pay for “universal child care, universal pre-k, universal pre-pre-K for every child in America” and, she said, the tax would leave “$2 trillion left over.”

Out National Debt is already at $22+ Trillion and getting bigger with each passing second. We are servicing the interest on this debt so things are stable but to propose a 554% increase in the National Debt would ruin us as a nation. We would have to default.

As for increasing the taxes on rich people - they simply do not have enough money to pay for something like this. Essayist Bill Whittle did an excellent expose of the flaws of this kind of thinking - ten minutes of very good information:

Again, advancing the narrative and pesky facts be damned.

Oh now this is wonderful - Oroville

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Need to look into this more but the source is a good one - from American Thinker:

Complete failure at Oroville Dam
The $1.1 billion spent to repair Oroville Dam is failing as water is seeping through the rebuilt spillway threatens new mass evacuations over the risk of the dam collapsing.

According to national dam expert Scott Cahill of Watershed Services of Ohio, Oroville Dam is on the same failure track as in 2017, with visible water seepage trickling from the foot of the dam and dozens of points along the dam's principal spillway.  Cahill warns that warming temperatures magnified by precipitation is a growing threat to the dam.

American Thinker reported on March 1 that the Sierra snow pack was at a record 113 inches, but another 44 inches fell in the next 10 days.  With temperatures spiking this week to 75 degrees in the valleys and 41 degrees in the high mountains, dam inflows are running twice the outflows, and the water levels rose from 800 to 839 feet.

As America's tallest earthen dam with a 770-foot face and 901-foot top of the spillway, the lake behind the Oroville Dam can hold 3.5 million acre-feet of water.  Its viability is a crucial element for the effectiveness of California's system of 1,250 flood-control dams.

Sigh... #CALIFORNIA again. Those guys can't do anything right. The problem is that they did this with our tax dollars. If they had done the repairs with their own money, we could sit back, pop open a beer and laugh at their failed state.

Talk about clueless - is France headed for another revolution complete with Madame La Guillotine? From Reuters:

France to ban 'yellow vest' protests if violent groups take part: PM
France’s prime minister said Paris’s police chief had been sacked and that the government would shut down “yellow vest” protests if violent groups were identified among the ranks of “yellow vest” protesters.

President Emmanuel Macron and his government have been forced back on the defensive after rioters ransacked luxury boutiques and torched cafes and a bank on Saturday in the latest flare-up of violence against Macron’s pro-business reforms.

'Scuse me but Macron's "reforms" have been pro crony-capitalism and not pro business. The people at the top are getting more and more while small businesses and the general taxpayer are getting hosed. Macron's plan was to increase the cost of gasoline by 70% through taxes. A licensed driver in France is required to carry a yellow reflective safety vest in their vehicle in case they need to change a tire on a dark road. This is why the gilets jaunes is such a feature of these protests. We are drivers and we protest the increase in fuel tax.

As an aside, I ordered a couple of yellow vests from Amazon when I heard this. Makes perfect sense and under ten bucks each.

Nails it - bumper stickers

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From Chris Lynch at A Large Regular:

I know that stereotyping is bad but if I see the back of your car has 10 or more bumper stickers and two of them are for Coexist and Bernie Sanders - I'm going to go ahead and assume your home smells like cat piss...

Heh - totally spot on...

Lowering the voting age to 16

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This is priceless - from Grabien:

YOUNG AMERICANS HILARIOUSLY EXPLAIN WHY LOWERING THE VOTING AGE TO 16 IS A TERRIBLE IDEA
On Thursday I posted a clip of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsing an effort from her colleague, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), to lower the voting age to 16.

“I myself personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voter — the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote. … But my view is that I would welcome that. But I had been in that position for a long time.”

Since then, young Americans have begun sharing stories of what they were doing as 16-year-olds, and why this doesn’t bode well for this demographic shaping the course of foreign and domestic policy.

Below, please enjoy some of the most hilarious explanations of why Pelosi’s push to again lower the voting age might not be such a hot idea.

What follows is a wonderful collection of tweets - here are a few quotes:

    • when i was 16, my friends and i bought a live lobster, put it on a leash, and walked it around the neighborhood at 2am
    • When I was 16, I sucked a drinking glass to my face for 10 minutes and gave my lower face a giant hickey that took 3 weeks to heal
    • When I was 16 I wore parachute pants
    • When I was 16 I would have given anything to be able to have a tattoo of Axl Rose’s face on my butt cheek
    • I'm 22 and I'm not smart enough to vote.
    • When I was 16 I pierced my own belly button with a thumbtack and was genuinely surprised when it got infected

Much more at the site - Pelosi's idea is that few adults are stupid enough to vote Democrat so they have to dig up votes from the uninformed and impressionable. Instead of coming up with ideas that people will support, they come up with ways to rig the system.

Socialism - an image and an essay

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And this from Lee Edwards at American Thinker:

The God that Failed...Over and Over Again
Why do so many of our university professors argue that socialism is a better way to peace and prosperity than capitalism? Because it is, to them, an article of faith. To admit that socialism has failed -- repeatedly, consistently and abysmally -- for over a century would be, for them, to deny their god.

Theirs are the eyes of faith that cannot see.

Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest countries in Latin American, is now on the brink of economic collapse and political anarchy after two decades of Chavez/Maduro socialism.

Cuba has languished under the Communist Party of Fidel and Raul Castro, who promised free and open elections when they came to power. Sixty years later, Cubans are still waiting.

The Soviets tried for 74 years to build a socialist workers’ paradise, killing millions in the process. Their empire wound up on the ash heap of history, so broke that President Mikhail Gorbachev had to borrow a pen to sign the document dissolving the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Well written - needless to say, visit the site and read the whole thing. It explains a lot about modern "culture".

A pithy aphorism falsely attributed to Mark Twain. This caught my eye:

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Follow the money - Google

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The National Review used to be a decent conservative magazine - now, they are pandering to whomever sends them money. From Breitbart:

Bokhari: Don’t Regulate Google, Says Google-Funded National Review Editor
National Review editor-in-chief Rich Lowry wrote a searing attack on the “right-left pincer” attacking big tech for Politico. The piece fails to mention Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent acknowledgment that the National Review Institute, of which National Review is a wholly owned subsidiary, received money from his company.

Last month, the Google CEO confirmed that his company donated money to the National Review Institute, the nonprofit behind National Review (although he offered a confused explanation as to why Google’s transparency report failed to mention the donation, which took place in 2017, until recently).

Yet the National Review’s editor fails to mention the donation is his piece for Politico, bluntly titled “Don’t Break up Big Tech.”

The author goes on to talk about specific Fake News items the National Review has been pushing:

The editor of the Google-funded National Review also reduces conservative concerns about big tech to the fact that they’re “operated by sanctimonious Silicon Valley liberals.” No mention is given to the real examples of tech giants deliberately warping their products and abusing their power to influence American and global politics. These include, in no particular order:

They did it for AT&T and the splinter companies are doing just fine - Google and Facebook are way too large and way overdue for a breakup. Monopolies benefit no-one except their overlords.

Good times in France - not

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Looks like the people are revolting in France - some clickable headlines:

At some point in time, the Macron government has to realize that the French Citizens are sick and tired of being taxed and not being represented. The US had a similar problem 243 years ago and we rose up and did not stand down. The French Citizens are doing the same thing now.

Southern Poverty Law Center just fired its founder - from Evi L. Blogerlady:

Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Its Founder Morris Dees: Serial Sexual Harrasment
The Schadenfreude meter just spiked. I am no fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center or Morris Dees. In my opinion they are both inherently corrupt and dishonest. How is some supposed charity allowed to park half a billion dollars (much of it off shore). Not only is Morris Dees (allegedly) grabby when it comes to taking cash, he is also grabby when taking liberties with the ladies.

AoSHQ: Update: Morris Dees fired for multiple inappropriate touching of women

Breitbart: SPLC Founder Morris Dees Fired, Possible Misconduct

Blazing Cat Fur: Morris Dees fired from SPLC

Could not happen to a nicer organization. Rotten from the core outwards.

From the Center for Immigration Studies:

63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs
Compared to 35% of native households

Their findings:

    • In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.
    • Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.
    • Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).
    • Including the EITC, 31 percent of non-citizen-headed households receive cash welfare, compared to 19 percent of native households. If the EITC is not included, then cash receipt by non-citizen households is slightly lower than natives (6 percent vs. 8 percent).

Much more at the site - we are paying for these programs with our tax dollars. The Democrats are pushing these programs as this gives them a reliable stream of votes.

Does not surprise me one bit. From National Public Radio:

Speaker Pelosi Revokes Vice President Pence's House Office Space
The speaker giveth, and the speaker taketh away.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has reclaimed office space her predecessor, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., awarded to Vice President Pence.

Republicans gave Pence, a former House member, a first-floor bonus office in the U.S. Capitol shortly after President Trump was inaugurated in 2017.

The vice president rarely used the space, but it was a symbolic gesture of the warm relationship Pence enjoyed with Ryan and the House GOP. The vice president serves as the president of the U.S. Senate and historically has been provided an office on the Senate side of the Capitol, which is where Pence more regularly holds court when he visits Congress.

A placard above the door identifying it as Pence's House office was quietly removed in recent weeks. A House Democratic aide confirmed to NPR that the space will be reassigned. "Room assignments are reviewed and changed at the beginning of every Congress," the aide said.

San Fran Nan is channeling her inner two-year-old. Talk about content of character.
It will be interesting to see who gets the space.

College admissions scandal

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Been listening to this story develop over the radio. They are invoking the RICO Act and the guy running the program is admitting everything.

More here, here, here for starters. More here. This is big.

Socialism - the end game

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Good news - Planned Parenthood

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From Legal Insurrection:

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ohio Law Defunding Planned Parenthood
Following the truly horrific 2015 revelations that Planned Parenthood was harvesting baby parts and haggling over baby brains for profit, Republican governors across the nation moved to ban taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood. In February 2016, then-Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that restricted state funding to Planned Parenthood.

While a lower court had previously blocked the state from stripping $1.5 million in funding from the nation’s top abortion provider, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Ohio can indeed defund Planned Parenthood.

The Hill reports:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Ohio is able to defund Planned Parenthood clinics because they perform abortions.

Eleven judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an Ohio law prohibiting state health department funding from going to any provider who offers “non-therapeutic abortions” does not violate the Constitution, “because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions.”

The court ruled 11-6 that the ban does not pose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion. Women have a right to an abortion, but Planned Parenthood affiliates do not have a constitutional right to perform abortions, the court said.

“Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote for the majority. “The State also may choose not to subsidize constitutionally protected activities. Just as it has no obligation to provide a platform for an individual’s free speech … it has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion.”

If anyone has any remaining doubt about President’s Trump’s judicial legacy, this ruling may help bolster their confidence in this very important aspect of his presidency.

Good. I harbor no ill-will toward Planned Parenthood (althought its founder was quite the racist) but their funding should come from private sources or sources in the community - the city, county, etc... Not the Federal government. There is nothing in our Constitution that allows for it. For anyone or for any organization.

Two tweets - the deep state

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Looks like things are starting to unravel for Hillary &co.

Draining the swamp - one step at a time.

Michael who?

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Their fifteen minutes are over - thank heavens. From the Los Angeles Times:

Stormy Daniels and lawyer Michael Avenatti part ways
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels in two unsuccessful lawsuits against President Trump, is no longer representing the pornographic film actress.

Daniels, who is under court order to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees and sanctions for one of the dismissed lawsuits, said she has retained Clark Brewster of Oklahoma as her personal lawyer “to review all legal matters involving me.”

And buried in the penultimate paragraph:

While the two lawsuits produced no courtroom victory for Avenatti, they did turn him into a celebrity. He was a constant presence on cable news for months and traveled around the country exploring a potential run for president.

See how long that fame lasts. The current news cycle is measured in days - journalists have the attention span of a... Oh look!!! A Squirrel!!!

...trying to get justice for the common man.  From The Washington Free Beacon:

Southern Poverty Surpasses Half Billion in Assets; $121 Million Now Offshore
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far-left nonprofit known for its "hate group" designations, has surpassed a half billion dollars in total assets and now has $121 million parked offshore, according to the group's most recent financial statements.

The SPLC, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., has not publicly posted its most recent financial statements on its website. However, the organization applied for renewal in the state of California days ago and submitted a number of documents pertaining to its financial standing including its most recent audited statement and tax forms for calendar year 2018, which covers Nov. 1, 2017 to Oct. 31, 2018.

The devil is in the details - I bet they have a lot more stashed away. Foundations are a great way to stash money as the public front is 501(c)3 so tax deductible and the private front can provide all sorts of benefits for the foundation members. Room and board, limousines and jets, etc... Just look at Hillary.

They tried to virtue signal but discovered that people who buy guns and other sporting goods outnumber people who hang out on social media. Now, they are going full retard and if there is one thing to remember, never go full retard.
From The Wall Street Journal:

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Remove Guns From 125 Stores
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. said Tuesday it will stop selling firearms at 125 of its stores, further pulling back from the business after the retailer decided last year to tighten its policies around gun sales.

Dick’s has struggled with declining sales since its CEO Ed Stack made a public decision to stop selling guns to buyers under 21 and take assault-style weapons out of all stores after a fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Classic case of Get Woke, Go Broke:

Get Woke, Go Broke
Get Woke, Go Broke is a phrase coined by the internationally bestselling author John Ringo to express the opinion that when organizations "get woke" to politically correct actions, those same actions usually result in a massive loss of income.

Schadenfreude.

Greenpeace lies and is caught out

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Two tweets and two links:

The internet is forever - from the Internet Archive - November 19, 2002:

The founders of Greenpeace
In October, 1969 the US Atomic Energy Commission exploded a nuclear bomb on the tiny island of Amchitka, located near Alaska, in one of the most earthquake-prone regions in the world.

Many feared the blast would result in an earthquake. Five years earlier, a quake that killed 115 Alaskans had sent waves crashing on to the beaches as far away as Japan.

On the day of the blast, 10,000 protestors blocked the major US-Canadian border crossing, unfurling a banner that read: "Don't Make a Wave. It's Your Fault if Our Fault Goes". The US ignored the protests, and promptly announced plans for another test in 1971.

In 1970, the Don't Make A Wave Committee was established; its sole objective was to stop the second test. The committee's founders and first members included:

• Paul Cote, a law student at the University of British Columbia
• Jim Bohlen, a former deep-sea diver and radar operator in the US Navy
• Irving Stowe, a Quaker and Yale-educated lawyer
Patrick Moore, ecology student at the University of British Columbia
• Bill Darnell, a social worker

Darnell came up with the dynamic combination of words to bound together the group's concern for the planet and opposition to nuclear arms. The committee was renamed Greenpeace.

Emphasis mine - Dr. Moore was also on board for the Amchitka voyage.

The second link is from Anthony Watts:

Greenpeace disappears a founder, much like 'The Commissar Vanishes' in Soviet Russia
On our Friday Funny, which pointed out that Dr. Michael Mann labeled Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore as a “garden variety troll”, we thought it was funny that Dr. Mann couldn’t make the connection to who he was labeling.  But then, something funny happened on the way to the forum; we discovered that Greenpeace had been actively erasing Dr. Moore from their history page.

It’s just like the famous communist propaganda photo series The Commissar Vanishes

Again - keep pushing that narrative. We don't need facts, we just need something to keep the proles on the plantation.

Life in California

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Must be nice for some people - from the Los Angeles Times:

While you sit in traffic, these tollway consultants charge the public $185 an hour for reading news
The warnings have been ominous for motorists winding their way to and from San Diego along a busy stretch of Interstate 5 in South Orange County — a future of crushing gridlock unless something drastic is done.

Transportation planners have been trying to sell skeptical residents for more than a decade on an extension of the Highway 241 toll road to help ease traffic.

To win public support for the extension or an alternative solution, the toll road agency has turned to consulting firms to wage a multimillion-dollar public outreach campaign.

But that spending is sparking questions about how the public agency is using the money.

And how much is being spent?

Billing records reviewed by The Times show a consultant at one firm was paid for working 28 hours in a single day.

Another consulting firm received nearly $230,000 for more than 1,300 hours spent reading “emails of news from transportation stories; evaluate reporter perspectives” at up to $185 an hour, the records show. Meanwhile, the authority paid yet another consultant more than $3,000 a month to compile news stories at $90 an hour, according to the bills.

Some digital media experts questioned a $380,000 budget in one year to produce content for two small websites and social media accounts for the tollway authority, as well as marketing to specific audiences, saying such work should cost far less.

Hell. I would do that work for only $170/hr. This is what happens when you get appointed public-sector bureaucrats with no accountability. There is no price for failure.

Putting on the screws - Venezuela

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Good news - we imposed additional sanctions on January 28th of this year - from Reuters:

Exclusive: Citgo, Valero try to return Venezuelan oil following sanctions: document
The top U.S. buyers of Venezuelan oil are in the unusual position of trying to return millions of barrels of crude they need but cannot accept because of U.S. sanctions on the South American nation and its state-run energy firm PDVSA.

PDVSA’s U.S. refining subsidiary Citgo Petroleum Corp and Valero Energy are proposing to return 2 million barrels of crude loaded before sanctions, while a third U.S. oil company, Chevron Corp, has sought so far unsuccessfully to legally pay for 4.3 million barrels, according to an internal PDVSA document seen by Reuters.

In effect, more than 6 million barrels of Venezuelan crude remain in limbo as a result of U.S. sanctions imposed on Jan. 28 by Washington in an effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The United States and dozens of other nations recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s legitimate leader.

To comply with U.S. sanctions, Valero, Citgo and others are not allowed to pay PDVSA. Guaido’s administration has yet to establish its own bank accounts to receive proceeds from oil sales to U.S. customers, leaving those shipments stranded.

Maduro needs to leave and let Venezuela rebuild from its disastrous flirtation with socialism. The family is worth billions of US dollars - they can afford to live very nicely somewhere else.

A big surprise - New York City

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From the New York Post:

New York City is edging toward financial disaster, experts warn
New York City is careening closer to all-out financial bankruptcy for the first time since Mayor Abraham Beame ran the city more than 40 years ago, experts say.

As tax-fleeced businesses and individuals flee en masse, and city public spending surges into the stratosphere, financial analysts say Gotham is perilously near total fiscal disaster.

Long-term debt is now more than $81,100 per household, and Mayor de Blasio is ramping up to spend as much as $3 billion more in the new budget than the current $89.2 billion.

And just how bad is it?

But city spending, up some 32 percent since de Blasio took office — triple the rate of inflation — may need to be cut deeper, these analysts add. The city’s long-term pension obligations have escalated, as well, as its workforce has soared by more than 33,000 in the last five years.

Could not happen to a nicer bunch of people - NYC has a lot to offer but good management is not one of them.

Betsy Woodruff writing at The Daily Beast:

It Exists: DOJ Finds Letter Ordering Scrutiny of Uranium One, Hillary Clinton
After it claimed no such document existed, the Justice Department just unearthed a letter Matt Whitaker delivered to the Utah U.S. attorney directing a review of how the department handled the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One issues.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote the letter on Nov. 22, 2017 for Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber. Matt Whitaker, who was Sessions’ chief of staff at the time, emailed the letter to Huber that day, writing, “As we discussed.” He also sent Huber a copy of a letter the Justice Department’s Congressional affairs chief sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 13 of that year.

The existence of a letter documenting Sessions’ directive that the DOJ revisit probes of Trump’s top political foe is a surprise because a department lawyer said in court last year that senior officials insisted it didn’t exist. The liberal nonprofit American Oversight obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request they filed on Nov. 22, 2017––the same day Whitaker emailed Sessions’ letter to Huber.

Much more at the site - talk about smoking gun. Hillary was Sec. State and recieved a large contribution to the Clinton Foundation. She subsequently approved the sale of 20% of US Uranium resources to the Russian company Rosatom.

Tell me again why she is not in prison?

Identity politics - liberals

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Michael Ramirez nails it:

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Identity Politics - from InfoGalactic:

Identity politics, also called identitarian politics, refers to a set of generally left-wing or redistributionist political positions based on the interests and perspectives of self-identified racial, ethnic, and social groups. Identity politics includes the ways in which member's politics, and search for influence and power, may be shaped by their identity through allied social organizations. Examples include social organizations based on ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, social class or caste, culture, dialect, disability, education, language, generation, occupation, profession, settlement, urban and rural habitation, and veteran status. Not all members of most groups identify with identity politics.

Divide and conquer. Balkanize your opponent and they lose cohesion and strength. Old communist tactic.

Smollett's little tantrum wasted a lot of valuable Police and FBI time - from the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct
A Cook County grand jury has formally indicted Jussie Smollett, heaping 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct on the “Empire” actor for allegedly staging a hoax hate-crime attack on himself in January.

Smollett, who was arrested last month on a criminal complaint with a single count of disorderly conduct, will be arraigned on the new charges on Thursday.

The indictment, which was made public on Friday, cites Smollett with disorderly conduct for each crime he said he had suffered, with separate counts related to statements he made the night of Jan. 29 to a police officer, and then for repeating the same account to a detective the same night. The charges all are Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony offense under Illinois law.

He will certainly plea down but I hope he does not walk - he needs to spend a couple months in the slammer just to set an example for other whiny bitches out there contemplating a similar career-killing move. Also, this is just the County Grand Jury - the Federales were also very much involved in this investigation and they have not weighed in yet.

Delusional - Venezuela's Maduro

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From Aljazeera:

Venezuela blackout: Maduro blames US for power outage
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed "American imperialism" for a prolonged power outage which affected most of the South American country.

The embattled president blamed the blackout on "the electrical war announced and directed by American imperialism against our people", he said on Twitter.

Yeah - there is one big switch that controls all of Venezuela's electrical power and we sent people down there to throw it. Goes to show what happens when you nationalize your infrastructure. Decline and decay. Always happened, always will.

Slouching towards ruin

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Just when you think that they can go no lower - from The Washington Times:

House votes in favor of illegal immigrant voting
House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice.

The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the chamber — then under GOP control — voted to decry illegal immigrant voting.

And the good news:

The measure would have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants — and indeed noncitizens as a whole — are not legally able to participate in federal elections.

So this was just one big virtue signal. These people are too full of themselves by far. They believe their own Kool Aid.

I have long seen the hand of Cloward - Piven in the workings of the Democrat party. Overload the system so that you can come in and institute a top-down tyranny. Here is a letter to the editor from California's The Bakersfield Californian:

Letter to the Editor: Cloward-Piven Strategy and the immigration problem
Your contributors’ knowledgeable commentary about Trump’s treading on the Constitution leaves me wondering where they get their information. The left is great - even funny - at quoting the Constitution and the Bible out of context.

There is no question POTUS has the authority to declare an emergency and act on it. He runs afoul of globalists when he obeys his constitutional mandate to protect and defend. Is he to not have the means to deal with the invasion of caravans of people with no capability to assimilate into our culture en masse, nor the ability to deal with the jihadis and MS-13 criminals being gleaned from the crowd?

I’ve long advocated cutting off the head of that snake in the perps who are assembling, guiding, assigning coyotes and attorneys to give the desperate people ways to lie their way into the country. At least Mexico is finally getting the message with all its problems.

We should all be aware of a generations-old tactic the Democrats have used to undermine the Republic - the Cloward-Piven Strategy. In small part and quite revealing: "A strategy to end poverty" advocating increased enrollment in social welfare programs in order to collapse that system and force reforms, leading to a guaranteed annual income ... (That ain’t all!)

Top that with the Senate dragging out Trump appointments, with several hundred yet to be confirmed after more than two years. The Swamp at work - a bipartisan disease.

Here is a link to the full C-P Strategy: https://archive.org/details/Cloward-PivenStrategy1

And more here: Cloward - Piven. Stupid, statist and tyrannical.

Another hate crime - pollen

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From Newsweek:

S.C. MAYOR SAYS ‘YELLOW STICKY SUBSTANCE’ ON HER CAR WAS SPRAYED BY VANDALS, POLICE SAY IT’S JUST POLLEN
The mayor of a South Carolina town believed she was the target of a hate crime after cars belonging to her and her husband were dusted with a mysterious, “yellow, sticky substance.”

Local and state police investigated the claims made by Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd McPherson, who reported that on February 7 at 10 p.m. local time, someone sprayed her 2017 Symphony Silver Hyundai Elantra Sport and her husband’s soft-top 1998 Buick Roadmaster with a residue outside of their home.

The material, she remembered, “got in all of the grooves” of her husband’s gray sedan.

The mayor had recently returned to her home from a meeting in the larger city of Hartsville, about 22 miles north of Lamar.

“My husband went out to the car to get some things out of the garage,” she told Newsweek. “He says, ‘Somebody’s painted your car!’”

A bit more:

Setting in was the deafening fear of an attack.

“I likened it as a hate crime because No. 1, there’s a history in our town of Lamar,” the volunteer mayor of the town with approximately 980 constituents, said.

In the 1970s, racist acts were not uncommon in Lamar, where the mayor said burning crosses was once a pastime.

According to a New York Times article dated March 4, 1970, an estimated 200 vigilante white men wielding ax handles, chains and stones—charged three school buses carrying black children, and prevented them from heading to attend newly segregated schools. Many of the kids were injured by smashed bus window glass.

Once the buses were emptied, the mob tipped two of them over before state police were able to restore order.

Yeah - a history of hate. That act was 50 years ago. The town of Lamar has not had anything like this since then. The citizens of Lamar elected a black mayor who, when seeing tree pollen, calls it a hate crime.

Life in President Trump's America - even the trees are racist.

From Patch Media:

Enough Drugs To Kill 10 Million In NJ Rest Stop Fentanyl Bust
Law enforcement authorities say they busted a large-scale fentanyl operation that had enough drugs to kill 10 million people – more than the entire New Jersey population.

And it was uncovered at a rest stop.

Two men were charged this week after the seizure of more than 20 kilograms of fentanyl that they tried to transport into New Jersey. Both made their initial court appearances in Newark federal court on Monday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release.

No word as to the immigration status and/or gang affiliation of the perps but they both had hispanic names.

Sums it up - socalism

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CNN in the news - racism

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CNN is one of the loudest voices in media saying that conservatives are racist. They love to report stories, even if they are complete fabrications. Got to maintain that narrative after all.

Here is a press release from the National Association of Black Journalists:

NABJ Elevates CNN to Special Media Monitoring List
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2019) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is concerned about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker. This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list.

A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.

Specifically, NABJ is concerned about the findings of preliminary research that reveals the following:

▪ CNN President Jeff Zucker has no black direct reports.
▪ There are no black Executive Producers at CNN.
▪ There are no black Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.
▪ There are no black Senior Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

NABJ received a communication from CNN disputing only one of our research points, saying the assertion that there are not any black vice presidents on the news side is inaccurate. However, when asked to provide the name and position of the individual or individuals involved on the editorial side of news, CNN has yet to provide specifics.

And this is my surprised face.

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