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President Obama and television

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But that's raaaacisssssss...

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Looks like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in a spot of hot water. From Time Magazine:

Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.

And Trudeau backpedals instead of saying it was a joke and everyone needs to get over themselves.
From Associated Press

‘A dumb thing to do’: Trudeau apologizes for brownface
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said “it was a dumb thing to do.”

And more:

Trudeau, who launched his reelection campaign exactly one week ago, said he should have known better.

“I’m pissed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Trudeau told reporters traveling with him on his campaign plane.

No. Prime Minister Trudeau needs to be pissed off at himself for caving to the Social Justice Warrior harpies.
You never apologize to SJWs. Vox Day knows this - after all, he wrote the books on the subject. Trudeau needs to mock them mercilessly. Ridicule them and make other people see how silly and impotent their manufactured outrage is.

Looking for this on C-Span

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Comedy gold sounds like - from Don Surber:

Lewandowski owns the Democrats
Corey Lewandowski was so bold, clear, and entertaining in his appearance before Congress that I wondered if Republicans don't have a mole on the House Judiciary Committee who arranged this hearing.

And then I realized that they do.

President Donald John Trump is the only thing on their minds. He is their first thought in the morning, and their last thought at night. The party is obsessed with him that they have become the Washington Generals to his Harlem Globetrotters. Somebody throw a bucket of confetti on them.

Once again, Democrats shopped at Acme. Once again the device they purchased backfired. Bigly.

A long post from Don but worth going there to read. He cites four big media websites and shows their reactions.
The "fake news" journalists are being handed their own front teeth on a silver salver.

Great first paragraph - California

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Here is the first paragraph in a good article about California's push to implement rent controls. A socialist wet-dream but a market failure everywhere it has been tried. From the Foundation for Economic Education:

When you see a headline that begins with “Florida man…,” you know it’s more likely to be about some guy trying to take down a tornado with his Colt Python than it is that a resident of the Sunshine State has cracked cold fusion. In public policy circles, the words “California policymakers…” appearing in a headline are attaining a similar status.

Heh - so true. Here is the thesis of the article:

Rent controls propose using government regulation to solve the symptom — high prices — of a problem — a shortage of housing — which government regulation created in the first place.

Worth reading - excellent example of the unintended consequences of government meddling into private business.

Legalize marijuana they said

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We will tax it and make a lot of money they said. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

The Ontario government lost $42M selling cannabis in the last year
Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.

The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.

However, Ontario's consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period.

Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.

Trust big government to take a successful (albeit illegal) private market, nationalize it and lose money.

The most recent Brett Kavanaugh kerfuffle

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Excellent post from Noah Rothman at Commentary Magazine:

Brett Kavanaugh Breaks the Democrats
Rarely does a story implode as spectacularly as the New York Times’ latest effort to resurrect the claim that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a teenage sexual predator.

By now, you know the facts: The Times published an excerpt from a forthcoming book alleging that another woman suffered the same form of abuse and objectification from Kavanaugh that was alleged by another accuser, Deborah Ramirez. No sooner had the universe of liberal political observers and politicians worked themselves up into a frenzy than the story fell apart. The woman whose uncorroborated experience supposedly substantiated Ramirez’s uncorroborated assertions wasn’t even the one making these accusations. Rather, they came from a Washington D.C. attorney with conflicts of interest who did not contact the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings. What’s more, she doesn’t even remember the experience that was supposedly so traumatizing—a revelation that was inexplicably omitted from the Times’ original draft.

The resurrection of the controversy involving Kavanaugh’s conduct as a teenager has done the New York Times no favors. Nor has it been a boon to Democrats, who have lost control of the narrative and are turning on one another in a failing bid to restore some semblance of competency.

Rothman closes his post with this:

It’s a testament to the impenetrability of the bubble in which they operate that Kavanaugh’s harshest critics don’t seem to recognize how badly this is going for them.

And I hope that they never realize this - they are their own worst enemies. Pure schadenfreude.

The Democratic debate

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From Stilton Jarlsberg - with apologies to The King's Speech:

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Some interesting news from Mexico

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Pushed far enough, people will take things into their own hands - from American Thinker:

Mexicans are starting to turn on their cartels...
Most Americans have a soft spot for posses that take up the critical dangerous threats to the locals that the state won't bother about. We like people who take risks in the name of "protecting the people." We tell discontents abroad to pick up a rifle.

In cartel-infested Mexico, whose current presidential administration and last presidential administration both made a point of not bothering the cartels much, spontaneous self-defense forces fighting the cartels are suddenly appearing, with the rise of "kill the killers" vigilante groups. No doubt about it, a Mexican public sick of the cartels has created an opening.

A new Daily Beast story opened with this:

First he trained and worked as an assassin for Mexico's most powerful crime group; now he uses that training to "clean up" cartel infestations.

And according to the Yucatán Times:

A new study by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission suggests vigilante activity is up by more than 300 percent since the start of 2018, and blames the increase on "insecurity, violence, and impunity."

Much more at the site. These people are showing a lot of courage by going up against such an organised criminal and government element. We talk about the rampant corruption in our government. We are lucky.

Timing is everything - Brett Kavanaugh

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Yesterday's hit piece by the New York Times gave me an idea - I wonder how Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health is these days. She is not in good medical condition and if she is going to die soon, this would be exactly what the liberals would be doing to muddy the waters.

She could have retired while Obama was still president but didn't - major tactical error.

A bit of fact checking - Brett Kavanaugh

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Seems like the accuser is a Clinton tool. From PJ Media:

Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Was Hillary's Lawyer in Clinton Impeachment
On Saturday, The New York Times ran a story repeating allegations that Brett Kavanaugh was drunk at a party in college and had his genitals thrust into a woman's face. The allegation has not been confirmed, and friends of the alleged victim say she has no recollection of the events. The man telling the story, Max Stier, represented Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was accused of exposing himself to a woman in a hotel room.

Stier's story appears in the forthcoming book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. "A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student," the authors wrote in a New York Times article teasing the book.

Interestingly, the alleged victim is not quoted in the article, and neither are any corroborating witnesses. In fact, The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway reported that "the book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event."

The words Fake News come to mind.

Decades of liberal rule - Chicago

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The bill is about to come due and Chicago does not have the money. From PJ Media:

Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy?
The city of Chicago is in dire fiscal and financial straits with an almost billion dollar budget deficit, bonds rated at junk status or below, numerous extremely costly legal judgments, a shrinking tax base, and unfunded public pension liabilities to the tune of an astonishing $42 billion.

Other than that, it's a great place to live.

The state of Illinois has its own financial troubles, so the city can expect little or no help there. And good luck getting a federal bailout through the GOP Senate and signed by a president who's been called a "racist" by the mayor.

The shrinking tax base is clear proof that citizens are already over taxed. And since it's Democrats in charge, there won't be much cutting of city services.

The only option for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city council is restructuring the city's massive debts. In other words: bankruptcy.

More (including links to the numbers) at the site. The author offers this:

From my 40-year observations of the Chicago political scene, I have my doubts whether Mayor Lightfoot could do what needs to be done. The powers that be are just too entrenched. It's not only politicians, it's bloodsucking businessmen, organized crime, and now street gangs who also get a cut of the action. This is the way the "City that works" has worked for more than 90 years.

Since the days of Big Bill Thompson, Chicago has been a cesspool of graft and corruption. Can waving the magic wand of bankruptcy cure the city of almost 100 years of amoral governance?

Big Bill Thompson was Chicago's last Republican mayor and was totally corrupt. Since then, it has been an 88 year slide into financial ruin and corruption under democratic rule.

An interesting survey - the media

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Exactly what I have been thinking - us normals are fed up with the mainstream media.
From San Francisco PR Company Bospar:

Bospar Study: Nearly All Americans Are Troubled by the Current State of the Media
SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 – Bospar, the boutique PR firm that puts tech companies on the map, has released the results of its Ethics in Media survey. The new data comes as Bospar hosts its Ethics in Media panel with the San Francisco Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the San Francisco Press Club on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Werqwise on 149 New Montgomery St. in San Francisco.

ABC Veteran anchor Cheryl Jennings will moderate the discussion. Panelists include former Wall Street Journal reporter and Message Lab CEO Ben Worthen and former KRON Executive Producer and Bospar Principal Curtis Sparrer.

Bospar and Propeller Insights surveyed 1,010 American adults and discovered that more than 95% are troubled by the current state of media. The reasons for their concern include the following:

    1. Reports on fake news – 53%
    2. Reporting gossip – 49%
    3. Lying spokespeople – 48%
    4. Celebrity opinions – 36%
    5. Left-wing agendas – 34%
    6. Gotcha journalism – 33%
    7. Right-wing agendas – 32%
    8. Puff pieces in exchange for access to other important interviews – 31%
    9. Blind items being reported in the news – 30%
    10. Hit pieces – 21%
    11. Rise of independent contributors versus on-staff media – 14%

And an overwhelming majority (67%) believe ethics in journalism will be worse during the 2020 presidential campaign. When asked about the impact unethical journalism has on the country, Americans cited four chief problems:

    • 64%: It creates division and partisanship
    • 63%: It fuels inaccuracies
    • 60%: It incites hate
    • 57%: It creates fear

Heh - could have told you that a long time ago. The media pushes the liberal narrative and not the truth.

Nothing new... Remember Rathergate?

The Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate or Rathergate) involved six purported documents critical of U.S. President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents. Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the documents were blatant forgeries, as have most media sources. No forensic document examiners or typography experts have authenticated the documents, and this may not be technically possible without the original documents. The purveyor of the documents, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, claims to have burned the originals after faxing copies to CBS.

Typewriters that produced true proportional output were hellishly expensive back in the 1970's and no Air National Guard office would have one ($120K in today's money). The supposed memo was visually identical to the same memo typed out on a computer using Microsoft Word with the default settings. Dan Rather pushed and pushed and pushed the story as it was before President Bush's election. Fake News.

Staying classy - Portland

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Looks like Portland, OR is devolving into a liberal shithole. From FOX News:

Portland Thorns fans boo US Armed Forces enlistees after they pledged to obey president's orders
Fans at a National Women’s Soccer League game rained down boos during a U.S. Armed Forces swearing-in ceremony Wednesday after the enlistees were asked to pledge they would obey the orders of President Trump.

The ceremony took place at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., while the Portland Thorns were facing the North Carolina Courage. The event was scheduled ahead of the 2019 season when the club discovered it would be playing on Sept. 11, according to The Oregonian.

The crowd applauded the group after it took the Oath of Enlistment but booed when the enlistees were asked to “obey the orders of the President of the United States.”

There was a little bit of karma:

The Thorns lost the match, 6-0.

What a bunch of self-absorbed  NPCs. These men and women were being inducted into the US Armed Forces. They were committing their lives to serving this nation and, by proxy, ensuring the freedom of everyone in the stadium. If you do not like who the president is, I get it. Orange Man Bad. But still, STFU and let these wonderful people have some respect for the commitment they are making.

Fauxcahontis - a bit of history

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Not what she is wanting to promote. From Breitbart:

Elizabeth Warren a Direct Descendant of Militia ‘Indian Fighter’ Who Fought Seminole Tribe
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) great-great-great grandfather Jonathan Crawford served in Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion of Tennessee Volunteer Militia from November 1837 to May 1838, a six month time period during which it fought two battles in Florida against the Seminoles.

Today, there are two federally recognized Native American Seminole tribes, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has 4,000 enrolled members, and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, which has more than 18,000 enrolled members.

Lauderdale’s battalion fought against the Seminoles at the Battle of Loxahatchee River, in present-day Jupiter, Florida, on January 24, 1838. Then on March 22, 1838, they fought against the Seminoles again at the Battle of Pine Island, in present-day Fort Lauderdale.

A native of Virginia, Lauderdale moved to Tennessee, where he was known as the latest in a long line of Indian fighters, as the Daily Press reported in 1992

Much more at the site. As Al Gore would say, an inconvenient truth.

As I said in my last post, the internet is forever. Something published in 1992 is just as true and important now as it was almost 30 years ago. Warren is Big Chief Walking Eagle. Too full of shit to be able to fly.

Now this should be interesting - yawn

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To read about tomorrow. In excerpts. From ABC News:

Democratic debate live updates: All 10 candidates now at Houston debate hall
The 10 highest-polling candidates will appear for a single night of debate in Houston hosted by ABC News and Univision -- the smallest roster yet in the third matchup of Democratic National Committee-sanctioned primary debates, with a field that still counts 20.

I am reminded of this:

Russian hoax - as the prosecutions begin

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From FOX News:

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal
U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.

McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Heh - rolling up the deep state one criminal at a time.

Good news - illegal immigration

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From Yahoo / Agence France Presse:

Trump's immigration crackdown starts to gain traction
With a little help from the Supreme Court and Mexico, US President Donald Trump's fitful crackdown on immigration is finally gaining traction.

Trump has spent his entire presidency promising to stop illegal immigration, shut out asylum seekers and wall off the Mexican border.

The far-reaching policies sparked an avalanche of court challenges, complaints from human rights organizations and derision from opposition Democrats ahead of next year's elections.

Undeterred, Trump has hammered away, making construction of a US-Mexican border wall one of his presidency's centerpieces -- and a key part of his 2020 reelection platform.

And this week he celebrated a string of victories.

A couple of decisions and actions - all wonderful news.

Another scholarly scandal brewing - 1619

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Seems that someone was making up data to fit the narrative - again. From The College Fix:

Cornell scholar cited in NYT’s ‘1619’ series charged with fabricating quotes, evidence
A Cornell University scholar cited in a recent New York Times piece tying slavery to capitalism was previously found to have inflated statistics, invented facts, and altered quotes, according to fellow academics in his field.

In an October 2016 paper, scholars Alan Olmstead of the University of California Davis and Paul Rhode of the University of Michigan harshly criticized the research of Cornell’s Edward Baptist presented in Baptist’s 2014 book “The Half Has Never Been Told.” In the book, Baptist argues that modern capitalism still contains many of the remnants of slavery and America’s current economy is still influenced by the exploitation of slaves.

Among charges leveled by Olmstead and Rhode were accusations Baptist concocted numbers out of thin air and that Baptist fabricated research to fit his narrative. At a public event at Dartmouth University in 2016, Olmstead decried Baptist’s work as “hocus pocus” while he waved an imaginary wand in the air.

And of course, because this fit the political narrative, it was used without anyone checking the facts:

Baptist has also been cited by influential opinion journalists such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, who recently used the scholar’s figures to argue in favor of reparations for African-Americans.

“By 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves,” Coates testified at a congressional hearing in June.

Yet according to Olmstead, Rhode, and others, the $600 million number appears to be fabricated, using double and even triple-counting to arrive at an inflated figure.

Shades of the Michael Bellesiles scandal,  Professor Stephen Ambrose,  fake indian Ward ChurchillThomas Piketty and I could go on. All of these people were respected in their field and published a book that was later thoroughly discredited. They published them because they fit the political liberal narrative. They made up the data to support their claims and were busted for it. Time to add Edward Baptist's name to the dustbin of history.

Pushing back twice as hard

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The liberals have been using Saul Alinsky's playbook for hammering on conservatives. Now, finally, conservatives have gotten wise and are using the same techniques to hammer on the liberals and they are crying fowl. From The Hill:

Liberals haunted by social media tactics they use against the right
The people who have made an industry out of destroying ordinary people’s lives over old social media posts and out-of-context comments are very upset that it’s happening to them. The New York Times, clearly worried by the recent exposure of blatantly anti-Semitic tweets posted by one of its reporters, and clearly worried that even more embarassing material is in reserve, tried to stop the hemorrhaging with a rambling article demonizing the independent journalists who uncovered the tweets.

In fact, much of the liberal media sphere went into panic mode, vehemently declaring that this particular exercise of the First Amendment is actually an attack on the First Amendment. The reason why liberal editors are so distraught that independent conservative journalists are publishing evidence of the racist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise vile sentiments expressed by their supposedly “objective” employees comes down — as it usually does — to power.

Many journalists are in the profession not to inform the public, but to gain the power to destroy people who question them — and they don’t like those tactics being turned against them. “[U]sing journalistic techniques to target journalists and news organizations ... is fundamentally different from the well-established role of the news media in scrutinizing people in positions of power,” the Times wrote in its article — which was of course labeled “news,” not “opinion.”

The newspaper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, added that “The political operatives behind this campaign will argue that they are ‘reporting’ on news organizations in the same way that news organizations report on elected officials and other public figures,” but he roundly rejected that claim, insisting that his antagonists are trying to “manipulate the facts for political gain.”

Pure schedenfreude - cry you may. Become one with the butthurt you must. Don't dish it out if you can not take it.

BOHICA - the 2020 elections

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BOHICA - has a nice Caribbean lilt to it. Actually an acronym standing for Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

What? A DOSSIER!!!!!! - on President Trump. An embarrassing dossier. Compiled by the fake news mongers at the Democrat Party. From Business Insider:

Democrats are reportedly preparing an embarrassing dossier against Trump before the 2020 election
The Democratic National Committee's research team is conducting research of lawsuits on President Donald Trump that span across the US, according to an Axios report on Sunday.

The DNC reportedly investigated 7,000 lawsuits and composed a document of Trump's seemingly uncompromising statements during the 2016 campaign trail, in which he told supporters that Mexico would pay for the US-Mexico border wall.

News of the opposition research comes amid intense scrutiny around Trump's decision to divert $3.6 billion for military construction projects in order to pay for nearly a dozen projects on the border. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the transfer, citing that it would "allow [the Defense Department] to provide support to [Homeland Security] more efficiently and effectively."

After all, the Steele Dossier in 2015-16 worked so well. Paid for by Hillary and the Democrat National Committee and totally discredited within hours of publication. Fake Fake Fake.

Can they not learn from past mistakes? Are they just that dense and out of touch?

Seriously - they deserve each other

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Clueless alcoholics. From NBC News:

Warren and Clinton talk behind the scenes as 2020 race intensifies
Elizabeth Warren's team doesn't want to talk about Hillary Clinton, but that doesn't mean the 2020 presidential candidate isn't talking with her party's 2016 nominee.

The two women have kept a line of communication open since the Massachusetts senator decided to run for president — though only a conversation around the time of Warren's launch has been previously reported — according to several people familiar with their discussions who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of private interactions.

Zzzzzzz  Wake me up when the Dems have a real candidate to offer.

President Trump - their worst nightmare

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Journalist Don Surber has an excellent point:

What they fear most about Trump
A story this weekend showed the worst nightmare for opponents of President Donald John Trump is coming true.

Breitbart News reported, "More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — the program in charge of food stamps — since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president.

"Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history."

Those are 6.2 million more Trump voters. Obama gave them food stamps. President Trump got them jobs.

Don talks about the deep state for a bit and closes with this:

A job — or better yet, owning a business — leads to financial independence, which leads to self-reliance, which leads to (dare I say it?) independence. If the people ever realize they do not need a $4 trillion government, Washington is dead.

So true - the deep state needs us normals more than we need them. Much much more. They feed on us for their very existence.

The enemies among us - Islam

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From Breitbart News:

Exclusive–American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Flight Came to U.S. from Iraq
An American Airlines mechanic who is accused of sabotaging a commercial flight originally arrived in the United States from Iraq, Breitbart News has confirmed.

On Friday, federal court records revealed that Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani allegedly tampered with a navigation system on a plane filled with 150 passengers set to take off from Miami, Florida and bound for Nassau, the Bahamas on July 17

And there are still people out there that think multiculturalism is a good thing. It is not. It is a failure of thought. People need to be taken on a case by case basis.

Jeffrey Epstein - still making news

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He hung himself was arkancided (here, here and here) but he is still very much in the news. From OAN Network:

Head Of M.I.T. Media Lab Resigns After Being Accused Of Concealing Donations Made By Jeffrey Epstein
The head of M.I.T.’S media lab resigns, amid claims he was part of an effort to cover up donations made by Jeffrey Epstein.

Joichi Ito stepped down Saturday, just one day after a bombshell New Yorker article revealed he continued to work with Epstein, despite him being listed as “disqualified” in the university’s donor database.

M.I.T. previously acknowledged it had received $800,000 from Epstein. However, the university was reportedly unaware that the late financier helped secure more than $7.5 million in donations for the lab, including two million dollars from Bill Gates.

Ito has had a very interesting life. Being director of the MIT Media Lab is a plum position. Screwed it up.

Agent of the deep state - Robert Mueller

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He has been portrayed as the upstanding pillar of virtue when dealing with the so-called Russian collusion. (Orange Man Bad) He is just another tool of the deep state. From the New York Post:

Robert Mueller helped Saudi Arabia cover up its role in 9/11 attacks: suit
After a lengthy investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller charged Russia made “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election” and said the incursion “deserves the attention of every American.”

But former FBI investigators say their old boss didn’t feel the same concern when they uncovered multiple, systemic efforts by the Saudi government to assist the hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks — a far more consequential, to say nothing of deadly, foreign influence operation on America.

As the head of the FBI at the time, they say Mueller was not nearly as interested in investigating that espionage conspiracy, which also involved foreign intelligence officers. Far from it, the record shows he covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh — and may have even misled Congress about what he knew.

9/11 victims agree. “He was the master when it came to covering up the kingdom’s role in 9/11,” said survivor Sharon Premoli, who was pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center 18 years ago.

“In October of 2001, Mueller shut down the government’s investigation after only three weeks, and then took part in the Bush [administration’s] campaign to block, obfuscate and generally stop anything about Saudi Arabia from being released,” added Premoli, now a plaintiff in the 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia.

In fact, Mueller threw up roadblocks in the path of his own investigators working the 9/11 case, while making it easier for Saudi suspects to escape questioning, multiple case agents told me. Then he deep-sixed what evidence his agents did manage to uncover, according to the 9/11 lawsuit against the Saudis.

Good that this is coming out - too little too late but still, sunlight is needed.
Our government has become corrupt at the highest levels. Started with the Kennedy administration.
Really got going with Lyndon Johnson.

Not a good move by our government

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A little too tyrannical and big brother-ish. From Forbes:

Exclusive: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App
Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International's State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

I sincerely hope that the unelected bureaucrat who came up with this gets fired immediately and fired, not promoted to a lesser position for six months and then quietly reinstated with a raise in pay as is done frequently.

This is federal overreach on a grand scale.

Get woke, go broke - ThinkProgress

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Didn't make a profit for its owners - from The Daily Beast:

ThinkProgress, a Top Progressive News Site, Has Shut Down
ThinkProgress, the influential news site that rose to prominence in the shadow of the Bush administration and helped define progressivism during the Obama years, is shutting down.

The outlet, which served as an editorially independent project of the Democratic Party think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), will stop current operations on Friday and be converted into a site where CAP scholars can post.

Top officials at CAP had been searching for a buyer to take over ThinkProgress, which has run deficits for years, and according to sources there were potentially three serious buyers in the mix recently. But in a statement to staff, Navin Nayak, the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said the site was ultimately unable to secure a patron.

Pure schadenfreude. That site did not need a patron. It was brain dead and on life support. Someone, out of mercy, finally pulled the plug. Pushing a narrative might get a week or two of traction with the general public but we are smart and if the narrative does not support the facts, we will ignore it after a while. Pushing just narrative 24/7 for many years will cause the perceptual equivalent of nasal fatigue.

Futile? Impotent? Worthless?

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Some liberal activists are in the news - from The Washington Post:

Hundreds protest against Wal-Mart in 15 cities, demanding higher wages
Hundreds of people protested at a suburban Maryland Wal-Mart over wages and worker protections Thursday as D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) weighed whether to sign legislation that would force the nation’s largest retailer to pay a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage.

The national day of action, which spanned 15 cities, was the latest in a running battle between Wal-Mart and activists backed by national unions.

Oooooooooo - they staged a National Day of Action and only managed to drum up hundreds of people. These morons have nothing. They are living out the bitter ends of their communist fever-dreams in the safety of their parents basements tucked under their Star Wars© blankie and raging, raging I tell you, against the evils of that Orange Man

As a reality check, Walmart employs 2.2 million people worldwide. From their website:

Opportunity
Walmart employs 2.2 million associates around the world. About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and last year, we promoted more than 215,000 people to jobs with greater responsibility and higher pay.

Bring willingness to work to the table, you will get promoted to positions of higher responsibility and higher pay.

Let us be generous and say that four thousand people showed up to protest. These people represent 0.18% of the number of people that Walmart gainfully employs. In most engineering analyses, this would be considered to be well below the noise floor.

The unions like to raise the minimum wage because a lot of union contracts are pegged to this number. Something not mentioned in the mainstream media.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex and Antifa

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Another example of fellow travelers. From The Lid:

AOC Fund-Raised For Antifa
The face of the Democratic Party, Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, got involved with raising bail money for  Antifa terrorists, some of whom were in jail for attacking the police. The Antifa terrorists were arrested in Boston while attempting to disrupt a straight pride parade and committing assault and battery on a police officer.

Not very grounded in reality...

She discovered the truth about her fellow travelers. From Breitbart:

Marianne Williamson: ‘I Didn’t Think the Left Lied like This’
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate.

“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”

A bit more:

Williamson has in recent weeks criticized the “political-media industrial complex” and warned Democrats that nominating a conventional or establishment candidate to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020 could be disastrous.

So true. This is what the Democrats do. They have nothing to offer except a constant stream of ad hominem attacks. If there is something that they cannot debate with facts, they fling poo and hope that it sticks.

Ms. Williamson should consider changing parties - not only are conservatives a lot more resonable and caring, we have milk and cookies...

From Bloomberg:

Hundreds of Names in Sealed Epstein Materials, Judge Told
A lawyer for alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein told a judge that hundreds of names of people associated with the late money manager should be made public in documents that are currently sealed in a defamation lawsuit.

Sigrid McCrawly, who has represented victims for five years, said at a hearing Wednesday in New York that only social security numbers, medical information and the names of minors should be kept secret as more documents are unsealed in the case, and that everything else should come to light.

“Anybody whose information is in the documents would be notified so they could object,” McCrawley, of the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, said at the hearing.

And the list is leaked in 3... 2... 1...

James Comey - the rat

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Three clickable headlines:

SHOT:
Inspector general finds James Comey did not release classified information to the public

CHASER:
Yes, Comey did leak classified information
James Comey: Another government elite treating public records like private property

The first link is from major Fake News outlet CBS of course. Pushing the progressive narrative 24/7.

Submitted without comment - from the London Daily Mail:

Millionaire model agency boss thought to have key information into the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 'has disappeared like a ghost without a trace'
A millionaire model agency boss who is thought to have key information about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 'has disappeared like a ghost without a trace'.

Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, has vanished as police seek to ask the Frenchman 'urgent' questions about the paedophile.

More at the site.

A look at Mayor Pete's home town

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Don Surber quotes a New York Times article about Mayor and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg 

Buttigieg alienated black voters
The New York Times was dismayed to learn that people in South Bend, Indiana, expect their mayor, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to do his job. Crime is up. Homicides rose 30% in his seven years as mayor. And his police force is getting whiter while his city is getting blacker.

The Times reported, "Policing problems in South Bend came to national attention on June 16, when a white sergeant fatally shot a 54-year-old black resident, Eric Logan. The officer’s body camera was not turned on, which was widely seen as a sign of lax standards in the department. Mr. Buttigieg found himself flying home again, regularly, to face the fury of some black citizens and the frustrations of many others.

A telling number:

26% of his town is black.

6% of his police force is black.

The Times reported, "On another front, minority police hiring, South Bend under Mr. Buttigieg took a step in reverse. There are now just 15 black officers in the police department, down from 29 in 2012, according to city data and local news reports."

Mayor Pete is the incarnation of the Peter Principle:

The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and "managers rise to the level of their incompetence."

That's our boy!

Life in the North (Korea)

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Looks like they have a bumper crop this year - from the Daily NK:

Middle school students in North Korea mobilized to harvest opium resin
The Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) continues to cultivate large opium fields in the northern region of North Korea and recently mobilized school students to harvest the crop, according to sources inside the country.

“Most of the students were middle schoolers aged from 14 to 15 years old,” said a South Pyongan Province-based source. “The students collected the resin from the crops on orders from party and school officials at the farm, and also helped dry out the opium to produce opium powder.”

Poppy plants normally bloom in June and July, yielding fruit. Farmers must extract resin from the unripened fruit before they fully ripen in September in order to produce opium.

And why are they growing this?

As part of efforts during the 1980s to earn foreign currency, North Korea built an immense opium farm called Paekdoraji in the northern region of the country sprawling over the two Hamgyong provinces, Jagang Province and Ryanggang Province. A considerable workforce is needed to collect the opium resin and so the North Korean authorities appear to have resorted to mobilizing students in their teens.

Selling heroin overseas to make hard currency. Nice people. Wonder if they are selling fentanyl too...

The Democrats push for open borders

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Classical Cloward-Piven strategy. Overwhelm the system and when it stumbles, use that moment of chaos to push your own narrative into power. We are not only getting the best and brightest from these countries, we are getting the disease-ridden. From The New York Post:

Mumps sickens hundreds of detained migrants in 19 states
Mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first US government report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system.

The virus sickened 898 adult migrants and 33 detention center staffers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its report Thursday.

Nasty stuff. And how long before it spreads to the general population? The Democrats own this. They are the only ones pushing for open borders. Looking forward to Ebola in 3... 2... 1... Again, the Democrats own this.

Great news from CBS News:

Investigators seize enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people in massive drug bust
Law enforcement officers in Virginia have seized enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people, busting a massive three-state drug ring as part of what they called "Operation Cookout." Thirty-five suspects were arrested, and four others are on the run.

"This opioid crisis is not an issue that is happening someplace else, or to someone else. It's happening right here in Norfolk," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

In total, authorities seized over 30 kilograms of fentanyl, 30 kilograms of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine and over $700,000. It's the largest drug takedown in Virginia in 15 years. They also seized roughly 24 firearms, including an AK-47.

"We're not talking about $500 and $600 deals, we're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars," Terwilliger said. "You know, $20,000 in the trunk of somebody's car in a gym bag, you know, behind a local restaurant."

Terwilliger said the bust spanned three states and that one of the 39 people charged ordered fentanyl from Shanghai and had it delivered to Virginia through the mail.

"The last thing we want is for the U.S. Postal Service to become the nation's largest drug dealer," he added.

It has never been the Doctors. It has never been the drug companies. It is this shit.

It is China. There is your opioid crisis.

Michael Ramirez gets it - not Doctors over-prescribing, it's Fentanyl coming across our Southern border from China.

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The best and brightest - some numbers

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The illegal immigrants coming in to our nation are not the best and brightest from those countries. The numbers prove it.

From the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs:

64% OF ALL FEDERAL ARRESTS IN 2018 WERE OF NON-U.S. CITIZENS
In 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. In comparison, 37% of all federal arrests in 1998 were of non-U.S. citizens. Federal arrests of non-U.S. citizens more than tripled from 1998 to 2018 (rising 234%), while federal arrests of U.S. citizens rose 10%.

While non-U.S. citizens make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), they accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018. Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 24% of all federal drug arrests and 25% of all federal property arrests, including 28% of all federal fraud arrests.

My surprised face...  (NOT!)

Joe Biden tells another one

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The guy is a walking gaffemeister. From the Connecticut Post:

As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story
Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into "godforsaken country," to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.

Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns. "We can lose a vice president," he said. "We can't lose many more of these kids. Not a joke."

The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.

Shot:

"This is the God's truth," Biden had said as he told the story. "My word as a Biden."

Chaser:

Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.

Gee - now where have we had politicians make up stories like this before. Oh. Right. Hillary. Business Insider:

Here's the story behind Hillary Clinton's claim about landing under 'sniper fire' in Bosnia
A false claim that Hillary Clinton made while campaigning for president in 2008 is coming back to haunt her in the 2016 election cycle.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said in a speech at George Washington University in March 2008 that she landed "under sniper fire" during a 1996 trip to Bosnia. The war ended in 1995, but tensions within the country were still high.

"There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base," she said in 2008.

The Washington Post debunked this claim days after Clinton made it.

Why do they lie so much - they should know that we can fact-check their asses within minutes of making a claim like this. Just not very bright I guess...

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